The detailed version of this article is featured in the book ‘Important Yogas in Vedic Astrology (Revised Edition 2020).
Malavya Yoga is formed by Venus in a horoscope and it is considered as one of the five most auspicious Yogas in Vedic astrology called Panch MahaPurusha Yogas where the other 4 Yogas in this class are Hamsa Yoga, Ruchaka Yoga, Bhadra Yoga and Shasha Yoga. According to the prevalent definition of Malavya Yoga, when Venus is present in Kendra or center from Ascendant in a horoscope, which means when Venus is present in 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th house from Ascendant in a horoscope in any one of the three signs namely Taurus, Libra and Pisces, Malavya Yoga is formed in the horoscope.
Malavya Yoga can bless the native with many good things depending on the strength of this Yoga in the horoscope as well as on the overall tone of the horoscope of the native. Venus is the planet associated with women, beauty, diplomacy, trade, luxuries, love life, comforts, creativity, arts and many other good things according to Vedic astrology. Accordingly, the formation of Malavya Yoga in a horoscope can bless the native with a beautiful and loving wife, success in business, a life full of luxuries and comforts, and fame on national or international level.
The natives under the strong influence of Malavya Yoga usually possess charming and magnetic personalities which attract other people easily and especially the people from the opposite sex. Some natives under the strong influence of Malavya Yoga may become successful or very successful in professional fields like modelling, cinema, movies and other such fields which require beauty and charm in order to be successful. Malavya Yoga present in the horoscope of women can make them very beautiful and desirable, and some women under the strong influence of this Yoga may win national or international beauty pageants.
We know that all these qualities and achievements are found rarely and they are not found in a great number of people. Therefore the formation of Malavya Yoga in a horoscope should also be a rare phenomenon and it should not be something that may repeat in a number of horoscopes. This is because horoscopes only reflect our personalities and our destinies based on those personalities. Hence if a person is blessed with certain special attributes, they are shown in the horoscope also. Since the natives with such qualities are rare, it means there should not be many horoscopes featuring strong Malavya Yoga.
Analyzing the definition of Malavya Yoga, we can find out that according to its prevalent definition, this Yoga is present in every twelfth horoscope on average as there are only 12 houses and 12 signs in a horoscope. Looking at the formation of Malavya Yoga, Venus can form Malavya Yoga when present in 1st house in one of the three signs namely Taurus, Libra and Pisces, and hence the number of occurrences is 3. The same number of occurrences will be found in case of placements of Venus in 4th, 7th and 10th houses which makes a total of 12 occurrences of Malavya Yoga out of the total 144 placements of Venus in 12 different houses and in 12 different signs. Hence this Yoga should be present in every 12th horoscope on average and accordingly every 12th person should be blessed with great qualities and blessings rendered by this Yoga. This is obviously not the case in actual practice as such qualities and achievements are found rarely. It means there is more to the formation of Malavya Yoga in a horoscope and this Yoga can’t be confirmed merely on the basis of presence of Venus in some particular houses and in some particular signs in a horoscope.
The most important factor for the formation of Malavya Yoga in a horoscope is that Venus should be working as a benefic planet in the horoscope, apart from being placed in any one of the already mentioned houses in any one of the already mentioned signs. On the other hand, malefic Venus placed in any of the above mentioned 4 houses in any of the signs namely Taurus, Libra and Pisces may not form Malavya Yoga and it may form some defect in the horoscope which may trouble the native with many types of problems. This is because benefic yogas are made by benefic planets only. Malefic planets can’t bless a person with very good results in the long run, though they may sometimes give some temporary gains to some natives, if their overall horoscopes are supportive for such gains.
For example, malefic exalted Venus placed in 1st house of a horoscope in Taurus, Libra or Pisces can render beauty, charm, diplomacy, business skills or creativity to the native but the native may use them negatively. Though this native may witness short term gains by virtue of these qualities, if the overall horoscope is supportive for such gains; the results in the long run may be very bad. Similarly, malefic Venus present in any of the other three central houses of a horoscope can also cause problems for the native in one sphere of life or the other. Therefore, Venus must be a functional benefic in a horoscope, in order to form Malavya Yoga in such horoscope.
Hence the refined definition of Malavya Yoga says, if benefic Venus is placed in the any one of the central houses of a horoscope in any one of the signs namely Taurus, Libra and Pisces, Malavya Yoga is formed in such horoscope. This yoga may bless the native with success, fame, money, beauty, luxuries, comforts, vehicles, houses, authority and many other good results; depending on the overall horoscope of the native in question.
Once the formation of Malavya Yoga is confirmed in a horoscope, the next thing to check is its strength. The strength of this Yoga is checked through the placement of Venus in different houses, different signs, different nakshatras and different navamshas, as well as through the influence of other positive or negative planets on Venus in a horoscope. For example, Malavya Yoga formed due to the presence of Venus in the tenth house of a horoscope in Libra can bless the native with very good results through a number of professions. Hence the native may become actor, singer, dancer, politician; officer in government, businessman dealing in fields like hospitality or glamour industry; and many other types of professional; depending on his overall horoscope.
Looking at conjunctions, if benefic Venus forms Malavya yoga in tenth house of a horoscope in Libra and benefic Moon, benefic Mars, benefic Saturn or benefic Rahu is placed along with it; the results may become even better. Once again, the types of results given by such combinations depend on the planet or planets in conjunction with Venus; the nakshatras as well as navamshas of all such planets and on the overall theme of the horoscope. For example, the presence of benefic Moon with Venus may bless the native with top class results through acting or through businesses related to hospitality, arts, luxuries and other finer aspects of life, when supported by the overall horoscope. The presence of benefic exalted Saturn in tenth house in Libra with Venus can render wonderful results since Shasha yoga is also formed along with Malavya yoga in this case. This is a powerful combination and whichever field the native goes to; this combination may bless him with authority of high order. Whether such native becomes a businessman, actor, government officer or politician; he may command high authority; provided the rest of the horoscope is supportive.
On the other hand, Malavya Yoga formed due to the presence of exalted Venus in the tenth house of a horoscope in Libra along with malefic Rahu, Ketu, Jupiter or with malefic debilitated Sun may not produce significant good results. In some of these cases when Venus is afflicted and the overall horoscope is also weak, the native may get addicted to intoxicating substances and such addictions may spoil his career along with causing damage to other spheres of his life. For example, the formation of Malavya Yoga in tenth house in Libra along with malefic Rahu in the same house can make the native spoil his career, primarily due to lavish lifestyle and vices. Considering one more possibility, the formation of Malavya yoga in tenth house in Libra along with malefic debilitated Sun can spoil the career as well as marriage of the native on account of bad decisions and unfortunate events. Likewise, other malefic planets may also dilute or reduce the benefic results indicated by Malavya yoga in a horoscope; if such malefic planets are placed in conjunction with Venus; unless one such horoscope has strong benefic planets which can reduce or contain the damage. For example, in case of affliction of Venus by Rahu in tenth house in Libra; if benefic Saturn forms Shasha yoga in first house of this horoscope in Capricorn; most of the bad results indicated by such conjunction may be rectified and the native may enjoy very good results due to Malavya yoga as well as due to Shasha yoga.
The next factor to check is the time of activation of Malavya Yoga, like all other yogas. Even when actually formed in a horoscope, any good or bad Yoga may not be activated from the time of birth of the native and this activation may vary from person to person. It means that Malavya Yoga present in different horoscopes may have different times of activation and accordingly, different natives may start benefitting from it during different ages. This is why you see some people witnessing such benefits at early ages, some during middle ages and some may witness such benefits late in their lives.
Above all, the overall theme of the horoscope having such Malavya yoga should be analyzed carefully as this is what matters the most. The overall theme of a horoscope is the most important aspect in it and it can change everything. For example, if Malavya Yoga is formed due to the presence of exalted Venus in the first house of a horoscope in Pisces and the overall theme of the horoscope is indicating creativity, this Yoga may bless the native with good results through a creative field. Looking deeper, if the horoscope is showing enhanced physical energy due to the combination of various planets, the native may become a dancer. This is because the native is creative and he has a lot of physical energy. Since both these qualities want to find outward expression, the native may become a dancer as the art of dance needs a great deal of physical energy. Going even deeper, depending on the level of overall energy, this native may engage in slow or even in a very fast and energy demanding type of dance.
However, if Malavya Yoga is present in the first house of a horoscope of Pisces, the overall theme is creative and dramatic energies are enhanced due to the combination of various planets, the native may become an actor. This is because the native is creative and he likes drama, which means he likes to express himself through physical and emotional gestures. Hence the chances of this native engaging in the field of acting are more. Similarly, if Malavya Yoga is formed in the first house of a horoscope in Pisces, the overall theme is creative and verbal energies are enhanced due to the combination of various planets, the native may become a singer. This is because the native is creative and he has a good voice also. Hence he may become a singer. All other creative or artistic professions related to Venus can also be explained on the same basis. In case a native has strong energies of more than one type, he may engage in more than one type of fields at the same time. It means the native may become a singer as well as a dancer or he may become an actor known for his dancing skills.
Looking at one more combination, if Malavya Yoga is formed in the first house of a horoscope in Pisces and the overall theme of the horoscope supports income through business, the native may achieve good results through businesses related to the domain of Venus. Hence this native may engage in the field of beauty products, movie making, hotel industry, airline industry, fashion industry and other such fields. Once again, the exact type of field chosen by the native and the quantum of success achieved by him depends on the overall theme of his horoscope. Many other such combinations are also possible and that is why the overall theme of a horoscope is what matters the most. There are no doubts that if Malavya Yoga of good strength forms in a horoscope, the native must benefit from it and he must achieve good results. However, the type of good results achieved by such native, the timing and the quantum of those good results are indicted by the overall theme of his horoscope.
Generally speaking, you can simply tell that something good is going to happen to the native having Malavya Yoga in his horoscope. Specifically speaking, you can’t tell what type of good, how much good and when can such good happen to this native? Therefore, the overall theme of the horoscope becomes very important if you’re interested in the detailed applications of Malavya Yoga or those of any other good or bad Yoga present in a horoscope.