Bhadra Yoga is formed by Mercury 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 four Yogas in this class are Hamsa Yoga, Malavya Yoga, Ruchaka Yoga and Shasha Yoga. According to the prevalent definition of Bhadra Yoga, when Mercury is present in Kendra from Ascendant in a horoscope, which means when Mercury is present in 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th house from Ascendant in a horoscope in any one of the two signs namely Gemini and Virgo, Bhadra Yoga is formed in the horoscope.
Mercury is the planet associated with intellect, wisdom, analytical ability, speech, communication skills, writing abilities, youthful appearance, good health, business and many other things. Accordingly, the formation of Bhadra Yoga in a horoscope can bless the native with success in business, fame as a great speaker or orator, youthful appearance and many other things which come under the significances of Mercury.
The natives under the strong influence of Bhadra Yoga can be seen successful as reporters, journalists, writers, lawyers, judges, advisors, consultants, businessmen, astrologers, politicians, teachers, speakers and many other kinds of professionals, depending on their overall horoscopes. Some of these natives may achieve great professional success as well as name and fame on national or international level, if their overall horoscopes are supportive. Some natives under the strong influence of Bhadra Yoga may also become very successful as politicians, diplomats and sportsmen; and some of these natives may achieve national or international fame through these professions.
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 Bhadra 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 very good, that goodness is shown in his horoscope also. It means that if the number of very good people like the ones mentioned in this example is not much, there should not be many horoscopes featuring strong Bhadra Yoga.
Analyzing the definition of Bhadra Yoga, we can find out that according to its prevalent definition, this Yoga is present in every 18th horoscope on average as there are only 12 houses and 12 signs in a horoscope. Accordingly, the probability of Mercury being placed in any particular house in different signs makes 12 placements of Mercury in every house. Since Mercury can be present in 12 different signs in each house, so the total number of combinations for all 12 houses will be 144.
Looking at the formation of Bhadra Yoga, Mercury can form Bhadra Yoga when present in 1st house in one of the two signs namely Gemini and Virgo, and hence the number of occurrences is 2. The same number of occurrences will be found in case of placements of Mercury in 4th, 7th and 10th houses which makes a total of 8 occurrences of Bhadra Yoga out of the total 144 placements of Mercury in 12 different houses and in 12 different signs.
Hence this Yoga should be present in every 18th horoscope on average and accordingly every 18th person should be blessed with the great qualities and luck rendered by this Yoga. This is obviously not the case in actual practice as such great qualities and achievements are found rarely. It means that there are more conditions for the formation of Bhadra Yoga in a horoscope and this Yoga can’t be confirmed merely on the basis of presence of Mercury in some particular houses and some particular signs in a horoscope.
The most important factor for the formation of Bhadra Yoga in a horoscope is that Mercury 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 Mercury placed in any of the above mentioned 4 houses in any of the signs namely Gemini and Virgo may not form Bhadra Yoga and it may form a defect in the horoscope which may trouble the native with many kinds of problems. This is because a positive yoga is a good thing and good things can only be rendered by benefic planets. 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 Mercury placed in 1st house of a horoscope in Gemini or Virgo can render enhanced mental and communication abilities 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 Mercury 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. Hence, the need for Mercury to be benefic is a must meet condition for the formation of Bhadra Yoga in a horoscope.
Moving on to the third condition, Mercury should have a fairly good level of activity in order for it to form Bhadra Yoga of very good strength. It should be noted that the strength of any good or bad Yog depends on the strength and level of activity of the planet or planets forming such Yog in a horoscope. For example, if benefic exalted Mercury placed in the first house of a horoscope in the sign of Virgo has its level of activity as 40%, Bhadra Yoga of average strength will be formed in the horoscope. Similarly, such Mercury may form Bhadra Yoga with strength ranging from 0 to 100%, depending on the level of activity of Mercury in different horoscopes.
For the purpose of practical results associated with Bhadra Yoga, strength below 20% is ignored as any type of Yog less than 20% strength is not capable of producing significant results. On the other hand, any type of good or bad Yog with strength more than 80% can give extreme types of results related with such Yog, whether such results are positive or negative. Hence the level of activity of a planet is a very important consideration while deciding the formation and results of any Yog in a horoscope as it can significantly affect the net results.
Combining all these results, we get the refined definition of Bhadra Yoga and this is what this definition says. If Mercury is benefic in a horoscope, it is active and it is placed in the any one of the Kendra houses in any one of the signs namely Gemini and Virgo, Bhadra Yoga is formed, which may bless the native with many types of good results related to the domain of Mercury, depending on the overall tone of the horoscope.
Now that we have established the necessary conditions for the formation of Bhadra Yoga in a horoscope, let’s move further and see how this Yog can produce different results in different horoscopes, depending on many variables. It should be noted that even if present in a horoscope, any good or bad Yog may not be activated from the time of birth of the native and this activation may vary from person to person. It means that Bhadra 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 age, some during middle age and some of them during their age above 50.
I know the introduction of more and more variables is making things complicated. However, the same variables are introducing the possibility of a great number of combinations in case of people benefitting from Bhadra Yoga; and the same holds for other Yogas also. As we rarely see two people doing or achieving the exact same things even when they have the same benefic Yoga in their horoscopes, these variables are completely practical. It means that these variables make one native different from the other, filling the nature with great amount of versatility.
Once the formation and activation of Bhadra 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 Mercury in different houses, different signs and different nakshatras, as well as through the influence of other positive or negative planets on Mercury in a horoscope. For example, Bhadra Yoga formed due to the presence of Mercury in the first house of a horoscope in the sign of Gemini along with benefic Saturn in the same house can bless the native with a post of high authority in the government. Hence the native may achieve such authority through job or through politics, depending on the overall horoscope.
On the other hand, Bhadra Yoga formed due to the presence of Mercury in the first house of a horoscope in the sign of Gemini along with malefic Saturn may not produce any significant good results. On the other hand, if such malefic Saturn is very strong in such horoscope, the native may suffer from various types of diseases, he may become a criminal or he may die at a young age in an accident, depending on the overall tone of his horoscope. It should be noted that Saturn has just been used for reference and the same results may be witnessed due to the presence of other strong and malefic planets with Mercury, in the same case. Therefore, the effect of other good or bad planets on Mercury should also be checked before predicting the good or bad results indicated by Bhadra Yoga.
Above all, the overall theme of the horoscope having such Bhadra Yoga should be analyzed carefully as this is what matters the most. I have mentioned time and again that the overall theme of a horoscope is the most important aspect in it and it can change each and everything. For example, if Bhadra Yoga is formed due to the presence of Mercury in the first house of a horoscope in the sign of Gemini and the overall theme of the horoscope is indicating authority, this Yoga may bless the native with good results related to some type of authority.
Looking even deeper, if the horoscope is showing good trends related to education, the native may achieve such authority through government job, by virtue of his education. However, if Bhadra Yoga is present in the first house of a horoscope in the sign of Gemini, the overall theme is authoritative, educations trends are not very good and public dealing as well as diplomatic aspect is strong, the native may achieve a post of authority through politics. This is because the native may not be interested much in education and he may instead be interested in a more liberal and adventurous type of lifestyle. Hence he may join politics as government jobs come with many rules to follow whereas politics is much more liberal.
Similarly, if Bhadra Yoga is formed in the first house of a horoscope in the sign of Gemini and the overall theme is creative due to the combination of various planets, the native may become an actor or a singer. This is because the native is very good with verbal abilities and he has very good creative talent also. Hence he may engage in a field of profession like acting or singing and he may achieve success through these fields.
Considering one more possibility, if Bhadra Yoga is formed in the first house of a horoscope in the sign of Gemini and the overall theme of the horoscope is creative as well as physical, the native may become a sportsman. It should be noted that in this type of horoscope, physical energies should be stronger than creative energies as otherwise; the native may become a creative professional instead of becoming a sportsman. The reason for this trend has already been explained in the chapter named Ruchaka Yoga.
Likewise, if Bhadra Yoga is formed in the first house of a horoscope in the sign of Gemini, the overall theme of the horoscope is creative and writing abilities are enhanced in the horoscope, the native may become a book writer, a magazine writer or a news paper journalist, depending on the rest of his horoscope. Going deeper, if the horoscope of this native shows enhanced public dealing and the possibility of a job than the possibility of an independent practice, the native may become a journalist or a magazine writer. However, if the horoscope of the native shows strong tendencies of engaging in free practice and less public dealing, he may become a book writer.
Looking at one more combination, if Bhadra Yoga is formed in the first house of a horoscope in the sign of Virgo or Gemini and the overall theme of the horoscope supports income through business, the native may achieve good results through businesses related to the domain of Mercury. Hence this native may engage in the field of mobile phones, internet, finances, information and technology, trading, marketing, advertising and other such fields. Once again, the exact type of field chosen by the native and the quantum of success achieved by him depend 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 Bhadra Yoga of good strength forms in a horoscope, the native must benefit from it and he must achieve good results. However, the exact type of good results achieved by this native, the timing and the quantum of those good results is indicted by the overall tone of his horoscope.
Generally speaking, you can simply tell that something good is going to happen to the native having strong Bhadra 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 tone of the horoscope becomes very important if you’re interested in the detailed applications of Bhadra Yoga or any other good or bad Yog present in a horoscope.