The detailed version of this article is featured in the book ‘Important Yogas in Vedic Astrology (Revised Edition 2020).
Chandra Mangal Yoga
Vedic astrology mentions Chandra Mangal Yoga as an auspicious yoga. According to its definition prevalent in Vedic astrology, if Chandra or Moon is placed with Mangal or Mars in the same house of a horoscope, Chandra Mangal Yoga is formed in the horoscope. Chandra Mangal Yoga can bless the native with money, wealth, professional success, fame, recognition, authority, creativity, spiritual growth, marital bliss and other good results.
Some astrologers believe that the aspect relationship of Moon and Mars in a horoscope can also form Chandra Mangal Yoga. It means that if both Moon and Mars are casting aspect on each other in a horoscope, Chandra Mangal Yoga is formed in the horoscope. However in actual practice of Vedic astrology, this belief may not hold good. I have often seen that the aspect relationship of Moon and Mars may not be able to produce results of comparable quantum; as those produced by formation of Chandra Mangal Yoga due to conjunction of Moon and Mars in the same house of a horoscope. Hence for the sake of this discussion, we will only consider the conjunction of Moon and Mars for the formation of this yoga, in order to understand it in the best possible manner.
We know that there are only twelve houses in a horoscope. Hence the probability of Moon being placed with Mars in the same house in a horoscope is one out of twelve. For example, if Moon is placed in the first house of a horoscope, Mars can be placed in any one of the twelve houses. It means the probability of placement of Mars in the first house is one out of twelve. Hence Chandra Mangal Yoga forms in the horoscope of every twelfth native in this world, according to its prevalent definition.
It means that randomly, every twelfth person is having Chandra Mangal Yoga in his horoscope. Accordingly, every twelfth person should witness the good results indicated by this Yoga. Analyzing this definition further, we know that Moon transits a sign for two and a half days approximately. Mars stays in a sign for about a month and a half on average. Since the formation of Chandra Mangal Yoga is decided by the placement of Moon with Mars, Chandra Mangal Yoga once formed should remain active for about two and a half days as none of the two planets may change their positions during this period of time.
It means that all the people born during such two and a half days will have Chandra Mangal Yoga in their horoscopes. The fact that Chandra Mangal Yoga is found in almost every twelfth horoscope and the fact that this Yoga remains active for about two and a half days are very hard to justify practically. This is because the good results associated with Chandra Mangal Yoga are rare and they are not found in case of every twelfth native. It should also be noted that most good and bad Yogas in Vedic astrology don’t remain active continuously even for a few hours, let alone a period of two and a half days. Hence there must be other conditions which should be met in order for Chandra Mangal Yoga to produce good results like the ones mentioned in its definition.
The primary condition for the formation of any benefic Yoga in a horoscope is that all the planets involved in the formation of such Yoga should be benefic in that horoscope. Therefore, in order for Chandra Mangal Yoga to be formed in a horoscope, both Mars and Moon should be benefic in that horoscope. Mars and Moon can broadly make four combinations in a horoscope, in the cases which qualify for consideration of Chandra Mangal Yoga. Out of these four combinations, the combination of benefic Mars with benefic Moon may result in the formation of Chandra Mangal Yoga.
On the other hand, the remaining three combinations; the combination of benefic Moon with malefic Mars, malefic Moon with benefic Mars and malefic Moon with malefic Mars may not form Chandra Mangal Yoga in the horoscope. This is because in all these combinations, either one or both the planets are malefic. Hence these combinations may not form Chandra Mangal Yoga. Instead, they may form malefic yogas, where the malefic planet may affect the general as well as the specific significances of the benefic planet.
For example, the significances of Moon may suffer when this combination is present in a horoscope and Moon is benefic whereas Mars is malefic. As a result, the native may face problems in the spheres of his life, related to the general as well as specific significances of Moon. Such native may face problems related to emotional wellbeing, creativity and peace of mind; as these are the general significances of Moon. If Moon represents the ninth house in such horoscope, Pitra Dosh may be formed in the horoscope. Such Pitra Dosh may affect the wellbeing of native’s father and it may also cause a number of other problems for the native; depending on his overall horoscope.
Similarly, the general as well as specific significances of Mars may suffer when malefic Moon is present in the same house with benefic Mars. As a result, the native may face problems related to courage, initiative, physical energy, aggression, competitive spirit, immunity and those related to other significances of Mars. Looking at specific types of problems, suppose Mars represents the second house in one such horoscope. In this case, the native may face problems related to wealth, money, finances, family, speech and other significances of second house. The worst type of combination may be found where both Moon and Mars are malefic. The significances of both Moon and Mars may suffer in one such case. Chandra Mangal Yoga may not be formed in this case. On the contrary, the native may suffer a lot due to such malefic combination of Moon and Mars. Both these planets may try to cause damage to each other, resulting in a number of problems; depending on the overall horoscope.
In all four combinations, whether Moon or Mars may dominate the other depends on the strength of these planets as well as on the overall theme of the horoscopes in question. For example, if malefic Moon is placed with malefic debilitated Mars in Cancer, the significances of Mars may be affected much more than the significances of Moon. This is because Moon is strong in Cancer whereas Mars is debilitated in this sign. Such strong malefic Moon may cause serious problems related to significances of debilitated Mars. If Moon placed in Cancer is benefic and Mars placed in the same sign is malefic, this combination may not cause problems of high quantum. This is due to the reason that benefic Moon is much stronger than malefic Mars in this case. Hence it may be able to handle the damage caused by malefic Mars, without much difficulty.
On the other hand, if a combination of malefic Moon and malefic Mars is placed in Scorpio, the equation becomes the exact opposite. Mars is strong in Scorpio whereas Moon is debilitated. Hence Mars may not suffer much and it may seriously affect the significances of Moon. If a combination of malefic debilitated Moon and benefic Mars is placed in Scorpio, it may not cause serious problems. Since Moon is weak due to debilitation and Mars is strong, the latter may be able to manage the negative energy of Moon without much difficulty.
Looking at the fourth probability, when benefic Moon is placed with benefic Mars in the same house of a horoscope; Chandra Mangal Yoga is formed. In this case, Moon provides additional strength to Mars and Mars provides additional strength to Moon. As a result, the native may witness benefits related to significances of Moon as well as Mars. The quantum of such benefits depends on the overall horoscope of the native. Once we are sure about the formation of Chandra Mangal Yoga in a horoscope, the next thing to check is its strength. The strength of Chandra Mangal Yoga is checked through the placement of Moon and Mars in different houses, signs, nakshatras and navamshas; as well as through the influences of other benefic or malefic planets on Moon and Mars in a horoscope.
Looking at the signs, benefic results of Chandra Mangal Yoga may decrease in quantum, if this Yoga is formed in Gemini, Virgo or Aquarius since either Moon or Mars is not comfortable in these signs. On the other hand, if this Yoga is formed in Cancer or Scorpio, the results may change altogether. In both these signs, one of these two planets is debilitated whereas the other one is in its own sign. Hence the formation of Chandra Mangal Yoga in Cancer or Scorpio may also form Neecha Bhanga Raja Yoga in the horoscope. In case this combination is placed in Cancer, Moon may cancel the debilitation status of Mars and Neecha Bhanga Raja Yoga may be formed in the horoscope. If this combination is placed in Scorpio, Mars may cancel the debilitation status of Moon and Neecha Bhanga Raja Yoga may be formed in the horoscope.
Moving on to the next factor, influences of other benefic or malefic planets on Moon and Mars in a horoscope should also be checked properly, before predicting results of Chandra Mangal Yoga. This is a major factor and it can change the results; significantly or completely. Considering an example, suppose benefic Moon and Mars form Chandra Mangal Yoga in the tenth house of a horoscope in Sagittarius. This yoga may bless the native with success through a creative field, politics, government job or business; depending on the rest of his horoscope. If malefic Saturn is also placed in the tenth house of this horoscope in Sagittarius, the results indicated by Chandra Mangal Yoga may reduce.
However, the native may still benefit if the rest of his horoscope is favorable. Addition of malefic Sun to the tenth house of this horoscope may further deteriorate the equation. In this case, the native may not witness benefits of Chandra Mangal Yoga. Instead, he may suffer from various types of problems; though they should be manageable if the rest of his horoscope is supportive. If malefic Rahu or Ketu is also placed in the tenth house of this horoscope along with Moon, Mars, Saturn and Sun; this combination may turn malefic. In this case, the native may face serious problems related to many fields of his life.
The next factor to check is the field of impact of Chandra Mangal Yoga. To calculate field of impact, the house of placement of this yoga as well as the influences of other benefic and malefic planets on this yoga should be checked. Just like signs, formation of Chandra Mangal Yoga in various houses of a horoscope may bless the native with different types of benefic results. For example, the formation of Chandra Mangal Yoga in the first house of a horoscope in Cancer can bless the native with very good success as a creative artist. The placement of this yoga in the third house of a horoscope in Sagittarius can bless the native with success through a sport or business.
If Chandra Mangal Yoga is formed in the seventh house of a horoscope in Aries, the native may achieve good results through his marriage and profession. The formation of Chandra Mangal Yoga in the eighth house of a horoscope in Leo can bless the native with good results related to spiritual growth, research, analysis and other such fields. If this yoga is formed in the ninth house in Pisces, the native may witness benefits related to father, profession and spiritual growth; among other benefits. Therefore, Chandra Mangal Yoga may deliver different results; based on its placement in different houses, signs and nakshatras.
The next factor to check is the time of activation of Chandra Mangal Yoga. 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 the activation may vary from person to person. It means that Chandra Mangal Yoga present in different horoscopes may have different times of activation. Accordingly, different natives may start benefitting from it during different ages. This is why you may see some people benefitting from Chandra Mangal Yoga at early ages, some during middle ages and some of them during their ages above 50 or even 60.
Above all, the overall theme of the horoscope having Chandra Mangal 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, the presence of Chandra Mangal Yoga in the tenth house of a horoscope can bless the native with top class authority in government, if the overall theme of his horoscope is authoritative. On the other hand, the placement of Chandra Mangal Yoga in the same house of a horoscope can bless the native with success as a sportsman; if the overall theme of the horoscope is sportive.
Similarly, Chandra Mangal Yoga placed in the tenth house of a horoscope can bless the native with good results through businesses, creative fields, spiritualism, astrology, various types of practices and many other spheres; depending on the overall theme of his horoscope. Therefore, if you want to calculate the types of benefits that Chandra Mangal Yoga may pass on to a native, all these factors should be checked properly. Avoiding some of these factors may result in partly correct calculations or predictions. This is because you know Chandra Mangal Yoga is present in the horoscope but you don’t know what it is going to do to the native.
After this, the impact of running times should also be checked. The term ‘running times’ in this context means planetary periods, commonly known as Mahadashas. Running times are most important when it comes to check; when may the native receive maximum benefit from Chandra Mangal Yoga. Any type of good or bad yoga becomes duly effective, if one of the planets involved in its formation rules the running time. Therefore, the native may witness the strongest benefits offered by Chandra Mangal Yoga if he is hit by the planetary period of Moon or Mars during relevant years of his age. This simple looking fact may significantly change the quantum of success achieved by a native under strong influence of Chandra Mangal Yoga.
For example, if Chandra Mangal Yoga is formed in the first house of a horoscope and the overall theme of the horoscope supports success through business, the native may become a businessman. Though the native may achieve success if his overall horoscope is strong and benefic, such success may reach higher levels; as and when the planetary periods of Mars or Moon hit this native. This is because during these periods, Chandra Mangal Yoga may gain additional strength and hence it may bless the native with even better results. This native may achieve success through business; even when the planetary periods are not ruled by Moon or Mars. However, if the planetary period of Moon or Mars hits this native at relevant times, the native benefitting from the same Chandra Mangal yoga may achieve much more success through business. Hence the native may earn billions through business during planetary periods of Moon and Mars; provided his overall horoscope features such potential. The term ‘relevant times’ in this context means when opportunities have appeared.
For example, suppose the planetary period of Moon hits this native at his age of 1 year. The planetary period of Moon lasts for 10 years; followed by the planetary period of Mars for 7 years. It means the native will be under the effect of these periods during his age of 1 to 18 years. Since this age group doesn’t support big profits through business in most cases, the native may not be able to make the most of Chandra Mangal Yoga. Therefore, the planetary periods of Moon and Mars have hit this native at irrelevant times, in this case.
On the other hand, if the planetary periods of Moon and Mars hit this native at relevant times, the native benefitting from the same Chandra Mangal Yoga may witness the best possible results indicated by this yoga. Suppose the planetary periods of Moon and Mars are in effect during this native’s age of 31 and 47. In this case, the native may witness great amount of money, success and recognition through business; during the planetary periods of Moon and Mars; when supported by his overall horoscope.
You see, the definition of Chandra Mangal Yoga looks very simple. However, the actual process of calculating the results indicated by Chandra Mangal Yoga in a horoscope is complex. Therefore, each and every aspect in a horoscope should be checked properly; before concluding the formation of Chandra Mangal Yoga in a horoscope or before predicting the type and quantum of results indicated by it.
Billions of combinations are possible in a horoscope. That is why the overall theme of a horoscope is what matters the most. There are no doubts that if Chandra Mangal yoga of good strength is formed in a horoscope, the native must benefit from it and he must achieve good results. However, the exact type of good results achieved by such native as well as the timing and the quantum of such good results are indicted by the overall theme of his horoscope.