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To assess the impact of a planet in transit, we need to follow the three steps mentioned below in the same serial order.
1. Find out the nature and propensity of the lords of dasa and bhukti.
2. Judge the impact of these lords in transit. Irrespective of whether they are favorable or unfavorable, the resultant impact will prove to be negligible, if there is a planet transiting a “vedha” point from the former planet. During the course of the dissertation, we will try to understand the meaning and impact of “vedha” points.
3. Correlate gochara with Ashtakavarga table. Favourable planets in gochara with feeble support in Ashtakavarga do not yield desired results.
Consider the case of a person running Venus dasa. There are two courses for Venus – one from Pisces, sign of its exaltation to Virgo and the return journey back to virgo. Virgo is the debilitation sign of Venus. So it progressively loses its strength while moving towards Virgo. So a person running Venus dasa will be benefited during its journey towards Pisces and the movement towards Virgo would prove to be otherwise.
There are a few thumb rules by which gochara rules can be understood quickly. We know the Upachaya houses are 3,6 and 11 and in a natal chart a natural malefic is good in 3,6 or 11, So the first thumb rule we need to understand is that in Gochara, Mars and Saturn are favourable in 3,6 and 11.
The above rules are also applicable to Sun. In addition Sun in 10 favours completion of some great enterprise. So in addition to 3,6 and 11, Sun is good in 10 also. What applies to Sun, applies to Rahu and Ketu also. Considering this rule, we observe, Sun, Rahu and Ketu are favorable in 3,6,10 and 11. This is the second thumb rule.
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Moon is favourable in 1,3,6,7,10 and 11. Venus is favorable in houses other than 6,7 and 10. Thus Moon gives good results in six houses while Venus gives good results in 9 houses. To understand this rule we need to keenly observe one point – As far as houses 6,7 and 10 the effects of Moon and Venus are just the opposite in terms of whether it is good or bad. This completes the third thumb rule.
Mercury is favourable in all houses and in 11th (excluding 12th house). Write down all even houses. 2,4,6,8,10 12 – Replace 12 with 11 – 2,4,6,8,10 11. This gives the list of favourable houses for Mercury. This is the fourth thumb rule.
Jupiter is favourable in all odd houses (barring 1 and 3) and in 2 also. Write down all odd houses – 1,3,5,7,9,11 – Ignore 1 and 3 but include 2 – 2,5,7,9,11 This gives us the list of favourable houses for Jupiter and is the fifth and last thumb rule. Please note that Vedha will not act between Sun and Saturn; also between Moon and Mercury.
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We will now summarize all these rules in a tabular form.
Now we are through with all the fundamental Gochara rules.However each planet in a specific house is capable of producing certain specific results.As mentioned earlier only by integration of the rules of Ashtakavarga with Gochara ,a clear picture about future trends will be obtained.In our next article we will see how planets function in producing results in transit.