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In our previous article we discussed about minimum number of bindus for each bhava to become effective as well as predictiŪܧ@ 6eʘ^fZd3,/]BS§^]:R<E}hcle we will dwell upon further intricacies of Ashtakavarga System of prediction. Rules of Ashtakavarga do not substitute rules of general predictive Astrology. They should be understood harmoniously or in other words, in tandem with the general rules of astrology. Saturn as we all know iQ9hmhOոV旊 charts it is also endowed with evil qualities even functionally. Its transit over a house where bindus are less than stipulated becomes a major factor in producing adverse results. Consider the Bhinnashtavrga of Moon. For all the karaka of moon, this table is crucial. If Saturn as a malefic transits over a house where Moon has very few bindus, then such a transit will forebode evil for the areas in a person’s life over which Moon has control.
Now we will have a brief look at what the karakatwas of major planets are:
Sun : Father, Right Eye, Physique
Moon : Mother, Left eye, Mind
Mars : Immovable property, brothers
Mercury : Education, Speech
Jupiter : Children, Wealth, Intelligence
Venus : Spouse, comforts of life, vehicles.
Saturn : Labourers, servants, means of livelihood, longevity.
It is important to note that a house will fare well if it has four or more bindus. The converse is also true. A house whose bindus fall short of this figure can only prodce unfortunate results. Before we discuss the effects of planets in bhavas, we need to revisit the area dealing with what each bhava denotes in a chart. This being an off-discussed and familiar area, we will mention the key points of bhavas and then proceed to the main topic.
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- one’s personality, phusical body.
- Speech, wealth, eyesight, family
- Courage, Co-borns, Voice, Proficiency in Music
- Mother, vehicles, House, Happiness.
- Cheildren, Merits of previous births,
- Debts, Diseases and enemies.
- Spouse, Overseas Travel
- Preceptor, Good Fortune, Divine grace.
- Work, Honour
- Opulence, Elder brothers
- Expenditure, Losses
How Planets influence a Bhava:
In brief, we will now discuss how a Planet can influence a bhava.
- A bhava gets destroyed when occupied by a malefic. Conversely it flourishes when aspected or occupied by a benefic.
- Mixed effects will be felt if both a malefic as well as benefic occupy a bhava.
- Planets in 6.8.12 do not yield beneficial results. ( Please note that if such a Planet happens to own One of the three evil house, then they mitigate the hardships thereby proving to be beneficial. Such as Hassha Yoga, Vimala Yoga, Sarala Yoga and Vipareetha Yoga operate on this principle).
- A malefic in own house or exaltation yields good results.
- A benefic in debilitation or getting combusted loses its benefic power and therefore yields bad results.
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Any student of Astrology who can understand the essence of these principles can easily forecast the outcome of each bhava in a horoscope. If the bhava, bhava lord and karaka are strong and are also well placed, the good effects of that bhava are assured. However Sun in 9, Moon in 4, Mars in 3, Jupiter in 5 and Venus in 7 do not yield desirable results on account of the dictum that a Karaka planet in that bhava (over which it is the karaka) actually spoils that bhava.
Now we will see one important rule which gives an added dimension to the rules of astrology which we already know.
- The well-known principle is that a planet which has good strength by virtue of being in exaltation, own house or in the house of another friendly planet or by virtue of occupying quadrant or brine would yield favourable result. ut however well placed such a planet may be, the results would not be favourable if it happens to occupy a house with very few bindus (meaning less than 40 in the bhinashtavarga chart.
- A planet which is badly situated by virtue of being in debilitation or sign ( in Rasi or Navamsa) is known to produce untoward or evil results.
Such a planet would yield very good results by occupying a house having more number of bindus ( meaning a house having 5 or more bindus)
I would just like to make one point clear here. All along people have been consulting astrologers who come to immediate conclusions by just having one look at the chart. For instance if Jupiter in its Capricorn in both Rasi and Navamsa, the immediate conclusion Is that Jupiter is very weak. But really speaking if a planet is in the very same house in both Rasi as well as Navamsa, it gets a new form of strength ie. Vargothama and one need not consider the vulnerability arising out of debilitation while giving predictions. Similarly Bhinnashtakavarga chart gives two important principles which are very important for judging whether the planet is really beneficial or not. Thus the common saying, “ On should not get carried away by external appearances “ might convey precise meaning while we discuss Ashtakavarga charts.
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The eleventh house stands for fulfillment of wishes. As we discussed earlier this is the lasha bhava. If Karma bhava (10th house) is stronger than the 11th house (labha bhava) one has to take tremendous amount of efforts to earn wealth.Similarly we can compare 2 nd house (Dhana bhava) with 11th house (Labha bhava). Both these houses are indicators of material prosperity .To become wealthy, which of the two bhavas should be stronger? The second house can be compared to a well, while the 11th house can be compared to the rain. If rainfall is scanty, naturally the well will find to become dry. Hence, the answer would be that the 11th bhava should should be stronger than the 2nd bhava, if a person should continue to enjoy prosperity. If 6th house is stronger than the 11th house, chances of welth being lost due to debts, diseases or enemies is there.
Bindus and Rekhas:
To assess the performance of a planet in transit, the following three rules would suffice.
- When a planet passes through a house with no bindus, the entire transit period is inauspicious. If the passage is through a house with 8 bindus, the whole period is auspicious.
- Assuming that a bhava has 7 bindus and a rekha, the planet who has contributed the rekha gives inauspicious results in its transit over that bhava.
- Assuming that a bhava has 1 bindus and 7 rekhas, then the transit of that planet who has contributed 1 bindu alone would prove auspicious.
Ashtakavarga as a balancing factor:
Let us say that a particular bhava has more number of bindus. From what we have understood so far, that bhava will become favourable, if that bhava is occupied by a malefic or aspected by an evil planet, would not the bhava effects be unfavourable? Here Ashtakavarga acts as a balancing factor. The effect of malefic aspecting that bhava is effectively countered by the surplus bhavas obtained by the bhava. On the same analogy, deficiency of bindus in a bhava can be compensated by the aspect or presence of a strong benefic. With these remarks, we will proceed to discuss the outcome of planetary transits in the next edition of our article.