Understanding and Interpreting their results

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By 2017-08-13

By Vishwamitra

The positions of planets and the pattern of rays and vibrations they generate at a given moment and their influence on man and both terrestrial phenomena and terrestrial affairs constitute the basis of Predictive Astrology.

Factors modifying planetary results

In a horoscope, a planet would seldom stand alone for he would get connected to another by some way or other. When a planet is not associated with another planet or several planets, it is more or less free to use its own power to produce results specific to it.

When two planets conjoin their individual characteristics take a back seat and a mix of their qualities becomes pronounced. Another significant factor is that a planet be it Sun, Moon or Mars would produce different results when it is combined or conjunct with different planets. For example, the mix of effects that results when the Sun is conjunct with say, Mars is not the same that results when it is conjunct with Saturn. Again the effects of such a Dwi-Graha conjunction gets modified differently depending on the House or the sign where the conjunction is placed. Therefore, it goes without saying that a student of Astrology should be conversant with the effects that different planet- combinations produce and how these effects are modified depending on the Houses and the signs where such combinations are placed.

Aspects and being trine or square

The effects of a planet can be influenced by another planet or planets aspecting it or trining it or squaring it. We do not propose to go into this aspect immediately lest the subject becomes too complex for the reader at the very outset.

When it comes to speaking about how a planet behaves in a particular sign or what effects he would produce when placed in it, the students of Astrology have to keep in mind that:

There is a planet ruling each sign and the characteristics of the lord of the sign are inherent to it.

The nature of the sign can influence the planet placed in it; for example, a sign can be either Movable (Chara), Immovable (Tira) or Common (Ubhaya) or Fiery (Tejo), Watery (Apo), Airy (Vayo or Pathavi (Earthy).

The nature of signs categorized stability-wise and intrinsic quality-wise are appended for easy reference:

Nature of signs stability-wise

Movable: Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn

Immovable: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius

Common: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces

Nature of planets intrinsic quality-wise

Tejo (Fiery): Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Apo (Watery): Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Vayo (Airy): Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Pathavi (Earthy): Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Let us now study the mix of effects that results when the Sun is conjunct with different planets and how these effects get modified in different Houses and signs.

Sun – Moon combination or conjunction: This combination is favourable if the two planets are in opposition, having direct mutual aspect; unfavourable if they are together in the same sign which means the Moon is in its weakest phase, either in Amawaka (New Moon) or in a Tithi close to it. If the combination is favourable and it is placed in the 1st House, the native would be very self-centred. If the combination occurs in the 2nd House, the native would accumulate wealth; in the 3rd House, he would have gainful travel; in the 5th he would receive good education, live in a pleasing environment and excel in sports. Native would inherit wealth from spouse after marriage if the combination occurs in the 8th House. If the combination occurs in a sign like Scorpio or Capricorn falling in the 6th or the 12th House, the native would be uncouth and cunning. If the combination is placed in a good House and a good sign like Cancer, Leo, Aries or Taurus, the combination would produce beneficial results pertaining to the House where they are placed. For example, if Sun – Moon conjunction occurs in Leo or Aries falling in the 10th House, the native would be a great leader possessing much wealth.

Sun – Mars combination: This is a combination that makes the native very energetic, bold and enthusiastic. This combination produces very favourable results in signs like Leo (owned by Sun), Aries (owned by Mars and where Sun gains exaltation) and other friendly signs and in 3rd, 6th, 10th and 11th Houses. However, Sun and Mars being fiery planets could cause excessive body heat leading to blood-related diseases like Typhoid fever, Plague and small Pox. Sun and Mars together could produce very bad results when placed in the 8th or the 12th House. A native with Sun -Mars combination in the 10th House could rise to the position of a ruler of a country. Both these planets command Digbala in this House and Sun is very powerful in it. If these two planets come under the aspect of Jupiter, the native would become a great benevolent leader. When this combination is weak or afflicted, the native could be a wicked and ruthless person overly aggressive and self-centred.

(To be continued)

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