How to analyze Yogas in Vedic Astrology – Part Three

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In continuation of my previous articles on Yogas in Vedic Astrology

Slokas 19 and 20 of Phaladeepika mention about Yogas based upon planetary placement in specific houses from the Moon and/or the Lagna (Ascendant). And, these yogas are called Vasuman Yoga, Amala Yoga and Pushkala Yoga.

Vasuman Yoga is formed when all Shubha Grahas (auspicious planets) are placed in third, sixth, tenth and/or eleventh houses from the first house of the Lagna/Ascendant or from the Moon. And, the person born with Vasuman Yoga in his Lagna/Natal chart is told to be wealthy. He will remain at his residence; or in other words, there will be stability in life.

Amala Yoga is formed when an auspicious planet is placed in tenth house from the Moon or from the first house of Lagna Chart. This yoga is said to be giver of property, wealth and fame; and, also blesses the native with Son and knowledge.

Pushkala Yoga is formed when the dispositors of Moon as well as Ascendant lord are having union in the Kendra Bhavas in friendly zodiac sign/rashi; and, the first house of Lagna/Ascendant is under aspect from a well-disposed strong planet. The person born with Pushkala Yoga in his horoscope will be rich and famous; will be honored by the society; will wear gems and ornaments; will enjoy authority and power. In other words, the following conditions should be fulfilled for Pushkala Yoga:

(a) The lord of the sign occupied by the Moon (i.e. dispositor of the Moon); and,
(b) The lord of the sign occupied by the Ascendant lord (i.e. dispositor of the Ascendant lord);
(c) Both above mentioned planets are making union.
(d) The union is taking place in Kendra – first, fourth, seventh and tenth houses are Kendra Bhavas.
(e) The sign/rashi occupied by these two planets should be friendly; and,
(f) One strong planet should be having its aspect on the first house of Lagna/Ascendant.

Comments: These three yogas of vedic astrology are formed on the basis of respective placements of planets from the Moon and/or the first house of Lagna Chart (Ascendant). The on ground applicability of these yogas is, however, doubtful i.e. not all the persons born with these yogas may experience the same results as have been mentioned against each of these three Yogas; and, this will also depend upon the respective disposition of relevant planets in Divisional charts (specifically Navamsha). Besides, the potency as well as specific nature of the planet for that specific Lagna/Ascendant should also be taken into consideration. For example, if Moon, Venus and Jupiter are placed in third, sixth and tenth houses of Aries Ascendant/Mesha Lagna respectively; the results may not be auspicious. As lord of fourth house, the disposition of the Moon in third house may create volatility and restless in nature as well as lack of stability. Similarly, Venus and Jupiter will be debilitated in sixth and tenth houses respectively which may result in problems related to career and marriage of the native.

Similarly, the formation of Amala Yoga is to be analyzed thoroughly before concluding the results. It is a common yoga found in many charts; however, the actual outcome may differ from the suggested results as such the concerned planet may remain in the respective rashi/sign for considerable period of time. For example, Jupiter remains in one rashi/sign for around one year; and, all the people born with Jupiter in tenth house for the respective Lagna/Ascendant (or from the Moon) may not necessarily be enjoying property, wealth and fame. And, this will depend upon a lot of other factors too; like, the basic nature of Jupiter for the respective Lagna, nature of other planetary influences upon Jupiter, the disposition of Jupiter in Navamsha and/or other divisional charts, the potency of second and fourth houses, operating dasa etc.

The rules for Pushkala Yoga are slightly complex and it may not occur too frequently. The on ground applicability of this yoga is also good. That is, some amount of authority, fame and prosperity may still be there irrespective of the potency of relevant planets in Lagna and/or divisional charts. In this regard, I am presenting the horoscope of Late Shri Rajesh Khanna (first superstar of Indian cinema) for the perusal of the reader. The Pushkala Yoga is not completely formed in his horoscope but the results are still good; and, he did enjoy prosperity, fame and authority in his field.

Horoscope of Rajesh Khanna for Pushkala Yoga
29 Dec 1942 17:45 Hours Amritsar, India

Rajesh Khanna Horoscope

Let us examine all the conditions of Pushkala Yoga in Rajesh Khanna horoscope:

(a) The Moon is in the third house of his Lagna Chart; and, lord of the sign occupied by the Moon is Sun.
(b) Ascendant lord Mercury is placed in seventh house in Sagittarius zodiac (Dhanu Rashi) as per which Jupiter becomes the dispositor for Lagna lord Mercury.
(c) These two planets Sun and the Jupiter are not making union; therefore, this condition is not fulfilled. However, both the Sun and Jupiter are having mutual aspect relationship with each other; and, this may be considered as a supplement factor for this condition.
(d) Both these planets (the Sun and Jupiter) are placed in the seventh and the first house of his Lagna Chart respectively; and, therefore, this condition (of relevant planets being in Kendra Bhavas) is fulfilled.
(e) The Sun is occupying friendly sign of Jupiter; however, Jupiter is not placed in friendly zodiac/rashi. Jupiter is in Gemini zodiac/Mithuna rashi ruled by Mercury; and, Mercury becomes the enemy of Jupiter (as per natural as well as temporal relationship). However, the basic nature of Mercury is auspicious and supportive for all planets/houses in Gemini Ascendant (Mithuna Lagna); and, therefore, this aspect may also be given due consideration in this regard.
(f) The last condition is related to aspect of one strong planet which is addressed very suitably. There is a union of Sun with Mercury and Venus in seventh house of his Lagna Chart; and, all three planets are having their aspect on the first house of his Lagna Chart. Despite being in union with the Sun; the planets Mercury and Venus are not combust. In addition to this, there is a house exchange relationship between first and seventh lords (Mercury and Jupiter respectively) which further adds to this aspect in other way. Mars is occupying its own rashi/zodiac in sixth house of his Lagna Chart; and, it is also having its aspect on the first house. Ketu, placed in ninth house, is aspecting the first house too. Thus, there is influence of six planets on the first house of his Lagna Chart wherein five planets are casting their aspects while one planet is influencing the first house via placement. The basic nature of Mars is not much friendly for Mithuna Lagna (Gemini Ascendant); and, Ketu is also a cruel planet. However, in terms of strength, Mars is strongly placed in first house. Besides, both these planets (Mars and Ketu) are under aspect of Saturn which is a friendly planet for Gemini Ascendant. The mutual aspect relationship between Mars and Saturn is not good though; but, in regard to application of Pushkala Yoga, the aspect of Mars on the first house can be considered as aspect of a strong planet on the first house. The union of Mercury with Venus (in seventh house) is also good; and, both these planets (Mercury and Venus) are reasonably potent to influence the first house in a positive way. Besides, the Sun’s disposition (under union with auspicious planets like Mercury and Venus) is also strong in friendly sign/rashi (Sagittarius/Dhanu). The aspect of Ketu on the first house is a bit undesirable; although, in the light of overall aspectual/placement influences on the first house, the primary requirement of this last condition is reasonably addressed.

Therefore, despite some lacunae the Pushkala Yoga can be considered to be operational on Rajesh Khanna horoscope; and, he did enjoy wealth and fame in his professional career.

There are some other important points too in his horoscope; and, although these are not related with Pushkala Yoga (being discussed here) but may be interesting for the reader. As we can see that the dispositions of seventh house, seventh lord Jupiter and Venus (general significator for marriage and wife in male horoscope) are reasonably potent. However, the married life of Rajesh Khanna has not been much satisfactory. The primary reason is the affliction of Rahu on the Moon in third house of his Lagna Chart; and, the mutual aspect relationship between Mars and Saturn (occupying sixth and twelfth houses respectively of his Lagna Chart). For happy and stable marital life, both the second as well as seventh house should be auspicious and strong. While, the seventh house/lord is reasonably disposed in Rajesh Khanna horoscope; the second house is not much healthy. The aspect of Saturn on the second house may not be much supportive as such Saturn is badly placed and afflicted via aspect of Mars; and, besides, the general trait of Saturn (creating delay or obstruction) may also have some influence on the second house. The lord of second house Moon is having inauspicious union with Rahu in third house of his Lagna Chart; and, there are no auspicious planetary influences on this union (which may dilute or generate counter positive influence for the Moon). Thus, while entering into a relationship and/or marital bond might have been smooth; the stability or retaining the relationship and/or marital bond did remain a cause of concern for Rajesh Khanna.

Now, let us move further in our quest for understanding the applicability of some other yogas in vedic astrology. The verses/slokas from 21 to 25 of Yoga Adhyay of Phaladeepika state about four different astrology Yogas namely Shubha Mala Yoga, Ashubha Mala Yoga, Lakshmi Yoga and Gauri Yoga. Of these Yogas, the first two Yogas (Shubha Mala and Ashubha Mala) are based upon the mutual disposition of planets in specific houses of the Lagna Chart. The Lakshmi Yoga is related to specific disposition of Venus and the ninth lord; while, the Gauri Yoga is based upon mutual disposition of the Moon and Jupiter in specific house and sign/zodiac.

Shubha Mala Yoga – If all planets are placed in fifth, sixth and seventh houses of the Ascendant/Lagna Chart; this generates Shubha Mala Yoga (also known as Sumala Yoga). And, the person born with this yoga is said to be benevolent and friendly in nature. He will enjoy authority and command on other persons; will be respected or rewarded by the government; will be blessed with good wife and sons.

The applicability of this Yoga is average only; and, the strength of planets may also play a significant role in determining the potency of its auspicious results.

Some people have different version of this Shubha Mala Yoga; and, the placement of only auspicious planets (Shubha Grahas) like Moon, Mercury, Jupiter and Venus is considered for this yoga. And, different texts have also a different version of some Yogas; like, the Mala Yoga (as mentioned in Nabhas Yoga chapter of Brihad Parashara Hora Shashtra) is formed when all the auspicious planets are placed in any three of the four Kendra bhavas (first, fourth, seventh and tenth houses are Kendra Bhavas). Therefore, the chances of having different opinions or observations are good as well as legitimate.

Ashubha Mala Yoga – If all the planets are placed in sixth, eighth and twelfth house of the Lagna Chart; this will form Ashubha Mala Yoga. The person born with this Yoga is said to be quarrelsome, ungrateful, violent, sinful and cowardly in nature. He may not respect his elders and/or teachers; and, may suffer from defame in the society. This is not a common yoga; and, its applicability is also good; the bad placement of all the planets in sixth, eighth and twelfth houses may create weakness/disturbance on multiple grounds and one may suffer from defamation and other inauspicious results of this yoga.

Lakshmi Yoga is formed when the lord of ninth house and Venus are placed in first, fourth, fifth, seventh, ninth or tenth house of the Lagna Chart. In addition to this, these two planets (Venus as well as ninth house lord) should be occupying their own sign or exaltation sign. The person born with Lakshmi Yoga is blessed with full marital happiness; and, enjoys the company of beautiful and good natured female counter part. He will be glorious and protective of others under his command/supervision. He will also be very wealthy, healthy and famous.

Comments: This yoga is primarily based upon the strength of ninth house which signifies support of luck and fortune; and, of Venus which is a general significator for luxuries, ornaments, comforts and wealth. Strong disposition of both these planets is supposed to generate such results as has been mentioned above. However, the on ground applicability of this yoga is not very satisfactory; and, one may find many charts having this yoga but without the actual results or with very weak results. For example, people born in Virgo (Kanya) or Aquarius (Kumbha) Lagna will have Venus as ninth house lord; and, despite the apparently strong disposition of Venus, there may not be any results or very weak results of this Yoga. Like, one may have little wealth which may not sustain longer; or, one may have a beautiful wife but the marital relationship may not be good. In my personal experience, this Yoga will give results only when the following conditions are also met (in addition to the conditions mentioned for this Yoga):

The lord of first house should be strongly disposed.
The lord of ninth house or Venus should not be afflicted by malefic/cruel planets.
These planets (lord of first house, lord of ninth house and Venus) should be well disposed in Navamsha division.
And, the person should be under Mahadasa (main period) of either these planets or some other auspicious planet.

Let me share one horoscope in this regard; and, things may be more clear to you.

Example Horoscope One _ Lagna Chart
22 November 2002 16:10 hours Delhi

Example one_Lagna Chart

Example Horoscope One_Navamsha Chart

Example one_Navamsha Chart

In this horoscope, the lord of ninth house is Jupiter which is exalted in fourth house of the Lagna Chart; and, Venus is occupying its own zodiac/rashi in the seventh house of the Lagna Chart. Thus, apparently the Lakshmi Yoga is operational which is supposed to bless the native with riches, health and fame. The actual situation is, however, totally different; the child is born in a very poor family struggling hard to make both ends meet. And, the primary reasons behind such contrary results are as under:

The dispositor of Jupiter i.e. the lord of fourth house Moon is making inauspicious union with the Saturn in third house of his Lagna Chart. The role of dispositor is also significant while delineating the potency of the concerned planets (like Jupiter in this chart); and, the afflicted and/or weak position of the dispositor may not allow the relevant planet to exert its full positive influence for the native.

Sun is badly placed in eighth house; and, also afflicted by its union with Mercury and Ketu. And, Ketu is also casting its aspect on Jupiter (placed in fourth house of his Lagna Chart).

In his Navamsha division Venus is making union with Saturn and Ketu in fourth house. Therefore, not only Venus is afflicted but the potency of fourth house of his Lagna Chart (wherein exalted Jupiter is placed) is also challenged by the cruel influence of Saturn and Ketu on Venus.

At present, he is under Mahadasa of Rahu which will be operational till 20 years of age; and, afterwards, the Mahadasa of Jupiter will commence for 16 years. Therefore, some relief or betterment can be expected during Mahadasa of Jupiter; while, things may continue to remain tough and challenging (specifically in terms of finance, wealth and fame) during currently operational Rahu Mahadasa. Besides, the quantum of betterment expected in Jupiter’s Mahadasa may also be of moderate level; and, the chances of full results of Lakshmi Yoga are not much strong.

Now, look at another horoscope in this regard.

Example Horoscope Two_Lagna Chart

Example Two_Lagna Chart

Example Horoscope Two_Navamsha Chart

Example Two_Navamsha Chart

The ninth house is ruled by Venus; and, therefore, only one planet (i.e. Venus) is to be taken into consideration for Lakshmi Yoga. Venus is exalted in seventh house; and, therefore, the combined auspicious influences of ninth lord as well as Venus are supposed to be generating Lakshmi Yoga.

However, the other influences (as mentioned for previously discussed horoscope) are also to be checked for appropriate conclusion.

Venus is combust and joined by the Sun (lord of twelfth house signifying losses and expenses); therefore, the potency of Venus to generate full and clean results of its apparently strong disposition is diluted.In addition to this, the dispositor of Venus i.e. the lord of seventh house, Jupiter, is debilitated and afflicted via its union with Mars in fifth house of his Lagna Chart.

The Lagna lord Mercury is in sixth house.

In his Navamsha division though, the disposition of Venus is good wherein it (Venus) goes to eleventh house in Sagittarius zodiac/ Dhanu rashi; and, Mercury is joined by Jupiter and exalted Moon in fourth house of Navamsha.

Conclusively, only partial and temporary results of Lakshmi Yoga are there (due to the weak/afflicted disposition of Venus). The native did enjoy reasonable amount of prosperity in his life; however, the financial volatility and occasional hurdles were also there. And, during the last quarter of Moon’s Mahadasa, the financial volatility was quite strong. Thus, while the improved disposition of Venus and Mercury in his Navamsha division ensured some results of the Lakshmi Yoga (being formed in his Lagna Chart); the primary weakness in his Lagna Chart did not allow him to experience strong and stable results in terms of wealth and finance. Besides, the other aspects of Lakshmi Yoga are also very moderate.

Gauri Yoga: Gauri yoga is formed when Moon occupies its own zodiac or is exalted; is placed in first, fourth, fifth, seventh, ninth or tenth house; and, is aspected by Jupiter. This yoga may appear somewhat similar to Gaj Kesari Yoga; however, the conditions for this yoga are slightly different. First of all, the Moon should be in specific zodiac/rashi (Cancer/Karka or Taurus/Vrishabha) for Gauri Yoga; while, there is no such condition for Gaj Kesari Yoga. Second, the Moon should be placed in Kendra or Trikona Bhavas (first, fourth, fifth, seventh, ninth and tenth houses); while, there is no such condition for Gaj Kesari Yoga. And, third condition is that the Moon should be aspected by Jupiter for which Jupiter has to be in fifth or seventh or ninth house from the Moon. While, for Gaj Kesari Yoga, the Jupiter should be in Kendra Bhavas (first, fourth, seventh or tenth houses) from the Moon.

The person born with Gauri Yoga is told to have strong and attractive physique. He will be virtuous and have friendly relationship with authorities (King). He will be victorious over his enemies; will be famous and blessed with sons.

The on ground applicability of this Yoga is also average; and, will depend upon the other relevant factors too. Like, in Taurus Ascendant (Vrishabha Lagna) the Moon will be exalted in first house; and, the aspectual influence of Jupiter on such Moon may not be much supportive for the health and well being of the native. This is so because the nature of Jupiter is not friendly for Taurus Ascendant/Vrishabha Lagna people; and, due to its lordship over eighth house of Vrishabha Lagna, the aspectual influence of Jupiter on the Moon (placed in first house) may create obstructions, delays and challenges in overall aspects of life (including trouble to health and physique). And, if Venus is also weak/afflicted; the intensity of inauspicious influence of Jupiter on the Moon may remain prominent right from birth. In other words, such disposition of Moon, Jupiter and Venus may generate Balarishta Yoga for Taurus Ascendant people. The best results of this Yoga will be experienced for those Ascendant/Lagna wherein the nature of both Moon and Jupiter becomes auspicious and supportive; and, therefore, the chances of auspicious results of this yoga will be comparatively better for Aries, Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces (Mesha, Karka, Vrishchika and Meena Lagnas respectively). For Gemini, Leo, Virgo, Sagittarius and Aquarius (Mithuna, Simha, Kanya, Dhanu and Kumbha Lagna respectively) Ascendants, the results may be average or comparatively lower than previously mentioned Lagnas; while, the impact of this Yoga may not be much supportive for people born in Taurus, Libra and Capricorn Ascendant (Vrishabha, Tula and Makar Lagna respectively).

I hope you enjoyed reading this third article on interpretation of yogas in vedic astrology; and, I will try to write the next article in this series  as soon as possible.

Related Posts –

How to analyze Yogas in Vedic Astrology – Part One

How to analyze Yogas in Vedic Astrology – Part Two

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