Malefic Planets (Graha)
[From Rohini Ranjan]
Amongst the army of seven,
sending away the lunar nodes on their well-deserved vacation for the time
being, it seems that the erudite view is that there are only
--two obligatory Benefics: the two 'Guru' - Brihaspati and Shukra, and
--three obligatory Malefics: Saturn, Mars and Sun and
--two facultative see-saws: Moon and Mercury who can be either, depending
on associations or something else etc
--the two shadow planets (Raahu and Ketu) are the mix (my recommendation
would be to add those to the 2 V (Variable) because my contention is that
the nodes (love'em or lump'em) are like mirrors. They reflect the image
of who they are with (associations etc) and hence belong in the 'Variable'
Negative or Malefic planets are
Kroor. They do not drop one with ease. Their impact is known without not
knowing! Here, the nature of the impact must be seen as different.
Mars being surgical, tends to
bring on changes suddenly, sharply and the loss is often sudden and leaves
a sharp pain (not literally or to the body alone), Mars can cause accidents
to some but can cure major body health problems through surgery. Both way
it is cruel.
Saturn's impact is more
ongoing, crushing, compacting, confining as if the oil-filled seed is
gradually being crushed in the mill (hence the Hindi saying: Shani tel
nikaal detaa hai jab dabochataa hai).
Sun, burns away when it shines
In a sense, all three rid the
nativity of what is unwanted, burdensome and in that sense: dross! Such
'processing' opens up the spiritual eyes of the nativity and as if scales
fall off one's eyes. Inner eyes and insight emerges and evolves.
Who is a Benefic?
(1) Natural Benefic
(2) Functional Benefic
(3) Defined by Relationships - Shatru-Mitra-Sama - (naturally / Panchadha Sambandh)
(4) Positional Benefic
(1) Natural Benefic -
Jupiter, Venus, Mercury and strong Moon
(2) Functional Benefic
(1) Lords of houses who are not lords of 6th, 8th & 12th house
(2) Planets defined as benefic for each Lagna as per Laghu Paraasharee
(3) A planet could become a benefic by its association with Benefics, Yog Kaarak etc
(3) Defined by the Relationships
A planet is benefic if its is a friend (of Lagna Lord, Dashaa Lord, Bhaav Lord etc)
(1)There are natural Satru-Mitra- Sama relationships
(2)The relationship gets modified due to position of planets defined by
Panchadhaa Maitree concept
--(Tatkaalik Mitra :- planets in 12, 4, 2, 10, 11 and 3 ) or (Tatkalika Shatru:- 6, 7, 8, 1, 9)
तृतीये सुहृदः स्थिताः
vyayaambudhan khaayeshu triiteeye suhridaH sthitaaH
tatkaal ripavaH ShaShT saptaaShTaik TrikoNagaaH || Saaraavali
सहज स्वान्त्यस्थास्ते परस्परम्
dashabaandhvaaya sahaja svaantyasthaaste parasparam
tatkaale mitrataaM yaanti ripavo.anyatra saMsthitaaH. .paraashara hora
Accordingly, Tatkaalik Mitra are same as stated in Saaraavali.
The Tatkaalik Shatru differs slightly :- ripavo snyatra means all others
are Tatkaalik Shatru.
Thus we have to add planets in the 5th too the list provided by the
Saaraavali. In fact Saaraavali Aachaarya might have meant both the 5th and
9th Houses when he mentioned Tri-kon.
Natural relationship + Tatkaalik Relationship
Mitra + Mitra = Ati Mitra
Sama + Mitra = Mitra
Sama + Shatru = Shatru
Shatru + Shatru = Ati Shatru
(D) Positional Benefic
(1) A planet could become a benefic due to its position in the chart like
- Exaltation, Own house etc
(2) A planet could become a benefic due to its Varg positions like above
(3) A planet could become a benefic due to its position in sign of natural
Benefic in maximum number of Varg (in the Varg of Jupiter, Venus, Mercury, Moon)
(5) A planet could become benefic due to Avasthaa defined by various methods
Apart from the above there is a school of thought even in ancient times that
planets having strength are beneficial planets. Are they?
It is my understanding that strength alone does not make a planet beneficial.
The benefic should be understood as a planet that helps a person in his
pursuit of Chaturvid Purushaarth: - Dharm, Arth, Kaam and Moksh.
A planet that helps him maintain his Dharm can be said to be beneficial to him.
A Planet that helps him to gain wealth for the sustenance of his family
can be said to be beneficial to him
A Planet that helps him to keep away diseases and make his body necessary
to fulfill the requirements / the purpose of this birth can be said to be
beneficial to him.
A planet that helps him in his pursuit of happiness without forcing him
from the path of Dharm can be said to be beneficial to him
A planet that helps him to maintain a respect in the society in a good and
just way can be said to be beneficial to him.
This also has another side to it.
A planet that prevents him from going in the wrong path even if he wishes
to can also be said to be beneficial to him.
Thus we can see that the role of a benefic planet is not just positive but
also prevents the native from being negative too.
The strength is only a characteristic of the so called Benefic or Malefic
In the sense, a Benefic
planet should be strong enough to do what was intended from it. Otherwise
the quantum of goodness derived from that planet shall not be as expected.
The same can be said to be true in the case of malefic planets or to be
precise INIMICAL planets :- the planets that are opposite to all the
God has created this
universe with those elements in a perfect balance, which is why it has
sustained for millions of years and shall remain so. In the same manner
each of the entity in this universe also maintains it own balance. The
same is true with each and every human being. Every human being has a
level of elements that balances it in a particular manner in tune with
many factors like his living environment etc.
The food that is taken by an
Indian is digested faster (due to the higher level of certain enzymes)
than a person born in colder regions. The slower digestion produces more
fat in his body which accumulates to give him the fattiness that is required
to combat the extreme cold. See how the nature creates the balance. The same
species, same food, but creates a different level of balance due to the
variation in the living condition. So what is good for one person need not
be good for another. Even in this backdrop of Desh-Kaal-Paritasthiti (place,
time, situation), we need to find / understand the supportive and oppressive
planets in a chart and for each Bhaav
(By Vinay Jha)
Planets seated in following houses give good results in the following order,
goodness decreasing and maleficness rising as we go rightwards in the following
list : 1, 9, 5, 10, 4, 7,,,,,, 3, 11, 2, 6, 8, 12
Lords of the following
houses make the planets Benefic and Malefic in same manner, left to right
: 1, 9, 5, 10, 4, 7,,,,,, 2, 8, 12, 3, 6, 11
Both lists are 75% identical, only three houses (3, 6, 11) change their
places in the order.
It is a general rule, but
for specific topics this general order needs to be changed. For instance,
2H and 7H are malefic for health, 11L is malefic for all topics, but 2H
and 11H are good for money/wealth/ income.
Exalted planets are hugely
benefic if they are functionally benefic too.
An exalted planet is most strongly Malefic if it lords 6H and 11H.
Strength of Planets :
The principal STRENGTH of any planet is to be measured in the following order :
1 - exalted
2 - in Mool Tri-kon
3 - in own sign
4 - in fast friendly sign
5 - in friendly sign
6 - in neutral sign
7 - in inimical sign
8 - in bitter inimical sign
9 - in debilitation
This is the chief scale,
each ladder on this scale almost doubles the strength. If two planets
having same strength on this scale are competing for supremacy, we have to
look into Shad Bal (otherwise Shad Bal should be overlooked). In Shad Bal
scaling, the weak planet has almost half the strength of the strongest
planet. Hence, Shad Bal scaling shows the finer strength within two levels
of the chief scale shown above.
Combust planets get the
traits of the Sun and lose their own strengths ;
debilitated planets in relation with strong planets also lose their own
properties and get the qualities of strong relatives and behave likewise.
That is why combust or debilitated planets sometimes give excellent
Avasthaa, Bhaav-Sandhi, etc
give finer shades. An exalted planet in Mrit Avasthaa is not Mrit.
Any conclusion must be based on taking into consideration all factors.