There are hundreds of graha yog/ planetary combinations mentioned in the texts. Some of which are benefic and some malefic in nature. A ‘yog’ means an extra result over and above what its position promises. You will get a list of these important combination in regular books, but applying these in actual practice requires that you be aware of how these yog get cancelled (yog-bhang). Else you will predict great stuff for your clients which will never happen in real life.
The combination for Mahapurush Yog is commonly seen in charts. This combination is possible with the five Tara graha, non-luminous planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. They are given different names like, bhadra yog for Mercury, malava yog for Venus, ruchak yog for Mars, hamsa yog for Jupiter and sasa yog for Saturn. Mahapurush yog is a very simple combination, there are only two conditions,
- The planet must occupy a sign owned by him or his sign of exaltation
- And this should happen in a Kendra (1st, 4th, 7th, 10th) house of the birth chart.
- E.g. Jupiter placed in the 1st house for Cancer, Sagittarius or Pisces ascendant charts. Here he is placed in a Kendra house which contains his own sign or his sign of exaltation. This is the basic combination which leads to the Hamsa yog for Jupiter.
The energies of the planet are utilised more effectively in a yog. The Kendra houses are the building blocks, the pillars of the chart. 1st house is personality and the immediate environment. 4th house is roots, home, nurture, protection, tradition etc. 7th house is legal partnerships, business, marriage, gain from contracts, legal issues in life etc. 10th house is the social status, salary, profession, social mobility etc. So if a planet which is highly comfortable in his own sign or exalted is placed in one of these he will naturally work very well and secure the house he is placed in and also the house opposite him (7th house aspect). So two pillars of your life are going to be in exceptionally good condition.
The specific results will depend on the nature of the planet, the sign and the house involved. If the planet is retrograde or combust or aspected by malefics or has low scores in the Ashtakvarga, obviously he won’t be able to deliver his full results. General indications are that the person will have significant leadership roles in life, successes in profession, fame, lucky, pleasing personality, healthy, long lived, intelligent etc. Eg if it is Jupiter, his body will be large, temperament will be expansive and luck will be on his side. Has the talent/power and also the confidence to use it. Eg Venus can give mantra-siddhi and also the temperament to use the mantras in life.
This is a rather common combination, about 30% of your clients will have at least one planet in this mahapurush yog combination. But 30% of your clients won’t show the results of these yog in life. The reason is the combination often gets cancelled by other factors. If you are interested in studying ‘astrological yog’, do not get carried away by just seeing it superficially in the chart, there are always terms and conditions.
All types Mahapurush yog will get completely cancelled if the following two placements exist,
- Jupiter in the birth chart is conjunct/ aspected by Saturn.
- The concerned planet who is making the yog, is conjunct Ketu.
In the present times, Jupiter is in Sagittarius (his own sign), so a baby born with ascendant sign Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini or Virgo will have this Jupiter in a Kendra house. Someone might say this to be a Hamsa yog. But this is not, as this Jupiter is conjunct Ketu (off and on till Sept 2020) and also with Saturn (till Jan 2020).
In the coming years, from Jan 2020, 2021 and till Jan 2022, Saturn will be in his own sign Capricorn so technically Sasa yog can be created for babies who will be born with Capricorn, Aries, Cancer and Libra ascendants during this period. But during this period Jupiter will be conjunct Saturn (off and on) so Sasa yog during these periods will get cancelled.
Another common yog seen in birth charts is the Adhi yog. Its said to be an extraordinary combination propelling the individual to heights of fame and wealth. It is quite a simple combination to remember,
- First option – Count from the ascendant sign, the 6th 7th and 8th house should be occupied by benefic planets
- Second option – Counted from the birth Moon sign, the 6th 7th and 8th house should be occupied by benefic planets.
If either of these two are fulfilled it is called a ‘Adhi yog’. Benefics here can be either yogkarak, the chart-specific functional benefics or the natural benefics as they all will be able to give some beneficial results here,
Effects of Adhi yog will be as per the nature of the planets and the signs involved. If these planets are well placed, exalted, in own signs, yogkarak, or in good Navamsha or have good Ashtakvarga scores, they will give stronger results. Eg if yogkarak Mars (for Cancer and Leo ascendants) is involved he will grant bravery and nobility of the highest degree. The native will benefit from the energies of Mars despite Mars being a natural malefic. Generally Adhi yog will always give a comfortable life, family, wealth, heath, social status and offer more opportunities and the ability for advancement in life.
The 6th house is of karmic work, which will include service that one performs for others. And if this house is capable of giving benefits then the service you offer is appreciated and you might get returns in the form of money or social prestige. The 7th house is the house of all legal one-one partnerships from business to marriage and the gains thereof. The 8th house is sudden transformations of every type. If these three houses work together then there can be sudden leaps in fortune which though sudden are not disturbing but enabling.
But the condition for cancellation of Adhi yog also exists and is this,
- If the 5th or the 9th house (counted from the ascendant sign or birth Moon sign as applicable) is occupied by any planet, the ‘Adhi yog’ does not exist. ie for the Adhi yog to give its results the 5th and 9th houses should be empty.
Finally the over-riding condition for all yog-s is that the ascendant sign, the ascendant lord and the birth Moon have to be powerful. If these three factors are capable of giving auspicious results only then will any yog seen in the chart be useful. The physical personality, the environment, the dynamics between the two and the mind have to be powerful. The physical body and the astral body have to have the potential, because no ‘yog’ can work independently on its own.
An average horoscope will have 1-2 ‘yog’, but if these yog will actually give results depends on other factors which can cause cancellation. When a yog gets cancelled the extra stuff attributed to its placement gets cancelled. The basic results that the planet is capable of will be remain. The timing of the results as usual will be as per the Dasha and transits of the concerned planets.
So be careful while using ‘yog’ in your astrological predictions. Better would be to learn how to analyse the chart using the keywords first, then adding Ashtakvarga and Navamsha. As you get more confident with study you will add Dasha and transits too. If you train your mind to see the patterns from these, you won’t need to learn ‘yog’ combinations by rote.