Ascendants and functional malefics

There was a question on the luckiest ascendant, so a quick post. This logic is based on the ‘functional malefic’ concept.

  • A planet who owns the 6th, 8th or 12th house counted from the ascendant sign, in a chart will act as a functional malefic for the horoscope. Especially so if its Mooltrikon sign falls in any of these turbulent houses.
  • Rahu and Ketu are functional malefics for all ascendant signs.
  • The lord of the 3rd house, if badly placed, will act as a functional malefic, so check out the individual horoscope for this factor. The 3rd house is a very typical house, can go either way.
  • The ascendant lord cannot overtly be a malefic for a chart, this is applicable for Aries, Libra and Aquarius ascendants. But if you get a chart with these ascendants, do evaluate the power of the ascendant lord to get a clear idea of what results he is going to confer. eg I have noticed that for Aries and Libra, the rate of change is very high, the personality goes through periodic cycles where there is severe disturbance, followed by a mini-melt-down, followed by an astonishing rebound and growth. For Aquarius ascendants, there is an undefinable loss of personality in the sense that they are always defined by their background groups. Alone, without his social support, an Aquarius ascendant seems a shadow of his self.

Ascendants and functional malefics

So this is the list of functional malefics for each ascendant sign,

  • Aries- Mercury, Rahu, Ketu
  • Taurus- Mars, Jupiter, Rahu, Ketu
  • Gemini- Rahu and Ketu
  • Cancer– Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu, Ketu (possibly Mercury as per individual chart)
  • Leo– Moon, Rahu, Ketu
  • Virgo- Sun, Mars, Saturn, Rahu, Ketu
  • Libra- Mercury, Rahu, Ketu (possibly Jupiter as per individual chart)
  • Scorpio– Venus, Rahu, Ketu
  • Sagittarius- Moon, Rahu, Ketu
  • Capricorn- Sun, Jupiter, Rahu, Ketu
  • Aquarius- Moon, Mercury, Rahu, Ketu
  • Pisces- Sun, Saturn, Venus, Rahu, Ketu

Here we have followed the concept that the mool-trikon sign of the planet should fall in the 6th, 8th and 12th houses for it to be classified as a full blown functional malefic. But do remember that even if a planet’s regular sign falls in these 6th, 8th and 12th houses of turmoil, he can be an agent of pain in your life. (For Moon we do not consider his Mooltrikon sign Taurus, but his own sign Cancer)

  • I have added one possible malefic for Cancer ascendant, ie Mercury. And Jupiter as a potential malefic for Libra ascendant. Their mool-trikon sign falls in the 3rd house for these ascendants. The 3rd house is a rather typical house, can go either way so always check it from the individual chart.

If you look at this above list critically, Virgo and Pisces ascendants have a whopping five planets as clear-cut functional malefics. People born under these ascendant signs have more happening and traumatic events in their life. The influence of the three houses of turmoil is more in their lives and more unfavourable incidents associated with the keywords of these houses occur. Broadly diseases, debts, enemies, losses, stress, catastrophic transformation etc can occur with more frequency. (Cancer will fall in this list, if in the individual chart, Mercury is unable to give auspicious results. eg If Mercury is aspected/ conjoint Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu, Ketu)

Now whenever the Sun is a functional malefic, you should analyse his proximity to Mercury too. Mercury is more often combust than other planets. So if in the chart, a malefic Sun consumes a beneficial/ neutral Mercury, Mercury is unable to give his results and you have one less positive/neutral planet in your chart. Second possibility is Venus being combust by a malefic Sun, as he too remains rather close to the Sun. This scenario is possible for Virgo, Capricorn and Pisces ascendants, so check this in the individual chart.

Second possibility is if the Sun combusts a functional malefic planet then he too becomes a malefic! The Sun can combust all the 5 tara-graha, but this possibility is more for Mercury and Venus as they are the inner planets, closer to the Sun.

  • Aries, Cancer, Libra and Aquarius have Mercury as a functional malefic so if such a malefic Mercury is swallowed up by the Sun in combustion, the Sun will take on all of Mercury’s attributes including his this functional malefic nature.
  • Then Scorpio and Pisces have Venus as a functional malefic so if the Sun combusts a malefic Venus, he too will become a composite Sun+Venus malefic power.

In the horoscope, check if the ascendant lord is influenced by these functional malefics. This reduces his power to adjust your personality and your environment with each other. Also check if the birth Moon is under malefic influence, as this directly affects the mind, emotions and mental processes.

  • eg for Cancer ascendant, Moon (ascendant lord) conjoint Jupiter is not a very auspicious combination. Even if Jupiter is considered to be beneficial, he is a functional malefic for this ascendant.

Taurus, Capricorn and Aquarius ascendants, have four planets as functional malefics. (Libra can come in this category if in the specific chart, Jupiter is under the influence of even more malefics and is incapable of giving auspicious results.) And Aries, Leo, Scorpio and Sagittarius ascendants, have three functional malefic planets. Finally Gemini ascendant has only two, ie the common Rahu/ Ketu as the functional malefic energies in the chart.

So I would say that Gemini ascendant is the luckiest ascendant to have, as it practically has no functional malefics. Except Rahu and Ketu who are astral planets entrusted with the express job of creating turbulence in our life. The remaining 7 planets are either neutral or beneficial so this ascendant has a relatively smoother life compared to the remaining eleven signs of the zodiac.

The toughest would be Cancer, Virgo or Pisces ascendants.

  • Virgo and Pisces because of the five planets who work directly as functional malefics.
  • Cancer because he has four (five, if Mercury also afflicted), but these include Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu, the slowest planets. If something goes wrong in a Cancer’s life, it can take ages to first suffer through the problem and then ages to recover from it.

Ascendants and functional malefics

Now a bit more on how to use this concept.

  • If the functional malefic in the birth chart is on the exact central degree at the house he is placed in, he exerts more negative influence on the matters of this house. eg if your birth rising degree is 3deg Leo, the middle of the 1st house is at 3deg Leo. Look out for the planets transiting around 3deg in any sign and their effects on you.
  • If the functional malefic is closely conjunct or aspects any other birth planet, he will affect their power to give auspicious results.
  • In transit too, these planets give their worst results when they are passing through the center of a house or conjunct/ aspecting any birth planet.

Finally one more aspect of this list must be considered. Check which ascendant has slow moving or fast moving planets as its functional malefics.

Leo and Sagittarius have only Moon as their functional malefic. Moon is the fastest planet going at 2.25days/sign. So the trials in their life will pop in suddenly, maybe an acute attack of some problem in life and then as suddenly pop out. There can be more frequent problems as the Moon transits around the zodiac in about 28days. But perhaps this is better as you do not have to endure under a problem for years.

  • eg If you know that the next 2.25days are going to be typical, you can do something about it, eg re-arrange your work schedule etc or just sit through knowing that it will end in 2.25days.

Aries, Libra, Scorpio, Aquarius have the Sun, Moon, Mercury or Venus as their functional malefic. These ‘inner planets’ are also fast moving, approx a month in a sign. So the problems faced by these people do not last for long, though may have a yearly sort of periodicity. Here a problem can last for about a month (might resurface maybe a year later if the dasha/other transits permit.) However note the combustions of these planets in your birth chart and in transit which can modify results.

  • eg If a Cancer ascendant at birth has Mercury conjoint Sun and both aspected by Saturn. Then those periods when Mercury goes combust in the skies (three times a year) wil, inflate his ego, affect his thought processes, make him temporarily selfish, unable to accepts others views, create even more misunderstandings because of this, might cause severe fights with siblings or teammates or neighbours, or extended family members, losses in trade etc be especially problematic for him.

For Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn and Pisces ascendant people, the outer planets, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn figure in the list. These take longer times to transit signs, Mars can take 2-6 months, Jupiter 1 yr and Saturn 2.6yrs, per sign. So for these people, troubles in life will last for a longer period, they will have to endure under problematic situations for months/ years. And recovery from these episodes will be slow. However periodicity will be lesser. Mars completes one round of the zodiac in 2yrs, Jupiter in 12yrs and Saturn in 30yrs.

  • I have mentioned in my previous posts, that Cancer ascendants should take special care and try to focus on their spiritual growth than material objects during the next few years. Now you see, Jupiter, Ketu, Saturn, are/ will be transiting their 6th, 7th, 8th houses back to back. Two houses of turmoil, 6th and 8th and 7th is a very cryptic house, decisions taken here convert to karma very quickly.

You must have read about functional malefics in your studies on astrology, so this is how you gain more information using this concept. Astrology is about seeing patterns and linking them together with common sense and a bit of intuition. You must study your sample horoscopes of your family/ friends and see how your ideas and concepts really play out in life. This is how you learn with every chart you read.


Ascendants and functional malefics

9 thoughts on “Ascendants and functional malefics

  1. Angelita March 13, 2020 / 10:55 pm

    So what would you think of Ketu Scorpio 14 in 1st House of Libra with Vesta 6 Scorpio, Then Sun 13 Capricorn conjunct Mercury 5 Capricorn in 3rd House, and Jupiter at 1 degree Leo 10 House Retrograde? I have my thoughts, and intense experiences that I can physically feel.


    • astrologerbydefault March 14, 2020 / 10:31 am

      Hi there,
      i think frm yr question, you have mentioned ‘vesta’, you follow the western system..

      i am a Vedic/Indian astrologer, so if u want to use the information in this blog u will hav to get your charts calculated from a Vedic software ..


  2. Angelita March 13, 2020 / 10:58 pm

    Do you have an email I could write to you?


    • astrologerbydefault March 14, 2020 / 10:32 am

      Hi there,
      i don’t correspond via individual emails.. you will have to use this comment form in this blog..


  3. Deepak Kumar July 2, 2020 / 1:11 pm

    Hi Mam,

    thanks for very lucid and enlightening posts. I read your articles and they seemed very pain relieving as they unlocked few mysteries. I will be grateful if you can share some thoughts to guide me.

    I am Libra lagna with Ven-Sat in lagna, moon in 6th, Jup-mars in 3rd house and Sun/Merc in 12th house (merc is within degree behind). I finished Ven Dasha and started Sun dasha in Jan 2019. Though I reside outside India since 2008, suddenly since Sun dasha job & money are gone. While there is a lot of contentment and spiritual upliftment, career wise all efforts are futile.

    Funny all astrological predictions have failed. How to find right direction forward as without Karma it almost feels like imprisonment


    • astrologerbydefault July 2, 2020 / 5:25 pm

      Hi there
      some points to analyse ur sun

      Sun in 12th house,
      karak of 11th in 12th,
      11th is a upchay house
      mahadasha and antardasha rulers are in 2/12 axis also natural enemies

      so do anything which will help you balance the sun’s energy, from giving Surya arghya to doing the surya mantra on sundays..


      • Deepak Kumar July 3, 2020 / 8:49 pm

        Hi Mam,

        clear and thanks for guiding me. I read further articles of yours on argala and Navamsha.Two questions

        1) 9/11/12th house lords are conjunct, so if spiritual orientation is coming right now with the loss of money, will luck and gains come as well at some point 🙂 I read somewhere about Dasha progression as Dasha planets goes around the zodiac

        2) Though Dasha is of Sun, Lagna lord is in 2nd from Sun in Lagna in Pushkar Navamsha and most likely at Pushkar Bhaga degree, does it make sense to activate Venus again? I was asked to remove Diamond and wear Pukhraj + Emerald earlier this year

        Sincere thanks for your article on Pushkar Navamsha as it made my day knowing that LL is in Pushkar Navamsha.


  4. Preethi July 10, 2020 / 9:29 am

    Hi ma’am. Thank you for such an enlightening post. My son has quite a difficult horoscope and we don’t have the expertise here in Malaysia to get an expert advice. He has 5 planets in the 12th house which is sun, Venus, Mercury , Jupiter and Ketu.
    Ascendant is Mithuna.
    Rahu in 6th house.
    Moon and Saturn in 4th house.
    Mars in 3rd.

    I’m worried that most of the major planets are all confined in one house.


    • astrologerbydefault July 10, 2020 / 2:10 pm

      Hi there
      one positive is tht the owner of the 12th is there himself. but yes there will be some typical issues from time to time..
      I have written several posts on the 12th house, do use the index page if you feel like reading them ..
      also go thru the posts on
      asc lord with ketu
      ketu conjunct other planets
      rahu/ketu in 6/12 axis
      guru chandal yog
      gemini-sagi axis
      post on energies of fear
      also read about the moksh trikon
      also i have written a lot on rahu/ketu, which you might find a useful read


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