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

Leo ascendant Integration

I have always considered Cancer ascendant to be the most challenging of the lot, written about it here. This post is a study on Leo ascendant, a bit less challenging than Cancer, but it too has its moments.

If your ascendant is either Cancer or Leo do read both these posts. These two ascendants are somewhat similar. Leo never changes his behaviour. Cancer ascendant too cannot change. They cannot adjust themselves as they are most directly connected to the individual soul (existence itself) and the power of creation (distribution of pran). They are ruled by the luminaries of the zodiac, the highest spiritualising agents, the Sun and the Moon.

Leo ascendant Integration

Leo is the natural 5th sign of the zodiac, a Kona/angle sign. Here your personal connection to the divine spark (Sahasrara chakra), your individual soul, your self-ego, confidence, self-creativity, genius, final knowledge (anand-mai-kosh), love affairs, children, etc are seen.

  • Sun is considered to be a friend by Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Ketu.
  • An enemy by Venus, Saturn and Rahu. So these 3 planets cannot be expected to give very good results outrightly, they need to be examined.
  • Jupiter and Moon own the 8th and 12th signs, but these are not their Mool-trikon signs which makes them not so bad, but they cannot be relied upon, do examine their roles.
  • But Sun considers, Moon, Mars, Jupiter as friends. And Saturn, Venus and Rahu as enemies. And Mercury and Ketu as neutrals. (So evaluate Mercury and Ketu too carefully.)

So there is sheer power vibrating about him, he exudes royal vitality and energy. The essence of the personality is ultra radiant, he has a lot of energy at his disposal and his environment is also enabling. Body is well built, he looks and feels huge. Health is generally good, but there is a propensity for heat related disease, pitta unbalances, blood diseases, fevers, piles, etc. Analytical process, communication skills, ability to think logically, mental stability is high, observant, alert. Can be egoistic, selfish, self-centred, has secrets, likes company, spends time with his friend circle. Does not like getting linked to one person much. Affairs and long term girlfriends/ boyfriends are less, as is not emotional by nature. Moon rules Cancer the 12th house so passion, emotion and mentality will not come on the surface nor interfere overtly with his decisions. Even after marriage, will not be seen much with the spouse, he will maintain his own separate circle. As a parent he can get possessive (if damaged Sun then this can get very unhealthy), generally takes pride in his child’s accomplishments. He aspires to higher things, will maintain useful contacts, connect with people who are higher placed than him. Likes using luxury items, generally materialistic by nature, sometimes interested in spiritual stuff and likes a comfortable life. His attitude, perceptions and outlook are stable, individualistic but regal, capable of appreciating the higher things. He may be materially well-off but wants more, information, knowledge, intelligence. He is not a gossip but will have information on others.

Leo is a fiery sign, very intense. Whatever he takes up he does so with full focus and commitment. He is completely involved in whatever has his attention at the moment, he will ignore the other aspects of life. And finally he is unpredictable, (a Leo guy once told me, ‘even I don’t know what I will be doing next!’), he can abandon his interest as suddenly as he took it up. He can be a loyal ally but can abruptly abandon his friends mid-stream and not look back. This behaviour can be viewed as ingratitude by others but is inherent, natural to him. His convenience is paramount to him. He has an unyielding nature, brusque, abrupt, not deeply involved in others including his own family. Highly self-involved. All one-one relationships are a source of dissatisfaction to him. They do not match his personality. He does not have the endurance or interest in maintaining any sort of one-one relationships for long. Spiritual practices cannot be sustained for long, he loses interest. Karmic bindings chafe. Saturn is the worst malefic for Leo ascendant. He is the owner of the 6th and 7th houses. So the demands for service/suffering increase after marriage/ partnerships. The desires for experience, Rahu, which pull him are antithetical to his basic nature, give him discomfort and he does not get deep satisfaction from anything he does.

If Leo is occupied, then this planet will exert its influence on the personality. Sun here is an excellent position, guaranteed victory everywhere. Moon here is not so good, there is deep internal loneliness, may waste energy as projects fail. Mercury alone here is not so good, body is weak, mental processes can get extreme, immaturity exists. Venus here will give him material gain from females, but can also make him selfish. Mars is very good here, can give all power and position if he can control his aggression. Jupiter here is mixed, can grant health and knowledge but also sudden disruptive changes. Saturn here is not good, grants hardship and ill health. Rahu/ Ketu axis here can grant spiritual gifts on the material planes they cause suffering physical, mental both.

Similarly if there are planets conjoint/ aspecting the birth Sun they will also exert significant effect on the entire personality. Sun will combust planets and become a composite Sun+Planet energy. In this case analyse this other planet too in depth. If the Sun is in the 3rd 6th 8th or 12th the houses of turmoil be careful.

Leo ascendant Integration

Now the Bhavat bhavam concept. The 1st house is the bhavat bhavam for the 7th house and only for the 7th. The 1st is ‘partnership of partnership’. The potential attributes of the 7th will be given scope and actualised by the power of the 1st. eg If you want to make your marriage work, you have to give your own personal time, physical strength, mental energy, spiritual strength etc. And since the energy of a house is limited, if you use lots of your resource on your spouse, you will neglect your business commitments or spiritual practices or the other things linked to the 7th. This is a general concept applicable across ascendants. (Similarly if you want to secure your 4th and 10th houses, your 7th house has to contribute its energy.)

The 1st and 7th houses are the rising and setting degree, ‘dawn and dusk’? Half in the dark half in the light. The 1st, morning dawn, things are coming out in the light, more optimistic. The 7th house is evening dusk, twilight, things are being obscured. Here malefic influences will be more powerful than benefic influences.

So analyse the 1st/ 7th axis to know about the entire personality. The 7th is the shadow part of the 1st. Choose your life/ business partners, spiritual practices and one-one relationships with due diligence. They have a very direct effect on your own personal energy. Always remember that the goal of all life and living is to rebalance karma and attain self-realization. This is the over-riding permanent goal, self-illumination, Moksh. The other desires are the waves of the mind (mano-vritta-asur), which are dissonant from this main goal.

The 1st house (Dharma trikon) and the 7th are opposite each other, together yet diametrically opposite. There is a subtle conflict always, the 7th (Kaam trikon) has the power to distract the soul from his true goal. (Desire can upset Foundation) If you give your 1st house energy to the 7th house to function then naturally the energy of the 1st house will be consumed. If you get involved with other humans, spouse or business, you are sending your personal energy out to others. It is ‘wasted’. If you use this personal energy to power your own spiritual practice (again a topic controlled by the 7th), you are sending your 1st house energy into your higher self, it is not being wasted on others but used for your deepest growth. 

  • If the horoscope is overall highly materialistic, the person has chosen to ‘enjoy’ sex, companionship, luxury etc in this life then it is natural to use the 1st house to power marriage/ business. You have chosen to break your spiritual journey in this life. You pay for these enjoyments with the essence of your own self. There is no disconnect, you have chosen this option at the time of your birth.
  • But if the horoscope is highly spiritual in its orientation, you have chosen the spiritual path at birth, then this ‘waste’ of energy will be highly uncomfortable, the soul will strongly rebel against this waste, this is a deviation from the right path, destruction of personal power and the resources hoarded through so many lives. ‘Trying it out’ on the material here will have its repercussion on the spiritual.

Malefics in the 7th house or a badly placed 7th house owner will grant material pain, it is guaranteed. Death of husband/wife, divorces, abandonment, being cheated by partner, emotionally absent spouse etc are the deepest sorrows. These turn the soul more intensely into the spiritual if the horoscope grants the strength to bear this anguish. If not, then the life becomes miserable, a torment. Some might commit suicide or take morally wrong paths or self destructive paths like alcohol/drugs to drown the pain. More karmic imbalances to navigate through. Malefic effects gain the easiest entry into the personality via the 7th house, the house of twilight, where things are going into the night, being obscured. So one has to be very alert in the matters of the 7th. (This is more intense for Cancer than Leo.)

The supreme possibility of self-realisation is active for Cancer and Leo ascendants, a very big advantage. Saturn the 7th lord is malefic, Venus the agent of desire is a malefic. Jupiter the benevolent benefic cannot be counted upon, Mercury shows his immature analytic processes. Rahu/Ketu are dowsy. But Yogkarak Mars supports, so personal courage, determination to conquer, pioneering spirit, to fight, power to control pran, wake the kundalini, attain Moksh etc all is possible. If the rest of the horoscope supports, that is. And if the person chooses to.

Now the weirdest. Sun is not good for Cancer ascendant he rules the 2nd house. And Moon is not good for Leo ascendant as he rules its 12th house. This has implications on the material/ emotional/ vitality parts. But becomes more crucial for the spiritual. Cancer ascendant has the resource but not the interest in self-realisation, would prefer wasting the resource in the material treasure gathering activities. Leo ascendant does want to bask in his own radiance, but his unknown resources are lying in the 12th house! These two ascendants suffer from very deep internal conflicts. If they can surrender to the fact that spiritual growth is the only possible goal and instead of ‘trying out the material and the subsequent anguish’, it would be overall better.

So Cancer and Leo ascendants, do some deep self-introspection on this. Try to know what is your purpose in this life. You have chosen the highest luminaries as your ascendant owners, why did you do this? Meditate on this and arrive at your own conclusions. Only you can help yourself, this post is just to get you thinking.

Leo ascendant Integration

And back to the Leo ascendant. His challenges are all the one-one relationships in the family/ friends, profession/ business, spiritual practice etc. The logic is this,

  1. The ascendant lord Sun covers one sign in every month, the ascendant return is once a year. Whenever the ascendant covers one complete movement around the zodiac the personality also completes one cycle and noticeably changes. Thus the rate of change (personality/environment) is rather high.
  2. Sun represents the self-ego, luminary, the King of the zodiac, presiding over the highest chakra, Sahasrara. He is different from the rest of the graha.

The 7th Aquarius is owned by Saturn. Saturn considers both Sun and Moon as his enemy. Slowest, he goes round the zodiac in 30yrs. So the partner does not change his basic personality for 30 long years and dislikes sudden changes. Coupled with point (1), this will give disagreement in partnerships of marriage or business.

Saturn is linked to the lowest Mooladhar chakra. He is earthy, bound by karma, hard-working, dour, resistant to change, servant class, very serious, the divine spark is dimmed to the lowest denominator here. This and point (2) ensures that ‘love’ in the marriage becomes irrelevant and only duty remains. He and the spouse, both are uncomfortable, often frustrated and alone. This affects the children if any. On the outer levels they may continue in a marriage of convenience or divorce.

Aquarius is the Mool trikon sign for Saturn and he is more comfortable here, ie the energies represented by Saturn are more easily expressed in Aquarius. And the Sun’s Mooltrikon is Leo itself. So there is discomfort, but not as traumatic as what is faced by the Cancer ascendant. (Mooltrikon is an important concept when interpreting planets and their own signs.)

Partnerships, the 7th house, Aquarius. Spouse likes social groups, mixes with them anonymously, Leo wants to be the center of attention, with yet apart. Spouse is hard working, dour, not ‘shining’, dull, methodical. Also alert about spending money, calculative, self-centred, individualistic (somewhat like Leo but with a Saturnine streak) this leads to clashes. Leo will then start keeping his secrets, hide crucial aspects of his life. He does not trust anyone in any case. He is not made for equal one-one partnerships. But Leo ascendent is generally not unfaithful, sex is not very attractive to him, so he won’t have affairs outside marriage. (Cancer ascendant on the other hand can be unfaithful). There is incompatibility between the two at all levels. Leo basically wants a ‘servant-spouse’ (Similar to Cancer, it is more intense for Cancer as emotions as well as personality/ environment are affected). 

If you have Leo ascendants around you and their marriage seems to work, observe. Note these things, the spouse will take care of the house, the children, all domestic stuff everything, he/she will be over-worked, physically ill, often a chronic long term disease, emotionally suppressed, sexually dissatisfied. His/her dress sense will be like a servant, shabby, drab, personal grooming is not on a priority etc. Will not have many friends, no enjoyment in life. The Leo will not pay attention to the spouse, no movies, no dinner out, no intimacy. The spouse is does not openly resent the superior attitude that the Leo shows towards him/her. The minute he/she protests, the cracks in the marriage become evident. If the spouse stops being subservient, the marriage collapses. Both are unhappy and the children too suffer. (This spouse thingie is very true for Cancer ascendant’s spouses too and more intensely. The examples I have seen are unbelievable!, some in my own family)

Now the inter-linked karma. When you marry someone you take on the attributes of his/ her 7th house. Marriage means that you really take on more karma. If you observe people married to Leo ascendants, they become all this as above after the marriage. Saturn and Aquarius change both him and his spouse after marriage. I have seen young women who looked like film stars before marriage turning into the shabby servant-spouse after marriage with a Cancer or Leo ascendant. And of course the Leo (or Cancer’s) internal misery also increases with marriage, as it chafes on the internal levels.

Leo ascendant Integration

The 7th house covers business partnerships and spiritual practices too so these are also affected. The 7th is the bhavat bhavam for the 4th and 10th houses so this effect spills over on the family/ friends and profession/ social image matters too. (I have observed Leo ascendants, some in my own family. Families can be a great life-time study samples. Observing our relatives closely and their charts through the years.)

I am emphasising the 7th house when I am supposed to be analysing the ascendant sign. But you cannot separate the axis. What you do with the essence of yourself? How will free will operate? How will you choose? What will make you choose? There are some inbuilt factors in the chart but in the 7th house, your mind wants to decide, to choose, to create new karma! You want to use up the energy given to you. How do you use it? This is the most important question.

Eg. you may have 100% energy but you choose to use it on a doomed marriage. Then the wife dies and leaves you with a small differently-abled child. Your free will, your choice and your own repercussions. You have not only used up the hoarded precious resource, but also created new karma. If Parabrahma now appears before you and tells you that you were going to be a Guru in this life, but you have lost the opportunity, now you will need more lives, as many as the leaves on this tree! How do you react? 

And equally important is what will feed you energy? Which of your free will choices are going to boost you? This is again the domain of the 7th. The most important boost is spiritual practice, thus the 7th house governs spiritual practice and your relationship with your higher self. If you are aware that your chart is spiritually oriented and you choose to immerse yourself in Dhyan, you are feeding yourself more power.

For Cancer and Leo ascendants especially, these philosophical questions are important. For the other ascendants, all this might sound crazy. (But when you study charts, you learn to appreciate different mindsets and each very typical.)

If Aquarius is occupied, then the person will generally get married with its typical issues. Sun here makes the Leo very dominating, ill-health/ death of spouse is possible. Moon here makes the Leo unfaithful in marriage. Mercury is better here, the spouse may suffer ill-health but is adaptable and efficiently manages the household. Venus gives very bad results here, as both are manipulative towards each other. Mars can give both extremes, a good marriage or divorce. Jupiter if here gives ill-health to the spouse, this spouse otherwise is generally good. Saturn is not good here, after marriage there is depression, disillusionment and sorrow.

On the marriage front, I have seen that several Leo ascendants do not marry, they are happy in their own royal solitude. If Aquarius is vacant, then there is a real possibility that marriage will not occur. A distant marriage. Or a marriage of convenience, both doing their own thing, not unfaithful per se. Divorce or death of spouse is also possible if there are other combinations. Leo ascendants do not enjoy a happy married life as internally there is no affection no mutual respect no compatibility nor companionship nor empathy nor shared interests between the two.

On the business/ profession front, I have seen he generally does better in service, possibly government service or politics. If he starts his own business, he should choose a partner whom he can dominate in some way with the power of his charisma, his knowledge of secrets etc.

On the spiritual front, he is always lonely and hides his loneliness well. The Royal is always alone. Very private, he will not show his emotions to others, alone in his private joy and grief. The route to the one-one relationship with the Higher Self is invisible in the radiant glare of the Individual Self. If he wants real happiness, he will have to stop his pre-occupation with his individuality. Only then will the route be visible. Sun looks outwards from himself, not really within himself. There is a saying ‘darkness beneath the lamp’ which completely applies here. 

Leo ascendant Integration

At present, Saturn has returned to his own Capricorn after 30yrs, will next move to his Aquarius. These total 5 years are going to be very crucial for Cancer and Leo ascendants. If the person is more than 36yrs of age then this will not be so difficult as maturity has set in. But if the Saturn is still immature, should be careful. Whatever path he commits to now, cannot be revisited in future as it will be powered by the irreversible Saturn+Capricorn power. This will have deep implications for his remaining and next lives.

  • For Cancer, the lord of the 7th and 8th, now himself in the 7th house (later will shift to the 8th house). Unfavourable for one-one partnerships of every type. Deep catastrophic changes in the personality/ environment as the very psyche will change. Body, mind and soul all will be affected. This time period has to be navigated with care. Choose your actions, you might end up creating more karma and internal sorrow for yourself. Sudden decisions or life-time decisions will not give favourable results.
  • For Leo, the 6th and 7th lord, himself in the 6th house (later in the 7th house). It will have a favourable effect on his karmic requirements of service/suffering. But as the lord of the 7th in the 6th house will mean that the one-one partnerships which he will choose will have karmic repercussions. He can create new karma or choose to dissolve the root of karma itself. 

Cancer ascendant is deeply disinterested in the game of Creation. Leo ascendent internally knows that he will Integrate his flame into the infinite fires of Reality. So will this happen in this life or not? This is your own choice and free will.


(Only Cancer and Leo ascendants have these deep spiritual implications. For the other ascendants, my posts will not be so philosophical nor lengthy.)

Leo ascendant Integration

Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn combust in Sagittarius  

Jupiter will get combust on 14th Dec 2019 till 10th Jan 2020. Jupiter within 11 degrees to Sun is considered combust. He is ‘evaporated’ by the harshness of the Sun. The Sun ‘absorbs’ the power of Jupiter and becomes a composite Jupiter+Sun. This period is however complicated by the fact that, Mercury (24th Dec to 25th Jan) and Saturn (28th Dec to 30th Jan) too will get combust together.

In addition to all this, is the solar eclipse of 26th Dec 2019 and the lunar eclipse of 10th Jan 2020. When Ketu and Sun overlap, it becomes an eclipse of the Sun not a ‘combustion of Ketu’. And when the Sun and Moon overlap, it is not said to be a ‘combustion of the Moon’ but the no-moon night or the Amavasya. So much is happening, literal explosions of energy in Dec-2019 and Jan 2020!

The ‘Sun-energy’ in the sky, during these days, is not the pure Sun as he usually is. He is going to be a blend of so many energies, (combustions, eclipses, amavasya) during this period. So many planets combust at the same time! The best way of balancing this composite-Sun’s energies during this period is to offer energised water to the Sun, this is called an ‘Arghya’. I have written about it in this post. If you can offer arghya to the Sun, do it, it will act as an easy remedy.


While Jupiter is combust (or Venus is combust), Indians will not perform any auspicious ceremonies like marriage or buying/selling property, investments, or heavy-duty pujas, setting up new business etc. We can only plan these things during this period, but not perform them. Jupiter and Venus are the two Guru-s, if one of them is missing or unable to give his full guidance, then the rituals, auspicious activity etc will not give its full results. Sagittarius and to a lesser extent Pisces are facing challenging times. Jupiter getting combust in his own sign affects these two the most.

Mercury will enter Sagittarius and go combust too. Generally Mercury-Jupiter in Sagittarius should have given excellent results but now this will affect businesses, gold-prices, stocks, for students exams will be difficult, making a decision can get difficult, selfishness will prevail. Ketu and Saturn are two malefics affecting them, so things will seem turbulent. Sagittarius’ environment helps smooth out issues, but the quantum of turbulence is too great this time.

Saturn combust makes the world suddenly harsher. Your past karma are up for rebalancing in an aggressive way. You might get caught in arguments, your profession will require more work, luck will be down, family especially aged parents will need more attention, there will be quarrels with the father/boss. Sun is Saturn’s father and they do not get along with each other. Now Sun and Saturn so close to each other will add discomfort in your life too. You might feel alone and there will be emotional stress.

You can do personal spiritual practice, visit temples, perform some family pujas, give charity etc, these things do help. And get a health check-up, the combust planets together indicate your body frame, bones, ligaments, teeth, eyes, sense organs, nerves, fat, sugar, etc, so if you feel something is wrong consult a doctor. Try to keep your finances in budget. Follow your Dharma, do not attempt short-cuts or try to evade your duty. All this is happening in Sagittarius, Jupiter’s sign and Jupiter himself is here, so things will be a bit better, but do not take unnecessary risks.

In general, people born in the signs owned by Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury and Leo/ Cancer too, will feel the heat. These signs are in the middle of the whirlwind and will find relief only after Jan 2020. If you can use these times, it will create a life-time asset, else the potential for problems exists. And whatever is signified by the Gemini-Sagittarius axis in your birth chart will take a hit, because of the tremendous energy release here.

Now open your birth chart and check if these planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury were are combust in your birth chart, or you were born on an Amavasya or Full-moon day/pournima. If so, you should take extra precautions and think positively. Try to keep a healthy life style, get enough rest, avoid intoxicants and do some regular spiritual practice. Generally such combust, eclipse etc events occur routinely, but this time so many planets are caught in this axis, it is going to have effects on almost everyone. Pay more attention to your behaviour and take care if,

  • The combust planets are transiting the 8th house from your Moon sign or Ascendant, ie those with Taurus Moon sign/ascendant sign take care of yourself.
  • If you are undergoing a Mahadasha/main period or Antardasha/ sub period of any of the combust planets. Check your Vimshottari dasha section in your Vedic astrology software.
  • If your birth Moon is placed in a Nakshatra owned by the combust planets (check the list in this post)
  • If your ascendant lord is combust.

On the positive side, Venus in Capricorn is generally well-placed to give good results. Mars is in Libra and will then move in Scorpio during this period, so we can expect average to good results from him too.

These 2 months are not a good time to plan a baby. If you are already pregnant, then be very careful during the actual eclipse times. Two eclipses are coming up. Eclipses are very trying times for pregnant women. If you are living in an area where the eclipse is going to be visible, the best thing you can do during these few hours, is to sit at home, not go out, not sleep nor eat/drink nor do any housework. Just sit in front of your puja ghar/ altar and mentally recite some mantra for the duration of the eclipse. If you are due for delivery, talk to your doctor and avoid giving birth during the actual eclipse time. It can lead to complications and the baby will have an eclipse in his birth chart which would be quite problematic.

For all of us, try to follow the internal conscience. All actions taken during this period will have long terms repercussions. Avoid taking impulsive decisions, be patient and only then decide, especially marriages, divorces, finances, business deals, think logically. You might get tempting offers during this period but think before you act. And take care of your health.


Kundalini, an overview

Understanding combustion of planets

Sun is a natural malefic, his energies scorch and dry out. Being too close to this ball of fire is not a pleasant experience. So if planets get too close to the Sun it is called ‘combustion’. 

  • Sun and Moon are the two luminaries of astrology. If Moon gets close to the Sun, it is the no-moon day, Amavasya with very different energies.
  • If Rahu or Ketu get too close to the Sun, it causes eclipses, so again a very different energy. These two are the two completely astral forces represented by the Nodes of the Moon also called Chhaya-graha. 
  • It is when the remaining 5 planets, the Tara-graha, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn get too close to the Sun they are considered to be combust, burnt out and incapable of giving results.

In a birth horoscope if you see a planet is combust do pay attention to what he signifies and how is this energy of combustion going to affect the chart as a whole. 

Sun is the sense of self, self-ego, self-entitlement, all about ‘me’. He doesn’t allow anyone else to share center-stage with him. He is the King, self-referential, self-focussed, royal, not much bothered about others who are his subjects. Combustion is like an eclipse, the Sun eclipses the planet.

The Ascendant and its planetary Lord

If there are combust planets in the birth chart, their effect will last a life time. Check out which houses are owned by the combust planet, these will be adversely affected. Also check the house ruled by the Sun for atypical results.  If the ascendant lord himself is combust the situation is more difficult. Major planets combust or 2 or more planets combust can reduce the longevity. If there are benefic influences on this Sun+planet duo the situation is better. Or if the combustion happens in a house other than the 6th, 8th and 12th houses. Or if the Navamsha provides some better influence. The actual  combustion effect will naturally vary as per the individual chart. As per the Vimshottari Dasha system, the Mahadasha of the planet will not give its expected results, also his sub-periods in other planet’s Mahadashas will be affected. Sun’s Mahadasha will also be atypical as here Sun=Sun+the planet.

When a planet gets too close to the Sun, he is stopped from giving his results independently. He cannot out-shine the Sun. The Sun drowns out his energy with his effulgence. This other planet has to transfer all his essence to the Sun. The Sun dries up this planet and takes on his abilities. So the Sun in such a horoscope will be a Sun tinged with the abilities of this combust planet. Now when you examine the role of the Sun in this chart, you have to think of him as Sun+planet.

Eg Let’s check out the combustion of Mercury in detail.

Mercury being so close to the Sun will be combust in about 25% of the horoscopes. So what happens is that the Sun will draw up all the power of Mercury to give results. It is like he will evaporate Mercury’s essence. The closer he is, more intense is the evaporation. All keywords of Mercury are now appropriated by the Sun. The Sun will decide how to use them. The separate agency called “Mercury’ has stopped existing. So if you have such a Sun in your horoscope, all your Mercury related abilities will be diverted only for your selfish and self-oriented purposes. Mercury is a very important planet, the son of the Moon. Thinking ability, way of thinking, using the memories and data available in your astral self, direction of thought, skills, networking, financial ability, speech, creation of options, boldness to act, siblings, trades, etc. All this will be directed to the self. You will not bother about others while using your Mercury talents. eg You can hurt others with your speech and not be even aware of it or lying is easy if you consider it necessary for your own needs. Mercury controls teamwork, so you fail at this miserably, you cannot work in a group nor can you listen to other’s opinions. Having a good time with siblings and brothers can be impossible. Getting others to cooperate with you can be difficult and you feel that you don’t need their help. But it doesn’t work like that in real life. Everything we do, we need some help from others. The self-ego blinds the analytical processes. Over-confidence and then problems are quite common with this placement. You might waste energy in projects which are logically unable to succeed. This false sense of self-ego over-shadows the intellect. 

And strangely in the background there is low self-esteem too. The planet knows that he has been destroyed by the harshness of the Sun, so exists in a highly uncomfortable state. The Sun is a natural malefic, remember! He feels a mix of defeat, fear, debilitation, inferiority, he is sitting with a malefic and just wants to die! Thus you feel a inner sense of inferior in the matters indicated by the planet. But there is the overshadowing self-referential influence of the Sun. So this mix turns into a superficial exaggerated bravado in the matters controlled by Mercury. You internally know that all your Mercury abilities are hollow but you cannot stop yourself from projecting that you are superior in their context. It can get quite mixed.

You succeed in those aspects of life where you are required to work alone and you need the talents of Mercury. So look for such avenues to make the most of your combust Mercury + Sun power.

Be kind.. to yourself

In transit also planets will get combust, so it is advisable to pay attention to the activities of the planet under combustion. Different planets get combust at varying distances from the Sun. But especially when the distance between it and the Sun reduces to less than 3deg 20minutes arc length (ie one Nakshatra pada distance) be very careful.

So in periods where the planets are combust you will see the following trends around you. Almost everyone will display the change caused by combust planets in transit.

Mercury combust – loss of cooperation, failure of teamwork, self-ego ruining logical plans, faulty conclusions from data because of misplaced confidence, financial markets going down because of over-inflated data. Everyone thinks for him alone.

Venus combust – self-ego wants to be entertained, movies theatres games etc make a profit, failure in personal relationships as both partners become more selfish, legal issues crop up because business partners do not want to share profits equitably, spiritual progress goes slower as individual-ego pops up as you sit for Dhyan. Everyone wants to relate to his own person, do what makes him happy.

Mars combust – personal vitality comes in focus, physical aggression, competitions, rash driving, exaggerated over-confidence, strong belief in one’s competitive abilities. Everyone will fight for what he wants. However as Mars and Sun are buddies, you can make good use of this time to aggressively and competitively progress in some way or the other. However remember that aggression should be directed away from the family/husband/wife/children.

Jupiter combust – there is a crisis of belief, the self-ego dominates the philosophy, is an atheist, doesn’t believe in a higher self, fails to perform the necessary rituals and things connected to eternal religion, are self-guided, do not think that they need guidance from their peers/teachers. Everyone will follow his own personal belief.

Saturn combust – this is potentially highly problematic placement. Sun is Saturn’s father and they do not get along at all. Laziness, procrastination, misplaced belief in one’s abilities, irregular working style, luck, money and social reputation are all affected adversely. Everyone will think that their work alone is perfect.

Combustion in transit affects everyone together as a mass. So before combustion season starts its good to be aware of what is in the offing and be prepared for a over-load of Sun’s scorching energy.

There is an interesting astronomical fact here. Exact combustion is when the planet and the Sun share the exact degree. Here the inner planets, Venus and Mercury can be seen on the disc of the Sun as black dots (superior combustion) or they can disappear behind the Sun’s disc (inferior combustion). The outer planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn can only disappear behind the Sun’s disc. Practically it does not make a significant difference in the readings.

Just remember that the planet gets absorbed in the Sun. The Sun becomes a complex Sun+planet combine. The abilities conferred by the planet don’t vanish but are used as per the direction of the Sun. So do not ignore combustion, either in birth charts or in transit, it has very significant effects on us.


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