Mutual exchange of houses, Parivartan

Mutual exchange is a very significant combination and you will see it in your client’s charts often. It is when planet 1 resides in the sign of planet 2 and planet 2 is placed in the sign of the planet 1. e.g. Saturn is placed in Virgo and Mercury is placed in Capricorn. But to make sense of this we also have to see which houses are involved in this exchange. So e.g. Taurus ascendant, Saturn in Virgo in 5th house and Mercury in Capricorn in the 9th house gives the complete picture. This is called Parivartan Yog, or mutual exchange of signs.

This combination is like two house-owners have exchanged houses, one lives in the property of the other. So both take care of the other’s house and remain in harmony with each other. It increases the power of both the houses involved.

First analyse the houses concerned and what kind of results are expected from them. If the results are positive they will be enhanced and if the expected results are negative they too will be enhanced. If the planets involved are benefics you can expect ease in life. And if they are malefics they will make life more difficult, but also grant the power to face situations and come out successfully. In the long term this exchange does improve the results of both the houses.

In this combination, the power of both planets to give results is boosted. If one of these planets is debilitated or in his maran-karak sthan/ death zone, the exchange helps him come out of his discomfort. This combination will subtly influence the other signs owned by each other too. Eg Mars and Venus have exchanged their signs, Venus in Aries and Mars in Taurus. In this case, Scorpio and Libra things in life will also be boosted. If the two planets are inherent friends/ neutral to each other, then the exchange gives better results on all levels. If the two planets involved are inherent enemies, then there will be material benefits but some side-effects on the internal levels.


The types of Mutual exchange combinations,

1. One of the two planets rules the 6th, 8th or 12th houses of turmoil, dushamsthan and the other planet owns a house other than these. This is a challenging and potentially difficult placement. If you have this in your chart, do channelise your energies by doing some regular spiritual practice. Here the owner of the 6th, 8th or 12th house benefits, he becomes stronger and the results of the dushamsthan house concerned are enhanced but are more purposeful by the influence of the other planet. The dusham and its owner become less malefic in life. The other planet however takes on the qualities of the house of turmoil ie the ‘servitude and suffering’ of the 6th or ‘shocking transformation’ of the 8th or ‘loss of manifested’ indicated by the 12th house. His capacity to give good results is now colored by the effect of these qualities on him.

e.g. ruler of the 12th exchanges with the 4th lord, there would be secrecy, perhaps illegal deals, patriotic but living away from homeland in secret as a spy, an executioner/jailor serving the nation, etc. Here the mother will be the cause of more pain and spiritual growth will be faster. But you have to go through the entire chart for the exact results as the nature of the planets involved will also add more details.

2. When one planet rules 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th or 9th  and the second is the ruler of any house except 6th, 8th or 12th. This is the most powerful type of exchange. Here all the houses involved are the shubh/auspicious houses and signify the good things in life, 1st is your personal health, body, vitality, environment etc. If both the planets are reasonably well placed in their signs, you can expect very good results. Matters of the two exchanged houses are enhanced. There have been film stars and politicians with this type of combination. It shows a sudden rise, social status, riches, successes connected to the matters of the houses and planets involved.

3. There is one possibility where both the planets are the owners of the 6th, 8th or 12th houses. The owners of the turbulent houses exchange within themselves. This is highly beneficial and is called Vipreet Raj Yog, have written about it in this post here. This combination can elevate the chart’s quality and grant very good results related to material as well as spiritual life.

4. The 3rd house is very typical, it can go both ways. So before judging, check if there are more malefic or benefic influences on it. If there are more malefic influences, you should consider it to be a house of turmoil, dushamsthan, just like the 6th, 8th and 12th houses. The 3rd house, if given scope, can act as an even worse house than the usual three dushamsthan. So if your 3rd house is tenanted by malefics, consider it to have gone over to the dark side! But if you have beneficial influences on the 3rd house it can grant exceptional ability to think, work, take decisions, gives courage and this increases with time.

So if the ruler of the 3rd house and the ruler of any other house, except the three dushamsthan (6th, 8th, 12th) exchange, this combination can produce exceptional individuals, writers, authors, literary genius, politicians, celebrities etc. Such a person is hardworking and can ultimately be quite well-known/ prosperous. Can be skilled in drawing, teaching, handicrafts, trading etc. Can use the hands and voice very well. has the ability to think, choose and act. However can be superficial in all other aspects of life and over-think stuff. There might be problems in life, but the person is quite capable of overcoming them.


After you have analysed the houses in exchange check out the planets next. If the planets involved are the natural benefics, Jupiter, Venus, Mercury and Moon they will grant generally auspicious results. These effects of the planets have to be seen in the context of the houses as above, not stand alone. And check for the chart specific malefic, functional benefic or Yogkarak possibilities first.

  • Eg Mars is a natural malefic but will grant more competitiveness and ability to win. The added skills will depend on the other planet, ie Mercury here will add his logic/analytical ability to the fire of Mars.
  • Saturn is a natural malefic, so any exchange with Saturn will increase the workload and also the stamina. Things might get more slow and require more disciplined work. Depending on the other planet, the type of work will be indicated, eg Venus here will add to business, legal cases, judicial activity etc, might be a lawyer or a judge.
  • Sun is a natural malefic so will grant confidence for all the houses involved. He will channelise the abilities of the other planet and use it to create opportunities for himself. This can grant self-centered behaviour, the person will focus on himself always, but creativity, gains and luck is enhanced.

If you get a chart with exchanges, analyse it carefully. Add up the keywords and see what you get.

  • Consider first the houses involved,
  • Then the types of houses involved as detailed above in the four points.
  • Then the planets involved and their characteristics.

The effects of this exchange of signs or Parivartan are especially enhanced if,

  • The ascendant sign or ascendant lord is involved
  • The birth Moon is involved.
  • You are going through the Mahadasha or Antardasha of the planets who have exchanged the houses/signs. Open the Vimshottari dasha section of your Vedic astrology software to know which planets main-period and sub-period is on for you.

Mutual exchange or Parivartan is a good combination in the horoscope and its overall result seen over a life-time is always beneficial on some level or the other.



Worst houses for the planets to be in!

Sometimes in life, you get assignments which make you feel that death would be better than what you are being made to do. Well, the planets also feel like this sometimes! If they are placed in their ‘maran karak sthan’, they are required to work in ways completely against their fundamental natures. This is different from debilitation of the planets, debilitated conditions are as per the characteristics of the signs and the planets. Maran karak sthan is based on the logic of the houses and the nature of the planets.

When a planet is placed in its ‘death zone house’, its vitality gets reduced and it feels suffocated, it wishes it could rather die that continue in this house! Its extreme discomfort will then adversely affect its ability to give results,

  • affect this house that it is in,
  • affect the houses that it aspects,
  • also the houses in which its signs are placed,
  • and all the things that it stands for naturally (natural karak).

Worst houses for the planets to be in!

Saturn (1st house) is most uncomfortable in the first house, unless it happens to be Libra where he manages to somehow pull on (is exalted here and also its Yogkarak). Planets which perform well in the 1st house are the vigorous energetic outgoing planets like the Sun and Mars. Health, beauty, energy, vitality, speed, spirituality, confidence, authority and action. Now Saturn is not much of these things! He is slow, slowest! Constricted, restricted, dour, low on enthusiasm, aged, loaded with work, under strict discipline, no personal ego, no distinct personality, work and more work. Sun is King, Mars is the Warrior and Saturn is the Servant!

In the zodiac signs too, Saturn is debilitated in the first house Aries, owned by Mars and the Sun gets exalted here. In the first house thus, Saturn cannot stand the outgoing spirit, enthusiasm and fire and goes into Maran avastha (death state).

Jupiter (3rd House) – The natural ruler of the 3rd house is Mercury and the natural agent/karak is Mars. If Jupiter is placed in 3rd house, he gives less than optimal results.

The 3rd house has the potential to become the worst house of the horoscope as it is linked to the desires of the dual mind. All forms of duality are welcomed here and converted into desires, these desires then work their way through the horoscope (Kama trikon) and are finally achieved in the 11th house, the house of gains. A philosophic graha like Jupiter feels drowned in duality and desires which are repugnant to his basic nature. Jupiter is the karmic mirror of the chatty, juvenile, number-crunching Mercury (but then who likes the reflection seen in the mirror? Jupiter is no different!) He feels out of place in the environment of the 3rd house. This is the house of courage/ Parakram, so connected to Mars. The natures of Jupiter and Mars are completely opposite can been seen from the fact that Jupiter is debilitated in Capricorn and exalted in Cancer, the exact opposite of Mars.

Brotherhood and college gangs, Mars and Mercury. Jupiter is the benevolent planet of expansion, humanitarian views, abstract philosophies and wisdom. When such a planet has to live in the house of boldness, he feels uncomfortable with the violence of Mars and the immaturity of Mercury and reaches his ‘death state’.

Doing some Jupiter related activities in the right context may help re-balance his state, e.g you can offer to teach some poor children in your free time, or write on philosophical subjects.

Mercury (4th house): Natural karaka/determinator of the 4th house is the Moon, the 4th house deals with emotions and happiness. Mercury is ‘analysis’ and logic, in every way possible. Emotions have very little to do with logic and likewise. So he feels rather lost here. The 4th also symbolizes ‘needy love’, and Mercury loves being the brash adolescent. Your kid, when he suddenly becomes a teenager, won’t like being cuddled or smothered with maternal love. Something of this sort happens to Mercury in the 4th house. Tell your teenager to sit at home and not go out with his friends/siblings and see what happens! And the other aspect of the 4th house is to provide security and emotional comfort, an immature Mercury is unable to fit in this role either, nurturing is not his thing. Looking after the house, lands, properties is a grown-up’s job.

The 4th house also represents the sum of your astral, sub-conscious, dream, other-dimensional self. This is a very huge ‘database’. Moon is the father of Mercury. He allots just that much information to his son, which he can use and analyse productively. But when Mercury is in 4th he has access to this ultra-humongous database and he starts his number-crunching and database analysis, and then drowns in the data and the analysis. And then our teenager again directly in his father’s control! No wonder Mercury feels death is better than a sojourn in the 4th house.

You can try helping your mother, write up her household accounts. Or learn a skill related to house-keeping, maybe interior designing as a hobby?

Worst houses for the planets to be in!

Venus (6th house): Natural karak of 6th house is Mars and its natural owner is Mercury. The 6th house is one of the dushamsthana, the houses of turmoil. This is the house of celibacy, aloneness, debts, disease, enemies and karmic servitude. Here all relationships breakdown, all fairness is lost and all partnerships are dissolved. It is just you and the karma you have chosen to resolve in this life. The worst relationship possible.

Venus is debilitated in Virgo. On the material levels Virgo is the eternal virgin young woman and Venus is the agent of relationships and the pleasures from it. Both concepts are contradictory.

On the spiritual level, Venus tries to take you to your most fulfilling relationship which is the relationship you have with your own self, this is liberation in the truest sense. But in the 6th he is forced to oversee bindings on the soul. Everything that weighs you down is the domain of the 6th. Rather than working on your truest relationship with yourself, you are made to work hard and serve others! No wonder Venus, in 6th, goes into the Maran Avastha/’death state’.

If you have time and are so inclined, maybe you can help out as a counsellor to people suffering from conflicts, or help out in old age homes and orphanages.

Mars (7th house): 7th house is equality, marriage, partnerships, fairness, business, legality. Mars is the warrior, challenger, pioneer, fighter, the ‘first’, champion, swords and blood. In the 7th, he will bring in his excessive energy, aggression, loss of temper and war. All the things that are controlled by the 7th or related to the 7th house will eventually suffer with Mars in control. Also the things that Mars stands for in your chart will suffer.

If your partner thinks the same as you do, you can try competing with her/him, video games to jogging as you prefer. Then again, the gym is always an option.

Moon (8th house): Moon placed here is in Maran Karak Sthan (Death Zone). From the sign point of view too, Moon is debilitated in Scorpio, the 8th natural sign. Moon in the 8th is not considered auspicious. Moon is the nurture that creates the body and the mind both. This Moon in the house of death adversely affects the mind/body. There is little maternal love, nurture, emotional anchors, mental comforts in such horoscopes. He is the lens of perception in the house of catastrophic transformations!

In the spiritual sense, Moon is the reflection of Mahamaya, the illusion that is Creation. So when he is placed in the house of death he realises sub-consciously that the Reality is different from the Illusion he represents, thus goes into his ‘death state’.

For such a placement, some deep spiritual practice where you manipulate your vital energies, e.g Dhyan or the physical Hatha yog type of practices would help.

Sun (12th house): Natural ruler of the 12th house is Jupiter and it signifies losses of the physical manifested. Loss of consciousness, loss of ego, loss of the body, loss of everything that the personality and losses of everything that houses 1 to 11 signify. The 12th house signifies sleep, loss of health, astral travel, sensual pleasures, the diffused other dimensions, the dream and the other states and is the ‘creative’ part of the Moksh trikon. Sun is individuality, personal ego, the individual soul, creation, individual personality, sharpness, radiance, good health of the mind/soul. When he is asked to contribute to the 12th house, it goes against his fundamental nature. He becomes very uneasy and this affects his role in the horoscope. Hence 12th house is the death zone i.e. Maran Karak Sthan for Sun.

The luminaries, Sun and the Moon are responsible for creation and consciousness. Now when the Sun is placed in the 12th houses (or to a lesser degree if in the 4th or 8th) there exists a deep unrest in the soul. The soul realises that ‘creation’ is an Illusion, that it, itself is not Reality, it is bound to dissolve ultimately so that the actual Reality can be experienced. This causes deep spiritual discomfort, unless you can use these energies for your spiritual growth. For such a placement again, deep mediation is a way out.

Planets placed in the houses completely antithetical to their nature, get uncomfortable, feel like death/Maran avastha, and do not give good results on the material front. However what is bad for the material is good for the spiritual. So if you have such Maran sthan placements in your chart, do think. Analyse your life, you might see some events which have adversely affected you. But then every event happens for a reason. Ultimately everyone’s goal is spiritual advancement. If you can consciously work with your horoscope, you can make use of every placement in a positive way.

Worst houses for the planets to be in!