Ascendant signs and problems in life

I have written about the functional malefics for each ascendant (post here). These planets are responsible for triggering problems, the inauspicious, unfavourable and displeasing events in your life. This is the list,

  1. Aries– Mercury (6th house), Rahu, Ketu
  2. Taurus- Mars (12th house), Jupiter (8th house), Rahu, Ketu
  3. Gemini– Rahu and Ketu
  4. Cancer– Jupiter (6th house), Saturn (8th house), Rahu, Ketu (possibly Mercury 3rd house)
  5. Leo– Moon (12th house), Rahu, Ketu
  6. Virgo– Sun (12th house), Mars (8th house), Saturn (6th house), Rahu, Ketu
  7. Libra– Mercury (12th house), Rahu, Ketu (possibly Jupiter at 3rd house)
  8. Scorpio– Venus (12th house), Rahu, Ketu
  9. Sagittarius– Moon (8th house), Rahu, Ketu
  10. Capricorn- Sun (6th house), Jupiter (12th house), Rahu, Ketu
  11. Aquarius– Moon (6th house), Mercury (8th house), Rahu, Ketu
  12. Pisces– Sun (6th house), Saturn (12th house), Venus (8th house), Rahu, Ketu

We face troubles from the three dusham-sthan, the 6th the 8th and the 12th houses (wrote several posts on them use the index page or the search bar to locate them). 

The 3rd house is a bit typical and can go both ways if there are benefic/ malefic influences on it. So I have added Mercury for Cancer ascendant and Jupiter for Libra ascendant, this you have to judge as per the individual chart.

So one level of understanding this list is this –

  • For Aries, of the 3 duhsham-sthan, the 6th will have more potential to create the most trouble in life. The other two dusham-sthan will be relatively less problematic in life. Also Mercury can create more deep seated trouble, than Jupiter. Mars is the ascendant lord so is not going to be overtly malefic.
  • For Taurus ascendant, the 8th and 12th houses will create more significant problems than the 6th house. Here, obviously the lords of these two houses, Jupiter and Mars, are more malefic. Venus cannot be a malefic even if he owns the 6th house as he is the ascendant lord.
  • And so on, till,
  • For the Pisces ascendant, all the three dushamsthan are the mool-trikon signs of Sun, Saturn and Venus so these people will face significant troubles from all these three sources of turmoil. And these three planets are going to give more malefic results.

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Now we add another layer to our understanding – 

Our texts say that the planets transiting the following signs counted from the birth Moon sign will broadly give auspicious/ inauspicious results (subject to conditions. Moorti nirnay is a part of these conditions. Not discussing these conditions here, it would get too long). This will be modified as per the individuals chart, the nakshatra involved, the Ashtakvarga, the vedh etc. But by and large this following list is a good general baseline.

  1. Sun gives favourable results when transiting only in the 3rd 4th 5th 11th from the birth Moon sign
  2. Moon gives troublesome results especially when transiting the 8th and 12th sign from the birth Moon.
  3. Mercury gives favourable results transiting in the 6th 8th 10th and 11th houses from the birth Moon.
  4. Venus gives difficulty when he transits the 6th 7th 10th houses from the birth Moon sign
  5. Mars gives favourable results when transiting only in the 6th 8th and 11th from the birth Moon.
  6. Jupiter transiting 1st 3rd 4th 6th 8th 10th and 12th from the birth Moon sign is not going to give very favourable or supportive results, rest all are going to give pleasing results.
  7. Saturn transits in the 3rd 6th and 11th sign from the birth Moon sign are auspicious, rest all will give stress.
  8. Rahu gives pleasing results transiting in the 3rd 6th and 11th house from the birth Moon
  9. Ketu gives pleasing results transiting in the 3rd 6th and 11th house from the birth Moon

Yet another layer for analysing their transits is this –

I wrote on the speeds of the planets (post here). The fastest moving graha is the Moon with 2.25 days in one sign. Then come Mercury, Venus and Mars who spend variable periods from 1- 6 months in a sign. The Sun takes exactly 1 month per sign. Jupiter takes 1yr to transit a sign. The Nodes Rahu and Ketu at 1.5yrs per sign. And the slowest is Saturn at 2.5yrs per sign.

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Now let’s combine all this and critically examine the basic list of the malefic planets for the ascendant signs. 

Rahu and Ketu are going to be malefic for all ascendants unless they become functional yogkarak (post here). Thus everyone should be careful during typical Rahu/ Ketu transits and this is is applicable for all ascendants. Rahu Ketu in typical transits from birth Moon will create issues once in a while as they take about 1.5yrs to transit a sign. Troubles triggered by them will occur at the intervals of a few years will go on for quite some time, ie 1.5yrs at least and generally have a deep impact on you. This is a common observation for all.

Finally the 12 ascendant signs and briefly on the duration and intensity of the troubles that they will cause in life.

Gemini – this ascendant in my opinion has the easiest life as it does not have any physical graha as a malefic planet. Life is the most comfortable for it compared to the other ascendant signs as there is less turbulence. Only Rahu Ketu, the astral graha, will cause problems when they go through their typical positions from the birth Moon sign and when they interact with the birth Rahu Ketu. If by chance your Rahu Ketu are yogkarak in your chart, then you have the most uncomplicated life possible.

Leo and Sagittarius – Their only major malefic is the Moon. He is a very fast moving graha, about 2.25 days per sign in transit. So for these two ascendants, troubles in life will be more frequent as per his transits from the birth Moon but low in intensity and quite short-lived. Moon in transit if in conjunction with Rahu Ketu will also be a trigger point. Moon owns the 12th house for Leo and the 8th house for Sagittarius ascendant so the source of the troubles will most often come from the keywords of these houses. These two ascendant signs, if they can manage these minor and intermittent issues from time to time, will have a relatively hassle-free life. Tiny chronic pinpricks of trouble should be easier to handle, especially if they are going to be relatively transient.

Aries and Libra – Mercury is the only malefic for these two and he is a fast moving planet. His transits from the birth Moon will be more frequent but comparatively short lived as he stays in a sign for about 25days. Also look out for his conjunctions in transit over Rahu Ketu, these too will last for relatively short time periods. So for Aries and Libra ascendants, the troubles in life will be relatively short-lived, more frequent and less intense. Mercury owns the 6th house for Aries and the 12th house for Libra so the trigger points for trouble will more likely be found in these houses. In the individual charts, check if this Mercury is affecting the nature of Sun and Venus as they are generally found near each other.

Scorpio – Here Venus is the only functional malefic and he too moves at a relatively good speed of about 28days per sign. So you can apply a similar logic about the troubles that he may trigger in your life. Troubles in life come and go without getting rooted too deeply, so will be easier to manage even if they are more frequent. Count from the birth Moon sign and conjunctions with Rahu Ketu to pinpoint the timing. Venus is the owner of the 12th house so issues related to the 12th can be more troublesome than the rest. In the individual chart, also check if this Venus is affecting the nature of Sun and Mercury as they are generally found together.

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Aquarius – Here there are two faster planets, Mercury and Moon who are functional malefics. So troubles in life have to be analysed from transit positions for both and obviously from Rahu Ketu. Though the troubles will be shorter lived etc as is typical for Moon and Mercury triggered issues, but now there are 2 planets who are in charge of creating trouble. So an increase in issues which will affect your life as compared to the above six ascendant signs. In the individual chart, check if this Mercury is affecting the nature of Sun and Venus as they are generally found together. The 6th and 8th houses will be more troublesome than the 12th house.

Taurus – Mars and Jupiter. Mars moves quite fast, takes about a month to transit a sign. But once every two years he does his retrograde/ forward thing extending to 6months, so you must be careful during this typical transit time. Mars gives unfavourable results in several houses counted from the birth Moon so do factor in this too. Jupiter is a slow graha, he takes 1yr to transit a sign so the trouble he triggers will be less frequent, once in a few years but will last for a year at least. Add Rahu Ketu to this and there could be some periods in life where all 4 of these come in some typical transit where they will give continuing troubles lasting for longer time. Mars owns the 12th house so expect some trouble coming from this source. But here Jupiter is the owner of the 8th and 11th houses so when he triggers troubles from the 8th house you cannot expect support from the agents of the 11th house too. So take due care. Emphasising this part as the time period indicated by Jupiter related trouble is quite long, now a year at least

Capricorn – Jupiter and Sun are the malefics here. Sun is faster, moving at one sign per month but Jupiter is a slow graha, takes 1yr to transit a sign. Any trouble triggered by the Sun’s transit portion, 8th house keywords, will be quick-moving, less intense etc but the trouble triggered by Jupiter will be more hard hitting. This will come once in a few years as per his transits through the signs but when it comes it will last for one year at least. And adding Rahu Ketu with their 1.5yr transit period, Capricorn shows an increased potential for troubles in life as compared to the above ascendants. As Sun is a malefic, there is a possibility that the planets he combusts in the individual chart, most likely Mercury or Venus or any of the other graha, will also behave like a malefic. So do check this part. Jupiter in addition to the 12th house owns the 3rd too. So in times when these people suffer issues of the 12th triggered by Jupiter in transit, often they end up making wrong choices in life as their 3rd house and its keywords fail to support them and exacerbate the issues created by the 12th. This typical situation can continue for a year at least so take due precautions.

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Pisces – Sun, Saturn and Venus are the malefic graha-s. The same logic applies for Sun and Venus regarding relatively transient problems that they will trigger every few months and which will last for about a month. But here Saturn takes 2.5yrs per sign. So the troubles he will trigger will be quite infrequent but more long drawn, deep and serious in their impacts. Add to this the Rahu Ketu factor of 1.5yrs. There are a total of 5 malefic planets now interacting in transit with each other and with the birth Moon together, all the three dusham-sthans contributing. There can be episodes in life where troubles seem to go on for years, draining the personality. As Sun is a malefic, there is a possibility that the planets he combusts in the individual chart will also behave like malefics so note this point. Saturn rules the 11th and 12th houses, so when he triggers the issues of the 12th, friends, generic well-wishers, gains, etc keywords of the 11th also fail to support adding to the 12th house related problem. Saturn generally gives inauspicious results in nine of the twelve houses in transit counted from the birth Moon so he has a higher potential to mess up things in life.

Virgo – Three planets, Sun, Mars and Saturn in addition to Rahu Ketu a total of five again, all three dusham-sthan contributing. Of these, the Sun will create the relatively transient problems every few months and lasting for about a month. Mars also moves quite fast but once every two years he goes retrograde/ forward thing for about 6months, so you must be careful during this time. Saturn now takes 2.5yrs to transit a sign, so the trouble that he triggers will be more damaging, more deeply felt and potentially more turbulent. Slow to come, slow to resolve. Add the 1.5yrs of Rahu Ketu transits, and you can see why you can sometimes seem to be facing some issue or the other all the time. The 5 malefics in transit, conjunct each other and from the birth Moon can create a mixed up confused situation where several issues seem to pop from several sides at once. As Sun is a malefic, there is a possibility that the planets he combusts in the individual chart will also behave like malefics. Saturn and Mars both generally give inauspicious results in nine of the twelve houses in transit counted from the birth Moon so he has a lot of potential to mess up things in life. Saturn owns the 5th house in addition to the 6th. So when he triggers the long term trouble connected to the 6th house he reduces the auspicious benefits of the 5th house. So you will see yourself facing issues like low self-confidence, inferiority complex, block on creativity, low on luck etc. Or your personal selfishness, unnecessarily inflated ego etc adding to the trouble in your life during this period. Emphasising this point as his time frame is quite long at 2.5yrs per sign.

Cancer – Here the major malefics are Jupiter and Saturn who are the two slowest graha of the lot. Jupiter takes 1yr to transit per sign and Saturn takes 2.5yrs per sign. The physical troubles that they trigger are related to the 6th and 8th houses. The issues they will trigger for this ascendant sign will be the more long drawn, deep, serious problems which will leave scars on the soul. Add to this Rahu Ketu in a sign for 1.5yrs. There are the 4 slowest moving graha-s who in their mutual conjunctions in transit and with the birth Moon can create extended periods of years where troubles seem to go on and on without respite. Saturn generally gives inauspicious results in nine of the twelve houses in transit counted from the birth Moon so he can seriously mess up things in life. Here Jupiter in addition owns the 9th house and Saturn the 7th house. So when they trigger troubles related to the 6th – Jupiter and/ or 8th – Saturn, they will affect the positivity and auspiciousness of the 7th and/ or 9th houses too. Thus when you will see yourself facing a crisis of faith, loneliness, financial crunch, arguments with your soul-mate, lack of genuine spirituality as well as a crisis in self-love which will increase the severity of the trouble you are actually in. 

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Hope this helps you understand more about the troubles that you get into from time to time.

As usual there are the only two remedies of Daan and Mantra which you can resort to to reduce their severity in life. (wrote posts on these, do use the index page or the search bar).

Or if you are aware of the typical combinations in your chart, you can work out for yourself these sensitive periods, take due precautions in advance and keep yourself mentally prepared for what is to come.