Encyclopedia of Vedic Astrology: Yogas:- Arishta Yogas, Chapter XIV, Part – 1

Dr. Shanker Adawal

1. Introduction

Arishta is a Sanskrita word meaning loss, suffering, or deprivation of any kind. So far we have discussed yogas/ combinations of planets, which indicate the brighter side of life. However our general experience suggests that grief is the substance of which life is generally made of. Wherever one looks, one finds people unhappy for variety of reasons. People often wonder why they are the victims of the cruel & merciless fate, when seemingly they have done no wrong. Our ancient seers have suggested the theory of “cause & effect”. Whatever we are or face (success/ failures, loss/ gain, happiness/ sorrow etc) is the effect of causes already done through our own past Karmas. Astrology is a divine science which helps us to see albeit sketchily, through affliction of various houses in our horoscope, what and to which extent we have to endure and what can be overcome in our life.

Arista Yoga is a major group of yoga formed by the house rulerships. This is basically the yoga of suffering and misfortune. Usually the suffering is physical, but could be mental also at times. The combination of the rulers of the most difficult (Trika or Dusthana-6, 8 & 12th) houses are combined with the ruler of the other auspicious houses, this brings the suffering to the individual. Again any combination of these house rulers would constitute Arista Yoga. These combinations nullify auspicious results and produce hardships. Sometimes, through our suffering, spirituality may also sprout. Therefore this yoga will produce generally sufferings, but at times generates spiritual opportunities as well.

2. Some Common Arishta Yoga

i) Malefic associated with the 6th, 8th and 12th houses or their lords

ii) Malefic aspects on a weak Moon

iii) Sun, Mars, and Saturn in the 5th house

iv) Mars, Saturn, or Sun in the 8th house

v) Malefic aspect on weak lagna lord, Sun or Moon

vi) Sun, Mars, Rahu and Saturn (at least two) in Lagna

vii) Exchange of signs between Jupiter and Mars

viii) Mars and Saturn in 2nd while Rahu occupies the 3rd house

ix) Rahu in the 4th, and Moon in the 6th or 8th house

x) Mars in the 7th, Venus in the 8th and Sun in the 9th house

xi) Malefic in the 7th and 12th houses

xii) Jupiter, Sun, Rahu and Mars occupy signs of malefic planets while Venus is in the 7th house

xiii) Lagna lord associated with a malefic or flanked by two malefic, and a malefic positioned in the 7th house

xiv) Saturn in 8th, & Moon in lagna, or Venus & Moon in the 6th / 8th House

xv) Moon and Mercury in the 6th or 8th house.

Childbirth related Arishta to Parents

3. Arishta to Mother

i) If weak Moon is afflicted by three malefic, the child & mother dies.

ii) If all maleics are posited in 7th, 8th & 9th from Moon, both mother & child dies.

iii) If Moon is in 6th, Mars in 7th, and Saturn in 10th house from lagna, both mother & child dies.

iv) If Lagnesh, Sun or Moon is afflicted by Rahu and conjunct with Mars/ Saturn in 8th house, child & mother dies early.

v) If Moon conjuncts with Saturn, Mars is in 4th and Sun is in 12th house, mother & the child die early.

vi) If 6th, 8th, & 12th houses are occupied by malefic with no benefic association and Jupiter/ Venus is hemmed between malefic, both child & mother dies.

vii) If Moon is in 7th or in 8th from a malefic, conjoined with another malefic and aspected by a 3rd malefic, it causes death of mother.

viii) If Moon is in lagna in Paapkartari with no benefic aspect, both child & mother dies.

ix) If 4th house, its lord and Moon are severely afflicted with no benefic aspect, the mother dies within a weak.

x) If 5th & 9th houses from Moon are occupied by malefic with no benefic influence, the mother dies within six months.

The native was born by operation in a reputed hospital. His 4th house, though has exalted Jupiter but is retrograde & in Nakshtra of 3-6th lord Mercury and is aspected by Saturn associated with Rahu. The 4th lord Moon is in inimical Capricorn, devoid of Paksh & Directional strength, and is aspected by Rahu. Thus all parameters for mother’s well-being are afflicted. The mother died on 2 Feb 2003. However the child survived.

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