Encyclopedia of Vedic Astrology: Tajik Shastra and Annual Horoscopy: The Planetary Strengths/ Balas, Chapter III, Part - 6

Dr. Shanker Adawal

6. Miscellaneous Strengths

1. In addition to above, sources of strength, Acharya Neelkantha in sloka 58-59 of chapter 1 and sloka 62-63 of chapter 2, says that the planets get residential strength also depending on the house they are posited in. All planets in own/ exaltation house wields special strength to grant good results. Any planet occupying a Kendra house (Lagna, 4th, 7th & 10th) or 11th, 5th or 9th house also gain special strength. The measure of strength gained by a planet is in a decreasing order starting with a maximum in Lagna, followed by in 10th, 7th, 4th, 11th, 5th and the least in 9th house. The above principle applies to all planets. The Moon gets additional strength in 2nd & 3rd house, Venus in 5th, Mars in 6th, Sun in 9th, Jupiter in 11th and Mercury in lagna gets additional strength. Generally planets in Trika (6, 8 or 12th) house never give good results.

2. The strength or weakness of a planet is also influenced by the house, it occupied and strength gained in natal chart.

3. In Tajika writings, little has been said about Rahu and Ketu. However, Sloka 76  of Tajik Neelkanthi states that Rahu is like Saturn and rules over bones and SW Direction. Ketu is also like Saturn or Rahu with a difference that it has a Shikha (long hairy tail on head) and denotes a person having many facets. However in other classics, Ketu is like Mars. Rahu often creates confusion like Saturn and a great affinity to any or all foreign thinigs. Whereas Ketu is impulsive like Mars. Rahu and Ketu are always 180 degrees apart and in retrograde motion. Shri Manik Chand Jain, a reputed astrologer terms Rahu as the deeds/ misdeeds of the past that have matured to give their results during the native’s present life; while Ketu represents those deeds of the past that may be lying dormant during the present life time but occasionally do spring up to influence our present course of action.
7. Analysis of Weak Planets

1. Even chart, whether birth or annual chart, contains some weak as well as some strong planets. The correct & comprehensive analysis of weak planets is equally important to arrive at the correct timing and successful predictions. A weak planets not only fail to deliver positive results of its significations but spoil the results of the house, where it is posited or which it rules or aspects, and cause their negative significations during its period or sub-period as per its natal or transit strength. A planet may become weak due to any or combination of two or more of the following factors;

i) Debilitation: A planet becomes in its Deen awastha, during its stay in the sign of its debilitation. The planet is weaker while approaching its deep point of debilitation than after it has crossed that point. The deep points of debilitation of planets from Sun to Saturn are Libra-10 degree, Scorpio-3 degree, Cancer-28, Pisces-15, Capricorn-5, Virgo-27, and Aries-20 degree respectively. In Tajika system, there is no mention of cancellation of debilitation, as suggested by Parashar.

ii) Combustion: Planets when too near the Sun, lose their vitality and are said to be combust. A combust planet is weak and lack necessary power to protect and/ or promote the significations of its own or of the house it rules. When a planet is combust, the native suffers with regard to general significations of the planet and the significations of the Mooltrikone house, it rules in such a manner that the sufferings become memorable. It is like a tragedy or serious setback during the sub-period of the combust planet. In case it is further afflicted by functional malefics, the significations of the said house are totally destroyed. The results will be worse, if Sun is lord of a Trika house, as well. However if Sun itself is debilitated (being posited in Libra), it loses its power to make any other planet combust. Secondly some astrologers are of the view that since Mercury in its orbit is always close to Sun (Being never away from Sun by +/- 28 degrees), it does not suffer from combustion unless it is within 3 degree range. Rahu & Ketu instead of getting combust, eclipse the Sun/ Moon.

iii) Loss In Planetary War: When two planets are within a degree of each other, they are said to be in planetary war. The planet with lesser longitude wins and the other loses. A planet, who is lost in planetary war, becomes astrologically very weak to promote its positive significations and causes negative results only. However The Sun & Moon never enters into planetary war and it is said that the Mars being the Commander of Planetary Council is always the winner in such a war.

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