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Mars & Mercury: Ascendant - Analysis, Chapter XXIV, Part - 6


Dr. Shanker Adawal

In an earlier issue, I have, I believe, given a copy of the horoscope of the late Muthu Ramalinga Thevar, as an instance of Yoga-bhanga or marred Yoga. He also a great scholar in Tamil and a fiery orator, thanks to Mercury-Venus in the Ascendant-Virgo. He was also a bachelor. But, his life proved to be a failure, though he was a semi-God among all Thevars, since the excellent combination of 1st and 10th and (2nd and) 9th lords in Lagna was marred, by the worst lord of 3rd and 8th (Mars) joining it and Saturn, lord of 6th in 7th aspecting it. Sun in 2nd in debility also made him use words without weighing them, thereby incurring the severe wrath of those in power.

I have already given, in an earlier issue of this Magazine, the horoscope of the late Mr. P. Govinda Menon who was a Judge of the Madras High Court, and later, a Judge of the Supreme Court, in which capacity he died.

In Chart 3 Mark the combination of the lord of the 1st and the 10th house and the lord of the 2nd and the 9th, and the 5th and 6th lords in the 2nd house where Venus is in Swakshetra, and Adhi-Yoga from the Moon, thanks to all the 3 benefics being in the 6th and the 8th from the Moon. Note, too, that Jupiter (lord of the 7th Badhakasthana) and Mars (lord of the 8th) are relegated to the 12th.

The late Shri S.V. Ramamurthi, I.C.S., who acted as the Governor of Bombay, after a brilliant career as a highly independent I.C.S. Officer had Mercury and Venus in the 11th for Virgo-ascendant, aspected by Jupiter from Scorpio (the 3rd) from Lagna and in the 7th from Jupiter.

Now, I give a difficult horoscope, presenting a ticklish problem to students of astrology.

Very few can expect this (Chart No. 4) to be the horoscope of a Brahmin, who, from very humble circumstances, passed the I.C.S. and has risen to be a High Court-Judge. For, after all, the 9th and 10th lords, Mercury and Venus, are combined, only in the 6th; and, even the presence of Jupiter in the 11th rendering the 6th an Upachayasthana (instead of a Dushsthana) in this case, giving rise to Vasumathi Yoga, due to all the 3 benefics in Upachayas (6th and 11th) can explain prosperity or wealth, but not position. The key is furnished by a reading from Chandra Lagna, as Chandra Lagna is more powerful than Janma Lagna, Chandra (Moon) and Guru (Jupiter) having well-exchanged places and Jupiter aspecting the Moon in Jupiter’s house. And, Mars and Saturn, bad and baneful from the Ascendant, become the lord of the 2nd and 9th from Chandra Lagna, and lord of the 11th respectively, And, Mercury, as lord of the 7th (a Badhaka) and Venus, lord of the 3rd and the 8th from the Moon are well-relegated to the 12th from Chandra Lagna. Of course, the Moon afflicted by natural malefic, though aspected by Jupiter connotes certain defects; and, the end of the Moon’s Dasa or the beginning of Mars Dasa may cause a very critical illness to the native which may be difficult for the native to tide over and survive.

Here is another horoscope (Chart No. 5), with Virgo-ascendant:-

The native’s father rose from an Amin’s place to a District Judgeship; And, the native entered service, as a District Munsiff but rose rapidly to a High Court Judgeship. Mark that lord of the 1st and the 10th is in the 9th, whose lord Venus is exalted in a Kendra, aspected by Jupiter from Lagna-Kendra, indicating “Simhasanadhipati” meaning, in modern parlance, a High Court Judgeship. The 10th is occupied by Mars and aspected by Saturn, though Saturn, as lord of the 6th in the 8th in debility, with Neechabhanga is good. The clue to the success, in some such cases, is, that important planets obtain more than 6 dots, and even 8 dots, in Ashtakavarga.


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