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Mars & Mercury: Ascendant - Analysis, Chapter XXIV, Part - 8


Dr. Shanker Adawal

Mark Jupiter the excellent benefic for Scorpio occupying the 10th with Mars, in the 7th from the Moon (lord of the 9th). Of course, the unique success of this self-made gentleman of study independence was due, not merely to Jupiter in the 10th with the lord of Lagna (canceling the evil of the 6th lordship of Mars) but also to two important Yogas. The first is:

(i) The presence of Gajakesari Yoga due to Jupiter in the 7th from the Moon and Adhi Yoga, on account of Jupiter in the 7th and Venus and Mercury in the 8th from the Moon and

(ii) A rather rare Yoga described as `Ishtapala Yoga’ in Kapila-Nadi. This is caused by the association of the lord of the Lagna or Ascendant, with the two trinal lords of the 5th and of the 9th in a Kendra other than the 7th. See Mahadeva’s Jataka Tattwa

Dharmapatyapou dhyoonomakendra Lagnapayuto rajadhirajaha

Meaning, that if the 5th and the 9th lords are associated with the lord of Lagna in a quadrant other than the 7th, a king of kings is born. Sage Parasara and Bhava Kuthoohalahave made statements to the same effect. If fact, while Sage Parasara declares that

Sutheswaro dharmapadamyutas cheth

Lagneswaranapi yuto vilagne,

Sukhe athava mana grihasyat rajyabhishikto

Yadirajya vamsah.

Only the author of Bhava Kuihookala has given out that if the lords of the 1st, the 5th and the 9th are together or in Samasaptama in a Kendra, the 1st, the 4th or the 10th Raja Yoga results. This is a rather rare, if not unique Yoga, as already indicated. For, while the lord of Lagna combining with the lord of the 5th or the lord of the 9th is fairly common, the association of the lord of Lagna with both the trinal lords of the 5th and the 9th and that too, in a Kendra is uncommon. Under Lagna-Vichara V (Leo) I have, I believe, dealt with the horoscope of Mr. Lyndon Johnson, President of the U.S.A., born in Leo with the Sun (lord of the 1st). Mars lord of the 9th and Jupiter lord of the 5th in the Ascendant, making him occupy the coveted White House. Despite the New Moon lord of the 12th joining the combination showing “secret enemies”. I think the above formidable combination, coupled with Saturn lord of the 6th in the 8th, will enable him to weather many storms.

Let me now return to the Scorpio Ascendant without any further ado or digression. Mars, though lord of Lagna is not good as his 6th lordship is likely to be dominant unless Chandra-Mangla or (Jupiter-Mars) Yoga transforms him on account of (the 1st and the 5th) or (the 1st and the 9th) combinations conducing to Yoga, despite Lagnadhipa being also the 6th lord. In fact, there are case where Mars in the 12th or in Neechabhanga have been found to be good to Scorpio-Ascendant natives.

Jupiter lord of the 2nd and the 5th having been already stated to be the best benefic generally (except, say in a case, where for instance Jupiter is very weak in the 3rd and in debility), I shall proceed to consider the other planets.

Saturn, as the lord of the 3rd and the 4th, is ordinary and not good or bad for Scorpio. His 4th lordship is good, but, he is far from a from a friend of the lord of Lagna, Mars. Hence, he is not well disposed. But, in the 3rd in his own house, and in the 11th a good place for Saturn to occupy, he is good generally. In the 6th in debility, he affects the native’s mother and also native’s health, even when there is some Neechabhanga. And, he works havoc when in the 6th in debility in Aries with Rahu or Ketu.

Venus lord of the 7th and 12th is important for one getting a good wife and enjoying life. But, on account of Kendradhipathya Dosh of Venus (due to the 7th lordship) and Vrayadhipatya Dosha (or lordship of the 12th), Venus is not good for Scorpio-Ascendant.

Mercury is the baneful lord of the 8th and the 11th. And the planet is also an enemy of Mars, the lord of Lagna. But, when placed in the 11th, or in Lagna with Mars in the 11th, his evil of the 8th lordship is minimized, though not completely eliminated. In all other cases, he is evil as lord of the 8th and the 11th. In fact, there is a dictum that while the association or combination of the 9th and the 10th lords causes Raja Yoga, 8th and the 11th lord joining the same mars the Raja Yoga. In fact, this was verified in the case of a backward-class gentleman, M.A., who rose, in the Revenue Department to be a Deputy Collector. But, then on some changes, he was dismissed; and his suit in a Sub-Court was also dismissed. The case was a great eye-opener to me; for, Kapila Nadi had predicted that he would become a “Niyadhathipan” or lakhier on account of the combination of the 9th, the 10th and the11th lords in the 11th, aspected by Jupiter. But, he had an unenviable career.

Frankly, I do not see, why his career was so spoiled, unless the shashtashtama-positions of Mars and Jupiter, the position of the lord of the the 12th (though a natural banefic) in the 10th, and the 9th and the 10th combination in the 11th being married by the lord of the 8th and the 11th (though in the 11th) could explain.

I have my own serious doubts, even now whether the given time and Lagna were correct, and whether, perhaps, it was a case of Libra-Ascendant.


Shanker Adawal

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