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Mars & Mercury: Ascendant - Analysis, Chapter XXIV, Part - 7


Dr. Shanker Adawal

I now give the horoscope (Chart No. 6) of a man of Puritanic Rigour, who is a profound scholar in the Vedas, including Sama-Veda, and shastras but, who, despite ordinary conditions, revels in a rigorous life of voluntary poverty by refusing to take any fees for astrological opinions and readings, though he is a reputed expert in Jyothisha.

Mark the exchange of lords of the 1st and the 8th contributing to Deerghayus but Kashtayus; and Hamsa Yoga due to Jupiter in the 4th in his own house (though Jupiter is only lord of Kendras) aspecting and purifying Saturn in the 12th (who is good as lord of the 6th in the 12th). He is greatly esteemed and honoured by His Holiness Sri Sringeri Sarada Pitadhipati Sankaracharya Swamigal and is going strong, despite a frail physical frame and spare body, at 74 or 75. Mark Jupiter and Venus, strongly posited, on either side of lord of Lagna, Mercury. While lesser mortals with only a fraction of his profound scholarship Mint money, he is highly contend and believes that honour is the highest wealth, and is held, by everyone including persons who hate Brahmins and revile them in highest regard. Venus, though strong in the 2nd in own house, is a but spoiled due to Mandi in the 2nd rendering Venus, the baneful Gulika-Bhavanadhipathi. And, what is more, Venus does not bless the lord of the Ascendant, Mercury, by conjunction. And Jupiter’s strength in the 4th makes him a Vidya-Kesari) a lion among Vidwans) but is not so conducive to prosperity, as Jupiter is not the lord of a Kona (or time) in a Kendra, but is lord of a Kendra in a Kendra. His good wife is literally, a Rishi-Padhi. Such persons of rigorous puritanic habits, avoiding Parannam or food in another’s house) for, he cooks his own food, even in another Brahmin’s house) are rather rare, even among the Vedic scholars, in these days, and remind one of the late lamented Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya.

Scorpio or Vrischika – Ascendant

Scorpio or Vrishchika is the 8th sign of the zodiac, a fixed sign, the negative house of Mars, and a Keeta (insect) Rasi Great men are not born in this Lagna or Ascendant, as frequently as in Taurus, Cancer, Leo or Virgo or Libra. For, very strong configurations are required to lift one both in this Keeta Rasi (insect-sign) suffering from the handicap that its owner is more the lord of the 6th than the lord of the Ascendant, since Aries is the positive sign and Mooltrikona-Rasi of Mars lord of Lagna.

The best planet for this Ascendant is Jupiter owning the 2nd and the 5th. Alone among the different signs, Scorpio is the only one for which Jupiter is in unadulterated benefic, owning two good houses, the 2nd and the 5th – let alone the 2nd lord who badly placed and afflicted becomes a maraca. For Aries Jupiter is, though mainly and predominantly lord of the 9th, also the lord of the 12th. For Cancer, he owns not only the 9th but also baneful 6th. For Leo he is the lord not only of the 5th house but also of the 8th house. For other Lagnas, except perhaps Pisces and Sagittarius, he suffers from Kendradhipathya Dosh or the evil of owning quadrants or he owns evil houses like 8th and the 11th for Taurus, the 3rd and the 12th for Capricorn and the 3rd and the 6th for Libra. Only for Scorpio the best benefic and Karaka for wisdom and wealth owns the 2nd or house of wealth and the 5th of Poorvapunyasthana. Such a Jupiter in the 10th lifts a native in a spectacular fashion for he is lord of the 2nd and the 5th (trine) placed in a Kendra. Even at the risk of repetition, I should illustrate my point by citing the following horoscope of the late Sir, T. Sadasivier who rose from a Munsiff’s place to the position of a Judge of the Madras High Court and whose issues too were prosperous (mark the lord of the 5th in the 10th) a son was a I.C.S., another I.E.S., and a son-in-law started as a Munsiff and retired as a District Judge.


Shanker Adawal

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