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Encyclopedia of Vedic Astrology: Yogas:- Factors Influencing Yogas, Chapter II, Part – 2


Dr. Shanker Adawal

4. Proximity of planets
4.1 The planetary proximity alter the vary nature of planets. When two planets are located close to each other, their mutual strength either increases if they have similar nature or decrease if they have opposing nature. The planets which lie close to each, tend to retain their conjunction in Vargas or divisional charts. When placed further apart, though in the same sign in a birth chart, they tend to separate in Vargas and results of their conjunction do not manifest fully.

4.2 Another interesting feature is the proximity of the longitude of planet with that of the lagna (minus sign). It is observed that those planets which are degree wise close to degree of lagna manifest their significations in much better & favourable way than others. Similarly the yoga producing planets, if placed in their respective house at close degree (minus sign) manifest better results.

4.3 This gives rise to two important phenomenon as under:
1. Combustion: A planet is said to be combust or eclipsed when it disappears within a particular proximity from the Sun in either direction, its light being overpowered by that of the Sun temporarily. Combustion ranges (within degrees) for various planets are for Moon- 12; Mars 14; Mercury 14, but 12 if retrograde; Jupiter 11, but 8 if retrograde; Venus 10, but 8 if retrograde: Saturn 16. Rahu & Ketu never get combust; rather Rahu eclipses Sun when very close. A planet becomes powerless to give any result when combust. Combustion is cancelled if:

i) The combust planet comes out victorious in planetary war.

ii) It is a Yogkaraka planet.

iii) Sun itself is debilitated or eclipsed by Rahu.

2. Planetary War: Two planets are said to be in planetary war (except Sun and Moon), when they are in conjunction and within one degree of each other. The one with lesser degree wins the war. If they have an identical longitude to the minute, then one in higher latitude is winner. The loser in war becomes powerless to deliver any good result.

5. Rahu & Ketu
5.1 These two planets generally do not figure in any classical yoga. However they are very important and their role must be appreciated, while making any prediction. Both Rahu & Ketu are considered highly malefic. They have bluish complexion resembling smoke. They are wild in looks, intelligent and of windy disposition. Rahu is like Saturn & Ketu like Mars in its malevolence. Rahu indicates irreligious pursuits, adultery, faulty logic, sinful deeds, wickedness, royal status, liking for anything that is foreign, old age, poison, air, space, sudden disaster and SW direction. It also shows chronic illness, incurable diseases, insanity, phobias & snake bites. Ketu indicates injury, surgical operations, chronic diseases, tuberculosis, viral or eruptive fevers, epidemics, non-healing wounds, worm infestations and disease difficult for diagnosis. It is believed that they represent that portion of Prarbdha/ destiny, which is essential to undergo. Rahu & Ketu are shadowy planets and do not have any mass. They are basically point of intersection of earth’s orbit around Sun and the Moon’s orbit around earth. They are not given ownership of any sign, but Vedic astrology has given them also lordship of Nakshtra (as to other planets) and dasha in dasha pattern.

5.2 Rahu & Ketu are always 180 degrees apart and thus constitute an axis. They are the cause of solar & lunar eclipses. The two luminaries, Sun & Moon, suffer intensely by close association. Any planet in close association with this axis tends to get damaged and cancel any yoga if formed. They are unorthodox and non-conformist and the damage they inflict has a tinge of unorthodoxy & suddenness. Rahu like Sun & Saturn is a separatist planet but favours material gains. On the other hand Ketu is a planet of detachment & renunciation and indicates secret learning, penance, philosophical knowledge & spiritualism/Moksha especially when associated with Jupiter. Together they represent modern technical including computer give results of planets whom they conjoin or of their depositor. When conjoined with their house lord, they boost up the significations of the house & its lord manifold. If unafflicted, they are considered good in Trikone houses and cause Rajyoga in 4th & 10th house; but are bad in 2nd or 12th house. They behave as Yogkaraka when they occupy a Kendra with a Trikone lord or occupy a Trikone with a Kendra lord.

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