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Astrology and Means of Livelihood Part 2

Dr. Shanker Adawal                                                                  

Part 2

Varaha Mihira in Brihat Jataka (Karmajeevadhara) Adh. X. Sl. I., Mantreswara in Phaladeepika. Adh. V. SI. I. and Vaidyanath Dikshit in Jataka Parijata, Adh. Xv. Sl. 43. The callings of men are as various, as interesting and as diversified as the individual peculiarities they exhibit. Take the Lagna or the Moon at the birth and see who occupies the 10th house from it. If the Sun is in the 10th house the person inherits paternal property from the father; if the Moon is there, he inherits money from the mother; if Mars occupies it, he procures wealth through his enemy; if Mercury joins the 10th he gets money through friends; if Jupiter is found there, the person has wealth through brothers; if Venus is in the 10th, the money come through wife or women; and if Saturn occupies it, he gets wealth from inferiors such as servants, etc.

Planets in midheaven or aspiring to be midheaven are to be treated accordingly. Secondly, when there are no planet in the 10th house from the Moon or the birth sign, then find out the rulers of the 10th house counted from the Lagna, the Sun and the Moon. Take the strongest of them. Find out in what Navamsa he is. The ruler of that Navamsa will influence the profession. According to Bhattotpala, it is not correct to predict the profession by considering the strongest alone of planets (1 posited in the 10th house reckoned from the Lagna and the Moon or (2) owning the 10th house counted from the Lagna, the Sun and the Moon. Every one of these, should be taken into consideration while determining the source of income of the native, as a man get money from various ways both at one time as well as at different periods in his life. The view taken by Bhattotpala and his quotations from Gargi seem to be the best. For instance, a man may be lawyer and may have lands yielding crops, may carry on ready money transactions, may be a paid trustee or manager in some charitable institution or temple and may hold shares in banks and be at the same time a Government pleader paid so much per month. His father and mother may give him money, his wife may bring dowry and his brothers and friends may also help him.

The profession or occupation of a native is generally judged from the planet or planets occupying the 10th house and if there should be none there, from those in the 1st and also from those aspecting the Sun and the Moon. Further, the planet which is posited very near the sun or the 10th Bhava whether before or after in the radix of a native and its condition-whether strong or weak: due to its position and aaspct exert much influence in this respect.

Brihat Jataka. Adh. X. XL. 4, states the gain of money from livelihood should be ascertained from the strong benefic planets occupying the Ascendant, the 2nd and the 10th. The Ascendant is to be studied as the earnings accrue through powers and efforts of the native. The 2nd being the seat of the wealth and the 11th being the 2nd to the 10th too are to be scrutinized. The 10th indicates the nature of profession and the 2nd shows the kind of earnings which the 11th confers.

Means of livelihood means gain of money. Therefore study of the 2nd, the 4th, the 9th and the 11th become highly necessary. The Ascendant, the 5th and the 7th too are to be examined in addition to the 10th. These Bhavas also point out ways through which the native comes by the wealth. It will be helpful to remember that in fixing the means of livelihood ancient Acharyas have not made the 10th Bhava the sole source of information. Parasara Says `Bhagyadeva arunam Siddhibhagyadeva dhanayatee’ meaning that success in endeavours and gain of money (wealth) depends entirely on luck. A careful study of the 9th from the Ascendant and the Moon and of their lords in respect of gain of money will throw a flood of light on the profession.

Looking from another angle, the 10th house is the 9th from the 2nd the 6th from the 5th and so on. Such relationships deserve careful consideration. The 2nd is the house of inborn potential energy-speech and sight are symbolic expressions of the same. Inherited wealth indicates the result of past deeds which have to be enjoyed in a particular birth. This house is the 5th from the 10th signifying that Paravdha of a man is the result of one’s Karma’s activity in this phenomenal world. But as the 10th is the 9th from the 2nd it is suggestive of the fact that the man’s status in life depends both on one’s past deeds as well as on the potential energy bestowed in a certain.

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