Graha Rasi Phala: Understanding Graha placement in different Zodiac signs

Many Jyotish classics such as Brhat Jataka, Saravali, Phaladeepika etc. have given the results of placement of Grahas in various Rasis. This is also mentioned in most introductory Jyotish books written by modern authors.

However, not many authors have given the basis for deriving such results and there is an expectation that one should get these results by-heart. Many questions arise in this regard i.e., do they really work in real life, are they more important than the bhava placements, under what conditions they get modified or when they don’t work. There are so many questions which needs we seek answer for.

Among them, the most important question is, whether or not we should look at these results at all or just concentrate on the bhava results? Bhava results which accrue due to ownership of the Bhava!

Like numerous other factors such as Graha, Bhava etc., there are significations assigned to each rasi which are extremely important in all analysis.

Grahas placed in a specific Bhava say Saturn in the 2H can’t be treated alike ignoring the signs. Although the classics have given the results due to placement of Graha in different Bhavas ignoring the signs, the authors expect that an intelligent astrologer should be able to blend the bhava results with that of Rasi results.

Grahas when placed in a sign attains a specific Mood which affects the way the graha gives the results. So while the Bhava placement of a Graha indicate the destination, the path to the destination is indicated by its mood. The mood can also indicate the intermediate destinations in the path while the final destination is only ruled by the Bhava.

For instance for Ta Lg, yogakaraka Saturn is placed in the 2H. We need to blend the following results-

  • Saturn in Gemini
  • Saturn in the 2H
  • 9L and 10L in the 2H
  • Saturn aspecting 4H, 8H and 11H

When seen in isolation, each of these placements have their own distinctive results. However, they can’t stand on their own. For instance Saturn in Gemini gives a reflective and ingenious thinking. However, this can only be said that regarding the native’s own nature if Saturn is in Gemini in Lagna or it being the lagna lord in placed in Gemini. However for Ta Lagna, the same placement of Saturn can impact the native’s family, speech and finances. The family can be narrow minded. The 2H also governs knowledge of various sciences. Here, Saturn in Gemini indicate a taste of chemical and mechanical sciences.

Thus it is important to see which bhava Saturn in influencing and in what mood. The influence can be seen by the virtue of its placement in that bhava or being the lord of a bhava. For instance if Saturn is in Gemini in the 2H or being the 2L, in both cases, the mood of Saturn in Gemini can be felt.

Understanding the mood of the Graha is extremely important because the behavior of the graha is determined by its mood although its inherent nature does not change. This is like a person assuming different role at home, with the family, in the office and such different places. The behavior of the person changes with the circumstances.
The mood of the Graha is affected by various means and among them the most important is the sign where they are placed.

A Graha placed in friendly or inimical sign, or in exaltation or debility, in Mulatrikona or svakshetra can’t be treated alike. Once the fundamental mood is ascertained, one needs to determine the modification of the mood that happen under some specific circumstances. For instance a person’s mood would be something in a office, however, what happens if he gets a good boss or bad boss! Thus aspect of various Grahas on the Graha in a sign can modify the behavior.

The mood of a Graha undergoes significant transformation depending on the influences of other Grahas. For instance when Saturn is aspected by Jupiter while in Gemini, Saravali says that the person becomes dear to the king and popular. Why? Because of the knowledge and virtues. Saturn in Gemini makes him reflective and gives a taste of chemical and mechanical sciences. What happens when Jupiter aspects Saturn in reflective Mood? No doubt it will give good virtue, high understanding of human life and death, philosophy.

The nature is varied with infinite possibilities and so are the results accrued from the permutation and combinations of Grahas in horoscope. It is not humanely possible to remember all such combinations and their results. The best way to practice and master Jyotish is to understand the underlying principles behind all the principles and able to reflect on how do they intermingle in a composite environment. This requires considerable experience no only in Jyotish but also human life an existence. Jyotish knowledge can still be attained from studying the books, but unless they are complemented with philosophy of human life, the knowledge can’t be fully utilized.

Last and not the least one needs God’s divine grace to decode god wish regarding individual destiny.

Om Tat Sat


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