Author: Bijesh Menon
Ever since the era of great astrologer Dr. B. V. Raman, lots of people from the educated society have started developing interest in the field of astrology, unlike in the past when astrology was monopolized by a few, those who came from the families with astrological backgrounds or from some certain casts, with rare exceptions. The new trend in astrology have enriched the subject by the means of research and studies under taken by the new generation though subject to criticism on occasions for deviating from the traditional path in small or large way. I have made an attempt to write an article on the same. I consider myself as a student of astrology and have only a little knowledge to my credit till date. So I make apologies in advance to the readers, if I make any mistakes in writing this article which is based on the findings of my humble experience in astrology.
Before starting with the planetary combinations and other related factors which constitutes one with the fortune to be a master in astrology, we need to understand what qualities should an astrologer possess.
Combinations for a good and sound knowledge in the field of astrology
To achieve knowledge in astrology or any related subject, one should have a natural inclination towards such subjects. A relation between the 1st and 8th houses or 10th and 8th houses indicates interest towards astrological related subjects. The lagna denotes the native himself while 10th denotes the profession or means of livelihood, success in life and honor from the society. The 8th house represents hidden energy, secrets, mysticism, astrology, occultism etc. The 8th house indicates initial path to spirituality too. The is a relation between 1st & 8th house as described below:
Editor: Please look at this article – Rules of Combinations of planets, summarizing all the rules for required yogas.
Any of the above combinations indicates the person has an innate interest towards the mystic. Lagna being the representation of the native and 8th being the signification of all occult and mystic subjects (including astrology) a relation between them constitutes natural interest in astrological and related subjects. But that doesn’t mean that the person will have profession too in the same line.
Presence of any of the planetary situation in a horoscope indicates not only interest in astrological studies but the person having a profession in the related line. A relation between 1st, 8th & 10th house and its lords is the best situation in a horoscope for making an astrologer.
Apart from the relation between the 1st, 8th and 10th houses in a horoscope, there some signs and planets too play vital role in making an astrologer. In many astrologers’ horoscope it has been found that the lagna or 10th house is falls in any of these signs – Gemini, Scorpio, Aquarius or Pisces.
The karaka planet for astrology is Mercury who is karaka for “Budhi” or intelligence as well. A powerful Mercury positioned in an angle, triangle, 2nd, 3rd or 11th house with residential strength and not afflicted is essential for making an astrologer. Mercury being conjoined or in aspect with Sun (but not combust and situated ahead of Sun), Jupiter or Saturn is supposed to give good results. Saturn’s influence over Mercury is deemed to be good as far as an astrologer’s horoscope is concerned. A combined influence of Saturn-Jupiter is supposed to be excellent. The influence of Saturn over Mercury will make the native patient and steady in achieving knowledge in any subject.
A yoga or aspect between Mercury and Jupiter is most desired situation in an astrologer’s horoscope since such situation will help the native to develop interest and achieve a good amount of knowledge in Vedic subjects. Mercury shouldn’t be in dwirdasa (2-12) or shashtashtama (6-8) to Guru which cut downs the basic potential of the horoscope to become an astrologer even if there are other strong combinations. An influence over Mercury by the planets Mars, Ketu or Rahu are destructive for Vedic learning. Influence of Moon or Venus will make one more complex or materialistic by nature respectively.
The planet Guru also is vital in making an astrologer. Guru being the natural karaka for God’s grace, intuition, Vedic knowledge and wisdom his position in an astrologer’s horoscope is very important. Like Mercury, Guru also should be posited in houses like angles, trines, 2nd or 11th. He should have residential strength and influencing the houses Lagna, 2nd, 10th & 11th by the means of yoga, aspect or lordship. Guru being in yoga or mutual aspect with Moon, Mercury or Saturn in good houses is very desirable.
Combinations for a strong and uncomplicated mind
Moon and Ketu are also significant planets in an astrologer’s horoscope. Moon being the karaka for mind and the mental disposition of an astrologer is very important for doing objective analysis of charts; the Moon should be free from afflictions. Moon should be placed in the brighter half of the lunar month or should have residential strength and positioned in a good house. Moon shouldn’t be positioned in dwirdasha (2-12) or shatashtama (6-8) from the Sun since such a position will cause an imbalanced nature. Moon conjoined with or posited in Kendra from Guru forming Gajakesari yoga is the best situation for moon. A trine aspect from Guru also is fine. A good harmony between Guru and Moon will help the native to have good wisdom, vision and insight Veda shastras. A combined influence of Guru and Saturn over Moon is also deemed good, but influence of Saturn alone over Moon or by other planets than Guru is not good.
Ketu is moksha karaka and his positive approach in a horoscope will make one spiritually inclined. Ketu being posited in the houses 1, 3, 9, 11 and 12 is good, provided he is not conjoined or subject to aspect by any other planet except a trine aspect from Guru. Ketu being posited alone is always good since when he is under influence of a planet by the means of yoga or aspect changes his natural tendency. With the influence from Guru, Ketu will help a person to be detached from all illusions of this materialistic world.
Vaksidhi is an ability one gets by the grace of the lord. Speaking eloquently and with right words to express the mind is what Vaksidhi is all about. Vaksidhi Is judged from the 2nd house. The power of the 10th house also should be taken into account while judging the power of 2nd house. The lord of 2nd house posited there or in an angle or trine having residential strength is good for Vaksidhi. Mercury is the karaka planet for Vaksidhi. Jupiter influencing it is the best thing to happen. Moon, Budha or Sukra any of these planets posited alone in the 2nd house with the yoga or aspect of the lord of that rashi or Guru is good. The 2nd house should ideally fall in the signs of Sagittarius, Aries, Aquarius or Gemini. The yoga or aspect of 10th lord over 2nd house or the yoga or mutual aspect between 2nd & 10th lords also promotes vaksidhi. Ketu. Mars, Saturn or Rahu adversely affecting the 2nd or the 2nd lord is not desirable.
In a horoscope 11th house is the house of intuition while planet Guru is the karaka for intuition and the planets Moon & Ketu are also is suppose to play a sub part. Moon, Mercury or Ketu posited in the 11th with aspect of Guru is the best position. Guru himself posited there also is fine.The 11th lord posited in the 11th or aspect the 11th are also activates one’s power of intuition. The 11th house falling in the signs of Scorpio, Aquarius or Pisces are the best situation.
A good analytical method of prediction developed by own
Now let us discuss the last quality an astrologer should be possessing, a good analytical method of predication developed by own. This is not warranted by any planetary combination instead it’s an ability achieved by one over the years of experience. An astrologer having a good basic knowledge in astrology and having the grace of intuition and vaksidhi starts his career in astrology and gain in experience over years. The more and more patience he shows in studying each chart instead of feeling himself to have mastered the subject and jumping into conclusions, the enthusiasm he keeps on to gather more and more knowledge in the field of astrology instead feeling saturated and accepting criticism on failure instead of making excuse for not wanting to admit own failure; all these attitudes will help one to establish a method of analyzing chart of his own.
I hope I have been clear and up to the point in all places in writing this article. Hope readers may find this article to be a use full one. I pray to the lord for all the students and budding professionals of astrology for their success. I invite comments from the readers in any form.