Benefics and Malefics for each
Ascendant or Lagna is :
the Sun and Mars are benefics. Jupiter is the best benefic.
The next benefic is Mars. Saturn, Mercury and Venus are
malefics. Mercury being the greatest malefic as lord of the
3rd and 6th
best benefic is Saturn as he owns the 9th and 10th. Mercury,
Mars and the Sun are also benefics. Jupiter, Venus and the
Moon are evil planets but Venus may be declared a neutral as
he is lord of Lagna or ascendant.
alone is the most beneficial planet for this Lagna. The most
malefic is Mars as he is lord of the 6th and the 11th.
Jupiter and the Sun are also evil. The Moon and Mercury may
be classified as neutrals.
and Mars are benefics, the better being Mars as he is lord
of the 5th and 10th. Venus and Mercury are evil and Saturn,
the Moon and the Sun are neutrals.
Simha (Leo) —
Mars and the Sun are benefics, the former being the most
auspicious. Mercury and Venus are malefics. Jupiter, the
Moon and Saturn are neutrals.
is alone the best benefic. Moon, Mars and Jupiter are evil
or malefics. Saturn, the Sun and Mercury are neutrals.
Saturn, Mercury and Venus are benefics, Saturn being the
best. The Sun, Jupiter and the Moon are malefics. Mars may
be taken as a feeble benefic.
Moon is the best benefic and Jupiter and the Sun are also
benefics. Mercury and Venus are evil. Mars and Saturn are
and the Sun are benefics. Venus, Saturn and Mercury are evil
and Jupiter and the Moon are neutrals.
is the most powerful benefic. Mercury and Saturn are also
benefics. Mars, Jupiter and the Moon are evil, the worst
being Mars. Though the Sun is the 8th lord, he becomes a
is the benefic. The Sun and Mars are also benefics. Jupiter
and the Moon are malefics and Mercury is a neutral.
Moon and Mars are benefics. Saturn, the Sun, Venus and
Mercury are malefics. Jupiter is of course a neutral.
To facilitate easy understanding I shall make
these principles more clear.
In each horoscope there are benefic lords,
malefic lords and neutral lords. These of course have
nothing to do with the natural classification of planets as
benefics and malefics.
In any horoscope the benefics or benefic
lords are :— (1) First house lord, other than the Moon; (2)
the 5th and 9th lords (Thrikonadhipathis); (3) and (4) lords
of the 4th, 7th and 10th when they do not happen to be
The lord of the 9th is decidedly more benefic
than the lord of the 5th. Similarly lord of the 10th is more
benefic than that of the 7th while the lord of the 4th is
the least benefic.
The malefics or malefic lords in a horoscope
are :— (1) Lords of the 3rd, 6th and 11th houses; (2) lords
of the 4th, 7th and 10th houses (Kendradhipathis) if they
happen to be natural benefics. Again among the malefics the
11th lord is the worst malefic, the 6th less malefic while
the 3rd the least malefic.
Considerations in Judging a House
The neutrals in a horoscope are:—(1) The
Moon—when he is lord of Lagna, (2) the Sun or the Moon as
the 8th lord, (3) the Sun or the Moon as the lords of the
2nd and 12th.
Thus the student has to be very careful in
correctly affirming the strengths, weakness and other
peculiarities of the horoscope.
From the above it will be seen
that a natural benefic, such as for instance Jupiter, can
also become a malefic when he is lord of an angle. Natural
malefics such as Mars, Saturn, etc., become temproral
benefics if they become lords of angles (Kendras).
Similarly, natural benefics become malefics if they own
It is also to be noted that a natural
benefic, who becomes a malefic by virtue of quadrangle
ownership, will cease to act as a malefic, when he occupies
the angular house (Kendra) of which he is lord. Thus in case
of Cancer, if Venus occupies Libra, he will cease to be a
malefic just because Libra happens to be his own. Similarly,
a natural malefic, viz., Mars who becomes a benefic by
virtue of quadrangular ownership will cease to be a benefic,
when he occupies the angular house of which he is the lord.