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. Sundara Rajan's name needs nointroduction; he has played mentor andfriend to most astrological magazines whether it be R Santhanams, B V Ramans orStar Teller and now Saptarishis Astrology.He started astrology in 1956, createdone ofthe first astrology softwares, has writtenmore than 1000 articles since 1963 in DrRamans magazine and others, has published4 books,created the Vincity ephemeris, hisayanamsa is called the Sundara Rajan Ayanamsa adopted by 2 internationalsoftwares and his friend, mentor was thelegend of legends of yesteryears theHighness of Nadi Astrology Late C GRajan. Although Shri Sundara Rajan hasnumerous stunning world predictions to hiscredit but he is phenomenally humble man which only shows the grace of Rishis.http://www.vincityastrotemple.com/ 
Combinations For Successful Astrologers 
ByN. Sundara Rajan, India.
 This article first appeared in Oct1967 in the Astrological Magazine and for ayear fan mails were published by Dr Ramanin response to this article. Finally Dr Ramanwas forced to publish a letter stating that hewill no longer publish the fan mails as itwas more than a year than the articlespublication. Kindly note the author uses hisown ayanamsa, also for recent studies onecan study Terri McCartney’s article titled‘The Astrology for Astrologers’ in thisissue]hat makes one a successfulastrologer? Scientists there areplenty but there was only oneNewton or one Einstein. Likewise, amongastrologers there was only oneVarahaMihira and in modern times we hadthe one and only B V Raman. Our ancientauthorities on astrology like
Brihat Jataka,Phaladeepika
etc deal with a number of RajaYogas for success in different professionsand various spheres of life, but they arestrangely silent or speak very little about theplanetary combinations which make for asuccessful and eminent astrologer. This wasperhaps why Varaha Mihira and brilliantastrologers, who came after him, weresymbols of humility. But these greatancestors have not failed in their duty to usand we find hints here and there scattered,on the combinations which make one aneminent astrologer. The rarity of mentionof these rules can be imagined from the factthat after spending much time and energyon more than a dozen ancient astrologicaltreatises, I was able to lay my hands on only
18 rules which I list below and place before the enlightened readers. Also I haveappended in illustration horoscopes of seven of the worlds eminent and leadingastronomers and astrologers of the last century.
Rule A:
  Jataka Parijata
(Ch.15, Shl.47) while describing the effects of the 10
Bhava andvarious professions from the 10
Bhava says, ‘If the lord of the 10
house occupies theNavamsa of Mercury, the native will make his livelihood by astrology and allied Shastras.’
Rule B:
 Varaha Mihira, in his famous
Brihat Jataka
(Ch.18, Sh.2) says, ‘If the Sun is inGemini, the native will be an astrologer.’
Rule C:
 Again in Ch.19, Sh.2, he says ‘If the Moon is in Leo is aspected by Mercury, thenative will be an astrologer.’
Rule D:
 Again in Ch.17, Sh.4, while describing the effects of the Moon in various houses,Varahamihira says: ‘The native with the Moon in Cancer will have knowledge of astrology.’Mantreswara, in
(Ch.5, Sh.5), says: ‘If the lord of the 10
house occupiesthe house of Mercury, the native will earn his livelihood through knowledge of the planets.’
Rule E:
 Kiranur Nataraja, in his Tamil astrological treatise
while describing theeffects for natives born under four quarters (padas) of the 27 asterisms says: ‘A person bornwith the Moon in the 3
and 4
quarters of Aswini will be fond of astrology.’
Rule F:
 He again says: ‘A person with the Moon in the 3
quarter of Rohini will be versed inmantras and astrological mathematics.’
Rule G:
 Kiranur Nataraja again says that one who is born with the Moon in first quarter of Visaka will be an astrologer. He also, like Varaha Mihira, says that if the Moon is in Leoaspected by Mercury, the native will be a talented astrologer.
Rule H:
 He further states while dealing with the 2
Bhava and its effects: ‘The native inwhose natal chart Mercury is in a Kendra, the lord of the 2
Bhava is in exaltation, Venus isin a common (dual) sign, benefics in the 3
Bhava and Venus in exaltation – this native willbe an expert in astrology.’
Rule I:
 Sage Garga, in his
Hora Sastra
, describing the effects of Tri‐Graha‐Yogas(combinations of three planets) in the 5
Bhava, says: ‘A man who has got the Moon, Venusand Saturn in the 5
will have knowledge of Jyotisha.’
Rule J:
 Illustrious Satyacharya, in his
, says: ‘If the lord of the ascendant is inthe 5
Bhava in a benefic sign, amsa or asterism, the native attains the siddhi of a particularGod or Deity associated with that benefic and becomes a friend of powerful persons inauthority.’
Rule K:
 Also ‘Lagna Lord in the 3
makes one famous in Jyotisha.’
Rule L:
 Again Satyacharya says: ‘If the lord of the 5
is in the 2
Bhavawith a benefic yoga, the native will be an astrologer and his predictions
will come true. Further the native will enjoy wealth through Divine Favor.’ Again, whiledescribing various professions from the 10
Bhava, he says that Mercury makes one earn hislivelihood through the profession of astrology.
Rule M:
 Another famous Tamil astrological treatise
, based on a system similar tothat of the Nadis, states thus: ‘If the lord of the 4
house is a malefic and is placed in a trine;if the lords of 2
, 8
and 12
and Mercury join together or if Jupiter joins them, the nativewill be a scholar and an astrologer.’
Rule N:
 It is however another famous Tamil astrological classic,
Jataka Choodamani
, that lysdown four sets of distinct combinations which go to make an expert astrologer.Combination 1:‘If no malefics are placed in kendras from the Sun, and if Venus is inexaltation in the 2
house with Mercury, the native will be a scholar and an expertastrologer and of charitable disposition.’Combination 2(
Rule O
): ‘If the lord of the 2
is in a kendra associated with or aspected byMercury and Jupiter from his own house aspects and the full Moon is in conjunction withSaturn, he will be a talented astrologer.’Combination 3(
Rule P
): ‘If Jupiter is in a kendra or trikona and the lord of the ascendant isin exaltation and in conjunction with the lord of the 2
or with Mercury, the native will bean astrologer and will write treatises on astrology.’Combination 4(
Rule Q
): ‘If the lord of the 2
is the Sun or Mars and is aspected by Jupiteror Venus, the native will be well‐versed in Jyotisha; if the lord of the 2
is Jupiter or Venusand is in exaltation and aspected by the Sun or Mars, he will recite the Vedas or holyscriptures and compose them.’Rule R:
, the famous treatise by Sage Jambunada, says: ‘If Mercury is inswakshetra in Kanya (Virgo), the native will be a poet and an astrologer.’From, the above, it is clear that all the treatises on astrology stress the importance of Mercury primarily and only next in importance come the Moon, Venus and Jupiter and to alesser extent, the Sun. If this one planet Mercury is well placed and very strong (byShadvarga, shadbala, etc) he is capable of making one an eminent and outstanding scholar inastrology. Not only that, he makes the native versatile and a scholar in many subjects,mostly spiritual. This is said not to play down the significance of other planets, but just toimpress on the readers how this single planet, by himself, is quite capable of bestowing onthe native astrological caliber of a high order. But usually in practice, it is found thatMercury receives help from the other planets by association, aspect, etc. In the BhavaKarakatwa for success in astrology, all the texts lay stress on the 2
Bhava and some stressthe importance of the 5
Bhava while
(Rule K and Rule M)refer to the 3
and the 4
Bhavas in addition. Therefore it is seen that the requisites for asuccessful and eminent astrologer are: 1) the full strength (by shadvarga,shadbala etc) of Mercury; 2) the strength of the 2
and 5
Bhavas andtheir lords, occupants, etc; and 3) the interrelation of these two factors toother planets and Bhavas in the nativity.

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