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Author: Angela Pennington www.angelapennington.com (206) 412-7837 Released: ACVA Newsletter June 2011 www.acvaonline.

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How Bad Can A Good Planet Be? The Natural and Temporal Status of Planets written by Angela Pennington Students of Jyotish frequently have challenges with the concept of the natural and functional status of a planet. The purpose of this article is to clearly explain these concepts to our beginning students. The Natural status of a planet never changes. Jupiter is a benec planet, and will always display a certain level of positive and supportive qualities. Saturn, a malec, will always present a level of challenge or obstacles. How a planet actually operates in an individual chart is called the Functional or Temporal status of a planet. This changes according to house rulership. Basically, by Lagna. Before moving forward, Its important to understand that planets fall into one of two families: Family 1 Sun, Moon, Mars, Jupiter Family 2 Mercury, Venus, Saturn

Rahu and Ketu are not included because they do not rule any houses. The members of each family respectively, enjoy each others company and like to visit. They are friendly and supportive in their own groups. This is demonstrated in the trikona houses 1, 5 and 9. Whatever lagna we are examining, notice the trine lords are always in the same family. They support each other in these dharma houses. The trinal lords for any given lagna are considered the functional benecs of the chart. All other planets will be considered functional malecs. Here is an example using the chart of Albert Einstein:

The chart Lord is Mercury, fth Lord Venus and ninth Lord Saturn; all belonging to the same family. As a supportive group they offered Albert Einstein the opportunity to fulll his dharma. The common question we all have at some point is when a natural benec planet becomes a temporal malec or vice versa what happens? A powerful question with many variables. Lets address this systematically by using the chart below:

The Moon, Mars and Jupiter as lords of the trinal houses are the functional benecs for this chart. Mercury, Venus and Saturn are considered functional malecs. As a rule, the Sun is malec based on association. To understand how a temporal planet will act, examine strength and favorableness. These factors provide necessary indicators on planetary behavior: Jupiter a natural benec and functional malec, very strong and favorable. During the Jupiter Maha Dasha this individuals career excelled, a strong increase in nancial investments and spiritual awakening. In the natal chart, Jupiter is in the twelfth house. Toward the end of the Maha Dasha investments had to be sold off, business closed, relationships ended. Venus a natural benec and functional malec, very strong and favorable. Venus has always guaranteed nice homes and cars while at the same time loss of relationships in the home and difculties through the mother. These challenges decreased as Venus reached maturity in the chart. Mars a natural malec and functional benec, very strong and favorable. During the full length of the Maha Dasha the father served in the military. There was a house re with little damage. A strong temperament at a young age, native learned to focus the highly active energy into positive endeavors. Saturn a natural malec and functional malec, strong and favorable. At the onset of the Maha Dasha the natives mother died and their house was robbed. These experiences forced the native to look at life through new eyes and become less attached to the material world. As the Maha Dasha has progressed, the native has become very organized and has developed a focused approach to creating long term stability and success.

Author: Angela Pennington www.angelapennington.com (206) 412-7837 Released: ACVA Newsletter June 2011 www.acvaonline.org

As you can see, the temporal state brings unique opportunities for personal development especially with strong and favorable planets. Lets see how an unfavorable planet can effect the character in the chart below:

Mercury, Saturn and Venus as lords of the trinal houses are the functional benecs for this chart. Mars, Jupiter, Sun and Moon are considered functional malecs. Jupiter a natural benec and functional malec, strong and favorable. A strong relationship with the father who is a consistent source of nancial support. Poor relationship with the mother. The natives natural tendency is to have extreme emotional reactions. Venus a natural benec and functional benec, very strong and unfavorable. Venus is a Morning Star giving an independent or warrior nature. Having a special needs child, proper channeling of these qualities may have helped overcome obstacles. Difcult qualities became apparent during the Maha Dasha as the native spontaneously moved long distances frequently for relationships which ended badly. In addition, native gets too involved and takes responsibility in other peoples problems. A welcoming demeanor and great sense of humor. Mars a natural malec and functional malec, strong and unfavorable. Challenges with siblings. A penchant for drama and avoids confrontation. Saturn a natural malec and functional benec, strong and unfavorable. Constantly changes homes, trouble maintaining a good credit rating. This has improved as the planets have matured. Understanding the difference between the various modes is vitally important to the quality of our judgements. We invite you to give us your comments on articles and anything you would like to see in the ACVA Quarterly Newsletter! Angela Pennington