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Yogas in Vedic Astrology

There are various yogas considered in Vedic or Hindu astrology. Important yogas are given below:
Pancha Mahapurusha Yoga : There are 5 mahapurusha yoga.
Ruchaka yoga: In a kendra Mars is in its own sign or in exaltation. Result: Brave, arrogant, victorious.
Bhadra yoga: In a kendra Mercury is in its own sign or in exaltation. Result: Intellectual, learned, rich, good in commerce
and communication.
Hamsa yoga: In a kendra Jupiter is in its own sign or in exaltation. Result: Religious, very fortunate, wealthy,
righteousness, comforts, devotion etc.
Malavaya yoga: In a kendra Venus is in its own sign or in exaltation. Result: Wealthy, loves life, sometimes self-indulgent,
good marriage, strong sense of justice.
Shasya yoga: In a kendra Saturn is in its own sign or in exaltation. This yoga makes powerful, strict, position of authority.
The native is liked by all, equivalent to a king or a minister and is tough- hearted.
Parivartana Yoga :A parivartana yoga occurs when planet A is in the sign of planet B, and planet B is in the sign of planet
A.
Dainya yoga: This yoga occurs when one of the planets participating in the yoga is lord of the sixth, eighth or twelfth house.
These are dushtana houses that generally have an unfavourable influence.
In most cases, the lord of the sixth, eighth or twelfth house will be strengthened by the benefic influence of the other planet.
However, the other planet involved in this yoga is always damaged.
Kahala yoga: If 4L and 9L(or Jupiter) are in an angular position, w.r.t each other and if the Lagna Lord is strong, this yoga is
formed. If 4L and 10L are together(or if the Lord of X aspects 4th Lord), and the 6th Lord is in own/exaltation sign, this yoga
is formed. This yoga makes native learned, beautiful / handsome in appearance, disciplined, obedient to superiors, enjoying
life, obstinate, adventurous, heading town councils, senses under control, good moral character
Kartari Yoga:This group of yogas is caused by planets being placed around a certain house and/or planet. The most
generally occurring Kartari yoga is when two benefics or malifics enclose a planet or a house.
Sunapha Yoga: Planets in the second house (other then the Sun) calculated from the Moon richness, financial benefits. The
effects of this are stronger if benefics are situated in the second house calculated from the Moon. Should there be one or
more malefics in this second house from the Moon, the effect will be limited, or there will be no effect at all.
Anapha Yoga: Planets in the twelfth house (other then the Sun) calculated from the Moon - religious. This effect increases if
there are benefics in the twelfth house calculated from the Moon, but should it concern one or more malefics, the effect is
limited or non-effective. In Kennedy's horoscope, Saturn is in the eleventh house, which is the twelfth house calculated from
the Moon. He was not known to be a particularly religious man.
Durudhura Yoga: Planets (other then the Sun) in both the twelfth and the second house calculated from the Moon - rich and
high morals (especially if it concerns beneficial planets).
Kemadruma Yoga: There are no planets in either the twelfth or the second house calculated from the Moon. Other planets
do not support the functions of the Moon. The person will feel lonely and lead a rather difficult life. There are many ways in
which this difficult yoga can be neutralised. An example: should the Moon be in either a kendra or a trikona house, in
conjunction with another planet or being aspected by Jupiter this yoga will be greatly neutralised.
Veshi Yoga: When a planet (other then the Moon) is in the second house calculated from the Sun, it forms a veshi yoga. This
yoga gives riches and status, at least when this yoga is formed by benefics. If it is formed by malefics it can lead to all kinds
of problems.
Voshi Yoga: This occurs when a planet (other then the Moon) is placed in the twelfth house calculated from the Sun. This
yoga supports spiritual development and intelligence, at least when it is formed by a benefic. A malefic in the twelfth house
calculated from the Sun will give us problems.
Ubhayachari Yoga: There is a planet (other then the Moon) in both the second and the twelfth house calculated from the
Sun. This brings good fortune in many areas, but again only if it involves benefics. Malefics will create trouble. This yoga
makes native talkative, intelligent, strong, taking care of his relatives, favours from Govt, superiors, active, eloquent,
sympathetic, helping others
Dhana Yoga : Dhana Yoga brings material wealth and money, because it links the money houses 1, 2, 11 5, 9. The
combination of any one of these houses combined with the 1st house ruler would bring wealth to the individual. Actually any
combination of these houses would create Dhana Yoga, but the1st house combination is the strongest.
Raja Yoga : The lords of a kendra and a trikona house are in conjunction, mutually aspected or in reception. This is a
combination of good fortune (trikona house) and action (kendra house), so take advantage of it. I would like to point out that
a raja yoga could be formed by one planet, and also by two planets.
Vipareeta Raja Yoga : Viparita means inverted, contrary, reversed. Vipareeta Raja Yoga is formed when the planet ruling
a dusthana (6,8,12) house is placed in another dusthana house. This yoga tends to cause an unexpected rise in life due to an
unfortunate event or problem.
Neecha Bhanga : Neecha means debilitated and bhanga means reversal. Here are the main ways in which debility can be
modified, or cancelled. This may not be considered a yoga per say, but it is very important to consider in chart interpretation.
1.
If the ruler of the sign occupied by the debilitated planet is in a kendra position from the Moon or the Lagna.
2.

If the ruler of the sign where the debilitated planet is exalted is in a kendra position from the Moon or Lagna.

3.

If the ruler of the sign occupied by the debilitated planet aspects the planet.

4.
If the planet who would be exalted in the sign occupied by the debilitated planet is in a kendra from the Moon or
the Lagna.

5.

If the debilitated planet is exalted in the Navamsha.

6. The dispositor of the debilitated planet gives greater relief to the debilitated planet when the dispositor is well
placed.
Neecha Bhanga Raja Yoga : Raja yoga is only when the debilitated planet occupies a kendra, otherwise its debility is
merely removed.
Yoga karaka : A Yoga karaka is when one single planet forms Raja Yoga by itself. It rules two different houses, one is a
triconal and one is a Kendra. The first house can serve as either in the combination. In both Taurus and Libra ascendants
Saturn is the Yoga Karaka. In Taurus ascendant Saturn rules the 9th (trinal) house, and the 10th (kendra) house. For Libra
ascendants Saturn rules both the 4th (Kendra) and the 5th (trinal). Other ascendants that have a Yoga Karaka are Capricorn
and Aquarius. They both have Venus as the Yoga Karaka. With Capricorn Ascendant Venus rules the5th and the 10th.
Aquarius ascendant Venus rules the 4th and 9th. For Cancer and Leo ascendants Mars is the Yoga Karaka. Cancer ascendant
will have Mars rule the 5th and the 10th. Leo ascendants will have Mars rule the 4th and the 9th. No other ascendants will
have a single planet rule both a kendra and a trine. These are the only ascendants to have a Yoga Karaka. A Yoga Karaka
planet will be a planet that brings great benefit to the chart, even though it may be a natural malefic planet.
Adhi Yoga: There must be at least two, but preferably more, benefics in the sixth, seventh and eighth house calculated from
the ascendant / Moon. This yoga gives high status, rank, prosperous, enjoying pleasures, famous, having conveyances, good
wife, obedient sons, no diseases and dangers, long life, defeating enemies.
Chamara Yoga : If a person is born in day in the bright half of the month (Shukal Paksh), and the Ascendant Lord is in his
exaltation sign, with the Jupiter in an angular position (or powerful aspect of Jupiter on Ascendant Lord), this yoga is
formed. The person having this yoga in the horoscope becomes Long-lived, wealthy, happy, serving in fields requiring
courage, virtuous deeds, profound scholar, well-read, professor of vedas, aristocratic.
Pushkala Yoga : If the Lord of the sign occupied by Moon in conjunction with Ascendant Lord posited in the house of a
very friendly planet or in an angle and strong benefics aspect the Ascendant Lord, this yoga is formed. This yoga grants
Royal family, wealth and makes him famous, blessed with power, authority, enjoying all comforts of life, sweet speech,
respected by rulers, Govt, protector of lands.
Mangla Yoga : When all the planets are posited in angular houses with respect to the Ascendant, this yoga is formed. This
yoga makes native Lucky, performing auspicious ceremonies, eloquent, powerful, long-lived, intelligent, wealthy.
Karak Yoga : If two or more planets are in exaltation sign or own sign and are in mutual angular position, this yoga is
formed. This yoga is known for providing high status, rank, wealthy, name and fame.
Amala Yoga: A benefic placed in the tenth house calculated from the ascendant or the Moon - philanthropic and benevolent
attitude towards mankind, career in the social sector
Ashubha mala Yoga: When all the benefics are placed in the sixth, eighth and twelfth houses - the benefics become
powerless: misfortune, a difficult life.
Budhatiya Yoga: The Sun and Mercury are in conjunction and are placed in the first, seventh, fifth or eleventh house - an
intellectual. However, when the Sun and Mercury are in the same sign is also Budhaditya Yoga. This is a very common
yoga since Mercury can never be more than on sign away from the Sun. The sign and house the yoga occurs in will be
important and will indicate skills in these areas. If Mercury is combust the Sun it will be a bit harder to realize these skills or
talents.
But if Mercury and the Sun are less than a half of degree of each other it will give a brilliant genius mind. This is actually an
Arabian astronomical term called Cazimi. Some may think any planet this close to the Sun to be terribly ruined by
combustion, but I have found it will make the planet brilliant in effects and areas the planet rules. This applies to any planet
not only Mercury.
Chandra Mangala Yoga: The Moon and Mars in conjunction or opposition - riches (often caused by women), probably
made by unscrupulous means. It can also cause problems with the mother. Chandra is the Indian name for the Moon, and
Mangala is the name for Mars.
Charussagara Yoga: Planets placed in all the kendra houses - good reputation and good fortune (better when it is formed by
benefics). The kendra houses are the pillars of the horoscope. Planets placed there are extremely effective. When planets are
occupying all the kendra houses, their energy will be powerfully felt, which in most cases, will be a good thing (especially
when it concerns natural or temporary benefics).
Srik Yoga: This occurs when only natural benefics placed in the kendra houses - comfort, good luck, abundance.
Gaja Kesari Yoga: The Moon and Jupiter are either conjunct, square or in opposition - good luck, intelligence, and high
morals. In this yoga, the Moon and Jupiter influence each other. The connection between the planet, which is the most
important for our life on earth, the Moon, and the planet of good luck and fortune, Jupiter, has favourable effects.
Shakata Yoga: When the Moon is placed in the sixth, eighth or twelfth house, calculated from Jupiter - fluctuating fortunes.
This is more or less the opposite of the Gaja Kesari yoga. When the Moon is placed in a dushtana house calculated from
Jupiter, we have a difficult relationship between these two planets.
Maha Bhagya Yoga: In case of Male native, the ascendant, the Sun and The Moon are placed in uneven signs and he is born
in the daytime - very fortunate. Uneven signs are, by the way, positive; masculine signs (the air and fire signs). Daytime is
also masculine.
In case of Female native, the ascendant, the Sun and the Moon are placed in even signs, and she is born during the night very fortunate. Even signs are negative; feminine signs (the earth and water signs). The night is feminine.
This yoga makes favoured by elders, high officials, superiors, good authority, wealthy, rich, blessed with children, all
comforts and enjoyments, long-lived, learned and defeating everyone
Saraswati Yoga: When Jupiter, Venus and Mercury are placed in kendra houses, in a friendly sign, or even better, in the
second house writer, learned person, speaker, intellectual. When they are in a favourable position, Jupiter, Venus and

Mercury can provide wisdom.


Lakshmi Yoga : Lakshmi yoga occurs when 9th and 1st house rulers are strong but when Venus is in its own sign of
rulership or exalted it is very good .this yoga. Venus rules extreme wealth and fixed assets. There are different versions for
this yoga, one with Venus and one without Venus included. It is believed that Venus is crucial to the extremes this yoga
creates. Laxmi yoga is when the ruler of the 9th is exalted or in its sign of rulership in a trine or kendra house and the ruler
of the 1st is house strong, but additionally if Venus is in its own sign or exalted.
Vasumathi Yoga: Benefics placed in upachaya (the third, sixth, tenth or eleventh houses) houses calculated from the Moon
or the ascendant - riches. Kennedy had Jupiter and Venus in the tenth house calculated from the Moon. Two out of three
benefics in upachaya houses calculated from the Moon provide reasonably strong vasumathi yoga.
Amala Yoga : Amala means stainless. A benefic in the 10th house from the Moon or the ascendant is Amala Yoga. It
means that the person is virtuous and pious actions in worldly affairs. The 10th placement of planets from each other is a
powerful placement that confers success.
Amara Yoga : Amara means imperishable. This yoga is formed when all the malefics excluding Rahu and Ketu are in the
kendras. This is the real estate yoga, giving wealth through ownership of land and real estate (fixed assets). Both Mars and
Saturn are indicators of real estate, property and land. The benefics in the angles will denote wealth in moveable assets, like
money or possessions.
Arishta Yoga : Arista Yoga indicatesf suffering from illness, accident etc. The combination of the rulers of trik or dusthana
(6,8,12) are combined, but again when these houses are combined with the ruler of the 1st this brings the suffering to the
individual. Again as in the Dhana Yoga, any combination of these house rulers would constitute Arista Yoga. Generally it is
through our suffering that spirituality is sought. Therefore this yoga will produce both suffering and spiritual opportunities.
Planetary combination of two or more planets can form all three of these yogas, indicating the joy and pain combined in
ones life. For example if the combination of 2 planets create an Arista Yoga and a Dhana Yoga. The planets rule 2 houses
(except the Sun and Moon) each, so you would be merging 4 houses together. Therefore 2 planets can be both a Raja Yoga,
and a Arista Yoga.