Vedic Astrology is a part of Astronomy. It starts where Astronomy ends. The planets that revolve around the sun create a grave impact on the lives of people on the earth as well.
For understanding an individual’s horoscope, the 3rd house astrology forms the single most important criteria. But it depends majorly upon where these planets are placed in relation to each other.
Some of the very basic matters in life which are defined by planets are
Happiness in an individual’s married life
How many children would a couple have
What is the career that a person would pursue
Alternately, each of the planets also symbolizes some very important things in life.
Just as an example, Venus planet in astrology is the symbol of love and when well placed, it brings about love and happiness in a person’s life. In the same way, if the planet Venus is associated with malefic planets, or if it is placed in a house which is not lucrative, some challenges in one’s love life are likely.
Let us run through some of the very basic ways of figuring out planetary strength. These are by no means comprehensive but still would give us a great degree of idea regarding how a particular planet would affect us positively or negatively.
A host of other factors also come into play and these would include aspect and conjunction of other planets, and also the particular Nakshatra wherein the planet is placed.
But the following would be the basic ways of accessing the strength of a planet.
BENEFIC AND MALEFIC PLANETS
In a very general way, Moon, Venus, Jupiter and Mercury are considered benefic planets
While Sun, Mars, Saturn, Rahu, and Ketu are considered as malefic planets
But each planet is possessed with its own qualities and being benefic and malefic has a lot to do with the placement of the planet in one’s horoscope.
FAVORABLE AND UNFAVORABLE HOUSES
In Vedic Astrology, houses too are divided as favorable and unfavorable.
Planets placed in houses 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, and 10 are considered favorable.
Similarly, planets placed in houses 6, 8, 12 are considered malefic.
The nearness of the planets, the general character of the planet and the placement of the planet in a particular House of your Birth Chart, together constitute to its strength and weakness. Thus the planets on their own are not strong or weak and for that matter we cannot point one planet to be the strongest among all. If a particular planet is placed in the right house, it may enhance your life and bring all the riches, fame, glory and the things that mean the most to you, making it a stronger planet for you. In the same way, it is”One for Each”.
We will now define a few characteristic traits of all the planets that are considered when studying Astrology. The planets have a certain specific traits of their own, however, when it is in conjunction with other planets it might also get influenced with the other planets. The placement of the planets is thus of grave importance.