It is very often that we hear an astrologer dole out terms like Rajyoga, Maharpurusha yogas or Mahabhagya yogas while reading a horoscope and leaving the rest to the imagination. What are these astrological combinations, what do they mean? Good yogas add a lot of weight to a horoscope and generally famous people and celebrities have these yogas in their charts which make them special and different from the ordinary mundane people.
Yogas are permutations and combinations of planets which are special and add strength to the horoscope if positive and removes vitality from it if adverse. Yogas tend to show the degree of wealth, fame, rank, position, adversity, ill-health a man is likely to enjoy in this life as a sequel to his own actions. There are more than five hundred such yogas in astrology.
There are twelve houses in a natal horoscope and these are ruled by different planets. Each ascendant has certain planets disposed towards it as yogakarakas(planet which gives rise to a yoga). The ascendant is of utmost importance while deciding the benefic and malefic lords. According to natural classification benefics (good planets) are Jupiter, Venus, well associated Mercury and waxing Moon and malefics(adverse planets) are the Sun, Mars, Saturn, evil associated Mercury and the Moon.
Benefics: Lord of 1, 5 and 9 and lords of 4,7 and 10 if they are natural malefics.
Malefics: Lords of 3, 6 and 11. Lords of 4, 7 and 10 if they are natural benefics
Neutral: Lords of 2, 8 and 12 are neutral.
Key planets for each ascendant sign ( Make a box )
Aries: Jupiter and Sun are the best planets. Jupiter is the yogakaraka or the planet producing success.
Taurus: Saturn is the most auspicious and powerful planet and produces Rajyoga.
Gemini: Venus is the best and the most beneficial planet .
Cancer: Mars is the Rajayogakaraka. Mars and Jupiter give good results.
Leo: Mars is the most auspicious and favourable planet. Conjunction of Jupiter and Mars produces Rajyoga.
Virgo: Venus is the most powerful planet. Mercury and Venus together cause Rajayoga.
Libra: Saturn causes Rajyoga. Mercury and Saturn produce good results.
Scorpio: Jupiter is beneficial. Sun and the Moon produce Rajyoga.
Sagittarius: Mars is the best planet and in conjunction with Jupiter produces much good. When Sun and Mars combine together they produce Rajyoga.
Capricorn: Venus is the most powerful planet and in conjunction with Mercury produces Rajyoga.
Aquarius: Venus alone is auspicious. The combination of Venus and Mars causes Rajyoga.
Pisces: The Moon and Mars are auspicious. Mars with Moon or Jupiter causes Rajyoga.
Yogas fall in two categories: Yogas and Aristhas i.e fortune and misfortune. Yogas include success in every line - health, personality, success in politics, financial gains, good education, mental strength, bodily health, good life and so on aristhas or misfortunes include all sorts and sources of sorrows, worries, miseries, troubles and disease and so on. Some broad categories of the yogas are the following:
Some Special Yogas:
Gajakesari: If jupiter is in a kendra ( 1/4/7/10 ) from the moon Gajakesari yoga is caused. It is one of most auspicious yogas in astrology and shows a person who is fortunate and lucky, has a good reputation and will reach some position of eminence in life.
Buddha Aditya Yoga: If Mercury combines with the Sun, the combination goes under the name of Buddha-Aditya yoga. Such people are highly intelligent, skilful in all works, good reputation, personal respect and surrounded by all comforts and happiness. This yoga is very common and is special because any planet in association with the Sun becomes combust and loses its power to do good.
Lakshmi Yogas: If the lord of the ascendant is powerful and the lord of the 9th occupies own or exaltation sign identical with a kendra or Trikona, this yoga is caused. Such a person will be wealthy, noble. Learned, a man of high integrity and reputation, handsome appearance and partakes of all the pleasures and comforts in life.
Sunapha yoga: If there are planets(excepting the sun) in the second house from the moon, sunapha yoga is caused. It indicates self-earned property, a status equivalent to that of a king, ruler or his equal, intelligent, wealthy with good reputation.
Anapha yoga: If there are planets in the twelfth from the moon, Anapha yoga is caused. It indicates a person who is of good appearance, generous, polite, self -respecting and moves into spiritual life at a later stage.
Chandra Mangala yoga: If Mars conjoins the moon this yoga is formed. This yoga produces bright results as far as the finances are concerned. The exact nature of the effects depends on the position of the yoga as reckoned from the ascendant. It is a powerful factor in establishing a persons financial worth
Pancha Maha Purusha yoga: Varahamihira in Brihat Samhita has extolled five combinations producing five type of great men.
Hamsa Yoga: Jupiter should occupy a kendra(1/4/7/10) which should be his own house or exaltation sign. Handsome and good looking you will be liked by others, he will be righteous in disposition and pure in mind. The strength of the yoga depends on the strength of Lagna and Jupiter and in which Kendra he is disposed. It makes a person idealistic, spiritual, broad minded and selfless.
Malavya yoga: Venus should occupy Kendra( 1/4/7/10) which should be in his own or exaltation sign. The person will have a well-developed physique, will be strong-minded, wealthy, happy with children and wife, will command vehicles, renowned and learned. Venus is the indicator of conveyance, sensual pleasures, music, dancing, fine arts, luxury and material comforts.
Sasa yoga: If Saturn occupies a kendra ( 1/4/7/10) which is its own or exaltation sign, Sasa yoga comes into effect. One born in this yoga will be the head of a village or town or king and will command authority and good servants. This yoga gives a person slightly adverse traits also like coveting others riches and being wicked in disposition( this depends on the position of the moon).
Ruchaka yoga: Mars should be exalted or in its own sign in a kendra (1/4/7/10). The person born in this yoga will have a strong physique, will be famous, well versed in ancient lore, king or equal to a king , conforming to traditions and customs. This person is attractive, has a charitable disposition, wealthy, long-lived and leader of an army.
Bhadra yoga: Bhadra yoga is caused by the disposition of mercury in a kendra(1/4/7/10) which should be identical with his own or exaltation sign. This yoga makes a person strong, good looking and helpful and successful. Mercury is the planet of intellect and in consonance with the inherent nature of mercury( sharp, intelligent and versatile).