How to read planets in astrology


How to read planets in astrology

In part 1 of how to read kundli, we have learned the significance of kundli while also learning a thing or two about planets, zodiac signs and houses in kundli. Today, in part 2 of the series, we will learn in detail about planets in astrology, what they mean and how to read them when trying to read your kundli on your own.

Planets, you must know, are the most essential element of astrology. They are the planets whose movement from one house to another affects your life events. This happens because as planets move from one house to another, they also bring their significance or properties to that particular house.

For example, Jupiter is a benefic (positive) planet in astrology. So whenever Jupiter enters a house of kundli, it is most likely that it will positively affect the aspects of that house. For example, if let’s say you are finding it difficult to find a job for yourself, in that case, your house of career (10th house) might not be in the best state. In such a case, if Jupiter enters the 10th house, then as a benefic planet, it may enhance the career opportunities for you. Meanwhile, if let's say Rahu transits or enters into the 10th house, it may further deteriorate your career prospects.

Note: Remember, it is not always necessary that the entry of Jupiter in the 10th house will be positive only. The result also depends on the fact that what zodiac sign or planet (one house can have more than 1 planet too) is sitting along with Jupiter in the 10th house.

If let’s say the planet or zodiac signs sitting with Jupiter in the 10th house are not friends of Jupiter, then the effect may be negative. What are the enemy planets and signs of Jupiter in astrology, you might be thinking? Well, we will get there soon.

Benefic and Malefic planets in astrology

All the 9 planets in astrology are categorised under 2 categories..

Benefic planets in astrology - Moon, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter

Malefic planets in astrology - Sun, Mars, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu

The benefic planets are the ones that mostly give positive results to the native. On the other hand, the malefic planets are known for their bad or harmful effects. However, at various instances, even a benefic planet can give negative results to the native. For example: if we consider the planet Moon, Full Moon, i.e. the Moon near Purnima, is considered benefic. However, on the other hand, No Moon, i.e. Moon near Amavasya, is considered as a malefic one by the astrologers.

Likewise, when considering the planet Mercury, it’s one planet whose relationship with other planets alters its effects. Meaning, if the planet Mercury is placed with benefic planets its effects will be positive and if placed with a malefic planet, it tends to give negative effects. Simply said, the nature of Mercury in your chart is influenced by the nature of other planets.

Also, you must remember that a malefic planet will not always give malefic results. Again, the good and bad effects of the planets depend on various factors, This can make astrology a bit complicated at times. However, trust us, if you complete reading this series on how to read kundli, you will have enough knowledge to counter any such confusion and you will be able to read not only yours, but the kundli of your closed ones too.

Each planet's friend and enemy planet in astrology

Like we have mentioned above, the positive and negative effect of a planet in a house also depends on the fact whether the planet is placed in the house with an enemy or friendly zodiac sign or planet.

For example: the planet Sun is good friends with the Aries sign. Similarly, the Sun is also friends with Mars, Moon and Jupiter. So whenever the Sun is coming with these signs of zodiac in a house, the results for the native are most likely to be positive. Similarly, Sun’s enemy sign is Libra, and hence their conjunction might not come as fruitful for the native.

Each planet also has its Own sign, aka, the sign which it rules over. For example, Sun’s own sign is Leo. So Sun and Leo’s conjunction can too come out to be fruitful for the native.

Any planet gives positive results in exalted sign (uchcha rashi), own sign (swa-rashi), and friendly sign (mitra-rashi). Meanwhile, negative results are when the planet is poised with debilitated sign (neecha-rashi) or enemy’s sign (shatru-rashi), it is not capable of giving good results.

The table below highlights a planet’s exalted, debilitated and own sign:

No Planet Exalted Sign Debilitated Sign Own Sign
1 Sun Aries Libra Leo
2 Moon Taurus Scorpio Cancer
3 Jupiter Cancer Capricorn Sagittarius, Pisces
4 Mercury Virgo Pisces Gemini, Virgo
5 Mars Capricorn Cancer Aries, Scorpio
6 Venus Pisces Virgo Taurus, Libra
7 Saturn Libra Aries Capricorn, Aquarius
8 Rahu Sagittarius Gemini
9 Ketu Gemini Sagittarius

To read a kundli, you need to be very well aware of the friendly and enemy signs of different planets. Well, there is a trick to learn the table by heart if you are unable to memorise it. All you need to do is remember these three things:

  • To recall the above table at the time of need, just remember that exalted and debilitated signs of a planet are always seventh from each other. For example: Sun is exalted in Aries, which is the first sign of the zodiac, and debilitated in Libra, which is the seventh sign of the zodiac.
  • In the above table, notice that Rahu and Ketu are not lords of any of the signs.
  • Meanwhile, the Sun and Moon are the lords of only one sign each. All other planets have two signs that they rule over.

Once you know what planet is friends or enemies with what sign, accessing the planet's effect in each house becomes very simple.

Similarly, each planet in astrology is known to have friendly, enemy and neutral planets. Below is the list of friendly, enemy and neutral planets of each planet.

Planet Friend Enemy Neutral
Sun Moon, Mars, Jupiter Saturn, Venus Mercury
Moon Sun, Mercury None Rest of the planets
Mars Sun, Moon, Jupiter Mercury Rest of the planets
Mercury Sun, Venus Moon Venus, Saturn
Jupiter Sun, Moon, Mars Venus, Mercury Saturn
Venus Saturn, Mercury Rest of the planets Jupiter, Mars
Saturn Mercury, Venus Rest of the planets Jupiter
Rahu, Ketu Venus, Saturn Sun, Moon, Mars Jupiter, Mercury

Sadly, we have no trick to help you memorise this table. However, with time, you will eventually learn it for yourself.

Meanwhile, the simple gist of the table is that if any planet is placed in a house of the kundli with a friendly planet, then the results of that house will be positive for you (Eg: If two friendly planets in the house of career (10th) career will prosper). Meanwhile, if a planet is placed in a house with its enemy planet, the results will likely be negative for you. If a planet is placed with a neutral sign, the results can tilt in any way.

So now, we will combine the two tables together to understand how one can know whether a planet is giving positive or negative results to the native.

Let’s take the example of planet Mercury in the second table. Mercury’s enemy planet, as we can see, is the Moon. So if the Mercury is placed in the signs of the Moon, which is Cancer (table 1) or Mercury is situated with the Moon in a house, this may change the result of that house to negative.

On the other hand, if Mercury is with Sun or Venus who are friendly to Sun or in their signs (Leo, Taurus or Libra) then you will see good results of that house.

So this was all for part 2 of how to read kundli. In the next chapter, we will learn about signs and houses.

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