Planetary Rulers in Vedic Astrology

The natural significators of Houses: Two planets principally influence meanings of any house: its ruler and its karaka (significator). While a karaka is a planet, which rules the matter under consideration, a bhava karaka is a planet that has great natural affinity with many of the primary matters ruled by whatever house is under consideration.

Planetary Rulers

Jupiter significator:

Jupiter is significator of second house (earning capacity), fifth (children, intelligence, creativity, intuition, speculation, statecraft, advice, condition of previous karma) and ninth (dharma, preceptor, higher education, spiritual quest, fortune).

Malefic temporal lords:

Planets can be classified as a temporary malefic if they rule certain houses relating to Ascendant. There are several rules for defining temporal status of planet. Rulership of Kendra houses reverses the normal status of planets. General benefics, which rule over Kendra houses, become temporary malefics. Lords of inauspicious houses 3, 6, 11 are temporary malefics. Lords of houses 2, 8, 12 generally are temporal malefics but functionally they are neutral.

Benefic temporal lords:

Lords of Trikona houses are always benefics. Malefics, which are lords of Kendra houses, obtain status of temporal benefics. Ruler of Ascendant is always generally auspicious. Planets often rule both benefic and malefic houses, which make their influence mixed. The house, which is stronger or more important determines overall effects of the planet are primary benefic or malefic. Another important factor is the natural friendship or enmity with lord of Ascendant.

Raja yoga planets:

When planet rules both Trikona and Kendra houses it becomes Raja Yoga Karaka (significator of great power). It is a union of Vishnu and Lakshmi, dharma and fortune (ripening of good karma).

The lords of the third, sixth, and eleventh houses generally inauspicious:

Lords of these houses are generally inauspicious, as this are houses of egoism, power, violence and disease.

Trine house lords generally auspicious:

Lords of Trikona houses are considered auspicious, because those houses are houses of dharma, spirituality and good karma (ripened karma, – 9th house, total storage of samskaras, – 5th house).

Ascendant – Role

If Aries is the Ascendant and Mars is in Capricorn, well placed, this may not produce a strong Aries type if the Moon is located with Saturn and Rahu in Virgo. These Virgo planets will stifle the Aries energy. Weak health may affect the career gains indicated by an exalted Mars in the tenth as the Ascendant lord.

For this reason, it is best to balance the nature of a sign by the planetary influences upon it. The latter do have the power to overcome or modify the former. This does not mean that we take the character of the signs lightly, but that their capacity to project energy does not have the same unchangeable nature as their determination as to what field the energy manifests in does.

This rule has some very basic practical applications. For example, the physical constitution tends to follow the planets most strongly aspecting the Ascendant or most strongly placed relative to it. Libra rising may not be an air type but a fire type if Mars and the Sun are strong, say in Aries in the seventh. Yet Libra will still determine the field of material manifestation and give social, group or intellectual contacts typical of an air sign. So, whatever planets aspect a sign, it still does not lose its nature as determining a specific field of manifestation.

  • Generally, the Ascendant determines the field of material manifestation, the field of the physical body, but not necessarily the quality of its energy.
  • The Moon sign determines the field of social manifestation, the field of the astral body (mind and emotion, basically memory). Yet the influences on the Moon and the Moon sign should also be considered to determine mental and emotional temperament.
  • The Sun sign determines the field of individual manifestation, the private or inner level, the field of the causal body (will and intelligence, ego and self). Yet the influences on the Sun and the Sun sign will have to be considered also to determine more the level of development of the soul.

Ascendant Role

The indications of the other planets should be considered in the same light. Therefore, we must always discriminate between fields and forces. Planets are usually stronger than signs that are their projections. Yet the fields the signs represent are not cancelled by the planets aspecting them.