LESSON 07 – Planetary Strengths


The following worksheet gives an accurate summary of the overall strengths of each of the planets as well as their relative strengths to each other. 

Planets Strengths

Planets receiving LESS than 12 points in row 18 are considered MALEFIC. Planets receiving MORE than 12 points in row 18 will give BENEFIC results for the indicated event as listed in House B.

The timed event can be judged by the planets receiving the most points and the results can be experienced in the sub period of such planets.

The full worksheet in color is on the next page, so that you will be able to print out the whole worksheet on one separate page and use it as a template for future charts if you choose to do it manually.

In the following pages, I will present an Example Worksheet with all the data filled out in RED type. (Blank boxes will be represented here by a bold RED dash.) Then I will explain in detail the process of how to go through each Row of the Worksheet with simple illustrations as I go along to make it clear as to how I arrive at the final strengths of the planets.

Planetary Strangths Worksheet

Example Worksheet for Marriage

Analysis of the Worksheet Example

ROW 1:  This row lists the 7 planets that we will work with plus their bindus.

ROW 2:  These 3 House Rows,House A , House B and House C are in actuality the Upachaya Houses of Marriage as studied in Lesson 5 and have a  1-6-10 relationship to each other starting from House A, the Upachaya Marriage house,then House B, (6th) and finally House C, (the 10th).  

Below is the natal chart for this example worksheet with just the points of each planet shown in its proper house as well as the Main Upachaya houses for Marriage (yellow shaded houses)

Birth data: Female, April 10, 1966; 12:08pm; 19N36, 77E40; Time zone 5:30

Use Ayanamsha 22:22:16; (Mean Nodes); Krushna Ayanamsha Diff; 01:00:24

ROW 3: The object is to total up all the points from each planet in the Upachaya houses and list them in the worksheet as noted from the Ashtakavarga table below. The numbers in RED indicate the planets natal positions in the chart.

Once you total up the points inRow 3, you will get the Basic Strength points of the planets for that particular event, which in this case is Marriage.

ROW 4: Write the name of the planets residing in the fourth placefrom the planets in Row One. As youcan see in the yellow shaded houses below, Jupiter is 4 houses away from theSUN, SATURN and MERCURY. Whenever you have a group of planets in one house andanother planet (in this case, Jupiter) 4 houses away, select only the most malefic out of the group,meaning the one with the lowest points. If there is a tie, such as the examplebelow, use the natural malefic (Saturn) and list Jupiter under Saturn only,leaving the other planets out of the equation.

ROW 5:  If the planet in Row 1 has LESS than 4 points, add the points from Row 3 under the planets in Row 4.   

Jupiter is in the fourth place from Saturn only, or you can say that Saturn, is in the tenth house from Jupiter, either way. This is known as a fourth-tenth house relationship. Again, according to the rule, If two planets have an equal amount of points, then the natural malefic planet among them will get the power from the planet in the fourth place , and as we can see, Saturn and the Sun have an equal amount of the lowest points in the house. We now have to choose which one will get the benefic points from Jupiter in the fourth house. Since the Sun is friendlier to the lord of the sign, Saturn would be the one to choose as the more natural malefic in this case. Because of this unique fourthtenth house relationship in which Jupiter has more than 4 bindus and Saturn has less than 4, we will beable to ADD the total points so far, from Jupiter in Row 3, which is 18, to the 9 points of Saturn, also in Row 3. We then put those 18 points underneath the Saturn column in Row 5. We do not have to concern ourselves with the fact that Mercury or the Sun has less than 4 points, because they were disqualified when Saturn became the elected malefic to receive Jupiter s points.

ROW 6: These are the simply the total points from Rows 3 and 5. Add them to each box.

ROW 7: The name of the 3rd and 11th house lords from House A and the planets in those houses with more than 4 points.

From our studies on the Upachaya Houses in Lesson 5, we know that the lord of the 3rd and the 11th house, shaded in orange below, also plays a key role in the event as well as any planets residing in those houses with more than 4 benefic points. Since these houses only act through their lords and the planets located in them, they are known as Secondary Upachaya houses and are more indirectly involved than the Main Upachaya houses are in the outcome of the event. (Remember to count the 3rd and the 11th house lords from the Upachaya Starting point, which is House A . Upachaya houses are labeled in BLUE). As you can see below, the lord of the 11th here is Venus. So we enter it as Ve in the Venus column in Row 7. The lord of the 3rd house is Mercury, so we enter Me in its proper column as well. 

ROW 8:  Five points are always added to the lords of the 3rd and the 11th house as well as any planets in these houses with more than 4 points to help increase their secondary strength. Enter these points under the proper planet headings,5 points under Mercury and 5 points under Venus.

ROW 9: This row gives the totals of both Row 6 and 8, which now becomes the Primary strengths of the planets.

ROW 10:  Name the planets aspecting Houses A, B or C.

Saturn aspects or has 10th sight on House B , ten houses away from itself. Mars aspects House A four houses away from it. Finally, Jupiter aspects House

B seven houses away. These are the only planets making aspects to the Main Upachaya houses and we enter them as Sa, Ma and Ju, each under their own proper columns.

ROW 11:  Write the points of the planets in Row 10.  

We can either go back to the Ashtakavarga chart and look at the natal positions for Saturn, Mars and Jupiter(in RED) to see that Saturn has 3 points, Mars has 4 points and Jupiter has 5 or we simply see the points in the chart above for each planet as well. Enter them into the worksheet under the proper columns as indicated.

ROW 12:  List the aspects by Benefic (+) or Malefic (-) points to Houses A, B or C (see Lesson 3).

In Lesson 3, it is noted that a planet with more than 4 benefic points will aspect in the same strength, but in a malefic manner. Similarly, any planet with LESS than 4 benefic points will aspect in a benefic manner, equal to 8 minus the points of the planet. In other words, if any planet has only 2 benefic points, then its aspect will be beneficby 8-2=6 points. 

In this case, we can see that the Saturn has 3 bindu points in its house. This means that it will cast 5 benefic points (8-3=+5) on the 10thhouse, House B.

Mars aspects from its own house with 4 points, since it has 4 points. Therefore, it will cast +4 points on the 2nd house, House A as well. And finally, Jupiter who has 5 points will cast 3 on the house it aspects. The points for each of these planets will be reflected in Row 12 of the worksheet.

ROW 13:  In this row, we will either add these benefic points or subtract the malefic ones from the totals in Row 9. 

ROW 14: Name any planets aspecting the planets in Row 1.

Here we can see that Mars is making an 8th house aspect to the Moon and Jupiter is making a 9th house aspect to Venus. (We can also word it to say that Mars has 8th sight on the Moon and Jupiter has 9th sight on Venus.) Accordingly,we will enter Mars as Ma in the Mars column and Jupiter as Ju in the proper column in Row 14.

ROW 15:  Write the points of the planets in Row 14 as listed in their Ashtakavarga.  List the points that Mars and Jupiter have, either by looking in the Ashtakavarga chart or by looking at the natal chart in the example. Enter the points from each planet in its proper column.

ROW 16:  List the aspects by Benefic (+) or Malefic (-) points from planet to planet (see Lesson 3).

This is basically the same thing as in Row 12 except that Row 12 was concerned with aspects to the Upachaya Houses only. In this row, we re concerned with Benefic (+) and Malefic (-)point aspects from planet to planet only. As you can see from the chart below,the only planet that casts an aspect to another planet here is Mars to the Moon. But since Mars has only 4 points it is considered NEUTRAL and therefore has no effect on the Moon and cannot be included. Jupiter aspects Venus, but as it has 5 benefic points, it will aspect in a malefic manner with the same amount of points. Therefore 5 points will be deducted in this row. (see chart below).

ROW 17: We simply add up the totals from Rows 13 and 16 and enter the final balance of the planetary strengths.

ROW 18: We list the the planets sequentially in their proper order of strength with Number 1 being the Strongest and the highest in points, while Number 7 will be the weakest in strength and with the lowest in points. 

BRIEF ANALYSIS:  From the results of the worksheet, we can now see that the planets are listed in strength from strongest to weakest, as follows:

Any planets totaling 12 or more points (in green) will be considered beneficial for a happy married life. Anything below 12 (in red) is disqualified. As to which planet will bring Marriage, we must consider this rule: The planets that are aspecting the Significator Houses will NOT come forward to give the results for an event. In this case, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter are all aspecting the Significator Houses. Mars is below 12 points and therefore are not considered. Jupiter, although strong with 13 points is in the lagna and aspects the 7th House of B. This leaves Saturn which although is the most powerful, will not come forward because it aspects House B. Such planets can be replaced however by Samdharmi planets. The word SAMDHARMI means of the same nature . Mercury is Samdharmi to Saturn in this chart and has 4 points where it resides in the same house as Saturn.

From the strength chart, we can easily see that Mercury is the 2nd highest planet on the list and doesn t have any obstructions, so it CAN bring about the marriage. In fact, since it is Samdharmi to Saturn, the marriage SHOULD be performed in the MERCURY sub period.  The timing of the event should always be in the sub period of one of the strong planets. The Mahadasa period lord has no effect here. 

The period from Dec 17, 1989 thru Oct 17, 1992 is the time of her Mercury sub period. This gives a very big window of time however in which to consider, since the period is very long.

We then divide this time period into three sectors of equal proportions which comes out to 345 days for each division and will run like this:

Dec 17, 1989 to Nov 27, 1990   (First Sector)  No delay

Nov 27, 1990 to Nov 7, 1991     (Second Sector)  Moderate Delay

Nov 7, 1992 to Oct 17, 1992      (Third Sector)  Full Delay

For finding what sector it will fall into, we first have to find the status of the marriage, as to whether it will be an EARLY MARRIAGE, a MODERATE DELAY, or a FULL DELAY.  (This will be dealt with more, in a later topic.)

In analyzing the planets, we haveto consider the conditions of planets in the Navamsha as well as the Rasi chartas they both have equal status. 

As you can see in the Navamsha chart, Jupiter goes to Libra and Venus is spoiled due to its distance from the Sun.  Despite being Samdharmi to Saturn, Jupiter is in the lagna of the Rasi chart and therefore aspecting the 7th house (B). Therefore it will not be able to give marriage, but will cause a delay instead. So due to the delays of Jupiter and Venus here, the marriage can t take place in the first sector. 

This is a case of MODERATE DELAY,where the marriage was performed in the middle portion of the sub period of Mercury, falling in the sector of Nov 27, 1990 to Nov 7, 1991.

The native got married on the 3rd of February, 1991.