Yoga (literally "union") is a combination of planets that allows them to collaborate and achieve better results. In religion, there is the concept of yoga of mind and body; in Ayurveda, yogas of two or more medicinal substances are used, positively influencing well-being.
Astrological yogas are configurations of planets that yield specific results. Yoga is typically formed by the arrangement of planets in a specific order. The strength or weakness of a yoga depends on the condition of its participants. Strong planets form powerful yogas, while damaged ones (located in a hostile sign, in a bad house, or in Papakartari) can only create a weak yoga. Malefic aspects spoil the yoga. The nature of the planets involved in the yoga and their positions in signs and bhavas do not significantly affect the results of the yoga. All good yogas usually bestow a peaceful life, material comfort, and prosperity. There are hundreds of different yogas, and the most important ones are presented in this chapter.
Gaja-Kesari Yoga is formed by the Moon and Jupiter located in mutual kendras (1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th houses from each other). A person with this yoga will be a natural leader, long-lived, well-off, prosperous, virtuous, generous, friendly, cultured, respected, and honored.
Adhi Yoga occurs when Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter together or individually are in the 6th, 7th, and 8th houses from the Ascendant or the Moon. This yoga bestows a long life, prosperity, a good position, and makes a person wealthy, renowned, courageous, energetic, and spiritually developed. However, if the participants in the yoga rule malefic houses, the leadership qualities of the person may have a selfish shade.
Vasumati Yoga consists of Mercury, Jupiter, and Venus in the 3rd, 6th, 10th, or 11th houses from the Ascendant or the Moon. It bestows great wealth.
Ruchaka Yoga is formed by Mars when placed in one of the angular houses in Aries, Scorpio, or Capricorn. Results include a robust physique, attractiveness, eloquence, a long life, wealth, and a commanding position in the army.
Bhadra Yoga is formed by Mercury in the sign of Virgo or Gemini in a quadrant. It imparts strength, a broad chest, an expressive face, a calm and helpful nature, and enviable longevity.
Hamsa Yoga is formed by Jupiter in Cancer, Sagittarius, or Pisces in an angular house. A person with this yoga is characterized by attractiveness, purity of soul, righteousness; they are wealthy, live in luxury, and enjoy the respect of others.
Malavya Yoga involves the placement of Venus in Taurus, Libra, or Pisces in an angular house. It endows a person with a good figure, strong will, erudition, fame, and wealth. Such an individual will die peacefully or by their own will.
Shasha Yoga is created by Saturn, located in a quadrant in the signs of Capricorn, Aquarius, or Libra. Its possessor has money, a good status, and holds a managerial position in local government.
Amala Yoga is formed by the placement of a benefic planet (Mercury, Venus, or Jupiter) in the 10th house from the Ascendant or the Moon. This yoga promises an impeccable and responsive character, excellent reputation, enduring fame, nobility, prosperity, wealth, and a life filled with enjoyment.
Kemadruma Yoga brings poverty. The cause of this yoga is the absence of planets on both sides of the Moon. However, if the quadrants from the Moon or the Ascendant are not empty, or if the Moon itself is placed in a quadrant, the yoga is canceled. Nevertheless, the house occupied by the Moon is adversely affected.
Shubha Kartari Yoga is formed when the Moon or the Ascendant is sandwiched between benefic planets, or when these planets occupy the 5th and 9th houses from the Ascendant/Moon. It bestows health, financial means, and many pleasures.
Papa Kartari Yoga occurs when the Ascendant/Moon is sandwiched between malefic planets, or these planets are in the 5th and 9th houses from the Ascendant/Moon. It makes a person prone to illness, impoverished, irritable, and somewhat cruel.
Shakata Yoga is created by the placement of the Moon in the 6th, 8th, or 12th house from Jupiter. Results include alternating periods of success and failure, financial instability, adversities, capricious behavior, and a disagreeable character. The position of the Moon and/or Jupiter in a quadrant from the Ascendant neutralizes the effects of this yoga.
Maha Yogada exists in 28 varieties. It is based on the exchange between the rulers of the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th, and 11th houses. The yoga brings success to the matters of the houses involved.
Khala Yoga comes in eight types. It is formed by the exchange of rulers of the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th, and 11th houses with the ruler of the 3rd house. This yoga brings calamities and poverty; periods of prosperity and need alternate. The person's behavior shows cyclicality: goodness is followed by arrogance.
Dainya Yoga involves the exchange of signs between the rulers of the 6th, 8th, or 12th houses and the rulers of any other houses. There are a total of 30 such yogas. They limit success and well-being, create obstacles and hindrances in endeavors. A person with this yoga in the chart is characterized by foolishness, an unstable mind, and immoral behavior, offends others, and suffers from enemies. However, Dainya Yoga is not absolute evil. It certainly erects barriers in a person's path to success at the hands of their enemies and indicates failures in endeavors. However, a strong and well-aspected yoga allows a person to triumph over adversaries and overcome obstacles.
Harsha Yoga is the placement of the ruler of the 6th house in another dusthana or the owner of a dusthana in the 6th house. The fruits of this yoga include good sons, friends, a robust physique, physical strength, luck, happiness, social status, fame, wealth, a life of luxury, victory over enemies, and abstinence from sinful deeds.
Sarala Yoga is formed by the placement of the ruler of the 8th house in another dusthana, or the owner of another dusthana in the 8th. A person with this yoga in the horoscope will be fearless, determined, educated, prosperous, successful, renowned, long-lived, and will find happiness through children and friends.
Vimala Yoga involves the placement of the 12th house ruler in another trikona house, or the ruler of another dusthana in the 12th house. The yoga gives a person an independent character, wealth, attractiveness, good behavior, a respected profession in society, and happiness. Such a person spends judiciously and is renowned for their personal qualities.
Viparita Raja Yoga is formed by the rulers of the 6th, 8th, and 12th houses when they are placed in dusthanas, change signs, or are in conjunction with each other. A person with this yoga will possess wealth, health, a long life, success in service, skills, a good income, a positive impression, and fame. When the rulers of these malefic houses are in the same sign, aspect each other, or are placed in each other's houses, and at the same time are devoid of any other conjunctions and aspects, the person's life shows steady growth; they possess enormous wealth and a substantial social status. The motto of this yoga is "To rise, one must first fall."
Parijata Yoga occurs when the dispositor of the dispositor of the Lagna lord, or the owner of the sign in Navamsa where the dispositor of the Lagna lord is placed, falls in a Kendra/Trikona/Exaltation/Own sign. The person will have a good education, outstanding qualities, adhere to accepted norms and traditions, be under the patronage of authorities, enjoy fame, and own personal transportation.
Buddha-Aditya Yoga is the conjunction of the Sun with Mercury. The person will be intelligent, capable, reserved, and respected in society.
Parvata Yoga bestows wealth, prosperity, a high position (including in local authorities), a passionate temperament, and a tendency to engage in charitable activities. This yoga comes in three varieties:
1) The presence of Lagna lord in exaltation or in its own sign simultaneously in an angular house or trine;
2) Lagna lord and the owner of the 12th house are in mutual kendras;
3) Benefic planets in kendras and the absence of malefic planets in the 6th and 8th houses.
Kahala Yoga is formed with a strong Lagna lord and the positioning of the rulers of the 4th and 9th houses in mutual kendras. It makes a person independent, fearless, famous, a military leader, or the head of the local community, respected by authorities, generous, and happy in the second half of life.
Chandra-Mangala Yoga involves the conjunction or opposition of Mars and the Moon. A person with this combination in the chart will be enterprising, highly intelligent, hardworking, passionate, prosperous (if the 10th house is involved in the yoga), with a stable financial position, and successful in life. Negative effects of the yoga include dishonest means of earning, restlessness of nature, intrigue, and potential issues with the mother (which can be mitigated by Jupiter's aspect).
Guru-Mangala Yoga, or the conjunction of Mars with Jupiter, gives a strong physique, democratic views, a high managerial position in local authorities, wealth, multiple sources of income, and a careless attitude towards money.
Guru-Chandala Yoga is formed when Jupiter is conjoined with a strong malefic planet. The person becomes an agnostic or even an atheist, advocates for truth and justice, but their actions contradict the proclaimed ideals.
Lakshmi Yoga is created with the ruler of the 9th house in exaltation or its own sign in an angular house or trine. The yoga makes a person prosperous, attractive, noble, knowledgeable, respected, and a good ruler.
Gauri Yoga is formed when Jupiter aspects the above-mentioned Lakshmi Yoga. The person belongs to a respected family, earns many praises, and raises good sons.
Chatu-Sagara Yoga arises when all planets are only in kendras. It gives a long life, robust health, prosperity, a good reputation, and fame.
Shrikanta Yoga — Sun, Moon, and Lagna lord in kendras or trines, and in exaltation, own signs, or friendly signs. Results in nobility, friendliness, and spirituality.
Shrinatha Yoga is formed when the ruler of the 9th house, Venus, and Mercury are positioned in kendras/trikonas in their own signs, exaltation, or friendly signs. The person will be wealthy, charming, intelligent, and devout.
Saraswati Yoga occurs when Venus, Mercury, and a strong Jupiter are in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 10th houses. A person with this yoga is learned, talented, poetic, famous, highly regarded by society, prosperous, and has a good spouse and children.
Shankha Yoga is formed by the lords of the 5th and 6th houses located in mutual kendras. In this case, the Lagna lord must be strong, or the 9th house ruler should be strong, and the Lagna lord and the 10th house ruler should be in mutable signs. Results include humanistic ideals, righteousness, scientific education, a long life, a good wife and children, and a love for pleasures.
Bheri Yoga brings a long life, robust health, a leadership position, various sources of income, happiness, and spirituality. It comes in two forms:
1) The ruler of the 9th house is strong, and Venus, Jupiter, and the Lagna lord are in mutual kendras;
2) The conjunction of Mercury and Venus in the 1st, 2nd, 7th, or 12th houses, provided that the 10th house ruler is strong.
Pushkala Yoga is formed when there is a powerful planet in the Lagna and Chandra lord (ruler of the lunar Lagna) aspects the Ascendant. This combination endows a person with pleasant speech, fame, honors, and wealth.
Virancha Yoga arises when the 5th house is under the influence of Jupiter or Saturn, positioned in kendras or trines in exaltation, own, or friendly signs. It bestows intellect, religiosity, a gentle nature, wealth, and a good family.
Mahabhagya Yoga: in a male chart — birth during the day, with Lagna, Sun, and Moon in odd signs or in male nakshatras; in a female chart — birth during the night, with Ascendant and luminaries in even signs or in female nakshatras. Results for males: good character, democratic views, generosity, high position, fame, long life, brings joy to others. Results for females: good behavior, life in abundance, and long-lived children.
Shubha Veshi Yoga — the placement of any benefic planet, except the Moon, in the 2nd house from the Sun. It makes a person attractive, courageous, happy, and a treasure of virtues.
Shubha Vashi Yoga — the placement of any auspicious planet, except the Moon, in the 12th house from the Sun. The person will be democratic, famous, prosperous, and loved by others.
Shubha Ubhayachari Yoga is formed by benefic planets (excluding the Moon) in the 2nd and 12th houses from the Sun. It endows a person with a good physique, eloquence, wealth, and fame.
Kala Sarpa Yoga arises when all seven planets are positioned on one side of the Rahu/Ketu axis. This yoga predicts discord, difficulties, and destruction, but does not affect mental abilities and has minimal impact on life expectancy. Its effects are most pronounced during the planetary periods of the Lunar nodes and during transits of Rahu and Ketu over the Ascendant, Sun, and Moon. During this time, limitations become apparent, and a person may face failures and setbacks, affecting well-being. Sudden highs and lows in career are possible, especially during the mahadasha and antardasha of Rahu and Ketu. A favorable aspect to the Ascendant or the Ascendant lord neutralizes this yoga. It is also nullified if Rahu is placed in the Vishakha nakshatra, especially in the 200°-206°40′ range (Libra sign).
There is a belief that if all planets are sandwiched between Rahu and Ketu, Kalasarpa Yoga is formed, and if they are between Ketu and Rahu (i.e., Ketu is first after Ascendant, followed by Rahu), another combination called Kala Amrita Yoga occurs. While Kalasarpa Yoga is considered challenging, Kala Amrita Yoga is favorable, but its positive effects may not manifest if another planet is conjunct with Ketu.
Akhanda Samrajya Yoga is formed by a strong Jupiter ruling the 2nd or 5th house in the chart, with the lord of the 11th house placed in a quadrant from the Moon. It promises a long life and various material blessings.
Anapha Yoga involves the placement of any planet, except the Sun, in the 12th house from the Moon. A person with this yoga inherits immense wealth.
Sunapha Yoga occurs when any planet, except the Sun, is in the 2nd house from the Moon. This yoga indicates that the person will earn money through their own efforts.
Ashtalakshmi Yoga arises with a strong Jupiter in a quadrant and Rahu in the 6th house, granting fame, prosperity, a robust physique, and numerous pleasures in life.
Pravrajya Yoga is formed by the conjunction of four or more planets, including the 10th house ruler, in one sign. If the Sun is among them, the planets should not be combust. This yoga promises long-lasting fame, a good reputation, and success in life.
Kankadanda Yoga occurs when seven planets cluster in Pisces, Aries, Taurus, and Libra. The person stands out for exemplary integrity, significant victories, and undisputed leadership in their field.
Ishtabala Yoga is the conjunction of the Ascendant lord with the rulers of the 5th and 9th houses in the 1st, 4th, or 10th house. It makes a person the king of kings.
Kirti Yoga is formed by auspicious planets placed in angular houses from the Ascendant or the Moon. This combination bestows a good name and stable prosperity.
Чамара-йога promises excellent education, knowledge, academic achievements, a solid professional status, respect from high-ranking individuals, and a long life.
There are two variations of this yoga:
1) Exalted Lagnesh in a quadrant under the aspect of Jupiter;
2) Two auspicious planets in the 1st, 7th, 9th, or 10th houses.
Kurma-йога involves strong auspicious planets in the 5th, 6th, and 7th houses; strong inauspicious planets in the 1st, 3rd, and 11th houses. The person has a good reputation, pious behavior, a charitable nature, enviable material comforts, and a high social standing.
Kusuma-йога includes a fixed sign in the Ascendant, Venus in an angular house, Moon in a trine, Jupiter in the 9th house, and Saturn in the 10th. Such a combination promises a royal status and prosperity.
Kalanidhi-йога makes a person intelligent, fearless, endows commendable qualities and good habits, and grants noble lineage. It also enhances the sexual appetite and can manifest in two ways:
1) Jupiter in the 2nd or 5th houses with Venus or Mercury, or under the aspect of one of these planets;
2) Jupiter in the 2nd or 5th house in a Mercury-ruled or Venus-ruled sign.
Nabhi-йога occurs when Jupiter is in the 11th house, and its lord, along with the full Moon, is located 11th from Jupiter. Such a person becomes a millionaire at the age of 30-33.
Musala-йога is formed when Rahu is in the 10th house, provided that the lord of the 10th is in exaltation and under the aspect of Saturn. The person will be healthy, cheerful, a successful businessman, minister, or simply an influential personality.
Ajivana-sukhi-йога consists of three planets in their own signs; a strong Jupiter located in the Ascendant aspects the lord of the 4th house, the Ascendant is Vargottama, and Jupiter is exalted in Navamsa. It is a favorable yoga associated with professional activities.
Kula-dipaka-йога involves Venus or Mercury in the Ascendant; in this case, Jupiter is in a quadrant, or Mars is in the 10th house. Such a person will bring fame to their family and lead a successful and happy life.
Samudra-йога is formed when all planets are in even signs. It relieves a person from worries and anxieties.
Kula-shreshta-йога is formed by Venus and Saturn when they are in their own signs. This combination makes a person an obedient and devoted son.
Bhagya-йога occurs with the conjunction of the 9th house ruler with Jupiter in the 11th house, promising wealth, income, and good fortune.
Bandhana-йога is called the combustion of the debilitated Sun by Lagnesh. This combination harms health, confines a person to bed, and may even lead to imprisonment.
Mirati-йога involves the 3rd house ruler in a dusthana with malefic planets or under their aspect. Its results include the absence of brothers, lack of strength and courage, improper actions, a hot temper, and strong enemies.
Trilochana-йога is formed when the Sun, Moon, and Mars are in trines to each other. It bestows courage, a smooth career path, and prosperity.
Mukha-yoga, or the conjunction of the 2nd house lord with Jupiter in the 8th house, leads to speech defects and stuttering.
Narapata-yoga, or the simultaneous debilitation of Saturn and Mars in the chart, indicates that the person does not hesitate to resort to dirty methods to achieve success.
Vamshacheda-yoga points to an evil fate looming over the family: the person's family lineage will be interrupted either because they will have no children at all, or their child will die early.
Varieties of vamshacheda-yoga:
1) The 10th house is occupied by the Moon, the 7th by Venus, and the 4th house by a malefic planet;
2) The unfavorable planet is in the 5th house in a sign of another malefic and without a single favorable aspect;
3) The lords of the 1st, 5th, 7th houses, and Jupiter are weakened;
4) Lagna, 7th, 9th, and 12th houses are occupied by malefic planets in hostile signs.
Garuda-yoga — a combination of three factors is required: daytime birth, a waxing Moon, and the exalted lord of the Moon sign in Navamsa. A person with this combination is religious, has refined speech, poses a threat to enemies but is at risk of poisoning at the age of 34.
Kedara-yoga is formed when all seven planets (from the Sun to Saturn) are in four signs. This person stands out with excellent education, courage, surpasses others in the virtues of their character, owns agricultural lands and property, lives in prosperity, works for the benefit of society, and helps others.
Durgasha-yoga — Mars has good potential in the chart, the ruler of Rahu's sign in Navamsa is exalted in the 5th or 9th house, and the ruler of the 9th house falls into the 7th. Such a combination promises a lot of landed property.
<Shiva-yoga — the ruler of the 5th house is located in the 9th, or the owner of the 10th house is in the 5th, and the ruler of the 9th is in the 10th house. The person is involved in important projects, holds a leadership position, and has authority.
Shri Govind Swarup Agarwal — "Vedic Astrology"
"Parivarthana" means "to revolve," "to exchange," "to turn around," or "to return." Parivarthana is formed when two planets exchange positions, i.e., it occurs when a planet is in a sign whose ruler occupies the sign that the first planet rules. That is, there is a mutual exchange of locations.
Example: The Sun is in Aries, while its ruler, Mars, is in Leo. Such a planetary arrangement forms Parivarthana — an exchange between the Sun and Mars. This combination is called Parivarthana-yoga.
When Parivarthana is formed in the horoscope, the planets involved act as one. The nature of their actions depends on the nature of Parivarthana.
Parivarthana-yoga can be formed due to: (1) exchange of signs, (2) exchange of Nakshatras, (3) exchange of house lords. Three types of Parivarthana are called:
- Rashi and Amsha-Parivarthana. Formed when there is an exchange between signs in the Rashi or Navamsha chart, respectively.
- Jiva-Parivarthana or Nakshatra-Parivarthana. Formed by the exchange of Nakshatras or the exchange of their rulers.
- Karaka-Parivarthana. Formed by the exchange between house lords as significators. For example, if the Sun (significator of the 1st house) is in the 5th, and Jupiter (significator of the 5th house) is in the 1st.
When rulers of two signs exchange places, Rashi-Parivarthana is formed. Such Parivarthana can occur at different levels.
- Guna. Reflects the essence of the exchange.
- Tattva. Character of the change.
- Bhava. Sphere of life affected as a result of the exchange.
Considering the Gunas of the planets, one can determine the outcome of such an exchange — whether it leads to improvement or deterioration. For example: if Parivarthana occurs due to the exchange between Jupiter (Sattva Guna) and Saturn (Tamas Guna), then one can expect either an elevation from the level of Tamas to the level of Sattva or a fall from Sattva to Tamas. In the latter case, very unfavorable results will manifest.
If the Tattvas of two planets work together, this contributes to a harmonious and faster achievement of a specific goal. If their Tattvas are not friendly to each other, one of them will suffer due to the incompatibility of planetary energies.
Bhavas involved in Parivarthana indicate the areas of life affected by the exchange. For example, if the 7th house is involved, the exchange of planets will lead to changes in relationships. If the Lagna is involved, there will be a change in the native's character.