The following question is in reference to the Vedic Astrology Diary article entitled, Ted Bundy and Malefic Planet in Angles.
According to K.N. Rao in the article, The Value of Benefic Planets in Angles, malefics in kendras (angular houses 1, 4, 7, 10) bring about "a malicious, ill-equipped, dishonest, poor scholar with either no sound knowledge or ill-digested knowledge." However with reference to the above article (chart of Ted Bundy), Mars is in his own house (4th house - Scorpio) in the Rasi (natal) Chart. Isn't that a good signature for Mars, 4th lord in the 4th house? mcsun (Mr Curious)
Answer from Vaughn Paul:
It's a good point you are making and a good question. Mars is in its own or exalted sign on an angle forming a ruchaka mahapurusha yoga, which gives Mars strength. This is a good example of how the strength of planets can be misleading. Mars is obviously strong, as the 4th lord in the 4th house. Not only is it its own sign of Scorpio, it is in one of the angular houses, which are houses of power and strength. Mars also gets 1.30 shad bala points which is quite high.
When a malefic planet is in strength does it mean it will act more benefically? No, this is not necessarily the case. In the chart of Adolf Hitler, you'll see that he also has a ruchaka mahapurusha yoga with Mars in the 7th house in the sign of Aries. Please see the Online Course sample Lesson 6 entitled, The Essential Meaning of the Houses, to see Hitler's chart. I've seen many charts of a debilitated Mars where Mars acts quite benefically. K.N. Rao says that debilitated planets can give humility. By contrast, exalted planets or planets in strength can act arrogantly. I think this was the case with Ted Bundy. Mars is strong, so Mars's traits are strong. Mars in Scorpio can give secretive, manipulative, cunning, sex-crazed, aggressive or violent tendencies. Mars also gets the additional conjunction of Ketu, another secretive, fiery, and manipulative planet.
I think that what shows the criminal tendencies the most is that the Sun, Moon, and Mercury join Mars and Ketu in Scorpio. The Sun is the lagna lord and the indicator of personality, the Moon is the mind and emotions, Mercury is the intellect. These are all the key personality indicators in the chart falling under the infuence of strongly placed malefic planets in kendras.