The Value of Benefic Rashis (Signs)

Vargottama Simha lagna (Leo ascendant in both the natal chart and the Navamsha) is a sign of redoubled obstinancy.* I do not remember a single instance of any mental or emotional flexibility of my late Guruji, Swami Paramananda Saraswati. Such obstinacy was jarring often in the running of his ashrams, where discipline was violated by one and all, individually and collectively.

Natal Chart

The most notable feature in the horoscope is that all seven planets (excluding Rahu and Ketu) occupy four rashis (signs), those of Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, and of the Sun. To know the sattvic (pure) quality of a horoscope, this should be seen. There is no influence of Mars or Saturn anywhere. All major planets are in benefic rashis and coupled with a vargottama lagna, helped him do his sadhana (spiritual practice) with a single-minded devotion, as would be the envy of many.

He was such a votary of truth and so excellent human being that if he uttered anything it came to pass. Jupiter aspecting his second house gave him vak-siddhi (that state of spiritual progress when whatever the Yogi utters always come out true). Whatever he said came to pass. The word went round, but in the cozy, comfortable and cultured days of those decades such a gift was respected and not exploited.

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Leo is a sthira rashi or fixed sign which gives obstinacy and stubbornness. Here Swami Paramananda Saraswati has Leo ascendant in both the natal chart and the Navamsha which strongly reinforces this characteristic.

Here K.N. Rao is referring to the fact that none of the 7 major planets occupy signs of the malefic planets, Saturn or Mars, and therefore ‘there is no influence of Saturn or Mars anywhere.’ He is not referring to the aspects of Saturn and Mars which both aspect the ascendant and the Moon, and have significant influence in the horoscope.

The benefic rashis (signs) are those that are ruled, or disposited, by the benefic planets – Jupiter, Venus, Mercury, the Moon. The Sun is generally considered a mild malefic in Vedic astrology, however, here K.N. Rao is including it in the list. This point demonstrates the importance of the role of the dispositor (ruler) in determining the influence of the planets that occupy its sign.

About The Author


K.N. Rao is widely considered to be one of the foremost Vedic astrologers in the world today. He is the architect of a great astrological renaissance, and founder of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan school of astrology in New Delhi, India, the largest astrology school in the world with over 800 students and 25 teachers. He is also the editor of the quarterly magazine, Journal of Astrology, and author of more than twenty five books on Vedic astrology.


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