Vedic Astrology – Natural Benefics and Natural Malefics

When Sun is in Leo while Moon is in Gemini, it means that Moon is in a waning phase which is considered to provide some malefic effects as per Vedic sidereal astrology. Leo Sun combined with Gemini Moon gives the possibility of formation of the Waning Crescent lunar phase.

  • Waning moon, Saturn, Sun, Mars, Rahu, Ketu, Gulikan and afflicted Mercury are all malefics. What is Paksha Bala? This is determined by looking at the moon. Since Moon is located closest to the earth, between Sun and Earth, it is as important as the ascendant in predictive astrology.
  • Though an expert Vedic astrologer should be consulted before practicing any remedies for Sun. Still, some indications of a weak Sun or malefic influence of Sun are: the person is always insecure about their social status and position. Such people are prone to singing their own praises due to.
  • Group 2 Planets are malefic for Virgo Ascendant if significations with Group 1 Planets. Of significations like this, indicates losses in during joint period of Group 2 Planets. Jupiter's exaltation sign is 11th House Cancer, as well Mars`s is 5th House Capricorn Sign.
  • Also since Moon is the karaka of Mother in Vedic astrology, malefic or Weak Moon also affects the health of the mother of the native. Impact on Professional Life: a malefic or weak Moon has a negative effect on the professional life of the native especially those who are in the traveling industry, Sales and marketing, trading, manufacturing, and supply of white-colored products such as rice, dairy, sugar, cotton, etc.

Continuing our discussion from the previous post about the Navagraha family, let us, now, look at the nature of the grahas. Grahas are natural benefics or natural malefics. Natural benefic grahas bring out growth and natural malefic grahas restrict growth.


In keeping with the vedic tradition, the Ministers (teachers) are benefic. In fact, Jupiter and Venus, the Deva guru and the Asura guru, are the only grahas that are always benefic. Rahu and Ketu, the head and body of an Asura, are always malefic. Saturn and Mars are also always malefic.

The Sun is cruel, because of its heat, but not truly malefic.

The Moon and Mercury are sometimes benefic and sometimes malefic.

When is Moon malefic?

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The Moon is malefic if it is within 72 degrees on either side of the Sun. Otherwise, the Moon is benefic. Taurus horoscope today moon astro. So, the Moon is 40% of the time malefic and 60% of the time benefic.

When is Mercury malefic?

Mercury, is an impressionable Prince. If Mercury is alone he is benefic, indicating that the natural nature of Mercury is benefic. If Mercury is conjunct the Sun or only the Sun aspects it, he is still benefic. The influence of the father on the Prince is benefic. If only malefics (Rahu, Ketu, Saturn, or Mars) aspect Mercury, he turns malefic. The malefic influence of the bad grahas influence the young Prince, who becomes malefic. An influence of Jupiter, however, can reverse the negative influence. Under the guidance of a good teacher, the Prince remains benefic; even if he has bad friends.

Interestingly, the nature of the navagrahas, as a whole, is more malefic. Let us assume Mercury is half the time benefic and half the time malefic. Then, the total for the benefic grahas is 3.1 (Jupiter + Venus + 0.6 Moon + 0.5 Mercury) and the total of the malefic grahas is 4.9 (Rahu + Ketu + Saturn + Mars + 0.4 Moon + 0.5 Mercury). Sun is also considered malefic in most vedic astrology texts, further skewing the malefic total to 5.9/9 or 65%.

The term ‘benefic’ is derived from the Greek term agathopoios which literally means “good-doer”. According to Ancient Greek culture, planets were believed to have influences and provide guidance to humans, as they lived their lives. The planet's nature determines if it is Benefic or not, based on whether it helps the affected areas, with money problems for example. A planet with negative attributes would be classified as Malefic, from the Greek term kakopoios which literally means “bad-doer”.[1][2] Planets are naturally Malefic or Benefic, however, a planet can change because of the astrological signs they house. Changes are dependent upon, and specific to each individual person. Horoscopes and their Zodiac sign indicate the goal of the planet for each person, as to which will be Malefic and which will be Benefic.[3] This system is also used in Vedic astrology.[citation needed]


Some examples of Benefic planets are:

  • Jupiter is considered to provide abundance and good fortune. It demonstrates these tendencies when a person is forgiving, kind, ethical, and overall a good person.
  • Venus provides comfort and social graces. This is especially shown when dealing with others and interacting with others in a diplomatic way, being kind and taking into account other people's feelings.
  • The Moon has benefic tendencies, which are determined by the amount of light she gives (depends on the phase of the moon). It becomes Benefic during the New Moon to Full Moon phase. This is because there is a greater amount of light given, which is considered good and healthy.
  • Mercury is evenhanded and fair. It encourages people to behave equitably. However, the planet can adapt into a Malefic Planet. It can do this through its ability to take on attributes of other planets it associates itself with.[4]

A planet is deemed Malefic because it can interfere with the positive effects of a Benefic planet. A Malefic planet often cause delay, destruction and uncertainty. Some examples of Maleficplanets include:

  • Saturn represents the misery and burdens that we as humans have to carry.
  • The Sun is Malefic due to its strong influence over those things we need to decrease in order to increase our personal spiritual growth.
  • Mars causes mischief, relationship tension, accidents and other negative affects.[5]

Vedic Astrology[edit]


Vedic Astrology can be defined as the science explains in details the planetary movements and positions in respect to day and time.[6] In existence for thousands of years, Vedic astrology is the same as Indian Vedic astrology. It has many things in common with Western astrology. There are twelve Zodiac signs present, which have the ability to influence your decisions, thus helping to determine your future. It also follows the movement of the planets as to whether you receive positive influence or negative influences through them, much like in Ancient Greek mythology. Vedic astrology was documented by the Maharishi (Wise Men) and appears throughout Hindu scripture.[7]

Rahu and Ketu[edit]


A big difference between Western and Vedic astrology is the existence of Rahu and Ketu. Western astrology is just the nine planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus and Pluto (even though it is not longer considered a planet) along with The Moon and The Sun. Appearing in Vedic astrology, along with the same celestial objects in Western astrology, is Rahu and Ketu. Their existence, according to Hindu mythology, is a result of a demon being decapitated. Rahu (the head) became immortal while Ketu (the remaining body) was left as a mortal. They became enemies of the sun and the moon, and it is said that Rahu and Ketu swallowed up The Sun and The Moon, thus causing an eclipse. Rahu and Ketu are considered to be invisible planets but really represent the North lunar node (pole) and the South lunar node.[8]

In Relation to Greek Gods[edit]

  • Apollo- Sun. God of light, music, and The Sun.
  • Artemis- Moon. Virgin Goddess of the hunt, wilderness, and The Moon.
  • Hermes- Mercury. God of travel and trade.
  • Aphrodite- Venus. Goddess of love and beauty.
  • Earth (Gaia)- This name comes from old English and Germanic instead of a Greek god.
  • Ares- Mars. God of War.
  • Zeus- Jupiter. King of Gods.
  • Cronus- Saturn. God of Agriculture.
  • Uranus- God of the Heavens, the earliest supreme god.
  • Poseidon- Neptune. God of the seas.
  • Hades- Pluto. God of the underworld.[9]

See also[edit]

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  1. ^'Benefic and Malefic Planets in Astrology'. The Horoscopic Astrology Blog. 2007-06-28. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  2. ^'Benefic - The Astrology Dictionary'. The Astrology Dictionary. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  3. ^'Benefic and Malefic Planets in Astrology'. 2016-10-16. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  4. ^'Benefic and Malefic Planets in Astrology'. 2016-10-16. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  5. ^'Benefic and Malefic Planets in Astrology'. 2016-10-16. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  6. ^'Astrology - 2017, Vedic Astrology and Hindu Astrology Horoscope'. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  7. ^'Astrology - Vedic Astrology'. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  8. ^'Role and Importance of Rahu in Astrology'. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  9. ^'Planet Names and Greek Mythology'. Retrieved 2017-10-19.

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