Ch. 31. Argala, or Intervention from Planets
1. O Mahārśi Parashara, you have told of auspicious effects, related to Argala. Kindly narrate its conditions and effects.
2-9. Formation of Argala. Maitreya, I explain below Argala to know the definite effects of Houses and Planets. Planets in the 4th, 2nd and the 11th cause Argalas, while obstructors of the Argala will be those in the 10th, 12th and 3rd from a House, or a Planet. If the Argala causing Planet is stronger than the obstructing one, the former will prevail. Or, if the number of Argalas are more than the obstructing Planets, then also the Argala will prevail. If there are 3, or more malefics in the 3rd they will cause Vipreeta Argala (more effective intervention), which will also be harmless and be very favourable. The 5th is also an Argala place, while the Planet in the 9th will counteract such Argala. As Rahu and Ketu have retrograde motions, the Argalas and obstructions be also counted accordingly in a reverse manner. Mahārśis say, that the Argala, caused by one Planet, will yield limited effect, by two medium and by more than two, excellent effects. Argalas should be counted from a Rāśi, or a Planet, as the case may be. The Argala, which is unobstructed will be fruitful, while the one duly obstructed will go astray. The Argala effects will be derived in the Dasha periods of the Rāśi, or Planet concerned.
Notes. Argala in Sanskrit is figuratively used to denote an impediment, or obstruction. Some suggest, that the Argala obstruction places are countable from the Argala place instead of from the original place, or Planet. This is not logical and a glance into Gochara Vedha (obstructions during transits) will confirm our findings.
10. Special. The Argala, caused by placement of a Planet in the first one fourth part of the Rāśi, is countered by another, placed in the 4th quarter of the respective obstructive Rāśi. Similarly 2nd quarters Argala is eliminated by the 3rd quarter placement of another Planet.
Notes. If the Argala causing Planet and the obstructing Planet are in the respective quarters, the obstruction will come to pass. Otherwise not.
11-17. Argala Effects. Should there be Argala for the Arudh Pad, for the natal Lagna and for the 7th from both, the native will be famous and fortunate. A malefic, or a benefic, causing unobstructed Argala, giving a Aspect to Lagna will make one famous. Similarly a malefic, or a benefic, causing unobstructed Argala, giving a Aspect to 2nd House denotes acquisition of wealth and grains, to 3rd House happiness from co-born, to 4th House residences, quadrupeds and relatives, to 5th House sons, grand sons and intelligence, to 6th House fear from enemies, to 7th House abundant wealth and m6thtal happiness, to 8th House difficulties, to 9th House fortunes, to 10th House royal honour, to 11th House gains and to 12th House expenses. The Argala by benefics will give various kinds of happiness, while benefic effects will be meddling with malefic Argalas. Argala by both benefics and malefics will yield results.
Notes. 1. Argala can be caused by a benefic, which is known, as Subha Argala. This Argala can be from a malefic also, so that the benefic, causing Argala, stalls the malefic role. If the benefics Argala is obstructed by another, then the benefic will become ineffective in Argala and the first-mentioned malefic will operate freely.
2. Argala can be by a malefic with reference to a benefic, so that the native does not enjoy good effects, due to the benefic. This is Pap (malefic) Argala. If the Argala is eliminated by a benefic, or a malefic, then the first mentioned benefic will be at liberty to act, according to his own disposition.
18. Should there be (unobstructed) Argala for Lagna, 5th and 9th House, the native will doubtlessly become a king and fortunate.
Ch. 32. Karakatwas of the Planets
1-2. I now detail below Atma Karak etc., obtainable from among the 7 Planets, viz. Sun to Saturn. Some say, that Rahu will become a Karak, when there is a state of simil6thty in terms of longitude between (two) Planets. Yet some say, that the 8 Planets, including Rahu, will have to be considered irrespective of such a state.
3-8. Atma Karak Defined. Among the Planets from Sun etc. whichever has traversed maximum number of degrees in a particular Rāśi is called Atma Karak. If the degrees are identical, then the one with more minutes of arc and, if the minutes are also identical, then the one with higher seconds of arc, have to be considered. In that case these three are called Anthya Karak, Madhya Karak and Upakheta. In the case of Rahu deduct his longitude in that particular Rāśi from 30. The Karakas will have to be decided, as above and, as per further rules given below. Out of these Karakas, Atma Karak is the most important and has a prime say on the native, just as the king is the most famous among the men of his country and is the head of all affairs and is entitled to arrest and release men.
9-12. Importance of Atma Karak. O Brahmin, as the minister cannot go against the king, the other Karakas, viz. 5th Karak, Amatya Karak etc. cannot predominate over Atma Karak in the affairs of the native. If the Atma Karak is adverse, other Karakas cannot give their benefic effects. Similarly, if Atma Karak is favourable, other Karakas cannot predominate with their malefic influences.13-17. Other Karakas. The Planet next to Atma Karak in terms of longitude is called Amatya Karak. Similarly following one another in terms of longitude are Bhratru Karak, Matru Karak, Pitru Karak, 5th Karak, Gnati Karak and Stri Karak. These are Char Karakas, or inconstant significators. Some consider Matru Karak and 5th Karak, as identical. If two Planets have the same longitude, both become the same Karak, in which case there will be a deficit of one Karak. In that circumstance consider constant significator in the context of benefic/malefic influence for the concerned relative.
18-21. Constant Karakatwas. I narrate below the constant Karakatwas, as related to the Planets. The stronger among Sun and Venus indicates the father, while the stronger among Moon and Mars indicates the mother. Mars denotes sister, brother-in-law, younger brother and mother. Mercury rules maternal relative, while Jupiter indicates paternal grand father. Husband and sons are, respectively, denoted by Venus and Saturn. From Ketu note wife, father, mother, parents-in law and maternal grand father. These are constant Karakatwas.
22-24. Houses Related. These constant significances are derivable from the Houses, counted from the said constant Karakatwas. The 9th from Sun denotes father, the 4th from Moon mother, the 3rd from Mars brothers, the 6th from Mercury maternal uncle, the 5th from Jupiter sons, the 7th from Venus wife and the 8th from Saturn death. The learned should consider all these and declare related effects accordingly.
25-30. Yoga Karakas. O Brahmin, I make below a passing reference to Yoga Karakas (mutual co-workers). Planets become Yoga Karakas, if they are in mutual angles identical with own Rāśis, exaltation Rāśis, or friendly Rāśis. In 10th House a Planet will be significantly so. Planets simply (not being in friendly, own, or exaltation Rāśis) in Lagna, 4th and 7th House do not become such Yoga Karakas. Even, if they be placed in other Houses, but with such dignities, as mentioned, shall become Yoga Karakas. With such Planets even a person of mean birth will become a king and be affluent. One born of royal scion, then will surely become a king. Thus the effects be declared, considering the number of such Planets and the order the native belongs to.
31-34. House Significance. I now narrate the significance of the Houses. 1st House denotes the soul (self), 2nd family, finance, wife etc., 3rd younger brothers/sisters, 5th progeny and 7th wife. It is also said, that a Planet in 5th becomes a Karak for wife. The Karakatwas of the House in order are Sun, Jupiter, Mars, Moon, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn.
35-37. O excellent of the Brahmins, after knowing the merits of 1st House etc. the good and bad effects can be declared. 6th, 8th and 12th are Trikas, Dusthana, or malefic Houses. 3rd, 6th, 10th and 11th are Upachayas. 2nd, 5th, 8th and 11th are Panapharas and 3rd, 6th, 9th and 12th are Apoklimas. Association with Trikas will inflict evils. Kendras and Konas (5th and 9th) are auspicious Houses, the association with which turns even evil into auspiciousness.
(Also see Ch. 34 for more information)