Danger to the Parents at Birth: Part 1
This is the first part of the article narrating danger caused to parents by various combinations at the moment of birth of a child.
Affliction to Chandra by 3 papa-grahas
Chandra is a very important graha in the matters of Childbirth, as it represents the mother, the act of pregnancy and childbirth. For a trouble free life, Chandra should be ideally strong in Paksha Bala, occupy Rasis of Shubha Grahas and free from Yuti-Drsti of papa-grahas. The more Chandra is afflicted in a horoscope, the life is full of suffering to that extent.
The papa-grahas are also called the Krura Grahas. Among the sapta-vara grahas (the 7 weekday planets), the papas are (1) Shani, (2) Mangal and (3) Surya. Surya is not really a papa-graha as it is not sinful; the apt word for Surya is Krura Graha as it is fierce. However, papa and Krura are interchangeably used in most context, so I am expecting the intelligent readers to interpret Papa as Krura where appropriate.
When at Birth, Chandra receives drsti from all the 3 papa-grahas, the life of the mother is at danger during the childbirth. Even if the mother survives the ordeal of childbirth, she faces grave danger even later on. The situation is diffused when Chandra is strong in Paksha Bala i.e., away from Surya and aspected by Shubha Grahas, Guru, Shukra and Budha. Budha should not conjoin with any papa-grahas, else, it ceases to remain Shubha. Since Budha is usually found conjoined with Surya, it should not be closely conjoin to remain independently Shubha, to protect others through its benevolent drsti.
The nodes are kept out of the equation here, and the 3 papa-grahas referred here are the ones having physical bodies.
BPHS 9.24. There is danger to mother’s life, when Candra receives Drsti from three papa-grahas. On the other hand Drsti of Shubha Grahas bring good to the mother.
Rahu, Budha, Shukra, Surya and Shani in Dhana
The Dhana Bhava is also the Bhava for family (Kutumba). When the 3 papa-grahas Shani, Rahu and Surya occupy the Kutumba Bhava, they put tremendous stress to the family of the child. At the moment of birth of the child, who is its family? Undoubtedly the parents of the child. Thus, the conjunction of 3 papa-grahas in the Dhana Bhava cause grave danger to the parent’s life. Not only the child is born after the father’s death, but the mother also faces grave danger to her life.
Now, we should ponder why Mangal is left out of this equation, and Budha and Shukra are included? Also, how frequent it is to get 5 grahas in a specific Bhava? Can this principle be extended to some other circumstances? How about Amsa Tulya Rasi? Why the Maharishi would give a principle with such limited applicability?
BPHS 9.25. When Dhana Bhava is occupied by Rahu, Budha, Shukra, Sūrya and Shani, the child’s birth has been after the father’s death, while even the mother faces early death.
Papa Chandra in 7H or 8H
This is an important verse where the Maharishi suggests usage of partial drsti of the Papa-grahas. All Grahas aspect their 7th house with 4 pada drsti, and their 8th house by 3 pada drsti.
BPHS 26.2–5. On the following places, 3rd-10th, 5th-9th, 4th-8th and 7th the Drishtis increase gradually in slabs of quarters, i.e ¼, ½, ¾ and full. Their effects are also proportionate. All Grahas give Dristi to the 7th fully. Shani, Guru and Mangal have special Dristis, respectively, on the 3rd-10th, the 5th-9th and the 4th-8th.
The 3 pada drsti of the grahas are also very effective as it is just quarter lesser than the purna drsti. This is an extension of the verse BPHS 9.24 where the Maharishi suggests that aspect of 3 papa-grahas on Chandra causes danger to the mother’s life. The condition of the aspect can also be extended to 3 pada drsti and also conjunction with them. When Chandra occupies 7th or 8th from the Papa-grahas, it receives 4 and 3 pada drstis from them respectively. Mangal being an exception here as it can give 4 pada Drsti from the 8th. At the same time, if one of the grahas does not aspect but conjoin with Chandra, then danger to mother’s life is indicated. The important thing to note here is that 3 indications need to be strong, to really have the strength to inflict grave danger to life. And, the indications can be combination of drsti or conjunction. The condition is however diffused when Chandra is strong in Paksha Bala, aspected by Shubha Grahas and occupy Shubha Rasis.
BPHS 9.26. If Candra is in the 7th, or the 8th from a papa-graha, conjoined with a papa-graha and receives a Drsti from a strong papa-graha, predict mothers end to be early.
Surya Uccha-Neecha in Asta Bhava
When Surya occupies at Asta Bhava or the Descendent, the birth is known to have occurred during the critical juncture (sandhya) of Sunset. At the same time, if Surya occupies Mesha or Tula, the mother either does not live long, or there is separation from her. Thats the reason why the child is brought up with goat milk, instead of mother’s milk.
This combination is possible for Mesha Lagna where Surya being the 5th lord goes to debility, and Tula Lagna where Surya being the 11th lord goes to exaltation, in the 7th house. The 7th house is the point of focus here because it is the 4th from the 4th house, which according to the Bhavat Bhavam principle also represent the mother. For Mesha Lagna, Surya being the 2nd lord (maraka) from 4th house going to the 7th house in debility. For Tula Lagna, Surya is 8th lord (protector of Aayu) from the 4th house going to exaltation in the 7th house, but suffering due to Sandhya birth.
The Sandhyas i.e., the Sunrise and Sunset times are dangerous periods for life, as we will see later.
BPHS 9.27. The child does not live on mother’s milk, but on that of she-goat, when Sūrya is exalted, or debilitated in Yuvati Bhava.
Papa in Shatru kshetra in Sukha from Chandra
The Bhava reckoned from Karaka is an important principle to determine how much happiness and comforts one will receive from a certain relation. In this matter, the 3rd house from Kuja, 4th from Chandra, 5th from Guru, 6th from Budha, 7th from Shukra etc. need to be examined for siblings, mother, children, maternal uncles, spouse respectively. If these Bhavas are afflicted, it can cause distance and separation from the mentioned relation.
Thus, when a Papa-graha occupies the 4th from Chandra in a Dur-Avastha (bad-state), then there is separation from the mother. The separation can come in the form of early demise of the mother, or the mother going away from the child. The key point to note here is that, when a Graha occupies a good avastha i.e., Uccha, Sva, Mulatrikona, Mitra or Yuti-Drsti of Shubha or Shubha-Madhyagata, the positive qualities of the Graha is enhanced. All grahas are the agents of the supreme consciousness, who are tasked to monitor and manage the world, including the human affairs. Hence, they all have divine qualities, and have abilities to bestow blessings and curses. They bless the native when they occupy Su-Avastha (good state) and curse when in Dur-Avastha (bad state).
BPHS 9.28. When a papa-grahas is in the 4th from Chandra, identical with an shatru Rāśi, while there is no Shubha-graha in a Kendra, there is pre-matured loss of mother.