Contemporary Jyotish: Can malefics be beneficial?

Astrological counseling over the centuries has trained our psyche to dread the “malefic” frequencies of Mars, Saturn, Rahu, and Ketu and the “bad” houses (dusthanas). But the fact is that if your thinking differs from what was labeled “ideal” in medieval India, when many classics of Jyotish were written, selected “malefic” influences may be especially supportive for you.

  1. Natural malefics rule over technological advancement. Today, many students select professions that are signified by these planets.
  2. Now that people do not equate living overseas with an exile, separation from the motherland, often related to planetary placements in dusthanas, may be desirable by motivated professionals.
  3. If you are not a follower of traditions but enjoy your own research, placement of a planet or two in a dusthana may not be so bad.
  4. Some people can earn more and contribute more to society with a screwdriver and a wrench (Saturnine) than by a pen and an accounts ledger (Mercurian). What is more important than fearing “malefics” is to learn how to use their energies for advantageous work.
  5. We no longer live in a society where preaching (Jupiterian) is the finest profession and everything involving hard work and technical skills (Saturn/Mars) is despised. (If you prefer doing to preaching, you may already be receiving Saturnine influences.)
  6. In about half of all astrological charts, the so called natural “benefics” (Jupiter, Mercury, and Venus) assume the role of malefics to persistently create problems. Astrologers use the term “functional malefics” to reflect this.
  7. If Jupiter (the top benefic) is charitable, optimistic, and expansive, Saturn, the most feared malefic, is disciplined, realistic, and impartial. Does this sound unfavorable?

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