Planetary Relationships

The strength of planets in signs depends upon their relationship with the ruler of the sign in which they are located. Planets are strong in their exaltation, Mulatrikona or own signs. For other signs than these there is a system of planetary relationships for measuring the favorable or unfavorable connection between planets.

Planets are strong in signs of their great friend or friend. Planets are neutral in strength in neutral signs. They are weak in the signs of their enemy or great enemy, and more so in their fall (opposite exaltation). These locations in the harmonic charts (navamsha etc.) have to be considered and are a factor for determining residency strength (sthana bala).

Planetary relationships are twofold as "permanent" and "temporary". Permanent relationships depend upon the natural status of the planets. Temporary relationships are similar to aspects and are another kind of relationship by position in a particular chart.

In terms of permanent planetary relationships, planets tend to fall into two major groups--

The Sun, Moon, Mars and Jupiter are usually friends.

Mercury, Venus and Saturn are usually friends. Planets of these two groups are usually inimical towards each other.

The main reason for this is that planets tend to be harmoniously disposed to those planets ruling signs of the same element. Mercury, Venus and Saturn each rule an air and an earth sign; the Sun and Moon, Mars and Jupiter, rule fire and water signs.

The list of Permanent Planetary Relationships shows the more specific scheme that evolves from this. The Moon, for example, is a friendly planet and is inimical towards none. Hence planets with which it would be enemies are mainly neutral. The Sun and Mercury are always close together. Hence Mercury is a neutral to the Sun, and the Sun is a friend to Mercury, rather than inimical as would be expected. Other exceptions exist but usually do not extend beyond a group friend or a group enemy becoming a neutral.

Rahu and Ketu are sometimes given relationships similar to Saturn but many astrologers do not consider them as they are not primary planets. Along a similar line one may consider relationships for Uranus, Neptune and Pluto according to those of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars whom they resemble.

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