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ASTROLOGY  


 

Shadbalas Ė Six sources of strength and weakness of planets

By A.S.Fernando
According to Astrological principles, each planet derives a certain amount of strength when it occupies a particular position. This amount of strength can be measured by certain units called Rupas.
There are six kinds of planetary strength taken into account in making an assessment of strengths and weaknesses of planets for the purpose of making predictions. They are as follows:
Digbala: This is the directional strength some planets get when they are placed in certain Houses in a horoscope. Jupiter and Mercury get Digbala when they are in the East -1st House or Lagna. Sun and Mars get Digbala when they are in the North represented by the 10th House. Saturn gains Digbala in the West or in the 7th House. Venus and Moon get Digbala in South or in the 4th House.

Chestabala: (Motional strength) Sun and Moon get Chestabala in the signs or Rashis of Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus and Gemini which constitute the Uttarayana or Sunís Northerly course. Mars, mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn in retrogression or in conjunction with the Full Moon get Chestabala. If Jupiter, Venus, Mercury and Saturn are with Mars, they are considered defeated in the Graha-Yuddha (planetary war) and thereby get Chestabala.

Kalabala: (Temporal strength) Moon, Mars and Saturn are powerful during the night. Sun, Jupiter and Venus are powerful during the day. Mercury is powerful both in the day and in the night. Malefics are powerful during the dark half of the lunar month and benefics are powerful during the bright half of the lunar month. Mercury is powerful at sunrise, Sun at noon, Saturn in the evening, and Moon during the first part of the night, Venus at midnight and Mars during the last part of the night. Jupiter is always powerful. Planets in their week days, months, and years are considered powerful.
Drugbala: (Strength of Aspect) this bala is reckoned from the strength of the aspect one planet cast over another planet.
Naisargikabala: This means the intrinsic natural strength of the planets irrespective of their positions. Sun, Moon, Venus, Mercury, Mars and Saturn possess measures of permanent strength declining in their descending order, with Sun commanding the most and Saturn the least.