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An insight into Astrological Principles

Dr. Shanker Adawal (Jyotishaacharya, PHD, MBA)

The question of children arises after marriage. For knowing about the children, it is necessary, rather it is preferred to have the astro-analysis of the horoscopes of both the husband and wife. Among other factors, the role of Jupiter – the significator of children, 5th house and 5th Lord must be taken into account. Mars-Ketu influence on the 5th lord and 5th House may speak of surgery and ceaserian operation etc.

There are many theories about the number of children including the number of planets in the 5th House and influence of planets on the 5th house. But I find that the traditional astrological principles may not stand to test in view of various controlled methods not to have conception and have the child as per convenience of the couple. Be that as it may, the astrological principles continue to serve as a guinding force not following the controlled methods.

Early delivery and untimely births are also indicated by the planetary position and at the same time it may speak of some defects in the sexual organs of the couple and even of one of them. Remedial measures as per astrology may be beneficial if the lady is medically fit to conceive. I had seen the horoscope of a lady whose right tube was badly damaged and if at all the conception takes place, extra care may be needed under medical advice.

Survival of children mainly depend on the position of planetary forces at birth. There are bad Nakshtras including Gandha Nakshtras under which infant may not survive beyond a couple of days/months/years – here comes the need for propitiation of planets and God’s grace.
Now have a look on some of the following very important astrological principles:

1. If the lord of the 5th house from the Ascendant (Lagna) or the Moon, and Jupiter are in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th and 11th places, or if the 5th house has the aspect of a benefic planet or owner of the house or has association with a benefic, or if the lords of the 1st and the 5th are associated together, or aspect each other mutually, or occupy each other’s house, the birth of children is assured.

2. If the 5th house counted from Ascendant (Lagna), the Moon or Jupiter is either associated with or aspected by a malefic and devoid of benefics or their aspects or when the 5th houses have malefics on either side or the lords of the above houses are in the 6th, 8th or 12th places, there will be no issue, even if propitiatory ceremonies are undertaken.

3. If a malefic owns the 5th house and is posited there, the person will have issues. If a benefic owns the 5th house and is posited there, the person will have issues. If a benefic owns the 5th house and is posited there, and although he is associated with a malefic, the person will have many sons.

4. If Mars is in the 5th house there will be loss of children. The signs of Scorpio, Virgo, and Leo are not good signs for issues, and if they happen to be the 5th houses, the person will have limited progeny after a long time.

5. If the Sun is in the above bad signs for issues (Scorpio, Virgo and Leo), Saturn in the 8th or in the Acendant; or Saturn in the 1st, Jupiter in the 8th and Mars in the 12th: there will be issue, after performance of propitiatory ceremonies. Also when the Moon is in the 11th and the 5th house reckoned from Jupiter is occupied by a malefic, and there are many planets in the Ascendant (Lagna) the person will have a child late in life after doing propitiatory ceremonies.

6. If the Sun alone is in Cancer (of 5th House), or when Mars or Venus alone is posited similarly in the 5th (Cancer), the person will beget issue by his second wife. Saturn in such a position may give many children. If either the Moon or Mercury is similarly situated he will have few issues; and if Jupiter is posited in Moon’s (Cancer) house which is also the 5th, he will have many daughters. The principle of Jupiter here giving daughters need testing with reference to actual Horoscopes.


7. In the following situations no child is indicated. If a malefic, Venus and the Moon are respectively in the 4th, 7th and 10th places; if Venus and Mercury are in the 12th, 8th, 5th and 1st places; if Venus and Mercury are in the 7th and Jupiter in the 5th and malefics in the 8th, 12th and 1st houses.

8. If a malefic is in the Ascendant, the lord of the Ascendant in the 5th house, the lord of the 5th in the 3rde house, and the Moon in the 4th house the person will have no issue. It is stated by some wise men that for such a person even adoption of a son is of no use. Better we have more research in these principles.

9. If the Ascendant is in an odd sign (3, 5, 7, 9, 11) and the Moon is in the 5th aspected by the Sun the person will be ever anxious for an issue, but in vain. (Adoption in such cases too is useless, it is stated.)

If the 5th house is owned either by Saturn or Mercury and is aspected by or associated with Maandi or Saturn, or if the lord of the 5th is weak and is not concerned with the lords of the 1st and 7th houses, the person will have to adopt a son. Connection in the 5th house means the occupation by a planet in another’s house, associated with each other in some houses aspecting another planet, occupying the kendra of another, or in Trikona may also help.

10. If the lord of the 5th house is debilitated, eclipsed or in an inimical house, or in conjunction with the lords of the 6th, 8th or 12th eclipsed or in an inimical house, or in conjunction with the lords of the 6th, 8th or 12th house, and if the lord of the 5th house or if the 5th house is not aspected by benefics there will be loss of children.

11. If the lord of the 5th house, Jupiter, Mars and the Sun are in male Navaamsa, there may be male children. The Sun, Mars and Jupiter are male planets.

12. If the lord of the 5th house is a male planet or posited in a male sign or amsa and aspected by or associated with female planets, the person will beget daughters.

13. Conception takes place when the Sun and Venus are possessed of strength (in the case of male) and pass through their signs or amsas identical with the 3rd, 6th, 10th and 11th places and in the case of females when the Moon and Mars are strong and transit through their signs or amsas.

14. The number of issues can be determined by the number of planets in the 5th house, or where the lord of the 5th house is posited, taking into account that they are not in inimical Navaamsa. It can also be determined by scrutinizing the number of bindus (benefic dots) in the 5th house from Jupiter or the Navaamsa occupied by the Sun.


(i) Worship lord Krishna by Purusha-Suukta hymns (Mantras).

(ii) Worship God Subrahmanya.

(iii) Worship Naagaraaja, the lord of the serpents. The threat of barrenness can be warded off.

(iv) On Navamee day, Sri Raamaayana of Vaalmiki can be read.

(v) On Ashtamee, the Sravana Vritam can be observed.

(vi) On Chaturdasee worship Lord Shiva (Rudra).

(vii) On Dwaadasee the Gods can be propitiated by liberal poor feeding. On Full Moon and New Moon days, the pitrus (manes) are to be propitiated – remember the dead.

(viii) In the dark half of the month, after dasamee, chances of conception with difficulty are possible. Worship ought to be resorted in the first third of the fortnight to the lord of the serpents, the second third to God ubrahmanya, and the final third to lord Vishnu. If the lord of the 5th house is posited in its inimical or depression sign or is eclipsed, or occupies any of the 6th, 8th and 12th houses or the lorde of any one of these houses be posited in the 5th house, the person will be childless. By propitiating (divining) the daily tree or animal represented by the sign occupied by that planet the native has to perform the appropriate propitiatory ceremonies to ward of barrenness.


(a) If the planet in question responsible for barrenness is the Sun, barrenness may be due to injustice done to Siva, Garuda, and the Manes.

(b) If it is the Moon, it is due to displeasure of mother, sumangalis (married women) and Durgaa.

(c) If it is Mars, it is due to some fault done to the village deity; Kaartikeya, to an enemy, or one’s daayaadis (cousins).

(d) If the planet is Mercury the curse may be due to youngsters, harming of cats or anger of Lord Vishnu.

(e) If the curse is due to Jupiter, it will be due to some harm done to the family deities, favourite priest, or the destruction of a fruit-laden tree.

(f) If it is Venus, it is due to cutting of flower plants, injury to chaste woman, cow or yakshas.

(g) If it is Saturn it may be due to cutting of aswatha (pipul) tree, or of lord Yama (lord of death) or through departed spirits, and the like.

(h) If Rahu occupies the 5th house or is associated with the lord of the 5th, childlessness may be the curse of a serpent.

(i) Ketu is there, it is due to a Brahmin’s curse.

(j) If it is Maandi it will be due to a curse from departed spirits.

(k) If Venus and the Moon in conjunction with Maandi are in the 5th house, barrenness may be due to the killing of a woman or cow in the previous birth (incarnation).

(l) If Jupiter or Ketu in conjunction with Maandi when in the 5th house childlessness may be due to the murder of a brahmin.

The several sins committed by one in his previous births are thus detailed; and appropriate propitiatory ceremonies to the several planets are recommended.


(I) A holy bath in Rameswaram, reciting of scriptures like Raamaayana, worship of Lord Siva and Vishnu, observance of holy austerities including Sraadha ceremonies, installation of the serpent-diety are the various other ways suggested for getting progeny.

(II) The birth of a son is possible during the dasaa period of the lords of the 7th and 5th houses or Jupiter, the planet aspecting the 5th house, the lord occupying the 5th, or the lord occupying the Ascendant or when Jupiter in his orbit transits the sign or Navaamsa Raasi occupied by the lord of the 5th house.

(III) When the lord of the Ascendant comes during transit to his own sign or to his exaltation sign, to the 5th house, to the sign occupied by the lord of the 5th house, the birth of a son is possible.

(IV) From the conjunction of the lord of the Ascendant, the lord of the 7th and the lord of the 5th, the conception can take place in the Pratantra Dasha specially of the planet occupying the 5th house, the planet aspecting it and the lord of the 5th house.

(V) The conception is also possible during the Pratantra of the strongest of any one of the following:-

The lord of the 5th house, Jupiter, or the lords respectively of the Rasis and Navaamsa occupied by the two planets.

(VI) When Jupiter in the course of transit passes through the Rasi or the Navaamsa occupied by Jupiter and the lord of the 5th house, progeny is possible.


One can predict the following events by a consideration of position of the several planets with regard to the Moon and the Ascendant at the time of a query: adoption of a son, investiture of sarcred thread, marriage, the girl’s puberty, or the time of conception, in the same way as he would if a birth had taken place at the time.

In view of this astrological dieeta, all questions can be answered via Horary Astrology (Prashana Kundli).

Shanker Adawal

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