Bad planets - Can Saturn, Mars, Rahu, Ketu be really termed as Bad?
The truth about bad planets or malefics in Astrology
Bad Planets or Good Planets - The phrases are a myth
Phrases like Bad planets or Good planets in Astrology are a myth. Terms like 'ashtam sani', 'Rahu kaal', 'Ketu drishti', 'mangal dosha' etc are often abused. A few astrologer's use them to scare people and extort money. I haven't come across any classic that labels the planets as 'good' or 'bad'. In fact, the classical texts categorize planets as 'Saumya' and 'Kroor'. They consider Saturn, Mars, Ketu and Rahu as Kroor planets. Jupiter and Venus are considered as Saumya planets. Mercury when alone in a rasi or with benefics is Saumya and if with malefics is Kroor. The Waxing moon (as in Shukla Paksha) is Saumya and the waning moon (as in Krishna paksha) is Kroor.
Whether we call planets Bad Planets or Good Planets, the fact remains that each planet has its agenda. If Saturn wants to give material benefit to someone, it would give it straightforward. Similarly, if it wants that the native should suffer, Saturn would make her suffer. Bang straightforward, without any diplomacy and niceties. The reverse is true for the benefics or Saumya grahas. If the benefics want to give suffering, they would give in their own euphemistic way.
The malefics are actually benefics:
It is important for us to adjust to the demands of the planets to derive the greatest satisfaction out of our lives. Irrespective of the times we are in, we should try to adjust according to the planetary demands. Many people dread the period of sade-sati or seven and a half years of Sani. If we interpret the classics, this seven and a half period of Saturn could be the best and golden period in one's life. The two key requirements of Sani i.e. austerity and discipline are to be but fulfilled during these years. Similarly, if Rahu and Mars are strong in one's chart, the extra energy in the person can propel her to great heights. Strong Ketu in the chart can help us to make leapfrog progress in the field of spirituality. It all depends on our reaction to the events that keep on happening to us in various planetary dashas.
All Planets are Good:
YES. All planets are good. Just that their ways are different. It is upon us to align with the requirements of the planet during its dasa and make the most out of the times we are in.
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