Please enjoy this article from one of our Year 2 Astrology Apprenticehip Students on the Secrets of Naisargika Bala, a facet of Shadbala. Dan, took it upon himself to thoughtfully consider the deeper meaning of a planet’s natural strength. His effort is suberb, and well worth the read. As we have been learning in our Year 2 Shadbala Course, Shadbala holds a wealth of planetary knowledge, that goes above and beyond the raw score most astrologers look at. The detail of Shadbala is worth exploring, and this article is a good start…
Shad Bala involves many calculations to arrive at its final score. There are six main strengths that comprise Shad Bala and these change in every chart. We calculate these and then we add to these the Naisargika Bala, or natural strength, of the planet and then we come up with the final score or Spastha Bala. What we are going to focus on here is the Naisargika Bala and what it may indicate.
First off, Naisargika Bala is included in every single Spastha Bala score of every planet in every chart. It is fixed and never changes, whereas the six strengths of Shad Bala are the ones that change in every chart that you see. What this tells us is that every single planet has a starting point of strength that it comes with inherently. All of the other six strengths are basically outcroppings placed on top of this. This makes up the core strength that the planet inherently comes with.
Each planet’s Naisargika Bala score is different and can reveal a lot about that planet, especially when we start measuring this score against that planet’s required overall strength. The required overall strength of each planet is a set number, like for Sun, it is 390 points. A Sun that has at least 390 points is operating with 100% of its power and is therefore able to bring about its natural indications more easily. This number of 390 is like the base benchmark number that the Sun needs to reach to operate efficiently in a person’s life.
Now, let’s look at the Sun’s Naisargika Bala and how it is related to its required overall strength. By seeing that the Naisargika Bala is 60, we can then figure that the Sun needs to then gain 330 more points to become efficient in the person’s life. We can also measure the percentage of required strength that the Sun’s Naisargika Bala score encompasses in creating the required 100% score of 390. Since it gains 60 points through Naisargika Bala, then we can see that the Sun starts with 15.4% of what it will need to become efficient in life. This is the highest starting score of any of the planets. We can think about it this way: If I told you that you needed to start a business and needed to make $10,000 to break even and I gave you $1500 to start with, then you would be pretty well set on your way and it would be easier to reach your goal. You could allocate that initial $1500 in different ways to help expedite the process and need less overall help from the world as you’re starting from 15% to begin with. Although, you would still have to get that other $8500 which will take some time, effort, and luck most likely. But it’s a nice start.
On the other hand, let’s consider Saturn in this same example. Saturn’s Spastha Bala is only 300 points and his Naisargika Bala score is 8.57 which equates to only getting 2.8% of his required overall strength from his Naisargika Bala points. Here we could say that Saturn only needs to earn $8000 to break even which is less overall than what the Sun’s business needs are. But Saturn only starts with $200. Overall, Saturn needs less money as he only needs $7800 to reach his goal, but he also has very small amount of resources to work with on his own and is going to need a lot of things to fall his way for him to reach his goal. This is how we can look at how Naisargika Bala points of a planet works out.
Below is a chart showing each planet, its Naisargika Bala points, its required Spastha Bala, the difference between the two, and the percentage of Naisargika Bala points to meeting its required overall strength that it starts out with. You will also see that there are rankings of which planets need the least points to reach their required total and which planets have the highest starting percentage of points from Naisargika Bala.
What you can see is that some planets like Sun, Moon, and Venus start with a lot of Naisargika Bala and some planets like Mars and Saturn start with the least. What we can gather from this is that these are the planets that will have the most ease in fulfilling their required total. This shows that these are the planets that we are most naturally able to use in life.
We could further expand on how each planet and their natural indications and their role in life are more inclined to play out based upon this factor, but I would like to touch on a couple of other points that I believe are very revealing about Naisargika Bala.
In Parasara astrology when things are typically tallied or a score is given, it is in the sexigesmal system where 60 is the highest number. In our modern numerical system, it is 100 that is the highest score, like we rank things percentage wise along these lines. The only place that we commonly employ the sexigesmal system in this modern age is in our measure of time. There are 60 seconds in one minute and 60 minutes in one hour. What this shows is that 60 shows the completion and forming of one larger form of unit.
With that being said, Naisargika Bala follows along these same lines. The highest score that any planet can get in Naisargika Bala is 60 and we can see that the Sun gets this full value. Now, here’s where it gets very interesting. Let’s analyze the rest of the planets in the chart below.
You will see I color coded certain groups of two planets together with the exception of the Sun in its own group as it gets the full value of 60 points. What you will see is that if you add up the two planets that are of the same color that their combined value adds up to 60. There are a couple of things that we can derive from this. We can see that these two planets share a commonality, yet at the same time represent opposite ends of it.
First off, we can see that the Sun is independent and shares with no other planet its Naisargika Bala. This is right in line with how we know of the Sun to operate. The Sun is the source of light and organization in our solar system and relies on no other planet to make this so. In fact, without the Sun, there is no “solar” system to begin with. What the Sun represents astrologically speaking, is that it brings out our core nature that is inherent in our being and projects it out into the world. It is representative of our deepest inspirations that we want to make come to fruition in the world and create for the betterment of everyone. We can see through Naisargika Bala that this is our strongest natural ability and have the most tendency towards and, since it is not shared with another planet, that being who we are is an important singular aspect of our lives.
Every other planet we will talk about from here on out forms a pair with another planet and when you add their values together the combined score is 60. What this gives us is four separate categories: the singularity of the Sun and the polarities of Venus/Mars, Jupiter/Mercury, and Moon/Saturn. What is interesting is that each of the combinations of planets all rule rasis that are exactly opposite them in the zodiac. As I am aware of in astrology, when we observe which sign that the Lagna is in, we typically look at the sign of the zodiac that is opposite of that to be one where we are on a path to learn about. It typically has an opposite energy to it. What can be said about opposites are that they are just polarizing ends of one underlying truth. What is very telling here is that these are not split directly in half, but there is one planet that has the lion’s share of points within these combinations. This is what we will now further analyze.
In astrology, Venus and Mars are the two planets that are said to represent our free will. We can start to see why this is said to be true because we know that Venus is about making choices in life that will be of the most benefit to everyone and because Mars is about taking action in what we believe to the thing that needs to be done. At times Mars can be brash and impulsive but what it’s doing is usually something that will benefit the greater good, hence why one of Mars’ names is Mangala in Sanskrit which means auspicious. The difference between them is the idea of taking into account other people’s needs and acting in the most diplomatic fashion (Venus) or acting more upon an idea or belief that the individual has and going forward without thinking about or taking into account the possible consequences (Mars). We can see by the balance leaning heavily in the favor of Venus that our most natural predisposition is one of taking other’s needs into account more than just taking action in what we believe needs to be done at any given moment.
Mercury and Jupiter are two planets that are about how we view the world. Jupiter is about faith and hope and seeing the bigger picture of how everything ties together so we are able to then have a sense of purpose and see meaning in things. Jupiter is more about philosophy and ideals that help to lead us onward and that color our experience of life. Mercury’s presiding deity is Lord Vishnu who is the author of the universe and brings everything into manifestation. So, Mercury is more about all the details of everything and knowing the different paths to take and experimenting to find the best possible direction to go. The difference then between the two is that Jupiter is about going in a direction because of belief and faith while Mercury is about direct experiential and scientific observations to find the proper course of action. What both of these planets have in common is they have a role in how we reach understanding, whether that be through direct experimentation or through philosophy and contemplation. With Jupiter being higher than Mercury, but only by about 10 points, this indicates how our natural proclivity leans more towards what we believe to be true more than what we perceive to be the case.
As is my nature, I saved the best for last. In my opinion, this is perhaps the most fascinating combination of them all; Moon and Saturn. In astrology, we know that Saturn/Moon combinations are one of the most difficult to have in an individual’s birth chart. These planets seem to be two polar opposites in what they represent, yet they operate along a similar baseline. They are both about how we survive in the world and both have a say in identification. Moon operates in life by adapting and making the most of the situation and changing itself to meet the dictates of the environment. If Moon doesn’t like the situation then it uses this knowledge to create an idea of what it wants by seeing what it doesn’t. Moon is also the planet that represents our individual identity (or idea of) and our sense of “I” and “me”. Therefore, Moon creates identity with our body and individual consciousness. Saturn works on the opposite end of the survival stick. Saturn is about not wanting to change things and to just deal with them how they are and to endure whatever life brings about. Saturn is about persevering through whatever adversity piles up and staying the course. Saturn represents things as they are with no frills and is extremely simple and sees the cold, hard truth of reality that we are not just this pile of bones and skin but just one slice of something much greater. Being that Moon dominates in this combination over Saturn shows how we are naturally more inclined to be adaptable to our surroundings and to want to change if we don’t like it. This also shows that we naturally identify more readily with our bodies and personalities than we choose to focus on reality.
There is a lot that can be gleaned from this often overlooked part of Shad Bala. Naisargika Bala tells us a lot about how the planets are naturally inclined to act and even share a grouping of the planets that may not be too obvious, yet is part of the inherent nature of manifestation. There is much more that can be said about these planetary combinations and scores and I suggest that you take the time to contemplate this yourself and to please leave any revelations that you may come up with in the comments section below so we can further this conversation together.
Categories: astrology apprenticeship, Tropical Vedic Astrology
Impressive, beautiful work!
Great paper! Well-written, good content, very professional! And gave me lots to think about (contemplate).