The Effects of the Shadow Planets of Vedic Astrology, The Upagrahas Part 2 of 3

It is interesting to note that while the Upagrahas are considered shadowy forces that cause destruction and harm to the houses they tenant, Parashara does state that certain places can cause these forces to work well within a horoscope. We will even see that 3 of the 5 Upagrahas of the Dhooma Group often support the qualities of the house they tenant. For the more difficult Upagrahas, the general theme seems to follow the principles that are indicated for most cruel planets to work well.  Cruel planets generally give better results in houses three, six and eleven. These are houses of stress, and to have cruel influences here can give us the power to deal with stress effectively. The crueler Upagrahas also seem to do better near the 10th house, where they are more visible.


DhoomaMeaning of Dhuma: Smoke, Mist, Fumes, Incense, Saint

The Effects of Dhuma in Houses from Chapter 25 of Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra:

The First House: the native will be valiant, endowed with beautiful eyes, stupefied in disposition, unkind, wicked and highly short tempered.

The Second House: One will be sickly, wealth, devoid of a limb, incur humiliation at a royal level, dull-witted and a eunuch.

Third House: Intelligent, bold, delighted, eloquent and endowed with men and wealth.

Fourth House: Grieved because losing one’s partner, yet learned in all shastras.

Fifth House: Limited progeny, devoid of wealth, be great, yet devoid of friends and Mantras.

Sixth House: Strong, able to conquer enemies, brilliant, famous and free from diseases.

Seventh House: Penniless, ever sensuous, skilled in adultery, never able to shine.

Eighth House: Enthusiastic but without real courage, truthful, disagreeable, hard hearted and selfish.

Ninth House: Endowed with sons and fortunes, rich, honorable, kind, religious and well-disposed to one’s guides, relatives and culture.

Tenth House: Endowed with sons and fortunes, delighted, intelligent, happy and truthful.

Eleventh House: Wealth, grains, gold, beautiful, knowledge of the arts, modesty and a skillful singer.

Twelfth House: Lacking morality, indulging in sin, interested in adultery, addicted to vices, unkind and crafty.

Notice the theme of Dhooma’s good qualities.  There are mainly good qualities expressed in the 3rd and 6th houses, and then when Dhooma tenants the highest, most visible portions of the chart, in houses 9, 10 and 11.


VyatipataOther Names for Vyatipata: Pata

Meaning of Vyatipata: Falling down, disrespect, indicator of calamity.

The Effects of Vyatipata in Houses from Chapter 25 of Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra:

The First House: Troubled by miseries, cruel, destructive, foolish and ill-disposed to his relatives.

The Second House: Morally crooked, bilious, enjoying pleasures, unkind, ungrateful, wicked and sinful.

Third House: Firm in disposition, a warrior, liberal, rich, dear to a king and head of an army.

Fourth House: Endowed with relatives but not progeny or fortunes.

Fifth House: Poor yet charming in appearance, imbalances of phlegm, bile and wind, hard hearted and shameless.

Sixth House: Destroyer of his enemies, physically mighty and skilled in all kinds of weapons and in arts, and be peaceful in disposition.

Seventh House: Bereft of wealth, wife and progeny, subduer of females, miserable, sensuous, shameless, and friendly to others.

Eighth House: deformed eyes, ugly, unfortunate, spiteful to Brahmins and troubled by disorders of blood.

Ninth House: Many kinds of businesses and friends, very learned, well-disposed to his wife and eloquent.

Tenth House: rich, religious, peaceful, skillful in religious acts, very learned and far sighted.

Eleventh House: Extremely opulent, honorable, truthful, firm in policy, and endowed with many horses and having an interest in singing.

Twelfth House: Given to anger, associated with many activities, disabled, not religious and hateful towards relatives.

Notice the theme of Vyatipata’s good qualities.  There are mainly good qualities expressed in the 3rd and 6th houses, and then when Vyatipata tenants the highest, most visible portions of the chart, in houses 9, 10 and 11.


PariveshaOther Names of Parivesha: Paridhi

Meaning of Parivesha: Fence, enclosure or circumference. Binding point of a sacrifice. Offering. Halo around the Sun or Moon. A crown.

The Effects of Parivesha in Houses from Chapter 25 of Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra:

The First House: Learned, truthful, peaceful, rich, endowed with sons, pure, charitable and dear to elders.

The Second House: Wealthy, charming, enjoyer of pleasures, happy, religious and a lord.

Third House: Fond of his wife, charming, pious, well disposed to his men, be a servant and respectful to elders.

Fourth House: Wonderstruck, helpful to enemies as well, kind, endowed with everything and skillful in singing.

Fifth House: Affluent, virtuous, splendorous, affectionate, religious and dear to his wife.

Sixth House: Famous, wealthy, endowed with sons and pleasures, helpful to all and will conquer his enemies.

Seventh House: Limited number of children, devoid of happiness, be of mediocre intelligence, very hard-hearted, sickly wife.

Eighth House: Spiritually disposed, peaceful, strong bodied, firm in decision, religious and gentle.

Ninth House: Having progeny, happy, brilliant, affluent, devoid of excessive passion, honorable and happy with very little.

Tenth House: Versed in the arts, enjoy pleasures, strong bodied, learned in all shastras.

Eleventh House: Enjoy pleasures through women, virtuous, intelligent, dear to his people and suffer disorders of digestive fire.

Twelfth House: Spendthrift, miserable, firm and will dishonor relatives.

Notice how all placements of Parivesha are have positive connotations except the 7th and 12th houses.


IndrachapaOther Names for Indra Chapa: Indra Dhanus, Kodanda, Chapa

The Meaning of Indra Chapa: Rainbow or Indra’s Bow. Bow of Sagittarius.

The Effects of Indra Chapa in Houses from Chapter 25 of Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra:

The First House: Wealth, grains, gold, grateful, agreeable and devoid of all afflictions.

The Second House: Affable speaker, very rich, modest, learned, charming and religious.

Third House: A miser, versed in many arts, indulge in thieving, devoid of some limb and unfriendly.

Fourth House: Happy, endowed with quadrupeds, wealth and grains. Honored by the king and devoid of sickness.

Fifth House: Splendorous, far-sighted, pious, affable, acquiring property in all undertakings.

Sixth House: Destroyer of enemies, happy, affectionate, pure and will achieve plenty in all undertakings.

Seventh House: Wealth, full of all virtues, learned in shastras, religious, and agreeable.

Eighth House: Interested in doing other’s work, cruel, interested in adultery and defective limbed.

Ninth House: Performing penance, take religious observations, highly learned, famous.

Tenth House: Endowed with progeny, abundant wealth, cows, buffaloes, etc., Famous.

Eleventh House: Gainful, healthy, fiery, affectionate to his wife, and knowledge of mantras, weapons and missiles.

Twelfth House:  Wicked, very honorable, evil in disposition, shameless, an adulterer and ever poor.

Here we find the most difficulty in the 8th and 12th houses.


UpaketuOther Names for UpaKetu: Dhwaja, Sikhi

Meanings of UpaKetu: Magic, god of love, peacock, above or beyond Ketu.

The Effects of UpaKetu in Houses from Chapter 25 of Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra:

The First House: Skillful in all knowledge, happy, good speaker, agreeable and very affectionate.

The Second House: Good and affable speaker, splendorous, poet, scholar, honorable, modest, endowed with conveyances.

Third House: Miserly, cruel, thin-bodied, poor and having severe diseases.

Fourth House: Charming, virtuous, gentle, interested in the Vedas and always happy.

Fifth House: Happy, enjoyer of pleasures, versed in the arts, skilled in expedients, intelligent, eloquent, and respectful to elders.

Sixth House: Cause problems for maternal relatives, win over enemies, endowed with many relatives, valiant, splendorous, and skillful.

Seventh House: Gambler, sensuous, enjoyer of pleasures and supporter of prostitutes.

Eighth House: Interested in base acts, sinful, shameless, blame others for lack of happiness, and will take another’s side.

Ninth House: Wearer of religious badges, delighted, helpfully disposed, skilled in religious deeds.

Tenth House: Endowed with happiness and fortune, fond of females, charitable and a friend to Brahmins.

Eleventh House: Acquisition of gains, religious, honorable, affluent, fortunate, valiant and skilled in sacrificial rites.

Twelfth House: Interested in sinful acts, valiant, untrustworthy, unkind, adulterer and short tempered.

UpaKetu’s natural disposition remains positive except in the 7th, 8th and 12th houses.

When are the effects of the Upagrahas felt?

The effects of the Upagrahas manifest during the dasha of the lords of the signs in which they are placed. They also manifest during the dasha of a planet in close proximity. The orb of proximity I typically use relates to being in the same degree of a varga, particularly the dasamsa, or trimsamsa degrees.

In the chart below we will see that the Moon and Vyatipata are falling in Virgo, within less than a degree of each other.

Upagraha Example 1

The proximity of the Moon to this Upagraha puts the Moon and Vyatipata in the same Dasamsa.

Upagraha Example 2

The Moon and Vyatipata are also in the same Trimsamsa.

Upagraha Example 3

The reason I focus on these two vargas particularly, is because they are both divisional charts that deal with the power of one’s activity in the world (D10) and the general capacity for fortune and misfortune (D30) as we live in a human body.

To gain deeper insights into the vargas, please review the following courses:

Navamsha and Dasamsha Divisional Charts Astrology Audio Course

Unlocking the Divisional Charts of Vedic Astrology Video Course

It was during the Mercury dasha when this person felt the indications of Vyatipata in the 11th house.

“Vyatipata in the Eleventh House: Extremely opulent, honorable, truthful, firm in policy, and endowed with many horses and having an interest in singing.”

The best period occurred during the Mercury/Moon cycle which began January 16th 2001. This activation occurred due to the fact Vyatipata was in the Sign of Virgo, and also so closely conjunct the Moon, so as to be placed in the same signs as the Moon in both the D10 and D30.

The individual garnered some success in their singing career and earned more money from their art than at any other time. If it wasn’t for Saturn and Ketu being in the ascendant, and 10th lord being in the 8th in the rasi, and the ascendant lord being in the 8th with the 10th lord, they may have had a more prominent career.  However, the best time of their life occurred during Mercury/Moon, and to them it was heavenly success, after much struggle to succeed.

In the next blog post we will consider the KalaVelas.

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