Chandra Lagna

Moon is so important in astrology, that, it is said, the sign occupied by him may be treated as the Ascendant called Chandra Lagna or Moon-sign and predictions made accordingly. According to Jataka Tattwa,if the lords of the 9th and the 10th from the Ascendant or from the Moon associate, there is Rajayoga.

Good in Kendra or Trikona

The rule, that the Moon is better in a Kendra or Trikona. other than the Ascendant, has got two exceptions:

(i) When Moon is in the Ascendant in Taurus, as in the case of Lord Shri Krishna

(2) when the Moon is in the Ascendant in Cancer, as in the case of Shri Rama, with Jupiter in Cancer, especially. The golden planet Jupiter, and the -cold planet Moon, combining in Cancer, is a first-class Yoga, conducing to great knowledge, prosperity, and position, especially when the Ascendant is Pisces or Aries or Cancer. Naturally, the Yoga is rare indeed. The two planets may combine in Cancer; but, the Ascendant may not be such, that they, both, own good houses.

According to Sarwartha Chintamani. Full- Moon in a Kendra and aspected by a benefic, like a good Jupiter or Venus, gives one prosperity and Raja yoga, and also a pure reputation. According to Jataka Parijata: if the Full-Moon is in the 10th aspected by a benefic, the native becomes a king.

Strength of Full Moon

There is a picturesque Sloka of Sri Mandavya, which says, “when the Moon is Full, and in a Rasi other than Scorpio (where he will be debilitated) and is aspected by Jupiter, then a native, who is very famous, is born. And, the fame is such, that it is like the fame of dark complexioned Vishnu, who became so fair by his fame that his consort, Lakshmi, who came near him withdrew, modestly, confused and doubting if it was the fair Lord Siva, the husband of her Lord’s sister!.

The texts emphasize the strength due to Kalas for the Moon. The Moon must have more than 10 out of 16 Kalas to be deemed to be Full Moon. The Moon is said to be Full for astrological purposes between the 10th lunar day of the bright fortnight and the 5th lunar day of the dark half of the month. For mental happiness, the Moon is all important; for, with mental worry, even a sturdy person of the good physique will get emaciated; for, worry, not work, will kill a man. Of course, one can wax eloquent about the Full-Moon being aspected by a good Jupiter or Venus; more, for a night- birth.

New Moon

The New Moon is a dire malefic just as a Full Moon is a first-rate benefic. In fact, according to’ a Tamil text, the New Moon is considered to be even worse than Saturn. Such a New Moon, for instance, if placed in the 5th house, especially as lord of a bad house like the 6th or the 8th, will cause Putra Dosha, and will give abdominal pain and pain in the womb to the native’s wife for a long time after delivery.

It might also cause painful abortions. Such a New Moon who is deemed a malefic or a Papi is best in the 3rd, 6th or the 11th. If the New Moon is the lord of the 6th or the 8th and strong in any Kendra or Trikona, unredeemed by any benefic aspect, especially by a good and strong Jupiter or Venus, or if the New Moon is weak, say in the 8th and Neecha, as lord of the 4th, it can cause tuberculosis or diabetes in his Dasa.

If the Dasa does not run or transpire in the life of the native, the evil will not be present or if there is Jupiter’s powerful aspect, then also, the evil will be minimized or there will be a cure. A bad Moon will cause diseases due to cold, mental feebleness and financial debility, just as a Full Moon, enjoying Jupiter’s benefic aspect especially, will give a brilliant mind, good health, and financial prosperity and popularity as well.

As a Malefic Lord

One word about Moon as the lord of the 6th or the 8th. It is said that the lordship of the 8th does not affect the Sun or the Moon. The Dosha (affliction) does not make them Marakas or killers; that is all. But, as the learned author of the Uttara Kalamrita points out, they don’t kill but they do give trouble. Of course, the Moon as lord of the 8th for Sagittarius is not so bad as the Moon and Jupiter are friendly. But, from my experience, I would deem the Sun for Capricorn Ascendant a bitter enemy of Saturn, the Ascendant lord, as baneful indeed.

The Moon’s ideal place for Aquarius Ascendant is the 3rd or in Neecha in the 10th. Then, the lordship of the 6th is minimized and at the same time, the Karakattwa of the Moon is safe and protected and not weakened as when in the 8th or the 12th. If the Moon and Jupiter combine for an Aquarius native there will be fair prosperity, however, with the pinpricks due to the strength of the lord of the 6th.