Functional issues are very important in predictions. As I have already explained in the previous lessons, there are good or auspicious houses and bad or malefic houses as well in a horoscope. Just to remind you, good houses are 1st , 2nd , 4th,, 5th , 7th , 9th , 10th and 11th houses. The bad houses are 6th, 8th and 12th houses. 3rd house is good but it also has the characteristics of 8th house as it is 8th to 8th. A good house lord, whether it is a natural benefic planet or malefic planet, becomes a functional benefic and a bad house lord becomes a functional malefic, whether it is a natural benefic planet or natural malefic planet.
11th is also good but it has the characteristics of 6th house too as it is 6th to 6th. Similarly, 10th is 7th to 7th, 5th is 9th to 9th and 9th is 5th to 5th. This should always be kept in mind.
Yoga karaka, planet of value, maraka and badhaka principles also should be kept in mind. Now, note the following principles.
A functional benefic planet in a good house:
A functional benefic in a good house acts in the following way. It gives double effect. Please note down the effects and remember them.
1. Being situated in a benefic house, it gains more strength and strengthens itself. As a result, it strengthens the house for which it is the lord. For example, for Sagittarius Lagna 5th lord Mars is in 4th house in Pisces. This means that Mars gains strength in 4th house and strengthens the fifth house for which it is the lord.
In this backdrop, Mars during its sub and sub-sub periods gives good results of the 5th house. Fifth house stands for children, luck, intelligence and wisdom. It also represents higher education and entertainment.
Now, during the Mars sub and sub-sub periods, anything related to these aspects may happen that would bring good results. Children may win some prizes / gifts / acquire good marks or admission into their chosen field bringing happiness to the native. It also indicates that the children may acquire some vehicles as Mars is in 4th house representing comforts. It can also indicate the birth of a child during the said periods.
It can also be that the children may stay with the mother of the native during Mars sub and sub –sub periods as 4th house stands also for the mother of the native and Mars is in the house representing mother.
It can also be that if the children are staying at a distance place, they may come back during these periods as fourth house represents home and native place.
2. The second effect is that the presence of 5th lord Mars in 4th house enhances the quality of the fourth house too by giving more strength to the house. The reason is that the fifth house lord Mars, being a functional benefic, carries with it certain good quality and enhances the characteristics of the house which is already good.
This means that during the sub or sub –sub periods of Mars, the native would enjoy good domestic happiness, comforts, luxuries and love and affection from mother.
In this manner, you have to correlate and predict the things or events.
A functional benefic planet in a bad house:
A functional benefic produces two way effect if it is situated in a bad house. For example, 5th lord Mars for the Sagittarius Lagna is situated in 8th house in Cancer.
The presence of Mars as fifth lord in 8th house gives strength to the qualities and characteristics of the latter. 8th house represents longevity, hurdles, delays, theft, anxieties, accidents, injuries and all those things would gain strength indicating that the native would experience some bad things during the sub period of Mars. You must understand here that fifth lord being a good planet provides strength to the bad things of the 8th house along with longevity too.
The second effect of this position is that as fifth lord Mars loses strength in 8th house and becomes weak. The weak position of Mars weakens the fifth house qualities. Due to this, children of the native may have accidents as fifth lord is in 8th house representing accidents. Admission of children may get delayed as 8th house stands for delay and hurdles.
If the native is pursuing higher education, the results may be delayed or the native may face failure during the Mars sub and sub –sub periods.
In fact, the suffering in relation to the fifth house matters would be more as fifth lord Mars is in cancer, its sign of debilitation. The weakening effect would be two way here. Mars as fifth lord is in 8th house and also in debilitation. Mars is very weak due to its double weakening factors. That means fifth house is weak in a double sense.
Because of this, the native may get addicted to gambling, horse racing and other speculative activities and waste away money and valuable time too.
This way, you have to work on the principles and predict things.
You will learn in the next lesson the following topics.
1. Functional malefic planets in a good house
2. Functional malefic planets in a bad house