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There is a wide application of the divine science of astrology in each and every aspect of life, be it the maintenance of good health, acquisition of good academic and professional qualifications, handling emotional stability, management of business, timing of investments for greater returns, implementation of advertisement campaigns, etc. For example, the use of colors in our wardrobe, the furnishings in our living rooms and the designs/patterns used on our dress demonstrate the impact of planetary influences on us. By a small intervention of choosing the colors/designs suitable to us as per our ascending sign we can change the planetary influences favorably to make our lives meaningful and happy.

Decor on the walls of our living rooms and in our companies or even our company advertisements has an impact. A well-established company in India with a quality product using a devil in its advertisement campaign was ruined in a matter of a few years. Another Indian Company known for its quality and excellence began using animals in their advertisement campaign and there was a big fire in their production unit within a few months of launching that advertisement campaign. Then good sense prevailed in the company and they withdrew the said advertising campaign.

Nobody can deny the usefulness of the divine science when it is followed with faith. On the persistent demand of the readers, we keep on taking up new ideas to explain the benefits of astrology in the new fields. The subject discussed in this article was suggested by one of our learned friends, who practices astrology based on the Systems' Approach for people in distress. He thought when the causes of sufferings have been identified so precisely then why should we not try to avoid difficult planetary configurations and thereby make the overall life of a person happier.

Children born with the application of the knowledge of astrology will have a comparatively better life with happiness, peace and prosperity. Every individual is connected with the happiness of the family and humanity at large. Keeping in view the distinct advantage which one could derive from this concept, we have taken up the publication of this material. While some people are inventive in their approach and make use of new ideas and inventions, there are others who spoil the precious years of life clinging to old schools of thought. For example, if you consider the usefulness of semi processed items of foods, they save our valuable time for creative activities. Yet, there are people who would not like to utilize them and derive the benefits of the services. In this context, we have thought it fit to bring up the subject of pre-natal and post-natal intervention for caring for the newborn for public discussion and evaluation.

The application of preventive and curative astrological remedial measures is an important tool of post-natal care. However, there is a good scope of application of astrological knowledge in the birth of children as a better time can be selected from the available set of planetary influences. There is no way that we can elect a time which has a good strength of all the planets. This matter will be taken up for discussions with the help of case studies.

The complexities of modern life strains everybody and there are concerns about the future whether it involves stability, improving or stabilizing deteriorating health, family planning, financial condition, social status, career, spiritual advancement, etc. For the prosperity of the family, it is necessary that healthy children be born into the family so that they develop themselves academically, professionally and spiritually. The medical sciences do help in treating the malfunctioning of health but astrology is a shade better as it helps one have a healthy child at the outset. A healthy child increases the family happiness while a sick child or a child with poor health lacks in his studies, etc. Such a child erodes the positive energies of the family. The divine science of astrology helps in identifying the problematic areas of one's life right at birth. This capacity of astrology can be applied for caring for a newborn right from the pre-natal stage. Now we shall discuss the manner in which we can ensure the birth of a child free from severe problems in life.

The main causes of sufferings in life are:-

* The weak natal planets including the badly placed and combust planets.
* The afflicted planets.
* The afflicted houses.
* The stationary position of slow moving planets at the time of birth resulting into evils at birth and congenital problems.

These can be controlled to a large extent with the proper application of the astrological principles in the following manner:


* Ensuring that the expected date of delivery does not coincide with the stationary movement of the slow moving planets like Rahu, Ketu, Saturn and Jupiter.
* Avoiding the ascending sign which turns the Sun into a functional malefic planet in case there are some planets which are in the state of combustion around the expected date of delivery.
* Choosing the right ascendant.
* Avoiding bad placement of the planets with reference to the ascendant.
* Avoiding the placement of the functional malefic planets and the most malefic planet near the most effective point of ascending degree. This is the least which one could and should do to avoid adversities in life.
* Selecting the proper time for delivery and electing to go in for a cesarean delivery.

For a smooth and comparatively happy life one should not hesitate in going for a cesarean delivery as this can save one from serious health problems in life, obstructions in education, professional setbacks, financial problems, etc.

The health is of the first and foremost concern to one and all. Shashthamsa (D-VI) is the divisional chart that is studied for analyzing the health, involvement in disputes and debts and the consequences, thereof along with the planet(s) becoming primary significator(s) of health in rasi and the general significator of health, Mars.

The primary significator(s) of health are the lords of the ascendant and/or the sixth house, containing mooltrikona sign(s). If both the ascendant and the sixth house do not contain a mooltrikona sign, then the Sun would be considered the primary significator of health.

To explain the matter further we shall take up a few case studies to demonstrate the results of the weak and/or afflicted planets in a chart.

Female born 12th October 1988, 0805 hrs. 77E13 28N39, India.

The most malefic planet, Mercury, closely afflicts the Sun placed in the twelfth house. Ketu is conjunct with the most effective point of the eleventh house and also aspects the most effective point of the third house besides the Rahu-Ketu axis afflicting the other houses occupied/aspected by them. Weak Venus, the lord of the ascendant, is also afflicted due to the close influence of the Rahu-Ketu axis. Mars is badly placed in the sixth house. The sign Cancer rises in the ascendant of the divisional chart shashthamsa. The concentration of affliction is more on the third and eleventh houses as the lords of these houses are badly placed. These afflictions resulted into ear problems. During the main period of Rahu and sub-period of Ketu the problem increased in the form of pus formation and swelling in both the ears and the native was advised to have an operation for treatment. It is at this stage that the parents of the native sought astrological help for assessing the chances of a successful surgical operation and sought astral remedies so that the operation was a positive success. The application of astral remedies was able to meet the expectations of the parents and the surgical operation was successful. The native was advised both propitiatory astral remedies for the functional malefic planets and wearing of a Kavach for strengthening the weak functional benefic planets in an auspiciously elected time.

A postponement of a mere 15 to 20 minutes in the time of birth would have kept the Rahu/Ketu axis away from the most effective points of the houses. Similarly, in this case Mercury and the Sun are in the close conjunction. If time permitted we could have thought of selecting another ascendant in which both the Sun and Mercury remain functional benefic planets. In the Scorpio ascendant around 3 degrees rising in place of the currently four badly placed planets there would have been only one badly placed planet. The natal affliction of the Moon due to the aspect of the functional malefic Mars would have been counter-balanced due to the well placed Sun. The functional benefic planet, Saturn, would have been on the most effective point of the second house and protecting and promoting the fourth house containing its own mooltrikona sign, neutralizing the impact of Rahu in the fourth house. The close conjunction of the Sun and Mercury would have created a very good opportunity of large financial gains and a successful professional and social life.

Male born 24th October 1976, 0535 hrs. 77E13 28N39, India.

The lord of the ascendant Mercury is well placed in the chart but is weak as it is combust and in the state of old age. Its placement in its sign of exaltation covers some amount of weakness. The functional malefic Saturn occupies the sign Cancer in the eleventh house and closely afflicts the most effective points of the eleventh house, ascendant, fifth and eighth houses. The Sun is afflicted due to the close affliction of Rahu-Ketu axis. The most malefic planet, Mars, exerts its close influence on the Moon. The affliction of the sign Cancer, the ascendant and the Moon resulted into pleurisy. The sign Aquarius rises in the ascendant of the divisional chart shashthamsa. Mars is in its sign of debilitation in shashthamsa. The astral remedies were sought when the medical treatment failed to give permanent satisfactory relief. The application of astral remedies increases the power/efficacy of the symptomatic treatment.

A postponement of birth time by about 30 minutes would have changed the ascendant reducing the number of functional malefic planets from five to three. The delay of 10 minutes would have created a longitudinal difference of more than five degrees between the most effective points of various houses and the functional malefic planet, Saturn. The birth in the ascending sign of Libra would have blessed the native with good status in life, good health and a long life.

Female born 20th February 1993, 1212 hrs. New Delhi, India.

The Moon, Jupiter and Saturn are suffering from the close affliction of Ketu. The Sun and Mercury are well placed in the chart. The most malefic planet, Jupiter, is mutually involved in severe affliction with the primary significator of health, Venus. This disposition of Jupiter and Venus not only endangers health but also endangers longevity. Capricorn rises in the ascendant of the shashthamsa. The functional malefic Mars closely afflicts the most effective points of the houses aspected and occupied in the natal chart. The child was born in the main period of Mars. The close affliction of the most malefic planet, Jupiter, to the Moon ruling the lungs and Venus ruling the health resulted into a congenital problem and the lungs of the native were not expanding with the physical growth of the child. The irreparable ill health of the child caused unbearable mental sufferings to the parents as they could not do anything to improve the health and chances of survival of the child in spite of their being medical specialists of eminence. The operation of the main period of functional malefic Mars causing severe afflictions to the most effective point of the eighth house magnified the results of natal afflictions.

In this case birth in the Gemini ascendant would have changed the scene altogether as the mutual aspect of Jupiter and Venus would have created an active and creative personality. The child would have been long lived with good health. Even the birth that was earlier by six minutes would have removed the afflictions of the most malefic planet, Jupiter, to the ascendant and of the functional malefic planet, Venus, to the most effective points of the eleventh and fifth houses by 80%. This would have increased the affliction of Mars by 30% but in comparison to the removal of the affliction of Jupiter and Venus, this would have been very mild.

Female born 22nd February 1957, 0300 hrs. 74E47 34N05, India.

The Moon is in its sign of debilitation. The most malefic planet, Venus, afflicts the most effective point of the third house and the sign Cancer placed in the ninth house. The functional malefic Mars closely afflicts the lord of the fourth house by way of an aspect. The Rahu-Ketu axis is close to the most effective points of the twelfth and sixth houses and afflicts the second, fourth, eighth and tenth houses by close aspects. The affliction to the most effective point of the third house, the lord of the fourth house and the most effective point of the fourth house resulted in problems of health pertaining to the lungs manifesting in the form of tuberculosis. Pisces rises in the ascendant of shashthamsa and there is no planet in its sign of debilitation in shashthamsa. It started in the sub-period of Venus in the main period of Venus and continued to trouble the native. During the sub-period of Jupiter in the main period of Venus the native came to seek astrological remedies which were prescribed in the form of wearing of a Kavach for the functional benefic planets besides the use of a pearl and propitiatory remedial measures for the afflicting planets, Venus, Mars, Rahu and Ketu.

In this case, too, a delay of about 30 minutes in the time of birth would have kept the affliction of Rahu and Ketu away from the most effective points, and the afflictions of Venus to the most effective points and of Mars to Saturn would not have been effective as both of these planets would have become functional benefic planets. Instead of bringing problems, the aspect of Mars to Saturn would have been good for earnings through foreign trade.

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