There is no point in minimizing of glossing ever the evil of the 6th, the 8th, and the 12th houses and their lords. Of these, the 8th is the worst. The 6th is next in order of malefic effects and the 12th comes next. The 12th denotes enjoyment and expenditure. If enjoyment is in excess, a person falls ill, losing health (the 6th) and may run into debt(the 6th) if expenses outrun income. While the 6th denotes disease and debts, the 8th connotes death and disgrace. Death, as stated by Poet Tennyson “closes all”. Death silences the orator and parliamentarian and the lawyer of forensic eloquence: it stills the music of the veena, the violin and the human voice; it disables and puts an end to the skill of the eminent surgeon. Death, therefore, is dreaded more than even disease, just as disgrace and dismissal are dreaded even more than debts. That is why, the 8th house is deemed the worst of all houses; and the 8th lord is regarded as the most baneful of the hidden houses the 3rd, the 6th, 8th and the 12th. Natural malefics are considered to be good in the 3rd, the 6th and the 11th. But, even they are not commended in the 8th and the 12th unless they own a bad house like the 6th or a Badhakastana. Even when Saturn, say, as a Badhaka for Aries may relegated to the 12th, he is weakened as the lord of the 10th, so that if and when Saturn is in the 6th or the 8th or the 12th, a native faces initial disappointments and frustration in the matter of employment and earnings, despite high education.
When Saturn is in the 12th for Aries, a native does meet initial failure and disappointment and frustration, even when a powerful aspect by bene fie Jupiter from Cancer redeems him. But, redemption is not the same, and falls far short of reinforcement, so that Jupiter and Saturn in the 9th in Sagittarius cause a much superior Dhannakarmadhipati Raja Yoga, the Badhaka (tormentor) in the 9th becoming a Sadhaka (supporter), so that the 10th lord is powerful in the 9th, with the 9th lord Jupiter in his own house.
Similarly the lord of the 7th in the 6th, or the 8th or the 12th causes late marriage, spouse from a lower social status or even no marriage. When the lord of the 7th is ill-placed in a Trika or Dustana and the 7th is occupied by a malefic and is flanked on either side by a malefic, one malefic being in the 6th and another in the 8th, however good and good-looking a girl may be, thanks to the Ascendant and the Moon if her lord of the 7th is in the 6th, or the 8th or the 12th, either she is married to a husband having a status far below that of her parental family or there are several disappointments before marriage fructifies.
Similarly a Tamil classic on astrology says that if the lord of the 12th is a benefic by nature and is strong in a Kendra and in exaltation, the native enjoys life with a lady playing on the veena or other musical instrument, with a fine bed strewn with flowers and pleasures of the couch. That is why Kerala scholars always used to say that the 12th is not so bad as the 6th or the 8th, since the 12th has a lower octave of enjoyment of life (though involving expenditure) and a higher octave of Moksha or final emancipation of deliverance or release from the recurring cycle of births and deaths. But, the lord of the 12th can be so regarded as fairly good ‘and not wholly bad, only for Aries Ascendant, for which Jupiter is the lord of the 9th and the 12th, the 9th (Sagittarius) being Moolatrikona for Gemini for which Venus is the lord of the 5th and the 12th. the 5th (Libra) being Moolatrikona. Mars, lord of the 12th, is passable for Taurus if in exaltation and for Scorpio, if Venus is in the 5th in exaltation. But, a strong lord ‘of the 12th makes one Lead his life like a lord, and live a rich life so that his savings will be meager or poor, and he cannot and will not die rich! However, only the lord of the 9th and the 12th or the lord of the 5th and the 12th can be classed as rated as a benefic, par excellence, next to a planet owning a trine and quadrant, i.e., a Trikona and Kendra, at the same time. But the lord of the 7th and the 12th is not such a benefic. though, when dignified in exaltation in the 5th or the 9th, for Scorpio or Taurus respectively, he is not so evil or cruel.
For Taurus Ascendant, if Saturn is in the 12th in Aries . the horoscope is no good when the key planet is in the 12th and in debility. Even if there is Neechabhanga, without benefic aspect Saturn very substantially reduces the pattern of the horoscope, so that it may be futile to wax eloquent about other planets, except, perhaps, the Sun and Mercury together in a good house as the lords of the 4th and the 5th respectively. Similarly, Mars, lord of the 4th and die 9th. in the 12 th and in debility in Cancer, reduces radically the pattern of a Leo Ascendant chart. Other planets may not help much, though the Sun and Mercury together, in a good house, as the lords of Ascendant and of the 2nd and the 11th will give some decent prosperity. The native with Mars in the 12th in Cancer for Leo Ascendant may sell away his lands and even his house, and may not be dutiful to his mother and his father. He will indulge in pompous and waste expenditure and fritter away his resources .Saturn in the 12th in debility will be equally had fling wasteful expenditure and frictions and quarrels in the family. For, a person with Saturn in the 8th or the 12th will have little domestic peace and much wasteful expenditure and members of his family circle will be inimical towards him.
to be continued...
Courtesy: Modern Astrology (R.Ramaswamy, MA., B.L)