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BPHS (Sarga-73)

Counting the Rays of the Planets


The sage said. O Brahmin!

Now I am going to tell you about the number of rays of the Planets.

When Sun etc. are in their deep exaltation point, their rays are:

  • Sun 10, Moon 9, Mars5, Mercury 5, Jupiter 7, Venus 8 and Saturn 5.

  • The rays are nil, when these Planets are in deep debilitation,

  • the number of rays would be proportionate with the number of Rashi.

The following method is to be adopted for ascertaining the proportionate number of rays.

  • Deduct the debilitation Rashi etc. of the Planet, whose rays are to be ascertained, from his longitude.

  • If the remainder is less than 6 Rashi it should be multiplied by the number of rays of that Planet, mentioned above and the product should be divided by 6.

  • The result will denote the number of rays of that Planet. In case after deduction the remainder is more than 6 Rashi, then it should be deducted from 12.

The other procedure will remain the same.


The Sage said. O Maitreya!

Other Acharyas have recommended further correction of the number of rays, worked out in the manner described above.

The corrections have to be made, as follows.

If the Planet be in his exaltation Rashi, the number of rays ascertained should be trebled. …

  • mūlatrikoṇa, ... doubled. ...

  • own Rashi, … multiplied by 3 and the product be divided by 2. ...

  • Rashi of his Adhimitra (great friend), … multiplied by 4 and the product be divided by 3. ...

  • House of a friend, … multiplied by 6 and the product be divided by 5.

  • The number of rays ascertained should be halved, if the Planet be in the House of his enemy.

  • If he be in the House of his Adhi-Shatru (great enemy), the number of rays ascertained should be multiplied by 2 and the product be divided by 5.

  • No correction is to be made, if the Planet is in the House of a neutral.

The effects should be declared after computation of the net number of rays of each Planet.


The effects, produced by the number of rays of Planets, are given below.

  • Between 1 and 5 poor and unhappy, even if born in an eminent family.

  • Between 6 and 10 poor, carrier of loads and without wife and children.

  • 11 meager wealth and few children.

  • 12 meager wealth, idiot and wicked.

  • 13 thief.

  • 14 wealthy, protector and maintainer of several families, learned and observer of the traditions of the family.

  • 15 head of the family, achieves proficiency in many kinds of learnings, good qualities.

This is what Lord Brahma has said.

  • 16 most distinguished in the family.

  • 17 employer of many servants.

  • 18 maintainer of large family.

  • 19 possessor of name and fame.

  • 20 blessed with a large family and kinsmen.

  • 21 maintainer and protector of 50 persons.

  • 22 charitable and kind.

  • 23 well cultured and happy.

  • Between 24 and 30 healthy, powerful, favorite of the king, splendorous, possessor of a large family.

  • Between 31 and 40 minister and maintainer and protector of 100 to 1000 persons.

  • Between 40 and 50 king.

  • 51 and above powerful sovereign.


The effects should be predicted,

  • according to the number of rays of the Planets at the time of birth,

  • after taking into account the status of the native .

For example, if the rays are more than 50 in number,

  • one born a Kshatriya kings family will become a powerful sovereign,

  • one born in a Vaishya family will become a king (or high dignitary),

  • one born in Shudra family will become wealthy

  • and one born in a Brahmin family will become very learned and will observe all religious norms.


The effects of the Planets, moving from their debilitation to exaltation, are full.

  • The effects of the Planets, moving from their exaltation to debilitation, will be lesser than described above.


Auspicious and inauspicious effects of all the Planets are according to the number of rays they possess.

The prediction will not be correct without the knowledge of the effects of the rays.

  • Therefore, it is imperative, that in the judgment of Rashi Charts and declaring results the effects of the number of rays of the Planets be taken into account.


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