All human beings are imbued with a spark of intelligence. Of all life in the universe, only human beings are blessed with the gift of intelligence. Intelligibility is a wide spectrum of wit, wisdom; materialistic world knowledge, divine and spiritual knowledge. It is a pure mental exercise and biologically it is related with the activity and sensitivity of the brain cells. Thus the magnitude of intelligence is a variable factor in all individuals and it is measured in terms of Intelligence Quotient, Emotional Quotient, and Social Quotient.
IQ measures the logical intelligence which is needed to perform one’s duty with good motives in life, A person with high IQ gets name, fame and prosperity in every field of his life because he does well in all essential and expected works without harm to public welfare.
EQ measures perseverance, tolerance and sensitiveness of a person. One should be sensible to act upon to share events of fortune and misfortunes of other persons. It is largely related to the dictum of the Geeta-
“Get ready for fight after treating alike pleasure and pain, gain and loss and victory and defeat. By performing your duty you will not get sin.”
SQ measures one’s sociality, humanity and good gestures. Persons with high value of SQ are deep thinkers.
It is observed that there are many persons who without having proper education of school and college are very intelligent with high IQ, EQ & SQ and also there are many highly educated persons who have low value of EQ and SQ. Indeed, a balance of all these three factors of intelligence confer good development of self and blesses to live a long life free from selfishness, worries, tensions and depressions. Such persons are assets of a family, society and a country. Only those who had done good and noble deeds in their past lives are born such human beings.
Astrologically, there are some places of intelligence in a chart. House 2 refers to the knowledge given in school and colleges, house 4 is related with emotions and house 5 is related with brain cells. Similarly, planets and their signs are very closely related with intelligence. All know that the Sun is a source of heat and light energy as well as illumination. It enlightens our consciousness. Intelligibility is itself illumination. Thus Sun in strong state in a given chart agitates the brain cells of the native and increases his Atmabala (self confidence) and Atmagyanam (self knowledge) soaring his intelligence to change the appearance, physical prowess and spiritualism. This is supported by a research work carried at California University by neuropsychologist Michael Persinger and neurologist V. S. Ramchandran that human brain possesses a very sensitive place called God-Spot which becomes active at the time of spiritual discussion (this is verified by Positron Emission Topography of the brain). In fact, Sun radiates spiritual energy which is received by those persons who have Sun in strong state in their charts and thus it helps them to get rid of claim, demand and desires of physical, emotional and mental domain. This phenomenon is enhanced when Sun is associated or aspected by Jupiter.
Lord Sri Krishna presented versatile paths of intelligence such as Gnana yoga, Samkhya yoga, Bhakti yoga and Kanna yoga. In his chart Sun in own sign Leo is associated with Jupiter in the house of emotions. This is a beneficial association that shakes the conscious mind and indicates the benevolent, just, placid and peaceful nature of the native. The association is aspected by philosophical Saturn (Lord of 9th & 10th house) and activated by the disposition of Mercury in its sign of exaltation Virgo in the house of intelligence. This type of planetary position sparks the brain cells of the native for religious, spiritual and philosophical intelligence. Hindu mythology stresses upon to get rid of desires and to move towards renunciation. However, Sri Krishna suggested the asceticism or renunciation not as the path of salvation for which one might indulge in his work without the temptation of its fruits. The philosophy of work was created by the aspect of 10th lord (Saturn) on divine Sun-Jupiter association.
Mercury and its signs Gemini and Virgo govern cerebrospinal system i.e. brain & nerves. It is observed that Mercury in Gemini is very mental and in Virgo it is very commercial. If Sun or Mercury or both are in either sign Gemini or Virgo, the nervous system of the native becomes sensitive extraordinarily. The Virgo sign is very creative and hence Mercury in Virgo creates a huge mental energy which provides intrinsic growth of intelligence of mental and commercial exercise. Such natives may adopt their carrier as a teacher, writer, reporter, editor, orator, market analyser or trader.
When Mercury occupies its own sign in any cardinal house, Bhadra yoga (one of the Panch Mahapurusha Yoga) and when it is with Sun, Budh-Aditya Yoga emerge out. Both these yogas are synonym of intelligence and predict human excellence for auspicious, gracious, prosperous, noble and social nature with high value of lQ, EQ and SQ. If Sun and Mercury are together in the 4th or 8th house from the ascendant, the native will be equal to a king in power, wealth and qualities; in other houses this combination makes one virtuous (Prithuyas in Horasara).
Venus is beauty, love, lust, fashion and passion. When it is under the influence of Sun or Jupiter, its lust, fashion and passion get sublimated and it starts to radiate energy of literatural philosophical and spiritual intelligibility. Thus combinations Sun-Mercury-Venus, Mercury- Venus, Mercury-Jupiter- Venus are significant for divine intelligence, proficiency in writing skills, fluency in talk and proximity to a king. Such natives do not spend their inherent energy in slender and hence are always happy with unique individuality.
Chart of Dr. Radhakrishnan shows Mercury- Venus in Virgo and hence Bhadra yoga in ascendant that conferred on him philosophical and spiritual intelligence; generous and virtuous nature as well as highest post in government. He was blessed with high IQ, EQ and SQ , name, fame and prosperity.
The natives with Saraswati yoga are highly intelligent. They get several opportunities to lift themselves to peak. They are scholars in their subjects and strong in narration. This yoga is formed when the Mercury, Jupiter and Venus occupy either in a cardinal house or angle or in 2nd house. The Jupiter must not be in any inimical sign.
Chart of Pt. Motilal Nehru illustrates the Saraswati yoga as it shows the occupancy of Mercury, Venus and Jupiter in cardinal houses and Budh-Aditya yoga in 10th house. Jupiter being in ascendant in exalted state is very powerful. He was a very intelligent advocate and due to his good analysis, narrative and understanding power he earned a lot of name, fame and prosperity. He lived a royal life with friends of high status.
Ascendant and its lord play a significant role in the life of the native as when they are in strong position, they bestow mental and biological strength to the native. A good position of ascendant lord in the chart makes the native benevolent, morally excellent with sweet temperament, attractive personality, good individuality and firm decisive nature. Two yogas made by the characteristic position of the ascendant lord are Kahal yoga and Parvat yoga. In Kahal yoga observe the sign where the ascendant lord is posited and where the lord of that sign is posited. The lords of both these signs should be posited in either own or exaltation sign identical with kendra or trikona. In Parvat yoga observe where the ascendant lord is posited, the lord of that sign be posited in either own or exaltation sign identical with kendra or trikona. Such natives are full of courage, endurance, enthusiasm and intelligence.
The chart of Morarji Desai shows Parvat yoga as the ascendant lord Mercury is posited in 8th house and the lord of this 8th house Saturn is posited in a sign of exaltation Libra in 5th house. He was a very intelligent person with high value of IQ, EQ and SQ. He passed Indian Civil Service examination at that time when there was little education in India. He participated a lot in social and political services and served as Prime Minister. He was a follower of truth and had endurance, independence, humanity.
Chart of P. C. Alaxander shows paramount importance of planets in the form of-
1. Sun in 10th house, place of administration, government and politics.
2. Mutual exchange of Sun and Jupiter.
3. Ascendant lord Mercury in 9th house, a place of foreign travel, intelligence and spirit.
4. Aspect of Jupiter-Saturn duo on 9th house and ascendant lord Mercury.
5. Mars in own sign Aries with Venus lord of 5th house and Ketu., which give physical strength to the native to bear various pressures.
6. Moon in own sign in place of speech.
As a result of these planetary dispositions the native was a man of political, diplomatic and administrative intelligence. He obtained high education M.A., M.Lit., D.Lit., got selected in I.A.S. and held many important portfolios such as Indian High Commissioner in London, Assistant Secretary General of UNO, Head of International Trade in Geneva, Principal Secretary to Prime-Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi etc.
Sagittarius and Pisces are mutable-fiery and mutable-watery signs respectively affecting our cerebrospinal region and hence influence super conscious mind. Both these signs and their lord Jupiter make the God-spot very active and sensitive so that the brain becomes very swift to grasp the matter of religion and philosophy. Therefore, these signs and their lord Jupiter govern introspectional, emotional, philosophical and spiritual intelligence. It is observed that world’s great philosophers and spiritual scholars were born with strong Jupiter posited in sign either own or exaltation. Evangelised Adams says that Scrates was a Saggitarion. In chart of Shri Chaitanya and Bal Gangadhar Tilak Jupiter is in his own sign Sagittarius and Pisces respectively, in case of Shri Aurobindo the Jupiter is in sign of exaltation (Cancer).
Sagittarius born personalities of high repute are Swami Vivekananda, President Dr. Abdul Kalam, Prime-Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Dr. Amartya Sen and founder of Reliance group Dhiru Bhai Ambani. All are very intelligent in their respective fields and earned good name, fame and prosperity. Ascendant lord Jupiter in their charts are in strong state occupying 8th to 11th house from the ascendant. Here, the Jupiter is not poor in 8th house because of his sign of exaltation, and in 9, 10 and 11th houses it gains positional strength.
Rabindra Nath Tagore was born in Pisces ascendant. His chart shows Budha-Aditya, Parvat, Parijat, Saraswati and some other yogas. The ascendant lord Jupiter is in Cancer (sign of exaltation) strengthening the ascendant by its aspect. The chart is further strengthened by exalted Sun conjoined with Mercury and Venus, that rendered him a man of great artistic, poetic, political, philosophical and writing intelligence in addition to generous, ingenious, virtuous and versatile nature. He achieved the peak of reputation spread all over the world as he was awarded with Noble Prize on November 13, 1913 for his book Geetanjali.
When Jupiter influences Mercury, the native gets astrological intelligence. Similarly, if Jupiter and Saturn both influence Sun, Moon and Mercury, the native gets mythological and religious intelligence. Although Saturn stands for detraction, misfortune and obstacles, yet it becomes ascetic and philosophical when associated with good planets. Then Saturn concentrates the mental energy to give sobriety to the native inclining him to deep and divine contemplation. In the chart of Dr. B. V. Raman, an astrologer of modern times, Moon and Jupiter are cardinal making Kesari yoga. Jupiter aspects Saturn and Sun and simultaneously Saturn aspects the Sun. All planets except Sun and Rahu-Ketu are in cardinal houses. In chart of another astrologer K. N. Rao Moon and Jupiter are cardinal making Kesari yoga. Mercury is in its own sign Virgo and it is aspected by Saturn from Sagittarius. Jupiter is exalted in 10th house making powerful Hansa yoga. The chart of the writer of this paper is benedicted by Mercury-Jupiter conjunction in Gemini and aspect of Jupiter on Mars and Saturn.
Moon is an emotional, impulsive and imaginative planet. It represents compassionate and sympathetic wave of the brain, ie, psychology of the native. It endures some erudite combinations such as Mahabhagya and Kesari yogas. Mahabhagya yoga of a male native is formed when Ascendant, Sun and Moon are posited in odd signs while in case of females it is formed when Ascendant, Sun and Moon are posited in even signs. The Kesari yoga is formed when Moon is in cardinal position to the Jupiter. These yogas are benedictive to the native for high intelligence and high position. Such natives get name, fame, popularity and prosperity in their life.
Chart of Smt. Indira Gandhi was bestowed with Budha-Aditya (Sun-Mercury) and Mahabhagya yogas (Ascendant, Sun and Moon are posited in even signs). All know her political intelligence when she succeeded in dividing Pakistan into two parts in 1971. Since then, she was called Iron Lady.
Venus is a planet of arts, beauty, love, romance and physical pleasures. In strong state it induces the native for artistic skills such as acting, dancing, painting, singing, writing etc. These skills are enhanced by Moon-Venus, Mars-Venus, Venus-Rahu in signs Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio and Pisces. Amazingly, Moon, Mars and Rahu stimulate the Venus for glamorous and physical deeds but Sun, Mercury and Jupiter sublimate its exorbitant passion. Therefore, the combinations Sun-Mercury- Venus, Mercury-Jupiter- Venus and Mercury- Venus infer literary, philosophical and spiritual intelligence. Examples are Saint Ramanuja, Sri Aurobindo, Rabindranath Tagore, Pt. Motilal Nehru, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr. Radhakrishna, Karl Marx. There is interesting similarity in the charts of Pt Jawaharlal Nehru and Karl Marx as both have :
- Fortified ascendant, the lord being in its own sign.
- Mercury-Venus conjunction with Malavya yoga in 4th house, a place of emotions and imaginations
- Jupiter, planet of intelligence in its own sign Sagittarius.
- Sun, planet of confidence and knowledge in the sign of Mars.
Both these great persons were independent and original thinker about the social philosophy, however both have been differentiated by their psychology. Chart of Marx shows a blend of Sun-Moon-Rahu receiving aspect of Jupiter and Saturn. The latter in turn is receiving aspect of Mars. This is a revolutionary planetary disposition that rendered him to deduce his theory of achieving socialism by social, political and economic refinements even by violence. This is in contrast to Nehru’s nonviolent revolution for socialism.
Venus alone has given artistic skills in some particular signs Gemini, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio and Pisces and to some extent in Cancer and Leo in the charts of many cine artists, viz, Ashok Kumar, Anil Kapoor, Aamir Khan, Anuradha Podwal, Dharmender, Girish Karnad, Jai Lalita, Karishma Kapoor, Lata Mangeshkar, Mala Sinha, Madhuri Dixit, Rekha, Raj Kapoor, Sadhana, Shobhna Samartha. Mars- Venus predominate in the charts of Meena Kumari, Dimple, Preeti Zinta, Madonna, Salman Khan while Venus-Rahu predominate in the charts of Nargis, Karina Kapoor and Suraiya.
Although Mars, Saturn and Rahu are logical planets and good for power, position and political intelligence in upchaya houses 3, 6, 10 and 11, yet they are known for dispute, strife and violence as they provide spirit of aggression, insatiable ambitions and unscrupulous intelligence to achieve aims of life. Thus Mars-Rahu, Mars-Saturn and Saturn-Rahu generate hypocrisy and suspicious personality of the native. Mercury in their proximity or in their constellation reduces activity and sensitivity of brain cells and hence the intelligibility of the native unless it is influenced by Jupiter. The association Mars-Mercury, Mercury-Rahu leads to interest in mathematical problems, competitive problems and to fulfill the ambitions of life. Such natives, if not guided properly may be inclined towards wrong deeds such as theft, scams, smuggling etc.
Chandraswami is known for controversies and scandals. In his chart debilitated Sun, debilitated Jupiter and Mars-Saturn conjunction show that in previous life he committed misdeeds which are carried in present life. Since Ketu is aspected by Jupiter, he obtained religious and spiritual intelligence. However, Mars-Saturn conjunction and aspect of Saturn and Mars on lords of speech and emotions respectively augmented his evil intelligence and insatiable ambitions that led to his fall.
In chart of Gemini ascendant of a male native there is an association of Mars-Mercury-Venus in Aries in 11th house receiving aspect of Saturn from 5th house. Although he has completed engineering in computer yet he is facing problems in mathematics, general awareness, discussions, competitions, interviews and hence he faces hardship in the job. Similarly in a chart of Scorpio ascendant of a female native Mercury posited in the constellation of Rahu and hemmed between malefics is receiving aspect of Saturn. Her mind is too weak to grasp the matter of even std 10(.) EEG of her brain shows some abnormality. In both these cases Mercury is afflicted. Would such persons get intelligence?