Popularity of a person means his being well known for his special qualities and
achievements among the people of his city, state or country, and even beyond the
frontiers of his country. A person becomes popular when the Lagna and Lagna lord
are very strong and there are other supportive powerful yogas in his horoscope.
The dasa-bhukti of strong Lagna lord and yoga forming planets should run during
his youth and middle age, when the native can put in maximum effort and work hard
to reap the reward. Success and popularity is the result of strong destiny and sincere
and dedicated efforts to unfold it.
The general public is indicated by the 4th house of the horoscope and 10th house
refers to one’s profession. If these are strong and their lords are also strong
along with strong Lagna and its lord, the person becomes popular and gets recognition
for his work. In addition, when the 5th house (Poorvapunya), the 9 house (God’s
Grace) and their lords are also strong and well placed, the person is destined for
getting recognition and fame.
Saturn is the significator of masses. When it is strong and favorably placed, the
person achieves mass following. Rahu when placed in 10th house of a horoscope also
helps in native’s rise in politics. Venus in Sagittarius is reputed to give much
name and fame. Mercury in 8th house makes an individual capable, rich and famous.
Similarly, malefics placed in evil (6, 8, 12) house destroy the negative effect
of those house and confer recognition and success on the native.
The Moon stands for personality of a person and Jupiter indicates expansion. Their
harmonious location in birth chart makes the native successful and popular. The
Kendra location of Moon and Jupiter is known as Gajakesari Yoga, which is reputed
for conferring name, fame, wealth and reputation on the individual. The presence
of Pancha Mahapurusha Yoga and Karak Yoga makes a person famous and popular in life.
Another yoga which helps a person born in ordinary circumstances to rise in life
due to destiny and hard work is Neecha Bhanga Raja Yoga. In addition, Vipreet Raja
Yoga gives sudden rise, but if there is no supportive Raja Yoga, the down-fall follows.
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Conversely, downfall takes place during the dasa-bhukti of planets forming Arishta
(Inauspicious) Yogas. The dasa-bhukti of functional malefics (Lords of 6, 8, 12
house) and badhaka (obstructive) planets also cause downfall of the native. It is
also observed that some persons rise to a very high position, but also suffer sudden
downfall and their reputation and public image gets smeared. This occurs due to
operation of good youga forming planet’s dasa followed by that of bad yogas present
in the horoscope.
In this background we may study the horoscopes of the following eminent and popular persons:
Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore
The strength of Tagore’s horoscope is the Parivartana Yoga (interchange of singns)
between Lagna and 10th lord Jupiter and the 5th lord Moon. The Karka of mind Moon
is also 5th lord and highly fortified by the aspect of exalted Jupiter, which conferred
intuitive and receptive mind with versatile imagination. There is strong Budha-Aditya
Yoga formed by Mercury and exalted Sun in 2nd house. The conjunction of Mercury
with poetic Venus in 2nd house made him a successful poet, painter and philosopher.
The exaltation of Lagna lord Jupiter is 5th house, and presence of Saraswati, Chamar, Chatra and Vimal Yogas Made him world famous.
Tagore was conferred Nobel Prize for literature in 1913 during Moon dasa-Mercury bhukti. He founded Vishwa Bharati University at Shantiniketan in 1921 (Mars-Venus).
Rahu posited in 10th house in Jupiter’s sign gave the excellent result of exalted Lagna and 10th lord Jupiter posited in 5th house. During Rahu dasa he toured Europe, America and Japan and met local authors, thinkers and statesmen.
He passed away on 7th august, 1941 in Jupiter dasa-Jupiter Bhukti. Generally, strong Lagna Lord Jupiter should not cause death, but it is in the Nakshatra of Mercury which is a powerful marka both by ownership of 7th house and its location in 2nd house.
Libra Lagna with its lord there forms ‘Malavya’ Pancha Mahapurusha Yoga. Jupiter
in Kendra to Moon forms Gajakesari Yoga. The aspect of Jupiter on Lagna and presence
of Mercury in Lagna Gives keenness of mind and humanitarian approach. The Lagna
in Papkartari Yoga gave him frail body, but presence of Mars in Lagna made him energetic
and active. Swakshetre Moon is with Rahu due to which his mind was never at rest
for one reason or the other. However, Libra Lagna gave him calm and balanced approach
in the face of greatest provocation. Jupiter is in 10th from Moon and aspected by
Lagna Lord Venus and 9th lord Mercury, which gave him mass following for a noble
The presence of Rahu in 10th from Lagna is always indicative of some notable work
by the native. The commencement of Rahu dasa in 1921 brought Gandhiji into active
independence struggle and he made a call for Swarajya (self rule). In Rahu dasa-Rahu
bhukti Gandhiji was arrested for civil disobedience campaign. He was released in
Jupiter Bhukti. He started mass civil disobedience and was again arrested in 1942.
His non-violent struggle made him world famous.
The independence of India was finally realized in August, 1947 but Gandhiji was
unhappy because of the partition of the country and suffering caused to millions
of people. He advocated for restraint and humanitarian approach and even went on
hungerstrike for Hindu-Muslim harmony. As a result he was shot dead by a Hindu fanatic
on 30.01.1948 during Jupiter dasa-Venus bhukti. Jupiter is in maraksthan (7th) with
Pluto and aspected by maraka Mars, and Venus is in Jupiter's Nakshatra with maraka
Mars and aspected by Hershel and Pluto.
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Lagna lord Saturn is in Kendra in friendly sign owned by Yogakarka Venus. Lagna
lord Saturn aspecting Lagna and 10th house gave him success through hard work, name,
fame and wealth. Yogakarka Venus in 8th gets Neecha Bhanga in the company of exalted
Mercury. Airy sign in Lagna and Moon in 9th has given him excellent thinking mind.
The aspect of the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter on the 2nd house gave him
an impressive voice, expressive face and expertise for portrayal of different roles
and excellent success in film line. Jupiter in 10th from Moon forms Gajakesari Yoga.
He tasted success in films with the start of Lagna lord Saturn dasa (1971-90) which
is located in 4th house (public) and aspects 10th house (profession). He made his
mark in ‘Anand’ which was released in 1972. In 1973 ‘Zanzeer’ became hit and gave
him recognition as ‘Angry Young Man of Indian Cinema’. His excellent voice and dialogue
delivery scored over contemporary heroes and he continued to give hit films during
Mercury dasa (5th lord exalted in 8th) as well. Thus he ruled Bollywood for more
than three decades and became common man’s hero. However, as Uranus is with Saturn,
and aspects a bunch of planets in 8th house and also 12th house, Amitabh also faced
sudden and serious health and financial set-backs during adverse bhuktis and transit.
Because of his popularity countrywide prayers were offered by his fans for early
recovery from serious health problems.
With the beginning of Ketu dasa from January, 2007, which is posited in Lagna in
Rahu Nakshatra and unfavourable transit, he is in the midst of controversies.
Cases of high rise and sudden fall:
1. Mohd. Azharuddin
Lagna and Larna lord Mercury are vargottam. Mercury is in 5th, with 5th lord Saturn
in Shubha kartari Yoga formed by Venus and Jupiter. The debilitation of Mars in
11th house gets cancelled because of its being with sign lord Moon. Presence of
Venus, Mercury and Jupiter in 6th, 7th and 8th house respectively form Moon forms
prosperous Chandradhi Yoga. The 2nd and 9th lord Venus is in Sagittarius in 4th
house ensuring all comforts of life, name and fame. He was a popular cricketer and
successful Captain of Indian Cricket Team.
As 5th lord Saturn is in own sign in 5th house, he got immense popularity and recognition
during the dasa of favorable planet for his Lagna. Venus, 2nd and 9th lord, is the
most benefic planet for Virgo Lagna and Mercury is Lagna Lord. He made his debut
in Test Cricket in 1984-85 during Venus-Saturn-Mercury with a century against England.
In 1987 (Venus-Saturn) he received Padma Shree and Arjuna Award. In 1990 (Venus-Mercury)
he was made Captain of the Indian team.
With the Start of 12th lord Sun dasa posited in inimical sign in 5th house his performance
started deteriorating and in 1996 (Sun-Jupiter) he was removed from Captaincy. Jupiter
is in 6th house and placed in 2/12 position with dasa lord Sun.
In April, 2000 (Moon-Moon) he was banned from playing cricket for life on the charge
of match-fixing. Moon is inimical to lagna lord Mercury and is afflicted by Mars,
the greatest malefic for Virgo lagna, and Rahu.
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2. Saddam Hussain
This is another example of spectacular rise in life and ignominious end.
The 5th lord Sun is exalted in Lagna with Uranus and shows a revolutionary personality
with desire to rule. Venus lord of 2nd and 7th, is exalted in 12th with 10th and
11th lord Saturn. Venus is also Navamasa Lagna lord and exalted. It is also vargottam
and assures best result during its dasa. Lagna lord Mars is in own sign in 8th house
but afflicted by Rahu. 4th lord Moon and 9th lord Jupiter are debilitated. Jupiter
is aspected by Pluto and Ketu. Moon is afflicted by Rahu and Mars in 8th house which
indicates troubled mind and tendency of bold and rash actions. Mercury with Ketu
in 2nd house made him a revolutionary speaker.
After facing troubled life in childhood and youth during Mercury and ketu dasas,
Saddam Hussain participated in a successful military coup in 1969 (Venus-Venus)
and became Deputy to the new President. He slowly consolidated his position and
became a 4-Star General. After forcing the then President to resign Saddam Hussain
became President in 1979 (Venus-Jupiter), and ruled as socialist revolutionary with
a firm hand, and modernized Iraq first with the help of Soviet Union and the of
USA. His popularity with masses was a mixture of admiration and fear.
Due to his attack on Kwait, an ally of USA, in 1991 (Sun-Rahu, located in Lagna
and 8th house) his relations with USA deteriorated. During Moon dasa (in 8th) afflicted
by Rahu and Mars, tension increased further, and after USA-led invasion of Iraq
he was deposed on 9th April, 2003 (Moon-Ketu-Saturn) and went into hiding.
He was captured from a hideout on 12.12.2003 (Moon-Venues-Mars) and tried for crimes
against humanity by US backed Iraqi Tribunal. He was sentenced to death on 05.11.2006
(Mars-Rahu-Moon) and was hanged to death on 30.12.2006 (Mars-Rahu-Mars).
In both the above examples, the natives were very popular, prosperous and basked
in fame during favorable dasa and suffered downfall during unfavorable dasa, which
proves the sublime truth of Astrology.