BA PART III : PAPER 5.7
Elections Pertaining to Education
According to ancient sages Vidya or Education comprises the study of the
Vedas, Vedangas, Mimamsa, Dharmasastras, Medicine, Music, Political
Sciences and Economic subjects. Elaborate treatises exist on all these
subjects. In order to get proficiency in the different branches of
knowledge, education should be commenced under auspicious planetary
influences. Each subject in which mastery is desired calls for
concentration-to be applied in a particular form with a view to tapping
the intellectual resources of the particular type-latent in the brain
cells. Astrological consultation is held to facilitate such concentration
as the moment selected for commencing the study of a particular subject is
supposed to tune the mental currents to be in harmony with the natural
The most beneficial constellations for commencing education are Mrigasira,
Aridra, Punarvasu, Pushya, Hasta, Chitta, Swat}, Sravana, Dhanishta and
Satabhisha. Aswini is held by some writers to be one of the best. Rohini,
Uttara, Uttarashadha and Revati are neutral. The remaining ones are to be
Tuesday and Saturday should invariably be avoided. Sunday can be
considered permissible if other atrological conditions are satisfactory.
The following lunar - days are auspicious: - 1st (of dark half), 2nd, 3rd,
5th, 6th, 10th and 11th. The 4th, 8th, 9th, 14th and New and Full Moon
days should be avoided.
The Lagna should not be a fixed sign. Common signs are the best and the
movable ones ordinary.
In commencing education - be it of any type - one should have regard to
two important Yogas given below: -
Saraswati Yoga -
(a) Wednesday coinciding with Hasta, the rising sign at the time being
Gemini or Virgo with the Sun, Moon and Mercery occupying the Amsa of
(b) Wednesday at sunrise when Mercury is in deep exaltation.
(c) Wednesday, when Mercury is in Lagna and occupies the 3rd quarter of
(d) Jupiter in deep exaltation in Lagna on days other than Saturday and
Vidya Yoga -
(a) Friday when Pisces is rising and Venus occupies the 27th degree of the
(b) Jupiter in deep exaltation and Cancer rising on Thursday.
(c) The day and constellation being propitious, the Sun must be placed in
his own Hora.
If education were to progress satisfactorily, one must have due regard to
the following considerations also.
The forenoon and the noon are the best. Malefics should be disposed in die
3rd, 6th and 11th houses. The 8th house should be clean and unoccupied by
benefic or malefic planets. For starting education, Wednesday morning
would be the befit provided the election chart is otherwise well disposed
Learning Vedas and Sasrras. - Pushyami, Dhanishta and Sravana are
auspicious ones. Let Jupiter be as strong as possible.
Learning Astrology and Astronomy. - Aswini, Punarvasu, Pushyami, Hasta,
Swati, Moola and Revati are good.
Learning Grammar. Logic and Philosophy. - Rohini, Mrigasira, Punarvasu,
Pushya, Hasta, Dhanishta and Revati are favourable constellations for
learning Grammar while for the other subjects Sravana, Satabhisha, Hasta,
Uttara, Moola and Revati are good. The intellectual planet Mercury should
be fortified as usual.
Learning Medicine. - Dhanishta is the best constellation not only for
beginning the study of medicine but also for learning the use of firearms.
An affliction to Mars by Saturn should be avoided. Let the rising sign or
Navamsa be that of Mars or the Sun.
To Learn Music and Dancing. - Let Venus be as strongly placed as possible
avoiding affliction by Rahu or Saturn, as this is said to lead to an
immoral career. Hasta, Pushyami, Dhanishta, Anuradha, Jyeshta, Revati,
Satabhisha, Uttarashadha and Uttarabhadra are the best. Harmonious aspects
should exist between Jupiter and Venus. Place the lord of Lagna in the 5th
or 9th and see that these two houses are free from affliction.
Mercury-Venus conjunction in Lagna would be highly propitious.
Learning any Science. - The Study of any science can be commenced either
in a Saraswati Yoga or in a Vidya Yoga under any of the special
combinations mentioned above.
Learning a Trade. - The planet ruling the avocation should be well
disposed in regard to the ascendant and free from affliction. The
following are the occupations governed by the different planets.
The SUN denotes kings, members of political department, ministers,
magistrates, lawyers and civil servants. The Sun favourably situated in
relation to the 10th house bestows professions of the above nature. The
MOON rules over nurses, midwives, jewellers, dealers in pearls and
precious metals, and also governmental activities. MARS produces soldiers,
warriors, carpenters, mechanics, surveyors, chemists, bankers, commanders,
insurance agents, and butchers. MERCURY gives rise to preceptors or school
masters, mathematicians, authors, printers, secretaries, book-sellers,
accountants and insurance agents. JUPITER makes one a priest, a lawyer, a
councillor, judge, scholar and a public man. VENUS produces artistes,
musicians, actors, perfumers, jewellers, winesellers and solicitors with a
keen intellect. SATURN governs different kinds of professions involving
responsibility and subordination, mill hands, compositors, hawkers,
factory workers, scavengers and manual workers in general.
The planet in question may also occupy the 10th house aspected by
benefics. Tuesday must be avoided for learning any trade.