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One of the Best Vedic Astrological Techniques: Lajjitaadi Avasthas

Updated: Jun 4

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Cartoon of the Planets

Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra presents us with different types of avasthas such as the deeptaadi and jagraadi avasthas. However, in this post, I’ll focus on lajjitaadi avasthas, which are based on planetary relationships, and being that this is such a complex topic, I’ll only scratch the surface when it comes to this riveting technique.

To understand lajjitaadi avasthas, we must have at least a basic understanding of the function of each planet. I wrote an introductory blog post on the significance of each of the planets in “Starring the Planets: Characters in the Cosmic Play”. For a deeper understanding of the planets from a Vedic astrological perspective, I highly recommend my teacher Ernst Wilhelm’s book Graha Sutras.

In one of my previous posts, “The Biggest Differences Between Vedic & Modern Astrology”, I discussed some pivotal points when it comes to lajjitaadi avasthas:

…Each planet has a certain strength in which it influences another planet based on an aspect using mathematical calculations known as Virupa. The highest Virupa is 60 points and the lowest is 0 points. Two or more planets in the same sign have the highest strength at 60 points, even if they’re 29 degrees apart... A conjunction is when two or more planets are in the same sign. It doesn’t matter how close they are in degrees.

Further, lajjitaadi avasthas… are an intricate way of interpreting the fulfillment strength of planetary interactions which can result in a planet being delighted, proud, agitated, ashamed, thirsty, or starved. Based on these possible conditions of a planet, which can be a combination of these conditions at times, can inform us of how a planet is fulfilling its natural goals. The lajjitaadi avasthas show an individual’s habits, behavior, successes and failures, psychological complexes, and more. 

Each planet has relationships to other planets that are either amicable, inimical, or neutral. It doesn’t matter if a planet is beneficial or malefic and aspecting another. What matters is if they’re friends... For example, the Moon and Venus are often both seen as benefic but the Moon is not Venus’ friend and starves him. 

If a planet is a friend to another planet, then he supports the planet’s goals. If he’s an enemy of another planet, he hurts the other planet. In the case that a planet is neutral to another planet, the planet will neither hurt nor help the other planet. Also, just because one planet has a certain relationship with another planet, it doesn’t mean the other planet will have the same relationship with the other one. For example, the Moon is an enemy to Mercury but Mercury is a friend to the Moon. A person who has a significant amount of the Moon and Mercury influencing each other will have their Mercury starved but their Moon delighted.

A planet can have a mix of lajjitaadi avasthas in one’s chart. The effect of the lajjitaadi avasthas are as follows:

  1. Ashamed (Lajjita)- A planet influences a person to behave in a way that a person’s not proud of.

  2. Delighted (Mudita)- The planet is productive due to the influence of his friends.

  3. Starved (Kshudhita)- A starved planet cannot produce because its behavior is causing a lack of fulfillment.

  4. Agitated (Kshobhita)- This can draw a person to incompatible things, people, and situations, which can cause disappointments and lack of fulfillment.

  5. Thirsty (Trishita)- This planet can still be productive but a person doesn’t feel that all their needs are fulfilled.

  6. Proud (Garvita)- Even if a planet has afflictions, if it’s in an exalted or mulitrikona (the sign from which a planet gets its strength) sign, a person behaves in a confident way in which they feel proud. 

For example, Mars influencing the Sun to a strong degree will make the Sun delighted. In this case, this helps a person have greater success in their kingdom and have the courage to do the right thing. They’re able to direct their will to execute their vision.

In another example, Saturn influencing the Sun to a strong degree can cause the Sun to be starved. One of the myriad effects that can take place is that growing up, a person was very much aware of their weaknesses and was most likely demeaned because of them. This is one of the most difficult lajjitaadi avasthas.

The thing that I like about lajjitaadi avasthas is that we can learn about our bad habits and heal them. Once we do this, our difficult avasthas won’t wreak havoc in our lives anymore. We can even improve the lajjitaadi avasthas that are somewhat productive already.

Conjunction Rules

As mentioned earlier in this blog post, I consider a conjunction to be when two or more planets are in the same sign. It doesn’t matter how close they are in degrees. 

Whether or not a planet is a friend to Saturn, any planet in the same sign as Saturn gets starved by Saturn. As Saturn represents our karmas and lack of fulfillment, this lifetime a person’s karmas revolving around that planet has caught up with them and they’re paying their karmic dues. This will cause pain to the person but as a person gets older, their karmic load lightens. For example, with Saturn in the same sign as Venus, even though these two planets are friendly towards each other, a person is paying off their karmic debt in relationships. The individual understands that there’s a give and take when it comes to relationships, but they often get less out of a relationship than what they put in. Oftentimes, this combination can delay relationships painfully and they often don’t get married until after 35 (if it’s even in the cards for them to get married) because they have some lessons to learn and karma to burn.

Whether or not a planet is a friend to Jupiter, any planet in the same sign as Jupiter will be delighted, as a person is reaping their karmic rewards for something. Because Jupiter and Venus have two different agendas, Venus starves Jupiter when they’re conjunct. Jupiter is naturally neutral to Venus but when conjunct, Jupiter delights Venus. When this happens, a person has good luck with Venusian things, which are worldly things. A person can have good luck in their married life, enjoy more vacations, and do other good things.

Below is a chart of the natural planetary friendships taken from Ernst Wilhelm’s “Lajjitaadi Avasthas: The Heart of Parashara Astrology” manual on page 2:

Natural Planetary Relationships 

Natural Planetary Relationship Chart by Ernst Wilhelm
Natural Planetary Relationship Chart

The information about Vedic Astrology is virtually limitless and understanding the foundations of the lajjitaadi avasthas and other methods, humbles us on our cosmic quest for inner and universal knowledge. In this post, I could only scratch the surface of lajjitaadi avasthas. If this is a topic that you find fascinating or you would like to dive deeply into the world of Tropical Vedic Astrology in general, I highly recommend taking Ernst Wilhelm’s courses on the subject on his website:

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Greetings! I'm Gina, a California native who has voraciously studied astrology since 2018. I use Tropical Vedic Astrology and cartomancy as my main vehicles in my cosmic quest for profound spiritual understanding and healing. 

I hold a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S. in Marriage & Family Therapy. With over fifteen years of counseling and teaching experience, I've always enjoyed listening to people's stories and helping them on their path.

The content on this page is to be treated as entertainment purposes only and should never replace professional advice. Her Cosmic Crown uses astrology and the cards as a tool to help with guidance providing advice during readings. We will not be responsible for the decisions you make after a reading.


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