There was a time when astrology was an alien subject, and the family astrologer was the only mode of entry to your horoscope. These days people are more aware of astrology, and so many people worldwide are studying astrology. Astrology is not just fully based on the ancient text, but it is mixed with psychology and updated techniques. A fresh new approach to astrology is helping people to understand their life better through horoscope analysis.

Horoscope analysis is a very detailed process, and we have to pick up all the minute details of the horoscope. Among these details, the role of benefics and malefics are so important. This is a tricky concept as there are two kinds of malefics and benefics. They are

  1. Natural Benefics and Malefic Planets
  2. Functional Benefics and Malefic Planets.
There is a general rule that some planets are malefics and some are benefics. For example, Jupiter is known as natural benefics, while Saturn is known as a natural malefic. For some Lagna, Jupiter can become malefic, and Saturn can become benefics, so they become benefics according to the Lagna, which is called functional benefics and malefic.

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There are so many techniques involved in finding the functional benefics and malefic. One such technique is finding the relationship between the planets. Other than benefics and malefics, there is another status called Neutral also.

The concept of functional benefics and malefics are unique parameters of Vedic astrology. These concepts are now adopted by western astrologers as well. Not only this, but Vedic astrology has so many such techniques, which makes horoscope reading accurate.

Natural benefics and Malefics

Out of the nine planets, Saturn, Mars, Rahu are malefics, and the Sun is malefic , but it is not as damaging as the other malefic planets. Jupiter, Venus is seen as natural benefics while the auspiciousness of the Moon and Mercury depends upon the planets conjunct them. If they are conjuncting benefics, they will turn benefics, and if they are conjuncting malefics, they will behave as malefics. So they are neither benefics nor malefics.

In astrology, Jupiter has a high place, but in the Vedas, it is visible that Venus is more knowledgeable than Jupiter. Jupiter or Brihaspati is known as the Guru of the Devas, and Venus is the Guru of Asuras. Jupiter is known as Brihaspati, and Venus is known as Shukra. Shukra knows Mritsanjeevani mantra, and Brihaspati did not know that. The Moon in Shukla Paksha or waxing phase is considered a benefics. The Moon in Krishna Paksha or the waning phase is considered malefic.

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What is Functional Benefics?

The main point in the horoscope is Lagna and the Lagna lord.

Aries Lagna

Jupiter, Mars, Moon and the Sun are benefics for Aries Lagna. The Lagna lord is Mars, and the Sun, Moon and Jupiter are the friends of Mars, so naturally, the dasa of these planets will be good for Aries Lagna.

Functional Malefic: Rahu and Ketu are enemies to Mars, so they are malefics for Aries Lagna. Mars shares a neutral relationship with Saturn and Venus in the planetary friendship table. Still, Venus is a maraka planet for Aries Lagna. Mercury is an enemy planet for Aries Lagna, and it owns the 6th house of negativity.

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For Taurus Lagna

Venus is the ruler for Taurus Lagna, Saturn, Venus, and Mercury are functional benefics planets as they are the friends of Venus. Saturn rules the ninth and the tenth house; Saturn becomes benefics for Taurus.

For Taurus Lagna, the Lagna lord is a functional malefic as it rules the sixth house of negativity. Other functional malefic planets for Taurus are Moon, Mars, Rahu, Ketu, and Jupiter. Even though Sun and Venus are not friends, Sun is a neutral planet for Taurus Lagna.

For Gemini Lagna

Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Mercury is a friend to Venus and Saturn. So they are beneficial for Gemini Lagna, but Venus is the most benefics planet.

For Gemini Lagna, Mars is the most malefic planet, and other malefics are Rahu, Ketu, Jupiter, and the Sun. Moon and Mercury are neutral planets for Gemini Lagna

For Cancer Lagna

The Moon is the ruler for Cancer Lagna, and Mars and Moon are the only functional benefics for Cancer Lagna.
For Cancer, Lagna Jupiter, Saturn, and Mercury are functional malefics. Therefore, they rule the three negative houses.

Rahu, Ketu, Venus, and the Sun are neutrals for Cancer Lagna

For Leo Lagna

Leo Lagna, the Sun is the ruler, so Mars, Jupiter, and the Sun are functional benefics planets for Leo Lagna
For Leo’s Lagna, Mercury, Venus, Rahu, Ketu, and the Moon are seen as functional malefic. Meanwhile, Saturn is a Maraka planet for Leo Lagna.

For Virgo Lagna

Mercury is the ruler for Virgo, Mercury and Venus are the only functional benefics planet for Virgo Lagna.
Functional Malefic for Virgo Lagna are the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Rahu, Ketu, and the Moon.

For Scorpio Lagna

Mars is the Lagna lord of Scorpio, and the functional benefics planet for the Scorpio Lagna are Mars, Moon, Jupiter and the Sun.

For Scorpio Lagna, Venus, Rahu, and Ketu are functional malefics.

For Sagittarius Lagna

Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius, and Mars and the Sun are functional benefics planets for this Lagna.
Functional Malefic for Sagittarius Lagna are Mercury, Venus, Rahu, and Ketu are functional malefic. Among these, Venus is the most malefic.

For Capricorn Lagna

Saturn is the ruler for Capricorn Lagna, and the functional Benefics for Sagittarius Lagna are Venus, Mercury and Saturn. Venus is the most benefics because Saturn and Venus are friends.

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Functional Malefic planets for this Lagna are Mars, Moon, Rahu, and Ketu.

Aquarius Lagna

Saturn is the ruler of Aquarius Lagna, and the functional benefics for Aquarius Lagna are Venus and Saturn are the functional benefics for this Lagna. Meanwhile, functional Malefic are Mars, Jupiter, Moon, Rahu, and Ketu.

Pisces Lagna

Jupiter is the ruler for Pisces Lagna, and functional benefics for this Lagna is the Moon and Mars. Functional Malefics are Venus, Sun, Rahu, and Ketu.

Functional Benefic Planets in birth chart for each Zodiac Signs

Aries Mars, Sun, Jupiter, and Moon
Taurus Venus, Saturn, and Mercury
Gemini Mercury, Venus, and Saturn
Cancer Moon and Mars
Leo Sun, Mars, and Jupiter
Virgo Mercury and Venus
Libra Venus and Saturn
Scorpio Mars, Jupiter, Moon, and Sun
Sagittarius Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Sun
Capricorn Venus, Saturn, Mercury
Aquarius Saturn and Venus
Pisces Jupiter, Moon, and Mars

Functional Malefic Planets in birth chart for each Zodiac Signs

Aries Mercury, Rahu, Ketu
Taurus Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Rahu, Ketu
Gemini Rahu and Ketu
Cancer Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu, Ketu
Leo Moon, Rahu, Ketu
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