The Stars and Planets influence your life right from the time of your birth!  Your personality, character and course of life are dependent on your unique planetary placement. There are benefic and malefics planets in astrology, they are known as Natural benefics planets and  Natural malefics planets. The birth chart represents the planetary positions at the time of birth. However, from birth chart to birth chart the benefics and maelfics varies. They are known as Functional malefics and benefics. For each Zodiac sign the functional benefic planets and functional malefic planets are different. The list is given below.

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Functional Benefic Planets 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

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Functional Malefic Planets 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
Virgo Sun, Mars, Saturn, Rahu, Ketu
Libra Mercury, Rahu, Ketu
Scorpio Venus, Rahu, Ketu
Sagittarius Moon, Rahu, Ketu
Capricorn Sun, Jupiter, Rahu, Ketu
Aquarius Moon, Mercury, Rahu, Ketu
Pisces Sun, Saturn, Venus, Rahu, Ketu

A functional benefic planet will never rule the 6,8, and 12 th houses. These houses are dursthana houses so, any planet which rules these houses are functional malefics. A functional benefic planet will be always ruling trikona houses. If they have good relationship with the Kendra lords, then they also will be come functional benefic. The functional benefic and malefic nature is calculated through the ascendant, not the Moon.

For Aries lagna the functional benefic are Mars, Sun, Jupiter and Moon. Mars is the Lagna lord, which is always seen as a benefic. The Sun rules the 5th house of Poorva Punta Sthana and Jupiter rules the 9th house of luck. Moon is the ruler for Kendra as it rules the 4th house.

Functional malefic for an Aries lagna is Mercury as it rules two negative houses, which are the 3rd and 6th house. Why the 3rd house is malefic. It is because the 3rd house is the image of the 8th house, which is a dursthana house.


Rahu and Ketu are always considered as malefics as they are known as shadow planets. Whole Vedas are written in the side of Devas. Sop, Rahu and Ketu, which very much represent asuras, is always seen as negative energies.

There are natural benefics in astrology, they are Jupiter, Venus, the waxing/full moon and mercury. Mercury is a neutral planet and it doesn’t have its nature. It will be a benefic when it is associated with a benefic and malefic when associated with malefic.

Natural malaefics are Sun, Saturn, the waning/new moon, Rahu , Ketu and Mars

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According to the ascendant, the planets will change the character and that will impact the nature of the chart. The formation of yogas also will be dependable upon the nature of the planet. For example, for a Virgo ascendant Chandra Mangala yoga can be bad as Mars is a functional malefic for Virgo.

Gaja kesri yoga for Sagittarius ascendant also can create difficulties as Moon is a functional malefic for Sagittarius as it rules the 8th house of challenges.  So, you need to identify, which planet is favorable for you.

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