The underlying idea of the benefic and malefic planets in astrology is that the benefic planets tend to cause positive outcomes such as stability, gains, progress, ease, success etc. Conversely, the malefic planets tend to cause negative or undesirable outcomes such as instability, loss, obstacles, tension, and failure etc.
The benefic planets are as follows:
· Moon during its waxing period (located within 180 degrees after the Sun)
· Mercury when connected with benefic planets.
The malefic planets include:
· Moon during its waning period (located within 180 degrees before the Sun.)
· Mercury when linked with malefic planets.
By referring to a planet as a "natural" benefic or a “natural” malefic we are describing its innate, natural state as either benefic or malefic.
There is another theory known as the ‘functional’ or ‘temporal’ benefic and malefic planets. This theory is based on house ruler ships. For example, for Aries ascendant Mars, Sun, and Jupiter become temporal benefics because they rule houses 1, 5, and 9 respectively.
There are instances when even the usually positive tendencies of the benefics can produce negative side effects whereas the negative tendencies of the malefics can produce positive effects in the life or events of the native. For example, Jupiter’s naturally expansive characteristic may provide abundance in some areas of life when it is well placed but under some conditions it can cause overabundance or even excess.
Therefore, the benefic and malefic distinctions can be quite useful for us as long as they are used prudently Careful attention should be paid to the nuances and intricacies involved in the positioning of the planets and also the subtleties of our life in general.
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