The influence on thoughts of the planets’ being in the ascendant ||53||

1Thus that which pertains to the thought of the querist is said to be of two sorts: material or imaginary. It is brought about by various combinations such as of the positions, aspects, and characteristics (of the signs and planets).
2Time, which is the inner soul of the moving and stationary triad of worlds, originates, they say, in a wink; the wise man, impelled by this (fact), approaches the foremost (astrologers at a time) when the results are assured.
3Therefore, one should pay no heed to one’s desires for a long time; hut, when one understands properly that the (correct) time has come, one should act with time as it swiftly and constantly passes by and establish the result which is proper to it.
4One should know whether the results are past, present, or future from the dvadasamsa of the ascendant-sign which is rising; this is the rule with regard to all the cardines, whose signilicances are fixed by the dvadasamsas as has been described.
5If a malefic planet is in the sixth or eighth place, or in the birth-sign, or in the eighth place from its own house, or in an enemy’s house, or in its dejection, or in the house of a malefic, it remains a malefic planet with respect to what has been said even if it is aspected by a benefit or is in a cardine.
6If a planet is in an upacaya of its own house or in its own house, it is strong; if it is also aspected by benefit and helpful planets, it is the best; but if it is lord of the (current) dasa as well, it is even better than that.
7Thus, that which is appropriate to the results of time, whether it be good or bad, and which involves the determined significance of the already known dasa, birth-sign, ascendant, and astavarga, is to be described as favorable to one who is righteous (dharmatman).
8The wise (astrologer), once he knows the diversity of the planets and the signs and their yogas and the things which are determined by the birth-horoscope, should tell the future good and evil events which will arise as the times of the dasas ripen;
9And he should find out the strength of the navamsa in the ascendant; what (planet) is lord of and occupies its own navamsa with its own qualities; the lord of the (current) dasa; the navamsa in the hypogee; and (the planets which are) lords of the navamsas in the cardines and in (the planets’) exaltations.
10Whatever influence is exercised by a benefit planet in the house of a benefit is good; if it is otherwise positioned, it has a contrary action and gives evil in conformity with its strength.
11If any result from a dasa agrees with what results from the astakavarga, it occurs in its entirety; but it destroys what is filled with delusion or is weak at that time and what is not appropriate to the lord of the dasa.
12The foremost (astrologer) – one who knows the rules – should tell by means of this whether the force of a yoga. is good or bad; he, having full intellect, should know what is in the mind (of the querist) from the planet or the sign which is strong.
13If the Sun is in the ascendant, one should say that there is fear of the king, of terrible enemies, of miseries and pains, of beating with sticks, or of fierce quadrupeds, or fear occasioned by the disease indicated by the (ascendant)sign, or a thought of gold;
14If the Moon, one should know that it is a thought of sexual intercourse, of women, of troubles, of food and drink, of defects, disease, and illness, or of happiness, or a thought of jewels, of affection, of flavors, or of water, or one of thin objects, of older sisters, of blossoms, or of fruits;
15If Mars is in the ascendant, one should say that there is fear of swords, of fire, of foes, of wounds, of anger, of robbery, of riots and battles, or of poverty, or that there is sorrow caused by one’s lord (svamin), or a thought of gold or of blood.
16If Venus (is in the ascendant), it causes a thought of food, of clothes, of women, of sexual intercourse, of gems, of perfumes, of beds, of merchants and their wares, or of piles of wealth, or of treasures, of festivals, or of ornaments, or a thought occasioned by one’s family (kutumba).
17If Mercury (is in the ascendant), his thought is concerned with knowledge, the sciences, traditions (sruti), crafts, studies, conversations, advice, or the use of medicine, or with the naming of objects and so on or with buying and selling; or it pertains to his friends or to the fine arts.
18Jupiter (in the ascendant) produces thoughts of sacrifices, honours, studies, weapons, grain, the elders (guru), one’s sons, clothes, or vehicles, or of one’s position, hones, respect, accumulations, or prosperity, or one’s suppliants.
19Saturn (in the ascendant causes thoughts) of hunger, agitation, delusion, wandering, obstruction, quarrels, the loss of one’s property, misery, strife, or weariness, or of metal (loha), iron (ayas), blood, roaming, or the injured, or of low women or aged men.