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Every astrological reports tell you this planet is good, strong and that planet is challenging etc.

To assess whether a planet is good for you or not is at one hand the most difficult task for an astrologer to find but on the other hand there are same straight forward principles which you can easily understand to make some assessment about a planet which will be true for most of the charts that you analyze Effect of Planets.

However I must caution you that these simple principles are interesting but not comprehensive to make a judgment about every chart that you will encounter. A competent astrologer takes a lifetime to make this assessment and still he may be right in only 75% of the time.

However before we go to these simple principles of assessment, I should first clarify some basic hypothesis of astrology.

The connection between the planet and the Zodiac Signs:

Every Zodiac sign is associated with a planet, which is called the lord of the sign or the Planets about Birth Chart is ruling that sign. I had already mentioned this in my last article but I shall repeat this once again in this article also.

Zodiac Sign Planet Lord
Aries Mars
Taurus Venus
Gemini Mercury
Cancer Moon
Leo Sun
Virgo Mercury
Libra Venus
Scorpio Mars
Sagittarius Jupiter
Capricorn Saturn
Aquarius Saturn
Pisces Jupiter

You will observe that Sun and Moon are lords of one zodiac sign and the other 5 planets rule two zodiac signs each. These principles are same both in Vedic and Western astrology. When it comes to the lunar nodes (Rahu/Ketu), there are conflicting opinions.

Most astrologers agree that Rahu rules Aquarius. Some Vedic astrologers consider that Rahu rules Virgo as well. Western astrologers usually do not assign any Lordship to the two lunar nodes. For them the co ruler of Aquarius is Uranus.