Yogas and Doshas
If you are even a little bit interested in Vedic astrology, you must have heard of the term “Raj Yoga”. It is a special combination that if exists in a horoscope makes the native wealthy, healthy and prosperous. Like Raj Yoga, there are many other special Yogas that are considered important in Vedic astrology. “Yogas” is an aspect that is unique to Vedic astrology. Yogas essentially are special combinations and positions of planets in relation to houses and other planets.
Certain planetary positions can lead to some specific results, whether good or bad. And Vedic astrology has defined some of these very special positions as Yogas. The meaning of the word Yoga is “union” so certainly, the different ways planets associate with each other and form combinations is also called Yogas. Most Yogas consist of more than one planet. There are a huge number of Yogas in Vedic astrology but some are more important than others, which apparently should be on tips of any perspective astrologer.
When a Yoga is formed in a particular house by lords of different houses, it can deem positive or negative results based on the area of life that the associated planets and houses signify. You would rarely see someone who only has auspicious Yogas in his or her horoscope. The combinations that yield negative results for the native are called Doshas, addressed separately in a different section here. Further, we will discuss some of the major Yogas that every learner of Vedic astrology should be aware of.