Sarpagandha Yoga

King Cobra

King Cobra

In my research of yogas (combinations) related to snakes today I found this one: the Sarpagandha Yoga (“mark of the snake”).

Rāhu should be yuti (conjunct) Māndi in Dhana Bhava (the second house). Māndi (or Gulika) is an upagraha, the son of Śani (Saturn). Most charts don’t usually include locations of upagraha, as these are non-existent shadow planets that are mathematically calculated. So, if this yoga requires Rahu to be yuti Māndi many astrologers may not be able to quickly recognize it.

Results: The person will be bitten by a snake.

I’ve often told my accident-prone son, who has Rāhu-Ketu on 2-8, that if he’s not more careful he’ll hurt himself one of these days. Ketu’s inability to use the four senses to detect hidden or unexpected danger and Rāhu’s tendency to stick one’s face in everything (which he does as well) certainly makes him prone to such a misfortunate event. He must use the only sense left to Ketu to detect unexpected accidents: intuition (and subtle touch).

According to the illustrious B.V. Raman, Hindus believed at the time the book was written that persons born with Sarpaganda Yoga (#174 of 300 in Raman’s book, “Three Hundred Important Combinations”) are “fated” to be bitten by a snake. He concludes that only if the second house is free of Rāhu-Mandi can one not be afraid of ever being bitten. This is a pretty strong assumption. According to Raman, serpents (particularly cobras) will turn away when aggressed by certain people. Others, however, will be bitten no matter how careful they are.

One of my teachers calls Rāhu in the second house “poison mouth.” The venom of the snake in the second house of the mouth. Does this, and the second house’s association with the face and mouth, also suggest or indicate that the person will likely be struck in that particular region, is this where the poison is coming from, or a little of both?

According to the rules of the yoga, however, Māndi (again, Gulika, Śani’s son) also has to be in the mix.

How one calculates the position of Māndi is a topic for another article.

Note: This yoga shares its name with the Ayurvedic herb, Indian Snakeroot, which lowers blood pressure, helps with insomnia, hysteria, and psychological disorders.

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