1. Introduction
    • The eighth house is considered to be the darkest black-hole of a horoscope. It is the most malefic among the Trika houses. The planets associated with this house are called “Chhidra or Randhra” planets. This house indicates death or death like experiences. All the chronic, incurable and fatal diseases, serous and fatal accidents are evident are evident from this house.
    • The eighth house represents external genitals, seminal vesicles, urine, colon and secondary sexual characteristics. Major diseases associated with this house are ulcers, tumours, carbuncles, rheumatism, piles, chronic incurable & fatal diseases, serious accidents including of burns and drowning, amputations/ deformities and other death like situations. Saturn is the main Karaka of disease and sorrow. Longevity and associated problems of Balarishta etc. are also governed by this house. But this aspect is very vast and not being considered here. The persons interested in it may read my book “Longevity; a Vedic Approach”.
  2. Ulcers/ Wounds
    • An ulcer is a breach in the lining of the body either on skin or on an internal organ. Its severity is judged by the place and extent of infection/damage. Normally they occur in the digestive system, but they can occur in any other part of the body as well. Increase in acidity inside digestive system normally causes peptic ulcer Excessive worries or continuous lack of sleep predispose to ulcers. Astrologically they are caused due to affliction of or by Mars, Mercury and 8th The place of wound/ ulcer is denoted by the house/ sign afflicted or by the afflicted planet. Mars rules over wounds & cuts, while Mercury rules over all types of ulcers. Some of the astrological combinations for ulcer are:
  3. 6th lord and Jupiter/ Saturn/ Mercury/ Nodes are afflicted in 8th house or lagna.
  4. Saturn and Mars posited in 6th or 12th house and afflicted.
  5. Mars in the lagna and afflicted Jupiter/ Venus in 7th
  6. Lagnesh and Sun are afflicted in a Trika house.
  7. Jupiter in 12th, Moon in 11th and Mercury afflicted in 6th
  8. Mercury afflicted in a Trika house by malefics.
  9. Mars and a Node in 8th and afflicted.
  10. Conjunction of Mars, Saturn and a node cause ulcer.
  11. Saturn associated with weak Moon in 8th aspect Mars/ Node.
  12. If 6th lord with Moon is afflicted in 8th
  13. 6th lord with Mercury and a node is afflicted.
  14. 7th and 8th house and their lords are afflicted.
  15. Tumours, carbuncle & Abscess
    • Tumours etc. are abnormal growth of tissues in or on the body. They may occur on any part of the body with or without pus and pain. A tumour is commonly used as a synonym for a new growth (a solid or fluid-filled cystic lesion that may or may not be formed by an abnormal growth of new cells) that appears enlarged in size. Tumour is not synonymous with cancer. While cancer is by definition, malignant; a tumour can be benign, pre-malignant, or malignant, or can represent a lesion without any cancerous potential whatsoever. A carbuncle or abscess is a swelling anywhere on the body causing discomfort or unhygienic condition. In initial stages they can be cured by simple medication. If allowed unattended, surgical intervention is the only answer.
    • Astrologically Mars is the Karaka for all tumours, carbuncles and abscesses. Affliction by Rahu also causes the same problems. Watery sign and 4th, 8th and 12th houses/ their lords rule these diseases. When these houses, their lords and Karaka planets are afflicted or conjoined by malefics, these diseases are caused. Some of astrological combinations are:
  16. Malefic 6th lord is in Lagna, 8th or 10th house afflicted by Mars.
  17. Mars is afflicted by malefics like Rahu or Saturn.
  18. Rahu in 8th conjoined with or aspected by malefics.
  19. Mars in 7th and Saturn in 8th house, both afflicted.
  20. Lord of lagna and of 6th house together conjoined or aspected by Mars/ Rahu.
  21. Mars in opposition to Sun in 1, 2, 7 or 8th house and afflicted.
  22. Mars and Satrun/ Rahu together in a Trika house without benefic influence.
  23. Ketu and Saturn in 4th/ 6th/ 8th houses in Aries/ Scorpio sign.
  24. Moon hemmed between malefics and Mars/ Saturn in 7th/ 8th
  25. Mars and Ketu afflicted in 7th
  26. Rheumatic Diseases
    • Rheumatic diseases are a large group of (over 200) diseases which are covered under Arthritis and rheumatism. The term “rheumatic diseases” is used to refer to “connective tissue disorders”. Some of the major rheumatic disorders include Gout, Juvenile arthritis, Spondylitis, Back pain, Bursitis/ Tendinitis (inflammation and pain in various joints), Capsulitis/ Osteoarthritis. All these disorders have little in common except that they cause auto- inflammation & pain in joints/ muscles and are very difficult to treat. They are conditions in which pain and stiffness of some part of the muscle-skeletal system are prominent. They can also be grouped under inflammatory, metabolic or degenerative disease. Inflammatory diseases of connective tissues include rheumatoid arthritis. Spondylitis and the diffuse connective tissue diseases are systematic disturbances and evidence of immune degeneration. Metabolic disorders include the crystal/ salt deposition diseases like Gout and Chondrocalcinosis. They may come up in any age group in different ways due to genetic problems. The pain and discomfort in these diseases occur in various degrees of intensity. Though there is no concrete evidence but it is said that cold and wet weather increases pain.
    • Astrologically imbalance of wind (Vata) in the system causes rheumatic diseases. When windy planets Moon, Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Rahu are weak, debilitated, combust, ill-placed, conjoined with a Trika house lord and are related with 6th house/ lord, they give rise to rheumatic diseases. Ashwini Ardra, Punarvasu, Uttaraphalguni, Hasta, Jyeshtha, Moola, Shatabhisha and Poorva-Bhadrapad Nakshatra rule over Wind (Vata). When lagna or Moon sign falls in any of the above Nakshatra and the same is afflicted, it indicates rheumatic disease. Saturn and Moon are the main Karaka for the disease. Some of astrological combinations are as under:
  27. Venus and Mars in 12th and badly afflicted.
  28. Saturn and Mars are in mutual Trikonas and afflicted.
  29. Lagnesh with Saturn and a malefic is in lagna, 6th or 8th
  30. All the airy signs and majority of airy planets are afflicted.
  31. Sun in Cancer aspected by Saturn or Saturn in Cancer aspected by Mars.
  32. Debilitated 6th lord conjunct with Saturn.
  33. Dispositor of 3rd lord is in 8th and afflicted.
  34. Weak Moon and Saturn are in a Trika house without benefic influence.
  35. Afflicted Saturn & Rahu in 2nd house affects legs, while same in 3rd affects hands.
  36. Weak Moon is afflicted by Saturn from lagna and by Mars from 7th.
  37. Moon with a malefic in lagna and Mars & Saturn in 6th or 8th
  38. Ketu in lagna/ 8th house and afflicted.
  39. 6th lord in Lagna with Saturn and a Node.
  40. Lords of lagna and 6th with debilitated Saturn.
  41. Trikonas from lagna are afflicted badly.
  42. Miscellaneous Diseases
    • Piles/ Hemorrhoids: Piles are vascular structures in the anal canal, which help in stool control. They become piles when swollen or inflamed. In their physiological state, they act as a cushion composed of arteriovenous channel and connective tissues. The symptoms of pathological hemorrhoids depends on the type present. Internal hemorrhoids usually present with painless rectal bleeding during bowl movements, while external hemorrhoids may produce few symptoms or if thrombosed, significant pain and swelling in the area of the anus. Many people may have a combination of the two. People feel embarrassed when facing this problem and usually seek medical care when the case is advanced. While the exact cause of hemorrhoids remains unknown, a number of factors which increase intra-abdominal pressure, in particular constipation or pregnancy is believed to play a role in their development. Uptake in fiber rich diet and consuming more fluids to maintain normal hydration helps in initial stages.

This disease is ruled by 7th & 8th houses and Libra & Scorpio signs. Mars is the significator of the disease. When these factors are afflicted and make relation with Lana, a Trika house/ lord, this disease is indicated. Some of the astrological combinations are:

  1. Saturn aspected by malefics.
  2. Saturn in lagna and Mars in 6th, 7th or 8th
  3. Sun in lagna, Saturn in 7th and Mars in Scorpio.
  4. Lagnesh & Mars in 7th and Saturn in 12th
  5. Saturn in 12th afflicted by Lagnesh and by Mars.
  6. 8th lord afflicted in 7th house with Mars.
  7. Mars and Moon in 8th house and afflicted.
  8. Weak Moon in 8th afflicted by Mars and by Saturn.
  9. Malefic Ketu in lagna.
  10. 7th and 8th houses afflicted by Mars, Saturn and Ketu.
    • Hydrocele: It denotes a pathological accumulation of serous fluid in a body cavity. It is often due to defective adsorption of the fluid from scortum sac. Hydrocele is the disease of enlarged testes. A hydrocele testis is the accumulation of fluids around the testes and is caused by fluid secreted from a remnant piece of peritoneum wrapped around the testes. In can be the result of trauma (such as hernia) or orchitis or filarial or cancer. It is normally not painful. A related region in females is called “Canal of the Nuck” It is usually treated surgically.

The 8th house, Scorpio sign and Rahu governs this disease. The affliction of these and their relation with 6th house/ lord cause this disease. Some of the astrological combinations are:

  1. Rahu and Mars/ Saturn in lagna.
  2. Rahu in lagna and Mars & Saturn in 8th
  3. 8th house and Scorpio sign is afflicted.
  4. Rahu with Lagnesh and a strong malefic in 8th
  5. Afflicted Mars and Venus in 8th house/ Scorpio.
  6. Moon & Venus in a sign owned by Mars and aspected by malefic Jupiter and Saturn.
  7. Mars in sign of and accompanied by Saturn and aspected by Rahu.
    • Dengue/ Chickungunya: Dengue is an infectious tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Dengue is transmitted by several species of mosquito within genus Aedes. As there is no vaccine available, prevention is sought by reducing the habitat & the number of mosquitoes and limiting exposure to their bites during day. The symptoms are high fever, headache, muscle & joint pains, and skin rashes similar to measles. In some cases, it develops into life-threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever, resulting in bleeding, low level of blood platelets and/ or leakage of blood plasma. Children often have a greater risk of complications like gastroenteritis. This disease has globally increased manifold (over 30 folds) since 1960 and has become an endemic in over 100 countries.

Chickungunya is also a viral fever that is spread by the bites of infected mosquitoes. It typically lasts from one to three weeks and frequently causes severe and often incapacitating joint pain which sometimes persists for much longer periods. The temperature does not rise as high as in dengue, but joint pain is more severe. It is rarely life-threatening. There is no specific treatment for the disease but analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication may be used to reduce the pain and swelling. Aspirin should be avoided. There is no vaccine against these virus, so preventive measures depend entirely on avoiding mosquito breeding sites. Like other viral fevers, these diseases are governed by a Rahu, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Affliction of these planets and their relation with Trika house/ lords, are indicative of these diseases. Virgo and Scorpio are the indicative signs.

  1. Major accidents
    • Minor accidents are governed by 6th house/ lord. However major/fatal accidents are covered in 8th Accident means a mishap occurring without intent. However is astrology, the term “accident” in its broadest sense includes cases of even deliberate intent. These accidents occur with a degree of suddenness and usually under tragic circumstances. It is noticed that natural malefics Mars, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu play an important role in causing major accidents. The benefics, when they happen to occupy Nakshatra of the malefics and are related with a Trika house/ lord or the ascendant become stealthy killers. The Sun and Moon, the life giving/ sustaining planets must also be considered.
    • The Accident could be covered under-due to fall, vehicles, animals, poison, and water of fire. The sign in 8th house also give good indication. An Earthy sign denotes fire, burning or shooting incident. An Earthy sign denotes fall from a height or trampling by a vehicle/ animal. An Airy sign denotes suffocation, loss of breath or stoppage of blood flow. Watery sign indicates drowning, poisoning or loss of blood. Asphyxiation is a process where water, smoke or dust surrounds a native and he is not able to breathe satisfactorily. In case of fire accidents disposition of Sun and Mars must be looked into. Major accidents occur generally during Major or Antar-dasha of planets related to a Trika house, in which 8th house/ lord plays a dominant role. The relationship could be due to lordship, occupation, aspect or conjunction. The dasha and Antardasha lords are invariably afflicted in transit, which is an unfailing index to timing of accident. Normally if 8th lord has no connection with 3rd house/ lord in the birth chart and unafflicted Jupiter influence lagna, the native survives/ recovers even after serious injuries. Some of the astrological combinations for major accidents are:
  2. Afflicted Mars has a strange affinity with blood, suddenness and death.
  3. Saturn and Rahu kills suddenly by suffocation, drowning, poison or tragic accident.
  4. Weak and afflicted Moon, 4th house/ lord may cause death due to drowning or due to a watery disease.
  5. Afflicted Venus with affliction to 4th and 8th house/ lord denotes major vehicular accidents.
  6. Saturn, Moon and Mars in 2nd, 4th, 8th, or 10th house cause accidents due to fall from a vehicle – Saravalli.
  7. Weak Moon conjunct with Mars/ Node in 8th
  8. Conjunction or mutual aspect of Sun & Mars and their affliction.
  9. Afflicted Ketu causes accident due to fall from vehicle, murder, poisoning, treachery or secret intrigues.
  10. Association of 3rd lord and Jupiter in lagna or of Sun & Saturn in 6th house indicates accidents through animals.
  11. Affliction of Jupiter with Rahu denote air accidents.
  12. Weak lord of 4th house in 6th house aspecting its dispositor indicates major accident in water.
  13. Weak Lagnesh with 6th lord in 8th house aspecting its dispositor indicates major accident in water.
  14. Weak Lagnesh with 6th lord in 8th house related with Mars/ Saturn.
  15. Two or more planets get detrimental in lagna, 6th, 7th, 8th or 12th
  16. Associated of Mars and Saturn/ Rahu in Trika house may cause accident due to fire, explosion or wicked people.
  17. Mars in associated with Lagnesh and 2nd/ 7th/ 8th house or lord denotes violent and tragic accident.
    • As per Jataka Parijat, if several planets combine with Lagnesh and 8th lord, such natives die along with many others. In Rajiv Gandhi’s chart Lagnesh Sun and 8th lord Jupiter Combined with Moon, Mercury and Venus in Lagna, while Mars and Rahu were posited in adjacent houses. Shri Rajiv Gandhi was killed with at least 20 others people in a bomb blast in Tamilnadu on 21May 1991. Affliction of 6th/ 12th houses is must for explosions. In Mr. Gandhi’s chart, Rahu-Ketu axis merged with 6th/ 12th