Present difficulties are the ripened effect of past negative actions, and are reflected in the horoscope by afflictions of functional malefic planets. The timing for the unfolding of these potentials is indicated by the planetary periods and transits. Charitable actions and spiritual practices are the best remedies to ameliorate the effects of past negative actions. If a planet is printed in red in your chart it is a malefic for your ascendant. You should avoid using the colors, gemstones and other strengthening factors associated with your malefic planets.
Remedies for the Functional Malefic Planets
Rahu (Ascending Node) is a functional malefic in every horoscope. Karmic hardships signified by Rahu afflictions are ameliorated by charitable service to the elderly stricken by poverty, or people suffering from disfiguring diseases (traditionally lepers); and service to one's parents or in-laws. Offering kindness in the form of food to crows is another traditional remedy. Dull gray color and the semi-precious stone hessonite are to be avoided.
Ketu (Descending Node) is also a functional malefic for every ascendant. The primary remedial measure for karmic afflictions signified by Ketu is to offer charity and/or services to individuals or institutions that are authentically and positively fulfilling the spiritual needs of others. Feeding and showing kindness to stray dogs is another traditional remedy. Dull smoky brown and the cat's eye semi-precious stone are Ketu amplifying and should be avoided.
When the Sun is a functional malefic the karmic afflictions signalled by it are ameliorated and problems avoided by service to one's father or husband and careful observance of the law of the land. Offering food to cows is also traditional. Strengthening remedies for the Sun should not be indulged in when the Sun is a malefic for your ascendant. Avoid the colors orange, pink and gold; and rubies.
Moon-related afflictions are helped by service to one's mother or wife, and charity to elderly needy women. Careful adherence to the law of the land and offering food to cows also apply to for the Moon. Avoid the colors white and silver, and pearls.
Karmic hardships signified by Mercury afflictions are ameliorated by rendering help to poor young students and to organizations working for the benefit of poor or orphaned children. Offering green fodder to cows was also traditional in India. Avoid the colors emerald green and emerald gemstones.
Venus related afflictions are alleviated by rendering help to females in distress and keeping one's wife happy. Donating silken clothes of bright colors; food essentials; and white colored sweets to the birds are also traditional remedies. Do not wear diamonds, and avoid saturating yourself with the colors royal blue, turquoise and brightly colored variegated patterns.
Mars afflictions are alleviated by helping younger siblings and servants (or those in servile positions). When Mars is a functional malefic the person should practice prayer, meditation or calm contemplation each morning for ten minutes or more, and be careful to exercise patience. Avoid the use of fiery red colors and red coral.
Karmic difficulties signified by Jupiter afflictions are helped by rendering service to one's preceptor: guru, lama, priest, teacher; performing morning prayers; and donating for the construction of spiritual buildings such as temples, stupas and the like. Offering yellow colored sweets to beggars or crows was also traditional in ancient India. Avoid saturating yourself with yellow color and the wearing of yellow sapphires.
Saturn afflictions are helped especially by service and charity for the poor, and people working as servants or in servile positions. Charity to organizations serving elderly needy persons also benefits. Avoid the colors black, navy blue and the use of blue sapphires.