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The "and" "or" confusion

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@ernst, on some other forum, someone had posted about the "and/or" confusion in yoga rules. Oftentimes, a rule or yoga is not clear - are all planets in a list meant (and), or any planet in a list (or)?

One example: Medium life yogas, video "Using short medium and long life yogas" at 16:30 in the video:

Malefics in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th and 11th.

In the video, you say that there are malefic Su/Ma in the 8th and Shani in 2nd, so the yoga is satisfied. So I guess what this rule really says is  Malefics in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th or 11th.

Also, I guess it means 1 or more malefics.

In the present example, there can be no ambiguity that 'and' really means 'or', because there are not 6 malefics in all in astrology. But in other cases I have seen, the rule becomes truly ambiguous.

How do we prevent such ambiguities from creeping in?

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Ernst Wilhelm
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You just have to work it out one yoga at a time based on what is logical and seen to work. YOu can't have a blanket rule as the yogas were all authored by different people with each having their own potential confusion.