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Dusthana means 'place of suffering.' 'Du' is short for dukha or suffering and 'sthana' means 'place.' The dusthana houses are houses 6, 8, and 12 and when the lord of a house is located in a dusthana house, the house it rules suffers. The influences of the dusthana houses often represent the most challenging karma in a person's chart. 

There are nine yogas that I like to call 'dusthana yogas' because it helps to remember this group of yogas. They involve the nine houses other than the three dusthana houses themselves. Each involves the lord of the house being placed in one of the three dusthana houses as listed below:

Ava Yoga
 – 1st lord in the 6th, 8th, or 12th house
Nissva Yoga – 2nd lord in the 6th, 8th, or 12th house
Mriti Yoga – 3rd lord in the 6th, 8th, or 12th house
Kuhu Yoga - 4th lord in the 6th, 8th, or 12th house
Pamara Yoga – 5th lord in the 6th, 8th, or 12th house
Dushkriti Yoga – 7th lord in the 6th, 8th, or 12th house
Nirbhagya Yoga – 9th lord in the 6th, 8th, or 12th house
Dur Yoga – 10th lord in the 6th, 8th, or 12th house
Daridra Yoga – 11th lord in the 6th, 8th, or 12th house

When a dusthana lord is located in a dusthana house, 6, 8, 12, it is considered a raja or royal yoga, called a vipareeta raja yogathat is generally very good for one's success. 

Whitney Houston, the famous female vocalist, has six of the nine dusthana yogas in her chart: ava yoga, mriti yoga, kuhu yoga, dushkriti yoga, nirbhagya yoga, and dur yoga. For instance, the ava yoga is shown by the 1st lord, Saturn, placed in the 12th house of Capricorn. However, this also forms a powerful vipareeta raja yoga since the 12th lord is in its own sign in the 12th house. Saturn, her ascendant lord, also forms a raja yoga with Venus, the 4th and 9th lord as we discussed in last Wednesday's daily article. So many dusthana yogas in her chart along with her multiple raja yogas, gajakesari yoga, etc. could help to explain her complicated life and the extreme ups and downs she's experienced. 

Whitney Houston's brith information

Whitney Houston's natal chart
Whitney Houston's' Natal Chart