Causing damage to a house or planet. If one of the malefics
is in bad aspect to another planet, the latter is afflicted by it. Mars,
Saturn, (or the South Node) can afflict houses by their presence, particularly
if they are poorly dignified and involved in difficult aspects. Planets that
are usually considered benefics can also afflict, if they are in a damaged
state or act as rulers of the houses that are traditionally considered
unfortunate, i.e.: - 4th, 6th, 8th and 12th houses.