A horoscope is doomed either it is afflicted with malefic combinations(Yogas) or aspects leading to immoral character, poverty, diseases or untimely death.
When the lords of gains houses that are ascendant, 2,5,9,11 exchange positions with dusthana houses 6,8,12 it leads to loss of wealth in rivalry, diseases and wanderings.
Combinations for Penury
Ancients might be aware of astronomy, though not explicitly mentioned in earlier literature like Vedas.
However, those people might not have shown much interest in astrological predictions. As Veda contain multi-layered meaning, they might be referring to astronomical as well as Spiritual aspects also.
Sun being devoured by Svarbhanu was mentioned in ...