Introduction

Points listed by my student Sanjay Prabhakaran. These are just some starting points. Details of the D2-K Hora was taught in the Himalaya Class of the course. Please listen and make notes.

  • The real hora chart variation that shows wealth, as taught in the tradition of Sri Achyuta Dasa, is known as “Kashinatha Hora” chart, named after Pt. Kashinath Rath.
  • This chart is based on the classification of signs into signs that are strong during the day and signs that are strong during the night.
  • Sun represents day-strong signs, i.e. Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Aquarius and Pisces.
  • Moon represents night-strong signs, i.e. Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Sagittarius and Capricorn
  • It may be noted that each planet owns exactly two signs owns one day-strong sign and one night-strong signs. There is a fable that says that Sun and Moon originally owned six signs each and gave away one sign each from their six signs to Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Thus, Sun’s hora and Moon’s hora refer to the day-strong and night-strong signs among the two signs owned by a planet. For this purpose, Leo and Cancer form a pair, even though they are not owned by the same planet.

As an example, suppose Jupiter is at 25- 16′ in Taurus. Taurus is an even sign. The given longitude is in the second half (15 to 30) of Taurus. Thus it goes into Sun’s hora. Thus it should go into the day-strong sign owned by Venus (lord of Taurus). Thus, Jupiter is placed in Libra in Kashinatha hora chart.
As another example, suppose Mars is at 18-53′ in Sagittarius. Sagittarius is an odd sign. The given longitude is in the second half (15 to 30) of Sagittarius. Thus it goes into Moon’s hora. Thus it should go into the night-strong sign owned by Jupiter (lord of Sagittarius). Thus, Mars is placed in Sagittarius in Kashinatha hora chart.

Interpretation Guidelines

  • This hora chart shows financial gains and losses. It shows wealth, which is nothing but all the resources at one’s disposal for one’s activities. The financial situation at a given point of time and various financial transactions can be seen in this chart.
  • The second lord of rasi chart is the karyesha for hora chart. This placement and strength in hora chart is a key factor, even though not the sole factor, in determining one’s wealth.
  • Sun, Mars and Jupiter are strong in day-strong signs. Moon, Mercury, Venus and Saturn are strong in night-strong signs.

Houses from Lagna
The following are the basic meanings of houses from lagna:
1st: Self from the viewpoint of finances
2nd: Resources at command (wealth)
3rd: Initiative, enterprise and boldness
4th: Direction in financial activities, happiness and comfort
5th: Earning ability
6th: Wealth from service, obstacles in finances
7th: Desires, interaction with others
8th: Changes, ups and downs, risks, investments, unexpected wealth
9th: Fortune and protection
10th: Money related activities in society
11th: Gains
12th: Losses

Houses from Arudha Lagna (AL)
The following are the basic meanings of houses from arudha lagna (AL):
1st: Image/status (in money matters)
2nd: How resourceful the native seems
3rd: Apparent initiative and enterprise
4th: Apparent activities (10th) of others (7th) and their impact on one’s finances
5th: Apparent earning abilities
6th: Apparent resistance to obstacles
7th: Others (impacting one’s finances)
8th: Resources of others and their impact on one’s finances
9th: Protection to one’s financial status
10th: Financial activities
11th: Apparent financial gains
12th: Apparent financial losses

Arudha Padas of Houses
The following are the basic meanings of arudha padas of houses:
AL: Overall image and status
A2: The wealth and possessions
A3: Enterprises and business ventures
A4: Indicators of comfort and happiness in financial matters (think of examples!)
A5: Events establishing earning abilities
A6: Service that generates money
A7: Partnerships and partners
A8: Financial risks, unexpected turns/swings
A9: Events making one look fortunate
A10: Activities related to money, career
A11: Profits, income, gains
UL: Losses, expenditure

In all the cases, it may be noted that the houses from arudha lagna deal with people’s perceptions about various aspects of a native’s finances, whereas arudha padas of houses directly show real things or events related to a native’s finances.
For example, UL (upapada or the arudha pada of the 12th house) shows an amount that was lost or spent or given away. It shows a real expenditure. On the other hand, the 12th house from AL shows a perceived loss.
If a planet is in the 12th house from AL, it may give events that make people think that the native lost money. Of course, if people think that the native lost money, he probably did lose some money.
On the other hand, if a planet is in UL, it may simply give a specific loss or expense. If the same planet is in the 5th house from AL, the specific and real loss/expense may make the native seem very capable financially. In such a case, the expense shown by the planet in UL may be wise investment that makes the native look smart and capable.
By examining the houses from lagna and arudha lagna, by examining the arudha padas of various houses and by finding links between all these factors, one can make good predictions on the finances of a native.

Video

Kashinath Horā
Kashinath Horā Presentation

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Sammukha Rāśi are based on the South Indian Chart where a line passing through Cn-Le junction and Cp-Aq junction divides the zodiac into two parts. This is the Hora-Guna line.
We notice that each of the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter have one sign each in the lunar (Moon) and solar (Sun) horā groups.
Recall the lesson on rāśi dṛṣṭi – the most powerful dṛṣṭi of a rāśi is on its sammukha rāśi.

  • Chara rāśi has dṛṣṭi on all sthira rāśi except the one juxtapose. Of these, the sign opposite gets its greatest dṛṣṭi.
  • Sthira rāśi has dṛṣṭi on all chara rāśi except the one juxtapose. Of these, the sign opposite gets its maximum dṛṣṭi.
  • Dual signs have dṛṣṭi on each other. Of these, the sign owned by the same planet (Jupiter or Mercury) its greatest dṛṣṭi.

Rāśi Sammukha dṛṣṭi Graha Tattva
Aries Scorpio Ma Agni krī
Scorpio Aries Ma krī
Taurus Libra Ve Jala śrī śri
Libra Taurus Ve śrī
Gemini Virgo Me Pṛthvi
Virgo Gemini Me hrī
Cancer Aquarius Mo-Sa Manas grī ghṛ mṛ
Aquarius Cancer Mo-Sa bhṛ
Leo Capricorn Su-Sa Vāyu dhī bhṛ rī sṛ
Capricorn Leo Su-Sa dhī
Sagittarius Pisces Ju Ākāśa prī pṛdṛ dhṛ nṛ vrī vṛ
Pisces Sagittarius Ju prī

The sounds given in the table against the pairs of sammukha dṛṣṭi are based on the tattva and these are Sanskrit words.

Nomenclature Upadeśa

Since this chakra is based on sammukha dṛṣṭi, we can call it sammukha dṛṣṭi horā or simply “sammukha horā”. The Maharṣi have never use their own names or any proper nouns to denote these special chakra. Using proper nouns and names is a modern trend. In reality whenever we draw a twelve petal lotus (bha-chakra, zodiac chart), we are drawing the schematic form of Śrī Kālapuruṣa (i.e. Nārāyaṇa who is Jagannāth). It is not proper to call these charts with any proper nouns and names other than either their mathematical number names or such technical terms to differentiate them from the rāśi and other similar charts. Every divisional chart is only another aspect of Jagannāth. However, some of the names of the deviations from traditional charts do bear the names of their teachers in the modern day like Somanāth drekkāṇa etc.

Sammukha Horā Chakra

  • If a body/graha is in Chandra horā, it shall be placed in one of the signs in the lunar half based on the sammukha dṛṣṭi.
  • If the body/graha is in Sūrya horā, then it shall be placed in one of the signs in the solar half based on the sammukha dṛṣṭi.

Sammukha Horā Table

Rāśi Horā 0-15 Horā 15-30
Aries Sun Scorpio Moon Aries
Taurus Moon Taurus Sun Libra
Gemini Sun Virgo Moon Gemini
Cancer Moon Aquarius Sun Cancer
Leo Sun Leo Moon Capricorn
Virgo Moon Gemini Sun Virgo
Libra Sun Libra Moon Taurus
Scorpio Moon Aries Sun Scorpio
Sagittarius Sun Sagittarius Moon Pisces
Capricorn Moon Capricorn Sun Leo
Aquarius Sun Cancer Moon Aquarius
Pisces Moon Pisces Sun Sagittarius

Illustration: Standard Nativity

Male born 7 Aug, 1963 at 9.15’ PM at Sambalpur, India
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Step 1: List the body/graha, sign, longitude and determine the Sammukha horā it is placed in. This placement clearly shows whether the planet is in uttara or dakṣiṇa āyana.

Body

CK

Rāśi

Longitude

SD Horā

Lagna

Pi

14°09′

Pisces

Sun

 BK

Cn

21°05′

Cancer

Moon

 MK

Aq

19°59′

Aquarius

Mars

 PK

Vi

13°41′

Gemini

Mercury

 GK

Le

13°24′

Leo

Jupiter

 AmK

Pi

26°08′

Sagittarius

Venus

 PiK

Cn

14°56′

Aquarius

Saturn (R)

 AK

Cp

26°50′

Leo

Rāhu

 DK

Ge

25°46′

Gemini

Ketu

Sg

25°46′

Pisces

Māndi

Ge

23°36′

Gemini

Gulika

Ge

23°36′

Gemini

Spl.Lagna

Bhāva

Pi

16°20′

Sagittarius

Horā

Sc

12°12′

Aries

Ghāṭi

Li

29°50′

Taurus

Vighāṭi

Le

27°59′

Capricorn

Varṇada

Li

14°09′

Libra

Śrī

Pi

14°08′

Pisces

Prāṇapada

Le

28°36′

Capricorn

Step 2: Draw a chart and place the lagna, body/graha in it based on the sign mapped into the Sammukha horā. For example, Jupiter is in Pisces in Rāśi at 26°07’. This is the second horā of Pisces ruled by the Sun and will be mapped into dakṣiṇa āyana instead of uttara āyana. The sammukha rāśi for Pisces is Sagittarius and therefore, Jupiter shall be placed in Sagittarius in the SD Horā chart.

Observations

1)     Both the nodes are never opposite to each other in this SD horā chart. They are always either in uttara āyana or in dakṣiṇa āyana.

Swami Vivekananda

Body

CK

Rāśi

Longitude

SD Horā

Lagna

Sg

25°26′

Pisces

Sun

 AK

Sg

29°26′

Pisces

Moon

 AmK

Vi

17°26′

Virgo

Mars

 GK

Ar

6°20′

Scorpio

Mercury

 MK

Cp

11°47′

Capricorn

Jupiter

 DK

Li

4°01′

Libra

Venus

 PK

Cp

7°07′

Capricorn

Saturn

 BK

Vi

13°35′

Gemini

Rāhu

 PiK

Sc

22°15′

Scorpio

Ketu

Ta

22°15′

Libra

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Ramakrishna Paramhaṅsa

Body

CK

Rāśi

Longitude

SD Horā

Lagna

Aq

3°00′

Cancer

Sun

DK

Aq

6°53′

Cancer

Moon

BK

Aq

22°01′

Aquarius

Mars

AmK

Cp

22°16′

Leo

Mercury (R)

MK

Aq

15°08′

Aquarius

Jupiter (R)

PiK

Ge

14°33′

Virgo

Venus

GK

Pi

9°05′

Pisces

Saturn (R)

PK

Li

13°42′

Libra

Rāhu

AK

Ta

2°54′

Taurus

Ketu

Sc

2°54′

Aries

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Srila Prabhupāda

Body

CK

Rāśi

Longitude

SD Horā

Lagna

Sg

28°29′

Pisces

Sun

 MK

Le

17°00′

Capricorn

Moon

 AmK

Ta

27°47′

Libra

Mars

 PiK

Ta

16°56′

Libra

Mercury

 PK

Vi

11°06′

Gemini

Jupiter

 GK

Le

2°02′

Leo

Venus

 DK

Vi

1°46′

Gemini

Saturn

 BK

Li

21°48′

Taurus

Rāhu

 AK

Aq

1°10′

Cancer

Ketu

Le

1°10′

Leo

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Paramhaṅsa Yogānanda

Body

CK

Rāśi

Longitude

SD Horā

Lagna

Le

6°31′

Leo

Sun

 BK

Sg

23°13′

Pisces

Moon

 GK

Le

3°15′

Leo

Mars

 PK

Pi

13°20′

Pisces

Mercury

 DK

Sg

0°56′

Sagittarius

Jupiter

 AmK

Pi

23°52′

Sagittarius

Venus

 AK

Sc

24°45′

Scorpio

Saturn

 MK

Vi

20°14′

Virgo

Rāhu

 PiK

Ar

11°54′

Scorpio

Ketu

Li

11°54′

Libra

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Śrī Yuktesvara Giri

Body

CK

Rāśi

Longitude

SD Horā

Lagna

Ta

18°32′

Libra

Sun

 AK

Ar

26°58′

Aries

Moon

 PK

Aq

9°02′

Cancer

Mars

 MK

Ar

20°11′

Aries

Mercury

 BK

Ar

22°48′

Aries

Jupiter

 GK

Aq

7°59′

Cancer

Venus

 DK

Ge

1°47′

Virgo

Saturn

 AmK

Ta

23°31′

Libra

Rāhu

 PiK

Ar

20°51′

Aries

Ketu

Li

20°51′

Taurus

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J.R.D. Tata

Body

CK

Rāśi

Longitude

SD Horā

Lagna

Ar

8°14′

Scorpio

Sun

 MK

Cn

13°48′

Aquarius

Moon

 PiK

Aq

11°34′

Cancer

Mars

 AK

Ge

26°57′

Gemini

Mercury

 GK

Le

3°15′

Leo

Jupiter

 PK

Ar

6°58′

Scorpio

Venus

 BK

Cn

19°47′

Cancer

Saturn (R)

 AmK

Cp

26°01′

Leo

Rāhu

 DK

Le

28°09′

Capricorn

Ketu

Aq

28°09′

Aquarius

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George W. Bush Jr.

Body

CK

Rāśi

Longitude

SD Horā

Lagna

Cn

14°00′

Aquarius

Sun

 MK

Ge

20°41′

Gemini

Moon

 BK

Vi

23°36′

Virgo

Mars

 PK

Le

16°13′

Capricorn

Mercury

 PiK

Cn

16°44′

Cancer

Jupiter

 AmK

Vi

25°03′

Virgo

Venus

 AK

Cn

28°24′

Cancer

Saturn

 DK

Cn

3°25′

Aquarius

Rāhu

 GK

Ta

26°30′

Libra

Ketu

Sc

26°30′

Scorpio

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Rabindranath Tagore

Body

CK

Rāśi

Longitude

SD Horā

Lagna

Pi

28°18′

Sagittarius

Sun

 AmK

Ar

24°24′

Aries

Moon

 MK

Pi

21°08′

Sagittarius

Mars

 DK

Ge

0°12′

Virgo

Mercury

 PK

Ar

7°57′

Scorpio

Jupiter

 AK

Cn

25°57′

Cancer

Venus

 BK

Ar

23°08′

Aries

Saturn

 PiK

Le

10°45′

Leo

Rāhu

 GK

Sg

24°51′

Pisces

Ketu

Ge

24°51′

Gemini

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Śrī Kṛṣṇa

Body

CK

Rāśi

Longitude

SD Horā

Lagna

Ta

16°28′

Libra

Sun

 AK

Le

18°07′

Capricorn

Moon

 BK

Ta

15°53′

Libra

Mars

 PK

Cn

3°12′

Aquarius

Mercury

 GK

Vi

1°47′

Gemini

Jupiter

 DK

Vi

1°22′

Gemini

Venus

 PiK

Cn

15°24′

Cancer

Saturn

 AmK

Sc

17°03′

Scorpio

Rāhu

 MK

Cn

14°33′

Aquarius

Ketu

Cp

14°33′

Capricorn

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Guṇa: refers to the nature of signs and planets as of one of the three types – sattva, rajas or tamas.
An imaginary line divides the zodiac into two halves as it passes through the 0° Leo and Aquarius Half or Horā is derived from the word Aho-Rātra (Aho means day and Rātra means night) indicating the two-fold divisions of the day into equal halves of light and darkness. Thus, this division of the zodiac was into the two parts called Solar and Lunar halves or Surya Horā and Chandra Horā respectively.

Kalyana Verma – Saravali 3.09 states
द्वादश चक्रं भगणास्त्स्यास्यर्धे सिंहतो रविर्नाथः।
कर्कटकात् प्रतिलोमं शशी तथान्येऽपि तत्स्थानात्॥
dvādaśa cakraṁ bhagaṇāstsyāsyardhe siṁhato ravirnāthaḥ|
karkaṭakāt pratilomaṁ śaśī tathānye’pi tatsthānāt||
Translation: The solar half or Surya Horā includes the six signs in the zodiacal order from Leo to Capricorn and the lunar half or Chandra Horā includes the six signs from Cancer to Aquarius reckoned in the reverse order. Sun lords the solar half from Leo while the Moon lords the lunar half from Cancer.

Lordship derivation

This division has nothing to do with Ayana. The Sun and Moon own adjoining signs (i.e. Leo & Cancer respectively) in their Horā (zodiacal halves) and these seats are in the North, facing south. From this we learn that south facing seats are for those in power and having a position of authority.

The five tattva planets in the order of Mercury (pṛthvi), Venus (jala), Mars (agni), Jupiter (ākāśa) and Saturn (vāyu), based on their geographical distances from the Sun [i.e. Mercury is closest and Saturn is the most distant] shall own the signs in their proximity to Leo and Cancer reckoned in the zodiacal or reverse order respectively (see figure). This horā is completely based on (1) physical directions (2) distance of planets. Day half lorded by Sun from Leo. Five tattva planets in order of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn rule signs after Leo. Night half lorded by the Moon from Cancer. Five tattva planets in the same order of Pṛthvi, Jala, Agni, Ākāśa and Vāyu rule signs from Cancer, but in the reverse/anti-zodiacal direction. However, this is not the order of the tattva cycle. We derive it later on. This horā division along Leo-Aquarius axis –

  • derives the lordship of signs reckoned from North (luminaries) to South (Saturn) and others in between.
  • We also learn that the Sun tends to move everything in the zodiacal order while the Moon tends to move things in the anti-zodiacal  order.
  • Zodiac North comprises two signs Cancer and Leo where the energy is moving these signs towards each other while Zodiac South comprises Aquarius and Capricorn where the energy is moving these signs away from each other. Consequently the Sun and Moon tend to bring things together while Saturn makes things move apart and break away.
  • Mars and Venus lord the signs in the Zodiac East (Ar, Ta) and Zodiac West (Li, Sc).
  • The intermediate directions are ruled by Mercury and Jupiter

Savya and Apasavya

The word ‘pratiloma’ means against the hair or grain as opposed to ‘anuloma’ which is for the Sun. It implies going contrary to the natural course or order, reverse, inverted as turning to the left and not right. This is the first differentiation in Vedic astrology where we learn to see things as black and white – white is for the sun referring to the day and black is for the Moon referring to the night.
The two words सव्य (savya) meaning zodiacal, regular and अपसव्य (apasavya) meaning anti-zodiacal, left-handed or reverse comes from this division of day and night.
It is contrary to caste (where the mother is of a higher caste than the father). Among mantra it refers to a particular kind of incantation recited from the end to the beginning instead of beginning to end.
It indicates anything that is born inverted or in inverted order or series.

Day and Night Strong

Jyotiṣa Principle: Day or night strong planets are determined on the basis of the placement of their mūlatrikoṇa signs in the savya (Sun) horā or apasavya (Moon) horā. For the nodes, their svakṣetra (home) is used instead of mūlatrikoṇa (office) as taught in Nārāyaṇa daśā.

  1. Sun has mūlatrikoṇa in Leo, the start of the savya horā, and is day strong
  2. Moon has mūlatrikoṇa in Cancer, the start of apasavya horā, and is night strong
  3. Mars has mūlatrikoṇa in Aries, in apasavya horā, and is night strong
  4. Mercury has mūlatrikoṇa in Virgo, in savya horā, and is day strong. However due to its strong dual nature, it is considered both day and night strong.
  5. Jupiter has mūlatrikoṇa in Sagittarius, in savya horā, and is day strong
  6. Venus has mūlatrikoṇa in Libra, in savya horā, and is day strong
  7. Saturn has mūlatrikoṇa in Aquarius, the end of apasavya horā, and is night strong
  8. Rāhu has svakṣetra in Aquarius, in apasavya horā, and is night strong
  9. Ketu has svakṣetra in Scorpio, in savya horā, and is day strong

We may note that Rāhu mūlatrikoṇa in Virgo is in savya horā, which is day strong indicating that the highest untruth, māyā of saṁsāra (worldly existence) is apparent during the day time where the motion of the Sun makes us believe that it rises in east and sets in the west, retrograding through the zodiac. Such a big lie is visible to the naked eye everyday of our existence in this planet and we actually take this as the visible truth. Yet we know through science that the Sun never retrogrades and cannot move from east to west in the anti-zodiacal fashion. Therefore Hindu philosophy has saṅnyāsa where the untruth of saṁsāra is rejected and the world is renounced so that in our hearts we may seek the highest truth. Saṅnyāsa is the only means to remove Rāhu (untruth) completely from life.

Ketu mūlatrikoṇa in Pisces is in apasavya horā , which is night strong indicating that the highest meditations are done during the night. All spiritual activity like going to temple and listening to discourses is done during the day while the night meditations lead to mokṣa.

Planets in Horā

Kalyana Verma – Saravali 3.10
भानोरर्धे विहगैः शूरास्तेजस्विनश्च साहसिकाः।
शशिनो मृदवःसौम्याः सौभाग्ययुताः प्रजायन्ते॥
bhānorardhe vihagaiḥ śūrāstejasvinaśca sāhasiakāḥ|
śaśino mṛdavaḥsaumyāḥ saubhāgyayutāḥ prajāyante||
Translation: Planets (vihaga) placed in the solar half are (a) strong, valiant, heroic (b) enegitic and (c) very brave while those in lunar half (a) have contrasts of merit and demerit, (b) amicable disposition, and (c) good fortune.

Kalyāṇavermā teaches us to view two placements simultaneously –

  1. Placement in the rāśi chart in the solar half (Leo-Capricorn) or lunar half (Cancer-Aquarius) as a starting point to determine the aggressive, strong, energitic, brave Sun like disposition or passive, amicable, fortunate Moon like nature
  2. Placement in the Sun or Moon horā of the sign to enhance the same qualities or have a more balanced personality.

Kalyāṇavermā has focused on the placement of the lagna itself as the first step. For example see the chief warriors of World War II who were all born in signs in the solar half from Leo to Capricorn. On the left hand we had Adolf Hitler (Libra Lagna), Benito Mussolini (Libra or Scorpio Lagna) and Emperor Hirohito (Scorpio Lagna). On the right hand we had F.D.Roosevelt (Leo Lagna), Sir Winston Churchill (Virgo Lagna) and Joseph Stalin (Sagittarius Lagna?).

Guṇa Exaltation

Sattva Guṇa planets Jupiter, Sun and Moon exalt in the signs Cancer, Taurus and Aries which are in the Moon horā.
Tamas Guṇa planets Mars and Saturn exalt in Capricorn and Libra which are in the Sun horā.
Rajas guṇa planets Venus exalts in Pisces in Moon horā whereas Mercury exalts in Virgo in the Sun horā. Rajas tilts between Sattva and Tamas guṇa. If Mercury is stronger than Venus then the rajas in the chart moves towards tamas guṇa whereas if Venus is stronger than Mercury, then the rajas moves towards sattva.

All beings are created by Brahma and their minds are with rajas guṇa and will constantly move towards sattva and tamas as the time passes due to daśā and karma recorded through the navagraha in their charts. The tendency to move towards sattva is seen from lagna in moon horā and/or Venus stronger than Mercury whereas in the converse – lagna in sun horā or Mercury dominating the Venus, the tendency is to move towards sattva guṇa. Yet the real pull towards the sattva guṇa are from the other sattva planets while the tamas guṇa planets pull towards tamas guṇa.

It is interesting to note that the most diabolical Rāhu is exalted in Gemini (and Taurus for longevity) which are in the sattva guṇa moon horā. It shows the power of Rāhu to destroy your sattva guṇa. In destroying the sattva of the Sun, Rāhu destroys legitimate wealth and brings deadly poverty. In destroying the sattva of the Moon Rāhu brings insanity and deadly diseases. In destroying the sattva of jīva-kāraka Jupiter, Rāhu brings mṛtyu (and apamṛtyu). Similarly Ketu is exalted in Sagittarius (and Leo for longevity) which shows its power to destroy tamas guṇa. This power to destroy is actually tamas guṇa itself and therefore these graha have the energy or Rudra and are tamas guṇa by themselves as they are hell bent on destroying something. By destroying darkness Ketu actually opens the doors of mokṣa and therefore is important graha in the paraṁparā yoga (Ketu + Guru) as it is important to overcome vices (Mars) and sins (Saturn) to proceed in the spiritual path.

Gola: गोल (gola) refers to sphere or globe as the celestial globe or as the globe of the sun or of the earth in Sūrya siddhānta. That text also uses the term for a hemisphere (of the earth) when reckoned along the equator. The equator in the bha-chakra is along the East-West axis and passes through the beginning of Aries and Libra.
This is called Chitrā-pakṣa and defines the start of the zodiac at Aries being 180° from the central point of Chitrā nakṣatra. All nakṣatra and consequently the rāśi are reckoned from this starting point which also represents the head of the Kālapuruṣa. This horā refers to Brahma, the creator as the division represents the creation and fixation of the zodiac.
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Symmetry
It symbolises the equinoxes in the sāyana chakra (tropical zodiac). The representation of “equal day and night” lengths indicates a symmetry on the two sides which is seen in all creatures where a vertical line from their head to tail symmetrically bifurcates them into two parts. This symmetrical division of the zodiac along the equator has the two hemispheres in the north and south. The northern hemisphere represents the body parts in the right side of the body while the south hemisphere represents the parts in the left side of the body.

  • Aries has two halves representing the right and left brain respectively.
  • Taurus is the right side of face including the right eye and neck while Pisces is the left side of face, left eye and neck.
  • Gemini is the right shoulder and right hand while Aquarius is the left shoulder and left hand.
  • Cancer is the right side of the chest and trunk while Capricorn is the left side of the chest and trunk.
  • Leo is the right hip and private parts while Sagittarius is the left hip and private parts.
  • Virgo is the right leg while Scorpio is the left leg
  • Libra has the two feet – first half being the right foot and second half being the left foot.

The next step is to carry this analogy of the Brahma (creator) division into the houses.

  • Lagna has two halves representing the right and left brain respectively.
  • 2nd house is the right side of face including the right eye and neck while 12th house is the left side of face, left eye and neck.
  • 3rd house is the right shoulder and right hand while 11th house is the left shoulder and left hand.
  • 4th house is the right side of the chest and trunk while 10th house is the left side of the chest and trunk.
  • 5th house is the right hip and private parts while 9th house is the left hip and private parts.
  • 6th house is the right leg while 8th house is the left leg
  • 7th house has the two feet – first half being the right foot and second half being the left foot.

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Application
This is not the standard sign signification of body parts. We have studied the body parts in a previous lesson where the head is in Aries (or Lagna) and feet are in Pisces (or 12th house). This scheme informs us all matters related to balance and symmetry in the body. We can differentiate between the right and left sides of the body. Later we will also learn about another scheme of body parts based on the Moon and the “circulatory system”.

An important application is the study of male and female charts and understanding the first major differentiation made by the creator – Men are from Mars (Aries) and Women are from Venus (Libra). The signs are the mūlatrikoṇa of Mars and Venus respectively. For understanding female chart, we invert the zodiac and place the head in Libra and feet in Aries. Then in an exactly similar manner as we did for male charts, we state –

  1. Libra has two halves representing the right and left brain respectively.
  2. Scorpio is the right side of face including the right eye and neck while Virgo is the left side of face, left eye and neck.
  3. Sagittarius is the right shoulder and right hand while Leo is the left shoulder and left hand.
  4. Capricorn is the right side of the chest and trunk while Cancer is the left side of the chest and trunk.
  5. Aquarius is the right hip and private parts while Gemini is the left hip and private parts.
  6. Pisces is the right leg while Taurus is the left leg
  7. Aries has the two feet – first half being the right foot and second half being the left foot.

We notice one major difference – the Sun rules the right side of male charts and left side of female charts while the Moon rules left side of male body and right side of female body. There is a very well-known dictum: “Sūrya rules right eye of male and left eye of female while Chandra rules left eye of male and right eye of female.”

Man from Mars (Aries) Woman from Venus (Libra)
Aries mūlatrikoṇa rules head Libra mūlatrikoṇa rules head
Tendency to short ‘army cut’ hair as Mars ruled agni tattva and the razor Tendency to long flowing ‘water’ hair as Venus rules jala tattva and cannot cut
Think in compartments as Mars demarcates ‘areas’ which are disjointed Think holistic as Venus connects everything
Physical strength ruled by Mars Biological strength ruled by Venus
Strong nerves given by Mars – fighting power; for marriage and home this power must be reduced by Jupiter Strong emotions (and ojas) given by Venus – nesting power; for marriage and home this power must be increased by Jupiter
Systematic, repetitive and ordered as Sun exalts Unsystematic, non-repetitive and disordered as Sun debilitates
Cannot handle pain and sorrow as Saturn debilitates Very capable of handling pain and sorrow as Saturn exalts
Work focus as Sun exalts in 10th (from Aries) Service focus as Venus exalts in 6th (from Libra)
Right hand Self (Su), Left hand spouse (Mo) – so spouse sits on left Left hand self (Su), Right hand spouse (Mo) – so spouse sits on right


This is a long list and you can add at least ten more points to the fundamental difference between Man and Woman based on the manner in which Brahma has created the beings.
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Āyana-Gola Svastika
There is a very nice teaching which states “Brahma gives health and longevity (āyus), Viṣṇu gives wealth and fortune (dhanaṁ) and Śiva gives well-being, all relationships, success, fame and every prosperity (kalyāṇaṁ). These are studies from the three horā –Horā Āyana (Viṣṇu), Horā Gola (Brahma) and Horā Guṇa (Śiva).

Āyana Chakra
We are now going to consider the Āyana horā (III) and Gola horā (IV) together. Draw the circle of the zodiac and a horizontal line along Capricorn-Cancer to divide the signs on the basis of uttara and dakṣiṇa āyana. There are six signs on either side. The signs Capricorn to Gemini are said to be ‘north-seeking’ or uttara āyana as they symbolize the sun latitudinal movement from the tropic of Capricorn to the tropic of cancer i.e. latitudinal upward movement. The signs Cancer to Sagittarius are said to be ‘south seeking’ or dakṣiṇa āyana as they symbolize the sun latitudinal movement from the tropic of cancer to the tropic of Capricorn i.e. latitudinal downward movement. When the sun moves upwards, it tends to take the soul upwards to the sapta-loka (seven higher realms of light). When the sun moves downwards, it tends to take the soul downwards to the sapta-tala (seven lower worlds of darkness).

Hari (Viṣṇu) sleeps with head in Abhijit nakṣatra (Capricorn, south) and feet must be in Cancer (north). Such a sleeping posture wins the love of the goddess of fortune Lakṣmī who is his śaktī. In jyotiṣa we recommend that people consider sleeping with their head to the south (and feet to north) thereby copying Viṣṇu and winning the affection of the goddess of fortune and begetting wealth from Kubera. This is the sleeping posture for dhana yoga. Dead bodies are always kept with the head to the north and feet facing south towards Yama. This is sleeping posture for nidhana yoga.

Gola Chakra

Draw the circle of the zodiac and a horizontal line along Aries-Libra axis which is the line of Chitrā-pakṣa ayanāṁśa. We divide the signs on the basis of pūrva (east) and paścima (west) gola. There are six signs on either side. The signs Aries to Virgo are said to be ‘from-east or pūrva gola as they symbolize the sun longitudinal movement called ‘avaroha’ (अवरोह) from its exaltation to its debility. The signs Libra to Pisces are said to be ‘from west’ or paścima gola as they symbolize the sun longitudinal movement called ‘āroha’ (आरोह) from debility (Libra) to exaltation. The two junction points are in the east (pūrva) and west (paścima) unlike the āyana horā where these junction points were are north and south. East symbolises sunrise and also exaltation point of the Sun. when the sun enters Aries, the lights in the heavens get switched on by Indra and stay on till sunset in the west. The important phenomena is the switching on of the light by Indra and even if there is more sunlight at midday, it does not really change the fact that the day has started and the world is visible. For this reason the period from sunrise to sunset, symbolising the daytime, is called pūrva gola (east-hemisphere) or purvārdha (eastern half). At sunset in the west, Varuṇa switches off the lights and the darkness of the night envelopes the heavens. It stays like this till sunrise in the east. This setting out of the light starts in the west and hence the name paścima (west) gola or paścima-ardha (western half).
Now human beings and all creatures are designed by Brahma, the creator, to sleep when the lights go off and awaken when the lights in the heavens are switched on. Sleep begins in the west with Varuṇa and awakening begins in the east with Indra. For good health and longevity one must sleep with the head in the west (and feet to the east). Sleeping in the opposite direction i.e. with head in east and feet to west will bring diseases and suffering.
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The Cross
Now let us consider the horā-āyana and horā-gola together. We draw the circle of the zodiac and two lines (1) from east to west from Aries to Libra for the horā-gola and (2) from north to south from Cancer to Capricorn for the horā-āyana. This forms the grand vertical cross which symbolises gradual growth and looks like the ‘plus’ sign (+). Gradual growth is beneficial for nature and is the effect of a positive Jupiter with the combined energies of Sun and Moon – all this is sattva guṇa that sustains this planet and the universe.

A fallen cross shows rapid growth as it shows the multiplication (×) with scanty regard for nature. The exploitation of mother earth reaches dangerous proportions threatening to destroy the delicate ecological balance. This is represented by Rāhu with the combined energies of the nodes Rāhu and Ketu – all this is tamas guṇa that destroys this planet and the universe.

There are four quarters of the universe represented with the zodiac caused by the two horā lines of āyana-horā and gola-horā.

  • The first quarter (Q1) comprises the first three signs Aries, Taurus and Gemini.
  • The second quarter (Q2) comprises the three signs Cancer, Leo and Virgo.
  • The third quarter (Q3) comprises the signs Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius.
  • The fourth quarter (Q4) comprises the signs Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

We observe that in Q1 and Q3, when the horā-gola is sun, the horā-āyana is moon and vice versa. This difference between the horā-gola and horā-āyana causes the winds in the bha-chakra to blow in regular direction i.e. in the same direction as the movement of the luminaries Sun and Moon. However, in Q2 and Q4, the horā-gola and horā-āyana are both either ruled by Sun or both ruled by Moon. This causes the bha-chakra winds to blow in the reverse direction i.e. in the direction of movement of the nodes Rāhu and Ketu. Thus, the four graha Sun, Moon, Rāhu and Ketu are critical to all time quality and they indicate regular zodiacal movement or the reverse anti-zodiacal movement respectively. The remaining five graha Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are either moving direct and in the lines of the Sun, Moon (production, creation) or reverse in the lines of the nodes (consumption, destruction).

In simpler words, the six signs in Q1 and Q3 have forward winds and are called viṁśa-pada rāśi (odd footed signs) while the six signs in Q2 and Q4 are called sama-pada rāśi (even footed signs) and have reverse winds.

Sama and Viṁśa Pada Rāśi

त्रीणि पदा विचक्रमे विष्णुर्गोपा अदाभ्यः। अतो धर्माणि धारयन्॥
trīṇi padā vicakrame viṣṇurgopā adābhyaḥ| ato dharmāṇi dhārayan || Rig Veda

Jyotiṣa Translation: In every three steps in the vi-chakra, Viṣṇu with the gopā and gopī (rāśi signified as male and female attendants) is upholding dharma through an inviolable principle.
These three steps of Viṣṇu are (A) forward movement in Q1: Aries, Taurus, Gemini or Q3: Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius or (B) reverse movement in Q2: Virgo, Leo, Cancer and Q4: Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn
Definition: All viṁśa rāśi (odd signs) are also viṁśa-pada rāśi (direct movement) except the fixed Leo and Aquarius which are reverse. Similarly all sama rāśi (even signs) are also sama-pada rāśi (reverse movement) except the fixed Taurus and Scorpio, which are direct.
In this manner we derive the viṁśa-pada and sama-pada rāśi using the horā-gola and horā-āyana.
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Svastika: Universal Growth
The movement of the zodiac is either zodiacal or anti-zodiacal depending on the sign holding the power of ‘Nārāyaṇa’ (Nārāyaṇa Daśā). Other means of determination include the tattva and pada of the janma nakṣatra as the winds of change are at the nakṣatra level. They impel thoughts that bring about many changes at all times in the being.
The svastika  (Sanskrit स्वस्तिक) is a representation of these winds of change. It has a central cross marking the āyana and gola horā and four outstretched arms at the apex of the cross in the direction of the wind. If the wind is zodiacal then these arms are drawn left and indicate material prosperity given by a stable savya chakra that has balanced growth with change. If the wind is anti-zodiacal then these arms are drawn right and indicate spiritual prosperity given by a stable apasavya chakra.
Stability of the universe (chart) occurs when there are natural benefic planets in kendra houses who are preferably in strength. Natural malefic planets in kendra must be weak to give stability. However, natural malefics in strength and natural benefics being weak show instability and the winds of change start blowing hard. Similarly, planets in other houses also influence the stability on the basis of the manner in which they influence the kendra bhāva.
When the winds of change are very powerful they can cause the world to tilt and life undergoes drastic changes that can translate as very painful life experiences. If the savya chakra tilts and crashes, it causes serious economic downturns, financial crashes, bankruptcy and such negative experiences where the food runs out. It is like a bad Saturn transit in the house of wealth (2nd bhāva) from Moon. On the other hand if the apasavya chakra tilts and crashes due to high winds of change, then it causes spiritual setbacks like moral depravation, addictions, break in the family, separation from near and dear ones and many emotional disturbances that pain the heart for many decades. It is like a bad Saturn transit in the twelfth house (vyaya bhāva) from Moon.

Vāyu Graha
Finally, we now know that we have to keep a keen eye on the winds of change for which we need to dread the ruling planets of vāyu tattva (windy planets) – Saturn and Rāhu. The following show very powerful destructive winds –

  • Signs jointly aspected by Saturn and Rāhu
  • Signs having pāpakartari yoga of Rāhu and Saturn
  • If Rāhu and Saturn are in consecutive signs, then the sign preceding them is where the storm initiates due to severe blockage
  • Rāhu and Saturn in mutual quadrants
  • Mars and Ketu cause terrible heat waves called Piśāca (a kind of demon) that damages the brain and reason is lost. In general, two or more of the natural malefic planets Rāhu, Saturn, Ketu, Mars and Sun, in that order, can damage a bhāva and initiate the winds of destructive changes.
  • Kendra 1, 4, 7, 10: affects childhood
  • Paṇapara 2, 5, 8, 11: affects middle age
  • Apoklimas 3, 6, 9, 12: affects old age

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Illustrations

In the chart of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, Rāhu is in 3rd house Cancer and Saturn is in 7th house in Scorpio. Together they damage the 9th house Capricorn with Ketu, the 4th house Leo with ātmakāraka Sun and the 7th house Scorpio with Saturn.
Storm winds in the 4th house affect the babyhood days when Kṛṣṇa had to be transported to foster parents Nanda and Yaśomati immediately after birth. There were various attempts on his life by various demons but he always emerged successful in demolishing them as Moon, the kāraka for the 4th house, is very strong in lagna. Further, Sun in 4th house is flanked by many planets in the 3rd and 5th houses making one a great warrior and very strong physically, like a boxer. Kṛṣṇa was known as a great wrestler and gave tips to Bhīma and other such fighters.
Storm in the 7th house is in Abhijit rāśi, which is the 4th rāśi from the Sun. It houses the 9th lord Saturn in digbala. Viṣṇu avatāra always have the ninth lord of dharma in digbala, exaltation and such strengths signifying their purpose of incarnation. Similarly the storm in the 9th house is in dharma bhāva. The Lord incarnates when there is a storm threatening to destroy dharma completely. These signs Scorpio and Capricorn having the storms are actually transferring the entire storm to Sagittarius as they have pāpakartari yoga on Sagittarius, the battle field. Further, Saturn and Ketu are in parivartana yoga. We have learnt earlier about this yoga when two planets exchange signs, they behave like they are in their own signs, and yet in the houses and are interlinked strongly. Saturn is as if in own sign Capricorn in 7th house in digbala while Ketu is as if in Scorpio in the 9th house. There is yet another exchange (parivartana yoga) between Moon and Venus exactly balancing the effects of Saturn and Ketu being in opposite signs from this parivartana. The two storms transferring to Sagittarius indicates the great battle – Mahabharata.
When will this happen? Essentially this fight happens throughout life but culminates at certain times. Since this is a very peculiar combination where the two signs having the storms are ‘compressing’ into one sign due to pāpakartari yoga – this culmination happens when the pakṣa compression occurs. Śrī Vedavyāsa writes in the Mahābhārata (Book 6. Bhīśma Parva)

चतुर्दशीं पञ्चदशीं भूतपूर्वां च षोडशीम्।
इमां तु नाभिजानामि अमावास्यां त्रयोदशीम्॥ २८॥
चन्द्रसूर्यावुभौ ग्रस्तावेकमासे त्रयोदशीम्।
अपर्वणि ग्रहावेतौ प्रजाः सङ्क्षपयिष्यतः॥ २९॥
caturdaśīṁ pañcadaśīṁ bhūtapūrvāṁ ca ṣoḍaśīm |
imāṁ tu nābhijānāmi amāvāsyāṁ trayodaśīm || 28||
candrasūryāvubhau grastāvekamāse trayodaśīm |
aparvaṇi grahāvetau prajāḥ saṅkṣapayiṣyataḥ || 29||

Translation: We have seen the well-established [pakṣa] of 15 days stretch to 14 days or 16 days. But we had never seen the amāvāsya in the 13th day. And that too the month has both the Sun and Moon eclipses with one occurring on the 13th day amāvāsya. Such a terrible combination falling on the missing tithi spells doom and large scale disaster to people.
The timing of this deadly pāpakartari yoga involving Rāhu and Saturn and the signs Scorpio and Capricorn had been predicted by Lord Kṛṣṇa –
“Rāhu has compressed pūrṇa (pūrṇimā or amāvāsya, 15th tithi) on caturdaśī (14 tithi). A previous occurrence of this was before the Mahabharata war and will be happening again soon.  This will lead to our destruction”.

Pāpakartari yoga caused by malefic planets shows compression of some sort and this is timed by the compression of the pakṣa with respect to the vāra. This prediction came true and while a large portion of the Yadava army was destroyed in the Mahābhārata, the entire city of Dwarka went under the ocean after Kṛṣṇa departed – timed with the compression of tithi.
We learn more details about the Pañcāṅga and Tithi compression as well as vanishing tithi and dirty months (mala māsa) later when we arrive at daśā and timing.

Lesson: Anyway why are we talking about pakṣa now? Because a pakṣa has 15 days, and if we attribute 1° (average solar motion) to one day, then in 15 days we cover 15°. Is this not the measure of a horā! Thus, the pakṣa is connected to the horā. Sun horā maps to śukla pakṣa while Moon horā maps to kṛṣṇa pakṣa. Sun horā and śukla pakṣa is lorded by the devas while Moon horā and kṛṣṇa pakṣa is lorded by the pitṛs.

Past and Future

To know the past and future of any person this concept of the svāstika is made use of which employs the gola horā in the first place to group people as born with Lagna in the Sun (Aries to Virgo) or Moon (Libra to Pisces). Thereafter, it uses the āyana-horā bhāva as (a) External or Sun horā from houses 4th to 10th via 7th house or (b) Internal or Moon horā from houses 10th to 4th via Lagna. This entire process is explained in the jyotiṣa classic Praśna Mārga under Chapter titled ‘Bright and Dark Future’.

If Lagna is in the signs Libra to Pisces [Moon gola-horā], then
Śloka 8: The ‘future’ of the person will be bright or dark according as the six houses from the latter part of the 4th house [Sun, External āyana-horā) are occupied by benefics or malefics.
Śloka 9: If the six houses from the latter portion of the 10th house [Moon, Internal āyana-horā] are occupied by benefic or malefic planets, then the past life of the person would have been fortunate or otherwise. This applies to persons born in the six rāśi counted from Libra.

If Lagna is in the signs Aries to Virgo [Sun gola-horā] Śloka 10: For persons born in the six rāśi beginning with Aries, past is indicated by the houses 4 to 10 [Sun, External āyana-horā] and the future by houses 10 to 4 [Moon, Internal āyana-horā].

Note that the unexpired portion of 4th house till the expired portion of the 10th house i.e. cusp of 4th house to cusp of 10th house via 7th house is the Sun (external) āyana-horā. Benefics indicate good results while malefics signify misfortunes and strife. This is extremely important as it shows how relationships sour and rājayoga or any sambandha can break.
We have shown the roots of many concepts in vedic astrology. In time you will learn to use them skillfully. Unless you take time to understand these derivations and concepts, the knowledge they contain and the tools they represent will be of no avail.
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For using the Āyana-Horā, we have a special horā chart called समसप्तक samasaptaka literally meaning neutral-seventh where the 7th bhāva is a projection of the self (lagna). We have seen earlier that the Āyana horā has to do with the latitudinal movement of the Sun which divides the bha-chakra into two halves alone Cancer-Capricorn axis. The lower half from Cancer to Sagittarius is the realm of the Sun (horā) called dakṣiṇa āyana and the upper half from Capricorn to Gemini is the realm of the Moon (horā) called uttara āyana. We call this the D2-A (from Āyana) horā chart to distinguish it from D2-S (from Somanāth) and D2-P (from Parivṛtti).

This horā chart written as D2-A considers the placement of the planet in the ‘sun’ or ‘moon’ horā of a sign and accordingly maps them to the two halves – uttara āyana if placed in moon horā and dakṣiṇa āyana if placed in sun horā. Accordingly we place the planet either in the same sign, if the sign is in the correct āyana or we move it to the opposite sign if the sign is in the wrong āyana. As an example consider the first horā of Aries 0°-15° which is ruled by the sun and must map into dakṣiṇa āyana. Aries is in the uttara āyana and therefore, a planet placed in the first horā of Aries must be shifted to Libra (opposite sign) to confirm to the āyana.

The greatest advantage of the D2-A horā chakra is that it takes into account the dictum for Śrī that ‘if a planet is exalted or debilitated, then it shall give Śrī (prosperity, well-being etc.) Śrī is the śaktī of Nārāyaṇa and these and other dictum associated with Śrī like Śrī Lagna, bhāgya etc., are honoured by this D2-A horā chart.

Table 8: Samasaptaka Horā

Rāśi

Rāśi

1st Horā

2nd Horā

Aries

Libra

Su

Libra

Mo

Aries

Taurus

Scorpio

Mo

Taurus

Su

Scorpio

Gemini

Sagittarius

Su

Sagittarius

Mo

Gemini

Cancer

Capricorn

Mo

Capricorn

Su

Cancer

Leo

Aquarius

Su

Leo

Mo

Aquarius

Virgo

Pisces

Mo

Pisces

Su

Virgo

Opposite Signs

  • Opposite signs are considered as part of a dual whole. The horā mapping is identical for opposite signs. For example for Aries and Libra, the first horā is Libra and second horā is Aries.
  • This principle of similarity between opposite signs is used in Nārāyaṇa daśā and other rāśi daśā where we determine the starting sign from the stronger between the 1st and 7th houses.
  • The spouse is considered ‘ardhāñgin’ or half-body. Normally men refer to their wife as the ‘better half’. The concept of the two as halves of one ‘marriage’ is ingrained in the society and becomes saṁskāra.

Previously we had studied D2-S (Somanāth Horā) where the concept of Vasudaiva Kuṭumbakkaṁ as one world family was considered. However in the Samasaptaka Horā we examine all personal relationships within the family.

Rath Marriage(s) Rule

The name ‘Rath’ is being used to honour my late grandfather Pt. Jagannāth Rath as well as to clearly distinguish what is specifically from our tradition. Our tradition from Jagannāth Puri was the only one which had a very definite method of determining subsequent spouse(s) following separation or dissolution of the first marriage. Presently this has been accepted by all vedic astrologers and is very popular due to its superb accuracy. It is not as if this method was unknown to India but with time and lack of practise, these secrets may have died in other traditions.

We have already noted that Samasaptaka Horā is for ‘Śrī’ the constant consort of Nārāyaṇa, which is an important part of the second house. It defines ones family, family values and everything connected with immediate family starting with husband or wife. Even in the navāṁśa we examine the second house for external people straying into the marriage, with such relationships which can break the family. Bear one point always in mind – two souls stay married so long as they maintain the same āyana. Differences in conjugal relationship crops up with time as their āyana changes. So long as they can understand this and have developed that level of maturity and tolerance to allow for this, the marriage continues, else it breaks down.

Aries Lagna 1st Horā 2nd Horā Marriage House
1H Aries Libra Aries First 7th
2H Taurus Taurus Scorpio Second 2nd
3H Gemini Sagittarius Gemini Third 9th
4H Cancer Capricorn Cancer Fourth 4th
5H Leo Leo Aquarius Fifth 11th
6H Virgo Pisces Virgo Sixth 6th
7H Libra Libra Aries Seventh 1st
8H Scorpio Taurus Scorpio Eighth 8th
9H Sagittarius Sagittarius Gemini Ninth 3rd
10H Capricorn Capricorn Cancer Tenth 10th
11H Aquarius Leo Aquarius Eleventh 5th
12H Pisces Pisces Virgo Twelfth 12th

In order to determine the marriage houses for Kālapuruṣa (Aries Lagna), we list the first horā in the order of houses and subsequently list the second horā as per the Samasaptaka horā scheme.

  1. For Aries Lagna at first degree, the first horā is in Libra. Therefore, the first marriage or Śrī shall be seen from Libra.
  2. The second house, in order from Aries is Taurus and the first horā of Taurus is in Taurus itself. Therefore the second marriage of Aries Lagna is in the 2nd house in Taurus.
  3. The third house from Aries lagna is Gemini and the first horā is Sagittarius. Therefore the 3rd marriage is seen from Sagittarius, the 9th house.
  4. The fourth house is Cancer, and in moving from Gemini to Cancer we have crossed the āyana-dividing line. We need to ignore the first horā and shift to the second horā for all subsequent signs. The second horā of Cancer is Cancer itself. Therefore the 4th marriage of Aries lagna is seen from Cancer, the 4th house.
  5. In this manner we continue using the 2nd horā to determine the signs for subsequent marriages from the 5th marriage (5th house Leo, 2nd horā Aquarius) till the 9th marriage (9th house Sagittarius, 2nd horā Gemini).
  6. Thereafter the āyana again changes as we move from Sagittarius to Capricorn. We are required to shift back to the first horā for marriage determination. The tenth house is Capricorn and the 1st horā is the 10th house Capricorn which determines the 10th marriage.
  7. Continuing to use the 1st horā for the last two houses we get the 11th marriage in the 5th sign Leo and 12th marriage in 12th sign Pisces. Results of each marriage and sign/house is tabulated for ready reference below.

From the above table we derive the following rule.

Rath Marriage(s) Rule: The first marriage is seen in the 7th house of the chart and every subsequent marriage is seen in the 8th house reckoned from it.
Rider (1): The marriage rule is also applicable to partnerships and relationships of mutual dependence of every kind from the relevant divisional chart
Rider (2): This rule envisages moving from one relationship to another, which may overlap at times. Bigamous or simultaneous multiple relationships which are seen from the same sign (affliction or conjunctions).

Venus is the significator of relationships and this is the first planet we study in the D2-A horā chart. Venus must be strong and unafflicted by malefic planets. If Venus associates with the 8th house, it can show renunciation of marriage.

The 7th and 8th houses are examined for quality and length of marriage respectively. We are not studying marriage per se, but the pivotal role of marriage in family building and society participation.

In the D2-A Chart, engagements cannot be ignored as they are the first step to marriage. While the navāṁśa (D9), being a dharma-aṁśa, is strict about tying the nuptial bond i.e. marriage itself, this chart does take into account engagements as well. Therefore the numbers that we place for the marriages/engagements in the D2A chart may not match with the same numbers in the navāṁśa chart.

What we are examining in this chart is not the person in marriage, but the quality of the marriage and more important, own mother (and family) with respect to each marriage (or engagement).

  • Mother is indicated by the 4th house and its lord; Significator Moon
  • Family is indicated by the 2nd house and its lord; Significators Moon (mother), Sun (father), Jupiter (children from previous marriages), Mercury (relatives)

Illustration: Elizabeth Taylor


Elizabeth Taylor was married eight times to seven husbands not withstanding her many romances outside her marriages. We cannot account for all the romances as they did not lead to engagements.
Significator Venus

  1. Venus is debilitated indicating a sorry state of affairs as it shows inability to ‘give the heart’ to any (one) person. Such people are constantly seeking the perfect love. A lady can get very distressed as Virgo being a perfectionist requires that she marry someone as good as god! Ideally such people should become deva-dāsī, but in the modern world this is looked down on and they continue to suffer in human relationships. They are quick to find flaws and faults in spouse, a Venus perfectionist, trying constantly to make them perfect like the gods of their dreams.
  2. HL (Horā Lagna) conjoins Venus – requires that spouse must be wealthy
  3. Pisces is the 7th house from Venus having the nodes Rāhu and Ketu together indicating multiple marriages and relationships as the doors (7th bhāva) of Venus are open to many and in a void. Meeting of the nodes indicates mokṣa and such a person, if guided properly can have ‘marriage with god’ and become a nun or monk. If misguided, then there are multiple relationships followed by much pain.
  4. Lord of 7th house from Venus: This is the guide as it lords the 7th house from Venus and leads the native to the spouse. Jupiter is exalted retrograde (debilitated!) confirming one who is misguided and misjudges. Jupiter is retrograde indicating one who does not give up but shall try and try and try again until the last breath.
  5. Eighth house from Venus: It is the bonding factor in marriages and shows what we do to make marriages last. Aries is the 8th house which is not a very healthy sign as it is lorded by Mars, the celibate warrior. Ah! Moon is in the 8th house in maraṇa kāraka sthāna which is specifically called ‘chandrāṣṭama doṣa’ and marked as a major flaw in any chart. Mother and family will not promote long marriages. Even if they think they are trying to help, they will actually end up demolishing the relationships.
  6. Eighth Lord from Venus: This planet gives the term for the marriage(s) and Mars is also the lagneśa indicating someone who will at least try to make the marriage work. Mars is conjoined the Sun, another agni planet and is in a battle with Mercury in the 12th sign (renounce, reject) from Venus. A little show of temper (Mars), the slightest sign of ego (Sun) and any verbal duel (afflicted Mercury) will result in the marriage collapsing.

① Taurus: Initial Engagements | about 6 months each
[Venus + Rāhu dṛṣṭi] Liz Taylor was engaged to marry famous American football halfback Glenn Davis. The 7th house is Taurus with the Moon in the 12th sign from it indicating a secret enemy (mother or family). The 7th lord Venus in debility is aspected by the nodes confirming something very wrong. Until after the engagement broke Glenn Davis did not know that Taylor’s mother had encouraged it only to build publicity for her daughter’s movie career. It is not as if Liz Taylor also did not know about her mother’s machinations – she was a part of it and played her role very well being a natural born actress.

[Venus debilitated] According to her own handwritten letters (which were set to be auctioned soon after Taylor’s death), William Pawley Jr. was Elizabeth Taylor’s first true love. They met in Florida in March of 1949 (Saturn daśā Mercury antardaśā) when Taylor was vacationing there with her parents and was ‘technically engaged to marry Glenn Davis’. William Pawley Jr. was the son of a wealthy American ambassador to Peru. He was 28 when he met the 17-year-old Elizabeth Taylor in Florida and became her first fiancé. The couple’s relationship was a dramatic story that tantalized Hollywood at the early height of Taylor’s fame.

Taylor wrote to Pawley that “Glenn and I made an arrangement just to go to special events together where there are a lot of nosy reporters… like the Academy Awards.” Of course she did make the right statements to Pawley “I want our hearts to belong to each other throughout eternity.” And “eternity” lasted just six months! Pawley was her first true love and when they split up in the fall of 1949, she wrote about the diamond engagement ring he had sent her. “I have the ring on now. It is sparking so beautifully in the sunshine. I suppose this will be the last time I have it on – for a while, at least – take good care of it, Darling – for my heart is embedded right there in the center of it.” Venus debilitated influenced by Rāhu gave her the first two engagements which clearly show what is to follow.

[Venus + Ketu dṛṣṭi] Howard Hughes, one of the greatest Americans in history, promised Taylor’s parents that if they would encourage her to marry him, the enormously wealthy aviator (movie) industrialist and film producer would finance a movie studio for her; Sara Taylor (mother agreed), but Liz Taylor refused. In the competition between Ketu and Mars for control of Scorpio, Ketu is weaker while Mars gets digbala and is with two other planets including Mercury.

For every marriage/engagement, examine the 2nd house from it for sustenance of the relationship.
Gemini is too weak and its lord Mercury is with the agni graha – Mars and Sun indicating that these will end soon.

② Sagittarius: First Marriage Conrad Hilton | 9 months (May 6, 1950 – January 29, 1951)
Liz Taylor wanted to escape her mother (who was pestering her to consider Howard Hughes) and conveniently believed that she was in love with the young hotel heir “Nicky”. MGM staff designed Taylor’s wedding dress and honeymoon outfits. In nine months Liz Taylor felt that Hilton’s “gambling, drinking, and abusive behaviour” horrified her and her parents (particularly mother who was still considering Howard Hughes). She blamed this behaviour as the cause of a miscarriage, and ended the marriage in divorce after nine months. Moon in 5th house from Sagittarius did give a pregnancy but Mars, Mercury and Sun in tenth house destroyed it.

Saturn is in Capricorn (alcohol, weaknesses), the sustenance house

Hughes Second Attempt: Because the dispositor of Ketu (Jupiter) is retrograde, Howard would try again after her first marriage failed in nine months, to be turned down a second time. I consider this the biggest mistake (Ketu) Liz Taylor made. Ketu is always ignored only to one’s own discomfort and loss.

③ Cancer: Michael Wilding | 5 years (Feb 21, 1952 – Jan 26, 1957)
Cancer is ruled by the Moon indicating strong support by family and mother. As such it shows caring, good home life and children (moon rules pregnancy). Saturn can indicate an older, more responsible person or a diseased one. Michael Wilding was 20 years older than Taylor and suffered from lifelong epilepsy. He comforted her after her break with Hilton. Their marriage lasted 5 years and they had two sons – Michael Howard Wilding (1953) and Christopher Edward Wilding (1955).

After their divorce Taylor admitted “I gave him rather a rough time, sort of henpecked him and probably wasn’t mature enough for him.” Cancer being in the 12th house from lagneśa Mars indicates one who will be punished by her based on inimical houses for graha[1].

④ Aquarius: Michael Todd | 1 year (Feb 2, 1957 – Mar 22, 1958)
This sign is also ruled by Saturn indicating age difference and Mike Todd (47) was almost double her age (24) when they married. Mike’s first wife Bertha Freshman had died barely one week after he filed for divorce and second wife actress Joan Blondell got a divorce when she claimed he held her out of a window by her ankles! Mike Todd and Liz Taylor had a daughter, Elizabeth Frances (Liza) Todd, (b. Aug 6, 1957). Todd died after his private plane, Lucky Liz, crashed near Grants, New Mexico ending Taylor’s only marriage not to result in divorce. Although their relationship was tumultuous, she later called him one of the three loves of her life, along with Burton and jewellery. Rāhu, the co-lord of Aquarius is in the fifth house. It is aspected by the Moon (rāśi dṛṣṭi) giving them a child but is also in the bādhaka rāśi from Moon besides being in 6th house from Venus.

⑤ Virgo: Eddie Fisher | 5 years (May 12, 1959 – Mar 6, 1964)
Eddie Fisher was Mike Todd’s best friend who consoled Taylor after Todd’s death. The consolation ended up in bed even while Fisher was still married to Debbie Reynolds, causing a scandal. Taylor outraged columnist Hopper by telling her, “Well, Mike is dead and I’m alive…What do you expect me to do? Sleep alone?” Later they married but did not have any children (Moon in 8th house). Mercury indicates a friend becoming spouse.

⑥ Aries: Richard Burton | 10 years (Mar 15, 1964 – Jun 26, 1974)
In 1961, while working on the movie Cleopatra, Elizabeth and Richard fell in love. They were both married to others at the time. Aries is a royal sign and it has the Moon, the most important planet in D2 chart promising high emotional attachment. The Vatican condemned Burton and Taylor’s affair as “erotic vagrancy”. Taylor wanted to focus on her marriage rather than her career, and gained weight in an unsuccessful attempt to not receive film roles. Elizabeth and Richard adopted Maria, a girl from Germany in late 1964 in Jupiter daśā Mercury antardaśā. Mercury is in the fifth house (from Aries) and is with Mars (Aries Lord) and Sun (5th lord). Richard’s drinking and the combative nature of their volatile marriage were the main reasons the passionate marriages of Elizabeth and Richard ended. Last time Elizabeth saw alcohol problems from spouse was with Conrad Hilton (First Marriage, Sagittarius – another fire trine). This was the longest marriage as the sign is supported by both Sun and Moon. But Venus as 2nd lord is in debility in the 6th house telling us the real reason for the separation as the alcohol induced infertility of Richard Burton.

⑦ Scorpio: Richard Burton | 1 Year (Oct 10, 1975 – Jul 29, 1976)
It is believed that Richard fought it back after his divorce with Liz Taylor. Sixteen months after divorcing—Burton said, “You can’t keep clapping a couple of sticks [of dynamite] together without expecting them to blow up”. They remarried in a private ceremony in Kasane, Botswana, but soon separated and re-divorced in 1976 at Haiti. Interesting to note that both signs are ruled by Mars indicating the possibility of remarriage with the same spouse. The second time the marriage is sustained by an exalted retrograde (debilitated!) Jupiter, which means as good as nothing.

⑧ Gemini: John Warner | 6 years (Dec 4, 1976 – Nov 7, 1982)
As with Burton, Taylor sought to be known as the wife of her husband, a Republican United States Senator from Virginia. Unhappy with her life in Washington, she became depressed and entered the Betty Ford Clinic.

⑨ Capricorn: Larry Fortensky | 5 years (Oct 6, 1991 – Oct 31, 1996)
Taylor met Fortensky when they were both in rehab for drugs and alcohol addiction at California’s Betty Ford Clinic. They married at the Neverland Ranch in 1991, when he was 39 and she was 59. Capricorn shows the construction worker with Saturn in Sasa Mahāpuruṣa yoga. Larry never ever spoke about his marriage or about Liz Taylor.  While she loved many, there was at least one man who truly loved her.

Jupiter, the kāraka for husband, shows the point of satisfaction beyond which a woman normally does not go. It can mark the end of further marriages. Jupiter is exalted retrograde in the 7th house (Cn) and would give the results of the opposite sign thereby marking Capricorn as the end of the cycle of marriages.

D2-A Horā Lessons

Āyana Bhāva

The case of Elizabeth Taylor was an extreme one where Venus the significator and the 7th and 8th from it were severely afflicted by very mutually inimical planets (Rāhu & Moon respectively). Similarly the 7th and 8th lords from lagna were also afflicted.

The 7th lord from lagna the āyana (directions) the marriage will lead to. If the 7th lord is ill placed in a duṣthāna (6th, 8th or 12th house) then the marriage activates would be indicated by Saturn, the significator of duṣthāna which can lead to sorrow, renunciation or brahmacārya or such experiences. Brahmacārya  envisages abstinence from sexual activity and is the path indicated by Saturn as Brahma is his devatā. Similarly, from the house placement of the 7th lord we can determine other paths based on the devatā of the kāraka for the concerned bhāva where it is placed in the samasaptaka horā chart.

7th lord in Kāraka Devatā Gati
Lagna Sun Agni Śiva, Śaiva
4th (Sukha) Moon Jala Durgā, śākta
7th (Dārā) Venus Indrānī Lakṣmī
10 (Karma) Mercury Viṣṇu Vaiṣṇava
2, 5, 9, 11 (Dhana) Jupiter Indra
3 (Parākrama) Mars Skanda
6, 8, 12 (Duṣthāna) Saturn Brahma Brahmacārya

In this line of thinking, the lord of the duṣthāna (6th, 8th or 12th lords) placed in the 7th house may lead to renunciation of marriage, especially the 12th lord. Similarly the 7th lord in a duṣthāna is not conducive to staying married, especially the 12th house of renunciation. The native, even if married, prefers the spiritual path of brahmacārya instead of conjugal bliss in sexual unions.

Sva and Guru

The Sun is the strongest significator of spirituality in the chart, as it signifies the soul itself while the Moon shows the partner or the path in life. In this life is viewed as a journey in darkness with the moonlight guiding the mind. The Sun signifies the self and the Moon signifies the Guru. The extent to moonlight signifies the power of the guru to guide the mind. For this reason, the worship of all world teachers, called Guru’s, is not in their birth date or janma tithi, but instead in those pūrṇimā (full moons) that show their enlightenment or the path they signify. To worship a true Guru on his birthdate (janma tithi) is the most foolish thing to do. In fact as Kali yuga progresses, people will steer towards worshipping the Guru in their janma tithi instead of the pūrṇimā that gives complete light on their path. One of the primary purpose of Śrī Chaitanya avatāra is to offset this problem by appearing (birth) on Gaura pūrṇimā which is phālguṇa pūrṇimā. Then the janma tithi and enlightenment are both related to phālguṇa pūrṇimā and the possibility of error is offset.

If sva (self) is indicated by the Sun which is the significator of the lagna, then the true self is pure light as represented by the Sun. During the day, this light is so strong that it envelopes the sky and the stars and path (of Moon) are hidden from view. This experience is called ahaṁkāra (ego domination) where all that the native of ignorance can see is his own self and all that he wants (Sun has primary aspect on 7th house of desires). The adi-devatā of Sun is Agni and worship of agni strengthens the soul by burning away the layers of sin that cause ahaṁkāra to dominate the consciousness. The objective is to finally burn away all the sin so that what remains is a ‘pure unsullied soul’. This is signified by the pratyādi devatā of Sun – Śiva (the auspicious objective of the soul). In this manner study the adi devatā and pratyādi devatā of the planets.

Amā and pūrṇa gaṇḍānta

The word गण्ड (gaṇḍa) as used in gaṇḍānta or gaṇḍa (10th) yoga means

  • (a) a cheek or the whole face including the temples;
  • (b) in the negative it can mean a boil, bubble, pimple or goitre of the neck;
  • (c) joint (between bones)
  • (d) temporary storage (like bladder before excretion)
  • (e) the best – as in gaṇḍaka (rhinoceros having survived so many millions of years) or gānḍiva (Arjuna’s bow received from Śiva à Soma à Varuṇa à Agni à Arjuna), gaṇḍīra (hero) etc.

It is obvious that gaṇḍa is not a bad word and instead implies something very good, or the best as well. Among the astrological yoga (pañcāṅga), it is the 10th yoga which maps into Anurādhā nakṣatra and shows great love for Kṛṣṇa.

However, gaṇḍānta means the ‘anta’ (ending) of the gaṇḍa (hero, best) – which is very inauspicious as something which is so good is coming to an end. There are two gaṇḍānta in the tithi and these are at the junction of the two pakṣa. The junction between kṛṣṇa pakṣa (ending) and śukla pakṣa starting is called amānta gaṇḍānta as it refers to the ending of amāvāsya whereas the junction between śukla pakṣa (ending) and kṛṣṇa pakṣa (starting) is called pūrṇānta gaṇḍānta as it refers to the ending of pūrṇimā tithi. The amānta gaṇḍānta symbolises the extreme power of Rāhu while the pūrṇānta gaṇḍānta symbolises the extreme power of Ketu. It is at these points that the full power of the Pitṛs and Devas respectively, are seen. The pitṛs exercise their power to take us out of the hellish worlds (narka) symbolised by amāvāsya whereas the devas deliver us to the higher lokas (especially satya loka) symbolised by pūrṇimā. Therefore, both are benevolent functions – one is a push or ejection from evil or end of suffering and the other is a pull to higher realms or delivery to happiness – that’s the only difference. In this we see the functioning of the two deities of the horā.

Perfect Guru: Śrī Ramakrishna

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Samasaptaka Horā of Thakur Ramakrishna has Leo rising with the Sun in it indicating that the path to Śiva is perfected (personal path). However, we also notice the 12th lord Moon is in the 7th house which is a combination encouraging brahmacārya (celibacy) even in marriage.

The śaktī of the spouse which guides the spiritual path is in the 7th house and is indicated by the Moon-Mercury combination which is either (a) Sāradā or (b) Tripura Sundarī or both. It is interesting that his spouse was Śrī Sāradā Devī and he worshipped her as an incarnation of Tripura Sundarī, the establisher of lineage.

The 7th house has two lords – Saturn going to the 3rd house would show Skanda (Mars, Kāraka) and this gives the krīṁ bīja which is also the Kālikā bīja. In fact this is likely to be Kali (Kālikā bīja) which is the feminine form for the 3rd house. Rāhu the co-lord is in the 10th house (Viṣṇu). Thakur performed severe penance for Radha-Kṛṣṇa.

In addition note that the lagna is influenced by the Sun and Moon forming a full moon (pūrṇimā) yoga. Although Venus is well placed in exaltation, the 7th lord from it Mercury is in the 12th house while Saturn exalts in the 8th house pushing for brahmacārya and we know this to be the krīṁ bīja of Kālikā. This chart is simply astounding with so many planets in own sign (Sun, Jupiter) or exaltation (Venus, Saturn, Rāhu), the Moon is also giving results like a full moon.

Venus in the 2nd or 8th is good for saṅnyāsa and brahmacārya. However Thakur Ramakrishna did marry as Mercury (7th lord from Venus) is in 7th house from lagna but he maintained perfect celibacy even in marriage as it is in maraṇa kāraka sthāna besides 12th lord Moon is in 7th house.

The Lagna has Sun having the dṛṣṭi of Jupiter and Moon – all sattva guṇa planets. The only rajas dṛṣṭi is that of Mercury which is also controlled by the Moon and is weak in maraṇa sthāna.

Śrī Aurobindo

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Śrī Aurobindo also has Venus in the 2nd house and the 7th lord from it Saturn is in Gemini in 12th house, while Rāhu, the co-lord is in debility in Scorpio. The 7th from lagna has Mars in exaltation showing the form of Bagalamukhi śaktī (spouse Mrinalini Devī) while the 7th lord Saturn is in the 12th house confirming his brahmacārya (celibacy). From Venus, the 7th lord Saturn is in the 12th house from lagna for celibacy while the 8th lord Jupiter is in 12th house from Venus showing very little desire (see Ramakrishna) to keep any marriage from the view-point of Venus.

Manomohan Gangopadhyaya (Shruti-Smriti, Part 1, (1927), p 13)
In 1909, after his acquittal, I once invited Sri Aurobindo for lunch….
We discussed whether one can maintain brahmacharya after marriage. I was of the opinion that one can’t. He was explaining how it was in fact possible. I was curious to know whether Sri Aurobindo himself maintained it but could not muster the courage to ask him. After a while he told me, “I can see what is in your mind. You are eager to know whether I have sexual relations with my wife or not. I don’t,” he declared. “I have been able to maintain my brahmacharya even after marriage.”

The lagna has Jupiter (sattva) with the graha dṛṣṭi of Mars (tamas) and rāśi dṛṣṭi of Sun (sattva) with Venus (rajas). Venus is the 8th house is very weak to exert much influence and the only negative dṛṣṭi of Mars was overcome during the Nārāyaṇa daśā of Scorpio when Aurobindo went to prison to serve a false accusation of bombing (terrorist). There he saw the vision of Kṛṣṇa and after having overcome this dṛṣṭi through experience of karma, only the sattva guṇa of Jupiter and Sun remained to manifest.

Coming to the personal path, it is indicated by lagneśa Saturn in 6th house of brahmacārya (Yoga) and is also forming the sani-chandra yoga with the Moon which also promises brahmacārya.

Perfect Śiṣya: Swami Vivekananda

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Normally when Venus and Mercury conjoin and samasaptaka horā lagna is a sign of Mercury (instead of Venus or others supporting Venus), then in every likelihood, the native will take saṅnyāsa. Other factors like a strong Sun must support this path. Swami Vivekananda has Gemini rising with lagneśa Mercury conjoining Venus in 2nd house, without other planets.

Like Śrī Ramakrishna, he has Sun in lagna with Jupiter in the 5th house. The planets Jupiter and Sun show the temple – or a person who is like a temple. It is called ‘Gopāla Yoga’ and carries the power of Śrī Kṛṣṇa through the gopāla mantra [gopijana vallabhāya svāhā] having the yuga-saṅtāraṅa śaktī. The Lagna is aspected by the Moon (rāśi dṛṣṭi), has Sun and Jupiter (graha dṛṣṭi) – all sattva guṇa planets. Just as Thakur Ramakrishna symbolises the perfect guru, so also Swami Vivekananda symbolises the perfect śiṣya. It is a separate issue that this śiṣya will also become a perfect guru later but in the karma history, Swami Vivekananda spent his life passing on the message of his guru through the Ramakrishna Mission. This is how the world will always remember him and this is due to the Mercurial sign Gemini rising in the D2-A horā showing his life path as the perfect śiṣya. Readers may note how we have been examining the conjunction and dṛṣṭi of planets to determine the predominant guṇa as sattva, rajas or tamas.

Why did Swamiji not marry at all nor have any relationship? Besides the yoga we mentioned for saṅnyāsa, we need to examine the 7th lord, which is Jupiter and placed in the 5th house it is likely to give marriage. However, it is closely conjoined Mars, the 6th lord of celibacy. In this tussle between Jupiter and Mars for marriage or celibacy, Mars emerges the victor as the nodes Rāhu and Ketu conjoin in Scorpio, the 6th house (celibacy) to throw their weight behind Mars. Once when Swamiji had unclean thoughts about relationship, he punished the mind by sitting on a bucket of red-hot charcoal until his buttocks were burnt. The healing took time and such thoughts never appeared. He used the fire of Mars to overcome the desire of the 7th lord once and for all. The 6th lord is the best friend of the brahmacārya (celibates).

Personal path of Swami Vivekananda is indicated by the lagneśa Mercury with Venus where Mercury is far stronger and denies marriage leading to saṅnyāsa. Jupiter the significator of this house shows his life path as one following the Guru and Jupiter in the 5th house shows that this will take the form of a mantra –

ॐ ह्रीं नमो भगवते रामकृष्णाय
om hrīṁ namo bhagavate rāmakṛṣṇāya

Srila Prabhupada

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Just like Swami Vivekananda we have the lagna in Gemini with the lagneśa conjoining Venus promising saṅnyāsa. However Mercury is debilitated and Venus is exalted indicating that unless Mercury gains strength, Venus will dominate and as Abhay Charan De, he married had a wife, children and led a householders life. The 7th lord is not linked to the 6th lord showing that he was not celibate in marriage and produced children. However, the 7th lord Jupiter is conjoined the nodes (Rāhu and Ketu) in Leo indicating that at some stage this will feel like death due to the guru-caṇḍāla yoga. Further Rāhu has a parivartana yoga with the Sun bringing the Sun light into Jupiter after the parivartana starts to function. Parivartana means radical change and after Prabhupada renounced this yoga started functioning bringing the Sun+Jupiter into effect in Leo with Ketu and Prabhupada build many temples of Kṛṣṇa throughout the world.

The trigger for the parivartana was the saṅnyāsa which happened in his 64th year (age 63). With this parivartana, Venus became weak and he renounced family life, wife, home and wealth and went on to become the perfect śiṣya preaching the Vaiṣṇava gospel.

The life path and saṅnyāsa are seen from the lagneśa in the 10th house and Mercury as vaiṣṇava (Viṣṇu).


[1] Śatru sambandha: Sun, Jupiter treat the sixth house as enemy and so do Saturn and Rāhu; Moon, Mars and Ketu treat 12th house as enemy; Mercury treats 3rd house as enemy while Venus is inimical to 4th house.

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