Stri Jataka: Female Horoscopy
The aim of Vedic Astrology is to help the individual progress on his path of self-realization and ultimately leave this material plane for the transcendental abode. It is in this context we read in the Srimad Bhagavatam that a person should not become a father, mother or a guru unless he intends to deliver that person from the cycle of birth and death.
In ancient times and still some of the higher classes of people, an astrologer is consulted for an auspicious time to conceive children and ceremonies called “Garbhadhana Samsakaras” are performed by the couple to ensure the birth of a good child.
A king, after acquiring an appropriate wife would consult with both the Brahmanas and astrologers for “Muhurtas” or auspicious times for all the important occasions such as marriage and the conception of children. The King would then make a proclamation to the citizens announcing his intent. Begetting a child was very deliberate and conscious act performed with the blessings of great personalities and the well wishes of the citizens in the kingdom. Thus, the Vedas were oriented towards the well being of society as a whole and not an individual’s immediate sense gratification.
In western society not much forethought is given to the conceiving of children, and in many cases marriage itself is casually arranged. Often marriage is based on the physical attraction and sexual compatibility of the couple. Divorce is a growing trend and recently I read that as many as 80% pregnancies are unplanned. When society is flooded by large numbers of unwanted children, the results will ultimately affect many generations to come. This is known in Vedic language as ‘Varna-shankara’ or unwanted progeny.
With this is mind it is no wonder that most of the classics like BPHS have devoted whole chapters to astrological combinations in regard to women. Men of character are also required, but for the purposes of this article, we will examine charts of women. We should not come to conclusions about any chart until all factors are taken into account. This is Kali Yuga, the age of quarrel and irreligion, and mankind is slowly losing its good qualities. It is rare to find a chart that reveals a person with strength of character as described in Mahabharata, one who is able to perform austerities and follow religious principles. We are more likely to find charts dominated by malefic planets and an independent mind set, with huge ambitions to progress materialistically. Perhaps making a conscious attempt to produce and raise nice children is a wise thing after all.
Lagna: The rising sign and the planets influencing the ascendant will contribute to the native’s appearance and manner. Odd signs rising can give masculine, athletic or competitive qualities, especially if influenced by Mars. Even signs give feminine traits. This can also be applied to the Moon sign as well. Notice whether benefics or malefics are influencing the Lagna and its lord. This will give clues what trend her life will take. Is the Lagna “hemmed in” by malefics? Has the Lagna lord gone to inauspicious places like dusthana? Unless the Lagna lord is also aspected by benefics or is otherwise well disposed, these placements can create a life of hardship, disease, conflict, misery or toil.
The location of the Lagna lord is called “Paka Lagna” or the seat of intelligence. Examination of this Lagna can be helpful in understanding the native and can give clues as to the orientation of the native’s mind.
Sun: Check the status of the Sun, who is natural karaka of vitality and health. He is also karaka for the soul and father. Is the sun in a position of strength? Is the native self-confident or lacking in self-esteem? Sun can show her physical vitality, some mental strength and even her status in society. Sun can indicate the protection and support or lack of from the father. Sun is also the main planet associated with the conception of children.
Moon: The Moon is an important planet to examine. It is natural karaka of the mind, emotions, nurturance and many things connected with motherhood. The Moon shows where and what we focus our minds on. Check the placement of Moon, the sign it occupies and the house it owns. Afflictions to Moon by Saturn, Mars and Rahu/Ketu can seriously affect a woman’s temperament, mothering and nurturing ability, and in general, color her experience in life. In addition, an afflicted Moon can affect her ability to conceive and maintain a pregnancy.
If her chart has much beneficial yoga especially yogas situated around the Moon such as Adhi, Sunapha, Gajakesari etc., her chances of being a good mother and happy wife are increased. Likewise, if the native is suffering from daridra, arista, pisacha, ie crazy yogas, it can significantly affect her ability to care for her family.
The Husband: The 7th house, UL and A7 are very important in a woman’s chart for many reasons. In previous times, and even today in some cultures the husband is considered the “spiritual master” of the wife. And, according to the Vedas, a faithful and devoted wife not only receives the material benefits of a well-off husband but also the spiritual benefits or “punya” earned by her husband during his lifetime. If a woman has a husband that can physically, mentally and financially support her, she will have a significantly better chance of being happy and successfully raising her children. Remember when examining a potential husband’s chart, his longevity should be considered. This is especially important in current times, as many women no longer have support of an extended family.
The 1/7 axis in the chart is “Satya Peetha” or the houses of truth and the 7th house is where we look to see desires that can tie us to this material world. Check the status of 7th house, its lord and Venus, the karaka for the spouse. Also check the 7th lord from Venus and 7th from Moon. Some authors also say Jupiter can also be karaka for husband. In addition, you can check the DK ‘dara karaka’, the chara karaka for spouse in the chart.
Navamsa: The Navamsa chart is linked to our accumulated karmas and shows the innate destiny that is possible through the Rasi chart. The Navamsa chart is also the varga or divisional chart examined for the spouse. Consideration should be given to the overall traits and implications. A Navamsa chart with Rajayogas especially involving the AK and Navamsa Lagna and its lord will be a great blessing and will show the results of good karmas fructifying. Therefore having good fortune in life to unite with a righteous spouse is a great blessing.
Seventh House: Any planets in the 7th will directly aspect the Ascendant. The 7th from a house is its opposition so unless occupied by Jupiter, the 7th house is better unoccupied. Jupiter is perhaps the best planet, because he represents a person of compassion and good character and expansion and from his 7th house position, he will aspect Lagna, 3rd house and 11th house. Rahu in the 7th can give marriage at a later age and/ or breakup of a marriage early in age. Rahu can indicate a husband that is unfaithful or simply a foreigner or dark skinned partner, for a westerner. Mars in 7th house gives Kuja dosha or affliction of Mars, which can give disturbance to married life. Mars can show a partner that may be difficult or mentally or physically abusive, and a person with Mars in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th, 8th or 12th is encouraged to find another “Manglik” person to offset the implications. The combination of Mars in certain signs and houses is thought to minimize some of the harmful influences. Saturn in the 7th can delay marriage, or cause separations between the couple, give an older partner or one that is indifferent or mechanical in sexual relations. In its good status, Saturn can give a steady man, and a long term marriage, or one that improves with time. Venus is a Brahminical planet but can give a husband that is oriented towards luxury, or interested in sensory gratification like eat, drink and be merry. He may be an entertainer, actor, musician or some other type of “onstage” person. An exception can be when Venus, karaka of spouse occupies his own sign in the 7th. Ketu can give a marriage that is unconventional or a partner that is erratic and unreliable. Mercury alone gives a spineless man, or fickle personality. Combined with Saturn it can indicate homosexuality or sexual frustration. If well aspected, the husband can be learned, clever and youthful. Moon can show flirtatious nature and give tendencies to short lived relationships. On the positive side, Moon in the 7th can show attachment to spouse. Sun in the 7th can give mixed results but generally it isn’t good for harmonious married life. These are generalities, all of which will be modified by the sign and lord placement, and the aspects of benefics etc.
Eighth House: The eighth house should be examined for length of marriage and possible gains from husband. Not only is the 8th a place of gains from marriage, but it is also a maraka placement. Some texts state that benefics in the 8th house (for women) aren’t harmed and can show benefits from marriage, or an inheritance. Mercury is one of the few planets considered unharmed in 8th house. Keeping in mind “time, place and circumstance” it can be very significant for women living in a society, where they will be rejected or shunned after losing a husband. Any assets left to her will be very important.
Malefics in a woman’s 2nd and 8th houses generally aren’t good as they will affect the longevity of the native and/or her husband. “Visha-Kanya” yogas are inauspicious yogas in regard to the life and well-being of the husband. Saturn and Sun in the 12th house can show isolation, widowhood or renunciation of relationships.
Atmakaraka: Check the relationships of the AK in relation to the planets and houses associated with spouse and children. For example, when the AK is conjoined with PK, it will give Rajayoga. Planets in Kendras and trines to the Lagna and Lagna lord should be examined carefully as they will influence the native’s life in very significant ways. Additionally, check the status and position of the AK in the Navamsa chart. It can show the strength of indications found in the Rasi chart, and can be used to identify strong karmic destiny, whether it be good or bad.
The 5th house: The trinal houses are all very important for matters of children. The 5th house is where we see the results of our “purva punya”. The 5th house shows our ‘creations’. The 5th house is often associated with children, but the 9th house should also be examined for children in a women’s chart. The 5th house and its status are important in the support of the Lagna. In old age, the children will (or it is hoped they will) support the mother. Good and prosperous children are an asset for the parents. Planets in the 5th house will give their effect in middle life, generally at child bearing/ raising time. Malefics in all the trines or in the Kendras is generally not good. For example Mars in the 10th will aspect Lagna, 4th and 5th. All important houses! Mars aspect to 5th can show miscarriages or loss of children. Rahu and Saturn can also give problems in the 5th. The right combination of Mars and its influence can actually give many children. Mars rules the blood and is essential for the formation of the fetus and conception.
Arudha Padas of the houses related to partnership and spouse should be checked for additional indications. While the UL should be examined for potential spouse, the A7 will indicate relationships in general, based on attraction or sex relations. Ideally the UL should fall in trines to AL of the partner. A 6/8 relationship of UL and AL will be harmful to marital happiness. There will be tensions, arguments and rejections, contributing to a general lack of harmony in the relationship. Check the other positions of A7, UL and AL.
When the Lagna Lord is conjoined or in mutual aspect with the 7th lord, it shows very easy contact with others and is helpful in giving harmonious relationships. If it involves the signs of Mars and Venus, it can indicate opportunities for multiple sexual contacts, as the passions and attractions of the individual will be accentuated. Connections between A7 and UL can reveal a love marriage or in a negative condition, tendency towards multiple contacts. The Moon in a Kendra to Venus coupled with strong 5th house can give strong sex desires or an inclination to affairs.
Dasa Periods: Check the dasa periods that have been running since birth and that will be running during the marriage and child bearing years. See if they are favorable or unfavorable, and what planets are activated. Pay particular attention to planets in the 5th house. Jupiter, Venus and Rahu dasa are known to bring marriage. According to Parasara, Ketu is a benefic and if aspected or associated with signs and planets that are associated with marriage such as UL, DK, etc. can indicate marriage, especially if he occupies the Dasa Rasi, as in Narayana Dasa or Sudasa. When using Narayana Dasa, it can be seen that marriage often occurs in periods associated with Venus and Ketu.
This chart is that of the German Princess, Alexandria Romanov who married into Russian Royalty in November 1894. It is a well-publicized fact that she and her husband were in love and very much attached to each other. Perhaps this contributed to their ultimate demise. Together they had four daughters and one son who was diagnosed with hemophilia. Please note the powerful combination of planets, (Malavya yoga among others) in her Lagna giving immense wealth and fame. Due to her association with Rasputin a fallen monk, who she believed had the power to heal her sick son, the public animosity increased until their ultimate demise. Her husband the Tsar was a weak man that was hopelessly possessed by love and under her thumb. The UL, DK and the A7 are conjoined in the Lagna with the Lagna lord and placed in the 4th from AL. The life of this family remains fixed in the history. Mars, the 7th lord, is wrapped up in the powerful combination of Rahu, Moon and Venus. The Yoga karaka and Retrograde Saturn is in Sagittarius showing a fall. Saturn is vargottama in the 9th house in the Navamsa chart. The combination of afflicted Lagna and Moon is one of “annihilation of the family lineage”, which is exactly what happened when the Bolsheviks assassinated her entire family in 1918 during Saturn/ Mercury Vimsottari Dasa. The Navamsa chart shows her destiny with royal associations, Sun and Moon in their own signs as 4th and 5th lords.