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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Love, Relationships, Intimacy, Sexuality and Marriage in Vedic Astrology
Love, relationships, intimacy, sexuality and marriage are crucial
areas in life and Vedic astrology devotes considerable attention to these areas.
In manifest human life, connection or the lack of it at a personal level can be
a conspicuous part of the life journey or the relevant part thereof.
Kāma/ Kama is desire or aspiration or initiative and intimacy is a big
part of the human conspectus of desire. Here, at this web resource resource, we
study the intimacy or romantic-marital relations through the ChartsCompatibility Analysis where the two persons are studied thoroughly from the
perspective of how the Karma in the two charts is aligned when juxtaposed or
viewed in reference to one another.
In this paper though I want to focus somewhat more on the indices of personal
attraction and corollaries as witnessed from the horoscope of any given person,
and I will share some perspectives on how this could be done in an in-depth and
Right at the outset the interconnectedness of astrological factors has
to be kept in mind. This is not a vague principle but a crisp proposition most
easily seen in the concept of the Pada. Pada is a natural progression based on
identity and projection.
For example the 7th House from the Lagna is the 10th
House from the 10th House from the Lagna much in the same way as the
7th House from the Lagna in the main Rāśi Chakra/ Lagna chart is the
4th House from the 4th House from the Lagna. We see that
moving identical astrological distance (equidistance) from a house as it is
distant from the Lagna/Ascendant brings forth an easy connection between two
otherwise seemingly totally disparate life areas. But are they so distinct? No.
The peace in the heart (4th House) is intrinsically
connected with how we interact at a personal level with the other (7th
House) and the latter is closely connected with how we perform at the world
stage in work (10th House). This is an obvious example to illustrate
the point of connectedness in the horoscope/ Rāśi Chakra/ Rashi Chakra and in
So when one examines life through a horoscope in this context, one
focuses on the self and the other, viewed through the Lagna and the Lagneśa/
Lagnesha and the 7th House and the Saptameśa/ Saptamesha or the 7th
Lord from the Lagna, respectively. Hence, ‘opposites attract’ etc.
We can see who we are and what are our attitudes towards the other in
sexuality and relationships and marriage. At this juncture it is apposite to
state that the specifics, the real specifics as to what truly transpires based on
the Karma in this domain is interpreted mainly through little known dicta in
the Nāḍī Drekkāṇa/ Nadi Drekkana and those cannot be discussed here. One may
see however that once this chart is evaluated then one comes to a very genuine
and close acquaintance first with one’s own self and also with how one is with
We will also leave the real intricacies related to sexual orientation
aside in this paper. The topic has been widely discussed in the public domain
with Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and its impact on homosexuality and
also some kinds of sexual intercourse being the core concept. These matters can
be conclusively deciphered upon study of various Varga Chakra/divisional chart from
the Tṛmśāmśa/Trimshamsha/ D-30 chart insofar as these relate to proclivities of
the mind. But these are secret concepts and not to be deliberated here.
Just from the two facets and their ancillaries as named above only in
the Rāśi Chakra or the Lagna chart, we can say so much about the relationships
of the person. Yogas are formed and often times the discussion or the
interpretation feels as if one is discussing the world of Venus/ Śukra/ Shukra,
and for good reason. (Informed readers may dwell on this point for a bit.)
We of course have well defined personalities of the Grahas and when we
study the chart at the outset these traits as modified by aspects of other
planets and the placement in various Rāśis/ Rashis we have a fleshed out
picture in the mind.
But then is what you want what you get? Not always, to say the least.
We have matters we can interpret from a position of great elevation,
and this is in the world of the Charakāraka/ Charakaraka, the temporal
indicators of things in the horoscope at the soul level and since it is the
dictate of the soul, hence elevation.
The Ātmakāraka/ Atmakaraka is what one’s soul directs and this is the
highest diktat in the horoscope. Whatever the king says must happen. Usually
this happens with some tests and trials till finally the soul disposes off the
dross and comes to its proper path as indicated. The other player in
relationships is the Dārākāraka/ Darakaraka and here again the element which
binds is that of the opposite. The Ātmakāraka is the Graha with the highest
degrees of arc traversed and the Dārākāraka is the one with the lowest.
Dārākāraka brings in the wealth too for Lakṣmī/ Lakshmi is but one and
is also Gṛha Lakṣmī/ Griha Lakshmi.
Here the Pācakādi Sambaṅdha/ Pachakadi Sambandha become relevant. One
sees if the Maraṇa Kāraka Sthāna/ Marana Karaka Sthana placement shows up where
we can decipher events that otherwise seem to have little basis at the
intellectual, physical or psychological level.
Physicality is always judged from the Kāma Tṛkoṇa/ Kama Trikona and
this can assimilate all stages of the process.
The concepts of love and intimacy are for the large part concepts which
find their expression in the world of Māya/ Maya and this world is best
understood through an interpretation of the Ārūḍha Pada/ Arudha Pada.
Platonic love aside, physicality is a strong component of this part of
life and so the physical characteristics of the couple are also seen from the
Ārūḍha Pada of the Kāma Bhāva/ Kama Bhava. This is reckoned from the Lagna and
when we see the soul potential for fruition then we must calculate this from
But then these aspects are for a close and authentic look at the Karma
in this part of life. At a slightly more public level, we again have to revert
to the Ārūḍha Pada. The Ārūḍha Pada of the 7th House shows how we
relate to the other sex in the visible world. The Dārāpada/ Darapada/ A7, its
station both in itself and relative and that of its lord can suggest parameters
to gauge the frequency and nature of the alliance(s).
The Navāmśa Chakra/ Navamsha Chakra/ D-9 chart is related to marriage
and so all Grahas here are capable of highlighting the nature of sex,
connection, marriage and such life areas. For promiscuity and other facets of
character and association there are some dicta such as the correlation between
Cañdra/ Chandra/ Moon and Budha/Mercury, the oft-cited one between Mars and
Venus and some other Yogas. Chastity of course can be similarly judged but then
as stated above it is the decanate described in the Nadi literature which truly
demonstrates the specifics in this area to the finest detail. Note my statement
on the D-30 as well.
Reverting to the Rāśi Chakra we see marriage most dominantly from the
Upapada Lagna and subsequent marriages or relationships akin to marriage from
subsequent Upapada Lagnas moving a prescribed distance. This movement must replicate itself from the 7th
House in the Navāmśa Chakra/ Navamsha/ D-9 chart as well.
The Viṣṇu Bhāva/ Vishnu Bhava sustains and when the sustenance should
be depleted the continuity of the Bhava will end. On this principle we see the
cessation of an alliance and the reasons for it and its nature as well. Śani
and Rāhu/ Shani and Rahu influencing can show scandal at the time of end of the
marriage. Strong auspicious influences preclude this and the marriage continues
The exact events (Drekkana/ decanate) that transpire are wholly
dependent on the Daśā/ Dasha but the overarching tenor of personal life has to
be derived from all the factors given above and more.
We have some gems which can even indicate the positive Moon signs/
Janma Rashi of the partner apart from the destiny content which drives the
selection of the Lagna/ rising sign of the partner from the relevant Upapada
Lagna. Some Upapada Lagna flatter only to deceive. The aspiration may be so
elevated and exalted that it can be fulfilled only in Vishnu Loka! Something happens
or a marked nature but not to the level the attitude wants.
Hence the rather despondent remark from the adversary in some
instances-‘I am not good enough for you.’ It has a cousin which shows up only
if the life circumstances are onerous overall otherwise it stays put in the
country and wakes up in time and has orange juice regularly. It is- ‘Let’s just
be friends.’ We are all agreed it is just as well to keep this bloke in the
If the Upapada Lagna is afflicted though then problems of a different
sort come about which are not to be trifled with except by Hollywood which
centres a large number of projects on the theme of the afflicted Upapada Lagna and
the sharpish consequences thereof in material life.
In any case once this exercise is undertaken in the natal horoscopes
and its various nooks and crannies then you may nonchalantly let Haddaway sing
his song and not be compelled to sing along at all- for you know what is love
in your horoscope and instead of wailing plaintively that the object of desire
ought not hurt you any more (‘no more’ in some cultures) you can simply try to remedy
the Karma and get on with it.