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 meaningful way.

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 life.

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 others.

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 Sūrya/ Surya.

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 happily.

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 hinterland.

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. 

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