Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ben Affleck- A Vedic Astrology Horoscope Profile/ Analysis

Ben Affleck, born Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt, has the following birth data which has been deemed to be very accurate at Lois Rodden’s Astrodatabank and has an AA rating:

Birth Data-

Date:          August 15, 1972

Time:          2:52:31 am (rectified by us)

Time Zone:     7:00:00 (West of GMT)

Place:         122 W 16' 18", 37 N 52' 18"

Berkeley, California, USA

Note- One has seen it fit to rectify the birth time minutely by moving it back by 29 seconds from 2:53 AM for reasons which shall be given later in this article. This is not a final rectification but an essential one for the purposes of this study.

Rāśi Chakra-
Ben Affleck is born in Gemini Ascendant/ Mithuna Lagna and the Rāśi Chakra is extracted below for ready reference-

The first thing I note about Ben Affleck’s Rāśi/ Rashi Chakra in the Vedic Astrology framework is that human signs dominate the Satya Pītha, viz. the Lagna/ Ascendant and the 7th House. the human signs are the dual or mutable signs and indicate the quality of intelligence.

Indeed, Gwyneth Paltrow has characterised Ben Affleck as ‘super-intelligent’. This is important because the Satya Pītha houses define the individual and his interaction and participation in the world with others. His coming into, and passing from, this world are also decided from these two houses.
Core Karma-

The core Karma is reflected in the Yoga in the Satya Pītha Bhāva/ Bhava in that Dwi-Gurū/ Guru Yoga is formed with Venus/ Śukra/ Shukra and Jupiter/ Gurū/ Guru aspecting each other with their 7th House aspects.

Venus is in the Lagna as the 5th Lord and so Affleck has a rich talent within him which has come to the fore with the passage of time. The 5th House is the Citta and also the internal universe, the talent pool and the conscious mind itself. Venus is the Naisargika Kāraka/Natural Significator for entertainment and in the Mercurial sign of Gemini/ Mithuna in the Lagna it finds width of expression.

Affleck is a bit of a polymath, writing, directing and acting with aplomb in a wide range of films.

The direction and intellectual inputs come from the retrograde Jupiter in the 7th House in Sagittarius/ Dhanuṣa/ Dhanusha. He has worked very hard to cultivate himself as the blessings of Jupiter have come through traversing tortuous paths.

A retrograde planet strives much harder to accomplish and has a tremendous desire to do so. With the preceptors of opposing camps, Affleck has the best of both worlds, speculative, abstract and metaphysical contemplation and also the mundane, pragmatic, pleasing to the eye intelligence.


Affleck’s father could only reconnect with his adult sons as his life ‘hit the skids’ owing to issues relating to alcohol abuse.

The Ārūḍha/ Arudha Chakra reveals the absence of the father as the Sun is not only in the 12th Bhāva from the Ārūḍha Lagna in Leo/ Simha Rāśi but also participates in a severe Curse of Mercury.

Saturn/ Śani/ Shani is in the 9th House of the father from the Naisargika Kāraka/Natural Significator Sun and shows alcohol related problems as Śani rules alcohol.

In fact, as Saturn is the 9th Lord from the Lagna as well and placed in a friendly sign, Affleck Sr. Later became an addiction counsellor.

Inner World-

Ben Affleck’s internal journey could not have been easy and this was reflected in some measure in his acceptance speech for Argo at the Academy Awards where he said that he was not holding any grudges for slights in the past and towards the naysayers.

 Sun Ātmakāraka/ Atmakaraka-

This acute awareness is brought about by several factors,  not least of which is that Sūrya/ Surya is the Ātmakāraka/  Atmakaraka planet. The Ātmakāraka is the soul significator for the horoscope and Parāśara/ Parashara has termed it the king of the horoscope- this is the planet farthest advanced by degrees in any chart irrespective of the sign. The Sun stands for power, authority, royalty, ego and domination. When the Sun becomes the Ātmakāraka the ego of the person is attacked and this is the means for the soul to shed the dross of past Karma. A malefic as the Ātmakāraka also shows a considerable soul journey thus far.

Curse and location from the Ārūḍha/ Arudha Lagna-

The fact that the Sun is in the 12th from the Ārūḍha Lagna ensures that the father does not properly witness and participate or contribute to the emergence into the world.

Also, Sun, Mercury and Ketu are joined aspected by Rāhu and Saturn. The Ātmakāraka and the Lagneśa in a cursed Yoga in the 12th Bhāva from the Ārūḍha Lagna show self-negation as a dominant Kārmic theme in Affleck’s life.

It is a fact that he has admitted to an alcohol abuse problem and has availed of secluded rehabilitation opportunities for treatment.

From the Rāśi Chakra it appears important that Affleck watch his internal life as a human being carefully as he can go off the rails himself, and that too in full public view.

It is the affliction to the Lagneśa Budha which made Affleck and his friend Matt Damon work as cinema ushers and construction workers early in their lives. Mercury rules childhood and adolescence.
Navāmśa/ Navamsha Chakra-

The Navāmśa Chakra  is extracted below-

The first relationship of note was with Gwyneth Paltrow and this is indicated by Saturn in Leo in the Navāmśa Chakra. Saturn gave a relationship with a very tall, lean actress.

The next relationship was with Jennifer Lopez indicated by Sun in Pisces in the 2nd House. This was extremely high profile (Sun) and its media visibility (dual signs, aspected by the Bādhaka/ Badhaka Budha to Pisces with Rāśi Dṛṣti/ Rashi Drishti/ sign aspect) made Affleck end it.

Affleck says he ‘respects her and likes her’ which are both indicative of Sun in the relevant house of the relationship.

The 3rd relationship with Jennifer Garner translated into marriage and really hit home as it is indicated by Tulā Rāśi/ Tula Rashi in the 9th House from the Lagna and the lord Venus is placed in the Lagna in the Navāmśa Chakra. She has brought him luck as the sign transposes to the 9th House using the Amśa Tula Rāśi technique.

We find that Affleck has deeply ingrained acting abilities with Venus in the Lagna and logical precision with Mars in the 5th Bhāva from the Lagna.


Problems may arise due to ill-advised investments and expenses or due to a business venture or communications as Mercury and Sun are in the 12th from the Ārūḍha Lagna. This could involve a major mistake due to Ketu being joined which is the significator for mistakes.


The initial and basic birth time rectification was done to bring the Lagna/ Ascendant of the Daśāmśa Chakra/ D-10 to Libra which is the obvious choice considering the line of work.

The Daśāmśa/ Dashamsha Chakra which is the specific Varga Chakra/divisional chart relating to work and profession is given below-

Venus is in Libra Lagna forming the Mālavya/ Mahāpuruṣa/ Malavya Mahapurusha Yoga. Mars is also there and threatens a fiery incident which may threaten to jeopardise the career at some point in time.

Dynamics of life through Daśās/ Dashas-

Ben Affleck’s status as a leading man/ hero started in the Śani Mahādaśā/ Shani/ Saturn Mahadasha in the Viṃśottarī Daśā/ Vimshottari Dasha scheme-

Viṃśottarī Daśā:

Sat Mahādaśā: 2000-05-10 (8:31:51 am) - 2019-05-11 (5:18:02 am)

Aṅtaradaśās in this Mahādaśā:

Sat: 2000-05-10 (8:31:51 am) - 2003-05-14 (5:32:31 am)

  Merc: 2003-05-14 (5:32:31 am) - 2006-01-22 (5:45:44 am)

  Ket: 2006-01-22 (5:45:44 am) - 2007-03-02 (1:22:42 am)

  Ven: 2007-03-02 (1:22:42 am) - 2010-05-01 (3:03:02 pm)

  Sun: 2010-05-01 (3:03:02 pm) - 2011-04-13 (10:05:51 am)

  Moon: 2011-04-13 (10:05:51 am) - 2012-11-15 (3:06:33 am)

  Mars: 2012-11-15 (3:06:33 am) - 2013-12-23 (8:19:20 pm)

  Rah: 2013-12-23 (8:19:20 pm) - 2016-10-31 (5:10:22 am)

  Jup: 2016-10-31 (5:10:22 am) - 2019-05-11 (5:18:02 am)

Saturn is the 9th Lord in the Rāśi Chakra and is the Yogakāraka/ Yogakaraka in the Daśāmśa Chakra. it forms a Viparīta Rāja Yoga with the malefic Yogakāraka badly placed in Dusthāna from the Lagna. The dispositor Mercury is in the 11th House of resources. He would not be well-advised in taking on a protégé or get into any sort of a mentorship role with Kumbha Doṣa/ Dosha coming in.

With the Mercury Daśā coming in 2019, he will enter the most conspicuous phase in his life, both for better and for worse. The curse combination is triggered as that in the 12th Bhāva from the Ārūḍha Lagna. At the same time Mercury is the Lagneśa and major expenses come into play only when there is major income.

Budha is also the 11th lord of gains from the Ārūḍha Lagna in the Rāśi Chakra and the planet in the 11th House in the Daśāmśa Chakra. Both extremes are likely to manifest. In this phase he will be compelled to find his religion once again.
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