Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Relationships and marriage in Vedic astrology

Relationships and marriage in Vedic astrology is an important and complex subject. Important, because these are pillars of life and the structure of life is supported by its pillars; complex, because there are many determinants, with which to investigate this life-area. [Exactly how complex they are is made clear when the concerned parties relegate the comforts of theory to the background and enter the stormy seas of hello there.]

Relationships in Vedic astrology-

Relationships are important in themselves. They are inherently capable of being astrologically distinct from marriage because a relationship may lead to marriage or may not and a marriage may be a meaningful relationship or may not be.

Significator (Kāraka or Karaka) for relationships in Vedic astrology-

Venus (Śukra or Shukra) is the Naisargika Kāraka/ Natural Significator of relationships both for men and for women. By relationships, as the term is used in this paper, is meant romantic relationships. Per contra the Moon (Cañdra or Chandra) is the Kāraka for all human relationships.

House and planet significations for relationships in Vedic astrology-

Insofar as the Bhāvas (Bhavas or houses) from the Lagna (Ascendant) are concerned, the 7th House and the 7th Lord rule relationships of intimacy and romance, amongst others.

Crux Graha (Planet) for Relationships in Vedic Astrology-

Śukra (Venus) continues as the reference for relationships that are apt to follow each other, especially in the current climes. Whether the relationship is the first or another number, the progression is to be reckoned from Venus in appropriate ways.

Ārūḍha Padas (Arudha Padas) relating to relationships in Vedic astrology-

There is enough material on this website where I stress the point that all Ārūḍha Padas elaborate and depict manifest reality. Therein lays their function.

Since the 7th House from the Lagna is the focus, when we discuss relationships, it can only be the Ārūḍha of the 7th House which indicates precipitated events in this area of life. The Ārūḍha Pada of the 7th House is called the Dārāpada (Darapada), generally denoted as A7.

Dārāpada (Darapada orA7) as a determinant of relationships in Vedic astrology-

Dārāpada/ A7 is indicative of the manner in which we interact with the opposite sex, its felicity or otherwise. It is an expression of our relationships in the Rāśi Chakra (Rashi Chakra). This Ārūḍha Pada has to be examined at leisure to discern the influences on it, after its basic nature and strength have been identified and noted.

Rāśi (Rashi) generally, in relationships in Vedic astrology-

All the astrological determinants specifically referred to are examined for overall strength, including that of placement from crucial references, in the Rāśi Chakra to get a sense of the overall situation relating to this aspect of life.

Marriage in Vedic astrology-

Marriage is an entirely distinct astrological reference, as mentioned earlier. The reason for its being distinct is that in Hinduism the concept of self-surrender to the spouse is at the root of the institution. This is a rather more sober and sincere concept and hence the distinction.

Significator (Kāraka or Karaka)-

Venus carries on being the significator of marriage for men, and for women as well, but at some point close to the marriage, the signification, for women, is transferred to Jupiter/ Gurū (Guru). It is for this reason that Jupiter is the significator for husband.

House and lord for marriage in Vedic astrology-

The 7th House and lord from the Lagna continue to rule marriage for the reason that if the Lagna is the self then the 7th is the other and it is to the other that one gets married.

Ārūḍha Pada (Arudha Pada) for marriage in Vedic astrology-

 If there is a metaphysical impulse or its expression from the Bhāva from the Lagna, equally there must be a determinant for its manifestation, in the Ārūḍha Pada, as for relationships. There is, and the Ārūḍha Pada for marriage is called the Upapada Lagna.

Upapada Lagna and marriage in Vedic astrology-

The Padas are not imported from strange lands into Vedic astrology but the Bṛhaṭ Pārāśara Horā Śāstra itself devotes great attention to them. Import is right because the Upapada Lagna is derived from the 12th Bhāva from Lagna, relating to foreign lands. This might contribute to giving the wife that alien, distant, foreign inflection.

The 12th House is self-surrender and this is the actual reason for the Upapada Lagna being calculated from the 12th House. It is the Ārūḍha Pada of the 12th House.

The Upapada Lagna as the manifestation of marriage furnishes information about the spouse, her family, and the defining features of the marriage that are visible to the enquiring eye.

It can be said then that the Upapada Lagna will illustrate the environment from which a particular spouse is going to manifest, the longevity of the marriage and other such details. Occasionally, people will work to prevent the disaster from happening, thereby saving two good people, and this overt and covert opposition to the marriage is also revealed by the relevant positioning from the Ārūḍha Pada.

Relationships and marriage in Vedic astrology-

 Sometimes it is a relationship which develops into marriage and the Dārāpada and Upapada Lagna reflect this by associating in the Rāśi Chakra. You can then look back fondly on what once was.

Draw a line-

Yes, do that, because one has been writing about relationships and marriage, and yet there has been no whisper about the Navāmśa Chakra (Navamsha), which apart from being one of the most important charts in the Vedic horoscope, is the specific Varga Chakra for the matters at hand. So, draw a line here.

Navāmśa Chakra (Navamsha) and marriage in Vedic astrology-

The 7th House continues to be the focus in the D-9 (Navāmśa Chakra), which is the chart to see when we wish to evaluate the real features of the alliance.

To be noted is the fact that very serious relationships with emotional involvement will show up in the Navāmśa Chakra  whether they have gone on to become marriages or not. Others will not.

‘Which is which and who is who’ in marriages in Vedic astrology-

Carrying the theme forward we find that all relationships of any import whatsoever can be traced back to the Karaka, the agent of divinity, to put a spanner into the otherwise well-organised and largely peaceful works.

A lot of these can end up being ‘Oh, it was just...’ in which case they can be indiscriminately blamed on the A7 (Darapada), without more. Not only will they not attract evaluation from the reference of marriage but also not from the Navāmśa Chakra.

The twin exclamations of ‘Enough’ and ‘No More’ in marriages in Vedic astrology-

Things tend to come to an end and so do relationships and marriages. Things end when other things that sustain them refuse to do so anymore. This is deciphered both from the Pada and the Navāmśa Chakra. An end to any number of marital adventures comes when this laudable Karma ends, the latter being ruled by the Kārmic planets, Rahu and Ketu.

The main culprits lurk in the Navāmśa Chakra  while accomplices and cohorts do so in the Rāśi Chakra.

Far from the madding crowds-

More personal things relating to the exertions, contortions and other such of the willing and able are tucked away safely in more private areas of the horoscope, to be approached only in instances of particular need.

Matching in marriages in Vedic astrology-

Charts are matched to try and limit and mitigate the carnage and this is done in the realms of intellectual, social and emotional realms, that of destined Karma and to try and match or steer clear of Dosha and marital blemishes.

There is a plethora of other matters to be reckoned with very seriously but let what I have said suffice for the present time. We could get into discussions on situations where the warning signs and sage advice go unheeded and one insists on preliminary ceremonies, we could get into sophisticated realms of the desire of the sexes to find traits in the other which they desperately seek for good reason, and also whether two people are walking the talk after all. But let all this be for another time.
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