Judging Marriage Prospects -1

A person enters Grihastha Ashrama, the householder’s life, on getting married. It is an important stage of life and every eligible person has high expectations from marriage and the spouse. It is said that marriages are made in heaven; yet the Vedic science of astrology unfolds a clear picture of the married life and whether one’s expectations are fulfilled or not. The elders in every family invariably have the horoscope of their marriageable child examined by an astrologer to ascertain about the marital prospects and then look for a suitable match with a complementary horoscope to ensure that married life is happy, healthy and prosperous. However, total marital bliss is a rare phenomenon.
By virtue of the inherent nature of Mars, the planet ;of vigor and passion, and of Venus, the planet of love and conjugal relationship, there is mutual attraction between members of the opposite sexes. The Moon representing the mind (Chandrama manso jatah) shows the inclination.  Jupiter blesses the pair with the bond of marriage and Saturn, the lord of ‘time’, solemnizes marriage at an appropriate time. As a restrictive planet, Saturn also inculcates faithfulness, controls amorous digressions and ensures a lasting bond. The astrological principles discussed in this paper mutatis mutandis apply to both men and women.
The factors to be examined are primarily the 7th house (marriage) and also the 2nd house (family and longevity of spouse, being 8th from 7th house), the 8th house (mangalya or marital happiness), the 4th house (general happiness, the 5th house (love and progeny), the 12th house (bed comforts), together with the Moon (mind) aid Venus, Kalatrakaraka or significator of marriage and conjugal bliss. In the case of girls Jupiter, the significator of the husband, is given prime importance.
गुरुणा सहिते दृष्टे दारनाथे बलान्विते ∣
कारंके वा तथा भावे पत्नी व्रत परायणा ∣∣ (Sarwartha Chintamani VI-48)
The benefic association or aspect of Jupiter on the 7th house and the 7th lord or the Karaka indicates a virtuous and loyal spouse.
When the 7th and 8th houses, their lords, Venus and Moon are strong and associated with or aspected by benefics, the native’s  married life is quite happy. Their debilitation, combustion or affliction by malefics — Mars, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu — makes marriage unhappy.
The position of Mars in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th, 8th and 12th houses constitutes Mangalik Dosha or Kuja Dosha as from these locations Mars either aspects or occupies the houses concerned with marriage, thereby destroying marital happiness and, if afflicted endangers the life of the spouse. The marriage of a Kuja Dosha individual is invariably solemnized after matching the horoscopes with counter-balancing Dosha.

दारेशे शुभसंयुत्ते शुभखेचर वीक्षते ∣
शुभग्रहाणां मध्यस्थे सत्कलत्रादि भागभवेत् ∣∣

When the lord of the 7th house is with a benefic and also aspected by a benefic or if it is between benefics (Subhakartari Yoga), it indicates a good wife.The study of the Navamsa chart is another important tool for gleaning marriage prospects.

नीचांशे नीचसंयुक्ते
दारनाथ्  च कारके ∣
कुस्त्रीयुते भवेजातः
शुभ दृष्टि विवर्जिते ∣∣

If the 7th lord and Karaka Venus occupies inimical or debilitated Navamsa and is also devoid of benefic influences, then the native faces problems in marriage and gets a bad spouse.
If the Navamsa Ascendant lord is the Sun the spouse will be devoted but domineering; if the Moon, then beautiful and peace loving; if Mercury, then intelligent, beautiful and capable; if Mars, then the spouse will be of a cruel nature and of doubtful character; if Jupiter, then good – natured and religious; if Venus, beautiful, fond of luxuries and indulgent to the extent of going astray; if Saturn, of a cruel nature and unhelpful. If the Navamsa Ascendant lord is with Rahu or Ketu then the spouse is secretive, cruel and works against the native. If the Navamsa Ascendant lord is conjoined with malefic or receives their aspect, then the spouse is quarrelsome.

केन्द्राधिपत्य दोषस्तु बलवान गुरुशक्त्र यो ∶ (Laghu Parasari I-10)

Though Jupiter and Venus, the two most benefic planets, are highly praised for happiness in life, they suffer from Kendradhipati Dosha(blemish of owning Kendras, the 7th being one).

घुुन केन्द्र भगः शुक्त्र हित्वा पुत्र धनान्विताम् (Narada Samhita XXIX-106)

Except in the 7th, Venus in a Kendra blesses a native with sons and wealth. 
The exception of Venus in the 7th house is due to the dictum Karako Bhava Nasaya as he is a Karaka for the 7th house.

शुक्त्रे कलत्रे त्वति कामुकः स्यात् (Sarwartha Chintamani VI-2)

Venus in the 7th makes the native over-sexed.
Jupiter when in the 7th, being in his own or exaltation sign or in the Ascendant, delays marriage as the native considers marriage a burden or obstacle to achieving his goal. If he or she marries, then the spouse belongs to a good family, and is sincere to the native, but may be sickly or conceited thereby spoiling happiness. Experience shows that the 9th and 5th aspects of Jupiter are better than the 7th and augment the results of the aspected house. When Jupiter is in the 7th (10th from 10th) the native is talented and rises to eminence.
Planets in Seventh house
Sun – The wife comes from a higher status family, is proud and dominating
Mars – Gives a harsh and cruelk spouse. If afflicted, then even death of spouse.
Saturn -Makes the spouse morose and under-sexed. The marriage is delayed or with a widower or one with aged looks.
Rahu -The marriage is again late, the wife comes from a low family, is sickly and the native has relationship with low caste people.
Ketu– Indicates unhappy married life unless it is in Scorpio(exalted) due to illness or early death of spouse.
Strong and well aspected Mercury or the Moon indicates a youg, beautiful and intelligent wife
Venus-Indicates a handsome but over-indulgent spouse.
Jupiter-Gives a religious and capable spouse
Courtesy: Modern Astrology(Sita Ram Singh)                                                          to be continued

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