Planets and Work in Vedic Astrology Part 3

Dr. Shanker Adawal

Part 3

In the horoscope of August rodin(7), the sculptor, Venus is actually in a Kendra from the Moon, as more clearly seen in the tropical chart. In the sidereal chart, the lord of the 11th from the Moon is in the 3rd (art).

A more striking variation is found in the horoscope of Igor Stravinsky(8), the Russian-born composer who died recently in New York, on 6th April 1971. Venus is in the 12th from the Ascendant and the 2nd from the Moon. From the Chandra Lagna, the lord of the 11th (gains) is in the 3rd (art) and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd lords combine in the 1st. He is considered the greatest, most important and influential classical music composer of the 20th century, though he met much criticism in his early years.

But by and large, we find Venus in a Kendra for the artistic. Richard Rodgers(9), the song-writer, who often collaborates with Oscar Hammerstein II, has Venus in Taurus in the 1st in the Rasi and exalted Venus in the Navamsa. Many of his melodious songs are sung in musical plays like Oklahoma (1943), which enjoyed one of the longest runs on the Broadway stage in New York and has been produced many times elsewhere; Carousel (1945); South Pacific (1949); The King and I (1951); The Sound of Music (1959). In 1944, he received the Pulitzer Prize special citation; in 1948-49; the New York Drama Critics Circle award for South Pacific, which also received one of the longest runs on Broadway and was later made into a movie.

James P. Macgillivray(10), one of Scotland’s foremost sculptors, had Venus in a Kendra, the 7th from the Ascendant. From the Moon, the lord of the 11th (gains) is in the 3rd (art) and in conjunction with the 3rd.

The world famous Negro trumpeter, Louis Armstrong(11), has Venus in the 4th in Gemini, aspecting the 10th and the lord of the 2nd is in the 3rd.

Among painters, we find Leonardo da Vinci(12), the greatest of them all, with Venus in Taurus in the Rasi, in the 4th from the Moon and probably in a Kendra from the Ascendant, too, as the birth time was probably a little earlier than that recorded. In the Navamsa, Venus is exalted in Pisces and in conjunction ith the Moon and Jupiter. He began painting about 1472 after a three years’ apprenticeship. In addition to his extraordinary ability as a painter, he was a mathematician, a military engineer, and well versed in music, botany and hydraulics. He died in May 1519.

Another great painter, Henry Matisee (13), has Venus in friendly Aquarius in the Rasi and in friendly Scorpio in the Navamsa. He took up painting at 20 while recovering from an illness and exhibited his first successful original picture, “The Dinner Table” in 1897. In 1905, he became a public sensation with his new insight into color and his new vision of line. He was pre-eminently a colorist, using many colors, all of high intensity. He also did some sculpture, etchings and lithographs. Regarded as one of the leaders of 20th Century Western art, he died on November 3, 1954.

Gregory Peck (14), one of the most popular Hollywood actors of recent years, has Venus ascending in Taurus and in exaltation in the Navamsa. He appeared in his first film about 1943 and has been in more than forty since then. In 1962,  he was given the “Oscar” – the Academy Award-for his outstanding performance in “To Kill a Mocking Bird”.

Montgomery Clift (15), who acted on the Broadway legitimate stage in New York as well as in Hollywood movies, had Venus in friendly Scorpio in the 4th, aspecting the 10th. In January 1935, he made his debut on Broadway and switched to Hollywood about 1946. On May 13, 1956, he narrowly escaped death in an automobile accident. He died unexpectedly in his sleep of occlusive coronary arterio-selerosis some time during the early morning of July 23, 1966. Death came in the Mars Dasa, Ketu Bhukti. Mars, the Yogakaraka, is also a Badhaka and prominently placed in the 5th with the Moon, where it can give Maraka as well as yoga results.

Reginald (“Rex”) (16) Harrison, the British actor who, in 1956, starred on Broadway in New York in “My Fair Lady”, which had one of the longest runs on Broadway, has Venus in the 4th, aspecting the 10th and Vargottama in the Navamsa. He made his first stage appearance in 1924.


More examples could be given, but the importance of the planet’s Kendra position should be clear enough from these, though of course, there will always be a few exceptions requiring careful study. Planets in the 10th or aspecting the 10th are also important. We have seen that in most of these charts it was only after reading from the Chandra Lagna that a clear picture was received of the source of the native’s income. For artists, the 3rd house is the source of income. For judges, it is the 5th house, since it comes through appointment by Government executive or political or royal favour. Heneage Finch had the lords of the 2nd and 11th in the 5th; Sir Matthew Hale had the lord of the 2nd in the 5th; and Oliver Wendell Holmes had the lord of the 11th in the 5th. And since the income factor is tied to the kind of work, this factor becomes the final clincher in deciding what kind of work the native has come into the world to do.

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