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Do the Nodes Negate the Conjugal bliss?

The Nodes, the karmic planets, play a crucial role in shaping the destiny of conjugal life. Rahu-Ketu axis formed across the 2-8 or 6-12 houses will lead to marital problems. They forebode an alarming signal. The exact way in which they will manifest the malefic results depends upon other planetary combinations in the horoscope.

Impact of Rahu-Ketu on marital life

Rahu and Ketu are karmic planets. They play decisive role in shaping the destiny of one’s conjugal life Rahu-Ketu axis along with certain combinations definitely cause problems in marriage. The nature and extent could be different, but affliction of conjugal life is a mortal certainly. Venus is Karaka for marriage. Hence, Venus in conjunction with Rahu or Ketu will definitely create marital problems.

Influence of Venus
Venus is the significator of love, beauty, the finer aspects of life and, thus, has important bearing on marriage. Venus is the prime indicator of wealth, marriage, sexual union and is a pivotal planet in female horoscopy.

It is an open truth that “marriage” and “carnal pleasures” are two distinct and different spheres in life. Placement of Venus in a horoscope, its association with other planets and the aspects it receives from other planets play an important role in judging whether it gives positive or adverse results in marital life. To cite an example, Venus conjunct with debilitated Mars and receiving aspects from Saturn and Rahu will produce negativity in relationships and carnal pleasures. Various other factors like its placement in Navamsa, position of its star lord etc. will throw light on the fact whether it is a genuine, affectionate bondage or mere infatuation. Horoscopes with well-defined planetary positions are easier to discuss. In reality, majority of the cases are a mixed bag, where good and adverse consequences alternate, which can be forecasted from the prevalent dasa, placement of the star lord. Sub lord etc. Infact, under Bhrigu Nadi system, the natal planetary positions, the rotation of transits of Jupiter and Venus determine the final outcome of predictions. In this context, it should be noted that Venus gives results in its one year’s cycle what Jupiter forebodes in its 12 year cycle around the Zodiac.

I tabulate below the havoc caused by Rahu-Ketu axis in conjunction with other planets / as the lords of the houses, in the “descending” order of their degree of affliction.

Research findings
Rahu / Ketu conjunction with other planets
1. Rahu-Ketu in conjunction with Venus
2. Rahu-Ketu in conjunction with Moon
3. Rahu-Ketu in conjunction with the ascendant lord or 7th lord.

Rahu-Ketu Occupying various house from ascendant / Moon

1. Rahu-Ketu occupying the 2nd / 8th house from the ascendant
2. Rahu-Ketu occupying the 2nd / 8th house from Moon
3. Rahu-Ketu occupying the 6th / 12h house from the ascendant
4. Rahu-Ketu occupying the 6th / 12h house from Moon
5. Rahu-Ketu occupying the 1st / 7th house from the ascendant
6. Rahu-Ketu occupying the 1st / 7th house from Moon

Note: Parameters set for the Research:
1. Rahu and Ketu are considered as a single unit, as both are equally devastating in their impact.
2. Rahu-Ketu axis as involved in conjunction with one planet.
3. Rahu-Ketu axis in ‘stand-alone’ position (without any conjunction with other planets).

Negative role of natural malefics - Mars, Saturn and Sun

A few more graphic illustrations are provided, depicting the role of natural malefics like Mars, Saturn and Sun in wrecking conjugal life, in addition to Rahu-Ketu axis in 1-7, 7-8 and 6-12 houses. The latter hypothesis (Rahu-Ketu axis on ‘stand-alone’ basis) is open for further evaluation by the readers.

Case-Study 1

The girl committed suicide by burning herself within a short span of time after marriage, due to unsatisfactory behavior of her husband. Rahu-Ketu axis occupying the 2nd and 8th house from the ascendant caused maximum affliction.

Case-Study 2

This horoscope is that of a king of a princely state. He married six times to beget a child, but did not get one. Finally, he adopted a child.

The maximum affliction of the Rahu-Ketu axis in 2-8 position from the ascendant is further damaged by the conjunction of Moon with Rahu.

Case-Study 3

The chart belongs to Smt. Indira Gandhi. She became a widow.

Rahu-Ketu axis in 6-12 position from the ascendant caused ‘moderate’ affliction. Rahu’s conjunction with Venus added to the woes. She used to stay away from her husband for long period and then she became a widow also.

If we keep our mind free, clear and open, then there is no crisis in our life. We must never leave our inner house in darkness; we must ever keep the light of consecration burning there. Where there is light, God comes and no sense-robbers can enter. If we keep our life in harmony evil will stay far from us. Some people pray only when in trouble. If we pray continually, then when trouble comes, our prayer will go on of itself.

Case-study - Chart 4

Rahu-Ketu axis occupying 4-10 houses from the ascendant. Rahu in conjunction with the 2nd lord Venus.

This chart belongs to a gentleman, who died in an accident just a day before his wedding.
More case-studies with diversified results

1. Asc – Libra: Venus and Ketu in Aquarius; Sun in Pisces; Moon and Mercury in Aries, Saturn in Gemini’ Mars and Rahu in Leo; Jupiter in Virgo.

Rahu-Ketu axis in 11-5 position from the ascendant and Venus in conjunction with Ketu. The native lost two wives and led a profligate life.

2. Asc: Aries with Venus; Rahu in Leo; Saturn in Libra; Jupiter in Scorpio; Mars in Sagittarius; Sun, Moon, Ketu and Mercury in Aquarius.

Rahu-Ketu occupying 5-11 axis, from the ascendant. Rahu-Ketu occupying 1-7 axis as per the position of Moon. A case of inter-caste and inter-provincial love marriage, not approved by parents.

3. Asc: Scorpio with Sun, Sat, Mercury and Venus; Ketu in Sagittarius; Jupiter in Capricorn; Mars in Aries; Moon and Rahu in Gemini. The chart belongs to Sri Satya Sai Baba.

Rahu-Ketu occupying 8-2 axis from ascendant, Rahu-Ketu occupying 1-7 axis from Moon, Rahu in conjunction with Moon. No marriage due to renunciation.

4. Asc: Virgo; Moon in Sagittarius; Saturn in Capricorn; Rahu in Aquarius; Mars and Venus in Gemini; Sun and Mercury in Cancer; Jupiter and Ketu in Leo.

Rahu-Ketu axis in 6-12 position from ascendant; Ketu conjunct with Jupiter.
This is case of a female with an impotent husband.

5. Asc: Taurus; Venus in Gemini; the Sun in Cancer; Jupiter and Mercury in Leo; Ketu and Mars in Libra; Moon is Scorpio; Saturn in Capricorn and Rahu in Aries.

Rahu-Ketu axis in 12-6 position from the ascendant; Ketu conjunct with Mars.
The lady lost her husband within eight days of marriage.

6. Asc: Taurus with Jupiter; Moon in Cancer; Venus in Leo; Sun in Virgo;
Mars, Mercury, Ketu in Libra; Saturn in Sagittarius and Rahu in Aries.

Rahu-Ketu axis in 12-6 position from the ascendant, Ketu conjunct with Mars and
Mercury. The native is the famous playback singer of the Indian screen. No marriage.

7. Asc: Virgo; Moon and Ketu in Libra; Saturn in Sagittarius; Mars in Pisces; Sun and Rahu in Aries; Jupiter, Mercury and Venus in Taurus.

Rahu-Ketu axis in 8-2 position from the ascendant; Rahu conjunct with Sun; Ketu
conjunct with Moon. A case of no marriage even at the age of 43 years.

Venus is the prime indicator of marriage and conjugal bliss. It gives results. Positive or negative, depending upon the planets with which it is associated, either through aspect or conjunction. Association of Venus with the Nodes plays spoilsport in marital life.

A few key observations

Rahu-Ketu axis and the involvement of Venus or Moon with the Nodes will create problems in marriage, conjugal happiness and sexual relations. Conjunction of Moon or Venus with the Nodes unleashes sudden and catastrophic developments.

Rahu-Ketu axis occupying the 2-8 or 6-12 houses will lad to marital problems. They forebode an alarming signal. The exact way in which they will manifest the malefic results depends upon other planetary combinations in the horoscope.

When we are impued with the true spirit of piety, all our activities are tuned into worship. All tasks before us small and big become of deep significance. When our heart is thus filled with the consciousness of the ever-living and all-blissful Deity, we no longer feel the weary weight of life.

Dr. A. Shanker

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