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CHAPTER ONE

Marital Bliss and


Venus in Mercury's Signs
Marriage is neither merely a civil agreement nor an institution
for brute sense gratification in Hindu society. It is sacrament and com-
prehends the equality of partners.
The 7th house of a horoscope deals with various aspects of mar-
riage. The 7th lord and Venus, the Kalatrakaraka, also play a signi-ficant
role. In fact, Venus is the focal point in the horoscope to be studied for
marital happiness or discord, or so to say everything about marriage.
Considering the sign occupied by Venus in a birth-chart as the
study point about marital felicity, I propose to elucidate, in this chapter,
the disposition ofVenus in signs ofMercury viz., Gemini and Virgo, with
particular reference to conjugal felicity. Both these signs are dual signs,
although Gemini is an airy sign,Virgo is earthy. The lord of these signs,
Mercury, is considered to be ;Significator of intelligence, who also con-
trols nerves and impulses, but, at the same time he is an eunuch. On the
other hand, Venus governs sex-harmony and union, emotions, marriage
in general, vitality, fertility and, to a certain extent, family happiness.
Both the planets are friendly to each other, although Venus gets debili-
tated in Virgo, which is the exaltation sign of Mercury. Dr. B.V. Raman,
in his notable work How to Judge a Horoscope, Vol. I, describes Venus
as the best benefic for Gemini and Virgo Lagnas (Ascendants).
This exposition only aims to focus the correlation ofKalatrakaraka
posited in signs of Mercury with the manifestations of marital discord
and sexual aberrations of the natives concerned.
Besides the dictuf11 that Venus in dual signs gives more than one
marriage, it has also been observed that its occupation of airy signs
renders the native to lust for extramarital relations. The present discus-
sion, however, brings to the notice of erudite readers a number of varied
situations including delay or denial of marriages, celibacy, separation,
divorce, early widowhood, marital infidelityofhusband etc. all resulting
in lack of marital bliss or conjugal felicity. Venus in signs of Mercury
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8 Planetary Dispositions and Marital Affairs
makes the native over-sexy and sex dwells in his/her mind. The disposi-
tion ofVenus in Gemini Navamsa is also reported to invariably cause
either a second marriage or marriage with a married person or divorcee.
Instead of generalizing, however, I propose to deduce the significance of
Venus in Mercurial signs from illustrations.
Thirty-seven horoscopes including25 females, 17 with Venus in
Gemini and 20 in Virgo, have been taken for the study. Most ofthe
horoscopes have been taken at random, from the pages of the Astrolo-
gical Magazine and Dr. B.V.Raman and Mrs. Gayatri Devi Vasudev's
How to Judge a Horoscope, Vol. II. A few horoscopes are from my own
collection. The only criterion for selection of horoscopes is disposition
of Venus in signs ruled by Mercury.
Complete horoscopic data along with Navamsa positions are
appended (Appendix!). Housewise placement ofVenus in different charts
and its manifestations are presented in Table I. For convenience of un-
der-standing, cases with Venus in Gemini and Virgo have been classified
as Groups A and B respectively. Each group has further been divided into
Unmarried (UM) and Married (M) subgroups. Female (f) and Male (m)
natives have been indicated in separate columns.
House
Position
f
Lagna -
II l
III l
IV -
v -
VI -
VII 2
VIII -
IX -
X -
"XI -
XII -
TOTAL 4
Table 1
House-wise Position ofVenus
Marital Status of Subiects
No.)
Group A Group B TOTAL
UM M UM M UM M
m f m f m f m f m f
- l l - - - I - - l
- l 2 l - l - 2 - 2
l -
.
3 - l l 4 l l
l -
-
- - - - - I -
- l
.
1 - - - l - l
- -
.
I - l - 1 - l
. . . . . . .
2 - -
- -
.
- 1 1 - - 1 1
- l
.
- - 2 2 - - 3
--
- l
.
- 1 - - - 1 l
- l
.
- - - - - - l
1 l
.
- - 2 - - 1 3
3 7 3 6 2 8
4
10 5 15
m
2
2
1
-
-
-
-
-
2
-
-
-
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Planetary Dispositions and Marital Affairs S
It is evident from the Table I that Venus in the 4th and 7th houses
totally rendered the natives unmarried, while the 3rd house position kept
71 .43% unmarried. The 5th, 6th, 8th and lOth house positions gave
marriages in 50% cases each.
The constellations assigned to the Mercurial signs are Mrigasira
(III & IV Padas), Ardra (all four Padas) and Punarvasu (I to III Padas)
to Gemini, and Uttaraphalguni (II to IV Padas), Hasta (all Padas) and
Chitra (I and II Padas) to Virgo. The rulers of these constellations are all
inauspicious or inimical to Venus. The constellational positions ofVenus
and their results are summarized in Table 2.
Table 2
c onste
ll .
attons occup1e db
)y Venus
Constellational
UM
M Total under
Occupancy
study
f m
t'
m f m Combined
Gemini
Mrigasira 1 1 1
-
2 1 3
Ardra 2 2 2 3 4 5 9
Punarvasu 1
-
4
-
5
-
5
Total Group A 4 3 7 3 11 6 17
Virgo
Uttaraphalguni 1 2
-
1
1 3 4
Hasta 5
-
6 3 II 3
14
Chitra
- -
2
-
2
-
2
Total Group B 6 2 8 4 14 6 20
GRAND TOTAL 10 5 15 7 25 12 37
Table 2 shows that m Group A(Germm) 36.36% females and 50%
males remain unmarried, the combined percentage being 41.18. Simi-
larly, in Group B (Virgo) 42.86% females and 33 .33% males remain
unmarried. Combined percentage of unmarried in Group B is 40. Taking
both the groups together the percentage of unmarried females and males
are 40 and 41.67 respectively while the combined percentage of all the
unmarried subjects is 40.54. Thus, the trend is almost similar in both the
cases.
Constellation-wise observation reveals that Uttaraphalguni, Mriga-
sira, Ardra and Hasta accounted for 75%, 66.67%,44.44% and 35.71%
unmarried cases respectively. On the other hand, Chitra and Punarvasu
Venus claims I 00% and 80% marriages respectively.
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Marriage is a prelude to marital bliss. Hence, concord and har-
mony is needed to make marriage a success. The strength and longevity
of the marital bond and mutual devotion of partners is required for con-
jugal bliss. It is, therefore, necessary to analyze the post marital situation
for real assessment of marriages. The marital status of subjects, under
study, has been rearranged according to situation under unmanied and
manied groups, in Table 3a, 3b and 3c.
Table3a
Marital Status of Subjects (Females and Males combined)
Status Group A Group B Total
(Subgroup)
2

2

; If!
2


..
....
,g-:1!
..
.. ..
,g-:1!
..
.. ..
,g-:1!
.; ...
... -
.:; ...
., -
.; ...
., -
.. ;. .. ;. .. ;.
= -
= - = -
.,. ::1
.,. " .,. "
I. Unmarried 7 41.18
-
8 40.00
-
15 40.54
-
(a) Delay I 5.88 14.29 2 10.00 25.00 3 8.11 20.00
(b) Denial 6 35.29 58.71 6 30.00 75.00 12 32.43 80.0
2.Married 10 58.82
-
12 60.00
-
22 59.46
-
(a) Stable 3 17.65 JO.OO 3 15.00 25.00 6 16.22 27.27
Marriage
(b) Divorce/ 3 17.65 30.00 5 25.00 4 I .67 8 21.62 36.36
Separation
(c) Widow I 5.88 10.00 I 5.00 8.33 2 5.40 9.09
hood
(d) Infidelity
- -
-
I 5.00 8.33 I 2.70 4.54
(e) Other 3 17.65 30.00 2 10.00 16.67 5 13.51 22.73
Problems
TOTAL 17 20 37
Planetary Dispositions and Marital Affairs
table3b
Marital Status of :Female Natives (f)
Status
Group A Group B
sub group
z

z

;
z
.,
., .,

.,
., .,

.,
.g ...
., -
.g ...
., -
.,
., -
c -
c a:
"' "
"'"
I. Unmarried 4 36.36
-
6 42.86
-
10
(a) Delay I 9.09 25.00 2 14.29 33.33 3
(b) Denial 3 27.27 75.00 4 28.57 66.67 7
2.Married 7 63.64 8 57.14
-
15
(a) Stable 2 18.18 28.57 I 7.14 12.50 3
Marriage
(b) Divorce/ 2 18.18 28.57 4 28.57 50.00 6
Separation
(c) Widowhood I 9.09 14.29 I 7.14 12.50 2
(d) Infidelity
-
- -
I 7.14 12.50 I
(e) Other 2 18.18 28.57 I 7.14 12.50 3
'
Problems
TOTAL 11 14 25
Table 3c
Marital Status of Male Natives (M)
us
Group A Group B
Subgroup z

; 'fl. z

; '$. z
.,
., .,

.,
., .,

.,
.g ...
., -
.g ...
., -
.,
c - c -
"':1
"' "
I. Unmarried 3 50.00
-
2 33.33
-
5
(a) Delay
- -
-
-
-
-
-
(b) Denial 3 50.00 100.0 2 33.33 100.0 5
2.Married 3 50.00
-
4 66.67
-
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(a) Stable
Marriage I 16.67
2 33.33 50.00 3
(b) Divorce/ I 16.67 I 16.67 25.00 2
Separation
(c) Widowhood
-
-
-
- -
-
-
(d) Infidelity
- - - - - - -
(e) Other I 16.67 33.33 I 16.67 25.00 2
Problems
TOTAL 6 6 12
11
Total
'$.
., .,

.g ...
., -
.,
c -
"' "
40.00
-
12.00 30.00
28.00 70.00
60.00
-
12.00 20.00
24.00 40.00
8.00 13.33
4.00 6.67
12.00 20.00
Total

; 'if.
., .,

.g ...
., -
g :
"' "
41.67
-
-
-
41.67 100.0
58.33
-
25.00 42.86
16.67 28.57
- -
- -
16.67 28.57
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It is quite difficult to draw a line between delay and denial of
marriage, as marriage is termed as having been delayed according to time
and social customs prevailing in a society. With change of time and
outlook of society the age of marriage has now been advanced, and an age
considered to have been delayed for marriage in the past may be quite in
order today. In this study, even delay beyond 35 years of age has been
considered as a case of denial for purposes of discussion.
Similar difficulty is experienced in differentiating between sepa-
ration and divorce. Any separation which is mutually agreed upon and
legalized, or given social sanction, is termed divorce. In certain cases,
however, separation continues without any legal approval or sanction.
Thus, it would be practical to consider separation and /or divorce as one
and the same version of marriage failures. In this discussion both the
states (separation or divorce) have been considered as one. Infidelity of
partner has also been accounted for as a separate cause for disharmony
and denial of marital happiness.
As evident from the Table 3a, 41.18% of Group A and 40.00% of
Group B are unmarried. The overall unmarried percentage ofboth the
groups comes to 40.54%. Among the married persons in the respective
groups, only 17.65% of Group A and 15.00% ofGroup Bare having
stable marriage, while remaining 41.17% and 45.00%, in Groups A and
B respectively are deprived of marital bliss due to divorce/separation,
widowhood, infidelity of spouse and other problems denying conjugal
felicity. The corresponding figures of stable marriage in female natives
(Table 3b) are 18.18% and 7.14% in Groups A and B respectively. The
combined percentage ofboth the groups comes to 12.00% only. Simi-
larly, in male nativities (Table 3c) stable marriages share only 16.67%
and 33.33% in groups A and B respectively, with the combined percent-
age of 25 .00%. In other words, within the married (M) subgroups 70.00%
in group B (combined percentage being 72.73) are subjected to post-
marital sufferings and mental worries. An analysis, on the basis of sexual
difference, reveals that 40% of females and 41.67% of males, under
study, remained unmarried. The stable marriages shared a meagre 12%
in female horoscopes under study. Thus, within the married females only
20% enjoyed stable marriage while the corresponding figure for males
has been higher than 42%. The incidence of divorce has been higher
(40%) in females as compared to 28.57% in male nativities. In fact, some
of the cases treated and/or considered as stable marriages also contain
temperamental clashes but the social customs prevent the wives from
seeking divorce or separation which may lower down the exposition of
divorces. Similar is the situation with infidelityofspouse.Any infidelity
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from the side of a wife is intolerable, while such instances the other way
is quietly borne by Hindu wives. However, the trend of marriage depri-
vation in both the sexes is alike. The foregoing observations go a long
way to establish the misogamous role of Venus in these dispositions.
With a view to substantiate such exceptional role of Venus, let us
examine the occupancy of different houses by Venus in the charts under
study.
Venus in Different Houses (Table 1)
Three charts have Venus in the Lagna. All are married. Venus in
Gemini Lagna (Chart 5) having exchanged sign with Mercury, gave an
unconventional marriage with an aged divorcee (age difference exceed-
ing 22 years) who had helped the lady to establish herself initially.: 'the
native is well employed, attractive and social. Venus in Gemini Lagna
gives an inclination for extramarital affairs too. The Lagna in Saturn
Trim sam sa and Moon in Mercury Trim sam sa made her immoral result-
ing in premarital affairs with a number of persons including the present
husband. So far, the marriage is happy with a son, although temperamen-
tal clashes are there. The other case (Chart 26) is also of a happy married
life with adevoted wife. In both these cases, Venus is aspected by Saturn.
Another male native having Venus in Virgo Lagna (Chart 33) is also
married, but he has animal instincts too high and is not content with his
wife. He has illicit relations with a colleague too, resulting in marital
strife.
The 2nd house position of Venus has, contrary to classical dicta,
proved detrimental in all the six cases. It denies marriage to an educated
and charming lady (Chart 1) while giving premarital motherhood (under
compulsion) to the strong willed native (Chart 13) who ventured on
bearing the child without proper marriage. In three other cases, however,
post-marital problems disturbed the felicity in form of desertion by hard
hearted husband (Chart 6), mental worry due to crooked nature of mother-
in-law denying marital happiness (Chart 25), and incapability to conju-
gal life along with other domestic problems (Chart 30). The native of
Chart 29, however, had two wives, one of which was a clandestine mar-
riage prior to regular marriage. Married wife left after knowing about the
previous secret marriage.
The 3rd house disposition of Venus resulted in delay (Charts 14 &
15) and denial (Charts 3, 24 & 31) of marriage. One of the two married
cases faced separation just after five months of marriage (Chart 17).
Even Jupiter's conjunction with Venus and aspect on the 7th house could
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not avert the situation. Another married case, a male native (Chart 37),
has been leading married life with three children, but he has been lusting
for extramarital relations causing temperamental clashes with wife. The
third house Venus makes the native sensuous.
The 4th house position of Venus, in Gemini, denied marriage al-
though the native is B.E., M.B.A. with good job (Chart 28).
The 5th and 6th house positions of Venus denied marriage in 50%
cases each (Charts 12 and 23), while the other two ladies were married
but deprived of marital felicity owing to husband's incapability to con-
jugallife (Chart 8) and early widowhood just after 2 years and 2 months
of marriage (Chart 21 ).
The 7th house occupancy of Venus is not favoured owing to the
blemish on the principle of Karako Bhava nasaya. In some texts happy
marriage and devoted partner is indicated, but in my study the results are
just the reverse. Both the cases pertain to Gemini. A well employed lady
facing undue delay (Chart 4) while her younger sisters are married. In the
other case denial has been the result (Chart 2). Jupiter's trinal aspects on
Venus and the 7th house, in both the cases, have failed to provide any
relief.
The 8th house rules marital bond and Venus here is considered a
curse forconjugallife. This disposition has accordingly marred the mari-
tal bliss owing to husband's infidelitywho wants to marry a young widow
(Chart 22). In another case the male native, an engineer, preferred to
remain a celibate (Chart 36).
The 9th house Venus gave a happy and long married life to the
natives of Charts 16 and 32. In Chart 16, Venus is again in exchange with
the dispositor Mercury. The lady (Chart 16) was highly intelligent and
learned in her sphere of activity and got a rich and respected husband.
The native of Chart 32 has a beal!tifuland noble wife, but his extramarital
relations are a fly in the ointment. In other cases the results were alto-
gether different. The lady (Chart 10) who lived like a queen, was di-
vorced in her twenties and lost her son too, whereas, another lady (Chart
20) was disowned by her husband and his family for not having brought
in any dowry after only 3-4 months of staying together. The native of
Chart 35 belonged to a good family and was married late at the age of 34
years, but there was no physical union as on the very first night some
misunderstanding arose which resulted in divorce.
The 1Oth house Venus in Gemini gave a stable marriage (Chart 9)
but with temperamental clashes between the couple. In another case,
Planetary Dispositions and Marital Affairs 15
however, the marriage was denied to a Telecommuirication Engineer
belonging to a royal family (Chart 34).
The II th house placement of Venus is generally good. V argottama
Venus in Gemini gave an unconventional marriage to the lady (Chart 7)
who is well educated, rich and married to a man younger than her by three
years, and lives in a foreign country. But normal marital bliss is curtailed
due to her brain. injury in an accident.
Venus in the 12th house makes the native sexy, licentious and
indicates plurality of marriages. Its disposition in the earthy sign, Virgo,
disturbed marital life despite various opportunities to satisfY her sexual
urges (Chart 18). Sex awareness developed at an early age and premarital
and extramarital affairs became a habit. Both the females (Charts 18 and
19), having Venus in the 12th house, suffered at the hands of such dispo-
sition resulting in divorces. The only difference between these two cases
was that while the native of Chart 18 eloped, along with grown-up chil-
dren, with a paramour after 24 years of marriage and fmally obtained a
divorce, the other lady (Chart 19) was separated after only three years of
marriage. In both these cases marital life did not give any bliss. A male
Bank Officer having Virgo Venus in the 12th house, remained a celibate
, (Chart 27). Such disposition in Gemini, an airy sign, makes one lascivi-
ous. The native of Chart II was married early but faced widowhood in
her mid-twenties.
Navamsa of Mercury
A discussion ofNavamsa position, in signs of Mercury, of Venus
is imperative to substantiate my point. Occupation of Gemini in Na-
vamsa by Venus is a strong factor for post -marital problems and indica-
tive of extramarital affairs. Three cases having Venus in Gemini Navarnsa
have suffered post-marital problems, e.g. irrecoverable brain injury ren-
dering the native incapable of conjugal felicity (Chart 7), early widow-
hood (Chart II), and divorce (Chart 18), Two cases (Charts 5 and 32),
however, are perfunctory marriages with temperamental clashes off and
on. Extra marital affairs are there. The sole case with Venus in Viigo
Navarnsa faced widowhood just after two years of marriage (Chart 21 ).
To sum up, Mercurian Navamsa position of Venus is not conducive to
marital felicity. We will discuss this aspect in detail in the next chapter.
Free from Conjunction and/or Aspect
Marital unhappiness is intensified through the association, con-
junction or aspects of malefics with the significator Venus. Mars, Rahu,
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Saturn and Ketu, sometimes Sun too, portend evil to marriage. In this
study, however, Venus, in nine cases of Gemini (Charts 2,3,4,5,9,10,11,29
and 31) and three of Virgo (Charts 14, 15 and 37) does not have any
conjunction. Similarly, two cases of group A (Charts 7 and 11) and four
cases of group B (Charts 13, 17,33 and 34) do not have any aspect on
Venus. Only full aspects of Parasari system have been taken into ac-
count.
Analysis of horoscopes having Venus not conjunct with malefic
reveals that 44% of Group A and 33% of Group B, total effect being42%,
remained unmarried. Amongst the married persons also, the picture was
different in the two groups. Only 22% of Group A (Charts 5 & 9) have
stable marriage, while the Group B is about 67% (Charts 16 & 37),
combined share being 33%. Moreover, Virgo Venus without conjunc-
tion, has not given any post-marital discord or sufferings.
Venus, free fium any full aspect, gives noteworthy and astonishing
manifestations. Such disposition in Group A registers cent per cent
marriage whereas in Group B married share is only 50%. Both groups
combined bring 67% marriage, but none of them could enjoy normal
married life as divorce (Chart 17) and widowhood (Chart II) shared 25%
each and remaining 50% (Charts 7 & 33) suffered other problems deny-
ing conjugal happiness.
It is noteworthy that in one case (Chart 11) Venus in Gemini (Punar-
vasu constellation) in the 12th house is neither conjunct nor aspected by
any planet, and the 7th house, from the l.agna, Moon and Venus, are
unblemished and fortified by aspect or occupancy of respective lords, but
the native faced widowhood early in life. The cause is the Mercurial
disposition of Venul'.
It is imperative to discuss association of dispositor Mercury with
Venus. Of the six cases having Venus conjunct Mercury, three are denied
marriages (Charts 23, 24 and 31 ), one is a case of divorce (Chart 20) and
the remaining two are of post marital sufferings viz. incapability of con-
jugal life (Chart 30) and animal instinct too high, not satisfied with wife
and extramarital affairs (Chart 33). All the conjunctions have involved
other planets too.
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