QUESTION: What in a chart indicates happiness or unhappiness in marriage?

Marriage has always been considered one of the most important aspects of personal life. Indeed, the principal indicator of marriage and spouse, the 7th house, is placed opposite the Ascendant in the astrological chart, symbolic of the complementary purpose that marriage plays in the life of the native. Through marriage one receives great impact -- for better or worse. According to some texts after 6 years of marriage the good effects of one person’s stars are merged into the other’s life. Unfortunately, the bad effects are also transferred. A few texts say that the wife is the principle donor of this cosmic effect and the husband the receiver. In our experience, the exchange is mutual.

No marriage is perfect in every way. Even Lord Ram did not enjoy undisturbed marital happiness. But some marriages can be more happy than others. An important function of Jyotish is to identify potential sources of conflict in a marriage and suggest how or if these can be avoided.

Many things contribute to happiness or unhappiness in a marriage. Most important are the innate characteristics and tendencies of each partner. When the tendencies of one person are naturally opposed or aggravating to the other, the marriage will likely not prove happy. Jyotish can identify such characteristics and in some cases suggest remedies that will reduce or eliminate the sources of conflict. In other cases when nothing can be done, Jyotish may recommend against the marriage. At least then the persons will not enter into the partnership blindly, only to discover their mistake after years of suffering.

In any chart a variety of house and planetary combinations reveal a person’s probable destiny in respect of marriage and the marriage partner. These include the condition of the 7th house and its Lord, the placement of Venus and Mars, the condition of the 4th house, and even the hour of birth. Also, a number of special yogas (unique planetary combinations) identify conditions that will likely develop in a marriage. Usually, there will be one or more combinations which contradict each other. The astrologer must intuit which will predominate.


Seventh House

The condition of the 7th house and its Lord usually give the first indication of what marriage for the person will be like. In general, if the 7th house is aspected or occupied by benefic planets (Jupiter, Venus) the marriage will be happy. If the 7th house is occupied by malefic planets (Mars, Saturn, Ketu, Rahu, Sun), there will be conflict and unhappiness. Similarly, if the 7th house Lord is badly aspected or badly placed (in the 6th, 8th, or 12th houses, or in its sign of debilitation, or the sign of an enemy) there will be trouble with or to the spouse. The spouse will be sickly, or the partners will have tense relations, or they will separate.

Examples that an astrologer will recognized immediately are:



Venus is the next indicator (Karaka) of marriage and spouse after the 7th house and its Lord. In a woman’s chart, Jupiter may also be an indicator of the spouse. As with the 7th house and its lord, if Venus is strong and well aspected, the spouse and marriage will be strong. If Venus is badly placed or aspected, trouble is indicated for the spouse, and possibly also for the marriage. Some examples of this include:


Fourth House

The fourth house is the indicator of, among other things, happiness in the home and marital harmony. If the fourth house is occupied and aspected by malefic planets, or if the 4th lord is badly placed, it will indicate a lack of harmony between the husband and wife, which may result in separation.

Conversely, if the house is aspected or occupied by benefic planets, or if the 4th lord is strong and conjunct benefic planets, the husband and wife will enjoy harmony.


Manglik Yoga (Mars Affliction)

Mars contributes great malefic impact in domestic as well as personal life, and it never gives any chance to rectify the mistake. Mars in the Ascendant, 4th, 7th, 8th, and 12th houses is known as Manglik Yoga and is harmful for the spouse and marital relations. Mars in the 7th house especially gives a very aggressive spouse. If Manglik Yoga is present, the match should be made with much caution. A principal remedy is that the yoga should be possessed by both wife and husband.

Manglik Yoga is also judged from the house occupied by the Moon, and the same terms and conditions apply.

If Mars is placed in the 8th or 4th house, the 24th and 28th years of life are said to be very harmful for the person. Mars in the 8th house increases suicidal tendencies in the spouse after marriage. Of course, other planets may play a roll in decreasing or increasing this effect.


Time of Birth as an Indicator of Marriage

A person’s time of birth may also indicate the quality of marriage, as follows:


Other Yogas

Many other planetary combinations, which are not easily explained, are recognized to indicate tendencies and relationships between husband and wife A few interesting ones are:


Malefic Yogas

The following yogas are known for their malefic impact on married life:


When a Person Will Meet and Marry

The time when a person is likely to marry is generally indicated by transits as well by combinations of planets at the time of birth. Some accepted combinations that suggest the likely time of marriage are the following:


Appearance of the Spouse

The 7th house, Venus, or the Moon, whichever is strongest, will indicate the appearance and characteristics of the would be partner. Here the question comes how to know which of these is stronger compared to other two.

In Vedic astrology, good and other effects are calculated from the Moon or the Ascendant whichever is stronger. The strength of a planet or house is determined by analyzing each as they occur in the 16 Vargas, or divisional charts. A house or planet is considered strong the more times it is found to be exalted, in its own house, or occupied by its own lord, or has favorable conjunctions in each of these charts. The Rashi and Navamsha charts, however, contribute the greatest effect compared to the other charts.

In the Rashi chart, usually the 7th house indicates the appearance of the spouse, while the Moon the nature of person, and Venus indicates the members of the opposite sex with whom the person is likely to have friendship or relations or marriage. Venus is a very attracting planet and many times it cheats Astrologers who may fail to identify the difference between the development of relations and marriage.

In the Rashi Chart, the Moon exalted in the 7th house makes the 7th house very strong. Venus in the higher houses (1st, 2nd, 10th, 11th, and 12th houses) makes Venus strong, and if the middle point of the 7th house falls in the Navamsha of the 7th house, the 7th house gains even more strength which makes the appearance of the spouse very clear to any astrologer.

Similarly, the Moon in exaltation in the Rashi as well in Navamsha charts makes the Moon the strongest, a rule that applies to Venus also. If a person has an exalted Moon as well as an exalted Venus in the Rashi chart as well as in Navamsha, the person usually has extramarital relations. This is because an exalted Venus attracts the person very much toward the opposite sex, and if the heart (Moon) is also exalted (the Moon is exalted in Taurus, the house of Venus), then such a development is natural. Such a person is usually short in height, having a tendency of becoming stout and has a very young looking counter part.

There are, in fact, more than 11,280 combinations related to the appearance of the counterpart with whom one will have intimate relations. For example:

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