woodcut from Liber Astronomiae by
Fra. Guido Bonatti,
Om Vishnave Namah
the 12 houses from
1 - Physical Appearances- Mesha
The Archangel Michaelby Juan de la Abadia, c. 1490
Appearances, Physical Form
Competition for social
order to win the competition
for validation a person needs the power to move. Ideally, the spirit should manifest a fleshly
form that is energetic, kinetic, dynamic, hot-blooded, healthy, vital,
The annamayakosha (food-eating-body) when successfully developed
should be capable of movements such as running, swimming, hunting,
dancing, birthing, and all types of active pursuit.
If Mangala = well-disposed, Mesha-1 = a natural
athlete. Mesha-1 may
enjoy a powerful body which is an exemplary model of physical movement
USA Pres-38 Gerald R. Ford
= Mangala in lagna = national athlete + sports coach in football +
Margaux Hemingway = Mangala + Shukra = top
Tagore = Shukra + Surya + Budha in Mesha lagna while Budha
enjoys parivartamsha with Kuja lagnesha. A forceful (Mangala) personality brimming with original
(Mesha) ideas and splendid literary talent (Budha). Ennobled via
his aristocratic rank but also by the force of his will (uchcha
Surya in lagna.)
birth, flesh, cooking, hunting, sport, conquest, weapons, and
all types of competition and challenge.
A straightforward personality presuming that Mangala is
in good condition.
Tends to be most comfortable in physically oriented tasks
and environments. Takes the initiative.
Not often a leader, unless karma bhava is very well disposed.
Rather, is an athlete and a fighter by nature.
Self-enobling Aryan energy asserts primacy of place. It
claims to be first. Can easily place one's own interests before
the welfare of family and community. The active premise is that 'if I do well,
everyone does well'.
(May be very surprised when others don't see it
Pitta(reddish) cast to the complexion. Inhabits one's
physical body with enthusiasm for life, so long as Kuja is strong.
vigorously active, affinity
for high-energy environments, competes for the championship,
weapons, best suited to an active outdoor life (so long as the other
affinity for guns, scalpels, knives, spears, automobiles
(cars as a weapon = Laura Welch Bush).
Athlete, comes in first,
eye on the prize. (Gerald R. Ford, winner of
political elections, winning player in university-pro football.)
If Mangala is ill-disposed (Laura Welch Bush
life force may be weakened by
2 - Values- Vrishabha
Shukra's governance is not impeded in His own
Natural values promote pleasure and beauty. Lover of
Enjoys having money and if Shukra is strong, acquires lots of it.
A happy hoarder. Eats for pleasure.
Self-indulgence through the eyes and mouth.
Loves history and tradition, visual beauty, sensual indulgence.
If Rahu or Shukra in 2, may become very wealthy.
Sahaja_bhava - Bhava
3 - Mental Process- Mithuna
Mental Tasking rules swabhava ofBudha.
Budha's governance is not impeded in His own
Mental narrative processes --tends to be
"mercurial" - many changes, constant re-argumentation and
re-announcement. Provides a "simple answers to complex questions" and
"get it now" approach to information management.
This speedy mental behavior can be beneficial and productive in
fast-paced information-exchange environments of commerce and
Naturally the quick and superficial style of
Budha in His natural houses = dysfunctional in environments which
require sustained reflection upon multi-leveled meanings, absorption
of complex concepts, or any treatment of mental-conceptual apparatus
that is deeper than Budha's characteristic superficial level.
Not the mark of a philosopher but rather a do-er
and a competitive user of words.
flexibility if Shani drishti to bhava-3, but generally stable
A quick study. Depending on
Budha's condition, thinking process itself may be sharp
or foggy. Processes input quickly and self-validates their own
Likes to talk, often prefer to chat or banter when
emotionally difficult or confusing subjects are discussed. Broad
tolerance for meetings and continuous social engagements, good skills
for staying on the surface of issues. Skillful talker, regardless
of content. Friendly handshake.
Enjoys the company of their siblings, neighbors, and co-workers.
Good skills for small-group
process: facilitation, conversation, etc.
4 - Karka
rules swabhava ofChandra.
Home, parents, schooling, security, vehicles
- Caretaker of security
- needs a kitchen-centered, mother-centered home
- ideally near a marine source -- ocean, estuary
- home shelter = pale red, pink in color
- may conduct home activities which reinforce the ethnic
culture, such as festivals and local-deity rituals
Home and country, parents, schooling, security, vehicles
the physical and emotional basis
personal security will inevitably
Naturally, whichever bhava is ruled by Chandra the Lord of
tides and flows will fluctuate.
Mesha-1 will have an ebb-and-flow experience of
property ownership, schooling and
parenting throughout life.
Mesha-1 feels most comfortable when one is
close to home .
Security is derived from ownership
Of buildings (esp homes and schools),
vehicles, and lands.
However those items are not as 'fixed' for Mesha-1
as for others. Watery effects such as storms (both
meteorological and interpersonal) can cause emotional high
Mesha-1s is happy to make one's nest near the
ocean, or an estuary river.
Childhood Home and Parents.
Profound emotional dedication to the
parents, especially when become weakened and in need of protection
from Mesha-1 .
One remains emotionally attached to the
childhood home, and the parents' own emotional conditions
tends to affect
Mesha-1 rather more profoundly.
Schoolteachers in the
primary grades also have a stronger emotional impact on Mesha
natives, who depend on teachers'
validationfor their sense of
belongingness and roots.
If Chandra is not well-disposed, the Mesha lagna parent may be
needyand unsatisfied in the childhood home; also an emotionally
cranky or insecure parent in relation to one's own children as
If Chandra is well-disposed in
bhava-4 (not in a dusthamsha, not in a rashi of Mangala) Mesha-1 will have a dedicated and grounded parenting style that is emotionally
sensitive, reliable and repetitive.
very young children- infant through school age.
However one may not have quite the same
contented happiness from dealing with less shelter-seeking adolescents or young adults.
Mesha lagna natives are often born totraditional
, stay-at-home mothers.
The mother may have a conventional women's
profession such as housekeeper, caretaker, teacher or nurse, but she
will stay home while her children are small.
Alternatively, mom might run her business from
Chandra = "belonging".
Mesha natives like to share the cultural base of
security and trust by inviting "extended
family" such as neighbors and co-workers into their home-based
circle of relationships.
Characteristics of Chandra will
determine the quality of the home and one's experience of the Mother.
Mesha-1 has a profound need for security. When Chandra is
well-disposed, this need is met through
parent relationships rooted and grounded
through the maternal line;
patriotic service to one's land and
stewardship of lands, properties, buildings,
Schooling as a cultural-roots validation
Mesha-1 will be especially satisfied
emotionally through the support of school buildings and school
particularly via teaching or providing support
for a culturally rooted curriculumfocused on care of the
land and effective citizenship.
- Mangala (unfortunate) = repressed anger and emotional manipulation in the home. Unstable parents. Exaggerated and unsupportable entitlements to property ownership.
- Chandra (fortunate, swakshetra) = deep and reliable roots in the birthplace. Devoted and emotionally available parents. Nourished by the sea life. A stable and home-centered parent oneself, often a stay-at-home parent or a part-time schoolteacher extending the parent role into the local setting. Whether male or female, this native takes the Mother role at home.
5 * Simha
Children, Performance Art, Authorship, Genius
theatre of self-glorification, divine brilliance
performance art of celebrity, idealism, heroic acts
Surya -Sun:the Soul-Self
rules swabhava ofRavi. Surya's governance is not impeded in His own
Rational self and ethical intelligence = focused on
children, politics, and creative adventure. Wonderful scouting guide, camp
counselor, and sports coach. Loves teaching.
finds a wellspring of energy for self-promotion in literature and
Children are independent, selfish and self-directed, as is
6 * Kanya
= Virgo = "Problematics" (recurring conflicts)
Mental Taskingrules swabhava ofBudha.
Budha's governance is not impeded in His own
Debt-Loans, Drugs and Diseases, Livestock-Pets, Servantsand
Employees, the Workplace
Kanya = 6th from Mesha
Conflict and resentment with the Mother's Relatives,
Younger Sibling, and Employees
Mesha folk are direct,
active beings who have planned an incarnational script
featuring disappointment and distress (6) from
argumentative, exploitive, promise-breaking subordinates
Tendency to be overly friendly with subordinates. Worse trouble from women. Diseases from prostitutes.
Budha = "sexual communication". The classic trouble
scenario = inappropriate, non-contractual, unbalanced
sexual relationships in the workplace.
younger female workers in prostitution, 6.
Kanya = his radix
lagna, therefore his repeating pattern of dalliances with female
employees became part of his public identity
Periods of L-3+L-6 Budha = predictably
problematic in the workplace
The profile of puerile
trouble-maker Kumara starts in childhood with annoying,
misrepresenting, promise-breaking and perhaps solicitous
younger siblings, cousins, playmates, and other
youngsters in the environment.
Frustrations and disagreements with
similar sibling-figures continue into adulthood with
betrayal by subordinates and employees who
exploit one's loyalty and
good will toward them.
Includes subordinates such as
those who may have their own authority but nevertheless
report to Mesha-1 as their workplace overseer, or
simply younger co-workers particularly females or those in a receiver role.
The subordinate may
attempt to subjugate Mesha-1 by contributing a
voice of deprecation, belittlement (6) and false
Mesha lagna's personal narrative develops a script featuring lifelong
workplace conflicts based on a distrust of the
mental motives of co-workers (Budha = L-6) .
The script rolls out a
repeating victimization theme
of chronic exploitation of Mesha-1 's tendency to work
long hours on detailed projects (Budha) form egalitarian
friendships with subordinates or otherwise do workplace
socializing that is off the record, involves exploitive
or unbalanced interaction, or creates opportunity for
Alternatively, one may have the type of work tasks (6)
which are inherently conflicted such as an attorney
doing legal analysis of criminal accusations, and thus
one can become significantly involved in the drama of
divorce, disagreement, and disreputable actions while
maintaining personal disengagement. This is the best
non-sexual resolution but to achieve it the criminal,
polluting, or exploitive narratives that the
professional handles in the workplace must be scandalous
Like most karmic situations in the
nativity, it improves when Mesha-1 learns to detect
and avoid the entrapment pattern, see
the forest as well as the trees (unfocus on details and
form a big-picture view of a subordinates probable
motives) and in general with consciousness and time.
Also Budha is a very flexible mental agent who depends
on His lord for definition and direction. If Chandra
occupies Mesha and Budha happens to rule a kendra or a
trine while the Kumara's lord is auspicious, a workplace
liaison for unmarried partners can be favorable, perhaps
even developing into marriage. However the underlying
feeling of trickery or exploitation may be felt as a
permanent undercurrent in the history of the
The sthana that is ruled by Kanya shows where
Mesha-1 's inventory of information is concentrated. For Mesha
lagna, the strongest concentration of data and knowledge lies in the
health field. Ability to deploy this information profitably depends of
condition of Budha.
Although this native possesses a good deal of
health information and may in fact choose a career in medicine
(because Budha is a career indicator) the rationalizing aspect of
Budha tends to defeat good personal health practices.
L-2 Shukra tends
toward pleasure-sensual eating, and Budha as L-6 substitutes mental
activities for physical exercise.
Native tends toward a sedentary,
pleasure-oriented lifestyle except during Mars periods, when one may
be vigorously active.
May be more clever than their advising
physicians, and try to out-reason the doctors.
Talks to criminals, converses with physicians,
chats with pets. Does well in military, policing, jails, or
conflict-management settings. Likes medical emergencies, where his
organizational skills and huge inventory of information are useful
and admired. Prefers to talk through conflicts rather than fight.
Rarely in trouble with police despite his affinity for weapons. If
Kuja is strong, may be greatly concerned with and has a great deal
of organized information about the topic of weapons safety.
7 * Thula
Marriage, Alliance, Partnership, Agreements
Pleasure rules swabhava ofShukra.
Shukra's governance is not impeded in His own
Marriage is dominated by a deep sensual love,
and a lasting desire for social harmony. Mesha natives are good lovers
who take their relationships seriously, seeing them as works of art to
be constantly refined. If Skukra is fortunate, the spouse is quite
lovely and marriage is a reliable pleasuring experience.
Contracts, agreements, legal discussions, all
types of advising are approached with a desire for harmonious outcome.
Shukra being L2+L7, divorce or death of the spouse is not always the
end of love; the second marriage may be quite as nice as the first. Because Shukra rules both 1st marriage and 2nd marriage domains:
more than any other lagna, Mesha is inclined toward the remarkable
pattern of divorcing, then remarrying, the original spouse.
Spouse tends to be attractive (according to
Shukra) and amiable, although the typical Shukra issues of
alcohol/sugars are also attending their beauty. Career of spouse =
10th-from-7th = Karka. Female spouse tends toward traditional
homemaking or work with ocean life; male spouse tends toward career
with ocean products, shipping, or parenting at home.
|~~ Bhrigu SutramCh.
4 Shloka 11
Ch. 80, shloka 22-25
- "If at woman's birth, the 7th bhava or
the setting Navamsha be that of Venus, her husband will be
fortunate, very good looking and will be liked by women."
Emergency, Disaster, Eruption of sudden
Force, Shock, Trauma, Secrets, Hidden Wealth
Sudden, forced changes; catastrophic upheavals;
Joint assets of marriage, pooled monies;
secret matters; surgery and therapeutic healing, taboos, taxes, tantra
in-laws; joints monies of marriage; speech
and values of the spouse
Mangala's governance is not impeded in His
own natural house.
Competitive or adversarial relationship with in-laws.
Native is a tantrik healer of some stripe, who may find a medical
or psychiatric or spiritual expression for his therapeutic instincts.
Direct action in emergencies
For Mesha lagna and Vrischika lagna, lagnesha Mangala in residence of Randhra
bhava often signifies professional action in one of the
emergency response skill sets.
For example, ambulance driver, medical technician, emergency room physician,
military security, explosives control, secret police (security
emergency), surgeon, crime investigator, drug addiction
interventions, national emergency notification, etc.
Naturally the power of the lagnesha = limited by the career-determining
function of the lord of
the 10th navamsha. However particularly if the navamsha lagna
= Karkata or Kumbha (thus rashi of Mangala will govern the 10th
navamsha) this native is very well suited to emergency response
Special ability to intervene in catastrophic or disaster situations of
sudden and unpredicted change, depending on the character of Mars. If
lagnesha Kuja is strong, native may be a surgeon, detective,
archeologist or psychiatrist.
Spouse may not contribute much equity into the
joint assets of marriage, because Mesha-1 ambitious and wants to
be recognized as being the main provider - whether native is male or
female, Mesha lagna tends to be the primary provider in their family.
If there is a dispute over dividing the joints assets of marriage, ceteris
paribus, Mesha-1 will win.
nativities developed from a baseline
of Mesha lagna must
accommodate the psycho-physical reality that one's social
identity is subject to periodic upheavals.
L-10+L-11 Shani in Vrischika-8, karmic difficulties related to
surgery. Often a poor reaction to anesthetic, or a need to re-invade
the body surgically to repair an unsuitable operation.
This phenomenon is due to the fact that
lagnesha Mangala rules both the fleshly-form, social-attribute-package
baseline of the Mesha lagna, as well as the sudden-change-of-form,
disruption-of-development 8th bhava.
periods of Angarika function as a double-edged sword, creating experiences which
radically redefine the social-material identity, often via
some challenge or alteration to the integrity of the physical
If there are exacerbating
contributors such as malefic graha in either bhava-1 or bhava-8 (esp
in 8) or Mangala has a relationship to 8th-from-Chandra, there can be
truly catastrophic upheavals in the material-social identity during
The total outcome is often positive in a
life-defining spiritual way.
Mangala periods cause Mesha-1 to hold as
firmly as possible to the material identity (lagnesha function) while
simultaneously the function of the L-8 is explicitly a breaking apart,
un-sticking, in-coherence in Mesha-1 's psycho-physical
One is forced to assume a higher viewpoint of
the greater cycles of life and in the process one becomes open to
absorption of transformative "tantrik" knowledge (8).
9 * Dhanus
Ceremonial Religion; the Temple; Priesthood;
Guru; Professor; University; Wisdom; Father; Religious teachers and
beliefs; Divine Law
Guru- Jupiter:Wisdom Expansion
Guru's governance is not impeded in His own
Unless Surya or Guru occupy bhava-9 (
bhavo nashto), Mesha-1 's religious and spiritual life is
blessed. Native has a natural, expansive view of religion which
accommodates all faiths. A natural priest and spiritual leader; may
officiate at ritual passages whether he is officially sanctioned or
not. Popularly recognized as a prieSaint
10 * Makara
Shani -Saturn: Karmic Cleanup rules
Shani's governance is not impeded in His own
Career, Profession, Public Dignity
Depends on condition of Shani. In general,
career in conservative hierarchical organizations.
Climbs the ladder with determination.
May have to work harder than average to achieve
dignity, but once he has achieved it, s/he will not abandon their
Very attentive to rules and protocols. Starts out low in
the pecking order; during Shani periods, steps up the ladder.
11 * Kumbha
+ Rahu rule swabhava ofShani.
Shani's governance is
thwarted by Rahu.
Marketplace of Goods and Ideas;Networks
(electronic, social, conceptual, financial), Friendships, Associations,
If Shani is favorable, this native earns
adequately from a well-maintained network of friends and associates. Eccentric style of
operating in the marketplace. May change jobs on an irregular
cycle or have several streams of income, some high some low.
Associates with people from extremely diverse
backgrounds. Goals include community building and visionary future
communal lifestyle. However this native is usually constrained in
their ability to reach all of their goals; Shani slows their
achievements, and limits the income.
The Rahu-afflicted Kumbha domain:
Mixed signalsoperate in the
social network of associations and in one's approach toward meeting
goals and gaining income (11). The income is stable and scientifically
managed, but Mesha-1 or members of one's network of gainful
associations (the people who help one to earn, such as paymasters and
accountants, referring friends and mentors) may interrupt(Rahu) the steady development (Shani) of income by
making passion-driven changes in Mesha-1 's goals.
While overall a socially stable
group with definite goal-orientation, the network of friendly associates and
co-operators in the marketplace is nevertheless subject to sudden
emergencies and upheavals due to
passionate and risky behavior of the friends. Most of the people in the
social network may be ideologically rigid, bound to the ideological
positivism of the masses, and possessed of a culturally unusual
Naturally there will be more upheaval
in the network, sudden changes of goals and objectives, and more contact
with unreliable mentors during any
period of Rahu or transit of Rahu-Ketu through the Simha-Kumbha axis.
company (11) of scientists (Kumbha)
philosophers, distributive commercial interests, radio operators,
signal managers, social change theorists, network programmers, and
those who engage in large, complex, highly regulated systems activity.
General Effect on Friendship Networks
Vriddhi bhava ruled by Shani + Rahu
Mesha lagna is generally conservative in the choice of friends;
however Rahu as co-lord of Kumbha allows a foreign element into
Despite the presence of cultural conservatism there
may be numerous aliens
counted as sincere and active friends
One prefers to socialize with persons who conform
to a predictable standard of behavior, and who share one's own
sense of propriety, but Rahu will often introduce
poseurs who may appear to have proper network credentials yet the
authenticity of their background may come into question.
Networking behaviors may be contradictory and
less successful than expected in advancing one's goals, due to the
role of Rahu in the nativity since Rahu is too much of a wildcard
to speculate upon generalities.
if L-6 in 11:
Presence of L-6 Budha in 11
can indicate one who becomes friendly with the sick or whose
friends are always in debt. Ailments of the elder sibling.
12 * Meena
Guru- Jupiter:Wisdom Expansion
rules swabhava of Guru.
Guru's governance is not impeded in His own
Dissolution of Physical Identity; Meditation, Sanctuary, Confinement,
Privacy, Loss of Identity
The meditation and inner sanctuary house is
hugely benefited by vyaya-adhipati all-good L-9+L-12 Guru.
typically has an expansive inner life with vividly artistic
sound-and-color, spiritual dreams.
High permission to cross and re-cross the boundary between the world
of the body-free and the world of the embodied. Auspicious graha in 12
may signify a splendidly capable death facilitator or a genteel
and compassionate astral-to-material ferryman-guide.
Enemies of the marriage = L-12 and graha within vyaya bhava.
When 12 = Meena, these 'enemies' may be ancestors and disembodied
spirits as well as Guru-generously provided
This is not a bad situation at all, but it does indicate
that bed-pleasures (12) in the marriage enter into adversarial relationship
(6th-from) with one's beliefs and expectations (Guru) about entitlement to
private meditation time used to commune with the spiritual messengers
(12), or beliefs about the priorities in married life more favoring the children
(Guru) and rather less spiritual importance granted to the peer
alliances such as marriage (12 =
Body-calming meditation and spa-type deep
relaxation are accessible especially in a lakeside or still-water
environment. Mesha lagna enjoys foreign travel if Guru is empowered;
Guru periods may signal foreign residence or extended periods of religious
study in a foreign land. This native is at home in a variety of
spiritual traditions, and he may take to extended wandering during the
mahadasha of Guru.
Meena-Shukra uchchamsha in vyvyasthana = an exceptionally auspicious
placement for all matters of the imaginative arts and music, as well
as meditation and spiritually reflective or contemplative practices.
Although Shukra-ratna is never otherwise prescribed for the Mesha
lagna nativity, if uchcha-Shukra occupies bhava-12 a diamond may be
worn during Vimshottari periods of Shukra.
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