Marriages are made with the best of intentions and brightest of hopes. The divorce rate, however, is steadily increasing. This could be because of the change in cultural expectations of a couple. Having to ‘adjust’ and live an unhappy married life is no longer the only option. Women and men are alike feeling empowered enough to call it quits when things do not go as planned.
As with all other events in life, the birth chart can give an indication of divorce and separation in married life. This cannot be used as an excuse to end a relationship as every person has the free will to decide on how they will face a situation in life. It is however clearly indicated when there are chances of trouble, separation or divorce in a marriage.
Planets And Separation
The natural malefics have a malefic effect on marriage. Sun, Mars, Rahu, Ketu and Saturn can cause trouble in marriage if they are in certain positions. Oddly enough even the benefics Venus and Jupiter can give bad results when they are weak or afflicted. In a man’s chart, Venus is the significator for the wife. In a woman’s chart, Jupiter is the significator of the husband. When these significations are afflicted they affect a marriage.
Houses And Divorce
Marriage is the union of two people who form a family. To be happy they need to find peace of mind, partnership as well as physical satisfaction with each other. For most couples having a child is one of the important goals of marriage.
The houses that are involved in marital bliss and the lack of it are the 4th, 7th, 8th and 12th house.
The 4th house if the home, comfort, peace of mind and happiness from home. Naturally, if the 4th house is afflicted there will be a restriction in the peace of mind and happiness that one gets at home. This could add a stress point to any other problems in the chart. If this house is strong it can help to balance other negative factors in the chart.
The 7th house is the house of partnership. This is the house that shows how the individual’s partnerships will be. Any afflictions to the 7th house will quite seriously affect marriage and its happiness. Benefic influences can help to mitigate the affliction.
The 8th house is the house of sustenance of marriage. It is also the house of sudden happenings and secrets. Since it is hidden issues, it has the potential to do a lot of harm if afflicted. It shows the opportunity for obstacles and secret things such as affairs in the marriage.
The 12th house is the house of bed pleasures. Central to the marriage is the marriage bed. Conjugal pleasure is a binding force between a couple. When this house is afflicted it can cause either lack, weakness or dissatisfaction with the sexual aspect of married life.
Divorce Indications In The Birthchart
A strong Lagna, 5th and 9th house will also give the person the wisdom to understand and overcome marital problems. When the Lagna is weak the person himself/herself is not capable of being a confident partner. And the lack of support from the houses of good thinking, Dharma and good fortune will not give the maturity and right attitude.
We saw the planets and houses that are sensitive points in a marriage. When they are in unfavourable or malefic placements and combinations divorce is possible. Some of the most common conditions are:
The 7th house and its conditions are most important. Good strength to the 7th house and the 7th lord can help the couple to overcome discord even if there are other indications of trouble. Benefic aspect is also very helpful in getting through troubles with the marriage intact. Mars, Rahu and the Sun can cause problems in the marriage. Additionally, if the 7th lord itself is weak it can compound the problem and lead to divorce.
The association of the 7th and the 12th houses can cause marital problems. If Rahu is involved the chances of it ending in divorce are higher. The Sun in the 7th house can cause ego problems. When the lord of the 7th house is also weak or the 7th house is afflicted in some other way it can cause divorce. If there is further affliction by Rahu it becomes worse. The 12th lord of loss in the 4th house can bring discord into the home. When the 4th lord is in 6th, 8th or 12th also the effects are the same.
The 6th house is the house of disputes. When the 6th lord is in the 7th house it brings disputes into the marriage. The same can be said of 7th lord in the 6th house. Since the 6th house is also the 12th from the 7th it is the house of loss of marriage or divorce. So, the 6th house involvement with the 7th house, 7th lord or with Venus and also receiving aspect from natural malefics can result in divorce. Since the 6th is the house of disputes it means divorce after a lot of dispute and legal proceedings.
And indications of divorce in the D-1 or Rashi chart must be corroborated with a study of the D-9 or Navamsa. The Navamsa gives the finer details of what is indicated in the birth chart. The presence of Rahu and Ketu on the 1-7 axis of the Navamsa is an indication of a troubled marriage. Unfavourable positions in the Navamsa will help an astrologer further confirm the probability of divorce.
It is wise to avoid such situations in the first place by matching horoscopes properly before marriage. A chart that offsets the weakness in the partner’s chart will help to make marriage a much happier journey together.