The astrology of relationships is used to study the nature of a relationship. The birth chart can reveal if the person is likely to have a marriage that is arranged or that is as per the romantic inclinations of the person. The love vs arranged distinction seems to be irrelevant to the cultures that do not have arranged marriages. The arranged vs love marriage can be interpreted differently in the Western context. Arranged marriage is a conventional marriage that is acceptable to the rules of society. In Western society, this would be a marriage that is ideal in terms of matching the background, church, social status etc. of the bride and groom. The chart could indicate whether the person will fall in love and marry the person that they most desire or if they will just settle.
The Houses Of Love And Marriage
For love and all matters of the heart, we study the 5th house. This is the house of romance and romantic relationships. The 9th house shows the person’s adherence to societal norms. It shows how much they follow the norm. The 7th house is the house of marriage and partnership. So, logically we can see that a connection of the 5th and 7th houses links romance and love with marriage. And blight on the 5th house, weakness of 5th lord or malefics in or influencing the 5th house shows love affairs that are tragic. If the 9th house is very strong it shows that the person would prefer to do what is expected of them instead of choosing an unconventional marriage.
Dashas And Love Marriage
Indications in a birth chart are most likely to fructify when the person is running a Dasha of a relevant planet. The time has to be right for things to fall into place. The most likely Dashas for love marriage are of the 5th lord, 7th lord, Rahu, Venus, Mars or the Moon. This is if any of them is involved in the planetary indications of love marriage.
Love Marriage Indicators
As described above, links between the 5th and 7th house can indicate a love marriage. Rahu and Ketu create unconventionality and breaking the rules. So Rahu and Ketu involvement with this connection of the 5th and 7th houses further strengthens the possibility. Mars gives fiery passion. So Mars associated with the person’s 1st house or lord gives the determination to convert love into marriage.
The nodes being placed in any of the Kendras (1st, 4th, 7th or 10th) can lead to a love marriage. Mercury and Venus together make a person very romantic and very quick to act on it. So these two planets placed together in the chart in any position will make the person predisposed to be very romantic. This can end in a love marriage that has turned arranged marriage.
Venus is the planet of romance and love. When Venus gets affected by Rahu this gets amplified. If Rahu is in a Rashi or Nakshatra that is owned by Venus, this effect is still seen. When this connection gets afflicted it can cause a love affair to become scandalous. There are even chances of an adulterous affair that ends in scandal. If unafflicted it leads to love marriage with an attractive partner.
Guru Chandal Yog
Rahu with Jupiter is the Guru Chandal Yog. When this Yoga is in the Lagna or the Navamsa chart or even if these planets are connected by aspect there is the possibility of unconventional or love marriage. This is usually a scandalous marriage.
If this Yoga is in the 1st, 5th, 7th or 9th houses and is aspected by Saturn or Mars it might be a very unhappy or tragic love marriage or a particularly scandalous one.
Mars And Venus
Mars and Venus when combined make a person very desirous of love marriage. They can be in the same house, aspecting each other or in a Rashi/Nakshatra exchange. This can also be caused by an exchange between Moon, Mercury or Venus.
If the planet Venus is in the 7th or 11th house with the 1st lord it is a great indication of a love marriage that has turned arranged marriage. Venus with the Moon also gives a very romantic nature. This is more strong in the 7th, 9th and 12th houses. If it is in the 5th it is an indication of the highest form of love. This is more than physical and very selfless and also spiritual. This may even indicate a love that is not consummated in marriage but is as strong a bond as a marriage for the person in love.
Jupiter is a planet of wisdom. When placed in the 5th can make the person feel a love that is selfless and almost sacred. Marriage will only happen if there are other supporting indications in the chart.