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March 18th, 2007

Strong third house : Boon or Curse?

Author: Nitin Kashyap

[Editor: This is first article in a series that will be published under "Guest Author" category. Mr. Nitin Kashyap has kindly written this article for the website He hails from Dwarka and practices astrology professionally. He can be reached at kashyap_nitin [at] rediffmail dot com.]

In a Vedic astrology birth chart, third house is representative of attributes like courage, younger siblings, short tours, skills, servants and capability of being a writer in literally sense. Still, it should be noted that in a lot of of cases, a powerful third house comes at the cost of trouble in profession and finance. Some of the examples where this is seen are:

  1. if the third house lord is conjunct with the tenth lord in seventh house,
  2. if the third house lord is situated in tenth house or the tenth lord is situated in third house, or
  3. if third lord is not a friend of ascendant lord and at the same time it is exalted.

Take an example of Aquarius ascendant. Mars is the lord of two houses – third as well as tenth. It is not a natural friend of Saturn, which is the lord of the lagna in this case. If Mars is exalted in house number 12 for this lagna, the person faces a lot of problems in his career. Some astrologers can say these problems are being caused by the 10th lord being in inimical 12th house but in my opinion, the root cause of all the problems is Mars being the third house lord and at the same time it being strong by virtue of exaltation. The reasoning behind my observations and opinion is as follows:

  1. First of all, third house is sixth from tenth house, thereby indicating enemies of the profession. In this capacity, it indicates problems and struggles in professional life.
  2. Seventh house from any house is considered to be a maraka bhaav for that particular bhava. The third house is seventh from ninth house. Ninth house, also known as labhastana, is indicative of luck, religion, higher studies etc. Therefore, a strong third house would automatically create deficiency of good luck.

I think it is necessary for all poets and writers to have a good influences on the third house and a strong third house lord, because this indicates a command over language and communication and their literally capabilities. However, if you look closely over history, a large number of good writers have lived in poverty and have lead a miserable life.

All comments on this article, in form of praise or criticism, are most welcome.

March 13th, 2007

Guestbook Removed

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March 3rd, 2007

Money Matters

The problem of determining financial success of a person can essentially be broken down in to three main questions:

  1. What is the profession of an individual?
  2. What is the source of money for this individual and what amount of money will this person earn through this source?
  3. How will this person be able to retain this money and increase its value?

Astrologically, the first question is answered by looking at the 10th house that represents the profession and the area in which a person is employed. If you look at the last post about Cricket, Mars, the ruler of the 3rd house associated with 10th house and its ruler would give a career in sports.

In Vedic Astrology, the three main houses that govern wealth in a chart are the 2nd house, 11th house and the 5th house.

5th House: This Lakshmisthana governs money coming from speculation – shares, stock market and related instruments. A powerful 5th house along with 9th house is said to bring luck to an individual. 9th house represents bhagya and is therefore called bhagyasthana. 5th being 9th from 9th also represents luck in the horoscope.

11th House: House number 11 represents livelihood in a chart. A person may have a lot of interests, but the kind of influence on 11th house alone will determine what this person will earn from. The strength of the house and ruler would determine the the size of source of income. It is also known as labhasthana, which loosely translated means – house of profit. It, therefore, represents gains of all kinds.

2nd House: Financially, house number 2 (dhanasthana) represents the net worth of an individual. It denotes the extent to which the individual will be able to retain the money earned through sources represented by 5th and 11th house.

11th house can be thought of as a tap and 2nd house as a bucket. The bucket is filled with water flowing from the tap. How much water will accumulate depends on the rate water flows from the tap and size of the bucket. Shri J.N. Bhasin, in his book "Astro Sutras", makes a very good point about the 2nd house. He says that the 4th house represents the house where an individual lives. Similarly, 2nd house, by being 4th from 11th represents where money coming from 11th house is deposited – a bank, treasury, or in other words, it represents the accumulated wealth of the individual.

Various Dhana Yogas, i.e. planetary combinations of wealth, are formed when rulers of these houses are associated with each other and with rulers of 1st, 5th and 9th house. This association could be through conjunction in good houses, exchange and through mutual aspect. Involvement of Jupiter as benefic planet in these combinations is considered extremely auspicious. In Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, Venus and Mercury are also mentioned along with Jupiter as planets bestowing wealth when connected with 2nd or 11th house. Apart from these dhana yogas, various raj yogas and the panch mahapurusha yogas are also considered combinations of wealth.

Just as there are Dhana Yogas denoting wealth, there are yogas denoting poverty – Nirdhana Yogas. These yogas are formed when ruling planets of these wealth houses are associated with rulers of  6th, 8th and 12th house or are situated in these houses. Any such association would cause loss of status, distress and bring adversity to an individual. This situation can be thought of either the bucket being leaky or someone disrupting the flow of water by turning the tap off.

Rulers of 2nd house and 11th house, if rendered powerless, e.g. by being in evil houses and/or by being combust, will bring extreme poverty to an individual. Therefore, the strength of these planets, along with the strength of ascendant, is extremely important for prospects of money. If there are any dhana yogas in the chart, appropriate measures should be taken to strengthen the planets during their dasha periods. If any nirdhana yogas are indicated in the chart, care should be taken to strengthen the planets situatued in the ascendant, ascendant lord, Jupiter, if benefic, and other yogkarakas in the chart to neutralize the affect of planets causing nirdhana yoga. Making changes to lifestyle is also suggested.

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