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Venus as Eighth House Lord

By Kshitij Sharma, March 27, 2016

In Vedic Astrology, planets have their own natural significations, karkatva and natural dispositions. Thus, Sun will always denote the father, Moon the mother and so on. The planets also bring in the effect of the house they become lord of in the horoscope. The lord of 1st house will represent the physical body, health and mind. Similarly, lord of 2nd house will represent the affairs of 2nd house, i.e., early childhood, money saved etc.

The natural signification of planets is considered to be of more importance by some learned astrologers, rather than the house lordship. For any affair or activity in life, the planet owning the natural karkatva is the main leader, while the lord of the house representing the karkatva is the project manager.

The lords of the evil houses – 3rd, 6th, 8th and 12th are tainted by the malefic nature of the houses and their location in other houses and their association with other planets is considered inauspicious. They also nullify any raja-yogas that they may become part of in the horoscope.

In a horoscope, one planet or the other will have the responsibility of being the lord of 8th house. As this lord of 8th, the planet has responsibility of denoting misfortune, obstacles and delay. The position of this planet in any of the other houses of the horoscope is bad for that house.

The ownership of houses modifies the effect that the planet brings to the horoscope. The results are automatically reflected during the relevant dasha and antardasha. The ownership of difficult houses adds to the malefic nature of the already malefic planets or reduces the beneficence of benefic planets. However, in my observation, the ownership of 8th house by Venus bring about the most unexpected of results. As argued in the rest of the article, Venus’ natural significance does not agree with the nature of the 8th house and 8th sign and hence these results are obtained. I will be unable to provide exact charts as examples as the persons who have come to me for consultation have asked me to keep their information private.

Venus is 8th lord for Libra and Pisces signs. In case of Libra ascendant, Taurus falls in the 8th house and Venus becomes both the 1st and 8th house lord. For Pisces ascendant, Libra falls in the 8th house and hence Venus is the 8th lord. In case of Pisces ascendant, Venus is also the 3rd Lord and is considered malefic.

For both these signs, Venus is a malefic planet and will give unexpected results in its dasha and bhukti. This observation is counter intuitive because for Libra Venus is ascendant lord as well. It is expected to do well for the individual. However, Venus as lord of 8th gives obstacles and does not behave like a Lagna lord. The symptoms of the problems faced by the individuals were commiserate with significations of 8th house.

Why is Venus only affected that badly due to 8th house lordship? Why is the other natural benefic Jupiter not as tainted? This can be understood by closely comparing the significations of Venus, 8th house and the 8th sign Scorpio that is naturally associated with the 8th house.

Venus and its natural significations

Venus is a natural benefic. The significations of Venus are desires and sensual pleasure, luxury, beauty and  comfort. Venus indicates our aspirations towards refinement. Venus is the force in our lives that is behind the craving to look good, to decorate our house and surround ourselves with best comforts money and buy, to buy a fancy car, indulge in entertainment, etc. Venus is important for sexual attraction as it is intricately related to beauty. Venus is also indicative of pure love. Venus indicates art: painting, music, singing and associated talents. Venus also indicates income.

Venus does not indicate depth of knowledge. Venus is shallow as it is about appearances.

The domain of 8th house

Eighth house is about occult, death, disgrace and insult. It is also a house of chronic diseases. The sexual attraction associated with eighth house is not about love and companionship. Eighth house in a horoscope is about disfiguring of body due to amputation. It is also a house of constant struggles and obstacles.

Scorpio sign indications

Scorpio is the negative sign of Mars. The term most often used with Scorpio is mysterious and profound. The persons with Scorpio rashi, which means that Moon is debilitated, are introverts and are not easily trusting. This mistrust indicates skepticism and unwillingness to open up to others. They are often lonely.

Overall comparison

Venus is about joie de vivre, as compared to eighth house which is about obstacles and death. Venus indicates affection and attraction, where as eighth house in horoscope is concerned with perversion. Venus indicates the wife in a chart, whereas eighth house is the maraka sthana for spouse. Venus is shallow whereas Scorpio is profound. Venus governs our charisma and ability to make connections with as many people around us, while Scorpio is about focusing on the inward energy. These are the contradictions that occur when Venus becomes the lord of 8th house.


The results of such a Venus tainted by the lordship of house 8 ceases to be a benefic. During its dasha/antardasha, the results are mainly related to house 8 and not the beneficial significations associated with Venus. Obstacles, setback are observed. Since I have *not* shared any chart as example, it becomes difficult to demonstrate this point, but I will keep a lookout on the public horoscopes that come in the comment fields and if there are any examples to quote from there.

Last but not the least, I humbly invite comments from fellow readers and astrologers to point out mistakes in the logic presented here.


  • Comment by Ramesh on March 28, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Born 4th June 1955 2.40 AM.Venus in ascendant Aries
    Moon in Scorpio 8th house,
    Saturn 7th hs Drishti on Lagna
    Venus mahadhsha till 2020
    Sadesati on.
    This may be interesting chart to Explain your Point

  • Comment by Sagar on March 31, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    DOB: 3rd Dec 2015
    Time: 14:25
    Birth place : Junagadh – Gujarat

    Is Gaj kesari yog there in above case?
    Kindly reply

  • Comment by P on April 11, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    D.O.B 29 Mar 83
    Time 20: 20 approx
    Gender: Male
    Birth place: Andheri, Mumbai
    Current City: Vapi, Gujarat

    Can you pls throw some light on subject which u have discussed above. I have Libra ascendant. Venus is lord of 1st & 8th House. Venus is situated in 7th house of Aries with Mars. Retrograde Libra Saturn occupies the first house.


  • Comment by samar on April 25, 2016 at 11:08 am

    For pisces lagna, Venus in 8th house gives rise to sarala viparita raj yoga. Handsome appearance of both husband and wife( as Venus aspects the 2nd house of husband chart and is 2nd to 7th house of wife chart). Long life, death in holy place, wife/lover/woman are present with person at time of death. Cause of death is soothing to senses.Earnings through inheritance, private banking service ( wife can be a private banker), wife comes from more wealthy background. NDE (near death experience) is also possible with respect to other maraka planets aspecting Venus. Complete rebuild of career/life in a new way is experienced.

  • Comment by NarasimhaRao NV on May 6, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Now I’m m in Venus antardasa in Venus Mahadasa period . So how this period wil go, what changes,for what I should fight for, how is marital life and whether I can succeed in litigation in this period? You pls.discuss publicly.i hav no problem for academic discussion !

  • Comment by Vb on June 2, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Pl also give an article on Jupiter for libra Lagna being owner of 3rd and 6th houses and effects during Jupiter dasa

  • Comment by Puneet on June 13, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    I am pieces Lagna with exalted Venus in the 1st house conjunct with moon 26 degree and raha 0 degree. I am also running Venus Maharashtra.

  • Comment by satish on July 23, 2016 at 4:50 am

    Born 12 Apr 2016 20:00 at vaishali Bihar, Libra ascendant with venus vargottam placed in 8th house, Mars, Saturn,jupiter and rahu in 11, moon and ketu in 5th ,mercury along with vargottam sun in 6th.

  • Comment by nemish on August 3, 2016 at 7:28 am

    i have libra lagna and venus is situated in 7th house
    5:40 pm evening
    rajkot gujarat india

  • Comment by nemish on August 3, 2016 at 7:32 am

    and venus mahadasha will start from 2018

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