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Matching of Horoscopes Part-II
In the last article, we explored ready made tables. Depending on various yard sticks used by panchanga makers, the total marks obtained may differ from one panchanga to other. This over simplified x and y-axis matching has brought disgrace to astrology - many good matches are being rejected and wrong matching are made. You might have seen disgruntled divorces saying, "Matching was approved by the Panditji with 25 marks". It is prudent then, to delve a bit deeper and find out the compatibility based on various principles that went into a ready made tables. The birth data should be checked by preparing a full horoscope. We should wade through the shallow interpretations which are at times used for convenience sake and also rich and clear directives. The best way to decide which are dependable and which are not, hinges largely on personal experience - unbiased and inquisitive. "Maa guru garu itla upadeshincharu" principle (my guru preached this) will not go a long way. With due respect to one's guru, the astrologer should set sail to find the applicability, limitations and exceptions with diligence.
In North India, Ashta koota method is adopted to match the charts. Each Koota is assigned certain gunas (marks). The eight kootas are Varna koota -1 mark Vashya koota – 2 marks, Tara koota (Dina koota) -3 marks, Yoni koota - marks, Graha Maitri koota (Rashyadipathi koota) – 5 marks, Gana koota- 6 marks, Bha koota or Bhoota koota (Rasi koota)– 7 marks, Nadi koota – 8 marks. The maximum gunas assigned for all these kootas are 36. If more than 18 marks are obtained, the match is considered as suitable. In South India, there are additional four kootas which do not carry any marks! This method is called Dasha koota method which should be precisely called dwadasha kootas. Let us explore the kootas individually.
1) Varna (Jaati) Koota :The unit of agreement carries 1 mark. Varna has no relevance to caste one is born. Jala tatwa rasis (kataka, vrischika and meena) represent Brahmin, man intent on learning. Agni tatwa rasis (mesha, simha and dhanus) represent Kshatriya, a soldier. Pritvi tatwa rasis (vrishabha, kanya and makara) represent business class, Vaishya. Vayu tatwa rasis (mithuna, tula and kumbha) indicate Shudra, a servant. Higher varna of girl is not matched to a lower varna star of the boy.The rasis belonging to same varna are given one mark. In case of mis-match, the flaw gets cancelled if rasi lord of boy is of higher varna than that of the girl. Guru and shukra are Brahmins, Ravi and kuja are Kshatriyas, Chandra is vaishya and Budha and Shani are shudras. Some consider budha as vaishya. Higher varna of girl is not matched to a lower varna boy. The varna koota based on rasis is more prevalent than with the stars.
Stars were classified as:
Brahmin : Aswini, Punarvasu,
Hasta, Moola and Purvabhadra
2) Vasya Koota: This koota implies mutual love and attachment, considering natural attraction or repulsion between rasis. The rasis for both the boy and girl should agree with each other. This confers mutual affection between couple. The unit of agreement carries 2 marks. In South India, the signs dhanus and makara are not bifurcated and merely the signs having affinity are grouped together. The North Indian method is more accurate in classifying the signs as chatushpada etc.,
Chatuspada rasis are: mesha, vrishabha, second half of dhanus and first half of makara; Nara rasis are: Mithuna, kanya, tula and first half of dhanus; Jalachara rasis are: Kataka, second half of makara, kumbha and meena. Vrischika is keeta rasi while simha is vanachara rasi. That is to say, if the rasi is is dhanus or makara, one should know whether chandra's position is in first half or second half of that sign. If both rasis fall into the same group, then this agreement gets 2 marks.
In South India totally different groups are grouped together as follows: For Mesha - Simha and Vrischika are vashya rasis. For Vrishabha - Kataka and tula are vashya rasis. For Mithuna - Kanya is vashya rasi. For Kataka - Vrischika and Dhanus are vashyas. For Simha rasi - Makara and kanya are vashyas. For Vrischika - Kataka is vashya rasi. For Dhanus - Meena. For Makara -Mesha and Kumbha are vashya rasis. For Kumbha, mesha is vashyarasi and for Meena, makara is vashya.
3) Dina koota [Tara koota in North India]: Dina Koota is supposed to ensure healthy partnership, all comforts and a long life. The star of the boy is counted from that of the girl and is divided by 9. If the remainder is 2, 4, 6, 8 or 0 [Note: 27th star though gives zero when divided by 9, it is rejected in North India] the agreement is considered as good. The number of units of compatibility assigned to this koota is 3. If the star of girl is Rohini and that of the boy is Hasta, the count gives 10 and when divided by 9 leaves 1 as reminder and hence no agreement, whereas if boy's star is Kritika, the 27th, it is considered as good in South but rejected in North. I do not see any reason to reject 27th star.
The matching should be done only from girl's star to boy's. Matching vice versa or taking average of 2 of them lack the sanction of classical works. It is supposed that 5th and 7th lords' dasha / bhukti are supposed to be bad (which is not so in actual practice). This seems to be reason for this interpretation. The dasha results depend on ownership, placement etc., and such periods of 5th and 7th lords need not be bad. Much importance need not be given to 7th star (vadha tara). At times the 2nd star falls in 12/2 position in rasi. This disposition causes obstacles in the married life. Instead of depending of this koota 7th, 2nd and 4th houses in the charts should be examined.
Another school of thought stipulates that if the birth star of boy is 10th from girl's, only 1st pada should be rejected, rest can be admitted. If it is 5th star, 4th pada; if it is 7th star, 3rd pada; if it is 19th star, 1st, 3rd and 4th padas are rejected. If the boy's star is in 88th navamsha (in 10th house) or 108 (the last pada of previous star), such match is rejected. However, the navamsha interpretation is not in practice now. When the star of both girl and boy are same, there is obviously no marks under dina koota.
Ekanakshatra janana vichara: If the birth star of both boy and girl happens to be the same, then Dina koota is not matched. Some astrologers consider that Rohini, Arudhra, Maka, Vishaka, Sravana, Hasta, Uttarashada, Revathi agree. Mrigasira, Aswani, Krithika, Punarvasu, Pushya, Uttara, Chitra, Uttarashada, Purvashada stars also agree but are somewhat stand second. Remaining stars are considered as mismatch. When the stars are the same, some astrologers recommend that girl's rasi should be prior to boy's. Example: Girls should be of vrishabha and boy should be of mithuna when the star is Mrigasira. In cases where the two stars are same, it is good that the signs of the boy leads that of girl.
When the stars are the same, both boy and girl belong to the same rasi or have 12/2 relationship with each other's rasi. When the rasi is same, the transit effects are intensified on both the partners at the same time, for both chandrastama (chandra in 8th from rasi) happens at the same time and also they may be experiencing the same dasha, depending on the dasha balance at birth. In my humble opinion, ekanakshatra does not call for rejection. One should not forget the good effects of transit are also magnified when the star (only when they fall in the same rasi). Further, the role of the planets in dasha depends on the lagna in individual charts and not on rasi. If both boy and girl are level headed, they can go ahead with marriage but they should be appraised that they suffer moods swings at the same time. Provided other considerations are compatible, 12/2 position of rasis can be matched. I do not subscribe to good or bad ekanakshatra school of thought.
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