Gazing Into The Birth Chart of A Saint


In this month’s blog I decided to share the horoscope of a great Indian saint, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa. However, before I begin the journey into his chart, I want to go over some new ways of looking at a chart that help to reveal how the owner of a horoscope is wired. It will help us to understand Sri Ramakrishna’s chart. According to James Kelleher in his book Path of Light “ the ancient seers who developed Jyotish...sought to solve the age old problem of human suffering by providing yoga, meditation, ayurveda and Vedic astrology [to] assist [us] in [our] quest for happiness and fulfillment”. They outlined four aims of life: dharma (natural law, duty and purpose), artha (material wealth), kama (desire, pleasure, affection, emotion) and moksha (liberation or spiritual freedom). The twelve houses of the horoscope embody these four aims and there are three houses designated to each aim. Houses 1, 5 and 9 are the dharma houses and any planet placed in these houses is very well placed. These are the most fortunate houses of the chart. The planets that rules these houses are temporal benefics and bring dharma to the houses that they sit in and any planets that they aspect. Houses 2, 6 and 10 are the artha houses. They are the houses of material wealth. Houses 4, 8 and 12 are the moksha houses or houses of spiritual freedom and houses 3, 7 and 11 are the kama houses of desire. With this information, we can gain great insight into a chart and its owner. For example, if someone has most of the planets in the kama houses of their chart, then we know right away that she is a person who is laden with desires and is in constant pursuit of them, sometimes to her own detriment. 

Now this brings us to Sri Ramakrishna’s horoscope. We would expect to see planets in dharma houses in the chart of a saint and that is exactly what we see. The first thing we look at in his chart is the ruler of the 1st house, the third highest dharma house and significator for the body and the personality. In Sri Ramakrishna’s case the ruler is Saturn, the significator of discipline and asceticism and one of the two spiritual planets along with Jupiter. 

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 Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa, February 18, 1836, 6:23 am Saturn is in the sign of Libra and therefore is exalted and performing at its highest. The next thing we look for is what house it is placed in, and we see that Saturn is beautifully placed in the 9th house , the highest dharma house. Now we look for what aspects Saturn. We want to find out if it is aspected by the “good” planets called benefics or the “bad” planets called malefics, and low and behold it is aspected by the most benefic planet Jupiter (the other spiritual planet) who sits in the 5th house the second highest dharma house. Now we look to the lords of the 5th house and 9th house to see what they are up to. The lord of the 5th house is Mercury (communication) and he sits nicely in the 1st house where he is strong and aspected by Jupiter (wisdom). Finally we look to the lord of the 9th house, which is Venus. Venus is exalted in Pisces and sitting in the 2nd, a wealth house. His money came from his dharmic path, 9th lord goes to the 2nd and 2nd lord goes to 5th where it is aspected by the 1st lord. Wow! Talk about dharma! Of course, this would not be the chart of a saint if there wasn’t moksha (liberation and spiritual freedom) in abundance, and there is. I am not going into it now, but trust me it is there. There is so much more I could say about Sri Ramakrishna’s chart, but this is a good place to close. Now aren’t you curious to see what the dominant aims are in your chart? Cheers, Tracy

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