Sunday, May 3, 2009

George Clooney

George Clooney is an accomplished Actor, Director, Producer, and Actor who is known for his work in Hollywood but also his political activism and media buzz around his personal life, i.e. namely his relationships and bachelor status. The key features of his Aquarius rising chart are
  • Born to a beauty pageant mother and a father with a TV career and this can ben seen from the lord of the 4th and 7th houses is both Venus and is exalted in the chart. The same exalted Venus also plays a role in his career as it is also lord of the 10th house from Moon.
  • Atma Karaka (AK) is Mercury placed in 3rd house with Amatyakaraka (AmK) Sun give him intelligence and help him become an accomplished writer. Mercury is also the lord of the 11th from Varnada Lagna in his chart which makes writing and directing a more stable career than acting.
  • The Jupiter, Saturn, and Moon combination in the 12th house drives his charity work and political activism and spending on good causes but the same combination also causes him left eye trouble during childhood in Moon dasha (1963-1973)
  • Struggled for most of his Rahu dasha (1980-1998) but got his big break during Rahu-Venus dasha from (1992-1995) and the exalted yogakaraka Venus gave him a raja yoga during this period
  • His success has continued into Jupiter dasha from 1998 to present as debilitated Jupiter gets nice neecha bhanga with Saturn and placed 2nd to AL gives him a lot of wealth and the gaja kesari yoga with Jupiter has made him immensely popular
  • Recognition and awards during Jupiter-Venus dasha (2006-2009) and again the raja yogas of Venus in the chart fructified.


The relationship aspects of George Clooney's life are very interesting and this is seen from the chart

  • The 1st and 7th houses are on the Rahu/Ketu axis so the personality and relationships are where the karma plays out and a lot of churn occurs in the life
  • First 2 Upapada Lagna (UL) are both owned by Venus which is exalted so the partners have been very beautiful and even associated with glamour industry (actresses, models, etc)
  • 5th lord Sun joins AK Mer in the 3rd house and AL and Darapada (A7) are conjoined in the chart as well so the soul and the image is looking out for relationships or his image is related to his relationships and the women that he is dating and the need may be more at pure physical level. He finds no problems in getting into relationships but there is some competition between the partners and this leads to detachment.
  • The strong Saturn in the 12th house is more conducive for bachelorhood than being in a committed relationship.

Unless George can find a way to get married during his Jupiter-Moon dasha 2010-2011 once he gets into his Saturn dasha then his prophecy of being single for the rest of his life will come out to be true.

Natasha Richardson

Noted British Actress from a well known thearatrical family died in a bizzare ski accident on March 19, 2009 near Montreal, Quebec. The chart with Virgo Ascendant has many positive qualities which should have provided protection but let's see the astrological combinations which contributed to the accident and the timing.

Key features of the chart
  • The trines are very strong in the chart with Ascendant Virgo in 9th house, albeit retrograde. Saturn is in own sign of Capricorn in 5th house and 9th lord Venus is exalted in 7th house along with great benefic Jupiter in own sign of Pisces. Clearly she was very popular and well known in society and the exalted Venus pushed her into acting work.
  • Jupiter in 7th house in Pisces has full aspect on Ascendant giving protection but Jupiter is afflicted by both Rahu and Saturn in the chart by graha dristi which weakens it a bit so the longevity promise of Hamsa Mahapurusha Yoga is reduced.
  • Jupiter and Venus are also placed 3rd to Arudha Lagna (AL) which plays a role in the physical appearance of death. Pisces is a watery sign and Jupiter is North East direction and Venus is playful activities - She died during an while taking a ski lesson in Canada.
  • The Moon and Mars exchange in the chart is inauspisicous and makes the classic "rudra yoga" which can lead to violent accidents particularly during relevant dashas
  • The Saturn-Ketu combination in the 5th house and the Mars-Rahu combination in the 11th house is inauspicious and forms a "preta-yoga" and "pishacha yoga" respectively which can lead to bizzare accidents in relevant dashas as well


Accident occured in Mars-Jupiter-Moon dasha. Mars is the 8th lord in the chart and rules over Aries (head) placed in 11th house which is the 6th from the 6th or "hara sthana" and can indicate accidents. Mars also has the Arudha of the 8th house and hence that planet along with Rahu is quite dangerous for the native and shows potential for end of life via loss of blood of violent accident. Jupiter is maraka or killer in the chart and Moon and Mars are invovled in the "rudra yoga" which can be death inflicting. In the Navamsha chart Mars is placed 8th to Rahu which is a dangerous period for the native as well.

Since Venus and Jupiter are placed 3rd to AL the appearance of her death was not very violent as she had what seemed to be a minor fall from a small ski hill and she was feeling quite alright after hitting her head and later on she went into a coma and passed away with her family around her.

Natasha Richardson did a lot of charity work during her life and raised millions of dollars for worthy causes and created a lot of positive karma for herself and for people around her. Since death occured in sub period of Jupiter and sub-sub period of Moon, as per vedic astrology principles the soul left for higher spiritual abode.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods recently came back from an 8 month lay-off due to knee surgery and is trying to establish his dominance in the golf world. Let's see if that is possible and the timing for the comeback by analyzing his horoscope as per the priciple of Vedic Astrology, the science of horoscope as taught by Seers in the Hindu tradition more than four thousand years ago.

Virgo is rising in the natal chart at close to 1 degrees in the natal chart. The chart has many combinations of "raja yoga" and "maha raja yoga" or planetary combinations for great success. To be honest, I have seen very few charts of famous sports persons which are so dominating and has so many combinations of great success and it is no coincidence that Tiger is the most recgonizable and success athelete of our times. These combinations of great success are from all types of Ascendants, i.e. from Natal Ascendant, Arudha Lagna (externa image), Karaka Lagna (soul), and even Paka Lagna (intelligence). Some of these combinations are

  1. Saturn in Cancer (quite common in charts of powerful individuals)

  2. Ascendant lord Mercury in 5th house of achievements, popularity, and fan following

  3. Great benefic, Jupiter placed 11th to Arudha Lagna (AL) in own sign of Pisces is a great boon and blessing as it is sitting nicely in a quadrant as well

  4. Moon and Venus combination in 3rd house, placed 7th to AL

  5. Karaka Lagna associated with 9th from Lagna - this is another combination for greatness

  6. AL (which denotes his external image) with retrograde Mars projects aggressive image. This clearly explains why Tiger wears a dominant "red" shirt on victory Sundays. Retrograde Saturn and Rahu placed 3rd and 6th to AL make him a very strong competitor and virtually unbeatable

  7. Lagna, Paka Lagna, AL, and Karaka Lagna all have association with their 7th house which enable desires to be fulfilled at all levels in life.

Planetary Periods

Tiger was born in Mercury-Saturn period and enjoyed great success from as early as 2 years of age and this can be seen from the position of Mercury and Saturn in the chart and the latter giving results of the 5th house in a raj yoga setting.

From 1984 to 2004 Tiger was in a Venus dasha and all the raja yogas associated with Venus fructified giving him immense success and popularity. The greatest successes in his life came during Venus-Saturn and Venus-Mercury periods and the Year 2000 is believed by all to be a watershed year in golfing history when virtually all the record books were re-written by Tiger and it is fairly clear from the chart as to the reason for the same.

There was a bit of a slowdown in Ven-Ketu dasha from 2003 to 2004 and Ketu gives mixed results since while on one hand there is a bit of a "vipareet raja yoga" or success after a lot of hard work but on the other hand Ketu is placed 12th to AL so the image of Tiger is affected and he can expect some losses as per his high standards. As a result, only a handful of victories came during this period. Ketu placed in 8th house resulted in transformation and Tiger was going through major swing changes at this time.

Sun Planetary Period 2004-present

This has been a very eventful planetary period to say the least. Leo lords the 12th house of losses in the chart and contains the manifested image of the career and Sun is placed 8th to the AL which sets up for tough times from an image point of view but Sun is placed favourably in the 4th house and hemmed by benefics and contains the Arudha of 7th house and gets aspect from poweful Jupiter which has a protective effect.

Nonetheless, Tiger lost his father during Sun planetary period which was a bit emotional strain for him given the close relationship they had and as can be seen from the chart as well. During Sun-Mercury-Venus period Tiger played the greatest game of his life but Mercury is lord of the Arudha of the 8th house and placed in Capricorn sign so also resulted in a knee injury and layoff.

Tiger is currently in Sun-Ketu period and similar to Venus-Ketu period as discussed before this is a time for hard work and transformation and wins are difficult to come by and it is a time for frustration as can be seen from his current play. Tiger managed one win during Sun-Ketu-Rahu dasha but it was very hard faught and the other player, Sean O Hair had a bit of a collapse in his game. Tiger did not catch such a break during the Masters tournament in 2009 and finshed outside the winner circle again.

What is wrong with Tiger Woods?

Well, nothing really. Astrologically speaking, Tiger is going through a cycle where he has to deal with some karmic debts and usually such a time is a bit frustrating but highly transformational. The good news for all golf fans is that Tiger's Sun-Venus period starts from June 11, 2009 and it promises to activate various raja yogas or combinations of greatness in the chart again which should make him a strong contender at the US Open and rest of the tournaments and majors in the year. Looking at other planetary combinations associated with the chart, the period from June-September would be a build up in form and the months of September to December are very favourable and he will come back to his dominant form that all golf fans are used to.