Any role for Manmatha in homosexuality??
Let me encapsulate some of the salient features from those articles and continue on astrological pointers with case studies on prominent personalities of the West who were known homosexuals. At the end of it I am giving the horoscope of Gandhi for the readers to deduce whether there is any truth in Gandhi- Kallenbach coziness.
The Indian tradition which laid emphasis on right conduct did not support homosexual relationship. Our sages knew that a tendency towards homosexuality did exist in nature but they did not give importance to it. This issue is discussed in astrological texts in the context of female horoscopy.
A separate set of clauses have been given by sages about the peculiar ways that some women behave. Such behavior is to do with the sexual desires. One such behavior has been pointed out by most of our ancient writers of astrology. Let me quote them from Varahamihira and Narada samhita.
In Chapter 24-7 of Brihad Jhathaka, Varahamihira gives the combination of planets that make the person behave in a way different from normal.
“If Saturn and Venus are in each other’s navamsas, aspecting mutually, or if the birth falls in Taurus or Libra, with the Navamsa rising in Aquarius, the woman will get satisfaction from females dressed in male attire”
Verse 303 & 304 0f Samhita skanda of Narada Purana –II-55, says,
“If Venus and Saturn should occupy each other’s Navamsa or if Venus be in Aquarius Navamsa, the woman concerned would get highly inflamed by sexual congress with members of her own sex.”
Two insights are drawn from these verses.
(1) What is at first understood from these verses is that certain combination of planets do make the native born under the combination seek sexual gratification in abnormal ways. These abnormal practices have been there at all times but they were very much limited to only those born under these astrological combinations. Even in the US where gay marriages have been legalized, there are only 0.42% households that are same-sex households according to the year 2000 Census. Only 1-2% have admitted themselves as gays or lesbians in the US, France and Canada. This shows that the astrological combination for such behavior is very rare to occur.
(2) The above mentioned astrological yoga also indicates that there is a predominance of female factor in homosexual relationships. No astrological text tells about astrological combination of a female becoming a male. Whenever that has happened, the changed male is considered as a female only.
There is an episode in Mahabharata of a female becoming a male. Shikandini became Shikandi to fight with Bheeshma. But when Shikandi stood face to face with Bheeshma in the battle field, Bheeshma did not fight with him because he considered him as a female only.
This is because even if a person changes his / her gender, the actual genotype identifies him/ her as the original entity that one is born (as male or female).
Similarly if a male changes into female, his genotype does not change with the sex change. This is an issue noted in sports where there are legal provisions to determine the gender of a person on the basis of genotype, though the phenotype (physical resemblance) may be of the other gender.
The above mentioned astrological combination makes a woman desire a woman in a male form / changed from a male (transgender).
In the case of homosexual relationship between males, it is usually believed that a male is attracted to another male. If a male has a male feeling in him, he will desire only a female. That is the way Nature works. If he desires another male, it means that he has a female orientation in him. His partner in relationship also must be having the female orientation in him in such a way that he can not accept a female as his partner.
This is ingrained in the above quoted verse of Varahamihira. Applying that verse to gay relationship, it is understood that the woman in a male desires the woman in another male. If one exhibits maleness then he would desire a female and not a female in a male. If two men desire each other, then it means / fulfils Varahamihira’s verse of a female (in a male) desiring a female found in another male
Change of sex at the fetal level.
Astrology explains transgender issue separately as this is something that happens at the fetal level. The recognition of gender begins at the 3rd month of conception when the planet Jupiter rules. Hindu seers have known that this period is vulnerable to make a change in the sex of the baby. The manipulation of the sex of the fetus can happen with a ceremony called “pumsavanam”. (Dr BV Raman has explained in detail the herbal usage on this occasion in his book on Electional astrology).
Vediks permitted sex change at this 3rd month of pregnancy for the first child only, for the sake of getting a male progeny. The male progeny born in the consummation of marriage of young and healthy couple at the most auspicious moment of Nisheka –muhurtha is said to be most virtuous and desirable one who can shoulder the mantle of the family and continue the lineage to the satisfaction of everyone by discharging the 3 debts that one is born with (pithru, deva and rishi runa).
If the planetary combination at the time of sex formation in the baby is unfavorable and if Jupiter is afflicted at that moment, the problem of sex identity arises in the fetus.
Some astrological combinations identifying such a birth are given in texts such as Brihad Jathaka, Saravali, Jathaka Parijatha etc. They are applicable to the time of conception and / or the query time. They are as follows:-
More astrological information on identifying homosexual tendencies is needed today in the Indian context because a person with gay instincts may marry a girl out of social pressure. The failure of such a marriage can be avoided if the tendency is detected at the time of matching horoscopes. Drawing inputs from the above mentioned verses, we can set some basic conditions for homosexual tendencies.
The most prominent were as follows:
Case study -1
Taking up the case of the popular singer Ricky Martin who claimed that he is a homosexual, the above combinations are fulfilled in his horoscope.
December 24, 1971, Puerto Rico
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Saturn and Venus have exchanged their houses in Rasi while they have conjoined in an even Navamsa ands Trimsamsa. Saturn opposes Mercury in rasi and Trimsamsa. Venus is in debility in Trimsamsa.
Case study -2
Popular Boyzone singer, Stephen Gately was the first one to enter into gay- marriage after it was legalized in UK.
March 17, 1976, Dublin
Venus in debility in the Navamsa.