Lessons From Lord Buddha’s Horoscope Lord Buddha could be considered an incomparable wise personality born to this world. It is believed that He was born under the sign Cancer, and constellation “Visa”. Accordingly, we could draft His horoscope.
If the constellation is Visa, Moon has to be in the 4th house. If it is in the last quarter of the constellation, Moon would be in the 5th house, which means that it is in Scorpio. But there, Moon is in debility, which cancels The Raja Yoga and Wisdom Yoga, which couldn’t be possible in this horoscope. The other planets could be positioned as follows.
Viz. Since He was born on a full moon day, Sun has to be opposite to Moon, which means, it should be in 10, that is Aries. The Saturn is in 4, Mars in 7, Mercury in 10 with Sun, Venus in 11 and Jupiter in one. Rahu (the North Node) too is in one, and so Ketu (the South Node)is placed in 7. Venus being in 11, it is in Taurus, which would make a person courageous to think far, and work until you get a result.
Four planets in exalted position, in the 4 square positions in a horoscope is a strong “Raja Yoga”. When king Suddodana got down 7 astrologer Brahmins to forecast the future of prince Siddarthe, when his only son and heir to the throne was born, 6 Brahmins forecasted that he would be a Great Ruler.
According to astrological principles it is said that when Moon and sign lord are weakly placed, the Raja Yogas are nullified. In this case the sign lord is also Moon. Moon is conjoined with malefic Saturn in “Erashtake” position. Moreover, Libra is not a good sign for Moon. The other important point is that, Jupiter, the lord of the 9th house, which is the Bhava for luck and merit, is in exalted position in one, would make a person turn towards meritorious deeds. But Jupiter with Rahu in a hostile sign, takes Him away from comforts in life. In addition, the lord of the 9th house in exalted position would provide a person with supreme qualities, and isa“Wisdom Yoga”. These facts would have made one Brahmin forecast, that prince Siddarthe would not be a famous king, but a Buddha.
All the good happenings in the life of Lord Buddha had occurred during the periods of benefic planets and according to astrological principles. According to the constellation at birth He was born under Jupiter’s period. If at the beginning of the constellation, this period would go on till He was 16 yrs old. Prince Siddharthe was married at the age of 16, and the years prior to that had been spent with all the comforts.
The Saturn’s period commenced in the 17th year a planet that causes hardships yet it was exalted in 4 here. The 4th house and Moon denotes mind. As Moon is in “Erashtaka” (with Saturn) position which is supposed to be malefic, the Saturn’s period would not let the owner enjoy marital happiness. This is proved by the fact that it took 13yrs to have a child. The Mars sub period commenced at the age of 28 and half years. In this horoscope the planet for childbirth is Mars. So he was blessed with a son at this time.
The lord of the 7th house is malefic Saturn. It is the house for marriage and another malefic is placed there, with Ketu, a planet, which causes disgust. He was going through the 2nd Erashtake period also at this time. He had left his family just at the time He had a child. When he came to the sub period of Rahu, He went through what is known as “Dushkara Kriya” the six years of extreme ascerciticm the period, in which he made himself suffer. Saturn creates suffering and Rahu makes a person move from place to place. When the Jupiter sub period commenced, He realized that, undue suffering is of no use, and selected the middle path, in which He neither enjoyed comforts nor underwent suffering, as Jupiter is a benefic.
The Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment, at the age of 35, when He was going through the Mercury period. Mercury being the planet of wisdom, it made Him involve in wise deeds at that time. Sun’s sub is the best period for this horoscope as Sun was high up in the sky in exaltation, at the time of birth. The 10th house being the most powerful of the active houses, with the Sun-Mercury conjunction. Lord Buddha spent the retreat period called “Raining Observances” up in Heaven Thavthisa, during this time.
Rahu’s sub period of Mercury came up at the age of 47. During this period He had conflicts with own people and spent the observance of “rainy season retreat” in the “Parileiya forest” and “Veranjara” in the city of “Kala”. As the sub of Jupiter came up, its exalted qualities were shown. Lord Buddha was presented with Jethewanaramaya, constructed by spending millions of gold coins, and the “observance of rainy season retreat ” was spent there.
The main period of Ketu, came up at the age of 52. Ketu is a planed that keeps a person in segregation or confined to one place due to sickness or some other reason. During this period, He has spent his “retreat season” in Jethawanarama and Purwarama. It was during this time, He was disgraced by false allegations such as killing a woman and hiding the body, which did not suit His age or position. During the same period the Buddha’s sacred body was wounded by enemies.
At the age of 59, Venus’s main period came up. The 4th house in a horoscope denotes one’s home. Venus being the lord of 4th, is placed in the 11th house in its owning position. These times had been spent in most valuable and comfortable houses. But Venus is deadly for Cancer sign and also creates abdominal problems, for those born under this sign. By the end of Venus, the Ketu sub goes on, and Ketu is a malefic. At the of 79+ the Lord Buddha faced death with an abdominal complaint.
If prince Siddartha took up the leading kingship as denoted by the 4 exalted planets in 4 square houses in the horoscope, the world would not have had Buddhism, which is observed by millions of people in the world. Thousands who attained Nibbana would not have any one to grant them that opportunity. Therefore, the horoscope of Lord Buddha could be considered as one bearing “Wisdom Yoga” rather than one having “Raja Yoga”.