Having problems getting children? Here is how Jyotish tackles this problem.
Children are a source of joy, contentment and much happiness (at least until they become teenagers!) Those of us who are blessed with this gift of nature take it as a norm and don’t feel much grateful about it. A tiny percentage of us who is unable to have children undergoes a lot of mental anguish because of it.
In the case of males the inability to have children could be due to a problem connected to sperm count and sperm motility. In the case of females, the reproductive system is more complex and there can be a number of reasons for not being able to conceive, or carry full term and then deliver the baby.
The fifth house in a horoscope rules over children. The strength of the fifth house, the fifth lord and the significator for children (Jupiter for male and Venus for female babies) determines whether a couple is blessed with children or not.
If these factors mentioned above are strong, the conception and delivery will proceed without any complications. In case the fifth house and the fifth lord in a female horoscope are afflicted with planets like Mars and Ketu, the delivery will take place after medical intervention. Caesarian section births are often caused by Mars or Ketu influence acting on the fifth house and fifth lord. Post delivery complications also stem from this root cause. Even otherwise the affliction to the fifth house causes irregular menstruation and indicates chances of injury to uterus.
For Sagittarius Lagna (Ascendant) Mars placed in the fifth house in Aries does not make one free from the affliction mentioned above.
In the case of males, Venus rules over semen and sperms. If Venus is combust or otherwise afflicted with Saturn and Rahu, it suggests that everything is not right with semen. Combustion reduces the sperm count and motility. Rahu-Saturn duo causes other defects in sperms rendering these unfit to fertilize an egg.
Our sages have given other methods to deduce if a couple is able to have children. One important technique is called and Beej and Kshetra Sphuta, loosely translated as “The seed and the soil assessment” This is carried out separately for the male and female charts. It is important that this be done prior to marriage to weed out matches which appear non congenial for getting children.
In the case of a male we add the longitude of Sun, Venus and Jupiter and divide the total by 360. The remainder gives us a sign called Beej Sphuta or the longitude of the seed. If Beej Sphuta occupies an odd sign and an odd Navansh and is strengthened by position, conjunction or aspect of benefic planets, there is strength in the seed and the person is virile.
In a female chart we add together the longitudes of Mars, Moon and Jupiter, and remove the multiples of 360º. The sign thus arrived at is called Kshetra Sphuta or the longitude of the ground. If the Kshetra Sphuta falls in an even sign and is nourished by conjunction or aspect of benefic planets, there is strength in the female to conceive.
In both cases malefic planets like Saturn, Rahu, Ketu and Mars should neither be conjunct nor aspecting these sensitive points. In addition to this, these planets should not fall in the fifth from the Beej and Kshetra Sphuta points.
It is also important that these points do not fall in signs rules by Saturn, Sun and Mars.
When analyzing the causes of infertility, the horoscopes of both partners need to be studied minutely. Beej and Kshetra Sphuta should be worked out and compared. This gives a pointer to the riddle as to which partner needs remedies.
Compatibility – The Asht Koot system
Vedic astrology has the famous Asht Koot system of finding compatible partners. It has an inbuilt system of making certain that a couple will be able to have satisfying sex and have children together. After all this is one of the primary goals of getting married. Unless someone is an ascetic, enjoyment of life remains uppermost on every one’s agenda.
The system looks for eight parameters when comparing horoscopes and gives a mathematical strength to each. In a perfect match the two charts will have a maximum of thirty six points. This is an ideal condition that is rare. The maximum I have seen is thirty four.
The eight parameters mentioned above are Varna, Vashya, Tara, Yoni, Grahmaitri, Gana, Bhakoot and Nadi. In a separate article we shall go in detail about every one of these, but the needs of the present one are satisfied with only two. The Yoni and the Nadi. Yoni is a Sanskrit word and imperfectly translates as Vagina. It refers to the mentality of partners as also to matching of their bodily desires and reproductive organs. Yoni is important and gets a total of four points. Four out of four in two charts is ideal but is seldom achieved.
Nadi refers to the three Nadis or energy channels that connect the Sahastrara (the thousand petaled Lotus) to Mooladhar Chakra or the root chakra. These three Nadis are called Adi, Madhya and Antya and correspond to Ida, Sushumna and Pingla.
For two partners to be having the same Nadi is considered undesirable. It brings disharmony in relationships. If both have Adi Nadi, there is usually a separation, Madhya Nadi causes losses and Antya brings about extreme sorrow.
For the sake of simplicity, we can say that Nadi refers to energy field generated by our bodies and people of same Nadi have problems living in close proximity, sleeping and living together.
Incompatible energy fields or aura has an indirect effect on ability to have children as well. Nadi gets the highest number of points – a total of eight – and is considered extremely important in compatibility matching.
The Saptamansh (D-7) Chart
Lord of Lagna in the Birth Chart must not be placed in 6, 8, 12 houses in the Saptamansh chart. It shows problem with getting children. It also shows a strained and uneasy relationship with them.
The placement of Lagna and the fifth lord are examined in the D-7 chart. If these are well placed in D-7 the children are born without any problems.
A strong fifth house and a well placed fifth lord in the D-7 is a prerequisite for getting progeny.
The 8th house of D-7 shows the bad Karma of the past lives which prevents the birth of children.
Raj Yoga present in the D-7 give intelligent and illustrious children.
A strong Dhan Yoga involving the 2nd and 11th houses assures progeny.
Remedies are dependent on the analysis of the chart. Infertility is a result of the past life negative Karma. If the karma is “Dridh” (immovable) the remedies do not work. For “Adridh” (removable) karma the chanting and other remedies usually help.
If the fifth house lord is weak, combust or otherwise afflicted by Saturn, Rahu, Ketu or Mars, he loses his capacity to facilitate conception and delivery.
Placement of the fifth lord in the sixth, eighth or twelfth houses also causes the same problem.
Saturn, Rahu, Ketu or Mars placed in the fifth house or aspecting it singly or severally also cause infertility.
Jupiter is the Karak (significator) for the male child and should be placed in strength. Similarly Venus is the significator for girl child and she should not be weak or afflicted.
Venus also signifies sperm and her strength indicates reproductive ability in a man.
The remedies will thus lie with strengthening the fifth lord, and reducing the effect of malefic planets. It would be erroneous to wear representative stones of afflicting malefics like Saturn, Mars, Rahu or Ketu as these will only aggravate the problems by strengthening the negative energy. The remedy will lie in pacification through Mantra and rituals.
Putra Kameshti Yagya
This is a fire ceremony which a couple performs together. It is performed by chanting of relevant mantras and offerings of various herbs mixed with clarified butter (ghee).
This Yagya is very effective and removes the past life negative Karma which puts obstacles in getting children. One has to find the right Brahmin priest to do it. Charlatans abound in India and one must be careful in his selection.
Role of modern medicine
Modern science is now capable of increasing female ovulation through appropriate drugs. The eggs are then harvested and fertilized by male sperm in a laboratory. The fertilized eggs are then implanted either in the uterus of the woman desiring to be a mother or in another woman who agrees to become a surrogate mother for a fee. Delivery can be natural or through a cesarean section.
Artificial insemination is a remedial measure far more invasive than wearing a gemstone or chanting Mantras. It will work for “Adridh” Karma generated infertility. “Dridh” Karma is irremovable and in such cases the sperm will be unable to play its intended role. In such cases the sperm of a donor is usually needed. In this case however the real father of the child is someone unknown, proving the point about “Adridh” Karma.
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