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Finding Your Soulmate

By Vachaspati Christina Collins

In Jyotish, the planet that defines the word “soul” is the Sun (Surya).

In every horoscope, human or mundane, the “soul” of the chart is the Sun, the Sun’s sign, house location, planets that aspect the Sun and the lagna pati, or ruler of the Sun’s astrological sign. So before we go looking for a soul mate, we should first understand our own Soul, or Atman – then, we search for a reflection of that Sun, in the chart of another.

The Moon reflects the Sun – so we want to find someone with either a Moon in conjunction, in the same sign or opposite sign, or in a trine from the Sun which will reflect the same element. For example, the Sun in Aries will resonate with the Moon in Aries, the full Moon in Libra (when the Moon is opposite the Sun, it is always a full Moon), or the Moon in Leo or Sagittarius – the fire element signs.

Things to avoid in most circumstances is the same Sun sign as the other person, especially if the sign is Leo, producing a situation of “two” kings in one castle. In
compatibility studies between two people, I have seen this combo between people work, and most often when the nakshatras of the Sun differ. In the Tarabala system the constellations have three parayayas. The star behind your birth star has double positive points.

For those looking for love right now, Mars and Venus are transiting in Pisces. That means they are aspecting the sign Pisces by position, Virgo by opposition and Mars, Venus’ sign of Libra by its potent 8th aspect. If you have Venus or benefics in any of these three signs, then the planet of “passion” (Mars) is aspecting your planet of “love” (Venus). When the aspect is exact by degree, or the degree of Mars is the same degree of your natal chart’s Venus your odds go way up in successfully meeting a potential current or life partner.

Keep in mind that this is the aspect of attraction, or sexual chemistry and not necessarily a connection that will “stay the course” for a lifetime. You want to look for connections to your natal Moon and Sun from a partners natal Moon and Sun and connections between your natal Jupiter (the significator for “husband” or marriage)

Compatibility is a complex evaluation comparing the natal charts of two individuals, and their navamsa divisional charts. When you take these 4 charts into consideration, you have four of each planet. (4 Moons, 4 Suns, 4 Venus’ and 4 Mars) you compare the man’s natal chart to the woman’s natal chart, and to her Navamsa. You compare the woman’s natal chart to the man’s and to his Navamsa. A simple technique is to place each person’s navamsa planets into their own natal chart giving you two sets of planets in each chart for comparison.

Of course, the Vimshottari dasa time period running for each person is a factor in success. For example, if one person is in a combination of Moon, Venus, Mars Mercury with Rahu (the karma of an event) and the other person is running Saturn, Mars, Rahu or the malefics then it may be that one person is seeking and open for “love” and the other person is focused on health, career and livelihood. So there are many factors to consider. Another one of those factors is to examine your 7th house, its ruler and the planets aspecting that house -- for these and the nature of the sign itself of the 7th house will give you indicators of where to look for a partner. For example if Mercury is involved, then online dating (the internet is ruled by Mercury) will be more favorable, if it is Mars, attending a debate or a sporting event might work out better for you, and so on. A compatibility study can save you years of time spent pursuing the “wrong” person, and shorten the time in making a permanent decision to be with the compatible person.

So, enjoy your search for a perfect love while Venus is exalted (till May!) and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Christina Collins Biography
Christina CollinsChristina Collins, Jyotish Visharada, CVA, Jyotish Kovid, ICAS and CVA, Jyotish Vachaspati, ICAS, Jyotish Medha Pragya, ICAS and Jyotish Mahasagara from Raman and Rajeshwari Foundation 2013, is a third generation Astrologer specializing in the Vedic system. She received her honorary titles from the late Dr. B.V. Raman, former President of the ICAS (Indian Council for Astrological Sciences) in New Delhi and Bangalore, India, from CVA (Council for Vedic Astrology, USA), from the ICAS in Bangalore, from the Raman and Rajeshwari Foundation in 2013 and the Jyotish Navaratna from ACVA (American College for Vedic Astrology) in 2014.

From1997 to 2012, she was the first and sole American woman to be honored by the highly held title of Jyotish Vachaspati (Jyotish - the light bearer and Vachaspati - the one who speaks the truth and whose predictions come true. (In
Sanskrit, Vac = speech and Brihaspati is a name of Jupiter the planet of wisdom and truth. Her most recent honor from India, the Jyotish Medha Pragya title, means that consciousness has merged with Jyotish.

As a founding member, she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American College of Vedic Astrology (ACVA online), and was former Editor of the ACVA News. President of Celestial Resource (The Timing Coach) she serves corporate and private clients from students to celebrities. For the Jyotish Star you can reach her in Boulder CO at, and for consultations:

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Christina Collins, J.K., J.V.
Editor in Chief The Jyotish Star
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