The detailed version of this article is featured in the book ‘Match Making & Manglik Dosh (Revised Edition 2020)’.
Bhakoot Dosh in Horoscope Matching
Bhakoot (Moon Sign) carries 7 points or Gunas in the system of Gun Milaan. Different number of points are assigned for Bhakoot matching, based on how the Bhakoots of male and female match with each other; according to the rules of Gun Milaan.
Bhakoot means the Moon sign. It means if the Moon sign of a native is Aries, his Bhakoot is Aries. According to the system of Gun Milaan, if Bhakoots of male and female make a combination of 2-12, 5-9 or 6-8 with respect to each other, Bhakoot Dosh is formed. The numbers mentioned in these combinations are calculated on the basis of the distance of both Moon signs with respect to each other.
Taking an example, if the Moon sign of male native is Aries and that of female native is Leo, we get a combination of 5-9. This is because when we count from Aries, Leo is the 5th sign. When we count from Leo, Aries is the 9th sign. Hence Bhakoot relationship of 5-9 is formed. Similarly, Aries and Virgo form a combination of 6-8 whereas Aries and Taurus form a combination of 2-12.
There are 12 probable combinations for Bhakoot matching. These are 1-1, 2-12, 3-11, 4-10, 5-9, 6-8, 7-7, 8-6, 9-5, 10-4, 11-3 and 12-2. Out of these, six combinations don’t belong to 5-9, 6-8 or 2-12 category. For these six combinations, 7 out of 7 points are assigned. For example, if the Moon sign of male is Aries and that of female is Cancer, a relationship of 4-10 is formed between them. Hence 7 out of 7 points are assigned. The remaining six combinations form Bhakoot Dosh and 0 out of 7 points is assigned.
Bhakoot Dosh may create a number of problems in the marriage, depending on its type. Dwi-Dwadash (2-12 or 12-2) Bhakoot Dosh may create problems related to the financial aspect of the marriage. Navam-Pancham (9-5 or 5-9) Bhakoot Dosh may create problems related to children. Shadashtak (6-8 or 8-6) Bhakoot Dosh may create problems like incompatibility, health issues, divorce and death of one partner among other things.
The system of Gun Milaan mentions some exceptions. Bhakoot Dosh is considered nullified if any one of the following conditions is met:
If the lord of Moon signs of male and female is the same, Bhakoot Dosh is considered nullified. For example, 6-8 Bhakoot Dosh is considered nullified in case of Aries-Scorpio and Taurus-Libra combination. Likewise, 12-2 Bhakoot Dosh is considered nullified in case of Capricorn-Aquarius combination.
If the lords of Moon signs of male and female are friendly towards each other, Bhakoot Dosh is considered nullified. For example, Bhakoot Dosh is considered nullified in case of Aries-Sagittarius and Scorpio-Pisces; since both Jupiter and Mars are friendly towards each other.
It should be noted that for this condition to meet, lords of both Moon signs should be friendly towards each other. For example, 2-12 Bhakoot Dosh is not considered nullified according to this rule, in case of Leo-Virgo combination. This is due to the fact that Mercury is friendly towards Sun but Sun is neutral towards Mercury. Hence Bhakoot Dosh stands effective in this case.
It should be noted that even if Bhakoot Dosh is nullified due to exception, 0 out of 7 points is assigned. In this case, the natives don’t score for Bhakoot Dosh. However, they may not suffer from malefic effects of Bhakoot Dosh.
For the sake of convenience, here is the points table for Bhakoot matching:
Now that we know the relevance of Bhakoot matching in Gun Milaan, let’s look at its actual relevance in the process of horoscope matching. There are no doubts that the problems indicated by three types of Bhakoot Dosh may prove troublesome if one such marriage is conducted.
However, the tendencies shown through Moon signs and Moon nakshatras are not the decisive ones and there are a number of factors in each horoscope, which may significantly or completely change these tendencies. Hence Bhakoot Dosh may create serious problems in marriage; only if it is supported by the overall horoscopes of both natives. If the overall horoscopes match well; Bhakoot Dosh may not be able to create serious or even significant problems.
Let’s take same examples to understand this concept in a better manner and let’s start with Dwi-Dwadash Bhakoot Dosh. This type of Bhakoot Dosh may create problems related to financial matters, if such marriage is conducted. For the purpose of Bhakoot matching, the Moon sign of each native is considered as his or her ascendant which means the first house. The placement of the Moon sign of the second native is then considered, with respect to the Moon sign of the first native.
Taking an example, suppose the Moon sign of the male native is Cancer and that of the female native is Gemini. For this calculation, Cancer is considered as the ascendant for the male native and Gemini is considered as the ascendant for the female native. In a horoscope with Cancer ascendant, Gemini falls in the twelfth house. The twelfth house represents financial expenditures and losses; among other things. In a horoscope with Gemini ascendant, Cancer falls in the second house. The second house deals with wealth and saved money as well as with the tendency to save money and accumulate wealth; among other things.
Hence this combination suggests that the male native may lose money through the female native. On the other hand, the female native may gain money through the male native. Combining these facts; such couple may witness financial problems, primarily because of mismanagement of finances. Apart from that, financial problems may rise due to other issues also. Considering an example, the female native may spend more or much more than what male native earns. This may create financial problems for the couple and such problems may affect the health of marriage.
Looking at another probability, the female native may not spend more than usual but the male native may not earn sufficient money to meet their basic needs. Here again, the equation of earning versus spending is mismatched; though the reason is different this time.
Similarly, there are a number of other ways through which such Bhakoot Dosh may trouble the couple with financial problems. In an extreme case when the overall horoscopes are not good for marriage; such financial problems may break the marriage.
However, the tendencies shown through Moon signs and Moon nakshatras are not the decisive ones and there are a number of factors in each horoscope, which may significantly or completely change these tendencies. Taking an example, suppose benefic Moon is placed in Cancer in the fourth house of male native’s horoscope. Aries rises in the ascendant in this case and Moon represents the fourth house. Suppose benefic Venus is placed in the tenth house of this horoscope in Capricorn.
Venus is the general as well as specific signifier of wife. Venus also represents the second house which deals with money and wealth. Both Moon and Venus are benefic and they strengthen each other through direct aspects. Benefic Moon is placed in the fourth house which represents wealth and properties among other things. Venus is placed in the tenth house which represents profession.
Due to the combined effect of these factors, the native may come across more money and wealth after marriage and his wife may play an important role in it. It means though the native may have to spend or lose some money due to his wife; he may earn or save much more. Hence Bhakoot Dosh may not cause problems in this case.
Let’s look at this equation from the opposite angle. Suppose benefic Moon is placed in the fourth house of male native’s horoscope in Cancer and exalted Venus is placed in the twelfth house in Pisces. Venus rules the second and the seventh house. Venus is also the general signifier of wife in case of male natives. The lord of the second as well as seventh house is placed in the twelfth house which represents expenditures; among other things. Hence if Dwi-Dwadash Bhakoot Dosh is formed in this case; the male native may lose significant amount of money through his wife or because of his wife; unless there are balancing factors in both horoscopes.
Similarly, there are a number of other probable malefic combinations in both the horoscopes, which may increase the strength of all three types of Bhakoot Dosh. On the other hand, there are a number of other probable benefic combinations in both the horoscopes, which may reduce the strength of all three types of Bhakoot Dosh. Hence each and every relevant factor in both horoscopes should be checked properly, in order to determine whether or not Bhakoot Dosh may create problems in the marriage of two natives, under consideration for horoscope matching.
Vedic astrology mentions various remedies to reduce malefic effects of Bhakoot Dosh. Though Bhakoot Dosh Nivaran Pooja may be performed in general; it alone may not be sufficient in most cases. Since the type and quantum of problems indicated by Bhakoot Dosh as well as the type and strength of planets which may try to reduce the intensity of this defect may be different in different horoscopes; general remedies may not bring satisfactory results in most cases. Hence the remedial approach should be specially chosen for the native or natives under consideration. Therefore, appropriate and comprehensive remedial measures should be implemented; only after thoroughly analysing both horoscopes.