Vedic Pantheon – and the 1st lord in the 9th house

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In Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, the sage Parashara illustrates the nature of the 1st lord in the 9th house by stating that it inclines one to become a “Vishnu devotee.” I will now explain what he is talking about.

The Vedic pantheon contains many gods. There are two reason why: (1) There are many powers in nature, thus many gods, and (2) There are many different people who need different things from religion. Most of the gods have specific roles, rather like sanctified stores in the shopping mall of religion. If you need x,y,z go to God #34, if you need a,b,c go to God #28, etc. The head among the gods are Vishnu, Shiva, and Brahma. Brahma is not quite on the same level as the other two because he, like the other gods, is an ordinary being invested with the power to act as a god. Vishnu and Shiva, on the other hand are directly Godhead. So these two are well known as the cheif Gods of the Vedic pantheon. Shiva has the responsibility of destroying things – ultimately the entire universe; while Vishnu takes charge of preserving the universe and its components.

The 1st lord in the 9th house increases ones interest in being moral, which in some form or another is “religion.” In a sense, the 1st lord in the 9th house – on it’s own, in isolation from other factors in your horoscope – is a symbol of the pinnacle of morality and religiousity. The author illustrates this by pointing specifically to Vishnu specifically because he, following the standard classical Vedic conclusion, considered Vishnu-centered religion the topmost evolution of morality. Why? Because it is the least selfish. After all, selfishness is the antithesis of morality! So it is very logical that the gods whose function is to fulfill desires, etc. are subordinate to the Godhead who is worshipped for the sake of morality alone.

Actually, the author does not merely point to “Vishnu-religion.” He points to a “Vishnu devotee.” This refers specifically to the Vedic spiritual path of bhakti. Bhakti is the root of all spiritual paths because it is the essence of all morality – love.

By illustrating the 1st lord in the 9th house with the image of a Vishnu devotee, the author means to communicate that this placement makes one truly moral, truly religious. It decreases the interest in religious pretention or secterian badge-wearing and increases the interest of being at the heart of what morality and religion really is all about: serving others and loving the divine.

– Vic DiCara


  1. z says:

    is it true that nature gives sons to spiritual couples?
    but vedas also tell that those women who have good past deeds give birth to a son.
    And astrology can be used to prove this.Nature gives sons to more spiritual people,consider Lord Ram,Shiva,Guru Nanak…most Hindu Gods like shiva,buddha,lord rama had only sons.
    From a strictly spiritual perspective,birth of a son is favored.
    jupiters aspect on fifth house also portends a boy.
    now,is there some truth behind it? or am i just being a sexist.In India sons are preferred.


    1. vicdicara says:

      No you are quite mistaken. From PRACTICAL standpoint sons are easier to have in Vedic culture because they are less expensive to the family. From a RELIGIOUS point of view the father wants to have at least one son to (a) perform his funeral rites, and (b) carry on the patrilineal family name. A woman who cannot produce a son will therefore be a cause of distress to her husband in a Vedic culture, thus only those without sufficient good karma cannot produce a son IN THAT CULTURE.

      From a SPRITUAL point of view there is no difference between male and female children, the spiritualist has Sama Darshan or all beings, “equal vision.”


  2. z says:

    please shed some light on the importance of eighth and ninth houses in spirituality.
    morality,religion and meditation.
    which house should be fortified,eighth or ninth,to indicate that the person will be interested in meditation?

    is it good to marry those who show asceticism in their birth chart?


    1. vicdicara says:

      It is not good to marry someone whose chart shows that they will leave or abandon a spouse. Not all forms of asceticism bar marriage. So rather than evaluate asceticism, evaluate the person’s marriage karma directly – and then decide if they should be married.

      To receive and practice mantra the 5th house must be blessed. The 5th house also must give the power of concentration and intellect to acquire knowledge & wisdom (jnana, vijnana) and perform meditation (dhyana). The 6th house must also be blessed or else one will not be able to withstand the serious challenges and obstacles inherent in long term asceticism and discipline. If the 4th house is not blessed, bhakti will be lacking, and without bhakti there is no progress on any path (marga). If the 8th house is not strong one will have no visions, no symbolic understand, no direct perception of the unseen. If the 9th house is not strong one will lack virtue, morals, and a fit guide (guru). If the 12th house is not active one will not wish to escape illusion.

      The same blessings accomplished by houses can be accomplished by their lords (ishvaras) and representatives (karakas).

      The other houses also play roles, but they are subordinate to those identified above.


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