I recently made a Facebook post with positive regard for America’s legalization of same-sex marriage. In the ensuing conversation someone stated that there is no such thing as homosexual marriage in Vedic culture. You can follow the link above to read the whole deal if you want, let’s not rehash it here. Let’s go straight to the point: homosexuality and non-heterosexual marriage in Vedic astrological lore.
Phaladīpika organizes the nine planets by gender, and describes them. Three genders are included in this organization. This is standard. The Vedic paradigm very frequently considers three (not two) genders.
Three of the nine planets are male – Sun is the mature male, Mars is the young male, and Jupiter is the tempered male. Three are female – Moon is the mature female, Venus the young female, and Rahu the untempered / wild female. Three are third-gender. Let’s talk about these.
The three third-gender planets are Ketu, Saturn, and Mercury.
Ketu is simply sexless – not simply in gender, but in sexual orientation. Ketu is asexual. (Therefore Ketu closely joining a romantic planet like Venus or the 5th lord in a horoscope indicates celibacy and decreased sexual activity, which can also be unusual in other ways, including gender-blurring or degendering).
Saturn is “a female who behaves as a male.” Mercury is “a male who behaves as a female.” Both of them, thus are not heterosexual. Saturn and Mercury influencing the romantic indicators indicates non heterosexual inclinations (perhaps not outright homosexual behavior unless there are several instances of these connections).
Of course, Saturn and Mercury are also gods – named Śani and Budha in Sanskrit – so they have lots of advantages human homosexuals don’t have. Specifically, their physical structure is much more malleable and cooperative to their will. Saturn, being “lesbian” marries a woman, Saṅgyā, and when required exhibits male sexual organs for intercourse. As is typical of women, however, Śani has low libido, and this caused “him” to inadvertently insult Saṅgyā on one potentially romantic occasion – and thereby got cursed by her not to be able to look directly at people.
Mercury married another third-gendered god, Īlaī. The two take turns being “husband” or “wife.” For six months of the year Mercury is male and Īlaī female, for the other six month Mercury is female and Īlaī is male.
So, there’s your example of homosexual marriage in the Vedas and amonst the vibudha devas (enlightened gods).
Oṁ tat sat.
– Vic DiCara