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  • S. C. Kursija is a graduate of Delhi University, Meerut University and Homeopathic System of Medicines in Delhi. He has worked in various capacities for Delhi Homeopathy Medical Association (DHMA), and was founder and chief editor of their monthly journal, Hahnemann Homoeopathic Sandesh. He has received numerous awards and passed the Jyotish Visharad from the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences (Madras). He is a member of the faculty of Bhartiya Vidhya Bhawan and has taught astrology for ICAS, Madras Delhi Chapter-1. Currently, Dr. Kursija is General Secretary of all Indian Federation of Astrologers Societies. Dr. Kursija teaches astrology and Vaastu in various chapters, and has written on various topics of interest. He is particularly interested in hearing from fellow astrologers who have researched the topic of suicide in astrology. He can be contacted at [email protected]

    Criminal Behavior & Astrology

    By Dr. S.C.Kursija, India

    Astrology is capable of identifying human character and behavior, including that of antisocial criminals who perform acts of murder. The natal horoscope reveals ones innate predispositions and early environmental influences, both of which have a significant influence on human development. Contemporary psycho sociological research has repeatedly shown that aggression and a lack of selfcontrol are the greatest risk factors for criminal behavior. These underlying traits are clearly revealed in the birth charts of anti social criminals. However, such characteristics must be understood and analyzed in a larger context, explicitly, the interaction of Desh, Kala and Patra.

    Desh is the environment under which the native has been brought up, including family, school, friends, and society at large. Desh has a powerful influence on the development of the natives mind, and the natives environment nurtures what is inherent in the natal horoscope. The horoscope is examined with reference to Desh, that is, prediction depends on an understanding of the Desh under which a particular native develops. Astrological interpretation and prediction will vary according to cultural customs and expectations.

    Kala refers to timing, that is, when certain influences in the natal chart will fructify. Kala is revealed by the dashas and transits. One with aggressive and impulsive tendencies will not act on these at all


  • times. His superego developed under Desh will assert some control over his actions. In other words, his free will and the influences around him will prevent his mind from going astray at most times. However, during the dashas and transits of malefic planets, the environmental influences may lose their control, leading the native to act on his aggression and impulses. Therefore, Kala is also important.

    Patra refers to the self, i.e., the individual, the horoscope, or the Lagna. The horoscope of an individual indicates the tendencies for aggression and impulsiveness underlying criminal behavior. In contemporary terminology, we may refer to this as genetic tendencies. Human beings since prehistoric times have relied on the primitive instinct of aggression for survival. Some natives who have developed superconscious minds are less aggressive, whereas others with only the slightest provocation become aggressive and commit antisocial acts.

    The research work of a number of scientific scholars reflects a similar understanding of nature and nurture in the development of criminal behavior. However, modern scientists are not able to pinpoint the timing of such acts, whereas astrology is able to do so via an interpretation of dashas and transits. No two individuals will react similarly to the same stimuli, and such reactions depend on the interaction of Desh, Kala, and Patra. Moreover, the natives character and behavior can be modified, rectified and improved upon under certain conditions because of the influence of free will. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of society to provide such an environment to correct an individuals behavior.

    The following yogas reveal a number of potential indications for the characteristic aggression and impulsivity underlying antisocial criminal behavior:

    1) The 4 th house indicates ones psychological and philosophical makeup. Rahu in the 4 th

    house, if aspected by Mars in the Lagna and Saturn in the 7 th house indicates a vengeful nature. 2) The Upagraha Gulika in the 3 rd house points to impulsive thoughts and behavior. 3) Lagna lord weak and afflicted. 4) A combination of the Sun and Mars in any rasi reveals a murderer. 1

    5) Sarpa Yoga is formed by all malefics in three kendras and no benefics in the kendras. The native with Sarpa Yoga becomes a murderer. 2

    6) When the Sun and Mars occupy the Lagna, one becomes a murderer. 3

    7) With Gulika is in the 9 th house, one will be a murderer of his parents and preceptors. 4

    8) If born in Atiganda Yoga, 5 the native will be murderer. 6

    9) If born in the Dwadashamsha of Scorpio, the native will be a murderer and a master of rogues and robbers. 7

    1 Saravali, 15:2.

    2 Ibid., at 21:42.

    3 Ibid., at 31:6.

    4 Jataka Parijata, 9:5.

    5 Largecheeked; the 6 th Solilunar Yoga of the Panchanga.

    6 Jataka Parijata, 9:97.


  • 10) If Jupiter is debilitated and aspected by a debilitated planet, the native will commit crimes. 8

    11) Debilitated Jupiter or the Sun in a kendra conjoined a malefic. 12) When a malefic planet is in a kendra without benefic aspect, and Jupiter is in the 8 th

    house, the native will be a slaughterer of animals. 9

    13) Jupiter in the Lagna and Mars is in the 7 th house, or vice versa, signifies an aggressive and impulsive individual. 10

    14) Saturn occupying the Lagna and Mars is in the 5 th , 7 th , or 9 th house. 15) If the 3 rd lord is debilitated in the 6 th house and aspected by a malefic planet, the native will become aggressive and impulsive after drinking or taking drugs. 16) The native becomes impulsive and aggressive upon being punished by a government official if the 2 nd lord conjoins the Sun and Saturn. 17) The 2 nd lord conjoined Mars and Saturn. 18) If the Sun and Moon occupy a trikona or the Lagna, Jupiter is in a kendra, and the kala hora at birth is Saturn or Mars. 19) The Sun and Moon in the Lagna conjoined with Mercury.

    In addition to the above, certain more general indications should be noted.

    v It is commonly understood that the Lagna of the birth chart signifies the native. However, because the Lagna encompasses 30 degrees of the rasi chart, certain Jyotish classics like Saravali have specified a more precise significator to be the Dreshkona (Drekana) of the Lagna. Other classics have specified the Navamsha of the Lagna to be a more welldefined significator of the self. Therefore, the D3 and D9 Varga charts are important.

    v In addition to the Lagna, the 3 rd , 11 th and 10 th houses are also indicators of self. v The Sun, significator of self, and the Moon, allimportant ruler of the mind and its

    impulses, are treated as secondary Lagnas in Vedic astrology (Surya Lagna and Chandra Lagna). For example, an afflicted Moon may indicate mental aberration and a lack of selfcontrol as when the Moon is influenced by Mars, reckless and aggressive behavior may be indicated.

    v Mercury is another planet, which controls our nervous system. Though Mercury is not read as a secondary Lagna in Indian astrology, its affliction weakens the nervous system and reflects the potential for aggressive, vengeful and impulsive traits.

    v One should also note the malefic argala, i.e., the presence of a malefic planet in the 2 nd , 4 th or 11 th house from the Lagna or Moon.

    v For microanalysis, one should also examine the D12 (Dwadashamsha) and the Cyclic Trimshamsha (Parivritti D30).

    In practice antisocial criminal traits are indicated when malefic planets, without the influence of benefic planets, influence the following:

    7 Ibid., at 9:121.

    8 Ibid., at 6:6.

    9 Ibid., at 6:14.

    10 Jataka Tattva, 3:145154.


  • 1. The Lagna and/or Lagna lord (Lagnesha). 2. Any of the Kendrasthe 1 st , 4 th , 7 th or 10 th house. 3. The Moon or its dispositor. 4. The Navamshesh (the Lagna in the D9 chart).

    The following case studies illustrate a number of combinations for aggression and impulsivity. From these examples, it is apparent that antisocial criminal behavior is more likely to occur when an assortment of these astrological dynamics converge in the natal horoscope.

    Case 1 John Wayne Gacy was born in Chicago on March 17, 1942, at 00:49 CST, or 05:49 GMT, CST being the time required by Illinois for birth registration even though War Time was then in effect. Some hospitals did not follow this rule, so the actual birth time might have been an hour later at 06:49 GMT.

    The malefic planets are posited in three kendras (4 th , 7 th and 10 th ) and the Lagna lord is afflicted in the 7 th (as in the rules #3 and #5 above). Jupiter is afflicted by Saturn (a maraka in the Chandra Lagna chart)) and is dispositor of the Sun and Moon (secondary Ascendants). There is an exchange of houses between 3 rd lord Saturn and 7 th lord Venus, and Venus is a maraka and the 12 th Dusthana lord. The Moon is combust. The Lagna, Moon, 10 th , 3 rd and 11 th houses are the abodes of self. Thus, impulsive, vengeful and aggressive behavior is indicated.


  • Moreover, in the Navamsha chart, the Lagna is occupied by Rahu and aspected by Mars (rule #1 above). The 10 th house is occupied by Jupiter, Sun, Venus and Gulika and aspected by Saturn. Again, the same aggressive and impulsive behavior is indicated.

    Case 2 The chart is of a female born on July 1, 1961, at 11:25 AM, in Delhi. She was married at

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