Mahatma Gandhi: Birth Chart Analysis

June 19, 2013 Comments Off

Let us take a look at Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth chart from a Vedic, Lal Kitab and Western Astrology perspective. We will see how different approaches to astrology can complement each other.

Vedic Birth Chart Analysis


All Kendras (angular houses) are occupied by planets. Mars in first and North Node in tenth house indicate success in political endeavors.  Moon and North Node in the same house is generally considered malefic in Vedic Astrology. It indicates a lot of mental stress. However, there is a very strong Gaja Kesari Yoga too (Jupiter being tenth from natal Moon) which is an indicator of success and fame. Overall this is a very powerful chart.

Western Astrology

Mahatma Gandhi

You cannot miss the T Square in Mahatma Gandhi’s chart. In Gandhiji’s chart natal Venus Conjunct Mars (in ascendant) is opposite Jupiter (in 7th house) which is square Moon (10th house). A T square should not be feared. The hardships and discrimination Mahatma Gandhi faced in his early ears only strengthened his resolve to end injustice employing only non violent methods.

Coming back to Moon square Mars, Naturam Godse (the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi) also has Moon Square Mars (9 degree orb). In Gandhiji’s chart however Moon also receives a square aspect from Jupiter. Gandhiji chose to focus more on activities represented by Jupiter (compassion, mercy) rather than on areas represented by Mars (anger, rage etc). The anger and rage represented by Mars was still there but it was directed to a higher cause (a peaceful fight for independence). Godse on the other hand could not restrain his anger and assassinated Mahatma Gandhi.

Gandhiji’s advocacy of thrift and self sufficient villages could be attributed to the presence of Saturn in the second house.

For the sake of simplicity, I have not included Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Please note that Gandhiji’s chart also has a grand trine involving Saturn, Neptune and Moon.

Lal Kitab Analysis

Mars, Venus and Mercury in first house and Jupiter in 7 house

Mahatma Gandhi’s views on celibacy and diets are well documented in his autobiography, The Story of My Experiments with Truth.

Saturn in 2nd house , Sun in 12 house and Jupiter in 7th house

This placement gives ascetic tendencies. No surprises that the Mahatma preferred to reside in ashrams.

North Node with Moon in 10th house and South Node in 4th house.

Worldly Fame ensured with Moon and Rahu in 10th house. Ketu in the fourth when benefic gives a healthy inclination for spiritual pursuits.

According to Lal Kitab Jupiter in 7th is generally malefic but in Gandhiji’s chart Jupiter is definitely the most benefic planet. Let us examine the effects of Jupiter in Mahatma Gandhi’s Chart.

For benefic results of Jupiter in 7th house Lal Kitab has cited the example of King Janaka. According to Lal Kitab, the native will be like a King and yet will have a detached temperament (Sage).

With Jupiter in seventh there is a likelihood of achieving success in a foreign country. Remarkably Gandhiji initially achieved success in South Africa.

In Lal Kitab Astrology Mars is the significator of weapons.  Mutual aspects (opposition and conjunction) between Mars and Jupiter are generally considered as benefic. The weapons Mahatma Gandhi chose were Satyagraha and Non-Violence (Mars in first house and Jupiter in seventh)

On 30 January 1948 Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse. The transit chart does indicate trouble.

Mahatma GandhiTransit

Transiting Saturn conjunct natal Moon

Transiting North Node conjunct natal Jupiter

Transiting South Node conjunct natal Mars (and Venus)

Symbolically the T square in the natal chart was under grahan (eclipse) on that day.

 One might be tempted to say that Mahatma Gandhi was destined for greatness but that would be negating free will.  The choices he made, the ideals he stood for made him the “Mahatma” (Great Soul).

Throughout his life he inspired his countrymen. After his death he was and is an inspiration to many great world personalities.  His ideology will remain immortal.

To conclude I would like to quote Dr Martin Luther King, Jr

“If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. He lived, thought, and acted, inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward a world of peace and harmony. We may ignore him at our own risk.”

“Gandhi resisted evil with as much vigor and power as the violent resister, but he resisted with love instead of hate. True pacifism is not unrealistic submission to evil power. It is rather a courageous confrontation of evil by the power of love.”


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