These days foreign travel and foreign settlement have become an important aspect of our lives. Be it enrolling in a foreign university, looking for better job opportunities, resettlement in some foreign country, or just a wish for fun and adventure holidays; many people are getting inclined to explore the available options and opportunities in foreign countries.
From the suitable country to the suitable time, one may need to consider many aspects.
In this article, I have tried to address most of the relevant aspects of a horoscope for most of the foreign related matters including foreign travel, foreign settlement, life in foreign lands etc. Some important aspects like studying in abroad could not be addressed due to length of the article; and, I will try to write a separate article on this topic.
Let us first start with understanding the role of different houses (and their lords) of a horoscope in connection with foreign travel and foreign settlement.
Significance of first house of horoscope for foreign travel and foreign settlement
In addition to other aspects like physique, feature, strength etc. first house of a horoscope also signifies the nature and temperament of the native. And, alike every other aspect, one’s personal interest, inclination and decisions also have a role to play in ascertaining the possibility of foreign travel and relocation in the respective horoscope.
Influence of Moveable, Fiery or Watery zodiac signs on the first house or its lord are supportive for native’s inclination towards travel and journey.
What are moveable zodiac signs?
On account of stability and/or volatility, the twelve zodiac signs are divided into three parts namely, Moveable, Fixed and Dual. Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn are Moveable zodiac signs; Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius are Fixed in nature; and, the rest i.e. Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces are Dual zodiac signs. Dual zodiac signs carries the traits of both moveable and fixed zodiac signs; and, as per some texts, the first half of Dual zodiac is of fixed nature while the second half of a Dual sign is moveable in nature.
What are these fiery and watery zodiac signs?
As per vedic astrology, the twelve zodiac signs are divided into four categories namely Fire, Earth, Air and Water. Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are Fire zodiac signs; Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are Earth zodiac signs; Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are Air zodiac signs; and, Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are considered as Water zodiac signs.
Similarly, the influence of cruel planets (specifically Mars, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu) on the first house of a horoscope may also generate inclination towards journeys or foreign travel. Sometimes, under influence of cruel planets and/or in moveable, fiery or watery zodiac signs, the planets Moon or Mercury may also generate inclination and/or interest towards journeys and foreign travel.
Influence of Fixed or Earthy zodiac signs may cause a person to avoid changes, travel or journeys. If Jupiter, Saturn or Rahu are placed in fixed or earthy zodiac signs; it may also generate similar results.
Significance of second house of horoscope for foreign travel and foreign settlement
In addition to other aspects, second house of the horoscope also signifies status and stability.
Inauspicious planetary influences on second house of a horoscope may disturb the stability; and, this may also generate inclination or interest towards foreign travel or foreign settlement.
Significance of third house of horoscope for foreign travel and foreign settlement
Inter-alia, third house also signifies journeys as well as fruitfulness of efforts being made for relocation. Weak/afflicted disposition of third house lord; and/or influence of inauspicious planets on third house may create problems for travel and journey. Similarly, a strongly disposed third house/house is very helpful for travel and journeys.
Significance of fourth house of horoscope for foreign travel and foreign settlement
As per vedic astrology, fourth house also signifies residence as well as comfort, security and stability of the residence. While it does not generate any direct support for journeys or foreign travel; but, the strength of fourth house is still helpful for healthy and successful stay in foreign lands.
Afflicted and weak fourth house may dilute or disturb the duration of foreign stay; and, in addition to this, one may also remain vulnerable towards unpleasant experiences during journey. In my personal experience of astrology consultation, sometimes, the afflicted state of fourth house has been found responsible for creating issues related with Passport, Visa and permits.
Significance of fifth house of horoscope for foreign travel and foreign settlement
The role of fifth house is also secondary in connection with foreign travel and settlement. In addition to other things, the fifth house of horoscope is also related with knowledge, learning and intelligence. And, therefore, it may generate some secondary or supportive influence upon the decisions, thoughts and plans related with foreign country. Like, a relationship between fifth and twelfth house may generate inclination towards foreign country; or, like influence of cruel planets over fifth house or upon fifth lord may generate lack of affection and interest towards one’s own society and/or culture.
Significance of sixth house of horoscope for foreign travel and foreign settlement
Sixth house is primarily related with enemies, diseases, injuries, disputes and debt etc. And, it does not have any direct and supportive role in foreign travel. However, sometimes, its influence upon other relevant house/planet may play a direct and important role in defining the matters related with foreign travel or foreign settlement.
Like, influence of sixth lord upon first, third, fourth or fifth house may generate lack of affection or dislike or some unpleasant feelings towards one’s own community which may motivate the native for looking opportunities in foreign lands. Sometimes, the influence of sixth lord upon ninth, tenth or twelfth house can also generate indirect inclination for some change related with foreign country or community. However, the manifestation of such results (generated via sixth house) is, often, painful or unpleasant.
Significance of seventh house of horoscope for foreign travel and foreign settlement
Seventh house is a primary house in this regard; and, it signifies distant travel and journeys. A well-disposed seventh house/lord will always be helpful for safe and successful journeys. Relationship of seventh house/lord with third, ninth, tenth or twelfth house has been observed to be a sound indicator for success in foreign travel as well as in foreign settlement.
On the contrary, an afflicted and disturbed state of seventh house/lord may create threats, danger, obstructions and challenges in travel and journey. One may not feel comfortable and secure during journeys; and/or, one’s efforts may not bring timely and desired results; and/or one may fail to identify and pursue the available opportunities for foreign travel. During practical experience, I have also observed that seventh house/lord also has a say in defining the duration of stay in foreign lands.
Significance of eighth house of horoscope for foreign travel and foreign settlement
Eighth house does not have any direct role in this regard; however, its influence upon relevant houses may create obstructions, delays or failures in matters related with foreign travel or settlement in foreign country.
Like, influence of eighth house upon third house may obstruct or dilute the potency of initiatives; or, like influence of eighth house upon seventh house may disturb the process and initiatives towards foreign travel and foreign settlement; or, like influence of eighth house upon twelfth house may create instability and/or insecurity in foreign lands. Strong and auspicious disposition of eighth house may, however, generates support towards stability and duration of stay in foreign country.
Significance of ninth house of horoscope for foreign travel and foreign settlement
Although, the ninth house may not appear to be directly related with foreign travel and foreign settlement; yet, it does play a prominent role in deciding these matters.
As per vedic astrology, ninth house also signifies pilgrimage which is also a form of distant travel. In addition to this, a well placed and strong ninth house is capable of generating support of luck in overall aspects of life which also includes foreign travel and settlement in foreign country.
Weak and disturbed state of ninth house may dilute or disturb the fruitfulness of one’s initiatives; and, this may require the native to be strong and persistent with additional efforts than generally required.
Like, a native with strong and supportive ninth house may be successful in foreign travel and/or foreign settlement with routine efforts; while, a native with disturbed ninth house may experience delays, obstructions or setbacks in his/her efforts for foreign travel.
Significance of tenth house of horoscope for foreign travel and foreign settlement
There are different views and opinions regarding relevance of this house with foreign travel and settlement. In my opinion and understanding though, tenth house does play a prominent role in matters related with foreign travel and residence; and, it should be considered as a primary house in this regard.
A well placed tenth house/lord may bless the native with timely results of his initiatives and efforts. The significance of tenth house (for foreign travel and foreign settlement) is comparatively more for people in job; like, a well disposed tenth house may be helpful in identifying the opportunities of job and service in foreign lands.
During personal experience of astrology consultation, the relationship of tenth house with third, seventh, ninth and twelfth house has been observed to be a supportive factor (in accordance with the potency/disposition of tenth lord) for foreign travel and foreign settlement. A weak/disturbed tenth house may cause a person to suffer from failures, disrespect and obstructions in his/her efforts related with foreign travel or foreign settlement. Involvement of sixth lord or Nodes (Rahu and Ketu) may further induce the possibility of punishment and/or legal disputes related with foreign travel or foreign settlement.
Significance of eleventh house of horoscope for foreign travel and foreign settlement
Although, Eleventh house is secondary and may not appear to have a direct role in determining the matters related with foreign travel or foreign settlement; sometimes, it can influence the relevant attributes in both ways i.e. positively as well as negatively. Like, if the eleventh lord is under auspicious planetary influences in twelfth house and, the eleventh house is also under influence of auspicious and supportive planets; then one may expect income/gains through foreign country (which may also include foreign travel and foreign settlement).
On the contrary, if eleventh house is afflicted in twelfth house; and, there are inauspicious planetary influences upon the eleventh house, it may cause financial losses in/through foreign lands; and, may also create problems and challenges for matters related with foreign travel and foreign residence.
Significance of twelfth house of horoscope for foreign travel and foreign settlement
Twelfth house is also a primary house for considering all matters related with foreign country. A well disposed twelfth house is always helpful in having timely and fruitful results of one’s initiatives towards foreign travel and residence in foreign lands. On the contrary, weak and afflicted state of twelfth house/lord may generate strong inauspicious results in foreign related matters like one may suffer in foreign lands; or, there may not be any positive outcome of one’s efforts towards foreign travel; or, like the duration of foreign stay may not be secure or stable; or, like one may suffer on financial grounds due to the weak or wrong initiatives related with foreign travel and residence abroad.
Conclusively, while the third, seventh, tenth and twelfth can be considered as primary houses for matters related to foreign travel and foreign residence; the role of other houses should also be given due consideration.
In my experience during astrology consultations, many a time, this has been observed that even a moderately disposed house/planet without any inauspicious influences is comparatively more effective than a strong but afflicted disposition. In addition to this, the disposition of relevant planets in Navamsha should also be examined accordingly; like, if a planet is strong in natal chart but become debilitated in Navamsha, it will surely lose its potency to generate desired or expected results.
During personal experience of astrology consultation, I have observed that the operational planetary period (Dasa) also plays a pivotal role in determining the actual course of events related with foreign travel and foreign settlement. Sometimes, when favorable planetary periods are operational on a nativity, even a moderate level relationship of twelfth house with first, second, third, fourth, seventh, ninth, tenth or eleventh house is capable of generating easy results related with foreign travel. On the contrary, during operation of unfavorable or inauspicious planetary periods, one may experience failures or setbacks despite best efforts.
Foreign Travel and Foreign Settlement
Before coming to some specific queries and concerns related with foreign travel and foreign settlement; I may also like to shed some light on these two terms. Generally, people tend to use these terms interchangeably; although, the meaning of both these terms is slightly different and, the horoscope should also be examined accordingly. For matters related with foreign travel and journeys, it is the third, seventh, tenth and twelfth houses which should be given preference; while, for matters related with foreign residence or permanent settlement in foreign country or for duration of stay in foreign lands, the first and fourth houses (signifying residence) should also be considered as primary factor.
Now, I will be addressing some of the commonly sought queries related with foreign travel and foreign settlement.
How to see foreign travel in astrology horoscope?
In a vedic astrology horoscope, there may be many such planetary combinations which can generate foreign travel or distant journey.
For example, even the lord of first house can bless the native with successful foreign travel during its Mahadasa required it is strongly disposed and occupies a moveable zodiac. And, sometimes, even a badly placed lord of first house may cause the native to have inclination as well as to take successful initiatives for foreign travel during some favorable planetary period. In nutshell, it is not a one or two planets phenomenon; and, for serious and genuine efforts, the overall outlook of the horoscope is to be taken into consideration.
While, it may not be possible to explain all possible planetary combinations for foreign travel in one article; I may like to show some of the commonly available planetary dispositions with the aid of some example charts.
First of all, check the disposition of the first house and its lord. As mentioned above, the first house and its lord are good indicators about the possible interest and inclination toward foreign travel and journey. And, for ascertaining/examining the available support of luck and fortune (for manifestation of the desired aims related with foreign travel and journey), the strength and disposition of ninth house and its lord should also be taken into consideration.
Then, we can look for other available planetary influences upon the primary houses related with foreign travel and foreign settlement. That is, third, seventh, tenth and twelfth houses should be examined for identifying the possibilities of foreign travel; and, for the purpose of foreign settlement, the first and fourth houses should also be given due consideration.
And, afterwards, the remaining houses/planets should be examined to see if any favorable or supportive indications, related with foreign travel and settlement, are available or not.
While examining the houses/planets for foreign travel and journeys, the thumb rule is to look for influence and relevance of moveable, fiery and/or watery zodiac signs. The more prominence these signs gain in a nativity; the more chances may be there for foreign travel and journeys. The influence and relevance of Mars, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu should also be taken into consideration in this context.
Interrelationship between the primary houses (third, seventh, tenth and twelfth houses) has also been observed to be a good supportive factor for expecting success in foreign travel.
After identifying the available supportive dispositions for foreign travel; one should cross check the potency of identified planets in Navamsha division. If some planet, which is indicating support and strength in favour of foreign journey in natal chart, has become debilitated or disturbed in the Navamsha division, it may deteriorate the fruitfulness of the planet under consideration.
Thereafter, we should examine the operational planetary period. If the lord of currently operational dasa (planetary period) is having a relevance with foreign travel and, it is also well disposed; then, one can predict or suggest for success in foreign journey and/or foreign settlement. However, if the operational dasa lord is weak and/or afflicted, it may obstruct or even deny the success (irrespective of available support in the chart). Generally, there can be following possibilities in this regard:
- Dasa lord is relevant (with foreign travel) and is also strongly disposed – the chances of foreign travel will be strong and one can safely predict in favor.
- Dasa lord is relevant (with foreign travel); but, it not favorably disposed – the chances of foreign travel will be weak and may require very strong efforts on the part of the native.
- Dasa lord is not relevant but it is strongly disposed – the chances of foreign travel will be average or moderately good; however, the native may need to be clear and determined in his/her approach.
- Dasa lord is neither relevant nor it is suitably disposed – the chances of foreign travel will be very weak; and, the native is more likely to suffer from delays, obstructions, setbacks, and failures in his initiatives for foreign travel.
And, finally, we should try to conclude as per the above mentioned guidelines.
Always remember that one must avoid deriving quick conclusions based upon one or two planetary dispositions. It is always the overall potency and tone for a specific aspect of the horoscope which can indicate clear and credible indications; while a single planetary disposition may only be able to generate fake, false or vague conclusions (which may not be of any use).
One important point – Those who are looking for a serious and in-depth analysis on such issues should always consult a seasoned astrologer instead of deriving weak or ambiguous conclusions on their own which may not yield any result or may offer wrong indication leading to some major failure or setback or financial loss.
Now, for better understanding and more clarity on these guidelines let us look at some example horoscopes:
Example Horoscope 1
In this vedic horoscope, the first house is carrying Libra zodiac which is a moveable sign of Airy element. Placement of tenth lord Moon in the first house is also a supportive factor for possibilities and opportunities related with journey and foreign travel. Ascendant lord Venus is occupying a dual and airy zodiac sign in ninth house; and, this can also be considered as a moderate advantage. Both the Moon and Venus are also under aspect of Jupiter from fifth house. Saturn is also having its supportive aspect on the first house; while, the aspect of Mars (badly placed in sixth house) is not much desirable.
Due to its lordship over sixth house, Jupiter is not a friendly planet for Libra Ascendant people; however, in this specific context (journeys and foreign travel), some mixed advantage is available due to Jupiter’s lordship over third house (another house ruled by Jupiter in addition to sixth house).
Conclusively, the first and ninth houses are carrying moderate level of support (with mixed indications) for foreign travel. Bad placement of Mercury (Ninth house lord) in eighth house along with the Sun; and, the exchange between eighth and ninth houses are detrimental for the potency of the ninth house.
Third house of the natal chart is under auspicious aspect of Venus (from ninth house); and, the lord of third house (Jupiter) is also well placed in fifth house (devoid of any inauspicious planetary influences upon it). Jupiter is occupying the same zodiac sign in the Navamsha division; and, thus, some additional advantage of being Vargottama is also available for Jupiter.
Seventh house of the natal chart is under supportive aspect of tenth lord Moon; while, the seventh house lord (Mars) is badly placed in sixth house. The aspect of Mars on the twelfth house (one of the primary houses related with foreign travel and journeys) is, however, capable of generating some trigger for foreign travel.
Tenth house of this natal horoscope is occupied by Rahu; aspect of Saturn (placed in its own zodiac and joined by Ketu in fourth house) on Rahu is moderate in support (due to afflicted state of Saturn). Lord of tenth house Moon is under mixed influences in first house.
Twelfth house of the natal chart is under cruel aspects of Ketu (afflicting Saturn via union in fourth house) and Mars (badly placed in sixth house); and, its lord Mercury is also badly placed in eighth house along with the Sun.
In the Navamsha division, Jupiter and Mars are Vargottama (occupying same zodiac signs in Lagna and Navamsha); Venus occupies its own sign Libra; and, Mercury’s placement is also comparatively better.
Conclusively, out of these four (third, seventh, tenth and twelfth) houses, three houses (third, seventh and tenth) are carrying moderate support (with mixed influences); while, the twelfth house is quite weak and disturbed.
The first foreign travel to US took place during initial phase of Jupiter’s Mahadasa (Jupiter’s antardasa in Jupiter Mahadasa) followed by another foreign travel in sub-period of Venus in Jupiter’s Mahadasa. Besides, the native had many other short trips and journeys during the course of his professional career in entertainment industry.
Due to bad placement of twelfth lord Mercury and cruel aspects on the twelfth house, the native also faced challenges and problems during his stay in foreign countries.
Disturbed disposition of twelfth house (cruel aspects of Ketu and Mars on twelfth house; bad placement of twelfth house lord Mercury in eighth house of Lagna Chart); bad placement of Mars in sixth house; and, the influence of inauspicious and cruel planets on Ascendant lord Venus and the Moon created problems in other aspects of life. The native suffered from alcoholism and had three marriages.
Thus, while the supportive planetary influences generated opportunities for foreign travel and foreign residence; the inauspicious planetary influences also had their say in simultaneous fashion.
Professional success and stability in foreign lands took place after commencement of Saturn’s Mahadasa (July 1990 to June 2009). The horoscope belongs to famous actor, comedian and writer Craig Ferguson.
Example Horoscope 2
In this example horoscope, the Ascendant lord Mercury is in twelfth house under house exchange relationship with twelfth lord Venus. Mercury also rules over fourth house of the natal chart; and, it is afflicted by union of Ketu and cruel aspect of Mars from ninth house. Aspect of Saturn on Mercury is supportive; however, the potency of this support is limited as such Saturn is badly placed and afflicted by Rahu’s union in sixth house. While Mercury is occupying a fixed zodiac sign of earthy nature; it is also under influences of cruel planets (Ketu, Mars and Saturn); and, the dual sign rising in the ascendant (Gemini) is also influenced by third lord Sun and twelfth lord Venus.
Jupiter (lord of seventh and tenth houses) is occupying third house under aspects from Mars and Saturn; and, the Moon placed in seventh house is under aspects from Sun, Venus and Jupiter.
While, these planetary dispositions are sufficiently potent to generate inclination towards foreign lands, distant journeys and relocation; the results of inauspicious and cruel planetary influences were also there. The native was born in England during Mahadasa of Venus; the family migrated to Georgia during Venus/Mercury followed by divorce of parents during early childhood; and, during Mahadasa of Sun, the native relocated to USA.
If the fourth house is strong, does this mean that the native can only prosper in native country?
Some people opine that since fourth house signifies birth place and birth country of the native; the strength of fourth house/lord mean that the person can only prosper in his native country. Or, like weak/disturbed disposition of fourth house may not provide any support for being in native land or may generate some independent trigger and support towards foreign travel or foreign settlement.
In my opinion though, this is somewhat incorrect. While fourth house does signifies birth place and birth country; its strength may never pose any obstacles in foreign travel or relocation to some foreign land. It is more to do with the comfort, security and stability of one’s residence which can be good or bad depending upon the strength and disposition of fourth house. That is to say that a strong fourth house primarily generates support for having healthy, secure, comfortable and successful stay which can either be at native land or in foreign country.
On the other side, weak/disturbed disposition of fourth house can generate disinterest towards one’s native land; and, it cannot create any direct support for foreign travel at its own. Foreign travel may only take place if the other factors (related with foreign travel and foreign settlement) are strong and active.
Similarly, it may not be wise to consider the placement of fourth lord in twelfth house (or placement of twelfth lord in fourth house) as an independent factor for foreign travel or foreign residence. And, there can be many other results of such disposition of fourth house/lord. For example, one may suffer from financial loss in property related matters; or, one’s house (where he reside) may not be well built; or, one may be residing at some unpleasant or unfriendly location; or, one’s mother may suffer from health issues; or, one may be deprived of motherly love and affection; and, or one may suffer from disrespect or humiliation within family etc. Thus, one single planetary disposition, as already mentioned, is not sufficient to derive any useful conclusion; and, it will always be the conclusive inference which can offer appropriate suggestion and guidance.
One more thing, the influence of auspicious and supportive planet may also have their role to play; and, during supportive planetary periods, one may experience positive results related to the house whose lord is ill placed but having auspicious planetary influences upon it. This positive impact may not be of permanent nature or may be less rewarding as one might have expected; but, it may still be there (during relevant planetary periods).
Does ninth house signify foreign country?
Some people discourse that ninth house represents a foreign country; and, if the ninth house is strong, the native will achieve growth and success in foreign country.
As per my understanding of vedic astrology, this is also incorrect. Ninth house, in literal terms, signifies pilgrimage. During old times, when the modes of transport were slow and, one had to cover very long distances during his visits to different religious places located in distant cities, some people started considering it as something equivalent to a foreign travel. In my opinion and understanding of vedic astrology, we should not confuse pilgrimage with foreign travel as most of the times, it is only “distant travel”. And, a distant travel does not necessarily mean foreign travel; and, it can also be a visit to some distant place but within one’s native country.
In addition to this, mere strength of ninth house does not generate pilgrimage. The disposition of first, third, seventh and tenth house also play a vital role. Thus, as suggested earlier, it is always the overall tone of the horoscope (considering all relevant factors) which provides useful and appropriate guidance; and, one must avoid deriving conclusions based upon single planetary disposition.
Example Horoscope 3
In this example horoscope, Pisces zodiac is rising in the first house which is a watery sign of dual nature; and, the ascendant lord Jupiter is occupying an earthy zodiac (Virgo) of fixed nature. However, there are strong influences of cruel planets on first house as well as on the lord of first house. Ketu is occupying first house; and, Jupiter is having union with Saturn and Rahu in seventh house of the natal chart.
In addition to this, as per the lordship over Jupiter over tenth house, this union of Jupiter with Saturn can also be taken as union between tenth and twelfth house lords coming under cruel influence of Rahu. Thus, there are ample indications (related with first, seventh, tenth and twelfth houses) which may generate inclination towards journeys or foreign travel.
Lord of third house Venus is joined by Mercury and Sun in third house; and, considering this as a union of third house lord (Venus) with seventh lord Mercury, it generates opportunities for foreign travel or distant journeys. As per the lordship of Mercury over fourth house too, the union of Venus with Mercury is indicating support for journeys. Considering this as a union between fourth house lord (Mercury) with eighth house lord (Venus), the union indicates problems related with residence and stability; and, considering this as a union between seventh lord (Mercury) and eighth lord (Venus), it indicates obstructions and challenges related with journeys and travel. The involvement of the Sun (sixth house lord) in this union is further adding to the inauspicious influences of this union.
And, all these results were experienced by the native who was born in USA. He experienced lack of comfort and satisfaction in his native land; and, shifted to another country (Italy) for better prospects in his career (which was soon followed by another relocation to France). In foreign lands too, the affliction of cruel planets over Mercury and fourth house created problems and/or lack of satisfaction; and, the native shifted back to his native country.
In addition to already mentioned factors, the bad placement of ninth lord Mars and placement of debilitated and afflicted Moon in ninth house also diluted the support of luck (resulting into delay, obstructions and challenges).
Example Horoscope 4
In this example horoscope, Libra rises in the Ascendant which is a moveable sign of Airy element. The lord of first house Venus is occupying Aries zodiac which is fiery and moveable in nature. Venus is making union with exalted Sun; and, the union is receiving aspects from Jupiter and Ketu.
Third house lord Jupiter is making union with seventh lord Mars in eleventh house (wherein, the involvement of Ketu is not desirable). Tenth house lord Moon is occupying its own zodiac in tenth house under mutual aspect relationship with Saturn (occupying its own zodiac in fourth house). However, the lord of twelfth house Mercury (which also rules over ninth house of the horoscope) is debilitated and badly placed in sixth house of the horoscope.
Native worked in aviation sector; and, thus, foreign travel was not a big deal. And, despite the strong disposition of fourth lord Saturn in its own zodiac, the native had a permanent foreign settlement and relocated to another country during main period of Ketu.
Does bad or weak disposition of twelfth lord denies foreign travel?
At its own, this single factor (twelfth house/lord is weak and afflicted) cannot deny foreign travel required the other relevant factors are supportive and effective in the horoscope. However, the weak/disturbed disposition of twelfth house/lord can dilute or disturb the fruitfulness of foreign travel. For example, one may not get desired results or may suffer in foreign lands or the duration of stay in foreign lands may not be less etc.
Is foreign travel beneficial for me?
How to examine if one may get benefit from foreign travel or from foreign country?
Benefits from foreign country or foreign organization
These factors are primarily decided as per the disposition of twelfth house; and, the disposition of ninth house and first house plays supportive or secondary role. That is, if twelfth house is strong and the supportive houses (ninth and first) are also well disposed; then, one may expect favorable and desired results from foreign travel, distant journey and/or his stay in foreign lands may be safe and pleasant, or one may have auspicious and favorable results through some foreign company or organization.
On the contrary, if twelfth house is ill disposed and, the first and/or ninth house are also disturbed; then, one may experience inauspicious results in connection with foreign country, foreign lands or due to some foreign organization. If the first and ninth house are strong; and, it is only the twelfth house which is ill disposed, then the damage or impact of inauspicious influences may not be strong and/or one may be able to overcome the challenges.
Example Horoscope 5
Cancer rises in the Ascendant which is a moveable zodiac of water element. The Ascendant lord Moon is exalted in Taurus which is fixed zodiac of earthy nature; however, the Moon is also having union with Saturn (which is cruel in nature and its role is also inauspicious for Cancer Ascendant). There are aspects from the Sun, Jupiter, Rahu and Marson this union of which the aspects of Rahu and Mars can be considered as cruel; while, the aspects from the Sun and Jupiter are supportive for the Moon. Considering the lordship over Saturn over seventh house though, this union of Moon + Saturn is capable of generating some support for travel related matters. First house of the natal horoscope is occupied by Ketu which is receiving aspects from Jupiter and Saturn. Thus, there are ample indications in support of native’s inclination towards foreign travel and foreign countries.
Both the third and twelfth houses are ruled by Mercury which is badly placed in sixth house along with Venus; and, there are no auspicious planetary influences upon this union. Thus, the traits of both these houses (third and twelfth) are getting disturbed. Lord of tenth house Mars is also badly placed in eighth house and afflicted by aspect of Saturn (lord of seventh and eighth).
Thus, we can see that there is only moderate level of planetary support available for foreign travel. Two of the primary factors related with foreign journey (third and twelfth houses) are weak due to bad placement of Mercury; and, tenth house lord is also badly placed in eighth house. However, the union of the Moon with Saturn (as between first and seventh house lords); aspect of Jupiter (as ninth house lord) on the Moon + Saturn union; aspect of Mars (as tenth house lord) on the Moon + Saturn union; and, placement of Rahu in seventh house are showing some reasonable support. And, the native did have many successful foreign journeys which occurred during last section of Rahu’s Mahadasa. Bad placement of Mercury also played its role by creating problems related with foreign travel and stay in foreign lands. The results of the foreign visits also remained below expectations on various occasions.
Example Horoscope 6
Scorpio rises in the Ascendant which is a watery zodiac of fixed nature. Jupiter is occupying the first house of natal horoscope; and, there are aspects from Ketu, Sun and Mercury on the first house. Lord of first house Mars is debilitated in Cancer zodiac in ninth house and joined by Venus (lord of seventh and twelfth house). The union is also under aspect of Ketu from fifth house. Lord of ninth house Moon is, however, badly placed in sixth house and devoid of any auspicious planetary influences upon it. Thus, some indications (related to inclination towards foreign travel) are present; however, the potency is very moderate (not very weak but not clean and sufficient strong).
Third house lord Saturn is in second house and is not having any relationship with seventh, tenth or twelfth house. The placement of tenth house lord Sun in seventh house is a supportive factor for travel and distant journeys; however, it is also afflicted by Mercury (as lord of eighth house) and via aspect of Rahu from eleventh house. Lord of seventh and twelfth house lord Venus is well placed in ninth house along with Ascendant lord Mars (debilitated); however, it (Venus) is lacking any strong/direct relationship with third or tenth house.
The native had some journeys and trips within native country; however, there were no foreign journeys.
Example Horoscope 7
In this example horoscope too, the first house is carrying Scorpio zodiac (fixed and watery sign) which is occupied by Mars and Ketu. And, lord of ninth house Moon is well placed in fourth house under mutual aspect relationship with the Sun and Mercury. Thus, moderate or good support is available for inclination towards journeys and ninth lord (indicating support of luck) is also well placed.
Third house lord Saturn is exalted in twelfth house; however, it is not making any direct relationship with the lords of seventh, tenth or twelfth house. Venus, lord of seventh and twelfth house, is debilitated in eleventh house; and, it is also not having any relationship with Sun or Saturn. Tenth lord Sun is placed in its own zodiac (Leo) in tenth house under union with eighth lord Mercury. The mutual aspect relationship between the Sun and Moon is auspicious and supportive; however, this could only generate some local journeys (including visits to religious places). And, till now there have been no foreign visits in this nativity.
Lack of any strong and direct relationship between third, seventh, tenth and twelfth house lords could not generate sufficient support. Sun has become debilitated in Navamsha; and, Venus, Saturn and Rahu are not auspiciously disposed. Besides, the operational planetary period also had some say. Native was born during Mahadasa of Mars followed by Mahadasas of the Rahu and Jupiter. Some possibility is there during next Mahadasa of Saturn; however, in this horoscope, the manifestation will also depend upon native’s individual decisions and initiatives.
While examining the possibilities of foreign travel and/or foreign settlement for such horoscopes wherein the available indications and support are moderate and/or afflicted; the choice, decision and initiative of a native also matter a lot and are very significant. In such horoscopes, if the native does not decide or take strong initiative towards foreign travel or foreign settlement; then, no such results may take place.
Example Horoscope 8
Taurus (fixed zodiac of earthy nature) rises in the Ascendant of this example horoscope; and, the Ascendant lord Venus is also placed in Leo (which is a fixed zodiac of fiery nature). Venus is in fourth house and afflicted by its union with Jupiter (which is not an auspicious planet for Taurus Ascendant). These planetary dispositions are not much supportive for foreign travel; although, the debilitated state of fourth lord Sun and afflicted state of Venus in fourth house do generate some moderate level of support (since one may experience lack of satisfaction or comfort at native place).
Lord of third house Moon is making union with Mars (lord of seventh and twelfth house) in tenth house of the natal horoscope; and, the lord of tenth house (Saturn) is in seventh house under house exchange relationship with seventh lord Mars. Saturn also rules over ninth house of this horoscope. The union of Saturn with Rahu is not much desirable though.
Thus, while the disposition of Ascendant lord is moderate; the mutual relationship between third, seventh, tenth and twelfth house lords is quite direct and well placed. Consequently, the native did have successful foreign visits followed by permanent settlement in a foreign country.
Example Horoscope 9
This is another example in which the lack of any strong and direct relationship between third, seventh, tenth and twelfth house lords resulted into lack of any foreign visits. Taurus (fixed and earthy zodiac) rises in the first house of this example horoscope; and, the ascendant lord Venus is occupying Leo (fixed and fiery zodiac) in fourth house. Only available advantage for inclination towards foreign travel is the aspect of Rahu on Venus.
Ninth house is afflicted by presence of debilitated Jupiter which dilutes the support of luck and fortune in overall aspects; and, ninth lord Saturn is afflicted by Ketu in the second house. Saturn also rules over tenth house and is lacking any direct relationship with third, seventh or twelfth lords. The lord of third house Moon is under aspect of Mars in seventh house; however, due to its debilitated state, the potency is diluted. Twelfth lord Mars (also rules over seventh house) in occupying its own sign in twelfth house.
There were some local trips within native country; but, no foreign visits could take place. In addition to already mentioned factors, the operational planetary period also played a role in this context. Native was born in Mahadasa of Saturn followed by Mahadasa of Mercury, Ketu and Venus. The upcoming Mahadasa of the Sun is also unlikely to generate any strong support in this context; while, the Mahadasa of the Moon may generate some mild opportunities and the manifestation will depend upon strong and persistent approach of the native towards foreign travel.
Does Rahu in the 12th house mean foreign settlements?
Or does influence of Rahu actually increase the chances of foreign settlement?
As mentioned earlier, it is not wise to consider any single planetary disposition for deriving conclusion. And, in this context too, this will primarily depend upon the other relevant factors. If there are sufficient and potent planetary dispositions in favour of foreign travel; only then, the role of Rahu becomes important; else, mere placement of Rahu in twelfth house or in any other house may not be generating any such results.
Example Horoscope 10
Like in the above horoscope, Rahu is joined by exalted Venus in twelfth house; however, no foreign visits could take place till date. On the contrary, the native suffered from the inauspicious results of twelfth house and other inauspicious planetary influences (such as union of exalted Sun with debilitated Saturn in the first house; and bad placement of Jupiter under affliction of Ketu in the sixth house).
In the following horoscope though, not only there were foreign visits but the native also had a successful foreign settlement.
Example Horoscope 11
This horoscope belongs to one of my very favorite celebrities, the one and only Bruce Lee; and, I leave it upon the avid readers to observe the supportive planetary dispositions for foreign travel and settlement.
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