Importance of 8th House in Astrology

8th House is known for House of Marital happiness (Mangalya sthaan ), house of death (maran sthaan ), Longevity (Saturn), Chronic / Incurable disease (Rog sthaan ) – (22nd Dreshkona, Ketu, 3L), House of sins, sexual organs, inheritance, secret earnings (10H + 11H), occult – tantra

It is appropriate to study a chart carefully and work out the span of life according to the standard principles of astrology. Death during childhood must be excluded by judging the horoscope for Balarishta.

Thereafter, the length of life must be classified as being Alpayu (short life; upto 32 years), Madhyayu (medium life; 64 years) or Poornayu (long life; 100 years).

It is the coinciding of a maraka dasha with the culmination of the span of life that causes death. At other times, the dashas of marakas should be watched for health.

It is not necessary that the time of death will always coincide with the dashas and antardashas of planets concerned with the second and seventh houses or their lords. Other planets too can assume this role when the dashas of the marakas stated above are not operating. In this connection, the following factors are of importance: -

  • Lord of the twelfth house;
  • Planets associated with the lord of the twelfth house;
  • Antardashas of the 6th, 8th or 12th lords operating in the dasha of a maraka planet;
  • Lords of the 2nd and 12th houses from the Moon if they happen to be malefics;
  • Saturn assumes the most potent maraka status when associated with planets having maraka potential.
  • Death sometimes occurs in the dasha or anmrdasha of the most malefic planet in the horoscope.

Note :

  • Saturn and Rahu can behave as unqualified killers if their dasha and antardasha are operating at a time coinciding with the expected span of life.
  • A maraka planet does not kill in its dasha, in the antardasha of a benefic planet related to it. It can, however, kill in the antardasha of an unrelated malefic planet.
  • Lords of the 2nd and the 12th houses become potent marakas in their mutual dasha-antardashas.
  • Similarly, lords of the 6th and the 8th houses can cause death in their mutual dasha-antardashas.
  • Dasha of the 8th lord occupying the ascendant is also important.
  • If two or more sons of a native run the Rahu dasha simultaneously, it forebodes death for the native. This is a marvellous example of the principle of inter-related destinies.