Horoscope of Gajaman Nona
By Jayasena Jayasinghe
The real name of Gajaman Nona was Donna Isabella Koraneliya. But she was popularly known as Gajaman Nona and she is remembered to this day. She was born on 10 March 1746 and it is indicated by Sun’s transit in Pisces. Ruler of the Lagna Moon had been in Scorpio. As per Astrology it is an unfavourable configuration specially for females. It is clear that Gajaman Nona’s path was strewn with obstacles. Moon being debilitated in Scorpio has proved to be a negative influence on some women as well as her.
All four cardinal Houses of the 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th were empty in her horoscope. It too would have caused a negative influence on her life. However, the combination of Jupiter and Moon has been a positive influence on her. The placement of Moon in the 5th House bestowed her with the necessary courage. She has resolved her problems using common sense.
According to her horoscope, ruler of the 7th House was Saturn and it was favourably placed in Virgo. Due to its combination with Kethu, her marriage was adversely affected. The Moon was debilitated in the 5th House; however Jupiter was favourable.
Although a debilitated Moon is unfavourable for women, due to the power of Jupiter, the malefic influence has been mitigated. It is mentioned that she studied under the tutelage of Ven. Koratota Thera. Venus is a benefic planet for Cancerians. She was a versatile poetess. She could compose poems impromptu.
Mercury in Aquarius had medium influence. Rulers of the 4th and 5th were combined in the 9th House.
When examining her marriage, it is clear that the ruler of the 7th Saturn was favourable towards Virgo; Kethu was however malefic towards Virgo. Therefore her 1st husband underwent an untimely death. Although she contracted a second marriage he too died prematurely. The English governor D’oyley conferred her a gift of a village. Upto date, it is known as Nonagama. Significator for marriage Venus was the obstacle planet here.
Due to the Dharma Karmadhipathi Yoga, a stretch of government land was granted to her. This was facilitated by Mars in the 9th House.
The combination of Jupiter and Moon in the 5th has led to association with important people. She was also close to Alapatha Mudali. Here too there is a Parivartana Yoga of the rulers of the 5th and the 9th. This Yoga too has created misfortune regarding marriage. The ruler of the 7th combining with Kethu too has affected her marriage. But she gained through illicit relationships as a result of the combination of Mars, Venus and Rahu.
This indicates that Mars, Venus and Rahu combination is unfavourable for a female horoscope. She was made sensual by the combination of Mars, Venus and Rahu. A pretty woman, she could not alter the influence of those planets. Mars-Venus combination makes one sensual and Rahu added to it, makes it more powerful as indicated in Astrology.