Going abroad was a major status symbol for some but not anymore! Travel has become easy and comfortable added to opportunities that have exploded over last several years mainly due to software skills and opening up of economies out of compulsion or expansion. Earlier a taboo for Indians to go abroad as crossing seas amounted to sin and needed atonement, times and needs have changed and the first question many ask is whether there is any indication of foreign travel in the horoscope. .
The third house in a horoscope is believed to refer to short journeys while the ninth house is considered as the house of foreign (long distance) travel. Foreign travel means money, job and separation from the native land, several factors come into play. The 12th house is very much linked to foreign country residence. Rahu is also an important factor to be considered for foreign travel in astrology.
Let us take the following example birth chart (horoscope) as per Sidereal Astrology:
In the above chart, the 9th and the 12th lord, Mercury is placed in the Lagna (Ascendant) in a chara rasi (movable sign). The 10th lord Moon is Cancer (own house) along with Rahu denoting travel to a foreign load in connection with his profession. Mercury is an indicator for legal profession. The birth chart belongs to Mahatma Gandhi.
As per Nadi Astrology principles, certain combination of planets in association (direction) along with Rahu indicates foreign travel. In the above example birth chart, Saturn, Moon and Rahu are associated being in the same direction (North).
Astrology can indicate a suitable time and duration of stay abroad based on the above-said factors. Basically, one should have a good education (4th house), a useful professional skill (10th house) and support of parents or guardians. According to Nadi Astrology, a lot of importance is given to Moon and Rahu. The Karaka planets are Sun, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter as per Vedic Astrology.
A strong lagna or ascendant (rising sign at birth) and 3rd and 9th lords can mitigate the problems faced in going abroad to a great extent. Of course, the operating dasa (planetary timing) too needs to be examined with reference and relation to the 3rd, 9th and 12th house occupier(s), lord, aspects etc. Any indication of higher education is also to be ascertained from an astrological analysis for predicting about foreign travel from a birth chart.