Public figures: Princess Diana
Body image issues,
perfectionism, Rahu and Shani
the Body image which generates health disorders such as bulimia,
anorexia nervosa, etc. is traceable to Shani and Rahu, in
combinations with Shukra and Chandra.
Chandra + Rahu-Ketu
The very karaka for contentedness
and belonging within a sheltered place, Chandra signals
If one believes for karmic reasons that
one is not permitted to be fulfilled (see Princess Diana, below)
there may result a psychologically driven process of binge
eating to have the emotionally rooted experience of being
filled-full followed by a purging to deny the completion of the
Chandra with either Rahu or Ketu, usually
ruled by or accepting drishti of a strong Shani, indicates the
lack of permission for emotional fulfillment.
the native may correct this past-life
based expectation within the current life by deciding to forgive
the parents (Shani-Chandra) who have been unreliable protectors
in the context of acceptance of one's own deeper narrative,
which involves a subconscious intent to correct an imbalance
remaining from past lives.
In the past life, one deprived another
being (perhaps inadvertently) of shelter, protection, or the
deep sense of belonging. In the present life, Jyotisha suggests
that one of the parents - particularly the mother = emotionally
unavailable or abandons the child.
possibly via early death, e.g. Jane
Fonda below suicide of bi-polar mother [Rahu+ Shukra; Rahu
drishti to Azlesa Chandra];
or by abandonment e.g. Princess Diana
below, mother left the home after hostile divorce
[Chandra + Ketu, swakshetra Shani in 12th from Chandra =
Bandhu bhava = home]
Wishing to correct that past-life
immoral action, one is born in the present life with the
intention to balance the karmic scales by experiencing oneself
the lack of fulfillment, lack of reliable protection, and lack
of feeling included.
After recognizing the pattern, one is
ideally positioned to forgive oneself (first) forgive one's
parents and caretakers (second) and finally gain permission for
Slowly and carefully, of course, often
supported by conscious Seva on behalf of those with less
conscious and more painful conditions of the same general type.
Shani, lord of
social law, regulates the social appropriateness registers and
imposes conformity of thought, feeling, and physical appearance.
the native who perceives one's physical appearance to be negatively judged
will typically have a kundali that
features a powerful Shani.
Psychological experience of body image under
social criticism includes:
too dark, too bony, too fat, too pale, too short, too tall, etc. ad
The disordered behaviors are understood as different expressions
of "perfectionism" which is a compulsive rejection of all things not
perfect. the native becomes self-rejecting as a response to the
inner argument (6) which asserts that the physical body appearance
is not perfect and Therefore it must be rejected.
Rahu, karaka for disruption and passionate
desire to "get to the top" is associated with impulsive,
desire-driven actions designed to catapult the native to higher
levels of social recognition and
Rahu + Shukra
produces striking attractiveness, but also a
need to continually promote the value of one's own beauty and a
relentless quest to push harder, higher, faster for more validationof the beauty.
Shukra = the natural regulator of bhava-2 =
food, value, and beauty.
Thus Rahu + Shukra in the case of
beautiful models and actresses is often associated with
self-starvation disorders which results from Rahu's fierce quest
for the contemporary western beauty-value: an unnatural and
artificial (Rahu) combination of thin limbs with prominent bones
combined with voluptuous breasts and thick lips.
If combined with drishti of Shani, the
self-deprecating results of 'food discipline' may be unbearably
Typical Jyotisha placements for body-image disorders include:
Lesser but still significant experience of being judged for body
Also a complicating factor indicating emotional volatility and
desire to "leapfrog' to a privileged appearance (also cosmetic
Ketu's dissociativeness in conjunction with one of the body
karaka = also a factor:
In her early 30's,
Princess Diana Spencer
of the UK revealed that she had
long suffered from bulimia.
Her eating disorder involved food
gorging to the point of illness, followed by compulsive vomiting;
the native gains the brain-numbing, mouth-pleasure of eating but self-deprives
oneself of the nutrient which might be absorbed by the intestinal
Thus a slender, boyish, fashionable physique could be
obtained even by a woman who ate heartily and bore two strappingly
Diana's chart shows both
Ketu + Chandra and lagnesha
Mangala in shad-ashtaka
6-8 from Shani.
Also L-2 (eating, food, mouth) neechcha Guru is heavily oppressed
Powerful swakshetra Shani in lagna
Example Nativity: an average educated American woman
This now-elderly professional female suffered from acute bulimia during
her 18-year Rahu
Teenage bulimia started within
the first few months of the onset of Rahu
Mahadasha, and ended with a
destruction-and-rebirth experience during the final bhukti of Rahu-Mangala. (Mangala = the maha-maraka for Thula lagna = 8th-from-Rahu).
the native accomplished a complete recovery
Exceptionally powerful uchcha Shani in lagna
Shravana Chandra + Rahu + in a rashi of Shani
Chandra in Shravana "the listener"
denotes a particularly acute sensitivity to public opinion. the native feels an emotional need to receive the good opinion of
others, to receive approval for conforming to perceived public
standards for decency and respectability.
Typical of the disrupted
pair Rahu + Chandra in 4, this native suffered the death of a
parent in childhood, and was made to feel like an outsider
(Rahu) because of that loss. The surviving widowed parent, while
physically present, became emotionally unavailable due to
At the onset of Rahu mahadasha, the native undertook a campaign to
feel included via
making a quick leap [Rahu]
into the ranks of the physically handsome. Rahu of course
leaps over the normal step-wise process to obtain
privileges, choosing characteristically a "shortcut" path to
While her education proceeded
excellently at distinguished universities (uchcha yogakaraka
L-4+L-5 Shani for the Thula lagna) she continued the secret
practice of bulimic purging. Friends marveled at her capacity
for sorority beer-drinking and eating entire pizzas while
maintaining a lithe, tanned model's body.
Maraka L-2+L-7 Mangala for the Thula
lagna is often the trigger for killing something or stopping the
flow of a vital behavior. In this native's case Rahu-Mangala
period brought on some near-lethal bilious disease caused by the
purging behaviors, and the native to save her own life put a
stop to the self-destructive bulimic practice.
celebrity actress, model Margaux
At the peak of her 1970's career (Shukra Mahadasha)
super-model and film actress Ms. Hemingway was reckoned a great beauty. She held
million-dollar fashion-modeling contracts and started work as a film
actress. She was famous for her tall physique, her high cheek-bones
and her beautiful, engaging smile.
Unfortunately, she struggled with epilepsy,
alcoholism, and binge eating with bulimia -- Perhaps complicated by
a bi-polar condition.
Her life ended in suicide at age 42
(Chandra-Rahu period; Rahu gives effect of maraka L-2 Shukra
Lagnesha Mangala 6th-from-Shani
super-strong uchcha perfectionist
kendra Shani casts drishti upon lagna + bhava-4 (=
L-4 Chandra = security, belongingness =
Jyestha Chandra in 8
Jyestha Chandra = an emotional need to
refuse human advice, preferring to seek counsel only with the
Divine. In Jyotisha, the Jyestha Moon is considered especially
prone to mental conflict including brain issues, due to
Mangala's animosity toward Budha.
L-2 for eating, drinking, 'what goes in
the mouth' = Shukra +Rahu, taking drishti from perfectionist
(2nd husband = Shukra L-2 + Rahu was a
foreigner, the Venezuelan film-maker Bernard Foucher.)
The actress, political
activist, and businesswoman Jane Fonda writes that she suffered a long battle with bulimia, from her age 16
until approx her age 40.
After this type of severe childhood trauma, some
coping mechanism type responses were crucial to survival.
Dysfunctional adaptations enabled the young
woman to stay grounded on Earth. It would have been a very difficult
time in life, for the young student and aspiring actress.
Bulimia began in period and
ceased (self-reported) in
L-8 Budha self-destruction and rebirth in
bhava-2 = mouth, food = transformation and the capacity to write
about it later (she is a celebrated author due to strong graha
in 3 and 5)
Ketu in bhava-7 -
initial lack of clarity about the point of lasting balance
(generally multiple marriages ending in abandonment due to
neechcha Guru in 3 =
depression + misplaced confidence in material success "faith in
stones and bones"
correcting the imbalance via Shani period
near the age of 40, when Shani in the parivartamsha is able to
do good work with maturity and law
Shani does not harm the lagna. Physical
appearance remains spectacularly attractive due to Rahu + Shukra. Chandra is harmed by the drishti of
both Rahu and neechcha Guru which is eventually alleviated by parivartamsha
benefits with age.
Motion and emotion must balance.
As in heaven [your own mind] so on earth [in
your body and environment].
This is the great law of life."
will find throughout all nature the law of action and reaction, of rest and
These two must balance,
then there will be harmony and equilibrium.
are here to let the life principle flow through you rhythmically and harmoniously.
The intake and the
outgo must be equal.
The impression and the
expression must be equal.
All your frustration is due to unfulfilled desire.
you think negatively, destructively, and viciously,
these thoughts generate
that must be expressed and frequently expressed as ulcers,
heart trouble, tension, and anxieties,
is your idea or feeling about yourself now?
Every part of your being
expresses that idea.
Your vitality body , financial
condition, friends, and social status
perfect reflection of the idea you have of yourself
is the real meaning of what is impressed in your subconscious mind and what is
expressed in all phases of your life.
injure ourselves by the negative ideas we entertain.
How often have you wounded
yourself by getting angry, fearful, jealous, or vengeful?
These are the poisons
that enter your subconscious mind.
You were not born with these negative
your subconscious mind life-giving thoughts
and you will wipe out off the
negative patterns lodged within it.
As you continue to do this, all the past
will be wiped out and remembered no more."
Joseph Murphy, Ph.D. (1963). The Power of Your Subconscious Mind,p 38-39