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Budha Mahadasha *17 years

Modern description of the sequence of experiences structured into the Budha Mahadasha, written by Barbara Pijan Lama

17 years of disciplined apprenticeship toward mastery of the craft


BPHS = Nine Mahadasha of the 108-year Vimshottari Dasha
  1. BPHS Ketu Mahadasha = 7 years
  2. BPHS Shukra Mahadasha = 20 years
  3. BPHS Surya Mahadasha = 6 years
  4. BPHS Chandra Mahadasha = 10 years
  5. BPHS Mangala Mahadasha = 7 years
  6. BPHS Rahu Mahadasha = 18 years
  7. BPHS Guru Mahadasha = 16 years
  8. BPHS Shani Mahadasha = 19 years
  9. BPHS Budha Mahadasha = 17 years
BP Lama Vimshottari Dasha commentaries
  1. BP Lama Ketu Mahadasha
  2. BP Lama Shukra Mahadasha

  3. BP Lama Surya Mahadasha

  4. BP Lama Chandra Mahadasha

  5. BP Lama Mangala Mahadasha

  6. BP Lama Rahu Mahadasha

  7. BP Lama Guru Mahadasha

  8. BP Lama Shani Mahadasha

  9. BP Lama Budha Mahadasha

Nine Bhukti sub-periods of the Budha Mahadasha
  1. Budha Mahadasha + Budha bhukti = swabhukti

  2. Budha Mahadasha + Ketu bhukti

  3. Budha Mahadasha + Shukra bhukti

  4. Budha Mahadasha + Surya bhukti

  5. Budha Mahadasha + Chandra bhukti

  6. Budha Mahadasha + Mangala bhukti

  7. Budha Mahadasha + Rahu bhukti

  8. Budha Mahadasha + Guru bhukti

  9. Budha Mahadasha + Shani bhukti = chida-dasha

Budha's job in the nativity = to carry forward from the Akashic account books, mental skills accumulated from thought development in parallel lives .

Thoughtful and discriminating decisions in relationship to others in parallel lives will have produced a karmic credit.

  • When writing out the script of the present lifetime, the spirit may decide to use this credit as a counterbalance to excessively difficult karma in the agenda of other graha.

Mahadasha of Budha = typically quite mentalized throughout its 17 years duration. Budha particularly enjoys commercial and administrative mental activity.

  • However, not all bhukti periods within the Budha Mahadasha = equally easy

  • due to the different roles that Budha can play in regard to the 12 radix lagna and the 12 radix Chandra lagna positions.


Each bhukti offers a new opportunity for meaningful, targeted, compassionate Seva.

Shri Budha lord of communication enjoys reading, writing, speaking, listening, and grammar. He thinks about cadence, prosody, rhythm, intonation, syllable stress, the interest of the audience (hearing, 3) and author's intent.

Budha = Logos.

Do you like to read (Budha)? Use your literate voice for good. Consider volunteer service to make audio books :

Budha periods = most vivid thoughts and feelings during the super-sensitive human developmental years age 0 to age 12. Double sensitivity if Budha connected to Chandra via drishti or lordship.

After the tender sensitivities of the earliest years have passed and the emotional-defensive shell is a bit thicker, Budha mahadasha may be experienced more in terms of the interior verbal narratives, rational logical decision-making, and practical daily communications skills.

  • Should Chandra occupy some Nakshatra in the final pada of Shani = Pushya, Anuradha, Uttarabhadrapada = at the time of birth, very likely the entire period age 5-12 will occur during the Vimshottari Mahadasha of Budha .

  • Parents of children with Chandra in a final quarter of a Shani-ruled Nakshatra should take note: you will be raising a highly mentalized, intellectually bright, critical, and argumentative child. Take note of the bhava and rashi of this child's Budha placement, and plan accordingly to support this inquisitive child who has already (in parallel lives ) mastered the fine art of the critique! This child will find the holes in all of your arguments.

  • Budha periods are easier to manage and produce improved results after age 32= the age of maturity for Budha

mentalizing and communicative Growth challenges (difficult at first, better with experience, good results overall) during the bhukti periods of any graha which are located in:

Budha = L-6

In the overall context of good will and the advance of dharma within the life of the native, also expect some hostility (6) and logical arguments (6) both mental and physical, both internal and external. These can be handled with compassion and intelligence; nevertheless they must be encountered and managed.

  • Mesha lagna or Mesha Chandra = Budha = L-3 + L-6 = challenges to both mental health (3) + fleshly health (6)

  • Makara lagna or Makara Chandra = Budha = L-6 + L-9 = challenges to trust in relationships (6). However there is compensation from increased philosophical wisdom (9) and more attention to religious practice (9).

Budha yields improved results after age 32 = the age of maturity for Budha

Budha = L-8 or L-12:

  • Vrischika lagna * Vrischika Chandra = Budha = L-8 + L-11 = Budha provides gains of income during His periods but simultaneously matters of confidential or forbidden nature may require attention. For Vrischika nativities, Budha periods can signify extramarital "friendship".

  • Karkata lagna or Karkata Chandra : Budha = L-3 + L-12 = challenges to clear thinking includes a tendency to over-mentalize the imagination failing to make clear distinctions between fantasy and reality, between dreams and tasks at hand. Good period for business travel, including foreign residence for commercial purposes.

Budha periods are inherently more challenging for

Health concerns

When Budha = L-12 = dissolution of vitality

  • Thula lagna or Thula Chandra = Foreign travel (12) esp if undertaken for purpose of religious scholarship (9) may produce exhaustion-erosion of identity in enclosed, walled environment such as sanctuaries, hospitals, ashrams, dormitories or encampments.

  • Kumbha lagna * Kumbha Chandra and Vrischika lagna or Vrischika Chandra because Budha = L-8. Sudden, forced or catastrophic change produced by the interior mental argumentation. One argues oneself into a significant cycle of self-destruction and rebirth during these Budha periods. Results may be entirely positive yet a stage of upheaval is to be expected.


When Budha = mahadasha pati, the sub-period of a graha which is 6th-from-Budha may overly mentalize the daily disagreements or imbalances in life. One's own Siblings and Maternal Siblings (aunts and uncles) become problematic.

  • If the graha in 6th-from-Budha = Mangala, expect conflicts with siblings, especially males (or perhaps a highly competitive female), typically the immediately younger brother.


When Budha = mahadasha pati, the sub-period of a graha which is 12th-from-Budha may generate strong fantasies and delusions regarding the karaka phenomena of those graha residing in 12th-from-Budha.

  • E.g., if the graha in 12th-from-Budha = Shukra, excessive mentalization of the fantasies, delusions, or imaginative product regarding wealth, luxury, beauty, women, and partnership.

  • E.g., if the graha in 12th-from-Budha = Surya, excessive mentalization of the fantasies, delusions, or imaginative product regarding celebrity status, creative intelligence or genius, attention of the audience, center-stage radiance, and political empowerment.

  • E.g., if the graha in 12th-from-Budha = Guru, excessive mentalization of the fantasies, delusions, or imaginative product regarding philosophical and moral wisdom (if in Simha, righteousness); children; teaching roles; expansion and abundance.

  • this is normally a case of "past-life bleed-through" of images from a previous incarnation which suddenly but dysfunctionally seem quite real in the current lifetime.

Budha Mahadasha

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If, in addition to mantra, you might wish to follow Shri Parashara's remedial instructions for giving a cow, buffalo, or goat in charity:

donation of a farm animal in charity = quite easy to do!

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Even if you're having an easy dasha, these beloved and useful animals make wonderful celebratory gifts!

Other remedial and supportive measures appropriate to Budha Mahadasha:

for some nativities (not Mesha and not Vrischika) the gemstone for Budha may be enjoyed

for all nativities, wearing emerald-toned, green-colored clothing will support Budha's computational skills and His sharply logical, discriminating worldview

  • Budha likes greens! Plant trees, develop gardens, eat green vegetables.

  • Budha likes teens! Consider offering Seva to benefit high-schoolers and youth groups.

for all nativities, development of clear thinking and awareness of the seed thoughts which ultimately generate all mental experience = very suitable offerings to Professor Budha .

Overall best Seva during Budha Mahadasha= (paid or volunteer)

work with siblings, students and adolescents, either gender; (Budha = gender-neutral)

  • service in the arts of studying and communicating: skills of instruction, description, grammar, writing, explaining things and examining details

  • helping others develop manual skills using tools; increasing dexterity of fingers-toes; all hand crafts including writing and typing

  • service offerings in computational and rational skill-building such as literacy and numeracy training;

  • service in training clinical workers in medical diagnostics, appropriate medications, clinical care protocols;

  • conflict management and conflict arbitration using non-confrontational conversational skills; sensitivity trainings for police and military

  • helping others to develop logical reasoning skills to improve life-choice decisions

Budha Mahadasha + Budha bhukti

  • swabhukti
  • duration of the bhukti: 29 months

  • graha pakvata: Budha periods yield improved results after age 32 = the age of maturity for Budha

What to Expect?

Evaluate the placements of Budha.

Consider the rashi + bhava owned and occupied + the angle from the mahadasha-pathi to the bhukti-pati + incoming-outgoing graha-drishti + current gochara transits + age of the native.

Has the graha matured?

  1. Budha in Mesha
  2. Budha in Vrishabha
  3. Budha in Mithuna
  4. Budha in Karkata
  5. Budha in Simha
  6. Budha in Kanya * uttama
  7. Budha in Thula
  8. Budha in Vrischika
  9. Budha in Dhanushya
  10. Budha in Makara
  11. Budha in Kumbha
  12. Budha in Meena * nichha

  1. Budha in bhava-1 * digbala
  2. Budha in bhava-2
  3. Budha in bhava-3
  4. Budha in bhava-4
  5. Budha in bhava-5
  6. Budha in bhava-6
  7. Budha in bhava-7
  8. Budha in bhava-8
  9. Budha in bhava-9
  10. Budha in bhava-10
  11. Budha in bhava-11
  12. Budha in bhava-12

If Budha rules either navamsha-1 or navamsha-7 and there is a suitable transit of Rahu-Ketu to one of the required axes of the nativity, Budha-Budha swabhukti being the advent of a new life era, may signal the timing of ceremonial marriage.


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Budha Mahadasha + Ketu bhukti

What to Expect?

Evaluate the placements of Ketu.

Consider rashi + bhava owned and occupied + the angle from the mahadasha-pathi to the bhukti-pati + age of the native. + incoming and outgoing graha-drishti + current transits.

Has the graha matured?

  1. Ketu in Mesha
  2. Ketu in Vrishabha
  3. Ketu in Mithunaya
  4. Ketu in Karkata
  5. Ketu in Simha
  6. Ketu in Kanya
  7. Ketu in Thula
  8. Ketu in Vrischika
  9. Ketu in Dhanushya
  10. Ketu in Makara
  11. Ketu in Kumbha
  12. Ketu in Meena

generally a neutral period distinguished by Ketu's karaka behaviors of separation, abandonment, apathy, nebulousness, and disconnectedness, but rarely severe in nature unless Ketu occupies 3rd-from the bhava occupied by Budha.

Ketu is not desired by Rahu.

Vain hope for connection. Illusion of connection dissipates into fantasy, numbness, or distraction. Desires dispersed in awareness that one is not desired.

Often a feeling of attempted reconnection with a person, place, thing, or idea that was significant in a previous life or in a distant phase of the present life. However, the attachment is vestigial, no longer part of the vital script of the true present identity. Thus, connection is often unsustainable.

The material-social relationship may survive in skeleton form, while the spiritually conscious intent retreats into the nebulous status of dissociation from social-validation seeking ego-membrane.

Budha Mahadasha + Shukra bhukti
What to Expect?

Evaluate the placements of Shukra.

Consider the rashi + bhava owned and occupied + the angle from the mahadasha-pathi to the bhukti-pati + incoming-outgoing graha-drishti + current gochara transits + age of the native.

Has the graha matured?

  1. Shukra in Mesha
  2. Shukra in Vrishabha * swakshetra
  3. Shukra in Mithuna
  4. Shukra in Karkata
  5. Shukra in Simha
  6. Shukra in Kanya * nichha
  7. Shukra in Thula * swakshetra
  8. Shukra in Vrischika
  9. Shukra in Dhanushya
  10. Shukra in Makara
  11. Shukra in Kumbha
  12. Shukra in Meena * uttama

  1. Shukra-1
  2. Shukra-2
  3. Shukra-3
  4. Shukra-4 * digbala
  5. Shukra-5
  6. Shukra-6
  7. Shukra-7
  8. Shukra-8
  9. Shukra-9
  10. Shukra-10
  11. Shukra -11
  12. Shukra-12


Budha Mahadasha + Surya bhukti

  • duration of the bhukti: 10 months

  • graha pakvata: Surya periods yield improved results after age 22 = the age of maturity for Ravi

What to Expect?

Evaluate the placements of Surya.

Consider the rashi + bhava owned and occupied + the angle from the mahadasha-pathi to the bhukti-pati + incoming-outgoing graha-drishti + current gochara transits + age of the native.

Has the graha matured?

  1. Ravi in Mesha * uttama
  2. Ravi in Vrishabha
  3. Ravi in Mithuna
  4. Ravi in Karkata
  5. Ravi in Simha* swakshetra
  6. Ravi in Kanya
  7. Ravi in Thula * nichha
  8. Ravi in Vrischika
  9. Ravi in Dhanushya
  10. Ravi in Makara
  11. Ravi in Kumbha
  12. Ravi in Meena

  1. Ravi in bhava-1
  2. Ravi in bhava-2
  3. Ravi in bhava-3
  4. Ravi in bhava-4
  5. Ravi in bhava-5
  6. Ravi in bhava-6
  7. Ravi in bhava-7
  8. Ravi in bhava-8
  9. Ravi in bhava-9
  10. Ravi in bhava-10 * digbala
  11. Ravi in bhava-11
  12. Ravi in bhava-12

Budha Mahadasha + Chandra bhukti

  • duration of the bhukti: 17 months

  • graha pakvata: Chandra periods yield improved results after age 24 = the age of maturity for Chandra

What to Expect?

Evaluate the placements of Chandra.

Consider the rashi + bhava owned and occupied + the angle from the mahadasha-pathi to the bhukti-pati + incoming-outgoing graha-drishti + current gochara transits + age of the native.

Has the graha matured?

  1. Chandra in bhava-1
  2. Chandra in bhava-2
  3. Chandra in bhava-3
  4. Chandra in bhava-4 * digbala
  5. Chandra in bhava-5
  6. Chandra in bhava-6
  7. Chandra in bhava-7
  8. Chandra in bhava-8
  9. Chandra in bhava-9
  10. Chandra in bhava-10
  11. Chandra in bhava-11
  12. Chandra in bhava-12

  1. Chandra-Mesha
  2. Chandra-Vrishabha * uttama
  3. Chandra-Mithuna
  4. Chandra-Karkata * swakshetra
  5. Chandra-Simha
  6. Chandra-Kanya
  7. Chandra-Thula
  8. Chandra-Vrischika * nichha
  9. Chandra-Dhanushya
  10. Chandra-Makara
  11. Chandra-Kumbha
  12. Chandra-Meena

Budha Mahadasha + Mangala bhukti

  • duration of the bhukti: 12 months

  • graha pakvata: Mangala periods yield improved results after age 28 = the age of maturity for Kuja

What to Expect?

Evaluate the placements of Mangala.

Consider the rashi + bhava owned and occupied + the angle from the mahadasha-pathi to the bhukti-pati + incoming-outgoing graha-drishti + current gochara transits + age of the native.

Has the graha matured?

  1. Mangala in Mesha * Swakshetra
  2. Mangala in Vrishabha
  3. Mangala in Mithuna
  4. Mangala in Karkata * nichha
  5. Mangala in Simha
  6. Mangala in Kanya
  7. Mangala in Thula
  8. Mangala in Vrischika * Swakshetra
  9. Mangala in Dhanushya
  10. Mangala in Makara * uttama
  11. Mangala in Kumbha
  12. Mangala in Meena

  1. Mangala in bhava-1
  2. Mangala in bhava-2
  3. Mangala in bhava-3
  4. Mangala in bhava-4
  5. Mangala in bhava-5
  6. Mangala in bhava-6
  7. Mangala in bhava-7
  8. Mangala in bhava-8
  9. Mangala in bhava-9
  10. Mangala in bhava-10 * dig-bala
  11. Mangala in bhava-11
  12. Mangala in bhava-12
quotation from B.V. Raman, Autobiography of a Vedic Astrologer, p. 99-100:

"It has been my experience over nearly sixty years that Rahu as sub-lord, whether in his own period or in the period of other planets, would always create problems of a serious nature, affecting family and personal matters, which would Test the mental and physical stamina of an individual whatever be his social, educational, or financial attainments.

  • It is also found, contrary to general belief, that planets like the Sun and Mercury, occupying Rahu's constellations are capable of conferring happy results financially and career-wise but would create situations in domestic life, which could shatter a person's self-confidence and make him experience results which he would ordinarily never expect to happen.

There are of course exceptions which I will discuss in due course... "

Budha Mahadasha + Rahu bhukti

  • duration of the bhukti: 31 months

  • graha pakvata: Rahu periods yield improved results after age 48 = the age of maturity for Rahu

What to expect from a Rahu period?

Evaluate the placements of Rahu.

Consider the rashi + bhava owned and occupied + the angle from the mahadasha-pathi to the bhukti-pati + incoming-outgoing graha-drishti + current gochara transits + age of the native.

Has the graha matured?

Now, consider each of these factors again with reference to Rahu's lord. Rahu gives the effects of His occupied bhava AND the bhava which are ruled by His lord.

  1. Rahu in bhava-1
  2. Rahu in bhava-2
  3. Rahu in bhava-3 *
  4. Rahu in bhava-4
  5. Rahu in bhava-5
  6. Rahu in bhava-6 *
  7. Rahu in bhava-7
  8. Rahu in bhava-8
  9. Rahu in bhava-9
  10. Rahu in bhava-10 *
  11. Rahu in bhava-11 *
  12. Rahu in bhava-12

  1. Rahu in Mesha
  2. Rahu in Vrishabha * uttama
  3. Rahu in Mithuna
  4. Rahu in Karkata
  5. Rahu in Simha * nichha
  6. Rahu in Kanya
  7. Rahu in Thula
  8. Rahu in Vrischika
  9. Rahu in Dhanushya
  10. Rahu in Makara
  11. Rahu in Kumbha* swakshetra
  12. Rahu in Meena

One craves to be embraced (Budha, arms) by the cohort, coterie, collaborators, a merry band of brothers and sisters, neighbors, school-mates, team-mates or co-workers.

  • Budha wants to be involved in short-term travel, conferences, projects, going on holiday, chatting, messaging, tool-using, and gesturing.

  • Budha-Rahu period will bring Rahu-agents (usually fellow students or team-mates) who promise sibling-like lifestyles involving constant communication, shared travel, small-group activities, being in the clique.

  • Outcome depends upon (1) bhava of Rahu (2) lord of Rahu

    One may indeed self-elevate into the higher rank and its privileges while in company of the Rahu agent(s).

  • Budha's sibling orientation usually provides several similar agents during the three years of Budha+Rahu period.

  • However toward the end of Budha+Rahu bhukti it may become more obvious that most of the Rahu agent's claims are mentality-mirroring mimicry of one's own internal narrative.

Rahu is articulate during Mahadasha of Budha but Rahu's actions may be exotic, irregular or fraudulent.

Budha Mahadasha + Guru bhukti

What to Expect?

Evaluate the placements of Guru.

Consider the rashi + bhava owned and occupied + the angle from the mahadasha-pathi to the bhukti-pati + incoming-outgoing graha-drishti + current gochara transits + age of the native.

Has the graha matured?

  1. Guru in Mesha
  2. Guru in Vrishabha
  3. Guru in Mithuna
  4. Guru in Karkata * uttama
  5. Guru in Simha
  6. Guru in Kanya
  7. Guru in Thula
  8. Guru n Vrischika
  9. Guru in Dhanushya
  10. Guru in Makara * nichha
  11. Guru in Kumbha
  12. Guru in Meena

  1. Guru in bhava-1 * dig-bala
  2. Guru in bhava-2
  3. Guru in bhava-3
  4. Guru in bhava-4
  5. Guru in bhava-5
  6. Guru in bhava-6
  7. Guru in bhava-7
  8. Guru in bhava-8
  9. Guru in bhava-9
  10. Guru in bhava-10
  11. Guru in bhava-11
  12. Guru in bhava-12


The final bhukti of each mahadasha brings end-of-cycle, conclusion, closure.

"chid" from Koeln Sanskrit dictionary

chid (chedi)

IE cognate Latin 'scindo' (rescind)

  • to cut off, amputate, cut through, hew, chop, split, pierce

  • to divide, separate from

  • to destroy, annihilate, efface, blot out

  • Passive = to be split or cut, break; to cause to cut off or through cutting, cutting off, cutting through

  • splitting, piercing

  • destroying, annihilating, removing

  • the divisor, denominator

Budha Mahadasha + Shani bhukti

  • chida-dasha

  • duration of the bhukti: 33 months

  • graha pakvata: Shani periods yield improved results after age 36 = the age of maturity for Shani

What to Expect?

Evaluate the placements of Shani.

Consider the rashi + bhava owned and occupied + the angle from the mahadasha-pathi to the bhukti-pati + incoming-outgoing graha-drishti + current gochara transits + age of the native. Has the graha matured?

  1. Shani in Bhava-1
  2. Shani in bhava-2
  3. Shani in Bhava-3
  4. Shani in Bhava-4
  5. Shani in Bhava-5
  6. Shani in Bhava-6
  7. Shani in Bhava-7 * digbala
  8. Shani in Bhava-8
  9. Shani in Bhava-9
  10. Shani in Bhava-10
  11. Shani in Bhava-11
  12. Shani in Bhava-12

  1. Shani in Mesha * nichha
  2. Shani in Vrishabha
  3. Shani in Mithuna
  4. Shani in Karkata
  5. Shani in Simha
  6. Shani in Kanya
  7. Shani in Thula * uttama
  8. Shani in Vrischika
  9. Shani in Dhanushya
  10. Shani in Makara
  11. Shani in Kumbha
  12. Shani in Meena
chidra-dasha =

the period of cutting-off, release, forgiveness

chidra-dasha = "Final Exam"

The good news is that Budha and Shani are mutually friendly. The tasks and agenda of these two graha are mutually compatible overall.

The bad news is:

  1. Shani bhukti brings Shani's full complement of scarcity and discipline.

  2. the chidra-dasha of a 17-year-long life period brings conclusion, cessation and closure.

Overall Compatibility of Objective and Style

Budha is a quick, youthful talker and thinker who does not require much contact with the slow, rigid material world; nor does Budha require much bodily movement (except of the throat and the hands).

Therefore during Budha's 17-year regime, the physical body remains functional but the flesh-realm is generally a background factor (except when Budha occupies bhava-1).

The main focus of Budha mahadasha is the narrative mentality and its social-communicative products such as handiwork, gesturing, signals, and messages. Shani bhukti tests the realism and maturity of that mentality and its usefulness for society.

Shani is not a starter; Shani is a finisher.

  • USA Pres-26 Theodore Roosevelt ended a vigorously active and productive 17-year political career during the final two years of his 7-year presidency, during Budha-Shani. In Budha-Shani he successfully committed to working to the limits of human endurance to finish up his many conservation (Shani) and legislative (Shani) projects.

  • (He tried a political come-back later, but the subsequent Ketu mahadasha was too scattered and instead of taking office again, he died.)

Shani's job is to freeze forward movement in order to impose law-and-order in the world. Shani is an agent of time, aging, material achievement, socially responsibility, dignified labor, and public respect. Shani allows only very slow progress and often no progress at all; His preferred condition is fixed, cold, wooden, stony stasis.

Budha's mentality operates mainly in the causal plane. Shani's workload occurs mainly on the material plane. In truth, these two levels inform and support each other. There is no serious conflict but there is definitely an experience of "summative" testing particularly regarding capability of time (Shani) management (Budha). Now is the time (Shani) for Budha to "walk the talk" in regard to accurate scheduling, elimination of waste, and careful handling of scarce resources.

The designated period for mastery of the mental realm, to the extent predicted by the condition of Budha in the kundali, is now almost complete. One can now control a range of literacy and numeracy skills, manual craft, cohort-sibling-team relationships, daily conversation, logical argument, and discourse styles both one-to-one and one-to-many.

When Shani bhukti begins, Budha's training has been completed in matters of making plans, organizing meetings, scheduling events, articulating ideas. During the first eight bhukti, detailed management of mental tasks and coordinated communication with teams of task-doers has been extensively discussed and practiced.

It is now Time to Test.

"Handling" (Budha, hands) of affairs both mental and manual has gradually improved from the initial Budha-Budha swabhukti, through eight rotations of the sub-periods of the Vimshottari Dasha. Now has arrived the ninth, concluding sub-period and its final assessment: the Hard Test of Budha-Shani bhukti.

Young Mentality meets Old Order

Proof of Lessons Learned

Budha is an adolescent and Shani is elderly. For the first time since Budha-Budha period began 15 years previously, Shani now imposes conditions of adult social obligation and psycho-mental maturity and conformity.

After 15 years of quick learning, mercurial thinking, and mental flexibility (less flexible perhaps if Budha receives drishti of Shani) -- slowness, sobriety, rigidity, duty and proof of lessons learned are now the order of the day.

Normally, Sturdy Shani is able to do the work and pass the tests in 33 months or less. However if Shani rules a dushthamsha there can be extra stress factors.

Potential for dushthamsha related anxiety and stress:

  • For Simha nativities, Shani's test of personal dignity in the face of social impunity may involve stress-related illness, usurious debts, workplace animosity or marital discord (6).

  • For Karkata natives, the test of L-7 + L-8 Shani may expose a bitter but realistic truth once masked by emotional illusions of safety, especially regarding spousal in-laws, marital assets and hidden affairs. The native must prove that one can establish one's own safety structure without unreliable others.

  • For the Meena nativity, the test of L-12 Shani is rarely harmful, but a mandatory retreat into sanctuary may be required. Shani being also L-11, friendships although limited can continue, and marketplace income remains steady.

Tiring perhaps; restrictive; uncreative; and definitely overworked... but not harmful to body or spirit. Budha-Shani is designed to impose a series of tests which assess mental skill, communicative accuracy, and manual dexterity, in the context of real-world responsibilities which require adult realism, time management, and deft handling of scarce resources.

Awards and Achievements

Shani naturally slows and stiffens, yet He does not prevent all forms of advance. In fact, He favors two types of stepwise up-the-hierarchy movements: gains of income (11) and receipt of awards for achievement (11) as well as public recognition (10) and dignified roles of insitutional leadership (10).

  • For Thula lagna and Vrischika lagna, Shani the Legitimator = lord of bandhu-bhava "boundaries and permissions". L-4 Shani favors competency testing that can produce permits, licenses and diplomas.

  • For Mesha nativities and Vrishabha nativities, Shani the Status Regulator = lord of karma-bhava. Shanaicarya may impose a series of mettle-testing career events which - if handled responsibly - can ultimately cause social recognition for professional achievement. For Mesha lagna Shani = L-10 + L-11 = results of Shani's stress-test are often favorable including career promotion (10) + gains of market revenue (11). For Vrishabha, although social dignity remains high, career may recede because Shani owns12th-from-10th.

  • Note that the developmental actions which lead to the moment of socially recognized achievement have been finished long previous to the award.

Opportunity for Flesh Death

For lagna of Karkata, Simha, Dhanushya, or Makara, Shani the Finisher = marana-karaka "maraka" L-2 or L-7.

  • For Karkata, Simha, Dhanushya, or Makara nativities, Shani's maraka potential is enhanced if Shani in bhava-2 or Shani in bhava-7.

  • Shani's "natural maraka" traits include dryness, coldness, and old age.

However as always the agency of any potential maraka is much constrained by the overall pattern of longevity in the nativity, including the nature of randhrasthana counted from radical lagna and 8th from Chandra. Chandra-Shani is a likely exit bhukti only if the native has reached the actuarially normal age range for "finishing up".

Important Angles

Social-material results of the final bhukti very much depend upon the relative angle between Chandra and Shani within the radix. Psycho-emotional results can be seen more clearly via the relative angle between Chandra and Shani within the navamsha.

Should Shani occupy the emotionally adversarial 6th-from-Chandra one may feel the impact of subconscious expectations of grave (Shani) health concerns or intractable interpersonal conflict.

  • when Shani occupies 6th-from-Chandra, the nature of the ailment, injury, disagreement, accusation, or crime is always emotional during Chandra-Shani periods.

As always, the "test" = to finish laborious, heavy tasks during unforgiving conditions especially a tightly limited time schedule.


Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming USA

Namaste Barbara,

As you know I am a high-earning career professional approaching my mid-career peak performance... or so I have expected to be.

The present Budha-Ketu period has produced every kind of frustration. I am happy to say that my family life remains stable but professionally things collapsed during Budha-Ketu-Mangala and now months later no recovery is yet in sight.

What are my prospects of finding a new job?

There are two fruitful periods during your Ketu bhukti; both have passed.

L-10th-navamsha = Budha-Ketu-Surya. This period is politically and charismatically favorable due to the bright light of intelligence and a certain amount of smart showmanship via Surya in your radical Simha lagna. It is the second-strongest of the three options. It was responsible for your early success in the Florida position.

L-10 = Budha-Ketu-Shukra. This period is materially the strongest of the three options. It was responsible for your initially winning the Florida position.

Luckily, the next opportunity is very favorable = Budha-Shukra period = July 2012-May 2015. After mid-May 2012 and throughout June 2012 = Budha-Ketu-Budha period = double L-11 = auspicious for social networking. After early July 2012 expect to be in possession of a dignified new position which has political, theatrical, or costume-fashion attributes.

From now until May-2012 it is recommended to offer Seva = selfless service = in charitable works which support other unemployed persons who are seeking respectable professional positions.

Offer seva to your target population, until the Budha-Ketu bhukti expires.

Service in writing = such as, helping others to write their CV-resume-work histories; service in interview and meeting communication skills = such as, helping others to video their mock-interview behaviors; service in sales-marketing-advertising on behalf of charitable organizations.

Due to your placement of karma-pati Shukra, you are naturally suited to working for philanthropic institutions. The salaries and benefits in the executive positions within philanthropic organizations are usually equal to the rewards for similar service in profitable corporations. Also many corporations have designated offices for philanthropic activities.

Seva would be most beneficial and highly pragmatic under present circumstances. It makes sense to continue to build your professional resume and maintain mental health by offering volunteer service. Even though a permanent position is several months away, it is a sensible choice to stay engaged in the marketplace and continue to build your skills in very limited, task-based situations.

For example, in the same temporary-separations Ketu-dilemma, a professional teacher-professor might benefit by doing short-term seva = skill-based tutoring work. Although tutoring = lower status and it is void of the deeper commitment to a university department or school team, tutoring nevertheless engages a subset of the larger set of professional teaching skills so one can successfully develop this subset even while waiting for a larger opportunity, and of course gain merit by helping others immediately below oneself . Effective seva always targets the population = very similar to one's own situation but who are one rank below or one level of consciousness below oneself.

Possible ways to initiate professional seva = Contact the pro-bono group of your professional association, and ask them for suggestions on where to volunteer. This is not the time to be feeding the homeless or ladling out bowls of soup. Rather, Seva at this time should utilize your valuable professional skills in respectable charitable institutional environments. The work offered in seva should be applicable to your professional curriculum vitae and be noted there. In fact, a lifelong spiritual practice of offering seva *from the professional skill set* may begin right now, under the materially inauspicious but always spiritually auspicious governance of Lord Ketu.

I hope that this Jyotisha viewpoint is helpful for setting expectations in your practical planning process. Ketu periods are notorious for delivering separation and scattering on the material plane.

However Ketu periods are at the same time very beneficial for reflection, meditation, and ego-dissolution on the spiritual plane.

Seva is a splendid option during any Ketu period, and in process of offering Seva you may be surprised to make contacts and learn intuitive non-rational (Ketu) styles of perception in business communications that may greatly enhance your future material success.

Wishing you full success in all of life's endeavors,

Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotisha


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