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Chandra Mahadasha *10 years

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

see also: Shil Ponde's description of Mahadasha according to 12 Rashi

10 years of stable sheltered rhythmic routine


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BPHS = Nine Mahadasha Periods 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 Chandra Mahadasha
  1. Chandra Mahadasha + Chandra bhukti = swabhukti
  2. Chandra Mahadasha + Mangala bhukti
  3. Chandra Mahadasha + Rahu bhukti
  4. Chandra Mahadasha + Guru bhukti
  5. Chandra Mahadasha + Shani bhukti
  6. Chandra Mahadasha + Budha bhukti
  7. Chandra Mahadasha + Ketu bhukti
  8. Chandra Mahadasha + Shukra bhukti
  9. Chandra Mahadasha + Surya bhukti= chida-dasha

Giving of Animals in Charity

If in addition to mantra you might wish to follow Shri Parashara's remedial instruction for giving a cow, buffalo, or goat in charity, this is quite easy to do!

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

from The Gelug/Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra

by 14th Dalai Lama Tenzing Gyatso,

Dalai Lama Heart of Wisdom Calendar 2012 (June)

"When serving society or others in general, it is very important to set a proper motivation at the start of each day.

  • When we wake up each morning, we reflect, 'Today I am not going to come under the power of either attachment or hostility.
  • Today I am going to be of benefit and help to others.'

Thus we consciously set the tone for the entire day so that we go through it within the context of a pure, altruistic motivation and attitude."

What to Expect from the Chandra Mahadasha:

  1. Chandra in Azvini = Dasra
  2. Chandra in Bharani
  3. Chandra in Krittika
  4. Chandra in Rohini
  5. Chandra in Mrigashira = Mraga
  6. Chandra in Arudra
  7. Chandra in Punarvasu
  8. Chandra in Pushya
  9. Chandra in Azlesa
  10. Chandra in Magha = Maka
  11. Chandra in Purva-phalguni
  12. Chandra in Uttara-phalguni
  13. Chandra in Hasta
  14. Chandra in Chitra
  15. Chandra in Swati
  16. Chandra in Bishaja = Vishaka = Radha
  17. Chandra in Anuradha = Maitra
  18. Chandra in Jyestha
  19. Chandra in Mula = Alaxmi
  20. Chandra in Purvazadha = Apah
  21. Chandra in Uttara-azadha = Vaizva
  22. Chandra in Shravana = Sravishtha
  23. Chandra in Dhanishtha
  24. Chandra in Shatabishakya = Zatataraka
  25. Chandra in Purva-bhadrapada = Purvabhadra
  26. Chandra in Uttara-bhadrapada = Uttarabhadra
  27. Chandra in Revati = Pushana
Then, carefully consider

Chandra's Bhava


Chandra's Rashi

  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

Chandra Mahadasha + Chandra bhukti

  • swabhukti
  • duration of the bhukti: 10 months

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

Main effects of Chandra swabhukti are determined by Chandra's bhava + rashi, karaka agency of Caretaking Chandra, incoming-and-outgoing drishti, current transits, and the age of the native.

  • If the native is older than 50, the entire nativity should be read from the basis of Chandra lagna; however look also secondarily to the social-material effects as counted from the radix lagna.

The Chandra-Chandra swabhukti = the relatively brief (10 mos.) but emotionally definitive "opening bell" of Soma's rhythmic, habitual, caretaking, stabilizing, nourishing Vimshottari Dasha.

Career auspice:

  • If Chandra is well disposed and rules the 10th navamsha or the 10th radical bhava, professional recognition or promotion to a higher rank may be expected.
  • Particularly for Thula lagna where Chandra = L-10 and also for Makara lagna where Chandra = L-10th-from-10th, a favorable new professional promotion or appointment to a higher position of social leadership can be expected to raise the social reputation and increase public respect.


Agency of Chandra

First and foremost, Mother. Grandmother. Caretakers, parents, grandparents, guardians, agents in loco parentis, nourishers, protectors, defenders, police, farmers, fishers, cultivators, ethnicities, place of settlement, home, house, security, fences, boundaries, lands, customs of the people, activities regarding ownership and anything related to roots.

Vehicles of every variety, including craft of land, air, and water, are favored. Depending upon character of Chandra, the mode of transit may be public such as omnibus, railcar or ferry-boat; or private such as automobile or single-engine aircraft. Transit is generally comfortable, secure, and easy to obtain. Chandra favors familiar local movements therefore best results for repeating local transit such as a comfortable and reliable daily work commute. If a location might need a new shipping harbor, Chandra may also help with any need for sheltering connected with transit.

Strong preference for the Old Ways and deep need of a rhythmic routine in the daily life. Parenting, policing, school-teaching and stewardship of the land are favored. Nourishment is easy to obtain and generally local in origin. Sheltered environments, safety, security, protection of weaklings; oceans and coastal lifestyle; seafood, marshes, estuary; fisheries; things underground such as burials, basements, and bunkers.

Predict the agents and environments of the 10-year Chandra Mahadasha via the placements of Chandra in the kundali. Because Soma's influence is so deeply psycho-emotional in nature, pay special attention to Chandra's Nakshatra.

For example,

  • when Chandra resides in a nakshatra of Shani, Chandra-Chandra swabhukti sets the stage for a 10-year commitment to social duty, public service, a respectable and acknowledged roster of responsibilities.

  • when Chandra resides in a nakshatra of Shukra, Chandra-Chandra swabhukti sets the stage for a 10-year engagement with negotiation of contracts, balancing of mutual interests, and acquisition of material treasures.

  • when Chandra resides in a nakshatra of Surya, Chandra-Chandra swabhukti sets the stage for a 10-year radiation of personal centrality, getting of attention and praise, heightened self-interest, and expressions of unique intelligence.

Predict social-material effects from the D-1 primarily; psycho-emotional effects (including relationship experiences) from the D-9 primarily.

During the Chandra mahadasha one wants a rhythmic, routine lifestyle.

Safety, Stability, Soothing Rhythms

Soma wants to feel safe and secure. Soma wants to be nourished, sheltered, protected, rooted in the folklore and homeland customs of one's people, a harvester and cultivator, feeling the ancient rhythm of the ocean tides.

Transitioning from Surya-Shukra period

Typically the Chandra-Chandra swabhukti experience is emotionally intelligent, and somewhat favoring the needs of the self rather others due to the Dasha Sandhi transition from Surya mahadasha (depending on the overall strength of Surya) but still quite relationships-sensitive due to the previous bhukti having been Shukra..

Notice a prominently sensed need for rhythmic behaviors, regular habits, a safe and comfortable dwelling, routine relationships especially kinship, and a stable capacity to take care of others -as soon as one's own needs are met.

Depending on Chandra's bhava, Chandra-Chandra swabhukti transitioning from the Surya-Shukra period, often signals a move away from a relationship focus (Shukra) into a heightened emotional self-understanding. Likely Chandra confers increased ability to meet one's own needs via a supportive lifestyle and self-nourishment.

Relationship with the mother begins to intensify and will remain salient throughout the 10 years of Chandra Mahadasha. Bond with the mother may express as physical-social or psycho-emotional or - for some rare aspirants - spiritual with the Divine Mother. Land-owning, steward-protector, curator-caretaker, guardian-groundsman, parenting and school-teaching roles predominate.

If Chandra rules either navamsha-1 or navamsha-7, the Chandra-Chandra swabhukti is an auspicious time for marriage.

Chandra Mahadasha + Mangala bhukti
  • duration of the bhukti: 8 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

Chandra sees Kuja as a neutral;

For Kuja, Chandra, Surya, and Guru = Friends

Main effects of Chandra-Mangala bhukti are determined by

  • the angle between Chandra and Mangala,

  • karaka agency of Militant Moving Mangala,

  • Mangala's bhava + rashi,

  • incoming-and-outgoing drishti,

  • current transits, and the age of the native.

Chandra and Mangala are a successful pair. Chandra's rhythmic pulse tends to stabilize and ground the hyperactive Mangala which results in steadier and generally more productive output. Chandra-Mangala yoga is a known dhana yoga for this reason.

Easier angles

  • Kuja-Chandra enjoy a 5-9 angle
  • Mesha lagna Mangala lagnesha
  • Vrishchika lagna Mangala lagnesha
  • Kuja atmakaraka

More challenging angles

  • Kuja occupies 6th from Chandra
  • Kuja occupies 8th from Chandra
  • Kuja occupies 12th from Chandra
  • Kanya lagna Mangala = L-3 + L-8
  • Vrishabha lagna Guru = L-7 + L-12

Although a relatively brief period of time, if Kuja is reasonably well disposed, the Chandra-Mangala yoga is typically busy and fruitful.

Career auspice:

  • If Mangala is well disposed and He rules the 10th navamsha or the 10th radical bhava, professional recognition or promotion to a higher rank may be expected

Agency of Mangala

A preponderance of young males may be expected in the environment. They might be students, soldiers, or sportsmen. The nature of the sport can be financial or intellectual as well as physical. Females can run Kuja energy if they are athletes, soldiers, or very competitively energetic, but normally the agents are male.

Animal sexual instincts may rise, and married persons may find that sexual communion cures any tendency toward disagreement.

  • Those with Kuja Dosha should apply caution during any Mangala bhukti, but particularly now be careful during Chandra-Mangala due to the heightened emotional sensitivity which can lead to irritation and feeling manipulated or emotionally trapped.

In the workplace, competitive and dominating instincts are stronger than normal, motivated ultimately by Chandra's emotional need to feel reassured that one does belong in the place. Therefore some caution is urged toward shrewd use of Kuja's urge to play and win.

  • Unless one has a military or other paid-to-be-aggressive sort of career, making a show of sympathy is likely the best way of being accepted in the work environment - yet during this period one tends to seek acceptance (Chandra) via championship (Mangala).

Take care not to threaten others with displays of power; rather, cultivate an aura of energetic sheltering and protection.

commentary from Shri 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... "

Chandra Mahadasha + Rahu bhukti

  • duration of the bhukti: 18 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

Main effects of the Chandra-Rahu bhukti are determined by

  • the angle between Chandra and Rahu
  • karaka agency of Rahu the Rogue
  • Rahu's's bhava + rashi
  • incoming-and-outgoing drishti,
  • current transits,
  • age of the native.

Chandra-Rahu period may bring Rahu-agents who are parent-poseurs (often females) or 'faux' parent figures.

There may also be expedient or capricious actions from Chandra-related agents such as landlords, those involved schooling, local police, or those charged with providing nourishment such as farmers, fishers, and purveyors of nutrient.

Easier angles

  • Rahu-Chandra enjoy a 5-9 angle

More challenging angles

  • Rahu occupies 6th from Chandra
  • Rahu occupies 8th from Chandra
  • Rahu occupies 12th from Chandra

Career auspice:

  • If Rahu's lord is also the lord of the 10th navamsha or the 10th radical bhava, burning ambition for success followed by professional recognition or promotion to a higher rank may be expected.

Agency of Rahu

Foreigners or those of exotic provenance. Rule-breakers who are typically clever in their methods and motivated by an urge to self-elevate and obtain higher privileges. If Rahu is well placed, internationalism is profitable and ambition to deal with foreign persons, products, or concepts is well rewarded.

Rahu agents interact with Chandra's promise to provide a stable, sheltered lifestyle involving seasonal (Chandra) cycles which define life in a fixed place.

One may indeed self-elevate via insinuation into the class of parent-protector-steward-landsman whilst in company of the Rahu agent(s).

However toward the end of the Rahu bhukti it may become more obvious that most of the Rahu agent's claims are emotional-mirroring mimicry.

Rahu the Eclipse-maker appears to offer protective shelter . Yet as a great enemy annihilator of Chandra, famously Reckless Rahu is inherently unstable due to His urgent ambition and His very constitution is arrhythmic in nature.

Toward the end of the bhukti, Rahu's pretension to deliver emotional security, rhythmic stability in the lifestyle, rootedness in the land, and regular meals is typically exposed as fraudulent in some way. Chandra's endotic parochialism cannot, at its root, accommodate Rahu's adventurous risk-taking commingling with exotics.

The parent-protector privileges which Rahu seeks cannot be obtained by arrhythmic methods. If Rahu enjoys a favorable angle vis-a-vis Chandra, the Chandra-Rahu period may be pleasant but the end result will not be obtainment of the highest privileges sought by Rahu the Protector Pretender.

Rather, a Rahu adventure may be had, and some tentative privileges gained, but with no sustaining (Chandra) roots laid. However, the subsequent Guru, Shani, and Budha periods are often able to provide more established security.

If Rahu yuti Chandra, this Chandra-Rahu sub-period can be experienced as an exhilarating reunion with the parent or parent-figure. Yet in the end the pretensions of that Rahu-pretender-figure are revealed, and one is returned to the inevitable basic need to personally establish the ground of one's own security.

Chandra's need to seek an unchanging and unshakable foundation for one's own emotional well-being will not go away even during the ambitious excitement of a Rahu period. A solid rooting in the presence of the Divine is the only viable bulwark against unpredictable and unsettling changes.

Chandra 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

Unlike the previous Chandra-Rahu period which may have introduced some shady characters or intense desires, the Chandra-Guru period is typically pleasant and accommodating, according to the character of Guru.

Main effects of Chandra-Guru bhukti are determined by the angle between Chandra and Guru, karaka agency of Generous Guru, Brihaspati's bhava, rashi, incoming-and-outgoing drishti, current transits, and the age of the native.

Chandra sees Guru as a neutral

Guru views Chandra as a mithragraha = a strong friend

Easier angles

  • Guru-Chandra enjoy a 5-9 angle
  • Dhanushya lagna Guru lagnesha
  • Meena lagna Guru lagnesha
  • Guru atmakaraka

More challenging angles

  • Guru occupies 6th from Chandra
  • Guru occupies 8th from Chandra
  • Guru occupies 12th from Chandra
  • Thula lagna Guru = L-3 + L-6
  • Makara lagna Guru = L-3 + L-12

Career auspice:

  • If Brihaspati is well disposed and rules the 10th navamsha or the 10th radical bhava, professional recognition or promotion to a higher rank may be expected

Agency of Guru

Expansion of all things, including physical body, emotional capability, mental understanding, and spiritual wisdom.

Dramatis personae often include Guru-type figures such as priests, professors, preachers, paternalistic personalities, pundits, pontificators, and paternoster. Featured environments may include universities; houses of worship; temples; homes guided by a wise, elderly male; spaces dedicated to religious study; and any environment which features charity, inclusion, or expansion.

For those of child-bearing age, Guru periods are typically fertile. A woman who wants to bear a child has a very good chance of fulfilling her wish during any bhukti of Guru; but the uniquely child-supportive, fertile and parental combination of Chandra-Guru makes this particular bhukti a very auspicious time for delivering a child.

Chandra Mahadasha + Shani bhukti

  • duration of the bhukti: 19 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

Main effects of Chandra-Shani bhukti are determined by the angle between Chandra and Shani, karaka agency of Sober Shani, Shani's bhava, rashi, incoming-and-outgoing drishti, current transits, and the age of the native.

Comfortable Chandra feels friendly toward Strict Shani, but compassionless Social Lawmaker Shani sees empathetic local home-based parental Chandra as an enemy of large-scale government.

As always, the outcome predictor = relative angle between Chandra and Shani. Majority of the experience = emotional rather than social-material due to effects necessarily measured from Chandra lagna. All Shani-related results improve with maturity and much easier after age 50.

Generally, the tasks and agenda of these two graha are mutually compatible overall so long as each one stays in their own domain.

Easier angles

  • Shani-Chandra enjoy a 5-9 angle
  • Makara lagna Shani lagnesha
  • Kumbhaa lagna Shani lagnesha
  • Shani atmakaraka

More challenging angles

  • Shani occupies 6th from Chandra
  • Shani occupies 8th from Chandra
  • Shani occupies 12th from Chandra
  • Karkata lagna Shani = L-6 + L-7
  • Simha lagna Shani = L-7 + L-8

6 * disagreement = local vs. national standards

8 * sudden, forced changes in lifestyle due to act of Law

12 * dissolution of local realm, government mandated retreat

Career auspice:

  • If Shani is well disposed and He rules the 10th navamsha or the 10th radical bhava, professional recognition or promotion to a higher rank may be expected

Overall Compatibility of Objective and Style

Chandra = customary, routine-loving, emotional agent of ethnic settlement and routine. Chandra's ancient rhythmic habits do not need the larger external governance structure of Shani's bureaucratic, regulatory hierarchies.

Normally Chandra and Shani do not interfere in each other's realms, but there are times when Shani's demand for large-scale uniformity under the rule of regional or national law can impinge upon Chandra's deeply rooted, customary entitlements. If there is interference, it is typically Shani molesting Chandra and not the other way.

At the time of Chandra-Shani onset, 10-year Chandra mahadasha has been operating for approximately four years and four months time. The native has generally been swathed in a cocoon of ethnic routine consisting of local languages, food, religion, dress, festivals, rituals, manners, marriage customs, kinship relations, etc. Unless protective, maternal Chandra is damaged, His realm is quite comfortable and fluid.

The main focus of Chandra mahadasha is development of the astral plane, known as the 'ocean of emotion'. Shani bhukti tests the realism and maturity of that wellspring of sentimental, localized emotion by the standard of its utility for the greater society.

Shani = Material Reality

Shani does not recognize the reality of individual emotions; therefore Shani can only assess and legitimize the rooted customs of a people in their historic place. Shani will test Chandra's customs for purpose of deciding whether they can be protected (or not) under the aegis of a larger-scale regional, national, or international rule of law.

Shani is unable to recognize the customary authority of Chandra-agents such as parents, local priests, parochial schools and schoolteachers, and rural farmers or fishermen. Often therefore during the Chandra-Shani bhukti, the agents of Chandra may temporarily lose their power to government authorities.

For example, most schoolteachers have a strong placement of Chandra. During Chandra-Shani bhukti, local schoolteachers who want to teach children using their village language may temporarily feel oppressed by government policies which force them to teach the national language. On the positive side, schoolteachers whose local practices may be traditional but are also harmful, such as the custom of beating students, may find themselves penalized by a government which can no longer tolerate their bad habit.

Also the silent entity of Earth's natural environment is governed by soothing, rhythmic Chandra. Shani-related damage to the local lands and waters can occur during Chandra-Shani periods when the local environment is unable to defend itself against large corporations and governments. On the positive side, tough government regulations may curtail local strongmen who normally abuse the land with impunity.

However like all bhukti of Chandra this sub-period is brief = 19 months. Due to Chandra having no planetary enemies, no conflict becomes irremediable or extreme. The subsequent Chandra-Budha period is likely to raise the argument more successfully due to Budha's skill with verbal logic.

Shani is not a starter; Shani is a finisher.

Shani's job is to freeze 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.

Chandra's mentality operates mainly in the astral (emotional) 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 being tested - particularly tests of emotional (Chandra) maturity (Shani).

Shani-bhukti signals the time when Chandra must "walk the talk" of protective empathy by bringing the qualities of nourishment and parental concern into the cold, uncaring, inflexible hierarchies of Shani. Since the governing laws (Shani) are unlikely to share an emotional affinity with local feelings (Chandra), a fully neutral compassion toward Shani agents must come from parental Chandra. Only then can Shani be humanized.

The 10-year period designated for mastery of the emotional realm, to the extent predicted by the condition of Chandra in the kundali, is now approximately half-complete. When Shani bhukti begins, Chandra's emotional intuition - aiming for full compassion - has already passed through the four rotations of Chandra-Chandra, Chandra-Mangala, Chandra-Rahu, and Chandra-Guru.

It is now time for Shani's "mid-term exam" which will test the "formative" development of Chandra thus far, in bhukti 5 of 9.

Normally, Sturdy Shani is able to pass the tests in 19 months or less. However if Shani rules a dushthamsha there can be extra stress factors during the 19 months.

Potential for additional 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 depending on marriage.

  • 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.

Chandra-Shani bhukti may be somewhat tiring perhaps; restrictive; uncreative; and definitely overworked... but not harmful to emotion or spirit. Chandra-Shani is designed to impose a series of tests which assess emotional maturity and ability to maintain ethnic integrity in the context of larger-scale social governance structures.

Schoolteachers, parents, caretakers, shelter-providers, farmers, fishers, bhava-builders, land-owners, and those whose lifestyle is based in the local home culture may find their security temporarily threatened by Shani's demand for uniformity and one-size-fits-all national policy.

  • If Chandra = L-10 (Thula lagna) the native may be involved in legislating national policy for education, housing, or protective care of the weak (including the local lands and waters).

Awards and Achievements

SShani naturally slows and stiffens, yet He does not prevent all material movements. In particular Shani favors gains of income (11) and receipt of awards for achievement (11) as well as public recognition (10) and dignified roles of institutional 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 socially recognized achievement have been finished previous to the award.

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 difficult 3rd-from-Chandra, the bhukti script may articulate subconscious expectations of excess gravity.

  • When sober Shani occupies 3rd-from-Chandra, items in the script can cause internal conditions of mental rigidity, extreme intolerance or depression to "act out" via agency of externally imposed strictures and austerities such as ab oppressively heavy survival workload.

  • Shani in 3rd-from-Chandra may hear frequent iterations of the language of weight and exhaustion such as "beast of burden"; resignation to conformist social pressure; suffering from punitive effects of government rules and regulations; or a chronic, defeating internal narrative of "just too hard".

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

Chandra Mahadasha + Budha bhukti

  • duration of the bhukti: 17 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

Main effects of Chandra-Budha bhukti are determined by the angle between Chandra and Budha, karaka agency of Babbling Buddha, Budha's bhava + rashi, incoming-and-outgoing drishti, current transits, and the age of the native.

  • Chandra likes Budha as a friend;

  • but due to their personal history Budha hates Chandra

There is nearly always some tension between emotional intelligence, intuition, and sensitivity versus analytical or argumentative technical reasoning skills. Sibling rivalry is more common because Chandra = parents while Budha = siblings, esp the younger ones.

Easier angles

  • Budha-Chandra enjoy a 5-9 angle
  • Mithunaya lagna Budha lagnesha
  • Kanya lagna Budha lagnesha
  • Budha atmakaraka

More challenging angles

  • Budha occupies 6th from Chandra
  • Budha occupies 8th from Chandra
  • Budha occupies 12th from Chandra
  • Mesha lagna Budha = L-3 + L-6
  • Karkata lagna Budha = L-3 + L-12

Career auspice:

  • If Budha is well disposed and He rules the 10th navamsha or the 10th radical bhava, professional recognition or promotion to a higher rank may be expected

Chandra Mahadasha + Ketu bhukti

What to Expect? Evaluate the placements of Ketu.

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. 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

Main effects of Chandra-Ketu bhukti are determined by the angle between Chandra and Ketu, karaka agency of "trustbuster" Ketu, Ketu's bhava, rashi, incoming drishti, current transits, and the age of the native.

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.

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.

Chandra 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 *

Main effects of Chandra-Shukra bhukti are determined by the angle between Chandra and Shukra, karaka agency of Shukra, Shukra's bhava + rashi, incoming-and-outgoing drishti, current transits, and the age of the native.

Chandra sees Shukra as a neutral; however Shukra dislikes Chandra

Easier angles

  • Shukra-Chandra enjoy a 5-9 angle
  • Mithunaya lagna Shukra lagnesha
  • Kanya lagna Shukra lagnesha
  • Shukra atmakaraka

More challenging angles

  • Shukra occupies 6th from Chandra
  • Shukra occupies 8th from Chandra
  • Shukra occupies 12th from Chandra
  • Simha lagna Shukra = L-3 + L-10 (yet good for career)
  • Vrischika lagna Shukra = L-7 + L-12
  • Dhanushya lagna Shukra = L-6 + L-11 (yet good for income)

Career auspice:

  • If Shukra is well disposed and He rules the 10th navamsha or the 10th radical bhava, professional recognition or promotion to a higher rank may be expected

The Final Bhukti brings end-of-cycle, conclusion, closure.

  • Chidra-dasha, the final few months of "cutting" (chid = cut) may sever attachment to completed, outdated behaviors so that one may move forward upon the spiritual path.

"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

Chandra Mahadasha + Surya bhukti

  • chidra-dasha

  • duration of the bhukti: 6 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
chidra-dasha =

the period of cutting-off, release, forgiveness

chidra-dasha = "Final Exam"

Main effects of Chandra-Surya bhukti are determined by the angle between Chandra and Surya, karaka agency of Surya, Surya's bhava + rashi, incoming-and-outgoing drishti, current transits, and the age of the native.

Chandra likes Surya as a close Friend; Surya sees Chandra as a Friend as well. Since Chandra and Surya are mutually friendly, periods of Sun-Moon and Moon-Sun have no inherent problems.

Naturally, problems may arise if Surya rules a dushthamsha from Chandra.

Male figures, particularly Father and Father-figures, play prominent roles in the life drama whenever Surya commandeers the script. The politics of rights and entitlements, as well as matters of genius, gaming, and celebrity, come briefly to prominence.

Easier angles

  • Surya-Chandra enjoy a 5-9 angle
  • Simha lagna Surya lagnesha
  • Dhanushya lagna Surya = dharmapathi
  • Surya atmakaraka

More challenging angles

  • Surya occupies 6th from Chandra
  • Surya occupies 8th from Chandra
  • Surya occupies 12th from Chandra
  • Meena lagna Surya = L-6
  • Makara lagna Surya = L-8
  • Kanya lagna Surya = L-12

Career auspice:

  • If Surya is well disposed and He rules the 10th navamsha or the 10th radical bhava, professional recognition or promotion to a higher rank may be expected

Opportunity for Flesh Death

For Karkata lagna or Kumbha lagna, Brightly Burning Surya = 'maraka' L-2 or L-7.

For Karkata lagna or Kumbha lagna, maraka potential is enhanced is Surya occupies bhava-2 or Surya occupies bhava-7.

  • the final, separative, pulverizing chidra-dasha ("ashes to ashes, dust to dust") tends to bring an end to attachments.

  • Dasha sandhi during the final year of Surya-bhukti gains additional maraka influence of death-and-rebirth agent Mangala.

  • For Karkata lagna or Kumbha lagna, Chandra-Simha bhukti of may signal the "final accomplishment".

However as always the agency of any potential makara 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. Do not assume that Chandra-Surya bhukti will be lethal unless the native has reached the actuarially normal age range for permission to exit.

BPHS view

According to BPHS Chandra Dasha, only L-2+L-7 Guru and L-2+L-7 Shukra become killers during Chandra mahadasha.

Dasha Sandhi

The dasha sandhi "gear shift" transition zone between the end of Chandra mahadasha and the beginning of Mangala Mahadasha lasts for approximately 1.5 years.

The final 9 months (approximately) of Chandra Mahadasha, including the entire Surya bhukti, becomes increasingly influenced by energetic, forward moving Mangala. Generally there is little of the usual quietude and need to forgive deeply which normally accompanies the chidra-dasha.

Kuja's thrusting energy coordinates favorably with confident, self-directed Solo Surya, to produce a time if not quite of new beginnings then of vigorous preparations for the burst of new life which emerges with great vitality at the onset of Mangala Mahadasha.

Depending on Surya's characteristics, one may apprehend the gradual onset of Mangala Mahadasha as a burst of stress-relieving freedom from the heavy emotions of Chandra, including guilt and grief. Or, if Surya is weak, one may note the increasing rapid withdrawal of the stable, steady, protective routines of the fading Chandra Mahadasha with a wistful nostalgia, pining for the old cocoon.

Whatever Soma's emotional perception of the end of this very rhythmic, predictable phase of life, whether sadness or celebration, Surya bhukti signals the conclusion of a 10-year reign of deep rootedness in the cultural habits of one's people.

These final six months are bright, independent, and creative, with the promise of much heightened physical vitality soon arriving in the new era of Mangala.

Primary active agents during Chandra periods =

  • Mother, matriarchy, caretakers and nurturers, home owners and homeland defenders, patriotic actions and feelings, shelters and security

  • schools and schoolteachers, folkways, local customs and belongingness culture (including ethnic language "mother tongue" and folk religion)

  • vehicles including boats and airplanes,

  • ocean, tidal estuary, marine and sea-coast environments,

  • female energy and female bodies, including mammalian animals

  • the breasts, lymph and liquids in the body

  • watery things, rain, drinking

Special customization by rashi, add to the primary agents "mother" and "ocean" the following bhava traits: additional agency

during Chandra periods

Mesha Chandra rules bhava 4 schoolteachers, parents; classrooms, gardens, boats
Vrishabha Chandra rules bhava 3 neighbors, caretaking siblings, sheltered instruction, mother's relatives
Mithuna Chandra rules bhava 2 family history, foods of the sea
Karkata Chandra rules bhava 1 self, breasts, lymph
Simha Chandra rules bhava 12 paternal grandmother 4th-from-9th = 12, maternal intuition,ocean ferries, marine shipping
Kanya Chandra rules bhava 11 caretaking elder siblings, father's relatives
Thula Chandra rules bhava 10 female boss,

maritime law,marine agency of government,

educational institutions,

Vrischika Chandra rules bhava 9 religious teachers, university professors

6th-from-4th = illness of mother

global waterways

Dhanusha Chandra rules bhava 8 parental inheritance
Makara Chandra rules bhava 7 maternal grandmother 4th-from-4th = 7
Kumbha Chandra rules bhava 6 exploitive mother or abusive caretakers,

polluted liquids,

fight over water rights, watery sicknesses

Meena Chandra rules bhava 5 breast-feeding children,
12th-from-Chandra = "challenging angle"

During Vimshottari periods of Chandra, whether the 10-years of mahadasha or more brief bhukti sections, the bhava which occupies 12th-from Chandra may become problematic.

  • Problematic = recurring problems which may be increasingly well-defined but seem to be embedded organically into the environment.

12th-from-Chandra drains the nutrient from the astral body. Matters of this bhava are exhausting. Other factors in the nativity may oblige the native to have considerable transactions involving this bhava, but the obligation to deal with it does not reduce the draining effect.

During the sub-period of the lord of the bhava which occupies 12th-from Chandra, look to the significations of this bhava and expect some notable challenges involving the agents of this bhava.


  • Dr. Martin Luther King, the great leader of African-American non-violent social reform in the USA = Surya + Budha very prominently placed in radix 12th from Chandra = 10th from Mesha lagna.

  • Shani = L-10. during Shani mahadasha, King developed highly visible social leadership (10) responsibilities .

  • Shani = lord of 12th from Chandra = lord of 10th from Mesha lagna. He simply had to deal with the emotional exhaustion caused by his relationship with the agents of 12th-from-Chandra: these were the National Government authorities (10)

  • He was obliged -- despite the work being inherently tiring and frustrating (12th from) -- to establish his own leadership role (Surya in 10) during the Shani mahadasha.

  • The draining, dissolving effect of 12th-from-Chandra was simply "part of the total package" of effects associated with his 19-year reign of hard-working Shani.


Confusion Arises as Wisdom: Gampopa's Heart Advice on the Path of Mahamudra

by Ringu Tulku, p. 122

Whatever arises in our mind - whether it's a thought, an emotion, a sensation, or a perception - is the arising of co-emergent wisdom. It is the radiation of the mind's emptiness and clarity. Every arising is a temporary arising - one thought comes and goes, then another thought comes and goes. All our thoughts and emotions just appear and disappear.

This is very important, because we usually grasp at whatever occurs. For instance, when sadness arises, we hold on to this feeling and think, “I am so sad, I am so depressed.”

But from the Mahamudra point of view, what has happened? A feeling has arisen in the mind, like a cloud. Like a cloud, it appears and then it disappears, and that's all there is to it. This time it is sadness arising, the next time it may be happiness, the next time it may be anger, and later it may be kindness. All sorts of things arise, like wildflowers in a spring meadow.

All sorts of flowers grow; all sorts of thoughts and emotions arise. They are all okay; they're nothing special. When we understand what our thoughts and feelings are, and we experience them in this way, we are able to let them come and let them go.


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