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AUM som somaya namah

AUM hreem shreem chandraya namah


Professor Chandra

चन्द्र candra = brightener, shiner

सोम so-ma = moon, soma-sacrifice

सुम su-ma = moon, atmosphere

tha = disk of moon

ऋक्षराज् ṛkṣa-rāj = lord of the constellations

निशाकर niśā-kara = night-creator

resides in






comforted by careful listening * protectors of undulating shamanic sound * needs customary lawfulness


emotional patterning delivered into the Earth consciousness grid

conferred by the races of

Altair the Flying Eagle

+ Alshain the Falcon

+ Tarazed the Pointer

emotional stability achieved via respect and reputation of The folks

Intuitive listeners

* Listener, Hearing, shaman

Shra-yana the path of Hearing

Deep emotional need to establish one's good repute


Vimshottari Dasha - Rashi - Gochara - Bhava - Graha - Ratna - Nakshatra - Amsha - Karaka - Varga - Bala

Nakshatra of Chandra

Ruled by Chandra = grounding, rooting, stability, settlement


Vishnu with his 10 avatars (incarnations):

Fish, tortoise, boar, man-Lion, dwarf, rama with the Ax, King Rama, Krishna, buddha, and Kalkin.

Painting from Jaipur, India , 19th cen.; in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London


Blossom of the Calotropis gigantea tree

sacred to Śrāvaṇa nakshatra

Chandra resides in a Nakshatra Kona of Chandra

Exceptionally emotionally sensitive, intuitive, responsive, emotionally available, absorptive, reactive

= pragmatic, affectionate, attached to Mother

see also

Chandra in a nakshatra of Chandra

Each of the Chandra-ruled nakshatra of Chandra is emotionally compatible with other soothing, nourishing, chandra-ruled caretakers

Śrāvaṇa - Hari Nakshatra

ruled by Chandra = settlements, dwelling, safety, security, comfortable rhythms, nourishment, homes, parenting, agriculture, meals, caretaking, cultural roots, seasonal rhythms

[10:00 until 13:19 Chandra-Makara ]

[inventive-pioneering Śrāvaṇa-1]

[navamsha [Chandra-Mesha] intuitively sensitive pursuing competitive champion

[13:20 until 16:39 Chandra-Makara ]

[oratorical-heritage Śrāvaṇa-2]

[navamsha Chandra-Urisha-uchcha] intuitively sensitive lineage values enrichment storytelling

[Pushkara Navamsha]


[16-40 until 19-59 Chandra-Makara

[collaborative-commercial Śrāvaṇa-3]

[navamsha Chandra in Mithuna] intuitively sensitive administrative management


[20-00 until 23-19 Chandra-Makara ]

[rhythmic-defensive Śrāvaṇa-4]

[navamsha Karkata Chandra ] intuitively sensitive parental caretaking

[moral-cultural defender]


sravan_shell.jpgJanma-Chandra in Śrāvaṇa = Hearing the Rhythm

= exceptionally attentive to the 'drum beat' of social approval and public opinion

Śrāvaṇa = skillful, absorptive listening.

Śrāvaṇa is very closely related to its Twin Partner Dhaniṣṭha - Vasu , which is the other Nakshatra of hearing the drumbeat.

  • Śrāvaṇa = usually knows a class of social ranked, high-position people

  • yet less of the Dhaniṣṭha inclination to acquire wealth via elite association.

Śrāvaṇa natives are careful with their finances and generally find their way into the capitalized ranks by carefully managing their social reputation.

  • Excellent for pollsters, political campaign managers, advertising marketers, social historians.

Chandra in Śrāvaṇa - Hari = profound and self-defining core need for emotional security, which expresses via steady reliability [Shani]

Needs to appear as a provider of conventional conformity to public standards [Shani]

  • in particular, Śrāvaṇa is emotionally aligned with ' law and order' practices

  • its greatest feeling of emotional security occurs when imposing petty or parochial laws.

Excellent placement for regulators, inspectors, examiners, property-assessors, and civil-court judges.

Śrāvaṇa natives are excellent listeners who are attentive to public opinion and wish to maintain their social reputation at all costs.

As a corollary, the native is emotionally inclined to tell people what the they want to hear.

Śrāvaṇa Chandra tends to pander to the public's need to hear platitudes, pious niceties and simple solutions to complex problems.

In additional to skillful listening one tends to be a moralistic speaker

Extraordinary "ear" for music, drum-beat, rhythms, speech prosody , "what people are saying" .

Allied with conventional standards for excellence and will not tolerate any challenge to what they hear as the rules for proper behavior in their subculture.

Śrāvaṇa's rhythmic intelligence can concentrate on a pattern and "pay attention" to nuanced variation.

Superb placement for diplomacy

  • POTUS-03 Declaration of Independence 1743-1826 Thomas Jefferson [dominating-champion Śrāvaṇa-1] had an extraordinarily strong placement for Śrāvaṇa Chandra. (1) lagnesha (2) in nakshatra ruled by Chandra (3) cast drishti upon lagna from 7th (4) Chandra-7 receives drishti of [yogakaraka] [nīcha-bhanga] Mangala-1

  • POTUS-pair-13 Libraries 1798-1853 Abigail Powers Fillmore [schooling Śrāvaṇa-4] was a lifetime personal adviser and defender to her politician husband POTUS-13 Slave Trade Compromise 1800-1874 Millard Fillmore

  • Germany Bundeskanzlerin 1954- Angela Merkel [protective Śrāvaṇa-4] Chandra-4 rules [uchcha] Shani-1 in 10th-from-Chandra

  • Mughal Emperor 1592-1666 Shah Jahan [commercial-communicative Śrāvaṇa-3] + [Surya-yuti-Budha] SJ held his position for thirty years during dangerous times, fighting many military battles that extended his territory, without injury and losing very few contests. His success is largely attributed to his good sense in listening to his wife Arjumand Banu Begum (a.k.a. Mumtaz-Mahal) who served as his key advisor.

Could become obsessed with what others are saying about oneself, if other factors point in the direction of paranoia [other-knowing]

  • Gospel of Wealth 1835-1919 Andrew Carnegie [defensive Śrāvaṇa-4] the listener. AC used spies to infiltrate and report the worker's conversations, in order to prevent potential labor strikes. He used goons to violently beat and occasionally kill workers whose words seemed to be fomenting rebellion againt his steel empire. After decades of vicious strike-breaking and systematic reduction of workers' wages to below survival level, aC in old age restyled himself as a grand philanthropist in order to restore his reputation [Shravana]. Some were awed by his generosity, but most also remembered his cruelty.

  • Ford Motor Co. 1863-1947 assembly line Henry Ford [transportation-infrastructure Śrāvaṇa-4] Ford's paranoia emerged in his invisible-listener [Shravana] eavesdropping campaigns designed to subvert factory worker unionization. Ford paid spies to listen to worker conversations in the lavatory and on the factory floor. He especially demanded to know any comments made about him personally.

Paranoia could result from constant listening that searches for negative comment

  • Ford Motor Co. 1863-1947 assembly line Henry Ford [regulatory-governing Aryaman-2] + [Guru-yuti-Shani] Ford's paranoia emerged in his invisible [Soma-12] paid-spy listeners eavesdropping on his workers - in the shop floor, in lavatories, and in the hallways. His goal was to maintain a flawless moral [Chandra] reputation while he worked to subvert factory worker unionization.

Gifted in delivering speeches and sermons with a rhythmic, melodically structured cadence. Sensitive "ear" for writing. A writer with Śrāvaṇa Chandra knows to read one's written work aloud to ensure a readable rhythm.

Excellent placement for television announcers and newscasters , ceremonial "presenter" personalities, pulp novelists, sensationalistic journalists

A shrewd and discriminating observer (David-Néel ).

There is a certain negativity associated with this Nakshatra which is the obvious downside of tale-telling, dishonesty or open contempt for those who might tarnish or challenge one's public reputation.

REPUTATION. Protecting the social reputation is an emotional priority in Sravana.

Regardless of the private material actions, chandra-Sravana diligently smoother the public perception of dignity and appropriateness. The mother usually collaborates in the public-relations profiling.

Often deeply rhythmic

  • Oops 1981- music-merchandise Britney Spears [commercial-communicative Śrāvaṇa-3] + [Vaisva-Shukra-yuti-Ketu-Vaisva] famed musical entertainer, singer, dancer. Elbaorately crafted music shows develop compellingly familiar rhythms.

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Magical Art by Elaine Bayley Illustrations

Dishonesty, falsification, and pretense

All the Chandra-ruled lunar Nakshatra suffer from psychological defensiveness which is out of proportion to the scope of the factual threat.

Ironically these folk who are quite pure of heart can develop a reputation for falseness and pretense , as a result of putting up a defensive shield which they try to use as a 'decoy' to deflect predatory interests.

The honest truth may seem like an inadequate defense to Rohini, who may erect a protective facade of perfect contentment [Chandra] in order to mask the human weaknesses of one's self or one's immediate family.

Weakness when manageable presents opportunities for growth.

One notable feature of Śrāvaṇa which is stronger compared to Rohini or Hasta = Śrāvaṇa's staunch and unyielding defense of one's public reputation. It will be almost impossible to publicly discredit a Śrāvaṇa. There will always be enough people who want to hear what the Śrāvaṇa is promoting, whether it is true or not, and those people will band together in defense of the Śrāvaṇa native.

If Chandra receives aggressive drishti in the nativity, one might pursue the nay-sayers aggressively, seeking to discredit those who might criticize one (Sarah Palin).

The upside can be a professionally respected version of tale-telling, such as journalism or scholarly historian. Śrāvaṇa can produce exquisitely attentive historians (Michel Foucault ) and industrialists who listen to the people and deliver what the people request.

Śrāvaṇa can be arrogant or uncharitable even (or especially) to close friends or family, should one's reputation come into danger from insinuation of untruthfulness or by unflattering association.

  • Gives attention to sacred teachings. Tolerates only the purest spoken word in the home.

Śrāvaṇa parents disallow vulgarity to flow from the mouths of their children; will not abide ill words to be spoken in the public assembly.

Accountability issues, fabrication of truth , saying (or writing) what people want to hear

for example,

the veracity of the French author Alexandra David-Néel's popular Himalayan adventure tales was called into question by those knowledgeable of the region, its terrain, along with its folkways, ancient customs, and established cultural norms. Her books which were promoted as autobiography seemed to contain substantial amounts of delightfully embroidered fiction, tales obtained from other travelers, and clever reworkings of some scholarly accounts in other languages.

  • Typical of Śrāvaṇa, alexandra David-Néel vigorously defended her reputation as a first-hand observer of the mysterious lands and peoples of remote Gobi and Tibet. Modern scholarship would indicate that she, like some other adventuring women of her generation, claimed to have done things which were really quite preposterous. Nevertheless as a true Śrāvaṇa she catered to what they want to hear. She gave people stories that they wanted to read, information that they wanted to know, visions of distant lands that they wanted to imagine.

  • The political personality Sarah Palin was elected to the governorship of the state of Alaska as a 'rogue' candidate with no job experience is also a typical Śrāvaṇa. The ability to repeat a number of simple slogans regarding family and customary faith principles (while looking good on television) is her great strength. She lacks understanding of world politics, but this is not a problem for her public presentation as a familiar, maternal, church-going figure. Ms. Palin provides a politically sensitive response to the confusions of one sector of the USA electorate: the least well educated, least traveled and least economically secure segment. So far she has enjoyed remarkably high success by telling the people what they want to hear.

The down side of a too-narrow Śrāvaṇa listening strategy = a simple, ethnically familiar story (or any too-narrow pitch) which appeals to only one section of the electorate will certainly not convince the full majority, and a too-narrow Śrāvaṇa cannot rise past parochial bounds.

  • Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg faced similar accountability issues when in 2008 she proposed, on the basis of never having held a single political office, to become the governor of New York State in the USA. Presuming the dominant value of popular acclaim [Śrāvaṇa] and national reputation , cKS was surprised to learn that no political party would support her. Family reputation = the self-defining core of Śrāvaṇa. Having been raised in a political family, in which environment she regularly heard about (Śrāvaṇa) governance processes, cKS may have presumed that she well understood the practical task of governing the huge, diverse, conflict-and-corruption ridden state of New York. Hearing and doing may be confused by Śrāvaṇa natives. CKS gracefully withdrew from consideration.

  • Gospel of Wealth 1835-1919 Andrew Carnegie wrote several books which declared his flag-waving emotionalized ideology. His evangelistic support for the American Way (patriotic Chandra) included labor unions, democratic elections, and free-market capitalism. However, aC also violently broke labor strikes, poured millions into election-thwarting special interest lobbies, and indulged in extensive insider stock trading. Much of Carnegie's journalistic writing was pious platitude , meant to insure positive image and public relations. His message was not represented in the history of his self-defensive material actions.

Best careers for Śrāvaṇa are skilled in

  • Listening,

  • demonstrations of public decency,

  • maintaining respect,

  • developing honorable reputation

Śrāvaṇa may travel extensively to listen at the feet of the guru.

Yet Śrāvaṇa may also ensure that his pious visits are publicly announced and established in the public mind.

Intellectually, the power of the ear is a huge asset; one listens attentively to the teacher and reads with close attention to detail.

  • Gospel of Wealth 1835-1919 Andrew Carnegie was such a remarkably accurate listener that as a telegraph-office boy, he was able to decode incoming messages aurally, without waiting to write the value of each code into a paper letter. His success in industry was due at least partly to his ability to hear and delivery accurate instructions.

Śrāvaṇa produces scholars of the highest order who pass long the lineage high values of their culture.

Marvelous historians, sociologists, and curators of Traditional knowledge .

Natural instincts = professions of public-relations, spin doctors, opinion-polls, political campaign managers, and holders of public officer.

Spiritual director of this section of the path


Anxious need to have one's performance recognized, a fear of not being noticed.

  • trauma of having been unheard, disregarded, not recognized, not listened to.

As a child, one was ignored in conversation or talked about in the third person as if one does not exist.

(As an adult, one fears slander, and vigorously defends one's reputation.)


Ask Śrāvaṇa-Chandra how are you doing?

The answer rather predictably will be not be a neutral oh, fine or doin' good or well, thank you.

For the Śrāvaṇa Chandra, this mundane question has determinative power and it will be answered with emotional meaning.

The response is most often doing GREAT thanks! -- everything is Exceptionally Good! -- the children are Wonderful! the spouse is Magnificent! the job is Superb!

for Śrāvaṇa-Chandra it may be emotionally mandated [Shani] to use every transaction with the public as an opportunity to stabilize and reinforce the structure [Shani] of on

People are talking, Śrāvaṇa is listening

  • Śrāvaṇa is deeply concerned with public respectability and reputation.

  • Śrāvaṇa may suffer from selective hearing = inability to hear information that might indicate imbalance-seeking-a-remedy, discontent, or things being out of order

Extreme Śrāvaṇa

  • In a traumatized state of mind, Śrāvaṇa may feel a great urgency to defend [Chandra] the facade of public dignity [Shani].

Archive 1962: this case of feminine-figure Śrāvaṇa Chandra stress reaction during Sade-Sati.

The 30-something Śrāvaṇa Chandra was enjoying her life in a small town. In addition to being a busy at-home mother she volunteered in church activities.

She supported her husband's career by cooking dinner for his business associates and regularly she praised his personal character to whomever would listen. She often told friends how happy she felt in her marriage.

  • Her husband complained of her emotional distancing. As he felt himself to be increasingly "unheard" by her, and his needs ignored, his alcoholism progressed.

  • He said that she was too busy with her routine of activities; she seemed more concerned with the security provided by outer social presentation of the marriage and less aware of the inner flow between the partners.

  • He asked her to stop over-doing the local social engagements and pay more attention to him.

  • He mentioned that a business friend and his wife had entered marriage counseling in their church, and asked her to enter that conversation with him. Yet, she felt that any notice of irregularity in their marriage would harm their happiness because it would hurt their local reputation .

  • Essentially, she had no idea what he was asking her to do. After a few repeat requests, her husband stopped asking. His drinking worsened and he lost a job promotion.

  • She continued to build a secure reputation for their family via steady involvement in local volunteering and her children's school. She spoke with praise and admiration toward everyone in their community, especially her husband.

The onset of her Sade-Sati produced a completely unexpected divorce from her husband. He had begun a compensating relationship.

In the conservative 1960's American Midwest, he felt that he needed to marry this new woman who was actually listening to him and sympathizing with him.

The Śrāvaṇa feminine, in a state of traumatic shock, was overwhelmingly concerned to maintain calm and prevent public embarrassment.

  • She walked away from her home and children, leaving them with the ex-husband and his new girlfriend.

  • She rode the bus to a city 500 miles away.

  • Thinking of church membership as a prime marker of social decency in the locality, she joined a mainstream congregation of worship. She found a modest but respectable job, and rented an apartment in a middle-class neighborhood.

  • She never told co-workers or neighbors about her divorce or the busy, loving life with children she left behind.

  • Fellow churchgoers heard that she had been tragically widowed.

Only after the end of Sade-Sati did she permit her children to visit her, and even on those visits they did not go out to restaurants or walk in the town, due to her fear that people might talk .

Navamsha Moon occupies Śrāvaṇa - Hari

psychic mirroring function o f intimate relationships

rhythmic, sensitive, flowing feelings


In order to mirror one's own subconscious emotional patterns, one attracts a core partner who expresses Śrāvaṇa - Hari behavior.

Under emotional stress within relationships, Śrāvaṇa - Hari navamsha Chandra can evoke the native 's inner fear of not being heard.

Reactions to this fear include compulsive making of announcements, story-telling and general noise, in order to attract attention.

the Earthen Moon = Chandrama



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