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Graha - Bhava - Amsha - Rashi

  1. Mesha- Arya
  2. [Vrishabha - Urisha]
  3. [Mithuna - Dvamdva]
  4. [Karkata - Kadaga]
  5. [Simha - Leya]
  6. [Kanya - Parthya]
  7. [Tula - Vanika]
  8. [Vṛścika - Thriketta]
  9. [Dhanus - Haya]
  10. [Makara - Draco]
  11. [Kumbha - Ghata]
  12. [Meena - Antya]

  1. Surya - Makara
  2. Chandra -Makara
  3. Mangala - Makara
  4. Budha - Makara
  5. Guru - Makara
  6. Shukra - Makara
  7. Shani - Makara
  8. Rahu - Makara
  9. Ketu - Makara

Makara rashi contains three nakshatra

  1. Uttarāṣāḍha - Vaishva = pada 2-3-4

  2. Śrāvaṇa - Hari = pada 1-2-3-4

  3. Dhaniṣṭha - Delphinus = pada 1-2



construct (construe)




destruct (destroy)



OM Shrim Vatsalaya Namaha

OM Vatsalaya Namaha

Neelanjana Samaabhasam - Ravi-putram Yama- agrajam Chchaya-martaanda Sambhootam

OM sham shanaishcharaye namah

मकरराशि makararāśi

Makara = Draco


मकर makara = crocodile, dolphin, porpoise

आकोकेर ākokera= aἰγόκερως = aigókeros = goat-horn

मृग mṛga = forest deer, antelope

एण eṇa = black antelope with beautiful eyes

एणदृश् eṇadṛś / मृगदृश् mṛgadṛś = antelope eye


Chandra-Makara matched with 12 radical lagna


steinbock - stone-buck

aiko-kheros - egokeros

gdi - al-jadi


the horned one, dragon, crocodile


राशि names in numerous languages

kheros = horn (e.g. rhino-ceros)


Makara = a horned sea-monster, representing the strict laws of Draco the dragon kingdom (draconian rules).

Tarot = Arka 15



Mt. Everest, from the Tibet Side


The constellation of Capricorn from Richard Dibon-Smith -

nakshatra names in red by BP Lama

Uttarāṣāḍha - Vaishva ++ Śrāvaṇa - Hari ++ Dhaniṣṭha - Delphinus


woodcut from Liber Astronomiae by Fra. Guido Bonatti, c. 1277

9 graha bhava-activating rulership from Makara indriya-lagna

12 bhava described from Makara indriya-lagna

General Suitability of Gems for Makara indriya-lagna

Karaka significations of Makara

Environment of Makara

Properties of Makara Rashi

mahAsaMkrAnti = Surya gochara = annual transit = into the rashi of Makara

Regional Names for Makara


Ena = Ena-driz = eye of an antelope

Makar = Makra = Makraka = Magaram

Mriga = forest animal or wild beast, game of any kind, esp. a deer, fawn, gazelle, antelope, stag, musk-deer; the deer or antelope in the moon

Mriga-driz = eye of the antelope, eye of the deer

Mriga-mukha = Mriga-asya = face of a deer


Tarot Arka 15 matches rashi Makara

imagery from the exquisite medieval and early renaissance Northern European art collages of the Golden Tarot deck composed by Kat Black

the images from this beautiful deck are copyright US Games Systems and Kat Black

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General Traits of

Makara indriya-lagna = Chandra in Makara


Law - Regulation - Step - Stage - Status - Position - elite - Rank - Order - Hierarchy - Pyramid -

Government - Society -

Leadership - Responsibilities -

Recognition, reputation, Respect for Positions of Power

punishments, consequences, system-wide rules, no individual exceptions

Institutional hierarchies of governance, social rank, executive leadership, skeletons, bones, and the Rules of Law.


" [They] are generally emaciated and weak and grow slowly.

  • Their body will not be plump or muscular but slender.

  • A native of this lagna grows tall suddenly on becoming young

    • and his constitution improves with age.

    His nose is long and eyes deep-set.

  • The hair is coarse.

They are economical, prudent, reasonable, thoughtful and practical minded.

  • He is methodical, slow, steady and patient.

  • He is calculative and business- like.

  • A Makara native is capable of taking quick decisions.

  • He will have push and confidence.

He has special organizing capacity and a lot of tolerance.

  • He will be honest, sincere and reliable unless the lagna has evil influence on it.

    In the latter case he will become dishonest, selfish and even criminal.

[They] have to face lot of obstacles, difficulties and hindrances,

  • but they are capable of overcoming them.

They are hard workers and are able to consolidate their position sooner or later.

They generally marry late, but prove good husbands and father of many children."

QUOTATION Saravali, Sarga-48, shlokas 38-41

" One born in Capricorn ascendant

  • will have an emaciated body, be timid,

  • will have a face akin to that of a deer,

  • be troubled by windy diseases,

  • will have a bright and elevated nose,

  • be not mighty,

  • will have many sons,

  • be hairy-bodied,

  • will have broad feet and hands,

  • be devoid of conduct and virtues,

  • be tormented by thirst (or morbid heat),

  • be dear to the fair sex,

  • will wander in hills and forests,

  • be valorous,

  • will have knowledge of Shastra, Vedas,

  • fine arts, music and musical instruments,

  • will have little strength,

  • be a householder,

  • be hostile, wicked,

  • ill disposed to relatives,

  • splendorous,

  • will have a wicked wife,

  • will not be a talebearer,

  • be wealthy, virtuous,

  • will serve a king,

  • be very liberal, happy and fortunate."

Phala Deepika Mantreshvara 9.10

"When Capricorn is on the ascendant at birth, the lower limbs of the native will be weak.

The person will have ample vitality. He will be lazy by nature and will accept the advice of others.

A man born here may become involved with an older woman or one from lower strata of society. He may become shameless and a religious hypocrite.

He will be fortunate and fond of wandering. He may become prone to windy diseases."

Properties of Makara Rashi

QUOTATION BPHS , Chapter 4: 19-20

" Makara is lorded by Shani

  • and has predominance of Tamo-Guna (a disposition, seen in demons).

  • It is an earthy Rashi and represents the southern direction.

  • It is strong in nights and rises with its back.

  • It has a large body.

  • Its complexion is variegated and it resorts to both forests and lands.

Its first half is quadruped and its second half footless, moving in water."


Makara - Draco rashi specializes in hierarchical pyramid-shaped social organizations, bureaucracy, social ranks and classes, structure and bones, orderly social leadership, regulation and legislation, policy and protocol, judgments and the rule of law.

Makara class-structures, social position, reputation, respect

  • Surya-ruled Uttarāṣāḍha - Vaishva pada 2-3-4 = indriya-lagna, tends toward mystical and occult sensibility combined with externally pious and lawful behavior. Often involved with religious hierarchies.

  • When Chandra-ruled Śrāvaṇa - Hari matches the eastern horizon at the time of birth, one may develop expertise in the law of contracts and trusts. Often a government agent charged with sensitive negotiations.

  • Mangala-ruled Dhaniṣṭha - Delphinus pada 1-2 favors a dynamic ascent up the hierarchical ladder of corporate and government rank. Often a champion of competition and dominance.

Public Figure Examples

  • Makara = indriya lagna of the kundali (bodily baseline)

  • see also: Chandra in Makara

Uttarāṣāḍha - Vaishva

high universal (vaisva) = ruled by brilliant, creative, attention-center Surya = politics, creativity, and drama

Surya's mūlatrikoṇa = Simhabhava-8 mystical knowledge, masks, secret doings, eruptions of energy, hidden resources, disasters, poisons, unseen forces, sudden unexpected changes, catastrophic upheaval , revolution, cycles of death and rebirth

[Uttarāṣāḍha pada-2 = Makara] [DOUBLE MAKARA] [class-conscious, hierarchical, ranked positioning, timeclock, pyramid, ages-and-stages, sober, architectural, governing, regulator, lawful, structural, stones-and-bones pragmatism.]

[Tula 10th-navamsha Career = brokering, contractual, alliance-building, diplomatic, equalizing, pleasant, musical, harmonizing, partnering, adjudicating, arranging, balancing, match-making, deal-making.]

  • Harry Potter 1965- magical-fiction J.K. Rowling [Vaishva svamsha]

= = =

  • Earth Changes 1877-1945 Edgar Cayce [Vaishva svamsha]

  • Lord of the Rings 1892-1973 linguist J.R.R. Tolkien [Vaishva svamsha]

[Uttarāṣāḍha pada-3 = Kumbha]

[systematic, gridworked, community-connecting, distributive, interlinked, socio-economic, networking, friendly, associative, goal-achieving.]

[Vrischika 10th-navamsha Career = undisclosing, dangerous, shocking, healing, penetrating, recycling, , explosive, identity-changing, mysterious, transformative, rejuvenating, evolutionary. May be called to leaderdhip during emergencies, dangers, or threats. ]

[Uttarāṣāḍha pada-4 = Meena]

[visionary, fantasizing, imaginative, conceptual, contemplative, privately guiding, interior, theoretical, diversifying, developing, inclusive, charitable.]

[Dhanus 10th-navamsha Career = preachy, pontificating, patronizing, inspirational, globalized, optimistic, expansive, believing, ideological, theological, philosophical, principled, indoctrinating. May be called to leadership in teaching of theory or ultimate belief. ]

= = =

  • Mormon Church 1805-1844 Golden Plates Joseph Smith [Revati svamsha]

  • Knowledge of Higher Worlds 1861-1925 Rudolf Steiner [Revati svamsha]

  • Opus Dei 1902-1975 St. Josemaria Escriva - KSY [Uttarabhadra svamsha]

  • TM 1917-2008 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi [Revati svamsha]

  • Lewis O. Stewart Bostwick, Founder BPI [1918-1995]

  • Clairsentient 1939-1994 social justice Paul Solomon [Revati svamsha]

Śrāvaṇa - Hari

the Listener

ruled by intuitive protective, habitual, rhythmic, parental, sheltering, customary, affectionate Chandra

Chandra's mūlatrikoṇa = Vrishabha bhava-5 = literary genius, politics, royalty, entertainment, gambling, romantic idealism, children, center-stage roles, celebrity entitlements , charismatic performance, creative literature

[Śrāvaṇa pada-1] [Mesha]

[pioneering, dominating, active-aggressive, speedy, forceful, conquesting, competitive, athletic, new, bloody, muscular, innovative, battling, invasive, first-arriver, championship master.]

[Makara 10th-navamsha Career = status-maintaining, hierarchical, institutional, regulatory, governing, directing, legitimizing, ranking, ordering, class-conscious, structuring, lawful, fixed-position, dignified elite. ]

  • UK-Queen 1926-2022 Elizabeth-2 [Punarvasu svamsha]

  • USA Sec. of State 2005-2009 Condoleezza Rice

[Śrāvaṇa pada-2] [Urisha]

[finance, face, family, food, tradition, treasures, pleasures, speech, song, language, capitalization, sensual values, historical knowledge, sound, color, taste, touch, beauty, cattle, oil, sugar, sweetness, wine, ornaments, music.]

[Kumbha 10th-navamsha Career = community, fundraising, social-participation, gridworking, gainful, economic, scientific, futuristic, networking, profitable, collectivist, populist, friendly.]

[Śrāvaṇa pada-3] [Mithuna]

[publicizing, explaining, detailing, mercantile, collaborative, communicative, media-messaging, team-working, tallkative, managing, planning, writing, instructional, neighborly.]

[Meena 10th-navamsha Career = guiding, intuitive, conceptual, abstract, visionary, theoretical, charitable, sleepy, imaginative, contemplative, dreamlike.

[Śrāvaṇa pada-4] [Karkata]

[defensive, nationalistic, rhythmic-algorithmic, worshipping, protective, customary, ritualized, routinized, rutting, tidal, moody, habitual, parental, cultural-agricultural, householding.]

[Mesha 10th-navamsha Career = championship, engineering, first-arriving, invasive, weaponizing, fighter, pioneering, muscular, dynamic, energetic, pushy, conquesting, innovative, fiery, new-birth.]

Dhaniṣṭha - Delphinus = the climber

ruled by active, competitive, challenging, sexually pursuing, vital-movement Mangala

Mangala's mūlatrikoṇa Mesha = 4th from Makara

Establishment, foundational schooling, defense of the homeland, binding, boundaries, fences, patriotism, protectionism, ancient roots and rhythms, place of settlement, ethnicity, ethnoreligion, home culture, settlements, farming, ranching, campus, care-taking, sheltering, protectionism = rhythms, routines, beat, pulse

lands and property ownership-stewardship (including what is underneath the land -- exempli gratia, graves, underground civilizations, oil, gas, geothermal heat, minerals)

[Dhaniṣṭha-pada-1] [simha]

  • Gospel of Wealth 1835-1919 Andrew Carnegie [Uttaraphalguni svamsha] railroads, coal, oilfields, estates, steel, schools

  • CNN buffalo lands 1938- Ted Turner [Uttaraphalguni svamsha] vast wasteland holdings

  • Faith 1963-2016 singer-songwriter George Michael [Purvaphalguni svamsha] In addition to being a powerhouse musical writer and performer, GM was an industry businessman [like his father before him]

[Dhaniṣṭha-pada-3] [Kanya]
  • Super Brain 1946- Dr.Deepak Chopra [Uttaraphalguni svamsha] writer, physician, businessman


T. Subba Row. (1881)."The Twelve Signs of the Zodiac" in Five Years Of Theosophy. George Robert Snow Mead (ed.). London. (1885, 1894).

" Mystical, Philosophical, Theosophical, Historical and Scientific Essays Selected from"The Theosophist" . Available at

" X. Makara.

There is some difficulty in interpreting this word; nevertheless it contains within itself the clue to its correct interpretation.

  • The letter Ma is equivalent to number 5, and Kara means hand.

Now in Sanskrit, Thribhujam means a triangle, bhujam or karam (both are synonymous) being understood to mean a side.

  • So, Makaram or Panchakaram means a Pentagon. = =

( = 36 is three times 12, or 9 Tetraktis, or 12 Triads, the most sacred number in the Kabalistic and Pythagorean numerals.--Ed. Theos.)

( = = The five-pointed star or pentagram represented the five limbs of man.--Ed. Theos.)

Now, Makaram is the tenth sign, and the term "Dasadisa" is generally used by Sanskrit writers to denote the faces or sides of the universe.

The sign in question is intended to represent the faces of the universe , and indicates that the figure of the universe is bounded by Pentagons.

If we take the pentagons as regular pentagons (on the presumption or supposition that the universe is symmetrically constructed) the figure of the material universe will, of course, be a Dodecahedron , the geometrical model imitated by the Demiurgus in constructing the material universe. ..."

Vocabulary for Makara

  • QUOTATION ~~ Koeln Digital Sanskrit Lexicon


  • a kind of sea-monster (sometimes confounded with the crocodile, shark, dolphin; the female of the sea-monster
  • regarded as the emblem of Kama-deva or as a symbol of the 9th Arhat of the present Avasarpini;
    • represented as an ornament on gates or on head-dresses
    species of insect or other small animal
  • name of the 10th sign of the zodiac (Capricornus)
  • the 10th arc of 30 degrees in any circle
  • an army of troops in the form of a Makara
  • an ear-ring shaped like a Makara {makara-kundala}
  • the hands folded in the form of a Makara

  • one of the 9 treasures of Kubera

  • one of the 8 magical treasures called Padmini

  • a partic. magical spell recited over weapons

Ena =

  • stag
  • a species of deer or antelope (described as being of a black colour with beautiful eyes and short legs)
  • Capricorn.
mRga =
  • ranger, rover
  • forest animal or wild beast, game of any kind, (esp.) a deer, fawn, gazelle, antelope, stag, musk-deer
  • The deer or antelope in the moon
    • ( the spots on the disk supposed to resemble those of an antelope as well as a hare)
    The disk or antelope in the sky (either the Nakshatra Mriga-shiras or the sign of the zodiac Capricornus;
    • also in general the 10th arc of 30 degrees in a circle)
    An elephant with partic. marks
  • A large soaring bird
  • name. of a demon or Vritra in the form of a deer slain by Indra
  • Of a partic. class of men whose conduct in coitus resembles that of the roebuck
  • Of a horse of the Moon
  • musk
  • search, seeking, asking, requesting
  • A female deer or antelope, doe
  • name of the mythical progenitress of antelopes
  • class of women
  • A kind of metre; a partic. gait of a dancing girl
  • demoniacal possession, epilepsy



  • tamo-guna = tamas inert

niza-bala group =

  1. Mesha

  2. Urisha

  3. Mithuna

  4. Karkata

  5. Dhanus

  6. Makara

tattva = " that-ness " , element

  • prithivi tattva = earth element

pRshthodaya group= " rising from behind" tail-first

  1. Mesha

  2. Vrishabha

  3. Karkata

  4. Dhanus

  5. Makara

11th-from = Natural Friendship Community-Economy- Sahangha

befriends "Vṛścika-08" types:

disaster-responders, the emergency-oriented

plungers, divers, drillers, miners, penetrators

knowers of state secrets; knowers of personal secrets

keepers of hidden treasure, managers of masked wealth that is hidden from government taxation

participants in hidden liaison

the secretive and manipulative,

explorers, investigators, detectives, examiners

those concerned with the conditions of dematerialization such as surgeons and forensic scientists

tantric healers, those who heal by mysterious means

identity transformers;

those disconnected (12th-from) higher wisdom;

leaders (10th from) of community development

Makara prefers to make friends with persons who have access to hidden resource treasuries. Unless a luminary (Surya, Chandra) occupies bhava-11, Makara's network of associations may remain largely, intentionally unseen.

General Suitability of Gems for Makara indriya-lagna

Aid to three friends of Shani

  • Nilamani shani-ratna = blue sapphire supports lagnesha Shani

  • Panna budha-ratna emerald supports dharmapati Budha)

  • Hira shukra-ratna = diamond supports yogakaraka Shukra

  1. Surya ratna = no-no-no. Surya enemy of lagnesha Shani = dusthamsha randhresha-8

  2. Chandra ratna = no, generally, because Shani-Chandra are unfriendly, and kendra-adhi-pati dosha for Chandra = yuvati-pati-7

  3. Mangala ratna = no in general. Mangala = enemy of lagnesha Shani. Some exceptions in particular periods because Mangala as bandesha-4 and Vriddhi-pati-11 does have positive potential to energize education (4) and earnings (11)

  4. Budha ratna = yes. The Kumara = rogesha-6 and Dharmesha-9 As dharmapati Professor Budha can increase wisdom, leading to wise understanding which leads to excellent fortune. However, bhava-6 must be assessed before prescribing a panna. If there are significant health problems , panna should not be chosen. Rather, SEVA = a better spiritual choice.

  5. Guru ratna = no-no-no. Counting from the Makara indriya-lagna, Guru = bhratru-pati-3 and ruler-of-12 . Very little benefit from the pushkaryarajratna, except in special cases during Guru Mahadasha = if = the native is a writer (3) of spiritual guidance communications (12) or alternatively on topics of distant travel or dream travel.

  6. Shukra ratna = yes. [Yogakaraka] Shukra = vidya-pati-5 and karmesha-10 . Diamond is always a good choice for the Makara nativity.

  7. Shani ratna = yes, because Shani = the auspicious lagnesha and dhanapati-2. Generally, the Neelamani (dark blue sapphire) is well chosen. However, if the native expresses a fear of death, Neelamani may exacerbate that fear. Do SEVA first to reduce the fear of death (there is really nothing to fear, rather an awareness should be cultivated). After assuaging the materialistic fear of death (really, it's OK!) then apply blue sapphire to enhance the life structure, social purpose, and responsibility of character.

  8. Rahu-ratna = unknown; depends on Rahu's ruler

  9. Ketu-ratna = unknown; depends on Ketu's lord

There are exceptions to all of these general rules which are caused by the position of Chandra, the active Vimshottari time lords, and one's personal goals, inter alia.

QUOTATION from BPHS, Sarga-40, Sl. 13

Raja Yoga for Maraka lagna = Shukra-yuti-Shani in Makara indriya-lagna

" An exchange of Rashis between Karma's Lord and Lagna's Lord

will make the native associated with the king in a great manner."

QUOTATION from BPHS, Sarga-5, Sl. 41

WRT Parivartamsha Yoga for Maraka lagna

"If the lord of the Lagna and the 10th exchange Bhava with each other then they form a Raja Yoga. They will confer high position, reputation and power."

Natural communities, friendship networks, and sangha =

Vṛścika: befriends disaster-responders, the secretive and manipulative, exploratory, drillers and miners; controlling; shamans, healers, and transformers; detectives; those less concerned with higher wisdom; those holding secrets; the emergency-oriented

Karaka - significations of Makara

this list is adapted from Das

Attacks, tradition, badly in need of guidance, change, dissatisfaction, destiny, fate, destruction of traditional values, difficulties, rebirth, doesn't like advice, doesn't like religion, excruciating pain, feminine, earthy, movable, hardening, hardship, has no feelings, inwardly satisfying, likes aggression, much likes being energized, likes hard work, low class, very controlled, mental torture, moving forward, mundane existence, non-philosophical, offended by religion, absence of ease, slow.

MRIGA = animal

Makara and Kumbha = Mriga's Animal nature, classically exemplified by the behavior of crocodiles (makaram, kumbham) in the jungle.

Mriga has the herd instinct.

Their animal-based behavior is straightforward and predictable. It is almost completely reflexive and instinctive.

One of the great virtues of a Makara incarnation = one can live life largely apparently uninterrupted by the vicissitudes of human style "choice" . What choice-making occurs is only on a limited basis regarding enhancement of material survival through reducing the fear response.

The choice process is fully resolved in the moment of material attainment, which is to say the Maraka native is happy with tangible proof of one's survival And does not spend a lifetime seeking ineffable qualities such as meaningfulness or enlightenment.

  • Makara rules the [Mūla] dhara base chakra near the coccyx /anus which acts on brain signals regarding physical protection and security. Social approval which reduces fear of isolation or starvation is extremely important to one, and one may do whatever seems required to obtain it.

Shani's lordship emphasizes the role of the Reptile Brain, the source of signals encouraging survival through conformity and single-minded pursuit of material requirements.

Attributes of solid citizenry such as property ownership-stewardship , military protection, lawfulness, conservative politics, respect for traditional social practices, respect of caste boundaries are

  • As a general rule, Makara folk have straightforward characters of the"guardian" type whose aspirations are predominantly guided by matters of public respect and material dignity. They are dependable, reliable, steady, always hungry, eager to conform, and easily startled.


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Environment of Makara

What is there

  • dry, rocky, windy

  • doesn't have to be cold, but should be very dry

  • colors are muted, dried by the sun and wind - colors of rock, bone, stone, dried wood, sand, dust, dried grass

  • politically conservative, "law and order"

  • doesn't have to be intolerant or homogenous, but if there is diversity, everyone needs to live under the same laws

  • usually not near large bodies of water, but there can be rivers, underground waters et-cetera so long as it is rocky and dry on the surface

  • very orderly place, the laws are enforced

  • but it does not have to be oppressive or hostile; but people must share one single system of government

  • government regulations and those who work for government dominate the environment

  • usually the national government has a presence in addition to regional bureaucracy

  • included also: large hierarchical organizations like big corporations, and universities, public libraries, medical clinics, and jails or prisons which are extensions of the government

  • there is usually some cintamani = mani = money treasury in this environment, but the main value is rank and position

  • usually it is a broad expanse of dry land that is not good for farming so it becomes ranchland, a big terrain for cattle grazing, or if its really dry then

Who is there:

  • older people who want safety

  • old-order folks who want the world to remain the same as the world they were raised in

    people of any age, who want to maintain the old way of doing things

  • bureaucrats, people who like and need a fixed routine, people who thrive in a highly regulated environment

  • people who believe that everyone should conform toa single set of rules

  • people who need respect and recognition for their position in the hierarchy

  • people who like to belong to hierarchical organizations such as conservative churches, social groups based on conservative beliefs, and law-and-order political groups

  • people who fear the loss of routine, the loss of predictability, the loss of respect

  • people who fear shortages and scarcity, disorder, loss of face, and loss of position

  • people who dislike innovation, challenge to the old way, suggestion of alternatives to the conventional rule of law

  • people who need and want a great deal of structure in their lives, and who do not want to take chances

  • people who need to make decisions and give orders that force others to conform

  • people who think that they are or should be in the social elite

  • people who think that reality is a pyramid structure, usually with a deity or a supreme commander at the top

Makara and Kumbha - Ghata = the two rashi of Shani

Makara governs the solar side of Shani's terrain. Makara rules "bottom" of the pingala nadi = central solar channel in the subtle yogic body, the solar side of muladhara chakra.

Kumbha rules the lunar side of Shani's terrain. Kumbha governs the"bottom" of the ida nadi = the central lunar channel which rules on the left side of the sushumna. (Or, it can be seen to form a caduceus-type snake-wrap around the central core, crossing at chakra points. There are several viable models.)

  • Makara is thus a more outgoing and productive sign than Kumbha. When Shani occupies svakshetra of Makara, He will be dutiful, dedicated to the active wellbeing of his hierarchy, devoted to developing healthy new structures. Compared to Kumbha, Makara is more warm, more rational, more concerned with outward appearances, more ego-oriented and more status-conscious.

  • Planets in Makara certainly get the cold, dry, pessimistic, somber, materialistic, and structural influence of Shani. But when considering the difference between Shani's character in his two adjacent rashi of Makara and Kumbha, it's important to note the solar psychic quality of Makara to understand how different these two rashi are.

Frawley's explanation of why Kuja is exalted in Makara, ' for example, is eminently sensible. (By contrast, Kuja is Kumbha is known to be weak and confused.)

Makara = // cold-dry // rashi, ruled by // cold-dry // Shani.

Mercury = Budha and Saturn = Shani are considered cold planets because they are concerned with material and mental matters notwithstanding the feelings of the heart.

As a generality, the four "cold" lagna are Mithuna - Dvamdva, Kanya - Parthya, Makara - Draco, and Kumbha - Ghata . Natives of these four lagna tend to live on the material and/or mental surface of life. They may be esoterically cold-blooded deriving from their esoteric reptilian nature (particularly Śrāvaṇa).

Their social identity is directed largely by their sense of mental activity (Mithuna and Kanya) or their sense of material obligation (Makara and Kumbha). As a result their bodies are less sensitive to the spiritual and emotional vibrations.

This general observation can definitely be changed when the Lord of Chandra is a sensitive planet, or when the lagnesha (for Makara, lagnesha is Shani) is conjunct (yuti) more spiritually or emotionally disposed planets such as Guru or Moon or more psychic influences like Rahu-Ketu , or when the lagna is favorable aspected, etc...

However, as a general rule the cold signs live on the mental and material surface of life; they tend to be driven by surface concerns and they lack depth. If both kundali indriya-lagna and radix Chandra are ruled by Budha or Shani, the"cold"attribute is doubled.

Psycho-emotional predisposition:

Chandra activates Bhava-7 for Ena lagna.

Makara indriya-lagna has a psycho-emotional predisposition to expect that establishing relationships and contractual agreements will provide their security and protection . They are happiest (not always successful but happiest) in contractual roles that express balancing and negotiating behaviors. E.g., marriage counselor, attorney, advising physician, arbitrator or negotiator, broker, financial dealmaker and any type of arranger.

Chandra's radix and navamsha rashi and any drishti to Chandra will show the native 's specific style of pursuing security and emotional fulfillment. (E.g., Moon ruled by Shukra gives balancing and designing roles in beauty and justice; ruled by Shani gives contract enforcement roles in government and large organizations; ruled by Surya negotiating role in entertainment etc.)

  • Typically, these natives love marriage and unions, and expect to gain social stability by investing in their key peer relationships. Despite their desire for stability, they are prone toward lifelong negotiating in all personal and professional dealings. Tends to attract sensitive, security-seeking, and emotionally responsive spouses.


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