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  • Guru of Satyagraha

  • Attorney and Social Activist

  • Liberator of 20th-century colonial India

born seven months after


India-Africa civil rights champion


Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

fleshbirth Saturday-02-Oct-1869

fleshdeath 30-Jan-1948


Champion of Human Rights and Civil Rights in South Africa and India

* 1869 - 1949 * Satyagraha 1869-1948 Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi

Birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

charts, graphs and tables produced by Shri Jyoti Star * adapted by BP Lama

see also Shri BV Raman's version of this nativity in Notable Horoscopes, p.226

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Swatika * Vayu

  • QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra. p 84.

BPL commentary:

For Swatika natives, the disposition of fasinating Professor Rahu considerably affects the outcome.

Exotics, ethnic mixers, opportunists, charlatans, masters of smoke and oils, and fascinating, ambitious persons may be especially influential.

Guided by the intelligences of Arcturus

"... a slow and deliberative character,

  • almost ponderous in thought and action

  • yet intelligent and logical

While he may be slower at arriving at conclusions than most people,

  • on final analysis his reasoning is sound

  • and his conclusion more accurate than others who may be more brilliant.

He is very religious, somewhat orthodox,

  • and his environment permitting will attend church regularly

  • or at any rate participate in some religious activity.

Many priests or ministers are found to have Swati on the Rising Point."

Biographical events matched to the Vimshottari Dasha


Saturday-02-Oct-1869 fleshbirth

March-1891 joins the Blavatsky Lodge of the London Theosophical Society operated by Secret Doctrine 1831-1891 Theosophy Helena Blavatsky

30-Jan-1948 fleshdeath

Satyagraha 1869-1948 Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi


Mohandas Gandhi the Barrister in 1893

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

Atmakaraka = Chandra = patriotism

Drishti to the karmesha-10 , atma-karaka Chandra

  • karmesha-10 Chandra = yuti the great amplifier Rahu, located in bhava-10 (very powerful for public leadership, association with foreigners, affiliation with Mother-homeland)

  • No drishti upon karmesha-10 Chandra(= no distractions from career performance)

  • drishti upon karmesha-10 Chandra [Mesha] = Kuja, Surya, Budha = strong emotional attachment to the role of public leader, and to the public illusion generated through that role (karmesha-10 from Chandra = the arudha of karma bhava)

QUOTATION * Behari commentary Chandra in bhava-10 in Karkata

"With the Moon in this sign, peace descends on you.

  • There is no tension, and whoever comes in contact with you feels specially charmed.

  • You do not command, but you are so pious and sympathetic that your wish becomes more compelling than any direct order could be.

  • Your associates are of high intelligence, moral conduct, and purity of intention.

  • Those who are of shady character fall out with you.

  • Professionally, you go through changes; your output is variable;

    you travel extensively.

  • You may write beautiful poetry blending mysticism and romance."

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

Budha receives dig-bala in bhava-1 = communications, administration, messaging skills

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

Rahu * rajyalobha-karaka * picchala-karaka (slippery)

Rahu in bhava-10 + swakshetra Karkata Chandra = dramatic rise to popular leadership roles, under taboo-breaking, illicit, or culturally irregular (Rahu) circumstances.

Rahu-10 is often a glass-ceiling crasher, able to break gender-race-age barriers in conservative professional roles. May challenge conventional standards in the style of ascendancy to the high ranking position.

Rahu-Rahu swabhukti is especially intense, exposing the native 's life to the public eye.

  • Diverse responsibilities, executive empowerment involving contact with outsider, foreign elements, world governments.

  • Maximum favorable results in uttama- Vrishabha; and Kumbha (swakshetra, widely distributed networks). Yet any rashi can yield publicity and leadership power. Rahu gives best results in 3, 6, 10 and 11.

  • Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

    Ketu in Bhava-4

    ~~ Theory of Relativity 1879-1955 Physics Albert Einstein

    "I believe that Gandhi's views were the most enlightened of all the political men of our time.

    We should strive to do things in his spirit: not to use violence for fighting for our cause, but by non-participation of anything you believe is evil."

    ~~ M. K. Gandhi. Non-Violence in Peace and War , vol. 1, ch. 268 (1942)

    "Morality is contraband in war."

    ~~ M. K. Gandhi.Non-Violence in Peace and War , vol. 2, ch. 150 (1949)

    "An unjust law is itself a species of violence.

    Arrest for its breach is more so."

    ~~ Be Here Now 1931- Baba Ram Dass

    "The most exquisite paradox :

    As soon as you give it all up, you can have it all.

    As long as you want power, you can't have it.

    The minute you don't want power,

    you'll have more than you ever dreamed possible."

    "Only God is truth. I am a human being. Truth for me is changing every day. My commitment must be to truth, not to consistency."

    ~~ Satyagraha 1869-1948 Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi

  • Gulika + Kalavela in Thula lagna; Dhuma in Kumbha-5

    Papa-kartari yoga :

    • the Thula radical lagna containing three graha = hemmed in by Surya-12 + Shani-2 . The entire social personality is under pressure to assume leadership, from any early age. The father is demanding.

    Thula lagna + Karkata Chandra = Guru = "double-rogesha-6 "

    • double-rogesha-6 Guru does not damage faith due to Guru = dharmesha-9 from Chandra, but gets the native into an endless series of confrontational arguments and generates a destiny of seemingly endless flow of litigation often using the legal conflict management apparatus of the enemy (6) as the tool for developing (Guru) the perpetual argument

    the native lives in a state of emotional exhaustion due to the constant disagreeableness of women * especially one's mother *in the life, and other environmental tension between social classes (6), as a response to the injustice of exploitation (6) and generally a tendency to slip into emotionally motivated states of poor health. One may absorb (Chandra) all the problems of the world, or so it seems to the frail body who would like better boundaries against psychic predators but due to the native 's expansive religious beliefs, the individual person receives little defensive protection.

    However as in the very instructional case of Satyagraha 1869-1948 Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi, one who is professionally trained to enter a lifetime of accusation, litigation, and complaint can use faith-based arguments to advantage.

    Gandhi was trained as a solicitor (Barrister, attorney) in London - in the belly of the beast legally speaking - and thus he was exquisitely well positioned to handle skillfully an incarnation which promised an endless volley of argument and accusation, significant poverty (rogesha-6 ) due to religious and philosophical convictions (Guru)

    • the native born in Thula-Karkata configuration is well advised to undertake skills training in one of the conflict-management professions. Medicine is also a sensible ministry if other graha support the medical arts. Chandra extremely prominent yuti Rahu in bhava-10 of public visibility and leadership positions is a virtual guarantee of high position. However the life has very little ease either physical or emotional, due to the double rogesha-6 situation.

    • Guru Mahadasha which began for Gandhi in June of 1939 marked the beginning of the pinnacle of his litigious struggle. Naturally he was killed by an adversary during Guru-Zukra period but many believe that the conditions of death (Zukra) were extremely favorable as he died with the name of Lord Rama upon his lips, that the next birth would be one of contentment and ease.

  • Gaja Kesari Yoga - double power Chandra and Guru in kendra to lagna

    Arudha of Karma Bhava -"Karmaa Pada"

    public imagery or associations= yuvati bhava, contains Guru, lord = Mangala-Thulain lagna [body] = solicitor-attorney-barrister, negotiations, contracts, crafting agreements, diplomacy, agency of the physical body

    • Public glamour is expanded due to Guru in Karma pada. Mangala lord of Karma Pada achieves strength in radix lagna

    • The public illusion - Arudha = Karma Pada = Yuvati bhava = the house of legal resolutions (legal argument or dispute = bhava-6)

    • Lord of Karma Pada = dhanapati-2+yuvatipathi-7 Mangala, association with death and the constant threat of death as a tool for gaining contractual alliance agreement.

    • Professor Mangala enjoys strong company (swakshetra Zukra + articulate Budha) and Kuja casts drishti upon His own bhava-7

    • receives drishti of the problematic L-3+rogesha-6 Guru - Gandhi was famous for association with constant disagreement (6), and constant publishing of his message (3)

    • Karma pada = karmesha-10 from Chandra, see below for the extraordinary unimpeded strength of Chandra-Rahu

    • Karma Pada is quite strong in this nativity.

    Das commentary of Rahu in bhava-10"

    • "Your mission in life is for furthering some special cause in the world.

    • Depending on your status in society and the planetary combinations, this special mission may be predicted; but the real impulse of this shadowy planet will be to make you dedicated to a cause which you will want to carry forward even at the risk of life, status, or health.

    • Undaunted by any difficulty, undeterred by any impediment, you will persist with a sense of dedication, whether you are waging a war of complete annihilation, reconstructing a social order, or composing verses of celestial beauty and harmony.

    • Rahu achieves its objective despite whatever hardships it has to undergo .

    • Its impulse produces persons of great merit, devotion, and religious susceptibilities..."


    Behari commentary upon Shani-Vrischika-2:

    • A high social status and an extraordinary intellectual capacity, but these will fail to bestow a peaceful heart or pleasant associations.

    • You will always be short of money and thus miserly.


    Shani = karaka for deprivation and austerity = bandesha-4 +vidyapathi-5 Yogakaraka for Thula lagna.

    • Shani occupies bhava-2 the house of food-mouth-values.

    • Shani's Professor Mangala = lord of karma pada, the public illusion which surrounds one's social leadership performance.

    • In Gandhi's nativity, food-fasting and voluntary poverty, austerity behaviors of bhava-2, become powerful tools in Mangala' quest to fulfill the public expectation that Gandhi will be that great alliance maker who achieves large-scale social balance . (yuvati = karma pada)

    Kuja rules bhava-2 and bhava-7, creating a single-ruler relationship between *control* (Vrischika) over food/intake behaviors + the task of achieving balanced social contracts.

    Through the auspices of dhanapati-2+yuvatipathi-7 Kuja in lagna, Gandhi's social personality (lagna) was strongly associated with Kuja's houses:

    1. Shani in bhava-2 = food/fasting/poverty/the masses

    2. Guru bhava-7 = youthful optimism/ agreements, balance, social equity

    Gandhi's skillful use of fasting as a method of ending social conflict has been imitated by many, but it has rarely been so effective as it was for the Mahatma. Gandhi had the magical combination of planets which empowered him to use near-death personal fasting into a magnificent tool of social control.

    The ancient principle that one can only control others by controlling oneself is quite well known. However Gandhi was able to demonstrate this awesome truth with unique effectiveness, due at least partly to the power of Yogakaraka Shani and Kuja maraka rules-2 and maraka rules-2 a major maraka stationed within the radical lagna suggests a lifetime of negotiating life-and-death situations.


    receives drishti of bandesha-4 +Vidyapthi-5"genius educator" Yogakaraka Shani

    • mystical, separative, detached, and wandering Ketu in 4 takes on an extraordinary role as an educator and patriot

    • Ketu in bandhu bhava taking drishti of Shani = Gandhi would not be bound to a fixed standard of patriotic expression nor to a school-book rendering of truth.

    • No other graha receives drishti of Shani

    Attitude toward Marriage

    Mesha = swamsha = marriage is a primarily physical, even athletic, relationship between the two partners.

    the native 's behavior in marriage = Kuja/Thula/1. Kuja is with His ruler swakshetra Zukra and with Budha lord of dharma and vyaya bhava.

    One is most acutely aware of the primitive animal-sexual level of marriage. Yet Kuja becomes refined in company of elegant and diplomatic Zukra, and religious-meditative Budha.

    Although marriage starts out on a rather crude practical basis, there is much sensual and aesthetic improvement in maturity.

    Ketu in D-9 Mesha lagna = profound ambivalence toward moral codes and devaluation of marriage promise. With Ketu, results can go either saintly or debauch, and often both at different times of the life. A saintly undertaking of brahmacharya would certainly be an excellent and hard-won result in this case.

    Vimshottari Dasha Narrative

    Ketu Mahadasha - age 0-8

    traditional childhood, the mother is somewhat detached, perhaps ill or unavailable, and the home may be un-rooted or not clearly defined.

    The mother and her roots are somewhat weak or disenfranchised.

    By contrast the father's social position and leadership role = Chandra/Rahu = extremely strong.

    Chandra-yuti-Rahu in bhava-10 = prominent father, and the native becomes also very well known.

    Father's position: according to Wikipedia, M. K. Gandhi's father"was the diwan(Prime Minister) of the eponymous Porbandar state, a small princely state in the Kathiawar Agency of British India. "

    Ketu in bhava-4 gives the effect of Yogakaraka bandesha-4 +vidyapathi-5 Shani

    Shani in bhava-2 = scarcity of resources within the family.

    Yogakaraka Shani sustains cultural values supporting education (4) and personal intelligence (5).

    Ketu in swamsha suggests a strong period of development of the spiritual personality through practice of detachment amounting to abandonment.

    The early childhood does not appear to have been easy or much supportive.

    Zukra Mahadasha

    • age 8-to-28

    • 1878-1898

    • lagnesha-1 +randhresha-8 from radical lagna

    • bandesha-4 +Vriddhipathi-11 from Karkata Chandra

    Gandhi_Mohandas_dasha1.jpgZukra is exceptionally strongin swakshetra Thula and in kendra-1 indicating a charismatic, attractive, and well-balanced social personality.

    Age 8-28 = the period of accumulating (Zukra) The traits and historical personal experiences which shape the social personality. the native establishes one's "look".

    the native and those who look to one as an exponent and exemplar of a particular set of values (Zukra) will refer to the personality-defining experiences and traits again and again, in the quest to define a particular variety of social awareness through the appearance, behaviors, and history of a single influential individual.

    Most nativities which feature a rising Zukra belong to people who are pleasant to gaze upon, and the native finds that one's image is often distributed for public pleasure.

    When the radix lagna is also the Karakamsha, as for Gandhi, his image becomes iconic for many generations, throughout the entire world.

    the native will develop an iconic appearance due to his ability to materially represent the most diplomatic, gracious, agreement-seeking, and"architectural" values of social organization.

    • Zukra/Chandra - traditional arranged marriage - determined by the father's position - 1883 (age 13); birth of first child, 1885 (age 15)

    • Zukra/Rahu - 1885 decease of Father . Sudden change in family dignity, Rahu in bhava-10.

    • Zukra/Guru -Sept-1988, departure for England to study for barrister's diploma. bhratrupathi-3 Guru = job skills training. rogesha-6 = illness, penury, and social discomfort.

    • Zukra/Shani - under bandesha-4 +vidyapathi-5 Shani in bhava-2 for money and

      family, Gandhi's business fails in Bombay; in 1893 under financial pressure, goes to South Africa and

      asserts Bharati rights to British (citizenship bandesha-4 ) privilege. Leads strikes and

      protests (Shani's Professor Kuja in lagna).

    • Zukra/Shani - much resistance to justice in So Africa under rogesha-6 Shani for enemies and hate crimes; but Shani is also yuvatipathi-7 for law-courts and

      he makes legal progress. Yet Shani is also Vidyapthi-5, and he gains intelligent political presence.

    • Zukra/Ketu - 1897 - attempted lynching by white mob. Ketu gives effect of maraka rules-2 and maraka rules-7

    Vriddhipathi-11 Surya Mahadasha

    • age 28-34, 1898-1904

    • Vriddhipathi-11 =community activism and large networks of association

      rules 2nd-from-Chandra = speech and food

    • Surya = karaka for politics.

    • Vriddhipathi-11 Ravi in bhava-12 = achieving one's goals through the agency of exotic people (outside one's tribe) and foreign lands

    Gandhi spent most of the Surya Mahadasha organizing the South African Indian community into a coherent political entity.

    Surya as Vriddhipathi-11 gives the period of ego-driven social activism and community development. Vriddhipathi-11 = large associations and mass movement.

    Surya is rather weak in Virgo and in bhava-12 , indicating 6 years of slowly and carefully developing passive-aggressive strategies of nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience..

    Surya occupies 3rd-from-Moon, making Ravi period a time of intensive planning , communication, business administration, and teamwork .

    karmesha-10 Chandra Mahadasha

    • age 34-44

    • 1905-1915

    karmesha-10 Chandra is a very powerful graha for Gandhi:

    • swakshetra

    • in kendra-10 = karma bhava = public visibility

    • Chandra = atmakaraka;

      bhava-6 for Social Conflict, Poverty, and Exploitation becomes the Karakamsha

    • amplified by the power of Rahu = outsiders.

    karmesha-10 = Azlesa Chandra in bhava-10 Karkata. gandhi's charismatic leadership message with super-strong karmesha-10 swakshetra Chandra in karma bhava yuti Rahu = "be like me" . Azlesa embroils and entwines a person with endless manipulation and

    intrigue, and so was Gandhi's career.

    Rahu + any graha brings an exotic quality to the graha, but when Rahu is with Moon, The pattern of challenging cultural boundaries becomes exceptionally strong.

    Under the auspices of the atmakaraka , Gandhi established with certainty the nature of his life's work . His style was emotionally responsive and firmly parental. His soul affinity was deeply connected to"outsiders ": the smoky dark outcast classes upon whom Gandhi shone shine the soft bright light of the loving, nurturing Moon.

    Gandhi's mother was afraid of foreign pollution; yet she must have known that her son born with Chandra-yuti-Rahu would have a great deal of interaction with underclass folk and foreigners.

    • Chandra/Rahu - Sept. 1906- Satyagraha ("the weight of truth") platform publicly established

    Gandhi remained in South Africa until the outbreak of World War I, working steadily to promote the dignity of South African Bharati outsiders (Rahu) into recognized citizens of the British Empire (Moon = bhava-10, public respect ).

    Gandhi realized only modest material success in the immediate cause, but his experience in South Africa laid the foundation for later, more intensive political leadership work during Rahu Mahadasha.

    Kuja Mahadasha

    • age 44-51

    • 1914-1921

    • dhanapati-2+yuvatipathi-7 from Thula lagna

    • yogakaraka Vidyapthi-5+karmesha-10 from Karkata Chandra

    Upon returning to India, Gandhi was invited into the broad-based national movement to get better British rulership practices in place.

    Appreciating the Raj's persistent use of violence as a method of social control, Gandhi joined the struggle to obtains the rights, duties, and privileges of Empire citizenship for native Bharati.

    This was a violent time in India with terrible British oppression marked by beatings and severe taxation. Appropriate to the warlike, death-inducing energy of maraka rules-2 + yuvatipathi-7 Mars.

    • Mars yuti Venus indicates that Gandhi will always temper his pro-justice aggressions with Zukra's taste for good design and balanced relationships..

    Radix Zukra/Kuja receives the benefic aspect of Guru , guaranteeing that even during periods of extreme violence, Gandhi will have access to heroic optimism .

    • Kuja/Budha- 1918 dharmesha-9 +ruler-of-12 Budha = organizing village improvements, cleaning up rural filth and degradation, urging return to religious purity .

    • Kuja/Ketu - 13-Apr-1919 Amritsar Massacre, massive national horror. Though his non-violent commitment persists, Gandhi realizes the his homeland (bhava-4, Ketu) has been traumatized: British rule in India needs to end.

    • Kuja/Zukra - April 1920 elected India Home Rule party leader - where Shani is lagnesha-1 for social identity, and randhresha-8 for hidden processes.

    Rahu Mahadasha


    • independence movement makes gains, huge increase in participation.

    • Feb 1922 - arrested and imprisoned.


    • Mar-April 1930 = Salt March.

    • dharmesha-9 Budha in lagna, identifies the physical body as a socially recognized icon of religious purity.

    • Gandhi leads thousands on pilgrimage to the sea.


    • In the summer of 1934, there were at least three attempts to murder Gandhi.

    • Zukra = randhresha-8 for hidden activities, plots and schemes, sudden forced changes, conditions of death.

    • Gandhi quits the Congress party as a protest over internecine schisms and splits (bhava-8).


    • Gandhi returned to lead the Congress party under Vriddhipathi-11 Surya = mass movements.

    • Powerful leadership although extremely volatile conditions during Rahu/Chandra,

    • and more fighting with more fasting and constant internecine struggle during Rahu/Kuja.

    Guru Mahadasha

    • age 69-85

    • 1939 - 1955

    • Vidyapthi-5+randhresha-8 from Thula lagna

    • rogesha-6 +dharmesha-9 from Azlesa Chandra


    = 1939 as WW-2 breaks out in Europe, and India gets dragged into the war by its ruler Britain, without a national vote of its own. Gandhi designs and asserts the Quit India platform as the only remaining solution to the extensive problems created during centuries of British colonial injustice.

    L-3+rogesha-6 Guru brings massive arrests and evil violence, on both sides.rogesha-6 : Hindu-Muslim War.

    • Guru rules the Meena Karakamsha . Radix Meena = bhava-6 = social conflict. During Gandhi's daunting Guru Mahadasha, every variety of illness, poverty, and fighting manifested around him.

    • Despite the horrors of violence and human evils induced by thee virulent rogesha-6 Guru, the period of karakamsha denotes the native 's finest hour, spiritually speaking. Thus, Gandhi achieved his spiritual objectives for the current lifetime through much suffering both mental (L-3) and physical (rogesha-6 ) in his final years.

    Guru/Shani: Aug 1942 - Gandhi and entire Congress Working Party arrested and

    imprisoned. Gandhi's close personal secretary and his wife die during imprisonment. Gandhi himself nearly died of malaria during imprisonment.

    • Shani in rashi of maraka rules-2 + yuvatipathi-7 makara Kuja in bhava-2, in shad-ashtaka 6-8 angle from mahadasha-pati Guru,is a deadly maraka graha.

    Guru/Budha - release from prison, return to religious icon, negotiation via fasting dharmesha-9 +ruler-of-12

  • Guru/Ketu -- partition. Ketu in bhava-4, trauma to the nation.

  • Guru/Zukra --

    • Aug-1947 partition with massive upheaval verging on civil war

    • 30-Jan-1948 : assassination, Lightbody Lift-off By gunshot in the period of randhresha-8 Zukra.

    • Both Zukra and Budha can carry out the agenda of maraka rules-2+yuvatipathi-7 Maraka Kuraja

    • Kuja holds the superior degree in Thula.

    • Here randhresha-8 Zukra during the mahadasha of ill, conflict-ridden double-rogesha-6 Guru, carries out the Maraka agenda of yuvatipathi-7 Kuja - lord of Guru..

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