Eminent 20th-century astrologer
reviver of The Astrological Magazine
developer of the Raman Ayanamsha
a.k.a. Shri B. V. Raman
Earthbody-Exit 20-Dec-1998 (age 86)
Jyotishi, author, publisher, educator * 1912-1998 * Shri Bangalore Venkanta Raman
birth data from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangalore_Venkata_Raman * tentatively rectified by BP Lama
charts, graphs, and tables produced by Shri Jyoti Star * adapted by BP Lama
Shri B.V. Raman's birth time is given by himself in The Autobiography of a Vedic Astrologer , page 12.
above chart calculated using Lahiri ayanamsha
Shatavisaka * Sadachbia * Shata-takara
For Shata-taraka births of a masculine valence, the disposition of mesmerizing, hypnotic, shadowy, exciting, passionate, ambitious, opportunistic, privilege-seeking Professor Rahu may considerably affect the outcome.
For those born into the Rahu-ruled paradigm of Sadabija, exotics, ethnic mixers, opportunists, fascinators, mesmerizers, privilege-seekers, impostors, rogues, intensifiers of passion and desire, self-proclaimers, self-promoters, agents-provocateur, charlatans, masters of smoke and oils, and entrancingly ambitious persons may be especially influential.
Instructional guidance provided by emissaries from the civilizations of Sadachbia* Tabernacles. Their purpose is mixing of systems.
Rahu-ruled fellows who are born into Sata are often found in fascinating roles that boost mass consciousness. Sata births are somewhat rare. Sadachbia work with large regulated systems such as mathematics, scientific theories, and sacred cosmology and with formalized psychic sciences such as hypnosis.
Sadabija gentlemen may display principled methods of inquiry, and they may hold dignified social positions, but their personal lifestyles are often unorthodox. Their work often overturns an outdated social paradigm of scientific theory or religious belief.
Themes of over-reaching, charlatanry, entrancement, expedient linkage, hypnotic appearance, and connections between contradictory systems may contextualize Sata's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Shata-taraka
QUOTATION from: Shil-Ponde.(1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra. p 88.
"a quiet and unassuming person,
thoughtful and meditative
Lives in the mental world rather than in the physical.
Prefers solitude to the company of others.
Many astrologers and philosophers found with Shatataraka on the Rising Point."
A light eater and moderate in most things."
Biographical details matched to Vimshottari dasha timeline
Recommended Jyotisha-ratana for Kumbha nativities
Mangala Mahadasha * age birth until age 6.8
Thursday-08-Aug-1912 Earthbody-Entry in Hunasamaranahalli Village, about 15 miles from Bengaluru * Mangala-Mangala swabhukti
1914 his Mother died (BV Raman's age 20-mos.) during Sade Sati * Mangala-Guru bhukti (calls the stated birthtime into question)
Rahu Mahadasha * age 6.8 until age 24.8
30-Oct-1930 * Rahu-Ketu period (calls the stated birthtime into question)
11-Feb-1935 celebrated the birth of child-1 son * Rahu-Chandra bhukti (calls the stated birthtime into question)
1936 re-starts the Astrological Magazine * Rahu-Mangala bhukti * Mangala rules 3-magazine
Guru Mahadasha * age 24.8 until age 40.8
1941-1943 * Guru-Shani bhukti * second Sade Sati combined with Saturn Elarata
1943 grieved decease of father * Guru-Budha bhukti * Budha rules 12th-from-Surya
Shani Mahadasha * age 40.8 until 59.8
1968, awarded honorary Doctor of Literature from Akhila Bharateeya Samskrita Sammelana * Shani-Rahu period * Rahu-2 ruler is Guru-10 honors to teacher
1970 lecture, Relevance of Astrology in Modern Times, United Nations, New York * Shani-Guru bhukti * Guru-10 authority-respect rules 2-speech
1971-1973 * Shani-Guru chidradasha + Budha-Budha swabhukti * second Sade Sati combined with Saturn Elarata
Budha Mahadasha * age 59.8 until 76.8
Jun-1976 awarded honorary Doctor of Letters by Kumaon University (UttaraPradesh) * Budha-Zukra bhukti * Zukra 4-9 diploma, university
Ketu Mahadasha * age 76.8 until 83.8
Oct-1992 (age 80) keynote speaker at Vedic Astrology Conference in San Rafael, California * Ketu-Rahu period * Rahu-2 speech ruled by Guru-10 honor to teacher
Zukra Mahadasha * age 83.82 until decease age 86
20-Dec-1998 fleshdeath * Zukra-Zukra swabhukti
Salient Features of the nativity
LIST OF INFLUENTIAL BOOKS WRITTEN or TRANSLATED by Shri B.V. Raman (alphabetical by title)
Surya-6 rules Karakamsha = Simha bhava-7 = peer-to-peer advising (7 contains Zukra-Kuja-Budha, indicating an active consulting practice). Counselor, adviser, negotiator, alliance-maker = Rulers of bhava-3, bhava-4, bhava-5, bhava-8, bhava-9, and bhava-10 occupy the 7th sthana of advocacy and peer-advising.
Generally, Surya in bhava-6 suggests exploitation, disability, illness, or servitude of the father. However Surya in bhava-6 can also indicate a father who serves in a ministry such as criminal attorney, social worker, medicine, supporting laborers, or military. Raman's father was blind and in poor health for most of his life.
Rahu the boundary-breaking speaker in 9th-from-Surya = paternal grandfather the eminent Karnataka Jyotishi, Prof. B. Suryanarain Rao .
pitrikaraka Surya -
intelligence, creativity, father bhava-6 = environments wherein one takes a central,
bhava-6 = environments wherein one takes a central, paternalistic role
Ravi's dispositor, the uttama-Chandra-Mriga-ziras , pada-1 = 11th-from-Surya-6 = produces gainfulness via intelligence and creative literature. This yoga can grant political fame, which he achieved by making accurate WorldWar-2 predictions in the Indian press. Yet Chandra is severely oppressed by Scarcity-imposing Shanaicarya. His business partnerships were draining. His partnerships induced servitude
Shri Raman's Karka-Surya occupies Bhava-6 = ministry of service. He originally trained in zoological sciences and homeopathy, because he was planning for a career in medicine.
Periods of yuvatipathi Surya are mixed, throwing light upon the Jyotisha dynamics of relationships and opening new contractual opportunities, yet exposing underlying imbalances in expectation.
yuvatipathi-7 in Bhava-6 conflict is associated with a marital union characterized by poverty and illness. Often the spouse hails from a service-class background. One may find that the professional reputation (7th = 10th from 10th) is sullied by debt, by association with the poor and marginalized, or with beggars and other denizens of the scheduled classes.
Often the profession requires hard work equal to servitude, so that while one may enjoy an independent consultancy one feels as it were enslaved to the consulting work.
Yuvatipathi in the roga-bhava ripa-bhava ari-bhava may also suggest a loss or draining (12th) of balanced agreements (7) in marriage, business partnerships, and advising/counseling relationships. Perhaps fees are not paid as expected, or other contractual expectations not met.
Shri Raman's mom was a traditional housewife. She died during his first sade-sati, when young BV was only a toddler.
Gaja Kesari Yoga
double power drishti Chandra and Guru in kendra to lagna
Shri Raman was an internationally eminent and remarkably prolific 20th century Jyotishi.
A disciplined journalist
interviewing skills, sniffing out the details of a personal history = a splendid Chandra for all varieties of journalism; writing out or explaining the affairs of the day
Chandra + lagnesha Shani gives the disciplined scientific character necessary to test and examine the traditional rules of the system (Kumbha = systems)
Mangala rules Dhaniztha = swamsha
QUOTATION Behari/Das * Mangala-Singha, Mangala in bhava-7
"You could be a reputed astrologer.
Gambling tendency will make your life miserable."
QUOTATION Behari/Das commentary:
"This is a powerful Mars.
Prone to speculation, gambling, or get rich quick schemes."
In The Autobiography of a Vedic Astrologer, Raman describes dozens of commercial ventures, very few of which go right on the first attempt. Often he loses money. He recounts various moments where his schemes fail to earn where expected because someone does not keep a promise (7) or Raman is unable to produce his own contribution to the deal. Clearly he is an inveterate deal-maker with three graha in Simha-7 . Yet with yuvatipathi Surya-6, there are more failures than successes, overall.
Occasionally a project did succeed. Typically succeeds comes after a poor start, incurring debt, frustration. But eventually several ventures do succeed. The strongest material successes come with persistence from his legacy knowledge-bank in Jyotisha. Rahu in bhava-2 grants treasuries of extraordinary knowledge.
In the end, the signature work of his career was reviving his paternal grandfather's respected journal, the Astrological Magazine. Although ultimately successful, the revival was stressful as it performed poorly for several years before it became internationally subscribed.
Career in consulting and advising = Mangala-7 rules 7th-from Chandra = advising
Mangala-7 rules Karmathana
aspects to karmesha-10 - public status karmesha-10
Kuja occupies 10th-from-10th
Kuja in 7 = 10th-from-10th = energy for counseling + advising
Combine with the significance of co-tenant Zukra rules 10th-navamsha career, and radix-karmesha-10 occupying the 10th navamsha = Raman's career
During Guru Mahadasha 1937-1953, B.V. Raman gained worldwide attention by issuing correct Jyotisha predictions for events occurring in Europe and Africa during World War Two.
Professor Guru teaching in Bhava-10 classroom also tends to counteract some of the low-public-dignity karma. In fact, his reputation and finance (Guru rules 2-11) expanded dramatically during Guru Mahadasha 1937-1953.
In Planets in Signs and Houses , the eminent Jyotishi Bepin Behari comments upon the characteristics of Scorpio Jupiter in radix-10:
"Jupiter enables you to acquire occult wisdom and to discover hidden knowledge through extensive research, though you may experience difficulties in this pursuit.
As a teacher, you may be highly successful, especially because of your wisdom, religious attitude, and personal character. Financially, however, you may not be affluent. Your name may be long remembered for contributions to sacred science."
Yogakaraka Zukra rules 4-foundations, childhood, cultural rhythms, ethnic basis ++ 9-doctrine, philosophy, credenda, beliefs
Thula = diplomacy and negotiations = 10th navamsha
Zukra rules the 10th navamsha ++ Zukra occupies radix-7, suggesting a profession of counseling and advising.
This is the astrologer's professional reality. From early childhood, B.V. Raman studied under his paternal grandfather the famous South Indian Jyotishi Prof. B. Suryanarain Rao . He diligently attended grandfather's client sessions as a youth. When authorized by grandfather, young Raman began advising on his own.
bandesha-4 +Dharmesha-9 Zukra
Yuvati bhava 10th-from-10th - day-to-day interactions, daily reality:
Zukra gains additional strength in kendra.
Zukra shares the counseling-advising functions with Vidyapthi-5+randhresha-8 Budha and L-3+karmesha-10 Kuja .
Shri Raman's career is complex, involving articulate expressions (Budha) of personal genius leading to fame (5) and secret/tantric knowledge (8); along with vigorously productive (Kuja) writings and conference presentations (3) and leadership authority in his profession.
Zukra the Adviser
Bhava-4 = Arudha of Karmasthana = Karma-Pada = public imagery or associations
Professor Bright Bhrigu teaching in the Bhava-7 classroom tends to counteract some of the partnership imbalance,
Shri Raman does have a strong public aura but it is mixed character due to the Nishturabashi Yoga, where uttama-Shani yuti uttama Soma occupy Bhava-4.
Yet uttama-Chandra = also part of the aura or public impression, and uttama-Chandra may grant a deep, reliable intuition.
So there is public respect too, for one who lives consciously moral, austere life. Perhaps one is a bit arrogant regarding the virtue of practicing austerities, or rigid in respect to rules of the social order (caste, jyat, Shani) and taciturn in judgment (Shani) of others' foibles noticed by others as a certain schadenfreude...
Still, the foundational (4) self-discipline has established a channel for authentic psycho-emotional perception (uttama Soma) which provides the power to perform exceptionally accurate Jyotisha evaluations (Vrishabha, value).
Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka
Challenges of receiving affection from parental figures, especially the maternal figures. Caretakers tend to be conditional and emotionally withholding. Little unconditional love can flow due due to early-life loss of Mother. Emotional expectations acquire a negative, even punitive, valance and there are emotional imbalances in nurturing partnerships especially marriage.
when Shani freezes Chandra., the expected nourishment does not flow. Nevertheless there are many corrections from excellent planets elsewhere in the chart.
Shani rules the emotionally dignified , social-ordering, leadership-seeking; 10th-from-Chandra = Kumbha-1 = Shatataraka
emotional need for leadership as a uniquely distinctive individual known for his scientific prowess (Kumbha). His professional reputation was grounded through his mathematical focus, rigorous research methods (in the pre-electronic era), and scientific testing (Kumbha). Before computers arrived to automate mathematical accuracy, Raman felt that he had a mission to educate a generation of computationally accurate astrologers, who would stop making the mathematical errors which had cursed Jyotisha for millennia.
Shani rules Kumbha lagna = A visionary = harbinger of New Age * age of Aquarius * Aquila. His efforts helped energize the 20th-century migration of Jyotisha knowledge toward the West.
Shani lagnesha = location of life force, natural sphere of action
Shani = kharesha
Lagnesha Shani systems in Bhava-4 shows strong physical propensity toward teaching of cultural fundamentals.
Lagnesha in bhava-4 generally indicates not so much a proclivity toward the philosophical or higher principles aspects of doctrine. Rather it is an angle of orientation toward foundational, elementary teachings. The teach-able moments can include moral advice-giving in context of counseling.
In The Autobiography of a Vedic Astrologer, B.V. Raman mentions often that he felt his Brahmin cultural legacy gave him certain moral role-modeling responsibilities, an obligation to teach by doing, by living a moral life.
Shri Raman completed almost all of his life's literary work, of writing for private clients and for publication, at home (4).
Lagnesha Shani yuti rogesha-6 Chandra not only creates a Nishturabashi Yoga which is in reality a lifelong Sade Saati, but also kept Shri Raman in poor health, impoverished and humble for most of his life.
Rahu * rajyalobha-karaka * picchala-karaka (slippery)
Desire (Rahu) to be recognized as an important holder of treasuries of financial well-being or historical knowledge
Although 2nd pada of Rahu-ruled Zatataraka Nakshatra is known to be a location of birth for astrologers and healers, is it also associated with gambling (Rahu). This pada often produces a proliferation of business adventures: some win; some lose. Finance = roller-coaster.
Fellow shata-taraka native de Mundi Systemate 1643-1727 Isaac Newton also complained about losing large amounts of his capital into failed investments and fraudulent commerce. In Newton' case the most colossal losses were from bad contracts in the shipping trade.
The great astrologer Harmonices Mundi 1571-1630 Johannes Kepler was also beset by various complex business schemes which mainly ended in frustration and debt, although the few which succeeded were prosperous. (Rahu-6 ruled by uttama-Chandra-4)
Ketu * kavandha-karaka
Graha in all three kendra of radix also Graha in four kendra of navamsha varga
Zukra + Budha-yuti-Mangala = yuvati bhava = counseling, advising, agreements, negotiations. The product best-known product of Shri Raman's thousands of consultations = his written work via dozens of books + The Astrological Magazine.
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