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Eminent 20th-century writer, consulting Jyotishi

reviver of The Astrological Magazine

developer of the Raman Ayanamsha

Bangalore Venkanta Raman

a.k.a. Shri B. V. Raman

Earthbody-Entry Thursday-08-Aug-1912

Earthbody-Exit 20-Dec-1998 (age 86)


Jyotishi, author, publisher, educator * 1912-1998 * Shri Bangalore Venkanta Raman

birth data from * 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

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Shatavisaka * Sadachbia * Shata-takara

BPL commentary:

For Shata-taraka natives, the disposition of mesmerizing, hypnotic, shadowy, privilege-seeking Professor Rahu considerably affects the outcome.

Exotics, ethnic mixers, opportunists, fascinators, mesmerizers, privilege-seekers, impostors, agents of passion and desire, self-proclaimers, self-promoters, charlatans, masters of smoke and oils, and entrancingly ambitious persons may be especially influential.

Guided by instructors from the civilizations of Sadachbia* Tabernacles

QUOTATION from: Shil-Ponde.(1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra. p 88.

"A quiet and unassuming person,

thoughtful and meditative

  • yet given to sudden outbursts of temper.

Lives in the mental world rather than in the physical.

Prefers solitude to the company of others.

  • Does not care for small talk

  • and finds social contact rather tiresome.

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

  1. Hira = diamond for yogakaraka bandesha-4 Zukra owned properties, homes-vehicles-estate + dharmesha-9 dharma, doctrine, wisdom, global humanism
  2. Panna = emerald for Budha Parya vidyapathi-5 creativity, politics, children + randhresha-8 confidential information, hidden assets
  3. Nilamani = blue sapphire for Shani lagnesha vitality + vyayapathi-12 intuitive guidance, private prayer, sanctuary

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

Mother died (his age 20 mos.) during Sade Sati * Mangala-Guru period (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 child-1 son * Rahu-Chandra period (calls the stated birthtime into question)

1936 re-starts the Astrological Magazine * Rahu-Mangala period * Mangala rules 3-magazine

Guru Mahadasha * age 24.8 until age 40.8

1941-1943 * Guru-Shani period * second Sade Sati combined with Saturn Elarata

1943 decease of Father * Guru-Budha period * 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 period * 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 period * 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)

  • A Catechism of Astrology

  • A Manual Of Hindu Astrology

  • Ashtakavarga System of Prediction

  • Astrology for Beginners

  • Astrology in Predicting Weather and Earthquakes

  • Bhavartha Ratnakara

  • Graha and Bhava Balas

  • Hindu Astrology and the West

  • Hindu Predictive Astrology

  • How to Judge A Horoscope (in 2 volumes)

  • Muhurtha (Electional Astrology)

  • My Experiences in Astrology

  • Notable Horoscopes

  • Planetary Influences on Human Affairs

  • Prasna Marga (in 2 volumes)-a translation on Horary Astrology

  • Prasna Tantra (Horary Astrology)-translated by B.V. Raman

  • Studies in Jaimini Astrology

  • Three Hundred Important Combinations

  • Varshaphal or the Hindu Progressed Horoscope

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

  • Surya-Karkata * Bhanu * ray of light
  • Surya in bhava-6 * center of service, brightly conflicted, focus on imbalance, eye on injustice * intelligence for helping ministries of social work, injury and disease, broken contracts and litigation, accusation, divorce and disagreement, pollution and exploitation, poverty and crime, usury and debt, medicine and addiction, military and war

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, 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.

  • Dr. Raman's birth family was dogged by poverty and debt. His widowed father was disabled by blindness and after his father's remarriage Shri Raman was largely ignored by his father (Surya-6, ill father).

  • He worked tremendously long hours, and his chosen profession/obsession of traditional Jyotisha consulting is famously low-paying. Nearly every day of his life he worked long hours on his readings, lectures, books and magazines, until his death at age 86 -- on December 20, 1998. Much of the work was done at home rogesha-6 in 4.

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka


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 dedicated translator and publisher of classical Jyotisha texts, he also wrote dozens of Jyotisha books.

A disciplined journalist

Mangala-ruled Chandra-Mrigaziras * mulatrikona = a 'gad-about'

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)

  • Raman's revival of his grandfather's long dormant serial The Astrological Magazine was a feat of journalistic excellence (Mrigashira; Budha; Mangala L-3) bringing to scientific (Kumbha) light the vidya of Jyotisha which had languished in superstitious darkness.

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

  • Mangala in bhava-7 * drive toward bargaining, pursuit of agreement, invasive negotiation, energized contractual conquests
  • Mangala-Singha * vigorous pursuit of fame, drama; push toward entitlement
  • Kuja-yuti-Budha * energized communication, dynamic reporting, masculine force joins messaging signal, potential for aggressive gestures, speech, and writing
  • Kuja-yuti-Zukra * energized bargaining, dynamic trading, masculine force joins feminine allure, potential for aggressive mating, partnering actions

Mangala rules Dhaniztha = swamsha

QUOTATION Behari/Das * Mangala-Singha, Mangala in bhava-7

"You could be a reputed astrologer.

  • You will have only one devoted spouse, whom you will also love. ...

  • You will have mixed results. For some periods you will be at the top and for some periods at the bottom.

Gambling tendency will make your life miserable."

QUOTATION Behari/Das commentary:

"This is a powerful Mars.

  • You are family conscious -- either something happens to blemish the family's reputation, or you are simply very aware of and desirous of being a part of a "dignified" family.

  • Spends a lot, runs into debt.

  • Difficulty in improving the career position.

  • Wants money to come easily, without hard work.

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

Zukra + Mangala-yuti-Budha in bhava-7 = advising

Mahadasha of Zukra and Mahadasha of Budha were also actively engaged in consulting and advising, due to Zukra and Budha granting career powers in Bhava-7 yuti karmesha-10 Mangala.

  • Shri Raman advised perhaps thousands of clients from many walks of life - including a predominance of politicians (Simha) and others highly ranked [karmesha-10 in 7, advising career]

  • as well, a good part of any Bharati astrologer's professional activity derives from marriage match-making

  • He also held a diploma in Homeopathic medicine, another consulting profession. professionalizer Surya rules-7 10th-from-10th located in satkona-6 = medicine

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

  • Bhava-10 shows good auspice - occupied by Jupiter and supported by aspects from uttama- Chandra; karmesha-10 Kuja; and a strong, determined lagnesha Shani, whose disposit or is the excellent career planet Zukra.

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

  • Budha in bhava-7 * narrative of relationships, trusts, betrothal, contracts, deals, negotiation, arrangements
  • Budha-Simha * dramatic communications, articulation of bright celebrity entitlements
  • Budha-yuti-Mangala * articulation of forward action, message of innovation and forward movement, outspoken, talkative brother
  • Budha-yuti-Zukra * articulation of equity in agreements, message of justice and fairly bargained contracts; songwriting , talkative sister

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

  • Guru-Vrizchika * much mystery, many discoveries, believes in transformation, many masks, hidden doctrine
  • Guru in bhava-10 * many public roles, much leadership, numerous recognized teachings, much respect, broad social visibility

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.

  • dhanapati-2+Vriddhipathi-11 Guru the Moneymaker occupies karmasthana, allowing even a village astrologer - who normally subsists - to earn significantly through career activities.

  • Guru brings blessing wherever he travels; in Shri Raman's case Guru's blessing inhabits Bhava-10 of leadership and authority in one's professional field.

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."

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

  • Zukra-Singha * appreciation of royal confidence, pleasures of radiant central roles, brightly theatrical arrangements
  • Zukra-7 * swabhava * pleasure of interpersonal relationships, enjoys contractual harmony, feminine-figures advise and bargain, appreciation of equity
  • Zukra-yuti-Mangala * gracious action, energized beauty, sweetly proactive innovation
  • Zukra-yuti-Budha * gracious conversation, articulate beauty, sweetly communicative messaging

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.

Zukra = Yogakaraka for Kumbha lagna.

bandesha-4 +dharmesha-9 Zukra

Yuvati bhava 10th-from-10th - day-to-day interactions, daily reality:

Zukra gains additional strength in kendra.

  • Bhava-7 = 10th-from-10th = the partnering, peer-advising, counseling, mentoring relationships which compose the foundation of public career.

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 receives no graha drishti.

  • Budha rules 9th-from-9th (paternal grandfather) while Kuja is dispositor of Guru who rules 9th-from-Surya . Role of the paternal grandfather is very favorable and tightly engaged with B.V. Raman's professional work.

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.

  • The public illusion associated with his career or the impression he gave to the public was of being a hardworking, sincere person of very modest means (Shani) - with some emotional constrictions (Shani/Soma).

  • Such a person may experience a degree of emotional insecurity. Perhaps one tries too hard, or is too attached to the Rules.

  • The Nishturabashi Yoga-4 nativity has been traumatized by emotional loss paired with a strict or scarcity-impacted upbringing, and as a result one is often anxious to establish his dignity.

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


  • Shani in Bhava-4 * must remain, root, defend, shelter; cautious, conventional mother-figures; tense childhood, chronic scarcity in home; strict boundaries
  • Shani-Vrizabha * old values, pressured storage, old treasuries, must preserve with scarce resources
  • Shani-yuti-Chandra * resistance against protection, emotional discipline. constrained flow

Nishturabahi Yoga

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 motivated, 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)

  • Rahu-Meena * mask of dreamlike Other Worlds; fascinated by prayer, spiritual guidance, sleep, private intuition
  • Rahu in bhava-2 * privilege via glamorous or unusual assets, family lineage, languages, sounds, knowledge, treasury. Seeks a special, important, acquisitive role in conservation and containment of historic values. Opportunistic, ambitious family of origin.

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

  • Ketu-Kanya * incomplete service, empty disagreements, dissolute arguments
  • Ketu in classroom-8 * well-placed for psychic knowledge * ambivalent toward initiations, disregards occult boundaries, fearless toward mysteries, absent from coverage (increases transparency), vacuous secrets, irrelevance of non-disclosure

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.

  • Mangala actions = bhratrupathi-3 (publications) + karmesha-10 (public reputation, executive responsibilities). A strong placement of Kuja for any Kumbha nativity gives talent in publishing industry. Raman's efforts were particularly assisted by politicians and royal patrons (Simha).

  • Zukra relationships bandesha-4 (homeland, folk customs and cultural norms) + dharmesha-9 (philosophy, religious writings). yogakaraka Zukra in kendra-7 gains respect for views on political (Simha) alliances (Zukra).

  • Budha words = vidyapathi-5 (children, celebrity) + randhresha-8 (occult, sudden changes). Budha = karaka for publications; again, political-royal (Simha) alliances especially in matters of war (Mangala) promote Shri Raman's professional standing.

  • The combination of bhratrupathi-3 + vidyapathi-5 in Karakamsha-kendra assists his reputation (7 = 10th from 10th) as a professional writer.


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