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Vimshottari Dasha

Chidra-dasha

final bhukti * final sub-period

of each Mahadasha

chidra-dasha * chidra-dasha

A time of closure, forgiveness, and release

chid * ched * chedi * chidr

lemma from Koeln Sanskrit Lexicon

chid (chedi) - IE cognate Latin 'scindo' (rescind)

  • to cut off, amputate, cut through, hew, chop, split, pierce

  • to divide, separate from

  • to destroy, annihilate, efface, blot out

  • Passive = to be split or cut, break

  • to cut off. to cause to cut off or through cutting, cutting off. cutting through

  • splitting, piercing

  • destroying, annihilating, removing

  • the divisor, denominator


chidra * torn asunder, containing holes, pierced, leaky, a hole, slit, cleft, opening or hole made by nature, the cartilage of the ear, pupil of the eye, to yield an opening or free access, defect, fault, blemish, imperfection , infirmity , weak point , foible. the number nine (there being 9 openings in the body). the lower regions

BPHS Ketu Mahadasha

7+ years

See also: BPL's Modern observations upon Ketu Mahadasha


final bhukti = Ketu-Budha

  • duration of the final bhukti: 12 months

Ketu-Budha chidradasha = 12 months

Closure, forgiveness, and release for unmet withdrawal and spiritual practice goals, and for the matters of Ketu's lord and Ketu's occupied house.

  • the end of Ketu period is the end of seven years of wandering .

  • During Ketu Mahadasha, the native is psychologically focused on attaining a spiritualized detachment from material obsessions.

  • One may have wandered only within the realm of imagination. Or Ketu may have carved a path of pilgrimage through seven continents, over high mountain ranges, and across churning seas.


Ketu's bhava and His lord determine the style of these seven years of pilgrimage. Ketu-Budha period signals the end of the era of detachment from materialism , and the beginning of a 20-year period of love and * akarshana * (Zukra Mahadasha ) toward beauty and sensual pleasure in the material world.

(Except for Thula lagna and Mesha lagna, for which the forthcoming period of Zukra-Zukra = randhresha-8 or dhanapati-2, and thus an early destruction of sensual attachment may ensue.)


How Ketu-Budha officiates the "clean-out" and preparation for Zukra Mahadasha:

The method of forgiveness and release for Ketu's life period is determined by Budha's characteristics in D-1 and D-9.

A mentalized, analytical assessment of accomplishment with a"cut your losses "attitude allows the native to accurately account (Budha) for what worked and what didn't. It is time to release any Ketu-oriented expectations which have not been realized in the past seven years.


For Dhanus lagna, Budha = yuvatipathi-7 +karmesha-10 .

  • At the end of Ketu Mahadasha, even if one has been wandering mentally or physically for the previous six years, one's career will prosper briefly. Yet to sustain an executive trajectory, the next period of Surya Mahadasha must be quite strong.

For Thula lagna by contrast dharmesha-9 + ruler-of-12 Budha is prone toward religious teaching (9) and meditation (12).

  • The era of excessive passivity and lack of material focus (Ketu) is ready to be released during the Ketu-Budha period. This release may involve a planned (Budha) emergence from quietude and from unconscious acceptance of materially negative expectations or constraining ideological-or-religious convictions.


Much depends on the angle between Ketu and Budha.

BPHS Zukra Mahadasha

20+ years

see also:

the modern viewpoint of BP Lama on characteristics of Zukra Mahadasha


Zukra-Ketu chidradasha

  • duration 26 months
  • drift away
  • surrender
  • dissolve
  • disconnect
  • cut

Zukra-Ketu chidradasha * duration 26 months

Closure, forgiveness, and release for unmet goals regarding terms of contract, deals and agreements, bargains and negotiations, love relationship and sense-pleasure, and for the matters of Zukra's two sthana reckoned from radical lagna, along with two sthana reckoned from Chandra-lagna.

  • Zukra Mahadasha reigns for 20 years. It is the longest of all the 9 mahadasha segments.

  • The end of this epic period is also the closure of a very significant portion of one's total life path.

  • Ketu being the karaka for alienation , distancing and separation (but not annihilation or death), Zukra-Ketu period tends strongly toward apathy, deep detachment or despair.

  • Unless the spiritual life is well-cultivated and shared by both partners, a significant distancing (both emotional and geographical) is likely to occur during the close-out phase.


How Zukra-Ketu officiates the clean-out, release, books-balancing and preparation for Surya Mahadasha :

The method of forgiveness and release for Zukra's life period is determined by Ketu's characteristics in D-1 and D-9.

  • A detached, passive, I surrender attitude allows one to drift away (Ketu).

  • Unlike the close-out period of Ketu-Budha, there is no clear assessment of what worked and what didn't.

  • One has a general sense that it is time to release any Zukra-oriented expectations which have not been realized in the past twenty years - but rarely is there any plan of action.


If Ketu occupies a favorable angle to Zukra (not 4th- or 6th-from-Zukra) then a marriage may remain intact. Yet the native draws inward, into the realm of psychic intuition and austere spiritual practice. One may become emotionally unavailable to the core partner, and the prospect of gaining spiritual nourishment through human love in any form may seem quite remote .

If Ketu occupies the 4th, 6th, 8th, or 12th from Zukra, physical separation due to Adversarial or moksha reaction to unmet relationship expectations is likely to occur.

In either case, matters of Ketu's radix sthana will provoke actions of attempted escape.


Incomplete separations during Zukra-Ketu:

Ironically for a supposed"completion" period, Ketu cannot finish the job. Ketu is never able to escape His bondage to eternal drishti of Rahu. Ketu-Rahu are locked into a fixed orbit of Chandra.

Ketu gazes longingly at His head, His passion, His sense of identity, purpose, and drive - Shri Rahu - knowing that Ketu's deep hunger to rejoin the Other half, to feel whole again, will never be realized.

Thus, the"closure"and"separation" indicated during Zukra-Ketu period are not truly accomplished . One retains awareness of the presence of Other through deep psychic connection to the partner.

The alliances formed during Zukra Mahadasha will drift apart, but these bonds are not destroyed. Nevertheless, a physical relationship, a shared living arrangement or even a shared country may be a thing of the past.


Much depends on the angle between Zukra and Ketu.

BPHS Surya Mahadasha

6+ years

see also:

a modern interpretation of the nine bhukti periods of the Surya Mahadasha by BP Lama


Surya-Zukra chidradasha

  • duration 12 months

Surya-Zukra period of forgiveness * duration 12 months

  • Closure and release for unmet empowerment and morality goals, and for the matters of Surya's house

  • The final bhukti of Ravi's 6-year mahadasha is the Surya-Zukra period.

  • Closure, forgiveness and release in matters of idealistic and ethical expectation is on the karmic calendar for this approximately 1-year" close-out" sub-period.

  • A common frustration of Surya-Zukra period is that the native will be simultaneously trying to separate, forgive, and move forward while experiencing the love, desire, and attraction * akarshana * to the beloved which Zukra bhukti brings.

This is a bit of a balancing act, and the success of the balance depends significantly on the angle between Surya and Zukra.


How Surya-Zukra officiates the clean-out and preparation for Chandra Mahadasha :

The method of forgiveness and release for Surya's life period is determined by Zukra's characteristics in D-1 and D-9.

  • A loving, appreciative, desirous, sensual approach to separation, forgiveness , and release.

  • A fond farewell to those persons, projects, and ideas that have assisted one's creative empowerments.

  • One has, during these six years of Surya's reign, bathed in the bright confident light of divine intelligence (Surya).

  • One has developed a stronger entitlement to creative self-direction through one's own willful intention.

  • Now, it is time to release any Surya-oriented expectations which (for any reason and regardless of cause) have not been realized in the past six years.


Except in the most difficult cases where Zukra occupies a hostile 6-8 angle from Surya, it should be possible to achieve a final state of mutual appreciation in the core partnerships.

After a sustained campaign of forgiveness, it is time to release of tastes or attractions (or even addictions) which are incompatible with Surya's self-celebrating intelligence.

If Zukra occupies the shad-ashtaka 6-8 angle from Surya, the love partner may assume an adversarial role. When Surya-Zukra occupy a shad-ashtaka angle, anti-creative, anti-self-determination, anti-charismatic partnerships may be on schedule for more profound closure. Often the presenting cause for unsustainability is the ego-demand of the partner (business or personal) who may be draining the creative inspiration (Surya) from the native's own life reserves.

Contractual elationships which have consistently fallen below expectations

From the earliest idealized romantic crushes to later more mature partners in marriage avowal, all who may be blocking the light of the Divine Intelligence are on schedule to be forgiven for the disappointments they have caused.

Due to Zukra's natural inclination toward balance and pleasure, essential matching connections are typically sustaineable. Marriage and business partnership are up for review, but these contractual agreements are not unduly threatened during this close-out period.

Yet due to Surya's positive intention to live a higher self-directed, creative, divinely lighted life, it is time to release the unfulfilled expectations which can prevent intelligent relationship from moving forward into a more nurturing future (Chandra).

Expect frustration due to the natural conflict between Zukra's mandate to attract and attach vs. the mandate of any final bhukti to achieve separation and closure.

Future plans and emotional attachments which are intelligently sustainable can indeed deepen emotionally in the forthcoming Mahadasha of Soma.

However, relationships and projects which suppress self-direction are normally terminated and released..


Exempli gratia, in Thula lagna nativities, Zukra = randhresha-8 + lagnesha-1; one must, indeed, forgive oneself (L-1) and forgive the re-cycle of birth and death (randhresha-8 ) for enforcing those sudden, catastrophic changes which cause even the best-laid plans to go awry.

Exempli gratia, for Mesha lagna, Zukra rules-2 + Zukra rules-7. In Surya-Zukra period, one seeks closure on matters of treasury and family history, and also of the marriage contract and the whole business of making alliances and agreements.

Marriage remains intact, but an outdated marital contract (implicit or explicit) may need to be rewritten. Old love expectations which have outlived their time, past which one has simply matured and wizened, can be cheerfully released.

Much depends on the angle between Surya and Zukra, and the emotional impact of the bhava which Surya and Zukra respectively may rule from the basis of the Chandra-lagna.

BPHS handra Mahadasha

10+ years

see also: Modern observations on the Chandra Mahadasha, written by BP Lama


Chandra-Surya chidradasha

Chandra-Surya period = 6 months

  • Closure, forgiveness, and release for unmet nourishment and security goals, and for the matters of Chandra's bhava


How Chandra-Surya officiates the clean-out and preparation for Mangala Mahadasha :

  • The method of forgiveness and release for Chandra's life period is determined by Surya's characteristics in D-1 and D-9.

  • A regal, confident attitude of certainty, informed by faith in divine intelligence, allows the native to make a final determination.

  • A declaration is given, regarding what worked and what didn't, during Chandra Mahadasha.

  • It is time to release any Chandra-oriented expectations which have not been realized in the past ten years.


Essential nurturing relationships to mother, one's own family, to sources of food and security, ownership of lands and vehicles, can probably be sustained.

Chandra-Kuja period may bring considerable wealth if the Chandra-Kuja angle is benevolent * evoking Chandra-Mangala Yoga.

Friction with the mother. If Kuja, a natural maraka, is also maraka rules-2 or ruler of 7th-from-Chandra matrikaraka, death of the mother or of oneself can be predicted.

However, relationships or commitments which have proved unpatriotic, unsupportive or emotionally dysfunctional , and clearly lacking improvement during the past ten years, are on the chopping block.

Surya can be ruthless. Much depends on the angle between Chandra and Surya. If Chandra = yuvatipathi-7 or karmesha-10 , signals the end of career.

BPHS Mangala Mahadasha

7+ years

see also:

Modern interpretation of Mangala Mahadasha by BP Lama


Mangala-Chandra chidradasha

  • duration 7 months

Mangala-Chandra * duration 7 months

  • Closure, forgiveness , and release for unmet competition and penetration goals, and for the matters of Mangala's two sthana.


How Mangala-Chandra officiates the clean-out and preparation for Rahu Mahadasha :

The method of forgiveness and release for Mangala's life period is determined by Chandra's characteristics in D-1 and D-9.

  • A parental, protective attitude of acceptance, informed by emotional intelligence, allows the native to make a final decision.

  • One uses feelings, the vocabulary of emotional experience, and gut instinct, to determine what worked and what didn't, during Mangala Mahadasha.

  • It is time to release any Kuja-oriented expectations which have not been realized in the past seven years.


Competitive sport and adversarial legal contests that have not been winnable; military and police incursions that have not succeeded (such as lost wars or unsolved crimes); sexual practices which are emotionally harmful; are all examples of relationships which Chandra will eliminate in a know thyself emotionally frame of mind.

Much depends on the angle between Kuja and Soma.

BPHS Rahu Mahadasha

18+ years

See also:

a modern interpretation of Rahu Mahadasha by B. P. Lama


final bhukti = Rahu-Mangala

  • duration of the chidradasha period: 12.5 months

Rahu-Mangala period * duration 12.5 months

  • Closure, forgiveness, and release for unmet Obsession and possession goals, and for the matters of Rahu's ruler and Rahu's occupied house.


How Rahu-Kuja officiates the clean-out and preparation for Guru Mahadasha :

The method of forgiveness and release for Rahu's life period is determined by Kuja's characteristics in D-1 and D-9.

A competitive, sporting attitude of enthusiasm for life, informed by hunter's instinct to capture its prey and a need to move vigorously , allows the native to make a final decision.

One uses the warrior's desire to win, engaging the five material senses, as the primary tool of evaluation to determine what worked and what didn't, during Rahu Mahadasha. The basic measurement is winning. Was the object of desire obtained? If so, enjoy it. If not, it is time to cut one's losses.

It is time to release any Rahu-oriented expectations which have not been realized in the past eighteen years. Kuja has the instinct to kill.


Rahu Mahadasha reigns for 18 years. The end of this epic period is also the closure of a very significant portion of one's total life path.

Much depends on the angle between Rahu and Kuja.

BPHS Guru Mahadasha

16+ years

See also:

BPL's Modern observations upon Guru Mahadasha


final bhukti = Guru-Rahu

  • duration of the bhukti: 29 months

Guru-Rahu chidradasha * duration 29 months

  • Closure, forgiveness, and release for unmet wisdom and expansion goals, and for the matters of Guru's two sthana.


How Guru-Rahu officiates the"clean-out"and preparation for Shani Mahadasha :

The method of forgiveness and release for Mangala's life period is determined by Rahu's characteristics in D-1 and D-9.

  • An invasive, boundary-crossing attitude of hunger to possess, informed by subconsciously driven obsessive desire , allows the native to make a final decision.

  • One uses an interior vocabulary of need and desire combined with gut instinct, to determine what worked and what didn't, during Guru Mahadasha.

  • Professor Rahu's behavior is driven by an engine of passion and excitement. If passion for still-unrealized goals of wisdom and expansion (Guru) is found to be lacking at the end of these 16 years, Reactionary Rahu may eliminate those goals from the life calendar.

  • Relationships signified by Guru's two houses make remain intact, but these bonds will be cleansed of ambition and desire.


For Makara lagna, Rahu eliminates unsustainable or unexpandable projects and relationships in foreign lands (12) or amongst siblings-team-mates (3).

For Vrizchika lagna, Rahu is the "executioner" who eliminates unexpandable aspirations in wealth accumulation (2) and speculations, including children (5)


It is time to release any Guru-oriented expectations which have not been realized in the past sixteen years.

Much depends on the angle between Guru and Rahu.

BPHS Shani Mahadasha

19+ years

see also:

BP Lama modern viewpoint on Shani Mahadasha


final bhukti = Shani-Guru

  • duration of the bhukti: 36 months

Shani-Guru chidradasha * duration 36 months

  • Closure, forgiveness , and release for unmet duty and responsibility goals, and for the matters of Shani's two sthana.


How Shani-Guru officiates the clean-out and preparation for Budha Mahadasha :

The method of forgiveness and release for Shani's life period is determined by Guru's characteristics in D-1 and D-9.

  • A wise, optimistic attitude of priestly certainty, informed by humanistic belief, allows the native to make a final decision.

  • One uses guidance from religious principles, innate joy in children, and faith in the transformative power of wisdom, to determine what worked and what didn't, during Shani Mahadasha.

  • It is time to release any Shani-oriented expectations which have not been realized in the past 19 years.


Relationships based on duty and responsibility which have become unrealizable, unsustainable, or incapable of reaching a socially validated conclusion, will be eliminated.

A spirit of good-will and optimistic expectations for future improvement through wisdom (Guru) pervades the Shani-closure experience. Forgiveness is enthusiastic and heartfelt. One moves forward into the fast-paced, youthful attitudes of Budha Mahadasha with the pleasant knowledge that one's most severe and demanding duties are completed, as far as one is capable, in this life.

Likely continuation of relationships which involve children and their welfare, wisdom teachings, support of priests, or ceremonial religion . Social obligations that have been measurably completed, responsibilities fully satisfied, and conditions of law and order that have been dutifully maintained during Shani Mahadasha, can now be liberated into a fresh state of mental fluency and communicative speed.


Shani Mahadasha reigns for 19 years. The end of this epic period is also the closure of a very significant portion of one's total life path. Much depends on the angle between Shani and Guru.


Sen. John McCain was in the closure period of Shani-Guru-Kuja, with only five months left until the final day of Shani's 19-year mahadasha, when he lost the 04-Nov-2008 U.S. presidential election to his competitor, POTUS-44 Audacity of Hope 1961- Barack H. Obama.

McCain's Guru:

  • rules bhava-4 patriotism

  • rules bhava-7, advisers consultants peers partners

  • But nichha-Kuja is the highly less benevolent L-3+randhresha-8 .

L-5+rogesha-6 Shani-Kumbha in bhava-6 is an excellent graha, good for eradication of enemies, and lord of Chandra in politics bhava-5. Shani was a good political support for McCain for 19 years!

Yet, considering the exhaustion any person would feel at the end of Shani Mahadasha, it was no wonder that McCain's concession speech on the night of 4-Nov-2008, sounded to many as if he was expressing not sadness or resentment - but just plain Relief!

BPHS Budha Mahadasha

17+ years

See also:

BPL's Modern observations upon Budha Mahadasha


final bhukti = Budha-Shani

  • duration of the bhukti: 33 months

For POTUS-26 Theodore Roosevelt , Budha-Shani bhukti ended his seven years as an extremely vigorous and productive conserver of national natural resources and completion of a great workload of political administrative projects. He worked until he nearly collapsed , but the work got done.

For POTUS-pair-37 Watergate 1912-1993 Pat Ryan Nixon, Budha-Shani bhukti marked the collapse of her husband's career due to his criminal convictions for burglary and tax evasion followed by his impeachment. His misdoings began and ended during her Budha-Shani period. Her chidra-dasha included her husbands trial at which he was betrayed by his own advisers * see Richard Nixon Guru-Mula-12 and Budha-Mula stimulating betrayal by cohort.

her Ketu Mahadasha began in Nov-1973 and the Nixons left the Whitehouse in disgrace in Aug-1974 during her Ketu-Zukra period, with Zukra-6 ruling Ketu. With Budha ruling both 1 and 10 from her Kanya lagna, Mrs. Nixon had experienced the 17-year Budha Mahadasha as a peak-visibility, detail-managing, super-busy and socially-validating era of life. Following the disgrace of impeachment, in Ketu Mahadasha she became very ill with lung cancer (Ketu's ruler in 6) and withdrew (Ketu) from public life.

Budha-Shani chidradasha * duration 33 months

  • Closure, forgiveness, and release for unmet communication and analysis goals, and for the matters of Budha's two sthana.


How Budha-Shani officiates the clean-out and preparation for the wandering era of Ketu Mahadasha :

The method of forgiveness and release for Budha's life period is determined by Shani's characteristics in D-1 and D-9.

  • A conformist, risk-averse attitude, informed by ancient survival fears of ostracization and punishment, pushes the native to make a final decision.

  • during Budha Mahadasha, one uses a pragmatic, fearful respect for The power of social law to determine what worked and what didn't.


To be eliminated: unmet youthful expectations; failed sibling, school-mate, and team-mate relationships; claims and arguments that have not borne out any satisfying truth; dysfunctional communication habits; socially invalid self-narrative accounts; naive, adolescent honesty in relationships; and general immaturity or lack of realism. the native feels obliged to become more shrewd and less trusting.

Shani will sustain those communicative relationships which support physical and social safety. Behaviors that facilitate maintenance of food, clothing, and shelter will continue. All else must go. Shani is unsentimental and His decisions can be harsh.

In preparation for the ungrounded spacey wandering of Ketu, Shani institutes a mental clean-up campaign. Shani insists that mental patterns in one's thought-world (Budha) must match up with material patterns in the social world (Shani).

In the big picture of the 120-year Vimshottari dasha, Shani's punitive realism is actually an essential safety correction designed to protect the native on one's forthcoming boundary-permeable, and confusion-prone era of Ketu

It is time to release any Budha-oriented expectations which have not been realized in the past 17 years. Budha-Shani is a famous period for " rowing up mentally .

If Budha-Shani period occurs in social-biological youth, before the Saturn Return at age 29-31, this period may signify devastatingly painful"reality-check" shocks via failed adolescent expectations. A very young adolescent could be completely overwhelmed by Shani's demand to assume adult pragmatic attitude and workloads. As with all Shani periods, results improve with chronological age and adult experience.


Shani in 3rd-from-Budha

The challenging angle here is Shani in 3rd-from-Budha. Results of Shani in 3rd-from-Budha include isolation , negative thinking to the extent of clinical depression. Draconian punishments which drive lighter thoughts from the youthful mind, imposing premature survival responsibilities through heavy work demands.

Somewhat easier when Shani = Yogakaraka, but generally Shani in 3rd-from-Budha = a very difficult era of"closure". forgiveness = not possible under the survival pressures of the Shani in 3rd-from-Budha angle

For all angles except the 3rd-from, much depends on the ease of the angle between Budha and Shani.

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