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Positions for Chandra and Lagna

Rules quoted from page 171 , Light on Relationships : The Synastry of Indian Astrology by Hart Defouw, Robert E. Svoboda

Gandanta = one of the many designations related to sandhi = juncture, transition-zone, or cusp.

Gandanta zones = six rashi cusps that form the borders

  1. between two rashi

  2. between two Nakshatra

Gandanta zones

Chandra lagna or kundali indriya-lagna is considered to be weakened when lagna occupies a Gandanta zone:

The final 3:20 degrees of:

  1. final two ghatika = final 48 minutes = final pada of Aśleṣa - Naga * end of Karkata

  2. final two ghatika = final 48 minutes = final pada of Jyeṣṭha - Antares * end of Vṛścika

  3. final two ghatika = final 48 minutes = final pada of Revatika - Pushan * end of Meena

The initial 3:20 degrees of:

  1. first two ghatika = first 48 minutes = first pada of Aśvini - Dasra * beginning of Mesha

  2. first two ghatika = first 48 minutes = first pada of Magha - Regulus * beginning of Simha

  3. first two ghatika = first 48 minutes = first pada of Mula - Nirṛti * beginning of Dhanus


Budhaactivates the 4th pada (final 3-min + 20sec portion) of Aśleṣa - Naga, Jyeṣṭha - Antares, and Revatī - Pushana.

  • Therefore, the degree of Moon's gandanta-weakness will depend somewhat on Chandra's relationship to Budha in the rashi and navamsha charts.

Old-timer Chandra is friendly toward young inquistor Budha. Budha is according to lore, the offspring of Professor Chandra.;

However, young Budha hates old Chandra. Chandra is according to lore, bantering Budha's true but illegitimate father.

  • Therefore, a gandanta Moon combined with a dominant Budha -- exempli gratia, in Mithuna or Kanya -- may cause the person to over-verbalize about their emotional fluctuations, resulting in a psychological fixation on their problems.

For example, the nativity with a weakened gandanta-zone Revati Chandra, where Chandra receives drishti of [uchcha-Budha] in yuvati bhava, can give a relentlessly verbal-analytical spouse who accurately but painfully dissects all the personality weaknesses of the native . Chandra is weakened and cannot self-defend.

But such extremes are rare. Normally, gandanta is a minor factor in evaluating the Moon or lagna.

  • In practice, the end-zones of Aśleṣa and Revatī - Pushana = rarely poor places for the Moon unless other influences, in addition to gandanta, would destabilize Chandra.

Jyeṣṭha pada-4 = a weakened lunar zone. Chandra Vṛścika = nīcha AND Chandra occupies the nakshatra of His adversarial son Budha ANd

Any lagna can be weakened if it occurs at the end of Aśleṣa, Jyestha, or Revati, if its lagnesha is not strong.


These three portions are all ruled by weird, earth-alienated, psychic Ketu.

  • The Moon is not especially comfortable in fiery rashi generally; Professor Chandra craves the kapha element of water.

  • If Ketu is over-active in the nativity, then Chandra or lagna in the first 3:20 * first pada * of Aśvini, Magha and Mula may be emotionally or physically upset from being subjected to excess heat.


Aśvini and Magha are helpful to humanity even though they behave in an eccentric way. Mula indicates smooth operators. Mula born are philosophy-talking wanderers who have little commitment to humanistic aims despite their bluster.

Mula points the way through the psychic pipeline to our galactic sun.

At present levels of Dwapara-Yuga consciousness, the psychic information which comes to us over the Mula bandwidth is socially and materially disorienting to most folks.

  • However, those with adequate psychic interpretive facilities will recognize Ketu's signals as reliable indicators of the"breaking up" phase of the coagulation-scatter cycle which governs all manifestation of life-form in the universe.

The final 3:20 = Mula pada-4 can be a confused, mystical, Ketu-wandering place for Chandra or lagna unless the person is otherwise grounded through high social or intellectual confidence (, strong benefics in kendra or trine).

Hidden weakness

Otherwise healthy Graha -- not only Chandra and Lagna but also the individual Graha - which happen to be gandanta may give a weird twist to the affairs of the bhava within their rashi and navamsha during their periods.

  • The twist is caused by hidden weakness .

  • Weakness when manageable presents opportunities for growth.

Often there is throughout the life a considerable masking of this hidden weakness via denial or skillful rational management -- until the gandanta planet's period pushes the weakness through the denial barrier and up to the surface consciousness.

Traditional beliefs Nakshatra Gandanta are believe to harm (rikta) oneself, one's own parents, and one's brothers

Rashi Gandanta are believed to harm the family overall

Tithi Gandanta broadly harms the parents. Tithi gandanta = final pada = final two ghatika of

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  • 10th day after new moon * Dasami
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