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AUM som somaya namah

AUM hreem shreem chandraya namah


Professor Chandra

Somana * Krishnaya

resides in


Sravishtha * Sirva

comforted by careful listening * protectors of undulating shamanic sound * needs customary lawfulness


emotional patterning delivered into the Earth consciousness grid

conferred by the races of

Altair the Flying Eagle

+ Alshain the Falcon

+ Tarazed the Pointer

emotional stability achieved via respect and reputation of The folks

Intuitive listeners

* Listener, Hearing, Shaman

Shra-yana the path of Hearing

Deep emotional need to establish one's good repute


Graha * Bhava * Amsha * Rashi

Nakshatra of Chandra

Ruled by Chandra * grounding, rooting, stability, settlement


Vishnu with his 10 avatars(incarnations):

Fish, Tortoise, Boar, Man-Lion, Dwarf, Rama with the Ax, King Rama, Krishna, Buddha, and Kalkin.

Painting from Jaipur, India, 19th cen.; in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London


Blossom of the Calotropis gigantea tree

sacred to Shravana nakshatra

Chandra resides in a Nakshatra Kona of Chandra

Exceptionally emotionally sensitive, intuitive, responsive, emotionally available, absorptive, reactive = pragmatic, affectionate, attached to Mother

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Chandra in a nakshatra of Chandra

Each of the Chandra-ruled nakshatra of Chandra is emotionally compatible with other soothing, nourishing, Chandra-ruled caretakers

  • Chandra in Rohini-Aldebaran * comforted by lavish appreciation * protectors of luxurious domiciles * needs sensual caretaking

  • Chandra in Hasta-Savitra * comforted by handwork * guardian of customary crafts * protectors of home gardening * needs rhythmic touch

  • Chandra in Shravana-Hari * soothed by careful listening * protectors of undulating shamanic sound * needs customary lawfulness

Shravana-Hari Nakshatra

ruled by Chandra = settlements, dwelling, safety, security, comfortable rhythms, nourishment, homes, parenting, agriculture, meals, caretaking, cultural roots, seasonal rhythms

Sravana Pada-1 * navamsha Chandra-Meza

Sravana Pada-2 * Navamsha-Chandra-Urisha * Pushkara Navamsha

Sravana Pada-3 * navamsha Chandra in Mithunaya * comforted by conversational messaging


Sravana Pada-4 * Navamsha Karkata Chandra



Feminine Nativities

  • writer early 20th cen. essay-fiction Katherine Mansfield

  • writer Himalayan tales Alexandra David-Néel

  • writer historian, philanthropist Caroline Bouvier Kennedy

  • abdicated Gov AK Sarah Palin

  • balladeer Linda Ronstadt

Masculine Nativities

  • Michel Foucault (social historian)

  • dramatist Denzel Washington

  • murder cult leader Charles Manson yuti Rahu (circular thinking, insanity)

sravan_shell.jpgRadix Moon in Shravana = Hearing the Rhythm

= exceptionally attentive to the 'drum beat' of social approval and public opinion

Shravana = skillful, absorptive listening.

Shravana is very closely related to its Twin Partner dhaniṣṭha-Vasu , which is the other Nakshatra of hearing the drumbeat.

  • Shravana = usually knows a class of social ranked, high-position people

  • yet less of the dhaniṣṭha inclination to acquire wealth via elite association.

Shravana natives are careful with their finances and generally find their way into the capitalized ranks by carefully managing their social reputation.

  • Excellent for pollsters, political campaign managers, advertising marketers, social historians.

Chandra in Shravana-Hari = profound and self-defining core need for emotional security, which expresses via steady reliability [Shani]

Needs to appear as a provider of conventional conformity to public standards [Shani]

  • in particular, Shravana is emotionally aligned with 'law and order' practices

  • its greatest feeling of emotional security occurs when imposing petty or parochial laws.

Excellent placement for regulators, inspectors, examiners, property-assessors, and civil-court judges.

Shravana natives are excellent listeners who are attentive to public opinion and wish to maintain their social reputation at all costs.

  • Sherlock Holmes 1859-1930 occultist Arthur Conan Doyle while his wife died a lingering, painful dematerialization from tuberculosis, he conducted a passionate nine-year long extramarital affair with a woman 18 years his junior. The relationship was advertised as utterly platonic and respectful, although the pair were frequently seen at equestrian events (she was an accomplished horsewoman) and while motoring privately about the countryside. Upon the decease of wife-1 the lovers married and produced a second family for C-D. The children from his first marriage were disinherited from his copyright legacy. In elder years he began displaying the mental illness which had plagued his father. Nevertheless C-D maintained a facade of full propriety, and his estate made sure to keep his reputation unbesmirched. Only after the deaths of all concerned was the (sometimes rather sordid) truth unmasked.

As a corollary, the native is emotionally inclined to tell people what the they want to hear.

Shravana Chandra tends to pander to the public's need to hear platitudes, pious niceties and simple solutions to complex problems.

In additional to skillful listening one tends to be a moralistic speaker

Extraordinary "ear" for music, drum-beat, rhythms, speech prosody , "what people are saying".

Allied with conventional standards for excellence and will not tolerate any challenge to what they hear as the rules for proper behavior in their subculture.

Shravana's rhythmic intelligence can concentrate on a pattern and "pay attention" to nuanced variation.

Superb placement for diplomacy

  • POTUS-03 Declaration of Independence 1743-1826 Thomas Jefferson had an extraordinarily strong placement for Shravana Chandra: (1) lagnesha (2) in nakshatra ruled by Chandra (3) cast drishti upon lagna from 7th (4) Chandra-7 receives drishti of the yogakaraka nichha-bhanga Mangala-1

  • POTUS-pair-13 Libraries 1798-1853 Abigail Powers Fillmore was a lifetime personal adviser to her politician husband POTUS-13 Slave Trade Compromise 1800-1874 Millard Fillmore

  • Germany Bundeskanzlerin 1954- Angela Merkel * Chandra-4 rules uttama-Shani-1 in 10th-from-Chandra

  • POTUS-37 Watergate 1913-1994 Richard Nixon

  • Mughal Emperor 1592-1666 Shah Jahan + Surya-yuti-Budha * held his position for thirty years during dangerous times, fighting many military battles that extended his territory, without injury and losing very few contests. His success is largely attributed to his good sense in listening to his wife Arjumand Banu Begum (a.k.a. Mumtaz-Mahal) who served as his key advisor.

Gifted in delivering speeches and sermons with a rhythmic, melodically structured cadence. Sensitive "ear" for writing. A writer with Shravana Chandra knows to read one's written work aloud to ensure a readable rhythm.

  • The Tower 1865-1939 William Butler Yeats wrote to be read-aloud. He wrote extensively for live theatre, and intended his poetry to be declaimed in the ancient Irish style.

Excellent placement for television announcers and newscasters , ceremonial "presenter" personalities, pulp novelists, sensationalistic journalists

A shrewd and discriminating observer (David-Néel ).

There is a certain negativity associated with this Nakshatra which is the obvious downside of tale-telling, dishonesty or open contempt for those who might tarnish or challenge one's public reputation.

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Magical Art by Elaine Bayley Illustrations

Dishonesty, falsification, and pretense

All the Chandra-ruled lunar Nakshatra suffer from psychological defensiveness which is out of proportion to the scope of the factual threat.

Ironically these folk who are quite pure of heart can develop a reputation for falseness and pretense , as a result of putting up a defensive shield which they try to use as a 'decoy' to deflect predatory interests.

The honest truth may seem like an inadequate defense to Rohini, who may erect a protective facade of perfect contentment [Chandra] in order to mask the human weaknesses of one's self or one's immediate family.

Weakness when manageable presents opportunities for growth.

One notable feature of Shravana which is stronger compared to Rohini or Hasta = Shravana's staunch and unyielding defense of one's public reputation. It will be almost impossible to publicly discredit a Shravana. There will always be enough people who want to hear what the Shravana is promoting, whether it is true or not, and those people will band together in defense of the Shravana native.

If Chandra receives aggressive drishti in the nativity, one might pursue the nay-sayers aggressively, seeking to discredit those who might criticize one (Sarah Palin).

The upside can be a professionally respected version of tale-telling, such as journalism or scholarly historian. Shravana can produce exquisitely attentive historians (Michel Foucault ) and industrialists who listen to the people and deliver what the people request.

Shravana can be arrogant or uncharitable even (or especially) to close friends or family, should one's reputation come into danger from insinuation of untruthfulness or by unflattering association.

  • Gives attention to sacred teachings. Tolerates only the purest spoken word in the home.

Shravana parents disallow vulgarity to flow from the mouths of their children; will not abide ill words to be spoken in the public assembly.

Accountability issues, fabrication of truth, saying (or writing) what people want to hear

for example,

the veracity of the French author Alexandra David-Néel's popular Himalayan adventure tales was called into question by those knowledgeable of the region, its terrain, along with its folkways, ancient customs, and established cultural norms. Her books which were promoted as autobiography seemed to contain substantial amounts of delightfully embroidered fiction, tales obtained from other travelers, and clever reworkings of some scholarly accounts in other languages.

  • Typical of Shravana, Alexandra David-Néel vigorously defended her reputation as a first-hand observer of the mysterious lands and peoples of remote Gobi and Tibet. Modern scholarship would indicate that she, like some other adventuring women of her generation, claimed to have done things which were really quite preposterous. Nevertheless as a true Shravana she catered to what they want to hear. She gave people stories that they wanted to read, information that they wanted to know, visions of distant lands that they wanted to imagine.

  • The political personality Sarah Palin was elected to the governorship of the state of Alaska as a 'rogue' candidate with no job experience is also a typical Shravana. The ability to repeat a number of simple slogans regarding family and customary faith principles (while looking good on television) is her great strength. She lacks understanding of of world politics, but this is not a problem for her public presentation as a familiar, maternal, church-going figure. Ms. Palin provides a politically sensitive response to the confusions of one sector of the USA electorate: the least well educated, least traveled and least economically secure segment. So far she has enjoyed remarkably high success by telling the people what they want to hear.

The down side of a too-narrow Shravana listening strategy = a simple, ethnically familiar story (or any too-narrow pitch) which appeals to only one section of the electorate will certainly not convince the full majority, and a too-narrow Shravana cannot rise past parochial bounds.

  • Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg faced similar accountability issues when in 2008 she proposed, on the basis of never having held a single political office, to become the governor of New York State in the USA. Presuming the dominant value of popular acclaim [Shravana] and national reputation, CKS was surprised to learn that no political party would support her. Family reputation = the self-defining core of Shravana. Having been raised in a political family, in which environment she regularly heard about (Shravana) governance processes, CKS may have presumed that she well understood the practical task of governing the huge, diverse, conflict-and-corruption ridden state of New York. Hearing and doing may be confused by Shravana natives. CKS gracefully withdrew from consideration.

  • Gospel of Wealth 1835-1919 Andrew Carnegie wrote several books which declared his flag-waving emotionalized ideology. His evangelistic support for the American Way (patriotic Chandra) included labor unions, democratic elections, and free-market capitalism. However, AC also violently broke labor strikes, poured millions into election-thwarting special interest lobbies, and indulged in extensive insider stock trading. Much of Carnegie's journalistic writing was pious platitude, meant to insure positive image and public relations. His message was not represented in the history of his self-defensive material actions.

Best careers for Shravana are skilled in

  • Listening,

  • demonstrations of public decency,

  • maintaining respect,

  • developing honorable reputation

Shravana may travel extensively to listen at the feet of the guru.

Yet Shravana may also ensure that his pious visits are publicly announced and established in the public mind.

Intellectually, the power of the ear is a huge asset; one listens attentively to the teacher and reads with close attention to detail.

  • Gospel of Wealth 1835-1919 Andrew Carnegie was such a remarkably accurate listener that as a telegraph-office boy, he was able to decode incoming messages aurally, without waiting to write the value of each code into a paper letter. His success in industry was due at least partly to his ability to hear and delivery accurate instructions.

Shravana produces scholars of the highest order who pass long the lineage high values of their culture.

Marvelous historians, sociologists, and curators of Traditional knowledge .

Natural instincts = professions of public-relations, spin doctors, opinion-polls, political campaign managers, and holders of public office.

Spiritual director of this section of the path


Anxious need to have one's performance recognized, a fear of not being noticed.

  • trauma of having been unheard, disregarded, not recognized, not listened to.

As a child, one was ignored in conversation or talked about in the third person as if one does not exist.

(As an adult, one fears slander, and vigorously defends one's reputation.)


Ask Shravana-Chandra how are you doing?

The answer rather predictably will be not be a neutral oh, fine or doin' good or well, thank you.

For the Shravana Chandra, this mundane question has determinative power and it will be answered with emotional meaning.

The response is most often doing GREAT thanks! -- everything is Exceptionally Good! -- the children are Wonderful! the spouse is Magnificent! the job is Superb!

for Shravana-Chandra it may be emotionally mandated [Shani] to use every transaction with the public as an opportunity to stabilize and reinforce the structure [Shani] of on

People are talking, Shravana is listening

  • Shravana is deeply concerned with public respectability and reputation.

  • Shravana may suffer from selective hearing = inability to hear information that might indicate imbalance-seeking-a-remedy, discontent, or things being out of order

Extreme Shravana

  • In a traumatized state of mind, Shravana may feel a great urgency to defend [Chandra] the facade of public dignity [Shani].

In my files from 1962: this case of female Shravana Chandra stress reaction during Sade-Sati.

The 30-something Shravana Chandra female was enjoying her life in a small town, where in addition to being a busy at-home mother she volunteered in church activities. She supported her husband's career by cooking dinner for his business associates and regularly she praised his good character to whomever would listen. She often told friends how happy she felt in her marriage.

  • Her husband complained of her emotional distancing. As he felt himself to be increasingly "unheard" by her, his needs ignored, his alcoholism progressed.

  • He said that she was too busy with her routine of activities; she seemed more concerned with the security provided by outer social presentation of the marriage and less aware of the inner flow between the partners.

  • He asked her to stop over-doing the local social engagements and pay more attention to him.

  • He mentioned that a business friend and his wife had entered marriage counseling in their church, and asked her to enter that conversation with him. however, she felt that any notice of irregularity in their marriage would be counterproductive to their happiness because it would harm their local reputation .

  • Essentially, she had no idea what he was asking her to do. After a few repeat requests her husband stopped asking. His drinking worsened and he lost a job promotion.

  • She continued to build up a secure reputation for their family via steady involvement in local volunteering and her children's school. She spoke with praise and admiration toward everyone in their community, especially her husband.

The onset of her Sade-Sati produced a completely unexpected divorce from her husband. He had begun a compensating relationship. In the conservative 1960's American Midwest he felt that he needed to marry this new woman who was actually listening to him and sympathizing with him. The Shravana native, in a state of traumatic shock, was so concerned to maintain calm and prevent public embarrassment that:

  • She walked away from her home and children, leaving them with the ex-husband and his new girlfriend.

  • She rode the bus to a city 500 miles away.

  • Thinking of church membership as a prime marker of social decency in the locality, she joined a mainstream congregation of worship. She found a modest but respectable job, and rented an apartment in a middle-class neighborhood.

  • She never told co-workers or neighbors about her divorce or the busy, loving life with children she left behind.

  • Fellow churchgoers heard that she had been tragically widowed.

Only after the end of Sade-Sati did she permit her children to visit her, and even on those visits they did not go out to restaurants or walk in the town, due to her fear that people might talk .

Navamsha Moon in Shravana-Hari *

psychic mirroring function o f intimate relationships

In order to mirror one's own subconscious emotional patterns, one attracts a core partner who expresses Shravana-Hari behavior.

Under emotional stress in relationships, Shravana-Hari navamsha Chandra can evoke the native 's inner fear of not being heard.

Reactions to this fear include compulsive making of announcements, story-telling and general noise, in order to attract attention.

Earth's Moon = Chandrama



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