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Graha * Bhava * Amsha * Rashi

Dhanus rashi contains three nakshatra:

  1. Mula-Nirṛti * pada 1-2-3-4
  2. Pūrvāṣāḍhā-Apah * pada 1-2-3-4
  3. Uttarāṣāḍha-Vaizva * pada-1

  1. Mesha-Arya
  2. Vrishabha-Urisha
  3. Mithunaya-Dvamdva
  4. Karkata-Kadaga
  5. Simha-Leya
  6. Kanya-Parthya
  7. Tula-Vanika
  8. Vṛścika-Thriketta
  9. Dhanus-Haya
  10. Makara-Draco
  11. Kumbha-Ghata
  12. Meena-Antya


OM graam greem graum sah gurve namah

OM jhram jhreem jroum sah gurave namah

OM Hrim Shrim Krim Dharani Dharaya Namah

OM srideva krushnaya oorthishitaya namaha

धनुस् dhanus


Dhanu * Dhanush * Danusu







shutze * the Shooter * strelec

kashat * al-qaws

Archer * Arc * Arch * Archon * Archetype * Ark * Earh * Arrow

razi names in numerous languages

ruled by Guru

paradigms of belief

symbolism * ideology * doctrine * catechesis * credenda

* dogma * theology * theory * philo-sophy

Tarot = Arka 14


The constellation of Sagittarius from Richard Dibon-Smith

nakshatra names in red by BP Lama

Mula-Nirṛti ++ Pūrvāṣāḍhā-Apah ++ Uttarāṣāḍha-Vaizva


woodcut from Liber Astronomiae * by Fra. Guido Bonatti, c. 1300

BPHS Chapter 4: 17-18.5. Dhanus described.

"The Rashi Dhanus rises with its head and is lorded by Guru.

  • It is a Sattvic Rashi and is tawny in hue.

  • It has strength in night and is fiery.

  • A royal Rashi, Dhanus is biped in first half. Its second half is quadruped.

  • It has an even build and adores an arch.

It resides in the East, resorts to land and is splendorous."

Phala Deepika Mantreshvara shloka 9.9

"The person with Sagittarius ascendant at birth will have a long neck and face with large nose and ears.

He will always keep himself in some work or the other.

He will be self-sacrificing and eloquent in speech.

He will be short of stature.

He will be courageous and will overcome his enemies.

He will be wealthy and the favorite of the king,

He can be won over by persuasion and kindness."


Regional Names for Dhanus

  • dhan * Dhanus * Dhanau * Dhanuh * Dhanusu *

  • Dhanaraazi * Dhanudhara * Dhanvana * Dhanvin * Dhanur

  • Chapa * Caapa * Caapadhara * Caapin

  • Haya * Hayagga

  • Kaarmukabhrit

  • Sarasana

  • Taukshika * Toukshika

Tarot Arka 14matches rashi Dhanus

imagery from the exquisite medieval and early renaissance Northern European art collages of the Golden Tarot deck composed by Kat Black

the images from this beautiful deck are copyright US Games Systems and Kat Black

14GoldenDeck_Temperance1.jpg 14GoldenDeck_Temperance2.jpg

One level of symbolism on the standardized arka-typos (see 2nd version above) = the Witness has one foot in the water (previous rashi of Vṛścika) and one foot on the land (subsequent rashi of Makara). Arka (message) of Temperance indicates moving gracefully with Time * tempus. Note the angel evangelist messenger delivering the arka-message.


Modern bronze * artist unknown

Public Figures

  • Dhanus = indriya lagna (bodily baseline)

  • see also: Chandra-Dhanus * comforted by customary beliefs * settled into rhythmic received teachings * needs to feel wisely guided

Dhanus-Haya specializes in patronage, philosophy, preaching, humanistic worldview, doctrine and belief.

  • Mula-Nirṛti = Ketu-influenced fearless optimism lacking regard for consequences.

  • Pūrvāṣāḍhā-Apah = Shukra-influenced belief that sensual pleasure, wealth, music, and beauty are the keys to life.

  • Uttarāṣāḍha-Vaizva = Surya's influence may produce a confidence in theoretical dharma that suggests a global-scale teacher or inspiring politician.

Mula-Nirṛti ruled by Ketu = boundary-less, disregard-for-consequences, nebulizing Nirriti, witness to the annihilating powers of Nature, reckless impulse, awareness of impermanence, sudden implosion of form


Pūrvāṣāḍhā ruled by Shukra * inspirational music, beauty, arts in context of humanistic philosophy

Shukra's mūlatrikoṇa = 11th from = Tula *

economics , friendship networks, fan clubs, community-linkage, extensively linked social participation movements, marketplace income , gains and goals, associative systems, knit-knot-net, the masses and the classes


Uttarāṣāḍha-Vaizva ruled by Surya

* Surya's mūlatrikoṇa = Simha 9th-from Dhanus

temple discourse, priesthood, doctrine, patriarchy, world travel, preaching, university, temple, priesthood, kingly, global perspective

Vocabulary for Dhanus


  • a bow
  • a measure of length = 4 Hastas or 1/2000 Gavyuti
  • an arc or past of a circle
  • an arc or quadrant for ascertaining the sun's altitude and zenith-distance
  • a fiddlestick
  • the sign of the zodiac Sagittarius
  • Buchanania Latifolia

  • a desert, arid land


  • an arc
Caapadhara =
  • bow-armed
  • Sagittarius

Haya =

  • a horse
  • a symbolical expression for the number 'seven'
    • (on account of the 7 horses of the Sun)
    the zodiacal sign Sagittarius
  • (in prosody) a foot of four short syllables
  • the Yak or Bos Grunniens
  • of one of the horses of the Moon
  • a female horse, mare
  • Physalis Flexuosa

  • urging on, driving


  • the sign Sagittarius
  • [greek = taukshotes = archer]

Kaarmuka =

  • efficacious (as a medicine)
  • a bamboo
  • the plant Melia sempervirens
  • the white Khadira tree
  • Smilax China

  • a kind of honey
  • consisting of the wood
  • a bow; a bow-shaped instrument
  • a geometrical arc
  • the rainbow
  • Sagittarius "

Vocabulary for discussing Dhanus

  • paradigm of belief
  • faith * articles of faith
  • axiom
  • belief
  • concept
  • creed * credenda
  • dogma
  • precept * preceptor
  • proposition
  • maxim
  • thesis
  • theory * theoretical
  • teaching * teacher * master-teacher
  • tenet
  • canon * canonical
  • conviction
  • cognoscenti
  • divinity
  • philosopher
  • perspective
  • viewpoint
  • universal
  • humanism
  • global
  • worldwide * world
  • ecumenical
  • inclusive
  • diversity
  • guru
  • gold
  • pope * paternoster
  • patron * patronage * patronizing
  • patriarchy * paternalism
  • pulpit
  • pedantic
  • professor
  • pundit
  • sage
  • savant

Properties of Dhanus Rashi


  • satva-guna

(satvas = truthful, pure and balanced)

niza-bala group

  1. Mesha
  2. Vrishabha
  3. Mithuna
  4. Karkata
  5. Dhanus
  6. Makara

dvyAtmaka group /double-natured/

  1. Mithuna
  2. Kanya
  3. Dhanus
  4. Meena

tattva ("that-ness ", element)

  • tajas (agni) tattva (fire element)


pRshthodaya group= " rising from behind" tail-first

  1. Mesha
  2. Vrishabha
  3. Karkata
  4. Dhanus
  5. Makara

11th-from = Natural Friendship Community-Economy = Sahangha

befriends <Tula-07> types

  • married couples and life-partnered persons

  • the balanced and those seeking agreement;

  • attorneys, lawyers, contract-makers; facilitators, brokers, go-betweens;

  • diplomats and negotiators of alliances;

  • counselors, advisers, and relationship specialists;

  • mediators, match-makers and arrangers;

  • the harmony-oriented

  • architects, social planners,

  • weighers and balancers

  • those disconnected (12th-from) occult matters and secret truths;

  • leaders [Vṛścika] (10th from) of government and large institutions [Makara]

Dhanus is often the /third wheel/ in association with two persons who are yoked into life-partnership commitments.

Friendship network best suited to management by legal contracts

General Suitability of Gems for Dhanus indriya-lagna

  1. Surya ratna = yes! because Surya = Dharmesha-9 dharmapati

  2. Chandra ratna = no-no-no, generally, because Chandra = randhresha-8 and does not rules any other house

  3. Mangala ratna = yes, because Mangala = vidya-pati-5 and ruler-of-12

  4. Budha ratna = probably not, because Budha = yuvati-pati-7 and karmesha-10 (although there are important exceptions for building career)

  5. Guru ratna = yes, almost always, because Guru = the auspicious lagnesha and bandesha-4

  6. Shukra ratna = no-no-no, because Shukra = rogesha-6 and vriddhi-pati-11

  7. Shani ratna = no, because money-maker Shani = dhanapati-2 and bhratru-pati-3

  8. Rahu-ratna = unknown, depends on Rahu's ruler

  9. Ketu-ratna = unknown, depends on Ketu's lord

There are exceptions to all of these general rules which are caused by the position of Chandra, the active Vimshottari time lords, and the native 's personal goals, inter alia.


Raja Yoga for Dhanus indriya-lagna

  • Bill Gates Sr. (father of the Microsoft 1955- philanthropist Bill Gates)

  • dramatist, philanthropist Paul Newman

Guru + Budha-Dhanus indriya-lagna

An exchange of Rashi between Karma's Lord and Lagna's Lord will make the native associated with the king in a great manner. ~~ BPHS, Ch. 40, Sl. 13

If the lord of the Lagna and the 10th exchange houses with each other then they form a Raja Yoga. They will confer high position, reputation and power.~~ BPHS, Ch. 5, Sl. 41

Natural communities, friendship networks, and sangha = bhava-11 = Tula

Thula: befriends the balanced and those seeking agreement; attorneys, contract-makers; facilitators, brokers, go-betweens; diplomats and negotiators of alliances; counselors, advisers, and relationship specialists; those less concerned with secret truths; mediators, match-makers and arrangers; the harmony-oriented

Health for Dhanus

Due to Shukra's ruling 6 and 6th-from-6, typically have quite a bit of trouble with the range of Venusian significators (especially during Shukra bhukti)

  • partnerships and alliances of all kinds

  • Care and caution are needed when making agreements for personal and business partnerships

  • the terms of agreement should be clear and explicit; avoid presumptions

  • Art and music; the Muse;

  • rich food and drink

  • wives, marriage, and women in general * Dhanus in a husbandly nativity is somewhat prone to divorce due to challenges with the wifely-companion, female boss, female coworkers et-cetera however Dhanus in a wifely nativity is less problematic for marriage and more beset by challenges with sisters, lady cousins, aunts, female neighbors, girl schoolmates.

  • For Dhanus the mother, too, may become problematic due to Chandra randhresha

  • wealth and the value of stored goods, which tends to follow a pattern of high-highs and low-lows

rogesha-6 = Shukra

Dhanus indriya-lagna is more likely to have relationship and sensuality-based health problems.

  • The physical manifestations can range from nervous disorders to muscle malfunctions to formation of tumors, and many other disease results.

  • Sexually transmitted diseases.

  • However, the origin of Dhanus's ailment is usually explicitly social-relational, and often traceable to sensual indulgence [Shukra] or relationship imbalance-seeking-a-remedy with the spouse.

  • Both genders have pre-incarnationally planned polarizing catalysis in their relationships with women. Males have a tendency to exploit (6) the feminine partner.

If rogesha-6 +Vriddhi-pati-11 Shukra is also in the Dhanus radix lagna or Shukra-Vrishabha in 6:

  • Masculine Dhanus with Shukra in lagna is often a much-married individual.

  • Life is fraught with marriage conflict. There can be deep animosity toward women Yet, a sweet love of them at the same time. It is perplexing.

  • Attraction * akarshana * to prostitutes, beautiful servants, animals, or women with debt problems.

  • Marital arguments about money and debt, no matter if the couple is financially privileged or poor. the native may be oddly stingy with the spouse while showing sweet nicety toward others.

  • The social-relationship * especially marriage * frustration inherent in this configuration may become unbearable, which can drive the native to take urgent steps toward self-healing.

  • Remedy = Seva offered to


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Special Yoga for Dhanus indriya-lagna

  • 31. Sreenatha Yoga

  • [uchcha] Budha + Dharmesha-9 in karma-bhava for Dhanus indriya-lagna only]

B.V. Raman, Three Hundred Important Combinations(10th ed., Delhi, 1991).:


If the exalted lord of the 7th occupies the 10th

AND the lord of the I0th is with the 9th lord,

  • Sreenatha Yoga is caused.


the native will have on his body the insignia of Vishnu, viz., the conch, the wheel, etc., be an agreeable speaker, godly, have a good wife and children and be loved by all.


Sreenatha Yoga may be said to be one of the important Raja Yoga, inasmuch as a point of contact is established between the 7th, 9th and 10th houses.

It is held to give rise to power as well as wealth . The lord of the 7th should be invariably exalted in the 10th, the lord of which, in turn, must be with the 9th lord.

Obviously Sreenatha Yoga can occur only in respect of Sagittarius in which case Mercury, lord of the 7th, could remain exalted in the 10th.

  • For no other Lagna can the 7th lord remain exalted in the 10th.

Since the original writers have laid emphasis on the fact that the 7th lord should be in the 10th exalted, we have to conclude that the Yoga is a rare one and that it cannot arise with regard to any other sign of the zodiac than Sagittarius ..."

Marriage challenges

Dhanus in lagna or Chandra lagna faces a special set of marriage challenges.

  • kalatrakaraka Shukra+ yuvati-pati-7 Budha = both enemies of lagnesha Guru.


  • the partnership suffers from addictions or other impoverishing behavior of excessive sweet as well as argumentative and jealous

  • However, the partner is also materially gainful and has a large social network of Feminine Nativities and those earning in the market for luxury products

  • the partner is often involved in impoverishing (6) financial [Shukra] activities such as loan-taking (credit cards or inflated-interest mortgages for example). Also the partner may have addictions (Shukra + 6) and sugar-related health problems.

  • and the partner may (seem to) invest a good deal of value [Shukra] in forming social network relationship focused on earnings such as "network marketing"and other methods which involve a predominance of beauty items and women.

  • It depends upon Shukra's character placement whether the earnings from 11 outweigh the expenses of 6. As a rule there is considerable "motion without progress" when Shukra = both rogesha-6 and vriddhi-pati-11 , as gains are quickly spent for medicines or luxuries [Shukra] and the earnings cycle starts from zero again.

  • rogesha-6 Shukra's problematic argumentiveness = reinforced by Guru's negative relationship to natural rogesha-6 Budha (below).

Guru-Budha animosity = contempt or patronizing attitudes in marriage

  • Lagnesha (self) Guru tends to look down on Budha as a minor player, adolescent in behavior, restricted in view due to immaturity and excessive mentalization, not capable of wisdom-knowledge. Budha is seen by Guru as impressionable, short-attention-span, calculating but not comprehending, overly sexualized, frivolously chatty, and often quite annoying.

  • This dynamic can play out in marriage when the Guru-ruled native bonds with a Budha-ized spouse whose philosophical scope of awareness is rather limited and busy with superficial details [Budha].

  • The spouse characteristically has more interest in repetitive and commercial communications, which may annoy the broad-thinking, religiously comprehensive Guru identified Dhanus native.

Stoic Shani activates-2 from Dhanus = lagna for Second marriage = Makara

Shani = mutually neutral toward Guru

the second marriage partner is noticeably more pragmatic and mature

second marriage tends to be easier, albeit the overall signification of Shukra as karaka for partnership remains somewhat problematic regarding illness, disagreement, or addiction of the partner (6) and luxury orientation in the marketplace (11)


Klang Mosque in Selangor Malaysia

T. Subba Row. (1881)."The Twelve Signs of the Zodiac" in Five Years Of Theosophy. George Robert Snow Mead (ed.). London. (1885, 1894).

"Mystical, Philosophical, Theosophical, Historical and Scientific Essays Selected from"The Theosophist". Available at

"IX. Dhanus (Sagittarius).

  • When represented in numbers the name is equivalent to 9, and the division in question is the 9th division counting from Mesha.

  • The sign, therefore, clearly indicates the 9 Brahmas -- the 9 Parajapatis who assisted the Demiurgus in constructing the material universe."


"[They] have a well-proportioned and well-developed body.

  • Generally tall with a large forehead, high and bushy eyebrows , long nose, bright eyes, graceful look, fair complexion and handsome figure.

  • ... bold, courageous and forceful. They face adverse situations with fortitude . they have self-confidence. they have energy, enthusiasm, vigor and vitality .

  • Despite all these qualities they are unable to take quick decision.

They are God-fearing and love only truth. they stick to their principles .

  • They go for higher education and are fond of traveling .

They are intuitive and their intuition generally proves correct. "

Dhanus indriya-lagna Friendly and Non-Friendly Domain Rulerships

  • domains with planetary animosity between natural and temporal lord are marked in yellow

  • Similar to Meena indriya-lagna , Dhanus-Lagna does not produce any serious conflict between natural and temporal bhava-pati


Natural Lord

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Kuja co-ruler Ketu




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