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"Caring is a reflex.

Someone slips, your arm goes out.

A car is in the ditch, you join the others and push.

You live, you help. " ~ Ram Dass

Chandra in classroom-6 = Seva

"The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal.

It can’t be organized or regulated.

It isn’t true that everybody should follow one path.

Listen to your own truth."

~~ Baba Ram Dass


American spiritual guidance figure

academic psychologist

community adviser

author of the counterculture spiritual classic, Be Here Now (1971)

Baba Ram Dass

a.k.a. Professor Richard Alpert

Earth-birth Monday-06-Apr-1931



Spiritual messenger + inspirational author * experiential teacher * 1931-2019 * Ram Dass = Richard Alpert

birth data from: * tentatively rectified by BP Lama Jyotishavidya

charts + graphs + tables = generated by Shri Jyoti-Star * adapted by BP Lama

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities


Purnavasi * Vutvrta * Jamitra

BPL commentary

For Punarvasu births of a masculine valence, the condition of prosperous, preaching, inclusive, broad-scope, philosophical, humanistic Guru may considerably affect the outcome.

Masculine births under auspice of Puna, Visaka, or Purvabhadra may find that their worldview is greatly shaped by the character of priestly teachers and guides.

For those born into the Guru-ruled paradigm of Jamitra, teachers, preachers, professors, patrons, agents of generosity and guidance, guru-figures, ideologues, indoctrinators, theorists, know-it-alls, proselytes, philosophers, pontificators, patriarchs, pundits, pater-nosters, proponents of principled understanding, wise-ones, wizards, druids, and paradigms of belief may be especially influential.

Guidance is provided by emissaries from the realm of the Twin Gardeners called Castor-and-Pollux. Their purpose is restoration, renewal, and rehabilitation of lost knowledge.

High forehead. Punarvasu often has a global perspective. The majority of Aditya-born nativities are higher dimensional Seva-wanderers who assume interpretive guidance roles.

Instructing, Explaining, Describing

Mithunaya-Dvamdva pada 1-2-3 represents Guru's rulership of 7-agreements ++ 10- leadership, while also expressing the tension between broad-view Brihaspati versus detail-oriented Bantering Budha.

Pada 1-2-3 are blessed with an expansive capacity for evocative description or inspirational speaking. Often excellent writers who can facilitate spiritual growth via specific explanation and detailed description.

Pada 1-2-3 are often found in the literary arts, in teaching roles, in academic advising, as travel guides, and as poets who describe the natural world.

Karkata-Kadaga-pada-4 represents Guru's rulership of 6-imbalance ++ 9-philosophical principles. Pada-4 also embodies the tension between global, paternalistic Saptarishi versus local, undulating, motherly Somana.

As master gardeners and natural herbal physicians, they understand the wisdom of the mineral, plant, and animal kingdoms. Pada-4 may also emerge into the religious professions where they may grow a garden of psycho-intuitive understanding that develops into doctrine.

Although the Higher Teacher seeks wisdom, for Karkata-Punarvasu the guru-figure may also be adversarial, impoverished, polluted, or ailing (due to Brihaspati activates 6).

Themes of restoration of lost knowledge, gardening, fertility of understanding, wish fulfillment, and conceptual teaching may contextualize Aditya's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Punarvasu

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde (1939) Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 81

"... from Arudra to Punarvasu, a startling change in mental development.

In Punarvasu, the native is possessed of profound intelligence,

  • capable of delving into and understanding all manner of philosophical and metaphysical postulates.

He revels in abstract thought

  • and has a lively and profound imagination.

He may be also a poet of high attainment, expressing a fire and vitality in his verse

  • which is the result of an unusually passionate temperament.

He will, however, be only moderately successful by worldly standards during his lifetime

  • although unlike the Arudra native, he will not experience poverty."


Ram Dass (Richard Alpert) during the 1970s


Assistant Professor Richard Alpert in 1963 (age 32) in the Harvard University Department of Psychology


Hugging Saint 1953- Ammachi of Kerala delivers some Shakti to get RD up and running again during RD's recovery from 1997 debilitating stroke


Psychology professor Richard Alpert standing with his friend (frenemy) and fellow psychedelic researcher Professor Timothy Leary in 1962.


During ongoing stroke recovery, Ram Dass' health improved in his 80's

ram_dass1.jpgBiographical events matched to the Vimshottari Dasha calendar

Shani Mahadasha * age birth until age 2.9

06-Apr-1931 Earth-birth in Newton, Massachusetts, USA * Shani-Rahu bhukti * Guru dharmesha

Budha Mahadasha * age 2.9 until age 19.9

Ketu Mahadasha * age 19.9 until age 26.9

1952 (RD age 22) earned BA diploma from Tufts University College * Ketu-Shukra bhukti

1954 (RD age 24) earned MA Psychology from Wesleyan University * Ketu-Rahu bhukti ++ dvadasa Sade-Sati

Nov-1955 until Feb-1958 - Janma Sade-Sati Vṛścika-6

Shukra Mahadasha * age 26.9 until age 46.9

1958 (RD age 27) earned Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. Dissertation topic = achievement anxiety * Shukra-Shukra svabhukti * Shukra activates 7th-from-Chandra agreement concluded ++ dvithya Sade-Sati

Sep-1959 receives annually renewable contract appointment as assistant research professor of psychology at Harvard University * Shukra-Shukra svabhukti * Shukra-9 activates 12-research

Sep-1960 (RD age 29) semester appointment as Visiting Professor at UC-Berkeley * Shukra-Shukra svabhukti * Shukra-9 universities activates 5 scholarship

05-Mar-1961 (RD age 30) with fellow professor Timothy Leary, RD began experimenting with psilocybin (hallucinogenic mushrooms) * Shukra-Shukra svabhukti * Shukra-9 activates 12-interiority, dream-vision

1963 (RD age 32) non-renewal of faculty contract at Harvard University, for giving drugs to an undergraduate. Leary also non-renewed. * Shukra-Chandra bhukti

22-Jan-1967 (RD age 36) grieved the decease of mother via spleen disease * Shukra-Rahu bhukti

1967-early 1968 (RD age 36) Richard Alpert becomes Ram Dass. Life-defining trip to Uttarakhand, India. Meets guru Neem Karoli Baba. Adopts Seva lifestyle, identified as an itinerant spiritual servant. * Shukra-Rahu bhukti * gochara Rahu 1967 via Budha lagnesha Mesha, then in Jan-1968 via Rahu-Surya-Meena-10

1968 returns to father's affluent home in Boston, adorned as an Indian sadhu * Shukra-Rahu bhukti * Surya-yuti-Rahu = father, foreignness, cultural mixing

1971 (RD age 40) publication of the counterculture spiritual classic Be Here Now, which inspired a a youthful Anglosphere audience to practice Eastern mysticism and Selfless Service * Shukra-Shani bhukti * dharmesha Shani activates 3rd-from-Chandra publications

1973 (RD age 42) grieved the decease of guru-figure NeemKaroliBaba MahaRaji * Shukra-Shani bhukti * Shani activates 12th-from-9th = dematerialization of guru-figure

1974 (RD age 43) founding of world service order = Hanuman Foundation * Shukra-Budha bhukti * Budha-11 community = lagnesha

1976 (RD age 45) philosophical book Grist for the Mill celebrated publication * Shukra-Budha bhukti * Budha-publication

Surya Mahadasha * age 46.9 until age 52.9

Chandra Mahadasha * age 52.9 until age 62.9

Dec-1984 until Dec-1987 Janma Sade-Sati Vṛścika

Mangala Mahadasha * age 62.9 until age 69.9

1994 (RD age 63) came out as a gay man via a magazine article in the Ram-Dass-teaches-via-inter.jpggay men's press. A long-term union with a male partner framed RD's 7th decade * Mangala-Mangala svabhukti * Kuja activates 11-community + 6-conflict

1996 (RD age 65) launched Here and Now with Ram Dass talk radio program * Mangala-Guru bhukti * Guru-1 identity karmesha

19-Feb-1997 (RD age 66) massive near-fatal cerebral hemorrhage * right half of body paralyzed + much speech processing is lost via expressive aphasia. Subsequent severe intestinal infection, heavy medical expenses, continuing illness * Mangala-Shani bhukti * Shani randhresha * Shani-7 + Mangala-2 occupy 6/8 angle

Rahu Mahadasha * age 69.9 until age 87.9 (Feb-2001 until Feb-2019)

2003 (RD age 72) six years after the debilitating stroke, causing pain and poverty, a former student Wayne Dyer alerts RD's community that RD is "still there" and needs support. An outpouring of funds was generated from a deeply grateful body of thousands of his former students * Rahu-Rahu svabhukti * Surya-yuti-Rahu rules 3-announcements

2004 severe illness following a trip to India

2013 (RD age 82) publication of memoire Polishing the Mirror * Rahu-Shukra bhukti * * Shukra activates 5 authorship, 12 inspirational interiority

2014 (RD age 83) publication Conversations with Ram Dass * Rahu-Shukra bhukti * Shukra activates 5 = 3rd-from-3rd conversations, authorship

Nov-2014 until Jan-2017 = Janma Sade-Sati Vṛścika

Guru Mahadasha * age 87.9 until decease age 88

22-Dec-2019 (RD age 88) dematerialization peacefully at home on Maui * Guru-Shani bhukti * Shani maraka rules 7

Distinctive Features of the Nativity

Surya * pitri-karaka (father) * jyoti-karaka (light)

  • Surya-Meena * Bhaskara * the illuminator * brightly charismatic confidence of Center-stage Surya radiates through the expansively visionary rashi of Brihaspati
  • Surya in bhava-10 [dik-bala] * bright center of hierarchy * confidently governing * legislative intelligence * focus on social order * regulatory entitlements * political authority * brilliant career * eye on elite positions * radiant reputation * sparkling center of the leadership drama * father may be a governor-regulator-boss
  • Surya-yuti-Rahu * confidently opportunistic * bright mesmerizer * passion for creative culture-mixing * boundary-breeching entitlements * craves important center-stage roles * ambitious father-figure * adventurously aligned with the spiritual rays of the Sun * radiantly risk-rewarding


Dad = George Alpert = Surya-yuti-Rahu ++ Surya in bhava-10 [dik-bala]

  • RD often commented that his father was wealthy, important, and overbearing
  • Northeastern USA elite affluent, corporate railroad director
  • distinguished business leader (Surya activates 3-business)
  • philanthropist [Meena visionary charity].

Surya-yuti-Rahu-10 ruled by Guru in bhava-1 [dik-bala] schooling, pledges

  • Among other high-profile charities, Dad was a principal founder of Brandeis University


  • "His father, George Alpert, was a lawyer in Boston, president of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, one of the founders of Brandeis University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine."


For fifty years, from 1968 until dematerialization in 2019, RD held an unofficial, un-ordained, high-charisma, iconic position in Euro-American counterculture [Rahu] .

RD = iconic figure (10) in the late 20th-century Anglosphere youth counterculture. For those who wished to see, RD's pithy, exotic-themed books, events, and radio-talks (3) showed a brighter, clearer view of reality. Shining with the brilliant light [Surya] of Divine being [Surya], RD gleefully transgressed cultural barriers [Rahu] and passionately engaged a restless, adventurous, young audience.

RD is considered by some historians of religion to have been a seminal figure of the Fourth Great Awakening in USA culture. Seen from a social-historical perspective, the Great Awakenings are broadly dated

  1. 1730-1740 CE
  2. 1780-1850 CE
  3. 1850-1900 CE
  4. 1960-1975 CE

RD's celebrated offerings included radio (3) thirteen books (3) event management (3) public talks (3). His taped conversations (3) via radio call-in programs and comedy talks were bought (3 sales) by an audience of light-seekers (Surya-10 visible light). Before 1968, RD also wrote academic research articles and produced teaching materials.

most prominently recognized (10) as the author of the USA generation-defining counterculture [Rahu]spiritual book Be Here Now

Most recognized as a writer (Surya-10 prabandhana-pati)

Chandra * matrikaraka (mother) * garha-karaka (village)

  • Chandra-Vṛścika [nīcha] * comforted by mystery * sensitive to trauma-healing * needs discovery
  • Chandra in Anuradha-Maitra * comforted by resistance to danger * protects against preventable damage * soothed by emergency regulations
  • Chandra in classroom-6 * comfortable with caretaking * accustomed to nursing * calmed by humility * ill-or-exploited-or-adversarial mother * familiar with animosity * acculturated to accusation * familiar with betrayal * habituated to indictment * needs to be helpful * feels the pulse of service ministry * protects the sick-and-vulnerable * routine domestic conflict * emotionally attuned to victims * settled into the rhythm of problematics * seeks ritual remedies * soothed by medication * suffers rhythmically repeating ailments * undulating imbalances * mother may be a servant, health-aide, apothecary, physician
  • Chandra-6 [nīcha] parivartamsha Kuja-2 [nīcha]


Chandra-Vṛścika rules 2-speech, values, lineage traditions, historical knowledge, chanting, sound, semantics, genetics

Vargottamsha in Vṛścika-6 = ministry of service

Vṛścika-Chandra-6 parivartamsha Karkata-Kuja-2 = emotionally activated speech-and-song

Intakes drishti from super-powered culture-mixer beacon-of-light Rahu in bhava-10

  • RD repackaged a stream of historic Indic lineage knowledge, using a 1960's youth-hip vocabulary and western sensibilities to re-introduce ancient truths into a modern context
  • Focused on restoration (2) of values from the deep past (relative to modern Anglosphere) using sound and emotional flow [Chandra]
  • +++ Punarvasu radical lagna, emphasizing restoration
  • His reworking of the tradition allowed this heritage to be culturally adapted by the globally oriented Euro-American youth.

Chandra activates 2-family of origin

  • Chandra-6 like his parents (Soma) RD was an icon of Seva.

Accidents, injuries, sickness, distress = [nīcha] Chandra-6 in Anuradha, ruled by duro-karaka Shani

  • health issues, disagreement, mismatched expectations
  • RD survived strokes, infections, and epidemic diseases

RD was pestered by illnesses and injuries large and small. Yet, he continued to serve despite the discomfort.

  • A disabling stroke ended his actively touring spiritual media-messenger-mystic career. He entered a decades-long recovery from paralysis dealing constantly with the suffering of deep nerve pain.

This acute medical tragedy was deployed as a teaching model for pain management via application of meditation and spiritual focus upon simple habitual routines [Chandra].

  • Wheeled via mobility chair into retreat teaching environments, despite speech processing impairments from the nerve damage, he continued to serve as a popular and inspiring teacher well into his eighties.


Mom was a vigorously active member of her immediate ethno-financial environment.

  • Vṛścika-Chandra-6 parivartamsha Karkata-Kuja-2
  • Matrikaraka Soma rules 2-collected assets, treasuries.

5/9 angle between Surya and Chandra would suggest that, overall, the parents were well-suited to each other emotionally (Soma) and intellectually [Surya]

MARRIAGE partnership emotional equity support expectations


  • bhava-12 invisibility. sanctuary. privacy, distant lands
  • UUrisha values, treasuries, sensual pleasure, luxury, music

Vyaya-pati = Shukra-9

  • RD declared a vow of eternal loyalty to a spiritually beloved guru in a distant land
  • RD did not marry.
  • UUn-avowed private relationships remained invisible to the public (12)

Kuja * bhratru-karaka (brother) * virya-karaka (virile)

  • Mangala-Karkata [nīcha] * active pursuit of security * proactive nourishment * drive toward rooting + settling * vigorous defensive movement * police protector * fence-builder * push toward land ownership * promotes construction of settlements * innovative farming + fishing * energetically ethnic * champion of local cultures
  • Mangala in bhava-2 * vigorous orator * loudly lectures on values * pursuit of treasuries * competitive financial actions * innovative knowledge * energized face-voice-song * memorable speeches * sings and shouts * champion of literacy-reading * historic pronouncements * prone to shouting * forward drive toward capitalization * promotes conservation * hyperactive family dynamics * acquisitive conquests
  • Vṛścika-Chandra-6 [nīcha] parivartamsha Karkata-Kuja-2 [nīcha]


Kuja activates

  • 6- seeking-remedy, disagreement, imbalance, accusation, distrust, medication
  • 11-community, material achievements, social network, friendships
  • Kuja Vriddhi-pati resides in 2 while lagnesha Budha-11, suggesting that the economic basis = speech, face, personality, community

Two nīcha graha in parivartamsha yoga = Chandra-6 (Seva) ++ Kuja-2 (voice, face, knowledge, song)

  • psychologically penetrating verbal (2) actions [Kuja]
  • [nīcha] Kuja behaviors + [nīcha] Chandra emotions

RD's background in academic psychology aided his ability to vocalize (2) a path of discovery [Vṛścika] with the language of feelings [Chandra]

  • Yet, potential for lying and deceit with [nīcha] Kuja-2 in parivartamsha with an invasive [nīcha] Chandra

Masculine sexuality (Kuja-Soma)

RD claimed for decades that he was a celibate yogi in love with his Guru exclusively. He sonorously invoked (2 invocation) the profound purity of this lineage guru-sisya relationship.

  • Rahu drishti into bhava-2 speech grants extra passion to these pious pronouncements.

Oppressed by the threatening taboo of the time, RD denied that this sexual activity [Kuja] continued vigorously in adult life.

In Kuja-Kuja svabhukti age 63, RD decided to tell the truth (2). He recalled that a more authentic masculine sexuality had emerged in high school where he formed relationships with other boys. He revealed (Chandra-Vṛścika) a multi-decade pattern of denial (2) enforced by his family traditions (2). Even in this dangerous revelation, RD offered a healing pathway (Karkata-Vṛścika) to those suffering similar fears of extortion and retribution for their natural sexual actions.

  • Remarkably, this surprising disclosure of a long-running hypocrisy had a beneficial effect on RD's public image. To his audience, it signaled bravery [Kuja] and courage to be honest (Surya-10 rules 3-courage).

Vigorous ruler of community-oriented lagnesha Budha-Mesha-11

  • Be Here Now 1931-2019 Baba Ram Dass * At the age of 87, Ram Dass was still actively engaged in entertaining, public teaching. * Rahu-Mangala chidra-dasha * Mangala activity

Budha * jamayah-karaka (sibling) * sandeza-karaka (message) * zisya-karaka (student)

lagnesha for Mithunaya indriya- lagna

  • Aśvini-Budha-Mesha * innovative communications * pioneering pronouncement * articulation of dynamic movement * discusses physical experience * vigorous descriptive explanations * growth-challenging conversation * messages about contests * vocabulary of vitality * hands-arms-shoulders send competitive gestures
  • Budha in bhava-11 * narrative of information systems * * describes ecological gridwork * calculates economic profit * reports on revenues * describes distributive networks * talks about social participation * sibling-type friendships * conversations about voluntary connections * announces achievements * delivers interlinking instructions * discussion in large assemblies * defines the webworks of community


lagnesha Budha in bhava-11 = identified with community, collectivity, mass movements, social participation goals

Budha activates

  • 1-personality, appearance, uniqueness
  • 4- home culture, foundational schooling, parents, place of settlement, ethnicity

Budha = karaka for diplomas and examinations rules 4-schooling.

  • RD earned several academic diplomas along the path to earning a Ph.D.
  • Budha lagnesha in Aśvini, supports medical therapeutics such as clinical psychology.
  • In effect, RD served as a schoolteacher without a school (bandesha in 8th-from-4) in the role of community educator and agent of conversational connectivity

Guru * dhava-karaka (husband) * bahuta-karaka (variety)

  • Arudra-Guru-Mithunaya * cheerful communication * many merchants * conversations about belief * doctrine of inclusive messaging * expansive evangelism * detailed guidance discussions * widens the scope of management * many documents * permission to report * multiple administrative projects
  • Guru in bhava-1 [dik-bala] * much vitality * philosophical personality * permission for unrestricted action * generous disposition * numerous identities * expands the scope of competition * many cheerful sporting activities * believes in birthright * expansive aura * extra height-or-girth * embodiment of tolerant cheer * a patron of personal benefit * in a wifely nativity, husbandly-companion may be an expander-philanthropist-benefactor


Brihaspati activates Punarvasu radical lagna

Guru activates

  • 7 - vows, contracts
  • 10 social visibility, respect, reputation, elite positions, iconic stature, leadership, public-authority-roles

Guru-Mithunaya-1 often grants height or girth of the material form

  • RD was a tall man, standing 6-ft-3-in

Guru-Mithunaya-1 mutual drishti with atmakaraka Shani-Dhanus-7.

  • productive public tension between the rulers of 7, 8, 9, 10

Shukra * svadu-karaka (sweet) * kalatra-karaka (wifely companion)

  • Shukra-Kumbha * appreciation of social networks * likes knitting-knotting * attracted to marketplace revenues * pleased by large-group connectivity * prefers a friendly partner * collectivist arrangements * enjoys regulated systems * sweetly gracious within big crowds * scientific aesthetic * financially balanced economic linkage
  • Shukra-9 * seeks pleasure via philosophical doctrine * enjoys wide worldview * believes in beauty * feminine-figures preach-teach on higher principles * broad scope of negotiations * expansive musical taste * pleasing designs to adorn the pelvic floor * graceful hips * balanced femoral sockets * sweet sacral plexus * appreciation of theory * father may be financier-broker-arbitrator-artist * in a husbandly nativity, wifely-companion may hold a guidance position


Shukra-9 Doctrinal, global, theoretical, humanistic, philosophical teaching rules

Vargottamsha in Kumbha-9

  • 5-intelligence, creativity, celebrity, children, gambling, financial speculation, center-of-attention roles
  • RD stage performer, comedian of the dharma
  • activates 12- imagination, imagery psychic guidance, psychedelics, psychotropics, distant worlds, meditation, imagination, clairsentience
  • academic research into experimental hallucinogenic drugs designed to invoke imaginative experience

Shukra-9 = vyaya-pati

  • Not a permanent resident of the Shukra-9 philosophical teaching environments which shaped his worldview.
  • Rather, a foreign visitor (12) in the lands of the Vedanga
  • whose travel-stories of dispersed attachment to body-mind became inspirational for a 30-year generation.

Shukra activates Tula-5 = the deeply enclosed 12th-from-Chandra =

  • balanced interiority, equable convalescence experiences, aesthetic of seclusion, gracious visits from ancestor spirits * emotionally purposed for profound dream-vision antra

Shukra-Kumbha interpersonal arrangements, receives complex signal from three sources

  • expansive philosophical drishti from Guru-1-Mithunaya
  • disciplining, constraining, law-abiding drishti from Shani-7-Dhanusya
  • activating, pursuing, competitive drishti from Mangala-2-Karkata

Shani * duro-karaka (endurance) * jara-karaka (years) atmakaraka responsibility for teaching

[Atmakaraka] sobriety, respect for elders, laws-and-consequences, structure, hierarchies, endurance

  • Shani-Dhanus * rigid orthodoxy * class-conscious ideology * conventional convictions * hidebound theories * unyielding dogma * pressure to accept the common catechesis * weight of old patronage systems * structural compression upon hips + sacroiliac + sacral plexus * oppressive priests * doctrinal rules * must normalize the life-philosophy * limitations on global travel * slow elder professors * proletarian worldview * scarce preaching resources * maintainer of old beliefs
  • Shani in Bhava-7 [dik-bala] (beneficial placement) * enduring partnerships * heavy vows * must balance-and-rebalance * lawful relationships * tense bargaining * grim determination to maintain the contract * chronic marital responsibilities * compression of the visible genitalia * pressured bargaining * negotiation fatigue * u * unyielding alliances * slow-moving advisors * resists new arrangements * elders maintain respected old promises


Shanideva Bhagavan rules

  • 8- non-disclosure, tantra, occult, secrecy, hidden forces, camouflage, shocks
  • 9 - sacred doctrine, theory, teacher-preacher, professor roles
  • 3rd-from-Chandra = communications, writing, script, events, publishing, apprenticeship (3)
  • 4th-from-Chandra = foundational teaching (4)

Shani-Dhanus-7 holds a shad-ashtaka 6-8 challenge-angle toward Mangala-Karkata-2 [nīcha]

  • 19-Feb-1997 (RD age 66) massive near-fatal cerebral hemorrhage * right half of body paralyzed + much speech processing is lost . * Mangala-Shani bhukti * Shani randhresha * Shani-7 + Mangala-2 occupy 6/8 angle

Vargottamsha atmakaraka Shani-Dhanus

  • obligation to supply public inspirational guidance

Rahu * rajyalobha-karaka (ambition) * picchala-karaka (slippery)

  • [Revati] Rahu-Meena * shimmering illusion of immersion * craving for symbolic guidance * extravagant imagination * mirage of dreamlike wisdom * mesmerizing aura of concealing fog * mask of Other-Worldly wisdom * fascinating prayers * extraordinary ancestor guides * fabulous clairsentience * intriguing sleep-states * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of deep trance * exceptional private intuition * unorthodox interior guidance * seeks privilege via contemplative-roles
  • Rahu in bhava-10 * passion for leadership power * in svabhava of Sober Shani, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous executive decisions * thrilled by iconic status * craves symbolic importance * hungers for regulatory authority * outsider who cleverly insinuates into lawful governance * cleverly challenges official rules * mesmerizing ascent to high social status * may pose as a boss * shimmering smoky illusion of legitimate power * trespasses cultural limits of old hierarchies * boundary-breeching hunger for commanding roles * ambition for elite rank * desires to hold a respected position * opportunistic climb to top of the corporate pyramid * culturally-mixed reputation * ambition of the father's family
  • Rahu-yuti-Surya * amplified ambition for center-stage roles * magnified confidence * passion for exotic display * trickster with dramatic flair * opportunistic father * creative pursuit of social mobility * fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of exceptional intelligence * thrilling political genius * hypnotic charm * seeks privilege via bright celebrity * sparkling center of cross-cultural mixing


The celebrated boundary-breecher cultural-mixer Bright Light of an adventurous generation

Rahu-yuti-Surya ruled by Arudra-Guru in bhava-1 [dik-bala]

  • This remarkable geometry = allowed Ram Dass to pursue alternative lifestyles, use a first-world biology to travel in microbial danger zones (third world), actively experiment with mind-altering psychotropic drugs, survive a massive cerebral hemorrhage, and emerge as an enduringly respected (10) social icon.
  • Surya activates 3 = Widely recognized for his books, presentations, radio programming, and edu-tainment tours

Rahu in bhava-10 drishti into

  1. Mangala-2 Karkata speech, tale-telling, values, spiritual lineage
  2. Ketu-4-Kanya peripatetic schoolteacher of service
  3. Chandra-6-Vṛścika penetrating, healing insights, relentless flow of Seva

Ketu kavandha-karaka (headless) * chidra-karaka (gaping) * vasana-karaka (vacuum)

  • Ketu-Kanya * humbly dissociates from accusatory complaints * incomplete service * empty disagreements * odd arguments * not limited by stigmatized conditions * ignores restriction on helpfulness * eccentric service to the disadvantaged * releases a living green cloud of servitude into the misty abyss
  • Ketu in classroom-4 * ambivalent toward the cultural foundations * absentee mother-figure * disregards local customs * dissolved property boundaries * wanders from the ancestral home * often away * ignores conventional schooling * irrelevance of habitual folkways * surrenders nationality * dismisses bondage to parents * abandons the established routines * may prefer to live free from fixed roots


Despite the solid preparation for tertiary-level teaching that was ensured by his Stanford Ph.D. in psychology (due to disciplined Shani-7 drishti into 4) RD walked away from conventional classroom teaching during a Rahu bhukti, and never returned * Shukra-Rahu bhukti

Elder sibling * 11th-from-Chandra

Ketu in classroom-4 Kanya occupies the emotionally associative, community-linking, economically gainful, profit-regulated, friendly, participatory, goal-oriented, socially-networked 11th-from-Chandra

Elder brother 11-from-Chandra mental disorientation

Ram s *** I Crochet

"I was giving this lecture back in the 70's and everybody in those days wore white, and they had flowers in their hair and we sang a lot, and we were all - it was like an explorers club coming together, and sitting in the front row was this woman about 70 years old and she had - she had a bonnet on with little strawberries, plastic strawberries, and cherries and things and she had a black patent leather bag and solid oxfords and a print dress and she was a very - I kept thinking, she was so unlike everybody else in the audience, I kept thinking what is she doing here.

  • I thought maybe she's somebody's grandmother or somebody brought her or -

  • so I would tell these far out stories that what happened to me under psychedelics for the most part or deep meditation,

  • and I'd look over and she'd be going like this, and I thought well maybe she has a neck problem.

I mean it was inconceivable to me that she could understand what I was talking about, and she kept going like this and I kept getting more far out and watching - I mean the whole evening became focused on this woman.

  • And at the end I couldn't stand it, the evening was over.

And I just had to know and I kind of smiled her up - actually couldn't get away, and she came up and she said oh thank you that's - the way you said it she said that's just the way I understand the universe to be, and I said, how do you know?

What have you done in your life that has put you in the space where you know these things, and she leaned forward very conspiratorially and she said, I crochet, and that moment of realizing that just the simplest thing, that in the way she did that took her into those spaces and realizing at that moment that I had gotten so hooked on my method , and that methods are methods are methods and people do it all different kinds of ways ..."


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