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Ram Ramakrishnan
Ram Ramakrishnan
A leading astrological researcher, based in Hyderabad, India.
Ram says:
"I was born a human
In the family of a Brahman
Childhood aspirations were a plenty
To become a yeoman, a swordsman, a bowman
And I dreaded perchance becoming
A conman, a doorman or a barman
Youth had its own delusions and dreamt
Of being an airman, a seaman or a showman
A few talents raised visions of life as a craftsman
Middle age found me slotted in a niche
And rose up the ladder to be a helmsman
But was otherwise essentially a layman
At times to frighten children, a bogeyman
Then astrology called... and I realized that
I was just a point of consciousness and no man
And this insight made me a new man
Glimpsing a realm that was
Beyond god and mammon
Now some call me a madman
While others believe I am a shaman
Being neither, I am just me, a man".

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Life and Astrology [part 4 cont.]
Oh Boy! You're bound to die!

In the second part of this article, Ram Ramakrishnan analyses chart factors with regard to those that presage death. He argues that these can be reliably used to predict what is perhaps the most significant event for each of us.

table part 1 table part 2 table part 3 table part 4

The incidence when plotted as a function of the three-house-group number would provide a better perspective of their variations. This was done for the initiator alone resulting in the graph of Figure-1.

figure 1

If the average range of occurrence was taken to be between 151 and 179, then the three blue circles identified the points that had crossed this range at the upper end and the six brown circles marked points that were located beyond this range at the lower end. The blue circles identified three-house groupings that induced mortality while the brown rings denoted such groupings that advanced longevity.

The three blue rings corresponded to grouping numbers 23, 158 and 216 that matched the groups with houses {1,4,8}, {4,8,12} and {8,11,12} respectively. Two of the three in the middle group were common to those in the first and the last. This gave credence to the assumption that houses 4, 8 and 12 were the main players when dealing with mortality.

The six brown rings corresponded to grouping numbers 4, 62, 95, 97, 134 and 195 that matched the groups with houses {1,2,6}, {2,3,10}, {2,9,10}, {2,10,11}, {3,10,11}, {6,9,10} respectively. Houses 4, 8 and 12 found no place in these groupings.

For further clarity, the points marked by the five grey coloured circles that were in the incidence range of 178 to 179, were also analysed. These circles corresponded to the seven grouping numbers 29, 30, 48, 49, 139, 194 and 204 that match the groups with houses {1,5,7}, {1,5,8}, {1,8,11}, {1,8,12}, {4,5,8}, {6,8,12}, {7,8,12} respectively.

From this analysis, it could be conclusively said that the occurrence of the combinations {1,4,8} and {8,11,12} in the high incidence range was entirely due to the fact that 1st house and 12th house were contiguous as were also the 11th and 12th houses. This would entail that in such charts, if the 12th dispositor is a conspirator – so is the 1st or the 11th. It was however the strength of the main players – the celestials associated with the 4th, 8th or 12th houses that placed these two groups on the pedestal that they found themselves in. The absence of celestials associated with 4, 8 and 12 in the groups associated with the brown rings but the presence of houses 1 and 11 in these groups, further consolidated this conclusion. Points associated with the grey coloured rings also showed a similar tendency – groupings associated with houses that were contiguous with houses 4, 8 or 12 glowing in borrowed luminosity.

If the above arguments were categorical, logical and irrefutable then the houses 4, 8 and 12 became the unchallenged representatives of mortality in all charts. One doubt had been laid to rest and this one had proved to be a boon! In addition to addressing the reservation, it had helped in focussing on one particular three-house combination from the two with which the analysis was begun.

Go to Top Perceived Mechanism

With the direction provided by the enquiry described above, the next few weeks to follow were devoted to a scrutiny of all 222 charts that made up the sample set with regard to the interplay between the marked houses and celestials and the initiator/giver combination that dealt death in each case. The following surmises resulted from this exercise.

Having established that dispositors of houses 4, 8 and 12, celestials placed in these houses or those having a near full aspect upon them were the primary perpetrators of carnage, any two among them should be rational choices to don the mantle of initiator and giver. That the frequency of such an occurrence was 81.53% for initiators and 79.73% for givers was shown in Table-2. It was now necessary to establish a system of hierarchy among the celestials that made up a culpable set so that the top two in such a chain of command were identifiable as initiator and giver. It was also necessary to account for those situations where celestials outside the culpable set took the chair.

It stood to reason that if a celestial sported credentials for the job on more than one count, then they rose up the hierarchy. More being the count of credentials sported higher the ladder rung that the celestials would be perched in. Credentials were of three kinds. One was by virtue of being associated with the three infamous houses. The second was due to their positional characteristics. The third was induced credentials. Defining such qualifications of the third kind were necessary to reign in cases that remained unaccounted in Table-2; charts where celestials with induced credentials caused by their interaction with those that have direct credentials, did the job. Qualifications of the third kind were possessed by celestials sporting credentials of the first kind as well.

Celestial interactions are of many kinds. Those that were considered for the study are listed in Table-3.

table 3

An example of list item 3 in Table-3 was Jupiter in Aries that relates Jupiter and its sign dispositor Mars. An example of list item 4 was Saturn in the fourth lunar mansion 'Rohini' which relates Saturn with its lunar mansion dispositor Moon.

At the end of this exercise, I could identify at least the initiator and giver for every case in the sample and it was time to attempt a model. An automated model that would eliminate any bias that I may have had in assessing potentials of celestials and also provide a statistical analysis of the many rules that were framed for the purpose. If it worked – even if it were to be in a limited way, then it could be said that the model would identify the initiator/giver combination during which death occurred with a high degree of probability. If the results were to be extremely encouraging and one were also to be a dare-devil one could take the bold step that is inevitably fraught with danger and replace the word 'probability' with 'certainty'. Was I audacious enough to do this if the situation so warranted or was I a gutless weakling? I left the heroics to the results of the analysis, which I guess was the most prudent thing to do!

Go to Top A Model

Despite claims of being unbiased, there is certainly an element of prejudice when building a model to simulate a set of events relying on a set of variables and the correlations that are perceived to exist between them. The intention is to 'achieve' a perfect fit between observation and simulation. One cannot fault this intention because a model can never be built if it were not to be so. One must however be cautious that the inbuilt logic is not sample specific. If the model were to work on any set of samples of diverse sizes, then this initial bias would be justified.

With this wisdom for a watchdog, I began concretizing the observations and lay the foundations of the model. It appeared that celestial conduct in the context of the event being investigated could be summarized into four basic functions. These functions were already described earlier but this was an attempt to formally state them. These were:

  • Eligibility
  • Abdication
  • Consolidation
  • Delegation

Eligibility: The primary requirement of a celestial to be the initiator or giver of the period in which death occurs, was eligibility. Eligibility was conferred based on its association with the three designated houses of mortality – the 4th, 8th and 12th, as dispositors. We will call them the primary taskmasters. There were however a number of other criteria that made celestials eligible for the task – these being:

  • conjunction with a primary taskmaster
  • mutual reception with such a celestial
  • being aspected by such a celestial
  • hosting or being hosted by a primary taskmaster
  • being resident in one of the three houses associated with mortality
  • having a 75% aspect or more upon the representative degree of the house

Abdication: Every celestial also possessed a measure of ineligibility due to its simultaneous association with other houses in the chart identified with longevity and well being. When the latter association was stronger, the celestial would abdicate, renouncing its claim to be an initiator or a giver. An abdicating celestial however, reserved its right to take part in the exercise at the lower levels of time delineation.

Consolidation: There would be many manners of associations of a celestial with the designated houses of mortality. With every additional instance of involvement, its measure of effectiveness would increase, which could be either a linear increase or a geometric one depending on the nature of involvement. This amplification of the measure of eligibility was termed as consolidation.

Delegation: Celestial interaction as described in Table-3 resulted in a transfer of potency from an abdicating celestial to a virulent one. There was also this observation that when there was a simultaneous delegation from three or more abdicating celestials to an active one, the potency increased geometrically rather than linearly. Further, if two taskmasters were associated, and one sported the disposition of an ineligible house (like the 9th house or 10th house) and the other did not and also if such a credential did not warrant abdication, then the potential of the latter was enhanced by the former sharing its potential with the latter.

The model based on the above fundaments accounted for all but two charts in the sample set of 222 charts in the context of the celestials that stood in as initiators and givers of the vimsottari dasa period during which death occurred. A graphic representation of the model is as shown in Figure-2.

figure 2

The model was certainly not foolproof. Some of the rules framed to account for the functions of abdication, consolidation and delegation occurred only in single charts. Unless these rules were seen to apply whenever such conditions occurred in charts other than those in the sample, they could not be accepted as being pertinent. There were however many established rules that were seen to work consistently and could perhaps be vouched for.

Three example charts are included below describing the application of the above model.

Example 1
chart 1
HD1 and HD2 identify house dispositions of celestials while HP indicates house placements. LM identifies lunar mansion dispositors
chart 1a
Light orange cell colour identifies situations where an event has occurred twice, while light green cell identifies situations where an event has occurred three times.

All celestials were eligible to give death in this chart. There are very few charts where this is not the case. However, Jupiter and Ketu had the distinction of amassing potential by virtue of their simultaneous interaction with three of the primary taskmasters – Mercury, Venus and Raahu. This made their potential to increase manifold. Jupiter, as the dispositor of the first house in the tenth house abdicated, leaving Ketu with no challenge to its primacy. The contest for the giver's position was between Mercury, Mars and Raahu. Raahu grabbed it by virtue of its mutual reception with Ketu – the invincible deathgiver for this chart. Mercury too could have claimed this right, but while Mercury was associated with only one primary taskmaster – itself, Raahu was linked to two – itself and Saturn. This factor tilted the balance in favour of Raahu.

The person represented by example-chart-1 died during the 478-day period defined by the Ketu/Raahu vimsottari dasa combination. Considering the third level of time delineation, death had occurred in the sub-period of Jupiter within the period defined by Ketu/Raahu. Jupiter, as was seen earlier, was strongly eligible, its placement in the tenth house forcing it to abdicate.

Example 2
chart 2
HD1 and HD2 identify house dispositions of celestials while HP indicates house placements. LM identifies lunar mansion dispositors
chart 2a
Light orange cell colour identifies situations where an event has occurred twice, while light green cell identifies situations where an event has occurred three times.

All celestials were eligible to give death in this chart too. Venus had the distinction of amassing potential by virtue of its simultaneous interaction with four of the primary taskmasters – Mars, Saturn, Raahu and Ketu. This made its potential to increase substantially. Raahu was the next strongest in terms of eligibility and potential, but conjunct Mars which was the dispositor of both 4th and 5th houses, both Mars and Raahu abdicated. Ketu had many more reasons to abdicate being the dispositor of the 4th, 5th and 9th houses (Traditionally, a celestial which is simultaneously the dispositor of a square and a trine is considered to be very auspicious. This idea is vindicated by observations during this analysis). With Mars, Raahu and Ketu out of the way, only Saturn was left to assist Venus in death-dealing. Being the dispositor of the 10th house and residing in the 1st, Venus had a contrary obligation too to fulfil resulting in Saturn leading the way followed by Venus. Had it not been so then this person should have met his maker during the period Venus/Saturn that occurred about seventy years earlier. The transfer of potential from Venus to Saturn was made possible by Venus hosting Saturn in its lunar mansion.

The person represented by example-chart-2 died during the 1140-day period defined by the Saturn/Venus vimsottari dasa combination.

As abdicating celestials are eligible to participate in the exercise beyond the first two levels of the hierarchy, one would expect Raahu, Mars and Ketu to be the celestials to follow in that order after Venus. And so it was. The combination Saturn, Venus, Raahu, Mars, Ketu differed by just two days from the actual date of death.

Example 3
chart 3
HD1 and HD2 identify house dispositions of celestials while HP indicates house placements. LM identifies lunar mansion dispositors
chart 3a
Light orange cell colour identifies situations where an event has occurred twice, while light green cell identifies situations where an event has occurred three times.

As usual all celestials were eligible to give death in this chart as well. There are many celestials that consolidate their potential with their association with three or more of the taskmasters (including the case where they themselves are one of them). These are the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Ketu. Saturn abdicates, being blemished in the twelfth. So does the Moon, for a similar reason. Mars in mutual reception with Saturn abdicates too. Jupiter as the 9th house dispositor aspected by 4th house dispositor Moon, cited square-trine combinatorial propitious-ness to abdicate. Going by the assumption that abdicating celestials delegate their potential that do not do so and that such delegation is done equally on all associated active celestials, Mercury obtains delegated potential from Moon and Mars, while Venus acquires such potential from Moon and Jupiter. The Moon-Mars combination being less potent than the Moon-Jupiter combination, Venus pipped Mercury to the post of a giver, Ketu having already having already ensured its place as the initiator.

The person represented by example-chart-3 died during the 420-day period defined by the Ketu/Venus vimsottari dasa combination.

With abdicating celestials entering the fray beyond the first two levels of the hierarchy, Saturn, Moon and Jupiter followed in that order to complete the combination corresponding to a date that was 5 days earlier than the actual date of death.

Go to Top A thought for the road .........
The Aircraft Carrier Clemenceau

The legend of Tom Dooley depicts him to be a soldier and a playboy who is sentenced to death by hanging for the murder of a woman. Death stalked him many a time in the battlefield, but his time hadn't come then. Perhaps even Clemençeau, the aircraft carrier, would have no choice on how and when it is to die – by sinking at sea, being blown up by enemy torpedoes, by being stripped, mummified and maintained as a museum or being scrapped at a shipbreaking yard on the west coast of India or elsewhere. At the time of completing this article, the warship was still seaworthy and was berthed in a French port, having been ordered back under political pressure from proceeding to the Indian ship-breaking yard at Alang.

However, as the chorus of the song went, one thing was certain for all concerned .....................

Oh Boy! You're bound to die!
Oh Boy! You're bound to die!

............ and the time of its occurrence could perhaps be computed with a fair degree of accuracy.

Here ends this article.

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