Moon, Mind & Kemadruma Yoga By Rajendra Rasiklal Shah

Rajendra R Shah has Civil Engineering Degree and works as Senior Engineer (Design) in Narmada Project, Gujarat. He is working in the field of astrology since last 28 years. He has deep interest and vast experience of traditional, Krishnamoorthy Paddhati, Sarvatobhadra Chakra, Western astrology as well as astronomy related to astrology. He has written few articles on various subjects which were published in Janmabhhomi Gujarati Almanac. He teaches astrology and mathematics of astrology and has been connected with Astrological organizations of Nadiad, Vadodara and Ahmedabad. He delivers lectures and PPT presentations in Astrological Seminars.  He offers his services for various organizations. He is interested in exploring the ancient Vedic wisdom of India.


In this article, the theory of working of mind has been explored for the Kemadrum Yoga person. The belief that Kemadrum Yoga gives monetary poorness is not seen in practice. The mental status of Kemadrum person is analyzed. The yoga is dreaded much for the poverty while it has been clarified that it is not giving poverty but incapability of dealing financial responsibilities at the time of stress.

चंद्रमा मनसौ जात: has been clearly said by the Upanishads. Moon is the fastest moving among all planets in our solar system. She represents THIS moment, the moment which is ever changing, ever changeable and always volatile for the results. The Moon in daily life is responsible for THIS Present moment of mine, yours and all of us. It creates and builds up the results for this moment, and manifests the same with reference to our circumstances, our mental status and thoughts.

The Ascendant in our horoscope is the Body, Purush, Deha. In astronomical terms, it is the Earth. We live on this planet Earth. The Earth as a cosmic medium in the space receives cosmic radiations from all other planets of solar family. In the beginner’s course of astrology lectures, many ask a question: “In the horoscope where is the Earth? The Earth is placed not as a planet but the pivot of the horoscope is the Earth itself in the form of Ascendant. It is the strongest part in the horoscope. The rotation of the earth on its axis is completed in 24 hours and represented in horoscope by the change of Ascendant every two hours thus covering all the 12 signs in a span of 24 hours. Thus, Mother Earth has a very important placement in our horoscope.


The Moon affects the mental status, thought processes and one’s ability to utilize his mental strengths. With the Moon’s position and strength, we can judge the thinking processes, ideology and details of all parameters affecting the psychology of a person. As per the modern psychology, there are two parts of the mind. 1. External mind i.e. Conscious mind and 2. Internal mind i.e. Sub conscious mind. The sub conscious mind is the hidden storage part of the mind like the fathomless well. It stores all our experiences and interpretation of our experiences. This is what we call Smriti. ( स्मृति ). The collection of the experiences from our surroundings and the action which is to be taken by our mind and body is known as Beliefs and are constantly being registered in the subconscious mind. The reaction for our new experience is based on the previously registered Beliefs. This is recognized as “Frames of references” by the psychologists of the West. Our Yogashastras call this as Sanskaars. (संस्कार). The subconscious mind collects and collects all the beliefs or Frames of references or Sanskaars from this birth to next birth. I.e. the default values of Sanskaars of a person at new birth are set from the previous birth. The position of the Moon in the horoscope tells us about our interpretations of the experiences and our view point towards the life. Thus, the Moon is a pivotal point for our thoughts, virtues and personality.


Chandra, Sharira (Body) and Physiology and Anatomy:

Chandra is deeply connected with all the functions and metabolism of our body. Manasagari Paddhati (Commentary by Vanshidhar) Says:

इन्दु: सर्वत्र बीजाम्भो , लग्नम् च कुसुमप्रभम् ॥

Induh Sarvatra Beejaambho, Lagnam cha kusumaprabham ||

Moon is always the seed and water. Ascendant i.e. Deh bhaava is the flower resulting from it.


In above stanza, the relation between the body and Moon is clearly mentioned. This proves direct connection between Moon and all metabolic function of the body. The present physiology and anatomy also establishes the same thing. Let us understand. We are in connection with our surrounding through the Smriti i.e. intellect or mind.  All Our receptive organs (ज्ञानेन्द्रिय) receive the impulses (तन्मात्रा) from the surroundings (विषय) and send them to the mind via nervous system. The mind in turn interprets and reflects for the action, based upon stored Beliefs (संस्कार). Physically, it sends the signals to the heart via sympathetic nerve and parasympathetic (Positive –negative) nerve which in turn connected with the S.A. Node (pacemaker) of the heart and regulates the bits of the heart. Accordingly, the supply of the blood i.e. Oxygen i.e. प्राणशक्ति to each and every cell of the various organs is regulated. Thus, Moon itself is Mind, चित्त संस्कार, स्मृति, Thoughts, Surroundings, and watery element of the Blood too. Thus the positive and negative feelings directly affect the प्राणशक्ति Life force reaching to each and every cell of the body.

The Moon is significator of sea. The water element which has occupied the earth in form of seas is also available in body in the same proportion (3/4th). In medico terms, the blood and various hormones are very important watery element in human body. Moon directly rules over both of these elements. Hemoglobin being iron element is ruled by mars but the watery element of the blood, its circulation and blood pressure is directly under control of the Moon. All the hormones are watery elements and they are governed by various glands. All glands are governed by Pituitary Gland and the same is governed by Pineal Gland which is situated in the place of AagnyaChakra (आज्ञाचक्र) inside, below the forehead. The secretion of the hormones is governed by the interpretation of various impulses received by the sensitive nerve centers in the brain. The interpretations are based on the beliefs – संस्कार– in the mind. During all the day, daily metabolism, other body routines and all biorhythmic processes are governed by the hormones. Thus, the total effect of Chandra – Moon on the surroundings, mind, finer vibrations, Feelings, the heart beats, secretion of hormones and all metabolic processes is surely experienced hierarchically.

Chandra represents a Thought. It is fluid. Moon is watery element. The Moon is symbol of unsteadiness- restlessness. When doing some ritual, in the beginning, the Brahmin –Purohit makes us to take a holy oath – संकल्प by keeping some pious water steady in the palm (reciting मम आत्मन:...) The steady water in the palm is a representation of the steady thought to form the holy oath संकल्प. The water can not be steady without support of the palm. The Chandra needs support. Flowing water has tremendous powers. If we manage this water by controlling its flow, tremendous electricity can be generated. It is the Water Power. The power of thoughts i.e. mind’s power is much सूक्ष्म: finer and so carries tremendous energy within. The well organized mind power can create magnificent results in the life.

The Moon is a vibration having rhythm or pulse. The pendulum of the clock represents this moment. The pendulum reaches from one side to another side and one cycle is completed. The pendulum is coming back due to friction of air. From both side there is “support” in form of friction of air which keeps motion of pendulum in well defined boundaries. With similar understanding, in the horoscope also, presence of planet besides Moon is considered good. When, no planet is present on both adjacent signs, it is reducing strength of Moon. This type of yoga – combination is termed as Kemadrum Yoga.

Kemadrum Yoga: Definitions: What Shastras Say:


MaanSaagaree Paddhati (Commentary in Hindi by Vansheedhar), 4th Adhyaya, description of various yogas, About Kemdruma Yoga:

रविवर्ज्यं द्वादशगै: सुनफां चन्द्रात्द्वितीयगै: ।

सुनफाया उभयस्थितैर्दुर्द्धराकेमद्रुमसंज्ञिता वाच्या: ॥

The absence of Durdhara or Sunapha-Anapha yoga in Kundali i.e. absence of any planet except sun in 2nd and 12th from Moon creates Kemadruma Yoga.


Brihat Jatak by VarahMihir (English Commentary by B. Suryanaraina Rao) Chapter-13, Stanza- 3)

हित्वार्कं सुनफानफादुरुधरा: स्वान्त्योभयस्थैर्ग्रहै: शीतांशो: कथितोSन्यथा तु बहुभि: केमद्रुमोSन्यैरस्त्वसौ । केन्द्रे शीतकरेSथवा ग्रहयुते केमद्रुमो नेष्यते केचित्केन्द्रनवांशकेषु च वदंत्युक्ति: प्रसिद्धा न ते ॥

“With The exception of the Sun, other planets in the 2nd house from the Moon, in the 12th from him and in the 2nd and 12th from the Moon cause Sunapha, Anapha and Durudhara yogas respectively. If these are not so many say it is Kemadrum. If planets are in Kendra from Moon or if the Moon is conjoined with planets, there is no Kemadrum. Some says these yogas arise from Kendras and Navamsas, but their doctrine has not been accepted.”


As per the standard texts, the absence of planet on both sides of Moon is required to form Kemadrum Yoga. Rahu Ketu is not considered in this yoga. i.e. presence of Rahu Ketu can not eliminate Kemadrum Yoga. Rahu and Ketu are not the solid body planets but the crossing points of energy transits. As per psychology, Rahu represents the complexity of the mind, revolving vortex of the concentrated thoughts.

Further, though Sun is neutral to Moon, presence of Sun nearby the Moon causes Amavasya and thus reduces strength of Moon. The Moon gets light only when she is away from the Sun. Full Moon is considered stronger and the strength of Moon reduced as she comes closer to the Sun.

Thus it can now be said that if there is not a single planet except Sun, Rahu and Ketu, in 2nd or 12th from the Moon, the Kemadrum Yoga is formed.


Results of Kemadrum Yoga: What Shastras Say:


MaanSaagaree Paddhati (Commentary in Hindi by Vansheedhar), 4th Adhyaya, description of various yogas, About Kemdruma Yoga:


क़ेमद्रुमे भवति पुत्रकलत्रहीनो देशांतरे व्रजति दु:खसदाभितप्त: ।

ज्ञाति प्रमोदनिरतो मुखर: कुचैलो नीच: सदा भवति भीतियुतश्चिरायु:॥1॥

…केमद्रुमे मलिनदु:खितनीचप्रेष्योनिस्वश्च तत्र नृपतेरपि वंशजात: ॥2॥

One who is born in Kemadrum yoga, lives without wife and sons in other country and is always sad with difficulties.  He is busy enjoying doing public works of cast fellows. (ज्ञाति) has bad manners, mean minded, always anxious, long lived, with filthy appearance, unhappy and messenger for the mean works. These results are achieved even if one (having Kemadrum Yoga) is born at the King’s Royal family. (Author’s Translation)


Saaravali (Adhyaaya: 13, Shloka: 7)

क़ांतान्नपान …….पार्थवंशप्योSपि ॥

One who is born in the Kemadrum yoga, is without wife, food, water, home, clothes, friends, relatives and is poor, sad, dependent, mean minded, opposing many persons, even if he is born in the Royal family.


Brihat Jatak by Varah Mihir (English Commentary by B. Suryanaraina Rao)

Chapter-13, Stanza- 6)

केमद्रुमे मलिनदु:खितनीचनि:स्वा: प्रेष्या: खलाश्च नृपतेरपि वंशजाता: ॥

The person born under Kemadruma, although he may take a birth in a royal family, will be dirty, sorrowful, doing work against his caste, poor, dependent and roguish.   


All these Granthas consider Kemdruma yoga as a dreaded yoga and evil results are predicted for it. Also, in general terms, Kemadruma Yoga is considered as Daridrya (Financial Poorness) Yoga. Over all, the person having Kemdruma Yoga is poor, away from his family, not having company of friends, relatives and living in the unknown place. He looks filthy with dirty cloths and does the works which are prohibited by religious/ social codes or not fit to his social status. He has physical and mental sorrows and doing roguish and desperate acts.

In Kemadrum yoga, there is not a planet to support the Moon on either side. There are no well defined boundaries for the mental activity. There is not a specific subject of interest to control the mental activity. Remember, here the strong or week Moon is not the matter. But, the mind without any control excessively gets all the characteristics of Moon’s sign as per the position in the house (Bhava) in the horoscope. In this situation, the mind is continuously engaged in the non-productive mental activity denoted by Moon’s sign and Bhava. The person may not be able to concentrate any activity and behave like rolling stone. This could be a negative factor for the responsible works of life. The over activity of the mind does not allow the person to concentrate on the basic needs in the realistic world and may make a person irresponsible towards his social duties.

The basic question is: Does Kemadrum Yoga really gives monetary poorness? If we analyze the results of Kemadrum Yoga by words, it can be clearly said that basically Kemadrum Yoga gives Resourcelessness i.e. cutoff situation from the resources as well as poorness. Is this about only monetary poorness?  In my humble opinion and observation, the persons having Kemadrum yoga are not found monetarily poor. Thus this Yoga talks about the “flaw/weakness” of mental activity and not the monetarily poorness throughout the life.

As seen earlier, bond of our existence with the present moment is through the connecting link of fine intellect (स्मृति). This link keeps us alive with our interests of life. The Moon accepts the impulses (तन्मात्रा) from the surrounding and aspecting planets. i.e. mind receives signals from the subjects (विषय) indicated by the planets affecting Moon. In Kemadrum, there is not a single planet to fulfill the subjects to the mind. Such a person cannot keep the continuity or permanent link with the life interests. In today’s mobile phone terminology we can say: Loosing (Mobile Tower) signals off and On!  The person does not remember or learn from the experiences of life and every experience is a new experience for him. The moments – like beads of the rosary of the infinite time – are separated in the absence of thread of fine intellect to connect/co-relate the experiences of life and the person finds himself without resources. He feels lonely in the midst of the crowd.

Further, the word देशांतरे (i.e. in the other unknown place) also indicates typical results. One who is grown up in his own place with all the means of happiness and full of resources and if he has to live at far unknown place or country, can not enjoy his own resources. In an unknown place, with all difficulties and scarce resources, away from the family and friends, the person surely feels as poor and may experience as if he is cutoff from all. This is also the result of Kemadrum Yoga. The officers serving at responsible posts with possibility of transferable jobs should check for the Kemadrum Yoga in their horoscopes. Or, the persons going abroad without any background in the unknown country for earning should also check for the Kemadrum Yoga.

The strength of the longest chain lies in its weakest link. For a Kemdruma Yoga person, it is not sure which link of moment will fail and as a result the chain will fail.  The person feels heavy stress during the work of responsibilities. And it is possible that at a crucial moment, he may make a mistake in making an important decision. Thus, the person having Kemdruma Yoga should be very much careful during Panoti (Sadhe Sati), at the time when Chandra Dasha is running or Rahu-Ketu transits over the natal Moon. Preferably, the important decisions should not be taken in haste for a very small cause. He should not be drawn to the decision in haste and wait for change in situation to have the time to take advice from the masters in the concerned field. The advice of a person whose Jupiter is aspecting your Moon, Sun or Ascendant could be beneficial to you.

Now, very important clues:

  • The person who is having Kemdrum Yog should not run the independent business or entrepreneurship in his own name alone, particularly when all financial decisions are to be taken by him alone.
  • He should also not carry the posts with financial responsibilities particularly when the risk and benefits of the company are fully dependent upon him.
  • The Kemdruma yoga should be considered as a negative factor when selecting a finance executive for strenuous and risky works as it reduces the endurance limit of a person to bear the stress.
  • Also, the prompt action speculation should be considered as a challenge to the Kemdruma Yoga person. The said results are experienced more effectively when the Moon is operative in Dasha or Antar or Pratyantar.
  • When, Dasha of Chandra is operating for a Kemdruma Yoga person, he should avoid starting a big venture in his own name. The venture which carries great efforts to manifest the big dream based only on his whim, may fail miserably and if other planetary combinations are adverse, this could create long lasting, sometimes life long stretches of the mistakes.
  • If this type of situation arises forcefully and a Company/ Organization is to be formed, it is desirable that he should not be owner of the company but he should keep his status as the salary drawing employee of his own company. Further, the interesting fact is that the persons having Kemdruma Yoga have some affinity among themselves and they form the group easily. Such relation is the expedition of two Moons finding mental support of each other.

Does Kemadrum Yoga demolish?  

Kemadrum yoga is said to be demolished:

  • If there is a Moon in Kendra in Birth Chart (D-1)
  • A planet is in Kendra from Moon in Birth Chart (D-1)
  • If there is a Moon in Kendra in Navamsa (D-9) chart,
  • If a planet is in Kendra from Moon in Navamsa (D-9) chart.
  • If all planets are aspecting the Moon in Kemdruma, it demolishes the bad effects of Kemdruma Yoga and the person becomes the big emperor.
  • The Moon with full strength in a benefic sign with benefic planets like Jupiter and Venus gives good results in Kemdruma Yoga.
  • A Yoga formed by Moon is Adhi Yoga in which the benefic planets are in 6th, 7th and 8th from Moon. This gives beneficial results thus it nullifies the effects of Kemdruma Yoga.

Among all the combinations above, the Navamsa Kundali consideration is not supported by the Rishis.

When a planet aspects the Moon in Kemadrum Yoga, the situation is changed significantly. This also demolishes the Kemdruma Yoga. In this situation, there is only one planet aspecting the Moon i.e. there is one subject available to the overactive mind for running behind and the mind constantly thinks about that subject. e.g. In a Scorpio Ascendant horoscope, Moon in Gemini in 8th house is in Kemadruma but aspected by Sun (10th Lord) in Sagittarius. The person is Class-I government officer and is always working and has workaholic tendency. In one more Cancer Ascendant horoscope, the Moon in Pisces in Kemdruma in 9th house (Spirituality) is aspected by Sun (lord of 2nd House = Speech). Here Moon is Poorna Balee (Full strength). The mind is constantly working for the speech – Lectures on Spirituality as the sign Pieces represents the deep ocean of spirituality and aspected by 2nd Lord Sun. The native is a Priest (Maharaj Saheb)  in Jain Parampara and delivers religious lectures. (3rd house Sun=Communication with the common men using finer Intellect). Thus, the person may be busy with other fields, but in the innermost mind, he is constantly in connection with the subject denoted by the planet aspecting the Moon. We can say in Computer Terms: The subject denoted by the planet is active in his RAM (Random Access Memory) always. There is very strong force acting over the mind in this case.

When Kemadruma Chandra is in the 6th, 8th or 12th houses, it creates more difficult situation. The mental energy, thoughts and emotions of such native remains hidden or somewhat obscure. Because the 6th and 12th houses are Apoklima Bhavas – away from the Kendras and 8th house itself is the house of secrets and sorrows. In this case, the quantum of complications and hidden mental energy is much more which is never expressed on social platform. Further, the Moon in sixth and eighth house is in Quincunx aspect Shadashtak   from Ascendant. The mental energy is not in accordance (Trine aspect) with the Physical –Deha – and Aatma Tattva. The Dehabhav is not benefited from mental energy. This denotes wastage of mental energy. The mind is constantly thinking about limitations and difficulties. If ascendant lord is not strong, the native may develop inferiority complex in such case.

Is there any Remedy for Kemadruma Yoga?

Kemdruma person is always in search of some mental support. The vast ocean of his mental energies is ready to shower upon at some unknown place. It should be remembered, rather must be accepted by the Kemdruma native that the most steady and strong  support can be expected from the GOD only and any other support has its own limits in terms of space and time.  However, when taking decisions, the hard realistic facts and solid truths of life should be remembered. For this it is advisable to keep company of some other person at the time of taking decision. The identity of this person can be astrologically decided thus: The person whose Jupiter is aspecting your Moon, Sun or Ascendant can be your guide or guru. If it is not possible to keep presence of such person at the time of taking decision, the decision should be halted for proper time to get the advice of some expert in the field, guide or respectful person.

Moreover, following remedies in general can be suggested in back ground of Lal Kitab.

  1. If Saturn or Rahu is not present in 2nd house,
  • Donation of silver article in the temple.
  • Abhisheka of milk and water on Shivalinga
  • Donation of Kheer keeping in Silver vessel (Prepared from milk, sugar and rice) in temple.
  1. One should keep a square piece of silver with himself.
  2. The holy waters of sacred rivers like Gangajal should be kept in the place of worship at home.
  3. The items signified by Moon e.g. pearl, milk, curd, ice cream, lassi, buttermilk, rice, silver, water, Khir etc. should be donated.
  4. Om Namah Shivay – The recital of mantra should be carried out near the Shiv Mandir in vicinity of Banyan Tree, Pippal Tree or Oudumber Tree (Fig Tree). Using the rosary with white Sphatika (white crystal) or Rudraksha could be beneficial.
  5. One should keep the silver item received from the mother with him.

I hope the nectar after churning the Kemadruma Yoga shall be useful to all learned readers. Blessings of Lord Shiva may be showered upon the SaptarishisAstrology and all of us! The creative suggestions of learned readers are always welcome.


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