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Entrepreneur of Electricity

General Electric

Thomas Alva Edison

Earthbody-Entry Thursday-11-Feb-1847

fleshdeath 18-Oct-1931 (age 84)


Electrical product developer * Thomas Alva Edison * 1847-1931

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Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Mriga-zirasa * Mraga * Marga-ziraza * Agrahayani

  • QUOTATION from: Shil-Ponde.(1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 80

BPL commentary:

For Mriga-sirasa natives, the condition of pioneering, direct, yang-energy, forward-pushing bhratru-karaka Mangala considerably affects the outcome.

Brother-figures, warriors, hunters, athletes, dancers, champions, challengers, inventors, explorers, dis-coverers, engineers, drivers, drillers, diggers, exploders, aggressors, pursuers, and competitors may be especially influential.

Instructional guidance from the civilizations of Orion.

"Unless other testimonies in the chart predominate to modify the effect of Mraga rising,

  • these people may be very unpleasant characters.

They are inclined to be misanthropic in their attitude toward life and people.

  • They seem always to see the worst side of people and of conditions.

They are suspicious of other peoples' motives

  • and even vicious at times.

Unless checked, these thoughts will lead to vicious action

  • and they can be quite dangerous to others whom they dislike.

Possibly this attitude is caused and aggravated by some permanent organic disability

  • which is usually the lot of those who are born with Mraga rising."

Biographical details matched to Vimshottari Dasha


young Mary Edison, perhaps near her wedding year, age 16

Ketu Mahadasha * age birth until age 2.1

11-Feb-1847 Earthbody-Entry * Ketu-Shani period

Zukra Mahadasha * age 2.1 until age 22.1

Surya Mahadasha * age 22.1 until age 28.1

09-Apr-1871 * decease of Mother * Surya-Guru period * Guru rules 4th-from-Chandra burial, end of things

25-Dec-1871 * marriage-1 to Mary Stilwell (his age 24; her age 16) * Surya-Guru period * Guru rules navamsha-7 * gochara R-K via Vrizabha-Vrischika contact Vrishabha lagna

18-Feb-1873 first child Mario Estelle * Surya-Budha period * Budha rules 5-children

1874 quadruplex telegraph * Surya-Zukra period * Zukra lagnesha * Zukra rules gainful 11th-from-Chandra-8

Chandra Mahadasha * age 28.1 until age 38.1

22-Oct-1879 obtains US Patent for incandescent light bulb * Chandra-Shani period * yogakaraka Shani

09-Aug-1884 * decease of first wife Mary Edison (her age 29) * Chandra-Zukra period * Zukra rules 2th-from-7th-from-Chandra

Mangala Mahadasha* age 38.1 until age 45.1

24-Feb-1886 * marriage-2 to Mina Miller (his age 39; her age 20) * Mangala-Rahu period

Rahu Mahadasha * age 45.1 until age 63.1

26-Feb-1896 decease of Father * Rahu-Guru period * Guru rules 12th-from-9th

Guru mahadasha * age 63.1 until age 79.1

Shani Mahadasha* age 79.1 until decease age 84

18-Oct-1931 Earthbody-Exit (age 84) * Shani-Budha period * maraka Budha rules-2

Distinctive Features of the Nativity


Mahadasha periods of Chandra, Mangala, Rahu, and Guru

Chandra-Mangala yoga gives most fruits during Chandra Mahadasha age 28-38 followed by Mangala Mahadasha age 38-45

Edison brought to market a stunning string of patented inventions in the first half of his life from his early 20's until his mid 40's. By the end of his 4th decade however there were relatively few successes proportional to his large aspirations and huge funding, and by the onset of Rahu Mahadasha he produced no further inventions. Rather, he lived richly from royalties and patents.

Edison maintained an iconic public profile via the respectable, wealthy, intellgent complex of Shani-Zukra-Surya. He delivered speeches and proclamations via Budha-9 also ruled by the authoritative Shani-10-Shasaya Yoga. But investors began to lose their confidence in his judgment.

Mahadasha of Rahu started Edison's age 45. Rahu enjoys vargottamsha in bhava-6 D-1 AND in the treasury-indicating navamsha-2. Rahu drishti to Shani-Zukra-Surya amplifying the results of 1-4-6-9-10 and funneling those results into bhava-6 opportunities from lawsuits and appropriations.

By the time of the onset of Rahu Mahadasha, Mr. Edison had essentially stopped producing new ideas (which were in most cases actually new combinations of other people's ideas).

Yet mahadasha of Rahu-6 (the most productive location for Rahu generally) brought an era of remarkable material gainfulness.

Edison's repertoire of patents and licenses continued to pay handsome dividends throughout the subsequent Guru mahadasha. Edison continued to work in his laboratory every day, albeit producing little in the way of invention. Despite the health problems associated with Guru in 6th-from-Chandra, Professor Guru as ruler of 8-11 provided continuous income from providential sources.

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

Surya Arudha lagna * bhava-4 local infrastructure: homes, buildings, streets, cities-and-towns

Surya located in the sales-marketing-administrative 3rd-from-Chandra

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka


His mother suffered an increasingly debilitating mental illness with violent episodes.

Mula-Chandra yuti Mula-Mangala rules 7-12.


Zukra accepting drishti of Rahu, representing wife 1-of-3. Zukra-lagnesha and Zukra rules-6 illness, suggesting both identity with and ailments besetting wife-1. Ruler of 7th-from-Chandra Mithunaya = Budha-9 in 3rd-from-7 suggesting a that the partner may be a shop clerk, business administrator, or hand-crafter. Edison met Mary her age 16 as she was working as a young clerk in one of his shops.

In her early 20's, Mary Edison developed several serious illnesses including "Bright's Disease" = diabetes type-1, along with alcoholism and depression. In those days the condition was nearly always fatal. She died from an overdose of morphine which was commonly prescribed to treat both physical and emotional distress. She died aged 29, a mother of three.


Edison's second wife is represented by atmakaraka Budha in 2nd-from-Chandra and also by Shani, which holds the second-highest degree in the Zukra cluster (showing three wives; however the one represented by Surya at zero-deg was not publically visible). The 20-year-old daughter of his business associate became the second lifepartner. Wife-2 Mina Edison was a capable manager (Budha) of their large household (Shani). They enjoyed an affluent retirement (Surya-10 rules 4-retirement).

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Ruler-of-12 in occupation of Randhra Bhava produces a protective Viparita Raja Yoga = Vimala Yoga

A volatile mom (Chandra) and a drive to discovery (Kuja) propelled Edison into a self-promoting role as a genius inventor. However he was actually a genius of aggressive pursuit of legal copyright. (Mangala rules 7 legal contracts).

Mangala-Mula-8 occupies 4th-from-Chandra schooling, mother

General Electric 1847-1931 Thomas Edison had a psycho-mentally disordered mother and was expelled from elementary school (Mangala). Nevertheless his Chandra-Mangala-yoga brings security and comfort from the mother. She homeschooled her rambunctious son and with opportunistic Rahu-6 in 3rd-from-4th she taught him to think in terms of projects. He later generated thousands of projects.

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

Professor Budha atmakaraka = explanations, litigation, sales * uttama in Kanya swamsha

Budha rules 2-5 and Budha occupies 9 = a fortunate dhana-yoga indicating faith in speculative ventures

Budha rules 10th navamsha and within the navamsha uttama-Budha-1

Budha occupies 2nd-from-Chandra indicating a significantly younger second marriage partner. When they married in 1886, he was aged 39; she was aged 20.

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

Brihaspati occupies the radical Vrizabha lagna and Brihaspati occupies 6th-from-Chandra * suggesting Edison's lifetime concern with diabetes and kidney-related hearing loss

On the plus side for business, Guru is generously stationed to accommodate the contentious world of accusatory lawsuits. Guru in 6th-from-Chandra Mula indicates the large volume (Guru) of litigation that Edison used to overwhelm his competitors. His patents were often challenged by other inventors working on identical devices, but Edison nearly always triumphed through diligent court appearances during a lifetime of unending lawsuits.

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka


Zukra located in the emotionally motivated evangelical communicative cohort instructive descriptive team-working administrative managerial announcing publishing reporting explanatory conversational lyrical messaging 3rd-from-Chandra assists the obtainment of partnerships in business

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

Shani yogakaraka rules 9-10

Shani rules 2-3 from Shani treasury and business

Shani located in the sales-marketing-administrative 3rd-from-Chandra assists the public conduct of respectable business

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

  • Rahu in bhava-6 * privilege via glamorous conflicts, medicines, servants, wars * a highly successful location for boundary-breeching, risk-rewarding Rahu.
  • Rahu-Thula * mask of contractual harmony

Rahu-6 indicates success in adversarial proceedings . Edison's patents were regularly involved in lawsuits.

Risk-rewarding Rahu occupies the emotionally motivated community-linking, economically fruitful, revenue-regulating, friendly, participatory, goal-oriented, socially-networked 11th-from-Chandra

Rahu Opportunism * Fraud or Legerdemain

Many of his most financially successful licensing conquests began as Edison sprinted to the patent office mere minutes before his competitors.

Rahu-6 often indicates faascinating enemies, which was certainly true of Edison. His Mula-Chandra did not care a whit. However, one of his most famous enemies My Inventions 1856-1943 Nikola Tesla never stopped declaring that Edison was a cheat and a fraud who stole others' ideas and by promoting the miserable Alternating Current had put greed before social benefit.

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

Ketu-12 in 5th-from-Chandra would suggest that Edison was disengaged from his offspring. His eldest son suffered from alcoholism and mental illess, and this son eventually committed suicide.

Edison was said to have been an absentee husband and father (Ketu-5 disregards children). On a daily basis he went early into his lab, remained there all day, and returned at night only for food, drink, and marital accommodation. He occasionally disappeared into his lab for days at a time. Both his wives were very young when he married them (Budha yuvatipathi) and both were said to have suffered from his spousal negligence.


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