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1890-1931 * General Electric Company

Entrepreneur of Electricity

Thomas Alva Edison

Earthbody-Entry Thursday-11-Feb-1847

Earthbody-Exit 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

BPL commentary

For Mriga-sirasa births of a masculine valence, the condition of pioneering, direct, yang-energy, forward-pushing bhratru-karaka Mangala may considerably affect the outcome.

For those born into the paradigm of Mangala-ruled Invaka, brother-figures, warriors, hunters, athletes, dancers, champions, challengers, inventors, explorers, dis-coverers, engineers, drivers, drillers, diggers, exploders, aggressors, pursuers, competitions and battles may be especially influential.

Instructional guidance is provided by the civilizations of Orion. Their purpose is to promote engaging, instinctive messages that conquer, compete, startle, stimulate, pioneer, attack, and provoke.

Verbally Incisive and Commanding

Gentlemen born within a nakshatra of Mangala are gifted with a knack for competition. Shrewd, verbally intimidating, and goal-directed in Mriga-Sirasa, they strive for dominance within their cohort. Mriga are often found in business management, commercial finance, sales, marketing, advertising, script-writing, publishing, propaganda, cinema, and media-communications.

Kuja-ruled Mriga-zirasa chaps tend to be pro-active, and energetic in pursuit of the win. Because their physique may be quite heavyset, their agility is surprising. They are often found in politicsm manufacturing, media-messaging, and commerce, especially in sales, marketing, and advertising roles where their energy delivers competitive advantage.

Mraga are often accurate marksmen, able to handle weapons and metal equipment. Agrahayani fellows may have a special affinity for quadruped animals, bands of brothers, and soldiers. Due to the crystalline structure of their noses, Mraga-born have an extraordinarily acute sense of smell.

Vrishabha-Urisha pada 1-2 represent the 7-12 angle and the Zukra-Kuja attraction. Those born in pada 1-2 pursue artistic communications, legal contracts, equity, and brokerage in secluded environments, such as the laboratories, private bedrooms, or in distant lands. Their goal is the formation of vitally valuable partnerships. Depending upon Yogakaraka Shani ruler of 9+10, the Vrishabha pada of Krittika have a stronger propensity toward governance roles,

Mithunaya-Dvamdva pada 3-4 represent the 6-11 angle and the Budha-Kuja tension. Pada 3-4 are profit-driven and not averse to theft or breaking contracts for advantage. Pada 3-4 may focus on friendships, economics, and dominating the competition..

Themes of forward movement, group activity, and sporting competition may contextualize Mriga's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Mriga-zirasa.

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

"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 calendar


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

Ketu Mahadasha * age birth until age 2.1

11-Feb-1847 Earth-birth in Milan, Ohio, USA * Ketu-Shani bhukti

Zukra Mahadasha * age 2.1 until age 22.1

Surya Mahadasha * age 22.1 until age 28.1

09-Apr-1871 * grieved the decease of mother * Surya-Guru bhukti * 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 bhukti * Guru rules navamsha-7 * gochara R-K via Vrizabha-Vrischika contact Vrishabha lagna

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

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

Chandra Mahadasha * age 28.1 until age 38.1

Aug-1878 admitted as member # 162, into the Theosophical Society of Secret Doctrine 1831-1891 Theosophy Helena Blavatsky

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

09-Aug-1884 * decease of first wife Mary Edison (her age 29) * Chandra-Zukra bhukti * 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 bhukti

Rahu Mahadasha * age 45.1 until age 63.1

26-Feb-1896 grieved decease of father * Rahu-Guru bhukti * 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 bhukti * maraka Budha rules-2

Distinctive Features of the Nativity


Mahadasha bhukti 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-Kumbha * Arka * the radiator * radio
  • Surya in bhava-10 * digbala * center of hierarchy, brightly governing, intelligence for regulation, focus on social order, regulatory entitlements, eye on high position
  • Surya-yuti-Zukra * confidently harmonious, brightly creative bargainer, artistic father-figure, uniquely intelligent sister-figures, entitled to pleasures, aesthetic expressions align with the spiritual rays of the Sun, financial politics, radiantly diplomatic, self-reflexively attractive features
  • Surya-yuti-Shani * confidently lawful, bright regulator, entitled to impose order, creatively intelligent authority-figures, radiantly hierarchical, politically disciplined

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

  • Chandra-Dhanuzya * comforted by rhythmic catechesis of belief
  • Chandra in Mula * comforted by witnessed emptiness * protectors of the eternal root vortex, philosophical watchers, galactic pilgrims
  • Chandra in classroom-8 * comfort in crisis, familiar with catastrophic events, needs to feel the pulse of repeating identity transformation, soothed by secrecy, regular routine of sudden changes, seeks the deep rhythm of initiations, exploratory occult sensitivities, need for unsettling discoveries, nourished by self-reinvention; emotionally attuned to patterns of undulating shakti-shocks
  • Somana-yuti-Kuja * Emotionally competitive, sensitive to brotherly figures, needs forward movement, invigorates the undulating routine, soothed by innovation, feels like a champion


Mom suffered an increasingly debilitating mental illness with violent episodes. * Mula-Chandra yuti Mula-Mangala in the spasmodic, erupting 8th bhava

MARRIAGE partnership support expectations

  1. 7th-from-Chandra-8 = bhava-2 = marriage-1
  2. 2nd-from-7th-from-Chandra-8 = bhava-9 = marriage-2


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

  • Mangala-Dhanuzya * vigorous pursuit of humanistic worldview* push toward doctrinal expansion, proactive teaching-preaching, philosophical globalism
  • Mangala in bhava-8 * drive toward discovery, pursuit of rebirth, revolutionary dynamics, invasive transformations, vigorous revelations, energized mysterious conquests
  • Kuja-yuti-Chandra * invigorated feelings, energized intuition, dynamic nurturance, masculine force joins parental care, potential for aggressive emotionalized actions , potential for aggressive emotionalized actions

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

  • Guru in bhava-1 * dig-bala * much vitality, jolly personality, generous disposition, numerous identities, much jovial competition, many cheerful sporting activities, may signal expansive aura, tall height, or wide girth, embodiment of optimistic belief
  • Guru-Vrizabha * much treasury, many voices, many collections, believes in history, doctrine of values containment, financial guidance, expands the scope of voice-speech-song, multiple treasuries

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-Kumbha * appreciation of social networks, pleasures of friendly arrangements, enjoys regulated systems, aesthetic of scientific, economic linkage
  • Zukra-10 * pleasure of regulation, enjoys lawful, socially iconic, feminine-figures harmonious ability to govern and direct, financially visible equity, appreciation of order, legislates justice
  • Zukra-yuti-Surya * balanced roles in drama, appreciation for political display, theatrical negotiations, self-focused arrangements, radiant bright beauty * self-reflexive bargaining, sweetly confident entitlements, enjoys politics, negotiating father-figure, intelligently focused on trades, arrangements, contracts * arrangements according to father's choice or self-will
  • Zukra-yuti-Shani * sweetened structures, mature relationships, gracious lawfulness, beautiful bones, appreciation for neutrality, strict negotiations, pleasant legal mediation, architectural rigor, enduring agreements * arrangements abide by regulatory law. This benevolent combination signals success in artistic endeavor of a pragmatic, materialistic character, such as music composition or fashion design. Deepens the artistic discipline. Shani contributes mature realism to Zukra's love of balance and beauty. In a husbandly nativity, may prefer a senior, responsible wife.

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

Shasaya Yoga

  • Shani-Kumbha * moolatrikona 0-20 deg * heavy old economic systems, obliged to conform to the marketplace rules, pressure to maintain social linkage, vital energy compression stress zone = skin-nerves, strictly imposed regulations for electro-magnetic networking, limitations on earnings distribution, must materialize past-to-future gridwork, must sustain lowest-common-denominator proletarian communities, rigidly slow elder friends and mentors, must continue to achieve social-material goals despite scarce available resources
  • Shani in Bhava-10 (beneficial placement) * Structured, orderly, time-conscious responsibilities. One must govern the old order. Must maintain the dignity of reputation. Cautious, conventional leadership. Tension in governance roles. Chronic weighty executive duties, heavy work portfolio sustains the social hierarchy; Oppressed by lack of freedom to choose social policies..Resistance to new rules. Resentment toward changes in authority. Intolerance toward unconventional leaders.. Governance fatigue. Support for socially-approved, rigidly dutiful roles as president, director, boss, governor, mayor.
  • Shani-yuti-Surya * resistance against creativity, limited entitlements, suppression of romance, disciplined intelligence, constrained willpower
  • Shani-yuti-Zukra * resistance against equity, limited luxury, contractual discipline, constrained harmony, regulated pleasures

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-Thula * shimmering illusion of balance * craving for trade * mask of fairly bargained contracts * over-reaching arrangements * marvelous deals * exciting culturally-mixed partnerships * mirage of deal-making * extraordinary terms of agreement * fascinating alliances * ambitious diplomacy * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of negotiation, equity-assurance * seeks privilege via advocacy, counseling, adviser-roles
  • Rahu in bhava-6 * passion for conflict, remedies * in swabhava of Busy Budha, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual arguments, thrilling defense of victims, conflicts, miseries, medicines, servants, accusation, injustices. Craves an environment of disagreement, injustice, misuse. Desires an important role in matters of disease, injury, warfare, labor, unfairness, toxicity * Exciting enemies. Rahu-6 trespasses the cultural boundaries in matters of debt, drugs, slavery, betrayal, exploitation, war. Rahu the Poseur may pose as a victim, a druggist, a litigator, a problem-solver, an abuser, a diseased person, an enslaved person, a relative of the mother's people. Risk-rewarding, boundary-breeching Rahu thrives in Bhava-6 where He finds opportunity in the worlds of crime, war, pharmacy, self-medication, toxicity.

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

Risk-rewarding Rahu occupies the emotionally associative, 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 fascinating 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-Meza * dissociates from competitive dominance, incomplete nobility, empty arrival, dissolute conquest, not limited by blood or birth, ignores restriction on innovative movement
  • Ketu in classroom-12 (beneficial) * ambivalent toward enclosures, absent from the ancestor spirits, disregards fantasy boundaries, dissolves the isolated sanctuaries, irrelevance of sleep * Ambivalence toward clairsentient empowerment, disinterested in invisibility. One abandons the veil between perceptual worlds, ignores the dreams, surrenders the fear of imprisonment.

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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