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  • Automobile Manufacturer first mass-produced horseless carriage, the Ford Model-T

  • inventor of the "assembly line"; philanthropist; broke up labor unions; spied on workers

  • former Chief Engineer in the Edison laboratories and close lifelong friend of General Electric 1847-1931 Thomas Edison

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Henry Ford

Ford Motor Company

fleshbirth Thursday-30-July-1863

fleshdeath 07-Apr-1947

Ford's Vimshottari Dasha Timeline

Ford Motor Co. automobile magnate * lived 1863-1947 * Henry Ford

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

charts, graphs, and tables produced by Shri Jyoti Star * adapted by BP Lama

see also Shri BV Raman's version of this nativity in Notable Horoscopes, p. 207



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

BPL commentary: For Krittika natives, the condition of Surya considerably affects the outcome

"A proud, dignified, and honorable person

  • - an executive type.

He is very ambitious and eager for power

  • and has the ability to achieve his desires.

He has an innate sense of the importance of his destiny .

He expects everything to come to him as his due

  • and usually gets what he sets out to obtain ."


1928 Model-A Ford * Model-A's were produced during 1927-1931

Vimshottari Dasha Timeline

Biographical Details matched with Vimshottari Dasha

Mangala Mahadasha * age birth until 6.3

30-July-1863 fleshbirth * Mangala-Rahu period * Kuja rules Rahu-8 sudden changes, discovery of hidden power

Rahu Mahadasha * age 6.3 until 24.3

20-March-1876 fleshdeath of his mother during childbirth (Ford's age 13). Rahu-Shani period * Shani rules matrimaraka 2nd-from-Chandra

1881 leaves home (age 17) to apprentice in machine shop. Rahu-Ketu period * Ketu wandering, leaving home

Guru Mahadasha * age 24.3 until age 40.3

11-Apr-1888 marriage to Clara Bryant (his age 25). * Guru-Guru swabhukti. R-K gochara Karkata-Makara = contact Chandra-Makara.

1891 Henry and Clara leave the farm. Henry starts working for "Edison Illuminating Company" owned by General Electric 1847-1931 Thomas Edison to learn more about the new-fangled concept of electricity. * Guru-Shani period * Shani rules 11-earnings

06-Nov-1893 birth of only legitimated child Edsel Ford. Guru-Budha period * Budha rules 9th-from-Chandra

1895 Ford founded two companies to build his carriages, but both failed within a year * Guru-Ketu bhukti

June-1896 completed his first operational "horseless carriage" called the Quadricycle. * Guru-Zukra period * Zukra rules 4th-from-4th = transportation, vehicles

Shani Mahadasha * age 40.3 until age 59.3

16-Jun-1903 investors funded a factory using Ford's system. Founding of Ford Motor Company * Shani-Shani swabhukti. Shani rules 10-decision-making, 11-systems, earnings, fundraising

08-Mar-1905 fleshdeath of father * Shani-Shani swabhukt * Shani pitrimaraka rules 7th-from-Surya

1908 Model-T aimed for low cost and maintainability * Shani-Budha period * Budha rules 3-6 factory and labor

1913 Ford designs the motorized assembly-line mass production factory employing thousands of low-skill factory workers (6) f* Shani-Zukra period * nichha-Zukra-6 unskilled labor, exploitation

Budha Mahadasha * age 59.3 until age 76.3

09-April-1923 birth of Ford's imputed second son John Dahlinger (Henry Ford's age 60) * Budha-Budha swabhukti * Budha rules 9th-from-Chandra

1938 (Henry Ford's age 73) debilitating heart attack. * Budha-Shani chidra-dasha * Shani rules 2nd-from-Chandra emotional death

Ketu Mahadasha * age 76.3 until age 83.3

26-May-1943 death of Ford's only acknowledged son Edsel Ford. * Ketu-Rahu period

Zukra Mahadasha * age 83.3 until decease

07-April-1947 fleshdeath (cerebral hemorrhage) * Zukra-Zukra swabhukti. Zukra rules maraka-2

Distinctive Features of the Nativity


Mrs. Clara Jane Bryant Ford, 1866-1950

Surya * pitrikaraka

Surya in bhava-4

Surya-yuti-Budha * Budha-Karkata yuti Surya-Karkata

Henry suffered a strained relationship with his farmer father Surya-4-Karkata. His father was a sensible landowner farmer who wanted Henry to assume operations on fertile farmland near Detroit Michigan. But Henry wanted to tinker with new-fangled engines.

Henry Ford was notoriously unimpressed with public standards for personal integrity; protected by financial wealth and high status, he did what he wanted to do. Krittika indicates help from providential sources in Pleiades nakshatra.

dhanakaraka Zukra + Shani + Guru = occupy 9th from Chandra = beliefs and ideology (9th) of the mother's father provide guidance.

Chandra * matrikaraka

Makara Chandra * Chandra in bhava-10 *

Chandra in Dhaniztha = "Social Climber"

Henry Ford's familiar-face Chandra--10 casts drishti into bandusthana-4 vehicles, roadways, the lay of the land, the farmlands, the folks.

Ford insisted that he understood the workers better than they understood themselves. Ford insisted that he cared for the workers so much that he needed to regulate them (Chandra-Makara) for their own good.

Karmasthana is naturally = 6th-from-5th and matters of 10 nearly always generate disagreement with eldest child (Mangala-5) about social regulation, status, position, and legislative authority. Edsel died of stomach cancer at age 49 after decades of increasing friction with his father Henry regarding how the Ford Motor Co. should be operated. His death during Henry Ford's Ketu-Rahu period created a debilitating depression for the elder Ford.

Marriage for Chandra-10

at onset of Guru mahadasha Establishes the most socially important relationship of his life - despite its obvious difficulties noting nichha-Zukra at zero degrees and Zukra ruler of 7 in 6.

Guru-6 rules 2nd-from-Chandra second marriage and Guru-6 also rules bhava-9 second family (8th-from-2nd)

5th-from-Chandra = family lineage capital-2, showing that Edsel was largely defined by his family's wealth. In adulthood, Edsel became a large-scale philanthropist . Henry delegated much charitable giving to Edsel, who on his father's behalf was a major donor to artistic endeavors.

Ketu in 5th from Chandra ruled by designing, financial Zukra

Zukra-ruled Ketu-2 within the Chandra-Ketu-Zukra trine = arts. Edsel was artistically, architecturally inclined toward automobile design. Edsel designed the Model-T Ford and other popular, innovative, unusual styles.

Kuja * bhratrukaraka

Mangala-Singha * Mangala in bhava-5

Kuja receives no drishti

lagnesha energetic Kuja Henry Ford never retired; he worked a full day every day

admired for his inventions (Kuja-Simha-5 genius)

Mangala rules Chandra in Dhaniztha-10

Simha Mangala = shad-ashtaka 6-8 angle from Chandra-Makara = emotional conflict via regal entitlement = aggression; tantrums

Empowered Mangala-5 made him aggressive in battle. Ford expressed a lifelong dislike of politics - and often put his foot into his political mouth

Ford's imperial energy was a bitter pill for his children, especially Edsel his eldest.

Budha * bandhava-karaka

Budha in bhava-4

Surya-yuti-Budha * Budha-Karkata yuti Surya-Karkata

Karakamsha = bhava-6 exploitation, greed, conflict, betrayal Kanya workers, servitude, imbalance * containing Shani + Guru + Zukra

rogesha Budha Ford Motor Co. 1863-1947 Henry Ford famously planted spies in the restrooms of his factories so that he could hear (Budha) what the workers were saying.

rogesha-6 Budha-4 adversarial arguments harmed his patriotism in the public view. During the WorldWar-2 era, Ford expressed admiration for Nazi factory efficiency, which severely damaged his public reputation and caused many Americans to scorn him as war enemy (6).

Guru * dhavakaraka

Guru in bhava-6 ** Guru-Kanya yuti Shani-Kanya

nichha-Zukra-yuti-Guru and Guru-yuti-Shani

Brihaspati ruler-of-12 occupies Ari Bhava = Viparita Raja yoga Vimala Yoga

During his Guru Mahadasha, where Guru-Kanya rules 9-12 and Guru dominates both Shani ruler of 10-11 and Zukra ruler of 2-7, Ford was able to attract capitalized investor funding due to Guru ruler of 5th-from-5th (5 = speculative investment, gambling). However even with a promising vision and a record of imaginative (Guru-12) successes, he suffered numerous failures as an independent engineer. Ford's visions-gone-nowhere disappointed a series of investors hoping for a better product. Guru provides a Vimala Yoga (ruler of 12 occupies 6) ensuring that no harm would come from his dreams and spiritual guidance would eventually lead to success, but Ford's ability to get funding for his designs was dwindling dangerously toward the end of Guru-Rahu chidradasha.

Luckily when the Shani mahadasha began, he was older than 36 (Shani had matured) and he finally stopped fantasizing (12). Rather quickly compared to the slow stop-and-start conceptualizing of the Guru Mahadasha, under auspice of Shanicarya engineer Ford arrived at the structured system (Shani) for the Model-T assembly line. Shani rules 10-11 assuring executive authority and economic gainfulness during Shani's mahadasha despite the drawbacks related to Shani-6 including labor conflict.

Zukra * kalatrakaraka

nichha-Zukra-6 + Guru-yuti-Shani Ford was also despised as a jealous, manipulative strike-breaker.

Zukra-6 * addictions * imbalance-seeking-a-remedy, toxic harmony.

nichha -Zukra-yuti-Shani and Zukra-yuti-Guru * Shani-Kanya yuti Zukra-Kanya *

Although nichha-Zukra-6 is often associated with drug and alcohol addiction, prostitution, and broken contracts, the drug-addiction implication in this nativity is suppressed by disciplinarian Shani. Nevertheless betrayal of contracts and vows is a predictable element within the bhava-6 cluster representing the rulers of 2, 7, 9, 10, 11 and 12 from lagna.

When counted from the Chandra-lagna these same rulers belong to 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, and 12. Zukra retains His powers as the double-ruler of 2, 10, and 12 signifying acquisition of wealth, social dignity, and maintenance of private bedroom alliances which are not harmful to the reputation due to the overarching effect of Zukra as the double-ruler of the respectable 10th-from.

During the WorldWar-2 era, Ford Motor Co. 1863-1947 Henry Ford was branded as viciously anti-Semitic because of negative remarks he made about the banking elites. L-2 nichha-Zukra occasionally caused Ford to express contempt toward the victim class. He disliked bankers (2) and his early career nearly failed because of his adversarial attitude toward financiers. Whilst there was some overlap between Jews as a social class and bankers as a social class, Ford felt unfairly criticized because his repeating complaint was lodged against bankers as a profession and not against a genetic or cultural people.

nichha-Zukra 0 degrees "dead state" * produces a degree of disloyalty to vows and a persistent pattern of attraction to women in service roles. Three wives. Ford was famously rumored to have fathered a child with his long-time personal secretary (Kanya, servants) Evangeline Dahlinger, as elaborated in the book "The Secret Life of Henry Ford" . \Zukra + Shani = "values efficiency, aesthetic (Zukra) of scarcity (Shani)

  • Joy (Zukra) of "cutting costs "(Shani) making automobiles reliable but cheap to be accessible to the masses
  • expressed a belief that free luxuries and tee-totaling were the keys to good character (did not live by this rule himself, but rather he preached it = nichha-Zukra in 9th-from-Chandra preaching)

Shani * duro-karaka

Shani-6 ** nichha -Zukra-yuti-Shani and Guru-yuti-Shani

Guru-Kanya yuti Shani-Kanya yuti Zukra-Kanya *

At his wit's end by Guru-Rahu suffering a series of catastrophic (Rahu-8) failures and catastrophes even after attracting significant investment, Ford realizes the right combination of funding and factory procedures at the beginning of Shani mahadasha. In the early years of Shani Mahadasha, Ford designed models A,B, C and F which were placed into immediate production, adequately funded, and immediately profitable. Shani rules 10 executive decisions 11 earnings and fundraising.

The most successful model was the Model-T produced in Shani-Budha period. Finally Model-T was designed for low cost (Shani), fuel efficiency (Shani), and reliability (Shani) whilst able to withstand the roughness (Shani endurance) of traveling over the terrible roads of the day. Model-T was the model-for-the-masses that would change transportation history.

Ford designed the motorized assembly-line mass production method. Cost to purchase a car drops from luxury price of $850 to middle-class affordable $300. 15 million cars were built by thousands of low-skill factory workers (Shani-6) from 1913 until 1927. (Shani-Zukra period until Budha-Zukra period;; Zukra rules 7 = 4th-from-4th vehicles, roadways)

chronic conflict with labor-unions = Shani-6 employees. Ford asserted that that the worker's unions were operated by criminals (6) and that the workers by unionizing were exacerbating conflict (unions 11 ruled by Shani-6). Ford was also an early supporter of the Nazi cause in Europe which increased his reputation for betrayal and disloyalty (Shani ruler of 10 reputation in 6 betrayal).

Ford was said to have fathered a child with his secretary, with whom he enjoyed a decades-long relationship. However Ford never married the mother of his second child. 2nd-from-Chandra ruled by Shani-6 servants, but with both Zukra and Guru joining Shani there is basis for the reports.

Rahu * rajyalobha-karaka

Ketu * kavandha-karaka

Rahu in bhava-8 * Rahu-Vrizchika = energized by drishti of Rahu's ruler Simha-Mangala-5 but constrained by drishti of Kanya-Shani-6

Rahu-Vrizchika in radical lagna accepts drishti of Rahu's ruler Mangala-5. Ford was a proactive believer in reincarnation, higher principles, esoteric theories of race. Ford's secretive investigations considered invasive and dominating by many. However the Shani-Kanya drishti into bhava-6 prevented Ford's invasive behaviors from lawsuits resulting in criminal conviction. The courts, believing that Ford's factories supported thousands of families, refused to hear criminal accusations against Ford.

Fabulous wealth after MANY complete failures, bankrupting himself and several investors until a radical turnaround caused by new investors

Ketu in Bhava-2 * Ketu-Vrizabha

Ketu-2 ruled by Zukra-nichha-6 explains why Ford had three life-partners but he never formally remarried. Although his first and only legal, publicly avowed married was unsatisfying (see nichha-Zukra-6 at zero degrees) nevertheless Ketu-2 often signifies a nebulizing, pulverizing of the social-material circumstances of the second marriage and in effect Ketu-2 dissolves the second avowal. Vimala Yoga (Brihaspati ruler of 12 occupies 6) ensured that his reputation was not significantly harmed by indiscretions, including those which persisted for decades.

Ford with his good friend Edison

~~ Interview with Henry Ford in The San Francisco Examiner. August 26, 1928

dharma bhava Doctrine contains Rahu; accepts drishti of pragmatic Shani + inventive Kuja

"I adopted the theory of Reincarnation when I was twenty six.

Religion offered nothing to the point. Even work could not give me complete satisfaction.

  • Work is futile if we cannot utilise the experience we collect in one life in the next.

  • When I discovered Reincarnation it was as if I had found a universal plan.

  • I realised that there was a chance to work out my ideas.

  • Time was no longer limited. I was no longer a slave to the hands of the clock.

Genius is experience. Some seem to think that it is a gift or talent, but it is the fruit of long experience in many lives.

  • Some are older souls than others, and so they know more.

  • The discovery of Reincarnation put my mind at ease.

IIf you preserve a record of this conversation, write it so that it puts men' s minds at ease. I would like to communicate to others the calmness that the long view of life gives to us ."


Ford Model-N with oil lamps * produced 1906-1908.

~~ 300 Combinations 1912-1998 Jyotishi B. V. Raman

commentary on Madhya Vayasi Dhana Yoga

"A perusal of astrological literature bearing up ''Wealth'

reveals clearly that in order to become rich,

  • one should have in his horoscope

  • combinations which comprehend a point of contact

  • between lords of Lagna, 2nd, 11th, 5th and 9th.

Permutations and combinations of these lords

give rise to a stupendous number of Dhana Yogas "


Restored 1919 Ford Model-T "pick-up"


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