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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

  • FreeMason * 33rd degree granted in 1940

born three months after

born eight months after

former Chief Engineer in the Edison laboratories and close lifelong friend of



Henry Ford

Ford Motor Company

fleshbirth Thursday-30-July-1863

fleshdeath 07-Apr-1947

Ford's Vimshottari Dasha Timeline


Ford Motor Co. automobile magnate * 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

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Dhaniztha * Vasu

  • QUOTATION from: Shil-Ponde.(1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra. p 87

BPL commentary: For Dhaniztha natives, the condition of pioneering bhratru-karaka Mangala considerably affects the outcome.

Brother-figures, warriors, hunters, athletes, champions, inventors, engineers, drivers, drillers, exploders, pursuers, and competitors may be especially influential.

Guided by instructors from Delphinus.

"Two entirely different types are born with Dhaniztha rising.

It depends on the part of this asterism, which lies on the Rising Point, as to which type predominates.

  • The key notes of both are optimism and ambition .

They both have thick necks and heavy thighs.

  • But there the similarity stops." (see later Pada descriptions).


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

Vimshottari Dasha Timeline

Biographical events matched to the Vimshottari Dasha timeline

Chandra Mahadasha * age birth until 5.8

30-July-1863 fleshbirth * Chandra-Guru period * Guru rules 4th and 4th-from-4th vehicles

Mangala Mahadasha * age 5.8 until 12.8

20-March-1876 fleshdeath of his mother during childbirth (Ford's age 13). Mangala-Chandra period * Chandra rules matrimaraka 7th-from-Chandra

Rahu Mahadasha * age 12.8 until 30.8

1881 leaves home (age 17) to apprentice in machine shop. Rahu-Shani period * Shani rules 2nd-from-4th next step after home

11-Apr-1888 marriage to Clara Bryant (his age 25). * Rahu-Zukra period * 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. * Rahu-Chandra period * Chandra rules 11 = 8th-from-4th new residence * Chandra rules 11-earnings

06-Nov-1893 birth of only legitimated child Edsel Ford.

Guru Mahadasha * age 30.8 until age 46.8

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

June-1896 completed his first operational "horseless carriage" called the Quadricycle. * Guru-Guru swabhukti

16-Jun-1903 investors funded a factory using Ford's system. Founding of Ford Motor Company * Guru-Zukra period * Zukra rules 9 = 11th-from-11th fortunate economic associations

08-Mar-1905 decease of Father * Guru-Surya period * Surya pitrimaraka rules 2nd-from-Surya

1908 Model-T aimed for low cost and maintainability * Guru-Rahu period * Rahu-3 assembly-line process

Shani Mahadasha * age 46.8 until age 65.8

1913 Ford designs the motorized assembly-line mass production factory employing thousands of low-skill factory workers (6) * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani rogesha rules-6 unskilled labor, exploitation

Budha Mahadasha * age 65.8 until age 82.8

09-Apr-1923 birth of Ford's imputed second son John Dahlinger (Henry Ford's age 60)

1938 (Henry Ford's age 73) debilitating heart attack. * Budha-Rahu period

26-May-1943 fleshdeath (via cancer) of Ford's only acknowledged son Edsel Ford. * Budha-Guru period * Guru produces effects of Shani + Shani rules 2nd-from-5th

Sept-1945 ceded presidency of the Ford Motor Company to his grandson * Budha-Shani chidradasha

Ketu Mahadasha * age 82.8 until decease age 83

07-Apr-1947 fleshdeath (cerebral hemorrhage) Ketu-Zukra period * Zukra rules maraka-2

Distinctive Features of the Nativity


Mrs. Clara Jane Bryant Ford, 1866-1950

Surya * pitrikaraka

Henry suffered a strained relationship with his farmer father Surya-11-Karkata. His father was a sensible landowner farmer (Karkata) who wanted Henry to assume operations on fertile, economically productive (11) 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 treasury and high status. Like most Uttaraphalguni folk, he did what he willed (Surya) to do.

Chandra-5 and Surya-11 exchange mutual drishti suggesting that the parents formed a partnership of opposites, each modeling a different opposing worldview to their young son Henry Ford.

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

dhanakaraka Zukra + Shani + Guru = occupy 9th-from-Chandra = beliefs and ideology (9th) of the mother's father provide guidance. Also, the personality (1) is informed by a paradigm of belief, yet Ketu-9 suggests unorthodox theories of ultimate reality (dharma).

Marriage for Chandra-5

During Rahu-Zukre period Ford established the most socially important relationship of his life. Clara Bryant was an independent, intelligent, articulate socialite (11 = 7th-from-Chandra social networker) Clara was dedicated to her church (Karkata) and social causes (11). Obvious difficulties arise due to nichha-Zukra at zero degrees yuti rogesha Shani. Yet she was the pre-eminent public influence in his life and he never endangered her lifestyle. She supplied the steadfast bulwark of his public reputation for beneficent community development, despite his many misdoings.

Shani rogesha rules 2nd-from-Chandra second marriage. Ford did produce a second family with his employee but it was never legitimized (6).

Zukra-ruled Ketu-9 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. Yet 5th-from-Chandra-5 = Ketu-9, showing that Edsel's talent was somewhat unrecognized by his father. In adulthood. Edsel became a large-scale philanthropist supported by his father due to Zukra-1 . Henry delegated much charitable giving to Edsel, who on his father's behalf was a major donor to artistic endeavors (Zukra).

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Energetic inventive Kuja is most active in the world of the imagination. Kuja drishti into Rahu-3, into bhava-6 labor, and into bhava-7 contracts (kuja dosha for marriage)

Simha Mangala = shad-ashtaka 6-8 angle from Chandra-Makara = emotional conflict via regal entitlement = aggression; tantrums . Ford's imperial energy was a bitter pill for his children, especially Edsel his eldest.

Empowered Mangala-12 drishti to 6-conflict made him aggressive in battle. Ford expressed a lifelong dislike of politics (Simha). He often put his foot into his political mouth due to lack of forethought regarding consequences. Full-steam-ahead Kuja. However overall Ford was able to escape destructive (8) consequences due to the protection of Sarala Yoga .

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

Budha-11 rules the Karakamsha = bhava-1 a very well-known personality, most famed for his economic successes (11) yet widely disliked for bigotry, admired for persistence * containing Shani + Guru + nichha-Zukra

Ford Motor Co. 1863-1947 Henry Ford was an ambitious, restless young man with lagnesha Budha-11 seeking economic engagement. His father was a sensible farmer (Surya-Karkata + Budha) and patriarch who wanted Henry to assume operations on the family's fertile farmland near Detroit Michigan. But Henry wanted something more exciting during his Rahu-3-Vrischika mahadasha age 13-30. He wanted to tinker with new-fangled engines and things that exploded (Mangala-12-Simha drishti to Rahu-3 Vrischika explosions).

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

Guru rules bandusthana-4 vehicles, roadways, the lay of the land, the farmlands, the folks.

During his Guru Mahadasha, where Guru-Kanya rules 4-7 and Guru dominates both Shani ruler of 5-6 and Zukra ruler of 2-9

Ford's visions-gone-nowhere disappointed a series of investors hoping for a better product. Even with a promising vision and a record of imaginative (Mangala-12) successes, he suffered numerous failures as an independent engineer.

Surya ruling 12 imagination occupies 11 ensuring that eventually profit would come from his dreams and spiritual guidance would eventually lead to economic success, but Ford's ability to get funding for his designs was dwindling dangerously toward the end of Guru-Ketu period. Luckily Ford was able to attract capitalized investor funding during Guru-Zukra period due dhanesha Zukra rules 2-9.

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

Public Power of Zukra

The rulers of 6 bhava occupy kalpasthana-1: Shani rules 3-6, Guru rules 4-7, and Zukra rules 2-9. Thus rulers of 2-3-4-6-7-9 occupy the radical lagna. In addition, Zukra rules 10th-from-Chandra as well as 10th navamsha. Ford believed that he himself alone should make all final decisions for his companies. Even his top executives said they felt like high-paid puppets.

Betrayal of contracts and vows is often an element in the script of nichha-Zukra.

dhanesha Zukra rules 5th-from-Chandra and 2nd-from-Chandra * treasury * signifying acquisition of contained wealth, and benefits from financial speculation.

During the WorldWar-2 era, Ford was branded as viciously anti-Semitic because of negative remarks he made about the banking elites. Dhanesha nichha-Zukra-1 (rules 2-banking) along with rogesha-6 Shani-1 did occasionally cause Ford to express contempt toward the financier class. He disliked bankers (2) and his early career nearly failed because of his adversarial attitude toward financiers. While 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)

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 * jara-karaka

Henry Ford never retired; he worked a full day every day when the Shani mahadasha began, he was older than 36 (Shani had matured)

Under auspice of Shanicarya engineer Ford arrived at the structured system (Shani) for the Model-T assembly line. Shani rules 5-6 adding drawbacks related to labor conflict. Ford became despised as a jealous, manipulative strike-breaker (6).

Disciplined determination in cutting costs (Shani austerities) making automobiles reliable but cheap to be accessible to the masses.

Rogesha-Shani-1 paired with a nichha-Zukra-1. Associated with unfairness and exploitation, despite his economic accomplishment. . Although respected for his commercial and manufacturing achievements in the world of transportation engineering, Ford's legacy was not a happy one. His anti-Semitic narrative before and during WW-2 associated him with hatred and injustice. His attacks upon labor unionization associated him with unfair workplace rules. His later-life mental illness including paranoia and accusations toward company leaders soured his reputation in the public memory.

Shani-1 rules 6-workers. 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 for their own good. Rogesha Shani rules Chandra-Shravana ruler of-profits-11. Ford famously planted spies in the restrooms of his factories so that he could hear (Shravana) what the workers were saying.

During the Shani Mahadasha, Ford designed models A,B, C and F which were placed into immediate production, adequately funded, and immediately profitable. Shani rules Chandra (locality, roads) and 2nd-from-Chandra = next steps for the remarkable new thing called the automobile.

The most successful model was the Model-T produced in Shani-Guru period starting 1927. Guru rules 4 and 4th-from-4th transportation. 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 (Shani 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) from 1913 until 1927.

chronic conflict with labor-unions = Shani rogesha-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 (6).

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.

Karmasthana is naturally = 6th-from-5th and matters of 10 nearly always generate disagreement with eldest child (5) about social regulation, status, position, and decision-making 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 Budha-Guru period created a debilitating depression for the elder Ford; Guru rules 12th-from-5th dissolution of the child and Guru also provides effect of Shani rules 2nd-from-5th.

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

rogesha-6 Shani casts drishti upon Rahu-3 announcements, newspapers, editorials. During the WorldWar-2 era, Ford expressed admiration for Nazi factory efficiency, along with a pervasive anti-Semitism, which severely damaged his public reputation and caused many Americans to scorn him as war enemy (6).

Ford's secretive (Vrischika) investigations considered invasive and dominating by many. However the Shani-Kanya drishti into bhava-3 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.

Rahu broke taboos in Bhava-3 management, commercial business, team process

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

Ford was a believer (9) in reincarnation, higher principles, and esoteric theories of race (genetic lineage - Vrishabha breeds).

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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