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Aretha Franklin, Feb-1968 (age 25)

singer, songwriter, musician, dramatist

cultural icon

Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin

Earthbody-Entry Wednesday-25-Mar-1942

Earthbody-Exit 16-Aug-2018 (age 76)


master singer of American genres soul, R&B, rock-n-roll, and Italian opera * 1942-2018 * Aretha Louise Franklin

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama Jyotisha

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

Rising Nakshatra

Feminine Nativities

Uttaraphalguni * Aryaman

BPL commentary:

For Uttaraphalguni natives, the condition of radiant, intelligent, central, confident, self-reflexive, pitrikaraka Surya considerably affects the outcome.

Father-figures, politicians, celebrity, royalty, entitled roles, brilliant dramatists, radiant deities, sparkling genius, glittering creativity, intelligentsia, speculators, poets, romantic lovers, gamblers, and game-players may be especially influential.

Guided by instructors from the civilizations of Denebola.

BPL commentary:

Uttara-phalguni ladies are famously confident and willful. Strong, principled political sensibilities pair with entitled roles. While much depends upon the characteristics of Surya, the feminine Falgun favors dramatic displays of royalty, celebrity, and power.

The first pada in Simha is noted for its brilliant centrality and stage presence, focused into the physical embodiment. Pada 2-3-4 in Kanya = equally smart and flamboyant, but more focused upon expressing the genius of the imagination. Often a splendid dramatist and performing musician. Kanya pada 2-3-4 radiate love for animals, and may undertake political activism on their behalf.

Themes of political power, radiant confidence, and bright celebrity drama may contextualize Utthram's's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Uttaraphalguni

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 95

"A joyous healthy disposition yet quietly so.

  • She has a very soft pleasing voice,

  • bubbling over with fun and humor.

She is born to a family with social background

and loves to mingle with her friends in various social activities

  • yet she is not frivolous,

  • but beneath her joyous manner, rather serious minded.

She has fixed principles from which she will not deviate.

She prefers to choose her friends

  • from among the people who are artistically inclined and cultured.

She is efficient and adept at managing her home and her domestic life."

Biographical details matched to Vimshottari Dasha periods

Guru Mahadasha * age birth until 13.1

birth 25-Mar-1942 * Guru-Shani period

07-Mar-1952 decease of mother * Guru-Mangala period * Kuja rules 1121th-from-4th

28-Jan-1955 first child (Aretha's age 12) * Guru-Rahu period

Shani Mahadasha * age 13.1 until 32.1

1960 began independent musical recording and performance career * Shani-Budha period * Budha karmesha

1966 changed recording companies (to Atlantic Records) beginning a period of robust commercial success * Shani-Chandra period * Chandra-10-Mithunaya commerce rules 11-income, gains

Budha Mahadasha * age 32.1 until age 49.1

27-July-1984 grieved decease of father * Budha-Rahu period

Ketu Mahadasha age 49.1 until 56.1

Zukra Mahadasha age 56.1 until 76.1

1998 worldwide acclaim for her remarkable Grammy Ceremony performance of the operatic aria Nessun Dorma while servingas a last-minute replacement for her sick friend Ave Maria 1935-2007 tenor Luciano Pavarotti * Zukra-Zukra swabhukti * atmakaraka Zukra rules 10th-navamsha

2011 beginning of health decline via pancreatic cancer * Zukra-Shani period * Shani rogesha health

16-Aug-2018 (age 76) Lightbody Lift-off (via pancreatic cancer) * Zukra-Ketu period * chidradasha

Salient features of the Nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

  • Surya in bhava-7 * center of agreements, brightly negotiating, focus on trade, intelligence for equity, eye on contractual relationships
  • Surya-Meena * Bhaskara * the illuminator

Surya--Uttarabhadra (enduring fortune) occupies the career defining 10th-from-Chandra


Franklin's father was a famed preacher in the tradition of African-American Christian worship. Known as the "man with the million dollar voice", he was invited to deliver emotionally rousing sermons in Black churches throughout the Eastern USA. His celebrity reputation was so compelling that he formed peer relationships with notable singers, performers, and ministers of the day. Dad's most prominent friend was USA Civil Rights 1929-1968 Rev. Martin Luther King. Aretha Franklin toured with Dr. King's social justice operations, and she sang at King's funeral.

Surya-7 often indicates that the primary relationship in life is with the Father. Confirmed by bhava-9 containing Guru, Shani, Mangala + yuvatipathi Guru occupies 9 = a dramatic case of karako bhavo nashto

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • Chandra in classroom-10 * comfort in order, familiar with protocol, rank, soothed by systems, law, recognition, respect
  • Chandra-Mithunaya * comforted by rhythmic signal messaging
  • Chandra in Punarvasu * comforted by restoration of abundance * protectors of sensitive wise instruction, expansive details, generous planning, philosophical explanations


Mom was a well-known musician and vocalist.

MARRIAGE emotional support partnership

Kuja * bhratru-karaka

Kuja rules the emotionally adversarial 6th-from-Chandra

Kuja rules the emotionally motivated community-linking, economically fruitful, profit-regulated, friendly, participatory, goal-oriented, socially-networked 11th-from-Chandra

  • Mangala-Vrizabha * vigorous pursuit of lineage collections, herds, treasuries, banks; push toward accumulations
  • Mangala in bhava-9 * karako bhavo nashto * drive toward doctrine, champion of a belief, pursuit of patronage, energized philosophical conquests, dominating father-figures
  • Kuja-yuti-Guru * energized growth, dynamic generosity, masculine force joins optimistic expansion, potential for aggressive preaching, indoctrinating actions
  • Kuja-yuti-Shani * energized rules, dynamic structuring, masculine force joins disciplined regulation, potential for aggressive or punitive reactions to change

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka


Budha rules Karakamsha-1

  • Budha-Kumbha * connecting communications, articulation of systematic social-scientific networks

  • Budha in bhava-6 * narrative of conflict, medical remedies, litigation, argument, accusation, treason, broken promise, pollution, ministries of service

  • Budha-yuti-Ketu * articulation of surrender and abandonment, message of the observing Witness, talkative spirits

Lagnesha Budha also rules Chandra-Mithunaya-10. Budha-yuti-Ketu in rogabhava-6 suggests mental and physical health issues of a constitutional nature. On the one hand, Ketu is distinctly oblivious to the accusations, jealousies, and phobias of Budha-yuti-Ketu-6. On the other hand, Budha controls the social identity, placing the person into conflicted, polluted, and unfair situations throughout life. Ms. Franklin enjoyed a legendary career in American music, for which she is admired around the world.

However, in addition to her spectacular success as a musical performer, Aretha Franklin also suffered from addictions to cigarette smoking and alcohol, obesity, from high blood pressure, from a phobia of airplane flying, and from notorious toxic feuding with other musical performers in her genre. When asked about her overwhelming obesity, about the four fathers of her four sons, about her own father's notoriously immoral behavior, or about any other topic which might elicit criticism, her universal response was denial (Ketu).

The year before her death from pancreatic cancer, she claimed to have had a lifesaving medical operation which would add 15-or-20 years to her life. Karmesha in 6 = 9th-from-10th = does not harm career. However it does indicate chronic mental and physical imbalances, and these were well documented in the life of the legendary Queen of Soul.

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka \

Guru rules the marriage-partner 7th-from-Chandra

  • Guru-Vrizabha * much treasury, many voices, many collections, historic beliefs, doctrine of values containment
  • Guru in bhava-9 * karako bhavo nashto * swabhava * many doctrines, multiple beliefs, much preaching, broad understanding of teachings, multiple father-figures, many guru-professor, much patronage
  • Guru-yuti-Mangala bhratri-karaka * multiple brother-figures, expansive conquests
  • Guru-yuti-Shani atta-karaka * multiple elder-figures, abundant structure, many rules

Guru rules the reputation-defining 10th-from-Chandra

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka


Zukra rules the 10th navamsha

  • Zukra-Makara-Draco * appreciation of social status, pleasures of structure, hierarchical arrangements
  • Zukra-5 * pleasure of dramatic gaming, enjoys center-stage equity, literary and fine arts, appreciation of creativity
  • Zukra-5 maha-parivartamsha Shani-9

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

  • Shani-Vrizabha * old values, old assets, pressured storage, old treasuries, pressured neck-jaw, imposed collections, must preserve with scarce resources
  • Shani in Bhava-9 * must preach the old doctrine, old paradigms of belief; cautious, conventional father-figures; chronic rigidity of worldview
  • Shani-yuti-Mangala * resistance against vital birth, physical discipline, constrained movement
  • Shani-yuti-Guru * resistance against expansion, doctrinal discipline, constrained growth
  • Zukra-5 maha-parivartamsha Shani-9

Shani-11 casts disciplining drishti into 11, 3, 6

Zukra-5 maha-parivartamsha Shani-9

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

  • Rahu-Singha * nichha * mask of radiant, unique, dramatic celebrity; fascinated by entitlement, gambling and games, speculation
  • Rahu in bhava-12 * privilege via glamorous or unusual retreat, withdrawal, sanctuary; seeks a special, important, invisible role in private guidance, imagination, isolation, enclosures, research, Other-Worlds. Opportunistic, ambitious ancestor guides. Thrives in culturally-mixed monasteries, retreats, hospitals, prisons, rehab centers, and other secluded spaces.

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu in classroom-6 * beneficial placement * absentee enemies, disregards argumentation boundaries, medical advice, dissolves the conflicts, irrelevance of accusations
  • Ketu-Kumbha * incomplete economy, empty profits, dissolute systems
  • Budha-yuti-Ketu * surrendered articulation, empty talk, apathetic evangelism

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