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preceded by:

succeeded by:

married to:

  • (1) Martha Jefferson

  • (2) Sally Hemmings

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Members of the Founding Fathers Group


"When governments fear people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."


Thomas Jefferson painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1805


1801-1809 * POTUS-03

1797-1801 VPOTUS under POTUS-01 American Revolution 1732-1799 George Washington

1790-1793 * USA Secretary of State

1785-1789 * USA Minister to France

1779-1781 * Governor of Virginia

slave-plantation owner

Founding Father

Thomas Jefferson

Earthbody-Entry Wednesday-13-Apr-1743

Earthbody-Exit 04-July-1826 (age 83)


USA Sec'y State, founder of University of Virginia * POTUS-03 = 1801 until 1809 * Thomas Jefferson 1743-1826

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Pushya * Sidhya

BPL commentary:

For Pushya nativities, the influence of rigid, chronological, lawful, enduring strictly structural sober serious systematic Shani can considerably affect the outcome.

Elder persons, old rules, rigid structures, age and time, resistance to change, status hierarchies, social class barriers, large organizations, public opinion, bureaucracies, regulatory requirements, legal systems, and corporate or institutional officials may be especially influential.

Guided by instructors from the civilizations of Asellus

Shani-ruled Pushyami gentlemen are often found at the director level of government, corporate, and institutional organizations. Deeply patriotic and defensive by nature, they have a gift for combining local customs with larger social policy frameworks, most notably law. Pushya masculine figures are influential in the world and respected for their culturally sensitive judgment. Pushyami are particularly dedicated to environmental protection, land ownership, and property rights.

Themes of parental duty, civic responsibility, patriotism, dignity of the family, and foundational legal protections may contextualize Pushya's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Pushyami.

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra. p 82.

"An earnest, thoughtful character,

intelligent and quite religious in his outlook.

  • Quite often a regular attendant at church services

  • and a supporter of church and religious activities.

Withal, he is possessed of the qualities which make for success in the material world,

and has the ability to rise in position

  • and to command the respect of his associates.

He will fill a position of executive requirements

  • and be admired and respected by his immediate family."

Biographical events matched to the Vimshottari Dasha timeline


Thomas Jefferson, age 48 in the year 1791

Chandra Mahadasha

13-Apr-1743 Earth-birth * Chandra-Rahu period

Mangala Mahadasha

Aug-1757 grieved decease of father * Mangala-Ketu period

Rahu Mahadasha

1761 received substantial inheritance (age 21) * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti

01-Jan-1772 married the widow Martha Skelton * Rahu-Zukra period * Zukra kalatra-karaka, Zukra ruler of navamsha-7

27-Sept 1772 child-1 Martha * Rahu-Zukra period * Zukra vidyapathi-5 from Chandra

1774 second very large inheritance from estate of wife's father; retired from legal practice * Rahu-Chandra period * Chandra lagnesha * Chandra in 2nd-from-9th-from-Zukra - wife's father's money

1775-76 Principal author of USA Declaration of Independence * Rahu-Mangala period * Mangala yogakaraka karmesha-10 governance and vidyapathi-5 politics-literature

31-Mar-1776 grieved the decease of mother * Rahu-Mangala period * chidra-dasha * Mangala rules 2nd-from-matribhava-4

Guru Mahadasha

1779 elected Virginia Governor * 1779-1781 * Governor of Virginia * Guru-Shani period * Shani rules-7 career, lawmaking

06-Sep-1782 death of wife-1 Martha Skelton * Guru-Budha period

1789 begins common-law marriage with young Sally Hemmings * Guru-Chandra period * Chandra rules swamsha

1789 begins service as USA Secretary of State * 1789-1793 USA Secy State-01

Shani mahadasha

1797 elected VPOTUS (1797-1801) under POTUS-01 American Revolution 1732-1799 George Washington * Shani-Budha period * Budha bhratrupathi-3 administration, correspondence, management

17-Feb-1801 elected POTUS-03 (1801-1809) * Shani-Zukra period * Zukra vidyapathi-5 from Chandra political elections & Zukra Vriddhipathi-11 in 10

Budha Mahadasha

1819 founded University of Virginia (age 76) * Budha-Chandra * Chandra lagnesha karaka for schooling, foundings

Ketu Mahadasha

Zukra Mahadasha

04-July-1826 Earthbody-Exit (age 83) * Zukra-Shani period * Shani rules-7

Distinctive Features of the Nativity


Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

Uttama-Surya-Azvini, Zukra-Krittika, and Rahu-Krittika all occupy Mangala's rashi in governance-kendra-10.

Surya in bhava-10 * dig-bala + uttama-Suryain Mesha * exposing one's life to the public eye; in Azvini, an inventor of new ideas

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka


  • Chandra-Makara-Draco * comforted by rhythmic hierarchical ordering
  • Chandra in Shravana * comforted by careful listening * protectors of undulating shamanic sound, customary lawfulness, structured parenting, reputable dwelling
  • Chandra in classroom-7 * comfort in agreement, bargaining, deal-making, contracts

Lagnesha familiar Chandra resides in 10th navamsha = Jefferson's lasting fame.

In radix, lagnesha Chandra-Sravana the listener in bhava-7 suggests expert diplomacy (7) due to emotional (Chandra) attunement to the balance of interests.

Chandra gains extraordinary strength.

  • Lagnesha Chandra in Shravana * a nakshatra ruled by Chandra * comforted by careful listening * protectors of undulating shamanic sound, customary lawfulness, structured parenting, reputable dwelling
  • Chandra casts drishti to swakshetra Karkata lagna .
  • Chandra-7 receives drishti of the Yogakaraka nichha-bhanga Mangala-1
Marriage for Chandra-7

First life partner Martha Skelton was a highly visible person, represented by Thomas' bhava-1. Generally, Chandra-7 forecasts a devoted marriage partner who is strong identified with the union and with the native. Martha was a home-loving, decorating entertainer who supported Jefferson's career and managed their planation home (Chandra) with many slaves in the house and fields.

The second life partner, consistent with 2nd-from Chandra-7, was significantly different from the first. After Martha died, Thomas began an enduring but secret relationship with Martha's half-sister Sally which produced six children. Life partner-2 Sally Hemmings was almost completely camouflaged behind a veil of social restrictions (Shani) due to her African slave mother. Bhava-8 accepts drishti of oppressive Shani, expansive Guru, and physicalized, controlling nichha-Kuja. They could not marry legally, and Sally served no public roles.

As POTUS-05 from 1801 until 1809, Jefferson had substantial career need for gracious social entertainments to reinforce loyalties and repay favors. Yet, Sally was considered a taboo person and her presence at Southern white planter parties would have been outrageous. POTUS-pair-04 hostess 1768-1849 Dolley Madison, the wife of POTUS-04 James Madison, performed numerous required ceremonial entertaining roles for Jefferson 1801-1809.

Zukra-yuti-Rahu in D-1 and D-9

bhava-2 contains both yuvatipathi-7 + randhresha Shani in bhava-2 * Shani-Simha * resistance to royalty, repression of brilliance and hidden qualities to the second life union

rogesha-6 servitude exploitation + dharmesha-9 global humanism = Guru-Simha * expansion of intelligence, inclusive generosity of political will yet servitude and unbalanced contracts

Sally Hemmings was a 'quadroon' household slave and half-sister of Jefferson's first wife.

Recently gaining more credibility via genetic testing of the Hemmings line and historical research, after 250 years of suppression, there is more than anecdotal evidence that enslaved Sally Hemmings was Jefferson's common law wife and mother of six of his children.

Sally was 25 years younger than Jefferson's deceased wife Martha and Sally was the same age as Jefferson's elder daughter. Sally accompanied both Jefferson and his daughter to France during Jefferson's long diplomatic missions there. It is asserted that Sally and Jefferson's sexual relationship began in France and continued stateside, where Hemmings bore Jefferson six children.

It was customary for owners to free their household slaves in their final legal will. Dying indebted, Jefferson did not grant freedom to any of his slaves * except six individuals (his six children). However he never granted manumission to Sally. She died a slave.

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Yogakaraka rules 5 + rules 10

Jefferson's powerful yogakaraka Mangala-1 caused his association with a military and political revolution for the new (Kuja) nation's independence, with metal implements in his surveying profession, and with frequent journeys by sea.

Jefferson would have needed physical, muscular, sexual and combative movements to accomplish all that history attests. The current rectification accounts nicely for this historical view of the man by placing nichha-Kuja in radical Karkata lagna.

Vidyapthi-5+karmesha-10 atmakaraka Kuja gets nichha-bhanga in the lagna, where Mangala in bhava-1 produces characteristics of physical courage (1), political, literary, charismatic, and dramatic energy (5) and dynamic institutional leadership (10).

Yogakaraka rules 5 + rules-10 Mangala-Karkata * Jefferson = a very active man and an agent for change with a philosophical, humanistic orientation. The social identity which marks his life's work is directly adversarial and enormously capable of risk (Rahu in rashi of Kuja) especially involving travel by sea.

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

  • Budha in bhava-9 * narrative of the father-figure, patronage, paradigm of belief, the guru, the professor, the doctrine, theory, 11th-from-11th profits
  • Budha-Meena * nichha * intuitive communications, articulation of meditative, imaginative spiritual guidance

Budha in bhava-9 * occupies the Karakamsha = global philosophy and priesthood of enlightened world culture

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

rules Karakamsha bhava-9 ideology

  • Guru-Kanya * much ministry of service, many servants, many argumentations, much medication, exploitable beliefs, doctrine of humility
  • Guru in bhava-2 * much hoard, many songs-stories, many accumulated goods, numerous historical lineages and languages, many valuations
  • Guru-yuti-Shani atta-karaka * multiple elder-figures, abundant structure, many rules

Guru rules Punarvasu radical lagna

Punarvasu signals his lifelong engagement with higher education. Founder of the University of Virginia.

A notable polymath of his era, Punarvasu native Thomas Jefferson was spectacularly talented political philosopher, architect, writer, and statesman, inter alia.

However * typical of the 6/8 afflicted 4th pada of Punarvasu * some aspects of his human character and behavior, particularly his intimate relationships, are considered exploitive (6) and unusual to the point of overtly breaking social taboo of his day (8).

Among the political, legal, and financial leadership of his era, Mangala-driven young Jefferson was considered a bit of a loose cannon. His enthusiasm and vision were welcomed, but his larger-than-life and sometimes combative personality was often a liability. POTUS-04 USA-Constitution 1751-1836 James Madison noted Jefferson's propensity to tell "large stories" -- especially those which served to promote his polymath personality.

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

  • Zukra-Meza * aesthetic of competitive movement
  • Zukra-10 * regulated, lawful, iconic harmony
  • Zukra-yuti-Surya * gracious brightness, radiant beauty, self-reflexive bargaining, sweetly confident entitlements, enjoys politics, negotiating father-figure, intelligently focused on trades, arrangements, contracts
  • Zukra-yuti-Rahu * gracious opportunism, amplified beauty, sweet desire

bandesha-4 patriotism + Vriddhipathi-11 economic networks in leadership roles = Zukra-10 * Zukra-Meza -krittika

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

  • Shani-Simbha * old entitlements, old drama, pressured politics, must do ceremony with scarce resources
  • Shani in bhava-2 * must preserve, have to collect, catalog, tell tales, speak-and-sing; cautious banking; tense or punitive family, chronic financial depression + eye-teeth , heavy pressure against speaking out; insufficient nourishment, desiccated preserved food
  • Shani-yuti-Guru * resistance against expansion, doctrinal discipline, constrained growth

yuvatipathi-7 career advising counseling+ randhresha-8 revolution hidden forces, new identities = Shani in bhava-2 resistance to privileged lineages * Shani-Simha = resistance to royalty,

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

  • Rahu-Meza-Arya * mask of competitive, urgent force
  • Rahu in bhava-10 * privilege via glamorous or unusual iconic, symbolic, representational, government, leadership, rank; seeks high social visibility
  • Surya-yuti-Rahu * amplified ambition, magnified confidence, exotic creativity, tricky drama, opportunistic father, fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of political genius
  • Zukra-yuti-Rahu * amplified attractions, exotic art-music, tricky sweets

Rahu in bhava-10 = dramatic rise to leadership roles, under taboo-breaking, illicit, or culturally irregular (Rahu) circumstances. Often a glass-ceiling crasher, able to break gender-race-age barriers in conservative professional roles. May challenge conventional standards in the style of ascendancy to the high ranking institutional governance positions.

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu in classroom-4 * disregards local customs, property boundaries, absent from home
  • Ketu-Thula * incomplete alliance, empty trades, negotiations

Ketu in Bhava-4 if Professor Rahu occupies 10, the native is rarely at home due to Rahu-related ambitions for high visibility social privilege. For periods of time in mid-life, Jefferson was gone from home for years at a time due to his diplomatic and governance assignments.


Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.


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