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preceded by:

succeeded by:

married to:

  • (1) Martha Jefferson

  • (2) Sally Hemmings

Nemesis of

Member 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

Thomas Jefferson

fleshbirth Wednesday-13-Apr-1743

fleshdeath 04-July-1826 (age 83)


POTUS-03, Sec'y State, founder of University of Virginia * served 1801-1809 * 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 Nativity


  • Shil-Ponde (1939) Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 81

BPL commentary: high forehead. the condition of Guru will considerably affect the outcome

"... from Arudra to Punarvasu, a startling change in mental development.

In Punarvasu, the native is possessed of profound intelligence,

  • capable of delving into and understanding all manner of philosophical and metaphysical postulates.

He revels in abstract thought

  • and has a lively and profound imagination.

He may be also a poet of high attainment, expressing a fire and vitality in his verse

  • which is the result of an unusually passionate temperament.

He will, however, be only moderately successful by worldly standards during his lifetime

  • although unlike the Arudra native, he will not experience poverty."

Biographical events matched to the Vimshottari Dasha timeline

Chandra Mahadasha

13-Apr-1743 fleshbirth * Chandra-Rahu period

Mangala Mahadasha

Aug-1757 decease of Father * Mangala-Ketu period

Rahu Mahadasha

Rahu in bhava-10 * Zukra-yuti-Surya-yuti-Rahu in bhava-10 * dig-bala + uttama-Surya-Mesha

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 decease of Mother * Rahu-Mangala period * chidra-dasha * Mangala rules 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 navamsha-1

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

Shani mahadasha

Shani in bhava-2 * Shani-Simha

1797 elected USA Vice President (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

* Budha in bhava-9 * Karakamsha

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

Ketu Mahadasha

Zukra Mahadasha

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

Distinctive Features of the Nativity


Surya * pitrikaraka

Chandra * matrikaraka

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

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

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

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

Punarvasu radical lagna ruled by Guru indicates his lifelong engagement with higher education. Founder of the University of Virginia.

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.

Jefferson 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 L5 + L10 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.

Lagnesha "familiar" Chandra in 10th navamsha suggests Jefferson's lasting fame.

In radix, lagnesha Chandra-Sravana -7 "the listener" 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
  • Chandra casts drishti to the Karkata lagna .
  • Chandra-7 receives drishti of the yogakaraka nichha-bhanga Mangala-1

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

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

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 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.

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

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

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



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

bhava-2 contains both yuvatipathi-7 +L=8 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.


Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.


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