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Founding Father

POTUS-05 * 1817-1825

James Monroe

Earthbody-Entry Friday-28-Apr-1758

Earthbody-Exit 04-July-1831 (age 72)


Elizabeth Monroe, painted by John Vanderlyn


POTUS-05-partner * 1817-1825

Elizabeth Kortwright Monroe

Earthbody-Entry Thu-30-Jun-1768

Earthbody-Exit 23-Sept-1830 (age 62)


Governor, ambassador, slave-plantation owner, Monroe Doctrine * POTUS-05 from 1817 until 1825 * James Monroe * 1758-1831

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

Swatika * Vayu

  • QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra. p 84.

BPL commentary:

For Swatika natives, the disposition of mesmerizing, hypnotic, shadowy, privilege-seeking Professor Rahu considerably affects the outcome.

Exotics, ethnic mixers, opportunists, fascinators, mesmerizers, privilege-seekers, impostors, agents of passion and desire, self-proclaimers, self-promoters, charlatans, masters of smoke and oils, and entrancingly ambitious persons may be especially influential.

Guided by the instructing intelligences of Arcturus

"... a slow and deliberative character,

  • almost ponderous in thought and action

  • yet intelligent and logical

While he may be slower at arriving at conclusions than most people,

  • on final analysis his reasoning is sound

  • and his conclusion more accurate than others who may be more brilliant.

He is very religious, somewhat orthodox,

  • and his environment permitting will attend church regularly

  • or at any rate participate in some religious activity.

Many priests or ministers are found to have Swati on the Rising Point."

Biographical events matched to the Vimshottari Dasha timeline


James Monroe as a young man


James Monroe at age 61 in 1819

Zukra Mahadasha * age birth until age 6-months

28-Apr-1758 Earth-birth * Surya-Ketu chidradasha

Surya Mahadasha * age 6-months until age 6.6

Chandra Mahadasha * age 6.6 until age 16.6

1772 Earthbody-Exit of mother (James age 15) * Chandra-Ketu period

1774 fleshdeath of father (James age 16) * Chandra-Zukra period * Zukra rules 7th-from-Surya

1774 enrolled by his paternal uncle into the College of William and Mary, but leaves after a year to fight in the Revolutionary War * Chandra-Surya chidradasha * Surya-7 = 4th-from-4th education

Mangala Mahadasha * age 16.6 until age 23.6

1776 begins military officer work in the American Revolutionary War * Mangala-Rahu period * Kuja-yuti-Rahu

1777 makes a successful guerilla attack on enemy encampment but nearly dies of his injuries * Mangala-Rahu period * Kuja-yuti-Rahu

1780-1783 studied law under his mentor, POTUS-03 Declaration of Independence 1743-1826 Thomas Jefferson * Mangala-Zukra until Rahu-Rahu

Rahu Mahadasha * age 23.6 until age 41.6

16-Feb-1786 marriage-1 to Elizabeth Kortright * Rahu-Guru period * Guru rules swamsha

Dec-1786 child-1 * Rahu-Guru period

1794 USA ambassador to France where his family became close friends with the family of Napoleon and was later a supporter of the French Revolution * Rahu-Zukra * Zukra diplomacy; Zukra lagnesha

Guru Mahadasha * age 41.6 until age 57.6

1799 elected Governor of Virginia

Shani mahadasha * age 57.6 until decease age 72

fall-1816 elected POTUS-05 * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani-5 politics

Nov-Dec 1820 re-elected POTUS-05 * the Federalist Party collapses and disintegrates (Ketu) allowing Monroe to win virtually unopposed * Shani-Budha period * Budha rules 9-politics

1823 announced the Monroe Doctrine * Shani-Zukra period * Zukra lagnesha, Zukra diplomacy relationships fairness

23-Sept-1830 death of wife * Shani-Rahu period

04-July-1831 fleshdeath (tuberculosis, age 72) * Shani-Rahu period

Prominent Features of the Nativity

TWO protective Viparita Raja Yoga

randhresha-8 Zukra-6 provides a protective Sarala yoga, ensuring that while he entered environments of extreme conflict (for example the French Revolution)

ruler-of-12 Budha in bhava-8 = Vimala yoga


Surya * pitrikaraka

  • Surya-Meza * uttama * Suryaya * the supreme one
  • Surya in bhava-7 * center of agreements, brightly negotiating, focus on trade, intelligence for equity, eye on contractual relationships


father relatively powerful southern slave-plantation owner with political interests = uttama-Surya 7 4th-from-4th

Budha rules-9 occupies-8, suggesting a short life for the father but also some modest inheritance. Monroe inherited his fathers' slave plantations; however the land-holdings were not well-managed (Monroe's Ketu-4) and eventually they cost him more than they produced.


Surya-Meza * uttama rules 11 = friends, mentors * Friends in High Places

Monroe was a protégé of the fiery, dominating, shrewdly strategic, and aristocratic leader, POTUS-03 Declaration of Independence 1743-1826 Thomas Jefferson. The elder Jefferson was 15 years senior in age to Monroe

During the final years of Monroe's Mangala mahadasha, from 1780 until 1783, after the Revolutionary War ended, young Monroe studied law under Jefferson .

While serving as USA ambassador to France, Monroe and his wife became close friends with the family of France-Emperor 1769-1821 Napoleon Bonaparte when their daughters attended the same school.

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka


Little is known of James Monroe's mother, but Chandra in Purva-azadha in bhava-3 as karmesha would suggest that mom would have been literate , philosophical, sentimental, musical, and a capable manager. The highly compatible 5-9 angle between Surya-Meza-7 and Chandra-Dhanuzya-3 suggests that Monroe's parents were well suited to each other.

Although both his parents died before he finished high school, Monroe's early childhood during Surya Mahadasha and Chandra Mahadasha would have been stable and powerfully influenced by the harmony between his parents.

MARRIAGE emotional support partnership

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

yuvatipathi-7 rules 10th-from-10th nichha-Kuja-yuti-Rahu in karmasthana-10 * powerful career in advising and agreement-making during contentious time of history

yuvatipathi-7 + dhanapati-2 Mangala in bhava-10 * Kuja-yuti-Rahu marks Monroe as a passionate, somewhat reactive and highly politicized revolutionary with a gift for exotic arrangements and decisive leadership. Monroe was a fervent revolutionary fighter in youth and severely wounded in a battle against British troops.

Monroe was age 18-25 during his Mangala Mahadasha

During Kuja-Kuja swabhukti Monroe dropped out of college and joined a military training camp. He spent the first half of the seven-year Kuja Mahadasha fighting in the American Revolutionary War. Kuja-yuti-Rahu was ready, willing, and able to fight as an officer, due to Rahu-10. nichha-Kuja gave Monroe a special talent for the guerilla tactics favored by General POTUS-01 American Revolution 1732-1799 George Washington.

Monroe's fierce fighting in several famed battles, including near-death from a cut artery during Mangala-Rahu period, won him a lifelong honor as a patriot. Kuja rules-7 occupies 10 = honor (10) for fighting (Kuja) for a cause of justice (7).

Death of son

Three children; two daughters survived. Shani-5 gets drishti of nichha-Kuja

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

  • Budha-Vrishabha * articulation of historic, tonal, collected values
  • Budha in bhava-8 * narrative of hidden mysteries, unexpected circumstances, sudden change

Vimala Yoga Budha-8 rules-12

Vimala Yoga protects against the potentially pernicious effects of bhava-12 including isolation in distant lands, social invisibility, imprisonment, inaccessibility, incapacitation, retreat into the imaginary, events in private rooms esp the bedroom

Budha rules the emotionally motivated, social-ordering, leadership-seeking; 10th-from-Chandra = Kanya-12

Monroe was a keeper of confidential information * Budha-8

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

  • Guru-Vrizchika * much mystery, many masks
  • Guru in bhava-2 * much hoard, many songs-stories, many accumulated goods, numerous lineages and languages, many valuations

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka


sarala yoga Zukra-6 rules 8

Sarala yoga protects against the potentially pernicious effects of bhava-8 including revolutionary change, upheaval, sudden turnings of the wheel.

In adulthood, Monroe held several diplomatic posts to foreign courts representing the fledgling USA. Empowered lagnesha Zukra = alliance-crafting diplomat, consensus-building governor, yet in 6 indicates situations of constant conflict and hypocrisy. Monroe reduced the most egregious levels of political partisanship during his presidency 1817-1825 known as Era of Good Feelings

Monroe's leadership career involved constant contact with the violent circumstances of the French Revolution and the carnage of the American War of 1812 (French-and-Indian War). He did have some personal problems, but he died a natural death and was never assaulted despite functioning in some quite violent environments.

in a masculine nativity, Zukra-6 suggests that the wife may have health challenges

Zukra-6 can signify personal addictions, but also financial imbalance. Monroe struggled with colossal debt from over-spending on diplomatic assignments. Despite having inherited valuable slave plantations, he was almost always in some degree of financial distress. He sold most of his land holdings to satisfy the debt, and died insolvent.

randhresha-8 Zukra-uttama in bhava-6. POTUS-05-pair 1777-1830 Elizabeth Monroe was a known beauty. She supported her husband's career. Yet by the time he reached elite governance ranks, she was too sick with epilepsy and related ailments to host her husband's presidential entertainments. She remained sick in bed while her daughters hosted the many required parties. Monroe had his own lifetime health problems lagnesha-6, starting with a cannonball injury from the war, plus an ill wife, and lifelong financial insolvency (rogesha-6 Guru-yuti-Ketu in the navamsha)

Yet randhresha-8 = Zukra in bhava-6 * sarala yoga permits him to avoid the most crushing indebtedness until the very end of life

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

  • Shani-Kumbha * moolatrikona 0-20 deg * old economies, pressured linkage, must earn profits with scarce resources
  • Shani in Bhava-5 * must create drama with scarce confidence; cautious of politics, conventional intelligence; chronic pressure on the heart

His personal fortunes fluctuated radically. Monroe inherited a significant wealth from slave-powered agricultural plantations (Zukra-uttama-6 slavery).

He held distinguished positions of national leadership and was respected as a capable leader yet occasionally recalled from posts due to his outspoken views * Mangala-nichha-10.

Yogakaraka Shani has considerable strength in mulatrikona Kumbha. Shani drishti into uttama-Surya-7 vriddhipathi-11 reduces the gainful revenues of 11.

Shani in 3rd-from-Chandrra can be associated with depression.

Shani-5 is a yogakaraka ruler of 4-5 who gives slow accomplishment in political environments via patience, repetition, and neutrality. However Shani-5 does not permit gameplaying financial speculation, excessive amusement, or intellectual enjoyment of politics. Shani is being constantly harassed by drishti of nichha-Kuja.

Political realities of war and finance for the new USA, which delayed the imposition of orderly economic systems, created ongoing frustration for man-of-principle Monroe. He was obliged to engage with the world of glamour and bright entitlements, but his political and financial life was more focused on damage control -- much less on having fun.

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

  • Rahu-Karkata * mask of protective parental shelter
  • Rahu in bhava-10 * privilege via glamorous or unusual iconic, symbolic, representational, government, leadership, rank; seeks high social visibility
  • Kuja-yuti-Rahu * * amplified competition, tricky innovation

Rahu-Karkata yuti Mangala-Karkata * nichha provides a continuous high-energy career period from Monroe's age 16 until age 42.

This extended 25-year ascent to highest visibility public office began with his aggressive Revolutionary War heroism. The period ended with his return from foreign service, under criticism from POTUS-01 American Revolution 1732-1799 George Washington for over-reaching (Rahu) regarding Monroe's vigorous support of the French Revolution The USA was supposed to remain neutral, but yuvatipathi nichha-Kuja-yuti-Rahu can get over- excited about making promises (7).

Rahu gives effect of double-maraka Kuja.

Monroe ended life quickly after onset of his Shani-Rahu period, Following his wife Elizabeth's death, he was in severe debt. nichha-Kuja and Rahu are both enemies of Shani, and both reside in 6th-from-Shani. At the end of a lifetime of service to his nation, Monroe was crippled by sickness, widowhood, and poverty. Elizabeth died an invalid in 1830. Soon afterward, Monroe died in NYC from heart failure (Shani-5) and tuberculosis on 04-July-1831 (age 72) in the home of his daughter .

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

Rising Nakshatra

Feminine Nativities

Mriga-zirasa * Mraga * Marga-ziraza * Agrahayani

  • QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra, p 91

BPL commentary:

For Mriga-sirasa natives, the condition of pioneering, direct, yang-energy, forward-pushing bhratru-karaka Mangala considerably affects the outcome.

Brother-figures, warriors, hunters, athletes, dancers, champions, challengers, inventors, explorers, dis-coverers, engineers, drivers, drillers, diggers, exploders, aggressors, pursuers, and competitions and battles may be especially influential.

Instructional guidance from the civilizations of Orion.

"Usually this person is born in a wealthy family or at least well-to-do.

  • She will be brought up in a religious atmosphere

  • and will be deeply religious herself.

She is an entertaining and interesting speaker

  • and will participate in women's club activities

  • and other social enterprises .

If she adopts a public career , she will be successful and honored.

She is fond of beautiful clothes,

  • perfumes, and jewels,

  • and dresses elegantly and in good taste.

Her favorite color is green."

Biographical events matched to the Vimshottari Dasha timeline


Elizabeth Monroe younger

Zukra Mahadasha * age birth until age 9

06-Sept-1777 decease of Mother * Zukra-Ketu period * Ketu in 7th-from-Chandra

03-Aug-1778 a year after her mother's death, her family home burned to the ground, but the family escaped. Zukra-Mangala period * Mangala rules 6- accidents, injuries

Surya Mahadasha * age 9 until 15

Chandra Mahadasha * age 15 until 25

16-Feb-1786 wedding to a young Virginia Congressman, POTUS-05 Monroe Doctrine 1758-1831 James Monroe (her age 17; his age 27) * Chandra-Mangala period * Mangala rules swamsha

Dec-1786 child-1 daughter * Chandra-Guru period

Mangala Mahadasha * age 25 until 32

1794 James Monroe appointed USA Minister to France by POTUS-01 American Revolution 1732-1799 George Washington * Mangala-Rahu period

Sept-1794 decease of father * Mangala-Rahu period

1799 James Monroe elected Governor of Virginia * Mangala-Zukra period * Zukra rules 5-politics

Rahu Mahadasha * age 32 until 50

1816 James Monroe elected POTUS-05 * Rahu-Chandra period * Chandra rules 10th-navamsha

Guru mahadasha * age 50 until decease age 62

Nov-Dec 1820 James Monroe re-elected POTUS-05 * Guru-Shani period * Shani rules 9-politics, 8 secrecy

23-Sept-1830 decease (age 62) * Guru-Chandra period * Chandra maraka rules-2

Distinctive features of the Nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka


father wealthy businessman and social networker

Surya-1 rules 3-commerce

He was widowed when little Elizabeth was age 9, and he never remarried (ketu)

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka


MARRIAGE emotional support partnership

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka


  • Budha-Karkata * articulation of root culture, customs, security
  • Budha in bhava-2 * narrative of speech-song, values, history, stories, storage, treasury, natural resources

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

  • Guru-Kanya * much ministry of service, many argumentations
  • Guru in bhava-4 * many roots, much owned property, many homes and homelands, multiple mother-figures

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

  • Zukra-Mithunaya * aesthetic of detailed, articulated messaging
  • Zukra-1 * handsomely embodied; athletic, vigorous harmony
  • Zukra-yuti-Surya * gracious brightness, radiant beauty, sweet confidence
  • Zukra-yuti-Shani * gracious diligence, restrained beauty, sweet structure
  • Zukra-yuti-Ketu * gracious dissolution, dispersed beauty, sweet surrender, empty unions

Zukra rules 6th-from-Chandra, and Zukra-1 yuti Ketu-1. Health issues likely epilepsy, and burns - exacerbated by Mangala drishti into kalpasthana-1

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

  • Shani-Mithunaya * old messages, old conversations, must signal with scarce resources
  • Shani in Bhava-1 * must act under pressure, move but slowly, push forward against resistance; cautious, conventional identity; chronic impeded movement
  • Shani-yuti-Surya * resistance against creativity, disciplined intelligence, constrained willpower
  • Shani-yuti-Zukra * resistance against equity, contractual discipline, constrained harmony
  • Shani-yuti-Ketu* resistance against dispersion, disciplined apathy, constrained wandering

From Chandra-Dhanuzya lagna, sober serious structured hierarchical Shani rules

  1. the emotionally-motivated traditionalism, family lineage conserving, treasure-preserving, language-and-history remembering, acquisitive, genetic conservation of 2nd-from-Chandra
  2. the emotionally motivated information-delivering, evangelical, publishing, announcing, script-reading, reporting, conversational, process-managing communications of 3rd-from-Chandra

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

  • Rahu in bhava-7 * privilege via glamorous or unusual arrangements, alliances, marriages, vows, agreements ; seeks contracts and trusts
  • Rahu-Dhanuzya * mask of global humanistic belief
  • Chandra-yuti-Rahu * amplified emotion, tricky comforts

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Surya-yuti-Ketu * surrendered centrality, empty genius, unlimited intelligence
  • Ketu-yuti-Zukra * surrendered arrangements, empty promises, unsustainable contracts, unlimited music
  • Ketu-yuti-Shani * surrendered structures, empty governance, unlimited endurance

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