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POTUS-11 * 1845-1849

Governor of Tennessee * 1839-1841

US-Congressman from Tennessee * 1825-1838

Brigadier General

James Knox Polk

Earthbody-Entry Monday-02-Nov-1795

Earthbody-Exit15-Jun-1849 (age 53)


c. 1840: James Knox Polk with Sarah Childress Polk

Earthbody-Entry 04-Sept-1803

Earthbody-Exit 14-Aug-1891 (see her nativity below)


POTUS-11 from 1845 until 1849 * James Knox Polk * 1795-1849

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

Anuradha * Maitra

BPL commentary:

For Anuradha natives, the influence of rigid, chronological, lawful, enduring strictly structural sober serious systematic Shani considerably affects 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.

Instruction from the guardians of the civilizations of Gisgan-gusura.

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939).Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 85
"Usually robust and healthy,
  • yet the native of Anuradha gets very little enjoyment out of life.
Probably because he consciously strives after happiness
  • but with continual discontent and bitterness in his heart.
He has a deep secretive nature
  • and because of his attitude and outlook on life, he is somewhat unscrupulous .
"a sweet tongue but poison in the heart" aptly characterizes him."
Biographical details matched to Vimshottari Dasha periods

Shani mahadasha

02-Nov-1795 Earthbirth * Shani-Shani swabhukti

1809 (age 13) * a brutal frontier surgery for urinary stones followed by sepsis and sterility (Magha navamsha) * Shani-Rahu period

Budha Mahadasha

June-1820 licensed to practice law * Budha-Chandra period * Chandra rules 10th navamsha career

1822 joined Tennessee militia, appointed Colonel * Budha-Mangala period * Mangala-11 networking, fighting

01-Jan-1824 marriage to Sarah * Budha-Rahu period

1825 elected USA Congress (age 29) * Budha-Guru period * Guru vidyapathi-5 elections

Ketu Mahadasha

1835 elected Speaker of the House * Ketu-Shani period * Shani bhratrupathi-3 reports announcements * Shani-7 partnerships, alliances

Zukra Mahadasha

1838 wins election Governor of Tennessee served 1839-1841. * Zukra-Zukra swabhukti * Zukra yuvatipathi -7 agreements, deals also ruler-of-12 under-the-table arrangements * Zukra-yuti-Surya karmesha-10

Mar-1845 begins POTUS-11 (at 49, youngest POTUS thus far) * Zukra-Rahu period * Rahu gives effect of Chandra ruler of 10th navamsha

15-Jun-1849 fleshdeath (three months after retirement, age 53) * Zukra-Guru period 8 * Guru maraka rules-2

Distinctive Features of the Nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

* Chandra-yuti-Rahu

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka


Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

Zukra-Thula yuti Surya-Vanika * nichha * yuvatipathi-7 with karmesha-10 signals a substantial public career. In addition, yuvati-bhava contains the Karakamsha, contains Shani-7 dig-bala ruled by Zukra, and suggests that the weight of his career was indeed borne by his steady, cautious adviser wife Sarah.

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

Shani-Vrizabha dig-bala

Shani-7 rules bhava-5

  • "Never having children, Polk had no family life as President other than what Sarah would arrange for him. His family was politics, and he pursued it relentlessly. One biographer writes that aside from politics, Polk "had no aspirations, intellectual interests, recreation, or even friendships. He once described himself as the hardest-working man in Washington, and even his political enemies marveled at his ability to accomplish so much on a daily basis."

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


Manifest Destiny* The Defining Dogma of the 1840's

Chandra-yuti-Rahu * Rahu amplifies the activities of Pushyami Chandra ruler of 10th navamsha

His Chandra-yuti-Rahu-9 suggests an ideologue driven by a concept of ancestral (Chandra) privilege. Indeed Polk and most of his peers were mesmerized (Rahu) by the philosophy (9) of Manifest Destiny. This doctrine neatly justified (in their minds) the annihilation of the Red Race and the subjugation of the Black Race in North America as the white, agriculturalist Euro-Americans settled (Chandra) rapidly across the "unclaimed" continent.

The folk dogma of Manifest Destiny lost its credence as its utter lack of legal or scriptural support made it unsustainable. However in Polk's day, Manifest Destiny was a widespread passionate ideology and Polk was a deep believer.

His Chandra-yuti-Rahu-9 describes the passionate beliefs of the day including Manifest Destiny. His wife Sarah is represented by 7th-from-Chandra nichha-Guru-yuti-Ketu. Her materialistic (nichha-Guru) interpretation of Biblical scripture produced a culture of no-alcohol no-dancing no-games austerity which sobered her political entertainments. Nevertheless "Sahara Sarah" earned respect for her devotion to her husband's political career (Guru vidyapathi-5 politics). After his death age 53, Sarah remained a widow-wearing-black for 40 years.

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

Lifetime of health challenges * parivartamsha of lagnesha-1 and rogesha-6 Mangala-11 with randhresha-8 + Vriddhipathi-11 Budha-1

Age 13, young Polk survived a brutal frontier surgery * randhresha-8 Budha-1 surgeries * for urinary stones which was made even more dangerous and painful by the ensuing sepsis. Polk suffered lifetime frail health and sterility from the terrible surgery and from using the medical remedies of the time (Budha pharmacopeia).

In his remarkable survival, he acquired a legal education and began a flourishing legal practice. His prospects were helped by the rampant bankruptcies of the era. rogesha-6 Shani-9 (broken contracts, law)

He married a politically tolerant and pious wife, became governor of Tennessee and eventually POTUS-11. She is represented not only by nichha-Guru-yuti-Ketu in 7th-from-Chandra suggesting some diffusion of agreement, but also by the distinctive political asset and substantial counseling-advising advantage of the gracious karmesha-10 nichha-Surya-yuti-Zukra yuvatipathi-7 .

However, three months after completing the POTUS-11, he died suddenly of cholera age 53. randhresha-8 Mangala in radical lagna suggests a rapid turning of the cycle of death and rebirth.

Surya-yuti-Zukra * Another wife?

Surya-12 suggests a completely invisible indiscretion such as a conception with a slave woman (very likely for slave-owning men in those times). Polk is often reckoned as sterile because he did not produce children with Sarah. However, Surya-yuti-Zukra suggests a first wife (Surya having the lower degree) who occurs before Zukra-wife-2 representing Sarah. Surya is very weak as nichha in 12, but still yuti yuvatipathi-7 and still capable of producing a union.


POTUS-11 partner from 1845 until 1849 * Sarah Childress Polk * 1803 - 1891

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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

POTUS-pair-11 Polk Place 1803-1891 Sarah Childress Polk

Rising Nakshatra

Feminine 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

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 93

"Distinctly the club-woman type is found here.

She is well-read, cultured and active in all community and social affairs.

In her home she entertains and is fond of indoor games, bridge parties and social gatherings

  • at which she is a charming and capable hostess.

  • She will have her own money or her husband will be generous in his allowances to her

and she will spend much of it on church and club activities

  • and with charitable organizations.

If she cares to adopt some public career,

  • she will become very well known ."


POTUS-pair-11 Polk Place 1803-1891 Sarah Childress Polk

"Sahara Sarah"

Earthbody-Entry 04-Sept-1803 * fleshdeath 14-Aug-1891

Dhanayoga * Vriddhipathi-11 Zukra-2 yuti dhanapati-2 Surya

Sweets-seeking Zukra in the emotionally conflicted and self-medicating 6th-from-Chandra suggests behavioral addictions or substance addictions (typically alcohol, but other conflict-numbing sweetening practices also)

+ Budha-Kanya * uttama* Budha in bhava-3

+ Mangala-Kanya = Mangala in bhava-3

+ Guru-Kanya = Guru in bhava-3

+ Shani-Kanya = Shani in bhava-3

Zukra-2 = Zukra-Simha + Surya-yuti-Ketu

hailed from one of the "leading" Ulster Scots pioneer families in frontier Tennessee; her father was a wealthy planation owner * Surya-Simha dhanapati-2 yui Vriddhipathi-11 Zukra

During her tenure as First Lady, in order to economize, POTUS-pair-11 Polk Place 1803-1891 Sarah Childress Polk Meena-Chandra-9 fired most of the White House staff. She replaced them with her own slaves.

Despite her firm doctrinal beliefs (no dancing, no liquor, no frivolity) she bought and sold dozens of slaves for her plantations, often selling children away from their mothers and husbands away from their wives.

The Kanya-cluster in bhava-3 buy-and-sell indicates rationalized (uttara-Budha Kanya) cruelty (Mangala-3 * 8th-from-8th) particularly toward the service class, the disadvantaged and imbalanced, and those weaker or lower than oneself. yuvatipathi-7 contracts * randhresha-8 trauma Shani plus Vriddhipathi-11 economics vidyapathi-5 politics suggests a utilitarian aggressiveness. Identity with religious doctrine lagnesha Chandra-9.


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