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  • Jane Appleton on 19-Nov-1834

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  • Pierce's father Benjamin Pierce was Governor of New Hampshire from 1827 until 1830

business partner of

  • Pierce's law partner was Albert Baker, the brother of Christian Science 1821-1910 Mary Baker Eddy



POTUS-14 * 1853-1857

US Senator from New Hampshire 1837-1842

US Congressman 1832-1837

Brigadier General

Franklin Pierce

Earthbody-Entry Friday-23-Nov-1804

fleshdeath 08-Oct-1869 (age 64)


POTUS-14 * March-1853 until March-1857 * Franklin Pierce * 1804-1869

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Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Uttarabhadrapada * Andromeda

BPL commentary:

For Uttarabhadrapada natives, 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.

Guidance from the instructors of the civilizations of Andromeda.

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra. p 85

"...most fortunate... usually indicates a man of means,

  • well-to-do if not wealthy.

A man who owns property and has the ability to earn money

  • and also to spend it wisely and constructively.

Being a passive type, his well-being may be inherited or bequeathed to him

  • but if he achieves his own success

  • he will do so without the corollary of someone else's misfortune .

He is very intelligent

  • and is charitable

and generous to those less fortunate than himself."

Biographical Details matched to the Vimshottari Dasha periods


Franklin Pierce in 1853

Ketu Mahadasha

23-Nov-1804 birth * Ketu-Mangala period * Mangala rules 2-9 = family, politics, principles

Zukra Mahadasha

1827 admitted to law practice (passed the bar) in New Hampshire * Zukra-Budha period * Budha rules 7-attorney, counselor, diploma

Surya Mahadasha

19-Nov-1834 marriage to Jane Appleton Pierce (his age 30) * Surya-Zukra period

Chandra Mahadasha

Feb-1836 first child is born but lives only three days * Chandra-Mangala period * Ketu-yutiMangala-nichha-5

1836 elected USA Senator from New Hampshire * Chandra-Rahu period

07-Dec-1838 decease of Mother * Chandra-Guru period * Guru matrimaraka rules 7th-from-4th

01-Apr-1839 decease of Father Gov. Benjamin Pierce * Chandra-Guru period * Guru pitrimaraka rules 2nd-from-9th

Mangala Mahadasha

1847 resigns from Senate. Announced he would be working for the Temperance Movement. Instead, he was advised to go fight in the Mexican American War to gain hero credentials that would help him be elected to POTUS.* Mangala-Guru period * Guru rules 6/8 from 5-politics * Guru lagnesha-karmesha, promotes individual visibility

1847 Despite zero military experience, Pierce is commissioned at the rank of Brigadier General by POTUS-11 Manifest Destiny 1795-1849 James Knox Polk. * Mangala-Guru period * Guru lagnesha identity * karmesha rank-status

Rahu Mahadasha * age 47 until decease age 64

Oct-1852 as a far-removed dark-horse candidate, earned his party's nomination for POTUS-14 (much to his surprise) * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti

02-Nov-1852 won the national POTUS-14 election * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti

06-Jan-1853 death of 11-year old son Benjamin * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti

18-Apr-1853 death of Pierce's elected vice-president William King * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti

Mar-1857 end-of-POTUS, not renewed * Pierce had expected to be re-nominated by his party, but they abandoned him due to his contradictory behavior regarding slavery and his apparent alcoholism * Rahu-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 8th-from-5th

02-Dec-1863 (his age 58) fleshdeath of wife Jane Appleton (tuberculosis = grief) * Rahu-Zukra period * Zukra rules 2nd-from-Zukra

May-1964 fleshdeath of his close friend, the author Nathaniel Hawthorne * Zukra rules 12th-from-11th-from-Chandra = decease of close friend

1865 second lifepartner relationship with his landlady * Rahu-Zukra period

08-Oct-1869 decease (via liver cirrhosis, age 64) * Rahu-Mangala period * Mangala maraka rules-2

Distinctive features of the nativity


Mrs. Jane Appleton Pierce suffered from severe depression related to the deaths of her father and each of her three young sons

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka


Dad was a well-known and politically active farmer, landowner, Revolutionary War soldier, and patriot Benjamin Pierce 1757-1839).. Dad served Governor of New Hampshire 1827-1828 + 1829-1830.

Dharmapathi Mangala rules 5-politics, showing Dad as a lifelong politician during the military (Kuja) service in the Revolutionary period and beyond.

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • Chandra in classroom-6 * comforted by service ministry, familiar with animosity, accusation, litigation, conflict; soothed by medication, rhythmic ailment, undulating disagreements
  • Chandra-Simha * comforted by creatively radiant, rhythmic confident dramatic display
  • Chandra in Magha * comforted by dramatic, wandering observance * protectors of three-fires ceremony, glorious visions, unlimited magic


Mom was the mother of eight and step-mother of one. She ailed (Chandra-6) and with Chandra-ruling political-5 she also produced several politicians including Franklin. Most of his siblings lived short lives (Chandra rules Ketu-yuti-Kuja-nichha-5 = 12th-from-Chandra)

Chandra in Magha ruled by Ketu is often emotionally detached from partnerships and worldly life in general, even while exercising bright displays of religious piety.

MARRIAGE partnership support expectations


Franklin Pierce married Jane Appleton, and often regretted it. His dig-bala Shani-7 assured loyalty to the covenant, despite much unhappiness.

Typical of Chandra-6 nativities, Franklin Pierce enjoyed little happiness in marriage due to his wife's mental distress. Other pressures upon the union include vargottama nichha-Shani yuti Shani vyayapathi, + Shani-7 ruler of 6th-from-Chandra

His wife's father was a president of Bowdoin College = 9th-from-7th-from-Chandra = Guru-professor

Chandra in classroom-6 exploitation discomfort injustice rules Ketu-yuti-Kuja in homeland agricultural politics Karkata-5

Chandra-Simha may have convinced Pierce to protect the habitual routines and established cultural norms of Southern slave owners, which he defended as a sovereign (Simha) way of life (Chandra) with roots in the 'deep' past (Chandra ancient). In fact, the economic system of plantation slavery was about 100 years old, not deep at all. Pierce's anti-abolition politics garnered him strong animosity in the North, and his fluctuating (Chandra) opinions (Simha) on slavery caused his political party (Simha) to withdraw their nomination for his second term, despite his incumbency which should have given him an easy win.

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

  • Mangala-Karkata * nichha * * vigorous pursuit of security, nourishment, roots
  • Mangala in bhava-5 * drive toward creativity, pursuit of games, invasive drama, energized by romantic and political conquests
  • Ketu-yuti-Kuja * energized pilgrimage, dynamic wandering, masculine force joins apathetic surrender, potential for aggressive annihilation of initiations

Mangala in bhava-5 rules 5th-from-5th = creative drive toward politics, drama, gaming, speculative finance

Throughout his political career, Pierce was harassed by opposition campaigns that framed his character as weak and cowardly = Ketu-yuti-Kuja-nichha

Kuja-nichha ++ Zukra-nichha

He was a heavy-drinking alcoholic (Chandra rules 12th-from-Chandra containing Ketu-yuti-Kuja-nichha). She was a crusading Temperance advocate vigorously campaigning to illegalize alcohol (nichha-Zukra-yuti-Shani ).

When both Zukra and Mangala are nichha, sexuality as a human experience as well as male-female relationships as a social experience = especially challenging

During Mangala Mahadasha , Franklin Pierce abandoned Ketu-yuti-Kuja his family for extended periods of war, to fight a series of campaigns to win more land for the USA (via war with Mexico).

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

Budha rules swamsha

  • Budha-Vrizchika * hidden communications, articulation of mysterious transformative secrets
  • Budha in bhava-9 * narrative of the father-figure, patronage, paradigm of belief, the guru, describer of theory, explainer of doctrine, theory, 11th-from-11th profits
  • Budha-yuti-Surya * articulation of radiant confidence, message of willpower and charisma, talkative father

Budha-Anuradha produces Shani-conventionalized talk * Budha-yuti-Surya rogesha focus on political conflict narrative

Like all POTUS who served during the 20 years preceding the US Civil War, POTUS-14 Bleeding Kansas 1804-1869 Franklin Pierce was trapped into the extremely combative slavery debate. Budha rules 7-debate, two-sides. . During these horribly contentious antebellum years, Congress was locked into increasingly bitter and polarized arguments about Constitutional Law, the humanity of slaves (or not), property rights, and States' rights. There was little opportunity for the dis-unified USA to accomplish its higher social goals .

Franklin kept the debate at status (Anuradha damage control). He added nothing new (shani rules Budha and Shani dislikes new).

Pierce favored the plantation owner's claims that slaves were property not persons. Budha rules-4 agricultural landowners.

Pierce was a Northern friend of the Southern slave-holders. He legally defended the rights of the slave-exploiters and those who trafficked in human capital. Pierce was not neutral on the topic of slavery. He staunchly supported the states-governance and property rights claims of the South and was popular among the southern (white, male) electorate. Pierce appreciated the wealth produced by the slave economy, and he facilitated the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act.

Indecision *Budha rules bhava-7 contains rulers of 3, 8, 11, 12 = no trikonapathi in bargaining

Via his dysfunctionality as a president and as a negotiator, Franklin Pierce was clearly a major agent in the upcoming disaster of the USA Civil War, and most historians squarely blame him for outright incompetence. The unending pursuit of compromise as the nation grew and fractured was an exercise in futility (Ketu) and a colossal waste of time. Had Pierce made firm (if unpopular) decisions which had then gone to the Supreme Court, a series of definitive legal interpretations of the Constitutional language might have been produced and a blood-war might (theoretically) have been avoided.

However, Pierce trolled blithely onward, driven by the engine of a clutching Azlesa-Mangala constantly interrupted by apathetic Ketu and a politically ambitious Rahu-Makara finding instrumental advancement in the political rhetoric of Constitutional fundamentalism (Shani). He was criticized aplenty, but he handled that situation by self-medicating with alcohol.

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

atmakaraka lagnesha

  • Guru-Thula * many trades, exchanges, much negotiation, believes in justice, doctrine of contractual exchange
  • Guru in bhava-8 * much secrecy, many sudden changes. many confidences, numerous identity transformations, abundant initiation

Guru-8 agent of sudden, unexpected changes rules children 5th-from-Chandra. All three of his sons died separately from different causes before each reached age 12.

Guru produces mixed effects as lagnesha-karmesha residing in bhava-8. Pierce experienced a constant upheaval cycle throughout life and involvement in catastrophic diplomatic (Thula) challenges that forced self-reinvention, new identities.

Pierce was politically manipulated due to Ketu-yuti-Kuja-nichha-5, so that his career was perpetually in the hands of others. Vidyapathi Chandra-6 is weakened in Magha-6. All three of his sons died in childhood (putrakaraka Guru + Kuja-Ketu-5). Guru's drishti helped his later wealth acquisitions via Guru drishti into bhava-4 real properties. He became a wealthy landowner.

Mangala-Guru period

1847 Despite zero military experience, Pierce is commissioned Brigadier General by POTUS-11 Manifest Destiny 1795-1849 James Knox Polk. He leads a force into the Mexican-American war. He is injured quickly, and misses most of the fighting. The war was won under the leadership of the experienced general POTUS-12 California Statehood 1784-1850 Zachary Taylor . Yet Pierce is able to use the military credential to boost his political profile.

Guru karaka for language-sound + Guru lagnesha-karmesha + atmakaraka Guru occupies 10th-navamsha = national level profile

Pierce he had socially recognizable legitimacy as the son of a New Hampshire governor, an elected US Senator and a successful New England attorney who accepted glamorous cases and delighted the gallery with his marvelous speeches. He was considered a fine orator and colleagues remember his distinctively deep voice.

Guru the expander

The antebellum years 1840-1860 saw a tremendous land-territory expansion for the USA into the western regions, . Although unpopular on all other issues, Pierce is credited with successful military campaigns to add more land to the "teenage" USA.

Guru-8 unable to stabilize agreements

He saw himself as a facilitator and a diplomat. Yet during this extremely contentious period in USA history, he was unable to achieve agreements due to the intensity of the social change cycles (lagnesha karmesha Guru-Thula-8 diplomacy)

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

  • Zukra-Kanya * nichha * appreciation of service -or- victimization, pleasures of medication, enjoys humility, aesthetic of remedies for injustice
  • Zukra-7 * swabhava * pleasure of interpersonal relationships, enjoys contractual harmony, feminine-figures advise and bargain, appreciation of equity
  • Zukra-yuti-Shani * gracious diligence, restrained beauty, sweet orderly structure

Zukra-nichha occupies the family-lineage 2nd-from-Chandra suggesting that self-medication may have been a feature of the genetic line

Advising, counsel, advocacy

Most of Pierce's key advising and supporting relationships were broken by vargottamsha nichha-Zukra. There are so many indicators of dysfunctional partnerships in Pierce's nativity that it is amazing he was able to complete his term of office. He was even deprived of his Vice-President.

Marriage and Alcoholism = Shani-Kanya + nichha-Zukra-Kanya-7

Pierce's wife Jane was described by contemporaries as a frail, punitively religious, somewhat timid personality . She supported the growing national Temperance Movement (Shani austerity, restriction). Mrs. Pierce was said to violently dislike political life. In particular, she despised the social circuit of Washington D.C. with its pointless mannerisms, frivolity, and ostentatious displays.

Zukra is much disadvantaged for Meena nativities, being ruler of 8 and 8th-from-8th.

Zukra key to reputation

As unfulfilling as their interpersonal relationship may have been., Zukra also rules the socially important reputation-defining the emotionally motivated, social-ordering, leadership-seeking; 10th-from-Chandra = Vrishabha-3 = the vital importance of his wife in supporting his career,

Multiple marriage stress factors

  • Zukra also rules 8th-from-8th from Chandra (Thula-8) showing his wife's emotional volatility.
  • Zukra-yuti-Shani + Shani-7 rules the sick, disagreeable 6th-from-Chandra
  • Shani rules 6th-from-7th (bhava-12 Kumbha).

Contemporaries noted her chronic melancholy, traceable to the death of her father age 13, and worsening to extremes after the tragic deaths of each of her three young sons all of whom died before reaching the age of 12. The marriage was said to have begun happily and manifested sincere affection; but eventually they began to argue, which led to alienation, and Mr. Pierce self-medicated his distress with alcohol.

In modern psychology, the stridently tea-totaling Mrs. Pierce would be called an addictions enabler.

Zukra-nichha yuti Shani in bhava-7 indicates a mate who is involved with institutionalized lawfulness (temperance laws) of a punitive, judgmental, criticizing, and toxic nature (Kanya).

They were polarized (Surya-Shani) on all of the important social policyissues of their day. First and foremost slavery (Kanya), secondly alcohol (nichha-Zukra), and thirdly the incipient argument toward political and economics rights for women (Zukra).

  • His Surya-ruled Chandra-6 favored states rights (Surya individualism)
  • his 7th-from-Chandra ruled by Shani wanted strict monolithic federal legislation (Shani) to prevent slavery unconditionally.

Nichha-Zukra can indicate alcoholism, Self-medication (Kanya) may be motivated by marital discord or a general inability to find a reliable point of balance in one's life. The sweet inebriation of alcohol may seem to soften the rough edges of a difficult relationship.

His navamsha vargottamsha Zukra-nichha yuti Ketu exacerbates substance addiction patterns via no limits Ketu. Yet Zukra yuti uttama-Budha in D-9 shows both his own and his wife's incisive argumentative intelligence. He was a successful attorney and public debater.

Zukra-yuti-Shani suggests two marriages. Franklin Pierce's severely depressed wife died when he was 58. Pierce enjoyed a locally recognized relationship with his landlady, to whom he bequeathed some of his substantial estate. He died age 64 of cirrhosis of the liver.

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

Shani rules Uttarabhadrapada

  • Shani-Kanya * old accusations, pressured colon, imposed servitude, proletarian medication, must do service ministry with scarce resources
  • Shani in Bhava-7 * digbala * must balance; cautious, conventional partnerships ;tense loyalties, chronic responsibilities toward the spouse; visible genitalia; heavy pressure against freely chosen contracts
  • Shani-yuti-Zukra * resistance against equity, contractual discipline, constrained harmony

Shani-7 rules the emotionally uncomfortable, ailing, disagreeable 6th-from-Chandra

Shani-Kanya-7occupies the family-lineage 2nd-from-Chandra suggesting that lawfulness, orderliness, but also a degree of harsh treatment, may have been a feature of the genetic line

Shani rules 11-goals, achievements * Shani afflicted by Zukra

Most historians consider Pierce's four-year presidential performance to have been a near-failure, except perhaps for a few international achievements. Scholars to criticize him as an expedient short-term thinker, vacillating (Ketu) and hypocritical (nichha-Zukra). Pierce the Attorney is adjudged to have been so deeply determined (Shani) to accommodate, adjust, negotiate and bargain (Shani-7). Critics say that he was seemingly unable to make a single fixed executive decision. Nichha-Zukra rules 10th-from-Chandra ++ Zukra-Shani.

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

  • Rahu-Makara * craving for social status * mask of hierarchy, institutional rank; fascinated by regulation * * seeks special importance via imposed order, elite positions
  • Rahu in bhava-11 (swabhava) * the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual social goals and economic attainments; desires a special, important, linkage role in social participation and financial networks. Exciting, opportunistic, ambitious friends. Thrives in culturally-mixed commodity-exchange systems. Rahu the Poseur may pose as a friend, a voluntary linker, an economic achiever, a relative of the father's people. Bhava-11 profits, revenue, connections = a highly successful environment for boundary-breeching, risk-rewarding Rahu.

Rahu in bhava-11 casts an expedient drishti upon 3, 5, and 7. Most observers agree that Pierce was a charming fellow, a fun classmate prone toward a bit of puerile show (5), a charismatic military general followed eagerly by his troops, and overall quite fun-loving (Surya-9).

Ambitious Rahu can ascend to extraordinary heights when the timing is right , but Rahu will typically collapse or tumble at some point in the trajectory. Pierce's Mahadasha of Rahu began in Jan-1852. No one was more surprised than Pierce himself when he was nominated on his fractious political party's 49th ballot. At the onset of Rahu Mahadasha, Pierce was elected POTUS-14 on a very weak compromise ticket with vice-president William King giving the previously quiet senator from New Hampshire a sudden grandiose shot to the top of national prominence.

His family was horrified, but Pierce accepted. His VPOTUS died before the term started, and Pierce was denied the option to choose a replacement, meaning that he could not delegate any presidential tasks.

Rahu-Makara-11 * economically (11) expedient (Rahu) interpretations of the Law (Shani)

The insistence of lawfulness (Shani, Rahu) was a key factor in Pierce's disastrous POTUS-14 administration. He insisted on a narrowly legalistic interpretation of Constitutional Law as granting protection of property rights, while all around him a moral debate was raging that [male] people cannot be property.

Pierce hailed from New England where abolitionism (abolishing slavery) was widely subscribed and its legal basis argued by such luminaries as Walden 1817-1862 abolition Henry David Thoreau. Nevertheless Pierce found no legal sanction for the abolitionists' moral outrage. He asserted that moral arguments were not germane to the legal, constitutional question about property rights. His disregard (Ketu) for the established legal-historical fact that morality cultural walls, mora-mura underlies the law showed an expedient rather than scholarly understanding of the Constitutional situation.

Rahu-Makara -11 is ruled by Shani-Kany-7. Although Pierce had every reason to believe that he would be a viable incumbent candidate for the second term of POTUS-14, during Rahu-Shani period he was essentially dumped by his political party. Shani rules 12-invisibility, enemies of the agreement.

The reasons for Pierce's sudden disfavor are complex but they stem primarily from incompletely substantiated accusations against his reputation. Rahu-Makara is controlled by Shani who demands lawful, conventional behavior that is respectful of social ranking systems. Rahu drishti to Shani does support Pierce's legal career and brings him career-essential settlements and deals. However the Rahu-Shani period is notorious for conflict between Rahu's ambitious personal importance versus Shani's proletarian conformism.

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu-Karkata * incomplete security, empty shelter, dissolute caretaking, not limited by customary routines, ignores restriction on farming, real-estate, home-making

  • Ketu in classroom-5 * ambivalent toward entitlements, absentee children, disregards political boundaries, eccentric unsustainable cut-off intelligence, dissolves the game, disperses the creative intelligence

  • Mangala-yuti-Ketu * surrendered championship, empty actions, unsustainable domination, apathetic competition

Mangala-yuti-Ketu dispersal of courage reinforced Pierce's negative reputation for cowardice in battle.

Ketu in classroom-5 scatters political focus + alienates by clinging (Azlesa) to unsustainable claims nichha-Mangala-yuti-Ketu

His nichha-Mangala-5 yuti Ketu shows the confusion of the emotional (Karkata) need to dominate others (Mangala) mixed with Euro-culture principle of owned property Karkata especially agriculture. Pulverizing, dispersing Ketu provided an infelicitously passive-aggressive mix with inconsistent positions on cultural ethics (Karkata) of slavery, alcohol, and women's rights.

Ketu-5 = Politics of disconnection and despair

Elected vice-president William King. was the lover of POTUS-15 Buchanan. As a gay man in that social era King's private identity was an open secret. During the Nov-1852 election, King was living in Cuba and dying of tuberculosis.. King left Havana Cuba where he was taking a health-cure, went home for a brief rest in Alabama, and died overnight. King never made it back to Washington to serve as VPOTUS. Pierce was not permitted to select another VP (Ketu no connections) thus Pierce had no partner with whom to share policy thoughts, nor to delegate responsibilities.


All three of his children were males (Kuja) who died young * age 1, age 4, and age 11. The last son died at age 11, just months after Pierce won the POTUS-14 election. Both parents watched all three children die. Putrapathi-5 Ketu-ruled Magha Chandra in classroom-6 is one factor in this sad narrative; parenting Chandra ruling Ketu and nichha-Mangala-5 is another.


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