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preceded by

succeeded by


married to

  • Jane Appleton on 19-Nov-1834

son of

  • 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

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POTUS-14 * served 1853-1857

Franklin Pierce

fleshbirth Friday-23-Nov-1804

fleshdeath 08-Oct-1869 (age 63)


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POTUS-14 * served 1853-1857 * Franklin Pierce * 1804-1869

birth data from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Pierce * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Visaka * Radha

  • QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 97.


BPL commentary: For Visaka natives, the condition of Professor Guru considerably affects the outcome. Teachers, preachers, ideologues, philosophers, and paradigms of belief may be especially influential.

"... Aggressiveness and impatience.

These people are overbearing in their desire to get things done.

They are very active but not popular,

  • since their manner causes people to actively dislike them

  • and to resent their extreme aggressiveness.

they are very proud

  • and because of this, they take offense easily at some fancied slight.

their anger makes enemies of people who might cooperate with them, if treated differently.

they will overcome their enemies through sheer force of character,

  • but such people will still remain enemies .

Tact and kindness are qualities which they should try to develop."

Biographical Details matched to the Vimshottari Dasha periods


Budha Mahadasha

23-Nov-1804 birth * Budha-Shani period


Ketu Mahadasha


Zukra Mahadasha


Surya Mahadasha

19-Nov-1834 marriage to Jane Appleton Pierce * Surya-Guru period * Guru rules swamsha

Feb-1836 Surya-Shani * first child is born but lives only three days * Shani vidyapathi-5 brings children but as rogesha-6 maraka * 2nd-from-5

1836 elected USA Senator from New Hampshire * Surya-Budha period * Budha lagnesha * Budha rules 10th navamsha


Chandra Mahadasha

07-Dec-1838 decease of Mother * Chandra-Chandra period * Chandra-yuti-Ketu gives effect of Ketu

01-Apr-1839 decease of Father Gov. Benjamin Pierce * Chandra-Mangala period * Mangala gives effect of Ketu


Mangala Mahadasha

1847 Mexican-American War. Despite zero military experience, Pierce is commissioned Brigadier General by POTUS-11 Manifest Destiny 1795-1849 James Knox Polk and he leads a force into the Mexican-American war. Due to injuries, he misses most of the fighting and the war was effectively 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.

Oct-1852 earned his party's nomination for POTUS-14. Term of office begins March-1853 ends March-1857. Mangala-Budha period * Budha lagnesha * Budha rules 10th navamsha

06-Jan-1853 death of 11-year old son Benjamin * Mangala-Ketu period

18-Apr-1853 death of Pierce's elected vice-president William King * Mangala-Zukra period * Zukra rules 8th-from-7th, sudden transformation of partnership


Rahu Mahadasha

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-Rahu swabhukti

02-Dec-1863 fleshdeath of wife Jane Appleton * Rahu-Budha period * Budha lagnesha rules 7th-from-7

08-Oct-1869 fleshdeath * Rahu-Zukra period * Zukra maraka rules-2

Distinctive features of the nativity

POTUS-14 Bleeding Kansas 1804-1869 Franklin Pierce


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

Surya * pitrikaraka


Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

Chandra-yuti-Ketu

Somana-yuti-Kuja-nichha


Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Somana-yuti-Kuja-nichha


Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka


Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

Brihaspati rules Visaka radical lagna


Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

Marriage and Alcoholism = Shani-Kanya + nichha-Zukra-Kanya-12

Pierce's wife Jane was described by contemporaries as a frail, punitively religious, somewhat timid personality & Shani + nichha Zukra. She supported the growing national Temperance Movement (Shani). Furthermore she disliked political life; in particular she despised the "social circuit" of Washington D.C.

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 who all 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 took to drinking. In modern psychology, Mrs. Pierce would be called an addictions enabler.

Gender is a social construct, and Zukra indicates not anatomy but rather the value-and-harmony functioning of social relationships. In the nativity of those playing the husband role, nichha Zukra generally indicates that relationships with women are inherently unbalanced due to the expectations of the husband matching unbalanced interior conditions within the women themselves.

A man with radical nichha-Zukra or navamsha nichha-Zukra may be attracted (Zukra) primarily or exclusively to the type of match-mate who blames and criticizes herself. nichha-Bhrigu is unable to see her own beauty; argues with herself; places herself in ever-complaining servitude (Kanya). Zukra-nichha yuti Shani in bhava-1 indicates a mate who is involved with institutionalized conflict (Shani rules-6 ) of a punitive, judgmental, criticizing, and toxic nature (Kanya). The issues of their day were first and foremost slavery, secondly alcohol, and thirdly the incipient argument toward political and economics rights for women.

Nichha-Zukra can indicate alcoholism, particularly for the Kanya nativity where Zukra rules 2, the mouth. 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.

Navamsha exposes Zukra-nichha vargottamsha yuti Ketu (which exacerbates substance addictions 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).

His severely depressed wife died when he was 58. Pierce enjoyed a locally recognized relationship with another woman, then shortly thereafter he died age 64 of cirrhosis of the liver. rogesha-6 Shani in radical lagna.


Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka


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


Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

Chandra-yuti-Ketu


Bhava-11 contains bhratrupathi-3 + randhresha-8 nichha-Mangala yuti Azlesa Chandra-yuti-Ketu

Mangala's sexual, dynamic, inventive, competitive quest for secret invigoration (8, 3) is often a source of challenge for the Kanya nativity. Azlesa Chandra can't let go has its own set of scripted behaviors.

During Mangala Mahadasha, Franklin Pierce not only abandoned (Ketu) his family in Massachusetts in order to fulfill a US-Senate term (6 years) in Washington. He also left them for extended periods of war, to fight a series of campaigns to win more land for the USA (via war with Mexico).

Azlesa Chandra can't let go may have been a psycho-emotional factor encouraging him to try to protect the habitual routines and established cultural norms of Southern slave owners, which he defended as a sovereign "way of life" with roots in the 'deep' past. (In fact the economic system of plantation slavery was about 100 years old, not deep at all.)

Pierce alienated many (Ketu)

His nichha-Mangala-11 yuti Ketu shows the confusion of the emotional (Karkata) need to dominate others (Mangala) mixed with the principle of owned property. Chandra-Mangala yogais often a materially successful combination. By motivating him to pursue (Mangala) hidden information, this yoga did contribute to his successful career as an attorne . However the addition of pulverizing, dispersing Ketu provided an infelicitously passive-aggressive mix that is implicated in his loss of ability to maintain a consistent relationship with either his political party or with his wife.

Vice-President dies, cannot be replaced

At the onset of Mangala Mahadasha, the inexperienced but politically ambitious (Rahu-5) Pierce was elected POTUS-14 on a "compromise" ticket with vice-president William King. King was a gay man = nichha-Zukra, which was in that social era a despised identity. (William King was the lover of POTUS-15 Buchanan.) King was dying of tuberculosis at the time of the election. Mr. King was in Cuba when the presidential term started. King left Havana Cuba where he was taking a health-cure, went home for a brief rest in Alabama, and died overnight. Thus he never made it back to Washington to serve as VP. Pierce was not permitted to select another VP thus he had no one with whom to share thoughts, nor to delegate responsibilities.

Similar to his marriage, most of Pierce's key advising and supporting relationships were broken by nichha-Zukra yuti rogesha-6 Shani. 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.

Rahu in bhava-5 casts an expedient drishti upon 9, 11, and 1. 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. On the other hand, rogesha-6 Shani accusations and injury also with Mangala-yuti-Ketu dispersal of courage both reinforced Pierce's negative reputation for cowardice in battle.

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 May-1855, mid-way through his first term of office. Although Pierce had every reason to believe that he would be a candidate for the second term of POTUS-14, during Rahu-Rahu swabhukti he was essentially dumped by his political party.

The reasons for Pierce's sudden disfavor are complex but they stem primarily from incompletely unsubstantiated accusations against his reputation. Rahu-Makara is controlled by Shani-1 vidyapathi-5 politics and rogesha-6 accusations. Shani demands lawful, conventional behavior that is respectful of social ranking systems. Of course as Vidyapthi-5, Shani does support the charming, intelligent, and game-playing behaviors of Rahu-5 and this 5/9 angle did support Pierce's political career right from the beginning. Pierce he had socially recognizable legitimacy as the son of a New Hampshire governor, an elected US Senator (although he resigned before the end of term) and a successful New England attorney who accepted glamorous cases and delighted the gallery with his marvelous speeches. He was considered a fine orator Guru in bhava-2and colleagues remember his distinctively deep voice.

All three of his children 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 Shani yuti nichha-Zukra accepting the exacerbating Rahu drishti is one factor in this sad narrative; parenting Chandra afflicted by Ketu and nichha-Mangala is another.

Like all POTUS who served during the 20 years preceding the Civil War, POTUS-14 Bleeding Kansas 1804-1869 Franklin Pierce was trapped into the extremely combative slavery debate. For Pierce, Budha agent of speech is controlled by the Mangala-Ketu-Azlesa-Chandra cluster in economics-11. 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 . Yet these same years 1840-1860 saw a tremendous land-territory expansion for the USA into the western regions, and Pierce is credited with successful military campaigns to add more land to the "teenage" USA. Guru bandesha-4 lands occupies 11th-from-4th expansive gainfulness.

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 (Zukra) that he was seemingly unable to make a single fixed executive decision (Ketu-Chandra).

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. He saw himself as a facilitator and a diplomat. Yet during this extremely contentious period in USA history, he was unable to achieve agreements (nichha Zukra).

Rahu-Makara-5 * politically expedient interpretations of the Law

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

Although he 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 obvious legal-historical fact that morality cultural walls, mora-mura underlies the law showed an expedient rather than scholarly understanding of the Constitutional situation.

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 Chandra-Mangala yoga 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. (It is also quite likely given nichha-Zukra-yuti-Shani that he silently sought comfort with a servant.)

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Franklin Pierce in 1853

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