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Ulster-Scots Dissenter American


USA minister to Britain (under Pierce )

USA minister to Russia (under Jackson )

USA Sec'y State 1845-1849 (under Polk )

preceded by

succeeded by

married to:

  • life-partnership with William King, who was the VP under POTUS-14 Bleeding Kansas 1804-1869 Franklin Pierce and USA-Senator from Alabama



"I acknowledge no master but the law."

POTUS-15 * served from 1857-1861

James Buchanan

a.k.a."Old Buck"

Lightbody Descent into Fleshbody (birth) Saturday-23-Apr-1791

fleshdeath 01-Jun-1868 (age 77)


POTUS-15 from 1857 until 1861 * James Buchanan * 1791-1868

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

Mula * Nirriti

BPL commentary:

For Mula nativities, the the condition of limitless, observing, uncoupling, surrendering, wandering, dispersing Ketu may considerably affect the outcome.

Spirit guides, astral beings, awareness of impermanence, freedom from conventions, disregard of consequences, and inner listening may be especially influential.

Instructional guidance from the civilizations of Al-Shaula

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde.(1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 86.

"... a shrewd and capable character - an organizer,

  • who is able to handle people

  • and make them serve his needs through tact and diplomacy.

A politician.

An orator who is capable of swaying his audiences

  • yet who is not sincere

  • but may even be unfaithful to his constituents

  • and ungrateful and unappreciative of favors received if the occasion arises.

The type of person who, while one is still in his presence, holds one spellbound;

  • but who when he leaves, also leaves a lurking distrust behind him.

Extremely clever and capable."

Biographical Details matched to the Vimshottari Dasha periods

Surya Mahadasha

Surya-Meza-uttama* Surya in bhava-5 * Surya-yuti-Ketu

23-Apr-1791 Lightbody Descent into Fleshbody (birth) * Surya-Chandra period * Chandra atmakaraka

Chandra Mahadasha

randhresha-8 = Chandra in bhava-1

Mangala Mahadasha

1812 "pass the bar" admitted to practice Law * Mangala-Zukra period * Zukra Vriddhipathi-11 earnings, goals

Rahu Mahadasha

1814 fought as a private against British invasion of Baltimore * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti * Rahu-11 community

1821 decease of Father Budha period * Rahu-Budha rules maraka-2 from 9-father

Mar-1823-Mar-1831 USA Congress from Pennsylvania * Rahu-Budha period * Budha rules-7 + karmesha-10

Guru Mahadasha

Jan-1832-Mar1833 Minister to Russia * Guru-Guru period * Guru lagnesha

1833 decease of Mother * Guru-Budha period * Budha ruler of 7th-from-Chandra

Dec-1834-Mar-1845 USA Senator from Pennsylvania * Guru-Shani period * Shani rules 10th-navamsha career

Mar-1845-Mar-1849 USA Secy State * Guru-Rahu period * Rahu-11 goals, networks

Shani mahadasha

1853 death of partner William King * Shani-Ketu period * Ketu chidrakaraka

Aug-1853-1856 Minister to UK * Shani-Ketu period * Ketu gives effect of yuvatipathi-7 Budha

Mar-1857-Mar-1861 POTUS-15 * Shani-Zukra period * Zukra Vriddhipathi-11 goals, friendship, networks

Budha Mahadasha

Budha-Meza * Budha-yuti-Ketu

01-Jun-1868 fleshdeath (age 77) * Budha-Budha period * Budha rules maraka-7

Distinctive features of the Nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka

Surya in bhava-5 * swabhava * center of drama, intelligence for speculation; brightly political, focus on glamour, entertainment; eye on games

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

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

Buchanan's mother and father were both of recent Ulster Scots descent. Buchanan's father was a merchant-farmer born in Northern Ireland who settled in Pennsylvania.

POTUS-15 Oregon Treaty 1791-1868 James Buchanan * lagnesha Guru-10 suggests a body-based identity with governance and public visibility roles. Buchanan was elected to to Pennsylvania House of Representatives at age 23. Buchanan remained "in portfolio" with no gaps between political assignments - both elected and appointed - until his retirement from the 15th Presidency his age 70.

Ketu-5 yuti the rulers of 9, 5, 12, 7, and 10. Political vacillating and dithering.

randhresha-8 = Chandra in bhava-1

POTUS-15 Oregon Treaty 1791-1868 James Buchanan is often ranked by historians as the worst (or one of the worst) USA presidents in history. Buchanan was an attorney who had not practiced law in decades. He had lived outside the USA as a diplomat during antebellum decade and knew little about the social and economic violence of slavery. With typical Mula arrogance (non-questioning) Buchanan trivialized the massive moral content of the slavery debate as "a small matter" of Constitutional Law.

Buchanan had been elected by northerners seeking moral leadership. Yet because he was beholden to the financially privileged slave-owning planters who funded his lifestyle, and also because he preferred a romanticized view of the agrarian-roots Deep South (where he did not live and about which he knew little reality - Ketu) Buchanan was unable to decide. Instead, he blustered and dithered.

Instead of addressing the monumental moral questions, Buchanan spent four years pretending that there was no serious problem. As moral outrage reached the boiling point, he ignored the moral arguments, taking instead a legalist stance that while it was illegal for the southern states to secede from the union, it was equally illegal for the government to force reunification.

Scholars see Buchanan's tenure as the nadir of national leadership which could not have come at a worse time. Meanwhile Buchanan enjoyed holding court at Washington D.C. salon-parties. He retired in a climate of non-accountability (Ketu) claiming that he was not responsible for the problems he left behind. As the Civil War began to rage, retired POTUS-15 James Buchanan wrote a self-justifying book defending his presidential actions and blaming the slavery problem on impatient abolitionists.(The book was ignored; the war had started.)

As a career diplomat, POTUS-15 Oregon Treaty 1791-1868 (1857-1861) James Buchanan 's main task was to form nationally beneficial relationships with important commercial interests in several countries.

  • Buchanan hosted gracious ambassadorial parties for wealthy international (9) clients in London, Paris, Moscova, and Washington DC. His lovely parties were attended by rich, influential slave-owning sugar and cotton growers.

  • While socializing (Shani bhratrupathi-3 in 4 security) in the national interest, Buchanan's rather luxurious personal lifestyle was being secretly subsidizedby rich southern slave-plantation owners (Zukra-3 owns Professor Rahu teaching in classroom-8 Thula = hidden arrangements).
  • Unfortunately, after decades of enjoying the plush company of the monied growers (Zukra-3) Buchanan was quite deeply "in the pockets " of the slave-owners.
  • Despite being himself a northerner, and despite his clear electoral mandate from northern voters to severely limit or stop slavery in the nation, he continued to protect the constitutional legality of slavery.

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