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POTUS-17 * served 1865-1869

Governor of Tennessee 1852-1857; 1862-1865

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POTUS-17 * 1865-1869

VPOTUS Mar-Apr-1865 under POTUS-16 Emancipation 1809-1865 Abraham Lincoln

Governor of Tennessee * 1853-1857 + 1862-1865

US-Senator from TN * 1857-1862 * Mar-Jul-1875

US-Congressman from Tennessee * 1843-1853

Tennessee State Congress 1835

Mayor of Greeneville TN * 1834

Andrew Johnson

a.k.a. Tennessee Johnson

Earthbody-Entry Thursday-29-Dec-1808

Earthbody-Exit 31-July-1875 (age 66)



POTUS-17-partner * 1865-1869

Eliza McCardle Johnson

Earthbody-Entry 04-Oct-1810

Earthdeath 15-Jan-1876 (age 65)


POTUS-17 from 1865 until 1869 * Andrew Johnson * 1808--1875

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

Purvaphalguni * Yoni

BPL commentary:

For natives of Purvaphalguni * Yoni, the condition of sweetly musical, artistic, harmony-seeking, negotiating, balancing, arranging, designing, matching, pairing, sensually pleasuring akarshana-karaka Bright Bhrigu considerably affects the outcome.

Feminine figures such as sisters, aunts, and wives, along with partnerships, contracts, bargains, sensual pleasures, lovers, artistic beauty, luxurious scents, treasuries, financial arrangements, and music, may be especially influential.

Guided by instructors from the civilizations of Zosma

Zukra-ruled Purvaphalguni gentlemen are often found in the sparkling bright worlds of politics, entertainment, speculative finance, and spectator sports. They are happiest when playing music, dancing, or performing a choreographed sport for an appreciative audience, Delighted by spectacle and applause, they enjoy parties, political campaigns, gambling and games, financial showmanship, bargaining toward a political agreement, and the drama of romantic relationships.

Political success depends upon the charisma of lagnesha Surya. Financial success depends upon the dual-dhanakaraka Zukra and Budha.

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra. p 83

"A physical rather than a mental type.

  • A healthy constitution

  • not given to worry or anxiety regarding the problems of living.

He must guard against impulsiveness

since he is apt to act without sufficient thought

  • and as a result he makes many mistakes

  • which are difficult to rectify

  • and which may be disastrous.

He is very active physically and will be proficient at various sports,

  • reveling in the joy of mere action ,

  • even purposeless action.

These people seem never to rest and are constantly in motion.

  • As soon as they have finished one thing they start on another,

  • frequently doing several things at a time."

Biographical Details matched to the Vimshottari Dasha periods


Andrew Johnson painted by William Brown Cooper, in: 1856

Johnson, a former tailor, was said to have been always impeccably dressed

Chandra Mahadasha * age birth until age 5.5

29-Dec-1808 Earth-birth * Chandra-Shani bhukti * Shani-4 patriotism rules 6-slaveru + 7-agreements, career

1812 grieved decease of father * Chandra-Ketu period * Ketu-9 disappearance of father

Mangala Mahadasha * age 5.5 until age 12.5

1818 (age 10) sold into bonded apprenticeship, to a Raleigh tailor * Mangala-Budha period * his family 2 earns from the indenture 11

Rahu Mahadasha * age 12.5 until age 30.5

1826 moved his mother, stepfather, and siblings to Greeneville TN

27-May-1827 marriage to Eliza McCardle (his age 18; her age 16) * Rahu-Shani period * Shani rules navamsha-7

1828 Child-1 * Rahu-Shani period * Shani rules 9th-from-Chandra-Vrishabha

1829 elected town alderman in Greeneville TN (age 31) * Rahu-Shani period * Shani-4 rules 10th-from-10th begin political career

04-Jan-1934 elected Mayor of Greeneville TN (age 35) * Rahu-Zukra period * Zukra karmesha

1835 elected to Tennessee State Congress from Greene County, aligned politically to POTUS-07 Indian Removal 1767-1845 Andrew Jackson * Rahu-Zukra period * Zukra karmesha

1837 lost re-election * Rahu-Chandra period * Chandra rules 12-invisibility, loss of appearance

1839 won re-election to Tennessee State Congress. He remained undefeated in all elections for the next 30 years.* Rahu-Mangala period * Mangala rules 9-political fortune

Guru Mahadasha * age 30.5 until age 46.5

1841 elected to TN State Senate. Sells the prosperous tailoring business, retains the valuable real-estate portfolio including plantations, buys another 10 slaves. * Guru-Guru swabhukti * Guru-7 rules 5-speculative finance + 8 change of identity

1843 begins 5-term WDC service as US-Congressman from Tennessee until 1853. His wife remains in Greeneville. * Guru-Shani period * Shani-4 rules 6-marital disagreement + Shani rules 7-career, alliances, peerage

Aug-1853 elected Gov-Tennessee * Guru-Rahu chidradasha

Shani mahadasha * age 46.5 until 65.5 = 1855 until 1874 (decease)

1856 decease of mother * Shani-Shani swabhukti

Oct-1857 elected US-Sen-Tennessee * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani rules 7 = 10th-from-10th contracts, trusts

1857 while returning from WDC, his rail carriage overturns causing a lifelong painful injury to his right arm ** Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani rules 6-injuries, accidents

Oct-1859 the slavery issue reaches peak polarization. Owning 14 slaves and considerable property, Johnson becomes a singular exponent of slavery as a foundational, Constitutional right of American citizens. However he remained a Unionist, opposed to Secession of the southern slave-states. * Shani-Budha period * Budha rules 2- speeches containing Kuja-2 aggressive complaints

Jun-1861 Tennessee secedes from the Union. * Shani-Budha period * Budha rules 8th-from-7th revolutionary upheaval (8) of the Union (7)

Mar-1862 appointed by Lincoln as Civil-Wartime military governor of Tennessee * Shani-Ketu period * Ketu-9 unpopular and unstable, but 9 = political fortune

Jan-1863 POTUS-16 Emancipation 1809-1865 Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation, and Johnson reluctantly abandons his slavery stance. As governor, he recruits 20,000 freed slaves into the Union Army for "menial tasks" * Shani-Zukra period * Zukra-6 slavery rules Rahu-3 announcements

04-Mar-1865 sworn-in as VPOTUS under Lincoln * heavily intoxicated for public speech * Shani-Zukra period * Zukra-6 alcoholism

14-Apr-1865 becomes POTUS-17 upon the assassination of POTUS-16 Emancipation 1809-1865 Abraham Lincoln * Shani-Zukra bhukti * Zukra karmesha

Feb-1868 impeached by Senate for obstructing abolitionist Reconstruction, escaped by one vote * Shani-Mangala period * Mangala rules 12th-from-10th ++ Mangala rules Ketu-9 abandons high position

July-1868 loses the party nomination for POTUS

03-Nov-1868 POTUS-18 Civil War 1822-1885 Ulysses S. Grant is elected. In a show of contempt for nearly-impeached POTUS-17, Grant refuses to communicate with Johnson.

25-Dec-1868 issued lame-duck presidential pardons for everyone involved in the Confederate uprising, and numerous criminal pardons

1869 returns to Greeneville following an eight-year absence. His alcoholic lawyer son commits suicide. * Shani-Rahu period

1873 cholera + major financial losses due to bank collapse * Shani-Guru period * Guru rules 8-dangerous circumstances

Budha Mahadasha * age = age 65.5 until age 66 (decease)

Jan-1875 re-elected to the US Senate by one vote * Budha-Budha swabhukti * Budha rules 11-goals

31-July-1875 (age 66) fleshdeath * Budha-Budha swabhukti * Budha maraka rules-2

Distinctive features of the Nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka * Jyotikarkaka

  • Surya-Dhanuzya * Purva-azadha * Aditya * the unsplit, undivided
  • Surya in bhava-5 * swabhava * center of drama, intelligence for speculation; brightly political, royal entitlements, focus on glamour, entertainment; eye on games
  • Surya-yuti-Budha * confidently conversational, bright messenger, entitled to discuss, radiantly descriptive



Surya-yuti-Budha-5 gets provocative, argumentative drishti from Mangala-Kanya-2

Johnson had undeniable political charm. After learning to read fluently under Eliza's tutelage, at the onset of Rahu mahadasha, the world opened to him. Johnson especially loved classical Roman oratory (translated into English). He actively instigated political arguments and won them with sharp, aggressive, debating skills. * Mangala-Kanya-2 aggressive speech drishti to bhava-5 + 9 = politics.

Surya-5-Purvazadha = lagnesha

Johnson enjoyed a political career spanning 1834 until 1875. He won nearly every election, often by very small margins. He was a hero of the white small-holders, and disliked the antebellum Big-Money southern planter class. Although he did not socialize overly, was said to have been always impeccably attired.

Shani-Surya period : July-1865 until June-1866

During the typically stalemated Shani-Surya period (two planetary enemies), Johnson displayed so much uncooperative attitude toward the Congressionally approved 14-15-16 Constitutional Amendments that Johnson was impeached by an angry Congress. However despite being a very unpopular figure considered treasonous by some, Johnson was exonerated by one vote

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • Chandra-Vrishabha * uttama * moolatrikona * comforted by rhythmic historical tonal values
  • Chandra in Rohini * mulatrikona * comforted by lavish appreciation * protectors of luxurious domiciles, beautiful caretaking, rhythmic arrangements, sensitive security
  • Chandra in classroom-10 * comfort in order, familiar with protocol, rank, soothed by systems, routine leadership, iconic roles, visibility, recognition, respect; undulating lawfulness


Johnson's mother survived in harsh circumstances, raising her children on the pittance she earned as a washerwoman. Laundering was considered a less than respectable trade (associated with prostitution). Chandra rules 12-unseen activities * Zukra-6 prostitution rules both Chandra-10 (mother) and 6th-from-Chandra unfair relationships.

Furthermore, Andrew did not look like his siblings. It was rumored that he was not actually the son of the deceased purported father; he was apparently much more outspoken, smarter, and quicker than his younger brother; thus more social stigma attended young Andrew. Father's identity = vague due to Ketu-9.

Mom's circumstances improved when she left Raleigh and moved with Andrew to Greeneville. As her son's tailoring business, real-estate portfolio, and political career flourished, she rose in dignity. Both mother and wife were vigilant, steady supporters of their son and husband.

MARRIAGE partnership support expectations

7th-from-Chandra-10 = bhava-4 homeland, farm, local roots. Bandhubhava-4 contains hard-working, change-resisting, stubborn, localized Shani in Bhava-4. Eliza McCardle was 16 when she married Andrew Johnson age 18. He had a trade (tailor) and her father had been the town shoemaker. They had shared roots in the small-trade classes. They were married for 56 years and died within 5 months of each other. Yet they had long separations (the longest being 8 years) and she did not accompany his many political travels. When Andrew became POTUS-17 following Lincoln's assassination, Eliza did move into the Whitehouse. Yet claiming ill health, she stayed in her bedroom for his entire term of office. Their adult daughter hostessed the required social entertainments.

Chandra-10 leader of the poor white demographic

From the beginning of his political career, Johnson saw himself as the voice of the poor white (Zukra-sita) southern farmers and tradesmen. He was himself a child of this demographic. This poor-white population represented a majority of the Euro settlers in the southern states. Yet despite their citizen majority, their impecunious status allowed them little influence on the plutocratic elites that controlled the political parties. Therefore Johnson ascribed to himself an almost messianic agenda to uplift his segment of the population, and he was willing to expediently reinterpret the law of the land in order to fulfill his ambition.* Zukra rules leadership Chandra-Rohini-10 ++ Rahu-3 in sita-rashi Thula.

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

  • Mangala-Kanya * vigorous pursuit of logical argumentation * proactive medication * thrust toward service, push toward unfairness
  • Mangala in bhava-2 * drive toward values lineage, pursuit of treasuries, energized face-speech-song, aggressive family hoarding, vigorous capitalization-banking, storage, assets, conservation, family dynamics, acquisitive conquests

yogakaraka Kuja rules 4-patriotism, plantation + 9-fortunate elections, beliefs

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

  • Surya-Dhanuzya * Mula * Aditya * the unsplit, undivided
  • Surya in bhava-5 * swabhava * center of drama, intelligence for speculation; brightly political, royal entitlements, focus on glamour, entertainment; eye on games
  • Surya-yuti-Budha * confidently conversational, bright messenger, entitled to discuss, radiantly descriptive

Budha rules 2- family

When Andrew Johnson's was 3 years old, during Chandra-Ketu period. his father died in an accident The already poor family was thrust into dire straits. Shani-4 = scarcity in settled family basis. Mangala-Kanya-2 also 6th from 9 = less benevolent for father. Uttama-Chandra-10 as ruler-of-12 prefers privacy, yet he enjoyed a deeply supportive relationship with Mother.

Budha dhanayoga

As for any Simha nativity, Budha rules 2 + 11. For Johnson, Budha-5 ruling 2 + 11 creates a significant dhanayoga and predictably he became a very wealthy man by the standards of the day. Budha-Mula-5 would suggest that his political activities greatly facilitated the acquisition of personal treasuries.

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

  • Guru-Kumbha * much networking, many communities, scientific beliefs, doctrine of economic linkage
  • Guru in bhava-7 * many contracts, much negotiation, much partnership, abundant agreement, numerous alliances

Guru-7 implies multiple marriages

Johnson produced five children via his white wife Eliza. Johnson was legally married only once, never divorced, and his wife Eliza died five months after him. It was rumored that Johnson also fathered three children with his house-slave Dolly who Johnson bought when Dolly was 14.

Because Dolly's three children had Euro-white features, the townsfolk assumed that their father was Dolly's owner Andrew Johnson. However, Johnson's Zukra having no companion graha = Zukra-6 alone in Makara the evidence would not come from Zukra. Shani drishti to Zukra, Shani in 7th-from-Chandra, and yuvatipathi-Shani-4 would all point away from this parentage claim * However, Zukra-6 grants an aesthetic taste for servants and alcohols, and Guru-7 indicates multiple partnerships, so there is some justification for the popular belief about Dolly and her children.

Benevolent Brihaspati occupies the regulatory, social-authoritative 10th-from-Chandra while Chandra=10

Johnson's entire adult life after age 35 was dedicated to regulatory, legislative governance work. Chandra so highly placed and Guru in the advising 7th allowed Johnson to rise in social status, starting from the most dire poverty and ending with substantial wealth as a slave-labor agricultural plantation owner and landowner.

Guru-7 many deals, much brokerage

Overall, Johnson was able to craft more agreement in extremely high-conflict situations than many of his political peers, and his misbehavior was not significant enough to damage the Union. He was not the great healer who was truly needed in that awful chaotic era full of seething wounds and distrust of brother by brother. Nevertheless he was career broker of agreement among some very disagreeable people, and as a rather accidental president he at least kept the North and the South in communication.

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

  • Zukra-Makara-Draco * appreciation of authoritative status, enjoys social position, pleasures of structure, hierarchical arrangements
  • Zukra-6 * pleasure of self-medication; enjoys exploitive arrangements, addictions, imbalanced equity, feminine employees, servants, and slaves; appreciation of enemies, slavery, exploitation, war

Johnson was a notorious alcoholic and defender of the legality (Makara) of slavery. His fourth child, son Robert, also suffered from alcoholism and Robert committed suicide his age 35.

Zukra is well placed in Makara granting attractive, well-balanced bone structure. In a masculine nativity, Zukra-6 may indicate illness and dissatisfaction of the wife . Eliza McCardle suffered from lingering tuberculosis.

Although she diligently supported his career, which is evidenced by the strategic support position of her Chandra-Vrischika (Jyeztha) overlaid into Johnson's nativity, nevertheless Andrew Johnson never once came home during the years 1861-1869. Eliza remained entirely in Greeneville during his multi-decade career, not accompanying him on political duties but remaining in touch by letter. She died five months after his death..

Shani-Zukra period = Zukra-6 betrayal of the compromise (

In 1864 Johnson-the-Southern-unionist was selected as the unifying compromise running mate for Abraham Lincoln's re-election campaign. Less than six weeks after the start of his second term of office, POTUS-16 Emancipation 1809-1865 Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Johnson became POTUS-17 the next day.

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

  • Shani-Vrizchika * old secrets, pressured discovery, must explore, pressured genitals-anus, imposed secrecy, proletarian revolution, must transform with scarce resources
  • Shani in Bhava-4 * must remain, have to root, defend, shelter; cautious, conventional mother-figures; tense childhood, chronic household scarcity; strict boundaries; heavy pressure against customary ethnic boundaries

Shani-4 in Shani-ruled anuradha * Andrew Johnson was raised in harsh poverty . His parents (4) sold him into indentured servitude (6).

As was common in the day among working-class families, the illiterate young Andrew was indentured by his mother and stepfather as a bonded apprentice to a tailor. He is the only tailor ever to have become a POTUS. Way to Wealth 1706-1790 printer ambassador Benjamin Franklin was also indentured by his parents to a printer; albeit the printer who purchased young Benjamin's labor was Benjamin's much older brother. Johnson did learn the basics of tailoring, but he was mistreated and illegally ran away.

Shani-4 drishti into Zukra-6 + Chandra-10 + Simha-lagna = a hard worker, and Shani's drishti into Zukra-6 keeps the incipient alcoholism under disciplined control

Johnson's fiercely loyal commitment to the welfare of the small-farmer and petty-tradesmen formed the career-long basis of his appeal. He campaigned and voted on this principle, earning the love of the white "mechanics" class of tradesmen and sharecroppers throughout Tennessee and the Appalachian south. However, one plank in this platform was that the social mobility of this poor class depended on preventing the economic ascension of their competitors, the black freedmen. Then as now, this class of citizens holds fiercely racist tenets designed to keep potential competitors in their place. Johnson's pro-slavery rhetoric = Shani in Bhava-4 ruled by complaining, arguing Kuja-Kanya-2 drishti iinto Mula-Budha-5.

Shani mahadasha * age 46.5 until 65.5 = 1855 until 1874 (decease)

1865-1868 * bitterly controversial term of office with Congressional impeachment * = Shani-Zukra until Shani-Rahu

Shani-4 resists change in the foundational social order * yet the terrible war had been waged to make that change

Like many extremely poor Whites, Johnson felt economic urgency to oppress the class immediately below his, which was the even poorer Black slaves. After the Civil War, the huge unskilled illiterate class of Black Freedpersons were granted citizenship by the US Congress, but Johnson (along with many Poor Whites) did not want slavery to end and he certainly did not want ex-slaves (male only) to vote.

Johnson proposed and promoted contradictory and unpopular policies especially on matters of citizenship for freed slaves Supporters abandon him, hostile Congress, impeachment proceedings begin

Chandra-10 sentimentally popular figure mutual drishti to Shani-4 anti-change

Despite his being a capable mayor, state legislator, US-Senator and Tennessee-Governor, most scholars rank Andrew Johnson as the single worst POTUS in history. His failures are mainly attributed to his outright non-compliance with the federal laws that eradicated slavery and invested freed male slaves with the privileges and duties of American citizenship (Shani-4 resists change in the local social order).

He was joined in the de facto refusal to end slavery by most white southerners and thus he remained fairly popular throughout the South despite having sided with the Union during the Civil War. Overall during his 40-year political career, folks either really liked Johnson or they really disliked him, with very little middle opinion.

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

  • Rahu-Thula *craving for trade * mask of fairly bargained contracts; fascinated by arrangements, deals, term of agreement * seeks special importance via negotiation, via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) diplomacy, advising
  • Rahu in bhava-3 * in swabhava of Busy Budha, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual writing, photography, journalistic reporting, news announcements, cinema, commentary, messaging. Craves publication. Desires a special, important explanatory, descriptive, or instructional role. Over-reaching in commercial business, internet, cinema, or communications media. Exciting, opportunistic engagement with process management, manufacturing, business administration, conversations, information technology. Ambitious character of the sibling-cousin, cohort, or touring ensemble.

Rahu occupies the exploitive, instrumentalist 6th-from-Chandra ++ Rahu ruled by Zukra-6

Johnson was entirely self-taught as an independent reader, and his critical thinking patterns reflected the fact that he had not participated in schooldays discussions. He simply made up his own mind without integrating or socially adjusting his views. He was considered a rough, stubborn, and vindictive fellow. His instrumentalist interpretation (3) of the US Constitution as providing a guarantee of the right to own slaves was reviled by many abolitionists as deceptive (Rahu) twisted (Rahu) thinking (3). However, he stuck with this interpretive position until his death.

At the onset of the exciting and socially mobile Rahu-Rahu swabhukti where Rahu is ruled by atmakaraka Zukra-6 ... and partly in response to the warrant for his arrest as an escaped bonded servant .... Johnson, his brother, his mother, and her second husband moved westward into the wilderness settlement frontier of Tennessee.

Walking into town after weeks in transit (walking and pulling their worldly goods behind in a wagon) Andrew met Eliza McCardle the daughter of a recently deceased local shoemaker. They both hailed from the Scots-Irish settler population and seemed to understand each other.

Rahu-Rahu swabhukti continues

He started to tailor and prospered. When he turned 18, Johnson married 16-year-old Eliza. From that time, Johnson would wear only the suits that he made himself. Despite his hard-scrabble background, Johnson cut a sharp figure in his nattily tailored attire. As POTUS, he would typically stop by any tailor-shop to say hello.

Furthermore, Eliza taught him to read, write and cipher with accuracy. He became a man of the world. * kalatra-karaka Zukra-6 rules Chandra-10 leadership and Rahu-3 business.

Shani-4 in 7th-from-Chandra grants a sober wife who is attuned to social hierarchies * atmakaraka Zukra-Makara

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu-Meza * dissociates from competitive dominance, incomplete nobility, empty arrival, dissolute conquest, not limited by blood or birth, ignores restriction on innovative movement
  • Ketu in classroom-9 * incoherent ideology, disinterested in the credenda; wandering worldview; absentee father-figures * no barriers in doctrine, disregards teachings, vacuous philosophy, irrelevance of the catechesis, ambivalence toward the power of belief

Ketu-9 absent father

Chandra-Ketu period age-3 = When he was three years old, his father died


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