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POTUS-17 * served 1865-1869

Governor of Tennessee 1852-1857; 1862-1865


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POTUS-17 * served 1865-1869

Governor of Tennessee 1852-1857; 1862-1865

Andrew Johnson

a.k.a. Tennessee Johnson

fleshbirth Thursday-29-Dec-1808

fleshdeath 31-July-1875 (age 66)


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fleshbirth 04-Oct-1810

decease 15-Jan-1876 (age 65)

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

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

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

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Dhaniztha * Vasu

  • QUOTATION from: Shil-Ponde.(1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra. p 87


BPL commentary: For Dhaniztha natives, the condition of pioneering bhratru-karaka Mangala considerably affects the outcome.

Brother-figures, warriors, hunters, athletes, champions, inventors, engineers, drivers, drillers, exploders, pursuers, and competitors may be especially influential.

Guided by instructors from Delphinus.

"Two entirely different types are born with Dhaniztha rising.

It depends on the part of this asterism, which lies on the Rising Point, as to which type predominates.

  • The key notes of both are optimism and ambition .

They both have thick necks and heavy thighs.

  • But there the similarity stops. (see later Pada descriptions)."

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


Chandra Mahadasha

29-Dec-1808 fleshbirth * Chandra-Chandra period * Chandra yuvatipathi-7 folkways, career

1812 decease of Father * Chandra-Guru period * Guru yuvatipathi-7 from 9


Mangala Mahadasha (age 10-17)

1818 (age 10) sold into bonded service to a tailor;

the sale is gainful for his family * Mangala Vriddhipathi-11 gains, bandesha-4 bondage


Rahu Mahadasha * begins 1826 (his age 17)

27-May-1827 marriage to Eliza McCardle (his age 18; her age 16) * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti

1828 Child-1 * Rahu-Guru period


Guru Mahadasha* begins 1844 (his age 35) * bhratrupathi-3 and ruler-of-12 = Guru in bhava-2

Aug-1853 elected Gov-Tennessee * Guru-Zukra period * Zukra yogakaraka vidyapathi-5 + karmesha-10 * Zukra rules Chandra and Zukra rules Rahu

1856 decease of Mother * Guru-Mangala period *Mangala yuvatipathi-7 from matrikaraka Chandra

Oct-1857 elected US-Sen-Tennessee * Guru-Rahu period


Shani mahadasha * begins 1860 (his age 51)

Mar-1862 appointed by Lincoln as military governor of Tennessee * Shani-Shani swabhukti

04-Mar-1865 sworn-in as Vice President under Lincoln * public drunk * Shani-Budha period * Budha rogesha-6 and dharmesha-9

14-Apr-1865 becomes POTUS-17 upon the assassination of POTUS-16 Emancipation 1809-1865 Abraham Lincoln * Shani-Budha period * Budha rogesha-6 and dharmesha-9 * Budha harsha yoga rogesha-6 in 12 * Surya Sarala Yoga randhresha-8 in 12, and Budha-yuti-Surya

1865-1868 * contradictory and unpopular policies especially on matters of citizenship for freed slaves (Ketu-4 citizenship). Supporters abandon him, hostile Congress, impeachment proceedings begin * Shani-Ketu period

Feb-1868 impeached by Senate, escaped by one vote * Shani-Zukra period * Zukra vidyapathi-5 + karmesha-10 * yogakaraka Zukra rules Chandra and Zukra rules Rahu

1873 cholera * Shani-Rahu period * Rahu's ruler Zukra rogesha-6 from Chandra

31-July-1875 (age 66) fleshdeath * Shani-Rahu period

Distinctive features of the Nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka


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



Andrew Johnson was raised in harsh poverty with frequent home uprootings * Ketu-4

When he was three years old, his father died * Surya rules-8 in 12, and Mangala-9

Johnson's mother survived in difficult circumstances, raising her children on the pittance she earned as a washerwoman. Laundering was considered a less than respectable trade (associated with prostitution). * Zukra-1 rules both Chandra (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; thus more social stigma attended young Andrew. Father's identity invisible, vague * Surya rules-8 in 12

Ketu in Bhava-4. When Andrew Johnson's was 3 years old, his father died in an accident Mangala-9. The already poor family was thrust into dire straits. Ketu-4 = instability in settled family basis. Mangala-Kanya-9 also 6th from 4 = less benevolent for a stable foundational pattern. By contrast uttama-Chandra-5 as yuvatipathi-7 is extremely strong and fruitful, showing his deeply supportive relationship with Mother.

Andrew nor enjoyed a lifetime close advising relationship to his very supportive mother * Vrishabha-Krittika-Chandra-5 * Chandra yuvatipathi-7 adviser, counselor

As was common in the day among working-class families, the illiterate young Andrew was sold 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 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. He ran away during Mangala-Ketu period * Ketu-abandonment.

Yet Johnson was dogged during the entire 7-year Mangala period by his indentured owner's pursuit. * Mangala period * Mangala bandesha-4 containing Ketu bondage (Ketu breaks the bond) 11 salary, economic gains

At the onset of the exciting and socially mobile Rahu-Rahu swabhukti where Rahu is ruled by atmakaraka Zukra ... 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 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-1 rules Chandra-5 and Rahu-10, exceptionally well-placed, indicating a gracious appearance as well as a sober wife who is attuned to social hierarchies * atmakaraka Zukra-Makara

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 was bought by Johnson when Dolly was 14.

Because Dolly's three children had Euro-white features, townsfolk assumed that their father was Dolly's owner Andrew Johnson. However, Johnson's Zukra having no companion graha (Zukra-1 alone in Makara-lagna) Shani drishti to Zukra, Shani in 7th-from-Chandra, and yuvatipathi-7 Chandra-5 would all point away from this parentage claim *Harsha Yoga rogesha-6 in 12 Budha yuti randhresha-8 Surya-12 Sarala Yoga dissolves and obscures any relationship with his slaves.

Via politics (5) Johnson pursued social mobility * Zukra atmakaraka rules Rahu-10

Johnson had undeniable political charm. After learning to read fluently 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-9 drishti to bhava-3 announcements. Also Guru-2 provides abundant speech.

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.

Harsha Yoga rogesha-6* Budha in bhava-12 combines with sarala-yoga randhresha-8 Surya-12

Shani-Budha period began in in 1863; Budha rules 8-11 from Shani lagna.

Budha periods invoke Johnson's remarkable Harsha Yoga rogesha-6 Budha-12 which combines with his Sarala Yoga randhresha-8 Surya-12 to creates opportunities for personal benefit arising in circumstances that are harmful or disadvantageous for others in the immediate environment

Shani-Budha period also invokes Budha's role as dharmesha-9 politics. 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. Consistent with Harsha Yoga, Johnson became POTUS-17 the next day.

Ketu-the-disregarder * Shani-Ketu period : Sept-1865 until Oct-1866

During the difficult Shani-Ketu period, Johnson displayed so much disregard (Ketu) toward the Congressionally approved 14-15-16 Constitutional Amendments that he seemed to be dissolving (Ketu) the very Union that he had, as POTUS, promised to preserve. Johnson was impeached by an angry Congress.

However the Shani-Zukra sub-period began and due to a powerfully effective * yogakaraka Zukra-Makara-1, Johnson was exonerated by one vote .


Most scholars rank Andrew Johnson as the single worst POTUS in history. His failures are mainly attributed to his outright non-compliance (Ketu) with the federal laws that eradicated slavery and invested freed male slaves with the privileges and duties of American citizenship (Ketu-4).

He was joined in the de facto refusal to end slavery by most white southerners and thus he remained fairly popular in the South despite having sided with the Union during the Civil War. * Shani-11 popular with working class

Dhana-yoga generated by dhanapati-2 Shani-11 and Vriddhipathi-11 Mangala-9 in 11th-from-11th allowed Johnson to rise from the most dire poverty to substantial wealth as a slave-labor plantation owner.

From the beginning of his political career, Johnson saw himself as the voice of the poor white (Zukra-sita) southern farmers and tradesmen. 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.* Rahu-10 in sita-rashi Thula.

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. yuvatipathi-7 Chandra-uttama = trust marriage partnership promise vow balance diplomacy brokerage agreement union pairing yoke in Bhava-5

Johnson's loyal wife Eliza died five months after his own decease.

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