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POTUS-20 *1869-1877

fought under Commander-in-Chief POTUS-16 Emancipation 1809-1865 Abraham Lincoln

author of Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, published by Mark Twain

General of the Army of the United States

Ulysses S. Grant

a.k.a. Hiram Ulysses Grant

a.k.a. Ulysses Simpson Grant

a.k.a. Sam

a.k.a. Unconditional Surrender Grant

a.k.a. U. S. Grant

Earthbody-Entry Saturday-27-Apr-1822

Earthbody-Exit 23-July-1885 (age 63)



POTUS-20-partner * 1869-1877

Julia Dent Grant

Earthbody-Entry 26-Jan-1826

Earthbody-Exit 14-Dec-1902 (age 76)

nativity of Julia Dent Grant

Civil War Military General, POTUS-18 from 1869 until 1877 * Ulysses S. Grant * 1822-1885

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

Visaka * Radha

BPL commentary:

For Visaka natives, the condition of prosperous, preaching, inclusive, broad-scope, philosophical, humanistic Guru may considerably affect the outcome.

Teachers, preachers, professors, patrons, agents of generosity and guidance, guru-figures, ideologues, indoctrinators, theorists, know-it-alls, proselytes, philosophers, pontificators, pundits, pater-nosters, proponents of principled understanding, wise-ones, wizards, druids, and paradigms of belief may be especially influential.

Guided by patrons from the civilizations of Saka.

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

"... 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


Younger officer Grant, probably after Mexican-American War late 1840's

  • POTUS-18 Civil War 1822-1885 Ulysses S. Grant * had the miserable task of dominating the long-running USA Civil War by appying a final burst of murderous manpower into the Northern army. His strategy was brutal: kill so many on both sides that there would be no fighters alive to replenish the ranks. It was a numbers game.

  • Succeeding several incompetent military predecessors, Grant was charged with arranging a cruel fight to the death between two nearly equal but adversarial bands of brothers (Northern and Southern forces). Neither side was willing to compromise and it became clear that the winner would need to simply out-kill the loser. A deeply embedded split on the understanding of humanness (whether slaves were fully human or not) and the sanctity of the Union had gone into stalemate.
  • Grant gave the order to kill, kill, kill; take no prisoners and let the wounded die. It worked. Faced with staggering loss of life, a catastrophic scale of injury and no possibility of reinforcements, the South capitulated. The Union's claim that slaves had human rights and the Union was sacred were bitterly upheld.
  • General Grant was also a capable writer. He teamed with Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) to publish a best-selling multi-volume memoir of the war that made him, temporarily, a financially privileged man. But he lost the wealth via a single betrayal through a fraudulent investment. He died of extremely painful throat cancer, in a state of impoverished exhaustion.

POTUS-18 Civil War 1822-1885 Ulysses S. Grant * career military with a patchy record marred by alcoholism. Fought and won a horrible war. Elected twice to POTUS-18.

Shani Mahadasha * age birth until age 5.4

27-Apr-1822 Earthbirth * Shani-Mangala period

Budha Mahadasha * age 5.4 until age 22.4

1843 graduate from West Point * Budha-Shani period * Shani bandesha-4 educational diploma

Ketu Mahadasha * age 22.4 until age 29.4

22-Aug-1848 (age 26) marriage to POTUS-pair-18 Civil War 1826-1902 Julia Dent Grant* Ketu-Rahu period

30-May-1850 child-1 * Ketu-Shani period * Shani putrapathi

Zukra Mahadasha * age 29.4 until age 49.4

July-1854 resigns from the Army due to alcoholism * Zukra-Zukra swabhukti randhresha-8 identity transformation, sudden change

June-1861 promoted to Colonel * July 1861 promoted to Brigadier General * Zukra-Rahu period

14-Apr-1865 assassination of POTUS-16 Emancipation 1809-1865 Abraham Lincoln * Zukra-Shani period * Shani-nichha rules 7th-from-10th death of high leader

09-May-1865 armistice. Union Army declared the winner, signaling the end of the brutally vicious USA Civil War * Zukra-Shani period * Shani rules 4 = end of things

25-July-1866 promoted to a newly created rank = General of the Army of the United States* Zukra-Shani period * yogakaraka Shani rules 5-entitlements

Tue-03-Nov-1868 elected POTUS-18 (age 46) * Zukra-Budha period * Budha dharmesha-9 politics

Tue-05-Nov-1872 re-elected POTUS-18 * Surya- Mangala period * Mangala yuvatipathi-7 career

Surya Mahadasha * age 49.4 until age 55.4

1873 decease of Father (Ulysses' age 51) * Surya-Rahu period

May-1877 until Sept 1879 celebrity world tour * Surya-Zukra period until Chandra-Rahu period * Chandra karmesha-10 becomes well-known worldwide

Chandra Mahadasha * age 55.4 until decease age 63

1883 decease of Mother (Ulysses' age 61) * Chandra-Shani period * Shani rules 7th-from-Chandra

1885 a few days before decease, completed the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant Published by Mark Twain, it became a huge best-seller

23-July-1885 Earthdeath (age 63, via throat cancer, lifetime cigar smoker) * Chandra-Ketu period

Prominent Features of the Nativity

The US Civil War is considered by many historians to have been the most inhumane, miserable war of all time.

The degree of brutality is measured not only by the vast numbers of those who died in battle, brother against brother, although that horror was ghastly enough. Rather, the massive suffering and excruciatingly painful deaths from infected wounds, dysentery, cholera, starvation, and and the hideous conditions under which prisoners of war were kept are considered a horror beyond belief.

Who else could have undertaken leadership, knowing that the only winning strategy would be to out-kill the enemy?

  • + lagnesha Zukra-6 = pleasure of conflict, alcohol addiction

  • + nichha-Budha-6 = logical argument, military tactics, problematics of war

  • + nichha-Shani = karma of relentless, intractable blood feuds

  • + uttama-Surya = noble champion warrior as well as drishti to Visaka-lagna from an intelligence, decisive and intrepid wife

  • three extraordinary graha in 10th-from-10th = the emotionally motivated, social-ordering, leadership-seeking; 10th-from-Chandra: nichha-yogakaraka-digbala-Shani + uttama-Surya goals Vriddhipathi-11 parivartamsha

  • Kuja-yuti-Guru rogesha-6 war

parivartamsha yoga =

  • Vriddhipathi-11 uttama-Surya
  • Mangala maraka rules-2 + maraka rules-7

Surya * pitrikaraka * Jyotikaraka

  • Surya-Meza * uttama * Suryaya * the supreme one
  • Surya in bhava-7 * center of agreements, brightly negotiating, focus on trade, intelligence for equity, peer entitlements, eye on contractual relationships
  • Surya-yuti-Guru * confidently expansive, bright teacher, entitled to philosophize, radiantly generous
  • Surya-yuti-Shani * confidently lawful, bright regulator, entitled to impose order, radiantly hierarchical
  • Surya-7 parivartamsha Kuja-11


Dad was a slaughterhouse operator, a saddlemaker and leather-goods merchant, and eventually a larger scale trader with national connections to cotton, gold, and tobacco brokers Surya in bhava-7 . Surya-7 rules Ketu-yuti-Kuja-11. Dad's fortunes rose and fell.

nichha-Shani yuti uttama-Surya suggests a harshly demanding, bargaining father

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • Chandra in classroom-10 * comfort in order, familiar with protocol, rank, soothed by systems, routine leadership, iconic roles, visibility, recognition, respect; undulating lawfulness
  • Chandra-Karkata * swakshetra * comforted by culturally familiar, rhythmic tidal maternal soothing
  • Chandra in Pushyami * comforted by lawful customs * protectors of the ethno-social structure, sensitive legislators, sober caretakers, legally minded environmentalists


Mom was a stalwart supporter and a pillar of his life. She lived until Ulysses was 61. His throat cancer became serious after mom's decease , and he died himself age 63.

MARRIAGE partnership support expectations

7th-from-Chandra-10 = bhava-4 foundational security

POTUS-pair-18 Civil War 1826-1902 Julia Dent Grant was also a stalwart in Ulysses' life. Her specialty was homelife, raising their four children, and providing the routines of normalcy that allowed his career to flourish. Her support was often corrective (Shani). She was known to travel to his military battlefield camp and set up housekeeping inside his officer's tent in order to prevent his alcoholic drinking binges.

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

  • Mangala-Singha * vigorous pursuit of fame, drama; push toward entitlement
  • Mangala in bhava-11 * drive toward connectivity, pursuit of earnings, , marketplace dynamics, invasive networking, energized economic conquests
  • Ketu-yuti-Kuja * energized pilgrimage, dynamic wandering, masculine force joins apathetic surrender, potential for aggressive annihilation of initiations
  • Surya-7 parivartamsha Kuja-11

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

  • Budha-Meena * nichha * intuitive communications, articulation of private spiritual guidance, imaginative pronouncements, messages about dreams and visions
  • Budha in bhava-6 * narrative of conflict, medical remedies, litigation, argument, accusation, treason, describer of broken promise, explainer of toxicity, pollution, delivers instructions for ministries of service
  • Budha-yuti-Zukra-uttama * articulation of equity in agreements, message of justice and fairly bargained contracts; songwriting , talkative sister

nichha-Budha yuti uttama-Zukra

suggests a singular inability to express oneself verbally, combined with a visionary intelligence at the conceptual level (the dilemma of nichha-Budha) combined with a social identity (lagnesha) for war, race-conflict, exploitation, and disease but this identity is aiming toward remediation, resolution.

Grant was deeply involved in USA Reconstruction efforts and he was instrumental in attempted remediation of the Native American conflicts. Both types of race-and-culture conflicts were severely toxic for all involved. Zukra-6 self-medicates, and Budha-Meena-6 is perhaps best able to self-express when it is sufficiently lubricated with liquor.

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

  • Guru-Meza * much pioneering innovation, many competitions, pioneering beliefs, doctrine of conquest
  • Guru in bhava-7 * many contracts, much negotiation, much partnership, abundant agreement, numerous alliances
  • Guru-yuti-Surya pitri-karaka * multiple father-figures, abundant confidence, much radiance, much humanistic political philosophy-policy
  • Guru-yuti-Shani atta-karaka * multiple elder-figures, abundant structure, many rules, much humanistic social philosophy

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

* sarala yoga protects from unmanageable disaster.

  • Zukra-Meena * uttama * appreciation of music-arts, pleasures of imagination, enjoys symbolic clairsentience, dreamlike arrangements
  • Zukra-6 * pleasure of self-medication; enjoys exploitive arrangements, addictions, imbalanced equity, feminine employees, servants, and slaves; appreciation of enemies, slavery, exploitation, war
  • Zukra-yuti-Budha-nichha * gracious conversation, articulate beauty, sweetly communicative messaging

Sweets-seeking Zukra in the emotionally conflicted and self-medicating 6th-from-Chandra suggests behavioral addictions or substance addictions (typically alcohol, but other conflict-numbing sweetening practices also)

Grant suffered severe, lifetime alcoholism. Early in his officer career, he was discharged from the U.S. Army due to his drinking; later, he lost his plantation business for the same reason (Skukra-uttama-6). His serious drinking problem arose in his early twenties and persisted through his adult life, placing him in precarious situations both physically and socially. Yet his long-suffering wife remained faithfully at his side enduring the havoc of his addiction and believing that her husband's day would come * dig-bala of Shani-7 a loyal wife.


Grant met Julia Dent in a military camp where he and other West Point graduates were stationed. Zukra-6 military

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

  • Shani-Meza * nichha * old feuds, pressured invasions, old competitions, proletarian survival, pressure in the head-brain, imposed competition, must conquer 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-Surya * resistance against creativity, disciplined intelligence, constrained willpower
  • Shani-yuti-Guru * resistance against expansion, doctrinal discipline, constrained growth

nichha-Shani rules bhava-4

Ulysses Grant's father was a leather tanner. Young Ulysses grew up with the smell of blood-slaughter and the sound of terrified bellowing from animals being destroyed. His family home shared a wall with his father's hideous slaughterhouse, where cattle were brutally killed and skinned (nichha-Shani). Shaped his upbringing, Visaka 's tolerance for bloody slaughter was well developed by the time he reached adulthood.

Grant was a military officer by training, having graduated from West Point Academy in 1843 during Budha-Shani period * Shani bandesha-4 educational diploma. He was quoted as saying how much he disliked WestPoint on numerous occasions, which dislike is represented by his yogakaraka nichha bandesha-4 Shani-7. However no matter the intensity of his personal resistance (Shani) young Grant's military education was of elite quality and he regularly called upon his knowledge when making important decisions that affected large numbers of those in his command. Yogakaraka Shani if reasonably well placed usually provides Thula radical nativities with a solid schooling experience.

Nichha-Shani * digbala +An Awful Yoga with Awesome Power nichha-Shani-yuti-Surya-uttama

Grant's moment of glory (Surya) came --- when Grant was broke and distrusted --- amidst the horror and hatred of the USA Civil War in which 650,000 soldiers died. The war was dragging on interminably with ever-more-ghastly suffering on both sides. Winning became a matter of survival, and survival became a matter of headcount. The question was which side would get killed off first.

Grant's extraordinary combination of tolerance for cruelty (nichha-Shani)

A sustaining addiction (uttama lagnesha Zukra-6) made him and outcast and a loser in most life situations

, tactical military skill, and stalwart wife . But nearing the end of the Most Terrible War, this awful yoga gave him the "magic touch" which allowed the North to win the war .

His frightening package = military skill (Surya) + dogged acceptance of gross injustice on a national scale (Shani) + an addiction which numbed the pain enough to survive the daily horrors (Zukra) + computational skill in war tactics but not overall strategy (Budha).

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

  • Rahu-Kumbha (swakshetra)* craving for community * mask of lawfully interlinked systems; fascinated by networks * seeks special importance via social participation programs, futurism; via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) friendliness
  • Rahu in bhava-5 * in swabhava of Splendid Surya, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual children; out-of-bounds creativity, and amplified poetic romance; Risk-rewarding Rahu generates a charismatic individuality, center-of-attention displays of creative genius. Desires a special, important role in performance arts, literary arts, entertainments, royalty roles, pageantry, celebrity events, or dramatic splendor. Exciting, opportunistic, ambitious children and lovers. Rahu the Poseur may wear the persona (mask) of a dramatic actor, a celebrated intellectual, or a politician. Craves the center stage, the lights, the glory. Rahu-5 seeks flamboyant fashion, exceptional children, and the thrill of political theatre.

powerful Kumbha-Rahu in the revolutionary, emotionally turbulent, perpetually transformative, trauma-inducing 8th-from-Chandra massive destruction and rebirth

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu-Singha * dissociates from creative performance, incomplete entitlement, empty intelligence, dissolute brilliance, not limited by celebrity roles, ignores restriction on political opinion
  • Ketu in classroom-11 * absentee friends, disregards community * no barriers in community, absent from network, vacuous associations, irrelevance of the material goals, ambivalence toward economic empowerment
  • Mangala-yuti-Ketu * surrendered championship, empty actions, disconnected brothers, unsustainable domination, apathetic competition, disability

no limits (Ketu) on bloodshed, death (via maraka Kuja) in military or survival settings, superb military leadership in unthinkably gory circumstances

As a military general, Grant accepted the hideous reality of large-scale carnage. He accepted that the survival of the Union required killing off a large portion of the next generation of American adult males. Most of these men died not immediately by the sword, but in the days afterward in wrenching pain, from septic infection of wounds untreatable in the squalid conditions of the military camps.

Grant won an unwinnable war because he was willing to enter battles where the enemy (6) had a nearly equal advantage in the field, knowing that the sole tactic had to be fight to death.

He knew that his tactic would lead thousands of trusting young men into animal slaughter. He drank to contain the evil. His wife Julia managed his drinking, ensuring that he survived long enough to win the war.

After completing his presidency Grant was financially insolvent and suffering from throat cancer after a lifetime of smoking cigars. Grant hired the renowned literary writer Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) to write Grant's memoirs. The Memoirs were a huge success selling 300,000 copies in an era when books were an expensive luxury and many citizens could not read.

Immediately after completing his extensive and critically praised memoirs, Grant left his terrestrial body via throat cancer at the age of 63






uttama-Zukra in bhava-6 is often an indicator of enjoyable moral corruption, alcoholism and consorting with servants or underlings. General Grant was a practicing alcoholic known for binge drinking throughout his career.

His own parents were moralistic Methodist "tea-total" practitioners (absolutely no alcohol) who were said to have taken offense at Grant's immoralism: his alcoholism and his tolerance (Zukra) for slavery (6).

Grant's father Jesse Root Grant was a committed foe of alcohol use, due in part to the fact that Jesse's own father had been a severe alcoholic who abandoned his own children to the streets in his disability. The father's father can be seen via 9th-back-from-9th = radical lagna. Zukra's polarizing catalysis appears to have afflicted both General Grant and his paternal grandfather with equal impact.

Hiram Ulysses Grant's wife Julia (Zukra) hailed from a wealthy slave-owning plantation family from Missouri. In fact, although Grant was married to Julia in the state of Missouri which was less than one day's wagon ride from Grant's parent's current home in Illinois, Ulysses Grant's parents refused to attend his wedding. Although he held the office of POTUS-18 for eight years, his mother never once visited the White House, declining many invitations from President Grant and his socially popular wife Julia Dent Grant. Mother was presumably unable to associate herself with her intemperate son, whether he was the national president or not.

Grant had a lifelong fascination with politics due to swakshetra Kumbha Rahu-5. When working in his father's leather shop in Galena Illinois, Grant surprised the townspeople with his ability to predict the various twists and turns of the Civil War. According to journalists of the day, Grant enjoyed an uncanny understanding of the political motivations of the various military generals and their relationship to the US president and Congress.

After the horrible destruction and brutality of the USA Civil War, Grant enjoyed extremely high public visibility due to the auspicious Pushyami Chandra in 10.

Being a Northern war hero remembered for his ability to put an end to the conflict no matter the hideous costs of life and property. Grant won re-election quite easily.

Yet due to Zukra + ruler-of-12 Budha, Grant's tenure in the office of president was plagued by constant financial scandals. He seemed to be naturally attracted to the company of well-heeled criminals (pleasant, attractive Zukra in the criminal 6th).

While the double viparita raja yoga of randhresha-8 Zukra in 6 + ruler-of-12 Budha in 6 did personally protect him from incrimination, he was made sick by toxins and he was swindled badly on more than one occasion.

Sacrificial Kuja-yuti-Ketu, with that fearless militarized yoga also rising in navamsha, allowed him to sacrifice the lives of tens of thousands of soldiers on the expectation that, because the North had more bodies available to sacrifice, he could simply wait until nearly all the enemy were dead and the North albeit after horrendous losses would be the winner. It was an extremely cruel strategy but typically of Ketu via detachment and having no other option, indeed it worked.

However the Ketu+Kuja pair in bhava-11 friendships did deprive Grant of friends both before and after the wars in which he fought. His camaraderie with fellow soldiers was circumstantial. He did not maintain voluntary associations once the work was completed, preferring the company of his wife and siblings when he sought any company at all.

GrantJuliaDent_younger.jpgWife Julia, by contrast, had excellent social skills and a large network of friends from their various military postings and family connections. Zukra + dharmesha-9 Budha.

On the plus side, Grant enjoyed the life structure of unswerving loyalty to his wife due to dig-bala of the nichha-bhanga yogakaraka Shani, and Julia whatever her faults followed him steadily from military camp to military camp throughout their lifelong marriage.

For a Thula male, Zukra lagnesha = the presence of the wife is essential to bring balance and harmony into daily life. Thus when Julia was away caring for their children or staying out of the fiercest battles, Grant was said to have lost his sense of balance and wallowed in the drink. When she returned to his side, he recovered his better judgment.


POTUS-pair-18 Civil War 1826-1902 * Julia Dent Grant * 1826-1902

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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

Biographical Details matched to the Vimshottari Dasha periods


Julia Dent Grant, mother of four, managing social affairs of the Whitehouse during her husband's presidency, 1870's.

Earthbody-Entry 26-Jan-1826 * fleshdeath 14-Dec-1902 (age 76)

Zukra Mahadasha *

26-Jan-1826 Earth-birth * Zukra-Ketu period

Surya Mahadasha

Chandra Mahadasha

Mangala Mahadasha * age 15 until age 22

22-Aug-1848 marriage * Mangala-Zukra period

Rahu Mahadasha * age 22 until age 40

30-May-1850 child-1 * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti

14-Jan-1857 decease of Mother * Rahu-Shani period * Shani rules maraka-7th-from matrikaraka-Chandra

Guru Mahadasha * age 40 until age 56

Nov-1868 husband elected POTUS-18 * Guru-Guru swabhukti * Guru yuvatipathi-7

16-Dec-1873 death of her father * Guru-Budha period * Budha rules maraka-2 from 9-pitri

Shani Mahadasha* age 57 until age 76

23-July-1885 decease of POTUS-18 US Grant * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani rules-7 from dhava-karaka Guru

14-Dec-1902 (age 76) fleshdeath * Shani-Guru period * Guru yuvatipathi-7

Distinctive features of the nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

typical of Chandra in Purvaphalguni , Julia Dent was gifted in arts and music.

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka



yuti Chandra-Simha

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka


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

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka


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