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assassinated in office by gunshot; died of infection after 11 weeks of suffering, heart attack

preceded by

succeeded by



USA POTUS-20 * Served from March-1881 until Sept- 1881 * 200 days in office

James A. Garfield

a.k.a. James Abram Garfield

Lightbody Descent into Fleshbody (birth) Saturday 19-Nov-1831

fleshdeath 19-Sept-1881 (assassinated, age 49)


POTUS-20 * Mar-Sep 1881 (200 days, assassinated in office) * James Abram Garfield

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

Uttaraphalguni * Aryaman

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

BPL commentary:

For Uttaraphalguni natives, the condition of radiant, intelligent, central, confident, pitrikaraka Surya considerably affects the outcome.

Father-figures, politicians, celebrity, royalty, entitled roles, brilliant dramatists, glittering creativity, intelligentsia, poetic romantics, and game-players may be especially influential.

Guided by instructors from the civilizations of Denebola.

"A proud and arrogant disposition,

  • with a tendency to ride roughshod over other peoples' opinions.

Uttara natives are extremely intelligent

but because of their inordinate pride,

  • they accept favors ungraciously even when in need

and are ungrateful to those from whom they receive these favors."

Biographical Details matched to the Vimshottari Dasha periods


Garfield as a young schoolteacher

Surya Mahadasha * Budha in Vrizchika yuti Surya-Vrizchika

19-Nov-1831 Lightbody Descent into Fleshbody (birth) * Surya-Chandra period * Chandra atmakaraka

1833 decease of Father * Surya-Guru period * Guru rules 2nd-from-Surya

Chandra Mahadasha

Mangala Mahadasha

1847 left home (age 16) for a month, working the mules on canal boat * Mangala-Mangala swabhukti * Mangala randhresha-8 identity change

Rahu Mahadasha

1856 graduated from Williams College, Mass. * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti * Rahu gives effect of ruler Chandra Vriddhipathi-11 goals

11-Nov-1858 marriage-1 * Rahu-Guru period * Guru rules navamsha

1859 elected to Ohio Congress * Rahu-Shani period * Shani vidyapathi-5 politics

03-July-1860 child-1 * Rahu-Shani period * Shani vidyapathi-5 putriki-pathi

1861 admitted to the bar * Rahu-Shani period * Shani vidyapathi-5 politics, rogesha-6 litigation, and karmesha-10 from Chandra career

1861 begins Civil War service * Rahu-Shani period * Shani rules-6 war, and karmesha-10 from Chandra career

1862 elected to USA Congress * Rahu-Budha period *Budha lagnesha

1863 death of child-1 * Rahu-Budha period * Budha rules maraka-2 from 5th-from-Chandra

Guru Mahadasha * Guru-Makara * nichha yuti Ketu-Makara

02-Nov-1880 * Guru-Zukra period * Zukra dharmesha-9 politics

Mar-1881 begins term of office as POTUS-20, works for less than four months

02-July-1881 gunshot by assassin * Guru-Zukra period * Zukra maraka rules-2

19-Sept-1881 (age 49) fleshdeath following three months of massive septicemia * Guru-Zukra period * Zukra maraka rules-2

Distinctive features of the Nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka * Jyotikaraka

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

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 practices also)

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

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

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

Surya occupies 8th-from-Chandra

Father died during young James' infancy. He was raised in severe poverty in Ohio's Western Reserve, a semi-wilderness.

Intense dislike of his mother's second husband, and supporter of his mother's decision to divorce.

Received a remarkably strong liberal education considering the weak foundation of his upbringing. His New England college acculturation made Garfield a passionate abolitionist who believed that the Civil War was a religious crusade against the evils of slavery.

rogesha-6 Shani-12 Harsha Yoga allows him to engage with slavery, political corruption and war (and a notable extramarital affair) with no negative social consequences

Chandra atmakaraka

Remained close to his mother throughout life. She died seven years after his assassination.

Guru-Makara-5 * nichha yuti Ketu-Makara-5

First daughter died age three

nichha Guru-yuti-Ketu in 10th-from-Chandra

Generally well-intentioned but ineffective in governance despite regular declarations of his religious creed, splendid oratorical skills and successful elections. Active for only four working months as POTUS-20 before he was assassinated (Ketu).

Guru drishti to Zukra-1

Physically tall, strong, and handsome.

Zukra-Kanya-1 * nichha

Attractive to women, and a long-term extramarital affair nearly destroyed his marriage.

Worked as a teacher and preacher until age 31; then switched to full-time politics until his death. Elected to nine terms in the USA House of Representatives.

Generally disliked, disrespected as a "second rate Illinois lawyer" and rarely agreed with his contemporary workmate POTUS-16 Emancipation 1809-1865 Abraham Lincoln until after Lincoln's assassination, when Garfield began posthumously praising his former adversary.

James Garfield didn't die from the gunshot wounds from his assassin's gun; he died of blood poisoning after doctors and experts (including Alexander Graham Bell) tried to remove the bullet from his back with their dirty fingers and instruments, causing him to linger in pain for 80 days before dying of cardiac arrest due to septic toxicity. His assassin, the delusional Charles Guiteau, later claimed that he didn't kill the president -- the doctors had.


Lucretia Randolph Garfield in 187x


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