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USA Pres-27 William Howard Taft


POTUS-27 * 1909-1913

Chief Justice USA Supreme Court 1921-1930

Governor-General of Philippines

William Howard Taft

Lightbody Descent into Fleshbody (birth) Tuesday-15-Sept-1857

fleshdeath 08-Mar-1930 (age 72)


POTUS-27, Chief Justice USA Supreme Court, Gov-General Philippines * William Howard Taft * 1857-1930

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Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities


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

BPL commentary:

For Hasta nativities, the condition of reflective, sheltering, undulating, rhythmic, routinized, culturally rooted, boundary-defending, security-seeking, nourishing, parental, matrikaraka Chandra considerably affects the outcome.

Mother-figures, protectors, guardians, gardeners, caretakers, foundation-builders, police, schoolteachers, parents, and providers of nourishment may be especially influential.

Guided by instructors from the constellation of Corvus.

"...clever, witty, and entertaining.

They like social contacts

  • and are particularly fond of the company of the opposite sex.

When in trouble, go to a Hasta person;

but do not try to pull the wool over their eyes,

  • as they are extremely clever

  • and will see through any deceit

they are very likable and are good company,

  • but never very attractive physically ."

Biographical events matched to Vimshottari Dasha

Budha Mahadasha * age birth until 1.4

15-Sept-1857 Lightbody Descent into Fleshbody (birth) * Budha-Shani chidradasha * Shani rules 5-6

Zukra Mahadasha * age 1.4 until age 21.4

1878 baccalaureate degree from Yale College * Zukra-Guru period * Guru rules 4-diploma

1880 bachelor of laws (LLB) earned from Cincinnati Law School * Zukra-Shani period * Shani rules 7th-from-Chandra law degree

Feb-1882 (age 25) appointed by POTUS-21 Civil Service 1829-1886 Chester B. Arthur as Tax Collector for th Cincinnati. region * Zukra-Budha period * Budha karmesha-10

Surya Mahadasha * age 21.4 until age 27.4

19-June-1886 marriage-1 to Nellie Herron * Surya-Chandra period * Chandra rules swamsha * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Simha-Kumbha contact navamsha R-K

April-1888 in order to retain his judicial seat on the Ohio Supreme Court, Mr. Taft had to campaign for election * he did and he won * Surya-Guru period * Guru rules 9th-from-Chandra, indicating politics of the judiciary (9) * Guru rules Rahu-Meena-7 lawcourts

08-Sept-1889 child-1 Robert Taft . Son Robert became a significant figure in American government * Surya-Shani period * Shani putrapathi-5

Chandra Mahadasha * age 27.4 until age 37.4

21-May-1891 decease of Father * Surya-Zukra period * Zukra rules 2nd-from-Surya

Jan-1900 asked by POTUS-25 Gold Standard 1843-1901 William McKinley to supervise the establishment of democratic governance in the Philippines. Taft accepts on condition that upon his return, he will be appointed to the USA Supreme Court * Chandra- Zukra period * Zukra rules 9-principles of law

July-1901 Taft becomes Civilian Governor of Philippines (until Dec-1903) * Chandra- Zukra period * Zukra rules 9-politics

Mangala Mahadasha * age 37.4 until age 44.4

08-Dec-1907 decease of Mother * Mangala-Zukra period * Zukra gives effect of Shani rules 2nd-from-4th

03-Nov-1908 * wins POTUS-27 election * Mangala-Guru period * Guru rules 9th-from-Chandra = politics of promises, advice, partnerships * Guru rules Rahu-Meena-7 advisers, equity, agreements

Rahu Mahadasha * age 44.4 until age 62.4

POTUS-27 * served 04-Mar-1909 until 04-Mar-1913

03-March-1909 * inauguration day * Rahu-Rahu-swabhukti

05-Nov-1912 * loses presidential election to rival POTUS-28 The State 1856-1924 Woodrow Wilson * Rahu-Guru period

01-April-1913 starts professor of constitutional law at Yale University. * Rahu-Shani period * Shani rules 5-scholarship

30-June-1921 appointed Chief Justice USA Supreme Court by POTUS-29 Teapot Dome Scandal Warren G Harding . Instantly confirmed by Congress with no hearings.* Rahu-Zukra period * Zukra rules 9-philosophy of justice, theory of Constitutional Law

served supreme court 11-July-1921 until 03-Feb-1930 *

Guru Mahadasha * age 62.4 until decease age 72

03-Feb-1930 end service Chief Justice USA Supreme Court due to illness * Guru-Shani period * Shani rules 6-illness

08-Mar-1930 Lightbody Lift-off (age 72) * Guru-Shani period * Shani gives result of Zukra rules-2 maraka

Distinctive features of the nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

  • Surya-Kanya * Poshanya * Pushna * the nourisher
  • Surya in bhava-1 * center of identity, brightly embodied vitality, focus on appearance, eye on personality
  • Surya-yuti-Budha * confidently conversational, bright messenger, entitled to discuss
  • Surya-yuti-Ketu * confidently detached, bright observer, entitled to surrender
FATHER and the Taft political dynasty

The father (Surya) of POTUS-27 William Howard Taft was Mr. Alfonso Taft, a respected national political bureaucrat and attorney from Ohio. Alfonso had been an influential international figure in national governance, and due to Dad's work, William was raised both within D.C. (familiarizing him with national politics) and in European capitals (granting international identity, Surya-1 rules 12 distant lands).

Dad Alfonso served as USA Attorney General and Secretary of War under POTUS-18 Civil War 1822-1885 Ulysses S. Grant.

Under POTUS-21 Civil Service 1829-1886 Chester A. Arthur, Alfonso Taft was as a USA diplomat to Austria and then to Russia.

The Taft family are considered a USA political dynasty, albeit a subtle one. The sons and grandsons of POTUS-27 have served in the USA Senate, as Governor of Ohio, and other positions. Beginning with Alfonso Taft and continuing to the present day, there have been Taft family members working in national government during most national administrations.

Mahadasha sequence Surya-Chandra-Mangala-Rahu-Guru spans a political career starting immediately after passing the law exam, and ending with death. Taft's political career was defined by numerous elite appointments but endured only three elections. Surya karaka for elections is tamed as ruler of 12, and bhava-5 is tamed by drishti from Shani-11.

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • Chandra in classroom-11 * comfort in networks, familiar with connection, community, soothed by social linkage, friendship
  • Chandra-Karkata * swakshetra * comforted by rhythmic tidal maternal soothing
  • Chandra in Azlesa-Naga * comforted by restraining embrace * protector of defensive communications, familiar folk messages, emotional evangelism, signaling ethno-cultural boundaries
  • Somana-yuti-Zukra * Emotionally indulgent, sensitive to sisterly figures, needs pleasuring, feels like a partner
  • Somana-yuti-Shani * nishturabashi yoga * Emotionally constricted, sensitive to seniority figures, needs austerity, feels like a regulator


Taft's mother Louise Torrey was a highly educated woman. She graduated from Mt. Holyoke College in 1845, and served as advisor to many including Taft's eminent father. The family moved regularly with the father's various positions, from Cincinnati OH to Washington D.C. and to embassies in Russia and Austro-Hungary. Taft's azlesa-Chandra shows his mother's determination to bind the family together via the emotional-cultural roots, despite the external volatility of frequent house-shifts and childhoods in distant lands.

MARRIAGE emotional support partnership 7th-from-Chandra-11

Nellie Herron was a highly educated woman, who skill in social entertainments was praised for its inclusiveness and its grace. 7th-from-Chandra = bhava-5 amusements, entertainments, intelligence, politics. Unlike her husband, Nellie maintained a svelte figure and was always fashionably dressed. Her family background included numerous attorneys, judges, and sundry politicians. Their children continued in national political roles.

Nellie was a shrewd realist in political matters (Shani), and she directed Taft's career adeptly. She was William Taft's most important adviser. Taft often remarked that at each step of his career it was Nellie -- not him -- who decided whether he should accept the next opportunity or revert to the simple judicial practice that he always preferred. Shani rules 7th-from-Chandra and Shani-yuti-Chandra as well as Shani-yuti-Zukra, indicating the depth of the loyalty and duty bond between the partners.

PHYSIQUE * Chandra

William Howard Taft stood nearly six-feet tall. Since college he was remarkably heavy-set (325 pounds at his peak weight)

Taft was dubbed "Big Bill." Taft was the largest president in American history. Reportedly he once got stuck in the White House bathtub. His advisors had to help him navigate certain tight spaces, both physically and politically. Likely he was a comfort-eater due to the self-indulgent patterns of Zukra-yuti-Chandra exacerbated by the Chandra in Azlesa tendency to hold-in the emotions.

The role of emotional stress in his eating patterns is indicated by the fact that after losing the re-election in 1912, Taft lost 80 pounds within a year.

He was a tea-total-er (non-alcohol drinker, only tea) as suggested by Zukra-yuti-Shani . Yet he supported others' right to drink as they pleased. He suffered heart problems throughout adult life (Surya-yuti-Ketu takes drishti of Shani-rules-5).

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Sarala Yoga

  • Mangala-Singha * vigorous pursuit of fame, drama; push toward entitlement
  • Mangala in bhava-12 * drive toward privacy, pursuit of inner guidance, invasive ancestors, seeking sanctuary, energized invisible conquests

Rahu-7 agreements, partnerships, alliances = ruled by Guru-8 undisclosed activities, and Guru-8 is protected by Sarala Yoga provided by Mangala-12. During an era of continuing scandals, Taft experienced no physical, financial, or political harm to himself

Randhresha-8 Mangala receives drishti of Brihaspati-8 . Professor Guru holds many secrets (8). Sarala Yoga protects Taft from dangerous revolutionary (8) conditions in Philippines and Panama (Mangala-12(, and also protects him from dangers of undisclosed political corruption (Simha) in USA.

During Mangala-12 Mahadasha, career years outside his USA homeland, in foreign service (Philippines, Panama).

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka Bhadra Yoga * digbala * Kanya lagnesha

  • Budha-Kanya * uttama * ministering detailed communications, articulation of accurate logical arguments
  • Budha in bhava-1 * digbala * narrative of appearance, embodiment, tangible self, identity
  • Budha-yuti-Surya * articulation of radiant confidence, message of willpower and charisma, talkative father
  • Budha-yuti-Ketu * articulation of surrender and abandonment, message of the observing Witness, talkative spirits

Budha-uttama = karmesha + lagnesha, and Budha-yuti-Surya-vyayapathi-12

Taft was raised partly in distant lands due to his ambassador father's political appointments. William Taft developed a distinguished career in foreign service (12) supported by the camouflaged going-on of hidden power-politics (8).

Social identity

Son of a high ranking government official Alfonso Taft (Surya-1 = influence of father) William Taft was considered a hard worker (Shani drishti to Kanya lagna) with a natural affinity for management and administration (lagnesha uttama-Budha-1). Observers commented that while Taft was not especially charismatic (Surya-yuti-Ketu) he was nevertheless persistently capable (uttama-Budha)

Taft was well-liked in bureaucratic circles due to his diligent handling of "process" (Shani drishti to uttama-Budha-Surya-1). His family name was respected due to his father's reputation (Surya)

William Howard Taft showed few earmarks of political ambition (weakened Surya). In fact, he stood for only three elections in his entire 50-year career : one for judgeship in Cincinnati, and two for POTUS. His other roles were all granted by private appointment (Guru-8 + Mangala-12).

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

Guru-8 receives the benefits of Viparita Raja Yoga * Sarala Yoga

  • Guru-Meza * much pioneering innovation, many competitions, pioneering beliefs, doctrine of conquest
  • Guru in bhava-8 * much secrecy, many sudden changes. many confidences, numerous identity transformations, abundant initiation

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

  • Zukra -11 * pleasure of community linkage, enjoys network equity, feminine-figures inter-knit community, appreciation of friendships
  • Zukra-Karkata * appreciation of comforting routine, pleasures of secure borders, aesthetic of domestic arrangements
  • Zukra-yuti-Chandra * gracious sensitivity, soothing beauty, sweet emotional response, enjoys folkways
  • Zukra-yuti-Shani * gracious diligence, restrained beauty, sweet orderly structure

William Taft's ambitious wife Nellie Herron, herself the product of a political dynasty hailing from the USA northeastern cities, oft bemoaned her husband's lack of personal desire to play and win (5 = 7th-from-Zukra). Historians consider Nellie as the driving force of Taft's lifelong political career.

Taft enjoyed a significant Dhana-yoga = Zukra dhanakaraka rules-2 + Zukra occupies-11. Although not ostentatiously entreasured due to limitations of Zukra-yuti-Shani , Taft and his family had most of their entertaining, living, travel, and house-servant expenses paid by the USA government (Shani) throughout his lifetime career in government service. Thus his somewhat reduced salary did not impede a comfortable high-governance lifestyle.

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

  • Shani-Karkata * old routines, old defenses, pressured stomach, imposed protection, must shelter with scarce resources
  • Shani in Bhava-11 * must connect, must earn with hard effort; cautious, conventional marketplace linkage; chronic pressure to earn
  • Shani-yuti-Chandra * nishturabhashi yoga * resistance against protection, emotional discipline. constrained flow
  • Shani-yuti-Zukra * resistance against equity, contractual discipline, constrained harmony

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

  • Rahu-Meena * mask of dreamlike Other Worlds; fascinated by prayer, spiritual guidance, sleep, private intuition
  • Rahu in bhava-7 * privilege via glamorous or unusual arrangements, amplified alliances, marriages, vows, agreements; seeks a special, important, brokerage role in non-standard negotiations, deal-making, match-making, contracts, and trusts. Opportunistic, ambitious partners.

Taft's career was the product of arrangements made by Others (Rahu-7). He himself (Ketu-1) had no interest in electioneering.

Rahu-7 mahadasha = his age 44-62 = the central mid-career phase. Rahu-Rahu swabhukti began in the first month of his term as POTUS-27. Rahu encouraged opportunism and amplified Taft's gift for negotiations with exotic, unusual, self-important, or taboo-breaking persons or contracts. After the four-year presidency, Taft negotiated an unprecedented (Rahu rule-break) arrangement to be placed directed into the role of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. To date, no-one else has ever started as Chief Justice in any US Supreme Court whether national or state level.

Rahu-7 strongest desire = to negotiate, to judge, to arrange settlements, to deliver equity parity fairness justice. However typical of Rahu, Taft's route to the justice position was irregular and opportunistic due to his relationship with the appointer, POTUS-29 Teapot Dome Scandal Warren G Harding .

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu-Kanya * incomplete service, empty disagreements, dissolute arguments
  • Ketu in classroom-1 * disperses coherently unique identity, ambivalent toward the muscular movement, absent from embodiment, other-defined chameleon, irrelevance of the personality
  • Surya-yuti-Ketu * surrendered centrality, empty genius, apathetic intelligence
  • Budha-yuti-Ketu * surrendered articulation, empty talk, apathetic evangelism

Taft was highly competent administratively due to Budha-Kanya * uttama receiving drishti of Shani. Yet he lacked ego-charisma due to Surya-yuti-Ketu-1.

Ketu-1 is not committed to any fact, agreement, tenet, or principle. Ketu-1 generally bends to the excitement and desires of stronger Rahu-7 personalities.

The intelligent but unexciting Taft (Ketu-1) was intended to be a placeholder (Ketu no substance) president while Taft's flamboyant and somewhat manic (Rahu) partner, POTUS-26 National Parks 1843-1919 Theodore Roosevelt had to wait-out a term. Due to his campaign promises, TR was unable to hold office 1908-1912 but TR wanted to run again in 1916. Taft agreed to administer the tasks of the presidency as if Taft were a copy of TR. A highly unlikely candidate who rarely campaigned, he won POTUS-27 during Mangala-Guru period due to TR's political machine.

But then, RahuMahadasha emboldened Taft while Rahu had not yet matured. He surprised everyone (and made many enemies) by changing TR's progressive policies and by running against TR in the 1916 election.

However, with Ketu-1, Taft could not sustain the role of self-important, fascinating personality which is generally required in political elections. Both Roosevelt and Taft lost badly, handing virtually every state to the new face of POTUS-28 The State 1856-1924 Woodrow Wilson. After age 48 (Rahu maturity) he never sought political office again.


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