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

11-July-1921 until 03-Feb-1930 * Chief Justice USA Supreme Court

Governor-General of Philippines

Preceded by:

Succeeded by:

USA Pres-27 William Howard Taft


William Howard Taft

fleshbirth Tuesday-15-Sept-1857

fleshdeath 08-Mar-1930


POTUS-27 * 1909-1913 * William Howard Taft

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

Krittika * Pleyades

  • QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 80

BPL commentary: For Krittika natives, the condition of 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 Pleyades.

"a proud, dignified, and honorable person - an executive type.

He is very ambitious and eager for power

  • and has the ability to achieve his desires.

He has an innate sense of the importance of his destiny .

  • He expects everything to come to him as his due

  • and usually gets what he sets out to obtain ."

Biographical events matched to Vimshottari Dasha

Ketu Mahadasha

15-Sept-1857 fleshbirth * Ketu-Rahu period

Budha Mahadasha

Zukra Mahadasha

Surya Mahadasha

19-June-1886 marriage-1 * Surya-Zukra period

Chandra Mahadasha

21-May-1891 decease of Father * Chandra-Guru period * Guru rules 7th-from-Surya

Mangala Mahadasha

Rahu Mahadasha

03-Nov-1908 * wins POTUS-27 election * Rahu-Guru period * Guru Vriddhipathi-11 goals

03-March-1909 * inauguration day * Rahu-Guru period * Guru Vriddhipathi-11 social community, friendship, goals

05-Nov-1912 * loses presidential election to POTUS-26 National Parks 1843-1919 Theodore Roosevelt* Rahu-Budha period * Budha-yuti-Ketu

11-July-1921 begin service Chief Justice USA Supreme Court * Rahu-Mangala period * Mangala yuvatipathi-7 lawcourts

Guru Mahadasha

03-Feb-1930 end service Chief Justice USA Supreme Court due to illness * Guru-Ketu period * Ketu chidrakaraka

08-Mar-1930 fleshdeath (age 72) * Guru-Ketu period * Ketu chidrakaraka

Distinctive features of the nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

Father and the Taft political dynasty

The father (Surya) of POTUS-27 William Howard Taft was Mr. Alfonso Taft, a respected national bureaucrat and attorney from Ohio. Alfonso had been an influential political official (5). Alfonso served as 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 of POTUS-27 sons 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.

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

His 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 (Ketu-5). In fact, she is considered the driving force of his political career. The powerhouse-wife is a common outcome when the natal Moon occupies 4 marking the spouse as 10; thus the spouse possesses the drive to achieve high-visibility positions, and a female spouse may push her husband mightily toward the top ranks of elite governance empowerment.

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

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

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

As is often the case with a person who occurs in high positions as the result of deals and compromises made by others, POTUS-27 Taft's radical nativity is less distinguished but his navamsha D-9 and dashamamsha D-10 are empowered in all kendra. Taft's career was the product of arrangements made in smoke-filled rooms. He himself had no interest in electioneering. Taft was highly competent administratively due to Budha-Kanya * uttama receiving drishti of Shani. Yet he lacked ego-charisma due to Surya-yuti-Ketu-5.

maraka rules-2 Budha-yuti-Ketu

At 325 pounds peak weight, William Howard Taft was dubbed "Big Bill.” Taft was the largest president in American history and reportedly once got stuck in the White House bathtub. His advisors had to help him navigate certain tight spaces, both physically and politically. After completing his term of office 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) but he supported others' right to drink as they pleased. He suffered heart problems throughout adult life (Surya-yuti-Ketu-5 takes drishti of Shani).

Mahadasha sequence Mangala-Rahu-Guru spans a remarkable political career marked by numerous appointments but only three elections

Rahu-11 ruled by Guru-12, and Guru protected by Sarala Yoga: a distinguished career in foreign service (12) and lifelong career in camouflaged power-politics of USA government elite during an era of continuing scandals, with no harm to himself

POTUS-27 Dollar Diplomacy 1857-1930 William Howard Taft * Rahu-11-Meena with Guru-Meza-12 * was the son of a high ranking government official Alfonso Taft. Young William was considered not brilliant but a hard worker with a natural affinity for management and administration (lagnesha Zukra-3 yuti Shani).

He was very heavy-set (325 pounds at his peak weight) and not especially charismatic (Surya-yuti-Ketu). Yet Taft was well-liked in bureaucratic circles due to his diligent handling of "process". His family name was respected due to his father's reputation; overall however William Howard Taft showed few earmarks of political ambition. In fact, he stood for only three elections in his entire 50-year career - one for municipal office in Cincinnati, and two for POTUS. His other roles were all granted by appointment (11, social network, friends).

  • Taft's political genius was not in his personality but in the timing of his birth. yuvatipathi-7 Mangala-4 period started at his age 38 . Mangala yuvatipathi-7 occupies 10th-from-10th-from-10th.

  • Rahu-11 mahadasha followed, encouraging opportunism and amplifying the goal orientation and social networking empowerments of randhresha-8 + Vriddhipathi-11 Brihaspati who works well in networks (11) and also holds many secrets (8). Viparita Raja Yoga * Sarala Yoga randhresha-8 Guru-12 protects Taft from dangerous revolutionary conditions in Philippines and Panama, and also protects him from dangers of undisclosed political corruption in USA.

  • The pleasant but obese and unexciting Taft was delegated (appointed) the role of placeholder president while Teddy Roosevelt was unable to hold office 1908-1912. Taft agreed to administer the tasks of the presidency whilst others politicked.

  • A highly unlikely candidate who rarely campaigned, he won POTUS-27 during Rahu-Guru period due to machine network. After the presidency, Taft asked for a received a gift from his many networked friends: he wanted to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He got the judge job as a retirement plum, which he kept through the duration of Rahu and subsequent Guru mahadasha until his death during Guru-Ketu period.


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