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Vimshottari Dasha Narrative


Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944


POTUS-32 * served 1933-1945

(died in office)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

a.k.a. FDR

fleshbirth Monday-30-Jan-1882

fleshdeath 12-April-1945 (age 63)

nativity of Eleanor Roosevelt

World-War-2 Tripartite Pact Axis group :

World-War-2 Allies group:


POTUS-32 served 04-Mar-1933 until 12-Apr-1945 (decease while a working President) * * Franklin Delano Roosevelt * 1882-1945

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

charts, graphs, and tables generated 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



Franklin and Eleanor near the time of their 1905 wedding

Rahu Mahadasha

30-Jan-1882 fleshbirth * Rahu-Budha period * Budha lagnesha Budha karmesha

Guru Mahadasha

1896 (age 14) entered Groton School, continuing to Harvard College * Guru-Budha period * Budha lagnesha, Budha diploma

08-Dec-1900 father fleshdeath * Guru-Surya period * Surya rules 8th-from-Surya and Surya rules 7th-from-9th-from-Chandra

Shani Mahadasha

17-Mar-1905 Marriage to POTUS-pair-32 Learn by Living 1884-1962 Eleanor Roosevelt * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani rules swamsha * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Simha-Kumbha * contact swamsha-Chandra

03-May-1906 child-1 * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani rules 9th-from-Chandra

1910 elected NY State senator * Shani-Budha period * Budha karmesha

1921 suffered extreme Paralysis after infection (later suspected Guillain-Barré syndrome) This internal injury thereafter left him in chronic pain with limited mobility * Shani-Rahu period

Budha Mahadasha

Nov-1928 48th Governor of New York State * Budha-Zukra period * Zukra rules 9-politics patronage

Nov-1932 elected POTUS-32 * 32 days after Germany-Dictator 1933-1945 Nazi Adolf Hitler was installed as Reichskanzler Deutschland, FDR was sworn into the office of the 32nd presidency of the USA. * Budha-Chandra period Chandra-10 gives effects of randresha Kuja-10, signifying 8-emergency conditions, catastrophic change

15-Feb-1933 assassination attempt in Miami FL. FDR survived but Chicago Mayor A. Cermak was killed. * Budha-Chandra period * Chandra gives effects of randresha Kuja "conditions of death" but not actual fleshdeath

Nov-1936 re-elected to second POTUS term of office. * Budha-Rahu period

05-Nov-1940 elected to an unprecedented third POTUS term of office * Budha-Shani chidra-dasha * Shani rules 5-political elections

07-Sept-1941 decease of Mother Sara Delano * Budha-Shani chidra-dasha * Shani rules 2nd-from-4th

Ketu Mahadasha

12-April-1945 (age 63) Lightbody Lift-off* Ketu-Rahu period

Distinctive features of the nativity


Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933

Surya * pitrikaraka

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Randresha Mangala * Kuja can be an explosive and potentially dangerous agent for the Kanya lagna. The main risks are sexual and military.

FDR was elected to the first of his extraordinary THREE terms of POTUS during Budha-Chandra period. Chandra in Arudra gives effects of randresha Kuja "conditions of death" but not actual death

It was a dire and fearful time of pending emergencies The banking system had collapsed at the end of the administration of POTUS-31 Challenge to Liberty 1874-1964 Herbert Hoover (so that treasuries were once again "hidden" in private reserves), bloody world-war was looming in Germany-Dictator 1933-1945 Nazi Adolf Hitler 's Germany, and the deep suffering of millions of Americans was visible in the continuing Depression.

Marriage kuja dosha upon bhava-4 = 7th-from-Chandra

Mother (Chandra in Arudra * comforted by exciting signals) exacerbates via Chandra-Mangala-yoga

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

lagnesha and karmesha Budha in bhava-6 suggests a lifetime focus upon injury, accusation, ailment, medication, conflict, injustice, and war. Particularly toward all of these criminal and medical situations, an approach that is logical and strategic focused on signals, messaging, communications, evangelism, and teamwork. Budha benefits from the protective harsha yoga provided by Budha's ruler nichha-Shani in Bhava-8

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

Brihaspati, ruling both yuvatibhava-7 and 7th-from-Chandra Dhanuzya-4, represents the life partner POTUS-pair-32 Learn by Living 1884-1962 Eleanor Roosevelt. Her contribution to his life-path is both empowered politically (Shani rules 5) and soured personally (Shani rules 6) via nichha-Shani-yuti-Guru-8. Although their marriage became sexually and emotionally alienated due to FDR's betrayals, and devolved into a complex circle of mutiple affairs-du-coeur for both partner, Mrs. Roosevelt played a vitally important role for POTUS-32. Some historians refer to her as the second-in-command or second-president due to the extraordinary influence of her camouflaged agency during the long, long era of POTUS-32.

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka occupies 8th-from-Chandra suggesting a misalignment between the influential and controlling mother Chandra-yuti-Mangala (10) versus the strong-willed wife Surya-yuti-Zukra (5)

moudhya-dosha combust Zukra-Makara yuti Surya-Makara

Zukra in bhava-5 + Surya in bhava-5

Surya-yuti-Zukra located in 8th-from-Chandra

nichha-Shani * powerful harsha yoga * Shani-yuti-Guru-8

Shani in Bhava-8 * Shani-Meza

Shani rules Kumbha swamsha = science, economics, marketplace linkages, , social networks, communities, connections

nichha-Shani 6/8 servitude from Vrizchika-Rahu-3 = paralyzed by disease. nichha-Shani blood-brain disease

nichha-Shani, oppression of movement

Both Shani-8 and Rahu-3 occupy rashi of Shani's enemy Mangala-10 career leadership

Rogesha nichha-Shani-8 * agency of disease-injury

The muscle-paralyzing, painfully nerve-destroying syndrome which finally killed him was never correctly diagnosed and therefore never properly treated, leaving him in a state of hidden suffering (rogesha Shani-8) for most of his presidential years. Today it would be diagnosed as a form of internal poisoning and treated as a variety of "toxic shock"

Shani-yuti-Guru located = 6th-from-Rahu + 12th-from-Ketu. Guru-Meza yuti Shani-Meza * nichha

The nativity suffers from nichha-Shani + Guru in the toxic 6th-from-Rahu + withdrawn 12th-from-Ketu.

Marriage challenges

Ruler of 6 Shani occupies 8, and ruler of 7 Brihaspati occupies 8. Starting soon after the birth of his sixth child, FDR lived under camouflage (8) of being happily married to a partner whom he admired only as a professional colleague, a sister-figure and a friend.

Shani-8 would normally signify a very long lifespan, but harsha yoga reduces the longevity The circumstances of departure from the flesh body were hidden and due to illness Shani rogesha-8, occurring at a private camp in Georgia far from Washington D.C.,

During Ketu-Rahu period, FDR died aged 63 in the company of his lover Lucy Mercer his most intense liaison amongst several. Accounts from the time say that he had promised his wife POTUS-pair-32 Learn by Living 1884-1962 Eleanor Roosevelt never to see Lucy again, but in fact the hidden pair continued their relationship secretly for decades. It was FDR's own daughter Anna who called for Lucy when FDR was dying. Finding out that her own daughter called Lucy to be at his side at the time of his death was said to have shocked and angered his emburdened and alienated wife. Ruler of 7 occupies 8 yuti rogesha nichha-Shani, suggesting marital challenges which continue until and possibly peak at the time of fleshdeath

Shani-8 indicates obligatory responsibility to attend to the Social Order during catastrophic events such as the USA Great Depression and World War 2. For all His heavy karma of blood-and-muscles on the physical plane and mental frustration leading to depression on the mental plane (Shani rules depression), FDR's nichha-Shani-8 may ultimately have helped to save the free world. He was forced to deal with some vicious personalities and conditions.

Shani provides a powerful harsha yoga and Nichha Shani-8 As the dictum goes in Jyotisha, a nichhagraha in a dusthamsha can give surprising and interesting results !

Secret (8) actions (Meza) and highly pressurized (Shani) catastrophic conditions (8)

FDR was afflicted by many harsh effects of secrecy ranging from the extreme psychological stress of secret negotiations during the WW-II years to the personal agony of needing to hide his extramarital loves under camouflage of being happily married to a woman he admired only as a sister and a friend .

Shani-yuti-Guru-8 * yuvatipathi-7 Guru representing life partner occupies bhava-8 = wife as decoy

Eleanor continued to represent her paralyzed husband in many critically important official functions like war negotiations. Despite their long-dead marriage, her "decoy" service may have helped to save the free world. Papagraha in dusthamsha have beneficial implications. A deeply debilitated nichha-Shani in radically suddenly transformative bhava Mesha-8 gives surprisingly helpful results via empowered Harsha Yoga.

The paralyzing (nichha-Shani, oppression of movement), supremely painful nerve-destroying (8) illness which finally killed him was never correctly diagnosed (diagnosis 3 = 8th-from-8th = mysterious illnesses contains Rahu smokescreens) The ailment was therefore never properly treated, leaving him in a state of hidden pain and suffering (8) for most of his presidential years.

Even the conditions of death (8), at a private camp in Georgia, camouflaged from the society-eyes of Washington D.C., were upsetting and shocking. He died, aged 63, a physically (Mesha) broken man in the company of his long-term extramarital lover . Lucy Mercer was FDR's most profound love relationship amongst several (Arudra-Chandra). Lucy had been Eleanor's personal secretary and therefore Lucy knew everyone in FDR's friends-and-family network. Eleanor's betrayal was bitter, and FDR had promised his wife never to see Lucy again. Yet the lovers continued to correspond and visit. The revelation that Lucy had been summoned to FDR by FDR's own daughter shocked and angered his wife.

FDR's profound illness had been skillfully covered up (8) by his public relations handlers (Kuja-Mithunaya-media ruler of 3-media located in 8th-from-3rd public reputation). Therefore new of his fleshdeath on 12-Apr-1945 was met with utter shock and grief across the U.S. and around the world. His death was immediately followed by Germany-Nazi 1889-1945 Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler 's suicide on 30-Apr-1945.

The violence of these sudden endings threw much of the world into a state of terror (8). Yet POTUS-34 Interstate Highways 1890-1969 Dwight D. Eisenhower orchestrated a successful conquest, celebrated as V-E Day, on 08-May-1945. This risky and untried maneuver posed a hugely uncertain risk (Eisenhower has Mula swamsha). It might have created massive destruction for the Allies. But it worked, showing the public some proof of the possibility of regeneration and rebirth after a time of awful fear.

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

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

Ketu in Bhava-9 * Ketu-Vrizabha

Rahu-3 * became the angel (3, evangelism) of fear-reducing radio messages as he commented upon the terrifying collapse of "life as we knew it" during Great Depression and WW-2. Every word that was spoken in those traumatic times had to be very carefully crafted (3).

in 1921 during his Shani-Rahu period, POTUS-32 Franklin D. Roosevelt suffered extreme Paralysis after infection (later suspected Guillain-Barré syndrome) which crippled his lower body causing great suffering for the rest of his life.

RAHU = ambition, quick-uncoiling, foreigners, breaking taboo

Rahu in shad-ashtaka 6-8 angle from nichha-Shani-yuti-Guru

Rahu in 6th-from-Chandra = a life of service to those criminal, exploitive, and adversarial in nature, whose ambitions (Rahu) have no limit

  • extreme psychological stress of secret negotiations in the WW-II years to the personal agony of needing to hide his extramarital loves.

Fleshdeath during Ketu-Rahu period. Because news of FDR's profound and worsening illness had been skillfully obscured by his publicity handlers (3), Roosevelt's death was met with utter shock and grief across the U.S. and around the world.

  • 12-Apr-1945 Lightbody Lift-off followed by Germany-Nazi 1889-1945 Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler 's suicide on 30-Apr-1945, threw much of the world into a state of terror although the successful V-E Day invasion on 8-May-1945 orchestrated by POTUS-34 Interstate Highway System Dwight D. Eisenhower showed proof of regeneration and rebirth.

Ketu in Bhava-9

FDR had no doctrinal affiliation nor ideological agenda. His father was by all accounts a good man (Zukra dharmesha in 9th-from-9th) but his father suffered a heart condition and in his frailty was effectively an absentee dad.

Vrizchika = An amazing 10th navamsha surging with secrets

FDR carried personal and professional secrets. On the personal level, Mrs. Elenor Roosevelt discovered her husband's first and most passionate affair with her secretary his long-time lover Lucy Mercer. His subsequent affairs were not hidden from Eleanor, nor hers from him. Since they did not divorce, the public remained utterly unaware of this prominent married couple's secret liaisons during their lifetimes.

On the level of world politics during the dangerous eras of economic collapse and global war, the president entrusted his wife Eleanor with extraordinary secrets of war, which she handled under camouflage. Her bhava-12 = Chandra-Budha-Mangala-Surya-Vrizchika powerfully matches his Vrizchika 10th navamsha, showing that while their personal compatibility was compromised by 6/8 Chandra positions, their ability to work as a team in high-threat global affairs was immense.


Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd

POTUS-32 Fireside Chats Franklin D. Roosevelt fell in love with his wife Eleanor's personal secretary Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd. 2nd-from-Chandra indicating 2nd marriage is marred by nichha-Shani drishti upon Chandra in 12th-from-Karkata and Chandra-yuti-Mangala-randresha mandating secrecy .

FDR wanted to marry Lucy. However there was deep conflict and trauma (8, Kuja) around their situation. First of all, FDR's mother threatened to disinherit him if he divorced. She wanted to keep the money in the family and that meant staying with his cousin Eleanor. Second, his wife Eleanor refused to grant a divorce. And thirdly, Lucy as an observant Roman Catholic would not marry a divorced man indicating the dilemma of Zukra-doctrine-9.

Historians agree that FDR enjoyed a number of women lovers during his tenure as POTUS-32. Yet his love for Lucy seemed unbreakable. She married but was soon widowed. The love link with FDR was sustained secretly (8) for decades, primarily in the framework of friendship (2nd-from-Chandra = 11 friendship). Lucy was with FDR at his Lightbody Lift-off


Job Stress

karmesha-10 for FDR = Mangala-Mithunaya. Lagna Kumbha = karaka for the masses of Common People. FDR's central identity task was to manage the great complaining masses (Budha/Kumbha) of common humanity.

His leadership was enormously constrained by the insecurity of Karkata-6 = emotional reactions causing mass poverty, starvation, war, and ignorance as well as constant petty crime.

Despite his sometimes frightening working conditions, and physical illness exacerbated by job stress, FDR's professional service legacy is considered by many to mark him as one of the greatest and most noble US Presidents.

dharmesha-9 Chandra being somewhat enervated in 8 does take the edge off his mother's constant harassment, and makes her a source of treasury . rogesha-6 Chandra in 5 also weakens the threat of divorce (6) despite his notorious marital infidelities. In the puritanical earlier decades of the American 20th century, the public disgrace of divorce could easily have destroyed his career.

  • Via the mother, Chandra-Mangala yoga maintains his wealth reserves despite being far too busy to earn from profession. (The presidential salary itself was a pittance. Rahu-10 wants executive power, not cash.)

In laws - randhresha-8 Budha in lagna

Eleanor Roosevelt's family had a fancy lineage pedigree due to their being among the first (Mesha) successful Dutch merchants in New York, and the legacy prestige of her family considerably helped his ability to get political funding.

Despite the reality that the family of FDR 's wife Eleanor Roosevelt was rather dramatically dysfunctional (Their problems ranged from sexually transmitted diseases to insanity to fatal alcoholism) FDR was able to use their assets successfully.

yuvatipathi-7 Surya public life-partner in 12

Combust Zukra-Makara in 12 = clandestine affairs; marriage subject to 'enemies of the marriage' (6th-from-7th = 12). Two graha in the bhava of Zukra generally indicates two marriages, but there are several complications which prevent a second legal marriage ceremony including

  • Combust kalatra-karaka Zukra,

  • lord of Zukra nichha-amza Shani-3,

  • Zukra lord of dispersing Ketu

  • dhanapati-2 (2nd marriage) oppressed again by the nichha-Shani,

  • Zukra in bhava-12 aesthetic of privacy, enjoys clandestine arrangements,

  • and yuvatipathi-7 Surya in 12 = Surya has the higher degree = represents the public partner

  • 2nd from Chandra (2nd marriage) = Chandra Himself, in the political 5th with karmesha-10 career Mangala.

In material terms, FDR's beloved Miss Lucy Mercer could not according to the dogma of her Catholic faith marry a divorced man with a living ex-wife and five children.

Since politically he was not allowed to have both his career (10, Rahu) *and* his second marriage to Lucy Mercer (later, Lucy Rutherford) FDR chose career. This is the compelling life-force power of"wild and fresh" Rahu-ruled Arudra Chandra in the bhava of politics with Rahu in bhava-10 !

Eleanor = yuvatipathi-7 Surya-Makara and Zukra is a yogakaraka bandesha-4 + dharmesha-9 for the Kumbha lagna, specifically helpful for matters of philosophy and security. In FDR's nativity, Mrs. Roosevelt is represented in part by navamsha 7th lord Budha which occupies a highly influential position in FDR's radical lagna.

She continued to play a major role in his public, visible, personality-defining professional life long after the vicissitudes of romantic love had ended.

She represented the logic and the plans of her paralyzed husband in many critically important argumentative discussions (Kanya). Yet for all but her closest political associates she functioned mainly in a"behind the scenes " (12) capacity, as his de facto attorney (7), advocating his wishes in absentia.

Several female romantic lovers during his long public marriage, including the dearest one Lucy Rutherford. (Lucy was the former social secretary of his official wife Eleanor Roosevelt). FDR's relationship with Lucy bloomed during an extended trip to France (12, distant lands), and continued throughout their lifetimes (on and off). She was with him at the time of his death as was his eldest daughter, in a sanctuary camp (12) where they had been meeting each other for decades.

D-9 lagnesha Guru = yuti nichha-Shani

When the significator of the native 's own behavior in marriage lord of D-9 lagna endures difficult conditions in the rashi, there are some negative implications for marriage.

Guru is a multiplier , expanding the experiences of His owned bhava and the bhava of graha in His rashi and yuti within His occupied bhava

Multiple partners; multiple Shani-related frustrations "blocked movement"

Vriddhipathi-11 + dhanapati-2 Guru-yuti-Shani-Mesha in bhava-3 invokes The treasury of the shared marital estate (11 + 2) but also the mental unrest of nichha ruler-of-12 Shani in bhava-3 interior narrative thoughts.

While maintaining the joint treasury of two financially privileged families and the shared assets of children and a two-person career , one may nevertheless experience the social duties of marriage as oppressively heavy and seek respite in behaviors of the clandestine 12th bhava.


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