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"I'm saying when the president does it, that means it's not illegal."

Richard Milhouse Nixon

fleshbirth Thursday-09-Jan-1913

fleshdeath 22-Apr-1994


Mrs. Thelma Pat Nixon

fleshbirth 16-March-1912 * fleshdeath 22-June-1993 (age 81)

Nativity of Mrs. Pat Nixon


POTUS-37 * served 1968-1974 * Richard Milhaus Nixon

birth data from* tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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  • Shil-Ponde.(1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra. p 82.

BPL commentary: For Azlesa nativities, the condition of Budha considerably affects the outcome

[BPL note: Mr. Ponde often repeats his particular aversion to Azlesa nativities. It is worth noting that whether male or female, Azlesa "the leash" produces many of the world's great writers and lyricists. As well, Azlesa often show mastery of Budha-type skills including verbal acuity in public speaking, literary publishing, and business administration.

Azlesa are Budha-ruled creatures who are tightly focused on their information and handcraft (choreography, lyrics, sequencing, plots, characters) ... but this feature of their mentality does not parlay into unkindness or uncleanness ... only a tendency to manipulate people to their own advantage, and a rather grumpy intolerance for people and things irrelevant to their task.]

"Outstanding characteristic of these people

  • is their rather unpleasant and unsociable disposition.

They are awkward and gauche in their manners

  • and are not quick to profit by their mistakes

  • because of their inability to adapt themselves to their surroundings

  • and their apparent reluctance to be gracious or kind to others.

This attitude militates against success in life

  • and is a barrier to progress.

These people should live less introspectively

  • and learn to appreciate the good in other people.

They should cultivate the habit of doing things for others."

Biographical events matched to Vimshottari Dasha

Mangala Mahadasha

09-Jan-1913 fleshbirth * Mangala-Guru period * Guru rules 6-9

Rahu Mahadasha

Guru Mahadasha * age 23.5 until age 39.5

21-June-1940 marriage to POTUS-pair-37 Watergate 1912-1993 Pat Ryan Nixon * Guru-Shani period * Shani rules navamsha-1

21-Feb-1946 child-1 * Guru-Zukra period * Zukra vidyapathi-5 from Chandra

1947-1950 USA Congressional Representative from California * Guru-Chandra period * Chandra lagnesha

1950-1952 USA Senator from California (Republican) * Guru-Rahu period

Shani mahadasha * age 39.5 until age 58.5


1952-1960 Vice-President USA under POTUS-34 Interstate Highways 1890-1969 Dwight D. Eisenhower * Shani-Shani until Shani-Zukra period

04-Sept-1956 fleshdeath of Father * Shani-Budha period * Budha pitramaraka rules 7th-from-Surya

Nov-1962 bitter defeat, lost election for Gov-California * Shani-Surya period * Surya rules 8th-from-Chandra sudden emotional shock

30-Sept-1967 fleshdeath of Mother * Shani-Rahu period

05-Nov-1968 elected POTUS-37 * Shani-Rahu period * Rahu-9 5th-from-5th elections

Budha Mahadasha * age 58.5 until age 75.5

Budha rules 3-12 from radical lagna ++ 9th-from-Chandra and 6th-from-Chandra * Viparita Vimala yoga Budha-6 rules 12

Budha-Budha swabhukti

02-May-1972 death of Nixon's friend and protector J. Edgar Hoover

17-June-1972 Nixon authorized Watergate Burglary of Democratic offices *

05-Sept-1972 gochara R-K return to Dhanuzya-Mithunaya

07-Nov-1972 re-elected landslide victory *

Oct 1973 Vice president Spiro Agnew convicted of bribery, burglary, and money-laundering

Budha-Ketu period * cut loose * Nov 1973 until Nov-1974

25-Mar-1974 gochara Rahu enters Vrizchika + Ketu enters Vrishabha

24-July-1974 Supreme Court rules that Nixon's 1200 secret tapes must be released * Ketu release

09-August-1974 Resignation pending Impeachment. Nixon is discovered to owe half-million dollars in unpaid taxes, to have participated in a felony burglary, and to have approved a thwarting of justice.

08-Sept-1974 Nixon is pardoned by POTUS-38 Time to Heal Gerald R. Ford , thus Nixon narrowly avoided a criminal conviction and federal prison *

Budha-Zukra period * Zukra rules 4-11

1977 almost broke, Nixon is paid a large sum (USD 600K) to be interviewed by British television journalist David Frost * Zukra rules 11-economic gains, income

Ketu Mahadasha * age 75.5 until fleshdeath (age 81)

22-June-1993 death of wife POTUS-pair-37 Watergate 1912-1993 Pat Ryan Nixon * Ketu-Shani period * Shani rules 7th-from-7th-from-Chandra

22-Apr-1994 fleshdeath (age 81) and cremation * Ketu-Budha period * Budha rules 12 disappearance

Distinctive features of the Nativity

POTUS-37 Watergate 1913-1994 Richard Nixon had a remarkable cluster of four graha in bhava-6 conflict-and-imbalance: Surya + Mangala + Budha + Guru. The rulers of six bhava occupy the third pada of Mula in the satkona . Mangala + Budha + Guru = all located in the third pada of Mula.

Mr. Nixon had many enemies and many complaints (Guru-6). Over the span of his 30-year political career, Nixon vocalized a frequent and consistent victim narrative, arguing that he had been mistreated, deprived, exploited, marginalized, or disrespected.

Yet during the first portion of his career during Shani mahadasha * age 39.5 until age 58.5, he was able to present an image of the plain-spoken working man (Shani), whose habit of accusing and complaining was culturally compatible with the injustices of life in the oppressed classes. His other-blaming was perceived as a social-class habit not a personal problem.

Nixon's remarkable complex of the rulers of seven bhava within the rashi of globalization and world culture (Dhanushya) might perhaps have produced a great man in world affairs, had those graha resided not in the maha-dusthamsha. Bhava-6 may indicate corrupt advice * bhava-7 = advisors, and bhava-6 = corroding, disappearing 12th-from-7th. In the satkona, Nixon had not only bhratrupathi-3 + ruler-of-12 Budha lord of Ketu-3 (mentality) and lord of the Azlesa rising nakshatra..

He also had Guru, Surya, and Mangala representing a GROUP of unbalanced, untrustworthy individuals scheduled in this life-script to provide "corrupt advice" and betrayal

The crisis began immediately with the onset of Budha Mahadasha

It was a perfect storm of much degraded mental acuity due to activation of Ketu added to the presence of the band of thieves who provided a great deal of contradictory and illicit advice to the mentally declining leader.

Richard Nixon grew up resentfully believing that he had not received the privileges to which he was entitled. His famed rants (Mangala-driven Mithunaya) against the "white shoe" privileged monied classes expressed his chronic victim positioning and psychological isolation (Ketu) even while serving in the highest office of the most dominant country in the world (Rahu).

Nixon represented himself as an internationalist expert and diplomat of a high order (Dhanushya graha conferring internationalism, along with lagnesha Chandra in bhava-7 in diplomatic bhava-7).

Even after public disgrace, he continued to insinuate himself as an authorized US representative despite having been stripped of all authorization. For two decades following the complete and utter collapse during Budha-Ketu, he lived in denial. His clinical narcissism was extremely profound and he apparently was unable to accept even the suggestion that he personally might have failed to lead or broken the law. He blamed circumstances outside his control, the misdoings of others, and the poverty of his childhood inter alia but he never accept moral responsibility for his own actions.


Chandra in bhava-7 * Chandra-Makara *

Chandra rules 7th-from-Chandra signifying the importance of marriage as a foundation of the identity

negotiations, contracts, diplomacy, agreement, balance of mutual interests.

Nixon's mother was heavily concerned with one of her very sick sons, who eventually died. Shani in 5th from Chandra in bhava-7. However Nixon remained deeply attached to his mother throughout life, sanctifying her life to the point of hagiography, and using anecdotes about her virtues in most of his political speeches.


Budha Viparita Vimala yoga Budha-6 rules 12

Budha Mahadasha

Onset of Budha Mahadasha in June-1971 introduced a group of criminally minded ideologues * Budha in Dhanushya ideology bhava-6 crime. Their complex victim narrative increased his existing paranoia and engaged his already Ketu-3 unstable mentality into world populated by those not only dangerously adversarial to his personal political future but enemies of the free world whose ideas threatened the American democracy. Ruler of 12 and 3, Budha evokes fantasies (12) and a fragmented mental traffic of criticism and invective (Kanya).

Budha Mahadasha intensifies Ketu's impact upon the mental health. Nixon's swift, career-ending demise during Budha-Ketu period, Budha rules Ketu-3, ended with a narrowly avoided (Ketu) trial of criminal impeachment. Such an impeachment threatened federal imprisonment (12) -- but did not materialize due to Viparita Vimala yoga Budha-6 rules 12 . Ketu did however produce the effect of international pariah status (Ketu the wanderer).

As ruler of 6th-from-Chandra and ruler of bhava-12, Budha's power to introduce enemies of the marriage was suddenly strengthened in June-1971. A cohort of predatory advisers appropriated the priority advising position held for decades by his peer-counselor wife Pat. These contract-breakers blocked the advice of Nixon's previous lifelong supporter and adviser wife Pat and substituted their own cant about the terrible disharmony facing the nation in times of anti-war dissent and how he Nixon must use force to nobly preserve the Union following Lincoln the Great Preserver. Rather suddenly Pat was cut asunder from a decades-long two-person career and marginalized into a cardboard figure for public display. According to observers, their marriage was effectively ended in Budha-Budha period while Pat was heard screaming in the private wing of the Whitehouse "you have ruined my life!"

Budha rules scattered and often incoherent mentality of Ketu-in bhava-3 in the criticizing, accusing rashi of Kanya. Nixon was already mentally unstable. Some psychiatrists have retrospectively diagnosed him as functionally paranoid but prone to episodes of delusion. As Budha-Budha bhukti proceeded, Nixon stopped listening to the sensible advice of his wife and succumbed to the manipulative, paranoia-increasing narrative of his criminally minded advisers.

During the 2.5 years of Budha-Budha swabhukti, Nixon authorized criminal burglaries and illegal wiretapping. He took an emotional and controversial (6) (6) stance toward free-speech discourse on the Vietnam War (6) implying that protest was illicit and the nation should defer to his unquestioned authority. His television appearance showed a glaring, suspicious look.

By the onset of Budha-Ketu period , Richard Nixon was the first POTUS in more than a century to have been impeached for criminal misconduct while holding the highest office of public trust. He resigned under pressure, asserting that he had done nothing wrong. Having once been the proud leader elected by "landslide win", a bitter victimized Nixon was cut-loose during the Budha-Ketu period.


Since rogesha-6 = multiplier mulatrikona Guru, Mr. Nixon had many (Guru) enemies and heard many complaints. Over the span of his 30-year political career, Nixon vocalized a frequent and consistent victim narrative, arguing that he had been mistreated, deprived, exploited, marginalized, or disrespected. A general tendency toward distrust is sensible given the plethora of graha in bhava-6 betrayal.



Shani in bhava-11 suggests a heavy struggle to generate economic income, and ruler of 11 being in 8 bring gains from hidden sources. Nixon was often personally short of funds (Shani-11)despite receiving many luxuries (Zukra) flowing from the privileged environments in which he worked.

But during his 19-year Shani mahadasha which encompassed eight years as vice-president under Eisenhower, Mr. Nixon although cranky was also productive and his narrative was not much heeded.

Professionally, Nixon developed a highly formalized network of those who favored strict laws and caste ranks (Shani). During Budha-Shani period following his resignation from office, where Shani-11 enjoys parivartamsha with Zukra-8, Nixon was able to establish trust (Zukra, troth, trust, betrothal) an inflexible friendship with the Chinese Communist officials (Shani). This trust led to a shocking openings (8, apertures) into an economic system (11) that has been manifesting from China ever since.

From 1952 until 1971, Richard Nixon endured the mahadasha of mature, common-sense Shani. His Shani-Vrizabha-11 enjoys parivartamsha with Zukra-Kumbha-8. Zukra = wife. Due to the parivartamsha, wife controls the effects of 4, 7, 8, and 11 and she has the qualities of fixity and materialism which characterize the sthira rashi.

Throughout Shani Mahadasha, Pat Nixon had been his stalwart counselor and network manager (11). She encouraged him to maintain a normal, conventional viewpoint. She helped a somewhat paranoid husband to make pragmatic choices even in the high-stress world of personality politics. She helped him to steer a lawful career course. Until the Budha mahadasha when the wheels came off.....

it was ultimately the onset of L-3+ruler-of-12 Budha-Budha swabhukti in 1971 which started a chain of unfortunate events resulting in his criminal impeachment, public disgrace and career-ending demise.

As ruler of marriage-adversarial 6th-from-7th, Budha's power to introduce enemies of the marriage was suddenly strengthened at the onset of Budha Mahadasha. Budha also rules mentally-scattered Ketu-in bhava-3 in criticizing, accusing Kanya.

Nixon began to experience a stronger narrative of persecution and victimization due to Budha-Mula-6 much reinforced by the companion graha Mangala+Guru+Surya, including rogesha-6 Guru in 12th-from-Chandra (emotional imagination).

His mental health went into decline just as his association with the "band of thieves " in bhava-6 began to rise. Surya + Mangala + Budha + Guru = rulers of 7 of the 12 bhava reside in the satkona. These personalities significantly outnumbered his one and only wife.

Nixon began to receive damaging advice from the band of thieves i.e. inner-circle advisers. They blocked his access to other viewpoints and they encouraged him to authorize criminal burglaries and evade his tax debt. His previously protective and supportive wife Pat Nixon was overwhelmed by this corrupt and predatory council.

The marriage-adversarial effect of ruler-of-12 Budha was particularly strong, since Budha activates Nixon's Ketu-Kanya-3. The wise and loyal wife began to be perceived as an enemy or a low subordinate (6). After 30 years of sensible, trusting marital conversation, her voice was shut out.

During the 2.5 years of Budha-Budha swabhukti, Nixon authorized criminal burglaries and illegal wiretapping. He failed to pay his taxes. He declared (Budha) a controversial (6), argumentative stance regarding the Vietnam War (6) that expressed his disdain for free speech and implied his support for martial law in the USA. His television appearance showed a glaring, suspicious look.

By the onset of Budha-Ketu period , Richard Nixon was the first POTUS in more than a century to have been impeached. He resigned under pressure. Budha-Ketu period marked the bitter end to his once "landslide win" political career.

For his long-suffering wife Pat, her husband's criminal convictions for burglary and tax evasion marked the exhausting tail end of her chidra-dasha Budha-Shani period, where Shani rules the satkona showing breakdown of the marriage trust. By Nov-1974, Pat had entered her Ketu Mahadasha and except for a few sporadic appearances, she withdrew from public life.


righteousness-craving Rahu-Meena-9 * ambitious illusion seeking privilege of ideology and super-politics, the politics of self-righteous entitlement. Rahu-9 suggests trying to appear purer-than-thou and 'religious' in his public persona. Nixon displayed a burning desire to win elections in order to prove his own superiority among the patriarchs. Rahu's ruler Guru-6 shows the problems of the father, and Rahu is afflicted by the father's conflicts. Likely young Nixon was bullied by a deeply conflicted father who used religion to intimidate his son.

In truth, he did not practice his parents' religion (Rahu-9 poseur). His inherited Quaker Doctrine was simply expedient for political purposes. Nixon's critics complained that his Quaker roots claim was simply merely instrumentalized to project (Rahu) a pious, prayerful public image (Meena-Rahu-9). Unlike those who actually practiced the faith, Nixon cursed vigorously, accepted military assignments, and greatly escalated the carnage of the 1970's USA-Vietnam War.

Nixon's father was deeply distracted by his failing career * dharmesha Guru-6 + Budha +


At the time of his disgrace (Ketu) he showed a profoundly unbalanced (Kanya) criminal mentality and for the rest of his life Nixon maintained resistance to the facts (Ketu-3, lack of cohesion). By the time of his forced resignation during Budha-Ketu period, Nixon was experiencing paranoid delusions. He perception was wracked by persecution fantasies. In his increasing isolation, Nixon seemed convinced that he must protect his reputation as a great patriarch of the land (Rahu-9) via control of negative evidence which might dishonor his legacy (6).

Ironically, his mandate to protect this as-yet un-established legacy indeed destroyed most of his legacy before it could even be born. (Rahu, fall from high place.)

After Budha-Ketu period ended, he lived for another two decades in cold ignominy, unable to regain the public trust.

POTUS-37 partner * served 1968-1974 * Mrs. Thelma Pat Nixon 1912-1993

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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



  • Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 96

BPL commentary: For Hasta nativities, the condition of Chandra considerably affects the outcome

"A rather good natured, lazy character with a tendency to bursts of effort.

If work becomes necessary to her comfort,

  • she will tackle any hard task cheerfully

  • and with zest in order to get it done.

But she prefers to be lazy whenever she can.

She is usually buxom in appearance with a rather fat stomach and ample bosom.

A jolly disposition, seldom angry,

  • and quick to forgive any slight or injury or wrong done to her.

She is apt to suffer from chronic rheumatism and piles

and should be careful in her diet;

  • she should never over-eat."

Biographical events matched to Vimshottari Dasha


Rahu Mahadasha

16-March-1912 fleshbirth * Rahu-Budha period * Budha lagnesha

Guru Mahadasha

18-Jan-1926 death of mother Katherine Halberstadt (Pat's age 13) * Guru-Shani period * matri-maraka Shani ruler of 2nd-from-4th

1929 death of father (Pat's age 17) * Guru-Ketu period

Shani Mahadasha

21-June-1940 marriage to POTUS-37 Watergate Richard Nixon * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani rules-7 navamsha * gochara Rahu-Ketu via Kanya-Meena contact radical lagna

21-Feb-1946 child-1 * Shani-Zukra period * Zukra dharmesha-9 from Chandra

Budha Mahadasha

Budha in bhava-7 * Budha-Meena * nichha

Nov-1968 husband R. Nixon elected POTUS-37 * Budha-Rahu period

Ketu Mahadasha

Ketu-Thula * Ketu in Bhava-2

Watergate Scandal begins to unfold * Ketu-Ketu swabhukti

09-August-1974 husband R. Nixon resignation pending Impeachment. * Ketu-Zukra period

1976 stroke * Ketu-Rahu period * Rahu-8 yuti Shani rules-6

Zukra Mahadasha

Zukra-6 * addictions * Zukra-Kumbha yuti Chandra-Kumbha

1983 stroke * Zukra-Zukra swabhukti

1992 diagnosed terminal lung cancer (after a lifetime of chain smoking cigarettes) * Zukra-Guru period

22-June-1993 (age 81) fleshdeath * Zukra-Guru period * Zukra maraka rules-2 and Guru maraka rules-7

Distinctive features of the nativity

POTUS-pair-37 Watergate 1912-1993 Pat Ryan Nixon

Surya in bhava-07 * Surya-Meena

Chandra-Kumbha * Chandra in Shatataraka * Chandra-yuti-Zukra

Mangala-Vrizabha Mangala in bhava-9



Zukra-6 * addictions * Zukra-Kumbha yuti Chandra-Kumbha


A lifetime chain-smoker (Zukra-6) Mrs. Nixon smoked herself into a state of terminal lung cancer, spent years in isolation and pain, then died age 81. During Mr. Nixon's Zukra-Guru bhukti where Guru yuvatipathi-7 from kalatra-karaka Zukra. Nixon experienced a publically visible emotional collapse at her death. Guru rules his own yuvati bhava; his own fleshdeath occurred 10 months later.


rogesha-6 Shani occupies bhava-8 * viparita raja yoga Harsha Yoga * Shani-yuti-Rahu


Rahu-Meza yuti Shani-Mesha * nichha

Ketu-Thula * Ketu in Bhava-2 Marriage features

POTUS-37 Watergate 1913-1994 Richard Nixon with Zukra-8 enjoyed a hidden (8) counseling advising partnership (Zukra) with his lifelong companion wife Pat. Unfortunately during period of Budha lord of 6th-from-Chandra he stopped taking Pat's private advice and indulged in criminal acts. Known by her critics as "Plastic Pat" Mrs. Thelma Patricia Ryan Nixon formed the forever-dieting, chain-smoking stand-by-your-man 50% of a married political partnership. Their marriage was characterized by observers as ritualized (Chandra influence on both partners, rituals rites) and stiffly performed. While their mutual family-feeling was obvious, the attracting spark between the mates seemed muted at best.

Husband has Chandra-7 suggesting his need for his spouse to function primarily as his caretaker-mother, and predisposition toward non-sexual but affectionate marital arrangements.

According to her biographers, Pat felt that her husband Richard was vulnerable to unsavory influence. She served as a parental protector shielding him, sometimes proactively, from people she perceived to be trying to use him, predatory upon him or wielding negative force.

According to her biographers, Pat Nixon started to lose her influence upon her husband from the beginning of his working presidency in Jan-1969 * his Shani-Guru period* continuing through the early 1970's * begin his Budha-Budha period in June-1971* through his impeachment and career collapse.

After the onset of his L-3+ruler-of-12 Budha period, where his Budha is tightly controlled in the Mula-three-pack with Guru-Mula-6 and Kuja-Mula-6, husband came under the sway of his council of corrupt advisors.

As these men insinuated themselves into Richard Nixon's life, Mr. Nixon stopped consulting with his wife Pat, shutting out her guidance and opinions which until that point had kept him on a sensible course even in the volatile world of politics.

According to her biographers, she never regained interest in public life after the criminal scandal which, it can be seen in hindsight, would have been completely avoidable if this man had been able to continue to listen to the wise advice of his wife. Instead, he succumbed to a heightened level of paranoia (which was always in the background due to his Ketu-Kanya-3) matched by an onslaught of malintentioned advisers who showed little regard for the public trust (6).


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