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POTUS-37 * served 1968-1973

preceded by:

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1952-1960, Vice-President under

close personal friend of

Nixon Vimshottari dasha events and comments




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

Richard Milhous 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 * 1913-1994

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 81

BPL commentary: high forehead. the condition of Guru will considerably affect the outcome

"... from Arudra to Punarvasu, a startling change in mental development.

In Punarvasu, the native is possessed of profound intelligence,

  • capable of delving into and understanding all manner of philosophical and metaphysical postulates.

He revels in abstract thought

  • and has a lively and profound imagination.

He may be also a poet of high attainment, expressing a fire and vitality in his verse

  • which is the result of an unusually passionate temperament.

He will, however, be only moderately successful by worldly standards during his lifetime

  • although unlike the Arudra native, he will not experience poverty."

Biographical events matched to Vimshottari Dasha


After serving as VPOTUS for eight years under POTUS-34 Interstate Highways 1890-1969 Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon campaigned with vigorous ideological speeches in the old stumping, handshaking style. Yet despite his Good Old Party credentials, Nixon lost the Nov-1960 election to a charming young senator who knew about television cosmetics and eye contact, POTUS-35 Profiles in Courage 1917-1963 John F. Kennedy

Mangala Mahadasha * age birth until age 6

09-Jan-1913 fleshbirth * Mangala-Rahu period * Rahu-9 globalism, politics, ideology, ambition

Rahu Mahadasha * age 6 until age 24

07-Mar-1933 fleshdeath of elder brother via tuberculosis * Rahu-Zukra period * Zukra rules 7th-from-11th-from-Chandra

Guru Mahadasha * age 24 until age 40

21-June-1940 marriage to POTUS-pair-37 Watergate 1912-1993 Pat Ryan Nixon * Guru-Shani period * Shani rules navamsha-7

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

04-Nov-1952 elected VPOTUS under POTUS-34 Interstate Highways 1890-1969 Dwight D. Eisenhower * Guru-Rahu chidradasha * Rahu-9 politics, ambition

Shani mahadasha * age 40 until age 59

04-Sept-1956 fleshdeath of father * Shani-Budha period * Budha pitri-maraka rules 7th-from-Surya

Nov-1960 bitter defeat lost presidential election by a very narrow margin to POTUS-35 Profiles in Courage 1917-1963 John F. Kennedy * Shani-Zukra period * Zukra occupies 8, albeit Zukra rules 10th-from-Chandra

Nov-1962 bitter defeat, lost election for Gov-California * Shani-Zukra period * Zukra occupies 8, albeit Zukra rules 10th-from-Chandra

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

05-Nov-1968 elected POTUS-37 * Shani-Rahu period * Rahu-9 5th-from-5th elections + Rahu in gainful 11th-from-Shani

Budha Mahadasha * age 59 until age 76

02-May-1972 fleshdeath of Nixon's friend and protector-of-secrets J. Edgar Hoover * Budha-Budha swabhukti * Budha rules 2nd-from-11 maraka for friends

17-June-1972 Nixon authorized Watergate Burglary of Democratic offices * Budha-Budha swabhukti * Budha rules 6th-from-10th (containing boundaryless Ketu) * crimes (6) against the social order (10)

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

07-Nov-1972 re-elected POTUS-37 landslide victory * Budha-Budha swabhukti * Budha rules 9th-from-Chandra-7 + Budha rules 10th-from-Budha * however Ketu-3 now becomes problematic

Oct 1973 Spiro Agnew VPOTUS convicted of felony bribery, burglary, and money-laundering * Budha rules 6th-from-10th (containing boundary-less Ketu) * crimes (6) committed by government officials (10)

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

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

09-August-1974 Resignation pending Impeachment. Nixon is discovered to owe half-million dollars in unpaid taxes (Ketu in 8th-from-8th), to have participated in a felony burglary, and to have approved a thwarting of the Law. * Budha-Ketu period * crimes (6) against the order of law (10) * Ketu resignation

08-Sept-1974 Nixon is pardoned by his close friend POTUS-38 Time to Heal Gerald R. Ford. Thus Nixon narrowly avoided a criminal conviction and federal prison * Budha-Ketu period * Budha rules Ketu in 8th-from-8th. Viparita Raja yoga Vimala prevents Budha from imprisoning him, but he is released from all public roles forever.

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

Ketu Mahadasha * age 76 until decease (age 81)

22-June-1993 death of wife POTUS-pair-37 Watergate 1912-1993 Pat Ryan Nixon * Ketu-Guru period * Guru rules 2nd-from-Zukra

22-Apr-1994 fleshdeath (age 81) and cremation * Ketu-Shani period * Shani maraka rules-7

Distinctive features of the Nativity

  • POTUS-37 Watergate 1913-1994 Richard Nixon

  • intensely jealous * fiercely ambitious * musically gifted * loyal in marriage


"Richard Nixon, age 15, holding his violin, ca 1927-1928. Richard Nixon learned to play the violin, clarinet, saxophone, piano, and the accordion. When he was 12, Richard was sent to live and study music with his mother’s sister in central California. He returned home six months later and eventually discontinued his studies, but his love of music continued. " Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum

parivartamsha between Zukra-and-Shani

Surya * pitrikaraka

Surya rules 8th-from-Chandra

Surya-6 rules 2nd from radical lagna

Chandra * matrikaraka

Candescent Chandra-7 rules radical lagna

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 profoundly with two of her very sick sons, who both eventually died. Shani in 5th from Chandra in bhava-7 shows the mother's efforts toward her children. 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 (see Rahu-9-Meena opportunistic quest for Holiness).

Chandra-7's ruler Shani-11 is socially dignified however and Shani enjoys the parivartamsha with Shukra-8 showing the essential public dignifying role of his wife Pat Nixon.

Marriage assessed via 7th-from-Chandra-7

POTUS-pair-37 Watergate 1912-1993 Pat Ryan Nixon married a man with Chandra-7 who needed a mothering mate. POTUS-37 Watergate 1913-1994 Richard Nixon was looking for a caretaker spouse and when he found Pat, he would not release his hold until she accepted his offer of marriage. As the story goes he courted her so persistently and was so sure she was the one that he would drive her to dates with other men. Pat's parents had needed their children to be farm workers from the beginning and Pat took care of everyone including nursing her dying mom; when her mom died her age 13 Pat took on the mother's caretaker duties for dad and brothers, and when her dad died her age 17 she started working in secretarial roles where she took care of the business. Richard Nixon knew her caretaker powers and he got a woman who was sheltering, nourishing, protective, but also organized and businesslike reflecting the Makara qualities of his yuvatibhava-7.

POTUS-pair-37 Watergate 1912-1993 Pat Ryan Nixon counterbalanced Richard Nixon's aggrieved and accusing hair-trigger with her steady, maternal presence. There are no graha in bhava-1 representing the life-partner, suggesting that it would be his expectation that his wife-caretaker would draw her identity reflexively from him.

The Nixons shared a two-person career. Commentators have remarked that in the early decades of their marriage, Richard listened carefully to Pat's advice, and she was his primary counselor above all others. Until they arrived at what seemed to be the pinnacle of their joint career, the POTUS years, Pat worked diligently to support and protect (Chandra) her husband, travelling constantly with Richard during campaign season. She is said to have felt that he was vulnerable to negative influences, and she stationed herself as a bodyguard against people who did not like him (of which there was an abundant supply).

For decades "Plastic Pat" Nixon could be seen exemplifying the modest but stylish mid-century fashions that came to be known as California Republican. Although she had a college diploma and a work history in business and retail sales, Pat's identity on the campaign trail was 100% dedicated, always-nourishing, Republican wife-and-mother.

Ruler of 7th-from-Chandra-Makara = Nixon's own Chandra, which suggests that he was seeking parenting primarily from the mate. Richard Nixon was said to have been deeply attached to his mother (Chandra-7) but also intensely jealous of her dedication to his siblings (4 graha in jealousy-6) . Richard's love letters to Pat show that he was deeply emotionally attached to his wife.

Where Nixon was stiff and defensive, Pat - an Uttaraphalguni actress and promoter who enjoyed life on stage - was flexible and friendly. They worked and travelled always as a team. However during the fateful days of his descent into crime and impeachment, Nixon had stopped relying on Pat's guidance, and shifted his trust to a band of miscreant males (Kuja-6). Without her motherly protection, he was soon disgraced.

Kuja * bhratrukaraka

Vigorous Mangala-6 yogakaraka rules 5-10 from radical lagna

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisyakaraka

Budha rules 3-12 from radical lagna

Budha rules 9th-from-Chandra

Budha rules 6th-from-Chandra

Viparita Vimala yoga Budha-6 rules 12 * prevents imprisonment even when convicted of felonies

Budha Viparita Vimala yoga Budha-6 rules 12

Budha Mahadasha

Onset of Budha Mahadasha in Dec-1971 introduced a group of criminally minded ideologues * Budha in Dhanuzya 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 = 6th-from-7th, Budha's power to introduce enemies of the marriage was suddenly strengthened in late 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.

For decades, Mrs. Pat Nixon personally engaged with Republican Party supporters on the front lines of her husband's speeches, rallies, and social events. Furthermore, to maintain the support of the Party, she needed to attend events promoting other Republican candidates as well. This she did with reliable rhythmic protective persistence as would be expected by his 7th-from-Chandra configuration.

However her unflagging support began to flag when he became POTUS. Their mutual need for each other seemed to cease at the onset of the Budha Mahadasha with Budha ruling 6th-from-7th, 12th-from-7th-from-7th, and 8th-from-Chandra (containing Ketu-3 mentality). Budha mahadasha defined their final years, and they died in a state of social disgrace.

During the 2.5 years of Budha-Budha swabhukti, Nixon authorized criminal burglaries and illegal wiretapping. He took an emotional and controversial (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 in May-1974, 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.

Guru * dhavakaraka

During Guru Mahadasha

  • 1947-1951 USA Congressional Representative from California *
  • 1951-1952 USA Senator from California (Republican) .

Immediately as Shani Mahadasha started, he quit the six-year Senate position into order to be VPOTUS under Eisenhower.

Guru's influence is widespread in the nativity.

Brihaspati rules not only the Punarvasu radical lagna, but also the Punarvasu navamsha lagna, and Guru rules 4 graha: Surya-Budha-Kuja-Rahu. Further, Kuja drishti upon Rahu ultimately amplifies Rahu's grandiosity. The challenge lies with the jealousy narratives of bhava-6-Mula, which have an erosive (12th-from) effect upon the contractual agreements sustained by Chandra-7.

By the time of the Shani-Guru period, with Brihaspati located in 8th-from-Shani, Nixon had begun to succumb to the Mula-narrative of reckless disregard for consequences driven by a lifetime obsession with enemies (6).

POTUS-37 Watergate 1913-1994 Richard Nixon had a remarkable cluster of four graha in bhava-6 animosity, distrust, crime: Surya + Mangala + Budha + Guru rogesha. The rulers of six bhava occupy the third pada of political Mula in aribhava-6 while Surya occupies musical, artistic Purvazadha. Mangala + Budha + Guru = all located in the third pada of Mula.

Despite his emotional certainty that he was born to be the boss (Chandra-7-Makara) POTUS-37 Watergate 1913-1994 Richard Nixon was said to have been socially maladjusted and awkward in public. The aggrieved cluster of Mula graha in 6 contributed to his reputation for being "sneaky" and added to his tendency to seem disconnected (Ketu) and off-balance.

Nixon struggled to appear relaxed and comfortable in his own skin, but internally he was dogged by a lifelong narrative of intense jealousy and victimization. His advisors arranged flattering photographs of Nixon having valuable experiences (usually with his tolerant, non-committal wife Pat). Yet on his own, Nixon seemed unfamiliar with the concept of "having fun". His "dark shadow" aura (Kuja-Budha-Guru-Mula-6) lost several important elections and he was not generally well-liked by his political colleagues. However he was deeply loyal to the Party (Makara-Chandra-6) and his ideological Rahu-9 benefits professionally from Rahu's ruler Guru occupying 10th-from-9th, so that even a significant lack of charisma did not block his Rahu-driven ascent during Rahu Mahadasha and Guru Mahadasha.

Mr. Nixon had many enemies and many complaints (Guru the many-maker and Guru-rogesha). 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, disrespected, or robbed of his entitlements.

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.

Zukra * kalatra-karaka * svadhu-karaka

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

Shani mahadasha * age 40 until age 59 *

During the first part of Shani Mahadasha, 1953-1961, Nixon served as VPOTUS under POTUS-34 Interstate Highways 1890-1969 Dwight D. Eisenhower. Eisenhower overtly disliked and distrusted Nixon. Yet Eisenhower found it useful to deploy talkative Nixon on tasks which involved socializing such as diplomatic meetings, parties, and more abstract discussions, none of which the pragmatic, logical, system-building Eisenhower liked to do. Typifying Shani themes, Eisenhower was 23 years elder to Nixon, had decades of experience holding elite decision-making roles. Eisenhower was accustomed to ruling strict military hierarchies and being obeyed. Nixon had more political negotiating and discussing experience. Nixon liked music; he liked to drink and party. Eisenhower had little respect for his junior factotum.

Rahu * rajyalobha-karaka

Meena-Rahu-9 and opportunistic religious displays

Holiness-craving Rahu-Meena-9 * ambitious Rahu seeking privilege via patronage roles, via ideology and super-politics, the politics of entitlement via the paradigm of belief.

Rahu-9 suggests trying to appear doctrinally-purer-than-thou and 'religious' in his public persona. However typical of Roguish Rahu Nixon's piety was revealed eventually as a more opportunistic behavior. His bodyguards reported that his piety was a sham and that after resigning in disgrace from POTUS-37 rank neither Richard nor Pat Nixon ever attended any church or place of public worship. Further the bodyguards claimed that Nixon swore vulgarly and drank heavily when POTUS-37 and afterward. Further Nixon belied his Quaker creed by requesting active duty assignment in the WW-2 navy because as he himself reckoned it would be politically important to show active fighting. (But he was a bureaucrat in the navy so despite the nice uniform he was never in combat.)

Rahu's ruler Guru-6 shows conflicts for the father in pitrasthana-9. According to his biographers, young Nixon was bullied by a deeply conflicted father. His dad did a doctrinal conversion into Quaker faith when he married Nixon's Quaker mother, and perhaps with the typical passion of the converted his abusive dad may have used a more exotic (Rahu) interpretation of the credenda to intimidate his son.

Nixon did not practice his parents' beliefs (Rahu-9 poseur). His inherited Quaker doctrine was sufficiently expedient for political purposes. Nixon's critics complained that his Quaker identity was merely instrumentalized to project the impression of piety and principled convictions (Rahu camouflage). Unlike those who actually practiced the principles of their catechism, Nixon cursed vigorously, accepted military assignments, and authorized a greatly escalated carnage during the 1970's USA-Vietnam War.

Ketu * kavandha-karaka

Budha-Ketu period * cut loose * May 1974 until May-1975

At the time of his disgrace during Budha-Ketu period, Nixon 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.

During the first portion of his career during Shani mahadasha * age 40 until age 59, 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.

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. Sadly, he succumbed to a heightened level of paranoia (which was always in the background due to his Ketu-Kanya-3 ruled by Budha-Mula-6). His own mental deterioration was matched by an onslaught of malintentioned advisers who showed little regard for his legacy nor for the public trust (6).

Nixon began to receive damaging advice from the band of thieves 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 of a pending felony burglary conviction. Although he never denied his actions, he did deny that he was a criminal. As Nixon famously argued in his own defense "If the president does it, it's not illegal." The highest court vigorously and vehemently disagreed.

Budha-Ketu period marked the bitter end to his once "landslide win" political career. Although several unofficial, post-presidential diplomatic ventures were fruitful (and can be seen in retrospect to have opened the Chinese global economic expansion) Nixon was forever marked in the public narrative as a sneaky, lying, paranoid creep.

Nixon's long-suffering wife Pat had devoted her adult life to their globe-trotting two-person career. Her husband's criminal prosecution for felony burglary and tax evasion marked the exhausting tail end of her Budha-Shani chidra-dasha reflecting her separative Shani-yuti-Rahu ruling the satkona = breakdown of the marriage trust. She was heard screaming at her husband in the Whitehouse during their final days, "you have ruined my life!" By Nov-1974, Pat had entered her Ketu Mahadasha and except for a few sporadic appearances, she withdrew from public life. Her final mahadasha of Zukra-6 ended with a lingering, painful death from lung cancer expressing a profound and toxic grief.


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 95

BPL commentary: For Uttaraphalguni natives, the condition of Surya considerably affects the outcome

"A joyous healthy disposition yet quietly so.

  • She has a very soft pleasing voice,

  • bubbling over with fun and humor.

She is born to a family with social background

and loves to mingle with her friends in various social activities

  • yet she is not frivolous,

  • but beneath her joyous manner, rather serious minded.

She has fixed principles from which she will not deviate.

She prefers to choose her friends

  • from among the people who are artistically inclined and cultured.

She is efficient and adept at managing her home and her domestic life."

Biographical events matched to Vimshottari Dasha


Mrs. Pat Nixon in 1942, taken in San Francisco while her husband was on Navy deployment

Rahu Mahadasha

16-March-1912 fleshbirth * Rahu-Shani period * Shani rules 5-6 and Shani rules Chandra * Rahu-yuti-Shani-8 Harsha Yoga

Guru Mahadasha

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

1929 fleshdeath 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 navamsha-1 * gochara Rahu-Ketu via Kanya-Meena contact radical Kanya lagna

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

Budha Mahadasha

Nov-1968 husband R. Nixon elected POTUS-37 * Budha-Rahu period * Rahu-yuti-Shani-8 sudden identity change

Watergate Scandal begins to unfold * Budha-Shani chidradasha * Shani rules 6-crime

09-August-1974 husband R. Nixon resignation pending Impeachment. * Budha-Shani chidradasha * Shani rules 6-crime * Rahu-yuti-Shani-8 sudden identity change

Ketu Mahadasha

1976 stroke * Ketu-Chandra period * Chandra rules 6th-from-Chandra emotional stress

Zukra Mahadasha

1983 stroke * Zukra-Zukra swabhukti * Zukra produces effects of Chandra rules 6th-from-Chandra emotional stress

1992 diagnosed terminal lung cancer (after a lifetime of chain smoking cigarettes) * Zukra-Guru period * Zukra maraka rules-2 and Guru maraka rules-7

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

Distinctive features of the nativity



Pat Nixon early 1970's

Surya * pitrikaraka

Chandra * matrikaraka

For 7th-from-Chandra-6, the parents are often sickly, the native becomes an unpaid caretaker, and the lifemate's character matches the isolated and privacy-seeking bhava-12. The mate often lives in a private world. Mr. Nixon's mind was apparently as invisible to his spouse as it was to most of the public. However, the public face of their relationship was tremendously successful due to the Guru-3 dristhi into her Budha-yuti-Surya.


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 as a public display of middle-class impugnity. 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 * increasing at his Budha-Budha swabhukti in Dec-1971* through his impeachment and career collapse.

After the onset of his sahajapathi-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 (Ketu-3).

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.

Kuja * bhratrukaraka

  • Mangala-Vrizabha
  • Mangala in bhava-9 generally implies combative or adversarial circumstances for the father. Her father struggled in business, numerous failed mining ventures, dangerous work and early death

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisyakaraka

Her lagnesha Budha in bhava-7 * Budha-Meena * nichha while Budha-yuti-Surya rules 6th-from-7th * suggests a weakened accuracy of judgment or a Meena-dreamy preference for imaginative perceptions regarding the character of her spouse. Yuvatipathi Guru sends an expansive, secretive drishti into Surya-Budha-7 providing a great scope to her husband's identity (he was known worldwide). However part of that scope was criminal. When she did finally comprehend the scale of his willingness to break the law for ego-reasons, she was devastated.

Guru * dhavakaraka

Guru mutual exchange with Kuja-Vrishabha-9 energizes the event-management, touring, secretarial and sales functions * however Mangala-9 also indicates agression or impatience of the father

Zukra * kalatra-karaka * svadhu-karaka

Mrs. Nixon reportedly suffered from alcoholism which increased after her husband's political disgrace. 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. Richard Nixon experienced a publically visible emotional collapse at her death. Guru rules his own yuvati bhava; his own fleshdeath occurred 10 months later.

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

Rahu * rajyalobha-karaka

Rahu-Meza yuti Shani-Mesha * nichha

Ketu * kavandha-karaka

  • Ketu-Thula
  • Ketu in Bhava-2 suggests that a second lifepartnership would not manifest (and indeed Guru-solo indicates one husband only)

Ketu Mahadasha brings the first (of several) strokes and disconnection from the world. 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.


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