Architect and Guide of the American Revolution
Members of the Founding Fathers Group
Portrait from the National Portrait Gallery, London
fleshdeath 17-Apr-1790 (age 84)
"The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance."
Inventor, Diplomat, Printer, Writer, Revolutionary * 1706-1790 * Benjamin Franklin
birth data from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin * tentatively rectified by BP Lama
charts, graphs and tables produced by Shri Jyoti Star * adapted by BP Lama
astrodatabank.com quotes: "christened on the Sunday of the morning that he was born" . Time of birth: Knowing the Sunday Service customs of the day, it can be conjectured that he was born before noon with enough lead time that the family could tidy up for Church. Franklin's family was very large with many sibling helpers and they were accustomed to producing babies thus it may have been a standard task to swaddle a new baby and get it promptly to the sacristy .
Purva-bhadra * Praushthapada
BPL commentary: high forehead. the condition of Guru will considerably affect the outcome. Teachers and doctrine may be especially influential.
"... high-strung and nervous in temperament .
They are not very strong constitutionally.
They are rather grave and serious in demeanor
they belong to the Mental Group and are by no means orthodox ,
Biographical events matched to the Vimshottari Dasha timeline
Rahu Mahadasha * age birth until 6
17-Jan-1706 fleshbirth * Rahu-Zukra period * revolutionary, transformative Zukra rules 3-8
Guru Mahadasha * age 6 until 22
1718 (age 12) apprenticed to his older brother James, a Boston printer. James was a harsh boss but at the same time Franklin learned a lifetime trade and began publishing essays. * Guru-Budha period * Budha rules 7-profession and Budha rules 4-foundational schooling
1721 (age 16) fled the bonded servitude of the apprenticeship and moved to Philadelphia working as a printer * Guru-Zukra period * Zukra rules 3-printing and Zukra rules 8-sudden unexpected changes of identity
1722 (age 16) Franklin becomes a vegetarian * Guru-Zukra period * Zukra rules 8-transformed identity; Zukra rules 2nd-from-2nd containing Rahu, food
1724 (age 18) emigrated to London, where he again found work as a printer * Guru-Chandra period * Chandra rules 5-romance, fortune
1725 (age 20) in London, published his first pamphlet “A Dissertation on Liberty & Necessity, Pleasure and Pain” * Guru-Chandra period * Chandra rules 3rd-from-3rd literary publications; Chandra-12 foreign lands
1726 (age 20) return to Philadelphia, * Guru-Rahu chidra-dasha
1727 (age 21) Suffered the first of many attacks of pleurisy * Guru-Rahu chidradasha * Rahu-3 lungs
Shani Mahadasha * age 22 until 41
1730 (age 24) cohabitation (common-law marriage) established with Philadelphia woman Deborah Read, whose mother owned Franklin's boarding house. She was legally married to a disappeared husband. * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani rules navamsha-7
1730 (age 24) chosen as the official government printer for British colonial Pennsylvania * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani rules 11-profits
1731 joins Freemasons * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani-2 rules 11-friendships, community
1731 child-1 William * Shani-Budha period * Budha rules 5th-from-Chandra
1732 child-2, son Francis * Shani-Budha period * Budha rules 5th-from-Chandra
1734 (age 28) elected Grand Master of Grand Lodge of Free-Masonry of Pennsylvania * Shani-Budha period * Budha rules 10th-from-10th leadership
1736 death of child-2 from smallpox * Shani-Zukra period * Zukra randhresha-8 and Zukra rules 3 = 8th-from-8th = shock and transformation
1742 invented the Franklin Stove, which is still used in some American rural fireplaces * Shani-Mangala period * inventive Kuja-Mesha 10th navamsha
1743 child-3, daughter Sally, who would be Franklin's loyal aide throughout life * Shani-Rahu period
16-Jan-1745 decease of father Josiah Franklin * Shani-Guru chidra-dasha * Guru rules pitrimaraka 2nd-from-9th and 12th-from-Surya
Budha Mahadasha * age 41 until 58
08-May-1752 decease of Mother Abiah Folger Franklin * Budha-Zukra period * Zukra rules 12th-from-4th
1753 published the discovery of how to install lightning rods on large and small buildings * Budha-Zukra period * Zukra rules 3-publications, 8-discoveries
1753 becomes Postmaster General for British America * Budha-Zukra period * Zukra rules 3-letters, packages, deliveries
1762 Awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Law from Oxford University. * Budha-Shani chidradasha * Shani rules 11 awards for work accomplished
Ketu Mahadasha * age 58 until 65
1764 Franklin lost his elected seat in the Pennsylvania Assembly. Abandoning his family, he quietly returned to London * Ketu-Ketu swabhukti * surrender, severance, abandonment * Ketu-9 politics
1766 (age 60) sold his famed printing business to a former longtime partner * Ketu-Surya period * Surya-11 profit rules 6-dissolved partnership
1773 The Hutchinson Letters Franklin's discovery and disclosure of this correspondence (in London) between colonial governors effectively started the American Revolution * * Zukra-Zukra swabhukti * Zukra-10 governance rules uttamsha-Rahu-3 letters
1774 (age 68) death of his wife Deborah Read in Philadelphia. He was in London, and he did not return for her funeral * Zukra-Zukra swabhukti * Zukra rules 2nd-from-7th, decease of spouse
1775 (age 69) former postmaster Franklin manages the Revolutionary committee to conduct secret correspondence with foreign powers * Zukra-Chandra period * Chandra-12 foreign lands, Chandra rules 5-politics
June-1776 (age 70) ran the committee to draft the USA Declaration of Independence * Zukra-Chandra period * Chandra-12 foreign lands, Chandra rules 5-politics, literature (3rd-from-3rd)
1778 negotiated the Treaty of Alliance with France * Zukra-Rahu period * Rahu-3 doubles effect of Zukra negotiations
1783 (age 77) negotiated the Treaty of Paris that finally ended the USA Revolutionary War (1775-83) * Zukra-Guru period * Guru lagnesha * karmesha governance
1787 delegate to USA Constitutional Convention * Zukra-Budha period * Budha rules 7-agreements, trusts, contracts
17-Apr-1790 (age 84) fleshdeath * Zukra-Ketu chidra-dasha
| Distinctive features of the nativity|
later-life portrait of Benjamin Franklin in the Smithsonian collection
Benjamin Franklin by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, c1777
Chandra in Shata-taraka agent of scientific discovery in 12-research is ruled by uttamsha-Rahu-3 publications
Chandra occupies the literary 3rd from Budha
"The good or ill hap
of a good or ill life
is the good or ill choice
of a good or ill wife" (Ben Franklin's letter to his son William, on the topic of marriage)
Lifepartner for Chandra-12-Kumbha = Simha-6 ruled by a weakened Makara-Surya-11 in 6th-from-6th. 7th navamsha Makara contains Rahu, irregular and powerful associations.
In the masculine nativity, Zukra-yuti-Mangala suggests bisexuality and two life-partners, with the first partnership suffering effects of bhava-6 while the second partnership is generally more attuned to one's authentic personality identity and body-type. However nichha-Shani-2 prevents a second ceremonial marriage.
Mr. Franklin had marital problems, however he was never legally married and therefore he was never legally divorced. During Ketu-Ketu swabhukti, he simply walked away from his wife and grown children. When his wife died in Philadelphia, he was living in London, and he did not return for her funeral.
In 1923 (age 17) Franklin had proposed marriage to Ms. Read, but his suit was rejected by Deborah's mother (not by Deborah). He then left and worked in England for three years during which time he failed to communicate with young Deborah. Read. Following her mother's wishes, she married another available suitor. She was swiftly abandoned by her first husband, who absconded with her dowry and fled to Barbados. Due to the bigamy laws of the day, she could not remarry without showing clear evidene that her husband was dead. Conclusive proof of his decease proved impossible to obtain.
Deborah Read was loyal to Ben Franklin by all accounts; however it is not at all assured that Franklin was loyal to her. The mother of his second and third children, she also raised Franklin's first son William (who in all likelihood was anyway her son). She helped diligently in the printing shop and kept a welcoming house. However she was often ill and Franklin was comforted by extended travels (Chandra-12)
Mangala rules 10th navamsha
Mangala rules Arudha lagna Vrizchika containing Ketu.
bhava-9 * doctrine * fortune * wisdom * philosophy * theory * creativity Franklin was an advocate of common sense in lieu of received truth, and while open to listening to various ethical arguments was not an adherent of any particular sacred teaching nor any fixed political doctrine or scientific ideology. His father (Ketu-9) expressed little interest in Franklin's welfare and ignored Franklin's many requests to be freed of his exploitive apprenticeship.
Mangala-10 rules financial 2-9
The constitutional government (10) established by Franklin and Founding Fathers was articulated in a principled fashion which left room for interpretation (Mangala rules-2) and transformation (Zukra-rules-8). Predominantly, and as a vigorous response to the overthrow of rulership by hereditary royalty, Franklin's vision required that the government support a free economic system (Mangala rules 11) rather than the economic system be used primarily to support the government (10 = 12th-from-11th).
the principles of social governance which Franklin helped to formulate, write, and publish in the 1770's did provide the basis for a soon-to-follow explosion of American goods, services, inventions, and ideas.
Indeed, by diverse application of these innovative principles, the USA showed what was really "new" about the New World (Mangala pioneer).
Budha ruler of 4-settlement located in 11 = 8th-from-4th new identity new homeland. Franklin helped to lay the foundation for the huge growth of European cultural settlement in USA .
Guru rules Meena radical lagna
Guru rules Purva-bhadra pada-4
Guru casts expansive, abundant drishti into bhava 9-11-1
Guru rules Meena and Guru rules Purva-bhadra
Karako bhavo nashto for the eldest child. Franklin's eldest son was notoriously difficult, even life-threatening toward his father. His first child was born out of wedlock in approximately 1730, and to this day no scholar has been able to identify the child's mother. However scholars speculate that William's mother may have been Ms. Deborah Read who became Franklin's life-companion. Young William first became Ben's business partner and confidante, then later William developed into a bitter political adversary.
a remarkable feature of the Franklin family line is the impetuous production of children born outside of marriage. Not only was Benjamin Franklin the father of illegitimate William, but William himself father of an illegitimate son named Temple (mother unknown) and finally Temple himself fathered an illegitimate daughter (mother known).
Lagnesha Guru indicates multiplicative creativities. uttama-Guru-Karkata's ruler Chandra-Kumbha indicates his imaginative (12) engagement with the then-beginning Age of Kumbha. His inventions and improvements included:
bifocals, lightning rod, library chair, swim fins, the long reach device, Franklin Stove, urinary catheter, and Daylight Savings Time. Franklin discovered and mapped the Atlantic Ocean Gulf Stream, many properties of Storms and Lightning, and other arcane items -- all of which he shared for free (declining all patents) For each invention-or-improvement, Frankling published its complete drawings, plans, and materials (uttama-Rahu-3 publication of unusual messages).
Zukra rules Karakamsha bhava-8 revolutionary change Thula diplomatic agreements
Zukra-10 * public, leadership harmony
Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka
significant dhana-yoga Shani rules-11 occupies-2
Vriddhipathi-11 nichha-Shani-2 creates a substantial Dhana-Yoga, but the work is demanding and the family of origin is not supportive therefore one begins with no capitalization from the family coffers. It is a yoga of self-made wealth via determination and hard work with regular delays and much resistance.
Family trouble ** Nichha Shani in kutumbha-2-family = 3rd-from-Chandra * Siblings
Way to Wealth 1706-1790 Benjamin Franklin was a younger son with numerous elder siblings. As a youngster, Ben was sent by his parents to work as an indentured servant in his elder brother's printing business in Boston. Having quickly learned basic printing skills, and feeling abused by his exploitive brother, Benjamin broke his indenture and escaped to Philadelphia while still a teenager. Many years later he repaired relations with his economically minded parents, and became an agent of trans-Atlantic networking on behalf of the newly born USA. He lived many early years and most of his final decades in England.
Rahu * rajyalobha-karaka * picchala-karaka (slippery)
uttama Rahu-3 suggests substantial financial well-being via writing-printing-documentation-publishing. Franklin's Autobiography is an American perennial favorite, having remained in print for nearly 225 years and consistently taught in American literature classes of univerisities. Budha-11 ruler of 4 suggests his ability to profit from the aphorisms which he snatched from the folk wisdom of the farmers living around him.
Zukra-10 rules Rahu-3. Franklin hailed from a long line of shopkeeper-tradesmen, and he engaged in lifelong defense of the middle class against the financially privileged Penn family that owned title to most of Pennsylvania. Indicates a professional leadership life full of documents, scholarly commercial and political, specifically his self-owned printing business. Also his nice handwriting :)
Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka
Ketu in Bhava-9 * scatters sacred doctrine, disperses Father, global traveller. Benjamin Franklin travelled frequently to Britain and France. Disregarding (Ketu) the customs of the day, he was known to have had extramarital romantic interests specifically in England where he resided on-and-off for years.
Franklin was an exceptionally undogmatic writer, displaying a level of humorous neutrality rather rare in his ideologically contentious era. This delightful aberration is due probably to the strength of articulatory Budha and corresponding weakness of lowest-common-denominator Shani, along with Ketu-9 dispersion of catechism and dogma. Notably, he advised his son that older women (Shani) make better partners, despite the popular beliefs being quite the contrary.
Weakness when manageable presents opportunities for growth.
Ketu-Vrizchika * 10th-from-Chandra contains Ketu, suggesting his lifetime reluctance (indeed refusal) to hold elected or appointed public office -- despite his popularity with other leaders and generally with the public
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