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Ruler of Russia: 1762-1796 (her death)

powerful Rahu-10 in Ghataka Kala-Sarpa Yoga



Catherine II the Great

a.k.a. Empress and Autocrat of All the Russias

a.k.a. Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg

a.k.a. Yekaterina II Velikaya

a.k.a. Catherine die Grosse

fleshbirth Monday-02-May-1729

17-Nov-1796 (age 67) fleshdeath


Ruler of All Russias * governed 1762-1796 * Catherine the Great * 1729-1796

birth data from * * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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

Rising Nakshatra

Feminine Nativity


  • Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra, p 93.

BPL commentary: For Arudra natives, the disposition of Rahu considerably affects the outcome.

Arudra females are often the 'diva' type: sensuously fascinating (Rahu) but demanding.

"A critical fault-finding disposition is apparently conferred ...

Her disagreeable disposition,

coupled with a sarcastic manner and speech,

  • makes it difficult for other people to tolerate her.

Although she is extremely clever in her conversation

and many people will be impressed by her speech,

  • while still disliking her.

She is extravagant to the point of wastefulness,

  • but on herself rather than on others,

  • although at times she will be grudgingly generous
  • to those with whom she comes in contact.

She has weak lungs and should be careful of colds and coughs,

  • as there is a tendency towards tuberculosis."

Biographical details matched to Vimshottari Dasha periods


Catherine the Great painted by Grooth, c. 1745


Catherine the Great painted by Levitzk 1782

Mangala Mahadasha * age birth until 0.7

02-May-1729 fleshbirth * Mangala-Surya period

Rahu Mahadasha * age 07. until 18.7

Rahu rules Ardra nakshatra

March-1744 severe pneumonia (brought on by excessive studying and walking barefoot on cold floors while memorizing dogma and language) * Rahu-Zukra period * Zukra rules 12-dissolution, bedroom, hospitalization

28-June-1744 official conversion to the dogma of the Russian Orthodox Christian Church * Rahu-Zukra period * kalatra-karaka * svadhu-karaka Zukra rules 9th-from-9th doctrine in preparation for marriage

21-Aug-1745 (her age 16) marriage to Peter Duke von Holstein-Gottorp * Rahu-Chandra period * Chandra rules navamsha-7

16-Mar-1747 fleshdeath of her father Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst * Rahu-Mangala period * Mangala produces effect of Surya, and Surya rules 7th-from-9th

Guru Mahadasha * age 18.7 until 34.7

Guru-1 parivartamsha Budha-10 * Zukra-yuti-Guru + Chandra-yuti-Guru

20-Sept-1754 child-1 Pavel * Guru-Budha period * Budha atmakaraka lagnesha

30-May-1760 decease of Mother Johanna Elisabeth von Holstein-Gottorp * Guru-Chandra period * Chandra rules 2nd-from-Chandra

28-Jun-1762 coup * Guru-Rahu chidra-dasha * Rahu-8 revolution * Rahu-Makara government hierarchy

17-july-1762 death of husband Peter * Guru-Rahu chidra-dasha * Guru-Rahu chidra-dasha

22-Sept-1762 crowned Empress of Russia * Rahu rules Shani-9 royalty

Shani mahadasha * age 34.7 until age 53.7

Budha Mahadasha * age 53.7 until decease age 67

* atmakaraka

17-Nov-1796 (age 67) Budha-Guru period * Guru rules maraka-2

Distinctive Features of the Nativity


Grand Duchess Catherine Alexeevna painted by Louis Caravaque c. 1745 (Gatchina museum)


Catherine-2 Ruler of Russia 1780's

Surya * pitrikaraka

Surya-11 rules 3 Russ-Empress 1729-1796 Catherine the Great maintained her extraordinary power via a loyal inner group to whom she granted considerable largesse

Chandra * matrikaraka

Chandra in Mithuna yuti Guru-Mithuna yuti Zukra-Mithuna

Chandra-Mrigaziras = busy, busy knowing everyone's business. Always moving, Sniffing out the scents.

Chandra1 rules-2 family, wealth, containment.

Chandra + Zukra + Guru occupies 6th-from-Rahu + 12th-from-Ketu.

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka * Mangala in bhava-11 * Mangala-Meza * mulatrikona 0-18

Surya-yuti-Kuja * Kuja ashtangata harana within 4 deg of Surya

nakshatra of Chandra-Mrigaziras + Dhaniztha nakshatra of navamsha-1 are both ruled by competitive, military Mangala.

Mangala-yuti-Rahu also occupies critical Kanya in navamsha-9.

She is a dangerous enemy, always on guard knowing that her demise should come from within her inner circle.

Intense Kuja Dosha upon 5-6-8 suggests a miscarriage or two (5) along with the benefits of rogesha-6 Kuja drishti upon 6-and-8. Enemies-of-the-enemies are often helpful when ruler of 6 occupies 6th-from-6th. Others arranged the murder of her husband and competitor for the throne.

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

Guru yuvatipathi-7 + karmesha-10 career

significantly overweight throughout her middle and later years Chandra + Guru-yuti-Zukra

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka partnerships, alliances, diplomacy rules 10th navamsha

Zukra-1 Zukra-yuti-Guru * Zukra-yuti-Chandra

Chandra in Mithuna yuti Guru-Mithuna yuti Zukra-Mithuna

Partnerships, love interests, cintamani * mani * money, sensual delights. Catherine was notoriously involved with her guardsmen, servants, and others. Chandra-yuti-Zukra "I deserve it."

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

Shani-9 * Shani-Kumbha * moolatrikona * staunchly lawful preserver of the Old Order in the paradigm of belief. However she made a few small kumbha-type innovations, such as altering slightly the economic rights of serfs under certain conditions.

shani-9 rules bhava-8 circumstances of fleshdeath

  • 17-Nov-1796 died of cerebral hemorrhage, age 67
  • died at home during the usual morning routine of drinking coffee and reading the newspaper, signing papers

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

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

Rahu-Makara * Rahu in bhava-8 * passion for government secrets

Ketu in Bhava-2 * Ketu-Karkata

Kala-Sarpa Yoga KARKO-TAKA * 8-2 * extremely powerful prone toward secrecy

= in both the D-1 (Ghataka) and the D-9 (modified KSY) charts

6th-from-Rahu + 12th-from-Ketu = the densely populated MITHUNAYA lagna


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