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Ruler of Russia: 1762-1796 (her death)

powerful Rahu-10 in Ghataka Kala-Sarpa Yoga



Empress and Autocrat of All the Russias

Catherine II the Great

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

a.k.a. Yekaterina II Velikaya

a.k.a. Catherine die Grosse

Earthbody-Entry Monday-02-May-1729

Earthbody-Exit 17-Nov-1796 (age 67)


Ruler of All Russias * governed from 1762 until 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 Nativities

Azlesa * Naga

BPL commentary:

For Azlesa nativities, the condition of conversational, discursive, explanatory, instructional, argumentative Budha may considerably affect the outcome.

Siblings, cousins, schoolmates, bandmates, team-mates, entourage, ensemble, neighbors, managers, cohort, coterie, collaborative group, publishers, messengers, merchants, commerical agents, reporters, writers, scripts, plans, schedules, instructions, radio-television-internet, news-media, conferences, committees, discussions, travel itineraries, and texts may be especially influential.

Siblings, cousins, schoolmates, bandmates, team-mates, entourage, ensemble, neighbors, managers, cohort, coterie, collaborative group, publishers, messengers, merchants, scripts, and texts may be especially influential.

Guided by instructors from Hydra.

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra. p 94

"... this person is careless and unclean about herself and the manner in which she dresses.

  • She is not good-looking but indeed rather homely.

  • She is distinguished by some disfigurement on face or body

  • and is rather miserable and unhappy.

She has a secretive and rather bitter nature

  • and is somewhat harsh and unkind in her dealings with others,

  • where opportunity presents itself.

If she cultivated kindness and tact,

  • her shortcomings might be forgotten by those with whom she comes in contact.

But her attitude and appearance are not conducive to popularity."

Biographical details matched to Vimshottari Dasha periods


Catherine the Great painted by Grooth, c. 1745


Catherine the Great painted by Levitzk 1782

Rahu Mahadasha * age birth until 17.5

02-May-1729 Earth-birth * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti

March-1744 severe pneumonia (brought on by excessive studying and walking barefoot on cold floors while memorizing dogma and language) * Rahu-Surya period * Surya rules 2-language, history, death

28-June-1744 official conversion to the dogma of the Russian Orthodox Christian Church * Rahu-Chandra period * Chandra lagnesha identity

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-Guru period * Guru pitrimaraka rules 12th-from-Surya

Guru Mahadasha * age 17.5 until 33.5

20-Sept-1754 child-1 Pavel * Guru-Zukra period * Zukra rules 5th-from-Chandra

30-May-1760 decease of Mother Johanna Elisabeth von Holstein-Gottorp * Guru-Mangala period * Mangala rules 2nd-from-4th

28-Jun-1762 coup * Guru-Rahu chidra-dasha * Rahu-7 alliances * Rahu-Makara government hierarchy

17-July-1762 death of husband Peter (murdered in coup d'etat) * Guru-Rahu chidra-dasha

22-Sept-1762 crowned Empress of Russia * Guru-Rahu chidra-dasha

Shani mahadasha * age 33.5 until age 52.5

Budha Mahadasha * age 52.5 until decease age 67

17-Nov-1796 (age 67) Budha-Shani period * Shani maraka rules-7

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 * jyotikaraka


Russ-Empress 1729-1796 Catherine the Great maintained her extraordinary power via personal charisma (uttama-Surya-10 and Mangala-10 rules 10) plus political drive and charm (yogakaraka Mangala rules-5)

Surya rules-2 family, wealth, containment

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka


  • Chandra in classroom-12 * comfort in contemplation, research, imagination, Other-World, privacy
  • Chandra-Mithunaya * comforted by rhythmic signal messaging
  • Chandra in Arudra * comforted by exciting signals * protectors of stormy wildness, undulating entrancement, sensitive swaying seduction

  • Somana-yuti-Guru * Emotionally effusive, needs to expand, sensitive to guidance figures, feels like a teacher-preacher
  • Somana-yuti-Zukra * Emotionally indulgent, sensitive to sisterly figures, needs pleasuring, feels like a partner


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

* her aristocratic parents had prestige but not wealth

Russ-Empress 1729-1796 Catherine the Great liked to travel incognito on wide-ranging horseback journeys into the fields and villages under her command, accompanied by few or no assistants, gone often for weeks at a time.

MARRIAGE emotional support partnership

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka *

  • Mangala-Meza * moolatrikona 0-18 deg. * vigorous pursuit of championship, innovation, first-arrivals; push toward conquest
  • Mangala in bhava-10 * dig-bala * drive toward leadership, pursuit of social authority, invasive regulation, energized governing conquests
  • Kuja-yuti-Surya * energized confidence, dynamic genius, masculine force joins willful charm

Ruchaka Yoga in bhava-10 = intensive power due to rulers of 2-5-10 occupy 10 = uttama-Surya-yuti-Kuja-yogakaraka.

Kuja ashtangata harana within 4 deg of Surya

Mangala-yuti-Rahu = Kanya in navamsha-9 showing the power of catechesis, religious dogma, priests, and the pursuit of extraordinary ambitions exploiting (Kanya) the Russian Orthodox Church

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

Atmakaraka * Budha administration, management, announcements, meetings, correspondence, reporting, short-term travel, itineraries, planning

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

  • Guru-Mithunaya * much communication, many merchants, conversations about belief, doctrine of inclusive messaging, expansive evangelism
  • Guru in bhava-12 * many retreats, much divination, many hospitalizations, much private expansion, numerous ancestor guides, much interiority, much going on behind closed doors
  • Guru-yuti-Chandra matri-karaka * multiple mother-figures, much expansion of folkways
  • Guru-yuti-Zukra sodarya-karaka * multiple sisterly-figures, abundant pleasures and treasures

Guru-12 parivartamsha nichha-Budha-9

Harsha Yoga due to Guru rules 6 + Guru occupies 12

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

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

  • Zukra-Mithunaya * appreciation of detailed, communications, aesthetic of handiwork, articulated messaging
  • Zukra-12 * pleasure of imagination, enjoys spiritually guided harmony
  • Zukra-yuti-Chandra * gracious sensitivity, soothing beauty, sweet emotional response, enjoys folkways
  • Zukra-yuti-Guru * gracious generosity, expanded beauty, sweetly inclusive doctrines of belief

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

Zukra rules Arudha lagna-11 = friends, economics, marketplace profits, large groups

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

  • Shani-Kumbha * moolatrikona 0-20 deg * old economies, pressured linkage, pressured skin-nerves, imposed connections, must earn profits with scarce resources
  • Shani in Bhava-8 * must transform the old order, regenerate while maintaining the system; cautious, conventional discoveries; chronic trauma patterns

Shani-8 indicates resilience and resistance to danger. Catherine survived any number of murder attempts, poisonings, bullying, and various schemes to remover her from power and from life. She developed a heavy, protective body as a shield against invasion (Shani-8) and despite the extraordinary intrigues of her court and regional politics, she died quietly at home age 67.

Shani occupies 9th-from-Chandra suggesting that the mother's father (maternal grandfather) was a secretive person

  • during Budha-Shani period, 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)

  • Rahu-Makara-Draco* mask of strict hierarchical order
  • Rahu in bhava-7 * privilege via glamorous or unusual arrangements, amplified alliances, marriages, vows, agreements; seeks a special, important, brokerage role in non-standard negotiations, deal-making, match-making, contracts, and trusts. Opportunistic, ambitious partners.

Kala-Sarpa Yoga TAK-SHAKA * 7-2 * extremely powerful fascinating alliances

Rahu-7 occupies the intrigue-prone, catastrophically upheaving, disaster-oriented 8th-from-Chandra suggesting the undisclosed power of her alliances.

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

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu-Karkata * incomplete security, empty shelter, dissolute caretaking
  • Ketu in classroom-1 * disregards identity boundaries, absent from body, other-defined chameleon, irrelevance of the personality

Ketu 2nd-from-Chandra suggests that even while Catherine had a legendary personality and a notoriously recognizable physique, nevertheless her relationship to her family of origin was somewhat apathetic.


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