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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. Princess 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 (34 year reign) * 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

Mahapadma Amrita (Reverse) Kala-Sarpa Yoga * weaker form = does not incorporate the radical lagna

Rising Nakshatra

Feminine Nativities

Magha * Pitriya

BPL commentary:

For Magha ladies, the condition of limitless, observing, uncoupling, surrendering, wandering, dispersing Ketu may considerably affect the outcome.

Spirit guides, astral beings, pilgrims, ghosts, wanderers, observers, witnesses, awareness of impermanence, freedom from conventions, disregard for consequences, and inner listening may be especially influential.

Guided by the patrons of Regulus

Magha gentlewomen often have a cause for which they are willing to sacrifice their own interests. Often there is some acute severance or separation which may be repaired after a long time. Fervently spiritual yet often unconventional in their behavior, Makha ladies can be socially eccentric due to their special combination of Ketu's witness perspective with Surya's absolute certainty of purpose.

Intensely romantic, disregarding of political consequences, and dramatic in their devotion to the ideal, the feminine Agha are typically independent actors and capable of living separately if circumstances demand it. She is often the only woman in a patriarchal (pitri) environment. Her qualities of detachment and her uniquely authentic intelligence may provoke criticism from more pedestrian judges.

Much depends on the characteristics of Ketu in the nativity.

Themes of separation, disconnection, abandonment, alienation, escape, wandering, annihilation, surrender, and liberation may contextualize Agha's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Magha

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

"A frank and courageous nature

  • and a charming and interesting character ...

Unfortunately these attributes seem to engender envy on the part of those less fortunately bequeathed.

As a result, this person is subject to barbs of gossip

  • and all through her life has many secret enemies

  • who are jealous of her in one way or another.

this in spite of the fact that hers is essentially an honorable and virtuous character

  • not given to either thought or action

  • which should bring slander or scandal.

She is particularly loyal to her family

  • and will do anything to make them happy.

As a result of his, her actions are often misconstrued

  • and used against her by her enemies. "

Biographical details matched to Vimshottari Dasha bhuktis

Russ-Empress Ekaterina 1729-1796 Catherine the Great * nichha-Budha-8 parivartamsha Guru-11 was the daughter of a Lutheran father. When she wanted to convert to Russian Orthodoxy in order to integrate with her new husband in Russia, her father refused to attend the royal wedding. Later, she adeptly used her knowledge of and conformity with the main Orthodox teachings to covertly (8) yet skillfully (Guru + Chandra + Zukra-11) control the Church, the priests, and their extensive wealth (Zukra).


Catherine the Great (her age 16) painted by Grooth, c. 1745


Catherine the Great painted by Levitzk 1782

Rahu Mahadasha * age birth until 16.2

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

Mar-1744 severe pneumonia (brought on by excessive studying and walking barefoot on cold floors while memorizing dogma and language) * Rahu-Chandra bhukti * Chandra rules Ketu-12, private rooms, hospitalization

28-Jun-1744 official conversion to the dogma of the Russian Orthodox Christian Church * Rahu-Mangala bhukti *Mangala rules 9-dogma, catechism

Guru Mahadasha * age 16.2 until 32.2

21-Aug-1745 (her age 16) marriage to Peter Duke von Holstein-Gottorp * Guru-Guru swabhukti * Guru rules 7th-navamsha

16-Mar-1747 grieved tge decease of her father Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst * Guru-Guru swabhukti * Guru rules 12th-from-Surya

20-Sep-1754 child-1 Pavel * Guru-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 5th-from-Chandra

1759 becomes lovers with Grigory Orlov * Guru-Rahu chidradasha

30-May-1760 grieved the decease of mother Johanna Elisabeth von Holstein-Gottorp * Guru-Rahu chidradasha

1761 daughter with Grigory Orlov, considered illegitimate, Elizabeth Alexandrovna Alexeeva * Guru-Rahu chidradasha

Shani mahadasha * age 32.2 until age 51.2

11-Apr-1762 birth of her second son with Grigory Orlov, called Count Aleksey Grigorievich Bobrinsky, considered illegitimate, and kept away from the Court * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani rules 9th-from-Chandra

28-Jun-1762 coup * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani rogesha rules Rahu-6 betrayal * Rahu-Makara government hierarchy

17-July-1762 death of husband Peter (murdered in coup d'etat) * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani rules 12th-from-7th

22-Sept-1762 crowned Empress of Russia * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani-7 rules 10th-from-10th

1764 deported more than 20,000 Old Believers to Siberia due to their refusal to integrate into the Orthodox hegemony * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani rules 6-mistreatment, marginalization, accusations

1774 Pugachev's Rebellion uprising against Catherine started by a military officer * Shani-Mangala bhukti * Mangala-9 military

Budha Mahadasha * age 51.2 until decease age 67

17-Nov-1796 age 67, cerebral hemorrhage, peaceful passing at home in the morning, while reading the newspaper and drinking tea * Budha-Shani chidradasha * Shani maraka rules-7

Distinctive Features of the Nativity

Russ-Empress Ekaterina 1729-1796 Catherine the Great + Zukra-yuti-Guru not only a remarkable wealth-accumulator but also a promoter of the traditional Russian cultural values such as Russian language and Orthodox religious cult, despite having been raised as a German-speaking Lutheran. Generally liked by the peasants who produced Russia's food (2).

Russ-Empress Ekaterina 1729-1796 Catherine the Great + Chandra-yuti-Guru gave legendary dances, was constantly involved in political intrigue, romanced numerous mates, and was deeply identified with her son and heir. Her reign featured widespread development of the fine arts and dramatic arts.


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


Catherine-2 Ruler of Russia 1780's

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka



Dad came from an aristocratic family Surya-Meza . He held the title of military commander-general Surya-yuti-Kuja and he governed the Prussian city of Stettin, in Pomerania, where Catherine was born.


Empress Ekaterina maintained her extraordinary power via personal charisma uttama-Surya in bhava-9 military force Surya-yuti-Kuja plus political drive and charm = yogakaraka Mangala rules 4-9. A wealthy socialite Chandra in classroom-11 she maintained a large and expensive court.

Surya in bhava-9 = her autocratic power to use catechesis, religious dogma, priests, and the assets of the Russian Orthodox Church

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • Chandra-Mithunaya * comforted by rhythmic signal messaging
  • Chandra in Arudra * comforted by exciting signals * protectors of stormy wildness, undulating entrancement, sensitive swaying seduction

  • Chandra in classroom-11 * comfort in networks, familiar with connection, routine webworks, community, soothed by social linkage; undulating friendships

  • 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-yuti-Guru (11) occupies 6th-from-Rahu + 12th-from-Ketu.

* her aristocratic parents had prestige but not wealth

Chandra in Arudra wildness, physical exhilaration rules-12 invisibility. She 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.

Enemies-of-the-enemies (11)are often helpful when Generous Guru occupies 6th-from-6th. Others arranged the murder of her husband, her main competitor for the throne. She was held blameless.

MARRIAGE emotional support partnership

7th-from-Chandra-11 = bhava-5 royalty, entitlement

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka *

  • Mangala-Meza * moolatrikona 0-18 deg. * vigorous pursuit of championship, innovation, first-arrivals; push toward conquest
  • Mangala in bhava-9 * karako bhavo nashto * drive toward doctrine, champion of a belief, pursuit of patronage, preaching dynamics, energized philosophical conquests, dominating father-figures
  • Kuja-yuti-Surya * energized confidence, dynamic genius, masculine force joins willful charm

Kuja ashtangata harana within 4 deg of Surya

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

Atmakaraka * Budha-8 administration, management, announcements, meetings, correspondence, reporting, short-term travel, itineraries, planning

  • Budha-Meena * nichha * intuitive communications, articulation of private spiritual guidance, imaginative pronouncements, messages about dreams and visions
  • Budha in bhava-8 * narrative of hidden information, mysterious facts, shocking revelations, detailed discoveries, describer of unexpected circumstances, explainer of sudden change, delivers instructions for new identity
  • Guru-11 parivartamsha Budha-8

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

  • Guru-Mithunaya * much communication, many merchants, conversations about belief, doctrine of inclusive messaging, expansive evangelism
  • Guru in bhava-11 * many friends, much networking, much achievement, numerous revenues, many social-material goals, extensive marketplace linkage
  • 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-11 parivartamsha Budha-8

significantly overweight throughout her middle and later years = Guru-yuti-Chandra natural motherly expansion + Guru-yuti-Zukra enjoys tasty foods

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

  • Zukra-Mithunaya * appreciation of detailed, communications, aesthetic of handiwork, pleasures of detailed explanations, enjoys correspondence, articulated messaging arrangements
  • Zukra -11 * pleasure of community linkage, enjoys network equity, feminine-figures inter-knit community, appreciation of friendships
  • 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. Chandra-yuti-Zukra "I deserve it."

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

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

* Shasaya Yoga

  • Shani-Kumbha * moolatrikona 0-20 deg * old economies, pressured linkage, pressured skin-nerves, imposed connections, must earn profits with scarce resources
  • Shani in Bhava-7 * digbala * must balance; cautious, conventional partnerships ;tense loyalties, chronic responsibilities toward the spouse; visible genitalia; heavy pressure against freely chosen contracts

She developed a heavy, protective body as a shield against invasion (Shani-7) 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 key role model for her heavy-handed diplomatic, negotiating style

Budha-Shani chidradasha

  • 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 * craving for social status * mask of hierarchy, institutional authority; fascinated by regulation * * seeks special importance via imposed order, elite positions, via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) class, rank, status-markers
  • Rahu in bhava-6 * passion for conflict, remedies * in swabhava of Busy Budha, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual arguments, thrilling defense of victims, conflicts, miseries, medicines, servants, accusation, injustices. Craves an environment of disagreement, injustice, misuse. Desires an important role in matters of disease, injury, warfare, labor, unfairness, toxicity * Exciting enemies. Rahu-6 trespasses the cultural boundaries in matters of debt, drugs, slavery, betrayal, exploitation, war. Rahu the Poseur may pose as a victim, a druggist, a litigator, a problem-solver, an abuser, a diseased person, an enslaved person, a relative of the mother's people. Risk-rewarding, boundary-breeching Rahu thrives in Bhava-6 where He finds opportunity in the worlds of crime, war, pharmacy, self-medication, toxicity.

Amrita (Reverse) Kala-Sarpa Yoga Maha-Padma * Rahu in bhava-6 * extremely powerful opportunistic engagement in war, exploitation (serfs) betrayals

Rahu in bhava-6 provides extraordinary opportunities in dangerous conditions. Empress Ekaterina survived any number of murder attempts, poisonings, bullying, and various schemes to remover her from power. Each failed overthrow attempts seemed to make her smarter and stronger..

Violent Coup d'Etat begins her 34 year reign

Empress Ekaterina was a dangerous enemy (6), always on guard knowing that her demise should come from within her inner circle. Rahu-6 occupies the intrigue-prone, catastrophically upheaving, disaster-oriented 8th-from-Chandra suggesting the undisclosed power of her servants (6) Catherine was notoriously involved with her guardsmen, servants, and others.

6th-from-Rahu + 12th-from-Ketu = the densely populated bhava-11 containing Chandra-Guru-Zukra representing the courtiers

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu-Karkata *dissociates from protective boundaries, incomplete security, empty shelter, dissolute caretaking, not limited by customary routines, ignores restriction on farming, real-estate, disarrayed home-making
  • Ketu in classroom-12 (beneficial) * ambivalent toward enclosures, absentee ancestor spirits, disregards fantasy boundaries, dissolves the isolated sanctuaries, irrelevance of sleep * Ketu facilitates imaginative work by removing the veil between perceptual worlds, ambivalence toward clairsentient empowerment, disinterested in invisibility

Ketu in classroom-12 residing in 2nd-from-Chandra suggests that even while Empress Ekaterina had a legendary personality and a notoriously recognizable physique, nevertheless her relationship to her family of origin was distant and apathetic.


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