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Rene Descartes

mathematician, philosopher of thought

fleshbirth Sunday-31-March-1596

fleshdeath 11-Feb-1650 (age 53)

"cogito, ergo, sum"


Philosopher of thought, logician, mathematician * 1596-1650 CE * Rene Descartes

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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


Shatataraka * Shatabishaja * Sadachbia

  • Shil-Ponde.(1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra. p 88.

BPL commentary: For Shata-taraka natives, the disposition of Rahu considerably affects the outcome.

"A quiet and unassuming person,

thoughtful and meditative

  • yet given to sudden outbursts of temper.

Lives in the mental world rather than in the physical.

Prefers solitude to the company of others.

  • Does not care for small talk

  • and finds social contact rather tiresome.

Many astrologers and philosophers found with Shatataraka on the Rising Point."

A light eater and moderate in most things."

Biographical data matched with Vimshottari Dasha periods


a drawing of Descartes made 240 years after his death


Zukra Mahadasha * age birth until 12

31-Mar-1596 fleshbirth * Zukra-Rahu period * Rahu-2 knowledge, memory

1597 decease of Mother (age 1) * Zukra-Rahu period

Surya Mahadasha * age 12 until 18

Chandra Mahadasha * age 18 until 28

May-1617 until 1621 military career, age 21 until age 25.

10-11 November 1619. The grand epiphany of meditation, during which according to Descartes' tale the structure of the universe was intuitively revealed to him while in an overheated, disembodied state. Chandra-Shani period * Shani rules 12-meditiation, imagination, spiritual guidance

Mangala Mahadasha * age 28 until 35

A period of productive writing (3) and conversations (3) with much of this mathematico-logical philosophical discourse getting published (3) by wealthier patrons.

From 1629 until 1649, he lived in Holland in 13 different houses, always moving to be near a university and seeking a more congenial household. He frequently attended Mass (3, message). * Mangala Mahadasha and Rahu Mahadasha

Rahu Mahadasha * age 35 until 52

1632 Descartes consolidated all of his assets into bonds, ensuring an income for the next 18 years while he wrote. * Rahu's ruler and co-tenant Guru dhanesha-treasurer -2 treasuries .

1632 begin relationship with housekeeper Helena Jans van der Strom * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti * Rahu yuti Surya, Surya rules 7th radix and 7th navamsha liaisons

1635 with Helena his daughter Francine was born. * Rahu-Guru period

1640 decease of Father * Rahu-Budha period * Budha rules pitrimakara 7th-from-Surya

1640 death of daughter Francine (her age 5) Rahu-Budha period * Budha rules putrikimaraka 2nd-from-5th-from-Chandra

1644 Descartes arranges a marriage for Helena * Rahu-Zukra period * arrangements, harmony

1649 Descartes moved to Sweden to work as a philosophy tutor to the royal court. * Rahu-Mangala chidra-dasha * Mangala rules 12th-from-4th, leaving home

Guru Mahadasha

11-Feb-1650 fleshdeath (age 53) * Guru-Guru swabhukti * Guru dhanapati-2 residing in 2, amplified by Rahu

Distinctive features of the Nativity


Surya-yuti-Rahu * Surya-yuti-Guru

Rahu-Meena yuti Surya-Meena yuti Guru-Meena

Descartes' father was a retired military officer who purchased land and a local title with the proceeds from his warring adventures. In the years following his retirement from military service, Descartes ' father served in the Parlement Breton . Surya vidyapathi-5 politics

Following his father, Rene Descartes pursued a military career which would, via his father's patronage, be rewarded by a substantial pension. He received encouragement to develop his knowledge of mathematics in order to apply it to military engineering, which he did with vigor.

Chandra * matrikaraka

extraordinary collection of graha in 12th-from-Chandra meditative experiences: He was said to have done * in bed * most of his meditation, and most of his thought-experiments, and most of his writing. Guru-yuti-Rahu and Guru-yuti-Surya in 12th-from-Chandra, 12th-from-radical lagna

According to Wikipedia ,

"On the night of 10–11 November 1619, while stationed in Neuburg an der Donau, Germany, Descartes shut himself in an "oven" (probably a Kachelofen or masonry heater) to escape the cold. While within, he had three visions and believed that a divine spirit revealed to him a new philosophy. Upon exiting he had formulated analytical geometry and the idea of applying the mathematical method to philosophy. He concluded from these visions that the pursuit of science would prove to be, for him, the pursuit of true wisdom and a central part of his life's work. Descartes also saw very clearly that all truths were linked with one another, so that finding a fundamental truth and proceeding with logic would open the way to all science. This basic truth, Descartes found quite soon: his famous "I think therefore I am"."

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

During military service, Descartes began a series of meditation and warmth-induced visions. 1625 until 1631 = Mangala Mahadasha;

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

In 1632, Descartes sold his various properties and converted his assets into bonds. This action provided him with adequate financial reserves for the rest of his life. * 1632 Rahu-Rahu period, Rahu's ruler and co-tenant Guru dhanesha -2 treasuries . Also Chandra-Bharani is typically quite intuitive regarding matters of mani-money.

Descartes maintained a vigorous correspondence with many of the leading public intellectuals of northwestern Europe, conducted in Latin and French. He had many friends and well-wishers. Guru Vriddhipathi-11 friendships in bhava-2 knowledge yuti Surya yuti Rahu

11-Feb-1650 fleshdeath (aged 53) in Stockholm, while attempting to maintain a regular 5 a.m. tutoring appointment with the young Queen of Sweden. He had long been accustomed to lingering in bed (Rahu-Guru-Surya in 12th-from-Chandra = productivity in bed) writing and thinking, until the day had warmed. Enforced rising in the icy blackened pre-dawn of a Swedish winter gave him a fatal pneumonia. Chandra-Bharani * Yama is known for the pattern of "working to death".

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

Zukra-yuti-Budha * Zukra-yuti-Chandra

Zukra-Meza yuti Chandra-Meza

From 1629 until 1649 he lived in Holland in 13 different houses, always moving to be near a university and seeking a more congenial household. He frequently attended Mass.

Frequent moves: Budha-yuti-Zukra-yuti-Chandra in 12th-from-4th.

From the onset of Rahu mahadasha in 1632, Descartes enjoyed a long relationship with a servant companion who traveled from town to town with him while he wrote philosophical discourses. Notwithstanding the bourgeois customs of the day, the housekeeper Helena Jans van der Strom appears to have been his much beloved Muse. * 7th from Chandra = dharmasthana guidance, wisdom, inspiration Helena's servant-status is seen via navamsha Chandra yuti Zukra-Kanya 4th-navamsha housekeeping. After several years, their daughter Francine was born in 1635. * Rahu-Guru period

In 1644, several years after the death of their daughter, Descartes' companion Helena Jans van der Strom married a local innkeeper in their town. Descartes paid for the wedding, after which he apparently enjoyed an amicable relationship with the couple. He remained in the town for another five years. Rahu-Zukra period, arrangements.

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

Shani-7* dig-bala * Shani-Simha

Shani-7 rules bhava-12 enclosures, the bed, private prayer, spiritual guidance, and intuition

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

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

Rahu rules Shata-visakya radical lagna

1632-1650 = Rahu Mahadasha.

Guru-yuti-Rahu * Surya-yuti-Rahu

Rahu-Meena yuti Surya-Meena yuti Guru-Meena

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