Teresa of Avila painted by Peter Paul Rubens, Germany 1615
a.k.a. Teresa Sanchez de Cepeda y al-Thumada
a.k.a. Saint Therese of Jesus
fleshbirth Wednesday-28-Mar-1515 fleshdeath 04-Oct-1582 (age 67)
fleshdeath 04-Oct-1582 (age 67)
El Castillo Interior * 1515-1582 CE * Santa Teresa de Avila
birth data from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teresa_of_Avila * tentatively rectified by BP Lama
charts, graphs and tables produced by Shri Jyoti Star * adapted by BP Lama
born on Chaturdashi * Shukla Paksha
Punarvasu * Aditya
BPL commentary: high forehead. For Punarvasu natives, the condition of prosperous Professor Guru considerably affects the outcome.
Teachers, preachers, professors, patrons, ideologues, theorists, proselytes, philosophers, wizards, druids, and paradigms of belief may be especially influential.
Guidance from the Twin Gardeners called Castor-and-Pollux.
"... will be successful in everything she undertakes.
If she elects to have a career of her own,
If she marries,
Her house will be orderly and well kept,
Her health is good
Biographical details matched to the Vimshottari Dasha
19th-century holy card of Terese of Avila
Surya Mahadasha * age birth until 3 months
28-Mar-1515 fleshbirth * Surya-Zukra period
Chandra Mahadasha * age 3 months until age 10.3
Mangala Mahadasha * age 10.3 until age 17.3
Nov-1528 sudden decease of her mother Beatriz de Ahumada y Cuevas (Teresa's age 13) = Mangala-Shani period
Rahu Mahadasha * age 17.3 until age 35.3
Nov-1535, entered Carmelite monastery * Rahu-Guru period * Guru rules 8-religious orders (Guru also rules 6-sickness; she became deeply ill in cloister)
Dec-1543 decease of father Alonso Sanchez de Cepeda * Rahu-Ketu period
Guru Mahadasha * age 35.3 until age 51.3
1556-1559 period of intense divine visions * Guru-Ketu period
1562 began her Reform movement, requiring barefoot, self-flagellation, extreme poverty * Guru-Chandra period. * Chandra lagnesha. Followed by Guru-Mangala period * Mangala rules revolutionary 3-8 from Chandra. initiation, transformation, renewal, rebirth.
Shani Mahadasha * * age 51.3 until decease
1577 publication of El Castilo Interior * Shani-Chandra period * Chandra lagnesha occupies 3-publication
1576-1579 = an inquisition against her carried out by ultra conservative Carmelite religious forces. * Shani-Mangala period * another and this time much more difficult transformation.
04-Oct-1582 fleshdeath (age 67) also possibly the date of death could be 15-Oct-1582 due to the Catholic-nations shift to Gregorian calendars occurring at the time of her decease. Either date would match her Shani-Rahu period * Rahu-2 maraka
| Distinctive Features of the Nativity |
Teresa in 1561 (approx her age 46) about 20 years before her death (age 67) in 1582
Surya is exceptionally strong via shad-bala and Surya rules Rahu-2. Teresa published her own (Surya) books and brochures, started her own (Surya) monastic order, and delivered her own (Surya) teachings (9).
Her Jewish father purchased a knighthood and assimilated into Christian society.
9th-from-Surya paternal grandfather = Shani-Vrischika-Jyeztha-5
paternal grandfather = converso (Inquisition-forced Jewish convert to Christianity) Vrischika indicates occult, hidden, mysterious matters.
lagnesha Chandra-3 and Shani randresha occupies 3rd-from-3rd. Success in writing and publishing the literature of spiritual transformation. El Castilo Interior 1515-1582 St. Teresa de Avila best known for her mystical autobiography El Castillo Interior which has been continuously in print since 1550 CE. Karakamsha-9 contains Budha spiritual publications
Chandra rules swamsha
Mangala rules 10th navamsha
Kuja the Activist occupies the doctrinal, philosophical, preaching 9th from Chandra
nichha-bhanga Budha in bhava-9. The nichha-bhanga is granted due to uttama-Zukra joining nichha-Budha in kendra 7th-from-Chandra.
the sacred corpse of Santa Teresa de Avila was literally torn apart by competing Roman-Catholic religious sects of priests, monks, and nuns who all wanted a piece of the saint's holy and non-decomposing body for their local reliquaries.; St. Theresa's corpse became a celebrated relic all across Europe. Nichha-Budha rules-12 occupies-9
Guru occupies the divinely optimistic 9th from Chandra
Guru in 6th-from-6th * enemies of the enemies * diseases which attack other diseases
When abundant Guru occupies 6th-from-6th, one's own enemies (and Teresa had plenty) also have many enemies of their own. Guru occupies 6th-from-6th is not a cancellation but rather a compensation, which tends to balance the playing field and prevent one's enemies from ever gaining a decisive advantage.
Santa Teresa suffered a lifetime of illness. However even following extremely debilitating sicknesses, she recovered sufficiently and returned to work. Guru rogesha rules 6 but also Guru occupies 6th-from-6th. Multiplies both the number of friends (11) and the number of enemies.
Zukra * kalatra-karaka * svadhu-karaka
dhana-yoga ruler of 11 in 11th-from-11th ** extra empowerment via uttama-Zukra in 11th-from-11th.
Teresa had "99 problems" but one of them was not mani-money. In an exceptional rare situation for women in her times, Teresa had personal treasury from her father (Zukra-9). She was also remarkably successful in calling upon wealthy aristocrats (Mangala-11) to continuously fund (11) her reforms
Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka
Shani in the psycho-mentalized 3rd-from-Chandra can indicate a tendency toward depression.
Teresa lived in cruel times, and she would have observed more than adequate evidence to support a negativist viewpoint. However Shani also receives drishti of Guru-yuti-Mangala-11 which counteract depression with an optimistic (Guru) activist (Kuja) energy and faith.
Shani in Bhava-5 imposes strict rules on limitation of romance, entertainment, creativity, children. Religious reformer of the Carmelite Order of celibate women.
Shani occupies the arudha lagna, suggesting public recognition for her creative writings
Under much duress (legalistic Shani-Vrischika-5) organized the reformed Carmelite order of Catholic monks and nuns; her rules (Shani) still govern the cloisters to this day.
Shani rules 6th-from-Chandra, providing chronic patterns. Teresa suffered a lifetime of illness, due at least partly to extreme self-deprivation (Shani). However she lived a full lifespan and her illnesses did not ever cripple her mind due to disregarding Ketu also in 6th-from-Chandra; she considered it a normal and reasonable consequence of bodily life to suffer pain.
Rahu * rajyalobha-karaka * picchala-karaka (slippery)
Rahu occupies the imaginative, Other-Worldly, prayerful, meditation-seeking 12th-from-Chandra
She proselytized to Spanish Jewish converts * Rahu-2 speech ruled by Zukra-9 doctrine. preaching
Rahu in 12th-from-Chandra receives drishti of Mangala.
The corpse of Santa Teresa de Avila was literally torn apart by competing Catholic religious sects of priests, monks, and nuns who all wanted a piece of the saint's holy and non-decomposing body for their local reliquaries.; St. Theresa's corpse became a celebrated relic all across Europe.
Rahu-Magha in bhava-2 indicates the family culture, traditional values, history, legacy
Rahu's ruler = Zukra-2 yuti Budha yuti Surya. Teresa was born into financially (Zukra) privileged and influential family, but there was a complexity of her lineage due to the extreme dangers of Inquisition Era. Her family genetics were both Arab and Jew by ancestry, but is was vitally important for them to appear (Rahu) as Euro-Christians. Bhava-2 gets drishti of conformist Shani.
theatrical opportunist Rahu-2-Simha
Rahu-2 generally indicates both financial ambition in the lineage, and unusual circumstances within the family
Teresa born into a financially privileged and influential merchant family. Her paternal grandfather belonged to the marrano (pejorative term for forcible converts) Jewish community. During the hideous brutalities of Spanish Inquisition, those who would be called marranos (a derogatory term meaning pigs) were forced to declare their conversion to Christianity under threat of death or torture along with loss of all lands, assets and rights.
Her father was born into a converso family. He purchased a knighthood and assimilated into Christian society, marrying a pious Christian wife of similar background. As a preacher, Teresa she proselytized to her own community of Spanish 'conversos'.
Ketu * chidrakaraka
Ketu-8 occult knowledge occupies the emotionally hostile and contentious 6th-from-Chandra
icon of Terese of Avila
"It is love alone that gives worth to all things."
"Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul."
"Do not be dismayed, at the number of things which you have to consider
before setting out on this divine journey,
which is the royal road to heaven.
By taking this road we gain such precious treasures
that it is no wonder if the cost seems to us a high one.
The time will come when we shall realize that all we have paid
has been nothing at all by comparison with the greatness of our prizes."
"Each of us has a soul, but we forget to value it.
We don't remember that we are creatures made in the image of God.
We don't understand the great secrets hidden inside of us ." [randhresha-8 uttama-Zukra in lagna]
"Prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God."
Teresa of Avila painted by Peter Paul Rubens, Germany 1615
"And now my friends,
all that is true, all that is noble,
all that is just and pure,
all that is loveable and gracious,
whatever is excellent and admirable -
fill all your thoughts with these things."
~~ Epistle to the Philippians 4:8
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