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Teresa de Avila

a.k.a. Teresa Sanchez de Cepeda y al-Thumada

a.k.a. Saint Therese of Jesus

  • prominent medieval Christian mystic

  • author of The Interior Castle * El Castillo Interior = published in 1577 CE - continuously in print since the year 1577 and selling briskly


Teresa in 1567, age 61

fleshbirth Wednesday-28-Mar-1515

fleshdeath 04-Oct-1582 (age 67)


El Castillo Interior * 1515-1582 CE * Santa Teresa de Avila

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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

born on Chaturdashi * Shukla Paksha



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

BPL commentary: the condition of Guru will considerably affect the outcome

"... will be successful in everything she undertakes.

If she elects to have a career of her own,

  • she will become very well known and highly respected.

If she marries,

  • she will have a husband and children who adore her

  • and her domestic life will be most happy .

Her house will be orderly and well kept,

  • as she is very particular and discriminating,

  • and insists on beautiful and harmonious surroundings for herself and family.

Her health is good

  • except that she will suffer from gastric complaints

  • and must be careful in her diet."

Biographical details matched to the Vimshottari Dasha

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 fleshdeath 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

Surya * pitrikaraka

Surya is exceptionally strong via shad-bala and Surya rules Rahu-2. She published her own books and brochures, started her own monastic order, and delivered her own teachings.

Chandra * matrikaraka


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 navamsha-1

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

Vargottamsha nichha-Budha-yuti-Surya Meena

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 * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

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

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

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.

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

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" Jewish community. During the hideous brutalities of Spanish Inquisition, those who would be called marranos (a derogatory term) 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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