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author of the influential Roman Catholic memoire The Little Way * Le Petite Voie

see also: Sanctuaire Sainte Therese von Lisieux



Therese von Lisieux

Le Petite Voie

Earthbody-Entry 02-Jan-1873

Earthbody-Exit 30-Sep-1897 (age 24)

a.k.a. Marie-Francoise-Therese Martin

a.k.a. The Little Flower of Jesus

a.k.a. Therese de Liseux

a.k.a. Therese of the Little Way

a.k.a. Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, O.C.D.

Theresia vom Kinde Jesus und dem heiligen Antlitz


"The Little Flower of Jesus" * 1873-1897 * Sainte Therese von Lisieux

birth information from�r�se_of_Lisieux * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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

Rising Nakshatra

Feminine Nativities


  • QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 96

BPL commentary:

For Hasta nativities, the condition of reflective, sheltering, undulating, rhythmic, routinized, culturally rooted, boundary-defending, security-seeking, nourishing, parental, matrikaraka Chandra considerably affects the outcome.

Mother-figures, protectors, guardians, gardeners, caretakers, foundation-builders, police, schoolteachers, parents, and providers of nourishment may be especially influential.

Guided by instructors from the constellation of Corvus.

Guided by instructors from the constellation of Corvus.

"A rather good natured, lazy character with a tendency to bursts of effort.

If work becomes necessary to her comfort,

  • she will tackle any hard task cheerfully

  • and with zest in order to get it done.

But she prefers to be lazy whenever she can.

She is usually buxom in appearance with a rather fat stomach and ample bosom.

A jolly disposition, seldom angry,

  • and quick to forgive any slight or injury or wrong done to her.

She is apt to suffer from chronic rheumatism and piles

and should be careful in her diet;

  • she should never over-eat."

Biographical details matched to the Vimshottari Dasha


Therese von Lisieux , thirteen years old in 1886

Mangala Mahadasha * age birth until 4.6

02-Jan-1873 Earth-birth * Mangala-Guru period

Rahu Mahadasha * age 4.6 until 22.6

28-Aug-1877 decease of Mother (Therese age 4) * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti

1884 tremors, seizures related to grief * Rahu-Shani period * Shani rules 6-ailments

09-Apr-1888 (Therese age 15) received into the cloistered Carmelite convent * Rahu-Ketu period * cut-off from conventional life

29-July-1894 decease of Father (Therese age 21) * Rahu-Mangala chidra-dasha * Mangala rules 7th-from-9th

Guru Mahadasha

30-Sep-1897 Lightbody Lift-off (age 24, tuberculosis) * Guru-Guru swabhukti

Distinctive Features of the Nativity

double parivartamsha yoga


Therese von Lisieux in July 1896

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

Dainya parivartamsha Surya-4 parivartamsha Guru-12 * sanctuary retreat

Positive support from her devoted father. her father was a nationalist Catholic ideologue of the French right. Surya-4 father is primary parent following decease of Mother Surya 12th-from-Chandra .

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

Chandra rules 11-community

decease of Mother at her young age 4 Chandra-yuti-Shani Nishturabhashi yoga, raised by sisters who all entered the convent, father died at her age 21 and herself dead of tuberculosis at 24. Meeting tragedy and restrictions with simple charm, she became an icon of Roman Catholic spiritual clarity. Her instructions encouraged even the least capable spiritual aspirant to follow a modest but effective path called Le Petite Voie * "The Little Way"

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

Budha rules Karakamsha * Kanya-1 personality

Wrote in 1897 during Guru-Budha period (Budha parivartamsha Kuja) a sentimental, easy-reading spiritual instruction memoire The Story of a Soul . Published in 1898 after her death, it was hugely popular with Catholic working-class aspirants worldwide. Therese was revered as an ideal model for Catholic girlhood for a hundred years.

lagnesha Budha-yuti-Ketu-3 pietistic writings. lagnesha-1 Budha-3 yuti Ketu suggests spiritual writing. Rahu-9 grants the doctrinal preaching and missionary passion.

Therese von Lisieux wrote in the style of sentimental piety recommending simplicity and service that was attainable even by those of humble origin.

Therese Martin of Alencon, France, was able to find and explain * Mangala parivartamsha Budha * a highly accessible and normal pathway.

Le Petite Voie (which is still widely read as a devotional study) consists of Therese's brief, entirely personal, charmingly modest, unanalyzed and sweepingly sentimental observations upon her childhood and early years in her Carmelite convent. The devotions are marked by profound humility. Readers learn through each each petite vignette that she was a spoiled youngest child prone to tantrums. She died shortly after finishing the reminiscence.

Easy to read and relatable, Le Petite Voie was a runaway best-seller within the peasant-heritage and working-class Roman Catholic communities of Europe and Euro-America. Within only a few years of her death, Saint Therese of the Little Way had become a celestial celebrity in the Roman Catholic Church.

Lasting Influence

For all its unpretentious, sweet (some would say saccharine) simplicity, the Little Way has provided guidance and comfort to millions of contemplative seekers since the early 20th century. Her phrasing might seem highly neurotic today. Yet when seen in the light of the typical romantic language of the late 1800's time period, these writings are not especially psychologically self-destructive or masochistic (as the critics may claim).

Therese's personal inability to relieve her aggrieved feelings (Mangala-Kanya-7) without the support of Divine grace, as expressed in her short life and her writings, have become a beacon of light to many trapped in the vortex of illness, grief, resentment, broken promises, social inequity, and personal dissatisfaction.

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

From Chandra-Makara-Draco lagna, the believers' voice of abundant, doctrinal, theoretical, philosophical, preaching Professor Guru rules

  • the emotionally motivated information-delivering, evangelical, publishing, announcing, script-reading, reporting, conversational, process-managing communications of 3rd-from-Chandra

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

From Chandra-Makara-Draco lagna, the mature voice of sober serious structured hierarchical Professor Shani rules

  • the emotionally-motivated traditionalism, family lineage conserving, treasure-preserving, language-and-history remembering, acquisitive, genetic conservation of 2nd-from-Chandra
  • the emotional authenticity of in-the-body feelings represented by sensitive, receptive, absorptive Chandrana

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

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka


Le crypte de la Basilique de Therese von Lisieux (2008)


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