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Nicholas Roerich

a.k.a. Nikolai Konstantinovich Rerikh

Earthbody-Entry Friday-09-Oct-1874

Earthbody-Exit 13-Dec-1947


fine arts painter, theosophist, explorer * 1874-1947 * Nicholas Roerich * Nikolai K. Rerikh

birth data from: * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Chitra-Tvastri * Citthirai * Vismakarma * Azinech * Alaraph * Arista * Dana

BPL commentary:

For Chitra-Tvastri gentlemen, the condition of pioneering, direct, yang-energy, forward-pushing bhratru-karaka Mangala may considerably affect the outcome.

Brother-figures, warriors, hunters, athletes, dancers, champions, challengers, inventors, explorers, dis-coverers, engineers, builders, drivers, drillers, diggers, exploders, aggressors, pursuers, competitions and battles may be especially influential.

Guided by instructors from civilizations of Spica.

Kuja-ruled Chaitra fellows have a knack for competition. Goal-oriented and kinetic in building, patterning Tvastri, they strive for dominant power in engineering, artisan mechanics, architecture, and applied design arts such as skilled handcraft. Tvastri-born have a natural affinity for tools, engines, driving, building.

Kanya pada 1-2 express Kuja's rulership of 3-writing + 8-mystical transformations, while also displaying the frustrating tension of chatty Budha versus active Kuja. Literary Budha plays a stronger role for pada 1-2, producing scholars and writers who argue about architectonics, engineering design, color values, and mechanics. These chaps are also skilled in handcraft and may be professors-cum-tradesmen, fine-arts painters, model-builders, or practicing musicians.

Thula pada 3-4 express Kuja's rulership of 2-collections, assets + 7-contractual equity. Zukra's bargaining behavior and financial skills play a stronger role for pada 3-4, who enjoy the mutual attractions of Zukra-Mangala. In music, arts, and engineering, they pursue harmonious arrangements. They often play stringed instruments, and write beautiful songs. They are often found in the design world, in financial negotiations, and in dynamic meditator roles.

Themes of productive touch including artistic design, mechanical engineering, and crafting of dynamic arrangements may contextualize Vismakarma's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Chitra.

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939).Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra. p 84

"Chitra natives are quiet, thoughtful, and profound.

Very slow in movement and of great dignity in bearing and manner.

  • they like to read books on serious and philosophical subjects.

they make good students in their youth.

they are also extremely clever with their hands,

  • which are strong, supple, and dexterous.

they like to do things or fashion things with their hands

  • and could be sculptors or artists or surgeons."

Biographical details matched to Vimshottari dasha timeline

Surya Mahadasha * age birth (the day after his birth begins the next mahadasha)

09-Oct-1874 Earth-birth in Saint Petersburg, Russia * Surya-Zukra bhukti * last possible moment of the chidra-dasha

Chandra Mahadasha* age 0 until age 10

Mangala Mahadasha * age 10 until age 17

Rahu Mahadasha * age 17 until age 35

1901 (age 27) marriage to Helena Ivanova Shaposhnikova * Rahu-Budha bhukti * Budha rules swamsha * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Thula-Meza contact radical R-K

Aug-1902 child-1 Yuri Rerikh * Rahu-Ketu bhukti * Budha-yuti-Ketu produces effect of Budha lagnesha

1904 begins painting on spiritual-religious themes * Rahu-Zukra bhukti

Guru Mahadasha * age 35 until age 51

1915 dangerously ill with pneumonia, family moves to Finland * Guru-Budha bhukti * Budha-2 lagnesha karaka for breahting Budha-yuti-Ketu has an identity-dissolving but not lethal effect

1919 family invited to London, moves to England * Guru-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 9-globalism

1920 family invited to New York, moves to USA * Guru-Surya bhukti * Surya rules 12-distant lands

Dec-1923 family moves to India, settles in Sikkim * Guru-Rahu chidra-dasha. End of the peripatetic pattern.

Shani mahadasha * age 51 until age 70

Budha Mahadasha * age 70 until decease

13-Dec-1947 Lightbody Lift-off (age 73) * Budha-Ketu bhukti

Distinctive Features of the Nativity


Dec-1941: Nicholas Roerich with Jawarharlal Nehru and Indira Nehru Gandhi (she was age 24 at the time) at Roerich's estate in Kullu. The tall man at right was a diplomat partisan named Mhd. Yunus

Surya * pitrikaraka

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

Chandra rules 11 socialite, community activist while Surya rules-12. Roerich was born to a socially well-placed and wealthy barrister father. His father followed his mother's patterns, as Chandra is stronger than Surya.

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Mangala in bhava-12

Although Kuja is typically the most challenging graha for the Kanya nativity, Roerich's Kuja ruler of 8 residing in 12 produces a Viparita Raja-Yoga * Sarala Yoga which both energizes for world travel (12) and invigorates Rahu-8 occult pursuits.

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

lagnesha rules Kanya-Parthya rashi

Budha in bhava-2

Budha-yuti-Ketu developer of a unique painting style influenced by art deco but seemingly its own category

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

Guru in bhava-1 * dig-bala

Guru-yuti-Chandra * Guru-yuti-Surya

Guru-Kanya yuti Surya-Kanya yuti Chandra-Kanya

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

Zukra-Vrizchika * Zukra-3

noted administrator (3) and teacher of apprentices (3) in the arts (Zukra) , opposed to compartmentalization (Mangala drishti into 3) and promoter of harmonious similarities

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

Shani-Makara-Draco * Shani-5

Although famed for his visionary artwork, Roerich had also trained to become a lawyer in his young adulthood. He understood legal frameworks and was successful in formulating protective legislation termed the "Roerich Pact" which articulated the process for cataloging precious art objects worldwide and shielding these treasures from the violence of war.

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

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka


Budha-Thula yuti Ketu-Thula

Realm of Light 1874-1947 painter Nicholas Roerich was a famed painter (3) and Theosophist (9). He belonged to a worldwide network (11) of fellow believers. His paintings have an emotional appeal to those invested in a particular dharma (theory of reality) for whom they transmit powerful messages. However to those outside his sahangha, the paintings evoke no special response. Roerich was born to a socialite mother, and he earned a substantial income from his 7,000 + paintings which allowed him to live and travel comfortably.

Realm of Light 1874-1947 painter Nicholas Roerich produced 7000 paintings and drawings as well as poetry and documents

Realm of Light 1874-1947 painter Nicholas Roerich * theatrical set designer

fascination with archeological layers

member of the Russian intelligentsia of St. Petersburg

"student of the Russian past"

"absorption with antiquity"

avid protectionist, preservationist of world artistic cultural treasures creator of the "Roerich Pact" among world governments promising to protect their treasures from the wanton destruction of large-and-small scale warfare

two sons

equally interested in art patterns (light) and musical rhythms (sound)

set designer for musical opera and ballet

international lifestyle encompassing the financial-cultural world centers as well as long treks via the untouched-by-time ancient paths and pilgrimage temples

worldwide scope of action, particularly in regard to the cultural politics of war

Helena Roerich


Helena Shaposhnikova married Nicholas Roerich in 1901. Helena Roerich became a much beloved writer of an extensive international correspondence of friends and family as well as formal studies such as explications of Buddhist doctrines. Her commercial abilities were also pronounced and the family's many travel itineraries were effectively organized.

"Woman should realize that she herself contains all forces, and the moment she shakes off the age-old hypnosis of her seemingly lawful subjugation and mental inferiority and occupies herself with a manifold education, she will create in collaboration with man a new and better world... Cosmos affirms the greatness of woman's creative principle. Woman is a personification of nature, and it is nature that teaches man, not man nature. Therefore, may all women realize the grandeur of their origin, and may they strive for knowledge." (Letters of Helena Roerich 1935-1939, vol. II)


Nikolas Roerich painting 1901"Varagians" (Vikings) "Guests From Overseas"


Nicholas Roerich * "Vanishing Ice" * 1933

"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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