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  • Totem and Taboo 1856-1939 psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud . Hogarth Press, which she co-owned with her husband Leonard Woolf, published the works of Freud.

Born 5 days before

"The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages."

~~Virginia Woolf

The Waves, published 1931

"And in me too the wave rises. It swells; it arches its back. I am aware once more of a new desire, something rising beneath me like the proud horse whose rider first spurs and then pulls him back.

What enemy do we now perceive advancing against us, you whom I ride now, as we stand pawing this stretch of pavement? It is death.

Death is the enemy.

It is death against whom I ride with my spear couched and my hair flying back like a young man's, like Percival's, when he galloped in India. I strike spurs into my horse.

Against you I will fling myself, unvanquished and unyielding, O Death!"



litterateur, novelist, essayist

owner of Hogarth Press

member of the Bloomsbury Group

"arguably the major lyrical novelist in the English language"

Virginia Stephen Woolf

a.k.a. Adeline Virginia Stephen

Earthbody-Entry Wed-25-Jan-1882

Earthbody-Exit 28-Mar-1941 (age 59)

"When the Day of Judgment dawns and people, great and small, come marching in to receive their heavenly rewards, the Almighty will gaze upon the mere bookworms and say to Peter," Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them. They have loved reading."

~~ A Room of One's Own 1882-1941 Virginia Woolf


novelist, essayist, publisher * 1882-1941 * Adeline Virginia Stephen Woolf

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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

Rising Nakshatra

Feminine Nativities

Punarvasu * Aditya * Purnavasi * Vutvrta * Jamitra

BPL commentary:

For Punarvasu gentlewomen, the condition of prosperous, preaching, inclusive, broad-scope, philosophical, humanistic Guru may considerably affect the outcome.

Teachers, preachers, professors, patrons, agents of generosity and guidance, guru-figures, ideologues, indoctrinators, theorists, know-it-alls, proselytes, philosophers, pontificators, patriarchs, pundits, pater-nosters, proponents of principled understanding, wise-ones, wizards, druids, and paradigms of belief may be especially influential.

Guidance from the Twin Gardeners called Castor-and-Pollux.

Aditya-born ladies are often found in the literary arts, in guidance and teaching roles, or in specialties of gardening and domestic abundance. Their purpose is nurturing and restorative. Their husbands have inordinate influence, and typically their marriages are happy regardless of other life stresses.

Natural philosophers, Jamitra-born are blessed with an expansive human wisdom for evocative writing or speaking. Just as easily, these feminine beings communicate with the mineral, plant, and animal kingdoms.

Mithunaya pada 2-3-4 represents Guru's understanding of leadership and relationship, while also expressing the tension between broad-view Brihaspati versus detail-oriented Budha. Typically pada 1-2-3 are administrators, travelers, writers, and poets who describe the natural world.

Karkata-pada-4 expresses the tension between patronizing preaching Guru versus matrikaraka parenting Chandra. Often these remarkable women are found in the religious professions where they are growing a garden of understanding.

High forehead generally. Most Punarvasu-born are higher dimensional Seva-wanderers.

Themes of restoration of lost knowledge, gardening, fertility of understanding, wish fulfillment, and conceptual  teaching may contextualize Punarvasu's's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Punarvasu

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

"... 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 Vimshottari Dasha


Virginia Woolf in her fifties

Ketu Mahadasha * age birth until 4.7

25-Jan-1882 Earth-birth * Ketu-Chandra bhukti

Zukra Mahadasha * age 4.7 until 24.7

05-May-1895 grieved the decease of mother (Virginia's age 13) * Zukra-Rahu bhukti 

22-Feb-1904 grieved decease of father (Virginia's age 22) * Zukra-Budha bhukti * Surya-yuti-Budha Kumara gives effect of Surya rules 7th-from-8th

Surya Mahadasha * age 24.7 until age 30.7

10-Aug-1912 marriage-1 (age 30) * Surya-Zukra bhukti  * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Meena-Kanya contact navamsha Zukra-Meena

Chandra Mahadasha * age 30.7 until 40.7

26-Mar-1915 (her age 33) first published work The Voyage Out * Chandra-Rahu bhukti

Mangala Mahadasha * age 40.7 until 47.7

1922 begin long-lasting sexual friendship with Mrs. Vita Sackville-West, which provided content for the next book * Mangala-Mangala swabhukti * Kuja rules 11-friendship + 6-conflicted arrangements

1925 Mrs. Dalloway published to rave reviews. This text is still considered one of the loveliest expressions of the literary genre * Mangala-Budha bhukti * Budha publications + lagnesha

Apr-1927 publication of To The Lighthouse (her most famous book) * Mangala-Budha bhukti * Budha publications + lagnesha

Rahu Mahadasha * age 47.7 until decease age 59

Janma Sade-Sati Meza Apr-1939 until Jun-1941

1940 the home of Leonard and Virginia Woolf was destroyed during the nighttime air-raid Blitzkrieg by WW-2 German attackers * Rahu-Ketu bhukti + Ketu-12 formless foreigners + Sade-Sati

28-Mar-1941 (age 59) death by suicide * Rahu-Ketu bhukti + Ketu-12+ Sade-Sati

Distinctive Features of the Nativity


Surya * pitrikaraka * Jyotikaraka

  • Surya-Makara-Draco * Savitra * the stimulator
  • Surya in bhava-8 * center of emergence ,intelligence for trauma healing, brightly transformative, focus on discovery, initiatory entitlements, eye on occulted mysteries
  • Surya-yuti-Budha * confidently conversational, bright messenger, entitled to discuss, radiantly descriptive
  • Zukra-yuti-Surya * gracious brightness, radiant beauty, self-reflexive bargaining, sweetly confident entitlements, enjoys politics, negotiating father-figure, intelligently focused on trades, arrangements, contracts


Dad = famed literary editor

Surya rules Arudha lagna = bhava-3 publishing Simha creativity

Chandra * matrikaraka

  • Chandra-Meza * comforted by rhythmic forward pursuit

  • Chandra in eccentric Azvini * Ketu * comforted by observant innovation * * protectors of unlimited start-up energy, champions of invention, pursuers of unboundaried quest
  • Chandra in classroom-11 * comfort in networks, familiar with connection, routine webworks, community, soothed by social linkage; undulating friendships
  • Somana-yuti-Guru * Emotionally effusive, needs to expand, sensitive to guidance figures, feels like a teacher-preacher
  • Somana-yuti-Shani * nishturabashi yoga * Emotionally constricted, sensitive to seniority figures, needs austerity, feels like a regulator


Mom = Mrs. Julia Princeps Stephen, was a trained professional nurse who wrote a book on nursing. Chandra-Azvini medicine.


7th-from-Chandra-11 = bhava-5 creativity, romance = 3rd-from-3rd publishing

Virginia Stephen Woolf remained steadfastly friendly with her husband Leonard Woolf, co-operating their increasingly successful book publishing business, even though she had long before abandoned (Ketu) the conventional sexual exclusivity contract of marriage. Ms. Woolf maintained until her tragic death that Leonard was her best friend for life, bar none 

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka lagnesha* Mangala rules swamsha.

  • Mangala-Mithunaya * vigorous pursuit of conversation * proactive delivery of information * push toward explanatory instruction
  • Mangala in bhava-1 * drive toward embodied performance vitality, pursuit of competition, direct physical action, thrusting vigor, personality dynamics, energized muscular conquests

Mangala-1 rules 11 friendship, mutual economic linkage, revenues

]Mangala rules Rahu-Vrizchika-1

Mangala-8 drishti into 11-2-3 reaching the Surya-Shukra-Budha complex in 3.

Virginia Stephen Woolf produced an exquisite body of descriptive literature which chronicled the patterns of her mental perception (3) in a highly publicized (10) venue of literary work and public announcements, lectures, and essays.

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka


Karakamsha Simha-3 publication, writing, announcements i

  • Budha-Makara-Draco * bureaucratic communications, articulation of lawfully orderly process, messages about governance and regulations
  • Budha in bhava-8 * narrative of hidden information, mysterious facts, shocking revelations, detailed discoveries, describer of unexpected circumstances, explainer of sudden change, delivers instructions for new identity
  • Budha-yuti-Surya * articulation of radiant confidence, message of willpower and charisma, talkative father
  • Budha-yuti-Zukra * articulation of equity in agreements, message of justice and fairly bargained contracts; songwriting , talkative sister-cousin-cohort

A Room of One's Own 1882-1941 Virginia Woolf wrote Mrs. Dalloway a brilliant stream of social-class narrative at a dinner party

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka dhava-karaka

  • Guru-Meza * much pioneering innovation, many competitions, pioneering beliefs, doctrine of conquest
  • Guru in bhava-11 * many friends, much networking, much achievement, numerous revenues, many social-material goals, extensive marketplace linkage
  • Guru-yuti-Chandra matri-karaka * multiple mother-figures, much expansion of folkways, much humanistic cultural philosophy, large sheltering settlements
  • Guru-yuti-Shani atta-karaka * multiple elder-figures, abundant structure, many rules, much humanistic social philosophy

Guru dhava-karaka in bhava-11 friendship yuti Somana-yuti-Shani * nishturabashi yoga indicates some need to learn a curriculum of emotional withholding combined with sincere friendship.

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

  • Zukra-Makara-Draco * appreciation of authoritative status, enjoys social position, pleasures of structure, hierarchical arrangements
  • Zukra-8 * pleasure of occult secrets, enjoys rejuvenating, camouflaged, hidden equity, feminine-figures initiate and transform, appreciation of catastrophic change
  • Zukra-yuti-Surya * sweetened confidence, gracious drama, appreciation for political display, theatrical negotiations
  • Zukra-yuti-Budha * sweetened messages, gracious explanations, singing and songwriting, articulate negotiations

Zukra rules 8th-from-Chandra

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

  • Shani-Meza * nichha * old feuds, pressured invasions, old competitions, proletarian survival, pressure in the head-brain, imposed competition, must conquer with scarce resources
  • Shani in Bhava-11 * must connect, must earn with hard effort; cautious, conventional marketplace linkage; tense and limited mentoring, chronic pressure to produce revenues; heavy pressure against freely chosen friendships
  • Shani-yuti-Chandra * nishturabhashi yoga * resistance against protection, limited comfort, emotional discipline. constrained flow
  • Shani-yuti-Guru * resistance against expansion, limited understanding, doctrinal discipline, constrained growth

Shani-11 revenues rules 10th navamsha  Makara-10 conventional business. Although famed for her creative writing, Ms. Woolf was a conventional married businesswoman who maintained a convincing external facade of bourgeoise respectability even while her personal adventures were more interesting

Shani-nichha-6 It is believed that during most of her adult life Virginia Stephens Woolf suffered the chronic (Shani) effects of bi-polar disorder or some similar mood-swing disorder involving severe depression. possible bi-polar disorder; suicide by self-drowning in a river (age 59)

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

  • Rahu-Vrizchika *craving for mystery * mask of undisclosed, secret power; fascinated by exploration, recycling seeks special importance via sudden discovery, via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) exposure of hidden assets
  • Rahu in bhava-6 * passion for conflict, remedies * in swabhava of Busy Budha, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual arguments, defense of victims, conflicts, miseries, medicines, servants, accusation, injustices. Craves an environment of disagreement, injustice, crime. Desires a special, important role in matters of disease, injury, warfare, labor, unfairness, toxicity * Exciting, opportunistic, ambitious enemies. Rahu the Poseur may pose as a victim, a druggist, a litigator, a problem-solver, an abuser, a diseased person, an enslaved person, a relative of the mother's people. Bhava-6 = crime, war, pharmacy, self-medication = a materially successful location for boundary-breeching, risk-rewarding Rahu.

She was a splendid prose writer and energetic publisher receiving broad public acclaim for her literary works, due to risk-rewarding Rahu's ruler the incisive but self-destructive Mangala-Mithuna-8. The writing process was personally transformative and the outcome of the message was socially transformative.

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu-Vrizabha * dissociates from collections, incomplete acquisition, empty values , dissolute treasury, not limited by storage, disarrayed lineage, ignores restriction on speech-voice-sight
  • Ketu in classroom-12 (beneficial) * ambivalent toward enclosures, absentee ancestor spirits, disregards fantasy boundaries, dissolves the isolated sanctuaries, irrelevance of sleep * Ketu facilitates imaginative work by removing the veil between perceptual worlds, ambivalence toward clairsentient empowerment, disinterested in invisibility

Extraordinary Pressure at the time of Suicide

  • Yet she experienced a series of catastrophic mental upheavals leading to suicide.
  • Her suspected bi-polar disorder (in those days, called manic-depression) was kept under cover from her friends and family * lagnesha Budha-8). The extreme mood swings and the almost tangible presence of her tortured mind was often recorded in her private writings .
  • However Shani-yuti-Chandra produed an economically successful  and socially conformist public image. Few knew of her extreme sorrow and emotional exhaustion. In the event of her drowning death, many expressed shock and surprise (8).

Ketu-12 in 2nd-from-Chandra indicates disconnection from the family of origin

mental wandering, repeating narratives of abandonment, and dissociation


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