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1890-1931 * General Electric Company

Entrepreneur of Electricity

Thomas Alva Edison

Earth-birth Thursday-11-Feb-1847

dematerialization 18-Oct-1931 (age 84)


Electrical product developer * salesman * Thomas Alva Edison * 1847-1931

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Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities


Mraga * Marga-ziraza * Agrahayani * Ena-ziras

BPL commentary

For Mriga-zirshana births of a masculine valence, the condition of pioneering, direct, yang-energy, forward-pushing bhratru-karaka Mangala may considerably affect the outcome.

For those born into the paradigm of Mangala-ruled Invaka, brother-figures, warriors, hunters, athletes, dancers, champions, challengers, inventors, explorers, dis-coverers, engineers, drivers, drillers, diggers, exploders, aggressors, pursuers, competitions and battles may be especially influential.

Instructional guidance is provided by the civilizations of Orion. Their purpose is to promote engaging, instinctive messages that conquer, compete, startle, stimulate, pioneer, attack, and provoke.

Verbally Incisive and Commanding

Gentlemen born within a nakshatra of Mangala are gifted with a knack for competition. Shrewd, verbally intimidating, and goal-directed in Mriga-Sirasa, they strive for dominance within their cohort. Mriga are often found in business management, commercial finance, sales, marketing, advertising, script-writing, publishing, propaganda, cinema, and media-communications.

Kuja-ruled Mriga-zirasa chaps tend to be pro-active, and energetic in pursuit of the win. Although their physique could be quite heavyset, their agility is surprising. Agrahayani-born are often found in politics, manufacturing, media-messaging, and commerce, especially in sales, marketing, and advertising roles where their energy delivers competitive advantage.

Mraga are often accurate marksmen, able to handle weapons and metal equipment. Agrahayani fellows may have a special affinity for quadruped animals, bands of brothers, and soldiers. Due to the crystalline structure of their noses, Mraga-born have an extraordinarily acute sense of smell.

Vrishabha - Urisha pada 1-2 represent the 7-12 angle and the Zukra-Kuja attraction. Those born in pada 1-2 pursue artistic communications, legal contracts, equity, and brokerage in secluded enclosures, such as research laboratories, private rooms, or the imagination. They have special gifts for fantasy, imagery, and distant worlds. Their goal is the formation of vitally valuable partnerships. Depending upon Yogakaraka Shani ruler of 9+10, the Vrishabha pada of Krittika have a stronger propensity toward governance roles,

Mithunaya-Dvamdva pada 3-4 represent the 6-11 angle and the Budha-Kuja tension. Pada 3-4 are profit-driven and not averse to theft or breaking contracts for advantage. They have a special gift for marketplace systems. Friends (11) and enemies (6) have equal influence. Pada 3-4 may focus on friendships, economics, and dominating the competition..

Themes of forward movement, group activity, and sporting competition may contextualize Mriga's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Mrigazirshana-Invaka.

QUOTATION from: Shil-Ponde.(1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 80

"Unless other testimonies in the chart predominate to modify the effect of Mraga rising,

  • these people may be very unpleasant characters.

They are inclined to be misanthropic in their attitude toward life and people.

  • They seem always to see the worst side of people and of conditions.

They are suspicious of other peoples' motives

  • and even vicious at times.

Unless checked, these thoughts will lead to vicious action

  • and they can be quite dangerous to others whom they dislike.

Possibly this attitude is caused and aggravated by some permanent organic disability

  • which is usually the lot of those who are born with Mraga rising."


Thomas Edison in 1878 (age 31)

Biographical details matched to Vimshottari Dasha calendar


young Mary Edison, perhaps near her wedding year, age 16

Ketu Mahadasha * age birth until age 2.1

11-Feb-1847 Earth-birth in Milan, Ohio, USA * Ketu-Shani bhukti

Zukra Mahadasha * age 2.1 until age 22.1

Surya Mahadasha * age 22.1 until age 28.1

09-Apr-1871 (TAE age 24) grieved the decease of mother * Surya-Guru bhukti * Guru rules 4th-from-Chandra burial, end of things

25-Dec-1871 (TAE age 24) exchange the vows of marriage-1 witho Mary Stilwell (Mary age 16) * Surya-Guru bhukti * Guru rules navamsha-7 * gochara R-K via Vrizabha-Vrischika contact Urisha lagna

18-Feb-1873 (TAE age 25) first child Mario Estelle * Surya-Budha bhukti * Budha rules 5-children

1874 (TAE age 27) quadruplex telegraph * Surya-Zukra bhukti * Zukra lagnesha * Zukra rules gainful 11th-from-Chandra-8

Chandra Mahadasha * age 28.1 until age 38.1

Aug-1878 (TAE age 31) admitted as member # 162, into the Theosophical Society of Secret Doctrine 1831-1891 Theosophy Helena Blavatsky

22-Oct-1879 (TAE age 32) obtains US Patent for incandescent light bulb * Chandra-Shani bhukti * yogakaraka Shani

09-Aug-1884 (TAE age 37) decease of first wife Mary Edison (her age 29) * Chandra-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 2th-from-7th-from-Chandra

Mangala Mahadasha * age 38.1 until age 45.1

24-Feb-1886 (TAE age 39) exchange the vows of marriage-2 with Mina Miller (Mina age 20) * Mangala-Rahu bhukti

Rahu Mahadasha * age 45.1 until age 63.1

26-Feb-1896 (TAE age 49) grieved decease of father * Rahu-Guru bhukti * Guru rules 12th-from-9th

Guru mahadasha * age 63.1 until age 79.1

Shani Mahadasha * age 79.1 until decease age 84

18-Oct-1931 (TAE age 84) dematerialization * Shani-Budha bhukti * maraka Budha rules-2

Distinctive Features of the Nativity


Mahadasha bhukti of Chandra, Mangala, Rahu, and Guru

Chandra-Mangala yoga gives most fruits during Chandra Mahadasha age 28-38 followed by Mangala Mahadasha age 38-45

Edison brought to market a stunning string of patented inventions in the first half of his life from his early 20's until his mid 40's. By the end of his 4th decade Yet, relatively few successes proportional to his large aspirations and huge funding, and by the onset of Rahu Mahadasha he produced no further inventions. Rather, he lived richly from royalties and patents.

Edison maintained an iconic public profile via the respectable, wealthy, intelligent complex of Shani-Zukra-Surya. He delivered speeches and proclamations via Budha-9 also ruled by the authoritative Shani-10-Shasaya Yoga. But investors began to lose their confidence in his judgment.

Mahadasha of Rahu started Edison's age 45. Rahu enjoys vargottamsha in bhava-6 D-1 AND in the treasury-indicating navamsha-2. Rahu drishti to Shani-Zukra-Surya amplifying the results of 1-4-6-9-10 and funneling those results into bhava-6 opportunities from lawsuits and appropriations.

By the time of the onset of Rahu Mahadasha, Mr. Edison had essentially stopped producing new ideas (which were in most cases actually new combinations of other people's ideas).

Yet mahadasha of Rahu-6 (the most productive location for Rahu generally) brought an era of remarkable material gainfulness.

Edison's repertoire of patents and licenses continued to pay handsome dividends throughout the subsequent Guru mahadasha. Edison continued to work in his laboratory every day, albeit producing little in the way of invention. Despite the health problems associated with Guru in 6th-from-Chandra, Professor Guru as ruler of 8-11 provided continuous income from providential sources.

Surya * pitri-karaka (father) * jyoti-karaka (light)

  • Surya-Kumbha * Arka * the radiator * radio * brightly charismatic confidence of Center-stage Surya radiates through the linking networked connecting rashi of Shani
  • Surya in bhava-10 * digbala * bright center of hierarchy * confidently governing * legislative intelligence * focus on social order * regulatory entitlements * political authority * brilliant career * eye on elite positions * radiant reputation * sparkling center of the leadership drama * father may be a governor-regulator-boss
  • Surya-yuti-Zukra * confidently harmonious * brightly creative bargainer * uniquely intelligent feminine-figures * entitled to pleasures * aesthetic expressions align with the spiritual rays of the Sun * financial politics * graciously creative * dramatic promises * radiantly diplomatic * self-reflexively attractive * father may be artist-broker-arranger
  • Surya-yuti-Shani * confidently lawful * bright regulator * entitled to impose order * politically intelligent authority-figures * radiantly systematic * sober hierarchical strict father-figure * cautiously orderly expression of the spiritual rays of the Sun * limited entertainments * creatively disciplined

Surya Arudha lagna * bhava-4 local infrastructure: homes, buildings, streets, cities-and-towns

Surya located in the sales-marketing-administrative 3rd-from-Chandra

Chandra * matrikaraka (mother) * garha-karaka (village)

  • Chandra-Dhanuzya * comforted by customary beliefs * settled into rhythmic received teachings * needs to feel wisely guided
  • Chandra in Mula-Vichruta * * protectors of the eternal root vortex * soothed by pure emptiness * feels like a galactic pilgrim
  • Chandra in classroom-8 * comfortable with crisis * familiar with catastrophe * feels the pulse of cyclical rebirth * soothed by secrecy * revolutionary sentiment * accustomed to frequent upheaval * seeks deeply rhythmic initiation * acculturated to exploration * occult sensitivities * needs eruptive energies * nourished by non-disclosure * emotionally attuned to trauma * undulating shakti-shocks
  • Somana-yuti-Kuja * Emotionally pro-active * sensitive to brotherly figures * needs to win * comforted by direct forward movement * invigorates the undulating routine * soothed by pioneering innovation * competitive mother * calmed by routine exercise * feels like a champion


Mom suffered an increasingly debilitating mental illness with violent episodes. * Mula-Chandra yuti Mula-Mangala in the spasmodic, erupting 8th bhava

MARRIAGE partnership support expectations


  • = bhava-2 = marriage-1
  • focus on family lineage values-fulfillment

8th-from-7th-from-Chandra-8 = 2nd-from-Chandra

  • = bhava-9 = marriage-2
  • focus on celebrity


Zukra accepting drishti of Rahu, representing wife 1-of-2.

Zukra-lagnesha and Zukra rules-6 illness, suggesting both identity with and ailments besetting wife-1. Ruler of 7th-from-Chandra Mithunaya = Budha-9 in 3rd-from-7 suggesting a that the partner may be a shop clerk, business administrator, or hand-crafter. Edison met Mary her age 16 as she was working as a young clerk in one of his shops.

In her early 20's, Mary Edison developed several serious illnesses including Bright's Disease = diabetes type-1, along with alcoholism and depression. In those days the condition was nearly always fatal. She died from an overdose of morphine which was commonly prescribed to treat both physical and emotional distress. She died aged 29, a mother of three.


Edison's second wife is represented by atmakaraka Budha in 2nd-from-Chandra and also by Shani, which holds the second-highest degree in the Zukra cluster (showing three wives; However, the one represented by Surya at zero-deg was not publically visible). The 20-year-old daughter of his business associate became the second lifepartner. Wife-2 Mina Edison was a capable manager (Budha) of their large household (Shani). They enjoyed an affluent retirement (Surya-10 rules 4-retirement).

Kuja * bhratru-karaka (brother) * virya-karaka (virile)

* Vimala yoga

  • Mangala-Dhanuzya * vigorous development of humanistic worldview * energized inspiration * thrust toward doctrinal expansion * proactive teaching-preaching * promotes philosophical globalism * champion of broad understanding * pursues patronage
  • Mangala in bhava-8 * drive toward discovery * pursuit of rebirth * revolutionary dynamics * aggressive approach to emergency events * energetic transformations * urge to dig-drill -dive-excavate-plumb-explode-explore * vigorous revelations * explosive eruptions * unexpected force * pushes through camouflage * mysterious conquests * pro-active rejuvenating surgeries
  • Kuja-yuti-Chandra * invigorated feelings * energized intuition * dynamic nurturance * competitive caretaking * often the dominant parent * needs to win * forward thrusting emotions * seeks security via conquest

Kuja-8 rules 12 = Viparita Raja Yoga Vimala Yoga

A volatile mom (Chandra in classroom-8 ++ a drive to discovery Mangala in bhava-8 propelled TAE into a self-promoting role as a genius inventor.

However, he was less of a brilliant inventor and more of a genius of aggressive pursuit of legal copyright. (Mangala rules 7 legal contracts).

Mangala-Mula-8 occupies 4th-from-Chandra schooling, mother

General Electric 1847-1931 Thomas Edison had a psycho-mentally disordered mother and was expelled from elementary school (Mangala). Nevertheless his Chandra-Mangala-yoga brings security and comfort from the mother. She homeschooled her rambunctious son and with opportunistic Rahu-6 in 3rd-from-4th she taught him to think in terms of projects. He later generated thousands of projects.

Budha * jamayah-karaka (sibling) * sandeza-karaka (message) * zisya-karaka (student)

  • Budha-Makara-Draco * bureaucratic communications * articulation of lawfully orderly process * proletarian phrasing * delivers procedure for imposing rules * descriptive explanations of the social order * messages about governance * documentation of regulatory procedures * diagrams the hierarchies * status-conscious mentality * hands-arms-shoulders send normalizing gestures, conventional gestures
  • Budha in bhava-9 * narrative of father-figure * witty guru * celebrated communicator * repeats the catechism * reiterates the doctrine * skillful grandchildren * discusses patronage * detailed articulation of worldview * explains the paradigm of belief * talks about sacred texts * examines the dharma * interprets theoretical claims * delivers quick sermons * logical investigations into philosophical truths * chatty priests * religious dialogues

Professor Budha atmakaraka = explanations, litigation, sales * uttama in Kanya Svamsha

Budha rules 2-5 and Budha occupies 9 = a fortunate dhana-yoga indicating faith in speculative ventures

Budha rules 10th navamsha and within the navamsha uttama-Budha-1

Budha occupies 2nd-from-Chandra indicating a significantly younger second marriage partner. When they married in 1886, he was aged 39; she was aged 20.

Guru * dhava-karaka (husband) * bahuta-karaka (variety)

  • Guru-Urisha * optimistic about capitalization * big hoard * many voices * many collections * believes in history * doctrine of values fulfillment * permission for pleasure * financial guidance * many cattle * expands the scope of voice-speech-song * multiple treasuries
  • Guru in bhava-1 * dig-bala * much vitality * philosophical personality * permission for unrestricted action * generous disposition * numerous identities * expands the scope of competition * many cheerful sporting activities * believes in birthright * expansive aura * extra height-or-girth * embodiment of tolerant cheer * a patron of personal benefit * in a wifely nativity, husband-figure may be an expander-philanthropist-benefactor

Brihaspati occupies the radical Vrizabha lagna and Brihaspati occupies 6th-from-Chandra * suggesting Edison's lifetime concern with diabetes and kidney-related hearing loss

On the plus side for business, Guru is generously stationed to accommodate the contentious world of accusatory lawsuits. Guru in 6th-from-Chandra Mula indicates the large volume (Guru) of litigation that Edison used to overwhelm his competitors. His patents were often challenged by other inventors working on identical devices, but Edison nearly always triumphed through diligent court appearances during a lifetime of unending lawsuits.

Zukra * svadu-karaka (sweet) * kalatra-karaka (wife)

lagnesha for Urisha radical lagna

  • Zukra-Kumbha * appreciation of social networks * likes knitting-knotting * attracted to marketplace revenues * pleased by large-group connectivity * prefers a friendly partner * collectivist arrangements * enjoys regulated systems * sweetly gracious within big crowds * scientific aesthetic * financially balanced economic linkage
  • Zukra-10 * seeks pleasure via regulated order * enjoys regulatory authority * socially prominent contractual agreements * reputation for gracious balancing * institutional finance * respects feminine-figures * harmonious governance * aesthetic of beautiful structures * appreciation of order * in a husbandly nativity, wife-figure may hold an elite social position
  • Zukra-yuti-Surya * balanced roles in drama * appreciation for political display * pleasantly charming * self-focused diplomacy * radiant bright beauty * self-reflexive bargaining * sweet entitlements * negotiating father-figure * self-directed arrangements * focus on trade exchange * solipsistic romance * idealistic contracts * enjoys the game of deal-making * prefers self-confident partners
  • Zukra-yuti-Shani * sweetly serious deal-making * mature relationships * graciously responsible * beautiful bones * appreciation for neutrality * strict negotiations * pleasant legal mediation * rigorous bargaining * enduring agreements * regulated contracts * architectural elegance * pragmatic design * lawful arrangements * realistic finance * prefers relationships with orderly partners * in a husbandly nativity, preference for a seasoned, class-conscious wife

Commercial Partnerships

Zukra located in the emotionally motivated evangelical communicative cohort instructive descriptive team-working administrative managerial announcing publishing reporting explanatory conversational lyrical messaging 3rd-from-Chandra assists the obtainment of partnerships in business

Shani * duro-karaka (endurance) * jara-karaka (years)

Shasaya Yoga

  • Shani-Kumbha * moolatrikona 0-20 deg * heavy old economic systems * obliged to conform to marketplace rules * pressure to maintain social linkage * structural compression upon skin-nerves-ankles * mandatory electro-magnetic networking * regulated revenues * lawfully distributed earnings * must materialize past-to-future gridwork * must sustain lowest-common-denominator connections * proletarian communities * conventional friendships * elderly mentors * slowly achieves social-material goals * scarce conductive resources
  • Shani in Bhava-10 (beneficial placement) * steady time-structured rulership * must regulate the old order * maintains dignified reputation * grim determination to sustain governance * burdensome social-authority roles * chronic weighty executive duties * heavy decision-making portfolio * upholds conventional hierarchies * oppressed by lack of freedom to choose social policies * resistance to new rules * intolerance for institutional innovation * leadership fatigue * elders maintain high ranking duties
  • Shani-yuti-Surya * social resistance to individual creativity * pragmatic politics * class-conscious father * limited unearned entitlements * delayed (but not denied) romance * conventionalized theatrical displays * restrained flamboyance * disciplined intelligence * cautious willpower * socially-approved expressions of divine brilliance
  • Shani-yuti-Zukra * resistance against equity * limited luxuries * orderly feminine figures * pragmatic finance * contractual discipline * socially constrained harmony * conventionally regulated pleasures * trust in age * mutuality over time * class-structured arrangements

Shani yogakaraka rules 9-10

Stoic Shani rules 2-3 from Shani treasury and business

Shani located in the sales-marketing-administrative 3rd-from-Chandra assists the public conduct of respectable business

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

  • Rahu-Thula * shimmering illusion of balance * craving for trade * mask of fairly bargained contracts * over-reaching arrangements * marvelous deals * mixed-measure balance * mirage of deal-making * extraordinary terms of agreement * fascinating alliances * ambitious diplomacy * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of negotiation, equity-assurance * seeks privilege via advocacy, counseling, adviser-roles
  • Rahu in bhava-6 * (beneficial placement) * passion for conflict-and-remedies * in svabhava of Busy Budha, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via unfair environments * glamorous ministries of service * unusual servants * exotic arguments * thrilling accusations * medications for miseries * fascinating injustices * outsider who cleverly insinuates into military-medical-ministry roles * craves disagreement * fascinating mistreatments * desires an important role in litigation * exciting injuries * opportunistic warfare * mesmerizing slaveries * marvelous assistance to the disadvantaged * seeks self-promotion via betrayal * may pose as a problem-solver * wears the mask of a laborer * appears as a helpful relative of the mother's people

Rahu-6 indicates success in adversarial proceedings . Edison's patents were regularly involved in lawsuits.

Risk-rewarding Rahu occupies the emotionally associative, community-linking, economically fruitful, revenue-regulating, friendly, participatory, goal-oriented, socially-networked 11th-from-Chandra

Rahu Opportunism * Fraud or Legerdemain

Many of his most financially successful licensing conquests began as Edison sprinted to the patent office mere minutes before his competitors.

Rahu-6 often indicates fascinating enemies, which was certainly true of Edison. His Mula-Chandra did not care a whit. However, one of his most famous enemies My Inventions 1856-1943 Nikola Tesla never stopped declaring that Edison was a cheat and a fraud who stole others' ideas and by promoting the miserable Alternating Current had put greed before social benefit.

Ketu * * kavandha-karaka (headless) * chidra-karaka (gaping) * vasana-karaka (vacuum)

  • Ketu-Meza * physically dissociates from competitive dominance * incomplete nobility * eccentric innovations * unconventional athletics * heroic push forward into nothingness * dissolute conquest * not limited by blood or birth * ignores restrictions on kinetic movement * releases a blood-red cloud of dynamic energy into the misty abyss
  • Ketu in classroom-12 (beneficial) * eccentric research * limitless imagination * scattered intuitive insights * ambivalent toward foreigners * peculiar paternal grandmother * blurs fantasy boundaries * unstructured meditations * passive isolation * foggy clairsentience * releases invisibility * dissolves privacy * abandons the veil between perceptual worlds * ignores imprisonment * unless other graha in 12, may prefer to live free from the father's parents

Ketu-12 in 5th-from-Chandra would suggest that Edison was disengaged from his offspring. His eldest son suffered from alcoholism and mental illess, and this son eventually committed suicide.

Edison was said to have been an absentee husband and father (Ketu-5 disregards children). On a daily basis he went early into his lab, remained there all day, and returned at night only for food, drink, and marital accommodation. He occasionally disappeared into his lab for days at a time. Both his wives were very young when he married them (Budha yuvati-pati) and both were said to have suffered from his spousal negligence.


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