Drama and Song




Rex Harrison in his most classic cinematic role, as Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady 1964



Musical Theatre

Hollywood Matinee Idol

Rex Harrison

a.k.a. Sir Reginald Carey Harrison MBE

a.k.a. Sexy Rexy

Earth-birth Thursday-05-Mar-1908

dematerialization 02-Jun-1990 (age 82)


musical dramatist of stage and screen * 1908-1990 * Rex Harrison

birth data from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rex_Harrison * tentatively rectified by BP Lama Jyotishavidya

charts + graphs + tables = produced by Shri Jyoti Star * adapted by BP Lama

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativity

Purvazadha * Apah

BPL commentary

For Purva-azadha births of a masculine valence, the condition of sweetly musical, artistic, harmony-seeking, negotiating, balancing, arranging, designing, matching, pairing, sensually pleasuring akarshana-karaka Bright Bhrigu may considerably affect the outcome.

Due to the definitive influence of kalatra-karaka Zukra, gentlemen born into the realms of Bharani-Yamya, Purvaphalguni - Yoni, or Purva-azadha may find that their worldview is greatly shaped by the character of the feminine companion.

For those born into the Zukra-ruled paradigm of Ambudaiva, feminine figures such as sisters, aunts, and wives, along with partnerships, sensual pleasures, arrangements, valuation, pricing, equity, bargains, trades, treaties, trusts, adjustments, justice, finance, artistic beauty, treasuries, alignment, attunement, harmonies, and music, may be especially influential.

Instructional guidance is provided by emissaries from the civilizations of Sinnuntu. Their purpose is expansion of inspirational beauty and melodious sound.

Inspirational diplomatic grace

Purvazadha are often musical entertainers and poets, with a gift for playing many instruments and making lyrical arrangements that appeal to everyday folks. Typically Apah-born are attracted to sacred doctrine. They are self-indulgent and pure of heart. Their complexion may feature a Guru-golden glow. Male births in Asadhash tend toward a discordant costume sense representing the incommensurable agenda of Zukra vs. Guru.

In addition to Zukra endowments in diplomacy, beauty, and musical arrangements, their Guru-influenced humanism and compassion often includes inspirational roles that benefit women, musicians, and creative artists.

Like all Zukra-governed births, Apah-born must take care to avoid the misuse of drugs and alcohol. Ambudaiva's true purpose is inspirational guidance. Yet, Zukra's sweet-seeking may also attract the false balance of intoxication.

Themes of generous arrangements, affluence, favor, harmony, blessing, beauty, artistry, and luxurious indulgence may contextualize Apah's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Purva-azadha

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 86

"... corresponds to rather a low type of character .

One who does not wish for and does not get the gracious things out of life.

  • Stupid, yet ostentatious and vulgar ,

  • with very few educational advantages.

Quarrelsome and low in appearance and manner.

  • While he must, because of educational handicaps,

    go through life as a servant or at best an underling ,

He vainly considers himself above his station in life

  • and will be harsh and dominating

  • but ineffectual if put in authority ."


Harrison playing Dr. Doolittle in the celebrated 1967 musical drama

Biographical Events matched to Vimshottari Dasha calendar


Rex Harrison (dramatist) in 1976

Budha Mahadasha * age birth until age 4.2

Thurs-05-Mar-1908 Earth-birth in Huyton with Roby, Lancastershire, England * Budha-Rahu bhukti ++ Sade-Sati

Ketu Mahadasha * age 4.2 until 11.2

Zukra Mahadasha * age 11.2 until 31.2

1924 (age 16) joined the Liverpool Repertory Theatre * Zukra-Zukra swabhukti

1933 * exchange of marriage vows 1-of-6 with actress Collette Thomas * Zukra-Rahu bhukti * gochara R-K Kumbha-Simha

29-Jan-1934 celebrated the birth of child-1 * Zukra-Guru bhukti

1942 Divorce-1 * Zukra-Ketu chidradasha

Surya Mahadasha * age 31.2 until 37.2

25-Jan-1943 * exchange of marriage vows 2 with German actress Lilli Palmer * Surya-Mangala bhukti * Kuja rules Vrischika swamsha * gochara R-K Karkata-Makara

Chandra Mahadasha * age 37.2 until 47.2

05-July-1948 career-threatening scandal due to suicide of his extramarital amour Carole Landis who killed herself after spending the evening with Harrison * Chandra-Chandra-swabhukti * uttama-Guru-8 parivartamsha Chandra-4 * Chandra rules 8-identity upheaval

1957 Divorce 2 * Chandra-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rogesha rules 6-divorce

22-Jun-1957 exchange of vows in marriage-3 with dramatic actress Kay Kendall * Chandra-Zukra bhukt * R-K gochara Thula-Mesha

Mangala Mahadasha * age 47.21 until 54.2

Sept-1959 dramatic actress Kay Kendall decease from leukemia * Mangala-Guru bhukti

21-Mar-1962 exchange of vows in marriage-4-of-6 with dramatist Rachel Roberts * Mangala-Budha bhukti * R-K gochara via Mithunaya-Dhanuzya

1964 win Academy Award for the cinematic version of My Fair Lady * Mangala-Surya bhukti * Surya rules 9-celebrity fortunes

Rahu MahadashaRahu Mahadasha * age 54.2 until 72.2

1971 Divorce * Rahu-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 2--divorce when the replacement is known

26-Aug-1971 exchange of vows for marriage-5-of-6 with Elizabeth Harris * Rahu-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 2 * R-K gochara Meena-Kanya contact Chandra-Meena

1975 divorce * Rahu-Ketu bhukti

17-Dec-1978 exchange of vows for marriage-6-of-6 with dramatist Marcia Tinker * Rahu-Zukra bhukti * R-K gochara Kanya-Meena contact Chandra-Meena

26-Nov-1980 suicide of 4th wife Rachael Roberts, following Harrison's refusal to re-marry her * Rahu-Chandra bhukti * Chandra rules 8 = scandal, upheaval

Guru MahadashaGuru Mahadasha * age 72.2 until decease age 82

25-July-1989 knighted by UK-Queen 1926- Elizabeth-2 * Guru-Budha bhukti * Budha rules 7 + 1- public honor, recognition

02-Jun-1990 (RH age 82) dematerialization via pancreatic cancer. He was performing in a stage drama at the time of death * Guru-Ketu bhukti

Distinctive features of the nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

  • 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-3 * center of commerce * mercantile intelligence * smart reports * dramatic instructional delivery * creative descriptions * splendid games of manual-skill * self-referential announcements * admirable handcraft * cinematic genius * smart technology * focus on teamwork * entertaining explanations * administrative entitlements * confident writing * eye on process management * regal messaging * bright center of discourse * brilliant gesturing * father may be a businessman-craftsman-communicator
  • Surya-yuti-Budha * confidently conversational * bright messenger * entitled to discuss * creatively intelligent sibling-cohort * discursive father-figure * gestures conduct the spiritual rays of the Sun * radiantly descriptive * articulate in drama * skillful game-player * self-confident announcements * talks about ideals * narrative of power-politics * recites love poems * describes divine romance


Dad = a Liverpool cotton broker. Surya in bhava-11 economic earnings ++ Budha-11 rules 3-commercial business.

Dad was said to have been a partying musical man-about-town, popular but oft unemployed (Surya weakened in Kumbha).


Surya-Kumbha rules 9 = celebrity fortune, theatrical inspiration, father-figures

Surya-Kumbha individualism despite the system. He was more concerned with working to pay his considerable alimony and child-support debts. The tabloid publishers appreciated his ability to produce good copy.(Surya rules 3rd-from-3rd publications)

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka


  • Chandra-Meena * comforted by rhythmic ancestral guidance
  • Chandra in Revatika-Pashu * soothed by wayfaring rhythms * protector of poetic interpretation * needs to feel wisely dreamlike
  • Chandra in classroom-4 * digbala * comfort in familiar routines * calmed by caretaking * seeks continuous oscillating motion * sensitive to ethnic folkways * contented by recurrent rituals * soothed by customary habits * tranquilized by rhythmic waves * needs pulsation * nurtured by gardening * follows local pathways * feels rooted into the land * settled into home-keeping * undulating patriotism
  • Somana-yuti-Shani * nishturabashi yoga * Emotionally constricted * punitive parents * sensitive to class boundaries * soothed by structure * needs rigid routines * heavy maternal workload * comfortable with elders * familiar with hierarchies * fearful mother * calmed by strict rules * feels like a worker
  • uttama-Guru-8 parivartamsha Chandra-4

HarrisonRex_LilliPalmer_1950Life Mag.jpgMOTHER

Mom = a disciplinarian who ran a respectable home. Chandra in classroom-4 suggests an at-home gardener, housewife, and mother.

Somana-yuti-Shani shows social conformity pressure coming from the Mother.

Limited vocal range

RH was not a great singer, but he was a great actor. RH had, by his own account, an exceptionally limited vocal range. Chandra in Revatika grants musical skill, but Somana-yuti-Shani places strict constraints upon its use. RH effective talked through most of his singing parts. The small range that he did possess was deployed with masculine charm, conveying elder grumpiness or social authority with pleasing effect.

Although a known curmudgeon, disliked generally by fellow thespians, RH became a favorite of the theatre critics. His success with the critics may have been due to his ability to musically portray Somana-yuti-Shani roles that were emotionally withholding, intolerant, and overbearing. Just like a critic.

MARRIAGE emotional support partnership

Harrison married a total of six times over a 30-year span.

7th-from-Chandra-12 = suggests that for one playing the husband role (Harrison) the wife-role is fundamentally a private person who keeps his emotional needs to himself. Some marriages are easier than others, but the overall pattern is disagreement from the partner (6) and emotional withdrawal (12) from the self.

Wife-2 Lilli Palmer, represented by his Kuja-yuti-Zukra in 2nd-from-Chandra = bhava-1 iconic personalit, was a famous celebrity actress of the era, was a famous celebrity actress of the era

Chandra Mahadasha * Chandra-12 fantasy, private affairs, suicide scandal

Harrison was a mid-century Matinee idol upon whom the public audience projected their unrestrained fantasies = Chandra-12 + Surya (drama) in 12th-from-Chandra-12

Harrison endured a nearly-career-ending scandal during Chandra-Guru bhukti when his extramarital lady-love committed suicide (12) after spending the evening with Rex.

Also, RH endured a recurring scandal after the suicide of one of his six wives. There was a permanent taboo-association affecting his reputation stemming from his life habit of very married philandery = Randhresha-Mangala-1.

However boosted by the fabulous Chandra-12 parivartamsha uttama-Guru-4, the tabloid press amplifed (Rahu-3 press) the lurid stories and the scandals ultimately added an exciting allure to his Matinee idol aura.

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

  • Mangala-Meza * moolatrikona 0-18 deg. * vigorous pursuit of dominance * straightforward dynamic actions * competitive winner * propulsive battering weaponry * push toward conquest * pioneering vitality * hot yang-energy * thrusting force * forward-driving movement * champion of innovation , innovation
  • Mangala in bhava-5 * drive toward creativity * pursuit of games * invasive drama * dynamic style of flamboyant display * competitive children * energized by romance * political conquests * productive intelligence * push toward speculative adventures
  • Kuja-yuti-Zukra * dual sexuality * energized bargaining * dynamic trading * masculine force joins feminine allure * sweetly harmonized with competitors * champion of equality

Mangala rules Vrischika swamsha

Kuja-yuti-Zukra occupy 2nd-from-Chandra = mother's family

energizes (Kuja) and beautifies (Zukra) his singing voice. Kuja-Bharani is also randhresha and adds a competitive sexual edge to his relationships.

Kuja-yuti-Zukran in 3rd-from-Budha similarly boosts the aesthetic empowerment of spoken roles, explanations, lyricism

Dynamic, pioneering, musical energy drives the life-force

Rex Harrison was a distinguished and rather notorious stage-and-screen dramatist-singer who was engaged in theatrical acting throughout his long and professionally productive life. In fact, he was acting on stage until only a few weeks before his death from pancreatic cancer at age 82.

Harrison's professional reputation was defined by several world-class performances in roles such as Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady (1964) and Doctor Doolittle (1967). These classic cinematic films have remained popular more than 50 years after their first release, due largely to Harrison's sharply articulate and charismatic performances. Harrison played many popular male roles, but he was in particular a master of wry comedy.

Rebirth and self-reinvention randhresha-Kuja-1

In the capricious world of drama, he enjoyed extraordinary professional longevity. He also negotiated ongoing sex-and-death scandals, from his teens until his eighties.

Randhresa Mangala-1 in strength grants the dynamic thrust necessary rebirth and reinvent oneself. By releasing the conventional limits on self-redefinition, one may use the old container (1 body) to hold new energy (8 initiation, rebirth) thus appearing re-born.

Intensely self-focused

Mr. Harrison is generally retrospectively assessed to have suffered the classic patterns of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, which allows a lover to use then scorn the objects of their affection. He was considered both a master of his craft and a bully, who denigrated co-workers, showing special contempt for the leading ladies who threatened to divert attention from the glamour of his performances.

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

  • Budha-Kumbha * connecting communications * systematic pronouncements * articulation of social-scientific networks * descriptive inter-webbed definitions * diagrams the marketplace linkages * futuristic conversations * messages about communities * discusses economic transactions * explains large-scale social participation linkage * skilled weaving + knitting * hands-arms-shoulders make connective gestures
  • Budha in bhava-3 * narrative of cohort collaboration * chatty siblings * articulate announcements * discusses commerce * instructions for management * conversations about information technology * clever programming * logical reporting * superficial administration * handles information * skillful printing * scripted dialog * text instructions * writes lyrics * detailed media-messaging * communication tactics * explains marketing * quick manufacturing * descriptive process * signaling gestures
  • Budha-yuti-Surya * amusing explanations * central roles in communication * brightly clear descriptions * dramatic enunciation * confidently delivers instruction * articulation of radiant certainty * political messenger * talkative father-figures

Budha-Kumbha suffers moudhya-dosha which afflicts bhav a-3 and bhava-6 with a narrative of weak critical thinking (3) and disagreeable relationships (6). Emotionally, Budha rules both yuvathibhava-7 AND 7th-from-Chandra, suggesting that the area of life most impacted by the combust Budha = relationships. rules both yuvathibhava-7 AND 7th-from-Chandra, suggesting that the area of life most impacted by the combust Budha = relationships.

Budha-yuti-Surya-3 ensemble groupworks


Harrison was loved by theatrical audiences due to the regal celebrity of his high-visibility communicative craft and the charmingly humorous precision of his speech. He particularly excelled in roles representing linguists and masters of speech * such as Professor Higgins and Doctor Doolittle * Rahu-Mithunaya-7 ++ Rahu drishti to Budha-3


Harrison had substantial debt from alimony following his numerous divorces. Rogesha-6 Budha divorce yuti vidyapathi-5 Surya romance propelled a spinning cycle of romantic, poetic conquest.

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

Lagnesha for Dhanuzya radical lagna

  • Guru-Karkata * uttama * big shelters * many caretakers * many provisions * benevolent routines * believes in the comfortable old ways * diverse security * expansive patriotism * broad understanding of local cultures * develops gardens * prosperous settlements * multiple dwellings * many patronizing parent-figures
  • Guru in bhava-8 * much secrecy * many sudden changes * many confidences * multiple trauma events * numerous identity transformations * generous in-laws * extensive tantra * expansion of undisclosed forces * abundance of initiations * many mysteries * generation of emergencies * hidden teachers * believes in invasive healing * patron of rejuvenating surgeries * in a wifely nativity, husband-figure may be a secretive healer
  • uttama-Guru-8 parivartamsha Chandra-4

Guru in bhava-8 rules-the emotionally dignified , social-ordering, leadership-seeking; 10th-from-Chandra

Dhanushyaa-1 physical appearance, identity, personality =-containing Ketu.

Guru in bhava-8 indicates numerous secret relationships and hidden assets.

Atmakaraka Chandra-4 parivartamsha uttama-Guru-8

Guru trine to Chandra produces numerous children

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

  • Zukra-Meza * appreciation of direct movement * likes innovation * attracted to champions * pleasures of conquest * kinetic sensuality * dominant partner * sweetly competitive * aristocratic agreements
  • Zukra-5 * seeks pleasure via refined gaming * enjoys center-stage beauty * creative feminine-figures * pleasing children * financially talented students-and-children * graciously political environments * aesthetic designs to adorn the heart * graceful solar plexus * dramatic relationships * sweet celebrity romance * delights in fine arts * appreciation of entitlements
  • Zukra-yuti-Mangala * sweetened conquests * gracious competition * appreciation for pioneering innovation * aesthetic of sporting interactions * proactive negotiations * musical brother-figure * competitive contracts * accommodating sexuality * prefers relationships with energetic partners, pursuit of new  arrangements, relationships with masculines and  feminines, athletic beauty

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

  • Shani-Meena * heavy old dreams * socially responsible imagination * fear of vast waters * mandatory dreamwork * aging affects the bedroom * structural compression upon aching feet * strictly imposed sanctuary * endures proletarian prayer * slow elder diviners * limited access to ancient ancestor guides * pragmatically constrained intuition * must sustain the astral vision * scarce contemplative resources
  • Shani in Bhava-4 * slowly time-structured life foundations * must maintain the cultural roots * required to defend boundaries * survives with minimal shelter * cautious mother-figures * proletarian childhood * normalized parenting * orderly education * caretaker's fatigue * chronic household scarcity * strict folk customs * resists domestic innovation * reinforces predictable routines * elders maintain the ancient ritual austerities
  • Shani-yuti-Chandra * nishturabhashi yoga * social resistance to natural rhythms * imposition of pragmatic routines * delayed (but not denied) parenting * class-conscious mother * limited creature-comforts * parental policing * obligatory caretaking duties *emotional withholding * punitive parents * class-structured ethnicity * uncomfortable discipline * oppressed sensitivities * dries-freezes the flow of nourishing liquids * needs regulatory order * blocked feelings * must earn emotional affection

Left Eye

  • Shani-4 partially blind in left eye = result of childhood measles

Shani assists mid-life and elder career

Working until the last moment * Nishturabhashi Yoga

Shani ruling 10-11 suggests ability to work professionally even into elder years Shani rules the emotionally associative, community-linking, economically fruitful, profit-regulated, friendly, participatory, goal-oriented, socially-networked 11th-from-Chandra somewhat reducing the overall income.

Shani drishti upon Dhanuzya the emotionally dignified , social-ordering, leadership-seeking; 10th-from-Chandra while Shani-yuti-Chandra is evidenced by the characteristics of age benefitting his career.10th-from-Chandra while Shani-yuti-Chandra is evidenced by the characteristics of age benefitting his career.

Harrison famously ascended when his forehead became furrowed with the lines of age. His most successful professional bhukti occurred when he was eligible to enact middle-aged and elder male roles such as Professor Higgins (a sixty-ish teacher) and Doctor Doolittle (a wizened, experienced veterinarian)

Unpleasantly critical; few friendsUnpleasantly critical; few friends

Shani-12 controls friendships Surya-Budha-11

During his sixty-year career, Harrison's fellow actors admired his achievements . Yet, they often complained of his sharply critical, unforgiving, domineering and demanding behavior * Nishturabhashi Yoga emotionally insensitive, judgmental, withholding affection

He was considered a difficult man to work with. Colleagues complained that Harrison was lacking empathy toward the needs of others and unappreciative of the gifts of others. In other words, his public perfectionism combined with private intolerance defines a textbook narcissist.

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

"there's no such thing as bad publicity" * Rahu-3 (publications) drishti into 7-9-11

  • Arudra double-power * Rahu-Mithunaya * shimmering illusion of cooperation * craving for conversation * mask of messaging * boundary-breeching broadcasts * extraordinary explanations * ambitious administration * preposterous propaganda * fascinating evangelism * extravagant commercial transactions * marvelous advertising * thrilling photographs * unusual ensembles * exciting cohort * mesmerizing instructions * over-reaching management * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of information delivery * sensational scripts * riveting documentation * exceptional business methods * seeks privilege via communicator-roles
  • Rahu in bhava-7 * passion for partnership * in swabhava of Suave Zukra, the Shadowy Specter seeks opportunity via boundary-breeching arrangements * expedient use of the law-courts * amplified bargains * extraordinary relationships * glamorous promises * outsider who cleverly insinuates into pairing roles * desires important brokerage roles * unorthodox negotiations * fascinating match-making * thrilling unions * non-standard pacts * opportunistic attorneys * trespasses the cultural boundaries of contractual equity * clever covenants * instrumentally agreed exchange valuation * captivating appearance of fair terms * mixed race-class-creed-gender-age in marriage * may pose as the Perfect Partner * self-promoting deal-maker * mesmerizing diplomat * appears as an agreeable advocate * seeks privilege via instrumental alliances

Rahu-7 drishti to Budha-yuti-Surya-3

The tabloid celebrity press (3) eagerly developed Harrison's sensational relationship stories to increase their readership. However, unlike a political career, a dramatic entertainment career often benefits from the publicity of am unseemly scandal. So it was with Harrison, whose six marriages and much extramarital mischief were excoriated by moral critics scandal. So it was with Harrison, whose six marriages and much extramarital mischief were excoriated by moral critics but celebrated by his delighted audiences (11 fanclubs).

Surya-Kumbha rules 5-romance. Surya is confident to operate outside conventional hierarchies, giving readers the salacious romance stories that they wanted to read and criticize (Budha critic). The fan-base network exemplifies the thespian's slogan "there's no such thing as bad publicity".

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

  • Ketu-Dhanuzya * philosophically dissociates from sacred convictions * odd professors * dissolves indoctrination * empty paradigm of belief *  dispersed worldview * not limited by conventional beliefs * eccentric teachings * peculiar convictions * ignores restricted catechesis * releases a warm golden  cloud of broad inclusivity into the misty abyss
  • Ketu in classroom-1 * eccentric expression of the fleshly container * oddly unique identity * ambivalent toward kinetic movement * incoherent embodiment * other-defined chameleon * surrenders individual completeness * identity depends upon Important Others (Rahu-7) * liberation via abdication of birthrights

Ketu in 10th-from-Chandra is a shape-shifter. Harrison was reputed as much for his divorces (Ketu) and disregard for convention (Ketu) as for his positive talents.

Harrison occasionally mentioned his disinterested in conventional theologies. Not a church-goer.

Mr. Harrison lived largely in a state of creative disconcern for the moral outrage that his lifestyle provoked


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