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Five marriages, five divorces

notable substance addiction

significant mental-health issues


Dennis Hopper in 1969, playing the iconic sneering "Easy Rider" role

Hollywood dramatist

film director

fine-arts painter

art collector


Counterculture Icon

Dennis Hopper

Earth-birth Sunday-17-May-1936

dematerialization 29-May-2010 [age 74]



cinematic director

fine-arts painter



Dennis Hopper

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Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Viśākha - Radha

Indra-agni - Aindra-agna - Zkragni - Satragni - Sadvhava - Vaikaasi - Vaigasi - Visagaam

BPL commentary

For Viśākha births of a masculine valence, the condition of prosperous, preaching, inclusive, broad-scope, philosophical, humanistic Brihaspati may considerably affect the outcome. Masculine births under auspice of Puna, Viśākha, or Purvabhadra may find that their worldview is greatly shaped by the character of priestly teachers and guides.

For those born into the Guru-ruled paradigm of Radhika, 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.

Guided by patrons from the civilizations of Saka. Their purpose is facilitation of shocking insights by lightning-strike and expansive growth by root-splitting..

High forehead. Saptarishi-ruled births come equipped with a global perspective. The majority of Viśākha nativities are higher dimensional Seva-wanderers who assume interpretive guidance roles.


Vṛścika Pada-4 emphasizes Guru's rulership of 2-affluence, collections ++ 5-creativity, entitlement, politics. Pada 4 enjoys the spirited compatibility between Guru's optimism + Kuja's kinetic movement. Pada-4 has a broad understanding of the ultimate power of transformative beliefs . Pada-4 are often found in teaching and healing work, especially with the sexual-reproductive energies. They also work with explosive-expansive forces such as dynamite and lightning.

Themes of shocking growth via beliefs, widening expansion via root-splitting, and fertilization via jolts of electromagnetic shakti may contextualize Viśākha's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Viśākha - Rādhā

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. [1939] . Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 97.

" ... Aggressiveness and impatience.

These people are overbearing in their desire to get things done.

They are very active but not popular,

  • since their manner causes people to actively dislike them

  • and to resent their extreme aggressiveness.

they are very proud

  • and because of this, they take offense easily at some fancied slight.

their anger makes enemies of people who might cooperate with them, if treated differently.

they will overcome their enemies through sheer force of character,

  • but such people will still remain enemies .

Tact and kindness are qualities which they should try to develop."


Dennis Hopper at Cannes 2008

Biographical events matched to the Vimshottari Dasha

Budha Mahadasha * age birth-age 7

17-May-1936 Earth-birth in Dodge City, Kansas, USA * Budha-Rahu bhukti * dvadasa Sade-Sati

Feb-1937 until Apr-1939 Janma Sade-Sati Meena

Ketu Mahadasha * age 7-14

[Shukra Mahadasha] age 14-34

1954 [DH age 18] career begins with first television role , followed by recognized television and cinema roles * Shukra-Mangala bhukti * Mangala lagnesha

Aug-1961 [DH age 25] consecration of marriage-1-of-5 with actress Brooke Hayward * Shukra-Shani bhukti * Shani activates Makara svamsha * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Simha-Kumbha contact navamsha Chandra

26-Jun-1962 [DH age 26] celebrated the birth of child-1 daughter Marin Hopper * Shukra-Shani bhukti [likely not first child]

Apr-1966 until Jun-1968 Janma Sade-Sati Meena

[Surya Mahadasha]

1969 [DH age 31] divorce from alliance-1 * Surya-Mangala bhukti * Kuja rogesha ++ dvithya Sade-Sati

1969 [DH age 33] co-writer + director + actor in the counterculture classic film Easy Rider. DH portrayed a macho, oppositional-defiant motorcycle personality that became emblematic for 1960's anti-establishment attitude * Surya-Rahu bhukti ++ dvithya Sade-Sati

31-Oct-1970 [DH age 36] consecration of marriage-2-of-5 with the celebrated singer, Michelle Phillips * Surya-Guru bhukti * Guru activates Rahu-2

08-Nov-1970 [DH age 36] divorce from alliance-2, following eight days of marriage - Surya-Guru bhukti * Guru activates Rahu-2

1972 [DH age 38] marriage 3-of-5 with actress [later, expressive arts therapist] Daria Halprin, until -1976 * Surya-Shani bhukti * Shani activates Makara svamsha

[Chandra Mahadasha] *age 38-48

1979 [DH age 45] following a string of critical failures, wins acclaim for portraying a photojournalist in Apocalypse Now * Chandra-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 11th-from-5, achievement in a drama-role

07-Aug-1982 [DH age 46] grieved decease of father * Chandra-Shukra bhukti* Shukra enables Mangala activates pitrimaraka 7th-from-Surya

1983 following a publicized rage-wander in the Mexican desert following his father's death, DH enters drug rehabilitation for the first time * Chandra-Shukra bhukti* Shukra -6 intoxication rules 12-rehab retreat

Mangala Mahadasha * age 49-56

1989 [DH age 53] begins lifetime sobriety [no alcohol no drugs] * Mangala-Ketu bhukti * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Kumbha-Simha contact navamsha Chandra

17-Jun-1989 [DH age 53] consecration of marriage 4-of-5 with actress [dancer, choreographer] Katherine LaNasa * Mangala-Shukra bhukti

[Rahu Mahadasha] * age 56-74

Apr-1992 [DH age 56] divorce 4-of-5 * Rahu-Rahu svabhukti

Jun-1995 until Apr-1998 Janma Sade-Sati Meena

13-Apr-1996 [DH age 60 ] consecration of marriage 5-of-5 with actress Victoria Duffy * Rahu-Guru bhukti * Guru activates Dhanus svamsha ++ Sade-Sati

12-Jan-2007 [DH age 71] grieved the decease of mother - Rahu-Surya bhukti - Surya activates 7th-from-4th

[Guru Mahadasha] age 74 until decease age 74

Jan-2010 [DH age 74] begin proceedings for divorce 5-of-5 accompanied by vicious accusations on both sides * Guru-Guru svabhukti

29-May-2010 [DH age 74] dematerialization * Guru-Guru svabhukti * maraka Guru dhanapati-2

Salient features of the nativity


pitri-karaka [father] * jyoti-karaka [light]

[dutiful-hierarchical karmesha for Vṛścika indriya-lagna]

[self-referential in elite-focused relationships]

[must have dignity in contractual arrangements]

[marriage-1 partner resembles executive father]

[lifepartnership with governing politician-dramatist-speculator-creative]

[marriage focused on respected attention-getting lifepartner]

[high-visibility father holds institutional authority]

[father-figure may hold financial responsibilities]

[bright center of entreasured parterships]

[confident brokerage of shared resource arrangements]

[genius for funding contracts]


[populist Krittika-3] [navamsha Surya-Kumbha] intuitively confident community-commons economic distribution systems


  • [Surya-Urisha] Ravaye - the noisy one, the roaring one [Ravi = firebird; Rava = howl, yell, or squawk]
  • [Surya in bhava-7] * sparkling center of relationships * focus on agreements * brightly negotiating * confident in brokerage * self-referential partners * makes smart trades * intelligence for representation * seeks political equity * peerage entitlements * eye on fair contracts * agent of deal-making drama * father may be a broker-attorney-advocate
  • [Surya-yuti-Kuja] confidently progressive * bright warrior * moves in alignment with the spiritual rays of the Sun * creatively intelligent brother-figures * self-reflexive political pursuits * champion of brilliant ideals * competitive father-figure * entitled to conquer * focused on winning * radiantly pioneering
  • [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


ruler of 10 occupies 10th-from-10th = brightly visible dramatist

entertainment arts and fine arts

Arudha lagna = bhava-10 ruled by Surya-Simha-7 [entertainment arts]

karmesha-10 Surya-7 suggests a famous career

  • When Hopper outgrew dramatic acting, he matured professionally into a director and producer
  • DH remained well-known within the cinema industry.
  • despite catastrophic [8] challenges with drug addiction and marriage squabbles, DH was rarely out of work


Purportedly a local postmaster, dad was also a secret agent for the American OSS [pre-CIA] [

Surya in bhava-7] = go-between.

Surya karmesha in 10th-from-10th reveals that dad was much more than the local postmaster. Surya yuti rulers of 1, 6, 8 [undercover identities] , 11 + Surya receiving confident, expansive drishti from Guru-1


matrikaraka [mother] * garha-karaka [village]

[philosophical-doctrinal dharmesha for Vṛścika indriya-lagna]


[populist Revati-3] [navamsha Chandra in Kumbha] intuitively sensitive economic-populist

  • [Chandra-Meena] comforted by ancestral guidance * settled into rhythmic intuition * needs contemplative sanctuary
  • [Chandra in Revati - Pashu] soothed by wayfaring rhythms * protector of poetic interpretation * needs to feel wisely dreamlike
  • [Chandra in classroom-5]comfortable with politics * familiar with speculation * intelligent confident mother * soothed by playing games * charmed by children * needs applause * sensitive to center-stage roles * nourished by self-expression * feels entitled * attuned to heart-centered emotion * settled into the rhythm of artistic creativity * routinely seeks amusement * calmed by admiration * undulating celebrity * mother may be an actress, scholar, creator, gambler, romantic

MARRIAGE partnership emotional equity support expectations


marriage 1-of-5

  • actress Brooke Hayward

marriage 2-of-5

  • Shukra occupies 2nd-from-Chandra
  • celebrated singer Michelle Philips

marriage 3-of-5

actress [later, expressive arts therapist] Daria Halprin

marriage 4-of-5

  • actress [dancer, choreographer] Katherine LaNasa

marriage 5-of-5

  • actress Victoria Duffy


bhratru-karaka [brother] * virya-karaka [virile] [energizing-identifying lagnesha co-ruler of Vṛścika indriya- lagna]

[inimical-medicating rogesha for Vṛścika indriya- lagna]


[competitive Rohini-1] [navamsha Mangala-Mesha] intuitively competitive forward-pushing physicalized champion pioneer



[Kuja-7 parivartamsha Shukra-6]

  • [Mangala-Urisha] vigorous pursuit of heritage collections * proactive in acquisition * pro-actively conserves the hoard *pushes the herd * competes for banked treasuries * s ound engineering * actively preserves food * promotes color value * dynamic arts of speech-song * innovative conservation * pioneering libraries * champion of historic knowledge
  • [Mangala in bhava-7] drive toward bargaining * pursuit of agreement * impatient with stagnant arrangements * invasive negotiation * pushy partners * diplomatic dynamics * energized contracts * innovative conquests * pushes toward liaison * invigorates alliances
  • [Kuja-yuti-Surya] kinetic creativity * glorious innovator * high-energy confidence * dynamic genius * dominating force joins willful charm * competitive politics * brilliant winner * physically active father-figure * vigorous theatrical display
  • [Kuja-yuti-Budha] proactive communications * energized signaling * dynamic reporting * clipped speech patterns * abrupt announcements * champion of vigorous messaging * pushes toward direct commands * forward thrusting gestures * incisive speech * forceful writing


[Kuja-7 parivartamsha Shukra-6] DH known for five marriages but also for divorces, addictions, and adversarial relationships with cinematic directors


jamayah-karaka [sibling] * sandeza-karaka [message] * zisya-karaka [student]


[property-owning Rohini-4] [navamsha Budha-Karkata] intuitively explaining details of homelife folkways customary protection



  • [Budha-Urisha] financial communications * articulation of tonal value * talks about stored goods * discusses collected assets * delivers descriptive evaluations * sends historic messages * skillfully signals the music * preservation methods * describes sound frequencies * hands-arms-shoulders send sensual gestures
  • [Budha in bhava-7] narrative of partnership * discusses contracts * debates on deals * analysis of relationships * discourse on trusts * banters about betrothal * crafting of covenants * delivers negotiating instructions * explainer of arrangements * talks about fairness * advocate for justice * gestures toward settlement of quarrels * mentality of marriage * formulates alliances * defines equity * balanced bargains
  • [Budha-yuti-Surya] amusing explanations * entertaining chatter * central roles in communication * brightly clear descriptions * dramatic enunciation * confidently delivers instruction * articulation of radiant certainty * political messenger * talkative father-figures
  • [Budha-yuti-Mangala] competitive communications * scripted actions * impatient conversations * potential for sexualized messaging * penetrating explanations * direct instruction * dominating dialog * s ignals forward action * pioneering logical movement * energetically outspoken opinions * talkative brother-figures


Like many financially privileged men, Hopper was in a position to remarry increasingly younger women.

  • Budha-7 may signify a revolving-door of changing identity narratives suggesting immaturity [Budha] of delayed development and remarrying regularly to obtain "newer models" of the wifely companion.

Typical of many addicts, Hopper remained emotionally stagnant starting from the age when he became addicted, and ending the stagnation at the time of sobriety.

  • Budha-7 yuti Mangala suggests that each " newly matched" wife was younger and younger in order to match his not-maturing emotional reality [due to the addiction]


dhava-karaka [husband] * bahuta-karaka [variety]

[imaginative Jyestha-4] [navamsha Guru-Meena] intuitively expansive philosophically wide-scope humanistic optimistic imagination

[ Atmakaraka expansion, philosophy, patronage, beliefs, doctrine]

  • [Guru-Vṛścika] much mystery * many sudden discoveries * optimistic about emergencies * believes in healing * many masks * hidden doctrine * permission to reveal * transformative guidance * expands the scope of secret undertakings * multiple initiations
  • [ Guru in bhava-1] [dikbala] 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, husbandly-companion may be an expander-philanthropist-benefactor


Atmakaraka Brihaspati activates Karakamsha = bhava-5 drama * Dennis Hopper was a counterculture icon * familiar face in creative arts


svadu-karaka [sweet] * kalatra-karaka [wifely companion]

[Vimala Yoga]

[bargaining-balancing yuvati-pati for Vṛścika indriya- lagna]

[retreating-contemplative vyaya-pati for Vṛścika indriya- lagna]


[relationships Bharani-3] [navamsha Shukra-Tula]

[Kuja-7 parivartamsha Shukra-6]

  • [Shukra-Mesha] appreciation of direct movement * likes innovation * aesthetic of physicality * attracted to champions * pleasures of conquest * kinetic sensuality * prefers a lithely sporting partner * sweetly competitive * aristocratic agreements
  • [Shukra-6] seeks pleasure via self-medication * satisfied by service * ministry of aid to women * imbalanced agreements * feminine employees * attracted to animals * valuable servants * appreciation of enemies * lovely designs to adorn the lower abdomen * toxicity from sugars * aesthetic of slavery * pleasant self-medication * unfair contracts * financial exploitation * sweet pollutions * criminal bargains * accepts injustice * accommodates poverty * adjusts to war * in a husbandly nativity, wifely-companion may be a pharmacist-clinician-servant-helper-aide


[Vimala Yoga] [Shukra-6] rules 12

despite behavioral addictions, substance addictions, and numerous domestic violence convictions, DH was consistently able to settle out of court. The charges were often serious, but his sincere willingness [and funding available] to undertake corrective therapy [12] seemed to convince most judges that imprisonment was not necessary.

significant alcohol and drug-related misbehavior along with domestic violence behaviors, yet never convicted of crimes, never imprisoned.

Shukra strengthened via parivartamsha with Mangala

  • Shukra yuvati-pati-7 in 8 ++ Kuja randhresha-8 in 7
  • intense cycle of self-identity transformation via marriage contracts
Kalatra karaka Shukra activates the complex and difficult location Bhava-7 which occupies 6th-from-Rahu = 12th-from Ketu while Kuja-7 parivartamsha Shukra-6

Hopper was famously married five times. Hoppers married life was characterized by a series of criticizing, accusing divorces. After a bhukti of infatuation, he seemed to perceive each of his five spouses as a predatory thief [6] in wifely disguise [7] .

Bhava-7 hosts the extraordinarily creative energies of Mangala-Surya-Budha-7 and Bhava-7 receives the penetrating, transformative optimism of Guru-Vṛścika-1

Marriage issues + rogesha Mangala in 7 along with randhresha-8 Budha in 7 suggests many arguments and undisclosed activities.

Marriage animosities = vindictive toward each of his five wives

  • even knowing that he was suffering an untreatable stage of terminal cancer and would soon be dead , DH filed for divorce from his fifth wife and the mother of his youngest child during the final months of his life.

Awareness of his impending death did not reduce the virulence of his animosity toward the spouse nor the verbosity [Budha] and aggressiveness [Mangala] of his self-elevating accusations of abuse [6th from Rahu] toward her.


duro-karaka [endurance] *jara-karaka [Jahre, years]

[Śaśaka Yoga] [svakshetra]

[collaborative sahaja-pati for Vṛścika indriya- lagna]

[homebound-anchoring bandesha for Vṛścika indriya- lagna]

...[Purvabhadra-3] [navamsha Shani-Mithuna] intuitively structured regulatory class-conscious communications

  • [Shani-Kumbha] heavy old economic systems * obliged to conform to marketplace rules * responsible scientific work * 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 * s lowly achieves social-material goals * scarce conductive resources * maintainer of old economies
  • [Shani in Bhava-4] steady time-structured life foundations * must sustain the cultural roots * required to defend boundaries * grim determination to provide security * dry stony gardens * regimented schoolteachers * judgmental mother * proletarian childhood * normalized parenting * orderly conventional education * caretaker's fatigue * chronic household scarcity * strict folk customs * resists domestic innovation * reinforces predictable routines * elders maintain the ancient ritual austerities



rajyalobha-karaka [ambition] * picchala-karaka [slippery]


[passion for inspirational values]

  • [Rahu-Dhanus] shimmering illusion of wisdom * craving for philosophical principle * mirage of generous patronage * extraordinary theory * extravagant preaching * unorthodox approach to higher truth * mask of global humanism* fascinating doctrine * over-reaching catechisms * fabulous proselytism * seeks special importance via apparent [but perhaps not authentic] attributes of philosophical belief * seeks privilege via guru-roles
  • [Rahu in bhava-2] passion for precious treasuries * in svabhava of Suave Shukra, the Shadowy Specter seeks glamorous goods * mesmerizing memories * risk-rewarding finance * fascinating voice * entrancing face * craving for important sound values * intriguing genetics * outsider who cleverly insinuates into prestige heritage * extraordinary recollection * mesmerizing speech-and-song * intermingled historical traditions * unconventional speech * shadowy interlopers infiltrate the family line * potential for opportunistic second marriage * mother's elder sibling exotic qualities * thrilling surge of storytelling * remarkable libraries * unusual alimony * ambitious hoard *mixed-language vocabulary * over-reaching evaluator roles * exotic foods * non-native breeds *captivating collections * social mobility sought via privileged knowledge

OUTCOMES - RAHU-Mula bhava-2

Rahu-Mula is prone to the thrill of all-or-nothing risk for things put in the mouth = food, drink, medicines. The family lineage is typically an ambitious pathway, noted for cultural mixing doctrines, ideologies, and beliefs. Usually a dramatic cycle of rise-and-fall.

Capitalization, Voice-Face, Rahu-challenge to rigid social practices in finance, politicsmūla], worthiness, truth. Fascinating speakers, cleverly sonorous values-based speech.

Dennis Hopper's story involves a major narrative of drug-and-alcohol addiction, five marriages [2, remarriage] and a legacy of fine-arts photography-with-painting. Rahu's ruler Guru in bhava-1 shows a profound identity with annihilating risk, visual values, and remarriages.

Rahu in bhava-2 seeks privilege via important - often risky - cultural-mixing roles in evaluation, assessment, language, memory, knowledge, voice-speech-song, face-genetics, heritage, tradition, family lineage, food, seeds, herds-hoards, storage-stories-history, libraries, museums, databases, collections, banking, reserves, preservation, assets, capital wealth.

Professor Rahu enables Guru-1-Vṛścika ruler of drama [5] and treasuries [2] . Hopper seemed obsessed [Rahu] and deeply identified [Guru-1] with his treasures. He designed complex legal contracts that would prevent his wives whether ex- or present from getting an unfair share of his loot. [rogesha-6 parivartamsha yuvati-pati-7 in 6th-from-Rahu + 12th-from-Ketu]

Career = Iconic Rebel

Rahu in Mula in the emotionally dignified , social-ordering, leadership-seeking; 10th-from-Chandra indicates a salient career in matters of face, voice, speech patterns, eyes, history, languages. Mula gives the " rebel without a cause" persona

Marriage 6th-from-Rahu * five marriages

6th from Rahu = bhava-7 marriage. [Surya-yuti-Budha] + Mangala in 6th-from-Rahu + 12th-from-Ketu . Rahu amplifies His ruler Guru-1-Vṛścika. A confident and brilliant personality with some very challenging marriage situations.

The primary complaint in all of his marriage has apparently been spousal entitlement to share his valuable collections [Rahu-2] such as his paintings and financial assets driven by a subconscious expectation [12th from Ketu] of being robbed by the spouse.

Hopper famously married and acrimoniously divorced five times. He struggled publically with recurring narrative [Budha] of inability to trust that his spouses were properly handling the shared wealth of the marital union. Toward the end of his life, as his wealth grew, so did his chronic and gnawing mistrust of the values-equity in his marriages [Shukra-wealth in 6-distrust] .

He hired lawyers and filed criminal complaints [6] against his spouses until the day of his death. All five of his wives outlived him.

Naturally, if challenging graha should occupy or own the bhava which is 6th-from-Rahu + 12th-from-Ketu, the negative results can be intensified. Particularly inner graha * Surya , Chandra, Budha, Shukra * are afflicted when they occupy the adversarial 6th-from-Rahu + 12th-from-Ketu.


kavandha-karaka [headless] * chidra-karaka [gaping] * vasana-karaka [vacuum]

[energizing-identifying lagnesha* co-ruler of Vṛścika indriya- lagna]


  • [Ketu-Mithuna] dissociates from conversation * incomplete messages * empty instructions * absent from discussion * wandering mentality * fragmented signals * not limited by conventional talk * dialog of liberation * ignores normal business * forgives the sibling-cohort * incoherent scripts * releases a plant-green cloud of explanatory gestures into the misty abyss
  • [Ketu in classroom-8]passively dissolves barriers hiding secret knowledge * ambivalent toward initiations * disregards occult boundaries * Witness to cycles of death-and-rebirth * fearless toward catastrophic upheaval * absent from spouse's family * vacuous obscurities * irrelevance of non-disclosure rules * dissolves psychic filters * not intimidated by terrors * ignores threats * dissolves obfuscations. * unless other graha in 8, may prefer to live free from in-laws



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