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Dennis Hopper in 1969, playing the iconic "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)

Five marriages, five divorces

notable substance addiction

significant mental-health issues


dramatist,+ cinematic director + fine-arts painter + sculptor * 1936-2010 * Dennis Hopper

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama Jyotisha

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

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Visaka * Radha

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

BPL commentary

For Visaka 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, Visaka, 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 Visaka nativities are higher dimensional Seva-wanderers who assume interpretive guidance roles.

Growth Shocks

Thula - Vanika pada 1-2-3 expresses Saptarishi's rulership of 3-Writing-commerce + 6-service ministry or victimhood. Pada 1-2-3 also evoke the tension between Zukra's one-to-one relationships versus Guru's one-to-many preachings. Pada 1-2-3 have a broad understanding of the explosive growth-power of extreme polarities.

They are often found in advisor roles (Zukra) which engage overview, ideology, theory, or interpretive paradigm (Guru) . Masculine pada 1-2-3 are both famed and feared for their ability to expand conflict or worsen disease condition as a way to super-polarize the toxic situation en-route to an envisioned state of peace.

Pada 1-2-3 are easier for women who can utilize Zukra's balancing skills. For men, diplomatic constraints tend to frustrate their expansive growth patterns. Also, although the priestly teachers are seeking wisdom, for Thula-Visaka the guru-figures may also be impoverished, blaming, polluted, or sick (due to Guru rules 3-6).

Vrischika 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 Visaka's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Visaka-Radha

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-Zukra bhukti

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

Ketu Mahadasha * age 7-14

Zukra Mahadasha age 14-34

1954 career begins with first television role , followed by recognized television and cinema roles * Zukra-Zukra svabhukti

Aug-1961 (DH age 25) exchange of vows in marriage-1-of-5 with actress Brooke Hayward * Zukra-Chandra bhukti * Chandra rules Karkata 7th navamsha * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Simha-Kumbha contact navamsha Chandra

26-Jun-1962 (DH age 26) celebrated the birth of child-1 daughter Marin Hopper * Zukra-Shani bhukti * (probably not the first child)

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

1969 divorce-1 (DH age 31) * Zukra-Rahu bhukti ++ dvithya Sade-Sati

1969 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

31-Oct-1970 (DH age 32) exchange the vows of marriage-2-of-5 with the celebrated singer, Michelle Phillips

08-Nov-1970 (DH age 32) div-2 from marriage-2-of-5 following eight days of marriage

1972-1976 marriage 3-of-5 with actress (later, expressive arts therapist) Daria Halprin

1979 following a string of critical failures, wins acclaim for portraying a photojournalist in Apocalypse Now

17-Jun-1989 exchanged the vows of marriage 4-of-5 with actress (dancer, choreographer) Katherine LaNasa

April 1992 divorce 4-of-5

13-Apr-1996 (DH age ) exchange the vows of marriage 5-of-5 with actress Victoria Duffy

Jan-2010 begin proceedings for divorce 5-of-5 accompanied by vicious accusations on both sides

Surya Mahadasha

Chandra Mahadasha *age 39-49

07-Aug-1982 (DH age 46) grieved decease of father * Chandra-Zukra bhukti * Zukra in 12th from Surya parivartamsha Mangala rules 7th-from-Surya

Mangala Mahadasha * age 49-56

1983 following a publicized rage-wander in the Mexican desert, DH enters drug rehabilitation for the first time

1989 (DH age 53) begins lifetime sobriety (no alcohol no drugs) * Mangala-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules-7 promises vows * Kuja-7 parivartamsha Zukra-6 * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Kumbha-Simha contact navamsha Chandra

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

Rahu Mahadasha * age 56-74

12-Jan-2007 (DH age 71) grieved the decease of mother * Rahu-Chandra bhukti

Guru Mahadasha * age 74 until decease age 74

29-May-2010 (DH age 74) dematerialization * Guru-Guru svabhukti * Guru maraka dhanapati-2

Salient features of the nativity

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

  • 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


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


entertainment arts and fine arts

Arudha lagna = bhava-10 ruled by Simha-7 (entertainment arts) karmesha-10 Surya-7 suggests a famous career.

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

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

  • Chandra-Meena * comforted by ancestral guidance * settled into rhythmic intuition * needs sanctuary
  • Chandra in Revatika-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 romantic emotion * settled into the rhythm of artistic performance * routinely seeks amusement * calmed by admiration * undulating celebrity

MARRIAGE partnership support expectations

marriage 1-of-5

marriage 2-of-5

Zukra occupies 2nd-from-Chandra

celebrated singer Michelle Philips

marriage 3-of-5

marriage 4-of-5

marriage 5-of-5

Kuja * bhratru-karaka (brother) * virya-karaka (virile) lagnesha for Vrischika radical lagna

  • Mangala-Urisha * vigorous pursuit of heritage collections * proactive in acquisition * conserves the hoard * pushes the herd * competes for banked treasuries * sound 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 * diplomatic dynamics * energized contracts * innovative conquests
  • 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 Zukra-6


Mangala-7 parivartamsha Zukra-6 * known for marriages but also for * divorces, addictions, adversarial relationships with cinematic directors

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

  • 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 * signals forward action * pioneering movement * 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 at the age when he became addicted.

  • 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)

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

Atmakaraka expansion, philosophy, patronage, priestly patriarchies, doctrine

  • Guru-Vrizchika * 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 * 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


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

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

Vimala Yoga

  • Zukra-Meza * 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
  • Zukra-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 addictions * unfair contracts * financial exploitation * sweet pollutions * criminal bargains * accepts injustice * accommodates poverty * adjusts to war
  • Kuja-7 parivartamsha Zukra-6


Vimala Yoga Zukra ruler-of-12 Zukra occupies 6 * significant alcohol and drug-related misbehavior along with domestic violence behaviors, yet never convicted of crimes, never imprisoned.

Zukra strengthened via parivartamsha with Mangala * yuvati-pati-7 in 8 and randhresha-8 in 7 * intense cycle of self-identity transformation via marriage contracts

Kalatra karaka Zukra rules the complex and difficult location Bhava-7 which occupies 6th-from-Rahu = 12th-from Ketu while Kuja-7 parivartamsha Zukra-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-Vrischika-1

Marriage issues + rogesha-6 Mangala in 7 along with randhresha-8 Budha in 7 suggests many arguments and undisclosed activities.

Marriage animosities particularly vindictive toward each of his five wives

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

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

  • 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-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 education * caretaker's fatigue * chronic household scarcity * strict folk customs * resists domestic innovation * reinforces predictable routines * elders maintain the ancient ritual austerities


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

  • Rahu-Dhanuzya * 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 Zukra, the Shadowy Specter seeks glamorous goods * mesmerizing memories * risk-rewarding finance * fascinating voice * entrancing face * craves knowledge of sound values * intriguing genetics * outsider who cleverly insinuates into the values-fulfillment lineage * extraordinary recollection * mesmerizing speech-and-song * intermingled traditions * unconventional speech * shadowy interlopers infiltrate the family line * potential for opportunistic second marriage * adventurous character of mother's elder sibling * thrilling stories * remarkable libraries * ambitious hoard * mixed-language vocabulary * desires important evaluator roles * exotic foods * unusual breeds in animal herds * captivating collections * social mobility via values + heritage + memory


Professor Rahu gives effect of Guru-1-Vrizchika 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-Vrischika. 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 (Zukra-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, Zukra * are afflicted when they occupy the adversarial 6th-from-Rahu + 12th-from-Ketu.

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

  • Ketu-Mithunaya * 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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