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Aretha Franklin * Feb-1968 (age 25)

singer + songwriter + musician


USA Civil Rights activist

cultural icon

Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin

Earth-birth Wednesday-25-Mar-1942

dematerialization 16-Aug-2018 (age 76)


master singer of American music soul + blues + rock-n-roll + Italian opera * 1942-2018 * Aretha Louise Franklin

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama Jyotishavidya

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

Rising Nakshatra

Feminine Nativities

Purvazadha * Apah

Asadhash * Pooraadam * Purvasharha * Ambudaiva

BPL commentary

For Purva-azadha births of a feminine 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.

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

Feminine births in Purva-azadha carry a special benevolence for music, beauty, treasuries, ornaments, design, and gracious relationships. Purvazadha ladies are often dramatists, musicians, and entertainers. Often, they sing beautifully and play stringed instruments. They love to travel and serve as a muse to creative partners.

Feminine births in Asadhash tend to benefit from the sweetness and relationship orientation of Zukra. In addition to Zukra endowments in diplomacy, beauty, and finance, they may be splendid singers, theatrical designers, and graceful fashion models. Purvazadha are often lyricists and poets, with a gift for playing many instruments. Their tonal arrangements may appeal to everyday folks. These ladies are self-indulgent and pure of heart.

Brihaspati represents their typically generous husbands and their characteristic faith. Typically, apah-born are attracted to sacred doctrine. Guru-influenced humanism and compassion often expands the range of inspirational roles that benefit women, musicians, and creative artists. Their complexion may feature a Guru-golden glow.

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 which leads to natural states of balance and pleasure. 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 Purvazadha-Apah

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 99

"Lovely eyes set in a beautiful face,

  • with small cupid's bow lips

  • and brown, naturally curly hair,

  • describes the native with Purvazadha rising at birth.

She is also to be distinguished by the small well-proportioned feet.

She has a generous positive character

and should be successful in some occupation

  • which would enable her to employ her natural ability

  • as an organizer and manager .

She is apt to have been born in an influential family."


1964 * Aretha Franklin * The Queen of Soul  (AF age 22)

Biographical details matched to Vimshottari Dasha Calendar

Guru Mahadasha * age birth until age 14.8

25-Mar-1942 Earth-birth in Memphis, Tennessee, USA * Guru-Guru svabhukti

Aug-1943 until Sep-1945 = Janma Sade-Sati Mithunaya-12

07-Mar-1952 (AF age 10) grieved the decease of mother * Guru-Surya bhukti

28-Jan-1955 (AF age 12) celebrated the birth of first child * Guru-Rahu chidradasha

Shani Mahadasha * age 14.8 until age 33.8

1957 drops out of high school following grade-13 * Shani-Shani svabhukti * Shani rules 8-changed identity

1960 (AF age 18) having sung in her father's church since childhood, AF begins secular musical recording and performance career * Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha rules 3-touring, ensemble

Feb-1961 until Jan-1964 = Shani Ashtamsha Makara-7

1961 (AF age 19) exchanged the vows of marriage-1 * Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha rules Kanya 7th navamsha * R-K contact navamsha Chandra-Mesha ++ Shani Ashtamsha

1966 changed recording companies (to Atlantic Records) beginning a period of robust commercial success * Shani-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 11 containing Shani-Guru-Mangala

Jun-1973 until Jul-1975 = Janma Sade-Sati Mithunaya-12

1973-1975 ( AF age 31-33) once-vibrant recording-and-performing career begins to decline due to interpersonal conflicts * Shani-Guru chidradasha * Guru rogesha ++ Sade-Sati

Budha Mahadasha * age 33.8 until age 50.8

11-Apr-1978 exchanged the vows of marriage-2 * Budha-Budha svabhukti * Budha rules Kanya 7th navamsha * R-K contact navamsha Chandra-Mesha

27-Jul-1984 grieved decease of father * Budha-Mangala bhukti * Kuja rules 2nd-from-Surya

Mar-1990 until Mar-1993 = Shani Ashtamsha Makara-7

Ketu Mahadasha age 50.8 until age 57.8

1998 worldwide acclaim for her remarkable Grammy Ceremony performance of the operatic aria Nessun Dorma while serving as a last-minute replacement for her sick friend Ave Maria 1935-2007 tenor Luciano Pavarotti * Ketu-Rahu bhukti * Rahu in bhava-2 voice * Rahu cultural mixing

Jul-2002 until Sep-2004 = Janma Sade-Sati Mithunaya-12

Zukra Mahadasha * age 57.8 until decease age 76

2011 beginning of health decline via pancreatic cancer * Zukra-Guru bhukti * Guru rogesha

16-Aug-2018 (AF age 76) dematerialization via pancreatic cancer * Zukra-Budha bhukti * Budha-yuti-Ketu gives effect of Ketu

Salient features of the Nativity

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

  • Surya-Meena * Bhaskara * the illuminator * brightly charismatic confidence of Center-stage Surya radiates through the expansively visionary rashi of Brihaspati
  • Surya in bhava-4 * center of root routines * brightens the patriarchal folkways * intelligence for housing * focus on farming * smart gardens * dramatic transportation * ethnic entitlements * political parenting * stable confidence * attention on foundational infrastructure * eye on security * sparkling center of the patriotic-drama * father may be a schoolteacher-landowner-patriot

Surya--Uttarabhadra (enduring fortune) occupies the career defining 10th-from-Chandra


Dad = Clarence LaVaughn Franklin a celebrity circuit-preacher in the tradition of African-American Christian worship

  • Dad's emotionally charged musical sermons brought him fame-and-fortune as the "man with the million dollar voice",
  • Dad was invited to deliver emotionally rousing sermons in Black churches throughout the Eastern USA.
  • His celebrity reputation was so compelling that he formed peer relationships with notable singers, performers, and ministers of the day.

Dad's most prominent friend was USA Civil Rights 1929-1968 Rev. Martin Luther King. Aretha Franklin toured with MLK's social justice operations, and she sang at MLK's funeral.

Surya-7 often indicates that the primary relationship in life is with the Father. Confirmed by bhava-9 containing Guru, Shani, Mangala + yuvati-pati Guru occupies 9 = a dramatic case of karako bhavo nashto

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

  • Chandra-Mithunaya * comforted by messaging * settled into rhythmic communications * needs mentality
  • Chandra in Arudra-Orion * soothed by exciting signals * protectors of stormy wildness * sensitive to animal instincts Chandra in classroom-7 * comfortable with arrangements * familiar with bargaining * needs harmony * soothed by match-making * feels the pulse of deal-making * allied to the mother * accustomed to adjudication * habitual negotiator * rhythmic rebalancing * needs fair contracts * sheltered by a parenting partner * nourished by agreements * undulating equity


Mom was a well-known pianist and vocalist.

MARRIAGE emotional support partnership


Kuja * bhratru-karaka

Kuja rules the emotionally adversarial 6th-from-Chandra

Kuja rules the emotionally associative, community-linking, economically fruitful, profit-regulated, friendly, participatory, goal-oriented, socially-networked 11th-from-Chandra

  • 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-6 * drive toward confrontational quarreling * pursuit of active service * vigorous attacks against adversaries * defeats illness * overcomes injury * wins accusatory litigation * dynamic military strategy * competitive criminal vitality * aggressive medical treatments * energized conflict
  • Kuja-yuti-Guru * multiple competitions * many brother-figures * energized growth * dynamic generosity * masculine force joins optimistic expansion * champion of philosophy * potential for aggressive preaching * promotes broad worldview * indoctrinating actions
  • Kuja-yuti-Shani * repressed movements * constant tension between sexual energy vs social rules * dynamic structuring * competitive force must cooperate with disciplined hierarchies * potential for punitive reactions to change * required containment of natural forces * military officer * musculo-skeletal challenges


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

Vimala Yoga

Budha rules Karakamsha-Kanya-3


Budha rules lagnesha Chandra-Mithunaya-7

  • 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 social participation linkage * large-scale logic * skilled weaving * deft 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 * talks about daily business * 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-Ketu * explainer of impermanence * describes dissociation * articulates the process of dissolution * delivers information to the winds * instructor of impermanence * incoherent conversations * sends prayers to the ineffable * spacey siblings * surrenders the attempt to render a complete message * speaks as the observing Witness * may channel the talkative spirits



 suggests mentality of discoveries that are abandoned + advanced psychic awareness. With this combination, one knows much more than one cares to admit. The revelations may cause some disconnection from the normal narrative.

On one hand, Ketu-8 is distinctly oblivious to the accusations, jealousies, and phobias of Budha-yuti-Ketu.

On the other hand, Budha controls the social identity, placing the person into conflicted, polluted, and unfair situations throughout life.

AF enjoyed a legendary career in American music, for which she is admired around the world.

However, in addition to her spectacular success as a musical performer, AF also suffered from addictions to tobacco and alcohol, chronic obesity, from high blood pressure, from a phobia of airplane flying, and from notorious toxic feuding with other musical performers in her genre. When asked about her increasing obesity, about the four fathers of her four sons, about her own father's notoriously immoral behavior, or about any other topic which might elicit criticism, her universal response was denial of the existence of these things (Ketu).

The year before her death from pancreatic cancer, she claimed to have had a lifesaving medical operation which would add 15-or-20 years to her life. Karmesha in 6 = 9th-from-10th = does not harm career. However, it does indicate chronic mental and physical imbalances, and these were well documented in the life of the legendary Queen of Soul.

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

lagnesha for Dhanuzya - Haya

  • 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-6 * broad ranging ministries of service * extensive distress * ideological disagreements * many injuries * much victimization * tolerance for diverse diagnoses * abundant digestive imbalance * many grievances * much betrayal * numerous unfair accusations * broad scope of disorderly conduct * cheerful acceptance of human misery * believes in problematicity * patron of pharmacies * many medicaments * in a wifely nativity, husband-figure may aid the suffering
  • Guru-yuti-Mangala bhratri-karaka * multiple brotherly-figures * permission to compete-and-win * expansive conquests * progressive philosophy * large-scale invasive actions * vigorous champion of optimistic belief
  • Guru-yuti-Shani atta-karaka * multiple elder-figures * permission to hold respected positions * abundant structure * numerous law-makers * expansive hierarchies * tolerance for diverse systems * optimistic philosophy of social regulation * large-scale responsibilities


Brihaspati rules the primary marriage pattern 7th-from-Chandra


Generous Guru rules the reputation-defining Meena-10th-from-Chandra containing Center-stage Surya

AF was known for her stunning musical interpretations of both sacred and secular song

Brihaspati rules the 10th navamsha * AF was a lifelong committed supporter and participant in the USA Civil Rights movements

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


  • Zukra-Makara-Draco * appreciation of authoritative status * likes architectural structure * attracted to officials * conducts lawful negotiations * beautiful bones * enjoys social position * class-conscious aesthetic * pleased by social regulation * hierarchical arrangements * prefers an orderly partner
  • Zukra-2 * svabhava * seeks pleasure via gathered treasuries * enjoys banked assets * bargains toward collected equity * feminine-figures predominate the family * gracious storyteller * pretty preservations * balanced linguistic expression * beautiful voice * pleasing designs to adorn the face * aesthetics of mouth + jaw + teeth + hair * graceful neck * prefers historical values * appreciation of speech-and-song
  • Zukra-2 parivartamsha Shani-6

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

  • Shani-Urisha * heavy old valuables * must endure the sounds of proletarian speech-and-song * obliged to conform to the official bankers * antiquated genetic stock * required preservation of aging assets * must normalize conservation * slow elderly evaluators * must judge the worth of hoards * must endure pressure to store the precious inventories * must bear the weight of historic treasuries * structural compression upon neck-jaw * orderly warehousing * fixed rules govern collection * must gather seeds * must eat dry foodstuffs * must preserve lineage knowledge * scarce financial resources
  • Shani in Bhava-6 (beneficial) * steady time-structured resistance to enemies * must serve the chronic victims * outlasts the adversaries * survives military siege * tense digestion * relentless criticism * constitutional illness-injury * tolerance for servitude * aging physicians * enduring diseases * service fatigue * helper's burnout * prevents innovative treatments * blocks new medications * professional social workers * patiently aids the disadvantaged * steady healthworker * accepts the rules of medical institutions * lawfully supports the sick * reliable herbalist * conventional pharmacist * protocols for problematizing * realistic about addiction * accepts abuse * neutral to crime * military discipline * governs the poor * regulates debt * legislates loans * respected elder of an oppressed sector
  • Shani-yuti-Mangala * social resistance to competitive action * pragmatic pursuits * cautious innovation * limited pace of progress * delayed (but not denied) championship * physical discipline * constraints on instinctive movement * conventionally regulated sports * tension from contradictory push-pull impulses.
  • Shani-yuti-Guru ** resistance against expansion * slow elder teachers * pragmatic philosophy * limited scope of understanding * doctrinal discipline * constrained growth * conventionally regulated beliefs * faith in the rule of law * class-structured ideology
  • Zukra-2 parivartamsha Shani-6


Shani in Bhava-6  casts disciplining drishti into  8 + 12 + 3

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

  • Purvaphalguni musical entertainment * Rahu-Singha * nichha * shimmering illusion of charisma * craving for attention * extraordinary entertainments * mask of radiant confidence * over-reaching, unique intelligence * marvelous drama * fascinating entitlements * illusory flash of brilliant gambling * extravagant games * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of brilliant risk-taking * fabulousspeculations * glittering political power * seeks privilege via celebrity roles

  • Rahu in bhava-9 * passion for preaching * in svabhava of Saptarishi Guru, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous guidance * thrilling theory * dazzling dharma * outsider who cleverly insinuates into patriarchal roles * seeks importance via sacred teachings * fantastic philosophy * compulsive catechesis * zealous proselytism * intriguing ideology * ambitious father-figures * extraordinary professors * barrier-breeching guru-figures * culturally-mixed worldview * poseur of high catechism * shimmering illusion of sangha * fabulous faith community * surreptitious appropriation of priesthood * may appear as a wisdom-purveyor * smoky specter of principled understanding * extravagant globalism * trespasses cultural boundaries of patronage * fabulous fatherhood * opportunistic third marriage (if any) * social mobility via paradigms of belief


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

  • Ketu-Kumbha * sociably dissociates from distribution webs * odd friends * walks away from regulated systems * incomplete nexus * empty profits * dissolves knitting * severed connections * not limited by conventional community * disarrayed ecologies * ignores restriction on futurism * releases a purple cloud of knotted linkage into the misty abyss
  • Ketu in classroom-3 * eccentric communications * disinterested in daily chat * writes on foggy abstract topics * dissolves messaging boundaries * implausible prophecy * wandering discussions * can handle esoteric information * irrelevance of normal mental narrative * abandons management tasks * dismisses the standard explanations * disregards conventional discourse * unless other graha in 3, may prefer to live free from younger siblings
  • Ketu-yuti-Budha * miscalculations * incoherent references * empty talk * unsustainable explanations * irrational statements * chats about non-existent events * spacey sibling-cohort * apathetic evangelism * incomplete details * witty misnomers * vacuous plans * unfulfilled deliveries * illogical messaging * liberation via mental surrender * for commercial nativities, may dissolve the cooperative team

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