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Iconic Counterculture Musician



fine-arts painter


The Grateful Dead

Jerry Garcia

a.k.a. Jerome John Garcia

Earth-birth Saturday-01-Aug-1942

dematerialization 09-Aug-1995 [age 53]


Grateful Dead guitarist and singer-songwriter, Jerry Garcia in the 1970's


Grateful Dead bandmate,

songwriter musician



Jerry Garcia

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born on day-6 Shashti of Krishna Paksha

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativity

Pūrvāṣāḍhā * Apah

BPL commentary

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

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

Pūrvāṣāḍhā 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. Masculine births in Asadhash tend toward a discordant costume sense representing the incommensurable agenda of Shukra vs. Guru.

In addition to Shukra 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 Shukra-governed births, Apah-born must take care to avoid the misuse of drugs and alcohol. Ambudaiva's true purpose is inspirational guidance. Yet, Shukra'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 Pūrvāṣāḍhā-Apah

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 ."


Jerry Garcia in 1984, age 42

GarciaJerry_199x.jpg Biographical data matched to Vimshottari Dasha calendar

BudhaMahadasha * age birth until age 7.1

01-Aug-1942 Earth-birth in San Francisco, California, USA * Budha-Rahu bhukti

1948 [age 6] drowning grieved decease of father * Budha-Shani bhukti * pitrimaraka Shani activates 7th-from-Surya

Ketu Mahadasha * age 7.1 until age 14.1

Shukra Mahadasha * age 14.1 until age 34.1

1960 [JG age 17] joins the Army to avoid jail * Shukra-Shukra svabhukti * Shukra activates 6-military

03-Apr-1963 [JG age 20] consecration of marriage-1-of-4 * Ketu-Mangala bhukti * Kuja activates Vṛścika Svamsha * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Mithuna-Dhanus contact Shukra-Mithunaya

08-Dec-1963 celebrated the birth of child-1 * Ketu-Rahu bhukti

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

28-Sep-1970 [JG age 28] grieved the decease of mother following her injuries from a car wreck * Shukra-Shani bhukti * Shani activates 12th-from-Chandra

1975-1985 heroin addiction * diabetes * Shukra-Ketu bhukti until Chandra-Rahu bhukti

Surya Mahadasha * age 34.1 until age 40.1

31-Dec-1981 [JG age 39] consecration of marriage-2--of-4 * Surya-Shukra bhukti * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Karkata-Makara contact navamsha R-K axis

Chandra Mahadasha * age 40.1 until age 50.1

Jul-1986 = 5-day, near-fatal diabetic coma * Chandra-Guru bhukti [Shukra-yuti-Guru] = Guru gives effect of rogesha Shukra

Mangala Mahadasha * age 50.1 until decease age 53

1989 [JG age 47] heroin relapse * Mangala-Rahu bhukti * Budha activates Shukra

17-Aug-1990 [JG age 48] consecration of marriage-3-of-4

14-Feb-1994 [JG age 52] marriage-4-of-4 * Mangala-Rahu bhukti * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Vṛścika-Vrishabha contact Vṛścika Svamsha

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

09-Aug-1995 [JG age 53] physical dematerialization via heart-attack * Mangala-Shani bhukti * maraka Shani activates-2 ++ janma Sade-Sati

Distinctive Features of the Nativity


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


  • [Surya-Karkata] Bhanu * ray of light * brightly charismatic confidence of Center-stage Surya radiates through the nourishing caretaking rashi of Chandra
  • [Surya in bhava-8] center of revelation * spectacular explosions * heart of rebirth * splendid emergence * intelligence for trauma healing * political secrecy * confident rejuvenation * brightly transformative * focus on discovery * initiatory entitlements * eye on hidden assets * sparkling center of mystery * father may be healer-undercover-disguised
  • [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


Surya-8 affects the conditions of departure * heart failure [Surya] related to diabetes


Garcia's father was a musician and tavern-keeper. Dad was killed by drowning when Jerry was only six years old. Surya in bhava-8 father known by shadow.

Pitrikaraka + ruler of pitristhana Surya-8 * Mr. Garcia's father, who was also a musician, died from accidental drowning during a family holiday when young Jerry was only six years old.


Sparkling Surya activates [10th navamsha] * Simha entertainment

iconic symbol of a multi-decade nationwide social movement of tribal feelings and rhythmic undulation // Deadheads //


matrikaraka [mother] * garha-karaka [village]



[mysterious-initiatory randhresha for Dhanus-Haya indriya-lagna]

[comforted by stable habitual private reflection]

[culturally sensitive to transformative imaginative vision]

[needs to sense the fluid pulse of intuitive guidance]

[protector of the ancestral sanctuaries]

[emotionally aligned to entrancing meditative rhythms]

[environmentalist feelings attuned to watery lake-dwelling deva]

[anchoring mother may be a charitable schoolteacher-householder-local musician]


[Atmakaraka habitual rhythm, comforting routines, soothing cycles, predictable way of life, safe dwellings]

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

  • [Chandra in Revatika-Pashu] soothed by wayfaring rhythms * protector of poetic interpretation * needs to feel wisely dreamlike
  • [Chandra-Meena] comforted by ancestral guidance * settled into rhythmic intuition * needs contemplative sanctuary
  • [Chandra in classroom-4] comfort in routines, familiar with ruts, rates, roots, routine rituals; soothed by customary habits, feels the repeating pulse of rhythmic waves , anchoring, stablizing, gardening; settled into gardening + home-keeping + kitchens, undulating patriotism


[10th-from-Chandra = inspirational Dhanus-Haya indriya-lagna]

[Chandra in Revatika-Pashu]

[navamsha Chandra Sadachbia]

[Chandra in classroom-4]

Familiar face * unchanging rhythms

Garcia toured and wrote with his musical band [Budha]. The show went on the road [4] constantly for thirty years. Yet, their list of venues did not change [Chandra habitual] and their musical repertoire was profoundly stable. The dedicated fanbase had early-on memorized the lyrics to all of their favorite songs. Like migrating wildlife, they returned to the same locales , year after year. Garcia liked a predictable [Chandra] calendar of gatherings in familiar [Chandra] places.

The resulting liturgical calendar of seasonal, predictable, familiar singing-and-swaying worship provided an anchoring focus for many otherwise lost in the visionary Meena fog.

Massive gatherings within an empathic telepathic culture are reflected in Garcia's navamsha Chandra-Kumbha-Sadachbia.


MARRIAGE partnership emotional equity support expectations


three legal marriages, one union with child, and numerous supplemental relationships


bhratru-karaka [brother] virya-karaka [virile]

[karako bhavo nashto for father, patrons, indoctrinators]

[witty-creative vidya-pati for Dhanus-Haya indriya-lagna]

[contemplative-retreating vyaya-pati for Dhanus-Haya indriya-lagna]



  • [Mangala-Singha] vigorous pursuit of fame * creatively moving political theatre * proactive drama * push toward celebrity entitlement * champion of pageantry * military parades * brilliantly energized celebrations * invigorating parties * charmingly dominating at games * sexually active romance * flamboyant gambling
  • [Mangala in bhava-9] drive toward doctrine * champion of paradigmatic belief * pursuit of patronage * dynamic preaching * philosophy of innovation * believes in conquest * aggressive or sexualized paternal energies * dominating military father-figures * growth-challenging paternal behavior
  • [Kuja-yuti-Rahu] thrill of muscular action * competitive ambition * passion to win * fascinating physicality * compulsive drive toward heroic battle * dynamic desires * champion of culture-clash * forward thrust toward opportunity * forceful pursuit of privilege


Kuja occupies emotionally unbalanced [6th-from-Chandra] = addictions

Kuja activates Vṛścika-Svamsha

Mangala activates 12- imagination * visionary painter, musician; notable narrative of OOB experience in ET-ship

[Mangala in bhava-9] indicates excessive force involving the father, Dad drowned at little Jerry's age-6.


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

[ashtangata harana]

  • [Budha-Karkata] comfortable communications * hand-arm-shoulders make protective gestures * rhythmic articulation of root culture * discusses ancestral morality * prescriptive routines * argues for foundational stability * describes protective fencing * parochial talk * converses about caretaking * environmental wardens * issues customary pronouncements * delivers land-use information * patriotic declarations * habitually chats about the local settlement
  • [Budha in bhava-8] narrative of hidden information * mysterious facts * unexpected eruptions of factual data * shocking revelation * writes about revolutionary cycles * speaks-and-sings about dynamic rebirth * detailed discoveries * describes transformative change * explains initiation * delivers instructions for new identity * hand-arm gestures signal healing renewal
  • [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

OUTCOMES - BUDHA[ashtangata harana]


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

[energizing-identifying lagnesha for Dhanus-Haya indriya-lagna]


  • [Guru-Mithunaya ] cheerful communication * many merchants * conversations about belief * doctrine of inclusive messaging * expansive evangelism * detailed guidance discussions * widens the scope of management * many documents * permission to report * multiple administrative projects
  • [Guru in bhava-7] many contracts * optimistic negotiations * much partnership * abundant agreement * numerous alliances * extensive bargaining * multiple trusts * expansion of advocacy * fertile match-making * typically more than one spouse * patron of legal arrangements * proliferation of promises * extensive bargaining * in a wifely nativity, husbandly-companion may be an attorney-counselor-broker
  • [Guru-yuti-Shukra] sodarya-karaka * multiple feminine-figures * permission to make deals * abundant pleasures * blossoming treasures * expansion of art * inspirational music * optimistic diplomatic philosophy * large-scale alignments * broad scope of partnerships * diverse financial arrangements


rogesha Shukra greatly expanded via Brihaspati *

Garcia struggled with diabetes, obesity, and recurring drug addictions throughout his life. Also, multiple marriages due to Shukra-yuti-Guru ++ 7


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


[lifemate may be a mercantile attorney-advocate-bargainer-broker]

[conversational relationships]


[Arudra-4] [navamsha Shukra-Meena-uchcha] intuitively harmonizing expansive visionary imagination


  • [Shukra-Mithunaya] appreciation of detail * beautiful accessories * attracted to writers * likes businesspeople * balanced gestures * diplomatic communications * prefers a communicative partner * aesthetic of handiwork * pleasures of specific explanations * enjoys correspondence * satisfied by conversation * articulated messaging arrangements
  • [Shukra-7] seeks pleasure via interpersonal relationships * enjoys contractual harmony * prefers adjustable partners * pleasing designs to adorn the lower back * kidney-adrenal over-use * often too much sugar * sensual genitalia * gracious advisers * balanced mutual agreement * fair financial arrangements * appreciation of equity * pleasurable deal-making * in a husbandly nativity, wifely-companion may be an advocate-counselor-attorney
  • [Guru-yuti-Shukra] sweetened expansions * gracious diversity * appreciation for philosophical doctrine * adjustable catechism * numerous negotiations * humanistic agreements * generous beauty * balanced patronage * arrangements according to priestly paradigm of belief


Shukra activates Tula-11. Garcia enjoyed a large fan base via expansive Shukra-yuti-Guru supporting a 30-year career in musical performance touring


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

[acquisitive-evaluative dhanesha for Dhanus-Haya indriya-lagna]

[busy-collaborative sahaja-pati for Dhanus-Haya indriya-lagna]


[managing-commercial Rohini-3] [navamsha Shani-Mithuna] intuitively ordering systems of communicative business transaction

  • [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 * maintainer of old heritage
  • [Shani in Bhava-6] [beneficial placement] * intrepid assistance * steady time-structured resistance to enemies * must serve the chronic victims * outlasts the adversaries * survives military siege * tense digestion * relentless criticism * and guilt; chronic illness-injury syndromes; aging physicians enduring diseases . prevents innovative treatments * blocks new medications. superb position for professional social workers * patiently aids the disadvantaged * dutiful 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 * debtor or.loanmaker, underpaid or underpayer, victim or victimizer, slaver or slave.


Like most people with Shani in Bhava-6 , Garcia struggled with a variety of chronic [Shani] health conditions [6] beginning early in life.

[Shani in Bhava-6] rules 3-Kumbha = communications roles within mass gatherings, social-participation movements.

  • The key feature of most Grateful Dead occasions, aside from the live and taped music, was the arising of a street-drug [6] marketplace..

Stoic Shani activates the emotionally associative, community-linking, economically fruitful, profit-regulated, friendly, participatory, goal-oriented, socially-networked [11th-from-Chandra] = fans, community, social networks

Shani occupies 6th radical bhava. The fans distinctively did not want to hear new creative material [Shani resists change).

bhratru-pati-3 touring Shani-6 = illness and addiction related to touring

any papagraha in bhava-6 can be beneficial.

JG began self-medicating at age 15 and continued until his death age 53. Among numerous other health challenges, he was also a diabetic heroin addict.

  • Despite many police arrests [6] JG never spent time in prison nor even jail more than overnight.
  • He was a frequent patron of rehabilitation "detox" residential treatment centers.
  • Shani-6 drishti to 8-12-3 is generally helpful by providing resistance to the outcomes of 8, 12, and 8th-from-8th.

[Shani in Bhava-6] ++ Shani activates Ketu-3 ++Shani casts drishti upon 3 ++ Shani occupies the emotionally motivated evangelical communicative cohort instructive descriptive team-working administrative managerial announcing publishing reporting explanatory conversational lyrical messaging 3rd-from-Chandra.

Shani's ruler Shukra ++ Shukra activates the musical but drug-prone Pūrvāṣāḍhā lagna, adding a durokaraka Shani-guna of endurance to JG's musical performance career.

Garcia developed a traveling musical band [3] which toured [Ketu-3] constantly for decades [Shani], rarely altering the performance routine [Shani prevents change). He toured with a musical band of friends [11] for 30 years, many times expressing exhaustion but always, usually for reasons of indebtedness [Shani-6] returning to this work.

Although an iconic figure, he was never the sole center of the Grateful Dead and other bands. Garcia with the home-and-routine needy Karkata-Surya-8 was never inclined toward the singular focus royalty-celebrity lifestyle often feigned by popular stage performers. Shani's ruler Shukra-yuti-Guru and Guru casts dirshti into 11-1-3. The ensemble [3] toured in a drug-fueled environment which also defined their musical performances.


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



  • [Rahu-Singha] 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 prestige preaching * in svabhava of Saptarishi Guru, the Shadowy Specter gives glamorous guidance * thrilling surge of theoretical understanding *dazzling dharma * outsider who cleverly insinuates into patriarchal wisdom roles * seeks importance via sacred teachings * fantastic philosophy * compulsive catechesis * privilege-seeking proselytism * intriguing ideology * ambitious father-figures * extraordinary professors * barrier-breaching guru-figures * exciting culturally-mixed worldview * may pose as a pope * shimmering illusion of sacerdotal sangha * fabulous faith community * surreptitious appropriation of priesthood * entrancing ecclesiastics * smoky specter of ultimate principles * extravagant globalism * trespasses cultural boundaries of patronage * mirage of exemplary fatherhood * opportunistic third marriage [if any] social mobility via paradigms of belief
  • [Rahu-yuti-Mangala] amplified competition * magnified championship * exotic pursuits * tricky innovation * opportunistic brother-warriors * fascinating [but perhaps illusory] appearance of dynamic energy * hypnotic attack * passion for engines * craves hot movement * invasive force of cross-cultural mixing


[Rahu-yuti-Mangala]located in Simha-9 = [6th-from-Chandra]


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



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