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Iconic Popular Musician



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The Grateful Dead

Jerry Garcia

a.k.a. Jerome John Garcia

Earthbody-Entry Saturday-01-Aug-1942

Earthbody-Exit 09-Aug-1995 (age 53)


Grateful Dead bandmate, songwriter, musician, entertainer * 1942-1995 * Jerry Garcia

data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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born on day-6 Shashti of Krishna Paksha

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.

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 ."


Jerry Garcia in 1984, age 42

Biographical data matched to Vimshottari Dasha calendar


Budha Mahadasha * age birth until age 7.1

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

1948 (age 6) drowning grieved decease of father * Budha-Shani bhukti * pitrimaraka Shani rules 7th-from-Surya

Ketu Mahadasha * age 7.1 until age 14.1

Zukra Mahadasha * age 14.1 until age 34.1

1960 joins the Army (age 17) to avoid jail * Zukra-Zukra swa bhukti * Zukra rules 6-military

03-Apr-1963 (age 20) exchange of vows in marriage-1 * Ketu-Mangala bhukti * Kuja rules Vrischika swamsha * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Mithunaya-Dhanuzya contact Zukra-Mithunaya

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

28-Sep-1970 * grieved the decease of mother following injuries from a car wreck * Zukra-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 12th-from-Chandra

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

Surya Mahadasha * age 34.1 until age 40.1

31-Dec-1981 exchange of vows in marriage-2 * Surya-Zukra bhukti * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Karkata-Makara contact navamsha R-K axis

Chandra Mahadasha * age 40.1 until age 50.1

July-1986 = 5-day, near-fatal diabetic coma * Chandra-Guru bhukti * Zukra-yuti-Guru = Guru gives effect of rogesha Zukra

Mangala Mahadasha * age 50.1 until decease age 53

1989 heroin relapse * Mangala-Rahu bhukti * Budha rules Zukra

17-Aug-1990 exchange of vows in marriage-3

14-Feb-1994 marriage-4 * Mangala-Rahu bhukti * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Vrizchika-Vrishabha contact Vrizchika swamsha

09-Aug-1995 Lightbody Lift-off via heart-attack (age 53) * Mangala-Shani bhukti * maraka Shani rules-2 ++ Sade-Sati

Distinctive Features of the Nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

  • Surya-Karkata * Bhanu * ray of light
  • Surya in bhava-8 * center of emergence ,intelligence for trauma healing, brightly transformative, focus on discovery, initiatory entitlements, eye on occulted mysteries * sparkling center of the secrecy-drama
  • 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 * smart 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.


Surya rules 10th navamsha * Simha entertainment

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

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

Atmakaraka * rhythm

  • Chandra in Revatika-Pashu -Pashu * comforted by wayfaring rhythms * protector of poetic interpretation * soothed by wise familiar lyrics * needs to feel dreamlike tones * repeaters of ancient folk narratives * Pushana * The Pied Piper
  • Chandra-Meena * comforted by rhythmic ancestral guidance
  • Chandra in classroom-4 * digbala * comfort in routines, familiar with ruts, rates, roots, routine rituals; soothed by customary habits, needs to feel the repeating pulse of rhythmic waves , anchoring, stablizing, gardening; settled into gardening + home-keeping + kitchens, undulating patriotism

Chandra in Revatika-Pashu ++ Chandra-10 Familiar face * unchanging rhythms

Garcia toured and wrote with his musical band (Budha). The show went on the road constantly for thirty years. Yet their list of venues did not change very much. Like migrating wildlife, they returned to the same locales, year after year. Garcia liked a predictable (Chandra) calendar of gatherings in familiar (Chandra) places.


MARRIAGE partnership support expectations


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

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

  • Mangala-Singha * vigorous pursuit of fame * creatively moving political theatre * proactive drama * push toward celebrity entitlement * champion of pageantry * military parades * brilliantly energized celebrations *push toward parties and games * sexually active romance * flamboyant gambling
  • Mangala in bhava-9 * karako bhavo nashto * drive toward doctrine, champion of paradigmatic belief, pursuit of patronage, dynamic preaching, energized philosophical conquests, dominating father-figures. Often Kuja-9 = challenges to the father's lifestyle.
  • Kuja-yuti-Rahu * thrill of muscular action * excited competition * energized pretense * dynamic desires * masculine force joins opportunistic ambition * potential for aggressive pursuit of privileges

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

Kuja rules Vrischika-swamsha

Mangala rules 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.

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

  • Budha-Karkata * comfortable communications * hand, arm, shoulders make protective gestures * rhythmic articulation of root culture * discusses nationality + ethnicity * writes about routine behaviors * argues for foundational stability * describes walls + moats + fencing + policing * defensive posture in discourse * converses with parental personalities * environmental wardens * issues customary pronouncements * delivers messages about sustainable settlements * habitual topics of patriotism, land use, shielding, cultivation, and nourishment
  • Budha in bhava-8 narrative of hidden information, mysterious facts, unexpected eruptions, shocking revelations, detailed discoveries, describer of unexpected circumstances, explainer of sudden change, delivers instructions for new identity, talks about transformative healing and renewal
  • Budha-yuti-Surya * amusing explanations * central roles in communication * bright, clear descriptions * confidently delivers instruction * articulation of radiant authority * political messenger * talkative father-figures

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

Lagnesha for Dhanuzya radical lagna

  • Guru-Mithunaya * much communication * many merchants * conversations about belief * doctrine of inclusive messaging * expansive evangelism * detailed guidance discussions * widens the scope of management * many documents * repeating growth patterns * multiple administrative projects
  • Guru in bhava-7 * many contracts * much negotiation * 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* in a wifely nativity, husband-figure may be a deal-maker
  • Guru-yuti-Zukra sodarya-karaka * multiple feminine-figures * permission to make deals * abundant pleasures + treasures * expansion of art + music * optimistic diplomatic philosophy * large-scale alignments * broad scope of partnerships * diverse financial arrangements

rogesha Zukra greatly expanded via Brihaspati *

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

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

  • Zukra-Mithunaya * appreciation of detail * beautiful accessories * attracted to writers * likes businesspeople * balanced gestures * diplomatic communications * aesthetic of handiwork * pleasures of specific explanations * enjoys correspondence * satisfied by conversation * articulated messaging arrangements
  • Zukra-7 * swabhava ** seeks pleasure via interpersonal relationships * enjoys contractual harmony * harmonious partnerships * pleasing designs to adorn the lower back * kidney-adrenal over-use * often too much sugar * sensual genitalia * prefers feminine advisers * balances the terms of mutual agreement * nice financial arrangements * * appreciation of equity
  • Guru-yuti-Zukra * 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

Zukra rules thula-11. Garcia enjoyed a large fan base via expansive Zukra-yuti-Guru supporting a 30-year career in musical performance touring

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

  • Shani-Vrizabha * heavy old valuables * must endure the sounds of proletarian speech-and-song * obliged to conform to the official bankers * dry, antique genetic stock * required preservation of aging assets * must materialize orderly values conservation * slow elderly evaluators judge the worth of hoards * must endure pressure to store the precious inventories * must bear the weight of historic treasuries * vital energy compression stress zone = neck-jaw * strictly imposed rules governing warehoused collections * lack of necessary seeds and foodstuffs * must preserve lineage knowledge despite scarce available resources
  • Shani in Bhava-6 (beneficial placement) * Structured, orderly, time-conscious enemies * must serve the chronic victims * must outlast the adversaries * must survive military siege * tense digestion * cautious, conventional crimes * relentless criticism * and guilt; chronic illness-injury syndromes; Physicians resist innovationenduring diseases . Resentment toward new treatments or medications. superb position for professional social workers * patiently aids the disadvantaged * steady healthworker * accepts the rules of medical institutions * lawfully supports the sick * excellent for herbalist + pharmacist * follows protocols for social problems * mature approach to drug addiction + abuse + crime * 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 = 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 drug (6) marketplace..

Shani rules 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).

bhratrupathi-3 touring Shani-6 = illness and addiction related to touring

any papagraha in bhava-6 can be beneficial.

Mr. Garcia 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) Garcia never went to prison nor even to 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 rules 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 Zukra ++ Zukra rules the musical but drug-prone Purvazadha lagna.

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 Zukra-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.

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

  • Magha magic * 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 and games* seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of brilliant risk-taking, fabulousspeculation, political power, celebrity roles

  • Rahu in bhava-9 * passion for philosophy, preaching * in swabhava of Saptarishi Guru, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual doctrine, theory, dharma, worldview. Rahu-9 desires a thrilling, important guidance role in catechesis, principled discourses of abstract ideas, ideology, philosophy, indoctrination. Extraordinary father-figure, ambitious professors and holy teachers. Thrives in culturally-mixed preaching environments, university, temple, sangha, congregation. Surreptitious attempt to appear as a global, humanistic, ideologically-framed agent of understanding. Rahu the Poseur may pose as a charitable philanthropist, a wisdom-purveyor, a proselyte of principled understanding, a guru-figure, a philosopher, or a globalist humanitarian. Rahu-9 trespasses the cultural boundaries of patronage, fatherhood, paradigm of belief. Exciting, opportunistic third marriage (if any).
  • Kuja-yuti-Rahu * 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

Kuja-yuti-Rahu located in Simha-9 = 6th-from-Chandra

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka * 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 * wandering discussions * can handle esoteric information * irrelevance of normal mental narrative * abandons management tasks * dismisses the standard explanations * walks away from conventional discourse * unless other graha in 3, may prefer to live without sibling-cohort

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


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