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Whitney Houston

a.k.a. Whitney Elizabeth Houston

Earth-birth Friday-09-Aug-1963

dematerialization 11-Feb-2012 (age 48)


musical entertainer + fashion model * 1963 - 2012 * Whitney Elizabeth Houston

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Rising Nakshatra

Feminine Nativities


Bhaga * Falgun * Utthram

BPL commentary

For Uttaraphalguni births of a feminine valence, the condition of radiant, romantic, intelligent, creative, idealistic, central, confident, gaming, self-reflexive, pitrikaraka Surya may considerably affect the outcome.

For those born into the Surya-ruled paradigm of Uttora, father-figures, politicians, celebrity, royalty, entitled roles, brilliant dramatists, radiant deities, sparkling genius, glittering creativity, intelligentsia, speculators, poets, romantic lovers, gamblers, and game-players may be especially influential.

Instructional guidance provided by emissaries from the civilizations of Denebola. Their purpose to brighten and glorify the divine intelligence through spectacular creativity.

Brilliantly dramatic

Uttara-phalguni women are famously confident and willful. Monarchic entitlement pairs with aristocratic service via noblesse oblige. While much depends upon the characteristics of sparkling nakshatra-pati Surya, the feminine Falgun is often found in bright environments of royalty, celebrity, theatre, creative arts, amusements, and games.

Uttaraphalguni ladies radiate a profound love for living creatures, both wild and domestic. On behalf of the animal kingdom and its denizens, the women of Aryaman may undertake political activism. As righteous (and self-righteous) human mistresses of the animal world, their political style may include fiery displays of romantic idealism. They may collect animals.

Simha-Leya pada-1 features charismatic centrality and stage presence, focused into the physical embodiment. Pada-1 must hold the center of attention, whether in celebrity politics, entertainment and fashion, dramatic acting, or all three. Typically one attracts an elder husband along with many charming romances.

Kanya Pada 2-3-4 = equally dazzling, idealistic, smart, and flamboyant, but more focused upon expressing the genius of the imagination. Often a splendid dramatist and performing musician due to nakshatra-pati Surya. Typically one attracts a generous husband.

Themes of political power, radiant confidence, and bright celebrity drama may contextualize Utthram's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Uttaraphalguni-Aryaman

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 95

"A joyous healthy disposition yet quietly so.

  • She has a very soft pleasing voice,

  • bubbling over with fun and humor.

She is born to a family with social background

and loves to mingle with her friends in various social activities

  • Yet, she is not frivolous,

  • but beneath her joyous manner, rather serious minded.

She has fixed principles from which she will not deviate.

She prefers to choose her friends

  • from among the people who are artistically inclined and cultured.

She is efficient and adept at managing her home and her domestic life."



Whitney as a young woman, with her famed singer mom, Cissy Houston



Whitney Houston in 1992 (WH age 29)

Biographical details matched to Vimshottari Dasha bhukti

Budha Mahadasha * age birth until age 16.6

09-Aug-1963 Earth-birth in Newark, New Jersey, USA * Budha-Budha svabhukti

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

Ketu Mahadasha age 16.6 until age 23.6

1981 high school diploma * Ketu-Shukra bhukti

1985 (WH age 22) begin ascent into musical fame, hit recordings, video, and live performances * Ketu-Shani bhukti * atmakaraka Shani activates 5-fame

Shukra Mahadasha * age 23.6 until age 43.6

18-Jul-1992 (WH age 28) exchange of marriage vows with singer Bobby Brown * Shukra-Chandra bhukti * Chandra-yuti-Guru * Guru activates Meena Svamsha * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Dhanus-Mithunaya * contact natal R-K

04-Mar-1993 celebrated the birth of child-1 * Shukra-Kuja bhukti * Kuja activates 9th-from-Chandra-Meena

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

02-Feb-2003 (WH age 40) grieved the decease of father * Shukra-Budha bhukti * Budha activates 12th-from-Surya

Surya Mahadasha * age 43.6 until decease age 48

2007 (WH age 44) divorce-1 from singer Bobby Brown, alleging abuse * Surya-Mangala * Kuja-1 rules 8-identity change

11-Feb-2012 (WH age 48) dematerialization via drugged drowning * Surya-Shukra bhukti * Shukra maraka activates-2


26-Jul-2015 decease of WH's only child, daughter, Bobby Christina Brown, via drowning ; * Chandra-Rahu bhukti

Salient features of the Nativity

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

  • Aśleṣa Surya-Karkata * Bhanu * ray of light * brightly charismatic confidence of Center-stage Surya radiates through the nourishing caretaking rashi of Chandra
  • Surya in bhava-11 * center of community * genius for associative systems * radiates through the gridwork * entitled to work-and-earn * network intelligence * focus on interlinked ecologies * uniquely creative marketplace revenues * exemplifies knotting-netting-knitting connectivity * distributed light * eye on friendships * celebrated by crowds * sparkling center of social-economic drama * father may be an earner-socialite-organizer
  • Surya-yuti-Shukra * confidently harmonious * brightly creative bargainer * uniquely intelligent feminine-figures * entitled to pleasures * aesthetic expressions align with the spiritual rays of the Sun * financial politics * graciously creative * dramatic promises * radiantly diplomatic * self-reflexively attractive * father may be artist-broker-arranger [Aśleṣa]


Surya-Karkata Dad was a theatrical manager. He managed the singing career of WH's mother, and he worked as WH's career manager until his decease.

Chandra-Surya share a 5/9 angle suggesting that, despite their divorce, there was a mutually supportive affinity between mother-and-father. They maintained a professional relationship.


Surya-yuti-Shukra = entertainment, celebrity relationships, women's fashion display, singing

WH persona had a notable community focus . She self-expressed most vibrantly in larger groups such as church choirs.

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-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 * calmed by customary arrangements * rhythmic rebalancing * needs fair contracts * sheltered by a parenting partner * nourished by agreements * undulating equity * mother may be a match-maker, attorney, advocate, judge
  • Somana-yuti-Guru * Emotionally effusive * needs to expand * seeks familiar guidance * sheltered by doctrine * comforted by customary worship * protected by sacred ritual * nourished by beliefs * soothed by fertility * inspirational parents * multiple mothers * feels like a teacher-preacher


Somana-yuti-Guru-Revati music. WH musical- dramatic performances appealed emotionally to a broad [Guru] cross-section of the appreciative public (7).

Guru-Meena diversity with a doctrinal quality. WH musical style was admired by fans young and old, rich and poor, black and white, men and women.


Mom = the popular singer Cissy Houston.

Chandra-yuti-Guru = her mom's music also appealed to a wide demographic swath of listeners since she sang in several styles ranging from devotional church music [Guru] to drug-and-exploitation influenced nightclub material.

Chandra in classroom-7 receives incoming Parashari drishti from both disciplining, orderly, Shani-5 , suggesting oppressive entertainment performance workload

  • Drishti from sexualized, verbally critical + loudly singing Mangala-Kanya-1 also influences the mother's persona and her own marriage environment.

MARRIAGE partnership emotional equity support expectations


  • Marriage-1
  • Kanya = assisting, ailing, argumentative, criticizing
  • bhava-1 = physical, active, igniting, innovative, productive
  • Mangala in bhava-1 capacity for aggressive outbursts
  • WH endured an abusive marriage to a fellow performer (1) until randhresha Mangala bhukti facilitated a divorce with re-start
  • Generally, when Chandra occupies 7, the primary life relationship is with the Mother. The primary role of the partner is parental.

Kuja * bhratru-karaka

  • Mangala-Kanya * penetrating logic * proactive helping * thrust toward service * energetic assistance to the needy * pushy complaints * (potentially) vindictive * champion of litigious accusation * military planning * aggressive indictments * investigative journalism * medical treatment interventions
  • Mangala in bhava-1 * forward fighter * muscular champion * competitive winner * drive toward performance vitality * embodied action * primal sexuality * pursuit of progress * direct movement * physical engineering * thrusting vigor * dominating personality * pushy * dynamic innovator * energized conquests * athletic body


Mangala in bhava-1

  • 3-business, writing, ensemble, entourage, scheduling, collaboration, writing
  • 8-crisis, sudden changes, shocks, transformation, rebirth

Mangala in bhava-1-Kanya occupies the marital 7th-from-Chandra, indicating a physically active and critically-investigating life mate

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

lagnesha for Kanya radical lagna

  • Budha-Simha * political communications * articulation of unique creativity * delivers celebratory announcements * manufacturers bright displays * explains celebrity entitlements * romantic messages * declares poetic adoration * delights in glittering phrases * manages entertainments * details the procedure for theatrical amusements * speaks with royal flamboyance * talks about gambling * plays intelligent games * hands-arms-shoulders send dramatic gestures

  • Budha in bhava-12 * narrative of mental sanctuary * talks about quietude * commerce of the hermitage * discusses interior spiritual guidance * speaks from invisible location * instructions on reflective contemplation * detailed descriptions of intimate privacy * diagrams the astral inner terrain * explainer of quiet prayer * imaginative siblings * communication with distant worlds * delivers information about clairsentience * skillfully defines the dreamworld * logical visions


Budha = the team, the entourage, the ensemble, the promoters, the handlers, the managers

WH delivered both live shows [Simha] and recordings [Budha]. She supported a huge entourage, plus a legion of managers and handlers [Budha]

Budha in bhava-12 = lagnesha + karmesha = communications media identity profession

Budha-Simha occupies bhava-12 = the emotionally adversarial 6th-from-Chandra

  • psycho-emotional stress = the business activity of constantly producing musical performances
  • entertainment industry constant communication, programming, details = stress-point for marriage because 12 = 6th-from-7

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

  • Guru-Meena * much sleep * theoretical understanding * broad inner guidance * optimistic imaginings * inspirational dreams * intuitive beliefs * doctrine of esoteric understandings * expands the scope of contemplative awareness * multiple prayers * permission to envision
  • 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-Chandra matri-karaka * multiple mother-figures * permission to do what feels good (not always beneficial, see Chandra's nakshatra) * much expansion of folkways * much humanistic cultural philosophy * many gardens * broad scope of sheltering settlements * generous nourishment * believes in defending the old ways of life * usually rather stout


Guru activates Meena Svamsha

Guru activates Dhanus 10th navamsha containing familiar-face Chandra + songstress Shukra

Guru-yuti-Chandra = Guru in bhava-7

  • rules 4-home, childhood, life foundations, security
  • rules 7- advisers, attorneys, middlemen, marriage
  • rules Ketu-5 = reputation-defining
  • Ketu resides in the emotionally dignified , social-ordering, leadership-seeking Dhanus 10th-from-Chandra.
  • Ultimately, WH gained highest repute for her suicide, followed by the suicide of her only child (Ketu dissolution).

Chandra-yuti-Guru expands both the scope of WH musical reach and the number of her personal and professional partnerships. Role of Mother is expansive and primary partner.

Guru in bhava-7 dhava-karaka suggests that the husbandly-companion (the first husband) displayed qualities of eruptive change and rejuvenating rebirth . Husband and mother [Chandra] are allied.

Second husbandly-companion is a friend, likely a feminine identity, due to Chandra-ruled Shukra-11

multiple mother figures Chandra-yuti-Guru

Uttaraphalguni lagna attracts many entertainers into the life. WH's many mothers supported the talented young girl as she rose through the ranks in the notoriously exploitive entertainment industry. To the extent possible, WH's many-mothers sheltered and protected a gifted, delicate flower.

Shukra * svadu-karaka (sweet) * kalatra-karaka (wifely companion)

[ashtangata harana]

  • Shukra-Karkata * values comforting routine * likes to nourish * attracted to settled habits * prefers a home-loving partner * taste for folk-lifestyle * appreciates farmers-and-fishers * pleased by secure borders * enjoys rhythmic seasons * adorns beautiful gardens * seeks balanced parenting arrangements * aesthetic of domestic sharing
  • Shukra-11 * seeks pleasure via social connectivity * pleasant participant in scientific communities * balances large exchange systems * seeks network equity * association with artists * values friendly financial connections * likes knitting-and-knotting * pleasing designs to adorn the skin * graceful ankles * appreciation of friendships * aesthetic of fair deals in marketplace * enjoys attractive friends * in a husbandly nativity, wifely-companion may be a socialite-economist-networker
  • [ashtangata harana] Shukra-yuti-Surya * balanced roles in drama * appreciation for political display * pleasantly charming * self-focused diplomacy * radiant bright beauty * self-reflexive bargaining * sweet entitlements * negotiating father-figure * self-directed arrangements * focus on trade exchange * solipsistic romance * idealistic contracts * enjoys the game of deal-making * prefers self-confident partners



  • rules 2-genetics, traditions, stories of a people * scion of an African-American musical dynasty
  • rules 9-faith, sangha, paradigm of belief, credenda, catechism
  • rules Urisha 3rd-from-Chandra


Writing + Entourage

Whitney Houston wrote much of her own music.

musical touring throughout career; entourage, ensemble-drama; songwriting. Also passionate drive to write songs = Rahu+Mangala-Urisha in 3rd Navamsha.

although a solo artist on stage, she was surrounded by technicians, stylists, stage managers, agents, and innumerable teammies

Music, Drama, Dance

Shukra occupies Karkata = 5th from Chandra in Revatika

  • emotionally-driven creative performance genius 5th from Chandra = musical, relationship-oriented, harmony-seeking, values-focused and wealth-accumulating entertainments

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

[Atmakaraka] ?

  • Shani-Makara-Draco * heavy old institutions * obliged to conform to the time-clock * rigidly ranked class-systems * strict regimes * pressure to complete socially required duties * structural compression upon knees-calves-skeleton * * strictly imposed protocols * must normalize old rules * unyielding pressure of public judgment * class-conscious elders * punitive regulators * must endure proletarian manners * must continue disciplined work * scarce building resources * maintainer of old hierarchies
  • Shani in Bhava-5 * steady time-structured intelligence * heavy responsibility for children * pessimistic in romance * cautious financial speculation * resists ceremony * limits special entitlements * obligatory entertainments * dreads political games * tightly disciplined creativity * mother's family often rigidly conventional * blocked heart-and-spine * subdued sparkle * performance fatigue * int intolerant of time-wasting amusements * elders maintain ordinary rights


Shani in Bhava-5 occupies profitable Makara

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

Shani in Bhava-5 casts disciplining, intentionally limiting drishti into

As rogesha, Shani in Bhava-5 faces a peculiar restriction-obligation

one must (Shani must) endure heavy responsibility for masses of persons who are locked into a depressive, overworked expectation in the realms of creative performance, children, politics, drama, games, romance

incoming drishti of Shukra (drugs) and Surya (pride).

Shani drishti to Chandra ++ Shani drishti to Surya suggest that both parents were constrained to produce an appearance of social decorum and uphold a standard of public behavior. Her identity as a gay woman was notoriously suppressed by both parents, who feared social judgment.

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

  • Rahu-Mithunaya * shimmering illusion of cooperation * craving for conversation * mask of messaging * boundary-breeching broadcasts * extraordinary explanations * ambitious administration * preposterous propaganda * extravagant commercial transactions * marvelous advertising * thrilling photographs * unusual ensembles * exciting cohort * mesmerizing instructions * over-reaching management * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of information delivery * sensational scripts * exaggerated announcements * exceptional business methods *seeks privilege via communicator-roles
  • Rahu in bhava-10 * passion for leadership power * in svabhava of Sober Shani, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous executive decisions * thrilled by iconic status * craves symbolic importance * hungers for regulatory authority * outsider who cleverly insinuates into lawful governance * cleverly challenges official rules * mesmerizing ascent to high social status * may pose as a boss * shimmering smoky illusion of legitimate power * trespasses cultural limits of old hierarchies * boundary-breeching hunger for commanding roles * ambition for elite rank * desires to hold a respected position * opportunistic climb to top of the corporate pyramid * culturally-mixed reputation * ambition of the father's family

How Will I Know 1963-2012 singer model Whitney Houston * music was widely liked by exceptionally diverse social segments. Her high-profile career crossed most of the race-and-class boundaries of the American popular music audience.

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

  • Ketu-Dhanus * philosophically dissociates from sacred convictions * odd professors * dissolves indoctrination * empty paradigm of belief * dispersed worldview * not limited by conventional beliefs * eccentric teachings * peculiar convictions * ignores restricted catechesis * releases a warm golden cloud of broad inclusivity into the misty abyss
  • Ketu in classroom-4 * ambivalent toward the cultural foundations * absentee mother-figure * disregards local customs * dissolved property boundaries * wanders from the ancestral home * often away * ignores conventional schooling * irrelevance of habitual folkways * surrenders nationality * dismisses bondage to parents * abandons the established routines * may prefer to live free from fixed roots

Ketu in classroom-4 occupies Dhanus

= the emotionally dignified , social-ordering, leadership-seeking; 10th-from-Chandra

suggesting an emotionally evocative recognized public image of dissolution, characterizing a tragic, hopeless, martyred, symbolic role


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