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preceded by:

succeeded by:

married to

  • (1) Martha Skelton Jefferson

  • (2) Sally Hemmings

Nemesis of

Members of the Founding Fathers Group


"When governments fear people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."


Thomas Jefferson painted by Rembrandt Peale in 1805


1801-1809 * POTUS-03

1797-1801 VPOTUS under POTUS-02 Thoughts on Government 1735-1826 John Adams

1789-1794 * USA Secretary of State

1785-1789 * USA Minister to France

1779-1781 * Governor of Virginia

slave-plantation owner

Founding Father

Thomas Jefferson

Earthbody-Entry Wednesday-13-Apr-1743

Earthbody-Exit 04-July-1826 (age 83)


USA Sec'y State + founder of University of Virginia * POTUS-03 = 1801 until 1809 * Thomas Jefferson 1743-1826

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

charts, graphs and tables produced by Shri Jyoti Star * adapted by BP Lama

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Azlesa * Naga * Azreshasha * Hydra * Aayilyam * Bhujamaghabha

BPL commentary

For Azlesa births of a masculine valence, the condition of conversational, discursive, explanatory, instructional, argumentative, commercializing, evangelical Kumara may considerably affect the outcome.

For those born into the Budha-ruled paradigm of Uraga, siblings, cousins, schoolmates, bandmates, team-mates, entourage, ensemble, neighbors, managers, cohort, coterie, collaborative group, publishers, messengers, merchants, commercial agents, reporters, writers, scripts, plans, schedules, instructions, radio-television-internet, news-media, conferences, committees, discussions, travel itineraries, and texts may be especially influential.

Instructional guidance provided by emissaries from the civilizations of Hydra. Their purpose is to hold securely, twist, and control.

Call to Roots

Budha-ruled Asresas are typically storytellers. They are protective, parentally concerned, emotionally responsive communicators .

Intensely patriotic and often xenophobic, Naga-born harken to the old ways, the familiar rhythms, the folk stories which bind an ethnic people to their roots. Azresa have a particular genius for evoking ethnic narratives and ancient resentments.

Azresa have a particular genius for evoking ethnic narratives and ancient resentments.

Emotionally engaged and gesturing (Budha) in their messaging style, Hydra-born are often accomplished writers in literary genre ranging from political speech-scripters to parenting advice to folktale raconteurs. They specialize in tropes of root-culture, customs and habits, protection of the genetic stock, stabilization of the place of settlement, and defense of a way of life.

Bhujamaghabha speak the stories of a people in their land. It is the tale of a beginning in the watery mists, travel by ship, the struggle to farm and build, the cry for protection of a parental god, and finally the rooted possession of their place. They are natural environmentalists who prefer conversations about parenthood, ritual worship and holidays, food and farms, schools, roads and housing, with an emphasis on ensuring continuity of culture. Depending upon the condition of parental Chandra, Azlesa fathers may bind their children closely.

In leadership roles, the Naga-born may communicate in a swaying, hypnotic jargon, talking in the most common style, appealing to the base layers of the society, recalling an ancient past. Their sentimental audience is rapt with feeling. Their rhetoric is soothing, repetitive, simple, and familiar, like a parental lullaby, soothing the baby's cries.

Once lulled, the Naga's quarry may be bound and captured, lashed to the safe place. It is a bondage ritual, repeated to ensure that nourishment can continue and familiar customs can repeat in an unbroken, rhythmic flow.

Asresa-born may be found in socially powerful messaging roles. They come to prominence when a tribe is weakened at the root and feeling vulnerable. An ancient racial narrative is invoked. This storyline may beseech a people to strap themselves to the land and waters which give sustenance. Its clarion call rallies the fyrd, the farmers' army, the simple folk's defense of their habits, their sustenance. To this place they are bound by hunger, by vulnerability, by a need for protection.

Themes of tight bindings, holding to roots, emotional restraint, and defense of ancient folkways may contextualize Naga's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Azlesa.

QUOTATION from: Shil-Ponde.(1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra. p 82.

"Outstanding characteristic of these people

  • is their rather unpleasant and unsociable disposition.

They are awkward and gauche in their manners

  • and are not quick to profit by their mistakes

  • because of their inability to adapt themselves to their surroundings

  • and their apparent reluctance to be gracious or kind to others.

This attitude militates against success in life

  • and is a barrier to progress.

These people should live less introspectively

  • and learn to appreciate the good in other people.

They should cultivate the habit of doing things for others."


Biographical events matched to the Vimshottari Dasha calendar


Thomas Jefferson, age 48 in the year 1791

Chandra Mahadasha

13-Apr-1743 Earth-birth in Shadwell, Colony of Virginia, British America * Chandra-Rahu bhukti

Mangala Mahadasha

Rahu Mahadasha

Aug-1757 grieved the decease of father * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti * Rahu-yuti-Surya

1761 received substantial inheritance (TJ age 21) * Rahu-Guru bhukti * Guru rules 9-fortunes

01-Jan-1772 exchanged the vows of marriage with the widow Martha Skelton * Rahu-Zukra bhukti

27-Sept 1772 celebrated the birth of child-1, daughter Martha * Rahu-Surya bhukti * Rahu-yuti-Surya * Rahu-yuti-Zukra * Surya gives effect of Zukra rules-5 from Chandra

1774 TJ receives second very large inheritance from estate of wife's father. TJ retires from law practice to concentrate on politics * Rahu-Mangala bhukti * Kuja-1 rules 5-bhagya, delightful fortunes

Guru Mahadasha

1775-76 Principal author of USA Declaration of Independence * Guru-Guru swabhukti * Guru rules Budha-9 philosophical documents

31-Mar-1776 grieved the decease of mother * Rahu-Mangala bhukti * chidra-dasha * Mangala rules 2nd-from-matribhava-4

1779 elected Virginia Governor * 1779-1781 * Governor of Virginia * Guru-Shani bhukti * Shani rules-7 advising, counsel, negotiation

06-Sep-1782 grieved the decease of wife-1, Martha Skelton * Guru-Ketu bhukti

1789 begins common-law marriage with Martha Skelton's younger sister, quadroon Sally Hemmings * Guru-Rahu bhukti * Rahu culture barrier-bending

1789 begins service as USA Secretary of State * served 1789-1793 * Guru-Rahu bhukti * Rahu culture mixing

Shani mahadasha

Feb-1797 elected VPOTUS under George Washington (served 1797-1801) * Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha rules-3 administration, correspondence, management

17-Feb-1801 elected POTUS-03. Served 1801-1809. * Shani-Zukra bhukti * Zukra-10 * Zukra-yuti-Surya * Zukra-yuti-Rahu

Budha Mahadasha

1819 founded University of Virginia (TJ age 76) * Budha-Mangala bhukti * Kuja rules 5-scholarship + 10-public institutions

04-July-1826 Earthbody-Exit (TJ age 83) * Budha-Shani bhukti * Shani rules-7

Distinctive Features of the Nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

  • Surya-Meza * uttama * Suryaya * the supreme one
  • Surya in bhava-10 * digbala * center of hierarchy * brightly governing * legislative intelligence * focus on social order * father holds a respected position * regulatory entitlements * eye on high authority * radiant reputation * sparkling center of the leadership drama
  • Surya-yuti-Zukra * confidently harmonious * brightly creative bargainer * artistic father-figure * uniquely intelligent sister-figures * entitled to pleasures * aesthetic expressions align with the spiritual rays of the Sun * financial politics * radiantly diplomatic * self-reflexively attractive features
  • Surya-yuti-Rahu * confidently opportunistic * bright mesmerizer * creatively intelligent culture-mixing * entitled to mix and mottle * ambitious father-figure * adventurously aligned with the spiritual rays of the Sun * radiantly risk-rewarding

Uttama-Surya-Azvini ++ Zukra-Krittika ++ Rahu-Krittika = occupy Mangala's rashi in governance-kendra-10.

Surya in bhava-10 * dig-bala + uttama-Surya-Mesha * exposing one's life to the public eye; in Azvini, Surya represents an inventor, a promoter of new ideas

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

lagnesha for Karkata radical lagna.

  • Chandra-Makara-Draco * comforted by rhythmic hierarchical ordering
  • Chandra in Shravana * comforted by careful listening * protectors of undulating shamanic sound, customary lawfulness, structured parenting, reputable dwelling
  • Chandra in classroom-7 * comfort in arrangements * familiar with security-focused bargaining * soothed by match-making * needs to feel the repeating pulse of deal-making * accustomed to routine habits of matched partnership * settled into the rhythm of negotiations * need for balanced contracts * nourished by undulating agreements * undulating equity


MARRIAGE partnership support expectations


  • marriage-1
  • bhava-1 Karkata = patriotism, home-and-hearth
  • First life partner Martha Skelton was a highly visible person,
  • Generally, Chandra-7 forecasts a devoted marriage partner who is strong identified with the marital alliance
  • Martha was a domestic-decorating home entertainer who supported TJ's career
  • Martha managed their gracious planation home (Chandra) with many slaves in the house and fields (Karkata).


  • marriage-2
  • bhava-8 secrecy, non-disclosure, camouflage
  • second lifepartner Sally Hemmings
  • After Martha died, TJ began an enduring but secret relationship with Martha's half-sister Sally.
  • Martha and Sally had the same slave-owning white father
  • Sally-and-TJ's union produced six children.
  • Life partner-2 Sally Hemmings was almost completely camouflaged behind a veil of social restrictions (Shani) due to her African slave mother.
  • Bhava-8 accepts drishti of oppressive Shani, expansive Guru, and physicalized, controlling nichha-Kuja.
  • Sally and TJ could not marry legally due to miscegenation laws, and Sally served no public roles.
  • Adding insult to injury, TJ could have followed the planter's custom such as practiced by George Washington, to emancipate his slaves in his Last Will and Testament.
  • He could have freed Sally after his death.
  • Azlesa TJ did not, perhaps emotionally could not, let Sally go. He did free six specific individuals, who were identified 200 years later as his six children by Sally. She died a slave.


Chandra-ravana the listener in bhava-7 suggests expert diplomacy (7) due to emotional (Chandra) attunement to the balance of interests.

Chandra gains extraordinary strength. for diplomacy and relationships

  • Chandra-Sravana ruled by patriotic, ethnic, old-ways Chandra * comforted by careful listening * protectors of undulating shamanic sound, customary lawfulness, structured parenting, reputable dwelling
  • Chandra-7 exchanges mutual drishti with Yogakaraka nichha-bhanga Mangala-1

Whitehouse Hostess = POTUS-pair-04 hostess 1768-1849 Dolley Madison

  • As POTUS-05 from 1801 until 1809, Jefferson had substantial career need for gracious social entertainments to reinforce loyalties and repay favors.
  • Sally Hemmings was a hidden, taboo person. Sally's formal attendance at Southern white planter parties would have been outrageous. Dolley Madison, the wife of POTUS-04 James Madison, performed numerous required ceremonial entertaining roles for Jefferson 1801-1809.

Zukra-yuti-Rahu * D-1 and D-9 * barrier-bending alliances

Martha Skelton Jefferson was a widow when she married TJ. Widowhood was a common situation in the 1700's. It was considered to have mixed (Rahu) benefits. While a widow might bring extra children into the marriage, she might also bring her deceased husband's assets.

The more vivid taboo-bender woman (Zukra) would be Martha's half-sister, Sally Hemmings. Due to her one-quarter African ancestry, Sally was a quadroon. Although she was educated and a member of the household, Sally was still a slave.

TJ's bhava-2 contains both yuvatipathi-7 + randhresha Shani in bhava-2 * Shani-Simha * resistance to royalty, repression of brilliance and hidden qualities to the second life union

rogesha-6 servitude exploitation + Dharmesha-9 global humanism = Guru-Simha * expansion of intelligence, inclusive generosity of political will yet servitude and unbalanced contracts


Recently gaining more credibility via genetic testing of the Hemmings line and historical research, after 250 years of suppression, there is more than anecdotal evidence that enslaved Sally Hemmings was Jefferson's long-suffering common law wife.

Sally was 25 years younger than Martha Skelton. Sally was the same age as Jefferson's elder daughter Martha Jefferson. Sally accompanied TJ and his daughter to France during TJ's long diplomatic missions there. It is asserted that Sally and TJ's sexual relationship began in France and continued stateside, where Hemmings eventually bore Jefferson six additional children.

It was customary for owners to free their household slaves via their final legal Last Will And Testament. Dying indebted,TJ did not grant freedom to any of his slaves * except six individuals (understood to have been his six children). However, Azlesa TJ never granted manumission to Sally. She died a slave.

Kuja * bhratru-karaka ** virya-karaka

Yogakaraka = Mangala-Karkata * nichha rules

  • 5-intelligence, creativity, celebrity, children, gambling, financial speculation, center-of-attention roles
  • 10 social visibility, respect, reputation, elite positions, iconic stature, leadership, public-authority-roles


  • Mangala-Karkata * nichha * active pursuit of security * proactive nourishment * drive toward rooting + settling * vigorous defensive movement * police protector * fence-builder * push toward land ownership * promotes construction of settlements * innovative farming + fishing * energetically ethnic * champion of local cultures
  • Mangala in bhava-1 * A fighter * a winner * a champion* drive toward embodied performance vitality * pursuit of competition * direct physical action * thrusting vigor * dominating personality * potentially a bully. Can dig * drill * dive * excavate * plumb * explode * explore (both physically and psychologically) dynamic innovator * lively push toward fast driving+ speedy transport * energized muscular conquests * athletic body.

TJ's powerful yogakaraka Mangala-1 =

  • military weaponry
  • political vitality
  • vigorous, vital patriotism
  • new (Kuja) nation's independence,
  • metal implements in his surveying profession
  • frequent journeys by sea

TJ would have needed physical, muscular, sexual, and combative movements to accomplish all that history attests.

Vidyapthi-5+karmesha-10 atmakaraka Kuja

Mangala in bhava-1 produces characteristics of physical courage (1), political, literary, charismatic, and dramatic energy (5) and dynamic institutional leadership (10).

Yogakaraka rules 5 + rules-10 Mangala-Karkata *

TJ = a very active man He was a combative agent for change with a philosophical, humanistic orientation. The social identity which marks his life's work is directly adversarial and enormously capable of risk (Rahu in rashi of Kuja) especially involving travel by sea.

Azlesa character is often toxic and extortionist in nature. When Azlesa-Mangala occupies the lagna, both the extraordinary virtues of yogakaraka Kuja AND the unsavory tendencies of Azlesa-the-Squeezer = amplified.

Mixed Outcomes = nichha-yogakaraka Mangala-1

Among the political, legal, and financial leadership of his era, Mangala-driven young Jefferson was considered a bit of a loose cannon.

TJ's enthusiasm and vision were welcomed, but his combative personality was often a liability.

POTUS-04 USA-Constitution 1751-1836 James Madison noted TJs propensity to tell "large stories" -- especially those which served to promote TJ's self-image as a superman polymath genius.

However, TJ's flaws would seem to reckon about equal to his virtues.

TJ was a hero writer of the extremely innovative and bold USA Constitution. He was a friend to the Euro-American Enlightenment philosophical cohort.

A notable polymath of his era, TJ was spectacularly talented political philosopher, architect, writer, and statesman, inter alia.

Brilliant but Aggressive in his political and sexual behaviors.

TJ was a nasty adversary and incriminating gossiper. He was an exploiter of his slavery-bound second wife. He was a vicious enemy to those he targeted, and his relentless attacks on key members of the Founding Fathers group - specifically, Adams and Hamilton -- may have significantly harmed the fledgling nation.

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

  • Budha-Meza * innovative communications * pioneering pronouncement * articulation of dynamic movement * discusses physical experience * vigorous descriptive explanations * challenging conversation * messages about contests * vocabulary of vitality * hands-arms-shoulders send competitive gestures, dominating gestures
  • Budha in bhava-9 * narrative of the father-figure, the guru-figure, the catechism, the doctrine * discusses patronage, paradigm of belief, describer of theoretical details, explainer of dogmatic concepts, 11th-from-11th profits, talks about principled interpretation of reality, dharma, worldview

Budha in bhava-9 * occupies Meena-9 Karakamsha = global philosophy and priesthood of enlightened world culture

Budha-Meena-9 signals TJ's lifelong engagement with higher education. Founder of the University of Virginia.

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

Guru-Simha rules Karakamsha Meena-bhava-9 ideology

Guru-Simha rules Dhanuzya ideology beliefs 10th navamsha = contains Zukra + Rahu

  • Guru-Simha * many lights * big political displays * much drama * doctrine of intelligence * expands the scope of unique personality * widens the range of self-evident rights * multiple games * diverse theatrical performances * multiple celebrations * romantic permissiveness * abundant creativity * believes in special entitlements
  • Guru in bhava-2 * much hoard * many songs * many stories * extensive history * expanded storage * several genetic lines * many accumulated goods * numerous languages * many voices * many valuations * extensive accounts * grows the family lineage * believes in conservation * patron of speech-and-song
  • Guru-yuti-Shani atta-karaka * multiple elder-figures * permission to hold respected positions * abundant structure * develops many rules * expansive hierarchies * diverse systems * optimistic social philosophy * llarge-scale responsibilities

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

  • Zukra-Meza * appreciation of competitive movement, likes innovation, attracted to champions, pleasures of conquest, athletic sensuality, enjoys direct action, aristocratic arrangements
  • Zukra-10 * pleasure of regulation * enjoys lawful social authority * makes socially important contractual agreements * reputation for for gracious balancing * respects feminine-figures * harmonious style of governance * likes pleasing designs to adorn the upper legs + knees + calves * rule-maker imposing equity * appreciation of order * legislates justice
  • Zukra-yuti-Surya * balanced roles in drama, appreciation for political display, theatrical negotiations, self-focused arrangements, radiant bright beauty * self-reflexive bargaining, sweetly confident entitlements, enjoys politics, negotiating father-figure, intelligently focused on trades, deals, contracts * arrangements according to father's choice or self-will
  • Zukra-yuti-Rahu * sweetened adventure, gracious ambition, appreciation for exciting opportunism, masked negotiations, over-reaching agreements, exceptional beauty, enjoys cultural mixing * arrangements according to thrilling adventures, over-reaching agreements, exceptional beauty, enjoys cultural mixing * arrangements according to thrilling adventure

bandesha-4 patriotism + Vriddhipathi-11 economic networks in leadership roles = Zukra-10 * Zukra-Meza -krittika

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

  • Shani-Simbha (challenging placement) * heavy old entitlements * the weight of old royal drama * obliged to conform to center-stage flamboyant divas * vital energy compression stress zone = heart-spine * must accept pragmatic social restrictions upon creative self-expression * strictly imposed rules governing political affairs * must materialize restrictions upon genius, games, drama, children, romance * must endure lowest-common-denominator proletarian entertainments * must work with slow, elderly political game-players * must continue to conduct lawful entitlement ceremonies despite scarce available resources
  • Shani in bhava-2 * Structured, orderly, time-conscious family lineage. One must preserve, have to collect, catalog, must tell tales, obligation to speak-and-sing; cautiously constrained banking; tense eyes, punitive rules for speech, non-permitted comments, financial fatigue, chronic financial depression, undernourished eye-teeth , heavy legacy pressure against speaking out; insufficient nourishment, desiccated preserved food. Limited sight, blindness. Ossified, rigid, rule-bound family culture. Resistance to new languages and direct speech. Resentment toward family ignorance. Support for socially-approved presentationvia face, hair, song, speech, vision, treasuries of older knowledge.
  • 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

yuvatipathi-7 career advising counseling+ randhresha-8 revolution hidden forces, new identities = Shani in bhava-2 resistance to privileged lineages * Shani-Simha = resistance to royalty,

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

  • Krittika Rahu-Meza-Arya * shimmering illusion of first-arrival * craving for superiority * exotic use of dominating force * mask of competitive action * mirage of innovative pioneering * over-reaching urgency * extraordinary muscularity * mesmerizing forward movement * unusual athleticism * fascinating conquests * marvelous warriorship * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of heroic action; winning of contests, natural chief * seeks privilege via champion-roles
  • Rahu in bhava-10 * passion for leadership power * in swabhava of Sober Shani, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual iconic, symbolic, representational, government, executive authority, social status. Risk-rewarding Rahu-10 desires an important regulating role in materially privileged, socially visible ranks. Exciting, potentially fraudulent, opportunistic character of the leaders, bosses and government officials. Thrives in culturally-mixed legislative, executive settings. Rahu the Poseur may pose as a boss, an authority-figure, a decision-maker, a legislator, a tyrant. Rahu-10 trespasses the cultural boundaries of governance authority, social dignity. Thrilling hunger for high-recognition, empowered reputation, respect. Ambition of the father's family
  • Rahu-yuti-Surya * amplified ambition to attain center-stage roles, magnified confidence, passion for exotic performance arts, trickster with dramatic flair, opportunistic father, flamboyant pursuit of social mobility, fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of exceptional creativity or political genius, hypnotic charm, seeks privilege via bright celebrity, sparkling center of cross-cultural mixing
  • Rahu-yuti-Zukra * amplified attractions * magnified beauty * exotic art-music-architecture * tricky partners * opportunistic feminine-figures * fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of luxurious pleasure * strange-and-wonderful designs * thrilling relationships * barrier-bending style of deal-making * unusual contracts * hypnotic arrangements * gracious balance of cross-cultural mixing

Rahu in bhava-10 = dramatic rise to leadership roles, under barrier-bending, taboo-twisting , law-bending, illicit, or culturally irregular (Rahu) circumstances.

Rahu in bhava-10 is often a glass-ceiling crasher, able to break gender-race-age barriers in conservative professional roles. May challenge conventional standards in the style of ascendancy to the high ranking institutional governance positions.

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu-Thula * dissociates from bargaining * vacillates in compromise * incomplete alliance * empty trades * surrendered trust * dispersed negotiations * ignores restriction on deal-making * applies balanced equity to 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 * irrelevance of the habitual folkways * surrenders the received nationality * dismisses the parents * walks away from the established routines

Ketu in Bhava-4 = one is rarely at home due to Rahu-10-related ambitions for high visibility social privilege. For extended periods of time in mid-life, TJ was gone from home for years without relief, due to his diplomatic and governance assignments.


Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.


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