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preceded by:

succeeded by:

married to:

  • (1) Martha Jefferson

  • (2) Sally Hemmings

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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

Pushya * Sidhya

BPL commentary

For Pushyami births of a masculine valence, the influence of rigid, chronological, lawful, enduring strictly structural sober serious systematic Shani can considerably affect the outcome.

For those born into the Shani-ruled paradigm of Vutkrita, elder persons, old rules, rigid structures, age and time, resistance to change, status hierarchies, social class barriers, large organizations, public opinion, bureaucracies, regulatory requirements, legal systems, and corporate or institutional officials may be especially influential.

Instructional guidance is provided from the civilizations of Asellus. Their purpose is the lawful, hierarchically ordered maintenance of the customary folk habits in the place of settlement.

Laws and Customs

Shani-ruled Pushyami gentlemen are often found at the director level of government, corporate, and institutional organizations. They combine the local sensibilities of security-seeking Chandra with the larger structural, legal frameworks of national and international regulation. Deeply patriotic and defensive by nature, Sidhya-born usually remain close to their roots while they obtain respected, socially recognized positions in institutions, bureaucracies, and agencies of government.

Sidhya-born are influential in the world and reputed for their culturally sensitive judgment. Found in all of the Chandra-karaka areas such as transportation, farming and fishing, home-building and real-estate, schools, houses of worship, and parenting, Tishya-born feel close to the land. Yet they are socially responsible, and usually elect to serve as judges, directors, or other official roles (Shani) that provide an orderly process (Shani) for governance of their place of settlement.

Pushyami may specialize in cultural boundary-protection, making of reserved areas both social and natural, lawful preservation of ethnic practices, and legal recognition for cultural minorities. Tisya fellows are particularly dedicated to environmental protection, land ownership, and property rights.

Themes of parental duty, civic responsibility, patriotism, dignity of the family, and foundational legal protections may contextualize Pushya's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Pushyami.

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

"An earnest, thoughtful character,

intelligent and quite religious in his outlook.

  • Quite often a regular attendant at church services

  • and a supporter of church and religious activities.

Withal, he is possessed of the qualities which make for success in the material world,

and has the ability to rise in position

  • and to command the respect of his associates.

He will fill a position of executive requirements

  • and be admired and respected by his immediate family."


Biographical events matched to the Vimshottari Dasha calendar


Thomas Jefferson, age 48 in the year 1791

Chandra Mahadasha

13-Apr-1743 Earth-birth * Chandra-Rahu bhukti

Mangala Mahadasha

Aug-1757 grieved decease of father * Mangala-Ketu bhukti

Rahu Mahadasha

1761 received substantial inheritance (age 21) * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti

01-Jan-1772 married the widow Martha Skelton * Rahu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra kalatra-karaka, Zukra ruler of navamsha-7

27-Sept 1772 celebrated the birth of child-1 Martha * Rahu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra vidyapathi-5 from Chandra

1774 second very large inheritance from estate of wife's father; retired from legal practice * Rahu-Chandra bhukti * Chandra lagnesha * Chandra in 2nd-from-9th-from-Zukra - wife's father's money

1775-76 Principal author of USA Declaration of Independence * Rahu-Mangala bhukti * Mangala yogakaraka karmesha-10 governance and vidyapathi-5 politics-literature

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

Guru Mahadasha

1779 elected Virginia Governor * 1779-1781 * Governor of Virginia * Guru-Shani bhukti * Shani rules-7 career, lawmaking

06-Sep-1782 grieved decease of wife-1 Martha Skelton * Guru-Budha bhukti

1789 begins common-law marriage with young Sally Hemmings * Guru-Chandra bhukti * Chandra rules swamsha

1789 begins service as USA Secretary of State * 1789-1793 USA Secy State-01

Shani mahadasha

1797 elected VPOTUS (1797-1801) under POTUS-01 American Revolution 1732-1799 George Washington * Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha bhratrupathi-3 administration, correspondence, management

17-Feb-1801 elected POTUS-03 (1801-1809) * Shani-Zukra bhukti * Zukra vidyapathi-5 from Chandra political elections & Zukra Vriddhipathi-11 in 10

Budha Mahadasha

1819 founded University of Virginia (age 76) * Budha-Chandra * Chandra lagnesha karaka for schooling, foundings

Ketu Mahadasha

Zukra Mahadasha

04-July-1826 Earthbody-Exit (TJ age 83) * Zukra-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, bright bargainer, creatively intelligent sister-figures, entitled to pleasures, radiantly diplomatic, self-reflexively attractive
  • Surya-yuti-Rahu * confidently opportunistic, bright mesmerizer

Uttama-Surya-Azvini, Zukra-Krittika, and Rahu-Krittika all occupy Mangala's rashi in governance-kendra-10.

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

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka


  • 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

Lagnesha familiar Chandra resides in 10th navamsha = Jefferson's lasting fame.

In radix, lagnesha Chandra-Sravana the listener in bhava-7 suggests expert diplomacy (7) due to emotional (Chandra) attunement to the balance of interests.

Chandra gains extraordinary strength.

  • Lagnesha Chandra in Shravana * a nakshatra ruled by Chandra * comforted by careful listening * protectors of undulating shamanic sound, customary lawfulness, structured parenting, reputable dwelling
  • Chandra casts drishti to swakshetra Karkata lagna .
  • Chandra-7 receives drishti of the Yogakaraka nichha-bhanga Mangala-1
Marriage for Chandra-7

First life partner Martha Skelton was a highly visible person, represented by Thomas' bhava-1. Generally, Chandra-7 forecasts a devoted marriage partner who is strong identified with the union and with the native. Martha was a home-loving, decorating entertainer who supported Jefferson's career and managed their planation home (Chandra) with many slaves in the house and fields.

The second life partner, consistent with 2nd-from Chandra-7, was significantly different from the first. After Martha died, Thomas began an enduring but secret relationship with Martha's half-sister Sally which 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. They could not marry legally, and Sally served no public roles.

As POTUS-05 from 1801 until 1809, Jefferson had substantial career need for gracious social entertainments to reinforce loyalties and repay favors. Yet, Sally was considered a taboo person and her presence at Southern white planter parties would have been outrageous. POTUS-pair-04 hostess 1768-1849 Dolley Madison, the wife of POTUS-04 James Madison, performed numerous required ceremonial entertaining roles for Jefferson 1801-1809.

Zukra-yuti-Rahu in D-1 and D-9

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

Sally Hemmings was a 'quadroon' household slave and half-sister of Jefferson's first wife.

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 common law wife and mother of six of his children.

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

It was customary for owners to free their household slaves in their final legal will. Dying indebted, Jefferson did not grant freedom to any of his slaves * except six individuals (his six children). However, he 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 caused his association with a military and political revolution for the new (Kuja) nation's independence, with metal implements in his surveying profession, and with frequent journeys by sea.

TJ would have needed physical, muscular, sexual and combative movements to accomplish all that history attests. The current rectification accounts nicely for this historical view of the man by placing nichha-Kuja in radical Karkata lagna.

Vidyapthi-5+karmesha-10 atmakaraka Kuja gets nichha-bhanga in the lagna, where 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 * Jefferson = a very active man and an 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.

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 the Karakamsha = global philosophy and priesthood of enlightened world culture

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

rules Karakamsha bhava-9 ideology

  • Guru-Kanya * much ministry of service, many servants, many argumentations, much medication, exploitable beliefs, doctrine of humility
  • 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 * large-scale responsibilities

Guru rules Punarvasu radical lagna

Punarvasu signals his lifelong engagement with higher education. Founder of the University of Virginia.

A notable polymath of his era, Punarvasu native Thomas Jefferson was spectacularly talented political philosopher, architect, writer, and statesman, inter alia.

However * typical of the 6/8 afflicted 4th pada of Punarvasu * some aspects of his human character and behavior, particularly his intimate relationships, are considered exploitive (6) and unusual to the point of overtly breaking social taboo of his day (8).

Among the political, legal, and financial leadership of his era, Mangala-driven young Jefferson was considered a bit of a loose cannon. His enthusiasm and vision were welcomed, but his larger-than-life and sometimes combative personality was often a liability. POTUS-04 USA-Constitution 1751-1836 James Madison noted Jefferson's propensity to tell "large stories" -- especially those which served to promote his polymath personality.

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, socially iconic, feminine-figures harmonious ability to govern and direct * pleasing designs to adorn the upper legs, knees, calves, for overall skeleton * financially visible 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)

  • 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. 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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