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1845-1849 * POTUS-11

1839-1841 * Governor of Tennessee

1825-1838 * US-Congressman from Tennessee

Brigadier General

James Knox Polk

Earthbody-Entry Monday-02-Nov-1795

Earthbody-Exit15-Jun-1849 (age 53)


c. 1840: James Knox Polk with Sarah Childress Polk

1845-1849 * POTUS-11-partner

Sarah Childress Polk

Earthbody-Entry 04-Sept-1803

Earthbody-Exit 14-Aug-1891 (see her nativity below)


POTUS-11 from 1845 until 1849 * James Knox Polk * 1795-1849

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativity

Anuradha * Maitra

BPL commentary

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

For those born into the Shani-ruled paradigm of Maitra, 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.

Instruction from the guardians of the civilizations of Gisgan-gusura. Their purpose is to impose safety in dangerous conditions via threat-containment and damage-control.

Hazard Regulation

Anuradha imposes order after chaos. Maitra-born have a special gift for threat reduction. After the terrifying, explosive Shock of Visaka-Radha, enter Anuradha for damage mitigation and triage. Shani-ruled Anuradha requires lawful, mandatory compliance.

Maitra-born are found in emergency centers, disaster response control rooms, high-risk insurance, elite rescue operations, military ordnance control, explosives testing, hazardous materials management, hazardous substance regulation..

Maitra-born are often the bridge-builders following a social scandal or fight. Anizham strive to maintain order in dangerous conditions via regulatory structures such as war policy, catastrophe protocol, social strategies for responding to epidemic disease and famine, and emergency rules such as martial law. Being Shani-ruled, they are naturally suited to medical, legislative, and executive governance positions.

Themes of risk regulation, damage control , and orderly response to traumatic shock may contextualize the terrestrial experience of Anusham.. Also applied to Chandra in Anuradha

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939).Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 85
"Usually robust and healthy,
  • yet the native of Anuradha gets very little enjoyment out of life.
Probably because he consciously strives after happiness
  • but with continual discontent and bitterness in his heart.
He has a deep secretive nature
  • and because of his attitude and outlook on life, he is somewhat unscrupulous .
"a sweet tongue but poison in the heart" aptly characterizes him."
Biographical details matched to Vimshottari Dasha calendar

Shani mahadasha

02-Nov-1795 Earth-birth in Pineville, North Carolina, USA * Shani-Shani swabhukti

1809 (age 13) * a brutal frontier surgery for urinary stones followed by sepsis and sterility (Magha navamsha) * Shani-Rahu bhukti

Budha Mahadasha

June-1820 licensed to practice law * Budha-Chandra bhukti * Chandra rules 10th navamsha career

1822 joined Tennessee militia, appointed Colonel * Budha-Mangala bhukti * Mangala-11 networking, fighting

01-Jan-1824 marriage to Sarah Childress * Budha-Rahu bhukti

1825 elected USA Congress (age 29) * Budha-Guru bhukti * Guru vidyapathi-5 elections

Ketu Mahadasha

1835 elected Speaker of the House * Ketu-Shani bhukti * Shani bhratrupathi-3 reports announcements * Shani-7 partnerships, alliances

Zukra Mahadasha

1838 wins election Governor of Tennessee served 1839-1841. * Zukra-Zukra swabhukti * Zukra yuvatipathi -7 agreements, deals also ruler-of-12 under-the-table arrangements * Zukra-yuti-Surya karmesha-10

Mar-1845 begins POTUS-11 (at 49, youngest POTUS thus far) * Zukra-Rahu bhukti * Rahu gives effect of Chandra ruler of 10th navamsha

15-Jun-1849 earthdeath (three months after retirement, age 53) * Zukra-Guru bhukti * Guru maraka rules-2

Distinctive Features of the Nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

  • Surya-Vanika * nichha * Hiranya-garbha * golden fetus
  • Surya in bhava-12 * center of Other-Worlds, brightly contemplative, focus on seclusion, invisible light-source provides guidance, intuitive entitlements, intelligence for private prayer, eye on imagination
  • 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

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • Chandra-Meena * comforted by rhythmic ancestral guidance
  • Chandra in Uttara-bhadra-pada * comforted by wisdom systems * compassionate protectors of hierarchical rules * needs to provide orderly guidance * soothed by large-scale structures that nourish human growth
  • Chandra in classroom-9 * comfort in the paradigm of belief * familiar with doctrine * accustomed to routine patronage * soothed by globalist perspective * needs to feel the repeating pulse of preaching sermons * calmed by a broad worldview * acculturated to principled understanding * emotionally sensitive father-figures * habitually seeks guidance * settled into the rhythm of philosophical humanism * undulating convictions
  • Somana-yuti-Rahu * Emotionally expedient * sensitive to exotic figures * needs exciting opportunities * unconventional parenting style * soothed by unusual experiences * undulating desires * craves nurturing * feels exceptional


MARRIAGE partnership support expectations

Polk married a politically tolerant and pious wife, became governor of Tennessee and eventually POTUS-11. Sarah is represented not only by nichha-Guru-yuti-Ketu in 7th-from-Chandra suggesting some diffusion of agreement, but also by the distinctive political asset and substantial counseling-advising advantage of the gracious karmesha-10 nichha-Surya-yuti-Zukra yuvatipathi-7 .

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka


  • Mangala-Kanya * vigorous pursuit of logical argumentation * proactive medication * thrust toward service * push toward unfairness * champion of litigious accusation, medical treatment plans, aggressive indictments, investigative journalism

  • Mangala in bhava-11 * drive toward connectivity, pursuit of earnings, , marketplace dynamics, invasive networking, energized economic conquests
  • Budha-1 parivartamsha Mangala-11

Lifetime of health challenges * parivartamsha of lagnesha-1 and rogesha-6 Mangala-11 with randhresha-8 + Vriddhipathi-11 Budha-1

Age 13, young Polk survived a brutal frontier surgery * randhresha-8 Budha-1 surgeries * for urinary stones which was made even more dangerous and painful by the ensuing sepsis. Polk suffered lifetime frail health and sterility from the terrible surgery and from using the medical remedies of the time (Budha pharmacopeia).

In his remarkable survival following the health emergencies of his youth, Polk acquired a legal education and began a flourishing legal practice. His prospects were helped by the rampant bankruptcies of the era. Mangala-11 income, revenue rules 6 broken contracts, litigation

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

  • Budha-Vrizchika * secretive communications * articulation of transformative process * emergency pronouncements *delivers messages about dangerous situations * descriptive initiations * discusses undisclosed information * mysterious handcraft * * articulately defined masking * gives instruction for penetrating procedures * expertly detailed disguise * hands-arms-shoulders make occult gestures
  • Budha in bhava-1 * digbala * narrative of body, bifurcated self-image, discusses physical appearance, describer of embodiment, explainer of tangible self, delivers instructions for self-characterization, articulation of communicative movement, animated gestures, talks about personality, details the two-sided identity
  • Budha-1 parivartamsha Mangala-11

Randhresha located in radical-lagna indicates an agent of revolutionary change. The life-force is consumed by the transformational intensity of the task. The incarnation is usually briefer than average. Three months after completing the POTUS-11, he died suddenly of cholera age 53.

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

  • Guru-Makara * nichha * understands social structure * develops many rules * class-conscious convictions * conventional doctrine * believes in common sense * pragmatic guidance * philosophical realism * diverse social responsibilities * principled materialistic worldview * faith in hierarchical order * preaches about wise governance * widens the scope of institutional authority
  • Guru in bhava-3 * many messages * much commerce * many photographs * many publications * many collaborators * many transactions * many tours * frequent business trips * many sales * numerous discussions * much detailed interaction * extensive ensemble grouping * evangelistic growth * expansion of message * so many meetings * patron of communications technologies
  • Guru-yuti-Ketu upeksha-karaka * multiple options for severance * broad permission to abandon unsustainable connections * diverse wanderings * many occasions of surrender * philosophy of impermanence * large-size vacuums * many holy pilgrimages

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

  • Zukra-Vanika * swakshetra * appreciation of negotiation * taste for balanced color schemes * attracted to beautiful designs + likes designers * preference for brokering roles * equable alliances * seeks the sweet balance of a favorable bargain * pleasures of harmonious arrangements * enjoys equity * aesthetic of the fair-trade deal
  • Zukra-12 * pleasure of imagination * enjoys spiritually guided partnership *, intuitive feminine-figures* agreeable sleep * visions of harmony and beauty * aesthetic designs to adorn the feet * appreciation of distant lands * seeks interior balance
  • 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, arrangements, contracts * arrangements according to father's choice or self-will

Zukra-Thula yuti Surya-Vanika * nichha * yuvatipathi-7 with karmesha-10 signals a substantial public career.

In addition, yuvati-bhava contains the Karakamsha, contains Shani-7 dig-bala ruled by Zukra, and suggests that the weight of his career was indeed borne by his steady, cautious adviser wife Sarah.

Surya-yuti-Zukra ++ Guru-yuti-Ketu in 7th-from-Chandra * Another wife?

Surya-12 suggests a completely invisible indiscretion such as a conception with a slave woman (very likely for slave-owning men in those times). Polk is often reckoned as sterile because he did not produce children with Sarah. However, Surya-yuti-Zukra suggests a first wife (Surya having the lower degree) who occurs before Zukra-wife-2 representing Sarah. Surya is very weak as nichha in 12, but still yuti yuvatipathi-7 and still capable of producing a union.

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-7 * digbala * (beneficial placement) * Structured, orderly, time-conscious partnerships. One must balance and re-balance. Cautious, conventional relationships. Tense negotiations. Chronic responsibilities toward the spouse; compression of the visible genitalia; heavy legacy pressure against freely chosen contracts. Bargaining fatigue. Resistance to new arrangements. Resentment toward changes in partner's behavior. Support for socially-approved, rigidly dutiful roles as married person, contract-holder, match-maker, attorney, diplomat, judge.

Shani-7 rules bhava-5 politics, children ++ Shani drishti into Budha-1 parivartamsha Mangala-11

"Never having children, Polk had no family life as President other than what Sarah would arrange for him. His family was politics, and he pursued it relentlessly. One biographer writes that aside from politics, Polk "had no aspirations, intellectual interests, recreation, or even friendships. He once described himself as the hardest-working man in Washington, and even his political enemies marveled at his ability to accomplish so much on a daily basis." []

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

  • Rahu-Karkata * shimmering illusion of security * craving for customary rhythms * risky policing * mirage of home and shelter * mask of ancestral belonging to a habitual place * tantalizing acts of protective defense * over-reaching patriotism * fabulous farms and fisheries * fascinating ethnic routines * marvelous localities * intriguing owned properties * extraordinary cetaceans * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of motherliness, nationalism, loyalty to the homeland * seeks privilege via caretaker parent-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).
  • Rahu-yuti-Soma * amplified emotion, magnified familiarity exotic habits, tricky comforts, opportunistic mother, fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of sympathetic caretaking, hypnotic rhythms, emotionally attuned to cross-cultural mixing, fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of sympathetic caretaking, hypnotic rhythms, emotionally attuned to cross-cultural mixing

Manifest Destiny* The Defining Dogma of the 1840's

Chandra-yuti-Rahu * Rahu amplifies the activities of Pushyami Chandra ruler of 10th navamsha

nichha-Guru-yuti-Ketu expands the misconceptions

His Chandra-yuti-Rahu-9 suggests an ideologue driven by a concept of ancestral (Chandra) privilege. Indeed Polk and most of his peers were mesmerized (Rahu) by the philosophy (9) of Manifest Destiny. This doctrine neatly justified (in their minds) the annihilation of the Red Race and the subjugation of the Black Race in North America as the white, agriculturalist Euro-Americans settled (Chandra) rapidly across the "unclaimed" continent.

The folk dogma of Manifest Destiny lost its credence as its utter lack of legal or scriptural support made it unsustainable. However in Polk's day, Manifest Destiny was a widespread passionate ideology and Polk was a deep believer.

His Chandra-yuti-Rahu-9 describes the passionate beliefs of the day including Manifest Destiny. His wife Sarah is represented by 7th-from-Chandra nichha-Guru-yuti-Ketu. Her materialistic (nichha-Guru) interpretation of Biblical scripture produced a culture of no-alcohol no-dancing no-games austerity which sobered her political entertainments. Nevertheless "Sahara Sarah" earned respect for her devotion to her husband's political career (Guru vidyapathi-5 politics). After his death age 53, Sarah remained a widow-wearing-black for 40 years.

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu-Makara-Draco * dissociates from strict regulations * * incomplete hierarchy * empty rules * dissolute laws * meaningless social authority positions * severed execution of duties * not limited by public conventions * ignores restriction on rank * disregards status barriers * applies institutional structure to the misty abyss
  • Ketu in classroom-3 * absentee sibling, off-topic communications, disinterested in daily discourse, dissolved messaging boundaries, disregards conventional discussions, eccentric or esoteric modes of writing, irrelevance of the mental narrative. One abandons the management tasks, dismisses the standard explanations, walks away from the usual descriptions.
  • Ketu-yuti-Guru * freedom to abandon empty theories * many vacuums * wandering teachers * wisdom of surrender * misunderstandings due to incomplete comprehension * doctrine of impermanence * Other-Worldly viewpoint * walks away in disbelief * uninterested in charity * liberating philosophy * for wifely nativities, Ketu may release the dhavakaraka husband-figure..


POTUS-11 partner from 1845 until 1849 * Sarah Childress Polk * 1803 - 1891

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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

POTUS-pair-11 Polk Place 1803-1891 Sarah Childress Polk

Rising Nakshatra

Feminine Nativities

Pushya * Sidhya

BPL commentary

For Pushya nativities, the influence of rigid, chronological, lawful, enduring strictly structural sober serious systematic Shani can considerably affect the outcome.

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 provided by emissaries from the civilizations of Asellus

All four pada of Tisya occur within Chandra-ruled Karkata rashi. Births into pada 1-2-3-4 uniformly express the the tension between emotionally protective soothing Somana versus lawfully ordering Shani.

Both deeply caring and socially regulatory, Pushyami ladies are often found at the director level of hierarchical organizations that are dedicated to family, parent, and citizen welfare.

Deeply patriotic and protectionist by nature, they have a gift for combining a secure family life with larger social responsibilities. Pushya feminine figures are influential in the material world, respected for their orderly yet sensitive conduct, and particularly dedicated to the safety of women and children.

Themes of parental duty, civic responsibility, dignity of the family, respect for cultural customs, 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 93

"Distinctly the club-woman type is found here.

She is well-read, cultured and active in all community and social affairs.

In her home she entertains and is fond of indoor games, bridge parties and social gatherings

  • at which she is a charming and capable hostess.

  • She will have her own money or her husband will be generous in his allowances to her

and she will spend much of it on church and club activities

  • and with charitable organizations.

If she cares to adopt some public career,

  • she will become very well known ."


POTUS-pair-11 Polk Place 1803-1891 Sarah Childress Polk

"Sahara Sarah"

Earthbody-Entry 04-Sept-1803 * fleshdeath 14-Aug-1891

Dhanayoga * Vriddhipathi-11 Zukra-2 yuti dhanapati-2 Surya

Sweets-seeking Zukra in the emotionally conflicted and self-medicating 6th-from-Chandra suggests behavioral addictions or substance addictions (typically alcohol, but other conflict-numbing sweetening practices also)

+ Budha-Kanya * uttama* Budha in bhava-3

+ Mangala-Kanya = Mangala in bhava-3

Yogakaraka Mangala rules 5-intelligrnce, creativity, celebrity ++ 10 social visibility, respect, reputation, leadership

+ Guru-Kanya = Guru in bhava-3

+ Shani-Kanya = Shani in bhava-3

Zukra-2 = Zukra-Simha + Surya-yuti-Ketu

hailed from one of the "leading" Ulster Scots pioneer families in frontier Tennessee; her father was a wealthy planation owner * Surya-Simha dhanapati-2 yui Vriddhipathi-11 Zukra

During her tenure as First Lady, in order to economize, POTUS-pair-11 Polk Place 1803-1891 Sarah Childress Polk Meena-Chandra-9 fired most of the White House staff. She replaced them with her own slaves.

Despite her firm doctrinal beliefs (no dancing, no liquor, no frivolity) she bought and sold dozens of slaves for her plantations, often selling children away from their mothers and husbands away from their wives.

The Kanya-cluster in bhava-3 buy-and-sell indicates rationalized (uttara-Budha Kanya) cruelty (Mangala-3 * 8th-from-8th) particularly toward the service class, the disadvantaged and imbalanced, and those weaker or lower than oneself. yuvatipathi-7 contracts * randhresha-8 trauma Shani plus Vriddhipathi-11 economics vidyapathi-5 politics suggests a utilitarian aggressiveness. Identity with sacred doctrine lagnesha Chandra-9.


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