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  • Pierce's law partner was Albert Baker, the attorney brother of Christian Science 1821-1910 Mary Baker Eddy who prosecuted many cases on her behalf


Franklin Pierce during his POTUS years


POTUS-14 [1853-1857]

US Senator from New Hampshire [1837-1842]

USA Congress [1832-1837]

Brigadier General

Franklin Pierce

Earth-birth Friday-23-Nov-1804

dematerialization 08-Oct-1869 [age 64]


Jane Appleton Pierce portrait, by J.C. Buttre, Library of Congress Archives

nativity of Jane Appleton Pierce



POTUS-14 [Mar-1853 until Mar-1857]

Brigadier General in 1847 Mexican-American War

Franklin Pierce


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Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities


Ohibridna * Uttara-Proshtha-padas

BPL commentary

To whom much is given, from whom much is expected.

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

For those born into the Shani-ruled paradigm of Uthratadhi, 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 by emissaries from the civilizations of Andromeda. Their purpose is multi-dimensional structural integrity and species resilience.

Responsible Charity

Meena-Antya pada 1-2-3-4 represents Shani's rulership of 11-systems ++ 12- distant worlds, imaginative vision. Guru and Shani are mutually neutral, suggesting that personality distortions are uncommon with Andromeda-born. Pada 1-2-3-4 have an extraordinary capacity to carry responsibility for others.

Uttara-bhadra born are often found in economic, ecological, community linkage, and networking roles which structurally engage invisible understandings, distant realms, interior visionary comprehension, and enduring patience.

Themes of maintaining continuity between systems, containment of inner understanding over time, and sustaining of proven profitable patterns may characterize Ahirbudhnaya's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Uttarabhadra

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra.p 85

"...most fortunate... usually indicates a man of means,

  • well-to-do if not wealthy.

A man who owns property and has the ability to earn money

  • and also to spend it wisely and constructively.

Being a passive type, his well-being may be inherited or bequeathed to him

  • but if he achieves his own success

  • he will do so without the corollary of someone else's misfortune .

He is very intelligent

  • and is charitable

and generous to those less fortunate than himself."



1852 [FP age 48] in Military uniform, following his limited but reputation-building role in the Mexican American War

]Mitt Romney?]


Franklin Pierce in 1853 [FP age 49]

Biographical Details matched to the Vimshottari Dasha calendar

Ketu Mahadasha * age birth until age 4.2

23-Nov-1804 Earth-birth in Hillsboro, New Hampshire, USA * Ketu-Mangala bhukti

Shukra Mahadasha * age 4.2 until age 24.2

1827 [FP age 23] admitted to law practice [passed the bar] in New Hampshire * Shukra-Budha bhukti * Budha rules 7-lawcourts, Budha business

Surya Mahadasha * age 24.2 until age 30.2

19-Nov-1834 [FP age 30] exchange of marriage vows with Jane Appleton Pierce * Surya-Shukra chidra-dasha ++ Sade-Sati

Chandra Mahadasha * age 30.2 until age 40.2

Feb-1836 [FP age 31] first child is born, but lives only three days * Chandra-Mangala bhukti * [Ketu-yuti-Kuja-5] When putrapati occupies 6, the first child is affected.

1836 [FP age 32] elected USA Senator from New Hampshire * Chandra-Rahu bhukti * Rahu-11 gains-goals-fundraising

07-Dec-1838 [FP age 35] grieved the decease of mother * Chandra-Guru bhukti * Guru rules 7th-from-4 + Rahu-Return

01-Apr-1839 [FP age 35] grieved the decease of his father, NH Gov. Benjamin Pierce * Chandra-Guru bhukti * Guru rules 2nd-from-Surya + Rahu-Return

Mangala Mahadasha * age 40.2 until age 47.2

1847 [FP age 43] resigns from US-Senate. Announced he would be working for the Temperance Movement. Instead, FP was advised that in order to gain heroic visibility he should go fight in the Mexican American War * Mangala-Guru bhukti * lagnesha Guru-8 disguised identity-role

1847 [FP age 43] Despite zero military experience, at the request of his political handlers, FP is commissioned at the rank of Brigadier General by POTUS-11 Manifest Destiny 1795-1849 James Knox Polk. * Mangala-Guru bhukti * lagnesha Guru-8 disguised identity-role

1848 [FP age 44] grieved the decease of young son Franklin, from typhus * Mangala-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 2nd-from-5th-from-Chandra decease of child

Rahu Mahadasha * age 47.2 until decease age 64 [1856-1869]

Oct-1852 [FP age 48] as a far-removed dark-horse candidate in a conflicted and disarrayed political party, FP is chosen as candidate for POTUS-14 [much to his surprise, on the 49th ballot] * Rahu-Rahu svabhukti * Rahu-11 economics, goals

02-Nov-1852 [FP age 48] won POTUS-14 election * Rahu-Rahu svabhukti * Rahu-11 economics, goals

06-Jan-1853 [FP age 48] grieved the decease of 11-year old son Benjamin * Rahu-Rahu svabhukti * Rahu-11 in 7th-from-5 + Rahu occupies 2nd-from 5th-from-Chandra + Rahu's ruler Shani intakes drishti from Rahu

18-Apr-1853 [FP age 49] following the decease of of FP's VPOTUS William King, due to political obstructionism, FP was obliged to govern without a second-in-command * Rahu-Rahu svabhukti * Rahu's ruler Shani-7 intakes Rahu drishti = bizarre obstructionism of peers

Mar-1857 [FP age 53] end-of-POTUS, not renewed * Expecting to be re-nominated by his party, FP was abandoned due to his contradictory slavery positions and his apparent alcoholism * Rahu-Shani bhukti * Rahu's ruler Shani-7 intakes Rahu drishti = bizarre obstructionism of peers * Shani rules 12-identity loss

02-Dec-1863 [FP age 59] grieved the decease of wife Jane Appleton [tuberculosis = grief] * Rahu-Shukra bhukti * Shukra rules 2nd-from-Shukra

May-1864 [FP age 60] grieved the decease of his close friend, the literary author Nathaniel Hawthorne * Rahu-Shukra bhukti * Shukra rules 12th-from-11th-from-Chandra

early 1865 falls in love, onset of second lifepartner relationship with his landlady * Rahu-Shukra bhukti

08-Oct-1869 [FP age 64] physical dematerialization via liver cirrhosis * Rahu-Mangala chidra-dasha * maraka Mangala rules 2

Distinctive features of the nativity


pitri-karaka [father] jyoti-karaka [light]

[inimical-accusing rogesha for Meena indriya-lagna]

[karako bhavo nashto for father, patrons, indoctrinators]

[confidently undisclosed patronage]

[bright center of hidden doctrinal conflicts]

[mystically entitled priestly father]



[Anuradha-2] [navamsha Surya-Kanya] intuitively sensitive ministry-calculations

  • [Surya-Vṛścika] Maricha * particle of light * brightly charismatic confidence of Center-stage Surya radiates through the penetrating transformative rashi of Mangala
  • [Surya in bhava-9] icon of inspirational teachings * intelligent patronage * geo-politics * bright preaching * focus on beliefs * philosophical entitlements * self-righteous dad * sanctimonious pontificator * eye on humanistic worldview * confident ideologue * sparkling center of global doctrine * father may be a politician-philosopher-preacher-professor
  • [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 * skillful game-player * self-confident announcements * talks about ideals * narrative of power-politics * recites love poems * describes divine romance


Dad = Benjamin Pierce, 1757-1839

  • Dad = well-known, politically active, farmer, craftsman, landowner, Revolutionary War soldier, patriot.
  • Dad served as Governor of New Hampshire [1827-1828] + [1829-1830]

[Surya in bhava-9] [rogesha]

  • Dad's reputation was based in dad's Revolutionary War militia service
  • During the early phase of the New American Republic, much of the duty-roster of elected officials consisted of dispute resolution among farmers [6]
  • Surya-yuti-Budha] Budha rules-4 land-ownership, farming + 7-judicial settlements, conflict-resolution


  • Surya activates Uttaraphalguni Svamsha = politics, drama, flamboyant display-roles
  • As a young man, FP had a college reputation for being fun-loving, capable in studies, and prone toward entertaining pranks


political [Surya in bhava-9] ideology = rogesha, infuses the political career with conflict in the principles of belief [9] on a personal and national scale

  • compare to POTUS-01 American Revolution 1732-1799 George Washington - a fellow Andromeda native - whose [Surya in bhava-12] creates a Harsha Yoga. By creating a viparita-raja-yoga, GW's Surya escapes most of the political animosity associated with Meena Nativities.

Surya-9 Rogesha

Paternalistic Sovereign States-Rights Doctrine [9]

As his father before him, FP supported the Doctrine of States Rights [Surya entitlements 9 doctrine].

In its extreme legal interpretation, this judicial principle of Independent Entitlement [Surya] would forbid the federal government [Shani] from interfering with state conduct regardless of state-level abuses.

According to States Rights Doctrine, any local elite could easily dismiss the federal legal apparatus of any state.

This doctrine in often cited in suppport of strong-man charismatic personalities [or an elite cartel of these] who are attempting to cancel federally guaranteed rights-and-responsibilities at the state level. This doctrine breaks the trust between the states [federal = faith] and invalidates the states' obligation to respect the USA Constitution.


matrikaraka [mother] * garha-karaka [village]

[witty-creative vidya-pati for Meena indriya-lagna]

[comfortable with dramatic displays of service ministry]

[familiar political response to injustice]

[settled into unbalanced routine of romantic drama]

[soothed by applause of the mistreated]

[feels an idealized need to help]

[mother may be charming, entitled, center-stage assistant]

[in scapegoated 6, one may be chastized, blamed, or accused for displays of flamboyant self-centeredness, political genius, gaudy entertainments, or personal conceit]


[Magha-2] [navamsha Chandra-Urisha] intuitively sensitive preserving values-heritage

  • [Chandra-Simha] comforted by creative display * settled into dramatic rhythms * needs attention
  • [Chandra in Magha-Regulus] protectors of three-fires ceremony * feels the glorious magnetism * soothed by unlimited light magic
  • [Chandra in classroom-6] comfortable with caretaking * accustomed to nursing * calmed by humility * ill-or-exploited-or-adversarial mother * familiar with animosity * acculturated to accusation * familiar with betrayal * habituated to indictment * needs to be helpful * feels the pulse of service ministry * protects the sick-and-vulnerable * routine domestic conflict * emotionally attuned to victims * settled into the rhythm of problematics * seeks ritual remedies * soothed by medication * suffers rhythmically repeating ailments * undulating imbalances * mother may be a servant, health-aide, apothecary, physician or mother suffers injury-illness


  • [Chandra-Simha] bhava-5 entertaining, elections, speculation, games, gambling, romance, entitlements

Rahu amplifies Emotional Conflict [6th-from-Chandra]

[Rahu-Makara-Draco] [11] in [6th-from-Chandra]] suggests emotional conflict regarding legalized [Makara] opportunistic economic systems.

FP's life and career were entangled in the extreme national tension between

  • his northern New England moral heritage absolute abolitionism
  • versus
  • the lure of tantalizing Big Profits [Rahu-11] from slave-labor plantations


Mom was the mother of eight and bonus-mom of one.

Chandra occupies 10th-from-Surya

  • Despite her frailty and exaustion [Ketu ruled Magha-Chandra] mom was socially visible and she supported Dad's political career

MARRIAGE partnerships support expectations



  • Kumbha economic systems, collectivism, community, fundraising
  • 12- withdrawal, retreat, sanctuary, isolation, dissolution of tangible identity

[Shani in Bhava-7] [dik-bala] rules rules 7th-from-Chandra

  • the educated daughter of a former president of FP's undergraduate college [Bowdoin] Jane Appleton [her Mula Chandra + Mula lagna] was said to dislike political life.

With stern New England manners [Shani ] Jane Appleton was opposed to wasting time on the social circuit of Washington D.C..

Her Chandra in Mūla has a natural disregard for over-blown fakery and pretense. Ketu-ruled Mula goes emotionally direct-to-the-root.

  • Yet she was deeply committed to the mass-participation effort of the anti-alcohol Temperance Movement which aimed to make the use of alcohol illegal within the United States. [Kumbha = regulatory futuristc mass movements]

[nicha-Shukra-yuti-Shani] wife

  • while constantly complaining [Kanya] about pointless mannerisms, frivolity, and ostentatious displays, JAP neverthless conducted minimal entertainments required for her husband's career [Shani-7]. She would have understood the necessity [Shani] of fundraising [Kumbha]

[7th-from-Chandra-6] = 12, predominance of Shani + nicha-Shukra

  • Contemporaries noted JAP's chronic retreating melancholy, traceable to the death of her father at Jane's age 13, and worsening to extremes after the tragic deaths of each of her three young sons -- all of whom died before reaching their age of 12.

According to historians, FP often expressed frustration with the marriage.

  • Yet his [Chandra in Magha] matches his wifes [Chandra in Mūla] showing FP's deep attunement to his lifepartner.
  • They worked a two-person political career that raised FP all the way to the top of the governance hierarchy
  • Sick, complaining, perpetually unhappy wife - true - but also an educated, principled, financially capable wife and career-partner

Collapsing Ketu afflicts their shared emotional bond.

  • Much of what bonded husband-and-wife was tragedy and senseless loss [Ketu]
  • They shared a terrible grief following the one-by-one loss of their three young sons.
  • Despite his alcoholism and her crippling depression, she stayed by his side. FP may have had other liaisons, but he did not disgrace his wife. [dignified Shani-7]

Fixed Challenges to the Alliance

  • [Shukra-Kanya-nīcha] in and of itself, indicates a feminine lifepartner who is unable to locate her own beauty, thus she tends to feel inferior and misused
  • [Shukra-Kanya-nīcha] may signal addiction and disagreement in relationships

[Shukra-Kanya-nīcha] may indicate a spousal union that seems incapable of finding a balance point. In a masculine nativity, the femine-figure spouse may seems to be toxically focused on punishments, accusations, or lawsuits as methods to address betrayal or injustice.

  • FP was often accused of alcoholism.
  • JAP was a vigorous campaigner for the Women's Christian Temperance Union, a national organization of pious puritan ladies who found alcohol to be abhorrent.
  • FP was ambivalent about slavery, which he saw as aan irreplaceable element in the southern agricultural economy. FP tended to use economic justifications to excuse the dehumanization of slavery. He waffled.
  • JAP was a profoundly principled amd active abolitionist.

Sober heaviness of [Shani-yuti-Shukra-nīcha] [7]

[Dik-bala Shani-7] Jane's college-president father had secured a rare-amd-unusual [Rahu] college education for her [Shani-7 in 4th-from-4th intakes drishti of His tenant Rahu].

rulers of 3 + 8 + 11 + 12

An educated woman and a preacher's daughter [Dhanus] Jane Appleton was notoriously serious, pious, and unsmiling [Shani].

Sadly, she suffered from chronic melancholy and tuberculosis [a disease of grief].

  • Following the Jan-1853 accidental decapitation death of her sole remaining son, JAP's unending grief put her in a permanent state of mourning.
  • She dressed in black and covered her face with silk bonnets.

Wife Jane was described by contemporaries as a frail, punitively moralistic, judgmental personality. Jane was no fun to be around. However, JAP undertook serious work in Kumbha networking structures, and her efforts bore fruit in the 1920's Prohibition Era.

  • She somberly supported the growing national Temperance Movement and the anti-slavery movement. [Shani austerity, restriction]

Additional intimate partnerships are indicated by

  • Ketu + Shukra + Budha located in Kanya 2nd navamsha
  • ruler of 8 [Shukra] joins ruler of 12 [Shani] in yuvati-bhava

Additional marriages are suggested by

  • nicha-Shukra-yuti-Shani in bhava-7

Although his handlers would have ensured [that FP's public profile conformed to the moral strictures of the day] FP would appear to have enjoyed supplementary sustaining companionship.

A final bond following Jane's decease was said to have been especially meaningful. He fell in love with his landlady, who brightened his final years.


bhratru-karaka [brother] virya-karaka [virile]


[aquisitive-preserving dhanesha for Meena indriya-lagna]

[doctrinal-philosophical dharmesha for Meena indriya-lagna]

[in Aśleṣa, extortionist politics]




  • [Mangala-Karkata] 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-5] drive toward creativity * pursuit of games * pioneering speculation * dynamic style of flamboyant display * competitive children * energized by romance * political conquests * productive intelligence * push toward celebrity * champion of romance * promotes choice-making *propulsive genius * actively charming
  • [Kuja-yuti-Ketu] vigorous break-ups * enervated * passive-aggressive * high-energy collapse * fierce pursuit of impermanence * pointless fights * diffused sexuality * dynamic wandering * apathetic brother-figures * potential for aggressive self-annihilation * pushes toward non-attachment * liberation by force


[Mangala in bhava-5] DOUBLE-9 rules

  • 2 banking capitalization hoards preservation accrual traditional values
  • 9 beliefs ideology doctrine father-figures principles worldview
  • 9th-from-Chandra mother's father, mother's beliefs
  • 4th-from-Chandra - owned-stewarded properties, farms, houses, schools, vehicles, landed deeds of title,

Generally, dharmesha located in vidya-sthana is a splendid arrangement for politics. Add FP's Uttaraphalguni svamsha and his Surya-9 Governor father, to see why FP was attracted into politics.

Before entering politics, FP was a successful New England attorney who accepted controversial, attention-getting cases [Kuja-5 center-stage attention]

  • He was considered a fine orator and colleagues remember his distinctively deep voice.
  • FP delighted the gallery with his dramatic speeches [masculine, competitive Kuja-5 rules-2]

Sadly, [nicha-Kuja-yuti-Ketu] shows the moral weakness that destabilized then aborted [Ketu] his financially-motivated political career.

Inconsistent actions [nicha-Kuja-yuti-Ketu]

  • Throughout his political career, Pierce was harassed by opposition campaigns that framed his character as vacillating, weak, and cowardly [Ketu-yuti-Kuja-nīcha] [5 center-stage roles, romantic heroics]
  • FP's leading strategy was manipulative action [Aslesa-Kuja] rather than overt, direct action.

Caught in a violent [Kuja] and unsustainable [Ketu] political conflict

It was the defining American conflict, which very nearly annihilated the nation.

Calls for national abolition grew into a moral imperative for northern Christians in the 1790's.

Both Franklin Pierce and Jane Appleton Pierce were Northerners born-and-bred. Jane was a staunch pious Northern abolitionist whose convictions did not swerve.

Franklin swerved.

nicha-Kuja rules 9-ideology

  • Like all of the POTUS who served during the 20 years preceding the US Civil War [antebellum period] Pierce was trapped in the extremely polarized ideological conflict over human slavery

During these horribly contentious antebellum years, USA national government was a miserable place to be.

  • Congress [5]b ecame locked into increasingly toxic ideological combat [Kuja rules 9]

The small but extremely powerful elite who profited massively from slave-labor were able to buy those politicians who would do their bidding, ensuring that slavery would remain legally protected.

  • nicha-Kuja-5 often indicate extortionist politics.
  • FP was bought.

As the decades progressed without federal anti-slavery legislation, the moral furor [Karkata-Kuja] of the North battled the agressively defended [Karkata-Kuja] regional financial-cultural customs of the South.

  • The North said that slavery was fully abhorrent dehumanization, an affront to Christian morality. They demanded its immediate end.
  • The South defended their right to local autonomy [Karkata] and protection of their //customary way of life // which incidentally included four-million viciously maltreated slaves.

No leader could find a middle ground between the two utterly incommensurable sets of claims about whether

  • African slaves were Constitutionally protected free humans-with-rights
  • or
  • as human capital, African slaves were legal property under State Sovereignty

FP = Northern supporter of Southern slavery

Famed for often changing his mind [Ketu] on the subject of slavery, FP's chronic indecision helped to bring on the Civil War.

Pierce's inability to hold a political position [Ketu in classroom-5] created political unease within his own party.

  • FP was a Northern friend of the Southern slave-holders.
  • Ideologically, he defended the rights [Surya-9] of the slave-exploiters and those who trafficked in human capital [2] .
  • Except for a few wealthy slave-plantation owners, JP's fellow politicians abandoned him [Ketu]
  • He became a political pariah [Ketu-5] .

Dysfunctional Political Indecision

  • FP's waffling [Ketu ambivalence] was instrumental in evoking the USA Civil War
  • His moral [Karkata] apathy combined with a money-first policy that further distressed a fragile union

Most historians squarely blame FP for outright political incompetence.

  • In an attempt to pacify the big-capital Planters [Karkata plantations] FP agreed to designate some states as legally free and some states as legally slaving
  • An exercise in political futility [Ketu in classroom-5] , this fractious policy only created more squabbling in Congress.
  • Slaves escaped en mass into the border states.

Historians assert that had Pierce created a clear [albeit unpopular] policy [5] that could be evaluated by the Supreme Court, a series of definitive legal interpretations of the Constitutional language [Kuja rules 2] might have been produced

  • and a blood-war might [theoretically] have been avoided

Clutching Aśleṣa-Mangala ++ apathetic legalistic Pushya-Ketu

Regardless of consequences [Ketu] FP ignored the northern outrage while protecting the financial [2] entitlements of rich slave-owners.

  • He handled the tension, toxicity, and constant criticism by self-medicating with alcohol. [Shukra-Kanya-nīcha]
  • FP lead a political circus [5]
  • going in circles with no progress, no improvement, and no real engagement [Ketu-yuti-Kuja-nīcha] = mutual drishti with marketplace-driven Rahu-11 = while each sides' outrage boiled-over.

Terrible Grief = tragically premature deaths of all three children

All three of his sons [Kuja] died in childhood [age 1 + age 4 + age 11]

  • Just months after Pierce won the POTUS-14 election during Rahu-Rahu svabhukti, their eldest son [age-11] was decapitated [Ketu] in a train accident..
  • Both parents watched all three children die.

Some commentators on the 14th presidency observe that FP, who had been a capable legislator before undertaking POTUS-14, might have been much more effective had he not been overwhelmed by unmanageable personal grief. Without the support of his wife, whose grieving depression crippled her ability to direct him morally, FP simply collapsed in the role [Ketu].

However, his personal finances remained robust. [2 + 9]


jamayah-karaka [sibling] sandeza-karaka [message] zisya-karaka [student]

[bargaining-partnering yuvati-pati for Meena indriya-lagna]

[homebound-anchoring bandhesha for Meena indriya-lagna]


[Anuradha-2] [navamsha Budha-Kanya-uchcha] intuitively explaining argumentation calculations


  • [Budha-Vṛścika] secretive communications * articulation of transformative process * emergency pronouncements * delivers messages about dangerous situations * describes mystical initiation * discusses undisclosed mysteries * articulately defined masking * gives instruction for penetrating procedures * expertly detailed disguise * hands-arms-shoulders make occult gestures
  • [Budha in bhava-9] narrative of father-figure * witty guru * celebrated communicator * repeats the catechism * ideological reasoning * reiterates the doctrine * skillful grandchildren * discusses patronage * detailed articulation of worldview * explains the paradigm of belief * talks about sacred texts * examines the dharma * interprets theoretical claims * delivers quick sermons * logical investigations into philosophical truths * chatty priests * religious dialogues
  • [Budha-yuti-Surya] amusing explanations * entertaining chatter * central roles in communication * brightly clear descriptions * dramatic enunciation * confidently delivers instruction * articulation of radiant certainty * political messenger * talkative father-figures


[Budha in bhava-9] rules

  • 4-agricultural plantations, property ownership-stewardship and patriotism.
  • 7 contract, negotiations, lawcourts, legal settlements, alliances, brokerage

[Ketu-yuti-Kuja-nīcha] the co-rulers of Vrischika are together in politics-5

[Budha-Vṛścika] [9] = ideological reasoning

  • A politically inclined attorney, son of a former NH governor {Surya-9 ruled by Kuja-5]
  • FP served in New Hampshire state government, USA House of Representatives, and USA Senate.

Although not unusually effective in any of these positions, FP's pro-capitalism attitude gained the attention of the elite Big-Money Planters

  • FP argued [Budha] for the local state-sovereignty and property rights claims [4] of the Southern faction.
  • FP facilitated the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act which imposed harsh punishments [Shani-7] for those aiding escaped slaves.

BBudha rules 4-territory ++ 7-diplomacy

  • Most historians consider Pierce's four-year presidential performance to have been a near-failure, except perhaps for a few diplomatic achievements.

The antebellum years 1840-1860 saw a tremendous land-territory expansion for the USA into the western regions.

  • Although an unpopular leader on all other policy issues, Pierce is credited with successful military campaigns to add more Euro-settler land to the "teenage" USA.

rules 4 + 7 property, land-deeds, fencing, settlement

  • Following his rejection by his own party after four years as POTUS-14, Pierce returned to farming and landowning.
  • He re-opened his Boston law practice [7].

Via real-estate [4] speculation along with land inherited from his storied father, [uttarabhadra] Pierce died as one of the wealthiest men in New England .


dhava-karaka [husband] bahuta-karaka [variety]

[energizing-identifying lagnesha for Meena-Antya indriya-lagna]

[dutiful-commanding karmesha for Meena-Antya indriya-lagna]

[multiple negotiated diplomatic secrets]

[many diverse public identity-changes]

[wide scope of hidden brokered arrangements]


[Visaka-3] [navamsha Guru-Mithuna] intuitively expansive commerce-communication

[Atmakaraka worldview, philosophy, expansion, understanding, doctrine, preaching, beliefs, ideology]

  • [Guru-Tula] many trades * variety of exchanges * optimistic negotiations * believes in justice * doctrine of contractual exchange * multiple alliances * permission to bargain * diversity of arrangements * equable guidance * widens the scope of balanced design
  • [Guru in bhava-8] great rejuvenation * many sudden changes * many confidences * faith in rebirth * numerous identity transformations * generous in-laws * extensive tantra * expansion of undisclosed forces * abundance of initiations * many mysteries * regenerative emergencies * secret guidance * hidden inspiration * believes in invasive healing * multiple surgeries * in a wifely nativity, husbandly-companion may be a revolutionary, disaster-responder, or trauma-healer


[Guru in bhava-8]] rules

  • 1-personality, appearance, embodiment, social attribute package
  • 10-career, dignity, social authority, commanding roles
  • 5th-from-Chandra [children, drama, politics-of-belief]
  • 8th-from-Chandra [catastrophe, volatility, crisis, sudden unexpected identity change, initiation]

Brihaspati-8 occupies 3rd-from-Chandra [6] easing the communication about crisis, conflict, and the grievance politics which led to war

Generally, when lagnesha occupies 8 [or when randhresha occupies 1] the native is scheduled to become an agent of upheaval, sudden eruptive change, revolution, or disaster.

  • FP is often tagged as one responsible for the violent eruption of the USA Civil War,
  • through his weak governance, non-transparent dealings, and currying financial favor with the Planter Class.


svadu-karaka [sweet] kalatra-karaka [wifely companion]



[busy-commercial sahaja-pati for Meena-Antya indriya-lagna]

[mysterious-transformative randhresha for Meena-Antya indriya-lagna]

[lifemate may be a complaining attorney-advocate-bargainer-broker]

[aggrieved unfair relationships]


[Chitra-2] [navamsha Shukra-Kanya] [vargottamsha] intuitively yoked with unbalanced partners


Shukra = double-3 = rules 3 + 3rd-from-Chandra

  • [Shukra-Kanya] appreciation of service ministries * likes logical argument * attracted to subordinates * delighted by animals * accepts unbalanced agreements * prefers exploitable partners * pleased by pain relief * enjoys humility * graciously accommodates unfair contracts * sweet alliance with victims * aesthetic of remedies for injustice
  • [Shukra-7] [svabhava] seeks pleasure via interpersonal relationships * enjoys contractual harmony * prefers adjustable partners * lovely designs to adorn the lower back * kidney-adrenal over-use * often too much sugar * sensual genitalia * gracious advisers * balanced mutual agreement * fair financial arrangements * appreciation of equity * pleasurable deal-making * in a husbandly nativity, wifely-companion may be an advocate-counselor-attorney
  • [Shukra-yuti-Shani] sweetly serious deal-making * mature relationships * graciously responsible * beautiful bones * appreciation for neutrality * strict negotiations * pleasant legal mediation * rigorous bargaining * enduring agreements * regulated contracts * architectural elegance * pragmatic design * lawful arrangements * realistic finance * prefers relationships with orderly partners * in a husbandly nativity, preference for a seasoned, class-conscious wife


[nicha-Shukra-yuti-Shani] rules

  • 3 communications, mental health, cohort-collaboration, administration , committee-work, cohort, small-group discussions, business concerns, meetings, commerce
  • 8 sudden unexpected upheavals, transformative identity change, ememergency, volatility, eruption of force

Nicha-Shukra rules 3 = 6th-from-10

Deal-making nicha-weakened Shukra-7 governs the inherent conflict between top-rank vision of the high positions versus the detail-focused, process management of bhava-3.

  • In legislative matters, FP was primarily concerned with pleasing the rich businessmen [3] who controlled the party.
  • 10th-from-Chandra contains uttama-Urisha-10 = career primacy of preserving wealth-hoards and capital accumulation
  • bhava-3-Urisha banking, capitalization ruled by Shukra-7 negotiations, bargaings =

[nicha-Shukra-yuti-Shani] combines the rulers of 3 + 8 + 11 + 12

  • in the politics of the day, short periods of cohort-collaboration was the governance model rather than authoritarian leadership
  • most governance decision were made privately [12] between a small group of men [3]
  • [12] reduces visibility of negotiations, reinforces back-room deals

[nicha-Shukra-Kanya] ] hypocrisy afflicts advertising, political spin [3]

  • Political handler advertised FP as a charismatic military general who was followed eagerly by his devoted troops.
  • However, FP's reputation was persistently dogged by reports from soldiers who actually fought under his horseback leadership, complaining [Kanya] of his chaotic instructions [3] and cowardice [afflicted-3]

Transactional Relationships [3]

Double-3 [nicha-Shukra-Kanya] rules

  • 3-8
  • 3-10 from Chandra
  • Contracts and agreements are predominantly about business, management, planning

[nicha-Shukra-Kanya] rules 3-8 ++ 3-10 from Chandra

  • Learning Pathway experiences may involve feminine-figures [Shukra] who are deceived, aggrieved, disadvantaged, marginalized, or suffering from low self-worth [Kanya 12th-from-balancing Tula].
  • personal and professional Partnerships may be challenged to achieve equity, fairness, mutuality, balance
  • Shukra-Kanya is Attracted to servants, employees, service-workers, helpers, and aides[ also attracted to sickly, injured, polluted persons.
  • Aesthetic of undervaluation.
  • Often displeased with peers.

inequity in alliances

  • Scholars criticize POTUS-14 for undercutting his own alliances
  • nīcha- Shukra often lacks trust

Most of Pierce's key advising and supporting relationships were broken by [vargottamsha] [nīcha-Shukra-7].

  • FP's elected Vice-President died before the term-of-office began, and Congress did not allow FP to obtain a replacement lieutenant.

Marriage = Stubbornly enduring, w

  • The Pierce marriage was said to have begun happily enough.
  • They were married in Surya-Shukra chidra-dasha

Eventually, in their awful grief, the pair began to argue [Kanya].

  • FP self-medicated = alcoholism .
  • He died of liver cirrhosis.

Nicha-Shukra tends to re-negotiate in order to maintain existing imbalances

  • In modern psychology, the stridently tea-totaling Mrs. Pierce would be called an addictions enabler.

They disagreed [Kanya-7 agreement - or not] on all of the important social policy issues of their day.

  1. alcohol [nīcha-Shukra]
  2. slavery [kanya]
  3. political and economics rights for women [Shukra]


  • In the five years of life remaining to him, FP amassed a portfolio of valuable landed properties [7 values]

Shukra-yuti-Shani suggests two marriages

  • six years after FP's finished his single POTUS term, Jane died in 1963 [FP age 59]
  • During the subsequent Rahu-Shukra bhukti, he found love again.

Sick from liver cirrhosis but wealthy, FP enjoyed the fruits of 2nd-from-Chandra-6 = bhava-7.

Finally, an equitable partnership based on shared interests and character.

  • She was his landlady. Shani-7 elder partner = 4th-from-4th properties
  • FP bequeathed substantial property to his ladylove via his legal will.


duro-karaka [endurance] * jara-karaka [Jahre, years]


[gainful-friendly labha-pati for Meena-Antya indriya-lagna]

[retreating-contemplative vyaya-pati for Meena-Antya indriya-lagna]

[strict adherence to unfair contracts]

[must maintain unjust alliances]

[obligatory negotiation with elder ministers]

[economic gains from unbalanced overworked partnerships]-nicha=


[ethno-rhythmic Hasta-4] [navamsha Shani-Karkata] intuitively cautiously protective-nourishing


  • [Shani-Kanya] overburdened accusations * obliged to sustain litigious disagreements * rigidly persistent disease conditions * structural compression upon colon + digestive tract * must normalize exploitation * weighty subordinate tasks * hierarchical conditions of enforced servitude * * must work within master-slave systems * must respect antiquated physicians * slow-acting remedies * intractable servants * stubborn employees * insufficient pharmacy * must work with dried medications * must continue to minister to the suffering * scarce service resources * maintainer of old arguments
  • [Shani in Bhava-7] [dik-bala] enduring partnerships * heavy vows * must balance-and-rebalance * lawful relationships * tense bargaining * grim determination to maintain the contract * chronic marital responsibilities * compression of the visible genitalia * pressured bargaining * negotiation fatigue * unyielding alliances * slow-moving advisors * resists new arrangements * elders maintain respected old promises
  • [Shani-yuti-Shukra] social resistance to contractual equity * limited luxuries * sturdily handsome * orderly feminine figures * pragmatic finance * contractual discipline * socially constrained harmony * conventionally regulated pleasures * trust in age * mutuality over time * class-structured arrangements


Legalizing highly profitable slave-labor economics

Legalistic vriddhi-pati Shani-7 rules economic opportunist Rahu-Makara-Draco-11

Shani imposes lawfulness, sobriety, systematic promotions, conventional conduct upon His tenant Rahu-Makara-Draco,

while appearing to be lawful, instrumentalist Rahu-Makara simultaneously sends Drishti back upon Shani

  • Shani-Kanya imposes legalized injustice [Kanya] for purpose of expedient and entrancing marketplace gains [Rahu]

FP favored the plantation owner's legal claims that human slaves were the economic property of their business operations, not persons in the eye of the law but rather belonging to the legal category of chattel.

  • Despite his wife Jane Appleton [and most of the North] demanding federal slavery-abolition as a non-negotiable Constitutional mandate, FP's slavery policy remained beholden to the marketplace [11].


rajyalobha-karaka [ambition] picchala-karaka [slippery]


  • [Rahu-Makara-Draco] shimmering illusion of dignity * craving for social status * mirage of legitimate authority * mask of hierarchy * over-reaching acts of institutional leadership * fascinating ascent to respected position * unorthodox methods of social ordering * extraordinary claims to statutory jurisdiction * extravagant elitism * thrilling seniority * seeks special importance via apparent [but perhaps not authentic] attributes of responsible governance * bossy pretense * seeks privilege via regulator-roles
  • [Rahu in bhava-11] passion for prestige rewards * in Roguish Rahu's svabhava co-ruled by materialistic Shani * the Shadowy Specter seeks glamorous material attainments * outsider who cleverly insinuates into social-networking roles * high-risk marketplace gains * ravenous for revenues * astounding awards * extraordinary economic connections * desires linkage into privileged systems * expediently gainful assemblies * opportunistic community activism * over-reaching friendships * craves prodigious profitability * exciting culturally-mixed gridworks * phony fellowship * may pose as a populist *boundary-breaching aim-achievement * thrillingly surge of amazing earnings * trespasses the normal cultural limits on distributive association


Rahu usually has a Big Up and a Big Down.

Rahu-Rahu svabhukti

  • FP was ushered into the presidency by the Marketplace Money [Rahu-11] who wanted him to produce a clear mandate on the legality [Shani] of slavery.
  • Torn between Constitutional Law [Shani] and economic expedience [Rahu] FP only dithered and compromised.

Rahu-Shani bhukti

As the incumbent expecting to continue his presidency, FP was shocked by the party's refusal to support him. As quickly as his star had shot to the top of Whitehouse power, it tumbled back down to his reliable Boston law practice.

[Rahu in bhava-11]

  • passion for unusual, high-risk, legalized marketplace systems
  • expedient supporter of the slave-labor economy.

Rahu amplifying DRISHTI

  • drishti into 3 [commerce] + 5 [politics] + 7 [legalization]

EVENTS of Rahu Mahadasha

Rahu-Rahu svabhukti

  • 02-Nov-1852 [FP age 48] dark-horse candidate won POTUS-14 election *
  • 06-Jan-1853 [FP age 48] grieved the decease of 11-year old son Benjamin * Rahu-Rahu svabhukti
  • 18-Apr-1853 [FP age 49] following the decease of of FP's VPOTUS William King, due to political obstructionism, FP was obliged to govern without a second-in-command

Rahu-Shani bhukti

  • Mar-1857 [FP age 53] end-of-POTUS, abandoned by his party

Rahu-Shukra bhukti

  • 02-Dec-1863 [FP age 59] grieved the decease of wife Jane Appleton
  • May-1864 [FP age 60] grieved the decease of his close friend, the literary author Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • early 1865 falls in love, onset of second lifepartner relationship with his landlady

Rahu-Mangala chidra-dasha

  • 08-Oct-1869 [FP age 64] physical dematerialization via liver cirrhosis

Rahu brings Unusual political people, extraordinary circumstances

  • Elected vice-president William King. was the lover of POTUS-15 Buchanan. As a gay man in that social era, King's private identity was an open secret.
  • During the Nov-1852 election, King was living in Cuba and dying of tuberculosis.
  • King left Havana Cuba where he was taking a health-cure, went home for a brief rest in Alabama, and died overnight. King never made it back to Washington to serve as VPOTUS.
  • SHANI STEPS IN = An obstructionist Congress refused to authorize a replacement lieutenant for FP.

spin-doctors at work

Rahu-Makara the Illusionist mimics ambitious heights, smoky impressions

mutual drishti between Rahu-Makara marketplace regulation ++ nicha-Mangala [war]

  • 1847 Despite zero military experience, volunteer Pierce is commissioned Brigadier General by POTUS-11 Manifest Destiny 1795-1849 James Knox Polk.
  • Leadings a force into the Mexican-American war, Pierce was injured quickly, and he missed most of the fighting.
  • The war was won under the leadership of the experienced commanding general, POTUS-12 California Statehood 1784-1850 Zachary Taylor .
  • Yet Pierce was able to use the military credential to boost [11 gains] his political profile.

Ambitious Rahu can ascend to extraordinary heights when the timing is right , but Rahu will typically collapse or tumble at some point in the trajectory.

Rahu-Rahu svabhukti

  • No one was more surprised than Pierce himself when he was nominated for POTUS on his fractious political party's 49th ballot.
  • Pierce was elected POTUS-14 on a very weak compromise ticket with vice-president William King
  • the senator from New Hampshire a experienced a shot to the top of national prominence.

Rahu is exciting, but burdened by His restrictive ruler, Shani.

Shani-7 limits the amount of Partner Support

  • His wife was horrified, but Pierce accepted his party's nomination
  • His VPOTUS died before the term started
  • Pierce was denied the option to choose a replacement lieutenant, meaning that he could not delegate any presidential tasks.
  • His wife retreated into sullen depression.


FP had Rahu-ish friends.

  • A New-England Northerner would have been expected to be a vigorous abolitionist
  • FP however had slaveholding friends -- and they were generous.

Rahu-Makara-11 = over-reaching interpretations of the interface between Law and Economics

Opportunistic legal interpretation was a key factor in Pierce's disastrous POTUS-14 administration.

Pierce hailed from New England where abolitionism [abolishing slavery] was almost universally subscribed. The abolition mandate was argued by such luminaries as Walden 1817-1862 abolition Henry David Thoreau.

  • Cleverly avoiding the Northern urgency, FP promoted an expedient interpretation of Constitutional Law based in doctrines of States Rights and Property Rights

FP pushed back [Mangala] against the abolitionists' moral outrage.

  • He asserted that Northern moral arguments [Chandra] - however deeply felt - were cultural not legal -- and were not germane to the constitutional question about property rights.
  • His over-reaching legal position overshadowed [Rahu] the established legal-historical fact that common morality underlies the statutory law.

Rahu-Shani bhukti - Shock and Fall

  • Although Pierce had every reason to believe that he would be a viable incumbent candidate for the second term of POTUS-14, he was essentially dumped by his political party.
  • Shani rules 12 = 8th-from-5 sudden political changes

The reasons for Pierce's sudden disfavor are complex but they stem primarily from incompletely substantiated accusations.

  • Rahu-Makara is controlled by Shani who demands lawful, conventional behavior that is respectful of social ranking systems.
  • Rahu drishti to Shani does support Pierce's legal career and brings him career-essential recognition for being a systematic legal thinker.
  • But ultimately Shani is afflicted by nicha-Shukra, breeding mistrust


kavandha-karaka [headless] chidra-karaka [gaping] vasana-karaka [vacuum]

[scattered patriotic intelligence]

[disengaged witness to politics of property]

[liberated from outdated local customs]

[disregard for drama of empty nationalism]


[Pushya-2] [pushkara navamsha] [navamsha Ketu-Kanya]


  • [Ketu-Karkata] calmly dissociates from foundational habits * surrenders material security * placidly empty shelters * disregards conventional caretaking * not limited by customary routines * ignores restriction on farming-and-fishing * abandons owned-stewarded property * forgives the ancestors * releases a soothing pink cloud of ancient rhythms into the misty abyss
  • [Ketu in classroom-5] ambivalent toward ceremony * eccentric offspring * wandering eldest child * demonstrates dramatic confidence in non-existent things * apathetic toward political displays * ungrounded speculation * disregards standard intelligence * disoriented creativity * incoherent romantic ideals * disinterested in games * liberation via surrender of entitlements * unless other graha in 5 or Ketu's ruler is strong, may prefer to live free from children
  • [Ketu-yuti-Kuja] restless * surrendered championship * abandons fighting * inconsistent actions * disconnected brethren * odd innovations * unsustainable domination * apathetic competitions * peculiar disability * unfulfilled quest * pushes toward impermanence * incomplete births * liberation via vigorous movement


[nīcha] Mangala-yuti-Ketu dispersal [Ketu dispersal] of dynamic progress [Kuja] reinforced FP's negative reputation for cowardice in battle. [Mangala battle]

[nīcha] Mangala-yuti-Ketu

Pulverizing, dispersing Ketu afflicting nicha-Kuja provided an infelicitously passive-aggressive approach to political drama, gamesmanship, and elections.

FP took porous, inconsistent positions on cultural ethics [Karkata] of slavery, alcohol, and women's rights.

The tragedy of the premature deaths of all of his three sons was a source of endless sorrow.


Temperance Movement leader

POTUS-14 pair Jane Appleton Pierce


POTUS-14-pair 1806-1863 Temperance Jane Appleton Pierce

Rising Nakshatra

Feminine Nativity

Mūla * Nirriti * Alaxmi * Vichruta

BPL commentary

For Mula births of a feminine valence, the condition of limitless, observing, uncoupling, surrendering, abandoning, disinterested, ethereal, wandering, spacious, dispersing Ketu may considerably affect the outcome.

For those born into the Ketu-ruled paradigm of Alaxmi, spirit guides, astral beings, ghosts, pilgrims, wanderers, cutters, dispersers, splitters, de-couplers, winds, flags, tails, cloudy figures, agents of impermanence and release, events of forgiveness and surrender, freedom from conventions, disregard of consequences, and inner listening may be especially influential.

Instructional guidance is provided by emissaries from the civilizations of Al-Shaula. Their purpose is to disintegrate, disconnect, disperse, and deconstruct those phenomena which have become obstacles to greater understanding.

Fearless Deconstructivism

Mula gentlewomen are ready to sacrifice everything in an ongoing act of complete and devastating spiritual surrender. Those born under auspice of nakshatra-pati Nirriti may feel intense yearning for emptiness, evacuation, annihilation, and deconstruction of the superficial personality which opens the gateway into utter rebirth..

Akasha-born feminine beings may find empowerment in acts of purgative spiritual healing. Often their gifts express in physical healing when the mechanism is purging, profound cleansing, expulsion, or eradication. Purification at the root is their specialty.

Themes of annihilation, apocalypse, extreme chaos followed by absolute peace, and fearless disregard of consequences may contextualize Mūla's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Mūla

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde.[1939] . Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 98

"... very little happiness through the life ...

  • due to the secret and destructive thoughts of the native

  • and her proud and stubborn nature.

To understand this is a help.

  • But a determined effort must be made to rectify it.

The fault lies entirely within herself,

  • her nature preventing her from being happy in any relationship.

She will have many love affairs and trouble through them.

If she marries, she will be unhappy

  • because of her inability to compromise

  • and her husband will die in seven years from the time of the marriage.

She has a weak constitution and her health will be uncertain,

  • due again to the destructive thoughts

  • which she harbors continually."


POTUS-14-pair 1806-1863 Temperance Jane Appleton Pierce

Mrs. Jane Appleton Pierce suffered from severe depression related to the serial deaths of her father and each of her three young sons

Chandra occupies [Mūla-1]

[navamsha Chandra-Mesha ] intuitively innovative-pursuing


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