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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


1853-1857 * POTUS-14

1837-1842 * US Senator from New Hampshire

1832-1837 * USA Congress

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 * March-1853 until March-1857

Brigadier General in 1847 Mexican-American War

Franklin Pierce


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Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities


Bhaga * Falgun * Utthram

BPL commentary

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

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

Uttara-phalguni chaps are famously hot-headed. [Can be counterbalanced by a cool moon.]

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

Brilliantly dramatic

Simha-Leya pada-1 = radiant confidence, flamboyance, and remarkable intelligence. While much depends upon the characteristics of nakshatra-pati Surya, the Falgun birth of masculine valence favors dramatic displays of celebrity, romance, creativity, and entitlement.

Kanya pada 2-3-4 = equally smart and authoritative, but more focused upon personal enclosure and distant lands, often wielding power from a hermitage, sanctuary, or secluded location. May be an empowered politician of international ability, according to the strengths of nakshatra-pati Surya.

Although Shil Ponde's description often fits the Kanya pada 2-3-4 of Uttaraphalguni, the Simha pada-1 is rarely rough or ungrateful. Still, they can be impatient with others who are less confident or less intelligent.

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

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. [1939] . Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra. p 83

"A proud and arrogant disposition,

  • with a tendency to ride roughshod over other peoples' opinions.

Uttara natives are extremely intelligent

but because of their inordinate pride,

  • they accept favors ungraciously even when in need

and are ungrateful to those from whom they receive these favors."



Franklin Pierce in 1853 [FP age 49]


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

Biographical Details matched to the Vimshottari Dasha calendar

Budha Mahadasha * age birth until age 1.7

23-Nov-1804 Earth-birth in Hillsboro, New Hampshire, USA * Budha-Shani chidra-dasha

Ketu Mahadasha * age 1.7 until age 8.7

Shukra Mahadasha * age 8.7 until age 28.7

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

Surya Mahadasha * age 28.7 until age 34.7

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

Feb-1836 [FP age 31]  first child is born, but lives only three days * Surya-Guru bhukti * Guru rules 12th-from-5

1836 [FP age 32]  elected USA Senator from New Hampshire * Surya-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 5-elections

07-Dec-1838 [FP age 35]  grieved the decease of mother * Surya-Shukra chidra-dasha * Shukra-yuti-Shani matrimaraka rules 7th-from-Chandra + Rahu-Return

01-Apr-1839 [FP age 35]  grieved the decease of his father, NH Gov. Benjamin Pierce * * Surya-Shukra chidra-dasha * Shukra rules 12th-from-Surya + Rahu-Return

Chandra Mahadasha * age 34.7 until age 44.7

1847 [FP age 43]  resigns from Senate. Announced he would be working for the Temperance Movement. Instead, FP was advised to go fight in the Mexican American War to gain heroic visibility and respect * Chandra-Ketu bhukti * Somana-yuti-Ketu

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. * Chandra-Ketu bhukti * * Somana-yuti-Ketu + * Somana-yuti-Kuja rules 8 sudden identity change, hidden powers

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

Mangala Mahadasha * age 44.7 until age 51.7

Oct-1852 [FP age 48] as a far-removed dark-horse candidate in a conflicted and disarrayed party, FP is chosen as candidate for POTUS-14 [much to his surprise, on the 49th ballot]  * Mangala-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 5-elections

02-Nov-1852 [FP age 48]  won POTUS-14 election * Mangala-Shani bhukti * Shani-1 rules 5-elections * Shani-1 intakes drishti of Rahu-5

06-Jan-1853 [FP age 48]  grieved the decease of 11-year old son Benjamin * Mangala-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 2nd-from-5 decease of child

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 * Mangala-Budha bhukti * Budha-yuti-Surya rules 6th-from-7 disagreement about advisors, peers

Rahu Mahadasha * age 51.7 until decease age 64 = 1856-1869

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-Rahu svabhukti * Rahu in bhava-5 politics

02-Dec-1863 [FP age 59]  grieved the decease of wife Jane Appleton [tuberculosis = grief]  * Rahu-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 12th-from-7

May-1964 [FP age 60]  grieved the decease of his close friend, the literary author Nathaniel Hawthorne * Rahu-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 7th-from-11 decease of friend [11]

1865 second lifepartner relationship with his landlady * Rahu-Budha bhukti * lagnesha Budha rules Kanya 7th navamsha

08-Oct-1869 [FP age 64]  dematerialization via liver cirrhosis * Rahu-Shukra bhukti * Shukra maraka rules 2

Distinctive features of the nativity


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

[bright center of transformational information ]

[intelligence focused on secret messages]

[vyayapati-12 for Kanya-born]

[confident manager of private drama]




  • Surya-Vṛścika * Maricha * particle of light * brightly charismatic confidence of Center-stage Surya radiates through the penetrating transformative rashi of Mangala
  • Surya in bhava-3 * center of commerce * mercantile intelligence * smart reports * dramatic instructional delivery * creative descriptions * sparkling retinue * splendid games of manual-skill * self-referential announcements * admirable handcraft * cinematic genius * smart technology * focus on teamwork * entertaining explanations * administrative entitlements * confident writing * eye on process management * regal messaging * bright center of discourse * brilliant gesturing * father may be a businessman-craftsman-communicator
  • 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.

Surya-yuti-Budha occupies the political 5th-from-Chandra

  • Budha lagnesha = son affiliated with father
  • Budha karmesha = son affiliated with father's leadership roles
  • Dad served as Governor of New Hampshire 1827-1828 + 1829-1830

Surya in bhava-3 rules 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]


Surya activates Uttaraphalguni Svamsha

Surya-Vṛścika ruled by Chandra + Ketu-yuti-Kuja-[nīcha] 11

  • As a young man, FP had a college reputation for being fun-loving, capable in studies, and prone toward risky pranks [Ketu unconcerned with consequences].

Surya in bhava-3 advertising, political SPIN

  • Political handlers advertised FP as a charismatic military general who was followed eagerly by his troops.
  • However, FP's reputation was persistently dogged by reports from soldiers who actually fought under his horseback leadership, complaining of his chaotic instructions and cowardice. [[nīcha] Kuja + Ketu]
  • Surya rules 12-retreat
  • activates-12 = reduces visibility of negotiations, reinforces back-room deals


matrikaraka [mother]  * garha-karaka [village] 

  • Chandra-Karkata * comforted by maternal soothing * settled into tidal rhythms * needs to protect
  • Chandra in Aśleṣa-Naga * soothed by restraining embrace * guards the ethno-cultural environment * needs familiar folk narratives
  • Chandra in classroom-11 * comfortable with networks * calmed by earnings * familiar with fellowship * routine associations * accustomed to distributive systems * settled into community rhythms * acculturated to social participation * needs popularity * feels the repeating pulse of connectivity * soothed by profitable linkage * undulating friendships * mother may be a socialite, fundraiser, networker, collectivist
  • Somana-yuti-Kuja * emotionally pro-active * sensitive to brotherly figures * needs to win * comforted by direct forward movement * invigorates the undulating routine * soothed by pioneering innovation * competitive mother * calmed by routine exercise * feels like a champion
  • Somana-yuti-Ketu * emotionally scattered * sensitive to disoriented folks * indifferent to established routines * abandons outdated customs * detached mother * soothed by the Witness perspective * comforted by spacious emptiness * long pilgrimage by water * needs to wander * feels forsaken


bhava-4 = 6th-from-Chandra, suggesting emotional conflict regarding agricultural plantations, property ownership and patriotism.

Often a preference for avoiding the inevitable home conflict by spending most time away from home.


Mom was the mother of eight and step-mother of one.

MARRIAGE partnerships support expectations


  • marriage-1-of-?
  • bhava-5 entertaining. Although she claimed to dislike the obligatory [Makara] frivolity [5] and wastefulness, Jane Appleton did plenty of entertaining in support of her husband's political career
  • Makara lawfulness, sobriety, systematic promotions, conventional conduct - contains [Vaizva] Rahu-Makara-Draco

Makara-mate Jane Appleton was said to dislike political life.

  • With stern New England manners [Makara] Jane Appleton was opposed to wasting time on the social circuit of Washington D.C. with its pointless mannerisms, frivolity, and ostentatious displays.
  • But she did it as a necessity [Makara].

Makara 6/8 from Simha-political displays, gaudy entertainments

  • Makara 7th-from-Chandra shows both partners concerned to display publicly approved conduct and avoid the appearance of flamboyant self-centeredness or personal conceit.

the daughter of a former president of FP's undergraduate college Bowdoin. 9th-from-7th-from-Chandra = Makara-5 = Kanya, FP's indriya lagna

  • However much she may have expressed exhaustion and frustration [her Mula Chandra + Mula lagna] Jane Appleton married a complex man much resembling her father

Chandra in Aśleṣa 6/8 from Chandra-Mula - Mula Misery

  • 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 Shukra-Kanya [nīcha] occupies the Kanya-Uttaraphalguni indriya-lagna, showing FP's deep identification with his wife Shukra-1
  • Their mutually aggrieved 6/8 Chandra placements suggest a profound emotional incompatibility, yet they worked a two-person political career that raised FP all the way to the top
  • Sick, complaining, perpetually unhappy wife - true - but also an educated, principled, financially capable wife and career-partner [Shukra rules 9 and 2]

Fixed Challenges to the Alliance

  • Shukra-Kanya [nīcha] -- yet, Shukra-1 activates 2 + 9 AND Shani-1 activates 5 + 6
  • Ill health, addiction, disagreement - yet, rulers of 5 + 9 reach the highest political office of POTUS
  • rogesha Shani-yuti-Shukra suggests FP's health issues, notably his alcoholism

Jane Appleton Chandra in Mūla

  • As a concentrated Mula personality, JAP likely would have felt discontented with most environments.
  • Ketu-ruled Mula often has a deep contempt for fakery

Sober heaviness of Shani

Shani-yuti-Shukra-[nīcha] 1 = rulers of 2 + 5 + 6 + 9

  • An educated woman and a preacher's daughter [9] Jane Appleton was notoriously serious, pious, and unsmiling [Shani].
  • She dressed in black and covered her face with silk bonnets.

5 + 9 = Jane's college-president father had secured a rare college education for her. Jane somberly contributed her studied convictions to the temperance [anti-alcohol] movement and the anti-slavery movement.

  • Wife Jane was described by contemporaries as a frail, punitively religious, judgmental personality .
  • She supported the growing national Temperance Movement [Shani austerity, restriction].

Sadly, she suffered from chronic melancholy and tuberculosis.

  • Following the Jan-1853 accidental decapitation death of her sole remaining son, JAP's unending grief [Shani rules 6] put her in a permanent state of mourning.

Ketu afflicts his Chandra + her Mula

  • Much of what bonded husband-and-wife was tragedy and senseless loss [Ketu]
  • They shared a terrible grief following the loss of their three young sons.
  • Despite his alcoholism and her crippling depression, she stayed by his side.


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

  • [Aśleṣa] Mangala-Karkata [nīcha] * 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-11 * drive toward connectivity * competitive earnings * pursuit of profits * dynamic marketplace actions * champion of community activism * invasive networking * vigorous sporting friends * energized scientific systems * economic conquests
  • Kuja-yuti-Chandra * invigorated feelings * energized intuition * dynamic nurturance * competitive caretaking * often the dominant parent * needs to win * forward thrusting emotions * seeks security via conquest
  • 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 is often a trouble-maker for the Kanya indriya-lagna

Mangala activates Mesha-8 = reputation-defining 10th-from-Chandra FP's leadership was forever identified with the catastrophic carnage [Mesha-8] of the war of brother-against-brother

Mangala in bhava-11 rules

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

Nica-Mangala rules 3 = 6th-from-10 = 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 who controlled the party.

Inconsistent actions 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] = 12th-from-Chandra-12

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

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 slavery debate [3 discussions].

  • During these horribly contentious antebellum years, Congress became locked into increasingly bitter ideological combat [9] .
  • Calls for national abolition grew into a moral imperative for northern Christians in the 1790's.

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

  • No leader could find a middle ground between the two incommensurable sets of claims about Constitutional Law, the humanity of slaves [or not] , property rights, and State Sovereignty.

Northern supporter of Southern slavery

Famed for often changing his mind on the subject of slavery, FP's emotionally disengaged chronic indecision Somana-yuti-Ketu helped to bring on the Civil War.

Pierce's inability to hold a moral position created suspicion among his friends.

  • FP was a Northern friend of the Southern slave-holders.
  • He legally 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 friends abandoned him [Ketu]
  • His social network ultimately did not support his second POTUS term, and he became a pariah of the party [11] .

Dysfunctional Indecision has disastrous consequences [8]

  • FP's waffling was instrumental in evoking the upcoming disaster of the USA Civil War
  • His moral [Karkata] ambivalence further distressed a fragile union

Most historians squarely blame FP for outright incompetence.

  • As the nation grew and fractured, designating some states as free and some states as enslaved became an exercise in futility [Ketu] .
  • Had Pierce made firm [albeit unpopular]  decisions which had then gone to be assessed by the Supreme Court, a series of definitive legal interpretations of the Constitutional language [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 [[nīcha] Kuja] while protecting the financial [2]  entitlements of rich slave-owners.

  • He handled criticism by self-medicating with alcohol. Shukra-Kanya [nīcha]
  • FP lead a political circus [5]  with no progress, no improvement, and no real engagement Ketu-yuti-Kuja [nīcha] = mutual drishti with Rahu-5 political circus

Terrible Grief = tragically premature deaths of all three children

All three of his children were males [Kuja] who died young * age 1 + age 4 + age 11

  • Their eldest son died at age 11, during FP's Kuja-Shani bhukti -- just months after Pierce won the POTUS-14 election.
  • Both parents watched all three children die.

Some writers observe that FP, who had been a capable legislator before POTUS-14, might have been much more effective had he not been overwhelmed by horrible personal grief.. The grief also disconnected his relationship to his wife, who had once been his supporter.


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

lagnesha for Kanya indriya-lagna

  • [Anuradha] 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-3 [svabhava] narrative of cohort collaboration * chatty siblings * articulate announcements * discusses commerce * instructions for management * conversations about information technology * clever programming * logical reporting * talks about daily business * handles information * skillful printing * scripted dialog * text instructions * writes lyrics * detailed media-messaging * communication tactics * explains marketing * quick manufacturing * descriptive process * signaling gestures
  • 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-3 [svabhava] rules

  • 10-career, dignity, social authority
  • 1-personality, appearance, embodiment, social attribute package

Budha karmesha occupies 3-discussions, meetings, commerce

  • A politically inclined attorney, son of a former NH governor,
  • FP served in New Hampshire state government, US house of Representatives, and US Senate.
  • Although not unusually effective in any of these positions, FP kept talking and his commercial attitude kept his fundraisers funding

Budha-yuti-Surya rules 12-international

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


dhavakaraka * bahuta-kara

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

  • [Visaka] 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-2 * much hoard * many songs * many stories * extensive history * generous natural reserves * several genetic lines * many accumulated goods * numerous languages * expansive oratory * large eyes * many voices * many valuations * extensive accounts * grows the family lineage * optimistic heritage * believes in historic conservation * patron of speech-and-song * in a wifely nativity, husbandly-companion may be a keeper-collector-preserver


Before entering politics, FP was a successful New England attorney who accepted glamorous cases [Rahu-5 display] and delighted the gallery with his dramatic speeches [Guru-2]

He was considered a fine orator and colleagues remember his distinctively deep voice.

Although passive-aggressive in his actions within the assembly [[nīcha] Kuja-11] ideologically Pierce was not neutral on the topic of slavery.

Guru-2 rules 4+7 property

Guru occupies 4th navamsha

  • Using his famed oratorical skills [2] FP staunchly supported the states-governance and property rights claims of the Southern faction.
  • FP was popular among the southern white, male electorate.
  • Pierce appreciated the capital wealth [Guru-2]  produced by the slave economy.
  • FP facilitated the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act.

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.

Following his single term as POTUS-14, Pierce returned to farming and landowning.

Guru in bhava-2 rules 4 + 7 property, land-deeds, fencing, settlement

  • Following his single term as POTUS-14, Pierce returned to his Boston law practice [7].
  • Via real-estate [4] speculation along with land inherited from his storied father, Pierce died as one of the wealthiest men in New England [uttarabhadra svamsha].

Second Marriage

Shukra-yuti-Shani along with yuvati-pati Guru in bhava-2

suggests that there would be a second alliance, finally fulfilling FP's expectations of a thriving partnership == albeit late in life due to Shukra-yuti-Shani.

  • during the final few years of his incarnation, FP enjoyed a romance with his landlady
  • he left her selected properties in his Will

Guru activates 10th navamsha Dhanus = national level profile associated with matters of ideological conviction


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


  • Shukra-Kanya * niccha * 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-1 * seeks pleasure via handsome embodiment * enjoys the company of women * graciously attractive appearance * active style of balancing * pursues adjustable arrangements * appreciation of muscular vitality * pleasing designs to adorn the head * aesthetic of new life * physical exercise to balance the brain * identified with brokerage * seeks the sweet midpoint of dynamic negotiations * energetic pursuit of equity * identified with acts of diplomacy * bargains vigorously for fair exchange * in a husbandly nativity, wifely-companion may be an athlete-innovator-pioneer
  • 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



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

despite FP's solid previous experience in law practice [Shani] + 10 years in US Congress, scholars criticize him for undercutting his own alliances [[nīcha] Shukra]

Shukra-1 activates

  • 2-speech, finance
  • 9-ideology, father

[nīcha] Shukra-Kanya inequity in alliances

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

  • He was even deprived of a Vice-President.
  • The elected VP died before their term began, and Congress did not allow FP to obtain a replacement lieutenant.

Marriage = Stubbornly enduring, weighted, profoundly unhappy

  • The marriage was said to have begun happily enough
  • Eventually, in their awful grief, the pair began to argue [Kanya].
  • FP self-medicated leading to his alcoholism . He died of liver cirrhosis.
  • In modern psychology, the stridently tea-totaling Mrs. Pierce would be called an addictions enabler.

Navamsha-7 contains vargottamsha Shukra [nīcha] ++ Ketu ++ Surya ++ [uchcha] Budha

They disagreed [Kanya] on all of the important social policy issues of their day.

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

Shukra-yuti-Shani suggests two marriages

  • six years after FP's finished his single POTUS term, Jane died [FP age 59] .

Shukra [nīcha] + Shani [Shani delay]  ++ socially un-avowed [nichha Shukra] .

  • After widowhood, in the five years of life remaining to him, FP amassed a portfolio of valuable properties [uttarabhadra svamsha + guru-2 rules 4-7]
  • Sick from liver cirrhosis but wealthy, FP found a discreet second love.
  • 2nd-from-Chandra = enclosed, invisible, private bhava-12 Simha romance
  • She was his landlady. Guru-2 rules 7 = 4th-from-4th properties
  • There was no formal marriage vow, but childless-wifeless FP bequeathed substantial property to his ladylove via his legal will.


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

[rogesha for Kanya indriya-lagna]

[vidya-pati for Kanya indriya-lagna]

[strict rules for approved action]

[obligation to make formal movements]

[identified with intractable conflicts]

[unbalanced social pressure upon physical appearance]

[self-discipline applied to disagreeable tasks]

[chronic personality disorder]



  • 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-1 * time-structured personality * mature conduct * must produce under pressure * strictly orderly movement * regimented appearance * grim determination to survive * tense competition * muscular fatigue * required activity drills * chronically impeded self-expression * bodily seizures * identified with heavy responsibility * resists unnecessary change * often looks older * lives to work * elders preserve class-conscious identity
  • 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


Antebellum POLITICS of legality of slavery

  • Shani rogesha insists on legalized injustice
  • Shani vidyapati politicizes exploitations

As his father before him, FP supported the primacy of States Rights [Surya entitlements]. In its extreme interpretation, this judicial principle would forbid the federal government [Shani] from interfering with state conduct regardless of state-level abuses.

FP favored the plantation owner's legal claims that human slaves were property not persons.

Despite his wife Jane Appleton [and most of the North]  demanding federal slavery-abolition as a non-negotiable moral mandate, FP became indecisive and unclear in his slavery policy.

  • FP felt [Chandra] that slavery [6]  was economically inevitable [[nīcha] Kuja-11 + Aśleṣa-Chandra + Ketu].

Shani-1 rules political-circus Rahu-5

FP maintained the facade of political activity, but almost nothing was accomplished due to intractable conflict [Shani]

The weight of incumbency notwithstanding, his unreliable stance caused FP's political party [Rahu-5] to unexpectedly withdraw their nomination for his second term..

Rahu usually has a Big Up and a Big Down. Expecting to continue with a second presidential term, the party's refusal to run him caught FP by surprise.


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

  • [Vaizva] 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-5 * passion for politics * hungry for celebrity * fascinating romance * extraordinary games * in svabhava of Splendid Surya, the Shadowy Specter seeks exceptional children * outsider who cleverly insinuates into center-stage creative roles * culturally mixed entertainment * amplified poetic idealism * enchanting individual charisma * flamboyant fashion * unusual autobiography * craves attention * intriguing displays of creative genius * seeks important roles in performance art * unconventional literary expression * desires royal entitlement * mesmerizing pageantry * entrancing dramatic splendor * opportunistic lovers * ambitious games-players * may wear the persona [mask]  of a thespian * pretentious intellectuality * thrilling demonstrations in the eye of the camera * boundary-breaching politics


passion for politics, fame, political campaigns, display

DRISHTI Rahu in bhava-5

  • drishti into 9 + 11 + 1

Rahu Mahadasha * age 51.7 until decease age 64 = 1856-1869

After a meteoric rise during Chandra + Mangala Mahadasha, collapse during Rahu ++ late-life romance [5]

  • Mar-1857 [FP age 53]  Suddenly dumped by his political party * Rahu-Rahu svabhukti
  • 02-Dec-1863 [FP age 59]  grieved the decease of wife Jane Appleton * Rahu-Shani bhukti
  • May-1964 [FP age 60]  grieved the decease of his close friend, Nathaniel Hawthorne * Rahu-Shani bhukt
  • 1865 second lifepartner relationship with his landlady * Rahu-Budha bhukti
  • 08-Oct-1869 [FP age 64]  dematerialization* Rahu-Shukra bhukti

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.
  • An obstructionist Congress refused to authorize a replacement lieutenant for FP.

Rahu-Makara the Illusionist = spin-doctors at work

ambitious heights, smoky impressions * Makara = governance takes drishti of both Mangala [war]  and Chandra [patriotism, paternalism]

  • 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 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.

  • 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. Ruler Shani-1 evokes both 5 and 6 [disagreements, broken promises, unbalance]

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

Rahu = over-reaching interpretations of the Law * Makara

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

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

  • Cleverly avoiding the Norther mandate, FP promoted an expediently legalistic interpretation of Constitutional Law
  • FP blithely supported slave-owners' property rights, while all around him a moral debate was raging = people cannot be property.

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

  • He asserted that moral arguments [Chandra] were not germane to the legal, constitutional question about property rights.
  • His expedient social policy utterly overshadowed [Rahu] the established legal-historical fact that common morality underlies the statutory law.

Shock and Fall during Rahu-Rahu svabhukti

  • 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.

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 principled legal thinker.
  • But ultimately Shani is rogesha, the national political climate was extremely toxic, and FP's nīcha-Kuja + Aśleṣa-Chandra cast exacerbating drishti into gambling Rahu

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

  • [Pushya] 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 property * forgives the ancestors * releases a soothing pink cloud of ancient rhythms into the misty abyss
  • Ketu in classroom-11 * eccentric friends * no limits on profitability * dissolves barriers in community * peculiar social network * vacuous associations * irrelevance of material achievements * intangible goals * ambivalence toward economics * disappearing elder siblings * disregards social awards * ignores marketplace norms * abandons large group systems * unless other graha occupy 11, may prefer to live free from socializing = off-the-grid.
  • Ketu-yuti-Chandra * insecure * foggy sensitivity * empty feelings * unsustainable habits * ambivalent mother * disinterested in cultural routines * peculiar parenting * emotional apathy * surrenders the ship * abandoned vessels * incomplete nurturing * distanced from the ethnicity * fragmented caretaking * disconnected roots * liberation via release of home comforts
  • 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


FP had some odd friends.

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

[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

  • onfusion of the emotional need Ketu-yuti-Chandra to dominate others [Mangala]
  • mixed with Euro-culture principle of owned property Karkata especially agriculture.

Pulverizing, dispersing Ketu provided an infelicitously passive-aggressive mix

  • with inconsistent positions on cultural ethics [Karkata] of slavery, alcohol, and women's rights.

Ketu in classroom-11 dissolves goals, achievements, social networks, marketplace associations. Abandoned by friends.


Temperance Movement leader

POTUS-14 pair Jane Appleton Pierce * 1806-1863

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, 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


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