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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


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

nativity of Jane Appleton Pierce


Franklin Pierce during his POTUS years


1853-1857 * POTUS-14

1837-1842 * US Senator from New Hampshire

1832-1837 * US Congressmember

Brigadier General

Franklin Pierce

Earth-birth Friday-23-Nov-1804

dematerialization 08-Oct-1869 (age 64)


POTUS-14 * March-1853 until March-1857 * Franklin Pierce * 1804-1869

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama Jyotishavidya

charts + graphs + tables = produced by Shri Jyoti Star * adapted by BP Lama

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Zravana * Shrona * Hari * Apramaya * Azvattha

BPL commentary

For Zra-vana births of masculine valence, the condition of reflective, sheltering, undulating, rhythmic, routinized, culturally rooted, boundary-defending, security-seeking, nourishing, parental, matrikaraka Chandra may considerably affect the outcome.

Mother-figures, protectors, guardians, elemental spirits, natural environments, waters, roots, eggs, gardeners, farmers, fisher-folk, caretakers, foundation-builders, police, schoolteachers, parents, providers of nourishment, and defenders of the root culture, may be especially influential.

Instructional guidance provided by emissaries from the civilizations of Aquila. Their purpose is sensitive and intrusive leadership and institutional governance.

The Listener * Shaman

Shravishta gentlemen are exceptionally concerned with their social reputation. Parental in their authority style, they adopt organizational caretaker roles and are found in secure positions at all levels of society. Sravana are often found working in the slow but reliable bureaucracies which evoke their characteristic persevering patience.

Apramaya-born are often found operating charitable agencies, teaching school, or protecting their cultural foundations. Although their careers may elevate to the highest ranks of social decision-making, Hari-born remember always the simple family folk and their concerns with property, security, and nourishment.

As fathers, teachers, and social leaders, Shravistha chaps are generally stable and protective. They are blessed with an intuitive understanding of the social law in context of ancient customs. Many are lawyers, judges, social-justice advocates, or teachers of the law. In personal relationships, their comfort-seeking Chandra seeks an equally placid, parental match. Yet being such peaceful people, these men may find balance with wives who are somewhat more outspoken.

Shravana must combine Shani's mandate to maintain the larger social order with parental Chandra's focus on the local settlement, housing, schools, and farms. Often their focus is property law. While public dignity remains important, Sravana fellows are also concerned to maintain the steady life flow (Chandra) of the ethnicity or the nation. They find comfort in the old liturgical rhythms and are often regular participants in public worship. Their most cherished roles are usually Father and Grandfather.

Themes of social stability, public safety, property rights, protection of the old routines, maintenance of the tribe, and the soothing rhythms of homelife may contextualize Sravana's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Shravana

QUOTATION from: Shil-Ponde(1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra. p 86.

"An excellent character, the keynote of which is kind heartedness and generosity,

  • particularly to those less fortunate than himself.

This man will always be able to accumulate the good things of life

  • without injuring anyone else to do so.

He will be disposed to share his belongings with the poor and needy.

  • The extent of his activities in this direction,

  • will of course depend on his station in life.

Many social workers and philanthropists have Shravana rising.

He will also be very religious

  • and will participate in church activities

  • if his environment permits."


Biographical Details matched to the Vimshottari Dasha calendar


Franklin Pierce in 1853


1852 Pierce (age 48) in Military uniform, following his limited but reputation-building (Rahu) engagement in the Mexican American War

Ketu Mahadasha * age birth until age 4.8

23-Nov-1804 Earth-birth in Hillsboro, New Hampshire, USA * Ketu-Chandra bhukti * Shani rules 7-law

Zukra Mahadasha * age 4.8 until age 24.8

1827 FP admitted to law practice (passed the bar) in New Hampshire * Zukra-Budha bhukti * Budha rules 9-legal principles

Surya Mahadasha * age 24.8 until age 30.8

19-Nov-1834 exchange of marriage vows with Jane Appleton Pierce (FP age 30) * Surya-Zukra chidradasha ++ Sade-Sati

Chandra Mahadasha * age 30.8 until age 40.8

Feb-1836 first child is born but lives only three days * Chandra-Chandra swabhukti

1836 elected USA Senator from New Hampshire * Chandra-Mangala bhukti * Mangala-7 rules 11-social networks, gain of goals

07-Dec-1838 grieved the decease of mother (his age 35) * Chandra-Guru bhukti * Guru rules 12th-from-4th + Rahu-Return

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

Mangala Mahadasha * age 40.8 until age 47.8

1847 resigns from Senate. Announced he would be working for the Temperance Movement. Instead, he was advised to go fight in the Mexican American War to gain hero credentials that would help him be elected to POTUS.* Mangala-Rahu bhukti * Rahu-1

1847 Despite zero military experience, Pierce is commissioned at the rank of Brigadier General by POTUS-11 Manifest Destiny 1795-1849 James Knox Polk. * Mangala-Guru bhukti * Guru-10 rules 3-commissions

1848 grieved the decease of young son Franklin from typhus * Mangala-Shani bhukti

Rahu Mahadasha * age 47.8 until decease age 64

Oct-1852 as a far-removed dark-horse candidate, Pierce (age 48) earned his party's nomination for POTUS-14 (much to his surprise) * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti

02-Nov-1852 won the national POTUS-14 election * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti

06-Jan-1853 grieved the decease of 11-year old son Benjamin * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti

18-Apr-1853 grieved the decease of of Pierce's VPOTUS William King * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti

Mar-1857 end-of-POTUS, not renewed * Pierce had expected to be re-nominated by his party, but they abandoned him due to his contradictory behavior regarding slavery and his apparent alcoholism * Rahu-Guru bhukti * Guru rules 12- invisibility + Guru rules 6th-from-10th disagreements in leadership roles

02-Dec-1863 (FP age 58) grieved the decease of his wife Jane Appleton (tuberculosis = grief) * Rahu-Ketu bhukti

May-1964 grieved the decease of his close friend, the author Nathaniel Hawthorne * Rahu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 12th-from-11th = decease of friend

1865 second lifepartner relationship with his landlady * Rahu-Zukra bhukti

08-Oct-1869 decease (via liver cirrhosis, age 64) * Rahu-Mangala bhukti * Ketu-yuti-Kuja * Kuja produces effect of Ketu

Distinctive features of the nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

  • Surya-Vrizchika * Maricha * particle of light * brightly charismatic confidence of Center-stage Surya radiates through the penetrating transformative rashi of Mangala
  • Surya in bhava-11 * center of community * genus for associative systems * radiates through the gridwork * entitled to work-and-earn * network intelligence * focus on interlinked ecologies * uniquely creative marketplace revenues * exemplifies knotting-netting-knitting connectivity * distributed light * eye on friendships * celebrated by crowds * sparkling center of social-economic drama* father may be an earner-socialite-organizer
  • 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 was a well-known and politically active farmer, landowner, Revolutionary War soldier, and patriot. Surya in bhava-11 indicates father at the center of social networks

Dad served Governor of New Hampshire 1827-1828 + 1829-1830 Surya in bhava-5 politician.

randhresha Surya in bhava-11 + Surya-yuti-Budha = As a young man, Pierce had a college reputation for being fun-loving, charismatic, prone toward risky pranks (Surya rules 8), but capable in studies. Adult colleagues called him a charismatic military general followed eagerly by his troops. Surya in bhava-11 is a natural group leader.

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • Chandra-Simha * comforted by confident dramatic display
  • Chandra in Magha-Pitri * comforted by the drama of wandering * protectors of three-fires ceremony * feels the glorious magnetism * unlimited light magic
  • Chandra in classroom-8 * comfortable with crisis * familiar with catastrophic events * feels the pulse of cyclical identity change * soothed by secrecy * accustomed to frequent upheaval * seeks deeply rhythmic initiation * acculturated to exploration * occult sensitivities * needs eruptive energies * nourished by non-disclosure * emotionally attuned to trauma * undulating shakti-shocks


Mom was the mother of eight and step-mother of one. She was often sick (Chandra rules 12th-from-Chandra) and withdrawn from visibility. Chandra in Magha-Pitri ruled by Ketu-the-Witness can be deeply observant yet quiet.

Chandra-Simha is a common placement for political mothers. She also produced several other politicians in addition to Franklin. Most of his siblings lived short lives Chandra rules Ketu-yuti-Kuja-nichha = 12th-from-Chandra


Chandra rules Zravana radical lagna

Most observers agree that Pierce was a charming fellow, but observers cited his secretive nature. Surya rules the evasive, covered, obscured bhava-8. Pierce was also known to be moody, angry, and depressed by turns, due to Ketu-yuti-Kuja-nichha-7 and due also to conditions of his marriage to the Mula Mate. His personality was so turbulent Chandra in classroom-8 that his political party refused to support him for re-election, even as the incumbent candidate.

Simha-Chandra = creative attunement, soothed by politics, drama, gaming, speculative finance

MARRIAGE partnerships support expectations


Franklin Pierce married Jane Appleton, the daughter of a former president of his undergraduate college Bowdoin. According to historians, he often regretted the marriage.

Franklin Pierce enjoyed little happiness in marriage due to his wife's values (2) being in severe disagreement with his political positions. Jane Appleton disliked the world of politics generally (Shani dislikes Surya) and in particular she hated parties (Simha) drama (Simha) and selfishness. Or so she said. As a very concentrated Mula personality, she likely would have been discontent with most environments. Yet Franklin Pierce's 7th-from-Chandra = Kumbha, ruled by his Shani-9 shows the ideological rigidity of both partners.

Other pressures upon the union include his nichha-Zukra, his Ketu-yuti-Kuja -7, and her Ketu-7.

Matching the Moons

Despite its ongoing challenges, the Pierce's marriage survived until Jane's decease. Franklin's Chandra in Magha-Pitri = emotionally aligned with Jane's Chandra in Mula . This core understanding sustained their union through decidedly unfriendly circumstances both public and private.

His Chandra-Simha is generally compatible with her Chandra-Dhanuzya,, and their two Chandra-nakshatra placements are very well attuned.. They enjoyed a reasonable interpersonal harmony, and they shared the terrible tragedy of the loss of their three young sons. The greatest tension was her extreme dislike of politics which naturally was as different as possible from his emotionally Chandra-Simha need for praise and applause.

His wife's father was a preacher and president of Bowdoin College. ; 9th-from-7th-from-Chandra = wife's father = ; his Guru-10 = university president.

Marital discomfort = ; Simha-8 ++ Kumbha-2 angle * Political mismatch

Franklin was ideologically committed to the primacy of States Rights, which principle in its extreme interpretation would forbid the federal government from interfering with state conduct regardless of state-level abuse.

Royal Simha favors the entitled, and Pierce favored the plantation owner's claims that slaves were property not persons. His self-referential Chandra-Simha may have convinced Pierce to protect the human-property assets of the Southern slave owners, because he emotionally identified with their privilege (also Rahu-1 identifies with uniquely important privilege.)

With his wife (and most of the North) constantly arguing for abolition as a non-negotiable moral mandate, Pierce became indecisive and unclear in his ; slavery policy. Chandra in classroom-8 ; is emotionally soothed in crisis, and Pierce's behavior ensured that the nation would remain perched at the violent edge of civil war.

His fluctuating (Chandra) stance caused his political party (Simha) to withdraw their nomination for his second term. This despite his incumbency which should have given him an easy win.

Six years after his sudden forced retirement from politics, Jane died. In the three years of life remaining to him, Franklin amassed a portfolio of valuable properties and blessedly, he found a discreet second love.

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

  • Mangala-Karkata * nichha * active pursuit of security * proactive nourishment * drive toward rooting + settling * vigorous defensive movement * police protector * fence-builder * push toward land ownership * promotes construction of settlements * innovative farming + fishing * energetically ethnic * champion of local cultures
  • Mangala in bhava-7 * drive toward bargaining * pursuit of agreement * impatient with stagnant arrangements * invasive negotiation * diplomatic dynamics * energized contracts * innovative conquests * pushes toward liaison * invigorates alliances
  • Kuja-yuti-Ketu * vigorous break-ups * high-energy collapse * fierce pursuit of impermanence * pointless fights * diffused sexuality * dynamic wandering * apathetic brother-figures * potential for aggressive self-annihilation * pushes toward liberation by forceful rebirth

Kuja rules 4-property + 11-revenues

Mangala in bhava-7 = Throughout his political career, Pierce was harassed by opposition campaigns that framed his character as weak and cowardly = Ketu-yuti-Kuja-nichha = 12th-from-Chandra

Like all POTUS who served during the 20 years preceding the US Civil War, Pierce was trapped into the extremely combative slavery debate. During these horribly contentious antebellum years, Congress was locked into increasingly bitter and polarized bargaining in the hopeless attempt to adjudicate two incommensurable sets of claims about Constitutional Law, the humanity of slaves (or not), property rights, and State Sovereignty. There was little opportunity for the dis-unified USA to accomplish its higher social goals .

Contradictory approach to Property * Kuja-7 in 4th-from-4th rules 4 * nichha ++ Ketu

Pierce was a Northern friend of the Southern slave-holders. He legally defended the rights of the slave-exploiters and those who trafficked in human capital. Pierce was not neutral on the topic of slavery. He staunchly supported the states-governance and property rights claims of the South and was popular among the southern (white, male) electorate. Pierce appreciated the wealth produced by the slave economy, and he facilitated the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act.

Dysfunctional Indecision and Breakdown (Ketu) of Negotiations (7)

Pierce's leadership behavior was instrumental in evoking the upcoming disaster of the USA Civil War, and most historians squarely blame him for outright incompetence. The unending pursuit of compromise as the nation grew and fractured was an exercise in futility (Ketu) and a colossal waste of time. Had Pierce made firm (if unpopular) decisions which had then gone to the Supreme Court, a series of definitive legal interpretations of the Constitutional language might have been produced and a blood-war might (theoretically) have been avoided.

Mangala constantly interrupted by Ketu

However, Pierce trolled blithely onward, driven by the engine of a clutching Azlesa-Mangala constantly interrupted by apathetic Ketu and a politically ambitious Rahu-Makara-1 finding instrumental advancement in the political rhetoric of Constitutional fundamentalism (Shani). He was criticized aplenty, but he handled that situation by self-medicating with alcohol.

Franklin kept the negotiations going with no progress, no improvement, and no real engagement Ketu-yuti-Kuja-nichha He provided no measurable leadership but rather held the situation in a toxic stasis. Because he proposed no solutions and by his disengagement the nation pushed closer to war, Pierce is adjudged as one of the worst US Presidents.

Mangala the Landholder

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. Via real-estate speculation, Pierce died as one of the wealthier men in New England.

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

Budha rules Kanya-6 karakamsha slavery

  • Budha-Vrizchika * hidden communications, articulation of transformative secrets, emergency pronouncements, messages about camouflaged, vigorous descriptive initiations, undisclosed mysteries, defined masking, expertly detailed disguise
  • Budha in bhava-11 * narrative of economy + ecology * calculates profits * reports on distributive + associative networks * social participation linkage * describer of friendship * conversations about voluntary connections * explainer of gains + goals * delivers instructions for interlinked systems * talks about large assemblies * defines the webworks of community
  • Budha-yuti-Surya * amusing explanations * central roles in communication * brightly clear descriptions * dramatic enunciation * confidently delivers instruction * articulation of radiant certainty * political messenger * talkative father-figures

Budha rules Mithunaya swamsha

Budha occupies 7th-from-5 ++ Budha rules 2nd-from-5 * deaths of children

All three of his children were males (Kuja) who died young * age 1, age 4, and age 11. The last son died at age 11, just months after Pierce won the POTUS-14 election. Both parents watched all three children die.

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-kara


  • Guru-Thulau-Thula * many trades * variety of exchanges * optimistic negotiations * believes in justice * doctrine of contractual exchange * multiple alliances * diversity of arrangements * equable guidance * widens the scope of balanced design
  • Guru in bhava-4 * many local roots * growth of homes * fertile gardens * many diploma-licenses * abundant owned property * many vehicles * multiple protective caretakers * multiple mother-figures * much shipping-transport * tolerance for parochial perspectives * numerous deeds of title * a patron of environmental stewardship * in a wifely nativity, husband-figure may be a grower-builder-schoolteacher-miner-shipper-landowner

Guru rules Bhava-12 = 5th-from-Chandra. All three of his sons died separately from different causes before each reached age 12.

Pierce had socially recognizable legitimacy as the son of a New Hampshire governor. He was an elected US Senator and a successful New England attorney who accepted glamorous cases and delighted the gallery with his inspiring speeches (Guru). He was considered a fine orator and colleagues remember his distinctively deep voice. ;

Career Guru-10

  • ;rules-12 = weakens visibility reinforces back-room deals
  • ;rules-3 emphasizes administration , committee-work, cohort, small-group discussions
  • ruler of 3 =6th-from-10 ** inherent conflict between top-rank vision of the high positions versus the detail-focused, process management of bhava-3
  • typically with this angle for Guru, there is a good deal of blustering about principles and beliefs, but little is accomplished.
  • Ruler of 3 in 10 = more concerned about what the group thinks (3).
  • ;That pattern held true for the oratorically gifted Pierce, who was famed for his sermon-ish delivery but ineffective in leadership

Pierce was psychologically manipulated (12) and his career was perpetually in the hands of the businessmen (3) who controlled the political party.

Guru rules 10th navamsha Meena = national level profile associated with matters of imagination, vision, and belief. However, Guru for a Makara nativity is compromised in Thula and as ruler-of-3-and-12.

Zukra Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka


  • Zukra-Kanya * nichha * appreciation of service -or- victimization, likes logical argument, * attracted to laboring classes, servants, and animals * prefers exploitive, unbalanced arrangements * pleasures of medication and toxic pain relief * enjoys humility * aligned to unfair, distrusting contracts * alliance in ministries of service * aesthetic of rremedies for injustice
  • Zukra-9 * seeks pleasure via philosophical doctrine * enjoys paradigmatic beliefs * feminine-figures preach-teach on higher principles * bargains toward global equity * delights in ultimate worldview * pleasing designs to adorn the pelvic floor * graceful hips * balanced femoral sockets * sweet sacral plexus * appreciation of theory * philosophy of justice
  • Shani-yuti-Zukra * sweetened structures, gracious lawfulness, appreciation for mature neutrality, strict negotiations

;nichha-Zukra-9 ; rules 5-politics ++ 10-public roles

Ruler of 5 located in 9 = a highly beneficial angle = often the mark of a successful politician or dramatist

Zukra-9 rules 10th-from-Chandra = bhava-5 politics

Zukra rules the socially important reputation-defining the emotionally dignified , social-ordering, leadership-seeking 10th-from-Chandra = Vrishabha-5 politics.


Shani-yuti-Zukra * Zukra kalatra-karaka *

Graha conjunct to the kalatrakaraka Zukra = traits of the wife-figure

Sober heaviness of Shani

Shani-yuti-Zukra-9 * An educated woman and a preacher's daughter, Jane Appleton was notoriously serious, pious, and unsmiling. She dressed in black and covered her face with silk bonnets. Her preacher father secured a college education for her, and Jane was philosophically engaged in the issues of the day.

Sadly, she suffered from chronic melancholy and tuberculosis. Her unending grief, following the deaths of her three sons, put her in a permanent state of mourning. Shani also rules 7th-from-Chandra.

Zukra-nichha + Shani occupies 2nd-from-Chandra suggesting that there would be a second feminine-figure in Pierce's life, albeit late in life (Shani delay) ++ socially un-avowed (nichha Zukra). Sick from liver cirrhosis but wealthy during the final years of life following Jane's decease, Pierce found love with his landlady. There was no formal marriage vow, but he left substantial property to her via his legal will.

Nichha-Zukra inequity, unsustainable relationships

Most of Pierce's key advising and supporting relationships were broken by vargottamsha nichha-Zukra. He was even deprived of his Vice-President, when Mr. King died in office and Congress allowed no replacement.

Marriage and Alcoholism = Shani-Kanya + nichha-Zukra-Kanya

Wife Jane was described by contemporaries as a frail, punitively religious, judgmental ; personality . She supported the growing national Temperance Movement (Shani austerity, restriction). Mrs. Pierce was said to violently dislike political life. In particular, she despised the social circuit of Washington D.C. with its pointless mannerisms, frivolity, and ostentatious displays. Ketu-ruled Mula often has a deep contempt for fakery.

Dissatisfied + self-medicating (him) + unhappy + alienated (her)

Zukra-nichha yuti Shani in bhava-7 indicates a mate who is involved with institutionalized lawfulness (temperance laws) of a punitive, judgmental, criticizing, and toxic nature (Kanya).

Contemporaries noted her chronic 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. The marriage was said to have begun happily and manifested sincere affection; but eventually they began to argue, which led to alienation, and Mr. Pierce self-medicated his distress with alcohol.

They were polarized (Surya-Shani) on all of the important social policy issues of their day.

  1. First and foremost slavery (Kanya)
  2. secondly alcohol (nichha-Zukra)
  3. ;thirdly the incipient argument toward political and economics rights for women (Zukra).

Nichha-Zukra can indicate alcoholism,

His navamsha vargottamsha Zukra-nichha yuti Ketu exacerbates substance addiction patterns via no limits Ketu.

Self-medication (Kanya) may be motivated by marital discord or a general inability to find a reliable point of balance in one's life. The sweet inebriation of alcohol may seem to soften the rough edges of a difficult relationship. In modern psychology, the stridently tea-totaling Mrs. Pierce would be called an addictions enabler.

Zukra-yuti-Shani suggests two marriages. Franklin Pierce's severely depressed wife died when he was 59. Pierce enjoyed a locally recognized relationship with his landlady, to whom he bequeathed some of his substantial estate. He died age 64 of cirrhosis of the liver.

Nichha-Zukra rules the career-defining, decision-making, authority-wielding 10th-from-Chandra

Most historians consider Pierce's four-year presidential performance to have been a near-failure, except perhaps for a few international achievements. Scholars to criticize him as an expedient short-term thinker, vacillating (Ketu) and hypocritical (nichha-Zukra). . Critics say that he was seemingly unable to make a single fixed executive decision.

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka


  • Shani-Kanya * heavy old 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 proletarian 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
  • Shani in Bhava-9 * slowly time-structured rehearsal of the principles of belief * must preach the patriarchal faith * must impose the old convictions * punitive ideologies * cautiously conventional professors * judgmental father-figures * unyielding religious teachers * chronic rigidity of worldview * heavy doctrinal pressure against individual truth * resistance to new viewpoints * preacher's fatigue * intolerance for sacerdotal innovation * supports socially-approved, rigidly dutiful guru-roles * elders preserve strict sacred rules
  • Shani-yuti-Zukra * resistance against equity * limited luxuries * conservatively slow feminine figures * pragmatic finance * contractual discipline * socially constrained harmony * conventionally regulated pleasures * trust in age * mutuality over time * class-structured arrangements

Shani rules Makara-1 = ; 6th-from-Chandra showing his lifelong status = emotional conflict. prone to addiction

Shani-Kanya-9 occupies 2nd-from-Chandra suggesting family-lineage values-fulfillment of ; lawfulness, orderliness, but also a degree of harsh judgmentalism (Shani Kanya) may have been a feature of the genetic line and in particular the mother's family may have known poverty

Rahu * rajyalobha-karaka * 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-1 passion for vitality * in swabhava of Competitive Kuja, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous, exotic, or mesmerizing physical visage, extraordinary athletic movement, desires competitive advantage * exceptionally recognizable appearance , exhilarating energy, thrilling championship. Seeks social mobility via vital, dynamic muscularity. Exciting, opportunistic, ambitious conditions of Earth-birthh. boundary-breeching via identity and birth. A fascinating figure.. May become a focus of a cult of personality.

Rahu-1 makes an Impression of Importance

During Mangala-Rahu bhukti 1847-1848, ; career-orientedFranklin Pierce abandoned his wife for extended periods of war with Mexico, to fight a series of campaigns to capture more land for Euro-American settlers.

Rahu in bhava-1 ; personality facade

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 is able to use the military credential to boost his honorable-service political profile.Rahu in bhava-1 = high heights, deep fall * Makara = governance

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.

Pierce's Mahadasha of Rahu began in Jan-1852.

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 giving the previously quiet senator from New Hampshire a sudden grandiose shot to the top of national prominence.

His wife was horrified, but Pierce accepted. 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 = preposterous interpretations of the Law * Makara

Expedient lawfulness ; was a key factor in Pierce's disastrous POTUS-14 administration. A narrowly legalistic interpretation of Constitutional Law was claimed to assure protection of slave-owners' property rights, while all around him a moral debate was raging that [male] people cannot be property.

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.

Shani-9 rigid ideology rules Rahu-Makara - Draco -1 = posing as a scholar, professor, pundit

Nevertheless Pierce found no legal support for the abolitionists' moral outrage. He asserted that moral arguments were not germane to the legal, constitutional question about property rights. His disregard (Ketu) for the established legal-historical fact that common morality cultural walls, mora-mura underlies the statutory law showed an expedient rather than scholarly interpretation of the foundational Constitutional principles.

Shock and Fall

Rahu-1 occupies 6-8 from Chandra +++ Shani rules 6+8th-from-Chandra = secret enemies

Although Pierce had every reason to believe that he would be a viable incumbent candidate for the second term of POTUS-14, during Rahu-Shani bhukti 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. However, the Rahu-Shani bhukti is notorious for conflict between Rahu's ambitious personal importance versus Shani's legalistic conformism.

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka * vasana-karaka (vacuum)

  • 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 * surrenders property ownership * forgives the ancestors * releases a soothing pink cloud of ancient rhythms into the misty abyss
  • Ketu in classroom-7 * ambivalent toward agreements * absentee advocates * disregards contractual loyalties * disinterested in mutuality * wanders from the middle-balance * irrelevance of equity * surrenders alliances * abandons the usual covenants * ignores advice * incoherent promises * liberation via surrendered negotiations * unless other graha in 7, may prefer to live free from partners
  • 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

nichha-Mangala-yuti-Ketu dispersal (Ketu dispersal) of courage (Kuja) reinforced Pierce's negative reputation for cowardice in battle. (Mangala battle)

Ketu in classroom-7 scatters alliances. Then as now, a political career is built from alliances.

Passive-aggressive approach to property rights, Ketu-deteriorating alliances

nichha-Mangala-yuti-Ketu = confusion of the emotional (Karkata) need 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.

Disappearing Vice-President = Ketu-7 Disconnection and despair in partnerships

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. Pierce was not permitted to select another VPOTUS (Ketu no connections) thus Pierce had no partner with whom to share policy thoughts, nor to delegate responsibilities.

Ketu in classroom-7 yuti nichha-Kuja rules-4 property + 11-income.

After being rejected for a second POTUS term by his political party, Pierce returned to New Hampshire and started buying real-estate. He became one of the wealthiest men in the region.


POTUS-14 pair Jane Appleton Pierce * 1806-1863

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

Rising Nakshatra

Feminine Nativity

Mula * 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 nakshatrapathi 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 Mula's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Mula

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 deaths of her father and each of her three young sons


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