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preceded by

succeeded by

married to:

  • life-partnership with William King, who was the VP under POTUS-14 Bleeding Kansas 1804-1869 Franklin Pierce ++ USA-Senator from Alabama


James Buchanan painted by Michael Brady, c. 1850


"I acknowledge no master but the law."

1857-1861 * POTUS-15

1853-1856 USA minister to Britain under POTUS-14 Bleeding Kansas 1804-1869 Franklin Pierce

1845-1849 * USA Sec'y State under POTUS-11 Manifest Destiny 1795-1849 James Knox Polk

1834-1845 * US Senator from Pennsylvania

1832-1833 * USA minister to Russia under POTUS-07 Indian Removal 1767-1845 Andrew Jackson

1821-1831 * US Congressman from Pennsylvania

James Buchanan

a.k.a. "Old Buck"

a.k.a. "Ten Cent Jimmy"

a.k.a. James Gobblar Buchanan

Earthbody-Entry Saturday-23-Apr-1791

Earthbody-Exit 01-Jun-1868 (age 77)


POTUS-15 = 1857 until 1861 * James Buchanan * 1791-1868

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Uttaraphalguni * Aryaman

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.

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 nakshatrapathi 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 private, sanctuary, or secluded location. May be an empowered politician according to the strengths of nakshatrapathi 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

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."


Biographical Details matched to the Vimshottari Dasha Calendar

POTUS-15 Oregon Treaty 1791-1868 James Buchanan = (so far) the only fully confirmed gay POTUS. He enjoyed a lifepartnership with a male USA Senator, and had an active social life in the Washington high society of the day. Yet his primary lifepartner and Buchanan's sexual identity had to be kept secret.

Zukra Mahadasha * age birth until age 4.5

23-Apr-1791 Earth-birth in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania, USA *Zukra-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 7-career, advising, diplomacy, relationships

Surya Mahadasha * age 4.5 until age 10.5

Chandra Mahadasha * age 10.5 until age 20.5

19-Sept-1809 (age 18) following dismissal for poor behavior and reinstatement arranged by his father, JB earned a diploma from Dickinson College * Chandra-Zukra bhukti * Zukra karmesha

Mangala Mahadasha * age 20.5 until age 27.5

1812 "pass the bar" = admitted to practice Law * Mangala-Rahu bhukti

1814 fought as a private against British invasion of Baltimore * Mangala-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 6-war

Rahu Mahadasha * age 27.5 until age 45.5

1820 elected to USA Congress from Pennsylvania, winning five successive elections * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti

11-Jun-1821 (JB age 30) grieved decease of father * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti

Jan-1832 appointed Minister to Russia by POTUS-07 Indian Removal 1767-1845 Andrew Jackson * Rahu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra-10 diplomacy

24-May-1833 (JB age 42) grieved the decease of mother * Rahu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 12th-from-4th

14-Oct-1834 elected USA Senator from Pennsylvania (served until -Mar-1845 ) * Rahu-Chandra bhukti * Chandra-5 elections

Guru Mahadasha * age 45 until age 61

Mar-1845 appointed USA Secy State by POTUS-11 Manifest Destiny 1795-1849 James Knox Polk * Guru-Zukra bhukti * Zukra-10 diplomacy

Shani mahadasha * age 61 until decease age 77

18-Apr-1853 grieved the decease of lifepartner William Rufus King (JB age 62) * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani-8 rules 7 ++ Shani rules 12th-from-7th

Aug-1853 appointed Minister to Great Britain by POTUS-14 Bleeding Kansas 1804-1869 Franklin Pierce * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani rules 7-diplomacy

04-Nov-1856 elected POTUS-15 * Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha rules 10th navamsha

20-Dec-1860 * South Carolina secedes from the Union * Shani-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 11 = 8th-from-4th transformative upheaval of the nation

03-Mar-1861 (age 70) end of POTUS * Shani-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 6th-from-10th * career ends in conflict and disrepute

01-Jun-1868 Earthbody-Exit (age 77, pneumonia) * Shani-Rahu bhukti

Distinctive features of the Nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

  • Surya-Meza * uttama * Suryaya * the supreme one
  • Surya in bhava-9 * karako bhavo nashto * center of sacred teachings, intelligence for patronage, brightly preaching, focus on beliefs, philosophical entitlements, self-righteous father, eye on worldview, confident ideologue, * sparkling center of the doctrinal drama
  • Surya-yuti-Kuja * confidently progressive * bright warrior * moves in alignment with the spiritual rays of the Sun * creatively intelligent brother-figures * self-reflexive political pursuits * champion of brilliant ideals * competitive father-figure * entitled to conquer and win * radiantly pioneering
  • Surya-yuti-Budha * confidently conversational * bright messenger * entitled to discuss * creatively intelligent sibling-cohort * discursive father-figure * speaks and gestures in alignment with the spiritual rays of the Sun * radiantly descriptive * articulate in drama and games * self-confident announcements * talks about ideals, power-politics, poetic love, and romance
  • Surya-yuti-Ketu * confidently detached * bright observer * entitled to surrender * apathetic toward the spiritual rays of the Sun * creatively intelligent abandonment * politically disinterested * wandering father-figure * radiantly unconcerned


Buchanan's mother and father were both of immigrant Ulster Scots descent.

Dad = a merchant-farmer born in Northern Ireland who settled in Pennsylvania. Dad eventually achieved economic success via mercantile trade and real-estate investments. Surya in bhava-9 * karako bhavo nashto usually suggests a somewhat overbearing or preachy father, exaggerated by meta-confident Surya-Meza * uttama .

Among other advantages, dad ensured that JB obtained a college diploma . Surya-yuti-Kuja shows dad's involvement with JB's education = Kuja rules 4-schooling.

The record indicates that JB was nearly expelled from Dickinson College for inappropriate behavior. Yet dad arranged a reinstatement, and an 18-year-old JB received a diploma in 1809. Surya-yuti-Budha dad involved with JB's diploma = Budha.

(This diploma would be comparable to a modern high-school or associate's degree. Afterward JB began to read law, earning a law license in 1812, age 21.)

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • Chandra-Dhanuzya * comforted by rhythmic catechesis of belief
  • Chandra in Purva-azadha * comforted by valued beliefs * protectors of inspirational music * needs philosophical harmony * soothed by expansively beautiful design
  • Chandra in classroom-5 * comfort in politics * familiar with gambling and games * soothed by celebrity, charm, children * needs to feel the repeating pulse of confident self-expression * emotionally attuned to uniqueness * settled into the rhythm of romance * intelligent customary routines * calmed by artistic performance * undulating creativity


Mom is described as "an educated woman". Chandra in classroom-5 is well aligned with uttama-Surya in bhava-9, suggesting that the parents were harmonious paired. Mom would have enjoyed politics (5) and promoted her son's career.

Historians record that due to Mom's character and Dad's financial success, despite having been born in a leaky log cabin, JB enjoyed significant social advantage during his upbringing. Guru in bhava-2shows the family's treasury.

MARRIAGE partnership support expectations

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

  • Mangala-Meza * moolatrikona 0-18 deg. * vigorous pursuit of dominance * straightforward dynamic actions * competitive winner * propulsive battering weaponry * push toward conquest * pioneering vitality * hot yang-energy * thrusting force * forward-driving movement * champion of innovation
  • Mangala in bhava-9 * karako bhavo nashto * drive toward doctrine, champion of paradigmatic belief, pursuit of patronage, dynamic preaching, energized philosophical conquests, aggressive or sexualized paternal energies, dominating father-figures. Often Kuja-9 = challenges to the father's life and lifestyle.
  • Kuja-yuti-Surya * active creativity * high-energy confidence * dynamic genius * championship force joins willful charm * potential for aggressive politics * brilliant competitions * self-promoting * vigorous theatrical displays , potential for aggressive political or dramatic actions
  • Kuja-yuti-Budha * communicative competitions * energized signaling * dynamic reporting * clipped speech patterns * abrupt announcements * champion of vigorous messaging * pushes toward direct commands * potential for aggressive gestures * incisive speech * forceful writing
  • Kuja-yuti-Ketu * forceful break-up * invigorated collapse * energized pilgrimage * dynamic wandering * masculine force joins apathetic surrender * potential for aggressive annihilation of initiations

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka \

  • Budha-Meza * innovative communications * pioneering pronouncement * articulation of dynamic movement * discusses physical experience * vigorous descriptive explanations * challenging conversation * messages about contests * vocabulary of vitality * hands-arms-shoulders send competitive gestures
  • Budha in bhava-9 * narrative of the father-figure, the guru-figure, the catechism, the doctrine * discusses patronage, paradigm of belief, describer of theoretical details, explainer of dogmatic concepts, 11th-from-11th profits, talks about principled interpretation of reality, dharma, worldview
  • Budha-yuti-Surya * explainer of dramatic intelligence * affinity for central roles expressing skills of communication, explanation, description, instruction * explainer of dramatic intelligence * affinity for central roles expressing skills of communication, explanation, description, instruction * articulation of radiant authority * message of willpower and charisma * confidently talkative father
  • Budha-yuti-Mangala * explainer of competitive energies * affinity for engineering, invasive, exploratory roles expressing skills of communication, explanation, description, instruction *articulator of competitive energies, signals forward action, message of innovation and forward movement, outspoken, fraternal conversations, aggressive communications, talkative brother-figures
  • Budha-yuti-Ketu * explainer of impermanence * affinity for dissociative, dissolving roles expressing skills of communication, explanation, description, instruction * explainer of impermanence, articulation of surrender, signals abandonment, message of the observing Witness, talkative spirits

Classic Budha-created dhanayoga for Simha lagna ++ additional dhana Budha in bhava-9 ruler of 11 in 11th-from-11th

  • dhana from family coffers + Guru-2. JB hailed from a financially privileged family in 18th century frontier Pennsylvania. His parents began married life in humble circumstances, and dad developed a large diverse income as JB grew

  • dhana from political donation from Southern planters = 11

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

  • Guru-Kanya * much ministry of service, many servants + employees, much labor, many argumentations, much medication, exploitable beliefs, doctrine of humility
  • Guru in bhava-2 * much hoard * many songs * many stories * extensive history * expanded storage * several genetic lines * many accumulated goods * numerous languages * many voices * many valuations * extensive accounts * grows the family lineage * believes in conservation * patron of speech-and-song

POTUS-15 Oregon Treaty 1791-1868 James Buchanan * lagnesha Guru-10 suggests a body-based identity with governance and public visibility roles. Buchanan was elected to to Pennsylvania House of Representatives at age 23. Buchanan remained "in portfolio" with no gaps between political assignments, both elected and appointed, until his retirement from the 15th Presidency his age 70.

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

  • Zukra-Urisha * swakshetra * appreciation of valuable arrangements, likes capitalization * attracted to fruits of the forests and fields * pleasures of collections * acquisitive sensuality* enjoys preservation and accrual * aesthetic of sounds * historic restorations * prefers containment of precious goods
  • Zukra-10 * pleasure of regulation, enjoys lawful, socially iconic, feminine-figures harmonious ability to govern and direct * pleasing designs to adorn the upper legs, knees, calves, for overall skeleton * financially visible equity, appreciation of order, legislates justice

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

* Harsha Yoga

  • Shani-Meena * heavy old dreams, tightly regulated imagination, obliged to conform to the will of the cetaceans, vital energy compression stress zone = feet, strictly imposed conditions of sanctuary, must endure lowest-common-denominator proletarian prayer, slow elder diviners, limited access to ancient ancestor guides, must materialize the vision, must sustain the effort of connecting the material senses with the astral vision despite scarce available resources
  • Shani in Bhava-8 * Structured, orderly, time-conscious transformations. One must slowly, inexorably change the old order. One must regenerate while always maintaining the system; cautious, conventional discoveries; tense renewals, fear of emergencies, chronic trauma patterns; hidden features of sexual-reproduction; heavy legacy pressure against free discovery of mysteries. Resistance to new identity. Disaster fatigue; martial law. Resentment toward changes in partner's behavior. Extra responsibility for the impecunious family of the lifepartner. In-laws contribute little. Support for socially-approved, rigidly dutiful roles as surgeon, tantriki, concealer, mask-maker, emergency regulator.

From Chandra-Dhanuzya lagna, the mature voice of sober serious structured hierarchical Professor Shani rules

  1. the emotionally-motivated traditionalism, family lineage conserving, treasure-preserving, language-and-history remembering, acquisitive, genetic conservation of 2nd-from-Chandra
  2. the emotionally talkative, information-delivering, evangelical, publishing, announcing, script-reading, reporting, conversational, process-managing communications of 3rd-from-Chandra

Shani mahadasha * age 61 until decease age 77

Shani-8 resists action in dangerous environments, does nothing, fears innovation, prevents intervention

  • At the onset of Rahu Mahadasha, JB began his political career at his age 23 in the Pennsylvania State Assembly.
  • His ascent to higher ranks continued via an unbroken chain of political promotions that propelled JB's success through 18 years of Rahu Mahadasha ++ 16 years of Guru Mahadasha.
  • JB promoted: from Congress to Senate, serving as ambassador to Britain and Russia, and Secretary of State. Finally he obtained the long-sought role of POTUS-15 from 1857 until 1861 .
  • Shani mahadasha began at JB's age 61.
  • The first blow to JB's vitality was the sudden death of his lifepartner William Rufus King, from tuberculosis, during JB's Shani-Shani swabhukti. Shani in Bhava-8 = 2nd-from-7-partner
  • When the Shani Mahadasha started, Buchanan had amassed a great body of career experience. As foreign ambassador under several previous presidents; a vigorous attorney and legislator,JB was seen to have political multi-talents.
  • As a career diplomat and negotiator, JB was expected to be a war-deflecting, peace-maing POTUS.
  • However, Shani's cold grip froze JB in his tracks.
  • JB simply demurred from all action, whether pro-slavery or anti-slavery. He said alternately "it is only a minor legal problem" and "there is nothing I can do".

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

  • Rahu-Thula-Vanika * shimmering illusion of balance * craving for trade * mask of fairly bargained contracts * over-reaching arrangements * marvelous deals * exciting culturally-mixed partnerships * mirage of deal-making * extraordinary terms of agreement * fascinating alliances * ambitious diplomacy * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) * shimmering illusion of security * craving for customary rhythms * risky policing * mirage of home and shelter * mask of ancestral belonging to a habitual place * illusory acts of protective defense * over-reaching patriotism * fabulous farms and fisheries * fascinating ethnic routines * marvelous localities * intriguing owned properties * extraordinary cetaceans * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of motherliness, nationalism, loyalty to the homeland, parent-rolesattributes of negotiation, equity-assurance * seeks privilege via advocacy, counseling, adviser-roles
  • Rahu in bhava-3 * passion for communication * in swabhava of Busy Budha, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual writing, photography, journalistic reporting, news announcements, cinema, commentary, messaging. Craves publication. Desires a special, important explanatory, descriptive, or instructional role. Over-reaching in commercial business, internet, cinema, or communications media. Exciting, opportunistic engagement with process management, manufacturing, business administration, instructions, information technology. Trespasses cultural boundaries of cohort-conversations and evangelistic proclamations. Ambitious character of the sibling-cousin, collaborative team, or touring ensemble.

An awkward 6/8 angle between Rahu and His ruler Zukra

Rahu in bhava-3 committee work, documentation controlled by Zukra-10 executive authority

  • Buchanan's reputation among his Pennsylvania constituency steadily eroded while it became obvious that he was trading * pro-slavery votes for direct financial support from the Southern planter class.

Uttaraphalguni JB really liked attending nice parties.

  • While socializing in the national interest, Buchanan's rather luxurious personal lifestyle was being secretly subsidized by rich southern slave-plantation owners
  • 10th-from-Chandra = Guru expanding assets
  • Unfortunately, after decades of enjoying the plush company of the monied growers Zukra-10-Vrishabha, JB was deeply in the pockets of the slave-owners.
  • Despite being himself a Pennsylvania northerner, and despite his clear electoral mandate from northern voters to severely limit or stop slavery in the nation, he continued to defend the planters' claims that slavery was constitutionally protected.

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu-Meza * dissociates from competitive dominance, incomplete nobility, empty arrival, dissolute conquest, not limited by blood or birth, ignores restriction on innovative movement
  • Ketu in classroom-9 * incoherent ideology, disinterested in the credenda; wandering worldview; absentee father-figures * no barriers in doctrine, disregards teachings, vacuous philosophy, irrelevance of the catechesis, ambivalence toward the power of principled conviction. One abandons the usual paradigm of belief, ignores the conventional understandings, delivers incoherent theory.
  • Ketu-yuti-Surya * surrendered creativity, empty drama, unsustainable confidence, disconnected father, apathetic intelligence, intellectual disengagement, dispersed vision, disinterest in games, unfulfilled genius, fragmented politics, incoherent entertainments, wandering focus. Spiritual liberation via release of egocentricity.
  • Ketu-yuti-Kuja * surrendered championship, empty actions, disconnected brothers, unsustainable domination, apathetic competition, disability, unfulfilled innovation, impermanent conquest, incomplete birth, spiritual liberation via forward movement
  • Ketu-yuti-Budha * surrendered articulation, empty talk, unsustainable explanations, disconnected siblings, apathetic evangelism, incomplete details, misnomers, fragmented schedules, unfulfilled deliveries, illogical messaging, impermanent plans, spiritual liberation via gestures and discussion. For commercial nativities, may dissolve the ensemble, workgroup, cohort, or team.

Political vacillating and dithering.

Ketu-9 yuti the rulers of 1 + 2 + 4 + 9 + 11

POTUS-15 Oregon Treaty 1791-1868 James Buchanan is often ranked by historians as the worst (or one of the worst) USA presidents in history. From his early 20's (political career began age 23) until his early 40's, Buchanan was a vigorously active attorney. By the onset of Shani Mahadasha his age 61, JB had not practiced law in decades. He had lived outside the USA as a diplomat during antebellum decade and knew little about the social and economic violence of slavery. JB's arrogance (non-questioning) trivialized the massive moral offense of slavery as "a small matter" of Constitutional Law.

Since the beginning of his political ascendance age 23, Buchanan had been elected and re-elected by northerners seeking moral leadership. Yet because he was beholden to the financially privileged slave-owning planters who funded his lifestyle, and also because he preferred a romanticized view of the agrarian-roots Deep South (where he did not live and about which he knew little) Buchanan was unable to decide.

As POTUS-15, he blustered and dithered.

Instead of addressing the monumental moral questions, Buchanan spent four years pretending that there was no serious problem. As moral outrage reached the boiling point, JB ignored the moral arguments, taking instead a legalist stance. JB claimed that while it was illegal for the southern states to secede from the union, it was equally illegal for the Union government to force reunification.

Scholars see Buchanan's tenure as the nadir of national leadership which could not have come at a worse time.

Meanwhile JB Simha-Uttaraphalguni enjoyed holding court at Washington D.C. salon-parties. He retired in a climate of non-accountability (Ketu) claiming that he was not responsible for the problems he left behind. As the Civil War began to rage, retired POTUS-15 James Buchanan wrote a self-justifying book defending his presidential actions and blaming the slavery problem on impatient abolitionists.

The book was ignored. The terrible war had started.


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