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
a.k.a. "Old Buck"
a.k.a. "Ten Cent Jimmy"
a.k.a. James Gobblar Buchanan
Earthbody-Exit 01-Jun-1868 (age 77)
POTUS-15 = 1857 until 1861 * James Buchanan * 1791-1868
birth data from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Buchanan * tentatively rectified by BP Lama
charts, graphs and tables produced by Shri Jyoti Star * adapted by BP Lama
Uttaraphalguni * Aryaman
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.
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,
Uttara natives are extremely intelligent
but because of their inordinate pride,
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
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 ||
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.)
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
Classic Budha-created dhanayoga for Simha lagna ++ additional dhana Budha in bhava-9 ruler of 11 in 11th-from-11th
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.
Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka
Shani-8 resists action in dangerous environments, does nothing, fears innovation, prevents intervention
Rahu * rajyalobha-karaka * picchala-karaka (slippery)
An awkward 6/8 angle between Rahu and His ruler Zukra
Uttaraphalguni JB really liked attending nice parties.
Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka
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.
file update: 09-Nov-2019
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