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1869-1877 * POTUS-20

1864-1865 Commander General of the U.S. Army

fought under Commander-in-Chief POTUS-16 Emancipation 1809-1865 Abraham Lincoln

author of Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, published by Mark Twain

Ulysses S. Grant

a.k.a. Hiram Ulysses Grant

a.k.a. Ulysses Simpson Grant

a.k.a. Sam

a.k.a. Unconditional Surrender Grant

a.k.a. U. S. Grant

Earth-birth Saturday-27-Apr-1822

Earthbody-Exit 23-July-1885 (age 63)



1869-1877 * POTUS-20-partner

Julia Dent Grant

Earth-birth 26-Jan-1826

Earthbody-Exit 14-Dec-1902 (age 76)

nativity of Julia Dent Grant


Civil War Military General, POTUS-18 from 1869 until 1877 * Ulysses S. Grant * 1822-1885

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Visaka * Radha

BPL commentary

For Visaka births of a masculine valence, the condition of prosperous, preaching, inclusive, broad-scope, philosophical, humanistic Brihaspati may considerably affect the outcome. Masculine births under auspice of Puna, Visaka, or Purvabhadra may find that their worldview is greatly shaped by the character of priestly teachers and guides.

For those born into the Guru-ruled paradigm of Radhika, teachers, preachers, professors, patrons, agents of generosity and guidance, guru-figures, ideologues, indoctrinators, theorists, know-it-alls, proselytes, philosophers, pontificators, patriarchs, pundits, pater-nosters, proponents of principled understanding, wise-ones, wizards, druids, and paradigms of belief may be especially influential.

Guided by patrons from the civilizations of Saka. Their purpose is facilitation of shocking insights by lightning-strike and expansive growth by root-splitting..

High forehead. Saptarishi-ruled births come equipped with a global perspective. The majority of Visaka nativities are higher dimensional Seva-wanderers who assume guidance roles.

Growth Shocks

Thula-Vanika pada 1-2-3 expresses Saptarishi's rulership of 3-Writing-commerce + 6-service ministry or victimhood. Pada 1-2-3 also evoke the tension between Zukra's one-to-one relationships versus Guru's one-to-many preachings. Pada 1-2-3 have a broad understanding of the explosive growth-power of extreme polarities. They are often found in advisor roles (Zukra) which engage overview, ideology, theory, or interpretive paradigm (Guru) . Masculine pada 1-2-3 are both famed and feared for their ability to expand conflict or worsen disease condition as a way to super-polarize the toxic situation en-route to an envisioned state of peace.

Pada 1-2-3 are easier for women who can utilize Zukra's balancing skills. For men, diplomatic constraints tend to frustrate their expansive growth patterns. Also, although the priestly teachers are seeking wisdom, for Thula-Visaka the guru-figures may also be impoverished, blaming, polluted, or sick (due to Guru rules 3-6).

Vrischika Pada-4 emphasizes Guru's rulership of 2-affluence, collections ++ 5-creativity, entitlement. Pada 4 enjoys the spirited compatibility between Guru's optimism + Kuja's kinetic movement. Pada-4 has a broad understanding of the ultimate power of transformative beliefs. Pada-4 are often found in teaching and healing work, especially with the sexual-reproductive energies. They also work with explosive-expansive forces such as dynamite and lightning.

Themes of shocking growth via beliefs, widening expansion via root-splitting, and fertilization via jolts of electromagnetic shakti may contextualize Visaka's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Visaka

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 97.

"... Aggressiveness and impatience.

These people are overbearing in their desire to get things done.

They are very active but not popular,

  • since their manner causes people to actively dislike them

  • and to resent their extreme aggressiveness.

they are very proud

  • and because of this, they take offense easily at some fancied slight.

their anger makes enemies of people who might cooperate with them, if treated differently.

they will overcome their enemies through sheer force of character,

  • but such people will still remain enemies .

Tact and kindness are qualities which they should try to develop."


Younger officer Grant, probably after Mexican-American War, late 1840's

Biographical Details matched to the Vimshottari Dasha bhukti

  • POTUS-18 Civil War 1822-1885 Ulysses S. Grant * had the miserable task of dominating the long-running USA Civil War by appying a final burst of murderous manpower into the Northern army. His strategy was brutal: kill so many on both sides that there would be no fighters alive to replenish the ranks. It was a numbers game.

  • Succeeding several incompetent military predecessors, Grant was charged with arranging a cruel fight to the death between two nearly equal but adversarial bands of brothers (Northern and Southern forces). Neither side was willing to compromise and it became clear that the winner would need to simply out-kill the loser. A deeply embedded split on the understanding of humanness (whether slaves were fully human or not) and the sanctity of the Union had gone into stalemate.
  • Grant gave the order to kill, kill, kill; take no prisoners and let the wounded die. It worked. Faced with staggering loss of life, a catastrophic scale of injury and no possibility of reinforcements, the South capitulated. The Union's claim that slaves had human rights and the Union was sacred were bitterly upheld.
  • General Grant was also a capable writer. He teamed with Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) to publish a best-selling multi-volume memoir of the war that made him, temporarily, a financially privileged man. But he lost the wealth via a single betrayal through a fraudulent investment. He died of extremely painful throat cancer, in a state of impoverished exhaustion.

POTUS-18 Civil War 1822-1885 Ulysses S. Grant * career military with a patchy record marred by alcoholism. Fought and won a horrible war. Elected twice to POTUS-18.

Shani Mahadasha * age birth until age 5.4

27-Apr-1822 Earth-birth in Point Pleasant, Ohio, USA * Shani-Mangala bhukti

Budha Mahadasha * age 5.4 until age 22.4

1843 graduate from West Point * Budha-Shani bhukti * Shani bandesha-4 educational diploma

Ketu Mahadasha * age 22.4 until age 29.4

22-Aug-1848 (age 26) marriage to POTUS-pair-18 Civil War 1826-1902 Julia Dent Grant* Ketu-Rahu bhukti

30-May-1850 celebrated the birth of child-1 * Ketu-Shani bhukti * Shani putrapathi

Zukra Mahadasha * age 29.4 until age 49.4

July 1852 forced to leave his wife and two sons behind when his regiment sailed for remote California outpost

11-Apr-1854 resigns from the Army due to hopeless separation from family and reported alcoholism * Zukra-Zukra swabhukti randhresha-8 identity transformation, sudden change

1854 begins slave-labor farming on Julia's inherited 80-scres in Missouri. The farm failed.

1859 real-estate partnership formed in Saint Louis; it failed

1860 set up in a leather saddle and tack business by his hide-tanner father. The shop fails.

June-1861 promoted to Colonel * July 1861 promoted to Brigadier General * Zukra-Rahu bhukti

14-Apr-1865 assassination of POTUS-16 Emancipation 1809-1865 Abraham Lincoln * Zukra-Shani bhukti * Shani-nichha rules 7th-from-10th death of high leader

09-May-1865 armistice. Union Army declared the winner, signaling the end of the brutally vicious USA Civil War * Zukra-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 4 = end of things

25-July-1866 promoted to a newly created rank = General of the Army of the United States* Zukra-Shani bhukti * Yogakaraka Shani rules 5-entitlements

Tue-03-Nov-1868 elected POTUS-18 (age 46) * Zukra-Budha bhukti * Budha Dharmesha-9 politics

Tue-05-Nov-1872 re-elected POTUS-18 * Surya- Mangala bhukti * Mangala yuvatipathi-7 career

Surya Mahadasha * age 49.4 until age 55.4

1873 grieved decease of father (Ulysses' age 51) * Surya-Rahu bhukti

May-1877 until Sept 1879 celebrity world tour * Surya-Zukra bhukti until Chandra-Rahu bhukti * Chandra karmesha-10 becomes well-known worldwide

Chandra Mahadasha * age 55.4 until decease age 63

1883 grieved the decease of mother (Ulysses' age 61) * Chandra-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 7th-from-Chandra

1885 a few days before decease, completed the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant Published by Mark Twain, it became a huge best-seller

23-July-1885 Earthdeath (age 63, via throat cancer, lifetime cigar smoker) * Chandra-Ketu bhukti

Prominent Features of the Nativity

The US Civil War is considered by many historians to have been the most inhumane, miserable war of all time.

The degree of brutality is measured not only by the vast numbers of those who died in battle, brother against brother, although that horror was ghastly enough. Rather, the massive suffering and excruciatingly painful deaths from infected wounds, dysentery, cholera, starvation, and the hideous conditions under which prisoners of war were kept are considered a horror beyond belief.

Who else could have undertaken leadership, knowing that the only winning strategy would be to out-kill the enemy?

  • + lagnesha Zukra-6 = pleasure of conflict, alcohol addiction

  • + nichha-Budha-6 = logical argument, military tactics, problematics of war

  • + nichha-Shani = karma of relentless, intractable blood feuds

  • + uttama-Surya = noble champion warrior as well as drishti to Visaka-lagna from an intelligence, decisive and intrepid wife

  • three extraordinary graha in 10th-from-10th = the emotionally dignified , social-ordering, leadership-seeking; 10th-from-Chandra: nichha-Yogakaraka-digbala-Shani + uttama-Surya goals Vriddhipathi-11 parivartamsha

  • Kuja-yuti-Guru rogesha-6 war

parivartamsha yoga =

  • Vriddhipathi-11 uttama-Surya
  • Mangala maraka rules-2 + maraka rules-7

Surya * pitrikaraka * Jyotikaraka

  • Surya-Meza * uttama * Suryaya * the supreme one * brightly charismatic confidence of Center-stage Surya radiates through the vital competitive dominating rashi of Mangala
  • Surya in bhava-7 * center of relationships * focus on agreements * brightly negotiating * confident in brokerage * makes smart trades * intelligence for representation * political equity * peerage entitlements * eye on fair contracts * sparkling center of the deal-making drama * father may be a broker-attorney-advocate
  • Surya-yuti-Guru * confidently expansive in drama * generous in games * smart children * permissive father-figure * brightly self-referential teachers * charitably manifests the spiritual rays of the Sun * creatively intelligent doctrine * entitled to philosophize * inclusively idealistic in romance
  • Surya-yuti-Shani * confidently lawful * bright regulator * entitled to impose order * politically intelligent authority-figures * radiantly systematic * sober hierarchical strict father-figure * cautiously orderly expression of the spiritual rays of the Sun * limited entertainments * creatively disciplined
  • Surya-7 parivartamsha Kuja-11


Dad was a slaughterhouse operator, a saddlemaker and leather-goods merchant, and eventually a larger scale trader with national connections to cotton, gold, and tobacco brokers Surya in bhava-7 . Surya-7 rules Ketu-yuti-Kuja-11. Dad's fortunes rose and fell.

nichha-Shani yuti uttama-Surya suggests a harshly demanding, bargaining father

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • Chandra-Karkata * swakshetra * comforted by culturally familiar, rhythmic tidal flow
  • Chandra in Pushyami * comforted by lawful customs * protectors of the ethno-social structure * needs dignified orderly habits
  • Chandra in classroom-10 * comfortable with orderly public conduct * socially recognized for emotional characteristics * parental style of leadership * a Great Protector * familiar with strict protocol * accustomed to regulations * soothed by systems * acculturated to executive routines * settled into the rhythm of respected roles * needs to feel the repeating pulse of elite status * calmed by climbing hierarchical steps * anchored into lawful responsibility * undulating authority


Mom was a stalwart supporter and a pillar of his life. She lived until Ulysses was 61. His throat cancer became serious after mom's decease , and he died himself age 63.

MARRIAGE partnership support expectations

7th-from-Chandra-10 = bhava-4 foundational security

POTUS-pair-18 Civil War 1826-1902 Julia Dent Grant was also a stalwart in Ulysses' life. Her specialty was homelife, raising their four children, and providing the routines of normalcy that allowed his career to flourish. Her support was often corrective (Shani). She was known to travel to his military battlefield camp and set up housekeeping inside his officer's tent in order to prevent his alcoholic drinking binges.

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

  • Mangala-Singha * vigorous pursuit of fame * creatively moving political theatre * proactive drama * push toward celebrity entitlement * champion of pageantry * military parades * brilliantly energized celebrations * invigorating parties * charmingly dominating at games * sexually active romance * flamboyant gambling
  • Mangala in bhava-11 * drive toward connectivity, pursuit of earnings, , marketplace dynamics, invasive networking, energized economic conquests
  • 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
  • Surya-7 parivartamsha Kuja-11

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

  • Budha-Meena * nichha * intuitive communications * articulation of private spiritual guidance * imaginative pronouncements * explains the procedure for reading the astral patterns * abstract conversations * symbolic information * foggy thinking * psychic instructions *. messages about astral visions * hands-arms-shoulders send dreamlike gestures
  • Budha in bhava-6 * narrative of detailed complaint * explains toxicity * discusses conflict * medical treatment * military strategy * litigation against unfair deals * itemized argument * precisely specific accusation * treacherous dialog * lectures about servitude * describes broken promises * instructs on ministries of service * talks about injustice * articulately gesturing adversaries * debates about debt
  • Budha-yuti-Zukra * explainer of balanced arrangements * diplomatic conversations * parity-seeking discussions * manual adjustments * enjoys words * sweet descriptions * delivers instruction about relationships * articulator of equity in agreements * message of fairly bargained contracts * skilled in songwriting * talkative sister-cousin-cohort * detailed lyricist * attracts chatty partners

nichha-Budha yuti uttama-Zukra

suggests a singular inability to express oneself verbally, combined with a visionary intelligence at the conceptual level (the dilemma of nichha-Budha) combined with a social identity (lagnesha) for war, race-conflict, exploitation, and disease but this identity is aiming toward remediation, resolution.

Grant was deeply involved in USA Reconstruction efforts and he was instrumental in attempted remediation of the Native American conflicts. Both types of race-and-culture conflicts were severely toxic for all involved. Zukra-6 self-medicates, and Budha-Meena-6 is perhaps best able to self-express when it is sufficiently lubricated with liquor.

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

  • Guru-Meza * warrior dharma * philosophy of direct movement * many competitions * broad scope of pioneering action * permission to dominate * doctrine of conquest * invigorating guidance * expands the range of championship * believes in innovation
  • Guru in bhava-7 * many contracts * much negotiation * much partnership * abundant agreement * numerous alliances * extensive bargaining * multiple trusts * expansion of advocacy * fertile match-making * typically more than one spouse * patron of legal arrangements* in a wifely nativity, husband-figure may be a deal-maker
  • Guru-yuti-Surya pitri-karaka * multiple father-figures * abundant confidence * much radiance * believes in light * widens the scope of theatrical display * permission to be the center of attention * humanistic political philosophy * large-scale dramatic radiance
  • Guru-yuti-Shani atta-karaka * multiple elder-figures * permission to hold respected positions * abundant structure * develops many rules * expansive hierarchies * tolerance for diverse systems * optimistic philosophy of social regulation * large-scale responsibilities

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

lagnesha for Thula radical lagna

* sarala yoga protects from unmanageable disaster.

  • Zukra-Meena * uttama * appreciation of music * likes fantasy * often looks beautiful * visions of harmony * attracted to dreamy artists * intuitively balanced designs * sensual feet * pleasures of imagination * enjoys symbolic clairsentience * contemplative aesthetic
  • Zukra-6 * seeks pleasure via self-medication; enjoys exploitive arrangements, addictions, imbalanced equity, feminine employees, attracted to servants, and slaves; appreciation of enemies, toxicity from sugars, aesthetic of slavery, unfair contracts, relationship injustice, criminal bargains, adjustability in times of poverty and war
  • Zukra-yuti-Budha-nichha * sweetened messages * gracious explanations * talented in singing-songwriting * articulate negotiations * talkative feminine-figures * pleasant conversations * bargaining for business * sibling-cohort communicative harmony * enjoys the company of students * detailed contracts * logical arrangements

Sweets-seeking Zukra in the emotionally conflicted and self-medicating 6th-from-Chandra suggests behavioral addictions or substance addictions (typically alcohol, but other conflict-numbing sweetening practices also)

Grant suffered severe, lifetime alcoholism. Early in his officer career, he was discharged from the U.S. Army due to his drinking; later, he lost his plantation business for the same reason (Skukra-uttama-6). His serious drinking problem arose in his early twenties and persisted through his adult life, placing him in precarious situations both physically and socially. Yet his long-suffering wife remained faithfully at his side enduring the havoc of his addiction and believing that her husband's day would come * dig-bala of Shani-7 a loyal wife.


Grant met Julia Dent in a military camp where he and other West Point graduates were stationed. Zukra-6 military

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

Yogakaraka Shani rules 4-foundations, schooling + 5-intelligence, creativity

  • Shani-Meza * nichha * heavy old blood-feuds * brain cramp, blocked bloodflow, muscle seizure * limits on innovation * must bear the weight of old aggressions * social limitations on individual championship * social restrictions on expression of new ideas * obliged to conform to the dominating winners * pressure to launch dry explosives * attacked by proletarian weaponry * must endure race-fighting * must materialize orderly competition for survival energies * must endure exhausting contests * insufficient initiative for pioneering invasions * at times, survival requires great effort * vital energy compression stress zone = head-brain * strictly imposed consequences of conquest * must continue to sustain forward movement despite scarce available resources
  • Shani in Bhava-7 * digbala * (beneficial placement) * slowly time-structured contractual partnerships * heavy vows * must balance-and-rebalance * cautiously conventional relationships. * tense bargaining * chronic marital responsibilities * compression of the visible genitalia * pressure against freely chosen contracts * negotiation fatigue * resistance toward new arrangements * elders maintain old contractual obligations
  • Shani-yuti-Surya * social resistance to individual creativity * pragmatic politics * class-conscious father * limited unearned entitlements * delayed (but not denied) romance * conventionalized theatrical displays * restrained flamboyance * disciplined intelligence * cautious willpower * socially-approved expressions of divine brilliance
  • Shani-yuti-Guru * resistance against expansion * slow elder teachers * pragmatic philosophy * limited scope of understanding * doctrinal discipline * constrained growth * conventionally regulated beliefs * faith in the rule of law * class-structured ideology

nichha-Shani rules bhava-4

Ulysses Grant's father was a leather tanner. Young Ulysses grew up with the smell of blood-slaughter and the sound of terrified bellowing from animals being destroyed. His family home shared a wall with his father's hideous slaughterhouse, where cattle were brutally killed and skinned (nichha-Shani). Shaped his upbringing, Visaka 's tolerance for bloody slaughter was well developed by the time he reached adulthood.

Grant was a military officer by training, having graduated from West Point Academy in 1843 during Budha-Shani bhukti * Shani bandesha-4 educational diploma. He was quoted as saying how much he disliked WestPoint on numerous occasions, which dislike is represented by his yogakaraka nichha bandesha-4 Shani-7. However no matter the intensity of his personal resistance (Shani) young Grant's military education was of elite quality and he regularly called upon his knowledge when making important decisions that affected large numbers of those in his command. Yogakaraka Shani if reasonably well placed usually provides Thula radical nativities with a solid schooling experience.

Nichha-Shani * digbala +An Awful Yoga with Awesome Power nichha-Shani-yuti-Surya-uttama

Grant's moment of glory (Surya) came --- when Grant was broke and distrusted --- amidst the horror and hatred of the USA Civil War in which 650,000 soldiers died. The war was dragging on interminably with ever-more-ghastly suffering on both sides. Winning became a matter of survival, and survival became a matter of headcount. The question was which side would get killed off first.

Grant's extraordinary combination of tolerance for cruelty (nichha-Shani)

A sustaining addiction (uttama lagnesha Zukra-6) made him and outcast and a loser in most life situations

, tactical military skill, and stalwart wife . But nearing the end of the Most Terrible War, this awful yoga gave him the "magic touch" which allowed the North to win the war .

His frightening package = military skill (Surya) + dogged acceptance of gross injustice on a national scale (Shani) + an addiction which numbed the pain enough to survive the daily horrors (Zukra) + computational skill in war tactics but not overall strategy (Budha).

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

  • Rahu-Kumbha (swakshetra) * shimmering illusion of profitable webworks * over-reaching friendliness * mirage of knitted netting knotwork * fabulous marketplace associations * extraordinary electro-magnetic connections * intriguing ecologies * mask of lawfully interlinked systems * fascinating achievements * culturally mixed social networks * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of scientific futurism * exciting social participation activism * finds opportunity in economic distribution * craves community-linkage * seeks privilege via socialite-roles
  • Rahu in bhava-5 * passion for politics, celebrity, games * in swabhava of Splendid Surya, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual children * out-of-bounds creativity * amplified poetic romance * charismatic individuality * craves the center-of-attention * intriguing displays of creative genius * seeks special, important role in performance arts * unconvetional literary entertainments * desires royalty roles * fascinating pageantry * mesmerizing celebrity * entrancing dramatic splendor * exciting children * opportunistic lovers * ambitious games-players * Rahu the Poseur may wear the persona (mask) of a dramatic actor or a celebrated intellectual * unorthodox performance brings the lights, the glory * boundary-breeching children (often adopted) * flamboyant fashion * exceptional offspring * thrilled by political theatre

powerful Kumbha-Rahu in the revolutionary, emotionally turbulent, perpetually transformative, trauma-inducing 8th-from-Chandra massive destruction and rebirth

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

  • Ketu-Singha * brightly dissociates from creative performance * fragmented entitlements * eccentric intelligence * peculiar brilliance * not limited by celebrity roles * ignores restriction on political opinion * releases a sparkling crimson cloud of divine charisma 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 goals * ambivalence toward economics * disappearing elder siblings * disregards social awards * ignores marketplace connections * abandons large group systems * unless other graha occupy 11, may prefer to live free from electricity = off-the-grid.
  • Ketu-yuti-Kuja * surrendered championship * abandons fighting * incoherent actions * disconnected brothers * unsustainable domination * apathetic competitions * eccentric disability * unfulfilled quest * pushes toward awareness of impermanence * incomplete births * spiritual liberation via forward movement

no limits (Ketu) on bloodshed, death (via maraka Kuja) in military or survival settings, superb military leadership in unthinkably gory circumstances

As a military general, Grant accepted the hideous reality of large-scale carnage. He accepted that the survival of the Union required killing off a large portion of the next generation of American adult males. Most of these men died not immediately by the sword, but in the days afterward in wrenching pain, from septic infection of wounds untreatable in the squalid conditions of the military camps.

Grant won an unwinnable war because he was willing to enter battles where the enemy (6) had a nearly equal advantage in the field, knowing that the sole tactic had to be fight to death.

He knew that his tactic would lead thousands of trusting young men into animal slaughter. He drank to contain the evil. His wife Julia managed his drinking, ensuring that he survived long enough to win the war.

After completing his presidency Grant was financially insolvent and suffering from throat cancer after a lifetime of smoking cigars. Grant hired the renowned literary writer Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) to write Grant's memoirs. The Memoirs were a huge success selling 300,000 copies in an era when books were an expensive luxury and many citizens could not read.

Immediately after completing his extensive and critically praised memoirs, Grant left his terrestrial body via throat cancer at the age of 63






uttama-Zukra in bhava-6 is often an indicator of enjoyable moral corruption, alcoholism and consorting with servants or underlings. General Grant was a practicing alcoholic known for binge drinking throughout his career.

His own parents were moralistic Methodist "tea-total" practitioners (absolutely no alcohol) who were said to have taken offense at Grant's immoralism: his alcoholism and his tolerance (Zukra) for slavery (6).

Grant's father Jesse Root Grant was a committed foe of alcohol use, due in part to the fact that Jesse's own father had been a severe alcoholic who abandoned his own children to the streets in his disability. The father's father can be seen via 9th-back-from-9th = radical lagna. Zukra's polarizing catalysis appears to have afflicted both General Grant and his paternal grandfather with equal impact.

Hiram Ulysses Grant's wife Julia (Zukra) hailed from a wealthy slave-owning plantation family from Missouri. In fact, although Grant was married to Julia in the state of Missouri which was less than one day's wagon ride from Grant's parent's current home in Illinois, Ulysses Grant's parents refused to attend his wedding. Although he held the office of POTUS-18 for eight years, his mother never once visited the White House, declining many invitations from President Grant and his socially popular wife Julia Dent Grant. Mother was presumably unable to associate herself with her intemperate son, whether he was the national president or not.

Grant had a lifelong fascination with politics due to swakshetra Kumbha Rahu-5. When working in his father's leather shop in Galena Illinois, Grant surprised the townspeople with his ability to predict the various twists and turns of the Civil War. According to journalists of the day, Grant enjoyed an uncanny understanding of the political motivations of the various military generals and their relationship to the US president and Congress.

After the horrible destruction and brutality of the USA Civil War, Grant enjoyed extremely high public visibility due to the auspicious Pushyami Chandra in 10.

Being a Northern war hero remembered for his ability to put an end to the conflict no matter the hideous costs of life and property. Grant won re-election quite easily.

Yet due to Zukra + ruler-of-12 Budha, Grant's tenure in the office of president was plagued by constant financial scandals. He seemed to be naturally attracted to the company of well-heeled criminals (pleasant, attractive Zukra in the criminal 6th).

While the double viparita raja yoga of randhresha-8 Zukra in 6 + ruler-of-12 Budha in 6 did personally protect him from incrimination, he was made sick by toxins and he was swindled badly on more than one occasion.

Sacrificial Kuja-yuti-Ketu, with that fearless militarized yoga also rising in navamsha, allowed him to sacrifice the lives of tens of thousands of soldiers on the expectation that, because the North had more bodies available to sacrifice, he could simply wait until nearly all the enemy were dead and the North albeit after horrendous losses would be the winner. It was an extremely cruel strategy but typically of Ketu via detachment and having no other option, indeed it worked.

However, the Ketu+Kuja pair in bhava-11 friendships did deprive Grant of friends both before and after the wars in which he fought. His camaraderie with fellow soldiers was circumstantial. He did not maintain voluntary associations once the work was completed, preferring the company of his wife and siblings when he sought any company at all.

GrantJuliaDent_younger.jpgWife Julia, by contrast, had excellent social skills and a large network of friends from their various military postings and family connections. Zukra + Dharmesha-9 Budha.

On the plus side, Grant enjoyed the life structure of unswerving loyalty to his wife due to dig-bala of the nichha-bhanga yogakaraka Shani, and Julia whatever her faults followed him steadily from military camp to military camp throughout their lifelong marriage.

For a Thula male, Zukra lagnesha = the presence of the wife is essential to bring balance and harmony into daily life. Thus when Julia was away caring for their children or staying out of the fiercest battles, Grant was said to have lost his sense of balance and wallowed in the drink. When she returned to his side, he recovered his better judgment.


POTUS-pair-18 Civil War 1826-1902 * Julia Dent Grant * 1826-1902

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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

Rising Nakshatra

Feminine Nativities

Uttaraphalguni * Aryaman * Bhaga * Falgun * Utthram

BPL commentary

For Uttaraphalguni births of a feminine 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.

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

Brilliantly dramatic

Uttara-phalguni women are famously confident and willful. Monarchic entitlement pairs with aristocratic service via noblesse oblige. While much depends upon the characteristics of sparkling nakshatrapathi Surya, the feminine Falgun is often found in bright environments of royalty, celebrity, theatre, creative arts, amusements, and games.

Uttaraphalguni ladies radiate a profound love for living creatures, both wild and domestic. On behalf of the animal kingdom and its denizens, the women of Aryaman may undertake political activism. As righteous (and self-righteous) human mistresses of the animal world, their political style may include fiery displays of romantic idealism. They may collect animals.

Simha-Leya pada-1 features charismatic centrality and stage presence, focused into the physical embodiment. Pada-1 must hold the center of attention, whether in celebrity politics, entertainment and fashion, dramatic acting, or all three.Typically attracts an elder husband and many romances.

Kanya Pada 2-3-4 = equally dazzling, idealistic, smart, and flamboyant, but more focused upon expressing the genius of the imagination. Often a splendid dramatist and performing musician due to nakshatrapathi Surya. Typically one attracts a generous husband.

Themes of political power, radiant confidence, 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 95

"A joyous healthy disposition yet quietly so.

  • She has a very soft pleasing voice,

  • bubbling over with fun and humor.

She is born to a family with social background

and loves to mingle with her friends in various social activities

  • Yet, she is not frivolous,

  • but beneath her joyous manner, rather serious minded.

She has fixed principles from which she will not deviate.

She prefers to choose her friends

  • from among the people who are artistically inclined and cultured.

She is efficient and adept at managing her home and her domestic life."


Julia Dent Grant, mother of four, managing social affairs of the Executive Mansion (Whitehouse) during her husband's presidency, 1870's.

Biographical Details matched to the Vimshottari Dasha calendar

Zukra Mahadasha *

26-Jan-1826 Earth-birth in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA* Zukra-Ketu bhukti

Surya Mahadasha

Chandra Mahadasha

Mangala Mahadasha * age 15 until age 22

22-Aug-1848 marriage * Mangala-Zukra bhukti

Rahu Mahadasha * age 22 until age 40

30-May-1850 celebrated the birth of child-1 * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti

14-Jan-1857 grieved the decease of mother * Rahu-Shani bhukti * Shani rules maraka-7th-from matrikaraka-Chandra

Guru Mahadasha * age 40 until age 56

Nov-1868 husband elected POTUS-18 * Guru-Guru swabhukti * Guru yuvatipathi-7

16-Dec-1873 death of her father * Guru-Budha bhukti * Budha rules maraka-2 from 9-pitri

Shani Mahadasha* age 57 until decease age 76

23-July-1885 decease of POTUS-18 US Grant * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani rules-7 from dhava-karaka Guru

14-Dec-1902 (JDG age 76) decease * Shani-Guru bhukti * Guru yuvatipathi-7

Distinctive features of the nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka

  • Surya-Makara-Draco * Savitra * the stimulator * brightly charismatic confidence of Center-stage Surya radiates through the hierarchical structuring rashi of Shani
  • Surya in bhava-5 * swabhava * center of sparkling entitlements * poetic romance * literary-artistic intelligence * splendid speculations * radiates brightly political celebrity * focus on glamour * genius for dramatic entertainments * eye on smart gambling * brilliant in games * bright center of creative performance * father may be a dramatist-speculator-politician
  • Surya-yuti-Zukra * confidently harmonious * brightly creative bargainer * uniquely intelligent feminine-figures * entitled to pleasures * aesthetic expressions align with the spiritual rays of the Sun * financial politics * graciously creative * dramatic promises * radiantly diplomatic * self-reflexively attractive * father may be artist-broker-arranger

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka


  • Chandra-Simha * comforted by rhythmic creative display
  • Chandra in Purvaphalguni * comforted by sparkling luxury * protectors of musical entertainments * radiant luxury * brilliant beauty
  • Chandra in classroom-12 * comfort in dreams * familiar with ancestor guidance * routine withdrawal from public life * accustomed to private prayer * settled into the rhythm of secluded enclosures * acculturated to Other Worlds * needs to feel the repeating pulse of imaginative inspiration * soothed by intuitive understanding * anchored into sanctuary environments * undulating sleep
  • Somana-yuti-Guru * Emotionally effusive * needs to expand * sensitive to guidance figures * sheltered by doctrine * comforted by the rhythms of customary worship * protected by religious ritual * nourished by inclusive, charitable beliefs * soothed by fertility and generosity * provides inspirational parenting * feels like a teacher-preacher

typical of Chandra in Purvaphalguni , Julia Dent was gifted in arts and music.

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

lagnesha for Kanya radical lagna

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka



yuti Chandra-Simha

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka


  • Shani-Vrizabha * heavy old valuables * must endure the sounds of proletarian speech-and-song * obliged to conform to the official bankers * dry, antique genetic stock * required preservation of aging assets * must materialize orderly values conservation * slow elderly evaluators judge the worth of hoards * must endure pressure to store the precious inventories * must bear the weight of historic treasuries * vital energy compression stress zone = neck-jaw * strictly imposed rules governing warehoused collections * must gather seeds * must eat dry foodstuffs * must preserve lineage knowledge despite scarce available 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-Ketu * resistance against dispersion * distancing style of social conformity * pragmatic dissociation * limited surrender * lawful abandonment * spiritual paralysis * disinterested in outdated protocols * disciplined apathy *constrained wandering * regulated dissolution

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

  • Rahu-Vrizchika * shimmering illusion of mystery * craving for rebirthed identity * expedient gains from dangerous threats * over-reaching engagement with explosive hidden forces * preposterous camouflage * mesmerizing power of rejuvenation * fabulous surgeries * exotic secret initiations * mask of deep inner transformations * fascinating arcane knowledge * intriguing enactment of revolutionary force * marvelous hidden liaisons * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of healing shakti * thrilling emergency intervention * seeks privilege via revelatory disclosures * amazingly shocking insights * self-promotion via exciting discovery-roles
  • Rahu in bhava-3 * passion for communication * in swabhava of Busy Budha, the Shadowy Specter = glamorous writing * exotic photography * unusual journalistic reporting * thrilling announcements * unorthodox commentary * mesmerizing messaging * craves publication * ambitious sibling-cousins * mixed-culture collaborative teams * desire for conversations * over-reaching in commercial business * exciting gestures * opportunistic approach to manufacturing * entranced by information technology * boundary-breeching via unconventional explanations * fascinating evangelism * seeks privilege via management roles

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

  • Ketu-Urisha * financially dissociates from collections * breaks-up compulsive acquisition * incomplete containment * dissolved treasury * disregards conventional valuations * not limited by historical knowledge * incoherent lineage * ignores restriction on speech-voice-sight * releases a rich blue cloud of hoarded goods into the misty abyss
  • Ketu in classroom-9 * disinterested in credenda * wandering worldview * disengaged from faith doctrine * disregards theory * vacuous philosophy * irrelevance of standard dogma * ambivalence toward principled convictions * surrenders paradigm of belief * ignores the conventional understandings * incoherent ideology * unless other graha in 9, may prefer to live free from father-figures
  • Ketu-yuti-Shani * surrendered conformity * empty structures *disconnected elders * unsustainable rules * abandoned achievements * eccentric profession * chronological disorientation * irregular order * apathetic boss * fragmented materialism * incoherent legislation * disregard for social conventions * free from survival fear * liberation via release of concern for public approval

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