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March-1881 until Sept- 1881 * 200 days in office

distinguished orator, circuit-preacher, appellate-court attorney

mathematician, schoolteacher

Brigadier General

James A. Garfield

a.k.a. James Abram Garfield

Earthbody-Entry Saturday 19-Nov-1831

Earthbody-Exit 19-Sep-1881 (age 49)

POTUS-20 * Mar-Sep 1881 (200 days, assassinated in office) * James Abram Garfield * 1831-1881

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

Krittika * Pleyades * Riksya * Agneya

BPL commentary

For Krittika 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.

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 the Pleyades. Their purpose is confidence-raising and light-bringing in creative pursuit of values fulfillment.

Radiant Certainty

Agneya-born gentlemen are often found in politics, in gambling and speculation, or in creative finance.Natural dramatists, Riksya-born are brightly idealistic and self-directed seekers of attention.

Mesha pada 1 represents nakshatrapathi Surya's empowerment in romance and celebrity entitlements. In the rashi of Champion Mangala, sparkling Surya asserts radiant genius. Typically pada 1 are dramatists, politicians, royalty, celebrity, creative artists, and unique charismatic figures.

Vrishabha-Urisha-pada-2-3-4 express the tension between two-party bargainer Zukra versus one-party autocratic singular nakshatrapathi Surya. Often the intelligence of pada 2-3-4 is focused into the Values-fulfilling sectors of banking and finance, natural resource conservation, music, wines and perfumes, arts, and beauty. Depending on Yogakaraka Shani ruler of 9+10, the Vrishabha pada of Krittika have a stronger propensity toward government positions.

Themes of self-importance, individual entitlement, creativity, and confidence may contextualize Krittika's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Krittika

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 80

"A proud, dignified, and honorable person

  • - an executive type.

He is very ambitious and eager for power

  • and has the ability to achieve his desires.

He has an innate sense of the importance of his destiny .

He expects everything to come to him as his due

  • and usually gets what he sets out to obtain ."

Biographical Details matched to the Vimshottari Dasha bhukti


Garfield as a young schoolteacher, 1850's

Surya Mahadasha

19-Nov-1831 earth-birth in Moreland Hills, Ohio, USA * Surya-Ketu bhukti * Ketu gives effect of both Shani-4 and Guru-9

1833 grieved decease of father * Surya-Zukra chidradasha * Zukra rules 12th-from-Surya

Chandra Mahadasha

Mangala Mahadasha

1847 left home (age 16) for a month, working the mules on canal boat, but soon fell ill and returned home * Mangala-Ketu bhukti Ketu wandering

Rahu Mahadasha

04-Mar-1850 baptized by water immersion at a Christian revival camp Born Again (age 18) * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti * Rahu-3 announcements

1856 earned bachelor's diploma from Williams College, Mass. * Rahu-Shani bhukti * yogakaraka Shani-4 diploma rules-9-10 distinction, doctrine

1857-1861 Principal of Western Reserve Eclectic Institute (later Hiram College) * Rahu-Budha bhukti * Budha-7 yuti Surya-bandesha * education

11-Nov-1858 exchange of vows in marriage-1 * Rahu-Budha bhukti * Budha rules navamsha-7

1859 elected to Ohio State Congress * Rahu-Budha bhukti * Budha vidyapathi-5 politics

03-July-1860 celebrated the birth of child-1 * Rahu-Budha bhukti * Budha putriki-pathi-5

1861 admitted to the bar, begins law practice in Ohio * Rahu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra lagnesha + Zukra karaka-negotiations, settlements

1861 begins Civil War service * Rahu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rogesha war

6-Apr-1862 fought the bloody Battle of Shiloh alongside POTUS-18 Civil War 1822-1885 Ulysses S. Grant * Rahu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rogesha war

1862 severely ill after battle, jaundiced * Rahu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra ari-pathi sickness

1862 promoted to Brigadier General (JG age 30) * Rahu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra lagnesha

Oct-1862 elected to USA Congress * Rahu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra lagnesha

1863 grieved the death ofchild-1 * Rahu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules maraka-2nd- from 5th-from-Chandra

Guru Mahadasha

02-Nov-1880 (JG age 48) elected POTUS-20 * Guru-Mangala bhukti * Kuja-6 war rules 7 = 10th-from-10th authority, career

02-July-1881 gunshot by assassin * Guru-Mangala bhukti * Kuja-6 enemies, gunshot rules 12-loss of identity, hospitalization

19-Sept-1881 (JG age 49) fleshdeath following three months of massive septicemia * Guru-Rahu chidradasha

Distinctive features of the Nativity

Lucretia Randolph Garfield in 187x

Surya * pitrikaraka * Jyotikaraka

  • Surya-Vrizchika * Maricha * particle of light
  • Surya in bhava-7 * center of agreements, brightly negotiating, focus on trade, intelligence for equity, peer entitlements, eye on contractual relationships
  • 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 * smart game-player * self-confident announcements * talks about ideals * narrative of power-politics * recites love poems * describes divine romance


Dad died during young James' infancy. Also nichha-Guru-yuti-Ketu-9

Schooling * bandesha Surya ruler of 4 in 4th-from-4th * Surya in bhava-7

Received a remarkably strong liberal education considering the weak foundation of his upbringing. His New England college acculturation made Garfield a passionate abolitionist who believed that the Civil War was a religious crusade against the evils of slavery.

Strong, angular bandesha Surya-yuti-Budha in mutual drishti with the uttama-Chandra-1 ++

POTUS-20 Universal Education 1831-1881 James Garfield and his four siblings were raised in poverty by a single manually-laboring mother in the culturally isolated rural region then known as Ohio's Western Reserve. He was on track to become just another hard-working laborer when he received a series of remarkable educational opportunities via Rahu the Opportunist. Garfield's career began to escalate at the beginning of Rahu Mahadasha, and throughout his decades in public office, he supported the concept of government-funded education for all citizens and their families regardless of race or creed (Rahu the Mixer).

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • Chandra-Urisha * uttama * moolatrikona * comforted by rhythmic historical tonal values
  • Chandra in Krittika * pada 2-3-4 * comforted by confident assertion * protectors of intelligent tradition, the lineage creators, Kri
  • Chandra in classroom-1 * accustomed to flesh * comfort in glowing incandescent embodiment * familiar with forward action * needs to feel the repeating pulse of physical movement * settled into the rhythm of invention * feeling for first-arrival * soothed by aristocracy * emotionally attuned to new birth * seeks calming routine activities * undulating personality


  • uttama-Chandra-1 receives drishti of Surya-7
  • uttama-Chandra-1 receives drishti of Budha-7
  • uttama-Chandra-1 receives drishti of Mangala-6
  • uttama-Chandra-1 receives drishti of Shani-4
  • uttama-Chandra-1 receives drishti of Guru-9

Mom was, by all accounts, an extraordinarily capable woman. She was the salient influence in JG's life.

Garfield remained close to his mother throughout his life. She died seven years after his assassination.

Intense dislike of his mother's second husband, and supporter of his mother's decision to divorce.

Appearance uttama-Chandra-1

Physically tall, strong, and handsome. = Guru drishti into uttama-Chandra-1. Attractive to women,

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Vimala Yoga

  • Mangala-Thula * vigorous pursuit of alliance * creatively moving advocacy * thrust toward union * proactive bargaining * military negotiations * push toward terms of agreement * aggressive deal-making * energized mediation * champion of fair contracts
  • Mangala in bhava-6 * drive toward conflict * pursuit of service * vigorous attacks upon enemies * wins litigation * dynamic accusations * energized adversarial conquests * productive careers in medicine and military

Mangala Maraka

Guru-Kuja bhukti * Mar-1881 begins term of office as POTUS-20, works for less than four months. Assassinated in office by gunshot; died of infection (Mangala-6) after 11 weeks of suffering, heart attack.

Mangala rules-7 occupies-6 * dislike for peers, especially fellow attorneys (7)

Garfield generally disliked POTUS-16 Emancipation 1809-1865 Abraham Lincoln. JG referred disrespectfully to Lincoln (the walk-in) as a "second rate Illinois lawyer". After Lincoln's assassination, perhaps realizing the impact that Lincoln would have upon history regardless of his personality, JG began praising his former adversary.

Mangala-6 rules Budha-7

allows him to engage rhetorically with slavery, political corruption and war (and a notable extramarital affair) with no negative social consequences

Mangala drishti into Chandra-1

During Guru-Mangala bhukti, POTUS-20 Universal Education 1831-1881 James Garfield was walking unguarded when he was attacked in a sudden gunshot from a deranged office-seeker

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

  • 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-7 * narrative of relationships, contracts, deals * discusses relationships, trusts, betrothal, contracts, describer of deal-making, delivers instructions for negotiation, explainer of arrangements, talks about fairness, justice, settlement of quarrels, marriage, alliances, partnership, equity, parity, balance. Excellent placement for mediator, negotiator, bargainer, attorney. * discusses relationships, trusts, betrothal, contracts, describer of deal-making, delivers instructions for negotiation, explainer of arrangements, talks about fairness, justice, settlement of quarrels, marriage, alliances, partnership, equity, parity, balance. Excellent placement for mediator, negotiator, bargainer, attorney.
  • Budha-yuti-Surya * amusing explanations * central roles in communication * bright, clear descriptions * confidently delivers instruction * articulation of radiant authority * political messenger * talkative father-figures

Budha-7 rules-2. Budha-yuti-Surya politics.

Garfield served nine terms (18 years) in USA Congress 1863-1880, where he gained a reputation as a skilled political orator (2) His best performances were said to have been delivered in legal courtrooms (7) in his capacity as an appellate lawyer (2, appeals).

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka


  • Guru-Makara * nichha * understands social structure * develops many rules * class-conscious convictions * conventional doctrine * believes in common sense * pragmatic guidance * philosophical realism * diverse social responsibilities * principled materialistic worldview * faith in hierarchical order * preaches about wise governance * widens the scope of institutional authority
  • Guru in bhava-9 * karako bhavo nashto *swabhava * tolerance for diverse doctrines * multiple beliefs * much much sermonizing * broad humanistic understanding * sanctimonious father * multiple father-guru-professor figures * extensive worldview * patron of philosophical perspectives * in a wifely nativity, husband-figure may be an ideologue or spiritual guide
  • Guru-yuti-Ketu upeksha-karaka * multiple options for severance * broad permission to abandon unsustainable connections * diverse wanderings * many occasions of surrender * philosophy of impermanence * large-size vacuums * many holy pilgrimages

Guru rules Meena-swamsha

Guru rules the 10th navamsha * Dhanuzya preaching, wisdom, ideology, paradigms of belief

Dhanayoga = Guru rules-11 occupies 11th-from-11th

nichha Guru-yuti-Ketu rules the revolutionary, emotionally turbulent, perpetually transformative, trauma-inducing 8th-from-Chandra

Rgular declarations of his religious creed, splendid oratorical skills and successful elections. Active for only four working months as POTUS-20 before he was assassinated (Ketu).

Worked as a teacher and preacher until age 31; then switched to full-time politics until his deease. Elected to nine terms in the USA House of Representatives.

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 remedies for injustice
  • Zukra-5 * seeks pleasure via refined gaming * enjoys center-stage beauty * creative feminine-figures * financially talented students-and-children * graciously political environments * aesthetic designs to adorn the heart * graceful solar plexus * dramatic relationships * sweet celebrity romance * delights in fine arts * appreciation of entitlements

Marriage partnership distant and tense * ill wife * political liabilities

Double nichha-amza effect: Nichha-Zukra receives dissociating but multiplying drishti from nichha-Guru-yuti-Ketu-It is recorded that Garfield was at home for only five months during the first five years of his marriage.

Yuvati-bhava ruled by Mangala-6 ++ Kuja occupies the emotionally conflicted and self-medicating 6th-from-Chandra suggesting a constant state of disagreement in the marriage, due inter alia to active discord regarding the exclusivity contract (Mangala male sexual energy). Much compounded by kalatra-karaka Zukra- nichha

  • POTUS-20 Universal Education 1831-1881 James Garfield * nichha-Zukra-Kanya-5 . Garfield was a tall, intelligent man with military prestige and a gift for political oratory. His family-oriented wife Lucretia Rudolph was his former student, which began the relationship on a keynote of inequality (nichha-Zukra unequal). The mother of five, Lucretia was frequently ill. During Garfield's decades-long national political career, Lucretia stayed in Ohio with their children while Garfield lived a majority of his time in Washington D.C. Despite regularly declaring his Christian values (mainly in political context of abolishing slavery) Garfield developed extramarital relationships, including a notable romance with a New York woman. His marriage struggles became public, and despite Garfield's strong governance abilities it seemed that his path to POTUS would be blocked by the scandal of divorce, following in the footsteps of his mother's own contentious divorce. Political spin doctors convinced Garfield to end his illicit romance which allowed them to sanitize his reputation, and thus he won the POTUS-20 election. However scholars speculate that had Garfield survived his assassination in 1881, he might have experienced sex scandals similar to POTUS-29 Teapot Dome 1865-1923 Warren G. Harding ++ POTUS-42 My Life 1946- Bill Clinton both of whom also have nichha-Zukra.

Rahu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra lagnesha

1862 during a lengthy stay in Washington D.C. while awaiting a military assignment, a long-term extramarital affair nearly destroyed Garfield's marriage

Rogesha-nichha-Zukra occupies putrikisthana-5 * First child, a daughter, died age three

Double nichha-amza effect: Nichha-Zukra receives reparative but fertile drishti from nichha-Guru-yuti-Ketu-

  • POTUS-20 Universal Education 1831-1881 James Garfield lost his first child, a daughter, to diphtheria when the little one was three years old. Importantly, his government duties and personal lifestyle were such that he was at home for only five months during the first five years of his marriage. Therefore while he surely grieved the death of his child, he was also separated from her during the great majority of her life.

Nichha-Zukra lagnesha rules 6-infections

James Garfield didn't die from the gunshot wounds from his assassin's gun; he died of blood poisoning after doctors and experts (including Alexander Graham Bell) tried to remove the bullet from his back with their dirty fingers and instruments, causing him to linger in pain for 80 days before dying of cardiac arrest due to septic toxicity. His assassin, the delusional Charles Guiteau, later claimed that he didn't kill the president -- the doctors had.

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

yogakaraka Shanaicarya rules 9-ideology, sacred teachings, paradigm of belief +++ 10-social ordering, governance, hierarchical position

  • Shani-Simbha (challenging placement) * heavy old legacy drama * obliged to conform to center-stage flamboyant divas * vital energy compression stress zone = heart-spine * must accept conservative restrictions upon creative self-expression * strictly imposed rules governing political affairs * socially required restrictions upon personal genius *must be responsible in romance * no time for frivolous drama * fearful in games * time-conscious children * resents royal entitlements * * must endure proletarian entertainments * restricted intelligence * * must work with slow, elderly political game-players * must continue to conduct lawful entitlement ceremonies despite scarce available resources
  • Shani in Bhava-4 * Structured, orderly, time-conscious childhood foundations. One must remain in place, have to root, defend, reinforce the existing shelter. Cautious, conventional mother-figures. Tense childhood, educational fatigue, chronic household scarcity; strict boundaries; heavy legacy pressure to reinforce customary cultural boundaries. Resistance to new homes and active construction. Resentment toward changes in predictable routine. Support for socially-approved dutiful roles as parent, schoolteacher, police, border defense, fisher, farmer, ritual worship, temple maintenance, guardian of local infrastructure.

Shani rules the emotionally dignified , social-ordering, leadership-seeking; 10th-from-Chandra

  • POTUS-20 Universal Education 1831-1881 James Garfield * Garfield was a youth schoolteacher and college professor before he studied law and entered politics in his 30th year. Throughout his political life, Garfield remained a spokesman for the proposal of "universal" government-funded schooling for all citizens. However his proposal fell largely upon deaf ears, and was broadly ignored by a materialistic Congress, due mainly to the characteristic resistance of Shani-4.

Yogakaraka Shani-4


He was raised in severe poverty in Ohio's Western Reserve, a semi-wilderness.

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

  • Rahu-Karkata * shimmering illusion of security * craving for customary rhythms * risky policing * mirage of home and shelter * mask of ancestral belonging to a habitual place * tantalizing 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 * seeks privilege via caretaker-defender parent-roles
  • Rahu in bhava-2 * passion for treasuries * in swabhava of Suave Zukra, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual assets, a fascinating voice, remarkable face, intriguing family line, extraordinary languages, mesmerizing sounds, Mixes knowledge from several different traditions (2). Craves unconventional, often shadowed, historical data. Exotic or unusual collections, libraries, records, databases.. Desires a special values-expression role in foods, animal herds, nature conservation, museums.. Privileged-seeking per rashi, in banking, preservation, foods, seeds, mouth-speech-song, Boundary-bending via memory and historical truths. Exciting, opportunistic second marriage (if any). Ambitious character of the family traditions, genetic lineage..

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

  • Ketu-Makara-Draco * formally dissociates from strict regulations * dissolves caste hierarchy * meaningless rules * vacuous laws * walks away from social authority positions * severance from executive roles * not limited by public protocol * ignores conventional structure * disregards class barriers * releases a cold blue cloud of institutional order into the misty abyss
  • 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 belief
  • Ketu-yuti-Guru * freedom to abandon empty theories * many vacuums * wandering teachers * wisdom of surrender * misunderstandings due to incomplete comprehension * doctrine of impermanence * Other-Worldly viewpoint * walks away in disbelief * uninterested in charity * liberating philosophy * for wifely nativities, Ketu may release the dhavakaraka husband-figure..

Nichha-Zukra receives dissociating incoming drishti from nichha-Guru-yuti-Ketu-It is recorded that Garfield was at home for only five months during the first five years of his marriage.

Guru-yuti-Ketu in bhava-9 indicates several father-figures.

Garfield's mother, to whom he was deeply attached, remarried to support her five children . However Garfield notoriously disliked the man, an during an era when divorce caused socially punitive high scandal unfairly demonizing the woman, he supported his mother unconditionally during her divorce claiming that his step-father was abhorrent and abusive. Later, his own marriage was headed toward divorce, endangering his political career. Pundits opined that had he survived the assassination, Garfield would have suffered political ignominy due to his extramarital affairs and impending divorce from his unhappy wife.


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