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Ulster-Scots Dissenter American


preceded by

succeeded by

married to

  • Ellen "Nell" Herndon Arthur

Chester Arthur as a young lawyer in 1859 [CAA age 30]


Chester Alan Arthur [age 52] in 1881, wearing the fashionable sideburns of his day.

In 1881, Arthur had been recently widowed and was soon to to become POTUS-21, after the assassination of POTUS-20 Universal Education 1831-1881 James Garfield.


POTUS-21 [1881-1885]

1871-1878 * Customs Collector

of the Port of New York * under POTUS-18 Civil War 1822-1885 Ulysses S. Grant

1861-1865 * Quartermaster General

of the New York Militia

Chester A. Arthur

a.k.a. Chester Alan Arthur

a.k.a. Chet Arthur

Earth-birth 05-Oct-1829

dematerialization 18-Nov-1886 [age 57]


Customs Collector

POTUS-21 [1881 until 1885]

Chester A. Arthur


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Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities


Yamuna - Apa-bharanishe - Varni

BPL commentary

For Bharani births of a masculine valence, the condition of sweetly musical, artistic, harmony-seeking, negotiating, balancing, diplomacy, designing, matching, pairing, sensually pleasuring akarshana-karaka Bright Beautiful Bhrigu may considerably affect the outcome.

For those born into the Shukra-ruled paradigm of Yamya, feminine figures such as sisters, aunts, and wives, along with partnerships, sensual pleasures, arrangements, valuation, pricing, equity, bargains, trades, treaties, trusts, adjustments, justice, finance, artistic beauty, treasuries, alignment, attunement, harmonies, and music, may be especially influential.

Guidance provided by instructors from the civilizations of Apis. Their purpose is acquisition of treasuries, carrying of beautiful objects , and preservation of values across the generations.

Burdened Banker Busy Bee

[Shukra] -ruled Bharani masculine-figures are the Money Guys. Yamuna-born are often found in the worlds of banking, valuation, capital markets, currency-trading, mints and coinage.

Connoisseurs of pricing and aggressive deal-makers, they vigorously seek acquisition of precious objects. In addition to their financial abilities, due to their intuitive understanding of sound-and-color values, Bharani males may also pursue careers in music and arts. Most Bharani men can sing beautifully.

The harmonious arrangements of Apa-bharanishe may be lovely even while they vigorously compete for dominance. Their expertise in the fields of preservation, containment, and collecting may extend to wines, perfumes, fine textiles, works of art, and any commodity which may capitalize or increase in value.

Like all Shukra-governed births, they must take care to avoid the misuse of drugs and alcohol.

Themes of competitive acquisition, precious sounds and song, and investment in cherished values may contextualize Bharani's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Bharani.

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. [1939] . Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 79

"A very vital character,

  • a quality which quite often leads this individual into all sorts of trouble

  • because other people are apt to be jealous, resentful and antagonistic to him.

The morals of this man are not above reproach .

He will be distinguished in many cases by some slight physical defect

  • on the lower part of the body,

  • that is below the waist."



Famed Singer Ellen "Nell" Herndon Arthur

Earth-birth 30-Aug-1837 * dematerialization 12-Jan-1880 [Nell age 42]


Nell Herndon was a notable singer, a beauty, entreasured, and hailing from a distinguished Virginia family.

CA married his young wife following the death of her sea-captain father in a celebrated marine accident. The father had safely transferred the women and children from his ship. Then dad drowned, as he "went down with the ship" -- an action considered then and now to demonstrate a highly noble character.

Unfortunately, their marriage occurred just at the opening of Civil War hostilities. While her northerner husband CA was an outspoken abolitionist, Nell favored the southern cause.

Despite clashing political loyalties, their New York City parties were society events and her lovely singing voice advanced Arthur's career within the Republican political machine.

Suddenly on 12-Jan-1880 at her age 42, Nell died of pneumonia [the disease of grief] .. She was the mother of three children [two living] . It was said that she died after years of neglect by CA, who seemed unable to spend an evening at home due to his back-room political dealings, his drinking, and other chronic distractions. Nell died just before CA began the VPOTUS job.

Biographical details matched to Vimshottari Dasha calendar

Shukra Mahadasha

05-Oct-1829 Earth-birth in Fairfield, Vermont, USA * Shukra-Guru bhukti

Surya Mahadasha

Chandra Mahadasha

1848 [CA age 19] earns B.A. diploma in classics from Union College, and starts full-time work as a schoolteacher * Chandra-Shani bhukti * Shani-4 schooling, karmesha

Mangala Mahadasha

1854 [CAA age 25] received Law License * Mangala-Mangala svabhukti * Mangala lagnesha

25-Oct-1859 [CAA age 30] consecration of marriage with Nell Herndon * Mangala-Shukra bhukti

Rahu Mahadasha

1861 [CAA age 32] celebrated the birth of child-1 * Rahu-Rahu svabhukti

1861 [CAA age 32] appointed Brigadier General and Quartermaster of Civil War troops in New York. His efficiency in housing and supply of the unprecedented number of soldiers was highly praised. * Rahu-Rahu svabhukti * Rahu-Kanya-6 military

1863 [CAA age 34] grieved the sudden death [toddler convulsions] of his eldest child * Rahu-Rahu svabhukti * Rahu-6 in 2nd-from-5

Jan-1869 [CAA age 40] grieved the decease of mother * Rahu-Shani bhukti * Shani activates 2nd-from-Chandra

Oct-1875 [CAA age 46] grieved the decease of father * Rahu-Shukra bhukti * Shukra activates 2nd-from-Surya

1878 [CAA age 49] fired from Customs Collector job by POTUS-19 Railroad Strike 1822-1893 Rutherford B. Hayes purportedly as an anti-graft measure * Rahu-Mangala chidra-dasha * Kuja activates 8-sudden transformations

Guru Mahadasha * age 49.8 until decease age 57

12-Jan-1880 [CAA age 51] grieved the decease of wife Nell Herndon [Nell's age 42, * Guru-Guru svabhukti * Guru activates 7th-from-7th-from-Chandra

02-Jul-1881 [CAA age 52] POTUS-20 Universal Education 1831-1881 James Garfield is shot by a frustrated position-seeker * Guru-Guru svabhukti

20-Sep-1881 [CAA age 52] death of POTUS-20 Universal Education 1831-1881 James Garfield = Arthur unexpectedly becomes POTUS-21 * Guru-Shani bhukti * Shani -4 rules 2nd-from-10th replacement president

Mar-1885 [CAA age 56] retired at end of POTUS-21 term. Did not seek re-election. * Guru-Budha bhukti [Budha-yuti-Shukra] * Budha gives effect of Shukra activates 4th-from-4th retirement

18-Nov-1886 [CAA age 57] physical dematerialization via kidney disease * Guru-Ketu bhukti

Distinctive Features of the Nativity


pitri-karaka [father] jyoti-karaka [light]

[ethno-rhythmic Hasta-4]

  • [Surya-Kanya] Poshanya * Pushna * the nourisher * brightly charismatic confidence of Center-stage Surya radiates through the analytical logical rashi of Budha
  • [Surya in bhava-6] center of sparkling service * brightly conflicted * focus on imbalance * eye on exploitation * charming social worker * poverty entitlements * shines light into broken promises * confident litigation * self-righteous accusations * politics of pollution * intelligence for medicine * smart crimes * dramatizes suffering * gambles with addictions * central roles in conflict zones * bright center of war * father may serve in medicine-military-ministry * or father may be sick-addicted-abusive-poor
  • [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 * focused on winning * radiantly pioneering
  • [Surya-yuti-Rahu] confidently opportunistic * bright mesmerizer * passion for creative culture-mixing * boundary-breaching entitlements * craves important center-stage roles * ambitious father-figure * adventurously aligned with the spiritual rays of the Sun * radiantly risk-rewarding


Dad was a schoolteacher from Belfast, Ulster. After marriage, dad studied law briefly Surya-Kanya seeks remedies.

Then dad abandoned law and took up a preaching ministry in a new religious sect. Dad's preaching was heavily abolitionist. Surya in bhava-6 focus on exploitation. His sermons were fiery but often not welcome. When various New England congregations expelled Dad, the family moved from town to town. Surya-yuti-Rahu contentiously strong personality

CA was the fifth of his father's nine children.


Surya occupies 10th-from-Chandra

POTUS-21 Civil Service 1829-1886 Chester A. Arthur collected duties on imports and returned this wealth to his political party, who then returned it to the party-loyal workers. Surya-yuti-Rahu over-reaching politics + [Surya-yuti-Kuja] vigorous political racketeering


matrikaraka [mother] * garha-karaka [village]

[busy-commercial sahaja-pati for Urisha indriya-lagna]


[Pūrvāṣāḍhā-3] = [navamsha [Chandra-Tula] intuitively sensitive diplomatic-


[Pushkara Navamsha]

  • [Chandra-Dhanus] comforted by customary beliefs * settled into rhythmic received teachings * needs to feel wisely guided
  • [Chandra in Pūrvāṣāḍhā-Apah] calmed by valued beliefs * protectors of inspirational beauty * needs philosophical harmony

  • [Chandra in classroom-8] comfortable with crisis * familiar with catastrophe * unpredictable mother * feels the pulse of cyclical rebirth * soothed by secrecy * sensitive to danger * revolutionary sentiment * accustomed to frequent upheaval * seeks deeply rhythmic initiation * acculturated to masked exploration * occult sensitivities * needs eruptive energies * nourished by non-disclosure * emotionally attuned to trauma * undulating shakti-shocks * mother may be a mystic, healer, concealer, agent of disguise


Mom was a preacher's wife and mother to nine children.

MARRIAGE emotional support expectations of partnership


  • bhava-3 schedules, planning, small group interactions ruled by musical chatting Shukra-yuti-Budha
  • Nell Herndon was a New York socialite with Virginia roots.
  • A gifted singer, she gave delightful parties featuring musical entertainments which promoted CA's career.


bhratru-karaka [brother] virya-karaka [virile]

lagnesha for Mesha indriya-lagna

[Sarala Yoga]



[Kuja-yuti-Surya ]


  • [Mangala-Kanya] * penetrating logic * proactive helping * thrust toward service * energetic assistance to the needy * pushy complaints * [potentially] vindictive * champion of litigious accusation * military planning * aggressive indictments * investigative journalism * medical treatment interventions
  • [Mangala in bhava-6] drive toward confrontational quarreling * pursuit of active service * vigorous attacks against adversaries * defeats illness * overcomes injury * wins accusatory litigation * dynamic military strategy * competitive criminal vitality * aggressive medical treatments * energized conflict
  • [Kuja-yuti-Surya] kinetic creativity * glorious innovator * high-energy confidence * dynamic genius * dominating force joins willful charm * competitive politics * brilliant winner * physically active father-figure * vigorous theatrical display
  • [Kuja-yuti-Rahu] thrill of muscular action * competitive ambition * passion to win * fascinating physicality * compulsive drive toward heroic battle * dynamic desires * champion of culture-clash * forward thrust toward opportunity * forceful pursuit of privilege


Protective [Sarala Yoga]

CA's career and his personal life remained untouched by the criminal environment in which he operated daily

CA effectively worked under camouflage pretending to be a lawyer and an accountant * randhresha-8 = Mangala-6 = Viparita Raja-Yoga * [Sarala Yoga]

Lagnesha Kuja resides in 10th-from-Chandra = dynamic career


jamayah-karaka [sibling] sandeza-karaka [message] zisya-karaka [student]

  • [Budha-Tula ] articulation of contracts * equable discussions * balanced designs * commercial arrangements * explains procedure for fair agreements * descriptive bargaining * skillful matching * accommodating conversations * messages about negotiation * programming for trade exchanges * manufactures harmonious patterns * hands-arms-shoulders send equalizing gestures
  • [Budha in bhava-7] narrative of partnership * discusses contracts * debates on deals * analysis of relationships * discourse on trusts * banters about betrothal * crafting of covenants * delivers negotiating instructions * explainer of arrangements * talks about fairness * advocate for justice * gestures toward settlement of quarrels * mentality of marriage * formulates alliances * defines equity * balanced bargains
  • [Budha-yuti-Shukra] 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


Budha in bhava-7 activates the emotionally dignified , social-ordering, leadership-seeking; 10th-from-Chandra containing

Almost everyone owed him some type of favor

CAA was both non-confrontational and pleasantly sociable by nature [Budha-yuti-Shukra] in the emotionally associative, community-linking, economically gainful, profit-regulated, friendly, participatory, goal-oriented, socially-networked [11th-from-Chandra] friendliness

Exceptionally busy and demanding administrative career with elements of crime and exploitation [6]


dhava-karaka [husband] bahuta-karaka [variety]

[Vimala Yoga]

  • [Guru-Vṛścika] much mystery * many sudden discoveries * optimistic about emergencies * believes in healing * many masks * hidden doctrine * permission to reveal * transformative guidance * expands the scope of secret undertakings * multiple initiations
  • [Guru in bhava-8] great rejuvenation * many sudden changes * many confidences * faith in rebirth * numerous identity transformations * generous in-laws * extensive tantra * expansion of undisclosed forces * abundance of initiations * many mysteries * regenerative emergencies * secret guidance * hidden inspiration * believes in invasive healing * multiple surgeries * in a wifely nativity, husbandly-companion may be a revolutionary, disaster-responder, or trauma-healer


Guru in [12th-from-Chandra] increases the emphasis upon invisibility of the largesse [Guru]

Guru Mahadasha * age 49.8 until decease age 57

Guru-Guru svabhukti surprised everyone

[Guru in bhava-8] surprise!

Guru-Vṛścika largesse of hidden operations. CA was positioned by The Machine into a place-holder vice presidency and expected to sit quietly while raking in the money

CA attained POTUS-21 accidentally via assassination of POTUS-20 Universal Education 1831-1881 James Garfield

Then - surprise! - CA unexpectedly began to dismantle the federally protected criminal corruption system.

  • Guru activates 12 = 6th-from-7th = breaking contracts, dissolving agreements, violating promises

Toward the end of his life, CA surprised all of his political machine friends by making reforms to the federal corruption system. It was literally his last official act to unseat the federal patronage system, . CA died shortly after finishing his term as POTUS-21.


svadu-karaka [sweet] kalatra-karaka [wifely companion]



[Malavya Yoga]


[karako bhavo nashto for wife-partner-adviser]

[lifemate may be a gracious attorney-advocate-bargainer-broker]

[pleasantly accommodating negotiations]

[Atmakaraka relationships, agreement, alliances, finance, negotiation, equity, arrangements]


  • [Shukra-Vanika] appreciation of negotiation * taste for balanced color schemes * attracted to beautiful designs * enjoys the company of designers * prefers adjustable partners * pleased by brokerage * equable alliances * artfully arranges agreements * bargains sweetly * harmonious mediation * match-making for equity * aesthetic of the fair-trade deal
  • [Shukra-7] seeks pleasure via interpersonal relationships * enjoys contractual harmony * prefers adjustable partners * pleasing designs to adorn the lower back * kidney-adrenal over-use * often too much sugar * sensual genitalia * gracious advisers * balanced mutual agreement * fair financial arrangements * appreciation of equity * pleasurable deal-making * in a husbandly nativity, wifely-companion may be an advocate-counselor-attorney
  • [Shukra-yuti-Budha] sweetened messages * gracious explanations * talented in singing-songwriting * articulate negotiations * advocates for reasoning process * talkative feminine-figures * pleasant conversations * bargaining for business * sibling-cohort collaborative harmony * enjoys the company of students * detailed contracts * prefers logical arrangements


CAA's leadership roles are not iconic or indeed egocentric but rather the product of his remarkable and enriching relationship-building skills, due to atmakaraka Shukra strong in navamsha-10 and Karakamsha = 3, management administration teamwork.


duro-karaka [endurance] * jara-karaka [Jahre, years]


  • [Shani-Karkata] overburdened routines * class-conscious ethnicity * habitual conformity * must accept social responsibility for emotional stability * old defensive structures * structural compression upon stomach * strict security systems * must adhere to established proletarian cultural roots * must continue orderly sustainable settlements * rigid resistance to change of the folkways * regulates farming-fishing habits * must care for elders * aging local infrastructure * cramped shipping ports * ancient roadways * agricultural drought * dark dwellings * often stuck in a rut * protective policing routines * scarce domestic resources * maintainer of old seasonal rhythms
  • [Shani in Bhava-4] steady time-structured life foundations * must sustain the cultural roots * required to defend boundaries * grim determination to provide security * dry stony gardens * pessimistic schoolteachers * judgmental mother * proletarian childhood * normalized parenting * orderly conventional education * caretaker's fatigue * chronic household scarcity * old folk customs * resists domestic innovation * must protect old routines * elders maintain the ancient ritual austerities


From Chandra-Dhanus indriya-lagna, sober serious structured hierarchical Shani activates

  1. the emotionally-motivated traditionalism, family lineage conserving, treasure-preserving, language-and-history collecting, 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

Arthur's childhood home was resource-poor, often cold, and cramped. As one of nine children, he was moved many times from shack to shack while his preacher father changed congregations.

The family's constant house-shifts are also seen via Ketu in 4th-from-Chandra.

Arthur was a serious if not exceptional student. During Chandra Mahadasha, He earned a bachelor's diploma and a law license, and due to Shani's rulership of 10 + 11 he learned social etiquette at college as well..He certainly understood money, as seen from Shani's rulership of 2-3 from Chandra, his Bharani lagna, and his Shukra 10th navamsha.


rajyalobha-karaka [ambition] picchala-karaka [slippery]

[passion for war logistics]

[opportunity via usury]

[social mobility via aid to impoverishing indebtedness]

[over-reaching in ministries of service]

[fascinating remedies help the victimized]




  • [Rahu-Parthya] shimmering illusion of humility * craving for crime * mask of exploitive assistance * ambitious physicians * intriguing addictions * mirage of medication * fascinating injuries * over-reaching accusations * amazing illnesses * extraordinary arguments * may be obsessed with servants-and-servitude * seeks special importance via apparent [but perhaps not authentic] conflict management * shrewd dealings in sickness * ingenious divorce * extravagant litigation * seeks privilege via victim-roles
  • [Rahu in bhava-6] [beneficial placement] passion for conflict-and-remedies * in svabhava of Busy Budha, the Shadowy Specter seeks hostile environments * glamorous ministries of service * unusual servants * exotic arguments * thrilling surge of accusations * unorthodox medications for miseries * fascinating criminal lawsuits * outsider who cleverly insinuates into military-medical-ministry roles * craves the delusion of disagreement * mesmerizing mistreatment of laborers and animals * desires an important role in litigation * exciting injuries * opportunistic warfare * disguised as a victim * marvelous assistance to the disadvantaged * entrancing claims of alleged misdoing * may pose as a poor-sick-harmed patient * may appear as a helpful relative of the mother's people * social mobility sought via cunning assistance
  • [Rahu-yuti-Surya] amplified ambition for center-stage roles * magnified confidence * passion for exotic display * trickster with dramatic flair * opportunistic father * creative pursuit of social mobility * fascinating [but perhaps illusory] appearance of exceptional intelligence * thrilling political genius * hypnotic charm * seeks privilege via bright celebrity * sparkling center of cross-cultural mixing
  • [Rahu-yuti-Mangala] amplified competition * magnified championship * exotic pursuits * tricky innovation * opportunistic brother-warriors * fascinating [but perhaps illusory] appearance of dynamic energy * hypnotic attack * passion for engines * craves hot movement * invasive force of cross-cultural mixing


Rahu-6-Kanya in 10th-from-Chandra = career of successful crimes

Mr. Arthur spent most of his bureaucratic career working within the extensively corrupt political jobs-for-sale "machine" economy of antebellum New York City. He participated in, and eventually operated, an extensive bribery system = buy-sell political jobs [especially those jobs which involved collecting shipping fees and taxes] . He started in the Customs Bureau and slowly his influence spread throughout New York.

After a lifetime of party-going excesses Surya-yuti-Rahu -6 , CAA died of painful kidney disease, age 57.


kavandha-karaka [headless] chidra-karaka [gaping] vasana-karaka [vacuum]

  • [Ketu-Meena] sleepily dissociates from isolated ashrama * incomplete gestalt * unlimited visionary insight * wandering spirit guides * unsustainable sanctuary * dissolution of private prayer * foggy boundaries of distant worlds * permeable understanding of cetacean cultures * ignores restrictions on clairsentience * disarrayed dreams * releases a golden oceanic cloud of wisdom into the misty abyss
  • [Ketu in classroom-12] [beneficial] eccentric research * limitless imagination * scattered intuitive insights * ambivalent toward foreigners * peculiar paternal grandmother * blurs fantasy boundaries * unstructured meditations * passive isolation * foggy clairsentience * releases invisibility * dissolves privacy * abandons the veil between perceptual worlds * ignores imprisonment * unless other graha in 12, may prefer to live free from father's mother + mother's father


Collapsing Ketu -12 in [4th-from-Chandra] indicates the constant movement of his family during his childhood, and his own habit of rarely being at home as an adult.


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