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USA Pres-27 William Howard Taft


1921-1930 * Chief Justice USA Supreme Court

1913-1921 * Yale Law School , professor of constitutional law

1909-1913 * POTUS-27

1904-1908 * Secretary of War under POTUS-26 National Parks 1858-1919 Theodore Roosevelt

1901-1903 * Governor-General of Philippines

1892-1900 * Appellate Court Judge, 6th Circuit

1890-1892 * USA Solicitor General

William Howard Taft

Earthbody-Entry Tuesday-15-Sep-1857

Earthbody-Exit 08-Mar-1930 (age 72)



1909-1913 * POTUS-27 partner

Nellie Herron Taft

nativity of Nellie Herron Taft

Earthbody-Entry Tuesday-02-Jun-1861

Earthbody-Exit 22-May-1943 (age 81)


POTUS-27 + Chief Justice USA Supreme Court + Gov-General Philippines * William Howard Taft * 1857-1930

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Jyeztha * Kita * Thrikketta

BPL commentary

For Jyeztha births in the masculine valence, the condition of conversational, discursive, explanatory, instructional, argumentative, commercializing, evangelical Kumara may considerably affect the outcome.

Siblings, cousins, schoolmates, bandmates, team-mates, entourage, ensemble, neighbors, managers, cohort, coterie, collaborative group, publishers, messengers, merchants, commercial agents, reporters, writers, scripts, plans, schedules, instructions, radio-television-internet, news-media, conferences, committees, discussions, travel itineraries, and texts may be especially influential.

Instructional guidance is provided by emissaries from the civilizations of Antares. Their purpose is to communicate a forceful, dynamic, healing regeneration cycle via sexual energy transfer and discovery of secrets.

Budha-ruled Jyeztha gentlemen are typically outspoken, incisive and decisive, competitive, descriptive, and authoritative communicators. Thrikketta-born maintain a deep sense of mental seniority. Capable writers, Ketta men are quick-witted and skilled in handcraft. Articulate and pro-active to the point of verbal aggression, they find a ready audience on topics of a mysterious, hidden, or forbidden nature.

Thriketta fellows may be handlers of secrets of a sexual, psychological, political, military, engineering, or financial nature.

Masters of verbal control and manipulation, Zakra chaps are often found in politics. Jyeztha use words to manage an ever-transforming experience of power. In the process of channeling these mysterious and compelling kinetic energies, Thriketta men may engage in sexual intrigue and dangerous liaisons. Ketta-born are natural psychologists., and they can become transformative healers when their sexual energy consciousness evolves.

Themes of verbal contest, sexual energy transfer, and healing discovery may contextualize Jyeztha's terrestrial experience. Also applicable to Chandra in Jyeztha-Kita

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra .p 85

"A dark and sensitive nature ...

  • superficially religious

  • but are hypocrites at heart.

On the surface they are respectable, law abiding citizens, ostensible church-goers,

  • but secretly their morals are loose

  • and their tempers passionate.

Smooth, oily, and suave to all appearances,

  • they carry in their hearts schemes and thoughts which might not stand the light of day."

Biographical events matched to Vimshottari Dasha

Ketu Mahadasha * birth until age 6

15-Sept-1857 Earth-birth in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA * Ketu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 7-law

Zukra Mahadasha * age 6 until age 26

1866 (age 9) Taft sustained a skull fracture when the horses spooked and the family wagon overturned. As an adult, he displayed a depression in the skull which was observed by his physicians. Rahu-Ketu opposition age-9. * Zukra-Zukra swabhukti * near-death experience, rebalancing

1878 baccalaureate degree from Yale College * Zukra-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 4-diploma

1880 bachelor of laws (LLB) earned from Cincinnati Law School * Zukra-Budhai bhukti * Budha diploma

Feb-1882 (age 25) appointed by POTUS-21 Civil Service 1829-1886 Chester B. Arthur as Tax Collector for the Cincinnati. region * Zukra-Budha bhukti * Budha rules 10th dashamamsha * uttama-Budha-11-goals, salary

Surya Mahadasha * age 26 until age 32

19-June-1886 exchange of vows in marriage-1 to Nellie Herron * Surya-Guru bhukti * Guru rules swamsha * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Simha-Kumbha contact navamsha R-K

April-1888 in order to retain his judicial seat on the Ohio Supreme Court, Mr. Taft had to campaign for election * he did and he won * Surya-Budha bhukti * Surya-yuti-Budha * Budha-uttama rules 11-goals

Chandra Mahadasha * age 32 until age 42

08-Sept-1889 celebrated the birth of child-1 Robert Taft . Son Robert became a significant figure in American government * Chandra-Chandra swabhukti * Chandra rules-9

21-May-1891 decease of father Alfonso Taft * Chandra-Rahu bhukti

Mangala Mahadasha * age 42 until age 51

Jan-1900 asked by POTUS-25 Gold Standard 1843-1901 William McKinley to supervise the establishment of democratic governance in the Philippines. Taft accepts on condition that upon his return, he will be appointed to the USA Supreme Court * Mangala-Rahu bhukti * Rahu-5 exotic political environments

July-1901 Taft becomes Civilian Governor of Philippines (until Dec-1903) * Mangala-Guru bhukti * Guru rules 5-politics

Sept-1901 near-fatal ruptured abscess of the perineum requires emergency surgery * Mangala-Guru bhukti * Guru-6 injuries rules maraka-2 (near death)

Nov-1901 a second surgery * Mangala-Guru bhukti * Guru-6 injuries rules maraka-2 (near death)

Feb-1902 a third surgery for complications * Mangala-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 4-end of things, stabilization (final surgery)

Rahu Mahadasha * age 51 until age 69

POTUS-27 * served 04-Mar-1909 until 04-Mar-1913

1906 in the heated political environment of Prohibition, declares himself a tea-totaler but supports free choice. His wife Nellie remains a Wet. * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti * Rahu-5 political drama

08-Dec-1907 grieved the decease of mother * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti

03-Nov-1908 * wins POTUS-27 election ** Rahu-Rahu swabhukti

03-March-1909 * inauguration day * Rahu-Rahu-swabhukti

May-1909 wife Nellie suffers a severe paralytic stroke (she slowly painfully gained a partial recovery) * Rahu-Guru bhukti * Guru rules 6th-from-Zukra ailment of wife

05-Nov-1912 * loses POTUS election to rival POTUS-28 The State 1856-1924 Woodrow Wilson * Rahu-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 12th-from-5th, loss of election

01-April-1913 starts professor of constitutional law at Yale University. * Rahu-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 4-schooling

30-June-1921 appointed Chief Justice USA Supreme Court by POTUS-29 Teapot Dome Scandal Warren G Harding . Instantly confirmed by Congress with no hearings.* Rahu-Surya bhukti * Surya karmesha

served supreme court 11-July-1921 until 03-Feb-1930 *

Guru Mahadasha * age 69 until decease age 72

03-Feb-1930 end service Chief Justice USA Supreme Court due to illness * Guru-Budha bhukti * Budha rules 8-identity change

08-Mar-1930 Lightbody Lift-off (age 72) * Guru-Budha bhukti * Budha gives effect of Ketu

Distinctive features of the nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

  • Surya-Kanya * Poshanya * Pushna * the nourisher * brightly charismatic confidence of Center-stage Surya radiates through the analytical logical rashi of Budha
  • Surya in bhava-11 * center of community * radiates through large-group associations * brightly iconic earnings * intelligence for networks * focus on interlinked ecologies * marketplace revenue entitlements * exemplifies knotting and knitting behaviors * distributed light * eye on friendships * creative genius works within extensive systems * sparkling center of social-economic drama* father may be an earner-socialite-organizer
  • 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 * skillful game-player * self-confident announcements * talks about ideals * narrative of power-politics * recites love poems * describes divine romance
  • Surya-yuti-Ketu * confidently detached * bright observer * entitled to surrender * apathetic toward the spiritual rays of the Sun * creatively intelligent abandonment * disregards patriarchal power * politically disinterested * wandering father-figure * radiantly unconcerned
FATHER and the Taft political dynasty

The father (Surya) of POTUS-27 William Howard Taft was Mr. Alfonso Taft, a respected national political bureaucrat and attorney from Ohio. Alfonso served in several elite roles at the national political-administrative level .

  • Dad served as USA Attorney General and Secretary of War under POTUS-18 Civil War 1822-1885 Ulysses S. Grant.
  • Under POTUS-21 Civil Service 1829-1886 Chester A. Arthur, Alfonso Taft was as a USA diplomat to Austria and then to Russia.

Due to his diplomatic work, dad was often away Surya-yuti-Ketu. Mom was the dominant parent. Despite Cincinnati being a regional not national center, William was raised with familiarity of D.C.national politics, and he traveled European capital cities with his family. By the end of college, he had obtained the global perspective required for his future political work.

Mahadasha sequence Zukra-Surya-Chandra-Mangala-Rahu-Guru spans a political career starting immediately after passing his law exam, and ending with his death. Taft's political career was defined by numerous elite appointments (Zukra-9 father rules 7- relationships) but endured only three elections (Surya-yuti-Ketu weak engagement in elections).

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • 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
  • Chandra-Simha * comforted by creatively radiant, rhythmic confident dramatic display\
  • Chandra in Magha * comforted by the drama of wandering * protectors of three-fires ceremony * feels the glorious magnetism * unlimited light magic
  • Somana-yuti-Kuja * Emotionally pro-active * sensitive to brotherly figures * needs to win * comforted by direct forward movement * invigorates the undulating routine * soothed by pioneering innovation * mother is competitive * calmed by routine exercise * feels like a champion


The Taft family are considered a USA political dynasty, albeit a subtle one. The sons and grandsons of POTUS-27 have served in the USA Senate, as Governor of Ohio, and other leadership positions. Beginning with Alfonso Taft and continuing to the present day, there have been Taft family members working in national government during most POTUS administrations.


Mom = Louise Torrey. A highly educated woman, mom graduated from Mt. Holyoke College in 1845. She specialized in the amusements, entertainments, intelligence-gathering which promoted her husband's career. Mom served as political advisor Chandra-Simha to many including Taft's political father.

The family moved regularly with the father's various positions, from Cincinnati OH to Washington D.C.

Dad was stationed in embassies in Russia and Austro-Hungary. Mom was reportedly demanding toward her children, expecting their vigorous performance Somana-yuti-Kuja. Young William Taft was allied with his mother's character from birth as seen via his lagnesha Kuja-yuti-Chandra in Magha-1 within 1-degree of orb.

When young William became an adult, his mom promoted his career even more enthusiastically than she had helped her husband's.

MARRIAGE emotional support partnership expectations


Helena "Nellie" Herron was an educated and socially astute woman. Her skill in social entertainments was praised for its inclusiveness and its grace.

7th-from-Chandra-Simha-10 = Kumbha bhava-4 home, household, routines .

Nellie was a shrewd realist in political matters (Shani), and she directed Taft's career adeptly.

As his mother had been for his father, Nellie was William Taft's most important adviser. Taft often remarked that at each step of his career that it was Nellie -- not him -- who decided whether he should accept the next opportunity or revert to the simple judicial practice that he always preferred. Shani rules 7th-from-Chandra and Shani-yuti-Chandra as well as Shani-yuti-Zukra, indicating the depth of the loyalty and duty bond between the partners.

PHYSIQUE * Chandra

William Howard Taft stood nearly six-feet tall. Since college, his fleshbody was remarkably heavy-set (330 pounds at his peak weight)

Taft was dubbed "Big Bill." Taft was the largest president in American history. Reportedly he once got stuck in the White House bathtub. His advisors had to help him navigate certain tight spaces, both physically and politically. Taft wrote in letters that when prevented from eating he was greatly inconvenienced.

Somana-yuti-Kuja-Lagnesha produces an emotionally sensitive personality seeking comfort from food. The role of emotional stress in his eating patterns is indicated by the fact that after losing the re-election in 1912, Taft also lost 80 pounds within a year.

He was a tea-total-er (non-alcohol drinker, only tea) as suggested by drug-avoider Zukra-yuti-Shani . Yet, he supported others' right to drink as they pleased. He suffered heart problems throughout adult life Surya-yuti-Ketu + Simha-heart Somana-yuti-Kuja-rogesha.

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-10 * dig-bala * drive toward high position * pursuit of social authority * fights for rank * pushes upward gaining status * invasive regulation * hierarchical dynamics * dominating executive roles * energized governing conquests * champion of leadership elites
  • Kuja-yuti-Chandra * invigorated feelings * energized intuition * dynamic nurturance * competitive caretaking * often the dominant parent * needs to win * forward thrusting emotions * seeks security via conquest

Rahu-7 agreements, partnerships, alliances = ruled by Guru-8 undisclosed activities, and Guru-8 is protected by Sarala Yoga provided by Mangala-12. During an era of continuing scandals, Taft experienced no physical, financial, or political harm to himself

Randhresha-8 Mangala receives drishti of Brihaspati-8 . Professor Guru holds many secrets (8). Sarala Yoga protects Taft from dangerous revolutionary (8) conditions in Philippines and Panama (Mangala-12(, and also protects him from dangers of undisclosed political corruption (Simha) in USA.

During Mangala-12 Mahadasha, career years outside his USA homeland, in foreign service (Philippines, Panama).

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka Bhadra Yoga * digbala * Kanya lagnesha

  • Budha-Kanya * uttama * ministering detailed communications, articulation of accurate logical arguments
  • Budha in bhava-1 * digbala * narrative of body * bifurcated self-image * discusses physical appearance * describer of embodiment * explainer of tangible self * delivers instructions for self-characterization * articulation of communicative movement * animated gestures * talks about personality * details the two-sided identity.
  • Budha-yuti-Surya * amusing explanations * central roles in communication * brightly clear descriptions * dramatic enunciation * confidently delivers instruction * articulation of radiant certainty * political messenger * talkative father-figures
  • Budha-yuti-Ketu * explainer of impermanence * describes dissociation * articulates the process of dissolution * delivers information to the winds * instructor of impermanence * incoherent conversations * sends prayers to the ineffable * spacey siblings * surrenders the attempt to render a complete message * speaks as the observing Witness * may channel the talkative spirits

Budha-uttama = karmesha + lagnesha, and Budha-yuti-Surya-vyayapathi-12

Taft was raised partly in distant lands due to his ambassador father's political appointments. William Taft developed a distinguished career in foreign service (12) supported by the camouflaged going-on of hidden power-politics (8).

Social identity

Son of a high ranking government official Alfonso Taft (Surya-1 = influence of father) William Taft was considered a hard worker (Shani drishti to Kanya lagna) with a natural affinity for management and administration (lagnesha uttama-Budha-1). Observers commented that while Taft was not especially charismatic (Surya-yuti-Ketu) he was nevertheless persistently capable (uttama-Budha)

Taft was well-liked in bureaucratic circles due to his diligent handling of "process" (Shani drishti to uttama-Budha-Surya-1). His family name was respected due to his father's reputation (Surya)

William Howard Taft showed few earmarks of political ambition (weakened Surya). In fact, he stood for only three elections in his entire 50-year career : one for judgeship in Cincinnati, and two for POTUS. His other roles were all granted by private appointment (Guru-8 + Mangala-12).

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

Guru-6-Bharani vastly multiplies the incidence of health issues related to 2-food and 5-heart-spine.

Guru rules 5-8 from Chandra-Simha-10, suggesting an emotional affinity for politics and a need for secret-keeping. Taft notoriously required his physicians to withhold the seriousness of his ailments from his family members, in order to prevent the press from discovering the dire state of his health.

  • 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-6 * broad ranging ministries of service * extensive distress * ideological disagreements * many injuries * much victimization * tolerance for diverse diagnoses * abundant digestive imbalance * many grievances * much betrayal * numerous accusations * broad scope of disorderly conduct * cheerful acceptance of human misery * believes in problematicity * patron of pharmacies * many medicaments * in a wifely nativity, husband-figure may help the suffering

Guru-6 drishti to Chandra + drishti to lagnesha Kuja = HEALTH emotional and physical

Taft suffered from severe sleep apnea as a complication of obesity.

Taft's physique measure 5-foot-11-inches (59 inches) and his maximum bodyweight peaked at 330 lbs.

In modern terms, his physique would be adjudged as morbidly obese. However, while a modern sufferer might be confined to a wheelchair, Taft played golf, rode horses, and walked regularly whenever freed from the daily suffering of gout.

He suffered lumbago (lower back pain), chronic acid-reflux, constipation requiring laxative treatment, gout in both feet so severe that he could not walk during gout attacks, and kidney stones (gout stones).

Blunt force trauma

He was repeatedly thrown from horses, and was in various automobile collisions having his hand slammed in doors and other deep bruising. He regularly lost his voice from demanding political speeches, caused partly by political campaigns that required 17 speeches per day.

reportedly once got stuck in the Whitehouse bathtub.

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

  • Zukra-Karkata * appreciation of comforting routine * likes to nourish * attracted to homeowners * preference for folk-lifestyle + farmers * pleasures of secure borders * enjoys rhythmic seasons * shared gardening * seeks balanced parenting arrangements* aesthetic of domestic sharing
  • Zukra-9 * seeks pleasure via philosophical doctrine * enjoys paradigmatic beliefs * feminine-figures preach-teach on higher principles * bargains toward global equity * pleasing designs to adorn the pelvic floor * graceful hips * balanced femoral sockets * sweet sacral plexus * appreciation of theory * philosophy of justice
  • Shani-yuti-Zukra * sweetened structures, gracious lawfulness, appreciation for mature neutrality, strict negotiations

Zukra-9 rules 7-law = -philosophy of justice, theory of Constitutional Law

William Taft's ambitious wife Nellie Herron, herself the product of a political dynasty hailing from the USA northeastern cities, oft bemoaned her husband's lack of personal desire to play and win (5 = 7th-from-Zukra). Historians consider Nellie as the driving force of Taft's lifelong political career.

Taft enjoyed a significant Dhana-yoga = Zukra dhanakaraka rules-2 + Zukra occupies-11. Although not ostentatiously entreasured due to limitations of Zukra-yuti-Shani , Taft and his family had most of their entertaining, living, travel, and house-servant expenses paid by the USA government (Shani) throughout his lifetime career in government service. Thus his somewhat reduced salary did not impede a comfortable high-governance lifestyle.

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

  • Shani-Karkata * heavy old routines * obliged to conform to the ancient habits * must bear the weight of old defensive structures * vital energy compression stress zone = stomach * strictly imposed systems of security * must adhere to established proletarian cultural roots * must maintain 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 * must endure routines of protective policing * scarce domestic resources
  • Shani in Bhava-11 (beneficial) * slowly time-structured goal achievements * must maintain connections with sustained effort * must regulate economic linkage * cautiously conventional friends * class-conscious social network * chronic pressure to achieve realistic goals * resists freely chosen associations * must test new friends * supports lawful distribution systems * accepts the reality of marketplace rules * community worker fatigue * support for socially-approved, rigidly dutiful network roles * elders maintain lawful community responsibilities
  • Shani-yuti-Chandra * nishturabhashi yoga * social resistance to natural rhythms * imposition of pragmatic routines * delayed (but not denied) parenting * class-conscious mother * limited creature-comforts * parental policing * obligatory caretaking duties *emotional withholding * punitive parents * class-structured ethnicity * uncomfortable discipline * oppressed sensitivities * dries-freezes the flow of nourishing liquids * needs regulatory order * blocked feelings * strict foundational schooling * proletarian home-culture
  • Shani-yuti-Zukra * resistance against equity * limited luxuries * conservatively slow feminine figures * pragmatic finance * contractual discipline * socially constrained harmony * conventionally regulated pleasures * trust in age + time * class-structured arrangements

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

  • Rahu-Meena-Antya * shimmering illusion of immersion * craving for symbolic guidance * mirage of imaginative wisdom * mesmerizing aura of concealing fog * mask of dreamlike Other Worlds * fascinating prayers *extraordinary ancestor guides * fabulous clairsentience * intriguing sleep-states * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of deep trance, private intuition * privilege obtained via interior guidance * finds opportunity in contemplative-roles
  • Rahu in bhava-5 * in swabhava of Splendid Surya, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual children; out-of-bounds creativity, and amplified poetic romance; Risk-rewarding Rahu generates a charismatic individuality, center-of-attention displays of creative genius. Desires a special, important role in performance arts, literary arts, entertainments, royalty roles, pageantry, celebrity events, or dramatic splendor. Exciting, opportunistic, ambitious children and lovers. Rahu the Poseur may wear the persona (mask) of a dramatic actor, a celebrated intellectual, or a politician. Craves the center stage, the lights, the glory. Rahu-5 seeks flamboyant fashion, exceptional children, and the thrill of political theatre.

Taft's career was the product of arrangements made by Others (Rahu-7). He himself (Ketu-1) had no interest in electioneering.

Rahu-7 mahadasha = his age 44-62 = the central mid-career phase. Rahu-Rahu swabhukti began in the first month of his term as POTUS-27. Rahu encouraged opportunism and amplified Taft's gift for negotiations with exotic, unusual, self-important, or barrier-bending, taboo-twisting persons or contracts. After the four-year presidency, Taft negotiated an unprecedented (Rahu rule-break) arrangement to be placed directed into the role of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. To date, no-one else has ever started as Chief Justice in any US Supreme Court whether national or state level.

Rahu-7 strongest desire = to negotiate, to judge, to arrange settlements, to deliver equity parity fairness justice. However typical of Rahu, Taft's route to the justice position was irregular and opportunistic due to his relationship with the appointer, POTUS-29 Teapot Dome Scandal Warren G Harding .

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

  • Ketu-Kanya * humbly dissociates from accusatory complaints * incomplete service * empty disagreements * odd arguments * not limited by stigmatized conditions * ignores restriction on helpfulness * eccentric service to the disadvantaged * releases a living green cloud of servitude 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-Surya * surrenders unique creativity * brightly empty drama * unsustainable confidence * proudly disconnected father * apathetic toward individual intelligence * intellectual disengagement * dispersed vision * cleverly avoids games * unfulfilled genius * gambling losses * charmingly incoherent entertainments * wandering political focus * liberation via surrendered egocentricity
  • Ketu-yuti-Budha * miscalculations * incoherent grammar * empty talk * unsustainable explanations * chats about non-existent events * disconnected sibling-cohort * apathetic evangelism * incomplete details * witty misnomers * fragmented schedules * unfulfilled deliveries * illogical messaging * impermanent plans * liberation via mental surrender * for commercial nativities, may dissolve the cooperative team

Taft was highly competent administratively due to Budha-Kanya * uttama receiving drishti of Shani. Yet, he lacked ego-charisma due to Surya-yuti-Ketu.

Ketu-11 is not committed to any fact, agreement, tenet, or principle. Ketu-11 generally bends to the excitement and desires of stronger Rahu-5 personalities. Taft was part of machine politics, and he played along with the party handlers.

The intelligent but unexciting Taft Budha-yuti-Ketu + Surya-yuti-Ketu was intended to be a placeholder president while Taft's flamboyant and somewhat manic (Rahu-5) partner, POTUS-26 National Parks 1858-1919 Theodore Roosevelt had to wait-out a term. Due to his campaign promises, TR was unable to hold office 1908-1912 but TR wanted to run again in 1916. Taft agreed to administer the tasks of the presidency as if Taft were a copy of TR. A highly unlikely candidate who rarely campaigned, he won POTUS-27 during Rahu-Rahu swabhukti due to TR's powerful political machine.

But then, Rahu Mahadasha emboldened Taft while RRahu had not yet matured. Taft surprised everyone (and made many enemies) by challenging TR's progressive policies and by running against TR in the 1916 election. The notoriously difficult Rahu-Shani bhukti however proved too daunting and Taft lost the rogue election . Shani rules 12th-from-5th = lost election.

Surya-yuti-Ketu = Taft could not sustain the role of self-important, fascinating personality which is generally required in political elections. Both Roosevelt and Taft lost badly, handing the majority of virtually every state to the new face = POTUS-28 The State 1856-1924 Woodrow Wilson. After age 48 (Rahu maturity) Taft nevermore participated in elections.. He taught law school and was appointed to the Supreme Court.


POTUS-27-partner from 1909 until 1913 * Helen Louise Herron = Nellie Herron Taft * 1861-1943

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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

Rising Nakshatra

Feminine Nativities

Mriga-zirasa * Mraga * Marga-ziraza * Agrahayani

BPL commentary

For Mriga-sirasa births of a feminine valence, the condition of pioneering, direct, yang-energy, forward-pushing bhratru-karaka Mangala may considerably affect the outcome.

Brother-figures, warriors, hunters, athletes, dancers, champions, challengers, inventors, explorers, dis-coverers, engineers, drivers, drillers, diggers, exploders, aggressors, pursuers, and competitions and battles may be especially influential.

Instructional guidance is provided by the civilizations of Orion. Their purpose is to promote engaging, instinctive messages that conquer, compete, startle, stimulate, pioneer, and provoke.

Kuja-ruled Mriga-zirasa ladies tend to be physically fit, agile, energetic sportswomen and dancers. They are often found in politics, entertainment, and commerce, especially in sales, marketing, and advertising roles where their energy delivers competitive advantage.

Mraga are surprisingly accurate markswomen, able to handle weapons if necessary. They often have an interest in metalcraft. Agrahayani ladies may have a special affinity for quadruped animals, brothers, and soldiers. Due to the crystalline structure of their noses, Mraga-born have an extraordinarily acute sense of smell.

Vrishabha-Urisha pada 1-2 represent the 7-12 angle and the Zukra-Kuja attraction. Pada 1-2 pursue gracious arrangements, match-making, and brokerage in secluded environments, such as the private bedroom or in distant lands. Their goal is the formation of vitally valuable partnerships. Depending upon Yogakaraka Shani ruler of 9+10, the Vrishabha pada of Krittika have a stronger propensity toward governance roles,

Mithunaya-Dvamdva pada 3-4 represent the 6-11 angle and the Budha-Kuja tension. Pada 3-4 are vocal socialites skilled in conflict intervention, and natural ministers of aid. Pada 3-4 may focus on community activism, economic profits, and service to the wounded (whether the wounds are physical, mental, or emotional).

Themes of forward movement, group activity, and sporting competition may contextualize Mriga's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Mriga-zirasa

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra, p 91

"Usually this person is born in a wealthy family or at least well-to-do.

  • She will be brought up in a religious atmosphere

  • and will be deeply religious herself.

She is an entertaining and interesting speaker

  • and will participate in women's club activities

  • and other social enterprises .

If she adopts a public career, she will be successful and honored.

She is fond of beautiful clothes,

  • perfumes, and jewels,

  • and dresses elegantly and in good taste.

Her favorite color is green."


Nellie Herron Taft in the Whitehouse, New Year 1909 (before her serious stroke in May-1909)

Biographical events matched to Vimshottari Dasha

born 4 months before

Shani Mahadasha * age birth until age 6.5

02-June-1861 Earth-birth * Shani-Chandra bhukti * Chandra-11

Budha Mahadasha * age 6.5 until age 23.5

1879 (her age 18, his age 22) first introduced to POTUS-27 Dollar Diplomacy 1857-1930 William Howard Taft * Budha-Rahu bhukti

Ketu Mahadasha * age 23 .5 until age 30.5

19-June-1886 exchange of vows in marriage-1 to POTUS-27 Dollar Diplomacy 1857-1930 William Howard Taft * Ketu-Zukra bhukti * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Simha-Kumbha contact Simha swamsha

08-Sept-1889 celebrated the birth of child-1 Robert Taft . Son Robert became a significant figure in American government * Ketu-Guru bhukti

Zukra Mahadasha * age 30.5 until age 50.5

July-1901 * William Taft becomes Civilian Governor of Philippines, and the family moves to an exotic, unfamiliar climate. Nellie learns functional Tagalog, and her Manila entertainments include the Filipino aristocracy * Zukra-Rahu bhukti * Rahu cultural Mix-Master

03-Nov-1908 * William H. Taft wins POTUS-27 election * Zukra-Budha bhukti * Budha rules 15-elections

May-1909 Nellie suffers paralytic stroke, damaging her voice, mouth, face, and right-side limbs. Her entertaining duties are accomplished by her sisters. * Zukra-Budha bhukti * Budha rules 2-containing double-maraka Ketu-yuti-Kuja = near-death experience, face, voice

Surya Mahadasha * age 50.5 until age 56.5

05-Nov-1912 * loses POTUS election to rival POTUS-28 The State 1856-1924 Woodrow Wilson. After many years of living in Washington + assignments in Philippines + Cuba, the Taft family returns to Cincinnati. * Surya-Mangala bhukti * Mangala rules 12- retreat into invisibility + Ketu-yuti-Kuja disconnection

Chandra Mahadasha * age 56.5 until age 66.5

30-Jun-1921(NHT age 60) Wm. Taft appointed Chief Justice USA Supreme Court. The family returns to Washington DC + Nellie resumes her multifaceted social calendar * Chandra-Guru bhukti * Guru rules-8 rejuvenation + 11-revenue * Chandra-11 parivartamsha uttama-Guru-3 = socialite expansion

Mangala Mahadasha * age 66.5 until age 73.5

08-Mar-1930 (NHT age 67) decease of husband Wm. Taft * Mangala-Guru bhukti * Guru rules 2nd-from-7

Rahu Mahadasha * age 73.5 until decease age 81

22-May-1943 decease (NHT age 81) * Rahu-Budha bhukti * Budha maraka rules-2

Distinctive Features of the Nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

  • Surya-Urisha * Ravaye * the noisy one, the roaring one (Ravi = firebird; Rava = howl, yell, or squawk) * brightly charismatic confidence of Center-stage Surya radiates through the acquisitive sensual rashi of Zukra
  • Surya in bhava-1 * center of identity * bright embodiment * intelligence for competition * focus on appearance * innovative genius * athletic entitlements * eye on personality * sparkling center of body-based vitality * father may be an icon-competitor-inventor
  • 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 * dramatic promises * radiantly diplomatic * self-reflexively attractive * father may be artist-broker-arranger


Dad = a politically connected attorney. Dad's law partner was POTUS-19 Railroad Strike 1822-1893 Rutherford B. Hayes . Taft's father was a well-known attorney in Cincinnati, and their childhood families knew each other.

Surya-1 appearance, political personality

Unlike her portly husband, Nellie maintained a svelte figure and was always fashionably dressed Surya-yuti-Zukra . Her family background included attorneys, judges, and sundry politicians. The Taft children continued in national political and civic roles.

In the Edwardian era of ladylike quietude, Nellie was known as an independent, intelligent woman who formed and announced her own opinions. (Surya-1). Considered a cultural product of the Ragtime Era, Nellie was opposed to Prohibition, promoted women's suffrage, lobbied for workplace safety, smoked cigarettes, and drove her own car. She was socially active in Washington before, during, and after her husband's administration, and indeed after her husband's decease. Widowhood did not prevent her continuing activism.

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • Chandra in classroom-9 * comfort in the paradigm of belief * emotionally attuned to sacred doctrine * accustomed to routine patronage * devotional mother * soothed by globalist perspective * needs to feel the repeating pulse of preaching sermons * calmed by a broad worldview * acculturated to principled understanding * rhythmically sensitive father-figures * habitually seeks guidance * settled into philosophical roles * undulating convictions
  • Chandra-Meena * comforted by rhythmic ancestral guidance
  • Chandra in Uttara-bhadra-pada * comforted by wisdom systems * compassionate protectors of hierarchical rules * needs to provide orderly guidance
  • Chandra-11 kahala-parivartamsha uttama-Guru-3


Mom = also from a large politically networked family. Chandra-11 kahala-parivartamsha uttama-Guru-3

MARRIAGE partnership support expectations

7th-from-Chandra-11 = bhava-5 politics. Her husband POTUS-27 Dollar Diplomacy 1857-1930 William Howard Taft was a career politician, holding a series of small-to-large appointments including three elections, from law school until his decease.

Nellie Herron was a notable socialite. Chandra-11 parivartamsha uttama-Guru-3

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

  • Mangala-Mithunaya * vigorous pursuit of interaction * competitive commerce * proactive information delivery * energetic group collaboration * dynamic debate * dominating gestures * lively writing * kinetic conversation * push toward explanatory instruction * champion of process management
  • Mangala in bhava-2 * vigorous orator * loudly lectures on values * pursuit of treasuries * competitive financial actions * innovative knowledge * energized face-voice-song * memorable speeches * champion of literacy-reading * historic pronouncements * prone to shouting * forward drive toward capitalization * promotes conservation * hyperactive family dynamics * acquisitive conquests
  • Kuja-yuti-Budha * communicative competitions * energized signaling * dynamic reporting * clipped speech patterns * abrupt announcements * champion of vigorous messaging * pushes toward direct commands * forward thrusting gestures * incisive speech * forceful writing
  • 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

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

  • Budha-Mithunaya * swakshetra * business communications * articulation of specific instructions * informative pronouncements * messages about commerce * hands-on management * signaling explanatory information * detailed diagrams * talks about publication * interpretative interactions* commercial translation * hands-arms-shoulders send descriptive gestures
  • Budha in bhava-2 * narrative of values-fulfillment * conversations about natural resources * talks about history * instructions for asset conservation * explains banking procedures * treasury recording * discusses sound values * articulation of speech-song * quick-darting eyes-face * tells stories * defines storage methods * describes family lineage * manual preservation of collections * chats about knowledge base * conserves libraries * quick with language * repeats from memory
  • Budha-yuti-Mangala * competitive communications * scripted actions * impatient conversations * potential for sexualized messaging * penetrating explanations * direct instruction * signals forward action * pioneering movement * outspoken opinions * talkative brother-figures
  • Budha-yuti-Ketu * explainer of impermanence * describes dissociation * articulates the process of dissolution * delivers information to the winds * instructor of impermanence * incoherent conversations * sends prayers to the ineffable * spacey siblings * surrenders the attempt to render a complete message * speaks as the observing Witness * may channel the talkative spirits

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

  • Guru-Karkata * uttama * much shelter * many caretakers * many provisions * benevolent routines * believes in the comfortable old ways * diverse security * expansive patriotism * broad understanding of local cultures * develops gardens * prosperous settlements * multiple dwellings * many patronizing parent-figures
  • Guru in bhava-3 * many messages * extensive commerce * many photographs * numerous publications * diverse collaborators * multiple transactions * many tours * frequent business trips * many sales * numerous discussions * much detailed interaction * extensive planning operations * variety of ensemble performances * evangelistic growth * so many meetings * patron of communications technologies * in a wifely nativity, husband-figure may be a businessman-writer
  • Chandra-11 kahala-parivartamsha uttama-Guru-3

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

lagnesha for Urisha radical lagna


Malavya Yoga

  • Zukra-Urisha * swakshetra * appreciation of valuable arrangements, likes capitalization * attracted to fruits of the forests and fields * pleasures of collections * acquisitive sensuality * enjoys preservation and accrual * aesthetic of sounds * historic restorations * prefers containment of precious goods
  • Zukra-1 * seeks pleasure via handsome embodiment * enjoys the company of women * graciously attractive appearance * active style of balancing * pursues adjustable arrangements * appreciation of muscular vitality * pleasing designs to adorn the head * aesthetic of new life * physical exercise to balance the brain * identified with brokerage * seeks the sweet midpoint of dynamic negotiations * energetic pursuit of equity * identified with acts of diplomacy * bargains vigorously for fair exchange
  • Zukra-yuti-Surya * balanced roles in drama * appreciation for political display * theatrical negotiations * self-focused diplomacy * radiant bright beauty * self-reflexive bargaining * sweetly confident entitlements * enjoys games * negotiating father-figure * intelligent arrangements * focus on trades * self-directed romance * idealistic contracts * match-making according to father's choice or self-will

She vigorously promoted her husband's career via entertainments and personal diplomacy (Zukra-1) In maturity, Nellie Taft became an advocate for women's rights (Zukra rises in all varga).

Nellie was very pretty, as evidenced by the presence of Zukra in the lagna of virtually every varga of her nativity.

Always for the Vrishabha nativity, lagnesha Zukra wields a double-edged sword.

For Nellie, in addition to beauty and talent., Zukra rogesha brought a host of health imbalances

Despite her political intelligence and gracious conduct, in most photos Nellie appears exhausted. She suffered a major paralytic stroke only five months after her husband started his POTUS-27 term of office. The cerebral hemorrhage afflicted her face. She recovered most of her function, but the face was downturned. Surya rules Shani-4 fixity.

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

  • 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 * lawfully conducts entitlement ceremonies * scarce entertainment resources
  • Shani in Bhava-4 * slowly time-structured life foundations * must maintain the cultural roots * required to defend boundaries * reinforce the existing shelter * cautious mother-figures * tense childhood * restrictive parenting * normal education * caretaker's fatigue * chronic household scarcity * strict folk customs * resists domestic innovation * reinforces predictable routines * elders maintain the ancient ritual austerities

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

  • Rahu-Dhanuzya * shimmering illusion of wisdom * craving for philosophical principle * mirage of generous patronage * extraordinary theory * unorthodox approach to higher truth * mask of global humanism* fascinating doctrine * over-reaching catechisms * fabulous proselytism * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of philosophical belief * seeks privilege via guru-roles
  • Rahu in bhava-8 * in swabhava of Competitive Kuja, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual secrets recycling, rebirth, reinvention; desires a special, important, therapeutic role in transformative, hidden, revolutionary, catastrophic identity changes. Remarkable in-laws, inheritance, alimonies. Exciting, opportunistic, ambitious family of the partners. Rahu the Poseur may pose ass a tantric initiator, disaster manager, keeper of dangerous secrets ,identity-changing healer, or holder of secret empowerments.

Rahu in bhava-8 put Nellie into the class of the secret-keepers who are often found in the political-partner role.

Nellie was first introduced to William Taft (she was 18, he was 22) during Budha-Rahu bhukti. They were assigned to three years governance duty in the (at the time) isolated, very rural, and culturally foreign Philippines during her Zukra-Rahu bhukti.

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

  • Ketu-Mithunaya * mentally dissociates from conversation * incomplete messages * empty instructions * absent from discussion * wandering mentality * fragmented signals * not limited by conventional communications * ignores normal restrictions on commercial activities * forgives the sibling-cohort * incoherent scripts * releases a plant-green cloud of explanatory gestures into the misty abyss
  • Ketu in classroom-2 * wanders from the preserved values, surrenders preserved values * eccentric voice * odd face * disperses family affluence * disregards conventional limits on sound-music-language * disinterested in genetic lineage * abandons accumulated knowledge * odd food * peculiar precious goods * abdicates banker-conserver-collector roles * dissolves libraries * devalues treasuries * unless other graha in 2, may prefer to live free from historic traditions
  • 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
  • Ketu-yuti-Budha * miscalculations * incoherent grammar * empty talk * unsustainable explanations * chats about non-existent events * disconnected sibling-cohort * apathetic evangelism * incomplete details * witty misnomers * fragmented schedules * unfulfilled deliveries * illogical messaging * impermanent plans * liberation via mental surrender * for commercial nativities, may dissolve the cooperative team

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