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1804-1815 * Emperor of France

Emperor of the French * King of Italy

Mediator of the Swiss Confederation

Protector of the Confederation of the Rhine

Napoleon Bonaparte

a.k.a. Napoli Buenparti

Earthbody-Entry Tuesday-15-Aug-1769

Earthbody-Exit 05-May-1821 (age 53)


Emperor of France = 1804 until 1815 * Louis Napoleon Bonaparte * 1769-1821

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

charts, graphs, and tables produced by Shri Jyoti Star * adapted by BP Lama

born in in Ajaccio, Corsica * 41n46, 8e48 ** Died in captivity on the remote South Atlantic island of Saint Helena, 5-May-1821 (aged 51)

NOTES on the commonly cited Time of Birth for Napoleon Bonaparte states: "Name Bonaparte, Napoleon I Gender: M Birth name Bonaparte, Louis Napoleon born on 15 August 1769 at 11:30 (= 11:30 AM Place Ajaccio, Corsica, 41n46, 8e48 time zone LMT m8e48 Data source From memory Rodden Rating A. "See the detailed discussion at

BPL comment: The oft-cited birth time of 1100 or 1130 = not from "memory" of an observer of the birth but rather derives from the anecdote that Napoleon's mother went into labor in Corsica when she was sitting in church for the purpose of hearing Holy Mass, which service was presumably being offered at the hour approaching the Angelus (noon).

Indeed, the time and even the date of Napoleon's birth are questioned. One scholar has asserted that 15-Aug-1769 is actually the birth date of Napoleon's younger brother and that the France-Emperor reign 1804-1815 himself was actually born on 07-Jan-1968 at an unknown time. Napoleon's parentage is also questioned.

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Uttaraphalguni * Aryaman

BPL commentary

For Uttaraphalguni births of a masculine valence, the condition of radiant, romantic, intelligent, creative, idealistic, central, confident, gaming, self-reflexive, pitrikaraka Surya may considerably affect the outcome.

For those born into the Surya-ruled paradigm of Uttora, father-figures, politicians, celebrity, royalty, entitled roles, brilliant dramatists, radiant deities, sparkling genius, glittering creativity, intelligentsia, speculators, poets, romantic lovers, gamblers, and game-players may be especially influential.

Uttara-phalguni chaps are famously hot-headed.

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

Brilliantly dramatic

Simha-Leya pada-1 = radiant confidence, flamboyance, and remarkable intelligence. While much depends upon the characteristics of nakshatrapathi Surya, the Falgun birth of masculine valence favors dramatic displays of celebrity, romance, creativity, and entitlement.

Kanya pada 2-3-4 = equally smart and authoritative, but more focused upon personal enclosure and distant lands, often wielding power from a private, sanctuary, or secluded location. May be an empowered politician according to the strengths of nakshatrapathi Surya.

Although Shil Ponde's description often fits the Kanya pada 2-3-4 of Uttaraphalguni, the Simha pada-1 is rarely rough or ungrateful. Still, they can be impatient with others who are less confident or less intelligent.

Themes of political power, radiant creativity, and bright celebrity drama may contextualize Utthram's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Uttaraphalguni

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 83

"a proud and arrogant disposition,

  • with a tendency to ride roughshod over other peoples' opinions.

Uttara natives are extremely intelligent

but because of their inordinate pride,

  • they accept favors ungraciously even when in need

and are ungrateful to those from whom they receive these favors."

Biographical details matched to the Vimshottari Dasha calendar


Napo Leon * The Young Lion


Josephine de Beauharnais * Keizerin_der_Fransen * c1808


Maria Ludovica Leopoldina Franziska Therese Josepha Lucia von Habsburg-Lothringen * lived 12-Dec-1791 until 17-Dec-1847

Napoleon_by_Jacques-Louis_David_1812.jpgSurya Mahadasha * age birth until age 1.6

15-Aug-1769 Earth-birth in Ajjacio, Corsica * Surya-Budha bhukti

Chandra Mahadasha * age 1.6 until 11.6

1778 left home and mother to attend school in France (age 9) * Chandra-Ketu bhukti * Ketu severance, abandonment

Mangala Mahadasha * age 11.6 until 18.6

24-Feb-1785 grieved decease of father (father's age 38; Napoleon's age 15) * Mangala-Budha bhukti * Budha rules 2nd-from-Surya

Rahu Mahadasha * age 18.6 until 36.6

09-Mar-1796 marriage to Josephine de Beauharnais (his age 25; she was previously widowed and age 31) * Rahu-Shani bhukti * Shani rules swamsha

Guru Mahadasha * age 36.6 until 52.6

10-Jan-1810 divorce from Josephine de Beauharnais (due to lack of male heir) * Guru-Shani bhukti * Shani rules-6 divorce

11-Mar-1810 by proxy ceremony * second marriage to Marie-Louise of Austria. * Guru-Shani bhukti * Shani rules swamsha

Mar-1811 a son is born, goal achieved. * Guru-Budha bhukti * Budha lagnesha

early-1814 devastating losses; forced abdication from the Imperial Throne, severed contact with wife-2 and son * Guru-Ketu bhukti * Ketu abdication, abandonment

30-May-1814 exiled with a guard of 600 men; made sovereign of the small island of Elba; arrives to Elba followed by attempted suicide * Guru-Zukra bhukti * Zukra-yuti-Ketu + maraka Zukra rules 2

29-May-1814 decease of Josephine * Guru-Zukra bhukti * Zukra-yuti-Ketu * Zukra rules 12th-from-Zukra

26-Feb-1815 following 300 days of exile on Elba, Napoleon escapes back to France * Guru-Zukra bhukti * Zukra-yuti-Ketu * Ketu escape

18-June-1815 loses the Battle of Waterloo * Guru-Zukra bhukti * Zukra-yuti-Ketu * Ketu surrender

15-July-1815 after demanding asylum (Ketu) exiled a second time to Saint Helena. However his lodgings were said to be excessively and unhealthily windy Zukra-yuti-Ketu* Guru-Zukra bhukti * Ketu wind

05-May-1821 Lightbody Lift-off (age 53) suspected cause = stomach cancer (of which his father also died age 38) * Guru-Rahu chidra-dasha * Rahu gives effect of maraka rules-7 Brihaspati


22-July-1832 death of his heirless son Napoleon-2 * Shani-Surya bhukti

02-Feb-1836 grieved the decease of mother (her age 86) * Shani-Rahu bhukti

  • Surya in bhava-12 * center of Other-Worlds, focus of seclusion, invisible light, eye on imagination

Distinctive Features of the Nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

Lagnesha for Simha radical lagna (?)

  • Surya-Simha * Khaga * Khagaya * air-moving
  • Surya in bhava-12 * center of Other-Worlds, brightly contemplative, focus on seclusion, invisible light-source provides private guidance, intuitive entitlements, intelligence for interior prayer, eye on imagination * sparkling center of the clairsentient drama
  • 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 and win * radiantly pioneering


within the navamsha varga, uttama- Surya-yuti-Rahu

Dad = s an Italian aristocrat who became a foreign (12) emissary from Corsica to the French court. Dad's main sources of income came from operating a prison (12) and military garrison (12, dormitories) on Corsica.

Surya = randhresha-8 from Chandra-Makara-Draco * 6/8 awkward angle chandra-Surya = mother-father mutual incompatibility or discomfort in marriage

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • Chandra-Makara-Draco * comforted by rhythmic hierarchical ordering
  • Chandra in Uttara-azadha * comforted by bright visions * protectors of confident conviction, brilliant philosophy, wise patronage, political doctrines
  • Chandra in classroom-5 * comfort in politics * familiar with gambling and games * soothed by celebrity, charm, children * needs to feel the repeating pulse of confident self-expression * emotionally attuned to uniqueness * settled into the rhythm of romance * intelligent customary routines * calmed by artistic performance * undulating creativity
  • Chandra-5 parivartamsha Shani-11


Chandra-5 receives drishti of Chandra's ruler Shanaicarya ++ Budha-lagnesha-karmesha. Napoleon was the fourth of thirteen children born to his mother Letizia Ramolino of Corsica. She was known as a tough disciplinarian. Historians consider her to have been a primary shaping influence upon his character whereas his father (12) was less influential. Hailing from a Swiss family, she was married at age thirteen, and gave birth to thirteen human babies, of which eight survived.

When he gained political power, Napoleon gave royal titles to all of his surviving siblings (Budha lagnesha identifies with siblings)

Mother was uneducated but possessed of some funds via her husband's military-garrison and prison-management jobs * Shani-11 + Budha-11

7th-from-Chandra mother's partnerships, Shani-yuti-Budha-11 economic agency, community duties

She was reputed to be a strict (Shani) household manager with an earthy style. By all accounts, she was a stern even harsh mother who was willing to whip her children for purpose of maintaining order in the household (or have them punished by servants). However, the household ran smoothly.

Her strictness included the requirement that her children should be bathed every other day. This conflicted with the centuries-old European fear of bathing as the guaranteed way to die of cold-fever; European mothers rarely bathed their children and indeed in those days most adults resisted the habit of the water-bath. The local folk (Chandra) balked at her habit but she persisted.

Birth order

Napoleon was his mother's fourth child. Her first child, a son Napo-leone (new lion) was born and died in 1865. The famous empire-builder Napoleon born in 1869 was named after his brother.

Psychically, this is probably a case of the same spirit dying, reorganizing, and returning to Earth bubble for a second, more successful attempt.


7th-from-Chandra-5 = spouse-1 = bhava-11 friendship, economics

2nd-from-Chandra-5 = spouse-2 = bhava-6 animosity, ailment

MARRIAGE emotional support partnership

Shani occupies 7th-from-Chandra suggesting an elder first spouse. Born in 1763, Josephine de Beauharnais was previously widowed with two dependent children ; she was six years (nearly seven) senior to Napoleon who was born in 1769.

BonaparteNapoleon_1801_AntoineJeanGros_Bridge_atArcole.jpgKuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Sarala Yoga = Kuja-12 rules 8

  • Mangala-Singha * vigorous pursuit of fame * creatively moving political theatre * proactive drama * push toward celebrity entitlement * champion of pageantry * military parades * brilliantly energized celebrations *push toward parties and games * sexually active romance * flamboyant gambling
  • Mangala in bhava-12 * drive toward privacy, pursuit of inner guidance, invaders from distant lands, hyperactive ancestors, seeking sanctuary, clairsentient dynamics, energized invisible conquests, phantoms of aggressive competition, innovative research, progressive action in distant lands, imaginative discovery
  • Kuja-yuti-Surya * active creativity * high-energy confidence * dynamic genius * championship force joins willful charm * potential for aggressive politics * brilliant competitions * self-promoting * vigorous theatrical displays

fierce Kuja Dosha from 12 into 3-6-7

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka


  • Budha-Karkata * comfortable communications * hand, arm, shoulders make protective gestures * articulation of rhythmic root culture * discussions about security * describes routine behaviors * instructions for foundational stability * describes the folkways * reports on walls, moats, fencing, and policing * defensive posture in discourse * converses with parental personalities * environmental wardens * issues customary pronouncements * delivers messages about sustainable settlements * habitual topics of patriotism, land use, shielding, cultivation, and nourishment
  • Budha in bhava-11 * narrative of economy and ecology, distributive and associative networks * social participation linkage, describer of friendship and voluntary connections , explainer of gains and goals, delivers instructions for interlinked systems, talks about large assemblies + webs of community
  • Budha-yuti-Shani * explainer of rules and systems * affinity for regulatory, law-imposing roles expressing skills of communication, explanation, description, instruction * articulation of maturity and responsibility, message of institutional order, talkative elders

Napoleon's love-letters (Budha) to Josephine were written during his travels (7, Shani-ruled) . These letters are products of his literary gift Zukra-Mithuna and his Budha ruled identity as well as Mangala-Simha (romance) in 12 imagination rules-and-aspects 3-corrspondence. These fiery, articulate, romantic love letters are still read today.

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka


  • Guru-Thula * many trades * variety of exchanges * much negotiation * believes in justice * doctrine of contractual exchange * multiple alliances * diversity of arrangements * equable guidance * widens the scope of balanced design
  • Guru in bhava-2 * much hoard * many songs * many stories * extensive history * expanded storage * several genetic lines * many accumulated goods * numerous languages * many voices * many valuations * extensive accounts * grows the family lineage * believes in conservation * patron of speech-and-song

In addition to his son by Maria-Theresa, the younger namesake Napoleon, the Emperor produced a considerable number of additional offspring via an assortment of lady loves.

Guru Mahadasha

He was said to have gained considerable weight during his 40's, and was characterized by some observers as looking bloated or obese with a yellowish (Guru) complexion - due to Guru drishti upon Chandra.

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

  • Zukra-Mithunaya * appreciation of detail, likes accessories, attracted to writers and businesspeople, balanced communications, aesthetic of handiwork, pleasures of specific explanations, enjoys correspondence and conversation, articulated messaging arrangements
  • Zukra-10 * pleasure of regulation, enjoys lawful, socially iconic, feminine-figures harmonious ability to govern and direct * pleasing designs to adorn the upper legs, knees, calves, for overall skeleton * financially visible equity, appreciation of order, legislates justice
  • Zukra-yuti-Ketu * sweetened surrender, gracious abandonment, vacuous feminine-figures, appreciation for fair terms of dissolution, disoriented negotiations, unconcerned with conventional beauty, empty contracts * arrangements according to impermanent agreement

Zukra * first partner ** Ketu * second partner

Zukra-yuti-Ketu occupies the emotionally conflicted 6th-from-Chandra = polarizing catalysis through long separations from nurturing feminines, and emotional disengagement from marriage vow

Napoleon was frequently separated (Ketu) from his wives during extended military campaigns.

Zukra-yuti-Ketu is such a challenging yoga that a loyal union might be predicted to be impossible.

So it was for the duteously-traveling military genius Emperor Self Proclaimed and his first wife, the mistress nonchalant of numerous aristocratic and commercially successful Parisian gentlemen.

Depending on whether Zukra or Ketu has the higher degree, the second wife may be more distinctively Ketu or more Zukra in their presenting symptoms.

In Emperor Napoleon's nativity, Ketu holds the higher degree because Ketu moves "backwards". The second wife would be expected to display more pronounced Ketu-characteristics such as misty boundaries and apathy toward the contractual union.

In Napoleon's case, Zukra holds a lower degree of 16 while Ketu skirts the rashi boundary at zero degrees, suggesting that Josephine had a strong Zukra nature whilst the second wife Maria-Louisa Hapsburg was "barely there" (Ketu).

Josephine had been the previous mistress of the top man in France. At the time of her attraction to Napoleon, the previous lover had wished her to be re-purposed ... and to re-direct her her notorious over-spending (Ketu no boundaries) to another purse (Zukra expense). Josephine's first husband, by whom she had two lovely children, had been guillotined (Ketu). Being well-connected socially (Zukra-rules 11th-from-11th) she became a courtier to support her children and her luxurious tastes. Josephine was introduced to Napoleon by mutual friends at a large gathering (11).

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

  • Shani-Karkata * old routines, old defenses, pressured stomach, imposed protection, must shelter with scarce resources
  • Shani in Bhava-11 * Structured, orderly, time-conscious goals. One must connect, must earn with hard effort. Cautious, conventional marketplace linkage; tense and limited gainfulness, chronic pressure to produce revenues; heavy legacy pressure against freely chosen associations, Resistance to new friends. Resentment toward changes in economic systems. Intolerance toward unconventional earnings..Wage-earner's fatigue.. Support for socially-approved, rigidly dutiful roles as economist, community organizer, salary-worker, paymaster.
  • Shani-yuti-Budha * resistance against signaling * materialistic siblings * responsible for maintaining lawful commerce * pragmatic coupling * limited interaction * disciplined messaging * structured announcements * speaks plainly * proletarian instructions * regulated business * constrained communication * conventionally regulated conversations
  • Chandra-5 parivartamsha Shani-11

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

  • Rahu-Dhanuzya * shimmering illusion of wisdom * craving for philosophical principle * mirage of fatherly generosity * extraordinary theory * unusual approach to higher truth * mask of global humanistic belief * fascinating doctrine * over-reaching catechisms * fabulous patronage * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of professorship, guidance * seeks privilege via proselytism * seeks privilege via guru-roles
  • Rahu in bhava-4 * passion for property, routine, roots * in swabhava of Comforting Chandra, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual cultural roots; seeks thrilling opportunities in property ownership, unusual lands + vehicles, buildings, farms, vehicles. Desires an, important role in land use entitlements.. Ambitious, Over-reaching property-owners, real-estate deeds and claims, fence-makers, boundary-defenders, transporters, drivers of trucks and ships, police, schoolteachers, farmers, fisherfolk. Boasts deep roots in the local environment. Rahu-4 trespasses the cultural boundaries of ethnic settlement, agriculture, fencing, roadways. Craves a showcase home, fabulous garden, or prestige lands.. Ambitious character of the parents, especially the mother.

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu-Mithunaya * dissociates from conversation, * incomplete message * empty instructions * absent from the discussion * wandering mentality * fragmented signals * not limited by commerce * ignores restriction on communication * liberation by release of narratives * applies explanatory gestures to the misty abyss , applies explanatory gestures to the misty abyss
  • Ketu in classroom-10 * disregards status and rank * no barriers in class-pyramid, fearless toward regulations, absent from officialdom officials, vacuous leadership roles, irrelevance of the government, ambivalence toward dignity and respect. One abandons a position of social authority or lawful power, ignores the social ordering rules, surrenders executive roles.
  • Ketu-yuti-Zukra * surrendered arrangements * unfulfilled promises * disconnected bargaining * unsustainable contracts * incomplete harmony * fragmented negotiations * abandoned alliances * absence of equity * apathetic brokerage * eccentric music * distrust * dissatisfaction in relationships * Spiritual liberation via release of vows * For husbandly nativities, may dissolve the wifely-figures.

Maria-Louisa * Ketu-yuti-Zukra * Ketu = Second Wife-figure

A husband's second wife (if any) may be indicated by graha yuti Zukra. In Napoleon's case Ketu holds the higher degree Therefore, the 2nd-wife karaka = Ketu.

Napoleon and Maria Ludovica Leopoldina Franziska Therese Josepha Lucia von Habsburg-Lothringen were married by proxy (Ketu). Napoleon was not physically present for the wedding. There was a physical meeting and another grander ceremony about a month later.

Historically there is extensive documentation indicating that Marie-Louisa of Austria was chosen solely for her strategic utility in Napoleon's attempt to fabricate an Empire from communicative relationships (Zukra-Mithunaya-10) to other heads of state.

Her initial impression upon French Society was as a gently demure and polite person entirely disengaged (Ketu) from the Royal court.

Nevertheless she and Napoleon expressed mutual affection and a son was born. Yet in calendar time they were unable to spend even one full year together. Napoleon is quoted as calling Maria-Louisa a "disappointment" (Ketu). It is not clear who abandoned whom, but after Napoleon was forced to abdicate his throne, Maria-Louisa took their son back to Austria. Former Emperor Napoleon never saw either of them again (Ketu).

From Napoleon's perspective, Marie-Louise was a pleasant but unsustainable relationship (Ketu-yuti-Zukra).

For her own part, Maria-Louisa Hapsburg herself having completed the Ketu role in N's life went along to enjoy the rest of her life including more marriages and more children. Marie-Louise left Napoleon when she was 24 years old. She lived until age 56, married a total of three times (twice more after Napoleon) and bore a total of four live children (three more after her son with Napoleon, who also predeceased her).

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