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Ruler of Russia: 1762-1796 (her death)

powerful Rahu-10 in Ghataka Kala-Sarpa Yoga



1762-1796 * Empress & Autocrat

of All the Russias

Catherine II the Great

a.k.a. Princess Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg

a.k.a. Екатери́на Алексе́евна = Yekaterina Alekseyevna

a.k.a. Екатери́на Вели́кая = Yekaterina Velikaya

a.k.a. Catherine die Grosse

Earthbody-Entry Monday-02-May-1729

Earthbody-Exit 17-Nov-1796 (age 67)


Ruler of All Russias * governed from 1762 until 1796 (34 year reign) * Екатери́на Вели́кая * Catherine the Great * 1729-1796

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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

Ghataka Kala-Sarpa Yoga

Rising Nakshatra

Feminine Nativities

Bharani * Yamuna * Apa-bharanishe * Varni

BPL commentary

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

For those born into the Zukra-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.

Feminine births within a nakshatra of Zukra carry a special benevolence for music, beauty, treasuries, ornaments, design, and gracious relationships. Nevertheless, energized by action-driven Mangala, these ladies are competitive, and they play to win.

Burdened Busy Bee

Zukra-ruled Bharani women are the Money Gals. Yamuna-born are often found in the worlds of banking, valuation, capital markets, currency-trading, mints and coinage.

Depending upon Zukra's scope, Yamya-born may be involved in the financial aspect of any form of brokerage and deal-making, including real-estate. They may guide public fiscal affairs. Connoisseurs of pricing and aggressive bargainers, they vigorously seek acquisition of luxuries and precious objects. In addition to their financial abilities, their intuitive understanding of sound-and-color values, often leads to careers in music and arts.

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 design, and any commodity which may capitalize or increase in value. Like all Zukra-governed births, Yameza-born 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 rather quarrelsome and treacherous nature.

She will have a tendency towards wicked, vicious and envious thoughts

  • regarding other women, particularly.

to her husband and friends,

  • she will be arrogant and overbearing.

Underneath it all

  • she is cold, shrewd, and calculating."


Grand Duchess Catherine Alexeevna painted by Louis Caravaque c. 1745 (Gatchina museum)

Biographical details matched to Vimshottari Dasha bhukti


Catherine the Great (her age 16) painted by Grooth, c. 1745


Catherine the Great painted by Levitzk 1782

Mangala Mahadasha * age birth until age 1.4

02-May-1729 Earth-birth in Stettin, Pomerania, Prussia * Mangala-Zukra bhukti

Rahu Mahadasha * age birth until 19.4

Mar-1744 severe pneumonia (brought on by excessive studying and walking barefoot on cold floors while memorizing dogma and language) * Rahu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra-3 lungs * Zukra maraka rules 2 + 7

28-Jun-1744 official conversion to the dogma of the Russian Orthodox Christian Church. The German princess Sophie von Anhalt receives the new Russian baptismal name of Yekaterina Alekseyevna * Rahu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 7-vows, promises, covenant * Zukra-yuti-Guru partnerships in doctrine, shared catechesis

21-Aug-1745 (YA age 16) exchange the vows of marriage with Пётр III Фдорович, Pyotr III Fyodorovich = Peter Duke von Holstein-Gottorp * Rahu-Surya bhukti * Surya rules Simha swamsha

16-Mar-1747 grieved the decease of her father Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst * Rahu-Chandra bhukti * Somana-yuti-Zukra * Chandra gives effect of Zukra rules 2nd-from-Surya

Guru Mahadasha * age 19.4 until 35.4

20-Sep-1754 celebrated the birth of child-1 Pavel * Guru-Budha bhukti * Budha rules Chandra

1759 becomes lovers with Grigory Orlov * Guru-Budha bhukti * Budha rules the Zukra-Chandra-Guru complex

30-May-1760 grieved the decease of mother Johanna Elisabeth von Holstein-Gottorp * Guru-Chandra bhukti * Chandra rules 2nd-from-Chandra

1761 birth of a daughter with Grigory Orlov, considered illegitimate, Elizabeth Alexandrovna Alexeeva * Guru-Mangala bhukti * Mangala lagnesha

11-Apr-1762 birth of a second son, fathered byh Grigory Orlov, called Count Aleksey Grigorievich Bobrinsky, considered illegitimate, and kept away from the Court * Guru-Mangala bhukti * Mangala lagnesha

28-Jun-1762 coup d'etat in which Yekaterina takes a leading role * Guru-Rahu chidradasha

17-July-1762 grieved the death of husband Peter (murdered in coup d'etat) * Guru-Rahu chidradasha

22-Sept-1762 crowned Empress of Russia * Guru-Rahu chidradasha

Shani mahadasha * age 35.4 until age 54.4

1764 deported more than 20,000 Old Believers to Siberia due to their refusal to integrate into the Orthodox hegemony * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani rules 10-hierarchy, governance

1774 Pugachev's Rebellion uprising against Catherine started by a military officer * Shani-Surya bhukti * Surya-yuti-Kuja gives effect of Kuja rules 8-revolution

Budha Mahadasha * age 54.4 until decease age 67

17-Nov-1796 (YA age 67, cerebral hemorrhage) peaceful passing at home in the morning, while reading the newspaper and drinking tea * Budha-Guru bhukti * Guru-yuti-Zukra rules 2 + 7

Distinctive Features of the Nativity


Catherine-2 Ruler of Russia 1780's

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

  • Surya-Meza * uttama * Suryaya * the supreme one
  • Surya in bhava-1 * center of identity * bright embodiment, intelligence for competition * focus on appearance, athletic entitlements * father-figure plays self-directed * champion roles * eye on personality *sparkling center of the vitality-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


Dad hailed from an aristocratic family Surya-Meza . Dad held the title of military commander-general Surya-yuti-Kuja and he governed the Prussian city of Stettin, in Pomerania, where Yekaterina Alekseyevna was born.

Career * Surya-Meza * uttama * ++ Surya in bhava-1

Empress Yekaterina maintained her extraordinary power via personal charisma uttama-Surya in bhava-1 military force Surya-yuti-Kuja plus political drive and charm = yogakaraka Mangala rules 4-9.

A skilled administrator and project manager Chandra in classroom-3, Empress Yekaterina maintained a large and expensive royal court.

Russ-Empress 1729-1796 Noble Maidens Catherine the Great + Chandra-yuti-Guru gave legendary dances, was constantly involved in political intrigue, romanced numerous gentlemen, and was deeply identified with her son and heir. Her reign featured widespread development of the fine arts and dramatic arts.

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • Chandra-Mithunaya * comforted by rhythmic signal messaging
  • Chandra in Mriga-zirasa * comforted by instinctive action * protectors of energized information, direct investigation, vigorous emotional pursuits

  • Chandra in classroom-3 * comfort in cohort * familiar with communication * calming repetitive announcements * needs to feel the tidal pulse of daily chat * sheltered in the parlor * soothed by younger siblings * intuitive information delivery * settled into the habits of writing and commerce * accustomed to routine messaging; emotionally attuned to the rhythms of conversation * undulating signals * ethno-cultural gestures * intuitive handcraft
  • Somana-yuti-Guru * Emotionally effusive * needs to expand * sensitive to guidance figures * sheltered by doctrine * comforted by the rhythms of customary worship * protected by religious ritual * nourished by inclusive, charitable beliefs * soothed by fertility and generosity * provides inspirational parenting * feels like a teacher-preacher
  • Somana-yuti-Zukra * Emotionally indulgent * comforted by balanced arrangements * nourished by luxurious pleasures * sensitive to sisterly figures * needs to negotiate * seeks shelter in alliances* preference for owned properties * soothed by beauty * feels like a partner


Chandra-yuti-Guru (3) occupies the adversarial 6th-from-Rahu + 12th-from-Ketu.

Chandra in Mriga-zirasa *rules Ketu-4. YA liked to travel incognito (Ketu) on wide-ranging horseback journeys into the fields and villages under her command, accompanied by few or no assistants, traveling often for weeks at a time. Mrigasirasa finds comfort in herd animals, local traveling, and independent action.

Somana-yuti-Guru + Somana-yuti-Zukra * although slender of figure in her youth, YA developed a heavy, protective body in older years, largely as a consequence of abundant (Guru) nutrient (Chandra) and a love of sweet indulgences (Zukra).

MARRIAGE emotional support partnership


  • = bhava-9 royalty, entitlement, patronage, church roles
  • YA married a fellow aristocrat (9) and royal patron of the Orthodox Church


Chandra+Guru+Zukra located in 6th-from-Rahu.

Rahu-10 is overwhelmingly empowered. Yet Rahu is typically an over-reacher who disregards cultural boundaries in pursuit of social mobility and material advantage.

Empress Yekaterina Alekseyevna lived in an environment that was overpopulated by the enemies of her autocratic power. The enemies are represented by the rulers of 5 bhava located in 6th-from-Chandra. These Mithunaya graha signify the many administrators, managers, skilled craftspeople, clerks, and legions of staff who performed a vast variety of tasks under her supervision.

YA survived any number of murder attempts, poisonings, bullying, and various schemes to remover her from power. Each failed overthrow attempt seemed to make her shrewder, smarter, and stronger (Rahu rebirths in 8th-from-Chandra).

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka *


* Ruchaka Yoga

Kuja ashtangata harana within 4 deg of Surya

  • Mangala-Meza * moolatrikona 0-18 deg. * Swakshetra * vigorous pursuit of dominance * straightforward dynamic actions * competitive winner * propulsive battering weaponry * push toward conquest * pioneering vitality * hot yang-energy * thrusting force * forward-driving movement * champion of innovation
  • Mangala in bhava-1 * A fighter * a winner * a champion.* drive toward embodied performance vitality * pursuit of competition * direct physical action * thrusting vigor * dominating personality * potentially a bully. Can dig * drill * dive * excavate * plumb * explode * explore (both physically and psychologically) dynamic innovator * lively push toward fast driving+ speedy transport * energized muscular conquests * athletic body.
  • 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

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka


* Harsha Yoga * protects against the potentially pernicious effect of bhava-12

  • Budha-Meena * nichha * intuitive communications * articulation of private spiritual guidance * imaginative pronouncements * explains the procedure for reading the astral patterns * abstract conversations * symbolic information * foggy thinking * psychic instructions *. messages about astral visions * hands-arms-shoulders send dreamlike gestures
  • Budha in bhava-12 * narrative of sanctuary, hermitage, quietude, interior spiritual guidance * describe reflective contemplation, discusses the astral inner terrain, explainer of private prayer, delivers instructions for communication with distant worlds, talks about clairsentience, dreams, and visions
  • Guru-3 parivartamsha Budha-12

Budha in bhava-12 * often toured the Russian countryside dressed as a horse-riding merchant, incognito

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

  • Guru-Mithunaya * much communication * many merchants * conversations about belief * doctrine of inclusive messaging * expansive evangelism * detailed guidance discussions * widens the scope of management * many documents * repeating growth patterns * multiple administrative projects
  • Guru in bhava-3 * many messages * much commerce * many photographs * many publications * many collaborators * many transactions * many tours * frequent business trips * many sales * numerous discussions * much detailed interaction * extensive ensemble grouping * evangelistic growth * expansion of message * so many meetings * patron of communications technologies
  • Guru-yuti-Chandra matri-karaka * multiple mother-figures *permission to do what feels good (not always beneficial, see Chandra's nakshatra) * much expansion of folkways * much humanistic cultural philosophy * many gardens * broad scope of sheltering settlements * generous nourishment * believes in defending the old ways of life * usually rather stout
  • Guru-yuti-Zukra sodarya-karaka * multiple sisterly-figures * permission to make deals * abundant pleasures + treasures * optimistic diplomatic philosophy * large-scale alignments * broad scope of partnerships * diverse financial arrangements
  • Guru-3 parivartamsha Budha-12

Budha controls Guru-Mithunaya = broad scale of administration, management, announcements, meetings, correspondence, reporting, short-term travel, itineraries, planning ++ extraordinary intrigues of her court

Management activity is greatly expanded in scope by Guru-3 parivartamsha Budha-12. YA was an extraordinary micro-manager along with her macro-control skills as an autocrat (Rahu-10). During her 39-year reign, countless very-large-scale projects were undertaken, administered in detail, and successfully completed including massive architectural renewal, structural changes in church finance and power, and the first institutional women's education.

dharmesha Guru-yuti-Chandra YA used her autocratic power to use catechesis, religious dogma, priests, and the assets of the Russian Orthodox Church . The peasant class (Chandra, farmers) was firmly loyal to her, and YA presented to them as a profoundly devotional, divinely inspired leader of the holy church.

YA became significantly overweight throughout her middle and later years = Guru-yuti-Chandra natural motherly expansion + Guru-yuti-Zukra enjoys tasty foods

Russ-Empress 1729-1796 Noble Maidens Catherine the Great + Zukra-yuti-Guru not only a remarkable wealth-accumulator but also a promoter of the traditional Russian cultural values such as Russian language and Orthodox religious cult. Despite having been raised as a German-speaking Lutheran, she generally downplayed her German heritage (Ketu-4 + Budha-12). Generally liked by the peasants who produced Russia's food (2).

Russ-Empress 1729-1796 Noble Maidens Catherine the Great * nichha-Budha-12 parivartamsha Guru-3 = the daughter of a Lutheran father. When she wanted to convert to Russian Orthodoxy in order to integrate with her new husband in Russia, her father refused to attend the royal wedding. Later, she adeptly used her knowledge of and conformity with the main Orthodox teachings to invisibly (12) yet skillfully (Guru + Chandra + Zukra-3) control the Church, the priests, and their extensive temple treasuries (Zukra).

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka partnerships, alliances, diplomacy rules 10th navamsha

  • 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-3 * pleasure of explanatory description * gracious messaging * enjoys commercial harmony * aesthetic instructions * feminine-figures (sisters * aunts * neighbors) dominate the cohort * appreciation of communications * aesthetic instructions * pleasing designs to adorn the ears * arms * shoulders * and hands * feminine-figures (sisters * aunts * neighbors) dominate the cohort * appreciation of balanced communications
  • Zukra-yuti-Chandra * sweetened security * gracious caretaking * appreciation for nourishing protection * emotionalized negotiations * sheltering arrangements * soft caretaking beauty * sheltering arrangements * balanced caretaking * soothed by beauty * pleasant emotional response * enjoys local rhythms * arrangements according to the folkways * musical mother-figure * protective contracts
  • Zukra-yuti-Guru * sweetened expansions, gracious diversity, appreciation for philosophical doctrine, adjustable catechism, numerous negotiations, humanistic agreements, generous beauty, balanced patronage * arrangements according to priestly paradigm of belief

Zukra-yuti-Guru expands Partnerships, love interests, cintamani * mani * money, sensual delights. Chandra-yuti-Zukra = indulgence, "I deserve it."

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

  • Shani-Kumbha * moolatrikona 0-20 deg * heavy old economic systems, obliged to conform to the marketplace rules, pressure to maintain social linkage, vital energy compression stress zone = skin-nerves, strictly imposed regulations for electro-magnetic networking, limitations on earnings distribution, must materialize past-to-future gridwork, must sustain lowest-common-denominator proletarian communities, rigidly slow elder friends and mentors, must continue to achieve social-material goals despite scarce available 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.

Strictly lawful Shani rules Arudha lagna = Rahu 10 absolute power

Shani in Bhava-11 = rule-bound, class-defined networks of friends, rigid class-based economics (serfdom) marketplace profits, large groups, agent of social participation limited by weight of the social order

Enemies-of-the-enemies (11) are often helpful when strong graha occupy 6th-from-6th. Others arranged the murder of her husband, her main competitor for the throne. The coup d'etat was legalized (Shani), and YA was held blameless.

Shani in Bhava-11 = limitations upon the revenues, significant work ethic, responsibility for own income. YA's aristocratic parents had prestige but not wealth. She had to find her own profits.

Shani-Kumbha occupies the elder-respecting, old-faith, strict philosophies, punitive, scarcity-preaching 9th-from-Chandra

Shani occupies 9th-from-Chandra = mother's father (maternal grandfather) was a key role model for her heavy-handed diplomatic, negotiating style

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

Ghataka Kala-Sarpa Yoga

  • Rahu-Makara-Draco * shimmering illusion of dignity * craving for social status *mirage of elite identity * mask of hierarchy * mirage of privileged social position * over-reaching institutional leadership * fascinating laws and judgments * unusual claims to hierarchical rank * extraordinary status-markers * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of lawful responsibility, boss authority, regulator-roles
  • Rahu in bhava-10 * passion for leadership power * in swabhava of Sober Shani, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual iconic, symbolic, representational, government, executive authority, social status. Risk-rewarding Rahu-10 desires an important regulating role in materially privileged, socially visible ranks. Exciting, potentially fraudulent, opportunistic character of the leaders, bosses and government officials. Thrives in culturally-mixed legislative, executive settings. Rahu the Poseur may pose as a boss, an authority-figure, a decision-maker, a legislator, a tyrant. Rahu-10 trespasses the cultural boundaries of governance authority, social dignity. Thrilling hunger for high-recognition, empowered reputation, respect. Ambition of the father's family

Guru-Rahu bhukti = Violent Coup d'Etat begins YA's 34 year reign

  • 28-Jun-1762 coup d'etat in which Yekaterina takes a leading role * Guru-Rahu chidradasha
  • 17-July-1762 grieved the death of husband Peter (murdered in coup d'etat) * Guru-Rahu chidradasha
  • 22-Sept-1762 crowned Empress of Russia * Guru-Rahu chidradasha

Rahu-10 occupies the dangerous, suddenly erupting 8th-from-Chandra

  • Empress Ekaterina = always on guard knowing that her demise should come from within her inner circle.

Rahu in bhava-10 occupies the intrigue-prone, catastrophically upheaving, disaster-oriented 8th-from-Chandra

  • Chandra in 6/8-from-Rahu = undisclosed power of her servants (6) Catherine was notoriously involved with her guardsmen, servants, and others.

6th-from-Rahu + 12th-from-Ketu = the densely populated bhava-3 containing Chandra-Guru-Zukra representing the courtiers, the clerks, the tradespeople, her correspondents = YA's audience = everyone who was listening to her instructions (3)

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu-Karkata *dissociates from protective boundaries * surrenders material security * empty shelters * disregards conventions of caretaking * not limited by customary routines * ignores restriction on farming * releases hold on real-estate * forgiveness of ancestors * applies ancient foundational protections to the misty abyss
  • Ketu in classroom-4 * ambivalent toward the cultural foundations * absentee mother-figure * disregards local customs * dissolved property boundaries * wanders from the ancestral home * irrelevance of the habitual folkways * surrenders the received nationality * dismisses the parents * walks away from the established routines

Ketu in classroom-12 residing in 2nd-from-Chandra suggests that even while Empress Ekaterina had a legendary personality and a notoriously recognizable physique, nevertheless her relationship to her family of origin was distant and apathetic.


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