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Philosopher of Logic, Identity, and Cognition

"cogito, ergo, sum"

Rene Descartes

Earthbody-Entry Sunday-31-March-1596

Earthbody-Exit 11-Feb-1650 (age 53)


Philosopher of thought, logician, mathematician * 1596-1650 CE * Rene Descartes

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Shatavisaka * Sadachbia * Shata-takara

BPL commentary

For Shata-taraka births of a masculine valence, the disposition of mesmerizing, hypnotic, shadowy, exciting, passionate, ambitious, opportunistic, privilege-seeking Professor Rahu may considerably affect the outcome.

For those born into the Rahu-ruled paradigm of Sadabija, exotics, ethnic mixers, opportunists, fascinators, mesmerizers, privilege-seekers, impostors, rogues, intensifiers of passion and desire, self-proclaimers, self-promoters, agents-provocateur, charlatans, masters of smoke and oils, and entrancingly ambitious persons may be especially influential.

Instructional guidance provided by emissaries from the civilizations of Sadachbia* Tabernacles. Their purpose is mixing of systems.

Mixed-Order Systems

Rahu-ruled fellows who are born into Sata are often found in fascinating roles that boost mass consciousness. Sata births are somewhat rare. Sadachbia work with large regulated systems such as mathematics, scientific theories, and sacred cosmology and with formalized psychic sciences such as hypnosis.

Sadabija gentlemen may display principled methods of inquiry, and they may hold dignified social positions, but their personal lifestyles are often unorthodox. Their work often overturns an outdated social paradigm of scientific theory or religious belief.

Themes of over-reaching, charlatanry, entrancement, expedient linkage, hypnotic appearance, and connections between contradictory systems may contextualize Sata's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Shata-taraka

QUOTATION from: Shil-Ponde.(1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra. p 88.

"a quiet and unassuming person,

thoughtful and meditative

  • yet given to sudden outbursts of temper.

Lives in the mental world rather than in the physical.

Prefers solitude to the company of others.

  • Does not care for small talk

  • and finds social contact rather tiresome.

Many astrologers and philosophers found with Shatataraka on the Rising Point."

A light eater and moderate in most things."


Biographical data matched with Vimshottari Dasha calendar


a drawing of Descartes made 240 years after his death


Zukra Mahadasha * age birth until 12

31-Mar-1596 Earth-birth in Descartes, France * Zukra-Rahu bhukti * Rahu-2 knowledge, memory

1597 grieved the decease of mother (age 1) * Zukra-Rahu bhukti

Surya Mahadasha * age 12 until 18

Chandra Mahadasha * age 18 until 28

May-1617 until 1621 military career, age 21 until age 25.

10-11 November 1619. The grand epiphany of meditation, during which according to Descartes' tale the structure of the universe was intuitively revealed to him while in an overheated, disembodied state. Chandra-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 12-meditiation, imagination, spiritual guidance

Mangala Mahadasha * age 28 until 35

A bhukti of productive writing (3) and conversations (3) with much of this mathematico-logical philosophical discourse getting published (3) by wealthier patrons.

From 1629 until 1649, he lived in Holland in 13 different houses, always moving to be near a university and seeking a more congenial household. He frequently attended Mass (3, message). * Mangala Mahadasha and Rahu Mahadasha

Rahu Mahadasha * age 35 until 52

1632 Descartes consolidated all of his assets into bonds, ensuring an income for the next 18 years while he wrote. * Rahu's ruler and co-tenant Guru dhanesha-treasurer -2 treasuries .

1632 begin relationship with housekeeper Helena Jans van der Strom * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti * Rahu yuti Surya, Surya rules 7th radix and 7th navamsha liaisons

1635 with Helena his daughter Francine was born. * Rahu-Guru bhukti

1640 grieved decease of father * Rahu-Budha bhukti * Budha rules pitrimakara 7th-from-Surya

1640 death of daughter Francine (her age 5) Rahu-Budha bhukti * Budha rules putrikimaraka 2nd-from-5th-from-Chandra

1644 Descartes arranges a marriage for Helena * Rahu-Zukra bhukti * arrangements, harmony

1649 Descartes moved to Sweden to work as a philosophy tutor to the royal court. * Rahu-Mangala chidra-dasha * Mangala rules 12th-from-4th, leaving home

Guru Mahadasha

11-Feb-1650 Lightbody Lift-off (age 53) * Guru-Guru swabhukti * Guru dhanapati-2 residing in 2, amplified by Rahu

Distinctive features of the Nativity

Recommended Jyotisha-ratana for Kumbha nativities

  1. Hira = diamond for yogakaraka bandesha-4 Zukra owned properties, homes-vehicles-estate + Dharmesha-9 dharma, doctrine, wisdom, global humanism
  2. Panna = emerald for Budha Parya vidyapathi-5 creativity, politics, children + randhresha-8 confidential information, hidden assets
  3. Nilamani = blue sapphire for Shani lagnesha vitality + vyayapathi-12 intuitive guidance, private prayer, sanctuary

Surya * pitrikaraka * Jyotikaraka

  • Surya-Meena * Bhaskara * the illuminator
  • Surya in bhava-2 * center of values, intelligence for storage, conservation, containment, values; focus on treasuries, banking entitlements, bright face-speech-song, eye on capitalization-banking, * father = center of family* sparkling center of the treasury-drama
  • Surya-yuti-Guru * confidently expansive in drama and games * permissive father-figure bright self-referential teachers * charitably manifests the spiritual rays of the Sun * creatively intelligent approach to doctrine * entitled to philosophize * radiantly generous
  • Surya-yuti-Rahu * confidently opportunistic * bright mesmerizer * creatively intelligent culture-mixing * entitled to mix and mottle * ambitious father-figure * adventurously aligned with the spiritual rays of the Sun * radiantly risk-rewarding


Dad = a retired military officer who purchased land and a local title with the proceeds from his warring adventures. In the years following his retirement from military service, RD's father served in the Parlement Breton . Surya vidyapathi-5 politics

Following his dad, Rene Descartes pursued a military career which would, via his father's patronage, be rewarded by a substantial pension. He received encouragement to develop his knowledge of mathematics in order to apply it to military engineering, which he did with vigor.

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • Chandra-Meza * comforted by rhythmic forward pursuit

  • Chandra-Bharani * comforted by carrying valuable burdens * protectors of assets, treasuries, contractual trust, natural resources, reserves
  • 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-Budha * Emotionally communicative, sensitive to sibling figures, sheltered by workmates and cohort, needs to evangelize, soothed by conversation, feels like a messenger
  • 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

extraordinary collection of graha in 12th-from-Chandra meditative experiences: He was said to have done * in bed * most of his meditation, and most of his thought-experiments, and most of his writing. Guru-yuti-Rahu and Guru-yuti-Surya in 12th-from-Chandra, 12th-from-radical lagna

According to Wikipedia ,

"On the night of 10–11 November 1619, while stationed in Neuburg an der Donau, Germany, Descartes shut himself in an "oven" (probably a Kachelofen or masonry heater) to escape the cold. While within, he had three visions and believed that a divine spirit revealed to him a new philosophy. Upon exiting he had formulated analytical geometry and the idea of applying the mathematical method to philosophy. He concluded from these visions that the pursuit of science would prove to be, for him, the pursuit of true wisdom and a central part of his life's work. Descartes also saw very clearly that all truths were linked with one another, so that finding a fundamental truth and proceeding with logic would open the way to all science. This basic truth, Descartes found quite soon: his famous "I think therefore I am"."

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

  • Mangala-Mithunaya * vigorous pursuit of conversation * proactive delivery of information * push toward explanatory instruction * champion of process management
  • Mangala in bhava-5 * drive toward creativity * pursuit of games * invasive drama * dynamic style of flamboyant display * competitive children * energized by romance * political conquests * productive intelligence * push toward speculative adventures
  • Kuja-5 parivartamsha Budha-3

During military service, Descartes began a series of meditation and warmth-induced visions. 1625 until 1631 = Mangala Mahadasha;

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

  • Budha-Meza * innovative communications * pioneering pronouncement * articulation of dynamic movement * discusses physical experience * vigorous descriptive explanations * challenging conversation * messages about contests * vocabulary of vitality * hands-arms-shoulders send competitive gestures
  • Budha in bhava-3 * narrative of cohort, siblings, announcements * discusses commerce, management, reporting, administration, describer of detailed information, explainer of publication, delivers instructions for books, scripts, lyrics, media-messaging, talks about communications, sales, marketing, advertising, manufacturing, process, collaboration, teamwork
  • Budha-yuti-Chandra * explainer of feelings * affinity for caretaking, parental roles expressing skills of communication, explanation, description, instruction * articulation of comfortable routines, message of sensitivity and emotional flow, intuitively talkative mother
  • Budha-yuti-Zukra * explainer of balanced arrangements * affinity for diplomatic conversations * parity-seeking communicator roles * enjoys words * sweet descriptions * delivers instruction about relationships * vocabulary of balanced arrangements * articulator of equity in agreements * message of fairly bargained contracts * skilled in songwriting * talkative sister-cousin-cohort * detailed lyricist * attracts chatty partners
  • Kuja-5 parivartamsha Budha-3

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

  • Guru-Meena * much sleep. inner guidance, many imaginings, many dreams, intuitive beliefs, doctrine of esoteric understandings, expands the scope of contemplative awareness, multiple prayers and visions
  • 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
  • Guru-yuti-Surya pitri-karaka * multiple father-figures * abundant confidence * much radiance * believes in light * widens the scope of theatrical display * permission to be the center of attention * humanistic political philosophy * large-scale dramatic radiance
  • Guru-yuti-Rahu mizra-karaka * multiple mix-culture opportunities * permission to bend barriers * many impostors * abundant expedience * wide scope of ambition * craving for expansion * seeks promotional advantage via globalist philosophy * optimistic toward obtainment of privilege

In 1632, Descartes sold his various landed properties and converted his assets into bonds. This action provided him with adequate financial reserves for the rest of his life. * 1632 Rahu-Rahu bhukti, Rahu's ruler and co-tenant Guru dhanesha -2 treasuries . Also Chandra-Bharani is typically shrewd and intuitive regarding matters of mani-money.

Descartes maintained a vigorous correspondence with many of the leading public intellectuals of northwestern Europe, conducted in Latin and French. He had many friends and well-wishers. Guru Vriddhipathi-11 friendships in bhava-2 knowledge yuti Surya yuti Rahu

11-Feb-1650 Lightbody Lift-off (aged 53) in Stockholm, while attempting to maintain a regular 5 a.m. tutoring appointment with the young Queen of Sweden. He had long been accustomed to lingering in bed (Rahu-Guru-Surya in 12th-from-Chandra = productivity in bed) writing and thinking, until the day had warmed. Enforced rising in the icy blackened pre-dawn of a Swedish winter gave him a fatal pneumonia. Chandra-Bharani * Yama is known for the pattern of "working to death".

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

Yogakaraka Zukra rules 4-foundations, childhood, cultural rhythms, ethnic basis ++ 9-doctrine, philosophy, credenda, beliefs

  • Zukra-Meza * appreciation of competitive movement, likes innovation, attracted to champions, pleasures of conquest, athletic sensuality, enjoys direct action, aristocratic 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, appreciation of 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-Budha * * sweetened messages * gracious explanations * singing and songwriting * articulate negotiations * talkative sister-figures * pleasant conversations * bargaining for business * sibling-cohort communicative arrangements * youthful beauty, sibling-cohort communicative agreements, youthful beauty * detailed contracts * arrangements according to mental logic

From 1629 until 1649 he lived in Holland in 13 different houses, always moving to be near a university and seeking a more congenial household. He frequently attended Mass.

Frequent moves: Budha-yuti-Zukra-yuti-Chandra in 12th-from-4th.

From the onset of Rahu mahadasha in 1632, Descartes enjoyed a long relationship with a servant companion who traveled from town to town with him while he wrote philosophical discourses. Notwithstanding the bourgeois customs of the day, the housekeeper Helena Jans van der Strom appears to have been his much beloved Muse. * 7th from Chandra = dharmasthana guidance, wisdom, inspiration Helena's servant-status is seen via navamsha Chandra yuti Zukra-Kanya 4th-navamsha housekeeping. After several years, their daughter Francine was born in 1635. * Rahu-Guru bhukti

In 1644, several years after the death of their daughter, Descartes' companion Helena Jans van der Strom married a local innkeeper in their town. Descartes paid for the wedding, after which he apparently enjoyed an amicable relationship with the couple. He remained in the town for another five years. Rahu-Zukra bhukti, arrangements.

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka


  • Shani-Simbha (challenging placement) * heavy old entitlements * the weight of old royal drama * obliged to conform to center-stage flamboyant divas * vital energy compression stress zone = heart-spine * must accept pragmatic social restrictions upon creative self-expression * strictly imposed rules governing political affairs * must apply socially required restrictions upon genius, games, drama, children, romance * must endure lowest-common-denominator proletarian entertainments * must work with slow, elderly political game-players * must continue to conduct lawful entitlement ceremonies despite scarce available resources
  • Shani in Bhava-7 * digbala * (beneficial placement) * Structured, orderly, time-conscious partnerships. One must balance and re-balance. Cautious, conventional relationships. Tense negotiations. Chronic responsibilities toward the spouse; compression of the visible genitalia; heavy legacy pressure against freely chosen contracts. Bargaining fatigue. Resistance to new arrangements. Resentment toward changes in partner's behavior. Support for socially-approved, rigidly dutiful roles as married person, contract-holder, match-maker, attorney, diplomat, judge. ; visible genitalia

Shani-7 rules bhava-12 enclosures, the bed, private prayer, spiritual guidance, and intuition

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-2 * passion for treasuries of truth and knowledge* in swabhava of Suave Zukra, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual assets, a fascinating voice, remarkable face, intriguing family line, extraordinary languages, mesmerizing sounds, Mixes knowledge from several different traditions (2). Craves unconventional, often shadowed, historical data. Exotic or unusual collections, libraries, records, databases.. Desires a special values-expression role in foods, animal herds, nature conservation, museums.. Privileged-seeking per rashi, in banking, preservation, foods, seeds, mouth-speech-song, Trespasses cultural boundaries of memory and historical truths. Exciting, opportunistic second marriage (if any). Ambitious character of the family traditions, genetic lineage..
  • Surya-yuti-Rahu * amplified ambition to attain center-stage roles, magnified confidence, passion for exotic performance arts, trickster with dramatic flair, opportunistic father, flamboyant pursuit of social mobility, fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of political genius
  • Guru-yuti-Rahu * amplified generosity, exotic beliefs, tricky teachings, opportunistic preachers

Rahu rules Shata-taraka radical lagna

1632-1650 = Rahu Mahadasha

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu-Kanya * dissociates from accusatory complaints * incomplete service * empty disagreements * dissolute arguments * not limited by stigmatized conditions * ignores restriction on imbalance * ministry of service to those who are homeless, wandering, or in medical disorder
  • Ketu in classroom-8 * Dissolves classified limitations * ambivalent toward secret initiations, disregards occult boundaries, fearless toward mysteries, absent from spouse's family, vacuous confidences, irrelevance of non-disclosure rules * disperses psychic camouflage filters, disinterested in terror. One abandons the in-laws, ignores the false mystifications, dissolves the obfuscations.

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