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formulated Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion

Kepler's writings on celestial mechanics provided the foundation for the scientific theories of

"I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses."


Johannes Kepler in 1610 CE (age 39)




Professor of Mathematics

Johannes Kepler

Earthbody-Entry Thursday-27-Dec-1571

Earthbody-Exit 15-Nov-1630 (age 59)


astronomer, astrologer, mathematician, natural philosopher * 1571-1630 * Johannes Kepler

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 Their work often overturns an outdated social paradigm of scientific theory or religious belief.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 details matched to the Vimshottari Dasha calendar
Chandra Mahadasha * age birth until 7.2 27-Dec-1571 Earthbirth in Weil, Swabia * Chandra-Rahu bhukti

Mangala Mahadasha * age 7.2 until 14.2

Rahu Mahadasha * age 14.2 until 32.2

1591 earns bachelor's diploma from University of Tubingen * Rahu-Shani bhukti * Shani lagnesha, Shani-9 university, Shani parivartamsha Zukra-rules-4 diploma

April 1594 moves to Graz, Austria, to take the Mathematician position * Rahu-Budha bhukti * Budha 5 scholarship + 8 identity change

09-July-1595 gripped by a blinding insight about the progression of the Platonic Solids in defining planetary orbits - the seminal genius of his career * Rahu-Budha bhukti * Budha 5 scholarship + 8 initiation

1596 publication of Mysterium cosmographicum * Rahu-Budha bhukti

27-Apr-1597 marriage-1to Barbara Muelleck * Rahu-Ketu bhukti * Ketu provides effect of Zukra due to Zukra-yuti-Ketu * samchara R-K Meena-Kanya contact Meena swamsha

(approx) 1598 celebrated the birth of child-1 (died in infancy) * Rahu-Chandra bhukti * Chandra lagnesha

1600 takes new job as assistant to Tycho Brahe, the court astrologer to Rudolph II in Prague.

1601 Tycho Brahe dies, and Kepler takes the top job and inherits all of Brahe's invaluable, precisely written observatory records

1602 publication of Tycho Brahe's collected works Astronomiae instauratae progymnasmata (1601-1602)*

Guru Mahadasha * age 32.2 until 48.2

1609 publication of controversial Astronomia Nova which details the elliptical orbit of the planets * Guru-Budha bhukti * Budha publications, Budha rules 5-scholarship

1611 death of life-partner-1 Barbara Muelleck from cholera * Guru-Ketu bhukti * Ketu dissolution, severance of Earthly bonds

1611 Rudolph abdicates, abandoning his staff * Guru-Ketu bhukti * Ketu abandonment

1612 Kepler takes a new astronomer job in Linz * Guru-Zukra * Zukra yogakaraka rules 4-security + 9 theory

30-Oct-1613 marriage-2 * Guru-Zukra bhukti * R-K gochara Mesha-Thula

1615 herbalist mother Katharina accused of witchcraft * Guru-Chandra bhukti * Chandra rules 6-accusations, litigation

1618 publication of Harmonice Mundi * Guru-Rahu chidradasha

Shani Mahadasha * age 48.2 until decease age 59

1620 herbalist mother Katharina imprisoned 14 mos. for witchcraft, threated with torture but she will not confess * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani in 6th-from-Chandra * accusations and mistreatment for Mother, Kepler's uttama-Shani-9 social justice parivartamsha Zukra-12 prison. He gives the defense argument (6) for his mother, who is exonerated.

50,000 people, very predominantly Feminine Nativities, are estimated to have been executed as witches between 1500 and 1700 in Europe (Orion)

13-Apr-1622 death of his mother Katharina Guldermann (herbalist and healer, accused of witchcraft) following her release from prison * Shani-Shani swabhukti

15-Nov-1630 Lightbody Lift-off (age 59) in Regensberg, Bavaria,, whilst on a journey to his home * Shani-Surya bhukti * Surya maraka rules-7

Distinctive features of the nativity


Johannes Kepler c. 1650, from the Ngerman Collection

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

  • Surya-Dhanuzya* Aditya * the unsplit, undivided
  • 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 * father-figure plays community participation roles * exemplifies knotting and knitting behaviors * distributed light * eye on friendships * creative genius works within extensive systems * sparkling center of social-economic drama
  • Surya-yuti-Budha * confidently conversational * bright messenger * entitled to discuss * creatively intelligent sibling-cohort * discursive father-figure * speaks and gestures in alignment with the spiritual rays of the Sun * radiantly descriptive * articulate in drama and games * self-confident announcements * talks about ideals, power-politics, poetic love, and romance , creatively intelligent sibling-cohort, radiantly descriptive


Heinrich Kepler, the father of Johannes, was a mercenary soldier. Surya accepts incoming drishti fro both Mangala and Shani. Challenges with the father, a military professional, a mercenary soldier who abandoned the family when Kepler was about five years old. Surya-yuti-Budha-randhresha

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

Chandra uttamsha vargottamsha = strong connection to a gifted mother

  • Chandra-Urisha * uttama * moolatrikona * comforted by rhythmic historical tonal values
  • Chandra in Rohini * comforted by lavish appreciation * protectors of luxurious domiciles, beautiful caretaking, rhythmic arrangements, sensitive security
  • Chandra in classroom-4 * digbala * comfort in familiar routines * calmed by caretaking * seeks continuous oscillating motion * sensitive to ethnic folkways * contented by recurrent rituals * soothed by customary habits * tranquilized by rhythmic waves * needs pulsation * nurtured by gardening * follows local pathways * feels rooted into the land * settled into home-keeping * undulating patriotism


Yogakaraka Zukra-12 rules both 4 and 9, representing Kepler's parents. It is a complex situation with some great strengths and some colossal weaknesses. Zukra-yuti-Ketu * Zukra-12 parivartamsha Shani-9-uttama * When ruler of 9 occupies 12 typically the father "disappears". Kepler's father did abandon the family when Johannes was five years old. Yet Surya-11 yuti Budha suggests that dad continued to send money (11 funding).

Chandra-4 uttamasha digbala moolatrikona vargottamsha marks his mother as an extraordinary person, but she too is distanced (indeed imprisoned) by Zukra-yuti-Ketu-12.

Rahu-6 achieves His social mobility via complaints and accusations. Kepler often complained about his negligent parents; however, the nativity shows that both mom and dad made some useful contributions to his character and success.


His mother Katharina Guldenmann was an innkeeper's daughter, local midwife, herbalist, and healer (Chandra rules 6-medicine). She was accused of witchcraft by a jealous woman in the village, and jailed in brutal conditions (6/12) during her elder years.

Mom was herself the daughter of an innkeeper. According to the rough customs of the tavern economy, she would have been expected by her father the owner to provide comfort to his well-paying guests. Yet Chandra-4 uttamsha digbala vargottamsha rules ambitious, litigious Rahu-6, and despite the earthy situation of his mother's life she pushed him far into world via a combination of grounded intuition (Chandra-4) and passionate argumentation (Rahu-6) both legal and scientific.

Chandra Mahadasha (birth until 7.2) + Chandra aripathi rules 6-diease

a sickly child and he was mainly raised by his maternal grandmother.

Chandra rogesha * Chandra uttamsha * Rahu-6-Karkata

Kepler suffered difficulties in childhood although he also received a strong educational foundation. Bandesha Zukra occupies 12 with Ketu however Zukra parivartamsha uttama-Shani AND Zukkra yogakaraka. It is likely that with Rahu-6 Kepler had a passion for complaining; However, the actual circumstances of his childhood and foundational schooling were supportive enough to facilitate a legendary scientific and literary career.

He was a sickly child with a hand crippled by smallpox. During his childhood he was shunted between various houses, neglected overall, living some time with his grandparents and some in school dormitories. His father was a mercenary soldier and his mother . Yet Chandra enjoys uttama-amsha and Rahu-6 enjoys the best location (6) for litigious, argumentative passions. Via arguments and legal challenges, Kepler rose to social distinction as Imperial Mathematician and his theories of planetary movement involving the mathematical use of Platonic Solids gained international celebrity (which they retain even today).

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

  • Mangala-Kanya * vigorous pursuit of logical argumentation * proactive medication * thrust toward service * push toward unfairness * champion of litigious accusation, medical treatment plans, aggressive indictments, investigative journalism
  • Mangala in bhava-8 * drive toward discovery * pursuit of rebirth * revolutionary dynamics * aggressive approach to emergency events * invasive transformations * vigorous revelations * explosive eruptions of unexpected force * pushes into hidden environments * energized mysterious conquests * pro-active surgeries

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

  • Budha-Dhanuzya * priestly communications* theoretical discourse * inspirational conversations * articulation of sacred beliefs * doctrinal pronouncements * sends messages about broad worldview * descriptive philosophical understanding * specifically defined interpretive principles * explains the indoctrination procedure * expertly detailed sermons * ideological programming * hands-arms-shoulders send preaching gestures, defined principles, masking, expertly detailed sermons
  • 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-Surya * explainer of dramatic intelligence * affinity for central roles expressing skills of communication, explanation, description, instruction * explainer of dramatic intelligence * affinity for central roles expressing skills of communication, explanation, description, instruction * articulation of radiant authority * message of willpower and charisma * confidently talkative father

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

  • Guru-Meena * much inner guidance, many imaginings, many dreams, intuitive beliefs, doctrine of astral guidance, 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

Dhanayoga via Guru-2

Meena-Guru-2 rules 11, creating a significant dhana-yoga. Kepler was able to earn well via patronage of the Austrian court. JK's numerous scientific publications earned some profit as well. He owned large databases (Brahe's legacy and his own records, 2) and rental properties too (uttama-CHandra-4). Kepler was on his way to collect a debt in bad weather when he died (age 59, Guru maraka rules-2).

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

  • Zukra-Makara-Draco * appreciation of authoritative status, likes architectural structure, attracted to officials and law, enjoys social position, beautiful bones, prefers old buildings and stony dryness, balanced skeleton, lovely legs, pleasures of structure, hierarchical arrangements
  • Zukra-12 * pleasure of imagination * enjoys spiritually guided partnership *, intuitive feminine-figures* agreeable sleep * visions of harmony and beauty * aesthetic designs to adorn the feet * appreciation of distant lands * seeks interior balance
  • 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
  • Shani-9 parivartamsha Zukra-12

Research inquiry (12) conducted largely at night (12) much abetted by figures of patronage (9, Rudolph-II of Prague, Kepler's long-time patron; but also Tycho Brahe briefly)

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka


  • Shani-Thula * uttama * heavy old agreements * mandatory bargaining * strict rules for making agreements * vital energy compression stress zone = kidney-pancreas * rigidly regulated match-making * limitations upon socially approved partnerships * must honor the lowest-common-denominator in deal-making * common law for fair-exchange * must materialize orderly social justice * must work in structures of unyielding diplomacy * must cooperate with slow elderly counselors* must trade within statutory requirements * must continue conventional negotiations despite scarce available resources
  • Shani in Bhava-9 * Structured, orderly, time-conscious paradigm of belief. One must preach the old doctrine, old principles; punitive, unyielding ideologies, cautious, conventional father-figures; tense and fearful religious teachers, chronic rigidity of worldview; heavy legacy pressure against freely chosen convictions. Resistance to new teachings. Preacher's fatigue. Resentment toward changes in catechism. Intolerance for sacerdotal innovation. Support for socially-approved, rigidly dutiful roles as high priest, guru-figure, professor, rabbi, sermonizer, proselyte, Old Believer.
  • Shani-9 parivartamsha Zukra-12

Research (12) much abetted by patronage (9)

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

  • Rahu-Karkata * shimmering illusion of security * craving for customary rhythms * risky policing * mirage of home and shelter * mask of ancestral belonging to a habitual place * tantalizing acts of protective defense * over-reaching patriotism * fabulous farms and fisheries * fascinating ethnic routines * marvelous localities * intriguing owned properties * extraordinary cetaceans * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of motherliness, nationalism, loyalty to the homeland * seeks privilege via parent-roles
  • Rahu in bhava-6 * passion for conflict, remedies * in swabhava of Busy Budha, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual arguments, thrilling defense of victims, conflicts, miseries, medicines, servants, accusation, injustices. Craves an environment of disagreement, injustice, misuse. Desires an important role in matters of disease, injury, warfare, labor, unfairness, toxicity * Exciting enemies. Rahu-6 trespasses the cultural boundaries in matters of debt, drugs, slavery, betrayal, exploitation, war. Rahu the Poseur may pose as a victim, a druggist, a litigator, a problem-solver, an abuser, a diseased person, an enslaved person, a relative of the mother's people. Risk-rewarding, boundary-breeching Rahu thrives in Bhava-6 where He finds opportunity in the worlds of crime, war, pharmacy, self-medication, toxicity.

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu-Makara-Draco * dissociates from strict regulations * * incomplete hierarchy * empty rules * dissolute laws * meaningless social authority positions * severed execution of duties * not limited by public conventions * ignores restriction on rank * disregards status barriers * applies institutional structure to the misty abyss
  • Ketu in classroom-12 * (beneficial) * ambivalent toward enclosures, absent from the ancestor spirits, disregards fantasy boundaries, dissolves the isolated sanctuaries, irrelevance of sleep * Ambivalence toward clairsentient empowerment, disinterested in invisibility. One abandons the veil between perceptual worlds, ignores the dreams, surrenders the fear of imprisonment.
  • 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.

JKs first wife Barbara Muelleck was already twice widowed before her union with JK. She died in the same year (Ketu bhukti) that JK's patron Rudolph of Prague abdicated (Ketu) forcing JKr to move his surviving children to a new town, search for a new wife, and hunt for a new job. Wife-1 is represented by the Ketu part of JK's Zukra-yuti-Ketu yoga.

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