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Philosophy of God

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author of Ethica Ordine Geometrico Demonstrata

Mystical monotheism

Baruch Spinoza

a.k.a. Benedito de Espinosa

a.k.a. Benedict Spinoza

a.k.a. Bento de Spinoza

Earth-birth Wednesday-24-Nov-1632

dematerialization 21-Feb-1677 [Gregorian]


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Philosopher Divine

1632-1677 CE

Baruch Spinoza

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tentatively rectified by BP Lama Jyotishavidya

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

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Sadachbia * Shatavisaka * 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 ++ 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 Their work often overturns an outdated social paradigm of scientific theory or religious belief.

Like all Kumbha-born, their wealth expands via globalist, philosophical Brihaspati.

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 Sadachbia-Varuna

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 Vimshottari Dasha calendar

Shukra Mahadasha * age birth until age 10

24-Nov-1632 born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, within a family of Portuguese Jewish merchants * Shukra-Rahu-bhukti

1638 [BS age 6] grieved the decease of mother via tuberculosis * Shukra-Budha bhukti * Budha activates matrimaraka 2nd-from-Chandra

Surya Mahadasha * age 10 until age 16

Chandra Mahadasha * age 16 until age 26

1650 [BS age 18] decease of elder brother Isaac. Exit the yeshivah course of studies and begins to work in the family business. * Chandra-Rahu bhukti [Somana-yuti-Rahu] -3 commerce

28-Mar-1654 [BS age 21] his father Miguel Espinoza is killed in by a bullet in crossfire. Along with younger brother Abraham [Gabriel] young Bento assumes control of the family business. * Chandra-Shani bhukti

27-Jul-1656 [BS age 23] ostracized via herem * ending his relationship with the synagogue and its congregants * Chandra- Ketu bhukti * Ketu abandonment

Mangala Mahadasha * age 26 until 33

1662 [BS age 29] anonymous publication: Tractatus de Intellectus Emendatione = On the Improvement of the Understanding * Mangala-Budha bhukti * Budha publications

1663 [BS age 30] published: Principles of Cartesian Philosophy = the only work printed under his own name during his lifetime * Mangala-Budha bhukti * Budha publications

1665 [BS age 32] having lived by a small pension from a famous supporter, and having sent each chapter to friends who chapter-by-chapter translated his original Dutch text into Latin, Spinoza finished the Ethics. This work was so incendiary and so much controversy was anticipated that it was not published in any version nor in any language. No one had read it, except his small band of devoted intellectual comrades and translators. * Mangala-Chandra chidra-dasha * Chandra rogesha enemies, accusations

Rahu Mahadasha * age 33 until decease age 44

1670 [BS age 38] moved to the central Hague, and published anonymously the impassioned plea for pluralism and tolerance Tractatus Theologico-Politicus. His anonymity did not last long. * Rahu-Guru bhukti * Guru activates 11-communities, friendships, supporters

1672 [BS age 40] Spinoza's long-time patron Jan de Witt assassinated by knife * Rahu-Shani bhukti * Shani activates 2nd-from-11th death of friend

1673 [BS age 41] Spinoza received and refused an offer of professorship at Heidelberg University. * Rahu-Shani bhukti * Shani lagnesha activates 12-retreat, research

1674 [BS age 42] Spinoza's book Ethics is officially condemned as heretical by Church-state authorities in the Netherlands * Rahu-Budha bhukti * Budha activates 8-occult, banned, undisclosed, dangerous conditions

1676 [BS age 44] the young diplomat Gottfried Leibniz came secretly to the Hague to meet the esteemed and dangerous Spinoza. During the visit, Leibniz read Spinoza's unpublished manuscripts. Many believe that after Spinoza's death, Leibniz subtly repackaged Spinoza's original ideas. * Rahu-Budha bhukti * Budha activates 8 secret affairs

24-Feb-1677 [BS age 44] dematerialization in the presence of his physician, from lung disease [grief] caused by inhalation of crystal dust * death from blood infection of the lungs [Chandra-3 grief] Rahu-Ketu bhukti * Ketu dissolution, exhaustion, release


1677 posthumous publication of the daring, brilliant, occult-insight Ethica Ordine Geometrico Demonstrata [The Ethics] in which God is proposed to inhabit all reality via natural properties AND posthumous publication of Hebrew Grammar * Rahu-Ketu bhukti ++ Rahu-Shukra bhukti * Shukra activates -9 philosophy

Distinctive Features of the Nativity


pitri-karaka [father] jyoti-karaka [light]


[bargaining yuvati-pati for Kumbha indriya-lagna]





  • [Surya-Vṛścika] * Maricha * particle of light * brightly charismatic confidence of Center-stage Surya radiates through the penetrating transformative rashi of Mangala
  • [Surya in bhava-10] bright center of hierarchy * confidently governing * legislative intelligence * focus on social order * regulatory entitlements * political authority * brilliant career * eye on elite positions * radiant reputation * sparkling center of the leadership drama * father may be a governor-regulator-boss
  • [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-Shani] confidently lawful * bright regulator * entitled to impose order * politically intelligent authority-figures * radiantly systematic * sober hierarchical strict father-figure * cautiously orderly expression of the spiritual rays of the Sun * limited entertainments * creatively disciplined


yuvati-pati-7 Surya resides in bhava-10 [dik-bala] indicating a bright and enduring social reputation for intelligence of discovery.

However, surya isharshly oppressed by Surya's arch-enemy, the secretive, punitive, restrictive agency of social order, Vṛścika Shani.


Spinoza's father hailed from a long line of traders [7] . His dad and his grand-dad were international shipping merchants [trading Surya-yuti-Shani + + Shani activates 12-distant lands] . The family import-export business was ongoing but never highly successful [Shani losses, limitations] .

On 28-Mar-1654 [Baruch's age 22] during Chandra-Shani bhukti

BS father was murdered in crossfire during a piracy-related shipboard gun battle. Budha-yuti-Surya, and Budha activates 8-conditions of death; Shani occupies pitrimaraka 2nd-from-9th.

[Surya-yuti-Budha] commerce [Surya yuti Shani] social responsibility

During the interminable European sea-trading wars, when Baruch was 21, his fruit-importer father was traveling aboard a trading ship that came under attack by pirate gunfire. Dad was killed in the sea-pirate crossfire. At age 21, elder son Baruch Spinoza thus inherited responsibility to operate the family business.

Chandra-3 = rogesha, indicating that Spinoza was not happy in mercantile environments. After a complex series of lawsuits [Surya activates 7-lawcourts] which Spinoza resentfully but correctly handled, Spinoza's younger brother was assigned to lead the business operations. Younger brother Chandra-bhava-3.

Surya-yuti-Shani * orthodoxy Shani vs. ideals Surya

Freed of unsuitable mercantile duties, Spinoza was able to write brilliant philosophical tracts, but his social restrictions [Shani] stayed proportional to his personal genius [Surya]. He was under tremendous pressure to conform, but with Professor Surya holding a high degree [14 Vṛścika] Spinoza withstood the pressure of low-degree Shani [12 Vṛścika] Spinoza did endure a constant state of social tension, but ultimately he was able to proliferate his philosophical ideas [Surya].

Enduring reputation [10]

Lagnesha Shani in bhava-10 yuti Surya ruler of 10th-from-10th would assure that Spinoza possessed an enduring public reputation for intelligence of discovery [Surya-Vṛścika] and structure of occult contemplative thought [Shani-Vṛścika activates 12-contemplation.]

Eventually [Shani] the power of dogma diminished somewhat in Europe [due to the protestors and their reformation] and Spinoza's works gradually were taught in more and more universities. Today Spinoza is considered an exemplary rational philosopher who laid a robust foundation for truth-discovery in the Enlightenment and beyond.

Two of Spinoza's greatest literary productions were published only after his dematerialization age 44: Ethica Ordine Geometrico Demonstrata [The Ethics] and his Hebrew Grammar. Nevertheless, the Ethics is still in print 400 years later, and it remains as required reading in most western university philosophy doctoral programs.

Why would a great philosopher be subject to death-threats, imprisonment, and knife attacks? A great light arrives in dark times.

There was a great fear [Shani] generally of the omnipresent social and financial chaos caused by rampant lawless human greed.Due to constant economic and political upheavals during Spinoza's lifetime, religious orthodoxy [Shani regulation] was craved by many as an expression of the daily stability they desperately needed but could not find . Apostasy in any form was feared and abhorred.

Scholasticism, a tightly rigid, self-contained philosophical method wherein the question always contains its own answer, was at that time revered as a bulwark of doctrinal stability. Institutional theology both Christian and Judaic admired the arch-conservative scholastic Thomas Aquinas as an icon of natural law reasoning via syllogism.

Into these seemingly hopeless times came the eruption [Rahu] of brilliant un-orthodoxy flowing from Spinoza the dimensional Wanderer, a Philosopher Divine.

Authorities [Shani] within both the Jewish and the Christian hierarchies felt a deep outrage toward the unorthodoxy of Spinoza's adventurous [Rahu] claims about the Nature of God.


matrikaraka [mother] * garha-karaka [village]

[inimical rogesha for Kumbha udaya-lagna]


[Atmakaraka] ancient ways,, roots, locality, protectionism, parents, homeland]


  • [Chandra-Mesha] comforted by forward pursuit * settled into warrior rhythms * needs vitality
  • [Chandra-Bharani] needs to carry valuable burdens * safeguards the treasuries * protects precious values
  • [Chandra in classroom-3] comfortable with cohort-collaboration * familiar with interactive communication * calmed by repetitive announcements * feels the tidal pulse of daily chat * feels sheltered in the parlor * soothed by siblings * intuitive information delivery * settled into the habits of writing * needs continuous commerce * accustomed to routine messaging * emotionally attuned to the rhythms of conversation * undulating signals * ethno-cultural gestures * intuitive handcraft * mother may be a manager, shopkeeper, craftswoman, publisher
  • [Somana-yuti-Rahu] emotionally expedient * sensitive to exotic folks * risk-rewarding mother * over-stimulated feelings * unconventional parenting style * comfortable in mixed-culture environments * undulating desires * craves passionate nurturing * feels exceptional


Spinoza was born to his father's second wife. Tragically, Baruch's mom died from typhoid in the water when little Baruch was age-6 [Chandra water] [inimical rogesha for Kumbha udaya-lagna] .

Rogesha Chandra-3 suggests that Spinoza's mother was an extraordinary woman [Somana-yuti-Rahu] with an underlying health issue, likely grief in her lungs [3] .

Amplifying the disturbance to Soma's cultural roots, Chandra-yuti-Rahu suggests a lifetime of emotional upheaval and a barrier-bending, taboo-twisting sensibility which causes an interrupted sense of belonging. His life plan would seem to have provocatively prevented conformity and reduced stability in order to exaggerate the conditions of messaging.

MARRIAGE partnership emotional equity support expectations

  • 7th-from-Chandra-3 contains Ketu

Chandra-Rahu handiwork handcraft ruled by Mangala-11 economic gains

Chandra-Bharani = never financially destitute. Typically, a hard-working, entreasured person. Shukra-11 profits rules Chandra-Bharani-3 while Mangala-11 activates Chandra-Mesha.

Spinoza's careful crafted glass lenses were among the finest in Europe, and contemporary makers of scientific telescope-microscope equipment sought his custom-made product. Chandra-3 works with the hands [lens grinder] and Chandra activates rogasthana-6. Therefore, he suffered the lung illness [in modern terms, emphysema] caused by the dust particles from lens grinding with inadequate ventilation.

Spinoza's earning from the lens-crafting was financially sustaining. Combined with donations from his circle of friends [11] his craft income was enough to support extended bhukti

s of literary philosophical writing including discussion by letters of correspondence with his inner circle.

Adversarial 6/8-from-Surya contains Somana-yuti-Rahu

Chandra ethnicity * Rahu rupture * Ketu decapitation

Chandra rogesha = karaka for mother, ethnicity, patriotism, belongingness, roots. Somana is often a particularly growth-challenging influence for the Kumbha nativity ++ Somana-yuti-Rahu. Chandra 6/8 Surya

While his father lived, no action was taken against young philosopher Bento. However, his father's died when Bento was 21. At the age of 23, during Chandra-Ketu bhukti

, Spinoza received a writ of Cherem [herem, haram, harm] from his Sephardic Jewish community in Netherlands. Effectively, it was an ostracizing ban to say you can no longer call yourself a Jew. [Chandra ethnicity, belongingness]

Radical change of identity

27-Jul-1656 [age 23] ostracized via herem not specifically by the rabbinate; rather, issued by the community leaders * However, spinoza said that he did not deem this event to be important.

According to the legal order, Spinoza was expelled from Amsterdam by the city leaders, on request of both Jewish and Calvinist-Christian authorities. However, he was not intimidated in the least. Spinoza quietly returned to Amsterdam at his own convenience and lived modestly in a small house, earning enough by teaching, lens grinding, and through the support of his friends.

After 1656, from his age 23 until his death age 44, there is no evidence that Spinoza retained any sort of contact with the Jewish community. Many of his friends and supporters were Mennonites.

Under his father's guidance, young Baruch received the traditional Jewish education of the day. However, because he was later banned via herem, his study records, including bar-Mitzvah proof, were burned.

Chandra-3 publications

Chandra-3 rules-6. His books [3] were banned for the crime of blasphemy by Dutch religious authorities of 17th century, both Jewish and Christian.

Chandra-3 = rogesha and Chandra occupies 10th-from-6th indicating that the conflict goes public, and Somana-yuti-Rahu gives a passion for publishing. Thus, although Spinoza was an ambitious writer and publisher of fascinating tracts on matters of moral philosophy [Chandra morals] it was inevitable that his writings had exotic elements which triggered extreme animosity [Rahu extreme] .

Furthermore, three fierce Vṛścika graha in the dangerous, identity-changing, revolutionary, emotionally turbulent, perpetually transformative, trauma-inducing 8th-from-Chandra -3 publications showing the transformative pressures [Shani] discussions [Budha] and politics [Surya] which both exhilarated and threatened Spinoza's messaging campaign


bhratru-karaka [brother] virya-karaka [virile]

[rules 3 + 10]




  • [Mangala-Dhanus] vigorous development of humanistic worldview * energized inspiration * thrust toward doctrinal expansion * proactive teaching-preaching * promotes philosophical globalism * champion of broad understanding * pursues patronage
  • [Mangala in bhava-11] drive toward connectivity * competitive earnings * pursuit of profits * dynamic marketplace actions * champion of community activism * invasive networking * vigorous sporting friends * energized scientific systems * economic conquests
  • [Kuja-yuti-Shukra] dual sexuality * energized bargaining * dynamic trading * masculine force joins feminine allure * kinetic sensuality * productive arrangements * competitive mating * vigorously balance-seeking in partnership * pursues diplomatic resolutions * innovative arrangements


Mangala-11-Dhanus competition in the global economic marketplace [11] and the philosophical ideological marketplace [11]

Motivating Mangala activates 3-10 for the Kumbha nativity, emphasizing the natural 6/8 conflict between management [3] and executive [10] roles. Spinoza is famed for philosophy but he was always also a businessman and he took leadership positions via his writing.

The mid-1600's in Western Europe was a time of tremendous sectarian conflict and economic instability . A long-running, vicious, and frequently lethal competition for domination of the shipping trade consumed the attention of the western European powers. Amsterdam was the center of the western shipping world and it was here that the Kuja-aggressive maritime piracy was more virulent.


jamayah-karaka [sibling] sandeza-karaka [message] * zisya-karaka [student]



  • [Budha-Vṛścika ] secretive communications * articulation of transformative process * emergency pronouncements * delivers messages about dangerous situations * describes mystical initiation * discusses undisclosed mysteries * articulately defined masking * gives instruction for penetrating procedures * expertly detailed disguise * hands-arms-shoulders make occult gestures
  • [Budha in bhava-10] communications publicity * narrative of leadership * makes official pronouncements * describes social responsibilities * conversations about policy decisions * talks about maintaining order * explainer of governance * detailed executive announcements * delivers lawful information * chats about social authority * scripted hierarchies * dignified sibling-cohort * reputation for writing
  • [Budha-yuti-Surya] amusing explanations * entertaining chatter * central roles in communication * brightly clear descriptions * dramatic enunciation * confidently delivers instruction * articulation of radiant certainty * political messenger * talkative father-figures
  • [Budha-yuti-Shani] explainer of rules * dictates about system requirements * regulatory roles express communication skills * lawful planning * slow scheduling * conventional conversations * message of institutional order * mature management * makes necessary announcements * cautious gestures * talkative elders


Budha activates Karakamsha * Kanya-8 = occult, revelation of hidden powers, discovery, tantra

Budha Vṛścika occupies the revolutionary, emotionally turbulent, perpetually transformative, trauma-inducing, discovering, revealing, danger-seeking 8th-from-Chandra = emotional danger, unexpected identity changes

Shani-yuti-Budha practical craft

Spinoza taught children's school with his ex-Jesuit tutor [Budha-Shani pragmatic skills instruction] and trained himself to grind lenses and design lens-using instruments as a source of income. His lenses, some of the best in Europe, were used in early telescopes and microscopes.

During his short life, Spinoza was equally acclaimed for his spiritual philosophy and for his optical glass lenses. His manual skills in lens grinding were legendary and his lenses were in commercial demand due to their exceptional quality. He contributed both works of craft and design ideas for telescopes and microscopes. He was consulted for advice on scientific instrumentation by many of the prominent European scientists of the day.

Guru * dhava-karaka [husband] bahuta-karaka [variety]

[Shukra-11 parivartamsha Guru-4]

  • [Guru-Urisha] optimistic about capitalization * big hoard * many voices * many collections * believes in history * doctrine of values fulfillment * permission for pleasure * financial guidance * many cattle * expands the scope of voice-speech-song * multiple treasuries
  • [Guru in bhava-4] many local roots * growth of homes * fertile gardens * many diploma-licenses * abundant owned property * many vehicles * multiple protective caretakers * many mother-figures * much shipping-transport * tolerance for parochial perspectives * numerous deeds of title * a patron of environmental stewardship * in a wifely nativity, husbandly-companion may be a grower-builder-schoolteacher-miner-shipper-landowner


Guru occupies Arudha lagna

Economic Expansion [despite disinterest in the family business]

Guru-4 = the prosperous ruler of 2-11 ++ yogakaraka Shukra ruler of 4-9 forms a parivartamsha yoga Guru-4 = general protection of the home ++ the family's international shipping interests.

Spinoza lived in a small private house [4] in Amsterdam. Throughout his brief adult life, Spinoza was able to continue writing in this small detached house and several other homes that were provided for him [Guru-4 several homes] . The Amsterdam house still exists as a place of pilgrimage for his devoted readers, nearly 400 years after his decease.

Spinoza was sometimes banished and sometimes under house arrest. But this situation served as more a protective device and less of a punishment. His friends [11] provided food and financial support so that his writings could proceed. With a few exceptions his physical security was surprisingly unmolested.

Guru activates 12th-from-3rd = [attempted] invisibility of publisher

During Rahu-Guru bhukti

in 1670, Spinoza's comments on the pretender William of Orange mentioned in Tractatus Theologico-Politicus caused extreme censure and put his life in danger. The public antagonism toward this work, which suggested that Christians and Jews could co-exist happily if they would look to higher principles, was so extreme that it was published only anonymously, and under a series of false titles.

Guru activates both 12th-from-3 which might allow invisibility.Yet Guru-4 occupies 2nd-from-3rd which makes the language [Guru] vocabulary of the author very easy to identify. The authorities quickly identified Spinoza as the renegade author.

Generous Guru activates 11-earnings. Spinoza earned from the shipping trade, Guru-4 transportation, vehicles such as boats and wagons, shipping

Generous Guru activates bhava-2 family lineage, heritage values. Born into a family of refugee Portuguese Jewish merchants who operated a profitable imported goods business [mainly edible fruits] based in the bustling port city of Amsterdam

Import-export via a fleet of ships which plied the seas of the north Atlantic was the family busines, which had sustained his family for several generations.

Guru = karaka for languages. Spinoza wrote fluently in Latin, Dutch, and Spanish

Spinoza is often considered to be the first example of a western-European secular Jew. A deeply religious person who perhaps possessed a higher level of insight than the official interpreters of religious truth, Spinoza's neighbors and friends recognized him as a holy person, and he was buried in sacred ground.


svadu-karaka [sweet] kalatra-karaka [wifely companion]

[Yogakaraka dharmesha for Kumbha indriya-lagna]

[Yogakaraka bandhesha for Kumbha indriya-lagna]

[philosophical understanding of relationships]

[pleased by network connections]

[inspirational feminine friends]

[profitable professorial arrangements]



[Shukra-11 parivartamsha Guru-4]

  • [Shukra-Dhanus] appreciation of humanistic belief * advocates for theory * attracted to teachers * agrees with priests * pleased by broad perspective * prefers inspiring partners * dogmatic arrangements * enjoys indoctrination * delighted by philosophy * aesthetic of shared worldview
  • [Shukra-11] seeks pleasure via social connectivity * pleasant community linkage * balances asset distribution systems * seeks network equity * association with artists * values friendly financial connections * likes knitting-and-knotting * pleasing designs to adorn the skin * graceful ankles * appreciation of friendships * aesthetic of fair deals in marketplace * enjoys attractive friends
  • [Shukra-yuti-Mangala] sweetened conquests * gracious competition * appreciation for pioneering innovation * aesthetic of sporting interactions * proactive negotiations * musical brother-figure * competitive contracts * accommodating dual sexuality * prefers relationships with energetic partners


[Yogakaraka for Kumbha indriya-lagna]

Shukra-11 activates

  • 4-foundations, childhood, cultural rhythms, ethnic basis
  • 9-doctrine, philosophy, credenda, beliefs

Treasuries and funding

Spinoza had 99-problems, but few of those problems were financial in nature. Despite many dangers, enemies, threats, interruptions, and legal sanctions, Spinoza had continuously sufficient financial support. Mangala-11 earnings rules Chandra-3 handcraft, bringing earnings from his lens-grinding work as well as his writings. Shukra-11 activates Chandra-Bharani ensuring protection from the poverty which might have harmed him otherwise.

Yogakaraka Shukra-11 parivartamsha Guru-4 provides many teachers [Guru-4] and diversity of foundational schooling

During Shukra Mahadasha age birth until age 10, young male Spinoza attended the Pereira YeshivaJewish communal school for scriptural study, provided by the rabbinate of his community. Afterwards, Spinoza studied with philosophers and translators from a variety of doctrinal traditions.

Shani duro-karaka [endurance] * jara-karaka [Jahre, years]

[energizing lagnesha for Kumbha indriya-lagna ]

[retreating vyaya-pati for Kumbha indriya-lagna]


[required maintenance of transformative leadership roles]

[hidden pressure to fulfill iconic public roles]





  • [Shani-Vṛścika] burdened by puzzling enigma * obliged to uncover the camouflaged realities * heavy responsibility for mass transformation * must regulate the occult identity changes * must explore masked trauma * must resist self-destruction * mandatory recycling * bodily stress zone = ovaries + testes + anus * imposes strict confidentiality rules * cautiously exposes hidden knowledge must regulate the threat of disaster * must work with sudden eruptions * must accept the healing systems of elder shamans * respects the slow-moving cycles of proletarian revolution * scarce healing resources * maintainer of old secrets
  • [Shani in Bhava-10] [beneficial placement] steady time-structured rulership * must regulate the old order * maintains dignified reputation * grim determination to sustain governance * burdensome social-authority roles * chronic weighty executive duties * heavy decision-making portfolio * upholds conventional hierarchies * oppressed by lack of freedom to choose social policies * resistance to new rules * intolerance for institutional innovation * leadership fatigue * supports socially-approved, rigidly dutiful lawgiver-roles * elders maintain high ranking duties
  • [Shani-yuti-Surya] social resistance to individual creativity * pragmatic politics * class-conscious father * limited unearned entitlements * delayed [but not denied] romance * conventionalized theatrical displays * restrained flamboyance * disciplined intelligence * cautious willpower * socially-approved expressions of divine brilliance
  • [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


Shani lagnesha + * vyaya-pati rules

  • 1-personality, unique attribute-package, muscular movement, integrity
  • 12-interior life, contemplative thought, reflective philosophy

Shani permits Retreat into Interiority, Private Study

Stoic Shani activates 12-isolation, research, contemplative life, distant worlds, spiritual guidance, prayer, the bedroom, the meditation hall

During 1650-1653 encompassingChandra-Rahu, Chandra-Guru, and ending in Chandra-Shani, Spinoza abandoned the dogma of the yeshiva [Ketu-9] began independent study with an ex-Jesuit tutor in Latin, scholastic and Cartesian philosophy, chemistry, mathematics. Spinoza was influenced by the classic Ordem Jesuita anti-clerical Christian philosophy. During Chandra-Guru bhukti

, Spinoza began to teach at the elementary school run by his tutor = Guru-4 basic schooling.

During Mangala-Shani bhukti

1661-1665 took another retreat away from the city, in order to write the famous summary of Cartesian philosophy De Intellectus Emendatione and the beginning of what would be his magnum opus, the Ethics.

Posthumous Publication * Shani-10 reputation activates 12-funerals

Spinoza continued to write and discuss [via letters] with other thinkers but he did not publish anything for fear of reprisal. Spinoza's many works, all clearly reasoned and philosophically compelling, were slowly but surely published in the decades following his death [age 44] . He remains one of the most-read and most-admired Enlightenment philosophers.

Spinoza's Ethics has remained continuously in print, and is read hungrily by students of the dharma in universities throughout the West.

in 1869, nearly 200 years after his death, publication of the hidden manuscript Short Treatise on God, Man and His Well-Being


rajyalobha-karaka [ambition] picchala-karaka [slippery]


  • [Rahu-Mesha-Arya] shimmering illusion of championship * craving for superiority * exotic use of dominating force * mask of competitive action * mirage of first-arrival pioneer * over-reaching urgency * extraordinary birth * extravagant muscularity * mesmerizing forward movement * unusual athleticism * fascinating conquests * marvelous warriorship * seeks special importance via apparent [but perhaps not authentic] attributes of heroic action * seeks privilege via innovator-roles
  • [Rahu in bhava-3] passion for communication * in svabhava of Busy Budha, the Shadowy Specter = glamorous writing * exotic photography * unusual journalistic reporting * thrilling announcements * unorthodox commentary * mesmerizing messaging * craves publication * ambitious sibling-cousins * mixed-culture collaborative teams * desire for conversations * over-reaching commerce * exciting gestures * opportunistic approach to manufacturing * entranced by information technology * boundary-breaching via unconventional explanations * fascinating evangelism * seeks privilege via management roles

  • [Rahu-yuti-Soma] amplified emotion * magnified familiarity * extraordinary mother * exotic habits * tricky routines * opportunistic patriotism * fascinating [but perhaps illusory] appearance of sympathetic caretaking * hypnotic rhythms * emotionally attuned to cross-cultural mixing


Rahu-3 excitements from writing, explanations, conferences, conversations

During Rahu Mahadasha * age 33 until decease age 44

In 1676 during Rahu-Budha bhukti

very shortly before his death, perhaps in the knowledge that his life was nearly expired due to his breathing disease, Spinoza felt bold enough to publish his peak-brilliance work, the Ethics. This book delivered a powerful philosophical challenge to the prevailing dogma that personal ethics [Chandra] must be socially uniform.

Within a year of publication of his Ethics, Spinoza died in 21-Feb-1677 age 44 from lung disease, an illness of grief [traceable to the death of his Mother, Chandra] expressed via inhalation of the glass-dust from lens-grinding.

Ketu kavandha-karaka [headless] chidra-karaka [gaping] vasana-karaka [vacuum]

  • [Ketu-Tula] justly dissociates from negotiation * wanders away from compromise * eccentric alliances * abandons agreements * apathetic trades * surrenders trust * ignores restriction on match-making * releases a pale pastel cloud of fair deals into the misty abyss
  • [Ketu in classroom-9] disinterested in credenda * wandering worldview * disengaged from faith doctrine * disregards theory * liberating philosophy * irrelevance of patriarchal dogma * ambivalence toward conventional convictions * spacey father * weird beliefs * ignores the ordinary understandings * incoherent ideology * unless other graha in 9, may prefer to live free from father-figures


Ketu in bhava-9 indicates radical openness to cosmic scope of philosophy. Spinoza produced some of the highest intellectual philosophical writing of the Enlightenment bhukti

. He was not constrained by religious dogma or government ideologies.

During Chandra-Ketu bhukti

on 27 July 1656, Spinoza the Wanderer was banished by writ of Cherem, expulsion from Jewish community. However, spinoza says this does not bother him, and he thinks it is irrelevant.


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