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Thoreau's 1849 essay Civil Disobedience inspired both



abolitionist + environmentalist

poetical philosopher of nature

author of Walden


operated his family's pencil factory

Henry David Thoreau

Earth-birth Saturday 12-Jul-1817

dematerialization 06-May-1862 (age 44)


abolitionist + environmentalist + author of Walden Pond

1817-1862 * Henry David Thoreau

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Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities


Chotthi * Vayu * Nishtya

BPL commentary

For Svatika 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 paradigm of Nishthya, exotics, ethnic mixers, opportunists, fascinators, mesmerizers, privilege-seekers, impostors, rogues, agents of passion and desire, self-proclaimers, self-promoters, charlatans, masters of smoke and oils, and entrancingly ambitious persons may be especially influential.

Guided by the instructing intelligences of Arcturus. Their purpose is to broker trade agreements and balance the interests of multiple ambitious stakeholders.

Social justice, personal power

Rahu-ruled Svatika gentlemen are Mix-Master Middlemen. They tend to be fascinating figures. By skillfully mixing and trading with different folks, Svatika chaps build exotic new exchange relationships. They are often found in policy organizations and government agencies, where their social equity work is distinctively multi-cultural. Their roles include trader, exchanger, bridge-builder, diplomat, negotiator, deal-maker, bargainer, marriage-matcher, alliance-designer, and other balancing activities that engage two mismatched sides within one functional agreement.

Svatika represents Rahu's desire to amplify Shukra's quest for harmonious agreements. Rahu challenges cultural boundaries. The mix-master may skillfully combine unusual agents and mismatched agendas in order to obtain a rebalanced status. Similar to Sadachbia, the Svatika-born are mixed-system orchestrators who may take direction from Otherworldly sources. The character of Rahu is determinative.

Due to their Rahu-gifted ability to think outside the box, Svatika-born may realize previously unthinkable opportunities for diplomacy and fair exchange. Their success is noted in negotiation, trade-deals, and bargaining in commodities, ideas, or services.

In politics, Nishthya fellows may be associated with social, economic, or political integration of previously hostile or excluded participants. Their special talent is dealing with those who may be rogues, outsiders, stigmatized, or posturing frauds. Vayu-born graciously mix people and environments that were once segregated, by making successful pairings between ethnicities, religions, nations, or individuals of differing practice.

Their pursuit of a social justice agenda is not entirely idealistic. It is ultimately motivated by their desire to obtain privilege by facilitating partnership geared to increased barter, brokerage, and exchange.

Themes of opportunity, fascination with appearances, and acquisition of privilege may contextualize Svatika's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Svatika-Chandra

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra.p 84.

"... a slow and deliberative character,

  • almost ponderous in thought and action

  • Yet, intelligent and logical

While he may be slower at arriving at conclusions than most people,

  • on final analysis his reasoning is sound

  • and his conclusion more accurate than others who may be more brilliant.

He is very religious, somewhat orthodox,

  • and his environment permitting will attend church regularly

  • or at any rate participate in some religious activity.

Many priests or ministers are found to have Swati on the Rising Point."


Thoreau in 1861 (age 43)

"He chose to be rich by making his wants few,

and supplying them himself. In his travels, he used the railroad only to get over so much country as was unimportant to the present purpose, walking hundreds of miles, avoiding taverns, buying a lodging in farmers' and fishermen's houses, as cheaper, and more agreeable to him, and because there he could better find the men and the information he wanted.

There was somewhat military in his nature not to be subdued, always manly and able, but rarely tender, as if he did not feel himself except in opposition.

He wanted a fallacy to expose, a blunder to pillory, I may say required a little sense of victory, a roll of the drum, to call his powers into full exercise."

~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson's eulogy Thoreau in The Atlantic Monthly (August 1862)


drawing made from the 1861 photograph

  • Walden 1817-1862 abolition Henry David Thoreau * Shukra-yuti-Rahu Although he lived only 44 years, HDT wrote and published an astounding number of speeches and essays against slavery. He also produced a substantial oeuvre in environmental philosophy.

  • The distribution of his anti-slavery publications eventually had a powerful influence upon the American electorate, and directly led to the legal abolition of slavery in the USA.
  • The distribution of his nature-contemplation writings had a similarly powerful effect upon the burgeoning 1960's environmentalist movement -- that blossomed 100 years after Thoreau's lifetime.

Biographical details matched to Vimshottari dasha calendar

Rahu Mahadasha

12-Jul-1817 Earth-birth in Concord, Massachusetts, USA * Rahu-Guru bhukti

Guru Mahadasha

1833 (HDT age 15) matriculates at Harvard College * Guru-Guru svabhukti

1836 (HDT age 18) contract tuberculosis, which after many recurrences will finally kill him in 1862 * Guru-Shani bhukti

1837 (HDT age 19) earned A.B. diploma Harvard College * Guru-Budha bhukti * Budha diploma

11-Jan-1842 grieved the decease beloved elder brother + fellow schoolteacher John (#2 of 4) of tetanus, in HDT's arms * Guru-Shukra bhukti * Shukra activates 2nd-from-11th-from-Chandra

Shani Mahadasha

14-Jun-1849 grieved the decease of beloved elder sister (#1 of 4), schoolteacher Helen Louise Thoreau (of tuberculosis) * Shani-Shani svabhukti * Shani activates 12th-from-9th-from-Chandra

1849 after spending the night in jail after being arrested for not paying a poll-tax, publishes Civil Disobedience * Shani-Shani svabhukti

1854 first publication of Walden Life in the Woods = HDT's enduring environmentalist journal, * Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha publications

03-Feb-1859 grieved decease of father * Shani-Surya bhukti * Surya gives effect of Somana-yuti-Surya * Chandra activates 2nd-from-Surya

06-May-1862 earth-exit via tuberculosis (HDT age 44) * Shani-Rahu bhukti

Distinctive features of the Nativity

Surya * pitri-karaka (father) * jyoti-karaka (light)

[Atmakaraka] unique entitlements, celebrity, certainty, central position, authorship

  • Surya-Mithunaya * Mithra * neighbor, companion * brightly charismatic confidence of Center-stage Surya radiates through the conversational gesturing rashi of Budha
  • Surya in bhava-9 [karako bhavo nashto] * icon of sacred teachings * intelligent patronage * geo-politics * bright preaching * focus on beliefs * philosophical entitlements * self-righteous dad * sanctimonious pontificator * eye on humanistic worldview * confident ideologue * sparkling center of global doctrine * father may be a politician-philosopher-preacher-professor
  • Surya-yuti-Chandra * confidently sensitive * bright comforter * entitled to express emotion * radiantly rhythmic * creatively intelligent mother * * sensitive to the spiritual rays of the Sun * parents are culturally aligned * patriotic father
  • 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

Dad = John Thoreau, a factory owning businessman.

Significant Dhana-yoga

Surya in bhava-9 activates 11 ++ Chandra karmesha Surya-yuti-Chandra

Henry David Thoreau and his father ran a profitable commercial business manufacturing graphite pencils. Dad was the daily overseer and all of the family members contributed in some way.

Surya-yuti-Budha HDT developed several improved manufacturing processes which helped the business increase.

Surya in bhava-9

Thoreau undertook a vigorous campaign of anti-slavery public speaking and accepted leadership roles within the ideologically driven abolition movement. HDT wrote extensive on philosophy of nature, but his public work greatly emphasized principled human-rights anti-slavery lectures [Surya].

Chandra * matrikaraka (mother) * garha-karaka (village)

  • Chandra-Mithunaya * comforted by messaging * settled into rhythmic communications * needs mentality
  • Chandra in Arudra-Orion * soothed by exciting signals * protectors of stormy wildness * sensitive to animal instincts
  • Chandra in classroom-9 * draws comfort from paradigms of belief * emotionally attuned to sacred doctrine * accustomed to priesthood * maternal piety * soothed by globalist perspective * feels the pulse of preaching * calmed by a broad worldview * acculturated to principled understanding * needs a familiar catechism * protective patrons * habitually seeks guidance * settled into philosophical roles * undulating convictions * mother may be devout, philosophical, a disciple, a proselyte
  • Somana-yuti-Surya * Emotionally entitled * sensitive to fatherly folk * needs sparkling centrality * sentimentally romantic * creative mother * comforted by confidence * undulating intelligence * soothed by attention * calmed by applause * feels like royalty
  • Somana-yuti-Budha * Emotionally communicative * sensitive to sibling figures * sheltered by workmates * calmed by a chatty cohort * talkative mother * needs to evangelize * makes empathetic gestures * soothed by conversation * feels like a messenger

Chandra in classroom-9 ++ Somana-yuti-Surya ++ Somana-yuti-Budha = emotionally vigorous campaigner invoking doctrinally principled arguments against human-capital slavery

Kuja * bhratru-karaka (brother) * virya-karaka (virile)

[mūlatrikoṇa Bharani-1]

Ruchaka Yoga

  • Mangala-Mesha [svakshetra] 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-7 * drive toward bargaining * pursuit of agreement * impatient with stagnant arrangements * invasive negotiation * diplomatic dynamics * energized contracts * innovative conquests * pushes toward liaison * invigorates alliances

Mangala receives the exact drishti of Shani at 14 degrees

Budha * jamayah-karaka (sibling) * sandeza-karaka (message) * zisya-karaka (student)

  • Budha-Mithunaya * business communications *  articulation of specific instructions *  informative pronouncements *  messages about commerce *  hands-on management * signaling explanatory information *  detailed diagrams * talks about publication * interpretative interactions * commercial translation  * hands-arms-shoulders send descriptive gestures
  • Budha in bhava-9 * narrative of father-figure * witty guru * celebrated communicator * repeats the catechism * reiterates the doctrine * skillful grandchildren * discusses patronage * detailed articulation of worldview * explains the paradigm of belief * talks about sacred texts * examines the dharma * interprets theoretical claims * delivers quick sermons * logical investigations into philosophical truths * chatty priests * religious dialogues
  • 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-Chandra * explainer of feelings * mentalized caretaking * communicative parenting * familiar rhythmic phrasing * ancestral instruction * writes sensitive speeches + songs * soothed by scheduling * needs to plan * describes the comfortable routines * responsive siblings * intuitively talkative mother

Guru * dhava-karaka (husband) * bahuta-karaka (variety)

  • Guru-Vṛścika * much mystery * many sudden discoveries * optimistic about emergencies * believes in healing * many masks * hidden doctrine * permission to reveal * transformative guidance * expands the scope of secret undertakings * multiple initiations
  • Guru in bhava-2 * much hoard * many songs * many stories * extensive history * generous natural reserves * several genetic lines * many accumulated goods * numerous languages * expansive oratory * large eyes * many voices * many valuations * extensive accounts * grows the family lineage * optimistic heritage * believes in historic conservation * patron of speech-and-song * in a wifely nativity, husbandly-companion may be a keeper-collector-preserver
  • Guru-yuti-Ketu * multiple options for severance * broad permission to abandon unsustainable connections * diverse wanderings * many occasions of surrender * philosophy of impermanence * large-size vacuums * many holy pilgrimages

Guru in bhava-2 family philosophy

All of Thoreau's family members were educators. He and his three siblings all worked as schoolteachers. Every family member was a fervent abolitionist.

lagnesha = Guru in bhava-9 * karako bhavo nashto (overbearing or all-knowing father) * multiple ideology, philosophy, theories of reality

Rogesha Brihaspati further dispersed by Ketu

HDT and his three siblings all died young, of either tuberculosis or tentanus.

lagnesha Guru-9 Vṛścika is philosophically driven toward transformation

9-ideology, paradigm of belief, credenda * Walden 1817-1862 abolition Henry David Thoreau was a vigorous anti-slavery preacher, writer, and activist during the 1830's-1850's antebellum abolition movement in the USA.

Shukra * svadu-karaka (sweet) * kalatra-karaka (wifely companion)

lagnesha for Tula indriya-lagna

  • Shukra-Urisha [svakshetra] valuable arrangements * likes capitalization * appreciates natural resources * pleased by worthy collections * attracted to beautiful sounds * acquisitive sensuality * cherished accruals * financial harmony * richly historic environments * delighted by precious goods * prefers luxury-loving partners
  • Shukra-8 * seeks pleasure via occult secrets * enjoys rejuvenating relationships * balanced healing arts * aesthetic of non-disclosure * camouflaged arrangements * hidden equity * pleasing designs to adorn the sexual-reproductive organs * sensual sphincters * obscured finance * likes initiation * transformed by feminine-figures * delighted by sudden renewal * pleasant in-laws * appreciation of identity change * in a husbandly nativity, wifely-companion may hold a secretive position
  • Shukra-yuti-Rahu * sweetened adventure * gracious ambition * appreciation for opportunities * thrilling negotiations * passionate sensuality * over-reaching agreements * exceptional beauty * enjoys cultural mixing * barrier-bending relationships * unorthodox arrangements * diplomatic equity balances exhilarating chance * risk-rewarding contracts * unconventionally attractive * pleasantly mesmerizing appearance * prefers exciting partners

randhresha Shukra activates 8 + occupies 8 with Rahu, suggesting an aesthetic passion for secrecy and undisclosed agreements

HDT never married, nor did any of his siblings. Local observers noted the pattern of passionate but unmentioned non-marital romances among the philosophical circles of the region, who would gather to discuss ... important ideas.

Shani duro-karaka (endurance) * jara-karaka (years)


[Shata-taraka-3 mūlatrikoṇa]

[Yogakaraka for Tula indriya-lagna]

  • Shani-Kumbha* heavy old economic systems * obliged to conform to marketplace rules * responsible scientific work * structural compression upon skin-nerves-ankles * mandatory electro-magnetic networking * regulated revenues * lawfully distributed earnings * must materialize past-to-future gridwork * must sustain lowest-common-denominator connections * proletarian communities * conventional friendships * elderly mentors * slowly achieves social-material goals * scarce conductive resources * maintainer of old economies
  • Shani in Bhava-5 * steady time-structured intelligence * heavy responsibility for children * pessimistic in romance * cautious financial speculation * resists ceremony * limits special entitlements * obligatory entertainments * dreads political games * tightly disciplined creativity * mother's family often rigidly conventional * blocked heart-and-spine * subdued sparkle * performance fatigue * intolerant of time-wasting amusements * elders maintain ordinary rights


social-systems drishti of Shani-Kumbha-5 sent into

  • 7-agreements, contracts, justice
  • 11-friendship network, earnings
  • 2-family, values, traditions

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

  • Rahu-Urisha [uchcha] * shimmering illusion of storage * craving for preserved collections * unorthodox banking * over-reaching acquisitions * preposterous accumulations * mesmerizing treasure-hoards * fabulous inventories * exotic food stores * amazing ship-holds * fascinating warehouses * mask of historic conservatism * intriguing acts of barreling * exaggerated cooperage * extravagant containment * tantalizing libraries * marvelous hoards of valuables * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of accrued wealth * entrancing lineage knowledge * thrilling speech-song * excitement of pricing * seeks privilege via value-keeper roles
  • Rahu in bhava-8 * passion for secrets * in svabhava of Competitive Kuja, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous secrets, recycling, rebirth, reinvention; rejuvenation. * outsider who cleverly insinuates into mystery revealing roles * The Chandala in 8 desires a special, important, therapeutic role in transformative, hidden knowledge, confidential, revolutionary, catastrophic role. May be the secretary (secret-keeper) of a powerful individual or group. Opportunistic in-laws, inheritance, alimonies. Exciting, ambitious family of the lifepartner (in-laws). Rahu-8 trespasses the cultural boundaries of undisclosed assets, dangerous secrets, emergency situations. Rahu the Poseur may pose as a tantric initiator, disaster manager, keeper of dangerous secrets, identity-changing healer, or holder of secret empowerments.
  • Rahu-yuti-Shukra * amplified attractions * magnified beauty * exotic taste * tricky partners * opportunistic feminine-figures * fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of luxurious pleasure * strange-and-wonderful designs * thrilling relationships * barrier-bending brokerage * unusual contracts * hypnotic arrangements * gracious balance of cross-cultural mixing * entrancing music

treasuries of [uchcha] Rahu-3 = 8th-from-8th inheritance * Thoreau inherited his father's pencil making machines and factory building.

Evangelical Rahu-3 passion for writing, announcing, declaring, messaging

Walden 1817-1862 abolition Henry David Thoreau spent most of his adult life speaking and writing to the public on abolition of slavery. His dedication to the moral and legal task of ending slavery in the United States eventually produced firm national anti-slavery laws, after his death from lung disease (grief).

Ketu kavandha-karaka (headless) * chidra-karaka (gaping) * vasana-karaka (vacuum)

  • Ketu-Vṛścika [uchcha] * detached Witness to hidden empowerments * weird discoveries * empty secrets * eccentric identity changes * dissolute penetrations * fearless toward catastrophic change * disregards terror * ignores restriction on initiations * uncertain rebirth * releases a red-black cloud of exploratory initiatives into the misty abyss
  • Ketu in classroom-2 * surrenders preserved values * eccentric voice * odd face * disperses family affluence * disregards conventional limits on sound-music-language * disinterested in genetic lineage * surrenders the hoard * odd food * peculiar precious goods * abdicates banker-conserver-collector roles * dissolves libraries * devalues treasuries * unless other graha in 2, may prefer to live free from historic traditions
  • Ketu-yuti-Guru * misunderstandings * unsustainable convictions * abandons empty theories * believes in non-existence * vacuous catechism * wandering teachers * apostasy * wisdom of surrender * incomplete comprehension * doctrines of impermanence * Other-Worldly viewpoint * walks away in disbelief * liberating philosophy * for wifely nativities, Ketu may release the dhavakaraka husbandly-companion. .

Abolition crusader

Thoreau persistently lectured and campaigned for the abolition of slavery in the United States.

The anti-slavery speeches and writings that he passionately delivered did not bear positive fruit during his lifetime 1817-1862.

Yet, in 1865, after the horrible USA Civil War, slavery was finally declared illegal in the Union.

Thereafter, Thoreau's contribution to solving this thorny problem was seen to have been an essential contribution toward the American decision to abolish slavery.


Furthermore, HDT's natural philosophy was largely disregarded in his own day.

It was not until the 1960's, more than 100 years after it was first published, that Thoreau's reflective, critical environmental thinking became the cornerstone of the green movement.

Ketu-yuti-Guru = Unusual family pattern of reproduction [Guru].

Thoreau had an older sister, an older brother, and a younger sister. Neither HDT nor his siblings ever married, thus no grandchildren for his parents.

skepticism toward all philosophical teachings

Walden 1817-1862 abolition Henry David Thoreau was a vigorous anti-slavery activist during the 1830's-1850's antebellum abolition movement in the USA. He also ran a profitable commercial business making graphite pencils.


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