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Tolstoy's writings on social morality had a profound impact on justice activists, including


Born = Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, 09-Sep-1828 - Yasnaya Polyana, Russia; dematerialization 20-Nov-1910 [aged 82] place of death Astapovo, Russia



Russian novelist

Christian Vegetarian Anarchist

Pacifist Philosopher + Social Justice Visionary

author of War and Peace

Tolstoi, l'homme de la verite

Leo Tolstoy

a.k.a. Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy

[Ле́в Никола́евич Толсто́й]

Earth-birth Tuesday-09-Sep-1828

dematerialization 20-Nov-1910

I sit on a man's back, choking him, and making him carry me, and Yet, assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by any means possible, except getting off his back.

~~ Writings on Civil Disobedience and Nonviolence [1886]


AUTHOR OF War and Peace * Anna Karenina


Christian Social Anarchist


Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoi = Leo Tolstoy

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Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities


Purnavasi - Vutvrta - Jamitra

BPL commentary

For Punarvasu births of a masculine valence, the condition of prosperous, preaching, inclusive, broad-scope, philosophical, humanistic Guru may considerably affect the outcome. Masculine births under auspice of Puna, Visaka, or Purvabhadra may find that their worldview is greatly shaped by the character of priestly teachers and guides.

For those born into the Guru-ruled paradigm of Jamitra, teachers, preachers, professors, patrons, agents of generosity and guidance, guru-figures, ideologues, indoctrinators, theorists, know-it-alls, proselytes, philosophers, pontificators, patriarchs, pundits, pater-nosters, proponents of principled understanding, wise-ones, wizards, druids, and paradigms of belief may be especially influential.

Guidance is provided by emissaries from the realm of the Twin Gardeners called Castor-and-Pollux. Their purpose is restoration, renewal, and rehabilitation of lost knowledge.

High forehead. Punarvasu often has a global perspective. The majority of Aditya-born nativities are higher dimensional Seva-wanderers who assume interpretive guidance roles.

Instructing, Explaining, Describing

Mithunaya-Dvamdva pada 1-2-3 represents Guru's rulership of 7-agreements ++ 10- leadership, while also expressing the tension between broad-view Brihaspati versus detail-oriented Bantering Budha. Pada 1-2-3 are blessed with an expansive capacity for evocative description or inspirational speaking. Often excellent writers who can facilitate spiritual growth via specific explanation and detailed description. Pada 1-2-3 are often found in the literary arts, in teaching roles, in academic advising, as travel guides, and as poets who describe the natural world.

Karkata-Kadaga-pada-4 represents Guru's rulership of 6-imbalance ++ 9-philosophical principles. Pada-4 also embodies the tension between global, paternalistic Saptarishi versus local, undulating, motherly Somana. As master gardeners and natural herbal physicians, they understand the wisdom of the mineral, plant, and animal kingdoms. Pada-4 may also emerge into the religious professions where they may grow a garden of psycho-intuitive understanding that develops into doctrine.

Although the Higher Teacher seeks wisdom, for Karkata-Punarvasu the guru-figure may also be adversarial, impoverished, polluted, or ailing [due to Brihaspati activates 6] .

Themes of restoration of lost knowledge, gardening, fertility of understanding, wish fulfillment, and conceptual teaching may contextualize Aditya's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Punarvasu

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde [1939] Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 81

"... from Arudra to Punarvasu, a startling change in mental development.

In Punarvasu, the native is possessed of profound intelligence,

  • capable of delving into and understanding all manner of philosophical and metaphysical postulates.

He revels in abstract thought

  • and has a lively and profound imagination.

He may be also a poet of high attainment, expressing a fire and vitality in his verse

  • which is the result of an unusually passionate temperament.

He will, however, be only moderately successful by worldly standards during his lifetime

  • although unlike the Arudra native, he will not experience poverty."


Tolstoy in Midlife



Leo Tolstoy Barefoot by Ilya Repin


Lev Tolstoi and Sofia Behrs, circa 186x



Biographical events matched to the Vimshottari Dasha calendar

Surya Mahadasha * birth until age 3.8

09-Sep-1828 Earth-birth in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia * Surya-Guru bhukti * Guru activates 7-10 public image, social order

04-Aug-1830 [LT age 2] grieved the decease of mother * Surya-Budha bhukti * Budha-12 gives effect of Surya-12 activates 12th-from-Chandra

Chandra Mahadasha * age 3.8 until age 13.8

21-Jul-1837 [LT age 9] grieved the decease of father * Chandra-Shani bhukti * Shani activates 7th-from-Chandra

Mangala Mahadasha * age 13.8 until 20.8

1844 [LT age 16] begin law studies at Kazan University * Mangala-Guru bhukti * Guru activates 7 = 4th-from-4th schooling

Rahu Mahadasha * age 20.8 until age 38.8

1851 [LT age 25] joined the Russian Army * Rahu-Rahu svabhukti * Rahu-4 defense

Oct-1853 until Mar-1856 [LT age 27-30] fought through the Crimean War * Rahu-Guru through Rahu-Shani bhukti

1859 [LT age 33] sired a child with Axinya, a peasant woman bound to his feudal estate * Rahu-Budha bhukti * Budha activates Somana-yuti-Rahu

20-Sep-1860 [LT age 34] grieved the decease of elder brother Nikolai * Rahu-Shukra bhukti

1861 [LT age 35] serfs emancipated in Russia * Rahu-Shukra bhukti * Shukra activates 12-social invisibility

1862 [LT age 36] starts the revolutionary democratic School at Yasnaya Polyana * Rahu-Shukra bhukti * Shukra activates 5-intelligence, children

23-Sep-1862 [LT age 36] consecration of marriage with Sonya Sofia Behrs * Rahu-Shukra bhukti + Rahu-Return

10-Jul-1863 child-2 Sergei * Rahu-Shukra bhukti * Shukra activates 9th-from-Chandra

Guru Mahadasha * age 38.8 until age 54.8

1869 War and Peace * Guru-Guru svabhukti

1878 [LT age 50] book-form publication of Anna Karenina * Guru-Shukra bhukti * Shukra activates 9-literary philosophy

Shani mahadasha * age 54.8 until age 73.8

Budha Mahadasha * age 73.8 until decease age 82

20-Nov-1910 [LT age 82] physical dematerialization * Budha-Chandra bhukti * Chandra maraka activates-2

Distinctive Features of the Nativity


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

[busy-commercial sahaja-pati for Mithuna indriya-lagna]


[bright center of dramatic scripts]

[creative poetic intelligence]


[Pūrvaphalgunī-4] [navamsha Surya-Vrischika[ confidently discovering-revealing


  • [Surya-Simha] Khaga * Khagaya * air-moving * brightly charismatic confidence of Center-stage Surya radiates through the regally entitled game-playing rashi of Surya
  • [Surya in bhava-3] center of commerce * mercantile intelligence * smart reports * dramatic instructional delivery * creative descriptions * sparkling retinue * splendid games of manual-skill * self-referential announcements * admirable handcraft * cinematic genius * smart technology * focus on teamwork * entertaining explanations * administrative entitlements * confident writing * eye on process management * regal messaging * bright center of discourse * brilliant gesturing * father may be a businessman-craftsman-communicator
  • [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 = a powerful feudal aristocrat, beholden to no higher authority except the Tsar. The family maintained possession of considerable lands [Chandra] and treasures, was famed and privileged.. Like his son, Dad had a significant gambling problem.




[svabhava] [dik-bala]

[preserving-collecting dhana-pati for Mithuna indriya-lagna]

[comforted by stable habitual complaints]

[culturally sensitive to familiar rhythms of assistance]

[needs to sense the ancient pulse of laboring flow]

[protector of the ancestral service-work pathways]

[emotionally aligned to remedial routines]

[environmentalist feelings attuned to earthy medicinal-plant deva]

[anchoring mother may be a helping schoolteacher-householder-local minister of aid]



[Uttaraphalguni-2] [navamsha Chandra in Makara] intuitively sensitive class-conscious ordering

  • [Chandra-Kanya] comforted by remedial service * sensitive to logical argument * needs to help
  • [Chandra in Uttaraphalguni-Aryaman] soothed by dramatic centrality * protectors of celebrity entitlement * needs political theatre
  • [Chandra in classroom-4] 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 * mother may be a farmer, fisher, builder, schoolteacher, border-defender
  • [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


[10th-from-Chandra = commercial communicative Mithuna indriya-lagna] writing, publishing, announcements


a celebrated writer of a deeply ethnic genre. Despite numerous contradictions in his lifestyle and philosophies, Tolstoi was almost universally hailed as a superb elucidator of the Russian social consciousness, and his reputation in subsequent centuries was not diminished.


Mom died when young Leonid was 18 months old. His care passed to his father, who died seven years later.

MARRIAGE partnership emotional equity support expectations



LNT's first child was born to a zero-status serf woman named Axinya, who was considered a piece of property belonging to his family's estate. Despite her collective identity [Aquila bhava-7] she maintained a relationship with Tolstoy while raising his son.

LNT's second wife was Sophie Berens, a woman of aristocratic lineage approved by his class-conscious family [Shani-2] She was a dynamo of the Word and the Lineage [Rahu-2] . Sophie bore thirteen children while also she copy-edited and prepared the manuscripts of his increasingly famous literary work. Forensic literary analysis suggests that Sophie did considerable original writing as well.


  • marriage 1-of -2 = partnership-1 with serf Axinya
  • Chandra holds the lower degree, which identifies Axinya as the first wife
  • bhava-10 containing Ketu representing Axinya
  • Ketu suggests that while he was socially and emotionally unable to maintain a peer agreement such as marriage,
  • nevertheless Tolstoy gained much of his public reputation through consorting with his serfs to learn their way of life.
  • Reputedly he remained in personal contact with Axinya and their shared son until her death.

8th-from- [7th-from-Chandra-4] * = [2nd-from-Chandra]

  • Rahu holds the higher degree, which identifies aristocratic land-owning Sofia Behrs as the second wife
  • Somana-yuti-Rahu
  • Sonya Behrs vigorously promoted Tolstoy's literary career.
  • She either wrote his dictated manuscripts, or for those he wrote himself she re-wrote his manual edits, and prepared the copious manuscripts as clean-copy for the publisher.
  • It is safe to say that without the decades-long dedication of his educated, literary wife, there would have been no Tolstoy oeuvre.

Eldest child by serf Axinya = 5th-from-Chandra= bhava-8 secrets, ruled by Shani-yuti-Shukra + drishti from Rahu

War and Peace 1828-1910 Leo Tolstoy * sired his first child with a female serf [permanent servant] on his family's feudal estate.

The child acquired his mother's slave rank, and was raised as a serf with no property ownership-stewardship entitlements [Ketu], and no right to exit the boundaries of the estate on which he was born.

Three years later, Tolstoy married a woman of aristocratic rank, Sophia Behrs, who bore him 13 children. Those 13 aristocratic children were not servants. They were eligible to inherit their father's treasuries and landed property including his many serfs.


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

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



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


[energizing-identifying lagnesha for Mithuna indriya-lagna]

[homebound-anchoring bandhesha for Mithuna indriya-lagna]

[dramatic sparkling detailed communications]

[writes articulately about self-awareness]

[political evangelism]

[confidently describes sparkling romance]


[Atmakaraka writing, descriptions, instructions, messaging, publication, travel itineraries]


  • [Budha-Simha] political communications * articulation of unique creativity * delivers celebratory announcements * manufacturers bright displays * explains celebrity entitlements * romantic messages * declares poetic adoration * delights in glittering phrases * manages entertainments * details the procedure for theatrical amusements * speaks with royal flamboyance * talks about gambling * plays  intelligent games * hands-arms-shoulders send dramatic gestures
  • [Budha in bhava-3] * narrative of cohort collaboration * chatty siblings * articulate announcements * discusses commerce * instructions for management * conversations about information technology * clever programming * logical reporting * talks about daily business * handles information * skillful printing * scripted dialog * text instructions * writes lyrics * detailed media-messaging * communication tactics * explains marketing * quick manufacturing * descriptive process * signaling gestures
  • [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



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

[bargaining-adjusting jaya-pati for Mithuna indriya-lagna]

[dutiful-commanding karmesha for Mithuna indriya-lagna]

[Svati-4] [navamsha Guru-Meena] intuitively expansive social-justice charitable visionary imagination

  • [Guru-Tula] many trades * variety of exchanges * optimistic negotiations * believes in justice * doctrine of contractual exchange * multiple alliances * permission to bargain * diversity of arrangements * equable guidance * widens the scope of balanced design
  • [Guru in bhava-5] much creativity * many intelligences * many entitlements * numerous games * diverse entertainments * many romances * extensive self-glorification * children identified with paradigmatic beliefs * expansion of political display * development of drama * optimistic in speculations * patron of creative performance * in a wifely nativity, husbandly-companion may be a game-player


Guru rules Karakamsha Dhanus-7 beliefs about equity, justice, judgments, legal standing


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

  • [Shukra-Karkata] values comforting routine * likes to nourish * attracted to settled habits * prefers a home-loving partner * taste for folk-lifestyle * appreciates farmers-and-fishers * pleased by secure borders * enjoys rhythmic seasons * adorns beautiful gardens * seeks balanced parenting arrangements * aesthetic of domestic sharing
  • [Shukra-2] [svabhava] seeks pleasure via gathered treasuries * enjoys banked assets * bargains toward collected equity * feminine-figures predominate the family * gracious storyteller * pretty preservations * balanced linguistic expression * beautiful voice * pleasing designs to adorn the face * aesthetics of mouth + jaw + teeth + hair * graceful neck * prefers historical values * appreciation of speech-and-song * in a husbandly nativity, wifely-companion may be a banker-collector-historian-preserver
  • [Shukra-yuti-Shani] sweetly serious deal-making * mature relationships * graciously responsible * beautiful bones * appreciation for neutrality * strict negotiations * pleasant legal mediation * rigorous bargaining * enduring agreements * regulated contracts * architectural elegance * pragmatic design * lawful arrangements * realistic finance * prefers relationships with orderly partners * in a husbandly nativity, preference for a seasoned, class-conscious wife


Shukra-yuti-Shani suggests two wives.

  • Axinya. The mother of Tolstoy's first child. She was a serf on LT's family's land.
  • With his legal wife and literary assistant Sophy Behrs, LT produced 13 additional children.


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


  • [Shani-Karkata] overburdened routines * class-conscious ethnicity * habitual conformity * must accept social responsibility for emotional stability * old defensive structures * structural compression upon stomach * strict security systems * proletarian cultural roots * must continue orderly sustainable settlements * rigid resistance to change of the folkways * regulates farming-fishing habits * must care for elders * aging local infrastructure * cramped shipping ports * ancient roadways * agricultural drought * dark dwellings * often stuck in a rut * protective policing routines * scarce domestic resources * maintainer of old seasonal rhythms
  • [Shani in bhava-2] steady time-structured values-fulfillment * scarcity of precious resources * must preserve historic traditions * must gather * must catalog * obstructionist family-of-origin * must remember * cautious use of words * boney face * tense eyes * class-conscious speech * speakers' fatigue * chronic financial insufficiency * undernourished eye-teeth * must use old libraries * cold dried food hoard * limited sight * ossified heritage * language regulator * appreciates ignorance * maintains treasuries of proven knowledge * hierarchies impose know-nothing rules * elders hold center of family
  • [Shani-yuti-Shukra] slow system imposes lawful equity * limited luxuries * sturdily handsome * orderly feminine figures * pragmatic finance * contractual discipline * socially constrained harmony * conventionally regulated pleasures * trust in age * mutuality over time * class-structured arrangements



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



  • [Rahu-Parthya] shimmering illusion of humility * craving for crime * mask of exploitive assistance * ambitious physicians * intriguing addictions * mirage of medication * fascinating injuries * over-reaching accusations * amazing illnesses * extraordinary arguments * may be obsessed with servants-and-servitude * seeks special importance via apparent [but perhaps not authentic] conflict management * shrewd dealings in sickness * ingenious divorce * extravagant litigation * seeks privilege via victim-roles
  • [Rahu in bhava-4] passion for prestige property * unusual home routines * exotic roots * in svabhava of Comforting Chandra, the Shadowy Specter seeks homestead advantage * outsider who cleverly insinuates into the local settlement * culturally-mixed kitchens * fascinating vehicles * extraordinary ships * glamorous guardianship * important infrastructure * irregular land-use * over-reaching protectionism * exciting real-estate * expedient nationalism * instrumental environmentalism * unorthodox parenting * trespasses customary limits * disrupts habitual agriculture * over-extended fencing * strange traffic on roadways * craves a showcase home * marvelous gardens * desires comfortable shelter * ambitious mother * social mobility sought via patriotism
  • [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 occupies the Arudha lagna-5 indicating creative literature, politics, drama, children, genius


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

  • [Ketu-Meena] sleepily dissociates from isolated ashrama * incomplete gestalt * unlimited visionary insight * wandering spirit guides * unsustainable sanctuary * dissolution of private prayer * foggy boundaries of distant worlds * permeable understanding of cetacean cultures * ignores restrictions on clairsentience * disarrayed dreams * releases a golden oceanic cloud of wisdom into the misty abyss
  • [Ketu in classroom-10] disregards social rank * no barriers in class-pyramid * fearless toward regulations * well-known for surrendering * absent from officialdom * irrelevance of government protocols * ambivalent toward public opinion * disinterested in high positions * ignores hierarchical ordering rules * abandons elite authority * unless other graha in 10, may prefer to live free from heavy leadership duties

LNT was famed for his principled development of Christian Social Anarchism . He promoted abdication of class-entitled privileges.


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