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icon of Terese of Avila


19th-century holy card = Terese of Avila


Teresa of Avila painted by Peter Paul Rubens, Germany 1615 (32 yrs after her death)

Christian mystic

reformer of the Carmelite Order

author of The Interior Castle published 1577 CE


Teresa de Avila

a.k.a. Teresa Sanchez de Cepeda y al-Thumada

a.k.a. Saint Therese of Jesus

Earth-birth Wednesday-28-Mar-1515

dematerialization CE 04-Oct-1582 (age 67)


El Castillo Interior * 1515-1582 CE * Santa Teresa de Avila

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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

born on Chaturdashi * Shukla Paksha

Rising Nakshatra

Feminine Nativities


Purnavasi * Vutvrta * Jamitra

BPL commentary

For Saptarishi births of a feminine valence, the condition of prosperous, preaching, inclusive, broad-scope, philosophical, humanistic Guru may considerably affect the outcome. Due to the definitive influence of dhava-karaka Guru, ladies born in Puna, Visaka, or Purvabhadra may find that their worldview is greatly shaped by the character of the husband.

For those born into the Brihaspati-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 have 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 represent 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 human wisdom for evocative writing or speaking. Often excellent writers who can facilitate spiritual growth via specific explanation and 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-philosophy. Pada-4 also embodies the tension between global, paternalistic Guru versus local, motherly Chandra. Often these remarkable women are found in the gardening and domestic realms. Natural herbal physicians, they understand and can elicit 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.

Although the priestly husband seeks wisdom, for Karkata-Punarvasu the husband may also be adversarial, polluted, impoverished, or ailing (due to Guru 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 93

"... will be successful in everything she undertakes.

If she elects to have a career of her own,

  • she will become very well known and highly respected.

If she marries,

  • she will have a husband and children who adore her

  • and her domestic life will be most happy .

Her house will be orderly and well kept,

  • as she is very particular and discriminating,

  • and insists on beautiful and harmonious surroundings for herself and family.

Her health is good

  • except that she will suffer from gastric complaints

  • and must be careful in her diet."


Teresa in 1561 (TA age approx 46) == about 20 years before her death (TA age 67, in 1582)


Teresa of Avila painted by Peter Paul Rubens, Germany 1615 * painted 23 years after her death)

Biographical details matched to the Vimshottari Dasha

Surya Mahadasha * age birth until 3 months

28-Mar-1515 Earth-birth in Avila (Abula) Castilo y Leon, Espagna * Surya-Shukra bhukti

Chandra Mahadasha * age 3 months until age 10.3

Mangala Mahadasha * age 10.3 until age 17.3

Nov-1528 (TS age 14) grieved the sudden decease of her mother Beatriz de Ahumada y Cuevas = Mangala-Shani bhukti

Rahu Mahadasha * age 17.3 until age 35.3

Nov-1535 (TS age 21) entered Carmelite monastery without her father's permission * Rahu-Guru bhukti * Guru activates 9-congregation of belief ++ 6-sickness; she became deeply ill in cloister)

Dec-1543 (TS age 28) grieved the decease of father Alonso Sanchez de Cepeda * Rahu-Ketu bhukti

Guru Mahadasha * age 35.3 until age 51.3

1556-1559 (TS ) period of intense divine visions * Guru-Ketu bhukti

1562 (TS age 47) began her Reform movement, requiring barefoot, self-flagellation, extreme poverty * Guru-Chandra bhukti. * Chandra lagnesha. Followed by Guru-Mangala bhukti * Mangala activates revolutionary 3-8 from Chandra. initiation, transformation, renewal, rebirth.

1566 (TS age 51) publication of Camino de Perfeccion a manual for nuns *

Shani Mahadasha * age 51.3 until decease

1577 (TS age 62) publication of El Castilo Interior * Shani-Chandra bhukti * Chandra lagnesha occupies 3-publication

1576-1579 (TS age 61-64) an inquisition against her carried out by ultra conservative Carmelite religious forces. * Shani-Mangala bhukti * another and this time much more difficult transformation.

04-Oct-1582 (TS age 67) dematerialization +++ also possibly the date of death could be 15-Oct-1582 due to the Catholic-nations shift to Gregorian calendars occurring at the time of her decease. Either date would match her Shani-Rahu bhukti * Rahu-2 maraka

Distinctive Features of the Nativity

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

Atmakaraka = blinding bright truth, creativity, politics, literary genius, certainty, unique entitlements, father, divinity

  • Surya-Meena * Bhaskara * the illuminator * brightly charismatic confidence of Center-stage Surya radiates through the expansively visionary rashi of Brihaspati
  • 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-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-Shukra * confidently harmonious * brightly creative bargainer * uniquely intelligent feminine-figures * entitled to pleasures * aesthetic expressions align with the spiritual rays of the Sun * financial politics * graciously creative * dramatic promises * radiantly diplomatic * self-reflexively attractive * father may be artist-broker-arranger


Surya is exceptionally strong via Shad-bala (the six weights) and Surya activates Rahu-2. Teresa published her own [Surya] books and brochures, started her own [Surya] monastic order, and delivered her own [Surya] teachings (9).


Dad = a Jewish merchant who purchased a knighthood and assimilated into Christian society. Teresa was the third child of Don Alonso Sanchez de Cepeda by his second wife, Doņa Beatriz Davila y Ahumada

9th-from-Surya paternal grandfather = Shani-Vṛścika-Jyeṣtha-5

paternal grandfather = converso (Inquisition-forced Jewish convert to Christianity) Vṛścika indicates occult, hidden, mysterious matters.

Chandra * matrikaraka (mother) * garha-karaka (village) lagnesha for Karkata indriya lagna

  • Chandra in Uttaraphalguni-Aryaman * soothed by dramatic centrality * protectors of celebrity entitlement * needs political theatre
  • Chandra-Kanya * comforted by remedial service * sensitive to logical argument * needs to help
  • 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


lagnesha Chandra-3 + Shani randresha occupies 3rd-from-3rd. Success in writing and publishing the literature of spiritual transformation. El Castilo Interior 1515-1582 St. Teresa de Avila best known for her mystical autobiography El Castillo Interior which has been continuously in print since 1550 CE. Karakamsha-9 contains Budha spiritual publications

Comforting Chandra activates Svamsha


Doņa Beatriz Davila y Ahumada

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

  • Mangala-Urisha * vigorous pursuit of heritage collections * proactive in acquisition * conserves the hoard * pushes the herd * competes for banked treasuries * sound engineering * actively preserves food * promotes color value * dynamic arts of speech-song * innovative conservation * pioneering libraries * champion of historic knowledge
  • 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-Guru * multiple competitions * many brother-figures * energized growth * dynamic generosity * masculine force joins optimistic expansion * champion of philosophy * potential for aggressive preaching * promotes broad worldview * indoctrinating actions


[Yogakaraka] = Mangala-Urisha rules

  • 5-intelligence, creativity, celebrity, children, gambling, financial speculation, center-of-attention roles
  • 10 social visibility, respect, reputation, elite positions, iconic stature, leadership, public-authority-roles

Motivating Mangala activates Rahu-Mesha in the 10th navamsha

;Kuja the Activist occupies the doctrinal, philosophical, preaching 9th-from-Chandra

Dhanayoga = Guru activates -9 + occupies-11

  • Teresa had 99 problems, but money was not one of them. Her father was highly affluent, and Dad provided generously for her.

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

  • Budha-Meena [nīcha] * intuitive communications * articulation of private spiritual guidance * imaginative pronouncements * explains the astral patterns * abstract conversations * symbolic information * foggy thinking * psychic instructions * meditative messages * describes visionary procedures * fuzzy logic * hands-arms-shoulders send dreamlike 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-Shukra * explainer of balanced arrangements * diplomatic conversations * parity-seeking discussions * manual adjustments * enjoys words * sweet descriptions * delivers instruction about relationships * articulator of equity in agreements * message of fairly bargained contracts * skilled in songwriting * talkative sister-cousin-cohort * detailed lyricist * attracts chatty partners

Vargottamsha [nīcha] Budha-yuti-Surya Meena

author of The Interior Castle * El Castillo Interior = published in 1577 CE - continuously in print since the year 1577 and selling briskly

[nīcha-bhanga] Budha in bhava-9. The nīcha-bhanga is granted due to [uchcha] Shukra joining [nīcha] Budha in kendra 7th-from-Chandra.

the sacred corpse of Santa Teresa de Avila was literally torn apart by competing Roman-Catholic religious sects of priests, monks, and nuns who all wanted a piece of the saint's holy and non-decomposing body for their local reliquaries.; St. Theresa's corpse became a celebrated relic all across Europe. [nīcha] Budha activates 12 occupies-9

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

  • 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-11 * great friendliness * much networking * much achievement * big social-participation groups * several large assemblies * numerous revenues * many social-material goals * extensive marketplace linkage * patron of community exchange systems * in a wifely nativity, husbandly-companion may be an earner-socialite-networker
  • Guru-yuti-Mangala * multiple brotherly-figures * permission to compete-and-win * expansive conquests * progressive philosophy * large-scale invasive actions * vigorous champion of optimistic belief
  • Guru in bhava-11 ** parivartamsha ** Shukra-9 [uchcha]

Guru occupies the divinely optimistic 9th-from-Chandra

Guru in 6th-from-6th * enemies of the enemies * diseases which attack other diseases

When abundant Guru occupies 6th-from-6th, one's own enemies (and Teresa had plenty) also have many enemies of their own. Guru occupies 6th-from-6th is not a cancellation but rather a compensation, which tends to balance the playing field and prevent one's enemies from ever gaining a decisive advantage.

Santa Teresa suffered a lifetime of illness. However, even following extremely debilitating sicknesses, she recovered sufficiently and returned to work. Guru rogesha activates 6 but also Guru occupies 6th-from-6th. Multiplies both the number of friends (11) and the number of enemies.

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

  • Shukra-Meena [uchcha] * appreciation of music * likes fantasy * often looks beautiful * envisions harmony * prefers an imaginative partner * attracted to dreamy artists * intuitively balanced designs * sensual feet * bargains for sanctuary * enjoys symbolic clairsentience * contemplative aesthetic
  • Shukra-9 * seeks pleasure via philosophical doctrine * enjoys wide worldview * believes in beauty * feminine-figures preach-teach on higher principles * broad scope of negotiations * expansive musical taste * pleasing designs to adorn the pelvic floor * graceful hips * balanced femoral sockets * sweet sacral plexus * appreciation of theory * father may be financier-broker-arbitrator-artist * in a husbandly nativity, wifely-companion may hold a guidance position
  • Shukra-yuti-Surya * balanced roles in drama * appreciation for political display * pleasantly charming * self-focused diplomacy * radiant bright beauty * self-reflexive bargaining * sweet entitlements * negotiating father-figure * self-directed arrangements * focus on trade exchange * solipsistic romance * idealistic contracts * enjoys the game of deal-making * prefers self-confident partners
  • Shukra-yuti-Budha * sweetened messages * gracious explanations * talented in singing-songwriting * articulate negotiations * advocates for reasoning process * talkative feminine-figures * pleasant conversations * bargaining for business * sibling-cohort collaborative harmony * enjoys the company of students * detailed contracts * prefers logical arrangements
  • Meena-Shukra -9 * parivartamsha * Guru in bhava-11


dhana-yoga = ruler of 11 in 11th-from-11th ** extra empowerment via [uchcha] Shukra in 11th-from-11th.

Teresa had "99 problems" but one of them was not mani-money. In an exceptional rare situation for women in her times, Teresa had personal treasury from her father (Shukra-9). She was also remarkably successful in calling upon wealthy aristocrats (Mangala-11) to continuously fund (11) her reforms

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

  • 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 * at times, penetration of the mysteries requires great effort * 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-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

Shani in Bhava-5 occupies the emotionally talkative, communicative cohort instructive descriptive team-working administrative managerial announcing publishing reporting explanatory conversational lyrical messaging 3rd-from-Chandra ++ Shani can indicate a tendency toward depression from overwork.

Teresa lived in cruel times, and she would have observed more than adequate evidence to support a negativist viewpoint. However, shani also receives drishti of Guru-yuti-Mangala-11 which counteract depression with an optimistic [Guru] activist [Kuja] energy and faith.

Shani in Bhava-5 imposes strict rules on limitation of romance, entertainment, creativity, children. Religious reformer of the Carmelite Order of celibate women.

Shani occupies the Arudha Lagna, suggesting public recognition for her creative writings

Under much duress (legalistic Shani-Vṛścika-5) organized the reformed Carmelite order of Catholic monks and nuns; her rules [Shani] still govern the cloisters to this day.

Shani activates 6th-from-Chandra, providing chronic patterns. Teresa suffered a lifetime of illness, due at least partly to extreme self-deprivation [Shani]. however, she lived a full lifespan and her illnesses did not ever cripple her mind due to disregarding Ketu also in 6th-from-Chandra; she considered it a normal and reasonable consequence of bodily life to suffer pain.

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

  • [Magha] Rahu-Singha [nīcha] * shimmering illusion of charisma * craving for attention * extraordinary entertainments * mask of radiant confidence * over-reaching, unique intelligence * marvelous drama *  fascinating entitlements * illusory flash of brilliant gambling * extravagant games * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of  brilliant risk-taking * fabulous speculations * glittering political power * seeks privilege via celebrity roles

  • Rahu in bhava-2 * passion for precious treasuries * in svabhava of Suave Shukra, the Shadowy Specter seeks glamorous goods * mesmerizing memories * risk-rewarding finance * fascinating voice * entrancing face * craves knowledge of sound values * intriguing genetics * outsider who cleverly insinuates into the values-fulfillment lineage * extraordinary recollection * mesmerizing speech-and-song * intermingled traditions * unconventional speech * shadowy interlopers infiltrate the family line * potential for opportunistic second marriage * adventurous character of mother's elder sibling * thrilling stories * remarkable libraries * ambitious hoard * mixed-language vocabulary * desires important evaluator roles * exotic foods * unusual breeds in animal herds * captivating collections * social mobility via values + heritage + memory


Magha is highly spiritualized, drawing confidence from dissolution of outdated rules, empowered by magical inner Fire

Often a liberating figure in spiritual politics

Capitalization, Voice-Face, Rahu-challenge to rigid social practices in finance, religious politics, worthiness, truth

Rahu in bhava-2 seeks privilege via important - often risky - cultural-mixing roles in evaluation, assessment, language, memory, knowledge, voice-speech-song, face-genetics, heritage, tradition, family lineage, food, seeds, herds-hoards, storage-stories-history, libraries, museums, databases, collections, banking, reserves, preservation, assets, capital wealth.

Rahu occupies the imaginative, Other-Worldly, prayerful, meditation-seeking 12th-from-Chandra

She proselytized to Spanish Jewish converts * Rahu-2 speech ruled by Shukra-9 doctrine. preaching

Rahu in 12th-from-Chandra receives drishti of Mangala.

The corpse of Santa Teresa de Avila was literally torn apart by competing Catholic religious sects of priests, monks, and nuns who all wanted a piece of the saint's holy and non-decomposing body for their local reliquaries.; St. Theresa's corpse became a celebrated relic all across Europe.

Rahu-Magha in bhava-2 indicates the family culture, traditional values, history, legacy

Rahu's ruler = Shukra-2 yuti Budha yuti Surya. Teresa was born into financially [Shukra] privileged and influential family, but there was a complexity of her lineage due to the extreme dangers of Inquisition Era. Her family genetics were both Arab and Jew by ancestry, but is was vitally important for them to appear [Rahu] as Euro-Christians. Bhava-2 gets drishti of conformist Shani.

theatrical opportunist Rahu-2-Simha

Rahu-2 Generally, indicates both financial ambition in the lineage, and unusual circumstances within the family

Teresa born into a financially privileged and influential merchant family. Her paternal grandfather belonged to the marrano (pejorative term for forcible converts) Jewish community. During the hideous brutalities of Spanish Inquisition, those who would be called marranos (a derogatory term meaning pigs) were forced to declare their conversion to Christianity under threat of death or torture along with loss of all lands, assets and rights.

Her father was born into a converso family. He purchased a knighthood and assimilated into Christian society, marrying a pious Christian wife of similar background. As a preacher, Teresa she proselytized to her own community of Spanish 'conversos'.

Ketu * chidrakaraka

  • Ketu-Kumbha * sociably dissociates from distribution webs * odd friends * walks away from regulated systems * incomplete nexus * empty profits * dissolves knitting * severed connections * not limited by conventional community * disarrayed ecologies * ignores restriction on futurism * releases a purple cloud of knotted linkage into the misty abyss
  • Ketu in classroom-8 * passively dissolves barriers hiding secret knowledge * ambivalent toward initiations * disregards occult boundaries * Witness to cycles of death-and-rebirth * fearless toward catastrophic upheaval * absent from spouse's family * vacuous obscurities * irrelevance of non-disclosure rules * dissolves psychic filters * not intimidated by terrors * ignores threats * dissolves obfuscations. * unless other graha in 8, may prefer to live free from in-laws

Ketu-8 occult knowledge occupies the emotionally hostile and contentious 6th-from-Chandra

From Teresa's writings:

"It is love alone that gives worth to all things."

"accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul."

"Do not be dismayed, at the number of things which you have to consider

before setting out on this divine journey,

which is the royal road to heaven.

By taking this road we gain such precious treasures

that it is no wonder if the cost seems to us a high one.

The time will come when we shall realize that all we have paid

has been nothing at all by comparison with the greatness of our prizes."

"Each of us has a soul, but we forget to value it.

We don't remember that we are creatures made in the image of God.

We don't understand the great secrets hidden inside of us ." [randhresha-8 [uchcha] Shukra in lagna]

"Prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God."

"and now my friends,

all that is true, all that is noble,

all that is just and pure,

all that is loveable and gracious,

whatever is excellent and admirable -

fill all your thoughts with these things."

~~ Epistle to the Philippians 4:8


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