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Jehan Cauvin (John Calvin) * artist provenance unknown


Protesting Christian Theologian

pastor, preacher, polemicist



John Calvin

a.k.a. Jean Calvin

a.k.a. Jehan Cauvin (birth name)

a.k.a. Iohan Cauvin

Earth-birth Tuesday-10-July-1509

Earthbody-Exit 27-May-1564 (age 54)


John Calvin * Jehan Cauvin * 1509-1564 * Protesting Christian Theologian

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Swatika * Chotthi * Vayu * Nishtya

BPL commentary

For Swatika 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 Swatika gentlemen are Mix-Master Middlemen. They tend to be fascinating figures. By skillfully mixing and trading with different folks, Swatika 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.

Swatika represents Rahu's desire to amplify Zukra'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 Shataviskaka, the Swatika-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, Swatika-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 Swatika's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Swatika-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."


John Calvin in midlife, attributed to Holbein the Younger, circa 1550

Biographical information matched to the Vimshottari Dasha calendar


Idelette de Bure Calvin im approximately 1540

Surya Mahadasha * age birth until age 5.5

10-July-1509 Earth-birth in Noyon (Noviomagus Veromanduorum) Hauts-de-France * Surya-Chandra bhukti * Chandra karmesha

Chandra Mahadasha * age 5.5 until age 15.5

grieved the decease of mother * Chandra-Rahu bhukti

1521 (JC age12) first job = secretarial tasks for the cathedral Bishop * Chandra-Budha bhukti * Budha writing tasks

1523 sent by his father to University of Paris to prepare for the priesthood (JC age 14) * Chandra-Zukra bhukti * Zukra lagnesha

Mangala Mahadasha * age 15.5 until age 22.5

1528 begins law school at University of Orleans (JC age 19) * Mangala-Budha bhukti * Budha reporting, clerkship

1530 (JC age 21) break from Roman-rite Catholic Church * Mangala-Zukra bhukti * Zukra randhresha = sudden, unexpected changes

26-May-1531 grieved the decease of father (JC age 22) * Mangala-Surya bhukti * Surya rules 2nd-from-Surya

Rahu Mahadasha * age 22.5 until age 40.5

1532 earned licentiate in Law ++ first book published * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti * Guru-yuti-Rahu

01-Nov-1533 wrote a public sermon about need for reform in the RC Church denounced as heretical by the faculty * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti * Rahu in bhava-2 speeches

Mar-1536 publication of Institutio Christianae Religionis (Institutes of the Christian Religion). Rahu-Guru bhukti * Guru-yuti-Rahu * Guru theology

May-1538 Calvin and Farel are expelled from the city of Geneva for heresy * their lives much in danger * Rahu-Shani bhukti

Aug-1540 exchange of the vows of marriage with the widow Idelette de Bure (JC age 31) * Rahu-Budha bhukti * Budha rules-7 navamsha

child-1 died shortly after birth * Rahu-Ketu bhukti * Budha lagnesha

29-Mar-1549 grieved decease of wife Idelette following the decease of all of their joint children (JC age 40) * Rahu-Mangala chidra-dasha * Mangala rules 7th-from-7th-from-Chandra

Guru Mahadasha * age 40.5 until decease age 54

27-Oct-1553 on order of Calvin and the town council, JC's theological adversary, physician, polymath, and scientist Michael Servetus was burned at the stake.* Guru-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 5-politics

04-Jun-1559 the primary-and-secondary school College Calvin opens * Guru-Zukra bhukti * Zukra lagnesha

1560 published the final edition (of many revisions/editions) of The Institutes (JC age 51) * Guru-Surya bhukti * Surya rules 11-accomplishments, goals

27-May-1564 Lightbody Lift-off (JC age 54, tuberculosis) * Guru-Rahu chidradasha

Distinctive features of the Nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

  • Surya-Karkata * Bhanu * ray of light * brightly charismatic confidence of Center-stage Surya radiates through the nourishing caretaking rashi of Chandra
  • Surya in bhava-10 * digbala * bright center of hierarchy * confidently governing * legislative intelligence * focus on social order * regulatory entitlements * political authority * 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-Zukra * 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


Dad = Gerard Cauvin. Dad = cathedral notary and registrar to the ecclesiastical court.. His position was lucrative and respected. Dad died in 1531 (via testicular cancer).


Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • Chandra-Meza * comforted by rhythmic forward pursuit
  • Chandra in bright Krittika * comforted by confident assertion * protectors of intelligent tradition * needs to feel lineage creativity = Kri

  • Chandra in classroom-7 * comforted by arrangements * familiar with security-focused bargaining * soothed by match-making * needs to feel the repeating pulse of deal-making * accustomed to routine habits of matched partnership * settled into the rhythm of negotiations * need for balanced contracts * nourished by undulating agreements * undulating equity


MARRIAGE partnership support expectations

Idelette de Bure Stordeur Calvin (born 1500, died 1549)

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

  • Mangala-Mithunaya * vigorous pursuit of interaction * competitive commerce * proactive information delivery * energetic group collaboration * dynamic debate * dominating gestures * lively writing * kinetic conversation * push toward explanatory instruction * champion of process management
  • Mangala in bhava-9 * karako bhavo nashto * drive toward doctrine * champion of paradigmatic belief * pursuit of patronage * dynamic preaching * philosophy of conquest * aggressive or sexualized paternal energies * dominating father-figures. Often Kuja-9 = challenges to the father's life + lifestyle.

Mutual drishti of Kuja-9 ++ Shani-12 = Challenging father, social obligations prevent private study


Kuja-Shani mutual drishti = associated with anxiety. Calvin was said to suffer acutely from anxiety among numerous other ailments. Ongoing worry and reflexive caution would have been fully understandable given the volatile political-religious climate, house raids, expulsions, and public burning at the stake which were common occurrences in his venue.

Mangala-9 rules

  • 2-banking, treasuries, savings, capital
  • 7-contacts, fair-deals, equity, representation, advocacy

The Protestant Reformation in western Europe in the 1500's was an era of violent persecution for heresy, and continuous social upheaval caused inter alia by the rise of mercantilism, nationalism and widespread literacy due to the new printing press (Mangala-Mithunaya).

JC led a refugee sangha of Protesting Christians who were in constant danger of torture and death from their theological competitors in the Catholic Church. Despite the ongoing attacks from the taxing priesthood of the Church of Rome, the refugee protestors (Protestants) quickly realized acquisition of capital gains when freed from the taxes and tithes of the older religious hierarchy.

Although represented as an abstract theology, much of Calvin's doctrine delivered direct and indirect messages about usury, taxation, banking, and contract law. (He was a trained lawyer.)

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

  • Azlesa-Budha-Karkata * comfortable communications * hand, arm, shoulders make protective gestures * rhythmic articulation of root culture * discusses ethnic roots * prescriptive routines * argues for foundational stability * describes protective fencing * defensive posture in discourse * converses with caretakers * environmental wardens * issues customary pronouncements * delivers nutritional information * habitually chats about the local settlement
  • 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 * central roles in communication * brightly clear descriptions * dramatic enunciation * confidently delivers instruction * articulation of radiant certainty * political messenger * talkative father-figures
  • Budha-yuti-Zukra * 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

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

Guru located in the emotionally turbulent, perpetually transformative, trauma-inducing 8th-from-Chandra * Shakata Yoga

  • Guru-Vrizchika * much mystery * many sudden discoveries * believes in healing * many masks * hidden doctrine * transformative guidance * expands the scope of secret undertakings * multiple initiations
  • Guru in bhava-2 * much hoard * many songs * many stories * extensive history * generous reserves * several genetic lines * many accumulated goods * numerous languages * expansive eyes * many voices * many valuations * extensive accounts * grows the family lineage * believes in historic conservation * patron of speech-and-song * in a wifely nativity, husband-figure may be a keeper-collector-preserver
  • Guru-yuti-Rahu mizra-karaka * multiple mix-culture opportunities * permission to bend barriers * many impostors * abundant expedience * wide scope of ambition * craving for expansion * seeks promotional advantage via globalist philosophy * optimistic toward obtainment of privilege

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

lagnesha for Thula radical lagna

  • Zukra-Karkata * appreciation of comforting routine * likes to nourish * attracted to homeowners * preference for folk-lifestyle + farmers * pleasures of secure borders * enjoys rhythmic seasons * shared gardening * seeks balanced parenting arrangements* aesthetic of domestic sharing
  • Zukra-10 * seeks pleasure via regulated order * enjoys lawful social authority * makes socially important contractual agreements * reputation for gracious balancing * institutional finance * respects feminine-figures * harmonious governance * aesthetic of beautiful structures * appreciation of order * in a husbandly nativity, wife-figure may hold a high social position
  • Zukra-yuti-Surya * balanced roles in drama * appreciation for political display * theatrical negotiations * self-focused diplomacy * radiant bright beauty * self-reflexive bargaining * sweetly confident entitlements * enjoys games * negotiating father-figure * intelligent arrangements * focus on trade exchange * self-directed romance * idealistic contracts * match-making according to father's choice or self-will
  • Zukra-yuti-Budha * sweetened messages * gracious explanations * talented in singing-songwriting * articulate negotiations * talkative feminine-figures * pleasant conversations * bargaining for business * sibling-cohort communicative harmony * enjoys the company of students * detailed contracts * logical arrangements

Calvin's wife held a responsible role in their congregation. She was widely respected within their hierarchy.

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

Chronic illness and chronic animosity

  • Shani-Kanya * heavy old accusations * obliged to sustain litigious disagreements * rigidly persistent disease conditions * vital energy compression stress zone = colon + digestive tract * must materialize orderly ways to aid the injured and help the mistreated * weighty subordinate tasks * strictly imposed hierarchical conditions of enforced servitude * must work within proletarian master-slave systems * must respect slow, elder physicians and their outdated remedies * must accept the limitations of institutionalized service * insufficient pharmacy * must work with aging, dried medications * must continue to minister to the suffering despite scarce available resources
  • Shani in Bhava-12 * Structured, orderly, time-conscious sleep state. One must retreat in fear from the guidance of dreams and visions. Cautious, conventional fantasies; imposed invisibility; tense imagination, limited sleep, chronic resistance to interior wisdom; heavy legacy pressure against free channeling of clairsentient wisdom. Psychic fatigue. Resistance to new prayers. Resentment toward changes in meditation practice. Intolerance toward unconventional foreigners. Support for socially-approved, rigidly dutiful roles as researcher, incarcerator, bedbound invalid, sanctuary maintainer, monastery or hotel worker

Mutual drishti of Kuja-9 ++ Shani-12

  • = Challenging father (Kuja-9) + social obligations (Shani) prevent private study
  • Toward the end of his life, the only time JC was able to be alone with his private thoughts was when he was sick (often severely sick)
  • His later writings were actually transcripts of his extensive sermons, written by corps of amanuenses (scribes). JC often expressed regret that he could not take the time to edit his own words, and thus had to accept the prospect of misinterpretation of his arguments * Shani-Kanya burden of argument

Chronic illness leads to exhaustion from Overwork

His lifetime featured chronic illnesses and persistent animosity from the social order, indicated not only by Shani in Bhava-12 in 6th-from-Chandra

Children * putrapathi-Shani-12

Idelette was a widow with two living children when she married JC. Her deceased husband had been a friend of JC's. She brought a small endowment into her marriage with JC, cared diligently for his failing health (while her own health also faltered) and during the marriage she bore JC at least three children. Sadly, due to putrapathi-Shani-12, all of the children died in infancy.


In addition to his chronic illness and pervasive Anxiety , Calvin's documenters report that JC's grief following the death of his beloved wife and helpmate Idelette was unresolvable.

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

  • Rahu-Vrizchika * shimmering illusion of mystery * craving for rebirthed identity * expedient gains from dangerous threats * over-reaching engagement with explosive hidden forces * preposterous camouflage * mesmerizing power of rejuvenation * fabulous surgeries * exotic secret initiations * mask of deep inner transformations * fascinating arcane knowledge * intriguing enactment of revolutionary force * marvelous hidden liaisons * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of healing shakti * thrilling emergency intervention * seeks privilege via revelatory disclosures * amazingly shocking insights * self-promotion via exciting discovery-roles
  • Rahu in bhava-2 * passion for precious treasuries * in swabhava of Suave Zukra, the Shadowy Specter glamorous goods * risk-rewarding finance * fascinating voice * entrancing face * craves knowledge of sound values * intriguing genetics * outsider who cleverly insinuates into the values-fulfillment lineage * extraordinary use of language * mesmerizing sounds * mixed traditions * unconventional speech * shadowy ; interlopers in the family line * opportunistic second marriage * adventurous character of mother's elder sibling * unorthodox use of historical records * thrilling libraries * ambitious database collections * speaks with shadowy implications * desires important evaluator roles * exotic foods * unusual breeds in animal herds * challenges the rules for conservation-banking-storage * captivating museums * seeks privilege via boundary-breeching recollections of memory
  • Rahu-yuti-Guru * amplified generosity * magnified diversity * exotic beliefs * tricky teachings * opportunistic guides * unconventional children * fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of inspired philosophy * hypnotic preaching * expansive worldview * inclusive cross-cultural mixing * optimistic about risk

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

  • Ketu-Urisha * financially dissociates from collections * breaks-up compulsive acquisition * incomplete containment * dissolved treasury * disregards conventional valuations * not limited by historical knowledge * incoherent lineage * ignores restriction on speech-voice-sight * releases a rich blue cloud of hoarded goods 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

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