Sunday, May 10, 2015

Maurice Pourchon

Astro Databank provided very accurate details of Maurice Pourchon. Some information about him is also available on Wikipedia.

1st and 8th lord Venus is debilitated with neechabhanga due to Jupiter (owns the sign where Venus gets exaltation) being in a quadrant from lagna. However, as any experienced astrologer would say, there is no such thing as "cancellation". Neechabhanga would only reduce the effect. Shadbala for Venus is also low. 3rd lord Moon is not very strong either. Overall, it appears that the native has medium longevity (madhyama ayurdaya). The native lived for close to 59 years.

Jupiter is a definite maraka for this horoscope (owns 8th house and is placed in natural 8th house and 7th house from Lagna). Ketu, Venus, Mercury, Sun and Rahu are all marakas due to various reasons. Of these, Venus, Mercury and Sun are functional benefics and less likely to cause harm to the native. That leaves Rahu and Ketu. The native was going through Rahu/Jupiter Ashtottari dasa until 1995-06-26 and departed on 1995-06-23. Ashtottari dasa seems to be quite accurate w.r.t predicting time of death.

The native's political career was vibrant between 1965 and 1986. All of this period falls between Saturn and Mercury Vimsottari dasas. They are yoga karakas for Taurus ascendant.

Dara (wife) karaka and 7th lord Mars is in gandanta and natural dara karaka Venus is debilitated. The native was widowed. 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Case Study: Accidental death.

These (6 Jun 1983, 22:21, Newton/Massachusetts) are the birth details of a person who accidentally fell down from fourth floor after having consumed alcohol. He left this world in 2003 April. A few points to note:

  1. 8th lord Moon is in gandanta (29 Pi 24). He is also the AK.
  2. Lagna lord is in 12th house.
  3. 6th lord Venus (watery planet) in 8th house (death) which happens to be watery sign owned by a watery planet.
  4. Lagna has the association of Mars, Saturn, Ketu, Rahu with no beneficial aspect.
Venus (6th lord in 8th house) is definitely a maraka for this native. So, are Rahu (in 7th house), Mercury (7th lord with aspect of 2nd lord) and Saturn (2nd lord). The unfortunate event happened in Venus/Jupiter vimsottari dasa. Given that lagna lord is weak in 12th house, this is not totally surprising. The event falls in Venus/Saturn ashtottari dasa - which seems more indicative.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

A genuinely responsible astrologer.

I was reading the book "The Art of Matching Charts" by Gayatri Devi Vasudev. She referred to the horoscope of a young astrologer who refused to marry since he knew he was not going to live for long. Here are the excerpts:

One of my relatives had a similar chart (Tula lagna, Venus in the 12th house) and he too passed away quite young.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Diane Varsi

Diane Varsi is a Hollywood actress who suffered from nervous breakdown. Here are a few interesting aspects of her horoscope.

  • 10th house has well-placed Venus and Mercury. Sun in the 10th house strength too. Note that Venus represents arts and Mercury represents excellence in arts. It is expected that the native would do well in arts. Even from Moon, 10th lord is between Venus and Mercury.
  • Debilitated Moon and debilitated Rahu together. Moon represents mind and Rahu represents black-magic and apasmara (forgetfulness). Moon and Rahu being close indicates easily depressed mind. In this case both of them are debilitated. Moon has cancellation of debilitation via Venus (owner of the sign in which Moon gets exaltation) but he is also in gandanta. So, he is very weak.
  • From Moon, 5th lord is debilitated (albeit with cancellation) and 5th house has two malefics.
  • Scorpio represents addictions. Since the combination of Rahu and Moon occurred in this sign, I would have expected some sort of addiction. From lagna, this is the 7th house. So, I would think that she was at least longing for a good life-partner. Neither of that seems to be true.
  • From lagna, 7th house has Rahu and Moon while from Moon 7th house has debilitated Ketu with the aspect of Saturn. Her marriages did not last too long.
  • From lagna, Jupiter and Saturn have exchanged signs. They are the 9/10th and 11th lords. Jupiter has cancellation of debilitation (by the virtue of being exalted in Navamsa). So, during Ve/Ju dasa she got fame and wealth.
This is a horoscope where many things look obvious and many reasons appear for what has happened. The most important thing to notice is: when Moon is afflicted, especially due to Rahu, it could result in depression.  Venus and Mercury give a career in arts. It is another case study of Neechabhanga Rajayoga.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse is a famous writer of the 20th century. His popular work based on Indian spiritual journey "Siddhartha" is very well known. I have a few observations about his horoscope.

  • 3rd house has Saturn, Mars and Rahu together. 3rd house represents taste. Saturn represents intoxication and astringent things, in general. Note that Saturn is retrograde besides being associated with Mars who represents bitter taste and Rahu who represents extremes/obsession. These indicate the native's alcoholic nature. Hermann was known to be an alcoholic through most of his life.
  • The 5th lord Mars is hemmed between retrograde Saturn and Rahu. His Shadbala score is very low. For Dhanurlagna, Mars is the 5th lord (represents mind). In general, Mars, as the owner of Mesha/Aries, represents the head. Since Mars is afflicted so badly, the native was frequently depressed. Note that Mercury is also in the junction of Gemini and Taurus. Mercury represents one's intellect.
  • Upapada (UL) has three malefics with the 7th house seating Ketu in his own constellation. There is benefic aspect of Jupiter (who is himself in Ketu's constellation and retrograde). But that does not seem to have helped much. Overall, his marital life was never happy.
  • 8th house has 6th lord Venus. While Venus could be beneficial for financial reasons, it also means that his difficulties seem to have come through women.
  • Neither Jupiter nor Mercury is very strong. But their samasaptaka in quadrants seems to have helped the native in creative writing. As much as he suffered from depression, he had written very good spiritual stories. In D-10, Jupiter and Moon in the 10th house being aspected by Saturn has helped the native to gain great fame. In D-10, Rahu and Mercury are in the 3rd house. Rahu indicates passion and Mercury indicates writing/analytic thinking.
  • One of the most interesting things in the horoscope is that an overwhelming majority of the planets are in the constellations of Sa, Ra, Ma, Ke. Sun, Mars, Rahu, Maandi, Gulika are in Rahu's constellation. Moon, Venus, are in Saturn's constellation. Mercury is in Mars' constellation. Jupiter, Ketu are in Ketu's constellation. It looks like a strong karmic bond drove the native through out his life.
Let us look at the timing of the major events in his life.
  • 4th house represents mother. The 8th lord (Moon) is in the 4th house indicating troubles to mother. I had expected health and other problems to mother during Moon dasa or the dasa of a planet who is in Moon's constellation. However, his mother passed away during Mercury/Rahu dasa. From the 4th house (assuming that's the lagna of the mother), Mercury owns quadrants and did not lose that maleficence. Rahu is with the 2nd lord (Mars) and hence a maaraka. So, Me/Ra dasa is bad for the mother. 
  • Mercury and Rahu are in the 11th house from 4th house in D-12. Mercury is the 2nd lord from 4th house too so both the planets are maarakas for the mother. And finally, both of them are in the 6th house from the 4th lord.
  • His first marriage happened during Me/Ju dasa. It's not surprising given that Me, Ju and Su are the only three planets affecting the third house. I think that there is a small error in the time of birth. In Navamsa, neither Jupiter nor Mercury influence the 7th house. If the time of birth is a 1 minute 1 second earlier, then Jupiter is the 9th lord aspecting the 7th house and very capable of bestowing marriage.There are more reasons to believe that the time of birth is off by a minute or two. But it'll become too verbose to discuss them all. One point is that his wife had an episode of psychosis which is usually the characteristic of a negatively placed Rahu.
  • His sons were born in Me/Ju (Jupiter aspects 5th house), Ke/Ke (Ketu aspects 5th house and has the aspect of Jupiter also), Ketu/Mars (Mars is the 5th lord). 
  • Ketu's influence on the native is unpredictable. Ketu has given children to the native but in Me/Ke dasa, the native's father died. In D-12, Ketu is in the 12th house from 9th house.
  • Venus, being the 6th house in the 8th house, should have given good results, at least financially. But, he gave trouble through women (divorced his first wife). In Venus/Mars, he has given his most famous novel Siddhartha. Note that Mars is the 5th lord (mind) in 3rd house (initiatives) in D-1 and is in 5th house in D-10. However, since Ve and Ma are in 6-8 relationship in D-1, I did not expect that it would give good results.
  • Ve/Ra gave him second marriage. If the lagna in Navamsa falls in Cancer, then Rahu is in the 7th house. Venus is in (7th lord) Saturn's constellation. Notice that Rahu and Venus are in 6-8 relationship. His first marriage happened during Me/Ju who are in 6-8 relationship too. The second marriage ended in Ve/Ju dasa. They are in 6-8 in D-1 chart.
  • Again, a little unexpectedly, he passed away during Rahu/Jupiter. Rahu being a strongly placed malefic associated with the 2nd lord, is expected to give maaraka results. But Jupiter who is in Ketu's constellation was, I did not expect at the first sight.
Overall, the timing of events is not very clear in this horoscope. But the basic points like addiction, depression, interest in writing, difficulties in marriage are fairly clear. It's hard to completely understand what the planets are indicating, even for the best of the astrologers. After all, that's what distinguishes God from mortals.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Rosemary Clooney

Rosemary Clooney is a famous actress and singer. She was famous through 1950's and went through a slump in 1960's due to drug addiction and depression. In 1977, she made a comeback. I'm interested in two aspects of her horoscope -- her career as an artist, struggles with depression.

As many  texts have suggested, we should always analyze the horoscope from the stronger of Chandralagna and Lagna. In this particular case, the lagna lord has a shadbala of 113 whereas the lord of the Chandralagna  (Moon) has 137 points. So, let's analyze the horoscope from Moon.

  • The easiest point to notice is that the 9th and 10th lords have exchanged. This is the best Rajayoga according to many of our texts including BPHS. 
  • The 10th house has Venus and Jupiter. Venus represents arts and Jupiter represents knowledge. I've seen Jupiter and Venus together in the 10th house in many artists' horoscopes. One unexpected point, though, is that Jupiter and Venus are fairly apart. 
  • Venus is in the constellation of the 2nd lord (represents speech). This could be the indication that the native is a singer.
  • The 5th house from Moon has Saturn, Ketu, Maandi and Gulika. Scorpio is the natural 8th house (indicates secrets, addictions). Note that Saturn is retrograde. There is no benefic aspect at all. Quoting from "A Catechism of Astrology" by BV Raman (Q. 39 in the chapter titled Vocation):
Scorpio Rasi governs intoxicants, debilitated Venus or Saturn also govern the same. When Scorpio happens to be the 8th house or the 3rd house and Venus or Saturn occupies an afflicted position, the native will be addicted to intoxicants.

Saturn is the lord of the 8th house (intoxication) who is retrograde and positioned in the natural sign of intoxication. Ketu also indicates addiction. So, together these caused drug addiction. Since this combination happened in the 5th house (of mind, intellect), depression seems to have resulted.
  • Mercury could not give his complete results since he is in Rasi Sandhi (cusp of Taurus and Gemini). Nevertheless, he is in the constellation of Mars (who formed Rajayoga with Jupiter and is a Yogakaraka for Cancer lagna). So, he gave good results initially. But slowly it waned.
  • It's well documented (read Hindu Predictive Astrology by BV Raman) that Me/Sa is a very bad phase. In this case, both Mercury and Saturn are in Mercury's constellation, who is not a great benefic (owns 3rd and 12th houses). Precisely during this time, several problems surrounded her. Her husband's infidelity seems to have affected her. Saturn, the 7th lord who represents husband, is retrograde in 5th house (mind). Saturn is also the baadhaka for the 10th house. 
  • She was in psychotherapy for most of the Ketu dasa. Ketu, who is exalted in the 5th house, did not seem to help.
  • Eventually, Venus dasa has worked out for her. Venus is the 11th lord in 10th house in 2nd lord's constellation. Association of those three lords is a Rajayoga. Note that Venus himself is a malefic since he owns 4th and 11th houses. So, Ve/Ve did not give great results. From then on Sun (2nd lord in 11th house in own constellation), Moon 1st lord in own house Jupiter's constellation, Mars (10th lord in 9th house), Rahu in 11th house in Moon's constellation have all given good results. All these years have given good results.
  • She died during the Rahu antardasa (Rahu is with the 2nd lord with the aspect of the 8th lord, hence a Maraka). That she died during Moon's dasa is a little unexpected since Moon is a benefic for the horoscope.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hendrik Antoon Lorentz

Sometimes you look at a horoscope and everything is crystal clear. Sometimes you look at a horoscope and hate your inability to understand even the basics. This is a horoscope that completely confused me. 

Hendrik is a probably the best Dutch scientist ever. Einstein held him in such a great regard and even said "For me personally he meant more than all the others I have met on my life's journey."

Here are the factors that confused me the most about his horoscope.
  • Mars and Rahu are in degree conjunction. Rahu is exalted and Mars is not that strong in the horoscope. Even in D-9, the 7th house has Mars and Rahu along with Sun. It should indicate serious health problems for his wife (7th lord in 8th house in a degree conjunction with Rahu; hemmed between Saturn and Rahu). The Wikipedia article does not mention anything like that.
  • Mercury is in gandanta and does not have any benefic aspect. If at all, the combination of Saturn, Rahu and Mars aspecting Mercury would make things much worse. In addition to that, Mercury is in Ketu's constellation and vice-versa. Given that Mercury and Ketu are enemies and Ketu signifies lack of head, it is even more a problem. When Mercury is afflicted in this manner, the native would have had serious problems in learning sciences -- which cannot be further than truth.
I thought that maybe D-24 would show something clearer. There is nothing remarkable there either. Jupiter and Mercury being in 6x8 relationship indicates ordinary learning abilities. 5th and 6th lord exchange indicates negative things too. I'm lost.


I discussed this horoscope further with my respected seniors. Here is what they had to say:

  • Mars is Atmakaraka and placed in his own constellation. Rahu is along with him. Rahu indicates passion. Mars indicates electricity. 8th house indicates research into eletrodynamism/relativity. These planets being together indicates that the native had strong karmic carry over to pursue research in this field.