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The Grateful Dead

Jerry Garcia

a.k.a. Jerome John Garcia

Earthbody-Entry Saturday-01-Aug-1942

Earthbody-Exit 09-Aug-1995 (age 53)


Grateful Dead bandmate, songwriter, musician, entertainer * 1942-1995 * Jerry Garcia

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born on day-6 Shashti of Krishna Paksha

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Punarvasu * Aditya

BPL commentary:

high forehead. Most Punavasu nativities are higher dimensional Seva-wanderers.

For Punarvasu natives, the condition of prosperous, preaching, inclusive, broad-scope, philosophical, humanistic Guru may considerably affect the outcome.

Teachers, preachers, professors, patrons, agents of generosity and guidance, guru-figures, ideologues, indoctrinators, theorists, know-it-alls, proselytes, philosophers, pontificators, pundits, pater-nosters, proponents of principled understanding, wise-ones, wizards, druids, and paradigms of belief may be especially influential.

Guidance from the Twin Gardeners called Castor-and-Pollux.

QUOTATION 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."

Biographical data matched to Vimshottari Dasha



Budha Mahadasha * age birth until 16.8

01-Aug-1942 Earth-birth * Budha-Budha swabhukti

1948 (age 6) drowning grieved decease of father * Budha-Surya period * pitrimaraka Surya rules 7th-from-9th

Ketu Mahadasha * age 16.8 until 23.8

1960 joins the Army (age 17) to avoid jail * Ketu-Surya period * Surya rules 6th-from-Chandra militarily ++ Simha contains Kuja-yuti-Rahu fighting, risk

03-Apr-1963 (age 20) marriage-1 * Ketu-Rahu period * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Mithunaya-Dhanuzya contact Mithunaya lagna

08-Dec-1963 Child-1 * Ketu-Guru period

Zukra Mahadasha * age 23.8 until 43.8

28-Sep-1970 * grieved the decease of mother following injuries from a car wreck * Zukra-Surya period * Surya rules 12th-from-Chandra

1975-1985 heroin addiction * diabetes * Zukra-Rahu until Zukra-Ketu

31-Dec-1981 marriage-2 * Zukra-Shani period * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Karkata-Makara contact navamsha R-K axis * Shani rules (married for mutual tax reasons)

Surya Mahadasha * age 43.8 until 49.8

July-1986 = 5-day, near-fatal diabetic coma * Surya-Surya swabhukti * Surya rules emotionally ill 6th-from-Chandra

1989 heroin relapse * Surya-Shani period * Shani rules 8-emergencies

Chandra Mahadasha * age 49.8 until decease age 53

14-Feb-1994 marriage-3 * Chandra-Rahu period * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Vrizchika-Vrishabha contact Vrizchika-Vrishabha swamsha

09-Aug-1995 Lightbody Lift-off via heart-attack (age 53) * Chandra- Guru period * Guru rules-7

Distinctive Features of the Nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

  • Surya-Karkata * Bhanu * ray of light
  • Surya in bhava-2 * center of values, intelligence for storage, conservation, containment, values; focus on treasuries, bright face-speech-song, eye on capitalization-banking, * father = center of family
  • Surya-yuti-Budha * confidently conversational, bright messenger, entitled to discuss

Surya-8 conditions of departure * heart failure related to diabetes


Garcia's father was a musician and tavern-keeper (provider of sustenance = Karkata-2 food). Dad was killed by drowning when Jerry was only six years old.

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • Chandra in Revatika-Pashu * comforted by wayfaring rhythms * protector of poetic interpretations, wise familiar lyrics, soothing dreamlike songs, ancient folk narratives * Pushana * The Pied Piper
  • Chandra-Meena * comforted by rhythmic ancestral guidance
  • Chandra in classroom-10 * comfort in order, familiar with protocol, rank, soothed by systems, law, iconic roles, visibility, recognition, respect

Chandra in Revatika-Pashu ++ Chandra-10 Familiar face * unchanging rhythms

Garcia toured and wrote with his musical band (Budha). The show went on the road constantly for thirty years. Yet their list of venues did not change very much. Like migrating wildlife, they returned to the same locales, year after year. Garcia liked a predictable (Chandra) calendar of gatherings in familiar (Chandra) places.

Marriages * emotional exchange assessed via 7th-from-Chandra-10

three legal marriages, one union with child, and numerous supplemental relationships

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

  • Mangala in bhava-3 * drive toward commerce, pursuit of messaging, active touring, invasive management, energized, aggressive sibling-figures, administrative conquests
  • Mangala-Singha * vigorous pursuit of fame, drama; push toward entitlement
  • Kuja-yuti-Rahu * energized pretense, dynamic desires, masculine force joins opportunistic ambition

addictions Kuja occupies emotionally unbalanced 6th-from-Chandra

ruler of 12 imagination in 10th-from-12th bhava-9 * visionary painter, musician; notable narrative of OOB experience in ET-ship

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka


  • Budha-Karkata * comfortable communications, articulation of rhythmic root culture, customs, security, foundations
  • Budha in bhava-8 * narrative of hidden mysteries, unexpected circumstances, sudden change, new identity
  • Budha-yuti-Surya * articulation of radiant confidence, message of willpower and charisma

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

  • Guru in bhava-7 * many contracts, much negotiation, much partnership, abundant agreement, numerous alliances
  • Guru-Mithunaya * much communication, many merchants, conversations about belief, doctrine of inclusive messaging, expansive evangelism
  • Guru-yuti-Zukra sodarya-karaka * multiple sisterly-figures, abundant pleasures and treasures

rogesha Zukra greatly expanded via Brihaspati *

Garcia struggled with diabetes, obesity, and recurring drug addictions throughout his life. Also, multiple marriages due to Zukra-yuti-Guru

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

  • Zukra-Mithunaya * appreciation of detailed, communications, aesthetic of handiwork, pleasures of detailed explanations, articulated messaging arrangements
  • Zukra-7 * pleasure of interpersonal relationships, enjoys contractual harmony, appreciation of equity
  • Zukra-yuti-Guru * gracious generosity, expanded beauty, sweetly inclusive doctrines of belief

Zukra rules thula-11. Garcia enjoyed a large fan base via expansive Zukra-yuti-Guru supporting a 30-year career in musical performance touring

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

Sarala Yoga

  • Shani-Vrizabha * old values, pressured storage, old treasuries, pressured neck-jaw, imposed collections, must preserve with scarce resources
  • Shani in Bhava-6 * must serve the problematic * advantageous placement for outlasting one's enemies; military seige; cautious, conventional crimes; chronic illness-injury syndromes

Surya rules 10th navamsha * Kumbha * mass gatherings, social-participation movements

Shani rules the emotionally motivated community-linking, economically fruitful, profit-regulated, friendly, participatory, goal-oriented, socially-networked 11th-from-Chandra = fans, community, social networks

Shani occupies 6th radical bhava. The fans distinctively did not want to hear new material (Shani resists change).

bhratrupathi-3 touring Shani-6 = illness and addiction related to touring

any papagraha in bhava-6 can be beneficial. Mr. Garcia began self-medicating at age 15 and continued until his death age 53. Among numerous other health challenges, he was also a diabetic heroin addict. Despite many police arrests (6) Garcia never went to prison nor even to jail more than overnight. He was a frequent patron of rehabilitation "detox" residential treatment centers. Shani-6 drishti to 8-12-3 is generally helpful by providing resistance to the outcomes of 8, 12, and 8th-from-8th.

Shani occupies 6, Shani rules Ketu-3, Shani casts drishti upon 3, and Shani occupies the emotionally motivated evangelical communicative cohort instructive descriptive team-working administrative managerial announcing publishing reporting explanatory conversational lyrical messaging 3rd-from-Chandra. Shani's ruler Shukra and Shukra rules the purvazadha lagna.

Garcia developed a traveling musical band (3) which toured (Ketu-3) constantly for decades (Shani), rarely altering the performance routine (Shani prevents change). He toured with a musical band of friends (11) for 30 years, many times expressing exhaustion but always, usually for reasons of indebtedness (Shani-6) returning to this work.

Although an iconic figure, he was never the sole center of the Grateful Dead and other bands. Garcia with the home-and-routine needy Karkata-Surya-8 was never inclined toward the singular focus royalty-celebrity lifestyle often feigned by popular stage performers. Shani's ruler Zukra-yuti-Guru and Guru casts dirshti into 11-1-3. The ensemble (3) toured in a drug-fueled environment which also defined their musical performances.

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

  • Rahu-Singha * nichha * mask of radiant dramatic celebrity
  • Rahu in bhava-3 * privilege via glamorous or unusual writing, reporting, news announcements, cinema, commentary, messaging, publishing; seeks a special, important explanatory, descriptive, or instructional role in commercial business, internet, cinema, or communications media. Opportunistic, ambitious sibling-cousin, cohort, or touring ensemble.
  • Kuja-yuti-Rahu * * amplified competition, exotic pursuits, tricky innovation, opportunistic brother-warriors

Kuja-yuti-Rahu located in 6th-from-Chandra

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu-Kumbha * incomplete economy, empty profits, dissolute systems
  • Ketu in classroom-9 * ambivalent toward the credenda; wandering worldview; absentee father-figures * no barriers in doctrine, disregards teachings, vacuous philosophy, irrelevance of the catechesis

Ketu-9 indicates an absentee father. Mr. Garcia's father, who was also a musician, died from accidental drowning during a family holiday when young Jerry was only six years old.


Grateful Dead guitarist and singer-songwriter, Jerry Garcia in the 1970's


Jerry Garcia in 1984, age 42


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