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  • Ellen "Nell" Herndon Arthur

Chester Arthur as a young lawyer in 1859 (age 30)


Chester Alan Arthur in 1881, wearing the fashionable sideburns of his day.

In 1881, Arthur had been recently widowed and was soon to to become POTUS-21, after the assassination of POTUS-20 Universal Education 1831-1881 James Garfield.


1881-1885 * POTUS-21

1871-1878 * Customs Collector of the Port of New York * appointed by POTUS-18 Civil War 1822-1885 Ulysses S. Grant

1861-1865 * Quartermaster General of the New York Militia

Chester A. Arthur

a.k.a. Chester Alan Arthur

a.k.a. Chet Arthur

Earthbody-Entry 05-Oct-1829

Earthbody-Exit 18-Nov-1886 (age 57)


POTUS-21 from 1881 until 1885 * Chester A. Arthur * 1829-1886

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

charts, graphs and tables produced by Shri Jyoti Star * adapted by BP Lama

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Bharani * Yamuna * Apa-bharanishe * Varni

BPL commentary

For Bharani births of a masculine valence, the condition of sweetly musical, artistic, harmony-seeking, negotiating, balancing, diplomacy, designing, matching, pairing, sensually pleasuring akarshana-karaka Bright Bhrigu may considerably affect the outcome.

For those born into the Zukra-ruled paradigm of Yamya, feminine figures such as sisters, aunts, and wives, along with partnerships, sensual pleasures, arrangements, valuation, pricing, equity, bargains, trades, treaties, trusts, adjustments, justice, finance, artistic beauty, treasuries, alignment, attunement, harmonies, and music, may be especially influential.

Guidance provided by instructors from the civilizations of Apis. Their purpose is acquisition of treasuries, carrying of beautiful objects , and preservation of values across the generations.

Burdened Banker Busy Bee

Zukra-ruled Bharani masculine-figures are the Money Guys. Yamuna-born are often found in the worlds of banking, valuation, capital markets, currency-trading, mints and coinage. Connoisseurs of pricing and aggressive deal-makers, they vigorously seek acquisition of precious objects. In addition to their financial abilities, due to their intuitive understanding of sound-and-color values, Bharani males may also pursue careers in music and arts. Most Bharani men can sing beautifully.

The harmonious arrangements of Apa-bharanishe may be lovely even while they vigorously compete for dominance. Their expertise in the fields of preservation, containment, and collecting may extend to wines, perfumes, fine textiles, works of art, and any commodity which may capitalize or increase in value. Like all Zukra-governed births, they must take care to avoid the misuse of drugs and alcohol.

Themes of competitive acquisition, precious sounds and song, and investment in cherished values may contextualize Bharani's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Bharani.

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 79

"A very vital character,

  • a quality which quite often leads this individual into all sorts of trouble

  • because other people are apt to be jealous, resentful and antagonistic to him.

The morals of this man are not above reproach .

He will be distinguished in many cases by some slight physical defect

  • on the lower part of the body,

  • that is below the waist."


Biographical details matched to Vimshottari Dasha calendar


Famed Singer * Ellen "Nell" Herndon Arthur

Earthbody-Entry 30-Aug-1837 * Earthbody-Exit 12-Jan-1880 (age 42)


Nell Herndon was a notable singer, a beauty, wealthy and from a distinguished Virginia family.

Arthur married his young wife following the death of her sea-captain father in a celebrated marine accident where the father safely transferred the women and children from his ship then drowned as he "went down with the ship" * an action considered then and now to demonstrate a highly noble character.

Unfortunately their marriage occurred just at the opening of Civil War hostilities. While her northerner husband was an outspoken abolitionist, Nell favored the southern cause.

Yet their New York City parties were society events and her lovely singing voice advanced Arthur's career within the Republican political machine.

Suddenly on 12-Jan-1880 at her age 42, Nell died of pneumonia (the disease of grief). She was the mother of three children (two living). It was said that she died after years of neglect by Arthur, who seemed unable to spend an evening at home due to his back-room political dealings, his drinking, and other chronic distractions. She died just before VPOTUS Arthur assumed office.

Zukra Mahadasha

05-Oct-1829 Earth-birth in Fairfield, Vermont, USA * Zukra-Guru bhukti

Surya Mahadasha

Chandra Mahadasha

1848 earns B.A. diploma in classics from Union College, and starts full-time work as a schoolteacher * Chandra-Shani bhukti * Shani-4 schooling, karmesha

Mangala Mahadasha

1854 received Law License * Mangala-Mangala swabhukti * Mangala lagnesha

25-Oct-1859 Marriage * Mangala-Zukra bhukti

Rahu Mahadasha

1861 celebrated the birth of child-1 * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti

1861 appointed Brigadier General and Quartermaster of Civil War troops in New York. His efficiency in housing and supply of the unprecedented number of soldiers was highly praised. * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti * Rahu-Kanya-6 military

1863 sudden death of his only child * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti * Rahu-6 in 2nd-from-5

Jan-1869 grieved the decease of mother (Chester's age 40) * Rahu-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 2nd-from-Chandra

Oct-1875 grieved decease of father (Chester's age 46) * Rahu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 2nd-from-Surya

1878 fired from Customs Collector job by POTUS-19 Railroad Strike 1822-1893 Rutherford B. Hayes purportedly as an anti-graft measure * Rahu-Mangala chidradasha * Kuja rules 8-sudden transformations

Guru Mahadasha * age 49.8 until decease age 57

12-Jan-1880 decease of wife Nell Herndon (her age 42, his age 51) * Guru-Guru swabhukti * Guru rules 7th-from-7th-from-Chandra

02-July-1881 POTUS-20 Universal Education 1831-1881 James Garfield shot by a frustrated office-seeker * Guru-Guru swabhukti

20-Sept-1881 * death of POTUS-20 Universal Education 1831-1881 James Garfield = Arthur becomes POTUS-21* Guru-Shani bhukti * Shani -4 rules 2nd-from-10th replacement president

Mar-1885 retired at end of POTUS-21 term * Guru-Budha bhukti * Budha-yuti-Zukra * Budha gives effect of Zukra rules 4th-from-4th retirement

18-Nov-1886 Earthbody-Exit (age 57, kidney disease) * Guru-Ketu bhukti

Distinctive Features of the Nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

  • Surya-Kanya * Poshanya * Pushna * the nourisher
  • Surya in bhava-6 * center of service, brightly conflicted, focus on imbalance, eye on injustice * intelligence for helping ministries of social work, injury and disease, medical entitlements, broken contracts and litigation, accusation, divorce and disagreement, pollution and exploitation, poverty and crime, usury and debt, pharmacy and addiction, military and war
  • Surya-yuti-Kuja * confidently progressive, bright warrior, creatively intelligent brother-figures, self-reflexive political pursuits, champion of brilliant ideals, competitive father, entitled to conquer and win, radiantly pioneering
  • Surya-yuti-Rahu * confidently opportunistic, bright mesmerizer, creatively intelligent culture-mixing, entitled to mix and mottle, radiantly risk-rewarding


Dad was a schoolteacher from Belfast, Ulster. After marriage, dad studied law briefly Surya-Kanya seeks remedies. Then dad abandoned law and took up a preaching ministry in a new religious sect. Dad's preaching was heavily abolitionist. Surya in bhava-6 focus on exploitation. His sermons were fiery but often not welcome, and when various New England congregations expelled him, the family moved from town to town. Surya-yuti-Rahu contentiously strong personality

Chester was the fifth of his father's nine children.

Career = Surya in 10th-from-Chandra

POTUS-21 Civil Service 1829-1886 Chester A. Arthur collected duties on imports and returned this wealth to his political party, who then returned it to the party-loyal workers. Surya-yuti-Rahu over-reaching politics + Surya-yuti-Kuja vigorous political racketeering

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • Chandra-Dhanuzya * comforted by rhythmic catechesis of belief
  • Chandra in Purva-azadha * comforted by valued beliefs * protectors of inspirational music, philosophical harmony, expansively beautiful design

  • Chandra in classroom-9 * comfort in the paradigm of belief, familiar with doctrine, routine patronage, soothed by globalist perspective, needs to feel the repeating pulse of preaching sermons, settled into the rhythm of philosophical humanism; undulating understanding


Mom was a preacher's wife and mother to nine children.

MARRIAGE emotional support expectations of partnership

7th-from-Chandra-9 = bhava-3 schedules, planning, small group interactions ruled by musical chatting Zukra-yuti-Budha

Nell Herndon was a New York socialite with Virginia roots. A gifted singer, she gave delightful parties featuring musical entertainments which promoted Arthur's career.

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka


Sarala Yoga

  • Mangala-Kanya * vigorous pursuit of logical argumentation * proactive medication * thrust toward service * push toward unfairness * champion of litigious accusation, medical treatment plans, aggressive indictments, investigative journalism
  • Mangala in bhava-6 * drive toward conflict, pursuit of service,, litigious dynamics, energized adversarial conquests
  • Kuja-yuti-Surya * invigorated creativity, invigorated creativity, energized confidence, dynamic genius, masculine force joins willful charm, potential for aggressive political or dramatic actions , potential for aggressive political or dramatic actions , potential for aggressive political or dramatic actions
  • Kuja-yuti-Rahu * thrill of muscular action, excited competition, energized pretense, dynamic desires, masculine force joins opportunistic ambition, potential for aggressive pursuit of privileges

Sarala Yoga

His career and his personal life remained untouched by the criminal environment in which he operated daily; he effectively worked under camouflage pretending to be a lawyer and an accountant * randhresha-8 = Mangala-6 = Viparita Raja-Yoga * Sarala Yoga

Lagnesha Kuja resides in 10th-from-Chandra = dynamic career

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

  • Budha-Thula * articulation of contracts, equable arrangements, balanced designs, agreeable pronouncements, messages about negotiation and parity
  • Budha in bhava-7 * narrative of relationships, contracts, deals * discusses relationships, trusts, betrothal, contracts, describer of deal-making, delivers instructions for negotiation, explainer of arrangements, talks about fairness, justice, settlement of quarrels, marriage, alliances, partnership, equity, parity, balance. Excellent placement for mediator, negotiator, bargainer, attorney. * discusses relationships, trusts, betrothal, contracts, describer of deal-making, delivers instructions for negotiation, explainer of arrangements, talks about fairness, justice, settlement of quarrels, marriage, alliances, partnership, equity, parity, balance. Excellent placement for mediator, negotiator, bargainer, attorney.
  • Budha-yuti-Zukra * explainer of balanced arrangements * affinity for diplomatic, parity-seeking roles expressing skills of communication, explanation, description, instruction * explainer of balanced arrangements, articulation of equity in agreements, message of justice and fairly bargained contracts; songwriting , chatty partners, talkative sister-cousin-cohort, lyricist


Budha rules the the emotionally dignified , social-ordering, leadership-seeking; 10th-from-Chandra containing contains Surya-yuti-Rahu * Kuja-yuti-Rahu * Mangala-Kanya yuti Surya-Kanya yuti Rahu-Kanya * Mangala-yuti-Surya

Almost everyone owed him some type of favor; also he was both non-confrontational and pleasantly sociable by nature * Budha-yuti-Zukra in the emotionally associative, community-linking, economically gainful, profit-regulated, friendly, participatory, goal-oriented, socially-networked 11th-from-Chandra friendliness

Exceptionally busy and demanding administrative career with elements of crime and exploitation (6)

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

Sarala 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-8 * much secrecy, many sudden changes. many confidences, numerous identity transformations, abundant initiation, extensive hidden assets

Guru in 12th-from-Chandra increases the emphasis upon invisibility of the largesse (Guru)

Guru Mahadasha * age 49.8 until decease age 57

Guru-Guru swabhukti urprised everyone * Guru in bhava-8 surprise!

Positioned by the machine into a place-holder vice presidency and expected to sit quietly while raking in the money, Arthur attained the presidency rather accidentally via assassination of POTUS-20 Universal Education 1831-1881 James Garfield

Then Arthur unexpectedly began to dismantle the federally protected criminal corruption system.

Guru rules 12 = 6th-from-7th = breaking contracts, dissolving agreements, violating promises

Toward the end of his life, Arthur surprised all of his political machine friends by making reforms to the federal corruption system. It was literally his "last official act" to unseat the federal patronage system, because Arthur died shortly after finishing his presidential term of office.

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

  • Zukra-Vanika * swakshetra * appreciation of negotiation, pleasures of harmonious arrangements, enjoys equity, aesthetic of the fair deal
  • Zukra-7 * swabhava ** pleasure of interpersonal relationships, enjoys contractual harmony, pleasant partnerships, feminine-figures advise and bargain, appreciation of equity
  • Zukra-yuti-Budha * sweetened messages, gracious explanations, singing and songwriting, articulate negotiations, sibling-cohort communicative arrangements, youthful beauty, sibling-cohort communicative arrangements, youthful beauty

Arthur's leadership roles are not iconic or indeed egocentric but rather the product of his remarkable and enriching relationship-building skills, due to atmakaraka Zukra strong in navamsha-10 and Karakamsha = 3, management administration teamwork.

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

  • Shani-Karkata * heavy old routines * obliged to conform to the ancient habits * must bear the weight of old defensive structures * vital energy compression stress zone = stomach * strictly imposed systems of security * must adhere to established proletarian cultural roots * must materialize orderly sustainable settlements * rigid resistance to change of the folkways * must engage in farming and fishing * must care for elders * aging infrastructure, insufficient ports and roadways * lack of moisture in the farms and fields * cramped dwellings and crumbling fences * slow elderly caretakers * must continue to maintain protective nourishment despite scarce available resources
  • Shani in Bhava-4 * Structured, orderly, time-conscious childhood foundations. One must remain in place, have to root, defend, reinforce the existing shelter. Cautious, conventional mother-figures. Tense childhood, educational fatigue, chronic household scarcity; strict boundaries; heavy legacy pressure to reinforce customary cultural boundaries. Resistance to new homes and active construction. Resentment toward changes in predictable routine. Support for socially-approved dutiful roles as parent, schoolteacher, police, border defense, fisher, farmer, ritual worship, temple maintenance, guardian of local infrastructure.

From Chandra-Dhanuzya lagna, sober serious structured hierarchical Shani rules

  1. the emotionally-motivated traditionalism, family lineage conserving, treasure-preserving, language-and-history collecting, acquisitive genetic conservation of 2nd-from-Chandra
  2. the emotionally talkative, information-delivering, evangelical, publishing, announcing, script-reading, reporting, conversational, process-managing communications of 3rd-from-Chandra

Arthur's childhood home was resource-poor, often cold, and cramped. As one of nine children, he was moved many times from shack to shack while his preacher father changed congregations.

The family's constant house-shifts are also seen via Ketu in 4th-from-Chandra.

Arthur was a serious if not exceptional student. During Chandra Mahadasha, He earned a bachelor's diploma and a law license, and due to Shani's rulership of 10 + 11 he learned social etiquette at college as well..He certainly understood money, as seen from Shani's rulership of 2-3 from Chandra, his Bharani lagna, and his Zukra 10th navamsha.

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

  • Rahu-Kanya * shimmering illusion of humility * craving for crime * mask of exploitation * ambitious medications * intriguing addictions * mirage of humble service ministry * fascinating injuries * over-reaching logic of injustice * amazing illnesses * extraordinary arguments * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of medical skill, shrewd management of conflict and war, divorce remediation, accusatory litigation, victim-roles
  • Rahu in bhava-6 * (beneficial placement) passion for conflict, remedies * in swabhava of Busy Budha, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual arguments, thrilling defense of victims, conflicts, miseries, medicines, servants, accusation, injustices. Craves an environment of disagreement, injustice, misuse. Desires an important role in matters of disease, injury, warfare, labor, unfairness, toxicity * Exciting enemies. Rahu-6 trespasses the cultural boundaries in matters of debt, drugs, slavery, betrayal, exploitation, war. Rahu the Poseur may pose as a victim, a druggist, a litigator, a problem-solver, an abuser, a diseased person, an enslaved person, a relative of the mother's people. Risk-rewarding, boundary-breeching Rahu thrives in Bhava-6 where He finds opportunity in the worlds of crime, war, pharmacy, self-medication, toxicity.
  • Surya-yuti-Rahu * amplified ambition, magnified confidence, exotic creativity, tricky drama, opportunistic father, fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of political genius
  • Rahu-yuti-Mangala * amplified competition, magnified championship, exotic pursuits, tricky innovation, opportunistic brother-warriors, fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of inventive, dynamic energy, hypnotic attack, engineered force of cross-cultural mixing

Rahu-6-Kanya in 10th-from-Chandra = career of successful crimes

Mr. Arthur spent most of his bureaucratic career working within the extensively corrupt political jobs-for-sale "machine" economy of antebellum New York City. He participated in, and eventually operated, an extensive bribery system = buy-sell political jobs (especially those jobs which involved collecting shipping fees and taxes). He started in the Customs Bureau and slowly his influence spread throughout New York.

After a lifetime of party-going excesses Surya-yuti-Rahu -6 , Arthur himself died of painful kidney disease, age 57.

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu-Meena  * dissociates from Otherworldly understanding, incomplete clairsentience, empty dreams, dissolute guidance, not limited by cetacean culture, ignores restriction on intuition, disarrayed wisdom, applies symbolic understanding to the misty abyss
  • Ketu in classroom-12 * (beneficial) * ambivalent toward enclosures, absent from the ancestor spirits, disregards fantasy boundaries, dissolves the isolated sanctuaries, irrelevance of sleep * Ambivalence toward clairsentient empowerment, disinterested in invisibility. One abandons the veil between perceptual worlds, ignores the dreams, surrenders the fear of imprisonment.

Ketu-12 in 4th-from-Chandra indicates the constant movement of his family during his childhood, and his own habit of rarely being at home as an adult.


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