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1994-1999 * President of South Africa

1991-1997 * 11th President of the African National Congress

jointly awarded the

1993 Nobel Peace Prize with President F. W. de Klerk

Nelson Mandela

a.k.a Nelson Roli-hlahla Mandiba Mandela

a.k.a. Dalibunga

Earthbody-Entry Thursday-18-July-1918

Earthbody-Exit 05-Dec-2013 (age 95)


President of South Africa from 1994 until 1999 * Nelson Roli-lhalha Mandiba Mandela * 1918-2013

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Visaka * Radha

BPL commentary

For Visaka births of a masculine valence, the condition of prosperous, preaching, inclusive, broad-scope, philosophical, humanistic Brihaspati may considerably affect the outcome. Masculine births under auspice of Puna, Visaka, or Purvabhadra may find that their worldview is greatly shaped by the character of priestly teachers and guides.

For those born into the Guru-ruled paradigm of Radhika, 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.

Guided by patrons from the civilizations of Saka. Their purpose is facilitation of shocking insights by lightning-strike and expansive growth by root-splitting..

High forehead. Saptarishi-ruled births come equipped with a global perspective. The majority of Visaka nativities are higher dimensional Seva-wanderers who assume guidance roles.

Growth Shocks

Thula-Vanika pada 1-2-3 expresses Saptarishi's rulership of 3-Writing-commerce + 6-service ministry or victimhood. Pada 1-2-3 also evoke the tension between Zukra's one-to-one relationships versus Guru's one-to-many preachings. Pada 1-2-3 have a broad understanding of the explosive growth-power of extreme polarities. They are often found in advisor roles (Zukra) which engage overview, ideology, theory, or interpretive paradigm (Guru) . Masculine pada 1-2-3 are both famed and feared for their ability to expand conflict or worsen disease condition as a way to super-polarize the toxic situation en-route to an envisioned state of peace.

Pada 1-2-3 are easier for women who can utilize Zukra's balancing skills. For men, diplomatic constraints tend to frustrate their expansive growth patterns. Also, although the priestly teachers are seeking wisdom, for Thula-Visaka the guru-figures may also be impoverished, blaming, polluted, or sick (due to Guru rules 3-6).

Vrischika Pada-4 emphasizes Guru's rulership of 2-affluence, collections ++ 5-creativity, entitlement. Pada 4 enjoys the spirited compatibility between Guru's optimism + Kuja's kinetic movement. Pada-4 has a broad understanding of the ultimate power of transformative beliefs. Pada-4 are often found in teaching and healing work, especially with the sexual-reproductive energies. They also work with explosive-expansive forces such as dynamite and lightning.

Themes of shocking growth via beliefs, widening expansion via root-splitting, and fertilization via jolts of electromagnetic shakti may contextualize Visaka's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Visaka

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 97.

"... Aggressiveness and impatience.

These people are overbearing in their desire to get things done.

They are very active but not popular,

  • since their manner causes people to actively dislike them

  • and to resent their extreme aggressiveness.

they are very proud

  • and because of this, they take offense easily at some fancied slight.

their anger makes enemies of people who might cooperate with them, if treated differently.

they will overcome their enemies through sheer force of character,

  • but such people will still remain enemies .

Tact and kindness are qualities which they should try to develop."


Nelson Mandela in Xhosa Attire

Biographical information matched to the Vimshottari Dasha calendar


Guru Mahadasha * age birth until age 8.3

18-July-1918 Earth-birth in village of Mvezo, Umtata, Cape Province, South Africa * Guru-Ketu bhukti * Ketu-yuti-Zukra * Zukra atmakaraka lagnesha

Shani Mahadasha * age 8.3 until age 27.3

1930 (NM age 9) grieved the decease of father, Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa Mandela (1880–1928) * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani rules 7th-from-Surya-Karkata

1930 following death of father, begin a multi-year separation from his mother, sent according to custom to be fostered by another palace family * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani rules 12th-from-4th separation from mother ++ dissolution of family home

05-Oct-1944 exchange of vows in marriage-1 (NM age 36) * Shani-Guru bhukti * Guru rules 7th navamsha * R-K gochara via Karkata-Makara

23-Feb-1945 celebrated the birth of child-1 * Shani-Guru chidra-dasha

Budha Mahadasha * age 27.3 until age 44.3

14-Jun-1958 exchange of vows in marriage2 * Budha-Guru bhukti * Guru rules 7th navamsha * R-K gochara via Thula-Mesha contact Chandra-Thula

Ketu Mahadasha * age 44.3 until age 51.3

12-Jun 1964 (until 1982) condemned to life-imprisonment. Robben Island duration 18 years * Ketu-Surya bhukti * Surya-yuti-Budha rules-12 ++ Budha rules 12th-from-Chandra isolation, imprisonment

1968 grieved the decease of mother (NM age 50) * Ketu-Budha chidradasha * Budha rules 12th-from-Chandra

Zukra Mahadasha * age 51.3 until age 71.3

1985 medically treated for prostate enlargement * Zukra-Budha bhukti * Budha rules 12th-from-Chandra hospitalization ++ Sade-Sati

Surya Mahadasha * age 71.3 until age 77.3

11-Feb-1990 unconditionally released from prison after 27 years, stayed for days with God's Dream 1931- Anglican Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu * Surya-Surya swabhukti * Surya rules 12th-from-12th release from imprisonment

spring-1990 formed a friendly relationship with Cuba-Dictator 1926- Fidel Castro * Surya-Surya swabhukti * Surya rules 11 friendship

05-Jul-1991 elected president African National Congress * Surya-Rahu bhukti

Dec-1993 NM awarded the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize shared with President F. W. de Klerk * Surya-Budha bhukti * Surya-yuti-Budha * Surya rules 11-awards for work accomplished

09-May-1994 elected President of democratic South Africa * Surya-Budha bhukti * Surya-yuti-Budha * Surya rules 11-goal achievement ++ Surya-yuti-Shani rules 5-elections

Chandra Mahadasha * age 77.3 until age 87.3

18-July 1998 exchange of vows in marriage-3 with Graca Machel * Chandra-Rahu bhukti * R-K gochara via Simha-Kumbha

July-2001 treated for prostate cancer * Chandra-Shani bhukti * Shani rules-6

Mangala Mahadasha * age 87.3 until age 94.3

Rahu Mahadasha * age 94.3 until decease age 95

05-Dec-2013 Earthbody-Exit (NM age 95, respiratory infection) * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti ** Sade-Sati

Distinctive features of the Nativity



SoAfrica-Pres 1994-1999 Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela with UK-Queen 1926- Elizabeth-2


Surya * pitrikaraka

  • Surya-Karkata (Puna) * Bhanu * ray of light
  • Surya in bhava-10 * digbala * center of hierarchy, brightly governing, legislative intelligence, focus on social order, father holds a respected position, regulatory entitlements, eye on high authorityn, radiant reputation * sparkling center of the leadership drama
  • Surya-yuti-Budha * confidently conversational * bright messenger * entitled to discuss * creatively intelligent sibling-cohort * discursive father-figure * speaks and gestures in alignment with the spiritual rays of the Sun * radiantly descriptive * articulate in drama and games * self-confident announcements * talks about ideals, power-politics, poetic love, and romance
  • Surya-yuti-Shani * confidently lawful, bright regulator, entitled to impose order, creatively intelligent authority-figures, radiantly hierarchical, sober father-figure, cautiously orderly expression of the spiritual rays of the Sun, limited entertainments, politically disciplined


Dad = Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa Mandela (1880–1928). Dad served as counsel to the tribal king. Dad had four wives, four sons and nine daughters. Dad died when young Nelson was nine.

Biographically, NM recounted that he had inherited his dad's "stubborn sense of fairness" Surya-yuti-Shani (Shani Azlea) and "proud rebelliousness". Surya-yuti-Budha (Budha Azlesa)


Surya in bhava-10 ++ Surya-yuti-Budha ++ Surya-yuti-Shani ++ Surya occupies 10th-from-Chandra ++ karmesha Chandra in classroom-1

Mandela was imprisoned from Ketu-Surya bhukti 1964 until his release during Surya-Surya swabhukti 1990 * 27 years * three cycles of Gochara Rahu

The son of an important royal adviser, NM was raised with respect from others. Despite exceptionally difficult conditions of a life-sentence in a notorious prison, NM was able to maintain a modicum of self-respect and secure an enduring political leadership role, even within the trap Surya in bhava-10

Within the miserable mistreatment and contentiously unfair culture of prison enclosure, NM slowly (Shani) negotiated a series of agreements with stakeholders from a variety of constituencies who would eventually, under his leadership, do the amazing and unthinkable: end the regime of apartheid, and allow black leadership in South Africa.

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka

  • Chandra-Thula * comforted by rhythmic negotiation of agreements
  • Chandra in Visaka * Radha * comforted by expansive shocks * protectors of widening energy channels, sudden growth surge, outreaching vitality pada 1-2-3
  • Chandra in classroom-1 * comfort in glowing incandescent embodiment, familiar with forward action, needs to feel the repeating pulse of physical movement, settled into the rhythm of invention, feeling for first-arrival, soothed by aristocracy, emotionally attuned to new birth, routine activities, undulating personality


Mom = Gadla's third wife, Nosekeni Fanny. Mom lived until NM turned 50. Chandra in classroom-1 suggests that she had a deeply influential effect on his moral character.

MARRIAGE partnership support expectations


  • Evelyn Ntoko Mase
  • bhava-1 identity.
  • Marriage to her public-figure husband endured for 14 years (longevity due partly to Shani drishti into 7) It ended in divorce.
  • Partner-1 = a young nurse from his rural district.
  • NM yuvathipathi = Mangala-12 = strong version of kuja dosha
  • his Ketu-yuti-Zukra-8.
  • The first lifepartner explicitly disliked politics ++ she did not want public exposure (Kuja-12 privacy)
  • She held strong religious convictions which forbade the traditional polygamy in their shared culture.


  • Winnie Madikizela
  • bhava-2 values, speech, assets, lineage knowledge, history, capitalization * contains Rahu-2


  • Graça Machel
  • bhava-9 = philosophy, guidance, muse * contains Generous Guru
  • avowed in 1998 to the widow of the former president of Mozambique (NM age 80).
  • Graça Machel had decades of political experience in senior decision-making roles, including minister of education. She was well-connected and well-liked generally (Guru).

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

  • 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, medical treatment plans, aggressive indictments, investigative journalism
  • Mangala in bhava-12 * drive toward privacy, pursuit of inner guidance, invaders from distant lands, hyperactive ancestors, seeking sanctuary, clairsentient dynamics, energized invisible conquests, phantoms of aggressive competition, innovative research, progressive action in distant lands, imaginative discovery

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka \

  • Budha-Karkata * comfortable communications * hand, arm, shoulders make protective gestures * articulation of rhythmic root culture * discussions about security * describes routine behaviors * instructions for foundational stability * describes the folkways * reports on walls, moats, fencing, and policing * defensive posture in discourse * converses with parental personalities * environmental wardens * issues customary pronouncements * delivers messages about sustainable settlements * habitual topics of patriotism, land use, shielding, cultivation, and nourishment
  • Budha in bhava-10 * narrative of leadership, responsibility, maintenance of the social order * explainer of governance, describer of decision-making, delivers instructions about the lawful procedures, talks about social authority, hierarchy, promotion, rank, class, status, respect, dignity, position
  • Budha-yuti-Surya * explainer of dramatic intelligence * affinity for central roles expressing skills of communication, explanation, description, instruction * explainer of dramatic intelligence * affinity for central roles expressing skills of communication, explanation, description, instruction * articulation of radiant authority * message of willpower and charisma * confidently talkative father
  • Budha-yuti-Shani * explainer of rules and systems * affinity for regulatory, law-imposing roles expressing skills of communication, explanation, description, instruction * explainer of rules and systems * affinity for regulatory, law-imposing roles expressing skills of communication, explanation, description, instruction * articulation of maturity and responsibility, message of institutional order, talkative elders, talkative elders

Budha in bhava-10 top governance roles, rules

  • bhava-12, including distant lands, hospitals, monastic enclosures, and prison .

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

  • Guru-Mithunaya * much communication, many merchants, conversations about belief, doctrine of inclusive messaging, expansive evangelism, detailed guidance, expands the scope of management, multiple administrative projects
  • Guru in bhava-9 * karako bhavo nashto * swabhava * many and diverse doctrines, multiple beliefs, much preaching, broad understanding of teachings, multiple father-figures, father may be overbearingly philosophical, many guru-professor, much patronage, extensive worldview

Guru-9 multiple father-figures

After NM's dad died his age nine, NM was moved into the home of an aristocratic peer of his dad's where he was fostered as an equal child. Before that time, he also had father-figures in the form of his mom's brothers.

Guru-9 = multiple doctrines

NM was raised primarily in his mother's Christian Methodist faith and he attended Methodist school, where he was given the name Nelson by his 4th grade English teacher. However, he was familiar with his father's traditional tribal religion and its worship dedicated to a lineage deity. Mandela was not a firm ideologue of Communist or Socialist doctrine. Rather, he was open to discussions on numerous perspectives and he made friends with leaders of several mutually adversarial nations.


Brihaspati rules Arudha Lagna = Dhanuzya- 3 writings, collaboration groups, cohort, management

NM produced powerfully influential writings and speeches

Guru owns and casts drishti into bhava-3 * written in an accessible, philosophical, yet vivid style, widely read political autobiography Long Walk to Freedom

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka



  • Zukra-Vrizabha * swakshetra * appreciation of valuable arrangements, likes capitalization * attracted to fruits of the forests and fields * pleasures of collections * acquisitive sensuality* enjoys preservation and accrual * aesthetic of sounds * historic restorations * prefers containment of precious goods
  • Zukra-8 * pleasure of occult secrets, enjoys rejuvenating relationships, balanced healing arts, aesthetic of secrecy, camouflaged arrangements, hidden equity * pleasing designs to adorn the sexual-reproductive organs * feminine-figures initiate and transform, pleasant in-laws, appreciation of identity change
  • Zukra-yuti-Ketu * sweetened surrender, gracious abandonment, vacuous feminine-figures, appreciation for fair terms of dissolution, disoriented negotiations, unconcerned with conventional beauty, empty contracts * arrangements according to impermanent agreement

8 = Dwadas-arudha = arudha lagna of bhava-12

  • = bhava-8 undisclosed negotiations, unreliable contracts, dissolving agreements * bargaining for mutual terms of agreement, conducted while in prison
  • The arudha of Mandela's Long imprisonment and social isolation = in the public perception, the extraordinary length and conditions of imprisonment produced a worldwide recognized identity as the man who maintained his negotiating behavior despite normally hopeless non-cooperation (Ketu) in hidden environment.
  • Mandela is most well known for his extremely long prison sentences and his "behind closed doors" deal-making which resulted in critically important international alliances

lagnesha in 8 = revolutionary, but Zukra-yuti-Ketu is non-violent

NM led a non-violent revolution to overturn apartheid in South Africa. Apartheid had generated one of the most violent and contentious political struggles in modern history. When the right time arrived, Mandela used the force of personal character (honed during a bitterly long prison life-sentence) to lead a remarkably swift and successful campaign against the tyranny of racial inequality, prejudice, and hatred

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

Yogakaraka Shani rules 4-foundations, schooling + 5-intelligence, creativity

  • 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-10 (beneficial placement) * Structured, orderly, time-conscious responsibilities. One must govern the old order. Must maintain the dignity of reputation. Cautious, conventional leadership. Tension in governance roles. Chronic weighty executive duties, heavy work portfolio sustains the social hierarchy; Oppressed by lack of freedom to choose social policies..Resistance to new rules. Resentment toward changes in authority. Intolerance toward unconventional leaders.. Governance fatigue. Support for socially-approved, rigidly dutiful roles as president, director, boss, governor, mayor.
  • Shani-yuti-Surya * resistance against creativity, pragmatic politics. materialistic father, limited entitlements, suppression of romance, effortful creativity, disciplined intelligence, constrained willpower, regulated games
  • Shani-yuti-Budha * resistance against signaling, materialistic sibling, pragmatic coupling, limited interaction, disciplined messaging, constrained communication, regulated conversations, regulated conversations

Shani-Karkata-10 third-drishti upon Mangala-Kanya-12

Mangala in bhava-12 afflicted by Shani's oppressive drishti in 12. Due partly to enclosing pressure of Shani, NM's incarceration required 30 years of harsh, limiting austerities in order to reach their his full manifest empowerment.

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

  • Rahu-Vrizchika * shimmering illusion of mystery * craving for rebirthed identity * unusual approach to dangerous, cultural-mixing conditions * over-reaching engagement with hidden empowerments * preposterous camouflage * mesmerizing power of rejuvenation * fabulous surgeries * exotic undisclosed assets * mask of transformative arcane knowledge * intriguing enactment of revolutionary force * marvelous obscure liaisons * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of healing shakti, emergency intervention, seeks privilege via secret-revealing, shocking insights, discovery-roles
  • Rahu in bhava-2 * passion for precious treasuries * in swabhava of Suave Zukra, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual assets, a fascinating voice, remarkable face, intriguing family line, extraordinary languages, mesmerizing sounds, Mixes knowledge from several different traditions (2). Craves unconventional, often shadowed, historical data. Exotic or unusual collections, libraries, records, databases.. Desires a special values-expression role in foods, animal herds, nature conservation, museums.. Privileged-seeking per rashi, in banking, preservation, foods, seeds, mouth-speech-song, Trespasses cultural boundaries of memory and historical truths. Exciting, opportunistic second marriage (if any). Ambitious character of the family traditions, genetic lineage.

Rahu in bhava-2 = typically an unusually ambitious or pretentiously privileged family line. NM's family claimed royal lineage, and although his father's position fluctuated (Rahu drishti to Surya-10) dad served often as a inner counselor to the king.

Rahu's ruler Mangala in bhava-12 tends to drain the public influence of the lineage causing a focus of values-and-knowledge into the realm of distant lands, imagination, and private rooms.

Rahu in bhava-2 Unusual voice 2

Mandela spoke with a somewhat high-pitched voice

Rahu in bhava-2 Assets 2

Ruler of 2 occupies 11th-from-2. Mandela left a remarkable estate valued at more than $4million. Most of his income (Simha-11) came from honoraria for delivering speeches (Rahu-2).

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu-Vrizabha * dissociates from collections, incomplete acquisition, empty values , dissolute treasury, not limited by storage, disarrayed lineage, ignores restriction on speech-voice-sight, applies preservation containment to the misty abyss
  • Ketu in classroom-8 * Dissolves classified limitations * ambivalent toward secret initiations, disregards occult boundaries, fearless toward mysteries, absent from spouse's family, vacuous confidences, irrelevance of non-disclosure rules * disperses psychic camouflage filters, disinterested in terror. One abandons the in-laws, ignores the false mystifications, dissolves the obfuscations.
  • Ketu-yuti-Zukra * surrendered arrangements, empty promises, disconnected negotiations, unsustainable contracts, incomplete harmony, apathetic music, disappointment and dissatisfaction in relationships

SoAfrica-Pres 1918-2013 Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel in 2013


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