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Tolstoy's writings on social morality had a profound impact on justice activists, including


Born = Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, 09-Sept-1828 - Yasnaya Polyana, Russia; Fleshdeath 20-Nov-1910 (aged 82) place of death Astapovo, Russia



Russian novelist

Christian Vegetarian Anarchist

Pacifist Philosopher

Social Justice Visionary

author of War and Peace

Tolstoi, l'homme de la verite

Leo Tolstoy

a.k.a. Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy

[Ле́в Никола́евич Толсто́й]

Earthbody-Entry Tuesday-09-Sept-1828

Earthbody-Exit 20-Nov-1910

I sit on a man's back, choking him, and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by any means possible, except getting off his back.

~~ Writings on Civil Disobedience and Nonviolence (1886)

War and Peace * Anna Karenina novelist, Christian Social Anarchist * 1828-1910 * Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoi * Leo Tolstoy

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Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Punarvasu * Aditya * Purnavasi * Vutvrta * Jamitra

BPL commentary

For Punarvasu births of a masculine valence, the condition of prosperous, preaching, inclusive, broad-scope, philosophical, humanistic Guru 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 Jamitra, 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.

Guidance is provided by emissaries from the realm of the Twin Gardeners called Castor-and-Pollux. Their purpose is restoration, renewal, and rehabilitation of lost knowledge.

High forehead. Punarvasu often has a global perspective. The majority of Aditya-born nativities are higher dimensional Seva-wanderers who assume guidance roles.

Instructing, Explaining, Describing

Mithunaya-Dvamdva pada 1-2-3 represents Guru's rulership of 7-agreements ++ 10- leadership, while also expressing the tension between broad-view Brihaspati versus detail-oriented Bantering Budha. Pada 1-2-3 are blessed with an expansive capacity for evocative description or inspirational speaking. Often excellent writers who can facilitate spiritual growth via specific explanation and detailed description. Pada 1-2-3 are often found in the literary arts, in teaching roles, in academic advising, as travel guides, and as poets who describe the natural world.

Karkata-pada-4 represents Guru's rulership of 6-imbalance ++ 9-philosophical principles. Pada-4 also embodies the tension between global, paternalistic Saptarishi versus local, undulating, motherly Somana. As master gardeners and natural herbal physicians, they understand the wisdom of the mineral, plant, and animal kingdoms. Pada-4 may also emerge into the religious professions where they may grow a garden of psycho-intuitive understanding that develops into doctrine.

Although the Higher Teacher seeks wisdom, for Karkata-Punarvasu the guru-figure may also be adversarial, impoverished, polluted, or ailing (due to Brihaspati rules 6).

Themes of restoration of lost knowledge, gardening, fertility of understanding, wish fulfillment, and conceptual teaching may contextualize Aditya's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Punarvasu

QUOTATION from 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."


Tolstoy in Midlife

Biographical events matched to the Vimshottari Dasha calendar

War and Peace 1828-1910 Leo Tolstoy .Tolstoy's first child was born to a zero-status serf woman who was considered a piece of property belonging to his family's estate. Despite her collective identity (Aquila bhava-7) she maintained a relationship with Tolstoy while raising his son. Tolstoy's second wife was Sophie Berens, a woman of aristocratic lineage approved by his family (2) She was a dynamo of the Word and the Lineage (Rahu-2). She bore thirteen children whilst also copy-editing and manuscript-writing his increasingly famous literary work

a celebrated writer of a deeply ethnic genre. Despite numerous contradictions in his lifestyle and philosophies, Tolstoi was almost universally hailed as a superb elucidator of the Russian social consciousness, and his reputation in succeeding century was not diminished.


Leo Tolstoy Barefoot by Ilya Repin

Surya Mahadasha * birth until age 3.8

09-Sept-1828 Earth-birth in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia * Surya-Guru bhukti * Guru rules 7-10 public image, social order

04-Aug-1830 grieved the decease of mother * Surya-Budha bhukti * Budha-12 gives effect of Surya-12 rules 12th-from-Chandra

Chandra Mahadasha * age 3.8 until age 13.8

21-July-1837 decease of father * Chandra-Shani bhukti * Shani rules 7th-from-Chandra

Mangala Mahadasha * age 13.8 until 20.8

1844 begin law studies at Kazan University * Mangala-Guru bhukti * Guru rules 7 = 4th-from-4th schooling

Rahu Mahadasha * age 20.8 until age 38.8

1851 joined the Russian Army * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti * Rahu-4 defense

Oct-1853 until Mar-1856 fought through the Crimean War * Rahu-Guru through Rahu-Shani bhuktis

1859 sired a child with Axinya, a peasant woman bound to his feudal estate* Rahu-Budha bhukti * Budha rules Somana-yuti-Rahu

20-Sept-1860 death of elder brother Nikolai * Rahu-Zukra bhukti

1861 serfs emancipated in Russia * Rahu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 12-social invisibility

1862 starts the revolutionary democratic School at Yasnaya Polyana * Rahu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 5-intelligence, children

23-Sep-1862 marriage to Sonya Sofia Behrs * Rahu-Zukra bhukti

10-July-1863 child-2 Sergei * Rahu-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 9th-from-Chandra

Guru Mahadasha * age 38.8 until age 54.8

1869 War and Peace * Guru-Guru Swabhukti

1878 book-form publication of Anna Karenina * Guru-Zukra bhukti * Zukra rules 9-literary philosophy

Shani mahadasha * age 54.8 until age 73.8

Budha Mahadasha * age 73.8 until decease age 82

20-Nov-1910 fleshdeath (age 82) * Budha-Chandra bhukti * Chandra maraka rules-2

Distinctive Features of the Nativity


Lev Tolstoi and Sofia Behrs, circa 186x



Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

  • Surya-Simha * Khaga * Khagaya * air-moving
  • Surya in bhava-3 * center of commerce, intelligence for reports, announcements, descriptions, * brightly explaining, administrative
  • Surya-yuti-Budha * confidently conversational, bright messenger, entitled to discuss, creatively intelligent sibling-cohort, radiantly descriptive, articulate in drama and games, self-confident announcements, talks about politics


Dad was a powerful feudal aristocrat, beholden to no higher authority except the Tsar. The family maintained possession of considerable lands (Chandra) and treasures, was famed and privileged.. Like his son, Dad had a significant gambling problem.

Chandra * matrikaraka

  • Chandra in classroom-4 * digbala * comfort in routines, familiar with ruts, rates, roots, routine rituals; soothed by customary habits, needs to feel the repeating pulse of foundation-building, anchoring, stabilizing, gardening; settled into the rhythm of home-keeping and kitchens, undulating patriotism, undulating patriotism
  • Chandra-Kanya * comforted by rhythmic remedial service
  • Chandra in Uttaraphalguni * Aryamna * pada 2-3-4 * comforted by dramatic, radiant centrality * protectors of celebrity entitlement, political theatre, glittering creativity
  • Somana-yuti-Rahu * Emotionally expedient, sensitive to exotic figures, needs exciting opportunities, soothed by unusual environments, undulating desires, craves nurturing, feels exceptional


the mother of War and Peace 1828-1910 Leo Tolstoy died when young Leonid was 18 months old. His care passed to his father, who died seven years later.

MARRIAGE expectations partnership support

partnership-1 to serf Axinya = 7th-from-Chandra-4 * Somana-yuti-Rahu

  • bhava-10 containing Ketu representing Axinya suggests that while he was socially and emotionally unable to maintain a peer agreement such as marriage,nevertheless Tolstoy gained much of his public reputation through consorting with his serfs to learn their way of life. Reputedly he remained in personal contact with Axinya and their shared son until her death.

partnership-2 to Sofia Behrs = 2nd-from-7th-from-Chandra-4 * Somana-yuti-Rahu

  • Sonya Behrs vigorously promoted Tolstoy's literary career. She either wrote his dictated manuscripts, or for those he wrote himself she re-wrote his manual edits, and prepared the copious manuscripts as clean-copy for the publisher. It is safe to say that without the decades-long dedication of his educated, literary wife, there would have been no Tolstoy oeuvre.

Eldest child by serf Axinya = 5th-from-Chandra= bhava-8 secrets, ruled by Shani-yuti-Zukra + drishti from Rahu

War and Peace 1828-1910 Leo Tolstoy * sired his first child with a female serf (permanent servant) on his family's feudal estate. The child acquired his mother's slave rank, and was raised as a serf with no property ownership entitlements (Ketu), and no right to exit the boundaries of the property on which he was born. Three years later, Tolstoy married an aristocratic woman who bore him 13 children. Those 13 aristocratic children were not servants and they were eligible to inherit their father's wealth and property.

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

  • Mangala-Dhanuzya * vigorous pursuit of humanistic worldview; push toward doctrinal expansion, proactive teaching-preaching, philosophical globalism
  • Mangala in bhava-7 * drive toward bargaining, pursuit of agreement, impatient with stagnant arrangements, invasive negotiation, diplomatic dynamics, energized contracts, innovative conquests

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka



  • Budha-Simha * political communications * hand, arm, shoulders make dramatic gestures * articulation of unique creativity * delivers announcements about celebration and bright displays * explains celebrity entitlements * messages about romance and poetic adoration * manages entertainments * details the procedure for theatrical amusements * speaks with royal flamboyance * self-referential discourse style * talks about children, genius, gambling, and games
  • Budha in bhava-3 * narrative of cohort, siblings, announcements * discusses  commerce, management, reporting, administration,  describer of detailed information, explainer of publication, delivers instructions for books, scripts, lyrics, media-messaging, talks about communications, sales, marketing, advertising, manufacturing, process, collaboration, teamwork
  • 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, talkative father

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

Guru rules karakamsha Dhanuzya-7

Rahu occupies the Arudha lagna-5 indicating creative literature, politics, drama, children, genius

  • Guru-Thula * many trades, exchanges, much negotiation, believes in justice, doctrine of contractual exchange, multiple alliances and arrangements, equable guidance, expands the scope of balanced design
  • Guru in bhava-5 * much creativity, many intelligences, many entitlements, numerous games, much speculation, many performances, extensive self-glorification. Children identified with paradigmatic beliefs. Expansion of politics, development of drama. Optimistic in romance.

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

  • Zukra-Karkata * appreciation of comforting routine, likes to nourish, attracted to homeowners and farmers, pleasures of secure borders, enjoys rhythmic seasons, aesthetic of domestic arrangements
  • Zukra-2 * swabhava * pleasure of gathered treasures, enjoys banked assets, bargains toward collected equity; feminine-figures predominate the family, gracious storyteller, preserved, linguistic, voiced, * pleasing designs to adorn the face, mouth, jaw, neck, teeth, and hair * historical values, appreciation of speech-and-song
  • Zukra-yuti-Shani * sweetened structures, mature relationships, gracious lawfulness, beautiful bones, appreciation for neutrality, strict negotiations, pleasant legal mediation, architectural rigor, enduring agreements * arrangements abide by regulatory law. This benevolent combination signals success in artistic endeavor of a pragmatic, materialistic character, such as music composition or fashion design. Deepens the artistic discipline. Shani contributes mature realism to Zukra's love of balance and beauty. In a husbandly nativity, may prefer a senior, responsible wife.

Zukra-yuti-Shani suggests two wives. The mother of Tolstoy's first child, a son, was a serf on his family's land named. With his wife and literary assistant Sophy Behrs, Tolstoy produced 13 additional children.

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-2 * Structured, orderly, time-conscious family lineage. One must preserve, have to collect, catalog, must tell tales, obligation to speak-and-sing; cautiously constrained banking; tense eyes, punitive rules for speech, non-permitted comments, financial fatigue, chronic financial depression, undernourished eye-teeth , heavy legacy pressure against speaking out; insufficient nourishment, desiccated preserved food. Limited sight, blindness. Ossified, rigid, rule-bound family culture. Resistance to new languages and direct speech. Resentment toward  family ignorance. Support for socially-approved presentation via face, hair, song, speech, vision, treasuries of older knowledge.
  • Shani-yuti-Zukra * resistance against equity, limited luxury, contractual discipline, constrained harmony, regulated pleasures

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-4 * the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual cultural roots; seeks amplified ownership of properties, lands and vehicles, building, farms, vehicles; desires a special, important role in real-estate and land use entitlements. Exciting, opportunistic, ambitious parents, especially the mother-figure.
  • Chandra-yuti-Rahu * amplified emotion, magnified familiarity exotic habits, tricky comforts, opportunistic mother, fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of sympathetic caretaking, hypnotic rhythms, emotionally attuned to cross-cultural mixing

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-10 * disregards rank-and-position * no barriers in class-pyramid, fearless toward social authority, absentee officials, vacuous leadership roles, irrelevance of the government
Tolstoi was famed for his principled development of Christian Social Anarchism



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