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Teresa of Avila painted by Peter Paul Rubens, Germany 1615 (32 yrs after her death)

Christian mystic

reformer of the Carmelite Order

author of The Interior Castle published 1577 CE


Teresa de Avila

a.k.a. Teresa Sanchez de Cepeda y al-Thumada

a.k.a. Saint Therese of Jesus

Earthbody-Entry Wednesday-28-Mar-1515

Earthbody-Exit CE 04-Oct-1582 (age 67)


El Castillo Interior * 1515-1582 CE * Santa Teresa de Avila

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

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

born on Chaturdashi * Shukla Paksha

Rising Nakshatra

Feminine Nativities

Punarvasu * Aditya * Purnavasi * Vutvrta * Jamitra

BPL commentary

For Saptarishi births of a feminine valence, the condition of prosperous, preaching, inclusive, broad-scope, philosophical, humanistic Guru may considerably affect the outcome. Due to the definitive influence of dhava-karaka Guru, ladies born in Puna, Visaka, or Purvabhadra may find that their worldview is greatly shaped by the character of the husband.

For those born into the Brihaspati-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 have 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 represent 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 human wisdom for evocative writing or speaking. Often excellent writers who can facilitate spiritual growth via specific explanation and 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-philosophy. Pada-4 also embodies the tension between global, paternalistic Guru versus local, motherly Chandra. Often these remarkable women are found in the gardening and domestic realms. Natural herbal physicians, they understand and can elicit 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.

Although the priestly husband seeks wisdom, for Karkata-Punarvasu the husband may also be adversarial, polluted, impoverished, or ailing (due to Guru 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 93

"... will be successful in everything she undertakes.

If she elects to have a career of her own,

  • she will become very well known and highly respected.

If she marries,

  • she will have a husband and children who adore her

  • and her domestic life will be most happy .

Her house will be orderly and well kept,

  • as she is very particular and discriminating,

  • and insists on beautiful and harmonious surroundings for herself and family.

Her health is good

  • except that she will suffer from gastric complaints

  • and must be careful in her diet."

Biographical details matched to the Vimshottari Dasha


19th-century holy card of Terese of Avila

Surya Mahadasha * age birth until 3 months

28-Mar-1515 Earth-birth in Avila (Abula) Castilo y Leon, Espagna * Surya-Zukra bhukti

Chandra Mahadasha * age 3 months until age 10.3

Mangala Mahadasha * age 10.3 until age 17.3

Nov-1528 grieved the sudden decease of her mother Beatriz de Ahumada y Cuevas (TdA age 14) = Mangala-Shani bhukti

Rahu Mahadasha * age 17.3 until age 35.3

Nov-1535, entered Carmelite monastery without her father's permission * Rahu-Guru bhukti * Guru rules 9-congregation of belief ++ 6-sickness; she became deeply ill in cloister)

Dec-1543 grieved the decease of father Alonso Sanchez de Cepeda ( TdA age 28) * Rahu-Ketu bhukti

Guru Mahadasha * age 35.3 until age 51.3

1556-1559 bhukti of intense divine visions * Guru-Ketu bhukti

1562 began her Reform movement, requiring barefoot, self-flagellation, extreme poverty * Guru-Chandra bhukti. * Chandra lagnesha. Followed by Guru-Mangala bhukti * Mangala rules revolutionary 3-8 from Chandra. initiation, transformation, renewal, rebirth.

1566 publication of Camino de Perfeccion a manual for nuns *

Shani Mahadasha * * age 51.3 until decease

1577 publication of El Castilo Interior * Shani-Chandra bhukti * Chandra lagnesha occupies 3-publication

1576-1579 = an inquisition against her carried out by ultra conservative Carmelite religious forces. * Shani-Mangala bhukti * another and this time much more difficult transformation.

04-Oct-1582 Lightbody Lift-off (TdA age 67) also possibly the date of death could be 15-Oct-1582 due to the Catholic-nations shift to Gregorian calendars occurring at the time of her decease. Either date would match her Shani-Rahu bhukti * Rahu-2 maraka

Distinctive Features of the Nativity


Teresa in 1561 (approx her age 46) about 20 years before her death (age 67) in 1582

Surya * pitrikaraka

  • Surya-Meena * Bhaskara * the illuminator
  • Surya in bhava-9 * karako bhavo nashto * center of sacred teachings, intelligence for patronage, brightly preaching, focus on beliefs, philosophical entitlements, self-righteous father, eye on worldview, confident ideologue, * sparkling center of the doctrinal 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-Zukra * confidently harmonious, brightly creative bargainer, artistic father-figure, uniquely intelligent sister-figures, entitled to pleasures, aesthetic expressions align with the spiritual rays of the Sun, financial politics, radiantly diplomatic, self-reflexively attractive features

Surya is exceptionally strong via shad-bala and Surya rules Rahu-2. Teresa published her own (Surya) books and brochures, started her own (Surya) monastic order, and delivered her own (Surya) teachings (9).


Dad was a Jewish merchant who purchased a knighthood and assimilated into Christian society. Teresa was the third child of Don Alonso Sanchez de Cepeda by his second wife, Doa Beatriz Davila y Ahumada

9th-from-Surya paternal grandfather = Shani-Vrischika-Jyeztha-5

paternal grandfather = converso (Inquisition-forced Jewish convert to Christianity) Vrischika indicates occult, hidden, mysterious matters.

Chandra * matrikaraka * garha-karaka


  • Chandra in Uttaraphalguni * Aryamna * comforted by dramatic, radiant centrality * protectors of celebrity entitlement, political theatre, glittering creativity
  • Chandra-Kanya * comforted by rhythmic remedial service
  • Chandra in classroom-3 * comfort in cohort * familiar with communication * calming repetitive announcements * needs to feel the tidal pulse of daily chat * sheltered in the parlor * soothed by younger siblings * intuitive information delivery * settled into the habits of writing and commerce * accustomed to routine messaging; emotionally attuned to the rhythms of conversation * undulating signals * ethno-cultural gestures * intuitive handcraft

lagnesha Chandra-3 + Shani randresha occupies 3rd-from-3rd. Success in writing and publishing the literature of spiritual transformation. El Castilo Interior 1515-1582 St. Teresa de Avila best known for her mystical autobiography El Castillo Interior which has been continuously in print since 1550 CE. Karakamsha-9 contains Budha spiritual publications

Chandra rules swamsha


Doa Beatriz Davila y Ahumada

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Yogakaraka Mangala rules 5-intelligrnce, creativity, celebrity ++ 10 social visibility, respect, reputation, leadership

  • Mangala-Vrizabha * vigorous pursuit of lineage collections, * proactive in acquisition, hoards, herds, banking, treasuries * energized sounds + colors * dynamic arts of speech and song * push toward accumulations * champion of historic preservation
  • Mangala in bhava-11 * drive toward connectivity, pursuit of earnings, , marketplace dynamics, invasive networking, vigorously active friends, energized scientific systems, economic conquests
  • Kuja-yuti-Guru * multiple competitions, many brother-figures, energized growth, dynamic generosity, masculine force joins optimistic expansion, champion of humanistic worldview, potential for aggressive preaching, indoctrinating actions

Mangala rules 10th navamsha

Kuja the Activist occupies the doctrinal, philosophical, preaching 9th-from-Chandra

Dhanayoga = Guru rules-9 + occupies-11

Teresa had 99 problems, but money was not one of them. Her father was highly affluent, and Dad provided generously for her.

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

  • Budha in bhava-9 * narrative of the father-figure, the guru-figure, the catechism, the doctrine * discusses patronage, paradigm of belief, describer of theoretical details, explainer of dogmatic concepts, 11th-from-11th profits, talks about principled interpretation of reality, dharma, worldview
  • Budha-Meena * nichha
  • Budha-yuti-Surya
  • Budha-yuti-Zukra

Vargottamsha nichha-Budha-yuti-Surya Meena

author of The Interior Castle * El Castillo Interior = published in 1577 CE - continuously in print since the year 1577 and selling briskly

nichha-bhanga Budha in bhava-9. The nichha-bhanga is granted due to uttama-Zukra joining nichha-Budha in kendra 7th-from-Chandra.

the sacred corpse of Santa Teresa de Avila was literally torn apart by competing Roman-Catholic religious sects of priests, monks, and nuns who all wanted a piece of the saint's holy and non-decomposing body for their local reliquaries.; St. Theresa's corpse became a celebrated relic all across Europe. Nichha-Budha rules-12 occupies-9

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

Guru occupies the divinely optimistic 9th-from-Chandra

Guru in 6th-from-6th * enemies of the enemies * diseases which attack other diseases

When abundant Guru occupies 6th-from-6th, one's own enemies (and Teresa had plenty) also have many enemies of their own. Guru occupies 6th-from-6th is not a cancellation but rather a compensation, which tends to balance the playing field and prevent one's enemies from ever gaining a decisive advantage.

Santa Teresa suffered a lifetime of illness. However even following extremely debilitating sicknesses, she recovered sufficiently and returned to work. Guru rogesha rules 6 but also Guru occupies 6th-from-6th. Multiplies both the number of friends (11) and the number of enemies.

Zukra * kalatra-karaka * svadhu-karaka

  • Zukra-9
  • Zukra-Meena * uttama * appreciation of music-arts, pleasures of imagination, enjoys symbolic clairsentience, dreamlike arrangements
  • Zukra-9 * pleasure of philosophical doctrine, enjoys paradigmatic beliefs, feminine-figures preach-teach on principles, global equity, appreciation of theory, philosophy of justice
  • Zukra-yuti-Surya * sweetened confidence, gracious drama, appreciation for political display, theatrical negotiations
  • Zukra-yuti-Budha * sweetened messages * gracious explanations * singing and songwriting * articulate negotiations * talkative sister-figures * pleasant conversations * bargaining for business * sibling-cohort communicative arrangements * youthful beauty
  • Meena-Zukra -9 * parivartamsha * Guru in bhava-11

dhana-yoga ruler of 11 in 11th-from-11th ** extra empowerment via uttama-Zukra in 11th-from-11th.

Teresa had "99 problems" but one of them was not mani-money. In an exceptional rare situation for women in her times, Teresa had personal treasury from her father (Zukra-9). She was also remarkably successful in calling upon wealthy aristocrats (Mangala-11) to continuously fund (11) her reforms

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

  • Shani-Vrizchika * heavy old secrets * obliged to uncover the camouflaged realities of mass transformation * pressured to regulate the flow of occult identity changes * must explore masked trauma * vital energy compression stress zone = genitals-anus * strictly imposed rules for confidential matters must be respected * must materialize dangerous hidden knowledge * must regulate the threat of disaster * at times, penetration of the mysteries requires great effort * * must work with tightly regulated conditions of emergency * must accept the conventional methods of rigidly slow elder shamans * sustained conditions of proletarian revolution * must engage in continued discovery despite scarce available resources
  • Shani in Bhava-5 * Structured, orderly, time-conscious children. One must create drama with scarce confidence; cautious of politics, conventional intelligence; heavy weight of children; resistance to genius, tense performance, creative fatigue, chronic pressure on the heart + spine ; heavy resistance to individual authenticity. Resistance to new fashions and romance. Resentment toward changes in games and amusements. Support for socially-approved, rigidly dutiful roles as gambling regulator, scholar, constrained speculator, royally, celebrity figure.

Shani in Bhava-5 occupies the emotionally talkative, communicative cohort instructive descriptive team-working administrative managerial announcing publishing reporting explanatory conversational lyrical messaging 3rd-from-Chandra ++ Shani can indicate a tendency toward depression from overwork.

Teresa lived in cruel times, and she would have observed more than adequate evidence to support a negativist viewpoint. However Shani also receives drishti of Guru-yuti-Mangala-11 which counteract depression with an optimistic (Guru) activist (Kuja) energy and faith.

Shani in Bhava-5 imposes strict rules on limitation of romance, entertainment, creativity, children. Religious reformer of the Carmelite Order of celibate women.

Shani occupies the Arudha Lagna, suggesting public recognition for her creative writings

Under much duress (legalistic Shani-Vrischika-5) organized the reformed Carmelite order of Catholic monks and nuns; her rules (Shani) still govern the cloisters to this day.

Shani rules 6th-from-Chandra, providing chronic patterns. Teresa suffered a lifetime of illness, due at least partly to extreme self-deprivation (Shani). however, she lived a full lifespan and her illnesses did not ever cripple her mind due to disregarding Ketu also in 6th-from-Chandra; she considered it a normal and reasonable consequence of bodily life to suffer pain.

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

  • Magha magic * Rahu-Singha * nichha * shimmering illusion of charisma * craving for attention * extraordinary entertainments * mask of radiant confidence * over-reaching, unique intelligence * marvelous drama * fascinating entitlements * illusory flash of brilliant gambling and games* seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of brilliant risk-taking, fabulousspeculation, political power, celebrity roles
  • Rahu in bhava-2 * passion for 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 occupies the imaginative, Other-Worldly, prayerful, meditation-seeking 12th-from-Chandra

She proselytized to Spanish Jewish converts * Rahu-2 speech ruled by Zukra-9 doctrine. preaching

Rahu in 12th-from-Chandra receives drishti of Mangala.

The corpse of Santa Teresa de Avila was literally torn apart by competing Catholic religious sects of priests, monks, and nuns who all wanted a piece of the saint's holy and non-decomposing body for their local reliquaries.; St. Theresa's corpse became a celebrated relic all across Europe.

Rahu-Magha in bhava-2 indicates the family culture, traditional values, history, legacy

Rahu's ruler = Zukra-2 yuti Budha yuti Surya. Teresa was born into financially (Zukra) privileged and influential family, but there was a complexity of her lineage due to the extreme dangers of Inquisition Era. Her family genetics were both Arab and Jew by ancestry, but is was vitally important for them to appear (Rahu) as Euro-Christians. Bhava-2 gets drishti of conformist Shani.

theatrical opportunist Rahu-2-Simha

Rahu-2 generally indicates both financial ambition in the lineage, and unusual circumstances within the family

Teresa born into a financially privileged and influential merchant family. Her paternal grandfather belonged to the marrano (pejorative term for forcible converts) Jewish community. During the hideous brutalities of Spanish Inquisition, those who would be called marranos (a derogatory term meaning pigs) were forced to declare their conversion to Christianity under threat of death or torture along with loss of all lands, assets and rights.

Her father was born into a converso family. He purchased a knighthood and assimilated into Christian society, marrying a pious Christian wife of similar background. As a preacher, Teresa she proselytized to her own community of Spanish 'conversos'.

Ketu * chidrakaraka

  • Ketu-Kumbha * dissociates from distribution webs, dissociates from distribution webs, incomplete economy, empty profits, dissolute systems, severed connections, not limited by community, disarrayed ecology, ignores restriction on network linkage, applies linkage 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-8 occult knowledge occupies the emotionally hostile and contentious 6th-from-Chandra


icon of Terese of Avila

"It is love alone that gives worth to all things."

"accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul."

"Do not be dismayed, at the number of things which you have to consider

before setting out on this divine journey,

which is the royal road to heaven.

By taking this road we gain such precious treasures

that it is no wonder if the cost seems to us a high one.

The time will come when we shall realize that all we have paid

has been nothing at all by comparison with the greatness of our prizes."

"Each of us has a soul, but we forget to value it.

We don't remember that we are creatures made in the image of God.

We don't understand the great secrets hidden inside of us ." [randhresha-8 uttama-Zukra in lagna]

"Prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God."


Teresa of Avila painted by Peter Paul Rubens, Germany 1615

"and now my friends,

all that is true, all that is noble,

all that is just and pure,

all that is loveable and gracious,

whatever is excellent and admirable -

fill all your thoughts with these things."

~~ Epistle to the Philippians 4:8


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