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  • prominent medieval Christian mystic

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


Teresa of Avila painted by Peter Paul Rubens, Germany 1615


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

fleshdeath 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-ruled ladies born into the paradigm of Jamitra 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.

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 from the Twin Gardeners called Castor-and-Pollux. Their purpose is restoration 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.

Mithunaya 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 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 husband seeks wisdom, for Karkata-Punarvasu the husband may also be adversarial, 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 * Surya-Zukra period

Chandra Mahadasha * age 3 months until age 10.3

Mangala Mahadasha * age 10.3 until age 17.3

Nov-1528 sudden decease of her mother Beatriz de Ahumada y Cuevas (Teresa's age 13) = Mangala-Shani period

Rahu Mahadasha * age 17.3 until age 35.3

Nov-1535, entered Carmelite monastery * Rahu-Guru period * Guru rules 8-religious orders (Guru also rules 6-sickness; she became deeply ill in cloister)

Dec-1543 decease of father Alonso Sanchez de Cepeda * Rahu-Ketu period

Guru Mahadasha * age 35.3 until age 51.3

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

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

Shani Mahadasha * * age 51.3 until decease

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

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

04-Oct-1582 Lightbody Lift-off (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 period * 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 doctrine, intelligence for patronage, brightly preaching, focus on beliefs, philosophical entitlements, eye on worldview
  • Surya-yuti-Budha * confidently conversational, bright messenger, entitled to discuss, radiantly descriptive
  • Surya-yuti-Zukra * confidently harmonious, bright bargainer, entitled to pleasures, radiantly diplomatic, self-reflexively attractive

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.

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, conversation, parlor, soothed by siblings, intuitive information delivery, routine messaging; undulating signals

lagnesha Chandra-3 and 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

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Mangala rules 10th navamsha

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

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

Vargottamsha nichha-Budha-yuti-Surya Meena

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

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 in the emotionally motivated communicative cohort instructive descriptive team-working administrative managerial announcing publishing reporting explanatory conversational lyrical messaging 3rd-from-Chandra can indicate a tendency toward depression.

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)

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-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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