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  • Poet, world traveler, cultural anthropologist , university professor

  • environmentalist, farmer, logger,

  • friend of marginalized native peoples

  • environmentalist, Deep Ecology philosopher

Four marriage

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Gary Snyder

Earthbody-Entry Thursday 08-May-1930


Gary Snyder at Reed, 2011

Turtle Island poet, literary translator, professor, environmentalist * 1930- * Gary Snyder

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

Punarvasu * Aditya

BPL commentary:

high forehead. Most Punavasu nativities are higher dimensional Seva-wanderers.

For Punarvasu natives, the condition of prosperous, preaching, inclusive, broad-scope, philosophical, humanistic Guru may considerably affect the outcome.

Teachers, preachers, professors, patrons, agents of generosity and guidance, guru-figures, ideologues, indoctrinators, theorists, know-it-alls, proselytes, philosophers, pontificators, 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.

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."

Biographical events matched to the Vimshottari Dasha timeline Snyder_Gary_poet_1975Fla.jpg

Snyder early middle age


Snyder youngish - Pacific Northwest upbringing

Surya Mahadasha * age birth until 2.6

Chandra Mahadasha * age 2.6 until 12.6

Mangala Mahadasha * age 12.6 until 19.6

Rahu Mahadasha * age 19.6 until 37.6

1950 marriage-1 to Alison Gass (Gary's age 20) ; separation after 7 mos; divorced 1953 * Rahu-Rahu swabhukti * Rahu karaka for impulsive marriage * gochara R-K via-Meena -Kanya contact radix Chandra

28-Feb-1960 marriage-2 to Joanne Kyger (Gary's age 29); divorced 1965 * Rahu-Budha period * Budha rules swamsha * samchara Rahu-Ketu in Kanya-Meena contact Chandra-Kanya

06-Aug-1967 marriage-3 to Masa Uehara (Gary's age 36) ; married 22 years; divorced 1989 * Rahu-Mangala period * Mangala rules Rahu * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Mesha-Thula= contact radical R-K

Guru Mahadasha * age 37.6 until 53.6

April 1968 child-1 * Guru-Guru swabhukti

1969 son-2 * Guru-Guru swabhukti

Shani Mahadasha * age 53.6 until 72.6

1986 started new job as Professor in the writing program at UC-Davis * Shani-Shani swabhukti * Shani rules 9-university

1991 marriage-4 to Carole Lynn Koda , until her cancer death on 29-Jun-2006 * Shani-Zukra period * samchara Rahu-Ketu in Dhanau-Mithuna contact navamsha Rahu-Ketu

Budha Mahadasha * age 72.6 until 89.6

13-Aug-2004 grieved the decease of mother * Budha-Budha swabhukti * Budha produces effect of Zukra rules 2nd-from-Chandra

Ketu Mahadasha * age 89.6 until 96.6

Distinctive Features of the Nativity


Gary Snyder in his 20's, about 1950


Poet Gary Snyder in later mid-life, California

Surya * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

Turtle Island 1930- poet Gary Snyder's father abandoned the family during the young boy's school years. Surya located in the emotionally turbulent, perpetually transformative, trauma-inducing 8th-from-Chandra

Rahu + uttama-Surya-11. Many prizes and awards for work accomplished (11). Notable gains from literary publication and instruction = prize winning poet. Surya rules 3-publications.

Chandra * matrikaraka

Chandra in bhava-4, accepts incoming drishti from both Shani and Mangala: "battling Buddhist defending pristine natural lifestyles "; emotional attachment to the land

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Mangala-10 dig-bala rules 6 and 6th-from-6th * warrior of polluted or imbalanced conditions, victims, the marginalized and disenfranchised, animals, servants, the diseased and indebted.

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

Budha-Meena in 10th-navamsha * 50-year career in poetic writing and philosophy-teaching

Diploma in anthropology and literature.

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

Guru rules Punarvasu: Lifelong university-oriented academic and personal interest in the environmental beliefs and practices of traditional peoples, particularly the tribal populations of west-coast native Americans and the peoples of northern islands of Japan (Rahu). Influential voice for several generations of American visionary environmentalists. Mr. Snyder is a lifelong environmentalist advocate for the voiceless native peoples and native Earth animal-mineral kingdoms.

atmakaraka Guru karmesha rules 10 and 10th-from-10th: career in philosophy and global humanism, expositor of paradigms of beliefs (primarily belief of the indigenous peoples, 12). Professor at U. California at Davis

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

Zukra rules 5-12 and Bhava-12 enriched by Guru-Zukra-Budha = ability to wander in foreign lands

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

Shani Mahadasha * Shani rules both 9-universities and 8 = 12th-from-9 subversive or occult undermining of universities. Snyder was a counterculture figure as well as a distinguished academic, and Shani Mahadasha evoked both of these identities.

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

  • Rahu-Meza-Arya * mask of urgent force
  • Rahu in bhava-11 * glamorous economic attainments; seeks privilege via social network
  • Surya-yuti-Rahu * amplified ambition, magnified confidence, exotic creativity, tricky drama, opportunistic father, fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of political genius

Ketu * kavandha-karaka * chidra-karaka

Ketu-yuti-Mangala in navamsha-7th * Four marriages * Mangala rules 6-11, friends and enemies


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