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  • 6th-dimensional wanderer

  • Writer, Publisher; Humorist, Essayist, and contributing composer of USA's foundational legal-political documents

  • commercial developer and enjoyer of life's pleasures

Members of the Founding Fathers Group

" The good or ill hap

of a good or ill life

is the good or ill choice

of a good or ill wife"

~~ Ben Franklin's letter to his son William, on the topic of marriage


Portrait from the National Portrait Gallery, London


President of Pennsylvania [1785-1788]

USA Minister to France [1765-1779]

USA Postmaster General [1775-1776]

Writer + Publisher


Humorist + Essayist


Scientist + Inventor

Ambassador + Negotiator

Free-thinker + Visionary

Architect and Guide of the American Revolution

Progressive businessman

Founding Father

Benjamin Franklin

a.k.a. Benjamin Josiah Franklin

Earth-birth Sunday-17-Jan-1706

dematerialization 17-Apr-1790 [age 84]

" The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance."










Benjamin Franklin

birth data from

tentatively rectified by BP Lama Jyotishavidya

charts + graphs + tables = generated by Shri Jyoti Star -

- adapted by BP Lama quotes: " christened on the Sunday of the morning that he was born" . Time of birth: Knowing the Sunday Service customs of the day, it can be conjectured that he was born near noon with enough lead time that the family could tidy up for Church. Franklin's family was very large with many sibling helpers and they were accustomed to producing babies. It may have been a standard family task to swaddle Yet, another new baby and get it promptly to the sacristy .

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Public-Figure Examples

Kṛttikā - Pleyades

Agneya - Riksya - Karthika - Alcyone


For Krittika births of a masculine valence, the condition of radiant, romantic, intelligent, creative, idealistic, central, confident, gaming, self-reflexive, pitrikaraka Surya may considerably affect the outcome.

For those born into the splendidly Surya-ruled paradigm of Riksya, father-figures, politicians, celebrity, royalty, entitled roles, brilliant dramatists, radiant deities, sparkling genius, glittering creativity, intelligentsia, speculators, poets, romantic lovers, gamblers, and game-players may be especially influential.

Instructional guidance provided by emissaries from the civilizations of the Pleyades. Their purpose is confidence-raising and light-bringing in creative pursuit of values fulfillment.

Radiant Certainty

Agneya-born gentlemen are often found in politics, in gambling and speculation, or in creative finance. Natural dramatists, Riksya-born are brightly idealistic and self-directed seekers of attention.

Mesha pada 1 represents nakshatra-pati Surya's empowerment in romance and celebrity entitlements. In the rashi of Champion Mangala, sparkling Surya asserts radiant genius. Typically pada 1 are dramatists, politicians, royalty, celebrity, creative artists, and unique charismatic figures.

[Vrishabha - Urisha] -pada-2-3-4 express the tension between two-party bargainer Shukra versus one-party autocratic singular nakshatra-pati Surya. Often the intelligence of pada 2-3-4 is focused into the Values-fulfilling sectors of banking and finance, natural resource conservation, music, wines and perfumes, arts, and beauty. Depending on [Yogakaraka] Shani ruler of 9+10, the Vrishabha pada of Krittika have a stronger propensity toward government positions.

Themes of self-importance, individual entitlement, creativity, and confidence may contextualize Krittika's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Kṛttikā - Pleyades


Benjamin Franklin by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, c1777

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. [1939] . Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 80

" A proud, dignified, and honorable person

  • - an executive type.

He is very ambitious and eager for power

  • and has the ability to achieve his desires.

He has an innate sense of the importance of his destiny .

He expects everything to come to him as his due

  • and usually gets what he sets out to obtain ."

[end quote]



Ben Franklin by Joseph-Siffrein Duplessis - Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.



later-life portrait of Benjamin Franklin in the Smithsonian collection

Biographical events matched to the Vimshottari Dasha calendar

[Rahu Mahadasha] [age birth until age 4]

17-Jan-1706 Earth-birth in Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British America * Rahu-Shukra bhukti * Shukra lagnesha

[Guru Mahadasha] [age 4 until age 20]

1718 [BJF age 12] 1718 removed from school by his father, and forcibly apprenticed to his older brother James, a Boston printer. James was a harsh boss who mistreated BJF. Nevertheless, BJF learned the printing trade that would become his social identity * Guru-Shukra bhukti* Shukra rogesha servitude + Shukra lagnesha

1721 [BJF age 16] fled the bonded servitude of his harsh apprenticeship in Boston, and moved to Philadelphia working as a printer * Guru-Chandra bhukti * Chandra rules 3 = 12th-from-4-parents, local-roots = leaving home

1722 [BJF age 16] Franklin becomes a vegetarian * Guru-Chandra bhukti * Chandra nourishment activates 3-mental habits * 3 contains [uchcha] Guru wisdom

1724 [BJF age 18] emigrated from Philadelphia to London, where he again found work as a printer * Guru-Rahu chidra-dasha * Rahu's ruler Shukra-8 identity transformation

1725 [BJF age 20] in London, published his first pamphlet "A Dissertation on Liberty & Necessity, Pleasure and Pain" * Guru-Rahu chidra-dasha

[Shani Mahadasha] [age 20 until age 39]

1726 [BJF age 20] return to Philadelphia * Shani-Shani svabhukti

1727 [BJF age 21] Suffered the first of many attacks of pleurisy * Shani-Shani svabhukti * begin Sade-Sati

1730 [BJF age 24] Franklin's shop chosen as the official government printer for British colonial Pennsylvania * Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha printing

1730 [BJF age 24] celebrated the birth of child-1 William * Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha putra-pati

Sep-1730 [BJF age 24] common-law cohabitation document signed with Philadelphia woman Deborah Read. DR's mother owned Franklin's boarding house + BJF worked for DR's father. DR was legally married to a disappeared husband = legally not free to marry BJF. The document = pre-emptive protection against bigamy * Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha documentation

1731 [BJF age 25] joins Freemasons * Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha-9 congregation

1732 [BJF age 26] celebrated the birth of child-2 Francis * Shani-Budha bhukti * Budha putra-pati

1734 [BJF age 28] elected Grand Master of Grand Lodge of Free-Masonry of Pennsylvania * Shani-Shukra bhukti* Shukra lagnesha + Shukra activates Thula 10th navamsha

1736 [BJF age 30] grieved the death of child-2 from smallpox * Shani-Surya bhukti * Surya activates 12th-from-putrabhava

1742 [BJF age 36] invented the Franklin Stove, which is still used in some American rural fireplaces * Shani-Rahu bhukti

1743 [BJF age 37] celebrated the birth of child-3, daughter Sally. She would be BJF's loyal aide throughout life * Shani-Guru chidra-dasha

16-Jan-1745 [BJF age 39] grieved the decease of father, Josiah Franklin * Shani-Guru chidra-dasha * Guru pitrimaraka rules 2nd-from-pitribhava ++ 12th-from-Surya

[Budha Mahadasha] [age 39 until age 56]

1748 [BJF age 42] BJF takes a business partner who manages daily affairs, while BJF pursues his scientific interests. BJF continues to earn from his original shop + his numerous franchise shops * Budha-Ketu bhukti * Ketu-7 disengaged partnership + Kuja-8 hidden arrangements

08-May-1752 [BJF age 46] grieved the decease of mother, Abiah Folger Franklin * Budha-Surya bhukti * Surya activates 7th-from-Chandra

1753 [BJF age 47] reputation increased = published his electricity experiments + instructions for how to install lightning rods on large and small buildings * Budha-Chandra bhukti * Chandra-10 Kumbha science 10-reputation rules Guru-3-publications

1753 [BJF age 47] becomes Postmaster General for British America * Budha-Chandra bhukti * Chandra-10 government rules 3-letters

1759 [BJF age 53] awarded honorary doctorate from St Andrews University * Budha-Guru bhukti * Guru activates 11 awards for work accomplished

1759 [BJF age 53] moves semi-permanently to England, although he continues to make visits to the USA + accepts short-term governance roles * Budha-Shani chidra-dasha * Shani-12 distant lands

30-Apr-1762 [BJF age 56] Awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Law from Oxford University. * Budha-Shani chidra-dasha * Shani activates 9-university + 10 public titles

[Ketu Mahadasha] [age 56 until age 63]

Oct-1764 [BJF age 58] lost his elected seat [happily] in the Pennsylvania Assembly. Abandoning his family, BJF quietly returned to London * Ketu-Chandra bhukti * Chandra activates Karkata 12th-from-4-placeholding = loss of local anchor

1766 [BJF age 60] sold his famed printing business to longtime partner, thus cutting the final tie to Philadelphia's merchant society *Ketu-Rahu bhukti

[Shukra Mahadasha] [age 65 until decease age 84]

1773 [BJF age 67] The Hutchinson Letters BJF's discovery and disclosure of this correspondence [in London] between colonial governors effectively started the American Revolution * Shukra-Chandra bhukti * Chandra-10 governance rules-3 letters, correspondence

16-Dec-1774 [BJF age 68] grieved the decease of wife Deborah Read in Philadelphia. BJF did not return from London for her funeral * Shukra-Chandra bhukti * Chandra activates Karkata = 12th-from-7th-from-Chandra

1775 [BJF age 69] former postmaster BJF becomes the manager of the Revolutionary committee to conduct secret correspondence with foreign powers * Shukra-Chandra bhukti * Chandra-10 governance rules-3 letters, communications

Jul-1776 [BJF age 70] chaired the committee to draft the USA Declaration of Independence, published in July-1776 * Shukra-Rahu bhukti * [Rahu-Urisha] [Rahu in bhava-1] risk-rewarding personality

1777 [BJF age 70] collaborative writing of the key revolutionary document, Articles of Confederation. Not ratified or published until 1781. * Shukra-Rahu bhukti * [Rahu-Urisha] [Rahu in bhava-1] persuasive personality

1778 [BJF age 72] negotiated the Treaty of Alliance with France * Shukra-Rahu bhukti * [Rahu-Urisha] [Rahu in bhava-1] persuasive personality

1783 [BJF age 77] negotiated the Treaty of Paris that finally ended the USA Revolutionary War [1775-83] Shukra-Shani bhukti * Shani karmesha authority * Shani-12 distant lands, secluded environments

1787 [BJF age 81] delegate to USA Constitutional Convention - Shukra-Budha bhukti * Budha activates 5-politics

17-Apr-1790 [BJF age 84] liberation from the Earthen-body, via pleurisy, in Philadelphia * Shukra-Mangala bhukti * maraka Mangala rules Ketu-7

Distinctive features of the nativity

[Sparkling Surya]

pitri-karaka [father] jyoti-karaka [light]

[karako bhavo nashto for father, patrons, chieftains, indoctrinators]

[patriotic-securing bandesha for Urisha indriya-lagna]

[righteously radiating authority shows socially-approved certainty]

[entitled to government patronage roles]

[brilliant ceremonial displays of hierarchical status]

[bright center of normalized humanistic principles]

[may preach confidently upon conventional wisdom]

[often a famous public guidance figure modeling lawful convictions ]

[sparkles in orderly sanctimonious patriarchal roles]

[father may be class-conscious preacher, patriarch, or ideologue]


[visionary-guiding Uttarāṣāḍha-4][navamsha Surya-Meena] intutively confident political imagination


  • [Surya-Makara-Draco] Savitra * the stimulator * brightly charismatic confidence of Center-stage Surya radiates through the hierarchical structuring rashi of Shani

  • [Surya in bhava-9] * icon of inspirational teachings * intelligent patronage * geo-politics * bright preaching * focus on beliefs * philosophical entitlements * self-righteous dad * Sanctimonious pontificator * eye on humanistic worldview * confident ideologue * sparkling center of global doctrine * father may be a politician-philosopher-preacher-professor

  • [Surya-yuti-Budha] * confidently conversational * brightly explaining messenger * entitled to discuss * creatively intelligent sibling-cohort * discursive father-figure * gestures conduct the spiritual rays of the Sun * radiantly descriptive * articulate in drama * skillful game-player * self-confident announcements * talks about ideals * narrative of power-politics * recites love poems * describes divine romance


self-reflexively sermonizing, brightly philosophical, charmingly self-righteous, regal style of pontificating, doctrinally focused, radiantly patriarchal, politically ideological, splendidly patronizing, center-stage religious guide [Surya in bhava-9] rules

  • 4 cultural foundations, property boundaries, Way of Life, protection, defense , homeland, household, routines, rituals, mother, parents, customary rhythms, caretakers, socialization schooling, gardens, waterways, transportation, housing, social security, sense of place, environmentalism, citizenship, belonging, ethnic basis, ethnoreligion, patriotism, real-estate, farming, land-ownership, burial, predictability, health of the elder sibling


a new country, based in new principles

Surya ruler of 4-settlement located in 9-ideology

  • The national [4] constitution [9] established by BJF and Founding Fathers was articulated in a principled fashion which left room for careful interpretation [Budha-9]
  • This constitution helped to lay the foundation for the huge growth of European cultural settlement in USA [4 fixed settlements, farms] .

[bhava-9] * doctrine * fortune * wisdom * philosophy * theory * global perspective

paradigms of belief are super-charged in BJF's life due to Uttarāṣāḍha [Surya-yuti-Budha] being bombarded by incoming drishti from both [uchcha] Rahu-1 ++ [nīcha] Shani-12

  • violent sectarian disagreements mixed with religious condemnation during the revolutionary years

Shani owns political Surya ++ Shani sends 10th-drishti into 9-Makara

  • In a time of intolerantly sectarian catechism, BJF was an advocate of common sense in lieu of received truth.
  • Although open to listening to various philosophicall arguments, BJF was not an adherent of any particular sacred teaching nor any fixed political doctrine or any specific scientific ideology.
  • However, the profound rigidity of his commitment to democratic principles of government [Makara] did cause irreparable damage to his relationship with his son William, a colonial loyalist


[Surya in bhava-9] doctrinal father-figure, often self-righteously certain of his convictions

Dad = Josiah Franklin, an English-born Boston tradesman + tithingman in the Congregationalist Church

The father of 17 children by two wives, Dad was known to have been patronizing and self-righteous in character. Karako bhavo nashto

Dad worked as a fabric dyer in England. When he moved to Boston age 25, dad switched to making soap and candles .

  • Family observers recalled that dad wanted young Benjamin to be a religious minister.
  • However, dad took BJF our of school after only two years and indentured BJF to an elder brother who was a printer.

[Surya in bhava-9] bandhesha in 6th-from-4th indicates a strong-willed father who would have been mainly concerned with his roles in household parenting [4] and social respect Surya-Makara-Draco at church [9] .


matrikaraka [mother] * garha-karaka [village]

[busy-messaging bhratru-pati Urisha indriya-lagna]


[visionary-guiding Varuna-4] [ navamsha [Chandra-Meena] intuitively sensitive global futuristic imagination [Pushkara pada]

  • [Chandra in Sadachbia - Varuna] calmed by mixed networks * protectors of universal mingling * soothed by risky marketplaces * needs to make expedient social connections

  • []Chandra-Kumbha] comforted by friendship * sensitive to gridworks * needs marketplace connection
  • [Chandra in classroom-10] comfortable with high reputation * socially recognized protector * parental style of leadership * Familiar Face to the public * sensitive to social protocol * accustomed to regulations * soothed by peak position * acculturated to executive routines * settled into the rhythm of respected roles * feels the repeating pulse of elite status * calmed by climbing hierarchical steps * anchored into lawful responsibility * undulating authority * mother may be a dignitary, a well-known figure, a principal, a prominent parent


sensitively ordering, protectively lawful, routinely governing, parentally regulating, rhythmically dutiful, customary commander, predictable hierarch, culturally respected, emotionally responsible, needs to hold elite positions [Chandra in classroom-10] rules

  • 3-communications, messaging, sermons, scripts, radio-television, media-products, Writing and Publishing, letters of correspondence, announcements, planning, schedules, sales, marketing, documentation, reporting, cohort, entourage, committee-work, process management, manufacturing, commercial business, instruction, explanation, discussion, diagrams, labeling, signage, training, itinerary, tours


  • [folk reputation 10th-from-Chandra = diplomacy, arrangements, representation, consultancy, advising, peerage, brokerage, contractual bargains in the penetrating, camouflaged, transformative style of Vrischika-7 ]

Master deal-maker. In disguise.

  • BFF was responsible for making the majority of the loan agreements and policy alignments between the infant-USA and the major powers of western Europe.

Eschewing all official titles and fixed portfolios, BFF worked entirely in secret [Vrischika].

While masquerading as a trans-Atlantic businessman looking for mercantile advantage, BFF brokered countless financial deals, including commercial British funding for colonial America's war against the British crown.

Chandra occupies 8th-from-5 royalty, entitlement

As a vigorous response to the overthrow of rulership by hereditary royalty, BJF's futuristic vision [Chandra Kumbha] required that

  • the government support a free economic system [Kumbha]
  • rather than the economic system be used primarily to support the government.

the principles of social governance which BJF helped to formulate, write, and publish in the 1770's [Chandra rules 3 publication] provided the basis for a soon-to-follow explosion of American goods, services, inventions, and ideas.

A familiar face at the beginning of the Age of Kumbha.

BJF remains a cornerstone figure in the American historical mythology.

He is remembered much less for his governance work [which was done mainly in clandestine environments] . He is remembered much more for his inventions and improvements especially electricity [Kumbha]

  • bifocals, lightning rod, library chair,
  • swim fins, the long reach device,
  • Franklin Stove, urinary catheter,
  • Daylight Savings Time.
  • Franklin discovered and mapped the Atlantic Ocean Gulf Stream,
  • catalogued many properties of Storms and Lightning
  • all of which he shared for free [declining all patents]

For each invention-or-improvement, Franklin published its complete drawings, plans, and materials [Chandra rules Guru-3 publication] .

[Chandra in classroom-10]

governance roles, popular figures

activates Arudha lagna Karkata

  • shop-keeping, printing, publication, business, transactions, discussion, commerce, newspapers, letters, documentation

Chandra in Sadachbia - Varuna agent of scientific discovery

[Chandra in classroom-10] public reputation = rules 3 = writer-publisher newspaperman publisher almanac autobiography

Chandra-10 rules 3-commerce - Chandra occupies 6/8 tension from 3-mercantilism

  • BJF hailed from a long line of shopkeeper-tradesmen.

BJF engaged in lifelong defense of the merchant class against the financially privileged Penn family that owned title to most of Pennsylvania.

  • His professional leadership was defined by documents, scholarly commercial and political, and his self-owned printing business.

MARRIAGE partnership emotional equity support expectations

[7th-from Chandra-10] [lifepartnership 1-of-1]

  • Simha politics, theatre, drama, romantic idealism, children
  • bhava-4 household = ruled by a weakened Makara-Surya-9 in 6th-from-4th.

BJF cohabited and raised a family with Deborah Read, a boardinghouse keeper [4]

  • in a conservative and judgmental social era, BBF and DR did not have legal access to the ceremonies for consecration of marriage, due to her disappeared previous criminal husband [who absconded with her dowry]

Challenges to Marriage loyalty

dissociating [Ketu in classroom-7]

[Mūla-Kuja] ruler of 7 occupies 8

According to historians, free-thinking BJF was a regular customer of Philadelphia prostitutes.

  • Deborah's opinion on this practice is not recorded.
  • However, BJF's reputation was not tarnished due to the double protections of [Vimala Yoga] and Harsha Yoga

In the masculine nativity, Shukra-yuti-Mangala suggests bisexuality ++ two life-partners

  • first partnership dedicated to security and parenting [4]
  • second partnership = generally a profitable friendship [11]

BJF had marital problems, but home-avoidance was easy and divorce was never necessary. Since BJF was never legally married, he had no concern with divorce. Harsha Yoga

  • During Ketu-Ketu svabhukti, BJF simply walked away from his common-law wife and his grown children.

When his wife died in Philadelphia, BJF was living in London

  • Despite their 44 years of their alliance and the easy availability of ships, BJF did not return to Philadelphia for Deborah's funeral.

In 1723 [BJF age 18] BJF had proposed marriage to Deborah Read.

  • His suit was rejected by Deborah's mother [not by Deborah] .
  • BJF then left and worked in England for three years, during which time he failed to communicate with Deborah. In navamsha, Ketu-7 yuti-Budha interpersonal communications

Following her mother's wishes, DR married another available suitor.

  • She was swiftly abandoned by her first husband, who also absconded with her dowry and fled to Barbados.

Due to the bigamy laws of the day, DR could not remarry without showing clear evidence that her husband was dead.

  • Conclusive proof of the absconder's decease proved impossible to obtain.

In their common-law marriage, Deborah Read was loyal to BJF by all accounts.

  • Yet, observers commented the BJF was not entirely loyal to her. Ketu in classroom-7 ++ ruler of 7th-from-Chandra [Surya-9] occupies 6th-from-7th-from-Chandra

The mother of his second and third children, she also raised Franklin's first son William -- who in all likelihood was in truth her biological son.

  • DR helped diligently in the printing shop and kept a welcoming house.
  • Deborah was often ill.
  • BJF enjoyed frequent, extended travels.

6/8 shad-ashtakya angles from Chandra-Kumbha

  • The revolutionary, emotionally turbulent, perpetually transformative, trauma-inducing 8th-from-Chandra becomes bhava-5-Kanya po politics ++ eldest child

  • Particularly during Vimshottari bhukti of Budha, one must engage with identity-transforming political conditions

  • The adversarial [6th-from-Chandra] becomes bhava-3-Karkata

  • Chandra Bhukti can provoke emotional disagreements with the routinized folk culture and expected safety of commercial business enterprise [3]

[Competitive Kuja]

bhratru-karaka [brother] virya-karaka [virile]


[Vimala Yoga]

[bargaining-balancing yuvati-pati for Urisha indriya-lagna]

[conntemplative-withdrawn vyaya-pati for Urisha indriya-lagna]


[innovative-competitive Mūla-1] [navamsha Mangala-Mesha] intuitively competitive forward-pushing hot pioneering domination


  • [Mangala-Dhanus] vigorous development of humanistic worldview * energized inspiration * thrust toward doctrinal expansion * proactive teaching-preaching * promotes philosophical globalism * champion of broad understanding * pursues patronage

  • [Mangala in bhava-8] drive toward discovery * pursuit of rebirth * revolutionary dynamics * aggressive approach to emergency events * energetic transformations * vigorous revelations * explosive eruptions * unexpected force * pushes through camouflage * mysterious conquests * pro-active rejuvenating surgeries

  • [Kuja-yuti-Shukra] dual sexuality * energized bargaining * dynamic trading * masculine force joins feminine allure * kinetic sensuality * productive arrangements * competitive mating * vigorously balance-seeking in partnership * pursues diplomatic resolutions * innovative arrangements


[Mangala in bhava-8] activates

  • 7-diplomacy containing [uchcha] Ketu

  • 12-distant lands containing [nīcha] Shani

[Bantering Budha]

jamayah-karaka [sibling] sandeza-karaka [message] * zisya-karaka [student]

[collecting-evaluating dhanesha for Urisha indriya-lagna]

[witty-creative vidya-pati for Urisha indriya-lagna]


[patriotic-defensive Śrāvaṇa-4] [navamsha Budha-Karkata]


  • [Budha-Makara-Draco] bureaucratic communications * articulation of lawfully orderly process * proletarian phrasing * delivers procedure for imposing rules * descriptive explanations of the social order * messages about governance * documentation of regulatory procedures * diagrams the hierarchies * status-conscious mentality * hands-arms-shoulders send normalizing gestures, conventional gestures

  • [Budha in bhava-9] narrative of father-figure * witty guru * broad-scope communicator * repeats the catechism * ideological reasoning * reiterates the doctrine * skillful grandchildren * discusses patronage * detailed articulation of worldview * explains the paradigm of belief * talks about sacred texts * examines the dharma * interprets theoretical claims * delivers quick sermons * logical investigations into philosophical truths * chatty priests * religious dialogues

  • [Budha-yuti-Surya] amusing explanations * entertaining chatter * central roles in communication * brightly clear descriptions * dramatic enunciation * confidently delivers instruction * articulation of radiant certainty * political messenger * talkative father-figures


mercurially philosophical, paternally communicative, mercantile worldview, businesslike father-figure, narrative of higher understanding, inspirational publishing, globally descriptive, broad-scope conversations [Budha in bhava-9] rules

  • 2-acquisition, family legacy, tradition, language-lexicon, preserved memory, banking, collections, entreasurement, herd-hoard, containment, financial capital, accrued amounts, asset evaluation, knowledge of history, speech-song, heritage values, color-sound, arts-and-music, face-voice-eyes-teeth-mouth-hair, genetics, stored resources, health of the father

  • 5- Politics, center-stage roles, theatre, demonstration, display, charming brilliance, genius, poetry, choice-making, showmanship, gambling and gamesmanship, romantic idealism, creativity, fashion-shows, flamboyance, celebrity entitlements, confidence, artistic performance, drama, children, financial speculation, intelligence, entertainments, fun


[Budha in bhava-9] talks about principles, convictions, beliefs

Budha occupies 6th-from-4th = adversarial to the established customs

  • Consistent with the weakened bandesha Surya ++ empowered Kṛttikā-Rahu-1, BJF was largely unimpeded by the moral conventions of his day.
  • His sexual conduct, unmarried status, and so-called illegitimate son expressed his misalignment from the parochial standard.

Budha Businessman

  • expanded by the optimistic drishti coming from Guru-[uchcha] 3
  • constrained by fearful, intimidated, bullying [nīcha] Shani coming from 12
  • empowered by risk-rewarding [uchcha] Rahu coming from 1

Eldest son William = Budha rules 5th-from-Chandra

BJF's eldest son was both a friend and a hater of BJF

  • William was born out of wedlock in approximately 1730, and to this day no scholar has been able to conclusively identify the child's mother.
  • However, scholars speculate that William's mother was likely none other than Deborah Read who -- while married to another man -- became Franklin's life-companion.
  • [Ketu in BJF's bhava-7 suggests a malleable life companion.]
  • William first became Ben's business partner and confidante, then later son William developed into a bitter political adversary.

Budha rules 2-family patterns, family heritage

a remarkable feature of the Franklin family line is the impetuous production of children born outside of marriage.

  • Not only was Benjamin Franklin the father of illegitimate William
  • William himself father of an illegitimate son named Temple [mother unknown]
  • finally Temple himself fathered an illegitimate daughter [mother known] .

BJF eschewed government office in order to retain his freedom to work incognito and to continue to develop his own commercial interests

  • At no time did Franklin endanger his own commercial-financial interests. He took a commission from negotiated deals.

Vidya-pati-5 Budha = owned and aspected by financially shrewd and realistic Bharani-Shani-Mesha [nīcha] .

  • Behind-the-scenes, backchannel [Shani-12] he shepherded the financial arrangements of the fledgling nation, obtaining loans from England and France, all dealings authorized but invisible and conducted autocratically according to BJF's own style.

[Generous Guru]

dhava-karaka [husband] bahuta-karaka [variety]


[mysterious-initiatory randhresha for Urisha indriya-lagna]

[friendly-gainful vriddhi-pati for Urisha indriya-lagna]


[political-gaming Pushya-1] [navamsha Guru-Simha]

  • [Guru-Karkata] much shelter * many caretakers * many provisions * benevolent routines * believes in defense * permission to protect * optimistic patriotism * broad understanding of local cultures * develops gardens * household expansion * prosperous settlements * multiple dwellings * many patronizing parent-figures

  • [Guru in bhava-3] many messages * extensive commerce * many photographs * numerous publications * several collaborators * multiple transactions * many tours * frequent business trips * many sales * numerous discussions * much detailed interaction * extensive planning operations * variety of ensemble performances * evangelistic growth * so many meetings * patron of communications technologies * in a wifely nativity, husbandly-companion may be a businessman-writer


expansively describing, abundantly publishing, multiple teamworks, numerous projects, optimistic manager, many itineraries, broad-scope of collaborative interaction [Guru in bhava-3] rules

  • 8-unexpected eruptions of regenerating force, occult initiation, mystical revelation, shocking intervention, opaque empowerments, invasive surgery, intensive healing, evolution, violent explosion, sudden identity change, rejuvenation, recycling, rebirth, hidden assets, upheaval, undisclosed secrets, transformative events, discovery, in-laws of first marriage, health of younger sibling-cousin

  • 11-fruitful revenues, interconnected income, profits, material achievement, social networking, friendships, community linkage, fan-clubs, mass participation gatherings, collectivism, marketplace gridworks, distribution, association, populism, economic systems, fundraising, gains-and-goals, health of the enemies


uchcha Guru in bhava-3 activates

  • 8-undisclosed matters
  • 11- marketplace connections, fundraising, friendships

[uchcha] [Guru in bhava-3] commerce rules-and-aspects 11-marketplace economics

  • abundance and prosperity envisioned via profits, mercantilism, communication, free association, business-business-business

[Guru-Karkata][ pushya] = tolerant [Guru] and pragmatic [Shani]

Guru-3 enjoys a mutual drishti with articulatory Budha-9

++ Generous Guru activates the literary advertising publicity oriented Meena-11 = 3rd from Budha

  • BJF was an exceptionally humanistic, non-dogmatic writer.
  • His widely-read newspaper articles and letters displayed a level of humorous neutrality that was rare in his ideologically contentious era.
  • His style was accessible and pragmatic [Budha-Makara] ++ wise, tolerant, localized, and inclusive [Karkata-Guru] .

BJF changed many people's minds about a wide variety of topics [Guru-3]

  • For example, BJF publicly advised his son that older women [Shani] make better partners, despite the popular beliefs being quite the contrary.

[uchcha] Guru-3 suggests substantial financial well-being via writing-printing-documentation-publishing.

  • Franklin's Autobiography is an American perennial favorite, having remained in print for nearly 225 years + consistently taught in American university literature classes.

Guru ruler of 11 suggests BJF's ability to profit from the aphorisms which he snatched from the folk wisdom of the local farmers [Old Pathways Karkata].

[Suave Shukra]

svadu-karaka [sweet] kalatra-karaka [wifely companion]

[Harsha Yoga]

[energizing-identifying lagnesha for Urisha indriya-lagna]

[inimical-medicating rogesha for Urisha indriya-lagna]


[political-demonstrating Pūrvāṣāḍhā-1] [navamsha Shukra-Simha] intuitively diplomatic romantic political drama


  • [Shukra-Dhanus] appreciation of humanistic belief * advocates for theory * attracted to teachers * agrees with priests * pleased by broad perspective * prefers inspiring partners * dogmatic arrangements * enjoys indoctrination * delighted by philosophy * aesthetic of shared worldview

  • [Shukra-8] seeks pleasure via occult secrets * enjoys disguised relationships * balanced healing arts * aesthetic of non-disclosure * camouflaged arrangements * hidden equity * pleasing designs to adorn the sexual-reproductive organs * sensual sphincters * obscured finance * taste for rejuvenating initiation * transformed by feminine-figures * delighted by sudden renewal * pleasant in-laws * appreciation of identity change * in a husbandly nativity, wifely-companion may hold a secretive position

  • [Shukra-yuti-Mangala] sweetened conquests * gracious competition * appreciation for pioneering innovation * aesthetic of sporting interactions * proactive negotiations * musical brother-figure * competitive contracts * accommodating dual sexuality * prefers relationships with energetic partners


Suave Shukra activates Thula [10th navamsha] containing [uchcha] Shani leadership and diplomacy

Suave Shukra activates Karakamsha bhava-6 illness, conflict, war

Pūrvāṣāḍhā Shukra lagnesha occupies 11th-from-Chandra = secret economic connections

Always oriented to the promise of prosperity through trade [Shukra] Franklin was a prime mover behind the Commonwealth of the new American Republic.

In the end he died a wealthy man [uchcha] Rahu-1]

He left a legacy of open cross-Atlantic trade with former British enemies as well as stronger inter-trading links between the mutually suspicious and blaming individual confederated states.

In the secretive randhrasthāna, Shukra-yuti-Mangala combine rulers of 1 + 6 + 7 + 12

+ [Harsha Yoga] protects against criminal harm, war, poverty [6]

+ [Vimala Yoga] protects against imprisonment, isolation, disappearance [12]

Conditions of war, disputes, treachery, broken promises, betrayal, exploitation and injustice formed the backdrop to BJF's diplomatic [7] adventures. War hostilities [6] remained throughout his lifetime, yet he prospered via an unmatched personality [Rahu-[uchcha] 1 ruled by Shukra-8] r.

[Sober Shani]

duro-karaka [endurance] * jara-karaka [Jahre, years]


[Yogakaraka believing-guiding dharmesha for Urisha indriya-lagna]

[Yogakaraka dutiful-regulatory karmesha for Urisha indriya-lagna]

[lawful governance mandates backchannel wartime duties]

[paradigm of belief demands sleepless behind-the-scenes work]

[heavy responsibility for maintaining doctrinal-ideological frameworks]

[blood-and-brain pressure imposes lengthy isolations]

[scarce resources for private relaxations]

[clairsentient intuition restricted by primitive fears]


[bargaining-arranging Bharani-3] [navamsha Shani-Tula-uchcha]

[Atmakaraka governance, legal institutions, sobriety, respect for elders, systems, science]

  • [Shani-Mesha] harsh old blood-feuds * brain cramp * blocked bloodflow * muscle seizure * limits innovation * overburdened aggressions * fierce resistance * freezes new ideas * law of the winners * proletarian battles * must enforce dominance * contempt for independence * burdened by championship * cruel competitions * endurance contests * at times, survival requires great effort * obligation to fight * normalizes war * structural pressure upon head-brain * lurching forward push * conquest brings oppressive duty * must sustain physical supremacy * constricted vitality * maintainer of bitter old competition-for-resources

  • [Shani in Bhava-12] slow time-structured envisioning * burdensome duties in Other Worlds * limited privacy * public regulation of private environments * must work with foreigners * socially opaque responsibilities * blocked dreams * intimidated by phantoms * resists clairsentient guidance * cautiously conventional fantasies * fears imprisonment * regimented sanctuaries * lack of spontaneity in the bedroom * chronic insomnia * dried flow of interior inspiration * cold feet * psychic fatigue * mandatory isolation * tightly regulated scientific research * elders preserve the old enclosures


dutifully secluded, works diligently in private spaces, responsibly imaginative, insightfully intuitive maturity, must regulate the bedroom, structured meditation, burdensome duties in distant lands [Shani in Bhava-12] rules

  • 9-ideology , paradigm of belief, principled convictions, higher understanding, father-figures, priestly patronage, preaching, patriarchal entitlements, philosophical convictions, theory, public spiritual guidance, celebrated doctrines, sangha, sacred teachings, credenda, globalism, dharma, worldview, mother's health

  • 10-career, profession, dignity, regulatory roles, governance duties, social authority, symbolic recognition, iconic visibility, leadership responsibility. top status, reputation, commanding positions, public respect, executive power, elite rank, lawful imposition, organizational director


Yogakaraka [nīcha-Shani-12] is effective from a behind-the-scenes platform

Family of Origin

[nīcha] Shani 3rd-drishti into family of origin [2] suggests that the family is harshly materialistic. One begins life with no capitalization [2] from the family coffers.

  • BJF was forced into servitude by his father.
  • BJF's older brother became his master. The elder brother overworked and mistreated him. BJF ran away to Philadelphia.

Regardless of His nichha status, Shani is a yogakaraka. Determination and hard work with regular delays and much resistance would allow incremental improvements.

The bigger wealth factor, naturally, is BJF's [uchcha] Rahu-1.

Shani-[nīcha] 12 occupies 11th-from-2nd - modestly profitable foreign investments

  • BJF was secretive about his investments [lagnesha Shukra-8] .
  • However, he had profitable [11] business interests in several distant lands [12] including Nova Scotia, France, and England.

lowest-common-denominator Shani

The highest concentrations of angry, blaming, intractable [Mesha-Shani] people in BJF's life were located in

  • 12-private environments, distant lands
  • 2-family of origin
  • 6-enemies, legal problems, crimes, injuries. Yogakaraka [nīcha] Shani drishti into 6 eventually formalized methods for urban survival and resistance such as fire-fighting brigade.

  • 9-religious preachers, father, ideologues. BJF's disagreements with his self-righteous father were so profound that BJF left Boston permanently. Also Surya-9-Makara intakes drishti of [nīcha] Shani.

Disabilities and inconveniences [nīcha] Shani] of being older.

  • Franklin was 30-40 years elder to most of the Early American leaders [Shani].

[nīcha] Shani-12 = inimical to marriage

The work is demanding and the family of origin is not supportive Therefore, one begins with no capitalization from the family coffers. It is a yoga of self-made wealth via determination and hard work with regular delays and much resistance.

karmesha [nīcha] Shani-12 works in governance, yet most of the roles are invisible

BJF did substantial diplomatic and policy-crafting work which secured the New Republic against considerable opposition. Yet, his governance actions were mainly invisible to the public.

Appearing as a humble print-shop operator and hobbyist scientist, BJF's persona was unpretentiously commercial = Chandra-10 rules 3.

Judgmental Siblings 3rd-from-Chandra

[Shani-Mesha] [nīcha] occupies the emotionally talkative, communicative cohort evangelical instructional team-working administrative managerial announcing publishing reporting explanatory conversational lyrical messaging 33rd-from-Chandra

  • BJF had numerous siblings.
  • As a youngster, Ben was sent by his parents to work as an indentured servant in his elder brother's printing business in Boston.
  • Having quickly learned basic printing skills, and feeling abused by his exploitive brother, BJF broke his indenture and escaped to Philadelphia while still a teenager.

Many years later he repaired relations with his parents, but BJF never forgave his punishing elder brother.

bhava-11 = elder siblings [generally] ruled by Guru-3 shop-keeper, printer

[Ketu in classroom-7] breaks contracts

[Risk-taking Rahu]

rajyalobha-karaka [ambition] picchala-karaka [slippery]


[for Urisha indriya-lagna]

[Rahu casts passionate drishti into 5-7-9]

[entrancing cult of enriched-entreasured personality]

[identified with prestige of heritage resource containment]

[craving for knowledge assets]

[vital embodiment of fascinating finance]

[appears as a uniquely special evaluator]

[personal passion for valuable acquisition]


[governing-hierarchial Kṛttikā-2] [navamsha Rahu-Makara] inutitively boundary-breaching regulatory governance

  • [Rahu-Urisha] shimmering illusion of storage * craving for preserved collections * unorthodox banking * over-reaching acquisitions * preposterous accumulations * mesmerizing treasure-hoards * fabulous inventories * exotic food stores * amazing ship-holds * fascinating warehouses * mask of historic conservatism * intriguing acts of barreling * exaggerated cooperage * extravagant containment * tantalizing libraries * marvelous hoards of valuables * seeks special importance via apparent [but perhaps not authentic] attributes of accrued wealth * entrancing lineage knowledge * thrilling speech-song * excitement of pricing * seeks privilege via value-keeper roles

  • [Rahu in bhava- 1] passion for prestige appearance * in svabhava of Competitive Kuja, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous physical visage * extraordinary athletic action * outsider who cleverly insinuates into a noble identity * smoky, oily aura * desires competitive advantage * exceptionally recognizable appearance * exhilarating force of nature * thrilling champion of non-standard lifestyles * social mobility sought via dynamic movement * entranced by one's own personality * innovative behavior challenges existing norms * culturally mixed self-image * embodies exciting new energies * self-promotion via blood-and-birth * double agent * over-reaching ambition for empowered individuality * craves personal importance * trespasses cultural limitations of race-class-creed-gender * fascinating figure * may represent a cult of personality


Eldest Child = complex, politicized, roller-coaster relationship

  • Rahu in bhava-1 drishti into 5 + 7 + 9
  • Putra-pati Budha occupies Makara-9 intakes drishti from Shani + Rahu + Guru

Emotionally turbulent, perpetually transformative, trauma-inducing 8th-from-Chandra becomes bhava-5-Kanya children [especially the eldest child]

Budha-Makara-9 intakes 10th-governance drishti of a challenging [nīcha] Shani-12

  • BJF's eldest son was born out of wedlock, and given to foster parents until the child was an older toddler. When Franklin's second child was born into an acknowledged union with Deborah Read [BJF never formally married] their first child was restored to the family.

In modern parlance, William likely had a personality disorder compounded by PTSD from childhood abandonment [Borderline PD] .

  • After a childhood full of father-son shared adventures and a young adulthood recorded through fervent letters exchanged with his literary father, William earned his law license in England. Father and son entered a land-buying partnership to capitalize on new properties made available by disenfranchising [or killing] the native peoples.

After dad lobbied to get his son a position in the London-based colonial administration, William was appointed colonial governor of New Jersey.

  • William was said to have been a capable and fair governor.
  • He became a staunch royalist, and a virulent enemy of the Revolution.

inflamed Rahu over-reaching,

As governor, William turned on his revolutionary father, seeing BJF not as his dad but rather as a threat to his job security.

William issued a warrant [Budha] for his father Ben's arrest on suspicion of sedition. After that over-reaching moment [Rahu], their differences were not just philosophical, but very personal. The Americans eventually won the war. BJF stopped communicating with his once-cherished son except for a few property matters.

[Collapsing Ketu]

kavandha-karaka [headless] chidra-karaka [gaping] vasana-karaka [vacuum]

[uchcha] [Urisha indriya-lagna]

[absence, disappointment, disorientation within secretive, transformative relationships]

[unconcerned with catastrophic disengagement]

[dispersed trust in undisclosed partnerships]

[dissolution of exploratory advocacies]

[surrenders suddenly-changing bargains]

[ignores broken emergency promises] [apatheticly forgives the trespasses of disguised advisors]

[abandons unsustainable hidden arrangements]

[absent from empty forbidden alliances]

[disregards evolving agreements]

[eccentric dangerous deals]

[passively fixated on Rahu-Urisha-1 = financially opulent amplified ; entreatured luxurious personality matches an ambivalent secretive spouse]


[defensive-protective Viśākha-4] [navamsha Ketu-Karkata]

  • [Ketu-Vṛścika] detached Witness to hidden empowerments * weird discoveries * empty secrets * eccentric identity changes * dissolute penetrations * fearless toward catastrophic change * demystifies the ineffable * disregards terror threats * veiled martyrdom * ignores restriction on initiations * uncertain rebirth * releases a red-black cloud of exploratory initiatives into the misty abyss

  • [Ketu in classroom-7] equably ambivalent toward agreements * absentee advocates * disregards contractual loyalties * disinterested in mutuality * wanders from the middle-balance * empty arrangements * irrelevance of equity * surrenders alliances * abandons the usual covenants * ignores advice * incoherent promises * liberation via surrendered negotiations * unless other graha in 7, may prefer to live free from partners


bhava-7 often indicates travel

  • From his home base in Philadelphia, BJF travelled frequently to Britain and France.
  • Ostensibly for diplomatic purposes, or trade-agreement purposes.
  • He spent extended periods - years at a time - away from home = Ketu in 4th-from-4th

Collapsing Ketu 's ruler [Mūla] Kuja occupies 8

  • BJF was known to have had extramarital romantic interests, specifically in England, where he resided on-and-off for years.

[Ketu in classroom-7] Disregarding [Ketu] the customs of the day, BJF never legally married.

  • His long-standing domestic partnership with the mother of his children, Deborah Read, was characterized by BJF's frequent absence [Ketu] and his well-known appreciation for the prostitutes of the burgeoning town [Mangala yuvati-pati occupies 8 secret sexual adventures.]

Weakness when manageable presents opportunities for growth.

[Ketu-Vṛścika ] occupies the emotionally dignified , social-ordering, leadership-seeking 10th-from-Chandra

despite his popularity with other leaders and generally with the public

  • lifetime reluctance [indeed refusal] to hold elected or appointed public office --

BJF treasured his freedom


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