Note: This astrology uses the sidereal zodiac. For my take on why that zodiac is superior to the traditional, tropical, "Western" one, please read the following: The Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs: A Discussion.
“Guru” means teacher, or at least something like that. I am not sure if it always means “spiritual teacher.” In this paper I use the commonly known, often spiritual, name for most of the gurus I write about. It is the only name by which I know them. Their spiritual name usually combines words that imply things like father, great, spiritual, bliss, and so on. For instance, the “Baba” in Baba Muktananda means father. “Ananda,” I think, means bliss. I am not sure what “Sri” (used below) means, but believe it is an honorific title, somewhat like Master or Mister, but with more honor attached.
In this paper I emphasize the strong benefic influence shown in the charts of gurus. It does not mean either (a) they did not work for their realization, or (b) they had no suffering and no problems. They had (or have, for those two still living) the same number and type of planets as does every one else. I presume, then, each had his own variety of pain. Their pain, however, had limitations dwindling, in some cases, to zero. Why? Because each had something every one else does not have. Each had a highly benevolent set--herein called the golden benefic set. A golden benefic set is comprised of light/venus/jupiter influencing at least one Angle and certain houses. For gurus, their golden benefic set constituted a path which, when “traveled” by them, rendered them great rewards. At the same time, because their consciousness was located primarily in their golden benefic, it minimized their astrologically implied pain. For gurus, influence of the set was to houses and charts integral to spirituality. The same benefic set (light/venus/jupiter) influencing different charts and houses has entirely different outcomes. For instance, influencing an Angle, 2nd and 8th houses in the 2nd, 7th, and 8th charts, it implies we are looking at the chart of an individual who is wealthy, whether through investment, business, or the lottery. (See footnote 1, below).
The venus and jupiter in golden are best when conjunct, less powerful when square, and nearly not helpful (and even harmful) when opposition. At least, when opposition they fight each other rather than cooperate for the "great good" they together can produce. When on an Angle, "Angle" can substitute for "light." Golden benefics are not truly golden unless they also influence an Angle, either being on it or influencing it through a ruler. When they do, they operate to produce luck and success throughout life in the areas and charts they influence.
Let’s get to the specifications for gurus:
As stated above, the golden benefic set contains a light, venus and jupiter. The light can be sun, moon, or nodes. The set may contain other planets, but it must contain venus and jupiter. Venus is the lesser benefic; jupiter, the greater benefic. Combined in a set they produce the greatest good, the most ease of realization, in areas (houses and signs) they influence. That is true of either their conjunction or square. It is not true of their opposition: in opposition venus and jupiter are fighting each other rather than cooperating. They split the individual’s attention to opposite sectors of the chart, in effect “halving” (or worse) the beneficial influence of each.
For gurus, the two charts I have investigated so far that fit the above definition are the 7th and 9th charts.
The harmonic chart for the 7th house is involved because it is the main chart of this method. The 7th house, and the 7th chart derived from it, is primary in representing our interactions with others and the identity we achieve through our interactions with others.
The harmonic chart for the 9th house is involved because it shows the conditions which favor or disfavor the development of our higher mind and interests which point in that direction.
Some times our higher mind is represented directly as spirituality. Some times that is too direct, too much a stretch for us, and our higher mind shows itself in our interest in unusual over-views presented in areas such as law and philosophy. Law, religion, and philosophy are all subjects represented by the 9th house and Sagittarius. As it turns out, aviation and some other subjects are also under the province of “higher mind.” Aviation accidents are represented primarily in the 9th (and 7th) chart. So, too, are fatal falls from high places--whether they be intentional or accidents occurring through mountain-climbing, sky-diving, or other such pursuits. Conditions of the 9th house and Sagittarius show our interest in forming unusual, usually broader and deeper, perspectives. In contradistinction to the 9th house, the 3rd house (and Gemini) shows our ordinary, mundane, common, automatic interests--one might say matters in which we are usually mired, even if happily so. So a keyword for Sagittarius and the 9th house might be “perspective,” and the comprehension fostered by the 9th house can include but usually passes beyond information gained through 3rd house interests.
The 8th, 10th and 11th charts may show the same or similar specifications, but I have not looked systematically into them.
For famous gurus, the houses influenced by the golden benefic set are the 4th, 5th, 8th, and 9th .
The 4th house shows success and fame at the end of life. If the 4th is highly benefic, it means the whole life is geared, ultimately, toward success and a strong sense of accomplishment. Conditions of the 4th house, then, represent a situation where it can be said “cause” is in the future (end of life, 4th house). If an individual has a highly benefic 4th, he is less likely to fail even if he stumbles mid-life because his life is slated to conclude satisfactorily. Conversely, some one with a highly malefic 4th house is less likely to succeed, even if in mid-life he appears to be a phenomenal success, because his 4th indicates his life is going to end in troubles and discontent. (2015: We now have an excellent example of this in the astrology of Robin Williams, who committed suicide this year. Here is the link to his chart analysis: Paper on Williams.) This cause-in-the-future conceptualization as it relates to the conditions of the 4th house--usually used only in horary astrology for finding the “end of the matter”--is especially true regarding spiritual achievement because individuals who become enlightened are unlikely to lose it.
The 5th house combined with the 9th--that is, in the same set with the 9th or overlapping the 9th--shows identification of sex and spirituality such that sublimation of sexuality is stacked to favor a gain in spirituality. Sublimation of sexuality is not right for every one and is outright harmful to some. And gurus do not have to sublimate their sexuality just because the 5th/9th connection exists in their charts, but they can profit from it.
The 8th house shows beneficence in occult matters, in touching the inner lives of others, and in financial support through the favor of others.
And, of course, the 9th house is necessary because it shows qualities of our higher mind, our blocks and aids should we attempt to enter spirituality directly. Beneficently aspected, higher mind can flourish.
If the guru is also rich, his 2nd (and 8th) house will be so influenced. If s/he establishes a group or ashram (or several), the 11th may also be influenced. To be respected and even tolerated in his community, a guru needs to have a primarily benefic 10th house, or at least not one primarily malefic. But I have not systematically investigated these houses. Therefore, this paper does not contain conclusions about astrological specifications for 2nd, 10th and 11th houses in the charts of famous gurus.
Below in partial charts I present the above specifications and their variations in the charts of thirteen Eastern gurus. Most of them have been heard of in the West. I personally met two of them. I am not going to give many details of their lives. Some have autobiographies. Most taught their subject, the development spirituality, in person and through books to many students. Most had ashrams. Most were understood to have reached a high, permanent level of spirituality.
For contrast to the charts of gurus, I have added twelve other charts, several of which demonstrate the power for good of a highly benefic 4th house. Several more added charts demonstrate the 9th house or Sagittarius as it represents jurisprudence and the law, showing outcomes for both benefic and malefic 9ths. Finally, several show Sagittarius, the 9th house, and 9th chart as they stand for matters concerning aviation--love of flight and death through it.
Before introducing the charts, I should say a few words about this method:
This astrology uses the sidereal positions of the planets based on the Fagan-Bradley’s SVP.
Harmonics are taken from the sidereal position of the planets. The Egyptian harmonic, discussed in the paper “About This Method” (see Home Page), is used.
”Lights” include suns, moons, and moons nodes.
This method uses only conjunctions, applying and separating squares, and oppositions. Orbs for planets with lights is 5°; without lights, about 2.5°. Orb for MC/planet or Asc/planet is 2°. Planets so related to each other are referred to as in the same “set.” A set, then, is two or more planets (or an Angle) connected to each other through conjunction, square, and opposition within the defined orbs. The set is more active if it contains a light, and less active without one. Learning to look in terms of “crosses” can be helpful in rapidly finding planets that are in the same set.
I have used the concept for some time privately, but in this paper I introduce the concept of “path” when speaking about an astrological set. Planets in a set, the houses they are in, and houses ruled by them describe an astrological path. If, for instance, planets in a set rule 4th, 5th and 9th houses, then the 4th, 5th, and 9th houses are inextricably connected to each other. Energy of learning as well as failure flows among those three houses, some times in a fixed sequence and some times with varying sequences. That energy flow can be called a path. Paths have interesting implications.
For instance, if some one is trying to work out a mental problem (usually associated with the 3rd house and the 3rd chart, cfWoolf paper) and using planets in a set influencing only 4th, 5th, and 9th houses, then the path of that set is not going to lead them to a solution of their 3rd house problem. It may indirectly influence their dis-ease by taking their attention off it orthe set influencing the 4th, 5th, and 9th houses might be so good its emphasis obviates the necessity of working out 3rd house problems. In the latter case, the path would have to be very good indeed to overcome, for instance, schizophrenia shown in the 3rd chart. Emphasis by the individual on his 4th/5th/9th house set (which includes higher mind), then, does not directly (and often indirectly) solve his (3rd house) mental problems, especially if he was born with them (as has been shown with, for instance, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder).
To illustrate further the fascination of paths: as we get older we recognize that we have tried to solve some life problems by emphasizing our past successes. Our strengths (successes) do not always address the area in which we have our problem. A simple example would be the fellow who persists in thinking because he is smart he should be rich. But there is no necessary (they are not antagonistic) correlation between smart (3rd house and mercury aspects) and wealth (2nd and 8th house matters). By focusing on his intellectual strengths as if that would solve his financial problems he has been making bricks with real straw and imaginary mud. One cannot build much of a house with bricks like that. “Paths” address those apparently irrational life results as well as the more usual “success following from hard work and/or talent.”
Because this approach uses both a birth and conception chart and they share the same axis, birth houses usually overlap different houses of the conception chart. These are called “house overlaps.” House overlaps play an important part in this astrology as investigation of the charts below (and in other papers) will show. Throughout this paper I use the convention when writing about house overlaps of putting the birth house first, then the conception house. So, for instance, a “5th/1st” overlap refers to an overlap of birth 5th house with conception 1st house in that order.
Birth planets (including their harmonics) rule only birth houses. Conception planets (including their harmonics) rule only conception houses.
For a more thorough explanation of this astrological approach, refer to this site’s paper entitled “About This Method” as well as the Home Page. There is also a link to the method paper at the bottom of this page.
In the partial charts shown below, birth planets and their harmonics are inside the circle. Conception planets and their harmonics are outside the circle. Conception sidereal planets are red; conception harmonic ones, black. Birth sidereal planets are blue; birth harmonic ones, green. Occasionally, because of space limitations, I have had to violate this inside/outside arrangement, but the color coding remain constant.
As in all my papers, if you get tired of looking at examples, I suggest it would be a good idea to go to the end of the paper to read "conclusions" and "discussion" before terminating your excursion into this set of ideas.
We can now begin the charts. I started with Muktananda’s charts because his are highly benefic in the specified areas and is most efficiently so. That is, his benefics get the job done with the fewest sets and the smallest number of planets within those sets.
As shown above, Muktananda has moon conjunct venus conjunct jupiter in Cancer. Venus is well placed in Cancer;jupiter, exalted. This conjunction falls in 4th/8th houses. Jupiter rules b 9th house (and co-rules b 8th (11 of 26°). So far we have influences to 4th, 8th, and 9th houses. The moon co-rules c 8th house (30 of 32°), giving this set a third 8th house influence. Venus rules c 7th and c 11th house. The latter, I believe, gives this set its “ashram” influence. That is, because the set is so benefic even Muktananda’s ashram experienced tremendous success.
The presence of his moon in the center of the set brings the whole set into an wide-orb square to B Asc at 15 Aries 37, giving this set Angular influence (which, because of the strong 4th house emphasis) really does not express until later in his life.
Note Muktananda’s overlap of b 5th and c 9th houses. It favors re-channeling of sexual energy for spiritual ends because sex and spirituality are already united, so to speak, by the overlap. Sex and spirituality also have joint interests when ruler of the 5th and 9th houses is the same planet. There are other ways astrology favors sexual sublimation for spiritual purposes.
Abstinence from normal sexual expression for at least a large portion of his life shows in another of Muktananda’s sets:
|C MC||3 Virgo 08|
|c7 mars||1 Sagittarius 39||ruler of c 5th and 12th houses|
|c7 mercury||3 Sagittarius 43||ruler of c 8th house, co-ruler of c 7th (28 of 29°) and ruler of C MC in b 5th house|
|c saturn||3 Pisces 19||co-ruler of c 2nd house (30 of 32°)|
|c pluto||0 Gemini 57|
|b mars||2 Gemini 15||ruler of B MC and b 8th houses|
The overlap of Muktananda’s 9th/1st house suggests an early (1st house) interest in religion (9th), especially with Uranus, ruler of c 3rd, in Sagittarius (natural sign of the 9th house) within the overlap. So, early in life even his ordinary mind (3rd house) was directed to 9th house (spiritual) matters.
Before we look at Muktananda’s harmonic chart for his 9th house, let’s take a look at examples of golden benefics in charts of other individuals.
In order to better illustrate the power of an Angular venus conjunction jupiter, particularly when it is either on the 4th cusp or influencing the 4th through a ruler, below I show partial charts of five individuals, not spiritual teachers, who experienced varieties of extraordinary success or good fortune in their lives. The golden benefic set in each is shown in the harmonic chart for the 7th house. Since venus and jupiter in four of the five charts are non-harmonic, they occur in all charts. Churchill’s uses a harmonic jupiter (but he has B Asc conjunct c jupiter independent of his golden benefic set, so “summed” he has venus and jupiter on Angles). By timing, four of the five individuals were born with their set, so it is a lifelong influence. The fifth individual, President George W. Bush, had his golden benefic occur by progression (accounting for his extraordinary re-election as President), so it is not a life-long influence. Angular golden benefics are made more powerful by the addition of lights, so, for instance, if it is Angular in the 7th chart but acquires a light in the 9th chart, it is stronger in the 9th chart. Non-Angular golden benefics need to include a light and a planet that rules an Angle. In the five partial charts shown below I am not going to analyze house influences--we just want to see, in general, the power of the Angular golden benefic.
(1) Winston Churchill
Churchill’s is the one chart of these four in which the golden benefic set is comprised of combined sidereal and harmonic venus and jupiter.
|(Set (1)||c moon||0 Aquarius 39||ruler of c 3rd, co-ruler (13 of 17°)of c 2nd houses|
|C MC||3 Aquarius 42|
|c venus||3 Aquarius 01||ruler of c 6th, co-ruler of c 12th and c 5th houses|
|c sun||4 Aquarius 44||ruler of c 4th house|
|b7 jupiter||5 Aquarius 16||ruler of b 4th house|
|c7 moon||5 Aquarius 53||ruler of c 3rd, co-ruler (13 of 17°)of c 2nd houses|
|b moon||6 Leo 40||ruler of 12th, co-ruler (14 of 37°) of b 11th houses|
The conjunction (triple light with venus/jupiter) in Aquarius is on C MC and influences both 4th houses. Churchill was beloved and famous during his career (MC) , but also right up to his death (4th influences). He was one of those larger-than-life individuals.
Several of Churchill’s other charts continue to spin out a harmonic jupiter that fits into the set containing his conjunction in Aquarius of C MC, sun, moon, and venus. He had b1 jupiter at 1 Leo 45, b6 jupiter at 3 Scorpio 31, b10 jupiter at 7 Taurus 01, and c3 jupiter at 6 Aquarius 29.
(2) William Jefferson Clinton
|Set (1)||b jupiter||29 Virgo 14||ruler of b 4th, co-ruler (12 of 32°) of b 3rd houses|
|b7 SN||29 Virgo 54|
|c venus||1 Libra 37||ruler of c 5th, co-ruler (19 of 23°) of c 4th houses|
|b7 venus||4 Libra 14||ruler of b 2nd and 9th houses|
|b7 uranus||4 Capricorn 29||ruler of b 6th, co-ruler (15 of 31°) of b 5th houses|
|b7 moon||26 Pisces 50||ruler of b 11th, co-ruler (14 of 32°) of b 10th houses|
|c saturn||0 Cancer 55||ruler of C Asc in b 4th house|
In Clinton’s case, c saturn, although malefic, is doing the good job of connecting this lighted out-of-sign conjunction of venus and jupiter to an Angle via its rulership of C Asc, thus making this set forefront. Since C Asc falls in b 4th house, it also adds another 4th influence. B7 moon and c7 SN serve as lights, with b7 moon giving this set 10th house influence.
Both 4th houses are influenced. Unless contradicted by information in his other charts, these influences suggest Clinton will rise again to considerable renown before he dies.
Note that Clinton’s venus/jupiter falls in 1st/9th. As I understand it, he had an early (1st) sense of his destiny (9th). He also has a 5th/9th overlap and the 5th and 9th houses are connected through this set. Not every one who has a 5th/9th overlap is inclined to sublimation of their sexuality. It could just as well be that sexuality (5th) gives him a high (venus/jupiter) that leads him to spiritual insight (9th)…or, to sexual addiction. (Nietzsche’s chart, in the paper on Hammarskjöld, contains anther example of the connection between 5th and 9th houses, and another interpretation.)
Clinton’s long-term health problem has been caused by progressed birth saturn (at 13 Cancer 47 direct on September 6, 2004 and moving very slowly) conjunction his birth mercury at 13 Cancer 37. Since mercury rules both birth Angles (B MC at 11 Gemini 59 and B Asc at 11 Virgo 31), saturn passing over it represents serious health problems. Since this saturn-to-mercury progression occurs in his b 10th house(influencing both 10th and 11th houses?), it was also the astrological source of the scandal (mercury=speech, press and saturn=bad or negative) he experienced during his second term as President.
(3) George Walker Bush
|Set (1)||B MC||0 Aries 14|
|C MC||1 Aries 58|
|c saturn||29 Gemini 28||ruler of c 7th, house|
|b saturn||2 Cancer 32|
The life of George W. Bush, President and son of a U.S. President, could be said to have been un-phenomenal well into adulthood. That is shown by the set above. It contains two Angles and two saturns. (see footnote 2) Why did I include Set (1)? When Bush was first elected governor of Texas on November 8, 1994, progressed birth jupiter was at 29 Virgo 56, still out-of-sign but opposing B MC (that is, on the cusp of the 4th) by 18 minutes. For his first presidential election in November of 2000, progressed birth jupiter had moved to 0 Libra 57, arguably opposing both B MC and C MC (i.e., on the cusp of b and c 4th houses). So, where’s the venus? For his second election as President, Bush had progressed b jupiter at 1 Libra 39 and progressed b venus at 1 Libra 51 (coming from 27 Cancer 31 at birth), both opposing C MC (on the cusp of c 4th). I undervalued this “opposition” in evaluating who would win. Early in my study of astrology I had learned that an “opposition” was always difficult, always dividing. When it involves venus and jupiter together it appears benefic even in opposition. It was Bush’s primary and strongest benefic set (in all charts) for the election.
(4) O.J. Simpson
|Set (1)||B MC||24 Aries 48|
|b jupiter||23 Libra 45||co-ruler of b 5th house (30 of 3), on cusp b 4th|
|c venus||26 Libra 30||ruler of c 7th, house, on cusp of b 4th|
|b7 Uranus||24 Capricorn 56||ruler of b 7th and 8th houses. (|
When found not guilty in the death of his wife and Ronald Goldman, Simpson also had progressed benefics to Angles in his 10th chart. These symbolized renewed grace (benefics) in the eyes of the public (10th). Nonetheless, his Angular conjunction of venus and jupiter occurs in all charts. It is the astrological source of Simpson’s tremendous charisma and usual good fortune. It is on the cusp of birth 4th house. C venus in it rules c 11th and co-rules (30 of 36°) c 4th house. Thus, this set influences both 4th houses. Jupiter co-rules (30 of 33°) b 5th house of sexuality (and children), implementing his terrific luck with the ladies. Notwithstanding his fortunate 10th chart progressions for the time of his verdict, I am skeptical that any one with such benefic 4th influences would be imprisoned for the remainder of his life.
(5) Rosemarie Bowser
Mrs. Bowser won $13 million in the Massachusetts lottery on December 22, 1984. That is the only information I have on her. As the chart of a lottery winner, hers is unusual in that its primary significators for winning the lottery are more efficient than usual. The set below comprises the original fault (as in geological, only this time the fault has benefic implications) in her charts. It favors money throughout her life, depending on the right supporting factors for it to happen.
|B MC||27 Aries 26|
|c venus||26 Libra 38||ruler of c 4th , co-ruler of c 3rd and 10th houses, on the cusp of b 4th|
|b jupiter||27 Libra 28||ruler of b 2nd house, on the cusp of b 4th|
Summarizing, the golden benefic set in which venus and jupiter work together--through conjunction or square--and influence an Angle promises many, usually predominantly life-long, benefits to the life of the individuals who have it.
Returning to Muktananda, we want to look at conditions in his 9th chart.
Note c9 moon (8th co-ruler) at 8 Cancer 23 in Set (1). It forms a conjunction with conception jupiter (still in 4th/8th houses, with jupiter ruling c 2nd) putting these two opposition B MC. Also part of the set are conception venus (ruler of c 11th), c moon (co-ruler of c 8th), b jupiter (ruler of b 9th), and c9 mercury (ruler of C MC. Altogether this set influences an Angle, 2nd, 4th, 8th, 9th and 11th houses, among others.
Set (2) shows he has acquired another beneficent influence—B Asc has acquired harmonic moon and jupiter. C9 jupiter rules the c 2nd, b jupiter rules b 9th, and moon rules the 4th--more indications of wealth through 9th house matters.
Moving on, let’s see what Yogananda had in his harmonic chart for his 7th house.
Set (1) above contains c sun, c jupiter, c9 venus, b mars, and c9 NN conjunct in Pisces and in--like Muktananda--8th/4th houses. Jupiter is well-placed in Pisces, being at home. Venus is exalted in Pisces. C sun co-rules c 9th house (30 of 35°). Two malefics, both mars, are in this set. B mars rules b 9th (and b 4th) houses, so it also serves to connect this set to 9th house matters. C mars, at 13 Sagittarius 53 is supremely important because as ruler of C Asc is gives this set Angular influence. As ruler of c 5th house, it gives this set additional combined 5th/9th identification. Because C Asc is in b 4th house, and C Asc is ruled by c mars in this set, Set (1) gains additional 4th house influence.
One of the things Yogananda wrote about was the value of suffering. My data source (see bottom of page) put it this way (presumably information from Yogananda’s autobiography or ashrams):
A lifelong celibate and mystic, Yogananda wrote that he burned the prophesies about his life written down by the family’s astrologer because he did not want to be controlled by its prediction of marrying three times. Though his family pressed him to marry, his determination to follow the spiritual path was resolute. He did not accept deterministic astrology but pointed out the most difficult times give rise to the greatest achievements.
It is a good thing to burn the prophecies of the astrologer (or any one else who predicts your “life.”). No one should have to involuntarily carry the additional burden of some one else’s predictions about his life. In Yogananda’s case, who knows what the truth was? Was the astrologer right and therefore Yogananda avoided three marriages? Or was his family’s astrologer simply a bad astrologer who failed to see in the chart of Yogananda the chart of a great mystic?
On the other hand, the same is true of the statements of great mystics as is true of the statements of astrologers. Their insights concerning their own lives can be misconstrued as proper focus for one own life. Take, for instance, Yogananda’s statement about “the most difficult times.” Yes, difficult times often later give us our greatest sense of achievement. Yes, they often teach us things we would never have learned through easy times. They even seem to be a better teacher than are easy times, which make us lazy and sleepy. But…
But, here I must over-simplify because it is the only way I can write about this without swamping the reader in “qualifications.” For Yogananda suffering undoubtedly had more value than it does for some others. Some of Yogananda’s suffering was surely caused by his birth mars in Pisces, which fosters confusion, distress, inability to resolve, inability to act, and the feeling of powerlessness. I have written about mars in Pisces in several papers on this site (Whitman, Unabomber and others). Yogananda’s mars in Pisces is in his golden benefic set. It has Angular influence, so it has dominance in his life. When Yogananda suffered because of the problems of mars in Pisces, he also experienced wins (venus/jupiter) related to that suffering. His mars in Pisces was part of his path of spiritual development. The Unabomber had no such benefic connections to his mars in Pisces, which was also lighted, forefront, and dominant in his life. For the Unabomber, the suffering of his mars in Pisces ate up his life and the life of all the others he harmed because of it. It was not at all educational. It produced no “wins.”
Appendix A contains two additional charts in which difficulties outweigh beneficences. The first shows a nine-year-old boy who committed suicide by throwing himself in front of a subway in the Bronx. The second is for a man who apparently went crazy after his family-inherited business closed. He had the opposite of a golden benefic set. His chart contained a "dark malefic." A dark malefic is a lighted set which influences an Angle and contains the greater and lesser malefics, saturn and mars, respectively.
Returning to Yogananda, we have a date, June 19, 1936, on which he experienced one of his greater mystical experiences. Did he then have a preponderance of malefic conditions? No, he had a preponderance of benefic ones. Here are the more important ones from his 7th chart:
|Set (1)||pB Asc||17 Virgo 45|
|pb7 neptune||17 Virgo 18||ruler of b 8th house|
|Set (2)||pC MC||17 Libra 18|
|pb venus||17 Capricorn 59||ruler of B MC and b 3rd house (in b 3rd)|
|Set (3)||pb jupiter||29 Pisces 15||ruler of b 5th house|
|c mercury||29 Pisces 37||ruler of C Asc and c 8th (and in b 8th)|
|Set (4)||pb mars||11 Aries 14||ruler of b 9th house|
|b NN||11 Aries 49||in b 9th house|
|pb7 venus||11 Libra 50||ruler of B MC|
|Set (5)||pc7 sun||19 Pisces 59||in b 8th, co-ruler (30 of 34°)of c 9th houses|
|pc jupiter||19 Pisces 13||in b 8th house|
|Set (6)||pb7 jupiter||23 Cancer 17||ruler of b 5th house|
|c NN||24 Aries 32||in b 9th house|
|c venus||24 Aries 44||in b 9th house|
|pc NN||23 Aries 45|
|pc jupiter||22 Aries 56||in b 9th house|
|pc sun||25 Aries 33||co-ruler (30 of 34°) of c 9th house|
It should be remembered that Yogananda’s mystical experience was backed up by the golden benefic set he was born with. Without that, the above would not have led to his potent mystical experience. The two are synergistic.
Note the set involving b sun at 22 Sagittarius 20 and b jupiter at 22 Pisces 59 (ruler of b 5th house). B Asc, ruled by b sun, falls in c 9th house, and is one of the reasons Yogananda was a “spiritually precocious” child. He started having mystical experiences and vivid memories of previous lives even as a child.
Of course Yogananda also cultivated mystical experiences and spiritual development. Some times, however, individuals have profound other-worldly experiences that were not cultivated just as occasionally people are positively surprised in a number of ways. (See footnote 3, below)Set (7), another of Yogananda’s golden benefic sets in his 7th chart, is comprised of the following:
|Set (7)||C Asc||23 Scorpio 15|
|b venus||23 Scorpio 52||ruler of B MC and b 3rd house|
|c7 moon||27 Aquarius 58||ruler of c 9th house, co-ruler of c 8th (30 of 35°)|
|c7 saturn||25 Taurus 37||ruler of c 3rd, co-ruler of c 2nd house (30 of 34°)|
|b7 jupiter||26 Taurus 47||ruler of b 5th house|
The one malefic in Set (2) is saturn, which through its co-rulership of c 2nd house gives this highly benefic set financial significance.
Like Muktananda, Yogananda has planets in Sagittarius in c 1st house. At first it looks like their only connection to 9th house matters is through the sign Sagittarius. But b sun at 22 Sagittarius 20 (in c 1st house) rules B Asc in c 9th house.
Yogananda even has an Angular mars/saturn set similar to Muktananda. For both it is formed through C MC:
|Set (8)||c saturn||2 Virgo 51 R||ruler of c 9th and co-ruler (30 of 35°)of c 8th house|
|C MC||4 Virgo 05|
|c7 pluto||4 Virgo 47|
|c7 mars||5 Sagittarius 01||ruler of c 5th house|
|b7 venus||4 Gemini 50||ruler of b 3rd house and ruler of B MC|
Set (8), made forefront by its influence to two Angles, discourages sexuality rather than encouraging its sublimation.
What about Yogananda’s 9th chart? That should be interesting because in that chart he will lose that important 7th chart harmonic venus in Pisces that is part of the golden benefic set in his 7th chart.
Note that once again mars in Pisces is part of Yogananda’s golden benefic set..
It is worth pointing out that c saturn in Set (1) is retrograde, therefore moving slowing away from the whole set. But Yogananda has another difficult set:
|Set (2)||B MC||3 Taurus 58|
|B moon||2 Leo 21||ruler of b 12th house|
|b9 saturn||2 Leo 45||ruler of b 6th house|
|B Asc||5 Leo 38|
|c9 saturn||1 Aquarius 18||ruler of c 3rd house and co-ruler of c 2nd (30 of 35°)|
|c moon||3 Aquarius 06||ruler of c 9th house and co-ruler of c 8th (30 of 35°)|
Note the saturn in Set (2) is harmonic, therefore does not occur in Yogananda’s 7th chart. I cannot tell you the significance of this set. It is unquestionably difficult, but how does it manifest? As dry times spiritually? Again, it is not the case that he and Muktananda do not have difficult sets. They both do, but both also have unusually powerful benefic sets.
For the remainder of the spiritual teachers, I will show only the main benefic set(s) which illustrate the astrological specifications for famous Eastern gurus. Regardless of the difficulties their charts might contain, the golden benefic sets give them “somewhere to go” that can lead them out of difficulty.
Moving on to the next guru, Jeddu Krishnamurti:
That doubly lighted “stellium” of mars, moon, venus, and jupiter conjunct in Gemini in b 5th/c 9th house shows influence to 4th, 8th, 9th, and 11th houses, with the overlap showing the union of 5th and 9th house interests.
I do not show Krishnamurti’s 7th chart: his conjunction of b venus with c jupiter is non-harmonic, in 5/9, and lighted by his b moon at 2 Sagittarius 01. Occurring in all charts, it already shows 4th, 5th, and 9th influences. It lacks 8th influence, but then, Krishnamurti discouraged emotional attachment of those interested in his ideas. He traveled and lectured to audiences around the world. And, if I am not mistaken, often enough said something like, “It (Creator-realization) is very simple. You just let go and it happens.” For Krishnamurti it did.
November, 2013: I failed to put in the planet that has influence to Angles in the above chart. Krishnamurti'es conception harmonic mercury in his 9th chart is at 7 Pisces 16, fitting into the set above which includes the conjunction of venus to jupiter in Gemini in c 9th house. Because mercury acts like a light when it rules an Angle, this c9 mercury is a light as it rules both C MC and C Asc. Therefore Krishnamurti's golden benefic includes three lights--b moon in Sagittarius, c9 moon in Gemini, and c mercury in Pisces. So, it not only influences two Angles, its three lights make it particularly potent.
Saraswati was Yogananda’s teacher, I believe his main one:
The above set influences B and C Ascendants and 4th, 5th, 8th, and 9th houses.
Note the above partial chart shows three golden benefic sets. Influence is to 4th, 5th, 8th, and 9th houses and all four Angles. His 5th/9th house overlap is small--10° is shared between them, but his sets already influence 5th and 9th houses at the same time.
Chidvilasananda was (still is) Muktananda’s successor:
Chidvilasananda has the 9th/5th house overlap. The above Set (1) influences 4th, 5th, 9th, and 11th houses. The influence to c 8th house is weakest--only 9 out of 33°. I require 1/3 of house ruled by a planet before that planet can be said to co-rule the house. This is close. Other house systems would show variation. But that is only that set. She puts together her benefic 8th house influences through the following two sets:
|Set (2)||c moon||2 Aries 13||ruler of c 8th house|
|c jupiter||0 Cancer 06||ruler of C Asc|
|b uranus||2 Cancer 33|
|b neptune||1 Libra 23||ruler of b 8th house|
|c7 mercury||1 Libra 57||ruler of ruler of C MC|
|Set (3)||c7 moon||19 Leo 58||ruler of c 8th house|
|b7 NN||20 Leo 10|
|B MC||16 Taurus 27|
|b venus||19 Taurus 05||ruler of B MC|
I have left two uranuses out of Set (2).
Sets (2) and (3) summed show Chidvilasananda has light/venus/jupiter influencing an 8th house.
The golden benefic set in Chidvilasananda’s 9th chart is formed by entirely different planets from those in her 7th chart. The set above includes C Asc. It influences B MC and B Asc through b venus and b sun, respectively. B Asc is in c 9th house.. As well, b9 venus co-rules b 8th house (16 of 31°). C Neptune rules c 4th house.
She does have c moon/c jupiter (etc) in a set which gives lighted jupiter influence to 8th houses. I do not see lighted venus influence to 8th houses, nor do I know the significance of its lack in this particular chart.
Chidvilasananda’s 9th/5th overlap covers the oft-seen situation with gurus of the union of 5th and 9th house activities.
Chidvilasananda’s brother, Nityananda, co-inherited spiritual succession from Muktananda. A year (or two or so) after succession he voluntarily quit. I do not show his chart here because I would have to show everything in order to show he does not have lighted venus/jupiter influences to subject houses. C saturn rules his c 9th house. It is in a set with sun/moon/mars. Its harmonic, c7 saturn, is in a set with node/mercury/mars. Mercury rules b 9th house. It is conjunct b sun. Its harmonic is square saturn. He does not have a 5th/9th house overlap. As a matter of fact, B MC and C Asc are in a set with b7 uranus (ruler of b 5th house), and c7 venus (co-ruler of c 5th house, 20 of 36°). Rather than encouraging sublimation, this set actually encourages its opposite, active sexual encounters.
One might suppose, since he was selected by the guru, that Nityananda would at least have a powerfully benefic 9th chart, but he does not. At least it does not contain any golden benefic sets. I do not know what Muktananda’s motivations were in selecting both brother and sister for succession. Perhaps he wanted Nityananda to come to his own conclusions about his suitability as a spiritual teacher.
Clearly, according to his astrology, Nityananda does not belong among the famous gurus.
Ramakrishna, with the chart accurate to the half hour. When I first published this chart, I had inadvertently and mistakenly calculated his chart for the date of 12/18/1836, having added a “1” before the 2 for the month. His birth date is February 18, 1836. I have recalculated his chart, and rewritten this portion of the paper for the correct birth date. Below, in Data Acknowledgments, I have quoted the whole of the biographical source notes from Astrodatabank. Since time of birth is accurate only to the half hour, given time of 5:00 a.m. LMT should be written 5:00 +/- 0:30 a.m. The 5:00 a.m. time put the his C MC at 3 Scorpio 04. In order that his significators for Realization be suitable, I needed a conception Midheaven with conception venus as the ruler. Correcting time of birth back by 11 minutes 50 seconds gave a conception MC of 29 Libra 59, with conception venus ruling MC, 5th, and 9th houses, and co-ruling (25 of 26°) c 4th houses. Since that venus was involved in golden benefics in both his 7th and 9th charts, it fit his life and fell in line with all the other gurus in this paper. After I found the C MC of 29 Libra 59, I used the only other date I had—the date of his death on August 16, 1866 between 1-2 a.m.—in order to confirm that time. Actual confirmation of birth time, i.e., rectification, takes at least three events, but I did not have three to work with. Therefore, his rectified time of birth is tentative and was moved from the given time of 5:00 a.m. LMT to 4:48:10 a.m. LMT.
I did not include the chart of one of his most famous disciples, Swami Vivekananda, in this original paper. For that data, go to:Addendum Paper on Vivekananda's Astrology
Let’s take a look at Shri Ramakrishna's charts:
Early inclination to spirituality is shown by b7 venus, co-ruler (19 of 31°) of b 9th house in b 1st house.
Set (1) shows the same moon/venus/jupiter that we saw above in the 7th chart. Here, however, it has acquired two more lights, and an 8th influence through c9 sun. C venus rules C MC, 5th, and 9th houses and co-rules (25 of 26°) c 4th.
Fittingly, Ramakrishna had b sun at 5 Aquarius 56 conjunct birth and conception uranuses at 7 Aquarius ++. Uranus/Aquarius/sun--astrologically, it would be hard to be more essentially (sun) "individualistic" (uranus) and humanitarian (Aquarius). Even among realized beings Ramakrishna was a maverick (uranus). He had a special gift for humanity (Aquarius). He championed, through experiencing them, the essential truth of all the world's great religions. Though he himself was an Advaitist Vendantist, he saw as necessary, and therefore accepted, all the sects of Hinduism. People, he believed, related to differing sects based on their development mental needs. In that sense, none was superior to another--each served a necessary role in mankind's trek along the paths to realization.
Though himself a highly disciplined renunciate, Ramakrishna also had a wonderful capacity to see the world through the eyes of others. Below I append a quote from the biography of his life, Life of Shri Ramakrishna, Compiled by Various Authentic Sources,, published by the Swami Vireswarananda Advaita Ashram, 4th edition (1936):
"Talking of the inscrutable nature of Maya, Sri Ramakrishna used to say, 'Even Brahma feels miserable when he falls into the snare. You close your eyes and discriminate, "There is no thorn, nothing to prick," but as soon as your hand is hurt by the thorn, you cry out in pain. Similarly, you may reason in your mind that there is no such thing as birth or death, virtue or vice, pain or misery, hunger or thirst--that you are the Eternal Brahman, the Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute,--but the moment there is some trouble with the body you forget all your high philosophy and are overwhelmed with delusion and its painful consequences.'"
He used to illustrate this by the following parable: "Rama, Sita and Lakshmana are going through the woods. It is a narrow path where only one at a time can go. Rama is leading the way, bow and arrow in hand; Sita is following him; while Lakshmana is bringing up the rear with his bow and arrow. Lakshmana is intensely devoted to Rama and longs to see him constantly. But Sita is between and obstructing his view, and he is sore at heart. Sita is quick in detecting this, and moved with sympathy, she steps aside now and then saying, 'Look!' Then Lakshmana sees his beloved Lord. Similarly, between the Jiva [the immortal essence of a living being which survives death) and the Lord there is Maya--the Divine Mother. Unless She, moved by sympathy, steps aside, the Jiva can never see the Lord. So, however much you may discriminate, it is all to no purpose without her help." (p. 199)
Let’s see if Meher Baba had golden benefics influencing the right houses for the, so far partially, defined significator set for famous gurus.:
He does have a conjunction of sun/venus/jupiter in Taurus (shown above) in b 4th house (and c 12th), but it shows no 9th house influence. It does show he was certainly comfortable in the closing years of his life.
He has a 1st/9th house overlap, showing his early interest in (or experience of) 9th house matters. He has a b 9th/c5th house overlap.
Meher Baba’s 9th chart is not so strong. He has lighted venus influencing both 9th houses, b 5th, and B MC. He still has the conjunction of sun/venus/jupiter in Taurus in b 4th house, but this time with harmonic b jupiter at 8 Taurus 49.
Situ Rimpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist. According to the data source, he is considered (by whom, I am not sure) one of the “Five Jewels.”
Set (1) shows lighted venus/jupiter in a set influencing B MC, 5th and 9th houses.
Set (2) shows lighted venus/jupiter in a set influencing 4th, 5th, 8th, and 9th houses along with B MC.
Rimpoche’s 9th chart has the following set:
|Set (3)||b moon||5 Cancer 51||ruler of b 12th, co-ruler of b 11th (21 of 30°)|
|C Asc||6 Cancer 57|
|b neptune||1 Libra 51||ruler of b 8th house|
|b9 venus||8 Libra 05ruler of B MC and co-ruler of b 9th house (19 of 33°)|
|b9 jupiter||5 Capricorn 44||ruler of b 5th, co-ruler (21 of 32°) of b 4th houses|
The golden benefic of Set (3) shows influence to an Angle and 4th, 5th, 8th, and 9th houses.
Data notes state that Baba Sitaram was believed a reincarnation of Sri Ramakrishna.:
Set (1) contains lighted venus/jupiter (with jupiter out-of-sign) with influence to B MC and 4th, 5th, 8th, and 9th houses. C venus at 20 Pisces 18, lighted by b moon at 22 Virgo 01, rules c 9th house, is in c 1st house and shows early (1st house) influence of religion (9th).
Sitaram’s 9th chart is less benefic, at least less straightforward. He has lighted c venus (and its harmonic) on one Angle in a set influencing 4, 5th, 8th, and 9th houses. His 9th jupiter influence occurs in sets which include c and b mars, rulers of their respective 9th houses influencing 5th and 9th houses: his c9 jupiter (ruler of c 11th, co-ruler of c 10th houses) is conjunct B Asc. His B MC and B Asc are also in a set with b saturn, ruler of b 12th house. It is saturn’s influence to b 11th (as co-ruler, 27 of 28°) which ties jupiter to an 11th house.
Sai Baba was a teacher and healer known for his remarkable physical manifestations. A life-long vegetarian, his aversion to slaughter of animals for food manifested when he just a toddler:
B 5th house overlaps c 9th. To show early interest in religion, c 1st house overlaps b 9th. Set (1) above shows a conjunction of sun/venus/jupiter in Sagittarius. C7 mars is also part of the Set (1). In this case, there is no reference to the 9th house except the conjunction is in Sagittarius, natural sign of the 9th house. Set (1) influences B MC and b 5. There are influences to both 2nd houses. So through Set (1) we have influences to an Angle and 5th and “9th” (Sagittarius) houses. Neither 8th house is influenced, but to my knowledge Sai Baba did not have a traditional ashram and devotees. Set (1) also does not influence a 4th house. The 4th house, however, is influenced by light/venus/jupiter. Here is the set:
|Set (2)||c venus||23 Capricorn 16||ruler of c 4th and c 11th houses|
|b jupiter||26 Capricorn 09||ruler of c 2nd house|
|c sun||26 Capricorn 16||ruler of c 2nd house|
|c7 neptune||28 Cancer 13||ruler of c 9th house|
|c neptune||29 Cancer 48||ruler of c 9th house|
|c7 uranus||28 Libra 09||ruler of c 8th house|
Set (2) falls in c 3rd/b 7th. Its influences to 2nd and 8th houses show immense wealth (or at least no trouble whatsoever getting it). This set also influences 4th and 9th houses. Summing the two sets he has light/venus/jupiter influencing an Angle and 2nd, 4th, 5th, 8th and 9th houses, among others.
Sai Baba’s moon conjunct Pluto in Gemini in b 8th house--b moon at 18 Gemini 14 conjunct c Pluto at 19 Gemini 17--with moon ruling b 9th, shows his lecturing (Gemini) to larger (moon conjunct pluto) audiences around the world (9th, travel). B moon also rules b 9th--the subject of his talks (Gemini) was religion (he counseled every one to follow his own religion to the best of his ability). In his 9th chart this set picks up b9 jupiter, ruler of b 2nd house, at 17 Gemini 37 and c9 sun, ruler of c 2nd house, in 18 Gemini 52. In the 9th these are squared by c9 NN at 18 Pisces 35, suggesting world-wide lecturing about spirituality was an important part of his life mission.
That all non-harmonic conjunction of sun/venus/jupiter in Capricorn discussed above in the 7th chart becomes Set (1) in this, his 9th chart. Here it acquires three new harmonic planets : c9 neptune, ruler of c 9th house, at 27 Capricorn 50, c9 moon, ruler of C Asc, at 28 Capricorn 29, and c9 mercury, ruler of c 3rd and c 12th (?) at 24 Aries 42. Together these influence an Angle, 2nd, 4th, and 9th houses, among others.
Set (2) shows a lighted venus/jupiter influence to B MC and B Asc as well as b 5th house.
Summed, Sets (1) and (2) show lighted venus/jupiter influences to three Angles and 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 9th and 11th houses. Neither 8th house is influenced.
We come now to a guru with a considerably mixed reputation in his adopted country, the United States. He was the teacher who at one time owned an incredible number (49???) of Rolls Royce’s, made possible by contributions of followers.
At first I was puzzled by Rajneesh’s 7th and 9th charts. He clearly had extraordinary powers and insight. His books are full of references to spirituality. He had, however, an unusually bad reputation, especially with the town on the west coast of the United States where he had his U.S. ashram. Let’s look at his charts now:
In his 11th chart, this set acquires b11 venus (ruler of B Asc in c 4th house; ruler of b 8th) at 29 Cancer 04 conjunct jupiter and opposition his Asc. This shows his extreme success (Angular venus/jupiter) with groups (11th chart).
Set (2) in his 7th chart, above, includes light/venus/jupiter. The orb (4° 42’--the allowable orb is 5°) of jupiter to venus is wide. Moreover, jupiter is opposition venus. Rajneesh is the only guru so far who has only this opposition of greater and lesser benefics (some have combined squares and oppositions in the same set). They do not influence a 9th house. Venus rules B Asc and co-rules b 5th house, giving Rajneesh’s Angular moon/venus with 5th influence. I showed Angular moon/venus (without reference to houses influenced) before in the charts of, among others, President John F. Kennedy and Princess Diana. Regardless of sex, we tend to fall in love with subjects who have Angular moon/venus. With Rajneesh, its reference to a 5th house shows considerable sexual magnetism (and perhaps activity).
As discussed in the paper on Bob Crane, moon in the 5th, shown in Set (3), tends to mean the subject has many (moon) sexual (5th) encounters--to the point of promiscuity. (It can just work out through married sex with lots of sex and/or many children. Not sex is not much of an option.) In Gemini it signifies encounters with young people or at least those young at heart. In Rajneesh’s 5th chart this set acquires b5 pluto at 15 Gemini 27. Depending on how we see pluto, it either increases the number or increases the intensity of his sexual encounters. Pluto seems to drive planets it conjuncts to extremes, which can include the extreme from none to very many.
In his 11th chart, that conjunction of moon and jupiter in Gemini in c 5th house acquires b11 NN at 16 Gemini 37. The NN is very powerful in showing a point of growth for the individual--in Rajneesh’s case, with multiple sex experiences with young people, and perhaps, group sex experiences. For him, at least, these were powerful growth (NN) experiences. At least, it looks like he was rewarded (NN) for group (11th chart) sexual (5th influence) encounters, if not through his own growth, then by the approval (NN) he gained from those participating.
There are many individuals who have sex with multiple partners who do not suffer the negative reputation which Rajneesh did. His is shown by the conjunction of c7 South Node at 10 Scorpio 56 to C MC at 10 Scorpio 11. South nodes conjunction either MC or Ascendant bring bad fortune and bad reputation, at the very least inappropriate behavior, to the individuals whose charts they are in. In the sign Scorpio, occult--not the sex of recreation but the more serious and complicated sex of marriage and transformations--uses of sex are suggested. (see Footnote 5)
So, by using sex as a teaching and learning tool, Rajneesh was slated to gain both favor (NN set in 11 chart) and disfavor (SN conjunct MC in Scorpio in 7th chart).
I will not show Rajneesh’s 9th chart. It does not come up to snuff. He has lighted venus (without jupiter) influencing Angles, 4th, 5th, and 9th house (through Sagittarius) and B MC. He does not have the required light/venus/jupiter--even through summing of sets--to create a golden benefic influence. But that is okay, his golden benefic is not found in his 9th chart. It is found in Sagittarius in his 3rd chart. Here it is:
Rajneesh was parlaying his golden benefic set (moon/venus/jupiter conjunct) in Sagittarius (natural sign of the 9th house) in his 3rd chart with 9th house influences to achieve his spiritual understanding. His 3rd chart is his most benefic chart. Like Nikola Tesla (3rd chart shown in paper on Dag Hammarskjöld), Rajneesh approached the sublime through his mind. Tesla wrote this of his experience of his mind:
The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention. It is the most important product of his creative brain. Its ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of the forces of nature to human needs. This is the difficult task of the inventor who is often misunderstood and unrewarded. But he finds ample compensation in the pleasing exercises of his powers and in the knowledge of being one of that exceptionally privileged class without whom the race would have long ago perished in the bitter struggle against pitiless elements. Speaking for myself, I have already had more than my full measure of this exquisite enjoyment, so much that for many years my life was little short of continuous rapture. (italics mine) (Seifer, xiv, from Tesla’s autobiography, cited in the Hammarskjöld paper, no page given).
To read more on Osho--his astrology for his mostly silent and golden childhood, for his asthma, and for his voluntary deportation from the United States--go to More on Osho...
Continuing with gurus, Dr. Deepak Chopra is not a “typical” Indian spiritual teacher, but he has written books about spiritual principles and is a kind of health guru. How does his chart compare with the previous ones?
We can see in Set (1) Chopra’s Angular venus in Sagittarius (9th sign) in 10th /10th houses along with mercury in Virgo. Venus rules the c 3rd and 8th houses. These make a good (venus) speaker (3rd, mercury) and help in successful writing (for which he also has b7 moon at 12 Gemini 57 in c 3rd house).
Set (2) shows venus in aspect to jupiter, saturn, and uranus, without light. Jupiter rules 22 of the 24 degrees of birth 10th house. So far, all the good influences are primarily to 10th (career) houses. And, indeed, being Chief of Staff Boston hospital was part of the success Chopra displayed because of these sets. But, is that lone Angular venus in Sagittarius strong enough to turn Chopra into the kind of spiritually-oriented health guru he has become?
Set (1) above shows Chopra’s strongest religious set. It is in his 9th chart. It is in Sagittarius, the 9th sign. It is made Angular by its square to C Asc and jupiter’s rulership of C MC. It contains a conjunction of the lesser and greater benefics. The whole set influences an Angle, 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th (16 of 25°) houses.
Chopra’s 7th chart, indeed, shows he does not primarily function as a spiritual teacher in the Eastern tradition. His 7th chart is good, but his 9th chart shows a strongly benefic spiritual influence, likely the source of many of his insights.
While we are looking at beneficent 9th house influences of spiritually realized individuals, we ought to take this opportunity to examine the chart of an avowed and famous atheist, Madalyn Murray O’Hair. Compulsory prayer in public schools in the United States was made illegal on June 17, 1963 because she won her legal suit through the Supreme Court to stop it.
The shell chart is the individual’s combined birth and conception charts before harmonics are added. It is the same for all twelve charts. The harmonics are derived from its planets, using different harmonics for each chart. I show O’Hair’s shell chart first so we can examine her 9th houses before harmonics are added.
O’Hair has does not have planets in her birth 9th house. Note the overlap of her conception 9th house with her birth 10th house, suggesting an identification of religion and career. (Or it could be aviation and career, or law and career…) Her conception 9th house contains birth and conception uranus. Birth uranus rules b 11th house and co-rules (21 of 30°) birth 10th house. It is possible to read that as “this individual will have unusual, perhaps revolutionary or radical (uranus) attitudes to religion (9th house) and it will demonstrate in her public image or career (10th house) and among the groups (11th) to which she belongs. Conception uranus rules C MC, suggesting, again, that religion (or law or aviation or philosophy--all of which are 9th house subjects) will play a large role in her public image.
In her 7th chart that forefront opposition of c saturn to B MC (with no benefics, shown above) acquires three lights: b7 sun at 20 Cancer 25, c7 sun at 20 Cancer 25, and b7 moon at 21 Cancer 55, so it is very emphasized. Her experience of religion (saturn rules c 9th house) is that it is empty (saturn) and limiting (saturn).
Above, among the gurus, I did not list all influences to 9th houses since I was only interested in showing that at least one of their 9th houses showed the influence of lighted venus/jupiter. With Mrs. O’Hair we want to see all influences to her 9th houses. We have already seen non-harmonic planets in them. Now let’s look at the condition of their rulers. The tables below show planets in sets including 9th house rulers and co-rulers. If they are Angular they are forefront in influence. If they contain a light--sun, moon, north or south node--their influence is much more powerful than if they do not.
Let’s look at her 7th chart first. Mrs. O’Hare’s birth 9th house is ruled by birth jupiters (sidereal and harmonic) and co-ruled (20 of 23°) by birth saturns (sidereal and harmonic). Her conception 9th house is ruled by jupiter (sidereal and harmonic) and co-ruled by uranus (sidereal and harmonic). As far as I can see, co-rulers are equal in strength to rulers, especially if they rule a considerable portion of the house. In order to be called a co-ruler, the planet must rule at least one-third of the house. In the cells below, the set containing the ruler occurs first. Here is the condition of rulers of the 9th house in her 7th chart:
|Birth 9th Rulers||Conception 9th Rulers|
|Jupiter Rules||Saturn Co-rules||Saturn Rules||Uranus Co-rules|
|Birth 9th Rulers||Conception 9th Rulers|
|Jupiter Rules||Saturn Co-rules||Saturn Rules||Uranus Co-rules|
|C MC||21 Aquarius 43|
|b9 sun||18 Taurus 18||ruler of b 5th, co-ruler (19 of 29°) of b 4th houses|
|b9 venus||20 Taurus 57||ruler of B Asc, co-ruler (30 of 45°) of b 6th house|
|b9 jupiter||20 Taurus 57||ruler of b 8th and 9th houses|
Since these are all harmonics for the 9th house, and they contain a light and are Angular, why didn’t Mrs. O’Hair become a guru? First, she did become a “guru,” but her teaching made use of religion by being against it. Second, notwithstanding other considerations, astrologically being a traditional guru (who believes in the Creator) calls for agreement between the 7th and 9th charts. Specifically, both must demonstrate lighted venus and jupiter influencing a 9th house. Mrs. O’Hair’s 7th chart did not have venus with her jupiter anywhere and that chart had powerful malefic influences to 9th houses. Third--I am not sure--the Taurus set above falls in 1st/12th houses. I suspect by its sign (Taurus, natural ruler of the 2nd house of possessions and money) it added to the fortune she made off religion (9th chart), and by its placement in c 12th house it showed this would eventually affect her negatively. It was because of her money that she was abducted and eventually murdered.
We are not going to leave the subject of the 9th house without viewing at least a few partial charts showing beneficence regarding other 9th house (or Sagittarian) interpretations. The 9th house and Sagittarius are concerned with higher, that is, non-ordinary, non-mundane mind. As such it is also concerned with: law (as jurisprudence) and philosophy. Either the 9th or Sagittarius has also turned out to be instrumental in aviation, mountain climbing, sky diving, and death from falls from high places. All of these are represent “height” in some sense, that is, they include non-ordinary views of the world. Below are a couple charts from law and a couple from aviation. I only have one philosopher in my philosopher’s file. (see footnote 6 for comments on Nietzsche’s chart).
Let’s start with aviation and one of the most famous aviators that ever existed, the Red Baron:
The wide (5° orb is allowable--the above is 4’ under 5°) conjunction above in Pisces gives von Richthofen a golden benefic in 9th/4th houses. Richthofen was famous and very successful (lighted venus/jupiter) as an aviator (9th house) right up to his death (4th house). The set, which includes the planets in opposition to it, has influence, among others, to two Angles, both 4th houses, and c 9th and 10th houses.
His birth 9th house has both non-harmonic saturns in it, both unlighted in his 7th chart.
The Baron’s 7th chart shows his fame and good fortune in 9th house matters, specifically, as a fighting ace in World War I.
Set (1) shows the Baron’s lighted venus/jupiter (different from that of his 7th chart) with two nodes and c saturn. C jupiter rules c 6th house. It co-rules c 5th (16 of 39°). B9 venus rules b 7th, 11th and 12th houses. C saturn rules c 7th house and co-rules c 6th (14 of 30°). None of these influence an Angle or a 9th house. Still, four of the five planets in the set are harmonic, specifically connected to something about his relation to 9th house matters. Harmonic nodes are particularly potent, so they suggest he will be famous and/or successful and/or joyous (venus/jupiter) in the 9th house matter that most appeals to him--aviation.
Of the two charts, the golden benefic set in von Richthofen’s 7th chart is the stronger one.
Set (2) above also has importance because it contains a dark malefic set (sun/mars/saturn) in fairly close conjunct (1° 7’ wide). It has no Angular influence, but c9 venus co-rules (30 of 40°) c 4th and c uranus rules c 9th. As a lighted dark malefic set with influence to 4th and 9th houses, it shows the possibility of death (sun/mars/saturn-4th) through aviation accident (9th). I used it to tentatively rectify Richthofen’s chart from Pennfield’s speculation of 9:30 p.m., which gives a B MC of 12 Virgo 59 and B Asc of 14 Scorpio 16. By progressing B MC at the time of his death to 5 Libra 49, where it contacts this set, birth time turns out to be around 9:22 a.m.
Continuing with aviators, Patty Wagstaff is (was?) an American stunt pilot who won numerous awards. She won the National Aerobatic Champion award three times and was the first woman to win. She received the “Lady of Aerobatics/Betty Skelton Award” nine times. She has taught aerobatics around the world.
I am not going to show her 7th chart. I contains a close (a little over 2°) conjunction of moon/venus/jupiter in 10-12° Aries in 10th/5th houses. This set is made Angular by a square to her B Asc (at 10 Cancer 07) and moon’s rulership of B Asc. It, however, has no influence to her 9th houses. It does promise her success (venus/jupiter) in a career (10th) involving “being first” (Aries). Like the Red Baron, she has jupiter in Pisces in her 9th/4th houses, but it is without light in this chart. She has lighted b venus in Leo (love, venus of show and drama, Leo) in her c 9th house.
Of the several charts I have drawn of female aviators, I noticed moon in Aries (see footnote 7) influencing the 9th house. Wagstaff has c moon at 20 Aries 20, giving her two moons in Aries in her 7th chart. C moon is in a set with mars/saturn/uranus/pluto, with uranus ruling b 9th house and moon ruling c 9th. The mars/uranus part of it sponsors daring and boldness. Apparently an Aries moon inclines women in whose charts it falls to do “first” and “solo” (Aries) things.
In her 9th chart, I have to sum Wagstaff’s benefic influences to get lighted venus plus lighted jupiter influencing 9th houses and Angles. It is okay, but not phenomenal.
The chart which shows Wagstaff’s astonishing success in aviation is her 10th chart, which agrees with her 7th chart in showing phenomenal career success. It also shows us which area her career will be in. Here is the set:
The set above shows a conjunction of venus and jupiter in Sagittarius in Angular relationship to C MC. It is a 10th chart set showing the influence of 9th house matters (Sagittarius) in her career. Influences are to houses 2, 3, 6, 7, 11 and 12. She made good money (2nd influence) with it.
Astrodatabank information on Patrick De Gayardon (now deceased) states he was a French youth who was obsessed with flying from the time he could remember. At the age of 20 he learned skydiving and gave exhibitions. By age 24 he was diving. By age 29 he was sky-surfing, always pushing the envelope. At age 38 while participating in an exhibition on April 13, 1998 he fell too close to the ground before opening his parachute and died in the fall.
Set (1) shows a conjunction of moon and jupiter in Scorpio made Angular by B MC with jupiter ruling c 9th house.
Set (2) is the powerful one. It shows a conjunction of both harmonic moons plus venus and jupiter (and mostly in Sagittarius, with jupiter out-of-sign) on the cusp of c 9th house made Angular by its opposition to B Asc The nodes are part of this set which shows the high (lighted venus/jupiter) he got from sky-diving (9th).
De Gayardon’s 9th chart substitutes b9 sun (ruler of b 4th) at 2 Sagittarius 08 to comprise his golden benefic set (sun/venus/jupiter). Perhaps he “went too far” because he was so involved in the high (venus/jupiter) of flying he temporarily lost respect for the effects of gravity.
De Gayardon died when, among other progressions, his birth saturn (ruler of b 9th) progressed to 21 Sagittarius 35 joining his C MC at 21 Sagittarius 00. I did not calculate his two charts for date of death. His birth time is an un-rectified European birth time.
We will leave those who venture in space now to go on to lawmen.
J. Edgar Hoover was head of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation from the time he was named Acting Director on May 10, 1924 until his death in 1972--nearly 50 years. That implies a strongly benefic 7th and/or 10th chart, usually both. I show his 10th chart below. First, we want to see if we can identify his interest in law and law enforcement.
The above partial chart shows Hoover had Set (1): b sun in Sagittarius conjunct B Asc in c 9th house. It shows an early interest in 9th house matters. Set (2) shows venus (love of) in Sagittarius (law) conjunct C MC (it is 12’ past acceptable orb of 2° for planets to Angles). B mercury in Sagittarius is ruler of b 9th house. Its harmonic in Scorpio shows an interest (mercury) in being part of the inner, private (Scorpio) lives of others. Viewed unfavorably, that is called snooping. B jupiter at 6 Gemini 42 (in its detriment) rules B Asc in c 9th house and is doubly lighted by c sun at 7 Pisces 37 and c moon at 6 Virgo 40. B jupiter in Gemini is also in c 3rd house, showing his success (jupiter) in data (Gemini) collecting.
These together show lighted venus and lighted jupiter either in the 9th house, ruling it, or in Sagittarius--all sponsoring 9th house interests.
Hoover’s 10th chart puts b10 venus at 3 Pisces 28 conjunct c sun and square b jupiter (shown above) to give him a golden benefic set which influences two Angles--B Asc and B MC. It takes more than brilliance or ruthlessness to stay in power almost 50 years, it takes a highly benefic 10th chart. Hoover had it.
Of the Justices of the Supreme Court I have charts on, Justice Breyer’s is the most interesting example of the correlation of the sign Sagittarius with the legal aspect of 9th house matters (see footnote 8). (Lawyers are not necessarily interested in law as jurisprudence.)
Set (1) shows a conjunction of venus and jupiter in Sagittarius in 5th/11th houses with jupiter ruling B MC and b 11th house. C venus rules c 3rd house, showing an ordinary mental (3rd) interest in and love of (venus) law (Sagittarius). Its influence to c 10th house shows its expression through his career (10th house).
Breyer’s 10th chart contains c10 NN at 26 Virgo 37, making his jupiter in Sagittarius extra important in his career (10th).
We have seen several ways--through benefics in Sagittarius or benefics lighted and Angular with influence to a 9th house--an individual’s exceptional good fortune in 9th house matters (here religion, higher mind, law, aviation) expresses. What about misfortune in 9th house matters?
Below are the partial harmonic charts for the 7th and 9th houses of John Muhammed (or John Mohammed or John Williams), the older of the pair of gunmen who terrorized the area around Washington, D.C. from October 2, 2002 until his capture and arrest on October 24, 2002. Together he and John Lee Malvo assassinated 9 individuals and wounded 3 others. Following his conviction on, I believe, two of the murders, he was sentenced to die.
The conjunction in Set (1) of sun/mars/saturn in Sagittarius (9th house sign) comprises a dark malefic in Muhammad’s 1st/11th houses. It has influences through rulers to b 9th (the sun), C MC (mars), c 3rd house (mars), and c 12th house (saturn). Mars and saturn are the lesser and greater malefics, respectively. This set shows trouble (mars/saturn) with the law (Sagittarius) and perhaps religion (Sagittarius). At times these problems dominate his thinking (3rd). B jupiter at 19 Sagittarius 18 is also part of this set. It rules B Asc in c 10th house but, opposite the situation with the gurus, it was this benefic which gave his dark malefic set influence over a 10th house. Jupiter sponsors success, glory, and fame. Muhammed got the negative part of fame, infamy. C MC is in c 12th house, so all these attributes--trouble with the law, brooding over it, fame--have implications about his freedom (12th). This set would have been instrumental (as a “fault” in this chart) in loss of his children through the divorce and custody courts (Sagittarius). Also, his sun in the 1st house makes it easier for him to fly solo than to partner. With influence to two Angles, Set (1) dominates much of his life.
Muhammed also has a positive--less positive than the difficult set is difficult--sets in Sagittarius. His birth sun (ruler of b 9th house) at 15 Sagittarius 39 is conjunct b mercury (ruler of b 7th house and B MC) at 12 Sagittarius 28 and b jupiter (ruler of B Asc) at 19 Sagittarius 48. Even lacking venus this set with influence to two Angles is powerfully benefic. He even has a conjunction of c moon (at 7 Sagittarius 49 and ruler of c 6th house) and c jupiter (ruler of c 11th house) at 8 Sagittarius 00, but it has no Angle influence. His many benefics in Sagittarius suggest early in life (in birth 1st house) Muhammed was expansive (jupiter) and likely, principled and/or religious (Sagittarius). His adoption of an Islamic name suggests at one point he converted to Islam.
The above shows his problem with the law as well some of his good relations to it, so what turned him into a murderer? Muhammad’s birth mars in b 7th house is lighted by its opposition to birth sun (15 Sagittarius 39). It started out retrograde at 14 Gemini 09. On October 2, 2002 when the first Washington D.C. area (Montgomery county, MD) murder was committed, it had progressed to 5 Gemini 58 opposing his B Asc (at 4 Sagittarius 20, if we accept that orb for a stationed progressed planet). In fact, in had turned stationary direct at 5 Gemini 49 in 1997, so in five years it had moved only 9 minutes, about 1/7 of a degree. Muhammed, therefore, had progressed mars to an Angle for years (ten for just the above accepted orb). When mars becomes Angular by progression, the individual does not have that much experience handling it. It usually brings with it painful situations. Progressing over an Angle (that is, not stationing on it), mars often takes a year or two to finish. When mars progresses to station on an Angle, the individual is under Angular mars influence for far too long. Progressed to the Descendant it may act through partners. So, it would be physical or psychological exertion via partners--quarrels, battering, some times even murder. Muhammed likely first experienced his mars-to-Descendant as over-aggressive behavior toward wives and/or bickering, dissatisfied wives (both mars/7th). And, as hinted above, mars (aggression) expressing through the 7th house (others) is one of the significators of murderers.
Muhammad’s 9th chart shows complex sets, two of which I will show here.
Set (1) shows Muhammad’s again has a sun/mars/saturn/(jupiter) set. It contains a dark malefic, but it is formed in this chart by harmonic mars and saturn conjunct in Gemini opposition b sun and b jupiter. B sun rules b 9th, and b jupiter rules B Asc in c 10th house. C saturn rules c 12th. The 10th house influence agrees in both charts. We could say he has a drive (mars) toward fame or success (jupiter) which becomes infamy (sun/mars/saturn). In this chart he no longer has all his malefics in Sagittarius, but this set still influences b 9th house (law). It still influences b 12th house (incarceration).
Muhammed also has a golden benefic set in this chart. Moreover, it occurs in the sign Sagittarius. Shown in Set (2), it includes moon/venus/jupiter in Sagittarius which, because of the 5° orb provided by the moon, is in a wide conjunction with B Asc. C sun a 5 Pisces 39 is also part of this set and provides extra orb for the set. B9 mars, ruler of b 12th house, is at 5 Virgo 34. How come this set does not make Muhammed a truly religious, if not realized, individual? First, it may be that eventually he will find solace and inspiration through his religious practices. Second, he does not have a golden benefic set in his 7th chart, so his 7th and 9th charts do not agree on benefics but do agree on malefic sets (sun/mars/saturn). Finally, retrograde birth mars (discussed above) adds another Angular mars to the set, giving him two with 12th house influences and pointing to a 7th house outlet for his aggression.
Muhammad’s chart, however, puts before us good reason to examine all charts for each individual before finally reaching conclusions about significator sets.
I will, however, venture a little more about Muhammad’s additional paths to homicide. He has harmonic birth saturn in Pisces in both his 7th and 10th charts. In the former (18 Pisces 04) it is opposition B MC; in the latter (4 Pisces 06), square B Asc. (a) In his 7th chart, birth harmonic saturn falls in 4th/2nd, so one of his problems was money (saturn/2nd). Another was insecurity (saturn) in dealing with others (7th chart forefront saturn). In addition, saturn in Pisces on the cusp of b 4th house is a “future cause” for bad endings. If he were going to be successful and satisfied (I cannot rule out private triumphs) at the end of his life, he would not have saturn in Pisces on the 4th cusp. Angular saturn in Pisces influencing the end of life (4th) is not a significator of pleasant consciousness. (b) In his 10th chart conception harmonic saturn falls in his 3rd/1st houses conjunct his c sun. It suggests early disapproval of his masculinity (sun) by his mother (10th chart), retraction of his feelings (saturn/1st) and resulting depression (3rd house).
As we begin to accrue these specifically harmonic indications all was not well with Muhammad’s ego, we begin to see reasons--as was shown through mars in Pisces (instead of saturn in Pisces) for Charles Whitman and the Unabomber--we begin to know more about what Muhammed said to himself to justify re-establishing his “masculinity” through acts of violence.
There is much more to all these charts than I have shown. Space and time available to me do not allow an exhaustive presentation of each chart. I have tried to show salient, and sometimes disturbing, features in each chart as they demonstrate 9th house and Sagittarian influences.
While I think it likely there are some astrologers who can see level of being in a chart, I am not one of them. I do not think level of being is in the chart. Its perception may be open to individual astrologers, but I would not trust all who say they can see it. I bring this up because it is necessary to point out that while golden benefics are very powerful, even they are not equally empowering for each individual. Some one, for instance, could have the chart of Yogananda and not be as interested in developing his spirituality. Or, he might not be able to develop it as well as Yogananda did. How, then, does his golden benefic manifest? It is still a golden benefic. It is still going to be extremely potent benefically. And it still has all those 9th house influences.
For some religions, the answer to the difference in how individuals handle the same chart is in past lifetimes. Yogananda, they would suggest, worked on his spiritual development in many past lifetimes. The other guy did not. But it does not matter whether you believe in past lifetimes or that it all happens in this lifetime. The result is the same--I cannot state categorically that all the specifications for gurus seen in charts above must produce spiritually awake beings. In fact, it is far more likely to be the opposite. More people will be born with such excellent astrology than can realize it to its full potential in that lifetime. I know that some gurus say that any one can reach complete enlightenment in this lifetime. I don't know that there is any way to prove or disprove that.
We saw that not all the gurus had the full set of specifications in both 7th and 9th charts. In a couple of cases I made guesses about missing specifications. Without knowing more about how they actually lived their lives, it is impossible to know how any missing specification affected them. All who succeeded, however, had charts which confirmed their 9th house benefic specifications in both charts, showing unambiguous emphasis on good fortune (venus/jupiter) through 9th house matters. This is as true of other 9th house matters, such as aviation and law, as it is of spiritual development.
It should be remembered that any really difficult chart, especially those occurring in sequence before it, can ditch the individual’s chances at developing the potentially promising benevolent 9th chart. As I stated in the Introduction, if an individual suffers from schizophrenia (1st and 3rd charts) he does not even get to seriously developing his 9th chart. If he suffers from alcoholism (something I so far see as located in the 1st chart), he cannot even develop his brilliance (3rd chart) the way he could have had he not been carrying that alcoholic load. If all he learned in childhood (1st chart, but also 4th, 7th, and 10th) was it was least painful if he could be “not there,” then he is going to have a difficult time consistently developing the promise of even a good 10th chart (career and social image as manifested through the influence of the mother and early development) because he has failed to properly develop his human foundation.
It would be foolish and irresponsible to think that just because they have such good astrology gurus do not work for their achievements. They work long and hard to refine an instrument--themselves--for better spiritual perception. And we should not forget that most important part in spiritual realizations--response from the Creator.
At the same time, we would have to wear blinders to miss seeing that individuals who achieve the kind of spiritual realization for which Indian gurus are famous are predisposed to it. Their charts highly favor them becoming just what they become. Yogananda did not give up something to become a spiritual aspirant. Being a spiritual aspirant was his best, most promising, and most rewarding path. Being a husband would have been his ridiculous choice.
As for Muktananda, with a benefic chart like his, what choice did he have but to become exceptionally successful at something? It would have been difficult, if not impossible, to fail.
Our astrology shows that we are on many different paths. Astrologically, our best path--by best path I mean “accomplishing what we aspired to accomplish as our reason for coming here”--is usually shown by our most benefic charts combined with signs and house placement of North Nodes. Each can indicate points of true, deep growth for the individual. Ralph Waldo Emerson expressed it well with the following:
Each man has his own vocation.
All men are but several porches into one mind. Each man has his own calling, which is determined by his peculiar reception of the Common Reason. There is one direction to every man in which unlimited space is open to him. He has faculties silently inviting him thither to endless exertion. He finds obstruction on all sides but one. On that side all obstruction is taken away and he sweeps serenely over God’s depths into an infinite sea. (Emerson, essay on Ethics, p. 147)
I really like what Emerson wrote. But, sometimes individuals appear to have no best path, no porches which lead to the One Mind. Like Hoarder, all they seem to have is suffering--lifelong suffering at that. It is hard to fit that apparent unremitting suffering into Emerson's observation.
Some individuals appear to have entered well into Emerson's infinite sea, but that was no guarantee for them of life's other amenities. For example, among now famous people, Vincent Van Gogh and Emily Dickinson. Van Gogh's art now sells for double-digit millions. He killed himself because of depression and poverty. Dickinson is now considered by some one of the greatest poets of the English language. She never had the pleasure of seeing her name printed next to a published poem.
An Eastern expression speaks of the importance of traveling one’s own path: it is better to do one’s own dharma (path) poorly than to do another’s well.
(1) Judging from lottery tickets sold, I know people believe that any one can win the lottery. It is no more true that any one, with enough attempts or “luck,” can win the lottery than it is true that any one, with right and consistent effort, can be a guru, or a poet, for that matter. All of these categories of individuals are highly defined and occur with highly defined astrological specifications. Astrologically venus plus jupiter spells “luck,” and we either have it or we do not. And that luck occurs in different areas of our lives depending on which chart and houses the set influences. Most often we have the usual mixture of some luck in some areas of our lives but not enough to win the lottery (or be a spiritual genius, or even an “ordinary” genius like Tesla).
(2) Bush’s 10th chart includes b10 venus at 0 Aries 12 (ruler of 4th and 11th houses) and b10 sun at 27 Sagittarius 29, giving him sun/venus to his original MC/MC/saturn/saturn. Sun is in a set with both venus and b jupiter at 24 Virgo 10, but none rule an Angle, and sun/venus/jupiter is too wide to include in either MC.
(3) As happened to Jane Roberts, who experienced the breakthrough of Seth, whom she channeled without prior attempts at such an experience.
(4) It could and does work the other way. He could have been a playboy and experienced his joy (venus/jupiter) first followed by his dissoluteness (mars/saturn) afterward. It works that way in drug addition versus, for instance, running. Both types of individuals may have forefront mars/neptune. In the former case, the drug addict experiences the intoxication of neptune, then the sorrows. In the latter case, the runner experiences the hard work (mars) of running followed by its high (neptune).
(5) Mircea Eliade, religious philosopher, had c9 SN at 4 Scorpio 02 conjunct his C MC at 5 Scorpio 50. C MC was in b 9th house. If I remember correctly, while living in India Eliade started to engage in tantric sex. One day a “stranger” knocked on his door and suggested he stop doing that. Eliade stopped.
(6) Nietzsche’s apparent drive to philosophize came from his 7th chart: c NN at 0 Sagittarius 31 conjunct b7 jupiter at 1 Sagittarius conjunct b7 venus at 4 Sagittarius 07--a golden benefic set. These planets do not rule 9th houses, but the set is in Sagittarius. It is opposed by c7 saturn, ruler of C Asc, at 3 Gemini 49, giving this set Angular influence. At the same time it suggests mental (Gemini) sorrow (saturn) as the alternate (opposition) effect of his pursuit of philosophy (venus/jupiter/NN in Sagittarius). His 9th chart does not contain any golden benefic sets. It does contain an Angle/venus (with 9th influence) and his shell Angle/jupiter. It also contains an Angle/mars/saturn/pluto. He has two moon/neptune influences to 9th houses (one with Angular influence), but his mind was usurped first and primarily by his 3rd chart, which I discussed in the Woolf paper.
(7) Considerations Vol. XX, No. 1, has a paper on the chart of Christine McKenzie [born Oct 9, 1980, 11:58 pm (-2), Johannesburg, South Africa], a skydiver. She has a conception date and time of December 29, 1979, 4:04:54 am EET, Johannesburg, South Africa, with C MC at 9 Leo 50 and C Asc at 24 Scorpio 44. The cusp of conception 9th house is 12 Cancer, with conception moon ruling it in Aries at 19 Aries 20, giving us another "sky" woman with Aries moon influencing the 9th house. In fact, her moon is in a set with mars and uranus, demonstrating the usual significators for what is called courage, bravery, daring and even foolhardiness.
On August 22, 2004 McKenzie did a jump in which the chute only partially opened. At that point she thought she would surely die. Her chart had pc9 NN at 25 Pisces 45 conjunct b9 saturn (ruler of b 8th house) at 25 Pisces 57. Pc NN at 5 Scorpio 05 was conjunct pc9 uranus (ruler of c 4th house and coming from 23 Libra 58 at conception) at 5 Scorpio 17 and pb9 uranus (ruler of b 9th house coming from 20 Libra 02 at birth) at 5 Scorpio 02. Progressed b9 mars at 22 Gemini 33 was in (too) early (as the time given for her birth appears to be to the minute and mars is a fairly exact "timer") square to B MC at 23 Pisces 04. She had no progressed Angle/saturn. She lacked sufficient mars/4th and saturn/4th influences.
Denis Saunders, author of that paper, titled it "It's a Miracle!" and gave his astrological reasons the event occurred the way it did. It is not appropriate for me to cover all her chart here. From the point of view of this astrology McKenzie did not die because she lacked major significators for dying (see paper on JFK, Jr. which cites the need for progressed Angles to mars and saturn, and lighted mars and saturn influence to 4th and 9th houses in the 9th and 7th charts as significators of death caused by "falls from great heights" including aviation deaths). That McKenzie thoroughly believed she would die is apparent from the two non-Angular progressions, especially the one with uranus in Scorpio twice with influence to 4th and 9th houses. The one with saturn in Pisces had more to do with the after-effect--for her a new sense of vulnerability and her particular liability to mortality.
(8) Chief Justice Warren’s 10th chart, for instance, shows his interest in 9th house matters in a different way. C MC is at 16 Capricorn 08. C jupiter (ruler of c 9th house) is conjunct it at 18 Capricorn 50 (orb of 2° 40’). B10 venus (ruler of B MC) is conjunct both at 16 Capricorn 10. Warren has an Angular golden benefic influencing two Angles and a 9th house.
Photo of lotus is by Michael Babcock.
Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla, by Marc J. Seifer. Seacaucus, New Jersey: Carol Publishing Group, 1996 (A Birch Lane Press Book).
The Early Lectures of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Volume II, 1836-1838, edited by Stephen E. Whicher, Robert E. Spiller, and Wallace E. Williams. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1964.
Individuals are listed in the order in which they occurred in this paper Letters following each name show the Rodden rating.
Birth: 5/16/1908, 5:11 a.m. IST, Dharmasthala, India. From Astrodatabank0 by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. Steinbrecher quotes a copy of his chart sent by a Swami in the ashram.
Conception:8/8/1907, 3:15:27 p.m. IST, Dharmasthala, India.
Winston Churchill (B)
Birth: 11/30/1874,1:30 a.m. GMT, Woodstock, England. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. T. Pat Davis quotes R.G. Martin, “Jennie.” John Addey quotes his dad’s letter for 1:30 a.m., A.J..
Conception:2/16/1874, 12:15:45 p.m. GMT, Woodstock, England.
William Jefferson Clinton (A
Birth: 8/18/1946, 8:51 a.m. CST, Hope, Arkansas. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. Note in hand from his Mom, Mrs. Virginia Kelley, to Shelley Ackerman with the time handwritten. She gave the same data in an interview with “Family Circle” magazine on Feb. 2, 1993, page 23.
Conception:11/8/1945, 12:13:28 p.m. CST, Hope, AK.
George W. Bush (AA)
Birth: 7/6/1946, 7:26 a.m. EDT, New Haven, Connecticut. FromAstrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. Kim Castille (internet) quotes hospital records (hospital P.R.).
Conception:9/27/1945, 2:05:11 a.m. EDT, New Haven, CT.
O.J. Simpson (AA)
Birth: 7/9/1947, 8:08 a.m. PST, San Francisco, California. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. CSH and Gauquelin Book of American Charts, birth certificate.
Conception:9/30/1946, 12:42:34 a.m. PST, San Francisco, CA.
Rosemarie Bowser (AA)
Birth: 9/5/1947, 1:16 p.m. EDT, Boston, Massachusetts. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. Frances McEvoy quotes birth certificate.
Conception:11/24/1946, 10:46:1727 p.m. EST, Boston, MA.
Birth: 1/5/1893, 8:38 p.m. LMT, Gorakhpur, India. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. From “Mercury Hour,” July 19, 1976, quoting his ashram, The Self-Realization Fellowship.
Conception:3/25/1892, 11:35:31 p.m. LMT, Gorakhpur, India.
Suicide: Subway 13469 (AA)
Birth: 10/12/1959, 10:12 a.m. EDT, Bronx, New York. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. NCGR, birth certificate.
Conception:12/30/1958, 11:46:10 a.m. EST, Bronx, NY.
Louis Hoarder (A)
Birth: 5/11/1915, 9:59 a.m. CST, Clinton, Iowa. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. Ramona Jewell quotes a student; her uncle and family information.
Conception:8/2/1914, 7:18:50 p.m. CST, Clinton, IA.
Jeddu Krishnamurti (B)
Birth: 5/12/1895, 12:23 a.m. LMT, Mandanapalle, India. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. Marcello Borges quotes Evelyne Blau, Krishnamurti: 100 Years.
Conception:8/3/1894, 9:42:17 a.m. LMT, Mandanapalle, India.
Swami Paramahansa Saraswati (A)
Birth: 7/15/1913, 8:17 a.m. LMT, Gauheti, India. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. F. Ferreira quotes K.N. Rao, from him, in Yogis, Destiny and the Wheel of Time, Vani Graphics, Lucknow, IN, 1995.
Conception:10/5/1912, 8:22:52 p.m. LMT, Gaujato, India.
Birth: 6/24/1955, 11:00 a.m. IST, Mangalore, India. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. Ray Mardyks quotes Muktananda’s astrologer.
Conception:9/15/1954, 1:17:42 p.m. IST, Mangalore, India.
Birth: 10/5/1962, 9:00 a.m. IST, Bombay, India. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. Ray Mardyks quotes Muktananda’s astrologer.
Conception:12/23/1961, 5:01:37 p.m. IST, Bombay, India.
Birth: 2/18/1836, 5:00 a.m. LMT (tentatively rectified to 4:48:10 a.m. LMT), Karmarpukar, India. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. LMR quotes "Sri Ramakrishna, The Great Master," Vol 2, India, distributed by Vedanta, the original in Bengali by Swami Saradananda, translation by Swami Jagadananda.
"Kamarpukar is not large enough to be on a map, it is 30 miles due south of Burdwan, which is northwest of Calcutta." Isherwood gives "about dawn", rectified by Rudhyar to 5:25 AM LMT, however he gave the year of 1830.
Practical Astrology 3/1927 gave February 20, 1933, 7:30 AM. "The Life of Ramakrishna" (1971) gives 1830, 5:15 AM.
Biography: Christopher Isherwood "Ramakrishna and his Disciples," (Vedanta Press, Hollywood, 1965, p.3)
Biography: Mahendranath Gupta, "The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna."
Conception:5/10/1835, 12:12:40 a.m. LMT, Karmarpukar, India.
Meher Baba (A)
Birth: 2/24/1894, 11:39 p. GMT, Poona, India. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. Bob Mulligan quotes his family and disciples when Mulligan was in India, 1976.
Conception:5/17/1903, 7:51:29 a.m. IST, Poona, India.
Situ Rimpoche (A)
Birth: 2/15/1954, 6:00 p.m. IST, Dêgê, China. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. Linda Clark quotes him for “sunset” or just before sunset.
Conception:5/7/1953, 9:17:33 a.m. IST, Dêgê, China.
Baba Sitaram (C )
Birth: 2/17/1812, 8:01 a.m. LMT, Hoogly, India. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. Felipe Ferreira quotes K.N. Rao in Astrology and Karma, Sagar Publications, New Delhi, 1995, no source.
Conception:5/9/1891, 1:45:33 a.m. LMT, Hoogly, India.
Sai Baba (A)
Birth: 11/23/1926, 6:22 a.m. IST, Puttaparthy, India. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. Ruth Dewey quotes Dobyns for sunrise, given by one of his followers.
Conception:2/9/1926, 4:45:01 p.m. IST, Puttaparthy, India.
Birth: 12/11/1931, 5:13 p.m. IST, Kutchwada, India. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough.
Conception:2/28/1931, 6:00:48 a.m. IST, Kutchwada, India.
Deepak Chopra (A)
Birth: 10/22/1946, 3:45 p.m. IST, New Dehli, India. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. Linda Clark quotes him.
Conception:1/9/1946, 11:47:12 a.m. IST, New Delhi, India.
Madalyn Murray O’Hair (AA)
Birth: 4/13/1919, 9:00 a.m. EWT, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. CAH quotes birth record/birth certificate.
Conception:7/5/1918, 5:35:36 a.m. EWT, Pittsburgh, PA.
Baron Manfred von Richthofen (the Red Baron) (X)
Birth: 7/26/1891, Breslau, Poland. The Pennfield Collection gives a speculative time of 9:30 p.m. MET which I “rectified” (only one event) to 9:22 p.m. MET. . From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough.
Conception:7/26/1891, 5:01:52 a.m. MET, Breslau, Poland.
Patty Wagstaff (A)
Birth: 9/11/1951, 3:04 a.m. CST, St. Louis, Missouri. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. Philip Sedgwick quotes her web page manager August, 2000 (pattywagstaff.com).
Conception:11/30/1950, 7:23:24 a.m. CST, St. Louis, MO.
Patrick de Gayardon (AA)
Birth: 1/23/1960, 2:30 p.m. MET, Ouillin, France. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. Bordoni quotes Daisy Vande Vin for birth certificate in “Datanotizie”, #20, July, 1998.
Conception:4/13/1959, 6:24:01 a.m. MET, Ouillin, France.
J. Edgar Hoover (XX)
Birth: 1/1/1895, 7:30 a.m. EST, Washington, D.C.. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. Lois M. Rodden quotes Richard Powers, Secrecy and Power, page 8, taken from Hoover’s diary.
Conception:3/21/1894, 7:22:51 a.m. EST, Washington, D.C.
Justice Stephen G. Breyer (AA)
Birth: 8/15/1938, 7:40 a.m. PST, San Francisco, California. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. Birth certificate in hand from Marion March.
Conception:11/4/1937, 3:08:51 p.m. PST, San Francisco, CA.
John Muhammed (AA)
Birth: 12/31/1960, 6:12 a.m. CST, New Orleans, Louisiana. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. Published copy by Denver Post (11/4/2002)--in hand, Brian McNaughton.
Conception:3/20/1960, 4:36:25 a.m. CST, New Orleans, LA.
Friedrich Nietzsche (B)
Birth: 10/15/1844, 10:00 a.m. LMT (rectified by me to 10:03:30 am LMT), Rocken, Germany. From Astrodatabank by Lois Rodden and Mark McDonough. Lockhart quotes M.A., November, 1914, from The Young Nietzsche, page 522, but unverified. Lyndoe gave 10:07 a.m. as “accepted data” in A.A. July, 1967.
Conception:1/3/1844, 8:51:39 a.m. LMT, Rocken, Germany.
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