His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama greets an audience before his religious speech in Tokyo, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The Dalai Lama is in Japan for a 12-day visit to deliver speeches.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Throughout the long history of humanity’s presence on Earth, great minds have attempted to answer the mysteries of life; its origin, its purpose. As these penetrating minds gazed outward into the vast visible universe, and searched inside to view its micro-components, they were participating in the creation of science and religion as we know it today. All that they discovered has developed over millennia to draw conclusions that are then assumed to be the Laws of Physics. But our unpredictable universe defies status quo and continually challenges us to find ever-new answers to age-old questions. We are constantly on the threshold of new discoveries and so it is to our advantage that we hold off on our final judgments as to the ultimate nature things, and try to live in a flexible, mindful state of awareness; always being receptive to the new, always ready to assimilate unexpected new perspectives.  An example in astrology where the laws of the physical world break down is in the retrograde motion of planets. See blog post: Retrograde Planets Prove Universe is Mind

Astrologers look for indications in a natal chart that reflect the realities of a person’s life and what makes them think, feel and respond the way they do. One of the most intriguing charts of prominent spiritual leaders is that of the Dalai Lama. How spiritual potentials reveal themselves is a special type of analysis, and the birth chart of the Dalai Lama shows several obvious signs of personal evolution. The interpretation of the chart of the Dalai Lama will begin with the 16 Point Analysis, from The Essentials of Astrological Analysis by Dr. Marc Edmund Jones. Only a sampling of the points will be covered.


The Dalai Lama has Oppositions in both Fixed and Mutable signs, and so the emphasis of interest lies in the missing quadrature, and is known as Negative Cardinal, because of the lack of its presence in the horoscope. A compensation takes place to draw attention to immediate circumstances and is crises oriented. This is something that easily points to the Chinese invasion of Tibet during the very early years of the Dalai Lama’s life. Cardinal emphasis is also politically minded, and for many years it fell upon the Dalai Lama to be the leader in the strategy that would govern his people and bring them safely into their present living circumstances.

The two Oppositions draw the mind’s focus out to two distinct interests, and cause a shift of attention to “this, and now that” interest. The dilemma of having to choose between several involvements is resolved through attention to the immediate demands of the present moment which is a Cardinal characteristic. It is the missing quadrature of Cardinal signs and its need for attention to immediate critical issues. The Cardinal signs are related to the active 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th houses. Because of its immediacy and focus in the now, it is ready, restless and opportunistic. In the Dalai Lama’s case, this allows him to take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself to express his views on the principles (Fixed) of Buddhism, and to integrate those principles in active relationship (Mutable) with others. The excitation of the Cardinal impulse imbues the native with a vivacious energy that endears him to all who come in contact with him.


The overall outlook and general response to life is determined by the Temperament Type. There are seven Types or patterns, three of which have been in use since ancient times. They are the Bundle, the Bowl and the See-Saw. In the mid 1900s Marc Edmund Jones added the Bucket, the Splash, the Locomotive and the Splay and with far more detailed descriptions. The Dalai Lama’s horoscope is the Locomotive Temperament and this Type, along with the Splay, are more complex and evolved because they are base on a division of the circle by three. The others are based on a division of the circle by two.

The Locomotive builds on the Grand Trine in this chart and it encourages a pyramiding development of personality. The soul projects itself through the Cutting planet Saturn, so that the Dalai Lama can be seen as following traditions and limitations of a very specific doctrine. Those who are spiritual without holding to tight traditions are more likely under the influence of Uranus. The Locomotive is characteristic of a powerful driving personality which is set and supported by the ever-spiraling and revolving Grand Trine. The open Trine projects the personality and goals onto others, whether for good or evil. In the Dalai Lama’s case, the mission is to help others understand more deeply the wisdom of Buddhism and its focus on disciplined meditation, contemplation and compassion. All these attributes closely relate to the attributes of Saturn, and in the sign of Pisces, it brings the topic of compassion perpetually into the Dalai Lama’s message to the multitudes.


The planets are divided into pairs, Sun/Moon of Vitality, Jupiter/Saturn of Motivation, Mars/Venus of Efficiency and Uranus/Neptune of Significance. Mercury and Pluto are supernumerary, with Mercury belonging to Efficiency and Pluto belonging to the Significant pair. It is favorable to have two of the pairs in major aspect and two not, so that the individual has only to integrate two modes of being in order to have ease in self-determination. The chart of the Dalai Lama has all pairs aspected and this causes the psyche to become overloaded with possibilities, and it creates a plethora of outer involvements that one needs to integrate into a cohesive whole. There is often a feeling of being lost within too much stimulus and opportunity, but the Mode of Self-Integration can help to focus the attention on a specific direction so as to counter any disintegration caused by amplified stimulation.

THE MODE OF SELF-INTEGRATION in a chart that has all pairs aspected has to be determined through symmetry and weight, rather than by major aspect. In the Dalai Lama’s case the Jupiter/Saturn and Uranus/Neptune are forming an interesting symmetrical pattern. Both pairs are in Trine with their partners and the members of the separate pairs are in Sextile with one of the other’s pair and Opposite the other. A complex but extremely interesting configuration. Out of the six possible Modes of Integration the Dalai Lama is Subjective Function. This means that ultimately the Dalai Lama keeps his own council. He goes within to confer with his own wisdom and response to outer stimulus with a comprehension based on his own experience. A person with Objective Function is capable and even craves a project to be done by the dictates of outside influence. Not so with Subjective Function. Direction of the life emerges from within and a belief in oneself and ones own abilities takes precedence over the demands and influence of others. Subjective Function is very fitting for an individual who must stand as an example of how all souls should conduct themselves.


The Grand Water Trine is a Focal Determinator that has very tight orbs in the chart of the Dalai Lama. The free-flowing water element encourages the native to expand outward, embrace and be absorbed by all with whom he comes in contact – that is the nature of water; to permeate. The Grand Trine is an integral part of the Locomotive pattern in this chart, because Saturn is both the Cutting Planet which leads the others into the empty space of a Trine, but it also is one of the three planets involved in the Grand Trine itself. Because Saturn is leading into an empty space with no other planet interfering with its energy, it becomes High Focus – and by that it becomes an important Focal Determinator.  Saturn becomes super-powered and its archetypal meaning becomes amplified. Saturn, along with its partner Jupiter are the planets of Motivation. The inner stirrings and conscious sensitivity to right and wrong are one of the attributes of self-awareness. Meditation is a reflective process which illuminates one’s behavior to itself. When one experiences conscious pain, it is because the planet Saturn’s energy/intelligence is activated within the soul. Surrendering to the humbling process relieves the tension. Fighting the truth sets the stage for escapism to avoid a painful conscience.  When one accepts limitations they become stepping stones and guidelines for success. Jupiter as the positive and outward ambassador of the personality works hand-in-hand with Saturn’s double-checking on the continuous correction process of the soul. The Dalai Lama performs specific spiritual practices, meditation, mind development and control that are sympathetic with the meaning of the planet Saturn as well as with his Tibetan culture.

The keyword for Saturn in normal strength is Sensitiveness, but when emphasized by being Point or High Focus, the Keyword becomes SHREWD. The Dalai Lama has had to use his subjective ingenuity toward the Chinese who oppose his birthright. He has had to be Shrewd in the way he opposes his “enemies” and he does this by applying his Buddhist principles of forgiveness, non-violence and compassion toward those who have infringed upon his domain. True to the nature of the expanding water element, the Dalai Lama’s exile has been to the world’s advantage. Had he been able to rule and lead in his own country without interference from outside sources he would not have had such an overwhelming influence for good upon the world.

Often astrologers believe that the Grand Trine can be a detriment, because of its nature to groove into patterns of negativity as well as positive habitual behavior. What the Grand Trine actually represents is degree of harmony achieved. Not understanding this can deplete its potentials for good. With the Dalai Lama’s practice and deep understanding, this Focal Determinator gives him an outlet for continuous manifestation of enlightening reason as a response to potential daily challenges that the Opposition from Saturn to Moon and Neptune represent.

The Grand Trine shows flow and ease in manner and there is added power to this particular Grand Trine, because of the Locomotive Temperament Type to which it gives structure. There is a driving force of the personality, but the caution of Saturn at the helm allows for precise dissemination of wisdom.

The water signs are permeable, receptive and sensitive to feeling and especially compassion. Saturn in the compassionate sign of Pisces is the Leading planet and so is High Focus and Shrewd in its manifestation of his position as spiritual leader of the Tibetan people in exile. He has to remain strong in his beliefs and practices and present a message that encourages his people to adhere to their ancient roots. Along with Saturn being in High Focus the sign of Pisces is also amplified by its Leading into the empty Trine of the locomotive. If the birth time is correct than the placement of the Leading planet and sign are in the all-important 10th house of Authority among men. Revealing a true leader of mankind.

Saturn as the unchallenged focus of the chart is in Trine with Jupiter and creates a Loose Destiny (a feature of self-determination) that allows the Dalai Lama an easy association with everyone effortlessly. This one of the planetary pairs is in company with the other three pairs in major aspect which has been mentioned above.

Age 6 Dalai Lama's Jupiter Stations Direct - corresponds to enthronement ceremony held in Lhasa
Age 6 Dalai Lama’s Jupiter Stations Direct – corresponds to enthronement ceremony held in Lhasa

The Dalai Lama was discovered  and enthroned when he was just 5 years old, corresponding to Progressed Jupiter Stationary Direct shown in the ephemeris for July 12, 1935 – 5 or 6 years after birth. Jupiter represents personal advancement as the paternal leader-to-be. This position of leadership becomes the good fortune for all people worldwide.

Progressed Stations are a halt in time and space to change and rearrange things, within and without, in the greater journey of continuous growth toward understanding and truth.

The official enthronement ceremony as political leader of Tibet took place on November 17, 1950 also in Lhasa. The Progressed chart shows dynamic Saturn completing the Opposition to Natal Moon as promised in the Natal potentials. The exact aspect brings the leader into his responsibilities at an early age.

The Sabian Symbol for the powerful Leading Natal Saturn is Men seeking illumination. 

This is an amazing testimony to the literal manifestation of the Symbols. Pisces 11 degrees, page 311 Sabian Symbols in Astrology: This is the symbol of the immortality of man as dramatized in some form of an apostolic succession, or living tradition of spiritual achievement. The divine spirit is fundamentally a matrix of itself, since its continuance depends on its unswerving maintenance of the purity of motive and expression it has contributed to the humanity it has created in its own image. . . . When positive, the degree is high accomplishment in an effective alignment with ultimate reality.

The apostolic succession mentioned in the symbol gives conformation to the way in which the Dalai Lamas have always been chosen. They are chosen from a line of spiritual descendants, and it is uncanny how this symbol has described this unique detail of the procedure.

DLPeacePrize2 July 17, 1989 was the year representing the culmination of a life’s work when the Dalai Lama won the Nobel Prize for Peace. This was a very special year for the Dalai Lama in that the very important Progressed Lunation is in its exact core and very close to a following Progressed Lunar Return. These aspects are also Conjunct his Natal Part of Fortune at 5 degrees Virgo of A man dreaming of fairies. 

According to Marc Edmund Jones; “the Part of Fortune is your special horizon of success and it will give a significant insight into the potentials of accomplishment through the sign, house and symbolical degree where it is found.”

5 degrees Virgo is unique in the 360 degree possibilities, as this particular one is a member of a handful of degrees that reflect an other-worldliness, because they are represented by images of imaginative creatures such as fairies, elves and the like. They are referred to as Elfin degrees by Marc Edmund Jones, and they point to an incarnation of a spiritual soul, not able to live for himself alone, but as manifestations of something greater than themselves. Natives with these degrees are often obligated to be of service to others, and the Dalai Lama is a great candidate and representative of that purpose. Not all individuals understand the calling, and may fall short of a sacrificing attitude. However the Dalai Lama not only is qualified to be a leader of human goodness, but he won the world’s recognition for his great example of compassionate living because of it.

There are subtle vibrations associated with these fairy degrees. It is like the difference between standard broadcasting and cable connections. Cable can tune into higher frequencies, as people with fairy degrees can tune into higher conscious vibrations. It should always refer to the planet or point that coordinates with the degree, and if it is a Focal Determinator or simply a random point in the horoscope it will be strengthened or weakened respectively.

A Progressed Lunation is a powerful Aspect with powerful consequences for good or difficult times. There is usually a period of 3 years where there is a closing of old ways and an opening of new opportunities. There is also the tendency for a crises to arise during this time, because the ego wants to hold on to the past, and the Progressed Lunation is a time of rebirth and new cycles. A new seed of life is being planted. Here in the chart of the Dalai Lama there is an epic and rewarding moment, and it is further enhanced by the Progressed Lunation taking place in one of the very few Elfin degrees.

When reviewing the findings of the content of the Dalai Lama’s chart potentials, it is apparent that this is an incarnation of special purpose. The native of the horoscope has well expressed the profound potentials revealed by the unique configurations analyzed in this astrological report.

From NobelPrize.org: https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1989/lama-facts.html

From his exile in India, the religious and political leader the Dalai Lama has since 1959 stood at the head of the nonviolent opposition to China’s occupation of Tibet.

When the Nobel Committee chose the Dalai Lama, it emphasized that he based his Buddhist peace philosophy on reverence for all living things and the idea of a universal responsibility that embraces both man and nature. It weighed heavily in the Tibetan leader’s favor that he had showed willingness to compromise and seek reconciliation despite brutal violations.

The award of the Peace Prize gave the Dalai Lama the opportunity to present a plan for the restoration of peace and human rights in Tibet. In the plan he recommended that the country be turned into an ecologically stable and demilitarized zone that might serve as a buffer between major Asian powers. The object was to set in motion serious negotiations on the future status of Tibet, but this was rejected by the Chinese government.

Update 8/31/16: The Solar Eclipse today will be Conjunct The Dalai Lama’s Neptune and Opposite his Leading planet Saturn. He should be in the news as this is an activation of his 3rd and 9th houses. With Neptune involved, there is a gaining of responsibilities as well as losing them.

Update 12/19/16: The movie documentary, Dalai Lama Awakening, narrated by Harrison Ford has been released. Apparently there was a movie being made while Neptune was doing its Transit on Saturn, and with the Solar Eclipse, it manifested into something of an important product.




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