Notre-Dame Cathedral went up in flames on Monday in a roaring blaze that devastated the Parisian landmark, a searing loss for the city and for France. Let us examine the charts for the event.

Natal Chart: Fifth Republic: Oct 6, 1958 at 6:30 pm CET – the approximate time of the fixing of the seal to the new Constitution. This chart is used by Liz Greene on

Rapid unfolding of events

Around 6:50pm local time (1650 GMT) firefighters confirmed that Fire started in roof of Notre-Dame Cathedral.
DMS Lat         48° 51′ 9.8532” N
DMS Long     2° 21′ 2.5164” E

Around 7:53 pm Cathedral’s spire collapses and little later at 8:07 pm, the entire roof of collapses. In fifteen minutes at 8:25 pm, Paris’ Ile de la Cité, the island on which Notre-Dame sits, is evacuated by police.


It was Meṣa (Vaisakha) saṅkrānti day although the Sun has crossed the 1° danger mark, it is still very fiery. It is in gaṇḍānta and vargottama showing that it would not be easy to overcome. Its transit in the 12th bhāva from the natal āruḍha of France (Taurus) shows losses and dangers.

Moon is trine to the Sun transiting Magha gaṇḍānta nakṣatra, 3rd pada indicating that pets, wealth, food and in danger.

Transit Saturn is in the 10th bhāva from natal Pisces Lagna generating kaṇṭaka (thorn, impediments) and with Ketu joining it, this has only become worse bringing in all sorts of accidents and mistakes into the picture.

Jupiter the great protector is right at Mūla gaṇḍānta at 0°12’ completing the picture of all three sattva protections Sun, Moon, Jupiter – emasculated and incapable of protecting. The danger is in Sagittarius that indicates temples, churches, mosques and cathedrals besides teaching institutions.

It is a Mars return to Taurus and is graha-dṛṣṭi (aspect) on Leo damages the Moon and on Sagittarius ignites Jupiter with Saturn and Ketu adding to the misery.

The Republic Chart

A look at the chart of France indicates the danger in Virgo which has the Sun-Rāhu conjunction in bādhaka rāśi threatening many problems and fires specifically. It is a kind of “suffering from black-magic” combination as the 6th lord Sun conjoins the bādhakeśa Rāhu in the bādhaka rāśi with a debilitated Venus and exalted Mercury.

France has been reeling under the negative influence of a debilitated Venus since 2009. They need to learn that love can never be one-way. Pisces is very loving and caring and so are the Parisians, but the foreigners coming in are not always friendly, especially when they have no interest in assimilating the beautiful French lifestyle with its high culture and excellent food.

However the fire at Nostre Dame occurred in Venus daśā Rāhu antara Mars pratyantara. Jupiter antara starts on 18th April, 2019 and even as we pen these words, we smile that the energy of France is going to change as French people will rebuild the Nostre Dame to prove that time has not eroded their skills and taste.


  1. Dr.S.N.Rao.

    Excellent short article dear Sanjay Rath.Highlighted the role of gandanthas&badaka.

  2. Dr.S.N.Rao.

    Fantastic analysis dear Sanjay Rath.You have highlighted the Gandanta &badaka factors to pinpoint the event.

  3. Gordon Brennan

    Have you looked at the midnight chart for 5th October? That was the legal start time for the 5th Republic. Cancer Lagna, Panchottari Dasha, Mercury Sun replacement in 3rd Virgo. Dasha for 1968 riots was Saturn Moon. AK is Saturn, Moon in 8th from Saturn. Saturn at end of Scorpio and Moon in 8th in Gemini (student riots). Mars – police -in Badhak inTaurus. (Vicious CRS riot police).

  4. With 6th Lord Sun, 8th Lord Ven and 12th Lord Rahu combine in the 7th House with 7th Lord Mer.; this was to happen some or the other day. And it happened in Ven-Rahu. In transit Rahu-Ketu on 4-10 axis, Sat in 10th and Mar in 3rd aspecting 10th H. Is it a ‘karmik’ payback?

  5. It must be noted that Ketu indicates hatching deviant plots and being conjunct Lagna lord Jupiter and Labha & Vyaya lord Saturn, it is possible that foriegn powers have played the scenario mischieviously.

  6. Good analysis. Is sabotage ruled out at the same time? Rahu representing Muslims occupies the 4th house in transit and in an angle to the natal Rahu in exact degree. Kindly examine this.

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