You are free to do good karma – unto others as you would have others do unto you – there’s a 100,000 to 1 chance that you’re going to be reborn and repeat the good bad karma business until you get it right. Dharma is your destiny but until you figure out who you are and your purpose in life, dharma will remain a mystery.

The following case study of Louie Khan illustrates my idea of an Astrological Algorithm, a guide to help you “follow your bliss.”.

Louis Isadore Kahn was an American architect, based in Philadelphia. After working in various capacities for several firms in Philadelphia, he founded his own atelier in 1935. February 20, 1901, Kuressaare, Estonia.

As an architectural student at the University of Cincinnati from ’62-’68 Louie Kahn inspired me and my colleagues with his design for the Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban (National Assembly Building) in Dhaka, Bangladesh (1962–1974). We also lamented that nearly every one of our architect heroes was over fifty before they became famous. My Astrological Algorithm explains, at least in my own mind, why.


February TWENTIETH the Day of THE IMPRESSION: Those born on February 20 are taken up with the theme of both registering an impression and making an impression on others. Because of their receptive nature, they generally have vivid memories and can much later repeat accurately what they have seen or heard. On the other hand, they will usually do what they have to do to make certain that others remember them as well. February 20 people want to be taken seriously, and therefore forcefully stamp their mark on whatever it is they carry out, be it their business involvements, creative efforts or family responsibilities.

STRENGTHS: Perceptive, Cooperative, and Memorable;

WEAKNESSES: Impressionable, Reactive, and Overemotional


FIVE of Diamonds The SALESPERSON Card – This card has its share of challenges and its share of gifts. Like all fives, they dislike routine and abhor anything that pretends to limit their freedom. They can be perpetual wanderers, never settling down for anything long enough to make it pay off. This includes their work and relationships. All 5’s have an inner restlessness, but they truly want to accomplish something of value and stability in their lives. They are inherently spiritual and know what is of true value. The challenge comes in practicing what they know. They come into this life with a certain amount of karma which often takes considerable hard work to discharge. If they are lazy, there will be many problems. They must practice what they know and do what it takes to get the job done without shirking responsibility. They make great sales people and they have tried many things in life and know how to relate to anyone on their own level. Their inner truth is their guiding light.


AQUARIUS-PISCES CUSP – The Cusp of Sensitivity February 16-22: Those born on the Cusp of Sensitivity are often success-oriented individuals who give top priority to their career. They are usually fighters, an attitude sometimes based on underlying insecurity and the need to prove themselves. A chip-on-the-shoulder attitude in many Aquarius-Pisces makes them aggressive toward others and belligerent when attacked. A real personal challenge for Aquarius-Pisces, then, is to rediscover and acknowledge their inner makeup and to break down some of the barriers they have built up. The tough, even aggressive exterior of many born on the Aquarius-Pisces Cusp belies the sensitive personality inside. Extremely vulnerable as children, Aquarius-Pisces react to criticism or abuse from others by building a wall around themselves. Carried with them into adulthood, this armor may give the impression of an inner self far different from the reality.

Strengths: Success-Oriented, Concerned, Caring

Weaknesses: Insecure, Pessimistic Isolated


There are 48 Karmic Paths, every twenty years or so they repeat. Kahn February 20, 1901 and Gable traveled together, while Ford and Beethoven marched to the same drummer The Way of REFORM generations before.

Henry Ford July 30, 1863

Beethoven December 1770

Clark Gable February 1, 1901

#9 The Way of REFORM – Energy to Revolution: The tremendously energetic individuals born on the Way of Reform came to this lifetime to overthrow established systems and institute new ways of viewing or doing things. On this karmic path reform has many meanings. In one respect it represents a revolutionary toppling of existing mores or organizations. However, it can also mean a return to a more traditional approach, sometimes after an extended period of innovation. Moreover, it also implies “re-creation,” an act of creativity that gives something a new or more vital form. The individuals who find themselves on this karmic path will be called to involve themselves in all the aforementioned aspects of reform. In order to do this, they must first deeply involve themselves in the status quo, for only by understanding the traditions of the past and present can they make revolutionary corrections that will be of benefit to all. Finally, as much as they would prefer otherwise, those on the Way of Reform must not be content to merely change society but are also fated to learn how to reform their own moral and value systems.

DHARMA  for the Way of REFORM

CORE LESSON: Committing fully to a cause, project, or even another human being. 

GOAL: To be a catalyst for change

RELEASE: The use of seduction as a tool. 

REWARD: The joy of changing other people’s lives for the better.


Each of us has unique childhood struggles that create patterns of behavior as we grow up. For some of us, we felt that we were better off if we stayed in the background. Speaking up would cause more harm than good. For others, we felt like we had to be hyper-responsible because our parents were weak or distracted. Some of us had beautiful childhoods, but there was an underlying message that we had to earn our love through acts of selflessness.

ATTACHMENT STAGE (0-18 months)

 The Avoider:  Minimizer, Rigid Boundaries
Basic Fear (Wound):  Contact may lead to emotional and physical rejection, loss of self through contact with parent (partner).
Internal Message:  Don’t be
Core Belief I have no right to exist
Relationship Belief:  I will be hurt if I initiate contact with you
Image of Partner:  Demanding, all consuming
Relationship to Partner:  Detached; avoidant
Core Issue:  Too much togetherness;  too many feelings;  too much chaos
Typical Frustration:  You hate me;  you feel too much
Recurrent Feeling:  Terror and rage
Conflict Management:  Hyper-rational;  avoidant;  passive/aggressive withdrawal and coldness
Growth ChallengeClaim right to be;  initiate emotional and physical contact;  express feelings;  increase body awareness and sensory contact with environment 
 The Clinger
Maximizer, Diffuse Boundaries
Basic Fear (Wound): Separation and abandonment;  loss of self through loss of contact with parent (partner)
Internal Message Don’t need me
Core Belief:  I can’t get my needs met
Relationship Belief:  I am safe if I hold on to you
Image of Partner: Unavailable;  has no feelings; a rock wall
Relationship to Partner:  Clinging; demanding; attempts to fuse
Core Issue: Separateness
Typical Frustration: You are never there
Recurrent Feeling: Voracious rage and terror
Conflict Management: Hyperemotional, uncompromising; demanding, then giving in
Growth ChallengeLet go; do things on your own; negotiate

EXPLORATION STAGE: (18 months to 3 years)

The Isolator:  Minimizer, Rigid Boundaries
Basic Fear (Wound):   Being smothered, absorbed, humiliated, loss of parent (partner)
Internal Message  Don’t be separate
Core Belief:  I can’t say no and be loved
Relationship Belief: I will be absorbed if I get close
Image of Partner:  Insecure; too dependent; needy
Relationship to Partner: Sets limits on togetherness; passive/aggressive; acts out absorption fears by distancing
Core Issue: Personal freedom; autonomy
Typical Frustration: You need too much
Recurrent Feeling Recurrent Feeling: Fear and impotent fury
Conflict Management: Oppositional; distancing
Growth Challenge: Initiate closeness; share feelings; increase time together; integrate positive and negative traits in partner
The Pursuer:  Maximizer, Diffuse Boundaries
Basic Fear (Wound):  Unreliability of others, abandonment; loss of parent (partner)
Internal Message  Don’t be dependent
Core Belief:   I can’t count on anyone
Relationship Belief:  If I act independent, you will abandon me
Image of Partner:   Distant; has no needs
Relationship to Partner:  Ambivalent pursuit and withdrawal
Core Issue:  Partner reliability; support; standing
Typical Frustration:  You are never there when I need you
Recurrent Feeling: Panic and anger
Conflict Management: Blaming, demanding; chasing; complaining; devaluing
Growth Challenge: Initiate separateness; develop outside interests; internalize partner; integrate positive and negative traits of partner


At the age of three, Louie saw coals in the stove and was captivated by the light of the coal. He put the coal in his apron, which caught on fire and seared his face. He carried these scars for the rest of his life. Age three made for an IDENTITY crisis and his choices were either a CONTROLLER or the DIFFUSER. In Louie Kahn’s case a scarred face and the fear of being shamed placed him in the role of the CONTROLLER.

The Controller:  Minimizer, Rigid Boundaries
Basic Fear (Wound): Being shamed; loss of control; losing face; loss of parental (partner) love
Internal Message  Don’t be what you want to be, be what we want you to be
Core Belief:  I can’t be me and be accepted and loved
Relationship Belief:  I’ll be safe if I stay in control
Image of Partner:   Unorganized; scatterbrained; over-emotional
Relationship to Partner:  Domineering; critical; invasive; withholding
Core Issue:  Partner’s emotional liability, chaos, and passivity
Typical Frustration:  You want me to be somebody else; you don’t know what you want
Recurrent Feeling:  Shame and anger
Conflict Management:  Rigidly imposes will; super-rational with occasional angry outbursts; takes charge; punishes
Growth Challenge:  Relax control; mirror partner’s thoughts and feelings; develop flexibility and sensitivity

The Diffuser:  Maximizer, Diffuse Boundaries
Basic Fear (Wound):  Being invisible, self-assertion, loss of parental (partner) love 
Internal Message  Don’t assert yourself
Core Belief: I’ll never be seen, valued, and accepted
Relationship Belief:  I’ll be loved if I go along and please others
Image of Partner:   Insensitive; controlling
Relationship to Partner:  Submissive; passive-aggressive; manipulative
Core Issue:  Partner rigidity and dominance
Typical Frustration:  You never see me; you want everything your way
Recurrent Feeling:  Shame and confusion
Conflict Management:  Confused; alternates between compliance and defiance; exaggerates emotions; makes few suggestions; self-effacing
Growth Challenge:  Assert yourself; set boundaries for yourself; respect boundaries of others


The Competitor:  Minimizer, Rigid Boundaries
Basic Fear (Wound):   Being a failure, guilt and disapproval, fear of parental (partner) disapproval
Internal Message  Don’t make mistakes
Core Belief:  I have to be perfect
Relationship Belief:  I’ll be loved if I am the best
Image of Partner):   Manipulative; incompetent
Relationship to Partner:  Competitive; aggressive; puts partner down
Core Issue:  Control; battle for who’s boss
Typical Frustration:  You are never satisfied
Recurrent Feeling:  Anger and guilt
Conflict Management:  Competes for control
Growth Challenge:  Accept competence; become cooperative; mirror and value partner’s efforts

The Compromiser:  Maximizer, Diffuse Boundaries
Basic Fear (Wound): Being aggressive, successful, competent, and powerful, losing parental (partner) approval
Internal Message  Don’t be powerful
Core Belief:  I don’t know what to do; I can’t be aggressive or express anger
Relationship Belief:  I’ll be loved if I am good and cooperative
Image of Partner:   Never satisfied; has to win
Relationship to Partner: Manipulative; compromising; sabotaging
Core Issue:  Feeling controlled; efforts not valued
Typical Frustration:  You always have to win
Recurrent Feeling:  Helpless and resentful
Conflict Management:  Compromises; manipulates
Growth Challenge: Be direct; express power; develop competence; praise partner’s success


The Loner:  Minimizer, Rigid Boundaries
Basic Fear (Wound): Ostracism by peers; parental (partner) rejection
Internal Message  Don’t be close
Core Belief:  I am not lovable
Relationship Belief:  I’ll be hurt if I try to be close
Image of Partner:   Gregarious and intrusive
Relationship to Partner:  Exclude partner from inner world; make unilateral plans; counter-dependent
Core Issue: Partner intrusiveness
Typical Frustration:  You don’t like me; you won’t leave me alone
Recurrent Feeling:  Resentment and depression
Conflict Management:  Avoids conflict; sulks
Growth Challenge:  Develop same-sex friends; join partner in socializing; share feelings and thoughts with partner; become inclusive

The Caretaker:  Maximizer, Diffuse Boundaries
Basic Fear (Wound): Having or expressing needs; being excluded; parental (partner) rejection
Internal Message  Don’t have any needs of your own
Core Belief: Others need me
Relationship Belief:  I’ll be loved if I meet your needs
Image of Partner: Unappreciative
Relationship to Partner: Self-sacrificing; intrusive
Core Issue: Partner’s exclusion
Typical Frustration: You don’t appreciate me or my efforts
Recurrent Feeling: Resentment; depression
Conflict Management: Tries to be understanding and nice
Growth Challenge: Express needs to partner and others; self-care; respect partner’s privacy; take time alone


The Rebel:  Minimizer, Rigid Boundaries
Basic Fear (Wound):  Being controlled by others (parent/partner)
Internal Message:  Don’t grow up
Core Belief:  I am not trusted
Relationship Belief:  I’ll be controlled if I give up dissent
Image of Partner:  Too nice; counter-controlling; devalues partner
Relationship to Partner: Rebellious; controlling; devalues partner

Core Issue: Freedom to break the rules
Typical Frustration:  You are never on my side
Recurrent Feeling: Anger and disappointment
Conflict Management: Rebellious; suspicious of motives
Growth Challenge: Maintain self-identity; be responsible to others; learn to trust others
The Conformist:
 Maximizer, Diffuse Boundaries
Basic Fear (Wound): Being different from others; disapproval of parent (partner)
Internal Message: Don’t make waves
Core Belief: I have to be good
Relationship Belief: I have to hold things together
Image of Partner: Rebellious child
Relationship to Partner: Condescending; critical; controlling
Core Issue : Stability and cooperation
Typical Frustration: You won’t grow up; you always want to be different
Recurrent Feeling:  Angry self-righteousness
Conflict Management:  Tries to impose rules
Growth Challenge:  Experiment with being different; take risks, develop identity


Middle age is a time in which adults take on new job responsibilities and therefore often feel a need to reassess where they are and make changes while they feel they still have time. In his 1965 article “Death and the Midlife Crisis” for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, psychologist Elliot Jaques coined the term “midlife crisis,” referring to a time when adults realize their own mortality and how much time they may have left in their lives.

The midlife transition (or crisis) can also be understood using a Myers-Briggs personality model stemming from the works of Carl Jung. The stages are as follows:

  • Accommodation—presenting ourselves as different people (“personae”) based on our situation
  • Separation—removing the personae we wear in different situations and assessing who we are underneath; rejecting your personae, even if only temporarily
  • Reintegration—feeling more certain of your true identity and adopting more appropriate personae
  • Individuation—recognizing and integrating the conflicts that exist within us, and achieving a balance between them

Kahn did not arrive at his distinctive architectural style until he was in his fifties. Initially working in a fairly orthodox version of the International Style, he was influenced vitally by a stay as Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome during 1950, which marked a turning point in his career. After visiting the ruins of ancient buildings in Italy, Greece, and Egypt, he adopted a back-to-the-basics approach. He developed his own style as influenced by earlier modern movements, but not limited by their sometimes-dogmatic ideologies.

At the age of 61 Kahn started work on the (National Assembly Building) in Dhaka, Bangladesh , one of the twentieth century’s greatest architectural monuments, and without question Kahn’s magnum opus.”

Louie Kahn followed his karmic path, The Way of Reform in the field of Architecture and setting an example for all of us architect wannabees. As they say and believe in Bangladesh putting the hot coal in his apron scarring his face for life was his karma. Designing buildings as a sole practitioner late in life was his dharma.