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Queen of Portugal Maria I

Dona Maria I (17 December 1734 – 20 March 1816) was Queen of Portugal from 24 February 1777 until her death in 1816. Known as Maria the Pious in Portugal and Maria the Mad in Brazil, she was the first undisputed queen regnant of Portugal and the first monarch of Brazil.

Maria was the eldest daughter of King Dom José I (Joseph I) of Portugal and Infanta Doña Mariana Victoria of Spain. As the heir to the throne, she held the titles of Princess of Brazil and Duchess of Braganza. She married her uncle Infante Dom Pedro (Peter) in 1760. They had six children, of whom three survived infancy: Dom José (Joseph), Prince of Brazil; King Dom João VI (John VI) of Portugal; and Infanta Mariana Vitória. The death of King José in 1777 placed Maria, then 42 years old, on the throne. Her husband Pedro was nominally king alongside her as Dom Pedro III.

Upon ascending the throne, Maria dismissed her father's powerful chief minister, Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, 1st Marquis of Pombal. The early part of Maria's reign witnessed growth in Portugal's economy. Maria had a number of national buildings constructed and renovated, leading to the completion of the Palace of Queluz and the inauguration of the Palace of Ajuda and other new monuments. The death of her husband in 1786, followed by the deaths in 1788 of her eldest son José and her confessor Inácio de São Caetano, caused the queen to develop clinical depression. Her second son, João, then served as prince regent. With Napoleon's European conquests, Maria and her court moved to the Portuguese colony of Brazil in 1807. After Brazil was elevated to a kingdom in 1815, Maria became Queen of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves. Upon her death in 1816, her son succeeded her as King Dom João VI.

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Some of their strengths

Queen of Portugal Maria I has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Energetic, Intelligent, Adventurous, Generous, Practical, Intuitive, and Loyal.

Adventurous and Independent

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Queen of Portugal Maria I is someone who is an adventurous, independent, and energetic person, who is insightful, imaginative, generous, and honest. A person who is known for being diligent and strong.

Strong and Resilient

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Queen of Portugal Maria I well know them as someone who can be strong, expansive, and stable like a big tree.

Inventive and Clever

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Queen of Portugal Maria I as someone who is flexible, intelligent, and quick-witted.

A person who likes to be creative, and to be recognized for their artistic talents. Who possesses intelligence, mental discipline, and ambition, and who does well in relationships and partnerships.

Realistic and Skillful

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Queen of Portugal Maria I is someone who is able to separate emotions from reality, see the world in terms of right or wrong, and who is very good at getting things done.

They are also someone who is curious, dynamic, and positive, and who enjoys inspiring and communicating with other people.

Optimistic and Quick-witted

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Queen of Portugal Maria I tends to be someone who is optimistic and spontaneous, and who has a clear and analytical mind. Who can be witty, with a happy-go-lucky- nature that makes others cheerful, and who possesses an adventurous zest for life.

Some of Queen of Portugal Maria I's challenges

While Queen of Portugal Maria I has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Queen of Portugal Maria I can be Emotional, Impulsive, Careless, Hesitant, Narcissistic, Standoffish, and Unfocused.

Impulsive and Careless

One of Queen of Portugal Maria I's key challenges is that they are someone who can be impulsive and careless.

Queen of Portugal Maria I must also exercise caution as they can have a hard time reconciling wants and needs, and can be short-tempered and aggressive.

Unfocused and Indecisive

Queen of Portugal Maria I is someone who can be scattered, restless, and insensitive, be distracted by fluctuating professional interests, be a workaholic, and who can be arrogant and have difficulty accepting advice.

Irritable and Callous

Finally, Queen of Portugal Maria I also can be short-tempered, childish, insensitive, and careless at times.

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