Opening of the portals of sky over Genoa

Nuremberg_chronicles_GenvaGenoa was flooded again recently during the 9th, 10th and 11th of October. A dear friend of mine noted the significative chart for the lunar eclipse of 8th of November 2014 for the city of Genoa. The lunar eclipse was not visible from Genoa, still the chart is noteworthy, first because every syzygy, plunilune in this case, is significative concerning weather forecast  and secondly because the syzigy occurred  very close to the superior and inferior pivots and Mars was rising on eastern horizon while Venus was culminating.Genoa Lunar Eclipse 8 November 2014


The sizygy is dominate primarily by Venus because the Sun is in Libra and Venus is with the Sun in Libra at the superior pivot and the rising degree is in the terms of Venus. Secondly Venus is helped by Saturn and Jupiter: Jupiter is Lord of the Ascendent and also bound lord of the Sun moreover it has familiarity with the Sun and the Moon and Venus and Saturn and Mars; Saturn is dignified in Libra by exaltation and trigonocrazy and configured with Jupiter.

Venus is under the sun rays, having done the heliacal setting two days before. So it’s very cold.  The square aspect between Venus at the Medium Coeli and Mars at the easter horizon is very powerful and it’s called Opening of the Portals. The Opening of the Portals is every aspect between an inferior planet and a superior planet having opposite domiciles . Here this aspect was also involving the main pivots: eastern horizon and Medium Coeli. So it was very powerful and effective. Magini in his “De Mutatione Aeris Libello” says:

The one of Mars and Venus causes rain and lightening and sometimes hailstorm

Mars rising gives an even more violent tone at the humoral configuration. Moreover Mars is raising with Antares, the bright reddish star at the heart of Scorpio, of nature of Mars and Jupiter.
The star Porrima, of nature of Mercury and Venus, is culminating with Venus.
Vendemiatrix of nature of Saturn and Mercury is with the Sun.

So there are many signs of bad and violent meteorological phenomena but why did the flood strike the city of Genoa and not somewhere else?
Ptolemy says in the Tetrabiblos’ chapter concerning the countries effected by eclipses:

We are to judge of the first portion of the inquiry, which is regional, in the following manner: In the eclipses of sun and moon as they occur, particularly those more easily observed, we shall examine the region of the zodiac in which they take place, and the countries in familiarity with its triangles, and in similar fashion ascertain which of the cities, either from their horoscope at the time of their founding and the position of the luminaries at the time, or from the mid‑heaven of the nativity of their then rulers, are sympathetic to the zodiacal sign of the eclipse. And in whatsoever countries or cities we discover a familiarity of this kind, we must suppose that some event will occur which applies, generally speaking, to all of them, particularly to those which bear a relation to the actual zodiacal sign of the eclipse and to those of them in which the eclipse, since it took place above the earth, was visible.

The lunar eclipse was not visible from Genoa, in fact it was visible from the pacific area, but it occurred in the zodiacal sign of Aries where it was the Moon. So the place effected by the lunar eclipse should be a country with familiarity with Aries and the fire triangle. According to Ptolemy the western Europe is ruled by the fire signs: Aries rules the northern part of Europe, Lion Italy, and Sagittarius Spain, Portugal, south France and Tyrrhenian shores. So Genoa is included in the area that is supposed to be effected.
Let’s have a look to the map of mediterranean area during the eclipse:
Lunar Eclipse Map


we see that Genoa is located exactly at the center of a polygon determinate by the line of rising Mars, culminating Venus, setting Betelgeuse and Algol.

In the Quadripartitum chapter ‘On the Time of the Predicted Event’ Ptolemy says:

The beginnings of the particular abatements and intensifications of the event we deduced from the conjunctions which take place in the meantime, if they occur in the significant regions or the regions in some aspect to them, and also from the other movements of the planets, if those that effect the predicted event are either rising or setting or stationary or at evening rising, and are at the same time in some aspect to the zodiacal signs that hold the cause; for planets when they are rising or stationary produce intensifications in the events, but when setting, and under the rays of the sun, or advancing at evening, they bring about an abatement.

Flood Beginning

At the beginning of the flood, around the 21 of the 10th of October, the star Antares has just set on the occidental horizon. Mars was going to set with the star Arcturus, about which Magini says that bring strong wind with rain, thunders and lighting bolts. Moreover Mars is with the Lot of Fortune and Saturn with the Lot of Spirit doing a figure called isosceles or equicrure in mundo, being distant the same quantity of time from the occidental pivot. This equicrure figure between Mars and Saturn stir the humors and corrupt the weather marking the beginning of the flood that will last for two days.

We see that the Moon was going to firstly square Jupiter and then to oppose Saturn, which both have a lordship on the syzygy.

Moon perfecting opposition to Saturn


When Moon was perfecting the opposition to Saturn, around 3 o’clock of 10th of November, when another cloudburst was striking Genoa with strong winds, it was at the supernal pivot with Antares. The star Regulus was rising at the horoscope. Both the lots of Fortune and Spirits were in aversion with the horoscope, the first one on the cusp of the eighth house the second one on the cusp of the sixth house.


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