“We live for books. A sweet mission in this world dominated by disorder and decay.” The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco
Few days ago the italian writer, professor, semiologist and critic Umberto Eco passed away. His contribute to the contemporary culture both national and international, high and popular was invaluable. In a time of extensive web communication and non hierarchical access and production of informations he remained an authoritative intellectual as we were used to during the last decade of the XX century before the inflation, distortion and even widespread fabrication of information.
The eminent son of Jupiter
The temperament and the body
The lords of the temperament are Jupiter and Venus. The horoscope is in Leo in the terms of Jupiter so Jupiter rules the horoscope by triplicity and terms. The lord of the horoscope is in Capricorn in the bounds of Venus. The Moon is in Sagittarius in the terms of Venus and she is received by Jupiter in Leo, dignified by triplicity. Moreover the Moon is defluxing from Venus and applying to Jupiter. Jupiter and Venus give a sanguine temperament. The waning Moon close to the new Moon is quite melancholic. So the warmth of his sanguine temperament and in particular his irrational soul, is temperated by the the cold and dry qualities of the Moon.
Jupiter, as the ruler of the aforesaid regions, when he is rising, makes his subjects in appearance light of skin, but in such a way as to have a good colour, with moderately curling hair and large eyes, tall, and commanding respect; in temperament they exceed in the hot and the moist. When Jupiter is setting, he makes his subjects light, to be sure, but not as before, in such a way as to give them a good colour, and with lank hair or even bald in front and on the crown, and of average stature; in temperament they have an excess of the moist.
His body is flashy, is face round and jovial, wide and bearded, his nose bulbous, his forehead bold.
The soul and the intellect
The lords of the Soul is Jupiter. Mercury is in Sagittarius and it is received by Jupiter by a trine. We have already seen that the Moon is in Sagittarius and applying to Jupiter.
Jupiter is retrograde but dignified by triplicity and terms; moreover it is oriental in a angular house and free from malefics.
If Jupiter alone has the domination of the soul, in honourable positions he makes his subjects magnanimous, generous, god-fearing, honourable, pleasure-loving, kind, magnificent, liberal, just, high-minded, dignified, minding their own business, compassionate, fond of discussion, beneficent, affectionate, with qualities of leadership.
Malefics in Eco’s geniture are harmless because they are combust, in cadent house and dignified in Capricorn; Mars by exaltation, Saturn by domicile.
Jupiter out-of-sect and retrograde but is strengthened by Ideoprosopia, Almugea or proper face, which is the figure of a planet relative to the Sun or the Moon when it is in a sign that is as distant, in the proper direction, from the Luminary as its diurnal domicile is away from Leo in case of the Sun, or its nocturnal domicile from Cancer in the case of the Moon. Here Jupiter is as distant from the Moon as Pisces from Cancer.
Of configurations, positions in the orient and at the horoscope, and in particular those which are in proper face,produce liberal, simple, self-willed, strong, noble, keen, open souls.
Ali ibn Ridwan explaines:
If the planet dispositor of the actions of the soul finds itself in this situation, that is proper face, it means that the soul is outspoken and independent in his judgment,strong, sharp, acute and which never draws back. Because planets in such position have been a great strength and a good condition and so the judgment follows.
We see that Mercury is in the vis luminis of the Moon which harmonize the irrational soul and the intellect. Both Mercury and the Moon are in a sign of right ascension which gives straightforwardness to his feelings and thoughts. Mercury is in exile in Sagittarius but it is received by Jupiter. Mercury by phase gives speed of thought, openness of mind and propensity to act.
Daimon, the Lot of Spirit, is in Leo with Jupiter. Paulus alexandrinus says:
Spirit happens to be lord of soul, temper, mindfulness, and every power; and sometimes it also cooperates in the determination concerning what one does.
So Jupiter which is Lord of Daimon by triplicity and terms e in conjunction with it dignifies the native with a good and well disposed intellect and indicates that the activity of the native is concerned with high studies and philosophy as we are going to see.
Venus is visible between its vespertine heliacal rising and the mean motion, Mars is combust, Mercury is visible between its morning station and the mean motion. Since Jupiter has dignity over the MC by triplicity, it is in trines with it and receives Mercury and the Moon by trine it his very hightligted. Moreover the Moon is applying to Jupiter. So Mercury and secondly Venus are Lord of Action but Jupiter indicates the quality and subject of his profession. Jupiter is a significator of philosophers. Mercury gives him the profession into writing ,teaching and researching and Venus proficiency in languages but Jupiter makes him a philosoper, a scholar and a professor.
Since the Moon in Sagittarius is applying to Jupiter, Jupiter is a out-of-sect doryphoros of the Moon.We have already seen that Jupiter also is in proper face to the Moon. Since the attending planet is Jupiter, his attainmnets come from favours, gifts, honours, and magnanimity.
Tyche, the Lot of Fortune, is Cancer and it is in sextile in mundo with Jupiter which is its Lord by exaltation. Moreover Tyche is making a mundane parallel with Jupiter and Daimon, showing that Eco received fame and wealth from his intellectual activity.
Furthermore Nike, the Lot of Victory or Jupiter is conjuncted with the horoscope. Nike is calculate from the Jupiter to Daimon, the Lot of Spirit. Abu Ma’shar says:
It’s signification is honor and achievements and assistance and blessedness and kindness, also praiseworthy ends and fitness and seeking of faith and whatever is of its being. And belief in God and study in every good work and the esteeming of it. And the seeking of justice and of just judgment between men. And the building of places of oratory and wisdom and the wise and the loftiness of the wise. Also trust and hope, and every thing a man enjoys in term of goods and the partnership of men with each other.
Eco was a righteous man who dedicates his whole life to studying, teaching and spreading his knowledge and science.
He became very famous internationally to the broad public after the publication of his first and most known novel: “The Name of the Rose”. The first edition was released in December 1980. Around that time Jupiter got to the Lot of Activity by direction. The Lot of Activity is calculated from Mercury to Mars and measured from the horoscope.
Anyway the final consacration of Eco’s fame in popular culture came after the release of the movie after the book directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. The movie was released in October 17, 1986. Few months before the Jupiter conjuncted the Lot of Fortune by direction.