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The citadel of Urania


Uraniborg from Astronomiæ instauratæ mechanica, 1598

Uraniae sacrata domus, specula inclyta caeli
Excelso fundata loco, firmataque vallis,
Arborisque herbisque tuis circumsita in hortis,
Quae ter septenos lustrasti cunta per annos
Sidera, dum caput augustum sustollis olympo.
Siccine spreta jaces? Sic nunc orbata quiescis?
Forsitan id superis visum, quibus enthea curae:
Ne magna exiguis stringantur munera claustris.
Sic volvunt; variantque vices terrestria quaeque;
Sit tibi laus soli, qui caelum, et sidera torques.

Dwelling consecrated to Urania, glorious observatory of heaven
Founded in a sublime place, fortified by walls,
And by gardens of trees and herbs surrounded,
which for three times seven years observed all the stars,
So raise the august head to Olympus.
So much despised do you laid? So deprived do you rest?
Perhaps the supernals, by whom everything is taken into care, judged
that so great gifts would not remain confined in so narrow boundaries.
So all earthly destinies  turn and change;
Be praise to you only, who move around the sky and the stars.
from Astronomiæ instauratæ mechanica, 1598

The foundation of Uraniborg


Tycho Brahe wrote in his Astronomiæ instauratæ mechanica:

Cum vero dies is, fundationi destinatus, instaret, accessit optimus ille Danææus, comitatus aliquos nobilibus viris, tum quoque, quibusdam doctis ex amicis communibus, qui huic actui interessent: et die octavo Augusti mane ex oriente Sole una cum Iuppiter iuxta Cor Leoni, Luna occiduum cardinem in Aquario occupante, in omnium nostrum praesentia lapidem eundem locavit, litando prius solemniter vinis diversis, e fausta quaque precando, suffragantibus iis, qui circum stabant amicis. Constitutus autem est hic lapis in angulo domus orientali versus Notapelioten, velut in apposita figuratione iuxta literam F. exprimitur.

When that very day, which was destined for the foundation,  was imminent, the excellent Dançay arrived, accompanied by some noblemen, and also by some learned, our common friends, to participate in the event; and on the eighth of August in the morning while Jupiter was rising together with the Sun, near the Heart of the Lion and the Moon holding the western angle in Aquarius, in the presence of us all this same stone posed, first solemnly libeling different wines and invoking every auspicious thing, with the favor of those friends who were surrounding. This plaque was placed in the eastern corner of the house towards Notapeliote (i.e. south-east), as shown in the specific figure to the letter F.

According to the Tycho’s statement the election chart of the foundation of Uraniborg should be like the following one:


Foundation of Uraniborg  – Regiomontanus

Tycho evidently chose this moment primarily for the presence of the Sun and Jupiter together with the star Regulus at the Ascendant.


As we see Jupiter is bodily conjuncted with the star Regulus exactly on the rising angle together with the Sun.  We know that the star Regulus, the Heart of Leo, is a truly regal star that is considered capable of conferring honors and fame and  Jupiter is the great benefic in his triplicity in Leo though is not in corde Solis, or cazimi,  but instead combust.

From Centiloquium Ptolomei Aphorism 22 says:

In the new construction of any city, make use of the adjuvant fixed stars; in building houses take the planets: those cities that in the time of their foundation have Mars culminating, their princes usually die by the sword.

The fixed stars are considered to add durability to cities and buildings as stated by Bonatti in De Astronomia Tractatus

Unde si volueris eligere alicui horam ut aedificet civitatem vel castrum, apta ascendens et dominum eius: Lunam quoque ac dominum signi in quo ipsa fuerit: et partem fortunae similiter et eius dominum: et pone in ascendentem aedificationis urbi vel castri aliquam ex illis stellis fixis, quae sunt de natura Iovis vel Solis vel Veneris aut Mercurii sive Saturni, si Saturnus fuerit boni esse vel Lunae vel saltem de natura domini ascendentis illius horae.

So if you want to elect an hour to build a city or a castle, make agree the ascendant and his lord, and also the Moon with the lord of the sign in which she was placed, and in a similar way the Lot of Fortune and her lord; and place in the ascendant of the building of the city or castle one of the fixed stars, which are of the nature of Jupiter or the Sun or Venus or Mercury or Saturn, if Saturn were in good condition, or of the Moon, or at least of the nature of the ascendant of that hour.

Also the presence on the ascendant in Leo, a solid sign, is a general indication of durability. Moreover the Sun is the lord of the Ascendant and he is very dignified by essential dignity, being in his domicile in Leo, and by accidental dignity, being rising at the horoscope.

The Moon, which Tycho says that was at the occident in Aquarius, was actually cadent from the western angle in the VI house. The Moon was applying  by opposition to Venus, the Lord of the MC, which is cadent in the twelve place. Moreover, since the Sun was rising, the Moon was in conjunction with Tyche, the Lot of Fortune.

Mercury is the Lord of the second house in Virgo and he is placed on the cusp of the second house in his domicile and exaltation but he is retrograde. So Mercury suggests that the wealth of Uraniborg should have been excellent and secured but non increasing because of his retrogradation.

Mars, the lord of the IV house, in exaltation in Capricorn should have guaranteed a solid foundation to the city and sacred sanctuary to his studies since Mars is also the Lord of the IX house.

Let’s note that the Moon and Tyche are exactly in conjunction with Jupiter of Tycho’s geniture at 9° of Aquarius. This is also an important element since, as stated by the sixth Pseudo-Ptolemaic Centiloquium Aphorism:

The election either of day or hour shall then advantage when it is constituted from the nativity; otherwise, though the election be well made, it will not profit.

Uraniborg- Placidus.png

Foundation of Uraniborg  – Placidus – Tyche in mundo

The decay of Uraniborg

But despite Tycho’s care in determining the most favorable moment for the foundation of Uraniborg and in celebrating its foundation with auspicious rites the citadel of Urania was defeated by negligence and oblivion in a very short time. After less than 50 years from its foundation Uraniborg was in ruins.

In Tycho Brahe: a picture of scientific life and work in the sixteenth century (1890) by John Louis Emil Dreyer we find:

Soon after Tycho’s death, in May 1602, Cort Barleben received Hveen in fief, and shortly afterwards he was granted permission to pull down the forge. His successor was a mistress of the king’s, Karen Andersdatter, who got the island in 1616, and was followed by her son, Hans Ulrik Gyldenlöve, who died in 1645, and seems to have been succeeded by some nobleman’s widow. The destruction of Uraniborg had in the meantime gradually proceeded, as there was nobody to look after it. A new dwelling-house was erected on the site of Tycho’s farm, called Kongsgaarden, which stood for about two hundred years, but has now disappeared, so that only some farm buildings remain. This Kongsgaard was built of the bricks and stones of Uraniborg, as a mason in 1623 was paid for 60,OOO bricks which he had “pulled down and renovated from the old castle Oranienborg.” In 1645 Jörgen Brahe, a nephew of Tycho’s, was granted permission to remove “any stones with inscriptions or other carved figures or characters ” which might be found at Hveen. Perhaps Tycho’s nephew was anxious to secure some slight relic of his uncle before it was too late, for a couple of years later, when Gassendi inquired about the island, he was informed that there was only a field where Uraniborg had been

What went wrong? Which element in the foundation chart could be an ominous sign? If we look at the chart we see instantly that the Moon cadent and applying to Venus in XII by opposition is not very good at all. Venus is the Lord of the MC and also an accidental significator of the King of Danmark under whose auspices Uraniborg saw the light. Venus very weak by accidental condition and the Moon also cadent which is going to oppose Venus show that Uraniborg would have lost the king’s favor: when Christian VI succeeded to the throne of Denmark, Tycho lost the king’s favor and funds for the observatory island and he moved to Bohemia to work under the patronage of Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor. Mercury, which is the Lord of the second house, the wealth of Uraniborg and the wealth of the King, since  Mercury is also the Lord of the XI house, is on the cups of the second house but retrograde going toward the Sun, showing the royal support and money would have been withdrawn.


Tycho Brahe, the Danish Stargazer

braheThycho Brahe was a Danish nobleman, astronomer, astrologer and alchimist. He is famous for his accurate and extensive stellar and planetary observations. His fascination with astronomical observation began when, as a boy, he saw an eclipse of the Sun which took place at exactly the time it was predicted. During his life’s work he measured the positions of celestial bodies every night it was possible to scry the sky, and carefully recording these measurements, year after year. His observations were some five times more accurate than the best available observations at the time. He reported also a new phenomenon on 11 November 1572: a bright star, never observed before, which had unexpectedly appeared in the constellation Cassiopeia. Since he noted that the new celestial object showed no daily parallax against the background of the fixed stars and it did not change its position relative to the fixed stars over several months he understood that it should have been a far distant star: a new star, a ‘stella nova’, called now a supernova in modern astronomy. This discovery was a milestone in breaking the aristotelian world-view which asserts the immutability and unchangeable nature of stars and celestial bodies.

The Geniture

From George Ludwig Frobenius, a german polymath versed in mathematic and astronomy who stayed with Tycho at his observatory in Hven island, we have two version of Tycho’s geniture.


Version I


Version II

The second version, which seems more accurate, reports his birth in Knutstorp on 13th December 22:47 PM, which, counting the days from noon, is 14th December 10:47.


The temperament

We firstly note that Jupiter and Venus are rising in the Tycho’s geniture. The ascendent is in Aquarius, domicile and triplicity of Saturn and bounds of Venus. Moreover Saturn is in sextile with the horoscope. The Moon in Virgo is applying  to Saturn and then Mercury.  Saturn is combust so he’s quite weak. So Venus and Jupiter are the Lord of Temperament and Saturn participates. Tycho’s temperament is sanguine because of Jupiter and Venus. Venus is moist and warm because she is occidental. Jupiter is occidental and he is warm. Saturn adds a melancholic tone to the mainly sanguine complexion. The conjunction of Saturn and Mercury is a sign of stutterers but Mars squares in mundo Saturn and so he loose the tongue. Lets note tha Mars is in the first house but considerebly distant from the horoscope, so he is not directly partecipant in Tycho’s temperament. Anyway Mars is still in the first house, in his domicile in Aries and in aspect with Saturn. Since Mars is out-of-sect he adds impulsivness and impetuosity to his attidute and he caused him much troubles as we will see.
Sir David Brewster writes in his book “The Martyrs of Science: The Lives of Galieo, Tycho Brahe, and Kepler”:

Tycho was a little above the middle size, and in the last years of his life he was slightly corpulent. He had reddish yellow hair and a ruddy complexion. He was of a sanguine temperament, and is said to have been sometimes irritable, and even obstinate. This failing, however, if he did posses it, was not exhibited towards his pupils or his scientific friends, who ever entertained for him the warmest affection and esteem.

The Lord of the Soul

Mercury is in Capricorn, oriental, combust. Mercury is in conjunction with Saturn at the end of Sagittarius. The Moon in Virgo, as we have already seen, is applying to Saturn and Mercury by a square. Moreover the Moon is in trine in mundo with Mercury. So Mercury and Saturn are the Lord of the Soul.

Valens says:

Saturn and Mercury are allies and productive of activities/employment. They do, however, bring slanders about religion, lawsuits, and debts, as well as disturbances about written matters and money. On the other hand, these stars make men who are not without resources and not unintelligent, with much experience and awareness, and who are curious, far-seeing scholars, seekers after mystic lore, revering the gods, but with much on their consciences.

Liber Hermetis says:

Saturn joined with Mercury makes prudent, informed, magicians knowing celestial things, knowledgeable of bad or of hidden things.

The Profession

Mercury is oriental in a diunal geniture and so is a candidate for the Lord of action. Mercury is also combust but the nearness to the Sun is not a real impediment for Mercury as it is for the other planets. The Moon in Virgo is angular and applaying to Saturn and Mercury. So Mercury is receiving the Moon. This is a further indication for Mercury to be the lord of Action.

Rhetorius the Egyptian says:

If Mercury changes to be in a good house, and expecially in a domicile of Saturn, not under the Sunbeams and expected by Jupiter, Saturn and Mars, it makes astrologer, diviner and priest.

In Tycho’s geniture Mercury is in Capricorn, a domicile of Saturn, and in conjuction with Saturn but Mercury is combust. Nevetherless the conjunction of Saturn and Mercury is an indicator of mathematicians and astronomers.

Venus is occidental but she has already the mean motion. She is with Jupiter, the Lord of the MC, both configurated with MC sicne they are at the horoscope. They for sure add fame and notoriety and success to Tycho’s actions. Even more so both Jupiter and Venus are in trine with Tyche and Tyche is with the star Arcturus.

Pezel says that, when Arcturus is in conjunction with the significators of wealth as the Lot of Fortune and the second house cusp or the Luminaries and their dispositors means incrising in wealth and very high honors.

The Duel

While at university in Germany he had a duel with a fellow student over which one was the best mathematician. He was attending a wedding party at Professor Lucas Bachmeister’s house on 10 December 1566 where everybody, including Tycho, drunk too much. He soon got in a heated argument with Manderup Parsberg, another Danish student who was his third cousin. They quarreled again on the 27th and they decided to resolve the question challenging each other to a duel. On the 29 December 1566 during the duel Tycho lost part of his nose and gained a broad scar across his forehead. In order to disguise his terrible disfigurement he wore a prosthetic nose for the rest of his life.

Mars by direction arrives at the horoscope on 24th Dicember 1566. Mars in the geniture is in Aries in the first house and out-of-sect. Since Aries signifies the head and Mars gives wounds the direction is in agreement with the event.


The profected Moon is with Mars of Nativity.


Moreover Mars in the Solar Revolution is at 24° Sagittarius and squares the Moon of Nativity at 23° of Virgo.

The Observatory

On the 23rd May 1576 a document was signed by Friederick II, the King of Denmark,  in which  he offered Tycho the island of Hven and funding to set up an observatory.

Saturn reaches by mundane direction the Lot of Fortune which was in the giniture in the bounds of Saturn and was in sextile and parallel in mundo with Saturn.


The death

Brahe died from a bladder infection on 24 October 1601, after etiquette kept him from excusing himself to use the bathroom during a royal banquet in October 1601 in Prague, causing his bladder to rupture.

We see that the Sun, which is the apheta, reaches by mundane direction the opposition to the natal Mars.


It’s interesting to note that Vettius Valens says that the seventh place from Daimon rules the bladder. In Tycho’s geniture in that place we found Saturn, Mercury and the Sun.

Toto û curtu, the brigand


A young Salvatore Riina

Salvatore Riina, called Totò ‘u Curtu (Toto the short) died on 17 November 2017, one day after his 87th birthday, while in a medically-induced coma after two surgeries in the hospital unit of the prison in Parma. He was one of the most infamous mafia boss and one of the most ferocious criminal who got the leadership of the Sicilian Mafia though a bloody feud against rival clans and launched a harsh battle against the Italian State which caused the death of numerous officials, amongst them, the investigating magistrates Giovanni Falcone and his colleague Paolo Borsellino.
Toto Riina was born on 16 November 1930 at 16:00. I rectified the birth time for 16:11 by direction.


The temperament and the body

The horoscope is in Taurus and the Moon is in Libra. Both signs are ruled by Venus. The Moon is moving away from Venus and they are in aspect by sextile and by parallel in mundo. The Moon is waining and close to the Sun so she is cold. Venus is still visible but she will make the heliacal setting in the next seven days so she is very cold. Therefore Riina’s temperament is phlegmatic.

The ascendent in Taurus gives, according to Dorotheus of Sidon, wide and protruding forehead, thick hair, wide nostrils, thick neck, large pupils, shortness.

Venus is close to her southern highest distance from the ecliptic so his body is fleshy and heavy, as the 53th aphorism of the Ptolemy’s Centiloquium  says:

The lords of the genitures of lean men have no latitude, but of fat men they have: if the latitude be south the native will be nimble; if north, more sluggish.

In the Centiluquium we find another aphorism, the 52nd one, concerning the stature of a man:

The significators of men of tall stature are found in the highest part of their circle, and their horoscopes in the beginnings of signs. Furthermore judge from oriental planets or planets in their station, enquire whether the signs be of right or oblique ascension because the signs of long ascension signify the tall stature, the ones of short ascension the short one.

Therefore if the significator of body is making the heliacal rising or is oriental or stationary the stature will be tall. Also if the ascendent is in the beginning of the sign or if the sign ascending is of right ascension. In Riina’s geniture Venus is close to her evening heliacal setting and the ascendent is in Taurus, a sign of oblique ascension.
Moreover the ascendent is in the constellation of Aries which is a small asterism and so signifies a short stature.

The Lord of  the Soul

Mercury is in Scorpio and he is in antiparallel of declination with Mars and also in square in mundo with him. The Moon is also in sextile with Mars. So Mars is the main significator of his soul. Mars is strong because is oriental but he is peregrine and out-of-sect.

Dorotheus says:

If Mars is supereminent, the native acts scandalous in the eyes of men, finds everywhere suffering, will suffer damage due to processes, in his work, and everything he will deal with, will be slandered by relatives and someone he secretly holds; the damage is greater if the nativity is diurnal, less than if it’s nocturnal.

and Valent adds:

The thieves, the perpetrators, the ungodly, the insiders of their kind are born, and they are covetous, greedy, ruinous, devoid of noble sentiments, wandering in the worst disadvantages and suffering misery or exile or confinement. These stars are performing the worst things, especially in the signs or degrees inoperative; but when both are in the anti-culmination or the occident, or when one sets and the other culminates below, they commit murder or they are partner in crime, and they spend their lives in brigandage.

The Lord of Actions

Venus is retrograde, Mercury is oriental but combust and Mars is oriental visible.  As we have already seen, Mars is in aspect by mundane square and antiparallel of declination with Mercury in Scorpio. Therefore Mars is the lord of action but Mercury participates. Both Mars and Mercury are angular e so they are strong and active.  Ptolemy says:

If Mercury and Mars together assume lordship of action, they produce sculptors, armourers, makers of sacred monuments, modellers, wrestlers, physicians, surgeons, accusers, adulterers, evil-doers, forgers. If Saturn testifies to them, they produce murderers, sneak-thieves, burglars, pirates, cattle-thieves, villains. If Jupiter testifies, they produce men-at‑arms, duellists, energetic, clever persons, busybodies, who meddle in others’ affairs and thereby gain their living.

Since Saturn testifies both Mars and Mercury because they are in bounds of Saturn and Saturn is in parallel in mundo with Mars, those signs are perfectly suited for a mafia boss.

Let’s note that Ananke, the Lot of Necessity, is in Aquarius in opposition to Mars. Since Ananke signify the ties, subordination, struggles and fights, enmities and hatred and accusations and any other violent incident, the opposition of Mars is a clear sign of a life of struggle and fight against rival clan and the law.

Riina was the son of a poor peasant but became a fearsome, powerful and wealthy boss. Though infamous and criminal he reached a very high position. We see in his geniture that the Sun is angular in Scorpio and is aspected by Mars with a square and a antiparallel of declination. Therefore Mars is a doryphoros to the Sun. Mars also angular and in Leo so the Mars and Leo are in mutual reception. This doriphory is very powerful but since Mars is out-of-sect is not very good for the native. It gave him the power over mafia clans but in the end it was counterproductive since he became fugitive in 1969 to escape the arrest and ended in jail in 1993. The Lot of Fortune, Tyche, is in Pisces and in aspect by trine in mundo with her lord, Jupiter, which is retrograde but angular. He was wealthy but he couldn’t enjoy his wealth as a free man.

The illness and the death

Toto Riina was affected by heart problems. According to Ptolemy the diseases are showed by

 the orient and the occident, and especially to the occident itself and the sign preceding it, which is disjunct from the oriental angle.

In the geniture we see that the Sun is close to the occidental horizon and the Moon is in the sixth place. The Sun is squared by Mars in Leo with a dexter square but they are in mutual reception.  Also the aspect is very wide. But Mars and the Sun are also in antiparallel of declination. Since the Sun is significator of the heart and Leo, the sign from which Mars squares the Sun, can be a sign of heart diseases. Daimon, the Lot of Spirit or the lot of the Sun, is with the harmful star Aldebaran. Since Daimon is significator of the heart according to Vettius Valens, it is another sign of heart diseases. The Moon in Libra is squared by Saturn both in mundo and in the zodiac. Since the Libra is a significator of kidney can be a sign of kidney problems. Moreover Mars square in mundo Venus, which is the significator of kidney and also in this geniture is the significator of the native’s body.
In the spring of 2003 he underwent surgery for heart problems and in May of the same year he was hospitalized in Ascoli Piceno hospital for a heart attack. In September 2003 he is again hospitalized for heart problems.  Mars is in opposition to the natal Venus by direction in July 2003. Venus is the significator of his body.

Transferred to the Milanese jail in Opera, he was again hospitalized in 2006, for heart problems, at the San Paolo hospital in Milan. We see that at the beginning of 2007 Mars reached by mundane direction the opposition to the Sun.

On 4 March 2014 he is again hospitalized. On 7 July 2015 is again hospitalized for a serious kidney problem. In February 2014 the Sun by zodiacal direction is conjunct with Mars. In August 2014 the Moon is in opposition by mundane direction with Saturn and in June 2015 Mars is in mundane parallel  with the Moon.

On 17 November 2017 the horoscope by zodiacal direction is in conjunction with the natal Mars.


Moreover the profected horoscope in Leo is in opposition to the directed Sun.

A note about the recent events in Middle East

Two recent events in the Middle East reminded me of the Lunar Eclipse occurred on the last February and the blog post about it: The shadowed Moon over Arabia.  The first is the abruptly announced resignation of the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri from Saudi Arabia on 4 November 2017 followed by the arrests of 11 Princes for corruption in Saudi Arabia during the night. The other one is the earthquake occurred on 12 November on the Iran-Iraq border.  Since during the lunar eclipse occurred on 11th February  2017 the Moon was in Leo the affected region should have been, according to Ptolemy, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Kuwait in particular since those countries are ruled by Leo and also Syria, Palestine, Israel and Yemen since they are under the influence of the fire triplicity.

In my previous post I judged that the effects would have concerned the fall or death of leaders and damage to buildings and would showed up between the first half of October and the first half of February 2018; the intensification of the effects around November 2017.

Below we can see the chart I erected for Al Qurayyat, a city in the north of Saudi Arabia, close to the border of  Jordan and Iraq where the malefic are exactly on the angles during the eclipse.


What’s going on in Saudi Arabia?

The situation in Saudi Arabia is quite puzzling. The resignation of Hariri , the Lebanese Prime Minister, announced on the television during his visit in Riyadh, was followed by the rumors that he was forced to declare it and possibly detained against his will in Riyadh. Moreover on 9 November 2017, Saudi Arabia, and subsequently the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, urge all citizens currently in Lebanon to leave the country immediately.  The arrest of number of prominent Saudi Arabian princes, government ministers, and business people occurred during the night following the Hariri’s announcement of his resignation. The detainees were confined at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh and measures to prevent their fleeing were taken. Prince Mansour bin Muqrin, son of former Crown Prince, was killed while allegedly attempting to flee the country with his private helicopter on November 5. There were rumors that Abdul Aziz, youngest son of King Fahd, was killed while resisting arrest, but the Saudi information ministry released a statement which deny those rumors.

It seem reasonable that the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who led the anti-corruption committee, want to strengthen his power in Saudi Arabia and change the political balances in the Middle East.

The announcement of Hariri’s resignation was broadcasted around 11:30 UT.


Let’s note that Saturn is exactly at the MC,  25° Sagittarius, the same zodiacal degree he had during the eclipse when he was rising at the horoscope. After the lunar eclipse Saturn became retrograde and then he started again the direct motion reaching the same position the 5th of November. Mars is at 8° of Libra almost in opposition to the position he had during the eclipse at 10° of Aries.

The Iran–Iraq earthquake

On 12 November 2017 at 18:18 UTC an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 occurred on the Iran–Iraq border, just inside Iran, with an epicentre approximately 32 kilometers south-southwest of the city of Halabja, Iraqi Kurdistan.

It was felt throughout the Middle East and further away. With at least 452 people killed and more than 8,100 injured. It is currently the deadliest earthquake of 2017.


In the chart of the earthquake Mars in exactly at the IC at 13° of Libra, almost in opposition to his position during the eclipse. The Sun and the Moon are in sextile and in parallel in mundo around the IC where Mars is posited. Moreover Mars is oriental and rules the Sun and Saturn and the Moon are in square in mundo.

In the syzygy preceding the earthquake the malefics were in the angular houses in perfect square in mundo.earthquake-syzygy.png


The enigmatic shooter

Stephen Paddock, a former auditor and real estate businessman and a high-stakes gambler has been identified by the police as the shooter in the recent Las Vegas attack. Investigators believe that he acted alone but, notwithstanding researches about his life and the crime scene, we don’t know his motive and inconsistencies and mysteries are still clouding a clear and credible reconstruction of the events.

The shooter


The Lords of the  Soul are Jupiter and  Saturn. Saturn is the Lord of the Moon in Aquarius and the Moon is applying to Jupiter by square and Saturn by trine both in mundo and in the zodiac. Saturn is retrograde in exaltation in Libra e receives the Moon in Aquarius. Jupiter inTaurus instead receives the Moon by her exaltation. Since the Moon is in parallel in mundo with Jupiter and in square with him both in mundo and in the zodiac they are doing a equicruria which is a very strong figure. Mercury is visible, oriental in his detriment and exile in Pisces  and in sextile with his lord, Jupiter. Moreover Mercury is in parallel in mundo with Venus his ruler by exaltation. Deneb Algedi, in the tail of Capricornus, a star of nature of Jupiter and Saturn is with the Moon. From the condition of Jupiter and Saturn we judge the soul of the native. Saturn is essentially dignified and angular but retrograde; Jupiter is occidental, peregrine and in a succedent house in bodily conjunction and in parallel of declination with Mars which is in exile in Taurus. Moreover Jupiter is with the Pleiades, a harmful cluster of star of nature of Mars and Moon. This asterism with the lord of the Soul brings passion,  animosity and restlessness and makes lustful and ambitious ones. Therefore the lords of the soul are not very well placed and make the native apparently well-disposed and benevolent even cautious because of the Jupiter influence but malicious, devious, envious and planning revenge. The Plaiedes and Mars with Jupiter and the Moon in square with Mars, the out-of-sect malefic make him prone to passions and violence.  Let us note the nor the Moon and Mercury are in aspect to each other neither they are with the horoscope. According to Ptolemy those are conditions with can be a sign of a disease of the soul since the sensitive soul, the Moon, and the rational soul, Mercury, are unrelated to each other and with the horoscope which is a significator of the body. The Moon is in aspect with both the malefics: by trine with Saturn and by square with Mars. Since Mars is out-of-sect it is more hurtful. The Moon is waining so she is less harmed by the square of Mars but still she is afflicted. We see therefore a hidden violence partially southed by the benevolent Jupiter and a depressive and obstinate influence from the retrograde Saturn which lead to the final puzzling but scrupulously planned outburst.

The Lord of action is Mercury which is oriental, visible and in parallel in mundo to the Sun and Venus. His activities included compulsive gambling are clearly mercurial.

It’s noteworthy the chart of the syzygy before his birth.


The Lord of the syzygy is Mars since he is the ruler of the Sun and he is rising at  the horoscope. Mars occidental in detriment in Taurus is opposed by Saturn close to the occidental horizon at the end of Libra in his exaltation. The angular malefic in opposition produce a strong and malicious climate during which the native is going to born.

His father

Stephen Paddock’s father, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, was a bank robber who was arrested in 1960 and then escaped prison. He never really knew his father as he was never with his mother.

The significator of his father are the Sun and Saturn but especially the Sun since the geniture is diurnal.  The two significators, the Sun and Saturn, are in opposition. This configuration is harmful for the father. Since the Sun and Saturn are dignified both essentially and accidentally, because they are respectively in domicile and exaltation and they are both angular, the danger is not so serious. Nevertheless the opposition between the significators suggests a wicked nature though a strong one since the significator are dignified. Let’s note that Venus, the primary significator of Stephen Paddock’s mother is combust in exile.

Benjamin Paddock was accused of having committed three bank robberies between February 1959 and July 1960. He was captured and then convicted for the third robbery in federal court in January 1961 where he was sentenced to 20 years in prison. We note that the directed Saturn reach the opposition to the natal Sun around the middle of 1959.


On December 30, 1968, Paddock escaped from the prison and was placed on the FBI 10 most wanted list. Though he continued various illegal activities during the following decade his identity was never uncovered.

At the end of 1968 the Sun by direction reaches the MC.


The shooting and his suicide

Let’s look at the recent solar eclipse already considered in the previous post Las Vegas shooting. We see that during the eclipse the luminaries where at the end of Leo, at 29° Leo.   The Moon in the Stephen Paddock’s geniture was at 22° Aquarius and therefore the eclipse oppose the Moon which is also the lord of the horoscope in his geniture.

Ptolemy says:

Usually, however, those men are affected by the more universal ills who in their own genitures happen to have the most essential places, by which I mean those of the luminaries or of the angles, the same as those that furnish the cause of the general misfortunes, that is, the places of the eclipses or the places directly opposite. Of these the positions most dangerous and hardest to avoid are those in which either of the luminaries is in possession of the very degree of the place of the eclipse, or the degree opposite.

Moreover Mars during the eclipse was at 21° Leo opposing his natal Moon.

His apheta is the Sun close to the supernal pivot. The anareta should be Saturn since he is the malefic which has a familiarity with the Sun in the geniture because Saturn opposes the Sun but we don’t find any anaretic direction of the Sun to Saturn.


Mundane directions

We see instead that the Sun arrives at the natal Moon. There is also the zodiacal direction of the Moon to the natal Sun but since the Moon is not the luminary of the time and is in aversion to the horoscope she cannot be the apheta. According to the ptolemaic doctrine those direction cannot be anaretic. There is also a zodiacal direction of Saturn to the natal Jupiter. Jupiter, which is in an aphetic place, is the planet having more dignity over the place of the Sun, Ascendent and preceding new Moon and so, according to Ptolemy, is a candidate for being an apheta but definitely the Sun should be preferred.


In the Profection we see that the profected Mars at 20°45′ of  Libra is in opposition to the natal Sun. Moreover the directed Moon is with Tolma, the Lot of Courage or Mars, which is significative about courage, machinations and deceit.

In the Solar Revolution Mars square the natal Moon and is close to the conjunction with Jupiter.

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It’s noteworthy that by direction the Moon reaches the parallel in mundo with the natal Sirius and the directed Sirius the conjunction with the natal Jupiter. Sirius the day of Stephen Paddock’s birth was doing the morning anticulmination which is a ptolemaic phase that occurs when the star is at IC when the Sun is rising.

Las Vegas shooting

A gunman opened fire on the crowd at a music festival on the night of October 1, 2017, in Las Vegas killing at least 58 and injuring 546 people, in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The event chart

The shooting came at 10:05 p.m. local time.

We see Saturn occidental in Sagittarius at the occidental horizon while the Moon at the MC in Aquarius is moving away from his sextile and is applying to Jupiter in Libra. Saturn is the out-of-sect malefic and dispositor of the Moon. The Moon is with Cauda. The Moon is with the star Deneb Algedi, having nature of Saturn and Jupiter and stars in the tail and muzzle of Capricornus which are harmful and passionate. Venus in detriment and exile in Virgo is applying to Mars, close to perfect the bodily conjunction: this figure stirs the passions, the violent acts. Moreover Jupiter and Tyche are with Coma Berenices which is also a harmful asterism. Lets note that the star Regulus is exactly at the subterranean pivot and the Moon oppose Regulus from the supernal pivot. Since the star Regulus was in conjunction with the Luminaries during the recent solar eclipse, it is noteworthy.

The syzygy before the event

In the preceding syzygy the out-of-sect Saturn is also close to the occidental horizon. Mercury which rules the syzygy and also the ruler of the horoscope is visible in his throne in Virgo but he is with Mars both in the zodiac and in mundo. Moreover Mercury is in parallel of declination  with Mars. The Hyades and Aldebaran, harmful star of nature of Mars, are rising at the horoscope. The Sting of  Scorpio, Aculeus Scorpii, a harmful nebula of nature of Mars and Moon is on the occident. Deneb Algedi and stars in the tail and muzzle of Capricornus are at the MC.  The IC is exactly in the place of the Luminaries during the last eclipse. Also noteworthy is Venus in bodily with the star Regulus. Venus is angular, in her detriment at the very beginning of Virgo. She is in sextile with Jupiter of whom she also dispositor since Jupiter is in Libra so she gives to Jupiter both her detriment and his exile since she is in Virgo, exile of Jupiter.


Venus with Regulus, Mars and Mercury and their vis luminis

The ingress in Libra


We now take into account the last ingress of the Sun, which was in Libra. Saturn was rising at the horoscope. Mars is in parallel in mundo and antiparallel of declination with both the Moon and Jupiter. The Moon is with the star Arcturus and Coma Berenices is at the MC. The Moon is moving from Jupiter to Venus bringing together the nature of Saturn, Jupiter, Venus and Mars.

The recent eclipse


Though the beginning of the last Sun eclipse should be expected after four months in Las Vegas, since the Luminaries were distant from the eastern horizon one third of the diurnal arch, the eclipse seems to be significative for the shooting which occurred only one month and half after. Mars and Saturn are in trine both in the zodiac and in mundo. The Luminaries are with Mars. Also they are in trine in mundo and parallel in mundo with Saturn. This figure is called equicruria and it is very strong. We see therefore the Luminaries making a figure with both the malefics. Jupiter is at the horoscope making aspects with the malefics, the luminaries and his domicile lord, Venus. Venus squares in mundo Jupiter: it’s a epidekateia with a mutual reception since Jupiter is in the Venus’ domicile and Venus in Cancer, exaltation of Jupiter. But this very strong and benefic figure is not capable to avert the accident because of the presence of the malefics. Moreover Venus and MC are with the violent star Pollux of nature of Mars.

At the time of the shooting the Moon was close to the opposition of the place of the eclipse and Saturn on the occident was casting a ray by a dexter square to the Moon at the MC. Venus in subterranean angle, which was exactly with  the star Regulus during the syzygy before the event, was heading to the bodily conjunction with Mars.

Black Hole Sun


Black hole sun
Won’t you come
Won’t you come Soundgarden

A total solar eclipse will be visible in America on August 21, 2017. The so-called Great American Eclipse will darken skies across the USA where the eclipse will be total in a narrow path from the west coast to the east coast as we can see in the picture below.


We have already seen in the previous article The American Midas that this solar eclipse will involve the actual President of the United States, Donald Trump. We are going now to consider the general effects of the eclipse and some specific places where those effects can be stronger.

Since the Solar Eclipse will last for about 3 hours and half, the beginning of its effects will start at the end of April 2018 and will last till the end of October 2021. The intensification will start at the end of August 2020.

The Luminaries are at the end of Leo, in the bounds of Mars, with the star Regulus and moving away from the conjunction of Mars applying to the conjunction of Mercury in Virgo. Moreover they are moving away from the trine of Saturn in Sagittarius soon becoming stationary and from the hexagon of Jupiter in Libra.  Mars and Mercury rules over the Luminaries but they are combust and invisible so Jupiter participates since Jupiter is the second triplicity ruler of the Luminaries and they are in sextile with him. Let’s note that the angle closer to the syzygy is the MC which is in Virgo for most of the places across the USA. So Mercury is a very important ruler.


According to Ptolemy, since the syzygy will occur in the constellation of Leo, the effects can concern wild animals and those which injure the human race; since the Luminaries are close to the autumn equinox they concern the sowing, the hay crops and because the syzygy is close to the MC they concern the kings and religion. The star Regulus in close proximity to the Sun and the Moon can effect the President of the USA, Donald Trump, as the ‘king’ of the country.

The rulership of Mercury and Mars can bring hurricanes, earthquakes and drought and loss of crops by drying or important changes in customs and laws.



Carbondale, Illinois

In the place of the greatest eclipse, Carbondale, Mercury is exactly at the MC.



Nashville, Tennessee

Also in Nashville Mercury is at the MC.



Lincoln, Illinois

In Lincoln Mars is at the supernal pivot.



Kansas City, Missouri

In Kansas City also Mars is at the MC

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Outside the USA


Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Here Saturn is on the oriental horizon so Saturn adds his influx.

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