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A bridge across centuries


Karluv Most

No one would believe how beautiful Prague is at night in the moonlight. While people are sleeping, the stones are alive, even the statues on Charles Bridge come to life. Jan Neruda

Karlův most, the Charles Bridge is the oldest bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague. It’s one of the most  famous touristic attractions in the beautiful capital city of Czech Republic.

Its construction began on Charles Bridge at 5:31 on 9 July 1357 with the first stone being laid by Charles IV himself. This exact time was calculated by court astrologers based on astrological and numerological considerations. The numbers of this specific time indeed, placed in a row, formed a numerical bridge 135797531 and so that moment was considered auspicious for laying the foundation stone of a bridge.

The bridge actually survived several disasters: floods, wars, revolutions.

The foundation chart

During the fourteenth century in Bohemia time was calculated using the so called Italic Hours or Bohemian Hours, that is the number of hours elapsed since the most recent sunset (hour 0), with 24 equal hours per day. They were used in many European countries during the period 1200 to 1800. They are sometimes written “horae ab occasu solis” or “H.AB OCC.” on dials.

So the time 5.31 was not 5:31 am but it was 5 hours and 31 minutes after the sunset. Since the sunset was at 19:04 UT the foundation stone was laid at 0:35 UT.

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Gemini is rising. Mercury, lord of the horoscope, is combust in Cancer in bounds of Mercury. We have to remember that combustion is not a real debility for Mercury which always travels very close to the Sun. The Moon, which is the lord of Mercury, is applying to Mercury. So Mercury receives the Moon. This reception is very beneficial because it involves Mercury which is the lord of the horoscope and the Moon, which in an election or a event chart is always very important.

Jupiter in Pisces trines Mercury in mundo. Mercury is in parallel of declination with Venus in Cancer. So both the benefic planets help Mercury.  Moreover Venus trines the MC. Let’s note that both Venus and Jupiter are in angular house: Venus in the first house and Jupiter in the tenth house.

Mars is combust in Leo with Cauda and cadent from the subterranean angle. Therefore Mars is very weak. 

The MC is in Aquarius. Its lord, Saturn, is in exile in Cancer in conjunction with the Sun. Saturn is not merely conjuncted to the Sun but it is in corde solis. That configuration gives strength to Saturn and it is a clear sign of the bridge endurance and longevity even in unfavorable conditions.

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Saturn in corde solis

Saturn and the Sun, being on the cusp of the III house, trine the horoscope.

Under a lucky star

The star Deneb Algedi, in the tail of capricorn, of nature of Saturn and Jupiter, is at the MC.

According to the book “On the fixed star” attributed to Hermes Trismegistus,  the talisman of the star Deneb Algedi , to which he gives the nature of Saturn and Mercury:

gives grace in causes, brings peace to houses in which it is, preserves its bearer always from harm and removes discords.

Moreover Cornelius Agrippa in his Three Books of Occult Philosophy, Bk II, ch XLVII ‘De imaginibus stellarum fixarum beheniarum’ :

Sub cauda capricorni faciebant imaginem cervi, vel hirci, vel homini iratis. Dat prosperitatem et auget divitias.

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Under the tail of Capricorn they made the image of an Hart, or Goat, or of an angryman; it bestoweth prosperity, and increaseth wealth.

Also Marsilio Ficino in his “De vita triplici” Bk III, ch VIII ‘De virtutibus et usu stellarum fixarum‘:

In aquarii, XVI, cauda capricorni saturnia, mercurialisque quam sequitur calcidonius, maiorana, nepita, artemisia, mandragora, prestare in causis gratiam opinantur divitias augere hominem ad domum incolumem reddere

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In the XVI degree of Aquarius, the tail of Capricorn, of Saturn and Mercury nature  to which corrisponds chalcedony, marjoram, catmint, mugwort, mandrake,  they think it furthers favor in lawsuits, increases wealth and makes men to return home safely.

So the tail of Capricorn has bestowed to the Charles Bridge to live across centuries and to be one of the most renowed and celebrated bridge.