Tag Archives: Death Direction

Your eyes, your eyes



At the centre of it all, at the centre of it all Your eyes, your eyes  Blackstar





David Bowie, one of the most important artist of the 21th century, has passed away after having left a non-fading footprint on planet earth.


The birth of the White Duke

David Bowie.png

In Bowie’s geniture two planet are very prominent: Saturn and Venus. Venus is exactly culminating and Saturn is on the occidental horizon. Those two planets are significators of important areas of life.

Saturn is the Lord of the Ascendent, is retrograde, in exile in Leo but in-sect and angular. Saturn receives the bodily application of the Moon.

Venus is angular, on the MC, out-of-sect, oriental matutine, between the second station and the mean motion. The Moon is defluxing from Venus.

Since Saturn is Lord of the Ascendent, in aspect with it and the Moon is applying to Saturn, Saturn is the Lord of the Temperament. Also Venus contributes because, even if it has no dignity over the Ascendent and the Moon, it aspects both of them from the MC. Saturn is dry and more temperate than cold; Venus is temperate and wet. Bowie’s slim and slender shape is definitely under the Saturn influence but Venus adds grace and charm.

Saturn is the Lord of the Soul because it is in conjunction with the Moon and domicile lord of Mercury. Since Venus is triplicity ruler of Mercury, it is making a sextile in mundo with Mercury and the Moon is applying to Venus also Venus influences Bowie’s soul.

Venus is Lord of Activity, being the only fast planet visible and at the MC.

Jupiter is oriental in sextile with the Sun in the zodiac and squares in mundo the diurnal luminary doing a epidekateia. So the Sun receives the doryphory of Jupiter, though Jupiter has no dignity in the place of the Sun.

Dorotheus says:

If Jupiter is overeminent, that is, casts a right ray, the native and his father will be noble and will enjoy a good standing with many benefits, honors and relations with the rulers, and they will have power over many men.

The absence of rulership over the Sun by Jupiter means that the doryphory is concerning more the native than his father.

Also Venus is doryphoros to the Sun, since the Sun is in sextile with Venus and Venus is angular and ruler of the Sun by triplicity and terms. Though this is an out-of sect doryphory and a quite weak one because the sextile is at the boundary of the vis luminis of the Sun.

At the horoscope the stars which are in rictus Capricorni, the Capricorn’s muzzle, are rising. Those stars belongs to the passionate stars about which the anonymous says:

When these places are rising or setting, the natives are pushed to act immorally not only with women but also with boys and to take delight in the pleasures against nature

And furthermore:

If that happens manifestly or covertly, it is indicated by the rising  or setting of the planets that produce these passions, I mean Venus or Mars or Venus and Saturn, especially when configured in an adverse way, squaring or opposing each other or when one of them rises or culminates: then the natives will reveal his passions in a public and notorious way. And since unnatural pleasures cannot be enjoyed  without the fulfillment of the desires and the unavoidable fate, so the abandon to the pleasures brings complications, deceptions, losses, enmities and convictions, if the star of Jupiter does not remove partially the damages, witnessing the star of Venus.

Venus is squared in mundo by Saturn since they are both angular and Venus culminates, so Bowie’s passion will be notorious and public. Jupiter is in parallel of declination with Venus and it is also the domicile lord of Venus so those passions don’t trouble him.

The birth of a Black Star

Moon is the apheta and Saturn is the alchocoden. Saturn angular gives its greater years: 57 years. Only Venus is in aspect with Saturn. Since Venus is a benefic, angular and trines Saturn so it gives its lesser years and such months as the middle years of Venus: 8 years and 45 months. In total: 68 years and 9 months.

Around the Bowie’s death the Ascendent arrives to the square of Saturn and Venus to the conjunction of Saturn and the occident.

Bowie's death Direction.png

In the profection the Sun and the Horoscope are in Libra.  The Lord of the Year is Venus and the profected Venus is with Saturn, Moon and descendent of nativity.

Bowie's death Profection.png

In the Solar Return before his death we see Mars the Lord of the Horoscope in the XII place and squaring the Moon of nativity.

Bowie's death Revolution.png


Eye Oddity

The odd appearance of Bowie’s eyes were due to a condition called anisocoria.
Anisocoria is characterised by an unequal size in a person’s pupils. In Bowie’s case, his left pupil was permanently dilated, giving illusion of having different coloured eyes because the fixed pupil does not respond to changes in light, while the right pupil does.
The cause of Bowie’s anisocoria was caused by an accident happened in the spring of 1962.
He was injured at school by his friend George Underwood who punched him in the left eye during a fight over a girl. Doctors feared he would become blind in that eye. After a series of operations during a four-month hospitalisation, his doctors determined that the damage could not be fully repaired and Bowie was left with faulty depth perception and a permanently dilated pupil. Despite that incident Underwood and Bowie remained good friends.

In Bowie’s geniture the Moon is in conjunction with Asellus Borealis  and she is close to the nebula Praesaepe  which is with Saturn. The Asellus Borealis and Praesaepe belong to azemena stars (from Arabic az-zamâna, chronic infirmity or illness as well as inseparable disease) which are harmful to the sight. The Moon as Sun is a significator of sight and eyes but in particular of left eye.

Punch in the Eye

In the spring 1962 around the beginning of May there is a direction in mundo of Saturn to the Sun. Sinos, the Lot of chronic illness, in opposition to Mars and Sun in the geniture, is in conjunction with the directed Saturn.Eye injury.png

Moreover in the Solar Return for the 1962 the Moon and Saturn are a the beginning of Aquarius in opposition to Saturn and the Moon of nativity.

Lollipop in the Eye

During a concert in Oslo on 18 June 2004, Bowie was hit in his left eye with a lollipop thrown by a fan. A week later he suffered chest pain while performing at the Hurricane Festival in Germany. Firtly it was thought to be a pinched nerve in his shoulder, but the pain was later diagnosed as an acutely blocked coronary artery. He  was operated on urgently in Hamburg. The remaining 14 dates of the tour were cancelled.

In July 2004 Mars of direction squares in mundo the Sun of nativity. Around the same period we see also helpful aspect as Jupiter to the ascendent which helped Bowie to overcame his illness.

18 June 2004 Direction.png

In the profection the ascendent arrived in Scorpio and so the Lord of the Year is Mars. By direction the Sun is in the terms of Mars and in the solar return the Mars of revolution squares the Sun of nativity.


Swan Song


“quanto oro ti darei

oro oro oro

per averti così”

from song “Oro”

The Italian singer and songwriter Mango died by a heart attack the 7th of December while performing the song “Oro” during a concert in Policoro, province of Matera. Mango accused an illness while he was singing one of his most famous songs and, apologizing to the audience, stops the show. Brought backstage for first aid, the artist died before arrival to the hospital, at the age of 60. On December 9, 2014 died also the older brother, Giovanni. The man, who was 75 years old, fell ill during the funeral wake. The other two Mango’s brothers – were four in all, namely the second and the fourth, Michele and Armando, composer of some of his most famous songs – who went to the hospital to visit his older brother ignoring that he was dead, and just they came to emergency room  they fell in turn ill and both were hospitalized.

Mango began his musical activity as a teen, playing with several local bands. In 1975, he moved to Rome and recorded his first album. In the eighties he became a nationwide famous singer, firstly participating at the San Remo Music Festival and then with a summer hit “Bella d’Estate” written with Lucio Dalla. From that point on he continued his artistic career composing and singing  many famous songs.

His style is known for its fusion of different sounds including pop, rock, soul and world music, combined with an instrumental use of the voice and a compositional structure based on use of sophisticated rhythms. In addition to his solo career , Mango wrote songs for several famous italian artists including Mia Martini, Patty Pravo, Andrea Bocelli, Loretta Goggi, Mietta and Loredana Berte, some of them in collaboration with his brother Armando. His songs have also been interpreted by international artists such as English Leo Sayer, the French Hélène Ségara and Greek Eleftheria Arvanitaki.

The Geniture

Mango was born in Lagonegro the 6th of November 1954 around 8:30 local time. I rectified the time of nativity to 8:42 by death Direction; indeed Mars is exactly directed on the Horoscope for that time. Mars is the most eligible as the Anareta since it is the out-of-sect malefic and squared the Sun in his geniture.

Pino Mango

This geniture does not seem very dignified since there are no proper doryphory to the Sun. The two planet being oriental to the Sun are Mercury and Jupiter but neither of them has dignity in Sun’s place and is located close to a pivot. But we should notice that the star Sirius is setting on the western horizon. Sirius is the brightest star and gives honors and authorities.

Mercury is the Lord of Activity , being oriental, having done the heliacal rising in the previous seven days also being the Lord of the Medium Coeli.  Mercury is in Libra, Venus domicile,  aerial sign connect with art, music and singing. Jupiter from  Cancer collects the lights of Mercury and Venus, aspecting Mercury with a square and Venus with a trine. Ptolemy say that singers and musicians have Mercury and Venus as signifier of activity.  The star Denebola of Venus-Saturn nature is at the Medium Coeli. Denebola gives popularity. Star Arcturus is with Mercury and gives ambition and magnanimity.

Let’s search for the Apheta in this geniture. The Sun is located in the supernal hemisphere but is too close to the 5 equatorial degrees which Ptolemy says to subtract to the aphetical places. Therefore we discard the Sun and the horoscope is the Apheta. The Oikodespotes or Alcochoden is the planet aspecting the Apheta and having the greatest essential dignity.  Unfortunately no planets having dignity in the place of horoscope also aspects the horoscope. There are so two possibilities for the Alcochoden: the planet having the greatest dignity on horoscope, Jupiter or the planet being configured the horoscope, Mercury or Mars.

If we consider Jupiter as Alcochoden, Jupiter in the VIII house gives the middle years, that are 45.5 years and since Jupiter is  squared by Mercury, Mercury doesn’t add years, but being trine by Venus we can add 8 years and 45 months. This amounts to  57 years and 3 months.

If we try the other possibilities we find in both cases a life length much lesser than the one calculated before, and so they are unsuitable.

Mango’s Brothers

According to Ptolemy in the chapter “Of brothers and sisters” of the Tetrabiblos:

As for that of brethren, if here too one examines only the general subject and does not carry beyond the bounds of possibility his inquiry as to the exact number and other particulars, it is more naturally to be taken, when it is a question of blood-brethren alone, from the culminating sign from the place of the mother, that is, that which contains by day Venus and by night the moon; for in this place and that which succeeds it is the place of the children of the mother, which should be the same as the place of the brethren of the offspring.

In this geniture the place of the mother is Venus in the 27th degree of Scorpio and the culminating sign from this place is located at the 14th degree of Virgo. So the culminating place and the following one cover half of Virgo sign till the end of Libra and beyond.

Ptolemy then says to evaluate the brothers from the planets aspecting those places. Mercury is in the succedent place from the Midheaven. The 14th degree of Virgo, the culminating place from Venus, is aspected in mundo by Moon, Sun and Saturn. The eleventh place cusp is aspected by Jupiter. The ascendant is in Scorpio a watery, fecund sign. The culminating place is in Virgo, a bicorporeal sign but of few offsprings. So a moderate number of brethren can be aspected. Mango has three brothers and one sister Angela aged 53.

Ptolemy says to judge the age from the orientality in the quadrant and the sex from the masculinity and femininity of the planets givers of brethren. Sun, Saturn and Mercury are more oriental in respect of quadrants and Jupiter and Moon more occidental. So two brother are older than him and the other two younger. Since Saturn, Mercury and Jupiter are oriental to the Sun and the Moon occidental, three of them are males and one female.

Ptolemy says then:

Moreover if the givers are well configured to the planet that rules the place of the brothers then brothers will show friendship and goodwill; furthermore, if they will be well-configured with the Lot of Fortune, the brothers also have commonality of life. But if they are in places  in aversion or adverse position they will be hostile, envy, and in general they will undermine each other.

The Sun is widely conjunct with Mercury and Jupiter squared Mercury in mundo. So the older brother was friendly and caring; the younger was close to Mango and the others brother but sometimes not quite friendly. The sister and the other brother more distant from the other brethren.

The Lot of Brother is also in Virgo close to the culminating place from Venus. So Mercury is also the Lord of the Lot of Brothers. Mercury is parallel in mundo with Mars and is squared in mundo by Jupiter. We will see that this parallel with Mars in mundo will be important for the events closely following Mango’s death, that is, the older brother death and the other brothers hospitalization.

The last show

Let’s look at the Profection for 7th of December 2014. Mango was just 60 years old, so in this Profection the places for planets and horoscope are again in the same positions as in the geniture. Because the Sun is an aphetic place and Sun in the nativity is squared by  Mars the same configuration is found in the Profection. Also we can note that Jupiter lord of Moon and Horoscope, that is the time lord,  is in the VII house, in aversion with ascendant.

Let’s look at the Solar Revolution for the same year.

Mango Revolution

The Sun, Lord of the Revolution horoscope, is with star Arcturus, bright star of Mars-Jupiter nature, and is aspected with a dexter square by Jupiter.

The Moon is moving from the opposition of Mercury to the trine of Mars in the VI house.

The Solar Revolution horoscope at the beginning of Leo is conjunct with natal Jupiter.

The Revolution Sun, that is the Lord of the Horoscope of revolution, is squared by Mars of nativity.

Mars of Revolution is conjunct with Caput Draconis of nativity.

Mango Revolution Geniture

We see here many testimonies of Mars but also the presence of Jupiter. Though Jupiter is beneficial and helpful, it has to be take in account that Jupiter is always configured with a square in those charts and also in the geniture it is found in the VIII house, so its presence is not enough to avert and banish the dangerous influx of Mars but instead gives both a public and notable death and also a quick and without suffering one.

Finally  the Direction.

Mango Mundane Directions

We already know that I rectified the geniture in such a way that the promissor, the horoscope, was exactly reached by Direction of Mars by movement of the Primum Mobile. Since Mars, concerning illness is also significator of strokes and Mars is posited in Aquarius that  Albumasar says is connect to arterial illness, this configuration can be sign of a death caused by a heart attack. We notice also that Sun and Saturn directed are joined with Daimon or the Lot of Spirit of the nativity. Giuseppe Bezza, in one of his seminary, told that the conjunction of Sun with Daimon is a sign of death by heart attack. Moreover here Sun and Saturn direct are making a parallel in mundo with natal Tyche or Lot of Fortune. Jupiter directed is in VI house and squared natal Moon.

Mango Solar Revolution Direction

If we compare the Direction with Solar Revolution we see many relevant configurations.

Mars in Solar Revolution is conjunct with directed Sun.

Moon in Solar Revolution is conjunct with directed Mars.

Saturn in solar Revolution is opposed to directed Moon.

Jupiter in Solar Revolution is squared by directed Moon.

Here Mars strikes both luminaries and Jupiter again is not able to soothe the injuries.

The entwined destinies

Very surprisingly after the Mango’s death in the following few days before the funeral also his older brother died and the other two brother fell hill. This is a quite unusual event and we should find some signs in preceding figures. We can consider both Mercury and the Lot of Brothers as significator of Mango’s brothers.

The Lot of Brothers in the Solar Revolution is at supernal pivot showing something about the his brothers will be related to his career and will be noted.

Mercury directed have reached the term of Mars; it is in VIII house, it oppose natal Mars and square Sun and Saturn showing that his brothers will be also in danger.

As we have already seen talking about the planets givers of brother in Mango’s geniture, Sun is the significator of the older brother, the one who died shortly after him. In the Profection, the Solar Revolution and the Direction Sun is afflicted by Mars as bitterly as Mango’s horoscope.

The Imperishable Augustan Star

“Iam redit et Virgo, redeunt saturnia regna” Vergilius

The star transit
On August 19th this year was the two thousandth anniversary of the death of Gaius Octavius Augustus, the first, most lasting and most beloved of the Roman Emperors who was worthy of being deified. Evil tongues said, however, that in the death of Augustus there was the hand of his affectionate wife Livia: who, in order to raise Tiberio to the throne, eliminated, by any means, the other competitors. Only his nephew, Agrippa Postumus, son of Julia, dissolute emperor’s daughter, was remained: the young man was like his mother, and therefore the grandfather, Augustus, had relegated him to the small island of Pianosa, to calm down. When she got the news that Augustus had met the nephew secretly, she feared that the old man would have brought back Agrippa to Rome and entrusted him with the throne. The emperor, who was not greedy, was fond of figs. One day, ate figs that Livia had poisoned: the voluptuousness was fatal to him. So evil tongues said. One thing is certain: the last days of the Emperor were troubled by intestinal disorders of varying intensity. That did not stop him, accompanying his heir Tiberius to Benevento, to perform its usual activities, stopping prior to Capri for a little rest and then in Naples. On the way back, the disease worsened to the point that Tiberius was recalled back and Augustus was transported to his villa of Nola. On August 19, sensing the imminent end, he asked for a mirror, made his hair to be styled and his sagging cheeks to be firmed with ointments. After having prepared himself to die in a dignified way, then Augustus allowed friends to enter the room and asked if they believed that he had played well, to the last line, the farce of life. Because those were hesitant to respond – could sound an offense both the affirmative or the negative answer- the dying emperor answered by himself: “Because I was a good actor, grant me your applause, and joyfully let’s bid farewell to each other. “. Then he ordered all of them to leave and said to his wife “Livia, remember our marriage till you live, and bye! ” He died between her kisses. It was the ninth hour, between two and three o’clock in the afternoon of the 19th of August 14: The emperor died in the same room in which his father had died. August obtained from the Gods the “euthanasia”, the quick death without suffering he had always wished for himself and his loved ones.

The brilliance of a man of fate
But who Emperor August was as a man? Suetonius in his book De Vita Caesarum tells us a lot of interesting detail about his life. Augustus was always in poor health conditions since childhood: he suffered from colitis, eczema, rheumatic fever, bladder stones. He was troubled all life by serious and dangerous illnesses. Of other ones he suffered periodically. In the days close to his birthday anniversary he felt almost always bad. In spring he was subject to edema of hearts and lungs; with the sirocco he had head colds. His body was spotted with congenital stains on chest and belly, he was wobbly from the left side where he often limped. He suffered the heat and the cold, slept a short, light, discontinuous sleep. He took great care not to fatigue and exposure to agents that would compromise his already poor health. He didn’t expose himself to the sun; traveling at night with short stages, preferably by sea. He washed himself infrequently. He dressed heavily. Despite his poor health was good-looking, albeit small well proportionate, fair-haired with slightly wavy hair, small teeth and ears, one eyebrow, the prominent nose in the upper part, thinned in the lower part. He was frugal in food and drink. He loved instead the game, especially the dice and pleasures of Venus. The gossips told that he was an unrepentant adulterer and someone said that in his youth he was helped in his career by powerful men to whom he granted his favors. As soon as possible he abandoned the exercise of arms and the horse riding. He loved instead cultivate eloquence and liberal studies. He practiced daily in reading, writing and play. He wrote well meditated and composed discourses which he used to read. He preferred the elegant and moderate eloquence devoid of unnecessary frills. He sponsored the great minds and artists of his time. He like to spend his spear time fishing, playing with dice or pebbles or nuts together with children. He was pious, religious, and did not neglect the omens almost to superstition. He feared lightning and because of that fear he hide himself, mindful of a time when a lightning almost hit him. He had many dreams, especially in the spring, scary but vain and fallacious. Suetonius says that when he was in Apollonia with Agrippa he went up on the terrace of the astrologer Theogenes, having been predicted honors and fame to Agrippa, he didn’t want to reveal his date of birth. But when, after much insistence, surrendered, immediately Theogenes fell to his feet worshiping him, having predicted his shining destiny. Later, gained great confidence in his destiny, he coined and popularized his horoscope and coined a silver coin with the sign of Capricorn, under which, Suetonius says, he was born. Of course so much confidence shouldn’t have been enough to forget the common sense if during the 11, circulating many rumors about the death of Augustus, he published his horoscope but at the same time forbade with an edict that fortune-tellers could predict someone’s death. There is no doubt that the edict was directed primarily against the astrologers. The death predictions actually ended up giving courage to who, wife, slave or enemy considers the action of the stars in need of some help.

The birth date of Augustus
Let us look at the horoscope of Augustus to see if there is consistency and determine at the same time the points that Suetonius leave uncertain. Suetonius says that Augustus was born on the ninth day before the Kalends of October, shortly before dawn, in the neighborhood of the Palatine in Rome. This date corresponds to the 22th of September, 63 BC of the calendar of Numa. Unfortunately we can’t take this date for good because it’s not correct just to translate a date in the old roman calendar of Numa to a date in the proleptic Julian calendar, without any conversion. The problem in converting dates preceding the Julian calendar to a prolectic Julian calendar is not easily solved and, even if some conjectures can be figured out, the results remain uncertain. In the Republican era, the Romans used the so-called calendar of Numa that he was subject to abuse and mistakes that led to an average phase shift of three months compared to the seasons; summer was postponed to October and November months which at the time of Numa were autumnal. The calendar of Numa consisted of 12 months, for a total of 355 days. In addition, a 27-day intercalary month, the Mensis Intercalaris or Mercedonius, was sometimes inserted between February and March. This intercalary month was formed by inserting 22 days after the first 23 or 24 days of February; the last five days of February, which counted down toward the start of March, became the last five days of Intercalaris. The effect was to add 22 or 23 days to the year, forming an intercalary year of 377 or 378 days. According to later latin writes, as Censorinus and Macrobius, ideally an intercalary month, alternatively of 22 and 23 days, would have been added every two years. If this ideal cycle would have been followed the Calendar of Numa should have been stayed in synch with the tropical year but intercalations were established by Pontifeces though and they did not occur systematically according to the ideal system. So far as can be determined from the historical evidence, they were much less regular than these ideal schemes suggest. They usually occurred every second or third year, but were sometimes omitted for much longer, and occasionally occurred in two consecutive years. When too many intercalations were omitted, as happened after the Second Punic War and during the Civil Wars, the calendar would drift out of alignment with the tropical year. The problems became particularly acute during the years of Julius Caesar’s pontificate before the reform, 63–46 BC, when there were only five intercalary months (instead of eight), none of which were during the five Roman years before 46 BC. In order to realign seasons and calendar Julius Caesar, probably during his expedition to Egypt in 46 BC (-45), commissioned to the Alexandrian astronomer Sosigenes to design a new, more functional calendar. This new calendar, which took the name of Julian, came into effect in 45 BC (-44), which was an exceptional year. The Julian calendar abolished the Mercedonius month and inserted every 4 years an extra day, said bis-sextum, so called because inserted the day after February 24th (the day VI before the calends of March); this special year was called annus bixsestus.

Realignment of the year
The first step of the reform was to realign the start of the calendar year (1 January) to the tropical year by making 46 BC 445 days long, compensating for the intercalations which had been missed during Caesar’s pontificate. This year had already been extended from 355 to 378 days by the insertion of a regular intercalary month in February. When Caesar decreed the reform, probably shortly after his return from the African campaign in late Quintilis (July), he added 67 more days by inserting two extraordinary intercalary months between November and December. Because 46 BC was the last of a series of irregular years, this extra-long year was, and is, referred to as the ” ultimus annus confusionis”. The new calendar began operation after the realignment had been completed, in 45 BC. Unfortunately we don’t know exactly how many Mercedonius months, how long and when they occurred between the 63 B.C, the year when Augustus was born and Julius Cesar became Pontefix Maximus and the 45 BC when the new Julian calendar came into effect, but we know that at least there were 5 intercalary year and, since the added days of the two extraordinary intercalary months matches three regular intercalations (67 = 22+22+23), so it is possible that that they were intended to compensate for intercalary months that had been omitted earlier in Caesar’s pontificate and so we can suppose the only five regular intercalary months were omitted.

Suitable Julian Dates for Augustus’ birth
Let’s calculate some suitable date for Augustus’ birth. Between the 1st of January 63 of Calendar of Numa e the 1st of January of Julian Calendar there 18 years of Numa, 17 of them of 355 days (without considering any intercalary month) and the last one of 455 days.


Between the 1st January 63 B.C. of Julian Calendar and the beginning of Julian Calendar 1st January 45 B.C. there are 18 year of 365 days to whose 4 days should be added due to the leap years, that is 6574 days. Now, taking in account that we don’t know if the first year of the julian reform calendar was a leap year or not we have to consider the following equivalences:

1st January 45 B.C. of the Julian Calendar = 2nd January 45 PROLECTIC JC if 45 B.C. was not a leap year

1st January 45 B.C. of the Julian Calendar = 1st January 45 PROLECTIC JC if 45 B.C. was a leap year

And so we have



If we suppose that the intercalation was regular except for the gap in the last five years of Caesar’s pontificate, only 28, 29 or 30 August and 20 or 21 September are suitable.

The Geniture

Suetonio wrote that Augustus was born under the Capricorn sign and indeed Augustus himself choose that sign as its symbol to be stamp on coin. In ancient times to be born under a sign meant to have that sign rising at the horoscope. Since Augustus was born a short time before down we know that the Sun was in the first house near the horoscope. Being the Sun in Virgo at that time of the year, it was not possible that the raising sign was Capricorn. Among the suitable dates, mentioned above, we can only choose the 21st September 63 B.C. because it’s the only one that it’s related to Capricorn. The 21st of September the Moon was at the beginning of the sign of Capricorn and, since the geniture was nocturnal, Moon was also the light of the time. We now need to find the hour and minute of the birth date of Augustus. So we rectify the geniture trying to find a direction of death for the 19th of August 14 A.C: the suitable direction is of Saturn opposing the Moon in mundo for 5:24:08 a.m local time.
Octavianus Augustus

The shining son of Mercury
Mercury, the lord of horoscope in Virgo, is rising at the oriental pivot, in its own domicile and exaltation, oriental to the Sun, matutine, conjunct with the fixed star Arcturus. It will also do the heliacal setting in the next seven days. So Mercury is very dignified and powerful. Mercury is the Almuten according to Ibn Ezra being the most essentially dignified on the five aphetic points: Sun, Moon, Horoscope, Part of Fortune, Prenatal Sizygy; and it’s also the dignified accidentally being near the ascendent. If we consider the the Lord of the Nativity according to Porphyry, that is, the planet that has more essential dignity in domicile and terms on Ascendent, Moon, MC, Lot of Fortune and Prenatal Sizygy we see that Mercury has dignity on all of them except the Lot of Fortune. Mercury also is highlighted because is doing a heliacal phase. Considering instead the Lord of Geniture as the most powerful planet in the chart both for essential and accidental dignity we again find Mercury and possibly Jupiter. If we use the Cielo e Terra’s method, derived from the Argoli’s method, where the two kind of lordship of the nativity, the dominance over the aphetic places and the dominance as more powerful planet, are signified by two lords, one showing the being of the native, the giver of the agenda, namely the Rex, and the other one showing the actor, the way the native try to accomplish the agenda, namely the Miles, we find that Augustus’ Rex is Mercury, and his Miles is Jupiter. So Augustus is a true son of Mercury, having the nature of Mercury as we see from his skills in managing affairs and people, his diplomacy and political strategy, his fondness of studies, eloquence and liberal arts. Jupiter as Miles, on the other hand, is very supportive and helpful for a leader and a legislator destined to became so great and famous.

A star of first magnitude
Ptolemy writes in the Tetrabiblos about the Fortune and Dignity of a native:

“For if both the luminaries are in masculine signs and either both of them, or even one of the two, angular, and particularly if the luminary of the sect is also attended by the five planets, matutine to the sun and vespertine to the moon, the children will be kings. And if the attendant planets are either themselves angular or bear an aspect to the superior angle, the children born will continue to be great, powerful, and world-rulers, and they will be even more fortunate if the attendant planets are in dexter aspect to the superior angles.”

Here we see that both the Sun and Moon are angular, though in feminine signs. Sun in oriental pivot in Virgo receives doryphory from Mercury angular, visible in Virgo raising before the Sun. Mercury is Lord of the Sun, in its own domicile and exaltation. Also Jupiter in its exaltation in Cancer from the upper pivot act as doryphory to the Sun. Both Mercury and Jupiter are doryphory to the Sun, according to Ptolemy, because they are oriental and matutine to the Sun. Saturn and Mars are oriental but not matutine to the Sun. Venus is occidental to the Sun and oriental to the Moon, so is not in a position to be doryphory neither to the Sun nor the the Moom. None of the planets is occidental and vespertine to the Moon., so any planet act as doryphory to Moon. According to Rhetorius:

“Doryphory is when an angular star in its own domicile or exaltation is expected by another star in its own domicile or exaltation. Or, when a luminary is in AS or MC and in the domicile of another there chances to be a star of the sect, it will expect the Sun in the degree rising before but the Moon in the one rising after. Sometimes doryphory is said when, with Soon or Moon angular, a star of the sect is in doryphory ”.

Therefore Mercury and Jupiter are doryphory to the Sun and moreover Jupiter is doryphory to Mercury. For the last definition of Rhetorius also Saturn is a doryphory to the Sun. Mars is doryphory to the Moon for the last definition of Rhetorius. Jupiter also make an out-of-sect doryphory to the Moon casting a diametric ray from Cancer. Morover Mercury, being the lord of the MC is close to the ascendent is another sign of eminence, as Schoener says:

“For if the lord of the Ascendent is in the Medium Coeli or the lord of the Medium Coeli is in the Ascendent, the native will have high rank and the friendship of prince, magistrate and officials”

So even if we don’t find in this geniture exactly what we should have expected according to Ptolemy, we have noticed some very remarkable signs of a distinguished geniture. The kind of honors must be inspected from the planets doing doryphory: Mercury and Jupiter. From Mercury come honors by intelligence, education, and the care and management of affairs and from Juppiter those ones coming from favours, gifts, honours, and magnanimity. The Part of Fortune,Tyche,is close to the Imum Coeli and its lord, Jupiter, is in X house in its exaltation. More over Tyche is configured to Sun by a square. The Part of Spririt, Daimon, is close to the MC and its lord is Mercury in Virgo, dignified for domicile and exaltation raising at the horoscope. Also Daimon is configured to Mercury by a square. The lord of action also is Mercury because is matutine planet most oriental to the Sun. Though again we found the help of Jupiter who is the planet closer to MC and having familiarity with the Moon. Moreover Jupiter testifies Mercury. In In fact Ptolemy says:

“The lord of action is apprehended by two methods, from the sun and from the culminating sign. For it will be needful to look both for the planet that has made its morning appearance closest to the sun, and that which is at midheaven, particularly when it occupies the application of the moon; and if the same star occupies both the aforesaid positions, this alone must be employed, and similarly if none occupies one of these places, we must use only the one which occupies the other of the places. And if one planet has made the nearest morning appearance and another is associated with the midheaven, and with the moon, we must employ them both, giving preference to the one which by reason of its strength has the greater number of claims to domination according to the scheme which we have already set forth”

And being Mercury lord of action:

“If it is Jupiter that witnesses, they will be law-makers, orators, sophists, who enjoy familiarity with great persons.” Augustus’s activities, personal qualities and good fortune brought him to be the leader and governor of the Roman Empire during a long and peaceful, prosperous period. Character is destiny as Heraclitus said. Augustus character and destiny was to shine as the most bright star in the heaven.

A crown of stars
In the emperor’s geniture some bright stars are conjuncted to planets. Mercury with Arcturus, of nature of Mars and Juppiter, raising at the oriental pivot. Since Mercury is also the soul significator, according to Argoli, Arcturus gives moral uprightness, ambition; to command; according to Pazelius, loyalty. When Arcturus is raising at the horoscope makes those ones who rule cities and countries, who govern, who pursue their aims, who damage their enemies, who are ready to take action, effectual, manly, victorious, prosperous, rich, magnanimous. Sirius and Castor are close to midheaven . Castor has nature of Mercury. Sirius, of nature of Jupiter and Mars, when raising or culminating gives great honor and authority, says Argoli. Moreover also noteworthy are Sun with Spica, of nature of Venus and Mercury and Moon with Vega, of nature of Venus and Mercury, added more strenght to the dignity and eminence of Augustus. Notable are also Venus with Antares, of nature of Mars and Juppiter, and Saturn and Mars with the Pleiades, of nature of Moon and Mars.

The emperor’s body and soul
The significator of body is Mercury, though some secondary influence from Saturn and Jupiter. Mercury is lord of horoscope, dignified by domicile and exaltation and also has familiarity with the Moon. Jupiter is configured by diameter with the Moon from her domicile and Saturn is trine to Moon being her dispositor. Ptolemy says:

“Mercury, occidental, makes them, in appearance, of light but not of good coloring, with straight hair and olive complexion, lean and spare, with glancing, brilliant eyes, and somewhat ruddy; in temperament they exceed in the dry.”

Mercury, being occidental in the epicycle, heading to the heliacal setting, is very dry. The Moon having passed the first quarter is moist and hot and receive the influence from Jupiter, moist and hot and to a much lesser extent from Saturn and Mars which distempered the humors. The horoscope has familiarity with Jupiter and Venus adding some humidity to the complexion. The Sun in the first house near the ascendant, in the summer quadrant gives a hot and dry influence. We can conclude that temperament of Augustus was mainly temperate melancholic dominated by dry humors. The small, delicate but well proportionated figure of Augustus is very well indicated by Mercury in Virgo. Virgo as a human sign gives harmonious look. But we can’t forget to mention the debilitating influence from retrograde Mars and Saturn which has familiarity in mundo with Mercury by a dexter trigon and also with Moon by a sinister trine. Mars and Saturn both dry but conversely the first one very hot and the last one very cold are very distemperant. They harshen the abundant dryness of his body and weakened it with their opposite hot and cold qualities. Augustus was very sensitive to the cold and the hot weather and every influence from the environment was unbalancing for him. Mars in Taurus signifies the kidneys and neck while Saturn in Taurus belly, heart and chest. August suffered of illness in each of those body parts. Saturn is also the lord of the VI house so illness from cold are especially dangerous. The congenital stains on Augustus’ chest and belly were due to the Moon posited in Capricorn as Ptolemy says. Mercury is also the lord of the soul. Says Ptolemy

“Mercury, by himself taking the domination of the soul, in an honorable position makes those who are born under him wise, shrewd, thoughtful, learned, inventive, experienced, good calculators, inquirers into nature, speculative, gifted, emulous, beneficent, prudent, good at conjecture, mathematicians, partakers in mysteries, successful in attaining their ends.”

Because Mercury has familiarity with Jupiter which is able to act, being in the X house we should take into account also its influence. Again Ptolemy

“Jupiter allied with Mercury in honorable positions makes his subjects learned, fond of discussion, geometricians, mathematicians, poets, orators, gifted, sober, of good intellect, good in counsel, statesmen, benefactors, managers, good-natured, generous, lovers of the mob, shrewd, successful, leaders, reverent, religious, skillful in business, affectionate, lovers of their own kin, well brought up, philosophical, dignified.”

The marriages and liaisons
Augustus married three times. The first two marriages last both only two year and the very first one with Claudia Pulchra was even declared by Octavianus to be not even consummated. Clearly those marriages were suggested by political and strategic alliances more than by romantic feelings. Even the last, long lasting marriage with Livia Drusilla who was very dear to Augustus and very influential over him was probably due to the strategic advantages of joining two important roman families: the gens Iulia and the gens Claudia. From the Moon we can evaluate lawful association of man and wife, as Ptolemy says. The Moon is in a eastern quadrant and so Augustus married quite early: he was 21 years old. Since the Moon is in a multiple sign, Capricorn, and configured with many planets he had more the one wife as we know. The planets to whom she is applying are Venus, Mercury and Jupiter. So the first wife, Claudia Pulchra, should have been cheerful, beautiful, and charming, as the significator Venus let us suppose, but she was not enough appealing to the future emperor not to divorce from her without not even have touched her. The second one, Scribonia, intelligent and keen. The last one, Livia, according to significator Jupiter, dignified and good manager. Regarding the Augustus’ disposition in matter of love we have to investigate through Mars, says Ptolemy. Mars exiled in Taurus is conjunct with Saturn and configured with Jupiter. The Moon is defluxing from Mars and applying to Venus joining the passionate nature of the two planets. Venus receives from Mars, through the mediation of the Moon, the gift of her domicile in Taurus, while Mars receives the dignity of his domicile in Scorpio. The position of Moon is not easy because she is in exile in Capricorn and gets the debility of her fall from Venus in Scorpio but is moving forward toward Mars which grants her the dignity of her exaltation. Augustus was easily roused and passionate at the same time continent, hold themselves in check, and avoid unseemliness which was not appropriated for his political carrier and social status.

The Augustus’s death
Let’s begin to look at the Solar Return chart for his birthdate occurred before his death. The ascendent is in Sagittarius, its lord Jupiter is close the the Cauda Draconis. Mars out-of-sect in its exaltation in Capricorn in the I house. The moon is in Leo in the VIII house squared by Saturn in Scorpio which brings the fall debility to her.


The comparison between the Solar Revolution with the Nativity shows the Sun of Solar Revolution squares the Lot of Fortune of the Nativity and Mars of Solar Revolution joint with the Moon of Nativity.

If we look at the comparison between the Profection and the Nativity we see the profected Moon conjunct with Mars and Saturn of the Nativity, the profected Sun conjunct with the Moon of the Nativity and the profected Mercury, in exile in Sagittarius,  joined with profected ascendant squared by the profected Sun.


The direction of death is from Saturn to the Moon.
Saturn was in Cancer in the bounds of Mars. So the death should have been caused by the influx of Saturn and Mars in the stomach and belly. No configuration of Venus are present so the wife of August, Livia, should be regarded as innocent victim of malicious insinuations. In the chart of the direction we see the directed Jupiter conjunct with the Sun of the Nativity: the softening nature of Jupiter gifted August with a quick death without suffering: the “euthanasia”.