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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.

that is

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

that is

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.


Two choleric of success

choleric “It engenders choler, planteth anger; And better ’twere that both of us did fast, Since, of ourselves, ourselves are choleric, Than feed it with such over-roasted flesh.” The Taming of the Shrew – William Shakespeare

Gordon Ramsay is a well known Scottish chef and restaurateur. His restaurants have been awarded with Michelin stars and he is also a popular tv star being known for presenting TV programmes about food and culinary competitions. Though Ramsay’s reputation is built upon his goal of culinary perfection he is also infamous for his fiery temper and use of expletives which led him to confrontations whit his kitchen staff and patecipants in tv shows. Below his geniture: Gordon Ramsay The Lord of Activity in his geniture is Mars, being close to the Sun and oriental, visible and in sect. Mars receives the Sun in Scorpio being in sextile with it. Mars is also in opposition with Saturn in Pisces. This Lord is very well suited for a chef profession because of the testimonies of Saturn and Sun, as Ptolemy says:

Mars, in aspect with the sun, makes his subjects those who use fire in their crafts, such as cooks, moulders, cauterizers, smiths, workers in mines; if he is not with the sun, those who work with iron, such as shipbuilders, carpenters, farmers, quarrymen, stone-dressers, jewellers, splitters of wood, and their subordinate workers. If Saturn testifies to him, he produces seamen, drawers of water, tunnelers, painters, gamekeepers, cooks, embalmers. If Jupiter testifies, he produces soldiers, servants, publicans, innkeepers, ferrymen, assistants at sacrifice.

Mars is configurated also with Venus, which is in corde solis, adding taste, art,refinement and pleasure to his profession. Venus in the heart of the Sun surely dignify Ramsay with fame and success.Venus in corde Solis In fact Andrea Argoli says in his “Ptolemaeus parvus in genethliacis junctus Arabibus”:

Venus in corde solis, semper ingentes elargitur honores, si a maleficis non affligatur Saturno aut Marte Venus in the heart of the Sun, always bestows considerable honors, if it is not afflicted by malefic Saturn or Mars.


Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay

Let’s now inspect the temperament. Mercury is Lord of the Horoscope in Gemini and of the  Moon in Virgo. The star Aldebaran of Mars nature is rising with horoscope. The Moon is moving from the opposition with Saturn to the sextile with Mercury. The Moon is conjunct with Mars and in sextile with Jupiter. So Mercury is the primary Lord of Temperament. Mercury is combust so it’s mainly cold and dry. Saturn can add a secondary influence but we should take in account that Mercury is moving from Jupiter which receives it because Mercury is in Sagittarius and Mars and the Moon are in conjunction. Morever the Moon is waning heading toward the conjunction with the Sun and so she is cold and dry. I think that the raising star Aldebaran and the conjunction of Moon and Mars is prevailing.  So the temperament is Choleric Melancholic. Though the influence of Jupiter gives him a bigger and more flashy body. The Lord of the Soul is Jupiter with the secondary influence of Mars. In fact Jupiter receives Mercury and the Moon is with Mars. As Ptolemy says

Jupiter allied with Mars in honourable positions makes his subjects rough, pugnacious, military, managerial, restless, unruly, ardent, reckless, practical, outspoken, critical, effective, contentious, commanding, given to plotting, respectable, virile, fond of victory, but magnanimous, ambitious, passionate, judicious, successful. In the opposite position he makes them insolent, undiscriminating, savage, implacable, seditious, contentious, stubborn, slanderous, conceited, avaricious, rapacious, quickly changeable, light, readily changing their minds, unstable, headstrong, untrustworthy, of poor judgement, unfeeling, excitable, active, querulous, prodigal, gossipy, and in all ways uneven and easily excited.

Vittorio Sgarbi is an Italian art critic, art historian, politician and television celebrity. Erudite and skillful charmer and storyteller, became very popular in television shows and in society news for blatant outbursts with those who contradict him. Sgarbi in italian means ‘rude acts’ and that is perfectly right. Nomen omen, said the Latins. He is also a womanizer told to be father of about forty children but he acknowledged the parternity only of two of them. Vittorio Sgarbi The Lord of activity is not so clear at first sight. Since Mercury and Venus are invisible and there no presence of planets near the upper angle it seems that no planet is suitable to be Lord of activity. But Mercury is very often invisible due to its closeness to the Sun and in this chart is oriental and the Moon is moving from the its opposition, it can be considered the Lord of Activity. Moreover the Moon is opposing  Mercury in mundo very closely. The Moon is moving from Mercury applying to Jupiter thus collecting the light of Mercury, Jupiter and Venus as it can be seen from the picture below.Moon Vis Luminis Therefore we can say that Mercury is Lord of Activity with the participation of Jupiter and Venus.  As Ptolemy says:

For if Mercury governs action, to speak generally, he makes his subjects scribes, men of business, calculators, teachers, merchants, bankers, soothsayers, astrologers, sacrificers, and in general those who perform their functions by means of documents, interpretation, and giving and taking. And if Saturn testifies to him, they will be managers of the property of others, interpreters of dreams, or frequenters of temples for the purpose of prophecies and inspiration. If it is Jupiter that witnesses, they will be law-makers, orators, sophists, who enjoy familiarity with great persons.

So the polyhedral activities of Vittorio Sgarbi as art expert, politician and show man is well signified by Mercury with the participation of Jupiter and Venus.

Vittorio Sgarbi

Vittorio Sgarbi

Vittorio Sgarbi’s Lord of temperament is Saturn having dignity on the horoscope and the Moon and being in conjunction with the Moon. Secondary Lord is Mercury because it aspects the Moon and it si the nocturnal ruler of the air triplicity to which the horoscope and the Moon belong. Saturn is cold and dry and Mercury is dry and hot. The Moon is moist and hot going to the plenilune. Mars in domicile is parallel to the Moon and oppose Venus and Jupiter. His temperament is mainly Melancholic with a Choleric undertone.   The Lord of the Soul is Mars with the help of Venus.

Allied with Venus, in honourable positions, Mars makes his subjects pleasing, cheerful, friendly, soft living, happy, playful, artless, graceful, fond of dancing, erotic, artistic, imitative, pleasure-loving, able to secure -themselves property, masculine, and given to misconduct in matters of love, but still successful, circumspect, and sensible, difficult to convict and discreet, furthermore passionate for both young men and young women, spendthrifts, quick-tempered, and jealous. In contrary positions he makes them leering, lascivious, profligate, indifferent, slanderers, adulterers, insolent, liars, deceivers, seducers of those both in their own families and in those of others, at the same time keen and insatiate of pleasure, corrupters of women and maidens, venturesome, ardent, unruly, treacherous, perjurers, easily influenced and of unsound mind, but sometimes likewise profligate, fond of adornment, bold, disposed to base practices, and shameless.