The hanging soul: bipolar disorder and traditional astrology

The bipolar disorder is  is a disorder with periods of depression and periods of elevated mood, which in the humoral system is connected to the vapours of the black bile – the cold and dry melancholia- which predominates and obstructs the brain. Obviously the perfect remedy for this illness are hot oils warming and anointing the head and dissolving the corrupted bile.
Quoting Galen, Maimonides lists 16 signs of the disorder:

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We can be heroes, a short reading about David Bowie’s life and death

A very quick look to David Bowie’s chart in the day of his death.  The chart is cast for 9:00 am, the birth time given by parents and the former wife (1), but we like a lot because of Venus culminating at MC.

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David Bowie 08/01/1947 h 9:00 am London

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The rectification by the trutine of Hermes in Lilly merchant’s chart

Of the three books of Christian Astrology the most famous is obviously the second dedicated to horary which eclipses the rest of the work, especially the third, about nativities, which is a pity because the third contains some important chapters, like the one about temperament or the one about the rectification of the birth hour, which we are going to recalculate in this post. This is Lilly’s “English merchant”

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The “extracted” chart

In the third book of Quadripartite, Ptolemy introduces something called the “extracted” chart, ie a derivate chart, which is not so stranger to Hellenistic astrology, for example in Vettius Valens. The extracted chart is nothing else than a derivative chart for “persons related to the native from his own nativity (which) are his parents, brothers, spouse, children, servants, friends.”
Anyway Ptolemy is an easy reading only for modern astrologers, who can invariably read Tetrabiblos without any difficult and doubt🙂 Traditional astrologers on the other hand, should search here and there with pain and discomfort in order to have some insight in the midst of the convoluted language of the Alexandrian Astrologer.
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The Paris attack

“Police reported that at least 128 people had been killed and up to 300 more injured – including 80 critically – in yesterday’s six attacks, France’s deadliest since the second world war and the worst witnessed in Europe since the 2004 Madrid railway bombings” says The Guardian. (1) ” What about astrology?

Let us start from the event chart, cast for November, 13th 2015 h:9:21 pm

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Robert Burton and the Chart’s rectification by Ptolemy’s Animodar

Searching “Anatomy of melancholy” in my hard disk I came across a paper discussing the astrological skills of his author, Robert Burton.
The paper (1) makes some interesting points about how much Burton was inside astrology, and highlights the fact the chart Burton casts in the preface of the book is a not the real birth chart but a rectified one.
The actual birth time was around 9 a.m (2) but it’s likely Burton in a book about Melancholy would prefer to have Saturn smashed on the MC rather than falling in the 9th house
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