In his effort to forget Arab magic and astrology and collections of aphorisms and in order to give more evidence to genethliac astrology, Cardano puts his reading of Jesus birthchart in his Comment to Tetrabiblos.
These pages are a turning point after Albumasar’s pages about the Great Conjunction and the Pulchra Virgo. In these lines written by Cardano there is no miracle and no God, just a geniture.
Near the Ascendant there are five elements of great importance, very rare and unusual. The first one is the conjunction of the first degree of the Libra, both in the 8th and in the 9th sphere, with the intersection between the ecliptic and circle of equinox; so the first degree of Aries in the small circle of the 8th sphere had the same longitude of the first degree of Aries, which is the centre of small centre present in the 9th sphere .
I’m not saying this conjunction is the main factor,
but it’s the first element, the most illustrious, because of the effect of so many stars, and its effect lasts 36000 years.
The second element is the presence of the shining comet, signifying a world upheaval, and a very great fame.
The third element is Jupiter showing the sweetness of temperament, both the honesty, the tameness, and the eloquence and the extraordinary wisdom. So when Jupiter returned to the Ascendant at the age of twelve he could debate with priests in the Temple. Jupiter gave him grace, eloquence, sweetness of temperament, and the comet glow showed to the people all these things; while the Great Conjunction kept them firmly in the people’s souls, so neither the shameful death or the kings’ laws could delete their memory.
The fourth is Spica of Virgo, star of first magnitude of Venus nature , and a little of Mars: being just three degrees from the Ascendant it gave him eloquence and influence upon people and the natural knowledge of future. Even if the Divine dwells higher, the knowledge coming higher than humanity comes from the bright star of Venus, and from the brighter stars of the same nature.
The fifth is the Autumn equinox. In fact, as I already told, he was born a little – or just a moment – before the middle of the night, as we can see because the direction to the Moon to the Descendant. Consequently the summer tropic was at MC, and for this reason, according to Ptolemy, he was able to establish a new religion. In fact, the great star called Hercules, of second magnitude and like Mars in nature, was there: it showed so many noble people facing an awful death, martyrs, soldiers of John, James, Michael, Peter and Paul.
Near the Descendant there is one element: the Great Conjunction heralded at the third degree of the Aries six years before the birth of the Saviour, being previously Jupiter and Saturn joined in the Cancer triplicity, and being the first degree of Aries, of the one and other sphere, as I already told, at the Descendant. This is the eighth main element of this geniture, from which derives the public and famous death (because of the conjunction of the cusps of Aries) and the sentence of sedition (because of the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn). And the law should be established by his death, because the conjunction of the Aries points was at the Descendant.
Two elements from IC: the first one is the presence of the Sun, signifying a supreme mind, and his name made famous by the death. The second, the presence of Mercury, together with the Sun, aspecting the Ascendant, and making evident the great mind, the skills and readiness in actions. For this reason people liked his sayings: this does not derive from a divine wisdom but from an human one.
And these ones are the ten rare elements in this geniture, in which the almost divine convergence shows in advance a preview of marvelous events, planned by the eternal link of the causes.
Now we’ll talk about other elements we could add to the ten 0nes mentioned. Mercury, at his greatest speed, at the highest point of the epicycle, with the Sun, at the IC, ruler of the part of the Ascendant, squaring Jupiter and Mars, gave him the sharp intelligence and the great prudence. Jupiter, opposing Mars, being Mars in his house, near the Descendant, signified quarrels, enemies, dangers. The Sun near the IC, badly configurated with the Ascendant, together with Mercury, and squaring Mars, signified that the king would be an enemy: this from the beginning, when Herod killed children, thinking Jesus was among them. Since the Moon was the significator of life (being the Sun and the Part of Fortune below the horizon), she arrived by direction at the Descendant at the age of 34 and signifying he would die at that age. Being there Mars, enemy to the Moon and the Ascendant, it would be a cruel and violent death. And being the rays of Jupiter opposite to the Descendant, this death should arrive by sentence from a judge, and the square of the Sun shows the concurrence of the king. The conjunction of the 8th and 9th sphere signified that the event would be accompanied with a great sedition and with the public favour, and the Sun is a public death.
The enmity of Saturn, ruler by exaltation, triplicity and term, with the Ascendant made him unhappy and saturnine, so Joseph said he often saw him crying, and never laughing.
He had good health and beauty from Venus and Saturn, rulers of the Ascendant, trining the Ascendant and Jupiter. The Part of Fortune below the horizon, isolated, in Saturn terms, signifies poverty. Moon and Mars in the western angle, in an Earthy sign, signify continuous travels by land. Child, he was taken in Egypt and when he came back, he was a peregrine during all his preaching.
Moon, near Pleiads, signifies riots, dangers and quarrels, because those stars have the same nature of Mars, and they are malefic in nature because of the rays from Mars, Jupiter and Sun.
Saturn, being retrograde in the ninth house, signifies the effort of subverting the religious law under which he was born; in fact people subvert the old law in order to establish a new one. He acted like that with a divine way, still the star of Saturn signified the same in a natural way………..
Those who deny the truth of astrology could tell me if I altered the coordinates, or miscalculated planetary positions, or in deciphering the secrets of stars I turned away from the teaching of Ptolemy. What should they else say: Ptolemy who never saw this geniture, wrote his book because of this example? I could not think anything else sillier and more absurd than this.