Reading a birth chart: a geniture according traditional astrology

The following text was written in the last summer and concludes the yearly meetings between Giancarlo Ufficiale, a founding member of Cieloeterra, who coordinated the group, Paola Fornai, a CIDA certified member, and the gentle author of this blog. The method is the one taught in Almugea School, inspired to the methods of traditional astrology, as made known by CieloeTerra, the Italian Association for Traditional Astrology. ((General references can be found in the websites of Almugea,  of Apotelesma,  and  obviously CieloeTerra .))
The article has been firstly published in Linguaggio Astrale no. 187, Autumn 2010, under the original name of GINO STRADA, PEACE AND LOVE: una genitura secondo l’astrologia classica (by  Giancarlo Ufficiale, Paola Fornai, Margherita Fiorello)

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Calculating the Almuten of the soul with Morinus software

The new version of Morinus fixes a bug in the calculation of the Almuten, so this could be the opportunity to discuss how we can use this software in judging about the qualities of the soul.

The chapter about the qualities of the soul is surely the most important together with the one about the prorogation: it’s the only one in which Ptolemy gives a detailed list of meaning for the planets who assume the rulership of the soul, which is unfortunately the opposite policy of the rest of the book.

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Cardano on fixed stars in De iudiciis geniturarum (1547)

Stars at the border of Sagittarius, the three ones of third magnitude near or over the arrow, have a great influence in producing murderers. If they are well disposed they make heroes, men of war, tribunes, judges, responsible for other people’s death; if ill disposed, they make wardens, subordinates to magistrates,  executioners, thieves. If they are in conjunction with the Sun, in genitures of great men they promise kingdoms, but in humbler genitures, they give lesser dignity.

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In one of my researches in Rome’s libraries I found a copy of Astrolabium Planum, one of the most intriguing and enigmatic books written during Renaissance by Johannes Angelus, published in 1488 in Augusta, one of the oldest German cities, founded by the Roman Emperor Augustus-  where the author Johann Engel stated that the second part – a collection of pictures showing the 360 degrees of zodiacal belt with an explicative sentence for each of them – was elaborated ab excellentissimo viro medicine facultatis doctore experto Petro de Abano.   (( Giordana Mariani Canova , “Per la storia della figura astrologica a Padova. Il De imaginibus di Pietro d’Abano e le sue fonti”))


Stade on Fixed stars

Fixed stars have a prominent part in traditional astrology: Ptolemy in the first book of  Tetrabiblos lists them without giving any meaning, but we have several alternative sources for them, Manilius and Firmicus in the Latin world,  Anonymous of 379 and two chapters from Liber Hermetis  in the late Antiquity, and in the Middle Age and Renaissance was well known Albumasar’s chapter about paranatellonta .

The following translation – the first the gentle authors have knowledge  –  comes from Jean Stade’s Fixis Stellis Commentarius (1560),  chapters 8, 9 and 10  about fixed stars’ meaning about wealth, dignity, health, qualities of soul and violent death in a birth chart.

Lucia Bellizia, University Classics degree, of Apotelesma largely revised my Latin translation of chapters 9 and 10,   translated Greek words which Stade spread in the whole text, and added the translation of the chapter 8. Her Italian version could be found in her site here.

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