Profections and birth rectification

While I was writing the article about profections, for a strange coincidence I received the latest  number of Phos, the journal issued by CieloeTerra for their members, dedicated to same subject.

The article written by Marco Fumagalli, very beautiful in the content and sophisticated for graphics, on line here, uses profections to rectify birth times. It gives many examples, included Michael Jackson birth chart, confirming the birth time as rectified by Ben Dykes in his well known article. This is not a new technique: profections can be used as a rectification tool together other astrological tools.

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The foundation horoscope of Rome


In these days we are celebrating the birthday of Rome, which according the tradition was founded by Romulus on the 21st April  753 bC. This tradition is very old and  derives from the city’s birthchart. Still everything is not so easy as it seems.

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Which is the true moment of birth: Placidus and animodar

As we saw in these days with Obama’s oath(s) – the first problem for an astrologer is determining the true  moment of birth, whatever event we are talking about.

Placidus writes some interesting considerations in his Coelestis Philosophia (1650):

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the astrological ceiling of Villa Farnesina in Rome

This is the transcript of the lecture kept in Rome by me and Anton Grigoryev (who wrote the article with me) for the Congress/Competition  of October 2006 organized by CIDA, the Italian Astrological Association .

The Italian text has been published in the Winter 2006 issue of Linguaggio Astrale, the journal of the Italian Association.

Some modifications and updates are obviously present in this English version, but basically it remains the same text so much appreciated in Rome.


There is no place in the whole world like Rome and there is no need to talk about its wonders, but the traditional  astrologer should not miss the wonderful Villa Farnesina,   on the shore of river Tiber.


The name Farnese derive from the famous Cardinal Alessandro Farnese who bought the Villa in 1577, but it was built by Agostino Chigi, well  known in  Rome and in the rest of Europe as the richest man in the world, so to be called The Magnificent.

Agostino was born in 1466 in a merchant family of a small city of Tuscany, Siena, a city now declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its medieval architecture. Very soon he understood that the old medieval merchant’ ways of his father could not grant him any success in life, so he left his town and arrived in Rome, where he started to apply  the methods of the earliest forms of capitalism, deriving from the discoveries of new countries, new resources and new low- wage workers.

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about animodar, isaritmia, gates of passage and birth rectification

THERE frequently arises some uncertainty as to the precise time of birth, and some apprehensions lest it should not be accurately noted. In most cases, the actual minute of the hour, at which the birth happens, can only be ascertained by making a scientific observation, at the time, with an horoscopical astrolabe; for all other instruments, employed in ascertaining the hour, are almost fallacious, although used by many persons with much care and attention. …

It seems highly necessary to present some method by which the actually ascending degree of the zodiac may be easily ascertained, in a natural and consistent manner.

(The complete text of this chapter can be found here)

This is the beginning of the third chapter of the third book of Tetrabiblos, which gives indications for a method well known, which is  called  Animodar, from the Persian word “namudar“, i.e. significator, index.
With these lines under their eyes different astrologers have read in MiddleAges and Renaissance  the same text in very different ways.

Most of us know quite well the standard method – so maybe we can inquire a little  in the version given by Giuseppe Bezza.

For what I know there is no other English version of this method, so I think it could be useful to traditional astrologers. Anyway, for what I understand of Italian -which it is  my mother tongue, but sometimes I heard some strange strangers to tell they know more than me – this is a modern method, hardly taught in any Renaissance faculty 😦

This variant of the Animodar is called “ isaritmia ”, or opening of gates of passage, because this method is grounded on the fact births are not possible in every moment of the day but just when a door between heaven and earth is opened:  and this  moment is when there is some agreement between the syzygy preceding the birth and the nativity, between local sphere and celestial sphere, i.e. houses and zodiacal signs: this is the natural and consistent manner Ptolemy talks about.

I can’t give any English translation of the word “ isaritmia ” but I guess  it comes from the Greek words:  ISOS, i.e. same and  RYTHMOS, motion, proportion , because the ruler of the preceding syzygy should have a proportion with the rising or culminating angle in the geniture.

The example is taken from the article written by  Bezza and Fumagalli – gossips say Marco Fumagalli is the expert with numbers 🙂  Henry Paul, l’autista di Diana , and  published in Linguaggio Astrale, the journal of Italian Astrological Association CIDA.

In every case Henry Paul was  Lady Diana’s chauffeur, who died with her and with Dody Al Fayed in the famous car accident in Paris.

Let’s start from Henry Paul nativity.
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