Gurdjieff’s enneagram and traditional astrology

A couple of months I met by chance a very remarkable man – someone with Regulus rising in his chart 🙂 – giving a lecture about planetary types according Gurdjeff enneagram and I decided to take a short course.

The course was based on recognizing the seven different planetary types from the shape of the body. It was terrific and I liked it very much. Moreover I find organizing people according planets is easier than by temperament especially when one is familiar with planetary characters.

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On temperament delusions

Astrology can tell us many things, but we should always think about what we are talking about: trusting too much to a chart is very risky sometimes, as the Ancients know quite well. William Lilly in his well known example about temperament in Christian Astrology III, cannot help to consider his direct knowledge of the man whose nativity he is studying, because astrology should be always subordinate to real life, and not viceversa .

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About the four humours and temperaments, and what we can conjecture from them

One of the most interesting chapters in astrology is the assessment of temperament. Unfortunately there are no so many original texts at disposal of students of our Art, so I decided to translate – I don’t know for the rest, maybe in the future-  some pages from “La fisonomia dell’homo e la celeste”, The physiognomy of the man, and the celestial one”, published in Naples in 1610 by Giovanbattista Della Porta , one of the most important Italian thinkers of Renaissance and a member of the first Accademia dei Lincei .
I also added  some case study chosen by me, one for temperament-  of  natives that for chart and temperament and life can be a good example of what we were talking about.

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Physiognomy and planets

The shape of the body in all living beings depends on the temperament. Without having the birthchart we should easily recognise different temperaments, and on the other hand the assessment of the temperament from a chart should be in agreement with the shape of the body, at least in my opinion 🙂

Even if now it is called a pseudoscience, physiognomy was very important in ancient times, but ancients did not like pictures in their books so many artists during Renaissance spent their time in creating images for the old books. Leonardo Da Vinci for example draw several pictures for De Architectura, an engineering Latin text:

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some notes about temperaments

Can a star of whatever planetary nature with the Sun  deciding the temperament as a traditional astrologer, author of a DVD about humours and temperament states? When does John Frawley say that an oriental Saturn is cold and dry he is talking according the tradition?

One of the most interesting point in astrology is the assessment of the temperament of a native.

The doctrine of the four temperaments- the melancholic, the phlegmatic, the choleric and the sanguine- is very composite and can be found here and there especially in Polybus (Hippocrates’ pupil and son in law who gave a coherent order to the Corpus Hippocraticus), Plato and Galen. It’s especially Galen to develop this theory and describe temperaments as we know. In the Art of Physic he wrote:

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