The Astrological Fortunes of Richard III

IShakespeare's Richard IIIn the times of William Shakespeare, the ‘stars’ were always a force with which men must reckon. There’s no doubt that in those days, the world was viewed as ‘fated’ – and whether this was a reflection of the ancient cosmos where the gods pulled all the strings or an inherent recognition of what Carl Jung would later posit about the covert operations of the unconscious, we will never know.

But we do know that the idea of ‘fate’ as shown in the ‘stars was woven oft through his work:

Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,

Which we ascribe to heaven: the fated sky

Gives us free scope, only doth backward pull

Our slow designs when we ourselves are dull.

(All’s Well that Ends Well, 1.1.209), Helena

Having just finished reading Shakespeare’s play Richard III, I wondered how Richard was ‘fated’ to stack up?180px-Richard_III_of_England

Ptolemy identified six levels of fame/success:

  1. Kings & Princes

Both luminaries in masculine signs and at least one of them to be found in an angle. This alone is pretty good. However – as well, they (both) be attended by a doryphory (including rays)  composed of all five planets – then this is REAL GOOD. In addition this rank is helped if the planets in the doryphories are also in the angles or configured with the MC.

  1. Chieftain

The Sun only masculine with the Moon feminine and only one of them in an angle. If both, however, have good doryphories as described above, then the person will reach chieftain level, with the power to judge life and death. NOTE – a good doryphory has  benefics in good shape or on angles (or ruling them).

  1. Governor or Commander

If the natal chart has the luminaries as for a Chieftain but the doryphories do not involve the angles, these people will not be invested with sovereignty, but will reach eminence.

  1. Civil Leader

If neither of the luminaries be in the angles, but both have good doryphories which are in the angles or ruling the angles, they will have a leadership role in their community. Councillor, President of a club, Mayor of a small town and so on.

  1. Undistinguished

If however, neither luminary is in an angle (Sun still masculine and Moon feminine), and the attending planets are not involved with the angles by placement or rulership, then the person will lead a humble life.

  1. Lowest Level

If neither luminary be found in a masculine sign, nor in an angle, nor attended by any benefics they will live lives of “quiet desperation” and obscurity.

Richard III

  1. Sun in Libra (in fall) in a masculine sign succedent in the 11th house – OK – but could be better – the 7th house Moon in Taurus is in a feminine sign but it is angular and exalted) so overall this is pretty OK.
  2. This might get him to Chieftain level if the doryphories of one or both of the luminaries is strong.
  3. The doryphory is an interesting technique focusing on the ‘retinue’ of helpers either of the two lights or luminaries (i.e. sun or moon) have in their ‘train’. The more planets in the retinue, the more helpers and if additionally those helpers were themselves strong the more help they could give. Imagine yourself a feudal lord trying to raise an army to fight a foe – the more rich/strong neighbours (i.e. able to raise their own armies) you have supporting your cause, the more likely you were to succeed.
  4. Note that when considering if a planet throws a ‘ray’ into the doryphory, benefics (Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Mercury, and the Sun) can only do so by sextile or trine and the malefics (Saturn and Mars) can only do so by opposition or square.
  5. Richard III’s solar doryphory (i.e. attendants to his sun at 17 Libra) is as follows: Because the sun’s retinue PROCEEDS him, we look to other planets in either Libra (18 -30 degrees) or Scorpio:
    1. Saturn in Libra (exalted) and succedent
    2. Mercury in Scorpio
    3. Venus in Scorpio (in detriment) yet angular
    4. Jupiter in Aquarius (retrograde) throws a ray into Libra by trine
  6. Richard III’s lunar doryphory (i.e. attendants to his moon at 28 Taurus is as follows: Because the moon’s retinue FOLLOWS her, we look to planets either in Taurus (29-30 degrees Taurus) or Aries:
    1. Mars in Aries – strong by rulership but not angular
    2. Jupiter casts a ray into Aries by sextile
  7. A solar doryphory of four planets isn’t bad – but none of these four are in rulership by sign or term – and although Saturn is exalted, Venus is in detriment (alternative) – but she rules the DSC angle (Taurus). Mercury is reasonable shape and also rules the MC angle. Likewise Jupiter is in reasonable shape in Aquarius and rules the IC angle – so overall pretty good
  8. A lunar doryphory of only 2 planets is not so good – But that Mars is so powerful (albeit also retrograde) that it alone could win the day – not to mention that it is the chart ruler because Scorpio is rising. This means Mars rules this angle. Mars is further empowered by being in reception with the Sun (the Sun is exalted in Aries so that Sun in Libra- charming and strategic – gives all it has to Mars. Being retrograde does not impede its power but will effect the outcome in the sense that this power is never really under control.
  9. Overall, this gets Richard III to chieftain level – but not to King – and that shouldn’t be surprising because although he was crowned king, it was only because he killed off or pushed aside all others entitled to wear the crown. He held the throne for only two years before being toppled himself by Henry Tudor (who’d been smart enough to remain in France whilst Richard was bumping folks off), whose claim to the throne was much stronger.

Love’s Alchemy & the Alchemical Marriage

MercuryIn alchemy, the female mercurial principle symbolises the mutable aspect of natural processes, their fluidity and changeability.

Hence ‘he/she’ (Mercury is oft pictured as hermaphrodite) is known to alchemists as the White Queen.

According to Johannis de Monte Raphim (Deutsches Theatrum Chemicum, Nuremberg, 1728):

“The process laboratory-workers wanted to rule him (Mercurius) and force him into (the) process. But he constantly escapes, and if one thinks about him, he turns into thoughts, and if one passes judgment upon him, he is judgment itself.”

Mercury is prized by alchemists because, as the result of ‘his/her’ own divided nature, ‘he/she’ unites opposites. Keeping in mind that the alchemical process is all about separation, purification, and reunification, we begin to grasp the benefits of Mercury. Keeping in mind that Mercury is poisonous however, we can also begin to understand how (as Johannis de Monte Raphim warns us) it might all go terribly wrong.

Mercury = psychopomp = guide between the unconscious and the conscious.

The aim of the alchemical game is to bring up all the dross and impurities (as shown by your natal chart) to the surface (consciousness) so that you can deal with them. How else will you be able to assemble them, purified, back together again?

For example, the heroine of Love’s Alchemy, Judith Shakespeare, has a Mars/Saturn conjunction in the 12th house in Scorpio.

Mars/Saturn contacts are dangerously flammable:

Mars = passionalchemical symbols

Saturn = fear & inadequacy

Whilst her Mars/ Saturn contact operates unconsciously, Judith’s long-term personal relationships will be disastrous. Initially she is highly passionate (Mars). But as her Saturn kicks in (as it must with any form of commitment), she becomes increasingly cold toward her lover and potentially even violent.

Enter Mercury to facilitate the active dialogue and transference which is at the base of all therapeutic work.

With Mercury, Judith’s Saturn can help Mars become more considered and less impatient whilst her Mars can help her Saturn achieve his carefully conceived plans. It’s fairly obvious then that if Judith is to be successful in her alchemical transformation, she must find someone in whom she can confidently confide.

She and I are both hopeful that someone will be Master Francis, the character who is meant to play the King to her Queen.

Because Mercury, or the White Queen, is so fluid, she needs an active force to define and shapes her – this force is the male principle of sulphur known to alchemists as the Red King.White Queen

The union of Red King and White Queen is often called the alchemical marriage. In illustrations, it is depicted as courtship and sex. Sometimes they are garbed, as if just starting to be brought together, offering each other flowers. Sometimes they are naked, preparing for consummation of their marriage that will eventually lead to an allegorical offspring, that all important elixir, the Philosopher’s Stone.

Does Judith want to find the Philosopher’s Stone?

You bet!!

Will she be successful?

That remains to be seen.

 

Love’s Alchemy – Stage I – The Purification process or Calcinatio

Alchmey‘So as above then as below’ is a basic tenet of all occult work.

That inherently there is both good and bad in all things created is a tenet underlying the work of alchemists and Jungian psychologists alike.

Put these two tenets together, and you get an incredibly elegant step-by-step formula on how to create ‘gold’ from your unperfected self.

The heroine, Judith Shakespeare, of my new novel, Love’s Alchemy, has long been interested in both psychology and alchemy. Whilst still a teenager, she’d concluded that it was possible to change, perfect, and redeem  Picture 1herself by marrying psychology with alchemy through astrology.

Jung (himself a competent astrologer) believed that the ‘great work’ or magnum opus of alchemists was akin to the process he coined as individuation – whereby one deliberately works against the natural order of things to create the ‘Self’, an internal structure that will provide a ‘feeling of standing on solid ground, on a patch of inner eternity which even physical death cannot touch.’

The alchemists start with the elusive ‘first matter’, or Prima Materia in Latin. This is the most confusing concept in alchemy and even alchemists find it difficult to define it. Luckily, however, in regards to astrology determining the Prima Materia is easy; it’s your birth chart ! Like alchemists with their Prima Materia, your goal is to take each piece of your natal chart apart such that it can be purified, transformed, and reunited again into a perfect whole.

The first part of the process commences with the ‘Black Phase’ or Nigredo and the first stage of Nigredo is known as calcinatio.

Calcinatio is a fiery, burning process governed by Aries/Mars during which the dross is burned off to purify rather like the process during which diamonds are formed.

Psychologically, this is accomplished by frustrating your natural desires and passions (i.e. deliberating frustrating your EGO) so that you no longer are able to get your own way). It was never going to be easy to recognise (much less eliminate) your childish beliefs that everything wrong in your life is the fault of someone else.

As you become increasingly unable to blame others (i.e. project your own frustrations outside yourself) and are forced to look inside for the answers, you are literally stewed in your own ‘juices’ – frustrated and trapped – until the fire that lit your anger burns itself out.

alchemy lab 7Hence this stage in the alchemical process is often depicted as wolves with their paws cut off (instincts frustrated), serpents devouring themselves, lions eating suns, or the King being boiled alive

Needless to say this is a dark time of life and is often characterized by feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and depression – as you finally give up your egoistic struggle and slow down long enough to take that all important look inside.

Judith addresses The Black Phase or Nigredo in the first few chapters of Love’s Alchemy when because her Mars is so strong (with Scorpio rising, Mars is her chart ruler which is then also found in the zodiac sign of Scorpio which it rules by sign and triplicity), she finds herself more trouble than she’s ever known.

Like I said, this never was going to be easy.

Find your Personal Path to Enlightenment through your Part of Daemon

180px-Viennese_zodiacThe Part of Daemon (or Pars Daemon) is your personal pathway to the enlightenment. It is what you need to do to fulfil your life purpose.

In your natal chart, your Part of Daemon represents how you project matter into spirit – i.e. using material resources to facilitate your spiritual goals. The more you’re pushed in the material world, the more likely you are to turn to your Part of Daemon for in essence, it encompasses your entire life philosophy.

Not surprisingly, your Part of Daemon also represents how you envisage the Divine.

Hence the Part of Daemon is the reverse formula (not simply the reverse location) of your Part of Fortune which, as discussed in an earlier post. [1]

Water – This Part of Daemon will value emotional contact and emotional bonds. The Divine is present in everyday life, in personal contact, and is emotionally involved. In Cancer, it is going to be more protective and nurturing; in Scorpio, possessive and intense – an Old Testament God – testing and zapping – very demanding and fearing betrayal; and in Pisces more devotional and mystical God is everywhere and all-knowing -devotion breeds God’s love – God is all-consuming.Jim Jones

For example, the Part of Daemon for Jim Jones, an Evangelist cult leader who led over five hundred members of his cult to suicide rather that allow the American authorities to investigate them, had his Part of Daemon at 24 Scorpio. His take on the Divine was a God who was emotionally involved with all his people and rather than allow anyone else to ‘take his people, he sent them directly to God.

Air – This Part of Daemon will value knowledge and intellect. The Divine is thinking, intelligent, has a plan; one finds their Divine through learning. Aquarius is going to endeavor to claim this knowledge; Gemini is going to endeavor to transmit or collect the knowledge; and Libra will want to disseminate the knowledge (fairly) to everyone.

Billy GrahamFor example, Billy Graham, the charismatic American Evangelist preacher who launched Revivalist campaigns across the US and UK, had his Part of Daemon at 20 Aquarius. He was convinced that people could hear the ‘word of God’ channeled through him.

Fire – This Part of Daemon in this element will value action. God helps those who help themselves! The Divine is forceful, active, instigating and enthusiastic. The Divine inspires and seeks freedom of action. In Aries this will be manifest in direct and independent action – the Divine is found in martial arts or sport. In Leo, the individual can “shine” regal and proud – their version of the Divine being warm, loving, and masculine. In Sagittarius it will be focused more on inspiring themselves and others. Here the Divine is expansive and wants us to learn and philosophize – to live life to our maximum potential.

Joan of ArcFor example, Joan of Arc, the young French girl who was divinely inspired to fight against the English while at the same time serving as a inspiration to her fellow citizens and troops, had her Part of Daemon at 21 Aries. She is remembered as a saint in armor who fought the enemy in the name of God.

Earth- This Part of Daemon is going to value security and practicality. Take care of yourself and all else follows. The Divine is physically responsible for one’s physical and material well being and will ensure the well-being of all. Taurus will be concerned with the money side (money makes the world go ’round); Capricorn will connect with an institution, such as the Church; and Virgo will focus on service.

For example, Florence Nightingale who devoted her life to helping the sick, had her Part of Daemon at 20 Virgo. She followed this path after receiving what she believed to be a message from God.Florence Nightingale

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The Part of Daemon is the reverse of the Part of Fortune:

  • Part of Daemon. Asc +Sun – Moon – for diurnal
  • Part of Daemon. Asc +Moon – Sun – for nocturnal

These formulae should be interpreted as in this way: compute the longitudes of the Ascendant, Moon and Sun as measured from 0 degrees of Aries. This is done according to the table below.

Aries Add 0 . Libra Add 180
Taurus Add 30 . Scorpio Add 210
Gemini Add 60 . Sagittarius Add 240
Cancer Add 90 . Capricorn Add 270
Leo Add 120 . Aquarius Add 300
Virgo Add 150 . Pisces Add 330

 

Let’s say someone has an Ascendant of 17 Cancer, a Moon of 13 Gemini, and a Sun at 4 Libra. An Ascendant of 17 Cancer means a Descendant of 17 Capricorn Since the Sun is between the Ascendant and the Descendant, this is a night birth so we use the night birth formula.

Ascendant 17 Cancer + 90 = 107
Sun 4 Libra + 180 = 184 Moon 13 Gemini + 60 = 73

Daemon = 107- 184 + 73 = – 4. 
This means the Part of Daemon is 4 degrees ahead of 0 Aries or 26 Pisces.

If the Sun were at 10 Cancer with an Ascendant of 19 Sagittarius and the Moon at 25 Aquarius, the chart would be a day birth so we would use the Day formula.

Ascendant 19+ 240= 259
Moon 25 Aquarius + 300 = 325
Sun 10 Cancer + 90 = 100

Daemon = 259 + 100 – 325 = 31. This gives us a Part of Daemon of 4 Taurus.

 

Want to know your astrological life expectancy?

europe~medievalAncient astrologers used a technique involving the Hyleg and Alcoccoden to determine the life and vitality in a chart

It’s not so much predicting how long you will live (and it most certainly does not predict the timing of your death) but about how much ‘juice’ is in your ‘battery’ at birth.

Clearly someone with lots of battery could die young due to an accident. Likewise someone with not so much battery could, with the help of modern science, live to a ripe old age.

Hence today, the technique speaks more to the quality of life rather than actual length of life.

The following recipe for astrological life expectancy is by Bonatti using the chart of Queen Elizabeth I:

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  1. If the Sun is in the 1st, 11th or 10th in a masculine or feminine sign, then it is the Hyleg. Her Sun is in the 8th house so move to the next step.
  2. If the Sun is in the 7th, 8th or 9th in a masculine sign (Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagitarrius, Aquarius), then it is the Hyleg. Her Sun is a feminine sign (Virgo), so the Sun is not the Hyleg.
  3. If the Sun is not the Hyleg, then move to the Moon.
  4. If the Moon is in ANY angular house (1st, 4th, 7th, or 10th ) or a succedent house (2nd, 5th, 8th, or 11th) and in a feminine sign (and ANY of the four rulers of her degree (Rulership, Exaltation, Triplicity and Term) aspect her then she is the Hyleg. Note that feminine signs include Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces.
  5. Elizabeth’s Moon is in Taurus in the 3rd house (Placidus) but because it is within 8 degrees of the cusp of an angular house (the 4th ) then it is considered in that angular house.
  6. Her Moon is angular and in a feminine sign (Taurus). However it is un-aspected (we do not look to the modern planets of Uranus, Pluto, or Neptune) so the Moon is not the Hyleg.
  7. Elizabeth was born after the full moon but before the next new moon, so her chart is Preventional. (Note that if she had been born after the new moon but before the full moon, her chart would Conjunctional and we would have looked first to her ASC).
  8. Hence we look first to her Part of Fortune which is at 19 Leo. As it happens, her Jupiter at 20 Sag forms a trine with her Part of Fortune and is in reception with by term, triplicity, and face.
  9. Her Part of Fortune is the Hyleg and it forms an Alcoccoden with Jupiter.
  10. Because Jupiter is in rulership of Sag (very strong), then using the chart below we start with the length of life of 79 years.
  11. However because Mars (a malefic) is aspecting her Jupiter by an opposition (7 degrees), then we must subtract 15 years (based on the lesser life of Mars in chart below) plus another 40.5 months (based on the middle life of Mars in chart below).
  12. Hence the life expectancy for Queen Elizabeth is 60 ½ years.
  13. Since she died when she was 70 years old, she beat her own odds by 9 plus years

 

Moon Mercury Venus Sun Mars Jupiter Saturn
Lesser 25 20 8 19 15 12 30
Middle 66.5 48 45 69.5 40.5 45.5 43.5
Greater 108 76 82 120 66 79 57

Making Money through your Part of Fortune – Part II – Case Study for Madonna

part of fortunePractice makes perfect and so yet another analysis of the Part of Fortune – this time for Madonna:

In summary, to make lots of money you want:

  • One of the rulers (sign or term) of the Part of Fortune strong in the chart (by rulership or exaltation).
  • One of rulers in an angular house (1st, 4th, 7th, or 10th) preferably conjunct the angle).
  • The primary ruler (strongest of the rulers) also making tight aspect to an angular Part of Fortune.
  • Another the rulers also making an aspect to the Part of Fortune.
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  1. Madonna’s Part of Fortune is 25 Virgo 41 = ASC – Sun + Moon by Day.I013319.QG_Eddhd7AVhWUvAU6kiDw.c2atw.250
  2. Mercury rules 25 Virgo 41 by sign and Mars rules it by term.
  3. Mercury and Mars are the rulers of Madonna’s Part of Fortune.
  4. In Madonna’s chart, Mercury is in rulership in Virgo and on the ASC (and hence in the 1st house which is angular) BINGO – tick points one and two in the make lots of money summary above.
  5. Mercury does not make an aspect to Madonna’s Part of Fortune. Oh, well, too bad. No tick for for point three in the make lots of money summary.
  6. However Mercury is closely plugged into all the angles (ASC and MC) – and it is functioning extremely strongly (and effectively because it’s in rulership) in Madonna’s life. Good.
  7. In Madonna’s chart, Mars is at 15 Taurus 23 and cadent in the 11th This is not particuarly good nor is it particularly bad.
  8. However Mars does make a wide trine to the Point of Fortune. So a partial tick to point four in the make lots of money summary above.
  9. As this is a diurnal chart (Madonna was born just after sunrise), we look to the Sun for more information.
  10. The Sun is in the 12th house (cadent – not so good) at 23 Leo 07 in rulership – The dispositor of the Sun is also the Sun (this is always the case when a planet is in rulership). DOUBLE BINGO – another tick to point one in the make lots of money summary above.
  11. The Sun does not make an apsect to the Part of Fortune. You can’t have it all.
  12. Can Madonna make pots of money? You bet.
  13. Is this accomplished through her profession or vocation?
  14. Let’s see:
  15. Mercury is the ruler of her (Gemini) MC.
  16. So tick one for Mercury.
  17. The Moon (11 Virgo 30 and also ruled by Mercury and in the 1st house – angular and conjunct the ASC – good, good) is applying next to Mars.
  18. So tick one for Mars.
  19. No planet is ‘at the bendings’ (i.e. square the nodal axis at 24 Libra/Aries).
  20. Mercury is in greatest dignity (by sign and term) and it forms part of the Sun’s rather good doryphory (Mercury, Moon, Jupiter, and Venus).
  21. Hence Mercury rules Madonna’s profession.
  22. According to Bonatti, Mercury in its own terms suggests ‘the person will have rank and share in secret knowledge’. He further goes on to suggest that if Mercury is also in rulership, ‘they will be very honest and sober’.
  23. Traditionally Mercury is associated with merchants (buying & selling). In more modern astrology, Mercury is associated with communication of all sorts – and because Pluto (OK – that’s cheating using a modern planet – forgive me?) is closely conjuct Madonna’s Mercury, whatever she communicates will resound deeply and powerfully in the collective. This is further amplified by Mercury’s close sextile to Neptune, planet associated with performers and dreams.
  24. In summary –  Mercury, the dispostior of her Part of Fortune as well as her profession, is in rulership by sign and term. Mercury is angular and conjunct an angle (the ASC). Mercury is plugged tightly into all the angles (ASC and MC). Mercury is also the ruler of the MC which suggests she is known for her fortune and ability to communicate. Madonna would have been even more successful if Mercury (or Mars or the Sun) had closely aspected her Part of Fortune (however Mars does make a wide 10 degree trine so it does help in part).

Mars & Pluto / Occultism & Magic/ Purposeful Change

imagesNatal combinations of Mars (personal will) and Pluto (raw power) make them a force with which to be reckoned. Individuals with this natal combination function (consciously or not) with such an intensity of purpose that they are able to (consciously or not) transisition their desire into reality.

Because Mars acts in conjunction with Pluto’s evolutionary drive for transformation, it’s little wonder these two are the co-rulers of Scorpio – and –  as anyone with first- hand experience of Scorpio knows, these waters run deep.

It’s also little wonder that - throughout the centuries - a large number of well-known ceremonial magicians, witches, and occultists have Mars/Pluto aspects in their charts – for example:

 Aleister Crowley  (Golden Dawn) – Pluto (23 Taurus) TRINE Mars (22 Capricorn)

Israel Regardie  (Golden Dawn) – Pluto (23 Gemini) TRINE Mars (21 Aquarius)

Carlos Castaneda (shaman) – Pluto (13 Cancer) TRINE Mars (28 Scorpio)

Starhawk (Wiccan) – Pluto (17 Leo) SEXTILE Mars (18 Gemini)

Zsuzsanna Budapest (Wiccan) – Pluto (22 Virgo) SQUARE Mars (16 Sagitarrius)

William Yeats (Golden Dawn/poet) – Pluto (13 Taurus) SQUARE Mars (12 Leo)

William Westoctt (Golden Dawn) -  Pluto (24 Gemini) TRINE Mars (21 Aquarius)

Robert Fludd (occultist) – Pluto (26 Pisces) TRINE Mars (28 Scorpio)

Emanuel Swedenborg (alchemist) – Pluto (22 Cancer) SQUARE Mars (21 Aries)

William Blake (occultist/poet) – Pluto ( 20 Sagittarius) TRINE Mars ( 20 Leo)

So does that mean that if you’ve got Mars/Pluto aspects in your natal chart you will be an occultist?

Of course not.

But what it does mean is that – for better or worse – you have a tremendous power for bringing about purposeful change.

 

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