OK, for starters, some of you may be getting some of this twice. We count all trines and sextiles between planets in five Club of 27 'natal charts,' i. If you have become a person like that, good on you. The volume contains primary sources taken from Galileo's scant collection of extant astrological writings, which are arranged into individual chapters together with works of original secondary scholarship. Bradley Smith says:. Ernesto 'Che' Guevara.
Galileo nearly got into very deep trouble here. The pope was an old friend of Galileo when he was just a Tuscan poet Maffeo Barberini and had written a poem about Galileo, comparing him to the star Antares, 'Heart of the Scorpion', and he called it 'In Dangerous Adulation' - he admired Galileo's brilliant intellect but sensed that he would be trouble.
The pope wasn't really bothered whether the Earth moved or not, but was worried that he might have been made fun of in the character 'Simplicius,' one of the three in Galileo's immortal trialogues. His Dialogues do scoff at those astrologers who made 'predictions' in retrospect, i.
His book is obsessed with the tides, as if thereby he could demonstrate the Earth's motion; in which he erred. Sagredo was his best friend when he lived in Venice, and we have his chart of Sagredo together with some character-insights written beside it: as to how Venus' position in the chart might incline him to be unduly sensual and pleasure-loving in his habits his phrase here was, 'the ill-balanced lady of the geniture' : Sagredo certainly knew how to enjoy life.
Historians know the intellect of Galileo, and portray him as an egoistic and sarcastic character - which he was - but one can only appreciate the soul of Galileo through his horoscope-comments, because that was the language of his psychology, his comments about others. As one of the three immortalised in his trialogues, we recall that Galileo did so much enjoy lively debates with Sagredo; but, as well as that, he drew up a large table of 'primary directions' in a manner that shows how he would give repeated consultations to Sagredo. The charts of his two daughters remain, where his analyses involved the 'path of fortune', and such obscure, antique concepts as the hyleg and apheta.
Spica was the main fixed star he used, where he even used conjunctions to it at several degrees of orb. Tables given below added up arithmetically the different 'dignities' of the aspects.
As to what these charts were 'for', I like Grazia Mirti's suggestion that they were drawn up when his daughters were fourteen years and he was putting the two of them into a monastery for life - as he could no longer afford to keep them - and was trying to convince himself that they had a religious sense and destiny which he saw as coming from Saturn as well as Spica. It was a glorious time to be an astrologer, because of that triple-conjunction with the amazing new star, and the prediction of the 'trigon' of conjunctions moving into the fire-element, an event that happened only once in eight centuries, helping to bring about the Renaissance with its great sense of optimism and bold new adventure.
Campanella, the politically-incorrect visionary philosopher, took the view that Galileo himself and his new science, was expressing the meaning of that great new initiative - which might have been Kepler's view more soberly expressed in his De Stella Nova of Campanella was surely a good friend of Galileo, as eight long letters of his survive to Galileo - but, no replies by Galileo remain. In , Galileo wrote a little-known foreword to a work by a Portuguese Neo-platonist Jew, a Mr Bocarro, praising: 'his astrological judgements, similar to prophecies', adding 'So, I invite him who explains the book of the universe to admire, love, and praise the talent of this man.
This text has been omitted from all collections of Galileo material through the centuries, only published in I have inspected it in Florence. Quite likely his Medici patrons told him to do this, but nevertheless this has to be one more nail in the coffin of the belief that Galileo's astrological beliefs somehow faded away in his mature years.
Horoscope and natal chart of Nick Kollerstrom, born on /12/ you will find in this page an excerpt of the astrological portrait and the interpration of the. Nick Kollerstrom presents an insight into Galileo's charts and astrological The book from which he learnt his astrology while at Pisa may have been Porphyry's.
Home Grants Grants Awarded. Who Am I? Board of Trustees Contact Us. Introduced as "a collection of stand-alone papers on a single theme" v , Galileo's Astrology sets out to explore the significance of astrology in Galileo's personal practice and sociocultural context.
The volume contains primary sources taken from Galileo's scant collection of extant astrological writings, which are arranged into individual chapters together with works of original secondary scholarship. The volume is designed to explore astrological episodes from Galileo's career, including his summons to a Paduan court in under charges of "astral determinism" 39 , his naming of the four moons of Jupiter discovered in after members of the Medici family, and the birth charts he drew up for various patrons.
Each section similarly aims to offer insight into the efforts of one of "the last of the great medieval astrologers" 5. Easing transitions between chapters through introductions, supplementary notes, and concluding comments, Galileo's Astrology conveys an engaging account of a once-obscure side of the celebrated scientific figure.
Galileo's Astrology. Author: Patrick J.