Gaspard Bauhin– the flower’s best friend

First is Dr. Bauhin’s chart as would have been made for him at his birth, unless Campanus or Regiomontanus was in favour, a Hellenistic whole house affair.  We have rectified him to 05.18 Gemini, that Dr. Gordon says gives a “studious and sane mind.  Sober judgement.”  I decided to do a chart on him because of all the planting I did over the weekend and was reading some things about daffodils, those lovely heralds of spring and got naturally curious.
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This setup gives him a definite Grand Trine and makes him a locomotive — a person who follows their interests to the exclusion of all else.  The Moon, the anchor to this chart, on the fifth house cusp, shows how he getting a systematic understanding of all of life was his great joy and squared the Venus on the eighth house cusp, also his legacy.  That he was still in the midst of his at the time of his is no surprise, this chart always found something else to stir his passion, and his mind, wondering how they were linked and forever self-correcting his work.
Dr. Bauhin does have an opposition, from the Moon to Mars, making him more introverted than that Moon would let on, and rather austere in his makeup, assisted by Saturn on the first house cusp at 29.43 Taurus.  That opposition is what departs from the Splay type, that cannot have any and the Splash is possible but there is too much Southern congregation for that type to work either.  Finally, a bucket with a moon handle could be possible, but rather improbable for a scientist.
The opposition also shows his effect on encouraging his son to take up his scientific interests and the trine to Saturn shows how much his elder brother encouraged his.  He seems to have had a fortunate family life.
The preponderance of planets in the ninth house makes sense on many accounts:  he travelled & a lifelong student.  According to Marc Jones’ calculation of mental chemistry (Elbert Benjamine and Doris Doane have another),  his Sun is a full 18 degrees ahead of his Mercury making his mental awareness, still and circumspect.  Unlike someone whose Mercury was that far ahead of the Sun, and capturing information, Dr. Bauhin’s method was deliberative.
For those interested in a modern chart, here’s one to review.modern bauhin.png


BAUHIN, GASPARD (1560-1624),was Swiss botanist and anatomist.  He was the son of  Jean Bauhin (1511-1582), a French physician who was forced to leave France upon his conversion to Protestantism. Gaspard was born at Basel on the 17th of January 1560 Julian.  This rectifies to 27th January 1570 Gregorian that we are using.  He devoted  himself to medicine, &  pursued his studies at Padua Italy, Montpellier, France and some of the celebrated schools in Germany.
Upon returning to Basel in 1580, Bauhin was admitted to medical college, and gave private lectures in botany and anatomy. In 1582 he was appointed to the Greek professorship in that university, and in 1588 to the chair of anatomy and botany. He was afterwards made city physician, professor of the practice of medicine, rector of the university, and dean of his faculty.

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progressed chart on the outside to the transit chart at time of death.

He published several works relative to botany, of which the most valuable was his Pinax Theatri Botanici, seu Index in Theophrasti, Dioscoridis, Plinii, et botanicorum qui a seculo scripserunt opera (1596).  He planned Theatrum Botanicum,(the Theatre of Botany) in in twelve parts folio, but he got off only three;  one, however, was published in 1658 by his son, Jean.
He  made copious catalogue of the plants growing in and around  the environs of Basel, &  edited the works of P.A. Mattioli,another botanist who was the first to expound on the many uses of the tomato,  with considerable additions. He wrote on anatomy, his principal work on this subject being Theatrum Anatomicum infinitis locis auctum (1592).
He died at Basel on the 5th of December 1624.

His son, Jean Gaspard Bauhin (1606-1685), was professor of botany at Basel for thirty years.
His elder brother, Jean Bauhin (1541-1613), after studying botany at Tübingen under Leonard Fuchs (1501-1566), and travelling with Conrad Gesner, began to practise medicine at Basel, where he was elected professor of rhetoric in 1766. Four years later he was invited to become physician to the duke of Württemberg at Montbéliard, where he remained till his death in 1613 but his chief interest was botany.
————–Britannica Encyclopedia, 1911.

Frankland’s Musician

William Frankland in his book, Investigative Astrology c. 1900, has this chart with the question of what is his problem?  He gives us some clues:  there is a kite configuration made of the opposition between Mercury and Uranus.
He also lets us know that Jupiter is in its essential house of Pisces and Venus is there and exalted.  The trine, depicted in yellow, goes from that conjunction to the Ascendant at 20 Cancer and then to Uranus on the fourth-fifth house cusp.  Based on the orbs, this is one off-kilter Water Trine while the kite’s tail — an opposition made from within the trine — is a bit tighter.
The tail lets us know that the dynamic challenge in this man’s life is handling his career rationale vs. the demands of his family life.  While dynamic challenges change appearances, because of transits and progressions,  the underlying tension remains true, just morphing into chimerical visages that we may not catch because of their changed appearance.
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What we do know, based on the chart is that this man is a gifted musician.  We can say that based on all that Piscean energy, but it is in the ninth house, & travel is required, such is the lot of the entertainer — they must go to their venues; no one comes to them.  Libra on the fourth though, wants a stable home life:  family and friends and all the idyllic happiness that brings, but with Uranus hovering between that an the fifth, that desire is torn by the  disruption of his creative juices that keep the musical flow churning — he seems to hear music everywhere and has a protean creative force within, but  his Ascendant  cannot give up either dream, and so that challenge will haunt and besiege him until he finds someone or thing that can help balance it out for him.

Frankland notes that because it is Uranus, this opposition, will either have the most strife at the ages of “twenty-one, forty-two or sixty-three years of age,” and so this musician’s success will be long delayed.

If we create a yod, not then in favour so Frankland would have not used it, we see that the Ascendant’s lord, the Moon is in the eighth house, sextile the Sun in the tenth with the apex again at Uranus and the head midpoint at the mid-heaven at 19 Pisces that gives us the Hyperion symbol of ”  wind driven dust devils under the red sun.”    Kent McClung writes that this is the force of  reckless inspiration — the wind — in one’s life that is hard to control.


C125 Enfant Terrible Director Roman Polanski

Polish-American-French director Roman Polanski  was married to actress Sharon Tate (C126) when she was brutally murdered by Charles Manson and family. Prior to that he was considered a “Young Turk” with his movie with Mia Farrow, and John Cassavetes in the ghoulish Rosemary’s Baby. Later on, he made the movie Chinatown with John Huston, Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, and the two movies have more in common than most think .In this essay, Celestiology explores how Polanski burst onto the Hollywood scene, and how he utilized his past in Nazi Poland to make these classic films.

Roman magnetism

Polanski was born August 18, 1933 in Krakow, Poland to a Jewish father and Catholic mother but was raised agnostic. I rectified Polanski to 10 Cancer 52, a degree that E.C. Matthews calls “magnetic.” French author Georges Sand & Broadway showman George M. Cohan had the same degree for their Sun.

Polanski’s childhood is marred by World War II and the Holocaust. Its effect on his vision and life is undoubtable; it left a deep psychic scar (Pluto in Cancer conjunct the Moon) that he exploits well for his career (Moon semi-sextile his Part of Fortune).

A talented director, “Rosemary’s Baby with Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes is often credited with being the godmother of the Satanist horror genre; while his other notable Chinatown, has Faye Dunaway, John Houston and Jack Nicholson, in a perverse movie, melding corruption, murder and a long held taboo – incest.

Some call the later movie the last of the film noir genre that ran from the 40s onward. and the perfect metaphor for the corporate disintegration of naïve America. I think the reason Chinatown is so powerful is that takes away the magic of Rosemary’s Baby and Satanizes the old developer, as played by John Huston, the director, while Faye Dunaway, who is his unwitting daughter, is a good update to the earlier Farrow ingenue. In both cases, Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown, there is a “baby” whom the mother seeks to protect from more of the father’s evil and the two work as tableau — the young Farrow eventually becomes complicit with the Coven, to save and nurture her baby, while Dunaway, years later, realizes that very mistake and tries now to run away and free her child from evil about.

The last that are worth seeing were both done after the Tate murders can be seen as the obverse of the first set: Macbeth and Tess (of the D’urbervilles by Thomas Hardy) His exile to France changed his works, for their acceptance of the enfant terrible left him with few challenges; it’s hard to rail against the machine when it is so accepting.

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