Professor Roberto Fantechi of Florence Italy created this one and called it the Universal Regiomontanus. It is suitable at any latitude which is important for those areas like Iceland that are near the Artic Circle. Iceland techically is a few degrees south, but that is enough to throw several house systems totally off kilter and be unusable (north of 60 seems to be the breaking point for most, though the rest come in at 66 which is the Artic Circle) for others. I guess based on the name, I could find no information other than the short attribution by the kiwi based, Janus group, that it is based on Regiomontanus and works anywhere.

The Icelandic Volcano, wrong time, in Professor Universal Regiomontanus format.
Pink is for the Universal Regiomontanus. The houses are fairly evenly spaced which makes reading a chart far easier than what the regular old Regiomontanus would give us. Unfortunately the chart does not print the house name, something I will have to fix, but in the meantime I’ve both color coded and noted the house systems. By the way, there is an interception on the chart but it is minor, hint, look at the fourth house, Virgo is intercepted as if of course Pisces in the above tenth.
The original Regiomontanus for the Icelandic volcano.
The older Regiomontanus which is obviously biased and rather difficult to read.

Yellow is for the older original Regiomontanus while our standard Morinus is in blue. Morinus held up well considering both its age and the latitude, but many not be acceptable for those who want the first house tied to the ascendant. If that’s your preference, then Universal Regi is a good choice for Artic astrologers. One way to get around large amount of interceptions is to use a “standard” non proportion wheel. Kepler calls that “equal house, equal zodiac”. This forces everything into 30 degree increments and you make Regiomontanus an equal house system but you still get the fourth-tenth house interception of the Universal Regi.

This chart is applying equal house, equal zodiac to the original Regiomontanus.
Regiomontanus in equal house, equal zodiac format. Nonetheless there is an interception in the fourth-tenth house and then another in the fifth and eleventh houses basically keeping the layout of the original Regio. Joanne Wickenburg 1 Ms. Wickenburg wrote “Your hidden Powers: Intercepted Signs and Retrograde Planets” c. 1992 for the American Federation of Astrologers. It is still available from them. Click here. [/mfn] author of the book on interceptions thinks that is great.

The bottom line.

The greatest reason for the Uni Regi is that you do charts heavily in the Artic Circle and do not want double interceptions and also want the first house tied to the ascendant. On the downside, I know only that Astrology-House’s Janus offers the Universal Regiomontanus. If you know of another, please drop a line in the comments. Thanks.

Ignatius Donnelly and the Icelandic Volcano

The 1783 Icelandic volcano was really around 8 am in the morning not 5 am.
My arbitrary pick of 5 am was incorrect. Further investigation shows that the volcano happened around 8am in the morning not 5am. I’m not updating the others as the time difference is immaterial there, this is just for those who are actually interesting in volcanic activity. Thanks.
Donnelly writes in his Atlantis, the Antediluvian World, 1 Congressman Donnelly wrote his book on Atlantic in 1882. It was published by Harper Brothers of New York and surprisingly is out of print. Luckily though we can still find it on Sacred-Texts that great repository of arcane and esoteric books. The link to the book is here and I heartily recommend it. This particular section on proof that Atlantis could have been sunk by an exceptionally strong volcano is here.

On June 8, 1783 Iceland was visited by convulsions more tremendous than any recorded in the modern annals of that country. About a month previous to the eruption on the main-land a submarine volcano burst forth in the sea, at a distance of thirty miles from the shore. It ejected so much pumice that the sea was covered with it for a distance of 150 miles, and ships were considerably impeded in their course. A new island was thrown up, consisting of high cliffs, which was claimed by his Danish Majesty, and named “Nyoe,” or the New Island; but before a year had elapsed it sunk beneath the sea, leaving a reef of rocks thirty fathoms under water. This earthquake destroyed 9,000 people out of a population of 50,000; twenty villages were consumed by fire or inundated by water, and a mass of lava thrown out greater than the entire bulk of Mont Blanc.”

I began wondering if this was true, and since I like doing eruptions, even though this one has no time, I decided to follow up on his comments. Forbes Magazine concurs in its online edition, it states that ” During the next eight months, an estimated 14 km³ (about 3.7 quadrillion gallons, enough to fill 330 feet deep valleys entirely) of lava poured out from 135 fissures and volcanic craters near the town of Klaustur. The lava from the fissures ended up covering an estimated 2,500 km² (965 sq mi) of land, which threatened to overrun not only many farms but also the entire town. The newly formed chain of volcanoes was named later Laki.”


  1. Updated on April 11th to reflect the true time of the volcano only in the Morinus chart.



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