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- Horoscope for the Earl of Essex -

Sibly's horoscope for the Earl of Essex

From Ebenezer Sibly's New and Complete Illustration of the Celestial Science of Astrology;
Horoscope: Plate no 3, between pages 852 and 853. Natal report: p.855
Sibly's source: undeclared

The EARL of ESSEX. Born in Lat. 52.

It was not until the twenty-eighth year of his age that any thing remarkable occurred to distinguish the character of this celebrated nobleman. About that time he had a very eminent and powerful direction operating, of both the luminaries to a sextile configuration of Jupiter, under which he became powerful and elevated at court, and acquired the esteem and confidence of the queen, in a most unlimited degree, as the several significators very aptly testify.

At thirty-two years of age he was deputed, as the principal in commission, to seize the Spanish fleet; and soon after he was created Earl Marshall by the queen. This latter honour begat him abundance of enemies, and created great jealousies and suspicions among the nobles, and particularly among those who were invested with the several dignities and offices of the State. At this time the native had the luminaries directed to the sextile of Venus ; and, to show the envy and malevolence of his enemies, he had the midheaven directed to the opposition of the Sun.

In the thirty-third year of his age this native was appointed to Ire- land, viz. on the 27th of March, 1599. The Dragon's Tail was then, on the ascendant; and, the day he set off, the Sun and Saturn were in opposition from the tenth and fourth houses; and, what was worse, the medium-coeli came by direction to an opposition with the Moon. It is hence evident that he would not proper; and the event proved the fact; for, on the 28th of September following, he returned to the court of London, the Sun being then in the place of Saturn at the time of his setting out.

On the 2nd of October, 1599, he was committed to the Tower; and in June following he was suspended from all his employments and offices in the State. On the 19th of February, 1600, he was arraigned, tried, and condemned, and on the 25th of the fame month, being Ash-Wednesday, at eight o'clock in the morning, he was beheaded; at which time the midheaven came to a malefic opposition with Mars.

The arguments of a violent or premature death, in this nativity, are many. The two luminaries in conjunction with Mars, in aspect with a violent fixed star; the Sun and Moon, and lord of the eighth house, in violent signs, and Mars in Sagittarius afflicting the luminaries, are so many arguments, in any geniture, of an ignominious and untimely end; and, in the nativities of persons of quality and distinction, they are always considered as emblems of the loss of life, honour, and reputation.

At the moment of this unfortunate nobleman's death, the radical place of the Dragon's Tail ascended; the Sun and Mars were in opposition to the ascendant of the revolutional figure, and Saturn was in exact opposition to the Dragon's Tail, all which circumstances declare his life to have been taken away by violence and treachery, to satiate private resentment, and to appease the clamours of those who were too powerful to be opposed, and too sanguinary to rise in the political hemisphere but at the price of the blood of those by whom they were eclipsed.

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