From Ebenezer Sibly's New and Complete Illustration of the Celestial Science of Astrology;
Horoscope: Plate number 9, between pages 872 and 873. Natal report: p.873
Sibly's source: Cardan
|MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO. Born under the latitude of Rome.
We have no right, if we credit Cardan and Lyndholt, to question the time of this celebrated native's birth. The figure exactly corresponds with the description of his person given us by Plutarch, which is that of a lean, weak, and sickly temperature and confutation : which is aptly enough declared by the Moon in Capricorn, in the sixth house, she being lady of the ascendant, and Saturn her dispositor in quartile of the Sun, and Mercury approaching the ascendant from fixed signs. Now concerning his manners and gift of speech, Cardan describes him to have possessed a loud and clear articulation, but that it was harsh, and the less captivating, on account of the deficiencies of his person and manner, which wanted grace and comeliness. This seems well prenoted by the conjunction of Venus and Mercury in the ascendant, afflicted by the presence of the Dragon's Tail, accompanied with Saturn's quartile, combust of the Sun.
The honour and reputation which this native acquired are represented in a very striking manner, by the essential dignities of the Sun, in trine aspect with Mercury, Venus, and Mars, in the angle of dignity and sovereignty ; the Sun likewise having his exaltation therein. Jupiter, who is lord of the ninth, is in conjunction also of Saturn in the fifth house, and thence emitting his benign rays to the ascendant, which is an additional argument of very important acquisitions in the scale of honour and preferment.
Plutarch tells us, that Cicero's nurse was admonished by a vision to bestow the utmost care and attention upon the child then at her breast; for that he should become the most distinguished character amongst all the Romans, and yet he was but the son of a bond-woman, and of mean extract. This prediction, however, whether imaginary or real, was literally fulfilled ; for he was twice made consul of Rome, and for the timely discovery and prevention of Catiline's conspiracy he was surnamed by Cato, "The father of his country". He died by assassination in the sixty-fourth year of his age, having suffered the chief misfortunes of his life in his grand climacterical year.
It is written of him, that, when he was sent into exile, he was forewarned of his death, by an uncommon flight of crows, which came and settled upon the mast and yards of the ship in which he was failing. That, when he came on shore, the same flight of birds followed him to the house in which he was accommodated, and even forced their way through the chamber-windows where he lay, close to his bed-fide. He was soon after betrayed by his own servant, a youth he had bred up, into the hands of Herrenius and Popilius Laena, who basely murdered him.