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- Horoscope for Nicholas Culpeper -

Sibly's horoscope for Culpeper

From Ebenezer Sibly's New and Complete Illustration of the Celestial Science of Astrology;
Horoscope: Plate no 9, following page 872. Natal report: p.875

NICHOLAS CULPEPER, Student in Physic and Astrology. Born in Lat. 51. 32.

The sign ascending we find to be Capricorn, a sign of brevity; and Saturn, lord of the ascendant, in Taurus, another sign of brevity; and the Moon located in the sixth house, decreasing in light, are all arguments of a middle stature, somewhat spare and lean; a complexion dark and swarthy; brown hair, long visage, quick eyes, active nimble body, alert, and full of agility; which is described by the Moon's position in the house of Mercury, in sextile of Mars, with Saturn, and the other planets in the house of Venus, and having south latitude.

As to the manners, temperature, and constitution, of this native, he was melancholy and choleric, occasioned by an earthy sign occupying his ascendant, and Saturn's position being in an earthy sign also. The Moon with martial fixed stars of the same nature in the ascendant, is a further testimony of a choleric habit; but the greatest proof of a superabundance of choler in the native's constitution, is the Sun's reception with Mars from violent signs, which declares that choler should overpower the melancholy humour, and become predominant. As to his understanding and mental acquirements, Mercury, the patron of ingenuity, &c. is the most potent planet in the horoscope; and, being posited in Scorpio, the house of Mars, and so near the invigorating beams of Venus, is an evident demonstration that the native should be of an excellent wit, of a sharp acute fancy, admirable conception, and of an active brilliant understanding.

He was a very eloquent and good orator, and spoke both fluently and freely, but with much severity and satire, as the quartile of Mars and Mercury aptly denotes. In his writings, he had a ludicrous turn, so inseparable from him, that, in things of the most serious and important nature, he would introduce subjects of levity and humour, which I presume was calculated more to please himself than his readers, though perhaps it was intended to do both. For this singular turn he is indebted to the joint influx of Mars, Mercury, and Venus.

As to matters of estate, he had the fixed sign Aquaries on the cusp of the second house, and the Moon and Jupiter casting their friendly rays to the same point, with the fortunate node of the Moon in the house of Jupiter; all which are testimonies of a competent fortune. Yet, opposed to this, we find the lord of the second house retrograde, upon the cusp of the fourth, in quartile to the second, and Venus his dispositrix combust, in quartile of Mars, and in quartile to the second, also; which are plain demonstrations of the loss of substance, and of the decay of his paternal patrimony. And hence we find that Mars afflicting Mercury with the Part of Fortune in an obscure part of the heavens, and the Sun lord thereof in opposition to Saturn, influenced him to squander away his estate, both carelessly and improvidently, even to the shocking extremity of restraint or imprisonment. This gave occasion to that jocular saying of his brethren of the faculty, that poor Culpeper was sorely afflicted with a consumption of the purse.

However severely this reflection might be considered, its application was but too just. At the university, he was as free with his purse as with his pen; and cared not how little was left for himself, so that he could effect the happiness or welfare of others. And really, if he had not had the Dragon's Head in the second house of his geniture, he would have been perpetually poor; for the arguments of poverty in his radix are so uncommonly strong, through the propensity of his will, that, had he been born to the most ample estate, he would in a short time have squandered it away, and become penny less.

As to the native's kindred and short journeys, Mars is the principal significator thereof; and his position in the eighth is the most unfortunate place in the whole heavens. He is likewise in quartile of four planets, viz. the Sun, Venus, Saturn, and Mercury; which is a further proof of great unhappiness to the native from family disputes; and promises no great success in his short and inland journeys. Again, we find Aries upon the cusp of the third house, and Mars posited in a sterile sign, which shows a deficiency of brothers and sisters, or no harmony with them, in case of any. It were needless to repeat the many misfortunes this native sustained on account of his relations; or to recount the perils and dangers he encountered upon some of his journeys; it being sufficient to confirm the verity of this art, by affirming that he never gained any advantage by either.

With regard to his parents, we find Saturn the general significator of fathers, and Venus the representative of mothers, are in opposition; and Mars, lord of the tenth house, in quartile to them both, from fixed signs, which clearly shows that the parents of this native would die before he was of age; but, had they lived till he had come to years of maturity, I do not see how he would have been bettered by them, since their significators are every way found squaring and opposing his. By the account he himself gives of his parents, they died while he was young, and his mother's relations cheated him out of a good part of his estate.

As to the significators of wife and children, we have the Moon, lady of the seventh house, in a double-bodied sign, which seems to presage two wives; but Venus, a general significatrix of wives, being combust of the Sun, in an evil aspect of the infortunes, opposes this influence so powerfully, that, did she not cast a prolific beam to the ascendant, and another to the seventh house, the native would scarcely have ever married at all. Under these circumstances we deduce an argument for one wife only, which happened in course.

Venus governing the fifth house in Scorpio, a fruitful sign, irradiating both the ascendant and seventh, promises the native many children. But Caput Medusae being upon the cusp of the fifth, and Venus combust, in opposition to Saturn, and in quartile of Mars, in the house of death, declares very few, if any of them, should live. It afterwards turned out, that the native had but one wife, and by her he had seven children, and they all died young, except a daughter, who lived to years of maturity.

The native's public and private enemies are signified by the Moon and Jupiter; but principally by Jupiter himself, because he hath great dignities in the twelfth and seventh houses. Mars has also a share in the designation of his enemies, because he is in trine of Jupiter, and in sextile of the Moon, and beholds the lord of the ascendant with a quartile ray. Now it is well known that Mars represents physicians, apothecaries, &c. and Jupiter divines; and those two descriptions of men were really found to be the greatest enemies of the native, both public and private: the faculty hated him for simplifying the art of medicine; and the church contemned him for his superior knowledge in the astral science. Yet neither of them durst venture to dispute with him upon the simplicity of the one, or the reality of the other, notwithstanding he gave several public challenges to both the colleges, to enter the lists with them.

We shall now take notice of the representatives of his friends; and here, I am sorry to say, we have but few testimonies in their favour. Mars, lord of the eleventh house, being in quartile to four planets, denotes that the native's friends, or at least such as pretend to be so, are hypocritical and deceitful; and of such covetous dispositions, that he would seldom be bettered by them. It is well known the native often declared, that he had a few who called themselves his friends, but that he was more prejudiced than served by them; for that, when he most stood in need of their assistance, and promised himself the advantage of it, they generally deceived him.

With regard to honour and preferments, Origanus tells us, that the Sun in the tenth house is a certain presage of honour and preferment; and that Venus, when posited in the tenth, is a general significatrix of honour by the means of women; and also, that the Moon in sextile of Mars, and the Sun in reception with him, when he is lord of the tenth house, are evident proofs of future honour, fame, and renown. And indeed, had not Saturn, who is lord of the ascendant, been in opposition of the Sun, the general significator of honour, and in quartile of Mars, the native would certainly have obtained a far higher degree of eminence in life than he really did. But, although he was an enemy to his own preferment, yet in the latter part of his life he increased very much in fame, honour, and reputation; and, if we enquire by what means, we shall find the sextile of the Moon and Mars, lord of the tenth, and Venus lady of the ninth, locally posited in the tenth, and casting a fertile aspect to the ascendant, in joint familiarity with Mercury lord of the sixth, the strongest planet in the figure; we shall not therefore be surprised to see the native arriving at a very elevated degree of fame, honour, and reputation, on account of his ingenuity, ability, and knowledge in the arts and sciences. This, however, is not likely to be obtained without much difficulty and opposition, as appears by the quartile aspect of Mars to Mercury. It is, I believe, very well known, that the native grew into public esteem, by means only of his great abilities, and superior undemanding, particularly in physic and surgery, and of the sciences in general.

The cause and manner of his death, according to the astrologers of his time, are pointed out as follows. The fiery planet Mars, posited in the eighth house, in quartile to Saturn, lord of the ascendant, seems to portend a violent death; but the Sun being on the cusp of the mid heaven, near the body of Venus, and in reception of Mars, with the Moon in the sixth house, abates much of the fury of Mars, and makes it somewhat probable the native may die of a consumption, or by decay of natural strength and stamina. However this may be, he died on Monday the l0th of January, 1654, when the Moon was in quartile to the radical place of Mars, and the Sun in quartile to his own and to Saturn's place in his nativity; Saturn an Jupiter at the same time beholding each other with an opposition. From this position of the significators, it has been thought by some, that he was maliciously poisoned; and indeed, by the above configurations, it is not unlikely but some of the Esculapian tribe had a hand in his death.

The accidents or events by which this nativity is rectified are these. At eighteen years old, he went to the university: the Sun was then directed to the body of Mercury, and the ascendant to the sextile of the same promittor. At twenty-four years old, he particularly applied himself to the study of physic: the Moon was then directed to the trine of Mercury, her dispositor, in the radical figure of birth. At the age of twenty-seven years he went into the army, and was wounded by a musket-shot in the fore part of his body, of which he never recovered to the day of his death; at the time of this accident, the ascendant came to the quartile of the Sun, and soon afterwards to the quartile of Saturn, which prolonged and continued the malady. In the thirty-eighth year of his age, he died: the ascendant then came to the opposition of Mars with latitude. Upon examining and comparing the revolutional figure with the radical horoscope, we find the strictest agreement betwixt them: Saturn passes the radical place of Mars, and re-occupies the ascendant; the Sun and Jupiter behold each other with a quartile ray; and Jupiter comes in opposition to the place of Mars, and in quartile to his own radical place likewise: which evil revolutions, agreeing with malefic directions, necessarily prefigure approaching death.

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