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- Horoscope for William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury -

Sibly's horoscope for William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury

From Ebenezer Sibly's New and Complete Illustration of the Celestial Science of Astrology;
Horoscope: Plate number 23, between pages 866 and 867. Natal report: p.872
Sibly's source: undeclared


Libra ascends the eastern horizon of this nativity, which is a sign of justice and mercy. Mercury, the true patron of science and learning, is in conjunction of Spica Virginis, in the ascendant; and Jupiter is in the ninth house, with Oculus Tauris in trine to Mercury, and the Moon and Venus are in friendly trine with the cusp of the angle of honour and dignity, and enjoy the same benign configuration with each other, and that from good places of the figure. To show that the native would be learned and pious, there are several stars of the nature of Jupiter and Mars culminating, which in many genitures have been found to raise the native, even from the lowest degree in the church, to the highest honours and preferments of ecclesiastical jurisdiction and authority.

Another argument of the episcopal dignity of this divine, is deduced from the circumstance of cardinal signs possessing the principal angles of the figure : for, as the greatest actions of the world depend on the cardinal points of the heavens, viz. Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn, so the most eminent persons, such as rise to honour and preferment highly superior to their birth and expectancies, have those cardinal points upon all the angles of their nativities. Thus it was in the geniture of Cicero, whose parentage, if authors may be credited, was so obscure as scarcely to be known; yet was he elevated to such a pitch of honour, as to be called "the father of his country". And thus it was with Oliver Cromwell; and may be seen in the genitures of a thousand others, who have risen highly superior to all their contemporaries, by having these cardinal signs thus fortunately posited on the angles of their figures of birth, with other concording testimonies of dignity and honour.

If we carefully examine the constitution of this figure, we shall find the cause of this native's imprisonment, misfortunes, and violent death, to be very naturally pointed out. The lord of the twelfth house posited in the ascendant, gives many malicious private enemies, and denotes

imprisonment, founded on the principles of false testimonv, of treachery, and deceit. Besides this, the fiery planet Mars is upon the cusp of the twelfth house, in opposition to the Moon, and in quartile to her own dispositor; and that he would die a violent and premature death, is obvious from the position of Mars in opposition to the Moon, and lady of the ascendant posited in a violent sign in conjunction of Saturn, lord of the fourth house.

The mid-heaven directed to the body of Mars, was the occasion of this native's imprisonment; and, according to Mr. Gadbury, from whom most of these nativities are taken, Saturn directed to the conjunction of the ascendant was the cause of his death. But, according to the true Placidian method, the Sun must be directed for death, because he is

Hyleg, and Mars is undoubtedly the Anareta. For a proof of this, let the revolutional figure for the year of the native's death be examined, where we shall find Mars in conjunction with the Sun, and Saturn located in the sixth house, in the sign Aries, the house of Mars; so that the two infortunes contributed to the untimely death of this celebrated divine, who for learning and abilities was equalled by few, and excelled by none.

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