In this post, we will examine the nativity of the Italian Cardinal and Philologist, Angleo Mai. Here is the nativity:
Mai was famous for rediscovering over 300 manuscripts which were either lost or, in some cases, not known to have existed at all. He joined the Jesuits at a young age and, after doing some library work in Milan and in the Vatican, he was appointed a cardinal in 1838. So where are we going to see this in the chart? The Sect Light’s dispositor will give us some clue here. Translated by Holden as the ‘Ruler of the Nativity’ in Rhetorius’ text (p195 onwards), the planet who rules the Sect Light gives us some indication as to where the life as a whole is headed. Jupiter rules the Moon here and is in the 12th sign with Saturn while both dominate Mercury and Venus. Jupiter has obvious teaching and priestly connotations while Saturn in conjunction will show the interest in ancient and hidden things, most especially while being in his joy in the 12th sign. It is likely that Angelo Mai spent a lot of his time doing this work alone since this combination is occuring in the 12th sign of isolation or incarceration. Added to this Saturn is out-of-sect, so he will produce his significations in a more antagonistic or harmful way – Mai was loth to share his findings with the wider world, he wanted to keep them for himself!
So this Saturn/Jupiter combination really dominates his life and makes him studious, priestly and of a great depth of mind, but since Saturn is Saturn and he is out-of-sect in his joy, he is also going to deny a lot of ‘normal’ things for the native. Due to vows of celibacy undertaken by the Jesuits, Mai never had any wife nor children and this combination is primarily to blame for that. First let’s look to marriage. Venus as natural signficator should be examined along with her lords. Venus herself is cadent in the 3rd and retrograde with this being one of her worst states as she entered first station 7 days before the birth. She is also being dominated by Saturn and Jupiter. Saturn in this position is likely to deny or restrict marriage if the rest of the chart agrees. Her dodekatemoiria is found in the 9th sign of Virgo and of this Masha’allah says:
Indeed with Venus falling from the Midheaven [in a male nativity], inconstancy and the dissolution of the marriage union is verified. (Persian Nativities I, Dykes trans., p148)
With Saturn denying and Venus not in a good place or condition as well as Jupiter being her sign and bound lord and in the 12th conjoined Saturn, we have a few testimonies of no marriage. The Lot of Marriage falls out at 8 Libra and with Venus ruling this lot and in aversion to it, this would confirm the result of these other testimonies.
As for children, we are to look to Jupiter’s condition which we have already seen is not great being in the 12th with Saturn and disposing himself in every dignity. The Lot of Children falls out at 12 Capricorn, and is ruled by Saturn. So we have this Saturn influencing the topics of marriage and children greatly. Him out-of-sect and in his joy shows he will deny both of these things for the native. A final indication is that neither benefic is in an angle which if they were, we could expect some relief as far as these topics are concerned.
This nativity is a good lesson to consider the context of these combinations and planets. Saturn/Jupiter in the 12th in this man’s nativity brought the world valuable manuscripts and the knowledge contained therein, allowed him to presumably do something which he was well-suited and took great joy in doing but at the same time denied him the basic things in life which most people take for granted.