In Book 17 of his encyclopedic volume Astrologia Gallica Morin tells us that he had a serious falling out with his mother just before her death, and he traces this occurrence in his birth chart. Here is a copy of the square birth chart he used for himself:
Here is a computer generated modern version:
Morin tells us that when he was 12 years old (in 1595), both his parents fell ill during the period when his directed Part of Fortune came to the square of Mercury, ruler of his 3rd house of siblings. His mother fell ill after giving birth to his youngest sibling (3rd house) and his father came down with a serious fever.
His older brother (3rd house) asked him which of his two parent he would prefer to have die and Morin responded that it would be better for his father to survive. His brother told his mother that Morin wanted her to die and his father to live, and she got quite angry with him. In fact, she was so angry that she changed her will and considerably reduced his inheritance so that he received very little of her estate when she died a couple days later. His father survived. Morin was quite upset because, by his own account, he had always been a perfect and loving son to his mother.
Morin explains that the Moon rules his Cancer 4th house cusp (his parents) by domicile and also rules his Part of Fortune in Taurus (his inheritance) by exaltation. The Moon, ruling his mother, lies in the unfortunate 12th house with malefic Saturn, indicating that there would be an occasion in which his mother (the Moon) would hate him and he would lose his fortune (Part of Fortune). William Lilly tells us that Saturn loves the evil 12th house because Saturn revels in mischief.
Because Mercury rules his 3rd house of siblings, the square of Mercury represents troubles caused by a sibling. In addition, both the malefic Moon’s South node and Mars occupy his natal 3rd house, suggesting problems and conflicts with siblings. By the Regiomontanus system of primary direction, using the key of Ptolemy of one degree per year, the Part of Fortune conjoined the square of Mercury in the summer of 1595.
To recap, Morin is using the following symbolism to account for his mother’s hatred of him for wishing that she would die instead of her husband:
Moon ruling 4th cusp = his mother
Moon ruling the Part of Fortune by exaltation = his legacy from his mother. (Venus rules the Part of Fortune by domicile.)
Saturn in the 12th = sorrow, loss, hardship, deprivation
Moon conjunct Saturn in 12th = his mother would hate him and disown him at some time in his life and he would be deprived of the legacy from his mother.
Mercury ruling the 3rd of siblings = his brother (Mercury also rules the 2nd of money and income). Because Mercury lies within 5 degrees of the 12th house cusp, Mercury is considered a 12th house planet and indicates that his brother was his secret enemy.
Mercury square Part of Fortune = his brother’s actions in depriving him of his fortune (his legacy from his mother).
Although Morin was disdainful of many techniques such as firdaria (time lords) that were handed down by the Arabs, in this case his firdaria are right on target. He entered the Moon subperiod of his Venus firdar on 8 June 1595 so that issues related to the Moon (mother, legacy) and Venus (ruler of his Part of Fortune and his 7th house of disputes) came to the fore. Venus, of course, lies at the start of his unfortunate 12th house of sorrow and self-undoing. This period lasted until 30 July 1596. The primary directed Part of Fortune came to the square of Mercury in July of 1595, not long after he entered his Venus/Moon firdar.
The best source of information on the firdaria is an essay by Rob Hand. There is some confusion in the literature based on a misunderstanding of a passage by Guido Bonatti. Having read Bonatti’s original comments on firdaria, I think that Rob Hand got it right. In his essay Hand presents Schoener’s generic delineations of the firdaria, which are rather silly and totally off base in Morin’s case because they are based on universal signifiers and ignore the specific determinations of the birth chart. In this sense Morin is correct in rejecting the firdaria. If the firdaria are used without reference to the birth chart, they provide meaningless gibberish as can be seen in the delineations of Schoener.
Another interesting point is that Morin used Regiomontanus houses which he thought were the most accurate for natal chart delineation. If you look at his chart, you will notice that the 9th cusp is almost exactly trine the Ascendant. Morin took this to be proof of the accuracy of the Regiomontanus method because such a trine from the philosophical 9th house to the 1st house is clear evidence of his brilliant philosophical mind. No other house system reveals the true extent of Morin’s genius, thus the Regiomontanus system is the best. Could Morin’s very close Sun/Jupiter conjunction have something to do with his big ego?
The original text in Latin can be found at this link.