The Death of Henry II of France

Recently I’ve been reading a lot about mundane astrology and working my way through famous predictions in the history of the art.  One of the more famous predictions deals with the demise of Henry II of France in 1559 as a result of his being struck in the head and eye by a splintered lance during a jousting tournament.  In the midst of researching the chart, I discovered that both Rumen Kolev and Deborah Houlding have written extensively about this prophecy in the past few years.

Apparently Italian astrologer Luca Gaurico had warned the king in a letter or letters in 1555 to be very careful with activities like dueling or jousting, which could result in a blow to the head and a consequent lethal head injury or blindness.  Nostradamus published a cryptic quatrain in 1555 which his followers later ascribed to the death of Henry II.

I was originally planning to post my findings here, but my article grew longer and longer and would run on endlessly as a blog post.  In any case, here are the charts which Gaurico published in 1552 for King Henry II of France and his wife Catherine de’ Medici:

Charts of Henry II and Catherine de’ Medici from Tractatus Astrologicus by Luca Gaurico, 1552Gaurico

I don’t know if it’s readable, but in the text beneath Henry’s chart Gaurico predicts that he is likely to live to the age of 69 years, 10 months and 12 days.  How’s that for a specific prediction!  Unfortunately, the king died in his 41st year of life, so we will never know if he would have died at the age predicted by Gaurico in 1552 because the jousting accident got him first.

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Author of books about astrology and tarot, including TAROT PLAIN AND SIMPLE, HORARY ASTROLOGY, and THE ART OF FORECASTING WITH SOLAR RETURNS.
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2 Responses to The Death of Henry II of France

  1. Denise Beaudoin says:

    On 10 July 1559, directed Ascendant 12Can is conjunct Henry’s natal Mars 12Can, ruler of 6th and exalted ruler of 7th if one use 7:11:04 as time of birth giving ASC 3Gem where transit Saturne 3Gem was located on the date of his accident. Henry would have had 69 years old in 1589, i.e. 30 years later, when transit Saturn is back on Ascendant (depending on time of birth used).

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