Morin delineates a solar return of Cardan


Astrologer Pedro Hernández recently posted a translation from Latin into Spanish of Morin’s delineation of Cardan’s solar return for his 34th year of life (ages 33-34). Pedro has kindly given permission to repost his article here, and I have translated his Spanish text into English, or else paraphrased the Latin and Spanish, abbreviated some of the text, and added some commentary. In the following, the Spanish text is by Pedro Hernádez and the English text is mine. Morin’s Latin can at times be difficult to understand; if the reader notices errors in translation, please let me know and I will make corrections.

Revolución Solar Nro.34 de Gerolamo Cardano por Morin. Publicado por Pedro Hernàndez el octubre 3, 2021 a las 4:30pm

Gerolamo Cardano was an Italian polymath, whose interests and proficiencies ranged through those of mathematician, physician, biologist, physicist, chemist, astrologer, astronomer, philosopher, writer, and gambler. Wikipedia
Cardan’s Natal Chart according to Morin with Regiomontanus cusps, which were preferred by Morin
Cardan’s Natal Chart in square format
(Cardan used Alcabitius cusps)

Traduccion de cardano revolución solar (A Solar Revolution of Cardano)

Cardan juzga sus 2 de sus revoluciones solares correspondientes a sus edades de 33 y 34 años y toma en consideración todas los significados de todas sus casas comparándo la revolución con la carta de la natividad, sin tener en cuenta sus direcciones, ya que el consideraba que la comparación de la revolución con la natividad y sus direcciones no tendrían efectos al juzgar a la revolucion sola, esto es erróneo y se debería analizar la revolución combinada con la natividad que es por la determinación de los signos y planetas en la carta en estudio, considerando su ubicación corporal, regentes y aspectos. Y si se debe tomar en consideración las direcciones las cuales se derivan de la natividad.  En su revolución nro. 34 levantada de acuerdo al método racional utilizando el método de determinación de los planetas, tomando en cuenta la ubicación corporal de los planetas  y regentes fue mas concordante o convincente con los accidentes que el mismo cardan había dicho que le habían ocurrido en ese año 34 cuando juzgo la natividad y la revolución por su método.

Morin tells us that Cardan in his Book on the Judgment of Nativities (Chapter 7) delineates two of his own solar revolutions for his 34th and 35th years of life (ages 33 and 34). Morin criticizes Cardan for judging these two solar returns just as one would an independent natal chart, without taking into account his birth chart or its primary directions. According to Morin, Cardan’s approach is not reasonable because the revolution is dependent on the birth chart and its primary directions, and any force to produce an effect during the year of the revolution is rooted in the natal chart. In other words, it is erroneous to judge the revolution chart independent of the natal chart because a revolution is subordinate to and dependent upon the birth chart in its force, significations and effects. A revolution cannot signify an event contrary to the significations of the natal chart, and whatever it does signify can manifest only if it conforms to the birth chart and its primary directions. To illustrate this point, Morin plans to review in detail the judgement of Cardan’s solar revolution for his 34th year of life, using Morin’s method of determinations and Regiomontanus houses.

Tomaremos la revolución 34 de cardano a él  le dio ascendente a 7° Tauro, a Morin usando el método rationalis le dio 5 tauro en esa revolucion 34.

Morin notes that in the solar return for his 34th year (age 33) Cardan’s tables give an Ascendant in the 7th degree of Taurus, which differs from the 5 degrees of Taurus ascending according to Morin’s tables.

Cardan’s Solar Revolution at age 33 (1534), his 34th year of life.
Morin’s original text in Latin

REVOLUCION SOLAR NRO 34 PARA GEROLAMO CARDANO:
The Solar Revolution of the 34th year of life of Gerolamo Cardano:

Traducción del latín al español realizada por el astrólogo Pedro Hernández:
Translation from Latin to Spanish by astrologer Pedro Hernández:

Dice entonces que para el año el tendría perfecto estado de salud, pero de alguna manera con temor, la razón es porque Júpiter en su radical estaba en el ascendente con su latitud, y ambos tanto la revolucion como el radical tienen el mismo ascendente (signo = tauro), el cual la Luna ocupa en la revolución (es decir, se ubica en el ascendente de la revolución) y la Luna se hace afortunada por recibir un trígono de Venus, y esta domina o rige a la luna y está libre de los maléficos. Tendría por consiguiente Cardano un año en que estaría sano o saludable. Aunque la Luna está en la casa 12 radical donde era significadora de enfermedades. Porque verdaderamente está bajo el dominio o regencia de Júpiter y se halla sobre la posición radical de este en el ascendente de la revolución, con un trígono de Venus, el temor de Cardano seria por la cuadratura de Saturno en RS a la Luna que está en el ascendente de RS, a la que también en el radical heria a la Luna con cuadratura.

Cardan tells us that in his 34th year (age 33) he had perfect health but with some fear. The reason for his excellent health was that natal Jupiter was by its mundane position in the Ascendant (1st house) owing to its southern latitude, and both the natal and the annual chart have the same Ascendant sign Taurus, which is occupied by the annual Moon, which Venus of the revolution disposes and trines and which is free from the malefics. [The 1st house and planets therein signify the body and the vital force of the individual. In discussing his own solar return for 1648 at age 66 which has almost the exact same degree rising as in his birth chart, Morin noted that the annual revolution of the Sun is especially effective the more closely it corresponds to the natal chart.]

In Morin’s version of Cardan’s birth chart, the natal Moon lies just inside the 12th cusp. In the modern chart calculated by computer, the natal Moon is a bit earlier in Pisces and lies at the end of the 11th house but is closely conjunct the 12th Regiomontanus cusp.

Morin attributed the fear experienced by Cardan to the fact that annual Saturn at 7 Leo was in square to the annual Moon at 7 Taurus at the Ascendant of the revolution chart. Saturn square the Moon in the revolution repeats the radical Saturn square Moon aspect.

Cardan: natal chart inside (blue) with 1534 solar revolution for age 33 (green) superimposed outside. Morin used Regiomontanus houses.

Segundo sufrió dispersión de riquezas por tratar de alcanza un cargo. Sin embargo, obtuvo extraordinario lucro por la astrología y la medicina. La razón de lo primero es que en el ascendente radical tenia a Júpiter y Marte en la segunda significador de distorsiona o despilfarro de riquezas. En la revolución en verdad Júpiter está en la casa 10 en caída y Marte en exilio en la 6ta en cuadratura a Júpiter y conjunción a Mercurio regente o señor de la segunda, por consiguiente, ya que Júpiter está en la primera radical. Y en revolución se traslada a la décima, predecirá que en el año ira a ocurrir ambición de honores y dignidades, pero porque está en caída y en cuadratura a Marte en exilio que está en la cúspide 2 radical y en conjunción a Mercurio regente de la 2 en la sexta de revolución, causará empresas sin éxitos, y despilfarro de dinero a causa de un cargo.

La razón de lo segundo (las ganancias de la astrología y medicina) es que Marte en el radical y revolución rige por exaltación el medio cielo y a Júpiter de la revolución. Mercurio domina o rige la casa 2 y está en conjunción aplicativa a Marte y en aspecto de cuadratura a Júpiter y en trígono a la casa 2da radical y la de la revolución, esto fue poderoso para ganancias en el arte.

Second, Cardan suffered a squandering of assets in his pursuit of a public position [Passus est disipationem substantiae ratione quaerendi dignitatem; ‘dignitatem‘ in Latin can refer to rank, status, position of authority, or public office] during that year; however, he also profited greatly through astrology and medicine. The main reason for this was radical Jupiter on the Ascendant and radical Mars on the cusp of the natal 2nd house, signifying the dissipation of his wealth, while in the revolution annual Jupiter lies in its fall in Capricorn in the 10th and annual Mars lies in its exile (detriment) in Libra in the 6th, with annual Mars square to annual Jupiter and conjunct annual Mercury, ruler of the 2nd of assets. Jupiter natally in the 1st of the birth chart moves to the 10th house in the revolution, presaging ambition for a post, but annual Jupiter is in its fall and is square to Mars in exile in the revolution, indicating that he will not achieve his ambition but will squander his assets as a result.

Regarding Cardan’s sizable profits through astrology and medicine, Morin believed that annual Mars, as the exalted ruler of the Midheaven in both charts and dispositor of annual Jupiter in the revolution, being conjunct 2nd ruler Mercury in Libra, square to annual Jupiter and trine to the Gemini 2nd house, were indicators of gain from professional activities.

 Algunos de sus consanguíneos o familiares de Cardano influenciaron en que el alcanzara las dignidades la razón es porque la Luna rige la 3ra radical y la 3ra de revolución, y en revolución se colocó en el lugar de Júpiter radical y en su exaltación (Tauro) y en trígono a Venus y Júpiter que se exalta en la 3ra radica se ubica en la 10 de revolución, de allí que, por ese motivo señalado en su natividad, los consanguíneos o sus familiares obran o influyen en que alcance dignidades.

Third, one of Cardan’s relatives intervened on his behalf in his pursuit of a position of authority, which was indicated by the annual Moon, ruling the 3rd of kin in both charts, being conjunct natal Jupiter in Taurus, the sign of exaltation of the Moon, and trine to annual Venus. In addition, Jupiter is the exalted ruler of the 3rd and 4th houses and occupies the 10th of the revolution, signifying efforts by kin or family members in the pursuit of a public office for Cardan.

4to dificultades o problemas de bienes inmobiliario se presentaron, poco y algo se vendió a pesar de estar ausente y de los obstáculos, la razón o explicación es porque la Luna rige por dos veces la 4ta en las cartas de natividad y revolución. Herida en revolución por la cuadratura de Saturno exiliado en leo el cual en el radical se ubica en la segunda, pero en cambio la madre estuvo a salvo por causa de que la Luna rige la 4ta de revolución, se exalta en el ascendente (tauro) y este trígono a Venus que la domina o rige.

Fourth, there were problems with real estate or immovable goods, and there was too little for even a part of them to be sold. This occurred because the Moon rules the 4th house of immovable property in both charts, and the annual Moon is afflicted by a square from annual Saturn in exile in Leo, while natal Saturn occupies the 2nd house of finances. On the other hand, his mother — ruled by the 4th with Cancer on its cusp — was safe and sound because her signifier, the Moon, was exalted in Taurus in the revolution and in trine to annual Venus, which rules Taurus.

Quinto, la esposa concebiría una niña, quien tenía el útero débil y contraído o estrecho, el motivo es porque en el radical Venus domina o rige el ascendente y está conjunta al sol quien a su vez rige la quinta y se ubica en la 6ta. Verdaderamente en revolución ella misma (Venus) rige el ascendente y a la Luna y se ubica en la quinta 5 en trígono al ascendente de la revolución. Y libera a la Luna también de los maléficos, lo que le permitió a Cardano significativamente lograr su descendencia. Y Mercurio rige a Venus y se ubica en la sexta en conjunción aplicativa con Marte que este exiliado, anunciando aquella profecía o sentencia que tendría una hija débil o enferma.

Fifth, Cardan’s wife conceived a female child, who contracted an infirmity in the womb, as presaged natally by Venus ruling the Ascendant and conjoining the 5th ruler Sun in the 6th house of illness. However, in the revolution annual Venus, which rules the Ascendant and disposes the Moon, occupies the 5th of offspring and trines with Ascendant, and the Moon is free from the malefics, signifying that Cardan might have a child that year. According to Morin, the daughter’s illness is shown by annual Mercury, the dispositor of annual Venus, being in the 6th of illness and conjunct malefic Mars in exile in Libra.

En relación a sirvientes y animales sufrió impedimentos e intercambios, la razón o motivo es porque Mercurio rige la segunda y sexta radical, está en 6ta radical en signo cardinal (libra) y aspecta a Saturno que se ubica en la segunda casa, pero en revolución Mercurio de nuevo rige la segunda y la sexta, se ubica en la 6ta en un signo cardinal y hace un aspecto de conjunción aplicativa a Marte quien a su vez es regente de la casa 12 de revolución.

Sixth, Cardan suffered impediments and exchanges in regard to servants and animals this year because natal Mercury rules the 2nd and 6th radical houses and occupies the cardinal (movable) sign Libra and trines natal Saturn located in the radical 2nd house. In the revolution, however, Mercury also rules the 2nd and 6th houses but is located in the 6th house in the cardinal sign Libra where Mercury conjoins Mars, which is one of the rulers of the 12th house of the revolution. [Because Aries in contained within the 12th Regiomontanus house, Morin regarded Mars as a co-ruler of that house, together with Jupiter which rules the Pisces 12th cusp.]

El acontecimiento dañino o perjudicial que le ocurrirá a la esposa está explicado porque Marte y Júpiter rigen la 7ma en radical y revolución son maléficos en la revolución. Sin embargo, la Luna hace oposición a la séptima significadora de la esposa, dañada por la cuadratura de Saturno la cual esta maléfica y malamente la afecta (a la 7ma o esposa) además del temor de la aparición de enemigos abiertos sobre todo príncipes, se sintió deprimido por dificultades con hombres de justicia que no lo dañarían o perjudicarían. La razón o motivo es porque Marte domina o rige la cúspide 7ma y está en exilio en la sexta y en cuadratura a Júpiter que se encuentra ubicado en la décima donde es significador de o representa a príncipes y magistrados.

Seventh, the noxious event that befell his wife is explained by the fact that annual Mars and Jupiter, which are rulers of the 7th house in both charts [Mars rules the cusp of the 7th and Sagittarius is partially contained within the 7th], are afflicted, as is the annual Moon [a signifier of the wife because it lies opposite the 7th house — Morin believed that each house shared its significations with the house opposite], which suffers a square from annual Saturn.

In addition, open enemies were subdued by fear of the Prince and hindered from doing harm to righteous men [Praeterea hostes aperti timore Principis depressi sunt ac impediti viris justis ne nocerent]. This occurred because Mars rules the 7th cusp (open enemies) and lies in exile in the cadent 6th house, is squared by Jupiter located in the angular 10th, in which Jupiter by its house position signifies Princes and magistrates [who are holding open enemies signified by Mars in check].

Además, la Luna está en el ascendente y trígono a Venus y ellas pueden salvar o proteger al nativo o nacido. pero se observa que el medio cielo luego llega por dirección al trígono derecho a Saturno R que es su señor o regente cuya ascensión recta es de 31 grado 24 min y termina la corrección: nada produciría la dirección en cuanto a dignidades. La Luna ptolemaicamente significa la sustancia corporal, la vida, la moral, la esposa, la madre, sirvientas, hermanas, sobre a quién toda la Luna representa en la figura en la que se ha pronunciado.

Moreover, the annual Moon is in the Ascendant and in trine to annual Venus, and they are able to save or protect the native, but it should be noted that the MC by primary direction had arrived at the dexter trine of Saturn (the ruler of the MC), whose Right Ascension is 31 degrees 24 minutes, without which there would be have been no primary direction indicating a high position or post.

Cardan’s natal chart directed by primary direction to his birthday in 1534 (age 33). Note the dexter trine of natal Saturn to the directed Midheaven which is in effect at this time, according to Morin. Natal Saturn lies at 19 Gemini 19, so its dexter trine is at 19 Aquarius 19, close the the directed MC at 19 Aquarius 53.

[The dexter trine of Saturn at 19 Aquarius 19′ arrived at the MC by primary direction about 6 months prior to Cardan’s birthday in 1534. Saturn ruling the MC and being in trine to the MC by primary direction at age 33 is an indicator of professional honors and dignities. Saturn in exile in Leo in the revolution and in square to the annual and natal Ascendant suggests difficulties in obtaining the position sought after.]

Morin goes on to criticize Cardan for using the Moon as a general or universal signifier because the Moon, according to Ptolemy, signifies the bodily substance, life, morals, wife, mother, servants, sisters; and any delineation of the Moon would thus necessarily apply to all these significations.

Fin de la traducción del texto de latín de Morin.

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Anexo: Pedro Hernández

Siguiendo la metodología de interpretación de revoluciones de acuerdo a Junctino de Florencia y Albumasar.

Pedro Hernández goes on to add his own comments about the methods of Junctino and Abu Ma’shar regarding this solar return. These include the use of the Lord of the Year (ruler of the profected Ascendant), and the divisor and the participant (the term ruler of the primary directed Ascendant, and the planet that most recently perfected an aspect to the directed Ascendant.) Major themes of the solar revolution year will be reflected in the roles played by these planets (Lord of the year, divisor, participant) in the natal and return charts.

At age 33 (1534) the divisor is Mars and the participant is also Mars.
At age 34 (1535) the divisor is Mars and the participant is Saturn because Saturn rises to the horizon by primary direction on January 7, 1535.

El señor del año para la revolución 34 (edad 33) de Cardano fue Saturno: quien domina las casas 9, 10 y 11 de la natividad y de la revolución. Saturno radical está en la casa 2 de la navidad, y Saturno anual está en la casa 4 de la revolución.

At age 33, the Lord of the Year is the planet that rules the 10th sign from the Ascendant. In Cardan’s chart, Aquarius is 10th from the Taurus Ascendant, so that Saturn becomes the Lord of the Year. Thus, major themes of the year will be related to the houses ruled or occupied by Saturn and the aspects formed by Saturn in the natal or return chart. These include houses 9, 10 and 11 and also houses 2 and 4. In addition, Saturn closely conjoins the cusp of the 5th house of children.

Divisor el 7 de enero de 1535, Marte era el divisor, y Saturno el participante.

Cardan’s divisor and participant at age 33 was Mars. The following year, at age 34, Mars was still the divisor, but the participant became Saturn which had conjoined the Ascendant by primary direction on January 7, 1535. Thus, in addition to the role of Saturn as Lord of the Year, the major themes of the year will also be related to the houses ruled or occupied by Mars and the aspects formed by Mars in the natal or return chart. For example, Mars rules Cardan’s wife (7th cusp) and is afflicted by annual Jupiter, which rules the 12th (6th of illness of the wife) in the revolution chart.

El maléfico menor conjunto a la 2 de la natividad y señor de la 7ma de la natividad y de revolución indicaba despilfarro o perdidas de dinero (2) y la activación de enemigos abiertos (7) poderosos ya que Marte hiere a júpiter en la décima, casa que indica a los personajes poderosos o del gobierno como fue el caso del citado príncipe que lo adverso ese año.

The lesser malefic Mars conjunct the 2nd cusp in the nativity and lord of the 7th in both charts indicated waste or loss of money (2nd house) and the activation of open enemies (7th house).

About Anthony Louis

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7 Responses to Morin delineates a solar return of Cardan

  1. MC Astro says:

    Very interesting. Thanks to the translators.

  2. Jay Bird says:

    Facebook has created self-awareness that today Cardano would appreciate especially as it relates to profit. Truth and reconciliation seem to be one of Cardanos’ objectives. Moral bankruptcy, division, human suffering are key factors when addressing problems of mental health issues and basic dignity. A revolution to acknowledge Vatican misdealing’s only Cardano could purloin. Thanks for analyzing the data!

  3. Tom Callanan says:

    I didn’t see it, so if it is mentioned, forgive the intrusion, but Morin discusses Cardan’s revolution in Book 23 of Astrologia Gallica, English translation by James Holden, published by AFA. In my often less than humble opinion, Book 23 (p. 25-27) might be the most instructive astrology text I’ve ever read, and this article validates that opinion.

    Morin had a passionate belief in the accuracy of the Rudolphine Tables, however as Holden points out over and over, they really weren’t that good even by the standards of their day. Therefore the angles in AG can be significantly different than those calculated by computer using Regiomontanus cusps, as can the position of the Moon. This does not invalidate the principles endorsed by Morin. They are sound.

    I’ve been fiddling with the primary directions of John Worsdale (1766-1826). He does, pretty much the reverse of Morin in that he emphasizes the directions and uses the solar return as support, at least for death predictions. This seems to be the way Placidus used them, but Worsdale hated Catholics, so he claimed it was Ptolemy. The addition of the use of Abu Mashar’s ideas on revolutions was a really nice touch by Pedro Hernández.

    Morin liked to use the charts in a hierarchy with primary directions at the apex. This is consistent with the world view of the day. Everything, or almost everything, was seen in terms of a hierarchy. I won’t say he was wrong to do that, either.

    Great post. I hope to get some time to do a work-along with the article.

    • Tom Callanan says:

      Typo alert. Should be page 24-27 of AG Book 23. Apologies

    • Tom,
      Thanks for your comments. As you mentioned, Morin placed the birth chart and its primary directions at the top of the hierarchy. Shortly before his detailed discussion of Cardan’s solar return, he writes (in Latin): Temerarium tamen ac erroneum esse, de Revolutionis figura judicare non habita ratione figurae natalitiae; cum huic illa en vi, significatis & effectibus subordinetur, & ad ipsa dependeat: proindeque revolutio causare quidem possit, quidquid significat conforme figurae genethliacae, ad quam directiones quoque pertinent; non autem quod significat contrarium. –> (in English) –>
      It is, however, rash and erroneous to judge the figure of the Revolution without considering the birth chart; because it [the revolution] is subordinated to this force [of the natal chart] and it depends on the effects signified [natally], and therefore a revolution may indeed cause whatever it signifies, but only in conformity with the genethliacal figure, to which the primary directions also belong; but the revolution cannot effect that which is signified [in the revolution chart] contrary [to the natal signification].
      To paraphrase, Morin appears to be saying that the solar revolution (or any revolution chart) acts as a trigger to release the effect of the natal promise as revealed in the birth chart or in its ongoing primary directions during the life span.

      • Tom Callanan says:

        “To paraphrase, Morin appears to be saying that the solar revolution (or any revolution chart) acts as a trigger to release the effect of the natal promise as revealed in the birth chart or in its ongoing primary directions during the life span.”

        This makes sense. This is the first time I did more than peruse this section of Book 23. I’ve spent time with the next chart, Gustav Adolphus, King of Sweden. In that chart, the nativity, directions, solar return, lunar return, and transits all work together like they were connected to each other. I’ve never found another that worked so well. In fact, Morin didn’t calculate the lunar return very well, so that can be discounted.

        In the section under discussion – Cardan, Morin mentions two directions: 1) is the direction of the ASC to Saturn “in the ecliptic,” by which I think he means “in zodiac,” but I’m not sure since he rejected mundane directions, so why point it out? This pertains to Cardan’s health. 2) The other is the MC directed to the right (dexter) trine to Saturn. This pertains to Cardan seeking dignities.

        Holden notes that the text couldn’t be correct, that the RA of Saturn nor the RA of it’s trine as stated in the text are even close to being accurate. He mentions a couple of possible reasons for this. However, both Janus, and Delphic Oracle calculated that direction to perfect on 3/8/1534 – surely close enough to the return for Cardan to be under it’s influence.

        Curiously, I thought, Morin did not mention the direction of Mars squaring the ASC. However, this volume pertains to returns not directions.

        So solar returns, lunar returns, and perhaps other phenomenon (eclipses?) can “unlock” the nativity either individually or in concert. I like that. Thanks for the reply.

      • Regarding the trine of Saturn coming to the MC by primary direction, Morin says in his book on directions that those of Saturn are often delayed in their effects because Saturn signifies by its very nature slowness and delays.

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