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(V.) HISTORY - Pervasive Planets

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« on: December 11, 2007, 02:12:16 pm »



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As unattractive a personality as ever sat on the throne of Rome, Commodus' spare time was spent enjoying himself in tavern or brothel, or stripped naked to take part in gladiatorial combat in the public arena. He was as much star-worshipper as genuine astrologer, and saw astrology as some kind of superstitious quasi-religion rather than as a scientific system. His successor, Septimus Severus, returned to a more sensible, practical view. Born in Africa, he rose to high rank under Marcus Aurelius, and is known to have consulted an astrologer about his own destiny. His promotion to the tribunate in 176 confirmed that good fortune was accurately foretold. During a brief eclipse from favour under Commodus, he advertised for a marriageable woman whose horoscope should conform to his own, and found one in a Syrian, H. Julia Donna, who bore him two sons, one of whom was nicknamed Caracalla.

Severus was unwise enough, when praetorian governor of Sicily, to be discovered once more consulting an astrologer about his 'imperial destiny', as Cassius Dio put it. But (because, the historian suggested, Commodus was so cordially detested) the local authorities did not prosecute him; indeed, they crucified the unfortunate man unwise enough to have betrayed him!

After the death of Commodus and a short period of struggle for the throne, Severus occupied it, supported in his bid for power by the prognostications of several astrologers and by other miscellaneous divinations. Decorating his new imperial palace, he had his horoscope painted on the ceilings of the rooms in which he held court - although not in such detail as to give away to the casual observer the precise moment of his birth, so the horoscope could be used against him.
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