Nicolaus Copernicus (February 19, 1473 – May 24, 1543)
This is the man who turned our world upside down when he suggested that the Sun was the centre of our solar system and not the Earth. What can we know about him?
That’s a strange Yod pointing at Venus (in Aries) formed from a sextile between Uranus (in Scorpio) and his Ascendant (in Virgo).
Venus Inconjunct Uranus
You feel mixed up about whether you want to be close to others or be free. When you are really close to a loved one, you feel smothered and want to get away by yourself to do what you want. But when you are alone and free to do what you want, you miss your loved ones and want to be with them. It will take you several years to understand yourself enough so that you can strike a balance between these two needs, so be patient.
Venus Inconjunct Ascendant
You often feel that you haven’t any right to ask much of those whom you love. You feel that you must do favors for them instead of asking for their help. For you, love is an act of service, not self-gratification. Also, through relationships with others, you try to learn more about your own and other people’s inner workings. For this reason your relationships are more deep and profound than most people’s. But they are somewhat difficult, too. Your close friends and loved ones discover that you are quite different in a close relationship than you appear at first. It is not that you are dishonest, but that you show a side of yourself to your friends that you usually keep hidden, often because you are not entirely confident in that role. You may feel unsure that others will like you or accept your affection. This is one reason why you express your love by doing nice things for people. You are trying to win them over.
(This particular aspect is shared by Guy Fawkes.)
Saturn Inconjunct Neptune
This aspect can have a variety of effects, one of which may be difficulty in relating fantasy and imagination, on one hand, to reality, duty, obligation and work, on the other. Usually the reality, duty and work aspect of the combination is dominant, at least at first. Your imaginative side tends to be transformed into nervousness, fear and irrational anxieties. The most negative manifestation of this aspect is a feeling that you have to keep a tight lid on yourself and that if you look inside yourself too closely, you will find only emptiness and disintegration. It is difficult for you to realize that this is not the truth about your inner self.
Madame Blavatsky and Rudolf Steiner Agree on his Past Life
There are other examples from later times, for example Nicholas of Cusa (Cusanus), a curious personality of the fifteenth century. Here we can see the interesting case of how the research of this man, as it were, laid the groundwork for the entire body of the teaching of Copernicus, who lived in the sixteenth century. To be sure, this body of teaching is not yet quite as ripe in Cusa’s books as in those written by Copernicus, but they contain all the essential ideas, a fact that confounds most traditional scholars. The fact is that the astral body of Cusa was transferred to Copernicus even though the ego of the latter was different from that of Cusa. This is how Copernicus received the foundation and all the preparations for his own doctrine.https://wn.rsarchive.org/GA/GA0109/19090121p01.html
Adepts or perfected human beings can voluntarily incarnate themselves in order to do some work in the physical world. Of this type there are several degrees: The lowest would allow the Adept “to choose after death another body in which he could go on with his interrupted studies, though ordinarily he would lose in it every remembrance of his previous incarnation” (CW XIV:377). H. P. Blavatsky cites as an example the rebirth [as] Copernicus [of] Nicholas de Cusa. The next degree allows the Adept to transfer the memory of his past life to his new body. The highest degree has hardly any limit in the exercise of this faculty.https://www.theosophy.world/encyclopedia/incarnation
Nicolaus Cusanus was a deep mystic. As he was totally immersed in the Roman Catholic Church during his lifetime, he probably needed a rest in his next life. But, according to Steiner, his “I” personality did not reincarnate as Nicolaus Copernicus: only his astral spirit… (Okay, now we seem to be splitting hairs.)
The conjunct Moons from the two charts (both in Sagittarius) may be the clue: in Copernicus’ chart the Moon is conjunct Jupiter. And the T-squares between the two are also focused here. Mercury in Cusanus’ chart is conjunct Copernicus’ Neptune (more mist and mystery), and Copernicus’ Sun is conjunct a wide Jupiter/Saturn aspect in Cusanus’ ‘fatal’ chart (in Pisces). And finally, Copernicus’ natal Neptune is transiting Cusanus’ ‘fatal’ Ascendant.
All those aspects are enough connections to satisfy my curiosity.
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So: what is the Truth?