Tiberius (November 16, 42 BCE – March 16, 37 AD)
Interesting, isn’t it, how I’ve managed to avoid looking at Emperor Tiberius, until now? Why is that? Could it be that I ‘know’ something about him, too? Let’s take a look:
I have rectified his chart to align the timing of the loss of his father (Saturn) in childhood. In truth, his father died when he was nine years old, but his mother divorced him when he was only three. I’ve set Saturn at about six years, splitting the difference. As a result, a Yod appears linking Saturn with Mars and the Midheaven.
Mars Inconjunct Saturn
This can be a difficult aspect because it signifies a conflict between your sense of responsibility and your desire to fulfill your own needs and do what you want. This leads to a struggle within you that may keep you from acting decisively. Instead of deciding what you will do, you feel caught between these two forces, wondering whether you have the right to do what you want. You may feel that others are trying to frustrate you, but it is your own indecisiveness that is causing the trouble. Sometimes this conflict makes you very irritable and resentful about nothing in particular. Then, when someone happens to act in a way that is obviously annoying, you focus all your built-up anger on that person.
Saturn Inconjunct Midheaven
This aspect indicates that you very much need a positive relationship with your parents, especially your father. You should not be disciplined sternly unless you are given lots of love at the same time. Otherwise, giving and receiving love from others will be a real problem for the rest of your life. Unless you are truly supported by your family and friends, you will begin to feel lonely and isolated from others and inferior to them. Also you are likely to have very serious difficulties with authority figures, because you are afraid of how they will treat you, not expecting that anyone will ever give you the loving guidance you need. You will see all authorities only as potential threats to your freedom and as sources of pain and trouble.
Tiberius’ death chart is randomized. And yet, there’s a Yod pointing at Neptune (8 Aquarius), formed by the conjunction between Saturn and Uranus on the one hand, and the Ascendant on the other. With Mars in the 12th House, and just coming out of a conjunction with the Ascendant, I do believe that he was murdered by suffocation in his ‘bedclothes’. Marco may have done it, with (or without) the help of Caligula.
Another relevant point is that Tiberius retired to Capri towards the end of his life.
In 31, Sejanus held the consulship with Tiberius in absentia, and began his play for power in earnest. Precisely what happened is difficult to determine, but Sejanus seems to have covertly attempted to court those families who were tied to the Julians and attempted to ingratiate himself with the Julian family line to place himself, as an adopted Julian, in the position of Princeps, or as a possible regent. Livilla was later implicated in this plot and was revealed to have been Sejanus’s lover for several years.
The plot seems to have involved the two of them overthrowing Tiberius, with the support of the Julians, and either assuming the Principate themselves, or serving as regent to the young Tiberius Gemellus or possibly even Caligula. Those who stood in his way were tried for treason and swiftly dealt with.
In AD 31 Sejanus was summoned to a meeting of the Senate, where a letter from Tiberius was read condemning Sejanus and ordering his immediate execution. Sejanus was tried, and he and several of his colleagues were executed within the week. As commander of the Praetorian Guard, he was replaced by Naevius Sutorius Macro.
Tacitus claims that more treason trials followed and that whereas Tiberius had been hesitant to act at the outset of his reign, now, towards the end of his life, he seemed to do so without compunction. The hardest hit were those families with political ties to the Julians. Even the imperial magistracy was hit, as any and all who had associated with Sejanus or could in some way be tied to his schemes were summarily tried and executed, their properties seized by the state.Plot by Sejanus against Tiberius (from Wikipedia)
It is this situation that may have been the prompt for the Jews to be able to threaten Pontius Pilate if he didn’t ‘behave’ himself. The eventually telescoping of Jesus’ execution may have been a retro-justification in the minds of the Apostles, especially when their stories were written down in the century after the events. Jesus was executed in 30 AD, a year before Sejanus (Pilate’s friend) was executed for treason.
“Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s…” Jesus (Mark 12:17).