Sejanus (June 3, 20 BCE – October 18, 31 AD)
Yesterday, I wrote about the plot against Tiberius. This man was the ‘culprit’. His fall from the highest levels of the Roman Empire was spectacular. But was it true?
The timing of this chart is rectified to his death sentence by the Senate (Mars at age 50). I wasn’t expecting to see a Yod, involving the Midheaven (supported by the Sun and Pluto). What does that tell us about his ambitions?
Sun Inconjunct Midheaven
While you are young, you will find it difficult to decide what to do with your life. The demands of the world may sometimes be hard to handle, because they don’t seem to take advantage of your natural abilities and instincts. Also, much of your time will be taken up with learning routine skills that do not seem at first to have much connection with reality. But don’t try to rush your life. Even if you can’t see why you should learn a skill, try it out anyway. Later on, its purpose may become clear. Also you tend to rush through your tasks, because you are impatient to get to something else, but in that way you don’t learn anything very thoroughly. Or you may try to live entirely for what you think is most pleasurable at the moment rather than for your long-range goals. Certainly you have a right to be young and happy, but don’t overdo it; the lessons you do not learn well now will create problems when you try to pursue a future course of action.
This aspect can mean some tension with one of your parents, although it is not likely to be serious or destructive. In fact it may play a very positive role later on by forcing you to confront certain issues that you would otherwise have ignored. However, while you are young, you may resent this parent quite a bit. Do not take this too seriously, unless some other area of your chart indicates a more negative relationship.
Pluto Inconjunct Midheaven
You may have trouble with older people who try to teach you how to effectively take control of your life. Even while you are young, you may resent their control over you and resist everything that they are trying to teach you. To a great extent, your path in life will be shaped by your early confrontations with authority figures. Your parents would be well advised to give you as much control as possible over your own affairs and as much self-determination as you can handle. They should not try to keep an extremely tight rein on you, for if they do, you will explode and become very difficult to handle. Also your self-esteem would be damaged. Your parents and teachers should be very straightforward with you, because if you feel that people are not being honest with you, you will not be honest with them. You are quite capable of acting behind people’s backs if you consider it necessary or if you feel that you never get your own way.
During the 20s, Sejanus gradually accumulated power by consolidating his influence over Tiberius and eliminating potential political opponents, including the emperor’s son Drusus Julius Caesar. When Tiberius withdrew to Capri in AD 26, Sejanus was left in control of the administration of the empire. For a time the most influential and feared citizen of Rome, Sejanus suddenly fell from power in AD 31, the year his career culminated with the consulship. Amidst suspicions of conspiracy against Tiberius, Sejanus was arrested and executed, along with his followers.Wikipedia
The Original Conspiracy Theory
Power is a very enticing mistress. One’s enemies don’t take kindly to fear and intimidation. They will plot to overthrow the tyranny in their eyes. (Good pun!)
I suspect this ‘death’ chart is accurate, based on the resulting interactive Yods. What it shows me is something I long predicted: Sejanus was not plotting behind Tiberius’ back; instead, he was plotted against by the Roman Senators. The charges were trumped up, based on ‘rumours’ that someone had whispered into Tiberius’ ear. Same as it ever was.