Indiana Bones and The Temple of Exhumes:
The Divine Decrees of Caravaggio and St. Rose of Viterbo
Saturn isn’t all about karmic punishment and nihilistic solitary confinements of the soul, you know. There are choice times when The Lord of Karma lets down his snowy white locks, oh wait, they’re all ready down. Well anyway, there are times when Father Time likes to slip out of his Karmic Taskmaster duds and get seriously wild! Saturn doesn’t ALWAYS need to be so, well….. Saturnine.
Before Saturn resumes being the planetary role model of high minded goody-goodyness upon re-entering Libra, the sign of its exaltation, the ringed planet recently donned an explorer’s fedora, embarking upon a bit of Saturnine action and adventure involving the very stuff it rules over – hanks of skin and ground up bones!
OK, OK. So The Adventures of Indiana Bones does not involve jumping into a pit of vipers or blowing away scimitar-wielding assassins, but there are temples….of worship, which hold within their ancient walls former human beings whose fate resulted in ending up as either a slack jawed mummy or a bag of assorted bones and dust!
And both Adventures occurred within 46 miles of each other and within a period of 5 days.
What is karmicly jaw dropping about these adventures is how their discoveries relate to the astrological background of both famed persons in history and incorporate the energies of not only the 2 signs that Saturn currently borders, but also of 2 other planets and their very recent placement in the Heavens.
During this discovery-filled window of time, Saturn resides in the remaining degrees of the sign of religious orders, Virgo and will be entering the sign ruled by the Planet of High Art, Libra on July 22nd.
Right before the bone filled adventures were announced, two planets left the sign of Mysticism and Intuitive Telecommunication, Pisces, and entered the sign of the physical body, Aries; the planet of Holy Places and Saints, Jupiter, and the planet of the Un-ordinary and of cutting edge scientific testing, Uranus.
The unifying theme and actual content of both discoveries involve evidence which lies under Saturn’s domain – human skin and bones. Besides ruling over restriction, fear, and “life’s lessons learned the hard way”, Saturn oversees any tangible thing considered “structural” – this includes the 2 main components that literally shape our bodies and prevent us from being simply organ-filled blobs; the outer structural casing of the skin and the inner scaffolding of our bones.
To complete this astrological climate of Saturnine adventure, when the findings were officially reported on June 11th and June 16th, Jupiter and Uranus were positioned in the Heavens at the first degree of Aries, or in astrological terms, both Jupiter and Uranus were placed at the “Cardinal Point”of Aries. When a planet(s) is positioned at a cardinal point, it is an indication of notoriety or creates an environment worthy of drawing the attention of society at large. The two planets were at a cardinal point in the sign associated with the physical body, Aries and their energies expanded society’s knowledge regarding the cause of death of two notoriously famous figures in history – the young Nun revered for her Mystic Poverty and Prophecy, St. Rose of Viterbo, and the oil painter considered a master of light, shade, and elaborate detail, Caravaggio.
To cram both venerated Italians’ lives to just a few sentences:
St. Rose of Viterbo
Living only 18 years, Rose of Viterbo attacked her short life as a devoted ascetic with the fiercest of faith. She is said to have performed miracles at the ripe old ages of 3 and 7, and was preaching in the streets, having taken the most severe vows of poverty with her religious order by the age of 10. Although her denial of the sensual world was beyond extreme, Rose openly addressed her mystical abilities, such as the gift of prophecy and the ability to communicate with birds. Believing her canonization to be imminent at the time of her early death, monks laid young Sister Rose in an air tight glass box, causing her teenage body to naturally mummify (Slide 2 of Slideshow).
On June 11th, 2010 scientists determined the cause of Rose’s death, which has been shrouded in mystery due to her young age. The patron saint of florists and people in exile died of a rare heart defect known as Cantrell’s Syndrome. This congenital cardiac condition eventually caused a fatal obstruction, as evidenced by a dark spot on Rose’s well preserved mummified heart which was detected by the most cutting edge X-Ray technology of the 21st century (Slide 3 of Slideshow).
Astrological Significance Regarding St. Rose’s Remains
Using modern technology, Scientists have been able to determine the dates of St. Rose’s life, starting with her birth on September 4th, 1235 and ending with her death on March 6th, 1252. When looking at the range of dates astrologically, they are in almost exact opposition, where The Sun is on one side of the Earth on the first date and on the opposite side on the 2nd. Although still a teenager when she died, astrologically Rose’s dates of life indicate a time on earth that was fully lived. Her last words to her father may support this thought:
“I die with joy, for I desire to be united to my God. Live so as not to fear death. For those who live well in the world, death is not frightening, but sweet and precious.”
With her date of birth being the 4th of September, St. Rose of Viterbo was born a Virgo. As mentioned earlier, Virgo rules over religious orders and is the sign of the nun, a vocation Rose chose while still a child. Virgo’s symbol is the Virgin and St. Rose more often has the term “The Virgin Saint” proceeding her name than her home town.
When the information regarding Rose’s cause of death was released on June 11th, 2010. The planets were placed in the sky as follows:
Saturn – 27 Virgo
Mars – 1 Virgo
Jupiter 0 Aries
Uranus 0 Aries
When put into words:
Saturn, the planet that rules the bones, was in the sign of the Nun, Virgo.
Mars, the planet that rules sex, was in the sign of the Virgin, Virgo.
Jupiter and Uranus were at a cardinal point, or indication of notoriety or fame, in the sign of the physical body, Aries.
Jupiter is the planet associated with Sainthood.
Uranus is the planet associated with X-Ray Technology.
If you’re facing towards Rome while in St. Rose’s hometown of Viterbo, hang a hard right and go about 40 miles due east until you hit the ocean town of Porto Ercole. There you’ll find the recently identified remains of the great artist, Caravaggio (Slide 6 of Slideshow).
Caravaggio’s role in the world of Art is so significant, it has been said of him “What begins in the work of Caravaggio is, quite simply, modern painting.” – Andre Berne-Joffroy. After his death in 1610, an entire generation of artists mirrored his style, creating the categorical term, “Caravaggisti” or “Caravagesques”.
It was the time preceeding the artist’s death that was the mysterious question……until just a few days ago.
Unlike St. Rose, whose life was spent in quiet denial in the same location, Caravaggio was a man with a deadly temper who many times was on the run either in fear of arrest or after escaping imprisonment. It’s even been said that the gifted rogue born as Michelangelo Merisi was kidnapped by pirates after being mistakenly identified as the wrong man!
However, just as St. Rose risked her life by defying The Holy Roman Emperor in defense of The Pope, Caravaggio’s artistic talent was used by The Vatican to counter the threat of The Reformation and the ever growing converts of Protestantism. Caravaggio’s work is known for its lush and elaborate detail (Slide 12 of Slideshow) as well as the use of extreme shadowing counterbalanced by the subject being bathed or reflected in light, otherwise known as “chiaroscuro”. Caravaggio did not invent chiaroscuro, but perfected and elevated the painting technique so that his artwork became mystical illustrations of Catholicism in their own right, such as “The Taking of Christ” in 1602 (Slide 8 in Slideshow) and “The Conversion of St. Paul” in 1601(Slide 9 in Slideshow).
At the time of his death in 1610, the artist known for brawling in an era when brawling was the norm was sailing from Sicily to the mainland. Caravaggio had been on the run for the murder of one of his friends and had recently been exiled from Malta after being kicked out of the island’s Order of Knights for excessive disruption of the peace and destruction of property.
Nothing was known after Caravaggio’s boat landed on the shores of Porto Ercole. Word reached Rome that the great painter had died, but there was no proof of a body.
On June 16th, 2010 Scientists in Ravenna, Italy were able to state with 85% accuracy that the bones found in the crypts of San Sebastiano church in Porto Ercole are indeed of the Baroque Master, Caravaggio.
Many human remains were discovered in the bowels of San Sebastiano Church, but only one set fully matched the list of requirements which proved the artist’s identity, such as his height (5’7” considered tall at the end of the 14th century) as well as genetic matching to the DNA taken from modern male members of the Merisi family (Slide 7 of Slideshow).
There were just as many rumors swirling around Caravaggio’s cause of death and the mystery of the whereabouts of his remains as there were knocked out teeth from the hot head painter’s bar room brawls. How divine that The Great Benefic has shed light not only on the death of this influential artist but on Caravaggio’s actual body as well, during the year that commemorates the 400th anniversary of his demise.
If Caravaggio’s body was actually interned in a church, why no records? Historians speculate that in 1610 Spainards controlled the eastern coastal portion of Italy and they were more than familiar with the man who in the first decade of the 17th century was deemed “the most famous painter in Rome”. Many believe Caravaggio’s death and corpse were unaccounted for so that Spain could lay claim and ownership of the Italian’s entire oeuvre.
With the remains identified as being those of the Master Painter, the burning question remaining is – What caused the death of Michelangelo Merisi?
The exact cause of Caravaggio’s death cannot be definitely confirmed but scientists believe 3 main factors contributed to the artist’s demise. The final factor was surprisingly confirmed with modern DNA testing and proved to be quite the astrological shocker!
The last known fact about Caravaggio’s final days was that he had embarked on a ship sailing from Sicily to the coastal town of Porto Ercole whereupon he intended to travel by land to return to Rome. The summer of 1610 was exceptionally hot, and some of the most scorching days of that year occurred as Caravaggio’s boat came ashore on the Italian mainland. Scientists believe the “final touch” factor that did him in was heatstroke.
Along with being the Baroque version of Russell Crowe, Caravaggio had quite the reputation for chasing both skirts and shirts. He was also unabashed at hiring every flavor of male and female prostitute. (Many of the models used for his early paintings were male prostitutes, Slide 11 of Slideshow). Syphilis is the 2nd contributing factor to the artist’s death.
The final contributor to the death of Caravaggio is the same reason why Buddy Ebsen had to bow out of the role of The Tin Man and what put most of the cast of “The Wizard of Oz” in the hospital – lead exposure. Modern science revealed the artist’s remains showed an unusually high content of lead, a major ingredient in the composition of paints used for oil painting. High lead content has been found in the remains of other oil painting giants such as Francisco Goya and Vincent van Gough. Like the famous Dutch painter, lead exposure may have been responsible for many of Caravaggio’s physical and mental maladies, including his propensity to fly into rages.
Caravaggio also had a reputation for being extremely messy with his paints. Lead poisoning on its own isn’t fatal, however it proved to be the main cause of death for the Baroque painter when considering that fact along with his many open wounds that were most likely caused by his sexual disease combined with suffering heatstroke upon stepping ashore during that exceptionally hot July of 1610.
Astrological Significance Regarding The Remains of Caravaggio
When the information regarding the identity of Caravaggio’s remains along with his cause of death was released on June 16th, 2010 the planets were placed in the sky as follows:
Saturn – 28 Virgo
Mars – 3 Virgo
Uranus – 0 Aries
Jupiter – 1 Aries
Caravaggio’s date of birth is September 29th, 1571. Regardless of his reputation as the Baroque Brawler and an exceptional messy user of paints, the artist was born under the sign of Libra, 5 degrees to be exact. Although Saturn was not placed in Caravaggio’s Sun sign at the time of the announcement of his remains, the planetary ruler of human bones and remains was conjunct the artist’s Sun by 7 degrees. Saturn’s placement on the 16th of June acts as a heavenly announcement to coincide with the confirmation that indeed, these remains are of the great painting master, Caravaggio. When translated formulaicly:
Saturn (the planet ruling over human bones) was in Virgo (the sign of details, many of which were needed to determine that these remains were not of some ordinary Giovanni from the same time period) and was conjunct, or in close proximity to, the Sun of Caravaggio on June 16th, 2010 when details confirming the artist’s remains were revealed to the world. A conjunction is when 2 planets are within 8 degrees of each other and their energies are of equal proportions. Although modern science allowed only 85% worth of accuracy by stating the remains in question were Caravaggio’s, the Astrological Universe gave full confirmation by Saturn, the planet overseeing the bones, being conjunct Caravaggio’s Sun, or overall self.
As with the earlier release of information regarding St. Rose’s remains, Uranus was placed at 0 degrees of Aries, or the cardinal point of Aries. With Aries being the first sign of the Zodiac, it is termed the sign of the self, or of the physical body. The combination of The Great Benefic (Jupiter) in very close proximity to The Planet of Technology (Uranus) at the cardinal point of Aries shed expansive knowledge about the physical bodies of the medieval nun and the Baroque painter. Uranus rules modern science, thus X ray technology played a major part with St. Rose’s remains as did DNA testing in determining that the remains found in San Sebastiano were those of Caravaggio.
The influence of the King of Planets in the sign of Aries is what makes both of these discoveries historically famous and astrologically significant. Jupiter deals with the stuff of saints. A saint’s halo is a sheen of golden-yellow illumination that was said to be the light of Jupiter shining on the aura of a saintly person. It is only fitting that Jupiter’s recent placement at an Aries cardinal point coincided with an event involving the expansion of knowledge regarding the body of a teenager whose life of religious devotion admitted her entrance into the College of Saints.
In astronomy, Jupiter is technically considered a star as well as a planet due to its own bright illumination. For centuries, the remains of the man whose epitaph read “In painting not equal to a painter, but to Nature itself” were interred with a bunch of other skeletons in the underground crypt of a small church in a coastal town of central Italy. Jupiter’s placement in the sign of the physical body brought long overdue illumination confirming the remains of one of the greatest influences of Western Art which, in turn, should bestow a final resting place befitting the Master of Chiaroscuro.
Although Jupiter was no longer at the first degree of Aries on the day the announcements were made regarding Caravaggio’s remains, the King of Planet’s sign placement is still highly significant. By virtue of being conjunct of one degree to the planet of Science and Technology which was still located at a cardinal point, Jupiter shed light on Caravaggio’s identity, which was assured by Uranian DNA testing. Since The King of Planets moved 1 degree from the “spotlight of fame” or cardinal point, the overall effect of Uranus’ cardinal point scientific findings were lessened with the degree of certainty dropping from 100 to 85%. However, The Great Benefic’s sign placement confirmed the artist’s greatness through the planet’s influence of expansion. Aries is ruled by the planet named after the God of War, Mars. Anything metallic is associated with the sign of Aries since many of the first metals created by man were used to produce tools of war such as swords, knives, shields, etc. The main component of oil paints and the major factor that determined the identity as well as the cause of death of the great Caravaggio is by its essence metallic in nature – lead.
The Adventures of Indiana Bones are, in actuality, divine decrees from the astrological Universe which ask the modern world to take note of 2 people whose lives were anything but ordinary and inconsequential.
Cosmic Factors to Ponder:
Your intrepid astrologer begs his readers to consider these final factors regarding the discoveries made with the remains of St. Rose and Caravaggio that are cosmic in nature, almost eerily.
– While researching the life of Rose of Viterbo, I came upon the mention of her ability to commune with birds. This, in turn, prompted my Gemini self to find iconography of the saint with birds (which unfortunately were not allowed to be reproduced). A friend of mine recently hypothesized to me if there was any way an animal psychic could speak to the many variations of migrating birds so that they could be re-routed from the potentially life threatening habitat of the now oil slicked Gulf Coast region. Should the world’s intuitives start lighting votive candles and burning incense to St. Rose, the Bird Speaker? Hmmmmm.
– The number of days that passed between the announcements regarding St. Rose and Caravaggio are intriguing by number – 5. The number 5 is associated with Leo, the fifth sign of the Zodiac whose planetary ruler is the Sun and whose influential area of the body is the heart. The remains of both people are Leoesque with St. Rose’s heart being determined as her cause of death, and Caravaggio succumbing to heatstroke from the torrid Sun of the summer of 1610.
– Before the information about Caravaggio was released, I was going to take the information and research regarding Rose of Viterbo and add it to the third installment of my “Proof of Palpable Portent” piece since there is an entire section about the lives of nuns being blessed and reviewed with Jupiter’s placement in the sign of cloistered groups, Pisces. When the news regarding Caravaggio’s remains was announced, I was stunned. The image I had all ready chosen for St. Rose was a portrait penned by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, a devout Caravaggisti (Cover and Slide 1 of Slideshow).
– Mirroring “The Temple of Doom”, it would appear that your trailblazing astrologer is playing the sidekick role of “Short Round” Li. Along with choosing an image of St. Rose made by a Caravaggisti a day before the news of Caravaggio was released, a few other factors have popped up over the course of this article’s research that involve me personally:
– The town of Viterbo has both a female and male version of its patron saint since both famous holy persons hailed from the same Italian village. St. Rose is the patroness and San Lorenzo, or Saint Lawrence, the patron. I personally hail from Shelton, Ct. where I attended St. Lawrence school and church from birth to adulthood.
– My first exposure to the artistic mastery of Caravaggio was his painting “The Ecstasy of St. Francis” (Slide 10 of Slideshow). St. Rose took the vows of poverty attributed to Francis of Assisi and was interned by Franciscan monks at the time of her death. Both St. Rose and St. Francis are reputed to have the ability to speak with animals. Yours truly took the name of Francis as his Confirmation name not only to commemorate the life of Francis of Assisi but also because of my own apparent ability (all be it limited) to commune with animals.
– Bringing up the number 5’s significance as stated earlier with the range of dates and the Leoesque causes of death of St. Rose and Caravaggio, whose Sun, by the way is 5 degrees of Libra, I happened to be Leo Rising with an overall numerological self number of 5.
– I’ll end the Adventures of Indiana Bones and The Temple of Exhumes where they began, on June 11th, the date when the world was enlightened further about the life of St. Rose and the date of Brad’s Solar Return, (aka birthday).