Thursday, October 22, 2015

Henry V at Agincourt: an Astrological Review, Part II

For anyone who read Part I of this post, and thought "don't quit your day job", don't worry. For those who are familiar with the work I do in my day job, and thought "please quit your day job", I'm sorry. But as we dig deeper into this event and the actors in it, the more interesting we may find it.

I mentioned above that Henry was 28 when the Battle of Agincourt occurred, though this is a matter of debate. When I started this project, I looked on the website, which specifies a 16 September 1386 nativity. But other sources indicate he was born on 9 August 1387 [this is the date given in the Wikipedia entry]. One explanation for the doubt here is that when he was born, his father Henry IV was not then king, and there wasn't the kind of interest in his horoscope that there might have been if he had been born prince and heir.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Henry V at Agincourt: an Astrological Review, Part I

In honor (honour?) of the recent 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, I thought it might be interesting to review a few astrological artifacts. I will not lay claim to expertise on either the history, nor the astrological methods, but I want to explore the event to find out whether Astrology has anything to tell us about it. Since this is not an excercise in prediction, let's see if we can discover anything novel or notable.

Schlacht von Azincourt.jpg
"Schlacht von Azincourt" by Chroniques d’Enguerrand de Monstrelet (early 15th century) - Antoine Leduc, Sylvie Leluc et Olivier Renaudeau (dir.), D'Azincourt à Marignan. Chevaliers et bombardes, 1415-1515, Paris, Gallimard / Musée de l'armée, 2015, p. 18-19, ISBN 978-2-07-014949-0. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.