Lucrezia Borgia – Quadruple Taurus

Lucretia – more correctly, Lucrezia – Borgia has become a byword for feminine villainy and sexual depravity. But even aside from the standard sexist slander, if you had her family you’d probably embrace villainess logic as well.

Not only that, she was born into one of the most lurid, complex and treacherous societies in history – the aristocratic milieu of the Italian renaissance. The art was fantastic, the hypocrisy next-level and poisoning your rivals was a more or less acceptable managerial technique.

Everyone had spies and girls of ‘good birth’ were essentially pawns to be played in an infinite quest for more power and riches.

Lucrezia was born with Leo Rising and the Sun, Venus, Midheaven and Mars aligned in Taurus  – an attention magnet even without the controversy of her birth. Presumably the astrologers (above) predicted brilliant things for her because the chart ruler – the Sun – was at the zenith/midheaven?

Perhaps it was also because she was the illegitimate daughter of Rodrigo Borgia, a wild-living, womanizing, war-mongering pope.

Married and engaged multiple times before the age of 22, Lucrezia was fantastically useful for his avarice and manipulations. From age 12, she lived in the papal palace with him and his teenage mistress, Giula Farnese – the unicorn girl.

An older history book explains: “they all lived in an atmosphere of duplicity, intrigue and bloodshedding. The favourite entertainments at the Vatican were Bacchanalian dances of courtesans, occasionally followed by a performance of a torneo d’amore.”

Lucrezia was said to have become an adept poisoner, with rings that had special compartments to store the poison – an arsenic-like substance called centanella that could presumably be slipped into bejewelled goblets of wine while she bedazzled. She was also accused of non-stop adultery, sleeping with her brother and the death of at least one husband.

But there’s more…

It was actually more likely to have been her corrupt, power-lusting Pope-father carrying out the poisoning and the brother was later proven to have murdered Lucrezia’s second husband. Note, however, that aside from all the resilient Taurus, she had Uranus conjunct Neptune in Sagittarius opposite Jupiter in Gemini – wily and an innovator.

Interestingly, with her multi-Taurus, the father’s Sun-Saturn in Capricorn Rising and her brother’s (Cesare Borgia) Sun, Lilith and Pluto Rising in Virgo – the most notorious members of the Borgia clan make up a Grand Earth Trine.

Cesare Borgia was renowned for viciousness, extraordinary good looks, his regard for his sister and swordsmanship. He’s one of Machiavelli’s* main ‘role models’ in The Prince. Never presume that I will not act on my worse instincts,” he told a coterie of fellow leaders during an apparent diplomatic mission.

Sadly but commonly for the era, Lucrezia died at just 39, after giving birth to her eighth child. Despite her notoriety and highly politicized life, she did enjoy a great love with Pietro Bembo, a Taurean poet. Also, apparently – her third husband’s sister’s husband – a mercenary.

Cynics say Borgia’s affair with the poet was merely because he was politically influential yet Lord Byron, the poet, described the correspondence between them as the “prettiest love letters in the world.”

She was also unusually entreprenurial for her era, although the proceeds of her businesses were generally confiscated and applied to war funds or similar – her marriages were all arranged and any money belonged to the men. Much is said of her ‘radiance and gaiety’ or – from enemies – general villainy but less of her investments in canal construction and reclaiming wetlands.

At one point, in an entirely Renaissance Taurean move, she pawned her jewellery to buy water buffalos.

Oh and there is an asteroid Lucretia – number 281, currently in Aquarius.

Perhaps, when faced with a situation of complexity, intrigue and high power stakes, you could ask yourself “what would Lucretia Borgia do?”

*Niccolo Machiavelli – another Taurus!

Images: Lucrezia Borgia as Flora – Bartomoleo Veneto
The Borgias – 2011
The Nights of Lucretia Borgia – 1959

45 thoughts on “Lucrezia Borgia – Quadruple Taurus”

  1. Eternal*Voyageur @ Venusian*Glow

    Anyone notice that Cesare Borgia looks like Keanu Reeves in disguise ? (Both are Virgos, BTW)

  2. so what does this mean if my Lilith is in Aries?

    I have been looking up my asteroids, and apparently my Vesta is in Pisces?!! Eek.

  3. This lady seriously rocks.
    I appreciate the way that she has spun shit into gold all her life (it must have been exhausting). I am so glad that these social conditions are not an extra element that women have to deal with today (we have our own set of problems, thanks:)).
    The asteroid in my chart is a little bit interesting.
    10th house 4 deg of Leo. This means that she squares my Toro sun. She also does sommit with my moon (at 4 degree Libra… it has a blue asterisk in my chart), my Venus and Saturn (both have a black ‘less than’ symbol). I am not sure that the symbols mean… if anyone can let me know, that would be great.
    I find it interesting that she is linked with my moon and my venus.

  4. Facinating, this blog is great for my reading list. Poor Lucretia, but it seems she handled it. Want to know more about childhood and astrology now. My Saturn 1st house and Pluto in the 4th conjunct the ic should explain something but not sure wot. No slavery or servitude was required thankfully.

    1. Have Lucretia in the 4th House in Libra conjunct Vesta & close to Uranus. And Pluto. It’s like the Nun, the Power tripper, Death and the Freak. Seriously, what a spazz 4th house. Not even going there.

      Gave my dad a membership the the genebase project, will ask to find out if the Borgias and us are rellos.
      I bet we aren’t as am sure my family destiny is not nearly as ruthless, fame hungry or interesting as this. Dad was disappointed Ghengis wasn’t a family member.

      Brooke Shields, it must be through her mother’s side of the family?

  5. I blinked at the cross she’s brandishing as it’s a ringer for a cross with genuine citrine stones that I own. I came by it quite by synchronicity. So just pass me the poison ring and Lucretia’s my middle name, lol.

  6. Is it just me – but at first glance that thingie on her forehead looked kinda like, well, a bullet wound… Kinda icky… had a little shriek and a double take… Oh dear, I think I may be touched by this incessant heat.

    1. oh yeah, and apart from that, lovely take on this important earthy family, thank you Mystic, more good readin’. x

  7. Lucretia is at 26 deg cancer conjunct my north node, 10th house. In trying to understand the connection to me it is all about the use…and misuse of power. With a life lesson #8, this is the same issue. So bottom line for me, having seen power misused in so many ways, is to let power, Mother Consciousness, use me…for higher purpose. I have learned from the past that I am quite dangerous when in pursuit of selfish aims and that nothing turns out the way I intend…and it is always back to the drawing board. So I have learned to get and stay out of the way and let life lead me, otherwise still and silent and in retirement…

  8. Hey, is that a Mystic Rectangle in Lucretia’s chart? Yeah, I think it is. The corners are Jupiter, Moon/Merc, Neptune/Uranus, and Pluto. Very interesting, that is an amazing chart.

  9. I always wanted a poisoner’s ring. I’d never use it, obviously–I’d just show it off as a conversation piece when I wanted to make someone nervous 😉

  10. Asteroid nut that I am of course I’m checking out where she sits on my chart. 🙂

    Lucretia 1 deg Scorpio in the 11th. Depth in friendships without the merde. Or else?!? 😮 She trines my Gemini moon and sextiles my mc too (as well as being semi-sextile lilith – minor I know but it’s lilith). She’s currently squaring my Venus (can vouch for taking no crap whatsover re love and stuff at the mo) and the north node seems to be beautifully sextiling my natal Lucretia just to help out 🙂

    Find these women endlessly fascinating (currently in the middle of reading Theodora). How they deal with such painfully constricting lives and yet are empowered all the same.

  11. I looked up the asteroid, but it wasn’t named for Lucretia Borgia, it was named after Caroline Lucretia Herschel, who was one of the first female astronomers. Born March 16 1750. I’m sure I’d have something more profound to say if I was more of an Astro expert, but I can say that despite contracting Typhus at age 10 and never growing above 4 ft 3 inches as a result, she made valuable contributions to astronomy and discovered several comets (even though her mother believed she would be better off being trained as a house servant). Small similarity there with Lucretia Borgia maybe?

    1. That’s an interesting connection! Maybe our Lucretia is where we’re underestimated (or underestimate ourselves) but have the power to excel on our own terms.

  12. Guys, she was accused of poisoning, witchcraft and incest non-stop but that was just considered normal in those days, especially if you were a female somehow managing to triumph under the circumstances. I mean, the accusations of such, not neccessarily doing it.

    What fascinates me re her (and a few like empress Theodora, in previous post) is that their destiny was to be pawn, concubine, breeder and yet they turn it into the greatest prize of all for them then, independence and the ability to dictate the terms upon which they take or do not take a lover.

    1. I like that last line re independence and ability to dictate the terms upon which they take or do not take a lover

      I think I want that branded on my… something. Can’t decide where. Since Lucretia’s name is in my 12th, I’ll go with branded in my mind

  13. Ms. Lucretia is loosely conjunct my NN in 12th Cancer. Have no idea what that means except maybe I’m more likely to dwell on poisoning someone(?) in their food:)–at a hospital…when….I’m moody…

    She’s about to transit my 7th. Watch out!:)

  14. Wow!

    I just had a quick at my chart & I have Lucretia at 21 Leo in the 5th house which is bang on my True Node at 21 Leo… 😯

      1. I answered this a few days ago on my FB page . . .

        The North and South Lunar Nodes are imaginary points that mark the crossing of the Moon, up and down as it were, over the ecliptic, which is the imaginary path of the sun around the Earth. With the moon, or Lunar nodes, the true and the mean are usually no more than 0 – 2 degrees apart.

        True and mean are just different ways of calculating the node’s position at any given time, which is pretty erratic (within a couple of degrees.) True reflects the earth’s wobble and the mean (average) does not.

        I use both, like an orb of influence. My True is 17 Cap and my Mean is 15 so any transits in the ballpark I ‘count’ as IN!

        Does that help?

        1. That would be true North node 17 Cap, true South node 17 Can. True or mean, they are always 180 degree exact opposite.

      1. Oh snap! I think they used the plot device twice! I remember some weird thing where she had Mickey mouse ears/sunglasses thing and was poisoning some guy’s drink.

  15. I imagine that being raised as a servant and in a time when nobody of that ilk had “rights” as such would have given her the edge in later life, you think?

    1. It’s so interesting that she was raised as a servant. Venus rules her 3rd house early life but Saturn in the 1st trumps that – hard work straight off the bat. Was mother trying to hide her (Moon in secret 8th opp Pluto?)

  16. IMO as an amateur astrolo- gatherer: she’s got great Saturn aspects and placed near MC she would be noticed no matter what, especially with Leo rising. The Chiron- Lilith connection might relate to her sexual “utility” and the squares to her venus how she is not to be fuqed with, Toro sun ( Leo rising) . Great angles in her chart. I wonder if she really looked like this? I imagine stronger features, or perhaps she was tall or broad shouldered. Also reckon lots of creativity going on there,not so much of the needlecraft. Masterminding poisonings perhaps? I’m sure they were fragrant or tasted of peaches and she sang like a bird when she delivered them…

    1. I am trying to imagine her appearance too, a la the Asc, 6th house, ruler sun with Venus . . . It’s hard to know how stylized the portraits were. Who said ‘Art is what you can get away with’? That’s right, McLuhan 🙂

  17. When I read ” Mother of eight, seductress, aristocrat…” and saw that picture, I immediately thougt “Taurus,” before reading further down.

    Lucretia, 11 deg Virgo, trining my Merc in Taurus. Oddly enough, I’ve written novels (unpublished, still) about a girl simliar to her, only it’s her mother & boyfriend pawning her, not her pope dad. (my girl’s dad is a clone.)

      1. Thanks, Kim!

        I’m sad to say I haven’t read any of your books because they’re hard to find in the States, but from what I’ve read in the previews, they sound exciting!

  18. That Sun/Venus/MC trine Saturn in the first house screams of a powerful (and Capricorn-like) father. Mother isn’t mentioned but the conjunction to Mercury in the 8th opposite Pluto and trine the Ur/Ne in the 4th speaks of power behind the scenes. Much manipulation. I have a hunch Mum put Cesare up to the murder–all ‘out darn spot’ style.

    Many of us must trace our ancestors to Lucretia’s DNA. Apparently Brooke Shields’ does but according to genealogy research, anybody who had children more than a few hundred years ago is likely to have millions of descendants today. Think about that!

    1. Kim, re our common ancestral DNA, did you see that show on ABC on the wkd? I love that we are all more related than separated. Breaks ethnicities down into the variety of human arts of life rather than the tools of trade or divisions. And as for skin colour and skull shape- irrelevant in terms of DNA commonalities.

      1. I didn’t see the show (no TV) but I have read articles recently and yes, it’s comforting, reassuring. We are family, all connected.

        1. No fb for me either and do not miss it, but have a 7 inch screen on one of my smartphones for watching.

          In case you or anyone interested that documentary twas called Faces of America, broadcast on sbs 1 at 7:30 on sun 31st of Jan.

          12 famous Americans who appeared racially different, turnout each one of them is related to another in the group. Beautiful and explains DNA geneology really well.

          Goddess bless SBS.

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