Posted by: samandal | April 28, 2011

An Interpretation of the Natal Chart of Bahá’u’lláh, III

Díyáfat-i-Jamál, the Feast of Beauty; Ascension of Munírih Khánum

In the astrology of the Tradition, the temperament is defined as the native’s distinct nature and character, especially as determined by physical constitution. Its root is in the Latin temperare: to mix in due proportion, to blend, temper, and moderate. At the heart of astrology lies moderation; it represents the essential aim of all delineations. The temperament of the native—that unique blend or mixture of the primary qualities or natures—provides the Renaissance astrologer with a vital foundation upon which to enter the delineation.

The mixture or balance of the humors in the body determines how certain astrological factors and configurations are experienced and expressed by the individual. It is not enough to know that a particular planetary configuration is active in the natal chart; the astrologer needs to know how the native will respond to that configuration.

The temperament of Bahá’u’lláh is essentially a commixture: sanguinic-melancholic (with the sanguine temperament predominant), represented by the planets Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, and Pluton. Nicholas Culpeper writes in his Ars Medica:

“They are mean of Stature, but strong well compact Bodies, fleshy but not fat, big Veins and Arteries, smooth warm Skin, something hairy but not so hairy as Sanguine people have. Their Hair is either black or a very black brown, their Cheeks red, something clouded with duskiness, their Pulses great and full, the Urine yellow and mean in respect of thickness and thinness, their digestion good, the Excrements of their Bellies reddish and something thin, they usually dream of deep Pits and Wells and sometimes of flying in the Air.

“Their Conditions are much like to the Conditions of a Sanguine Man, but that they are not altogether so merry nor so liberal, a spice of a Melancholy temper being inherent in them.”