Astrology and Art: The Medici Lions in Astrogeography
A Lion Gate in Leo with Capricorn
The Lion Gate at Palazzo Vecchio in Firenze is located in middle of royal fire sign Leo and in earth sign Capricorn for field level 4. The lion sculptures function as signposts for the royalty, aristocracy and central importance of the house. The constellation is the same as at the gate of Mykene.
The original Medici Lions at Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence
Loggia dei Lanzi is an open air sculpture gallery with statues of heroes from greek mythology built between 1376-1382 in front of the lion gate at Palazzo Veccio in Florence and located in the same astrogeographic position as the lion gate. The 2 famous “Medici Lions” are marble sculptures one of which is of ancient origin (2nd century) and the second one a copy created in 16th century by Flaminio Vacca. The 2 statues were placed at Loggia dei Lanzi in 1598 as ornaments of the majesty and royalty of the house of Medici. The Medici Lions have been copied many times. Find a list of copies here.
Astrogeographic position: one coordinate of the position of the Medici Lions statues is located in the natural sign of lions: highly intense, magnetic, centralistic, emotional, royal fire sign Leo the sign of the Sun, majesty and emotional self-expression here. The second coordinate is in conservative, strict, exclusive, hierarchical earth sign Capricorn sign of control, stability, government institutions and administration. Capricorn indicates that the function of the lion statues is to represent the claim to political power and control. The constellation is valid here for mophogenetic field level 4 which describes the atmoshere of the building itself.
The Medici Lions copies and Hitlers birthday place constellation at Feldherrnhalle in Munich
The lions sculptures at the Feldherrnhalle in the bavarian capital Munich are a copy of the Medici Lions and the complete building an exact copy of Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence. The building is a monument for the bavarian armies except that the sculptures from greek mythology are replaced by bavarian war heroes Tilly and v. Wrede and a central monumental victory sculpture added after the franco-german war of 1870/71. In regard to style, aesthetics and taste the replacement of the topics of the sculptures depicting greek mythology with nationalist emblems can be sevaluated as a plain and symptomatic barbarism of neo-classicism.
Astrogeographic position: Feldherrnhalle is located at 0° Taurus and exactly on the divide between dynamic, male fire sign Aries the sign of warfare and earth sign Taurus sign of social acceptance, market places, grounding, financial gains & indicator for grounding in society. The 2nd coordinate falls in Leo`s antisign Aquarius. Both astrogeographic coordinates represent aspects of tension to Leo the archetypal astrological simile of lions. The constellation is valid here for mophogenetic field level 4.
Feldherrnhalle was the site of the first fascists attempt of Hitler and Ludendorff to take over power in Bavaria and Germany through the Hitler Putsch in 1923. Therefore Feldherrnhalle together with the Hofbräuhaus where Hitler`s fascist party had been founded in 1920 is the most important site of the origins of the fascist party (NSDAP) and movement which led to World War 2. This is astrogeographically reflected in the fact that the Sun at 0°48`Taurus in Hitler`s birth chart falls exactly on the position of Feldherrnhalle. The site represented the constellation of a birthday place for Hitler.
The Waterloo Lion as a guardian
The Lion’s Mound is a large conical artificial hill located on the battlefield of Waterloo, Belgium to commemorate the location where William II. of the Netherlands was knocked from his horse by a musket ball to the shoulder during the Battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815. The sculptured lion is a copy of the Medici Lions.
Astrogeographic position: the position of the lion sculpture on top of the artificial mound falls exactly on the cardinal winter divide of 0° Capricorn in the position of a guardian or checkpost between hell or earth to the west in fire sign Sagittarius and heaven or sky to the east in earth sign Capricorn. The sculpture so has the important function of reminding the spirits of the fallen soldiers that their path and battle has ended. The astrogeographic position is so exact that geomantic consultation and spiritual advice or guidance during the process of election of the site is highly probable. Or else architect Charles Vander Straeten must have worked really precisely and with an intense use of knowledge and insight during the realization of the project.
The second coordinate falls on the first degree of creative, innovative, spiritual air sign Aquarius sign of the sky and heaven and indicator for the reconnection with the spiritual plane. The elevated position of the lion statue can so be associated with both signs – with Capricorn as the sign of mountains and indicator for elevated positions and with Aquarius as the sign of reaching for the sky.