Ficino, Marsilio

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Ficino, Marsilio Gender: M
born on 19 October 1433 Jul.Cal. (28 Oct 1433 greg.) at 13:26 (= 1:26 PM )
Place Figline Valdarno, Italy, 43n37, 11e28
Timezone LMT m11e28 (is local mean time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 04°53' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 12°43 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 06°54'

Marsilio Ficino


Italian ecclesiastic, ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1473. He was a homeopathic physician, an astrologer, philosopher, author, lecturer and alchemist. A true renaissance man, he was the primary translator of Plato as well as the body of philosophical and magical texts attributed to Hermes Trismegistus and was the first head of the Platonic Academy founded by his patron, Lorenzo de Medici. Under the patronage of the powerful family, Ficino was able to live the life of a scholar, writing and translating and corresponding with some of the leading minds of his day. Trained by his father as a physician, he acted as a doctor to those whom he knew.

He was described as mild, refined and gentle, though with a quick flash of anger possible. Content with a simple dress and lifestyle, he was conscientious and frugal.

Died 10/01/1499 OS, Careggio, Italy.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Death, Cause unspecified 1 October 1499 (greg.) (Age 65)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Ruth Clydesdale quotes a historic record of his letter in The Mountain Astrologer 8/1996 (October 19 OS.) (She gives 12:40 PM GMT, equivilent to 1:26 PM LMT, "from Ficino himself in a letter, in which he gave his ascending degree and the planet positions."

Angela Thomas gives 12:40 PM GMT in The AFI Journal/1999, quoting his letters (See the Traditional Astrologer Issue #12).

Barbara Schermer, in The Mountain Astrologer April/1998 quotes Charles Boer, "Marsilio Ficino's Book of Life," (translation) Dallas TX, Spring Publications 1980 for October 19, 1433 OS, 12:40 PM GMT, Figline, Italy.

(Andrew Smith quotes Erin Sullivan for 9:30 PM in "Saturn" in Transit magazine, p.19. No source.) Michelle Lewis in FAA Journal June/2000 gives Culpepper as a Reference; no source (October 19, 1433 OS) With the above coordinates, Lewis presents a chart with 12 Aqu 29 on the ASC.


  • Vocation : Healing Fields : Alternative methods (Homeopathy)
  • Vocation : Occult Fields : Astrologer
  • Vocation : Occult Fields : Other Occult Fields (Alchemist)
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (R.C. priest)
  • Vocation : Writers : Metaphysics/ Parapsychology
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure