Pope Sixtus V
|born on||13 December 1521 Jul.Cal. (23 Dec 1521 greg.) at 08:00 (= 08:00 AM )|
|Place||Montalto delle Marche, Italy, 42n59, 13e36|
|Timezone||LMT m13e36 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||01°03' 22°55 Asc. 06°52'|
Italian pope, head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 24 April 1585 to his death in 1590. As a youth, he joined the Franciscan order, where he displayed talents as a scholar and preacher, and enjoyed the patronage of Pius V, who made him a cardinal. As a cardinal, he was known as Cardinal Montalto.
As Pope, he energetically rooted out corruption and lawlessness across Rome, and launched a far-sighted rebuilding programme that continues to provoke controversy, as it involved the destruction of antiquities. The cost of these works was met by heavy taxation that caused much suffering. His foreign policy was regarded as over-ambitious, and he excommunicated both Elizabeth I of England and Henry IV of France. He is recognized as a significant figure of the Counter-Reformation.
Hasty, obstinate, severe and autocratic, he nonetheless had an open mind and completed his term with the reputation of being one of the greatest popes.
Sixtus V died in Rome at age 68 on 27 August 1590 from malarial fever. He was the last Pope to date to use the name Sixtus.
NN No.541 quotes Gadbury (12 December 1521 OS, 8:00 AM). Modern Astrology 5/1907, Sibly has the same date, 10:49 PM LMT. Mercurio-3 No.10 has 13 December 1521 OS, hour unknown, spec 7:23 AM GMT. (The LAT correction is .09 seconds).
Sy Scholfield quotes Pope Sixtus in The Life and Times of Sixtus the Fifth, Volume 1 by Alexander Graf von Hübner (Longmans, Green, 1872): "the first child his wife would conceive would be a Pope, he no longer doubted the high destiny of the little boy that came into the world on the feast of St. Lucia, on Friday, December 13, 1521, at 16 hours. He called him Felice" (page 213), "Monsignor Graziani, secretary of Sixtus V., and author of a MS. respecting that pontiff, had said that he was born on December 12, 1521. The Pope, to whom the MS. was shown, corrected the date in his own hand, and put 13 december, friday, at 16 hours, the day of St. Lucia, 1521" (page 240).
Scholfield calculates sunset at around 4 PM plus 16 hours according to Florentine Time would make about 8 AM, the same time given by Gadbury. The date of 13 Dec 1521 was a Friday in the Julian calendar and a Tuesday in the Gregorian calendar.
- Passions : Sexuality : Celibacy/ Minimal (Pope)
- Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (R.C.)
- Vocation : Religion : Popes