Astrology Prohibited in New French Science, But Not With the King When the Royal French Science Academy was founded in 1666 astrology was expressively excluded - a decree masterminded by Colbert, the Royal Eminence. As adviser he did not want any competition. Consequently Morin de Ville France was the last official French Astrologer.
However, this matter did not prevent French kings from using astrology for still some time. King Louis XIV used astrological symbols everywhere, when he performed as the “Sun King”. And his son, Louis XV, had his lifetime duration predicted by the astrologer - in diplomatic terms, “His Majesty may still expect to participate in such and such a great number of Earth rotations”, as 8-10,000 rotations (days) would then after all sound of having more time than for instance some twenty years.
On several later occasions the royal doctor for instance was surprised when he entered the royal apartments to see the Majesty turn round and round like a ballet dancer. The king explained that with each “turn ‘backwards’ he expected to annul an Earth rotation in order to live so much longer”.
Rulers and leaders considered it important to have their horoscope cast. Wallenstein, one of the great generals of the thirty year war, had his horoscope (above) cast by Johannes Kepler.
Napoleon about the ’Influence of His Destiny Star’
Napoleon is one of history’s best documented figures. Simply everything was recorded by his staff officers, who were around him all the time - everything he said, wrote, ate, met, place, time, etc, etc. Despite Napoleon’s immense self-conceit about his own abilities, he often spoke about dependence or influence from his “destiny star” or “lucky star”. Like many other historical leaders he might also have consulted astrologers? This, however, is as undocumented as claiming his visit to the Great Pyramid. His officer secretaries may - just in case - have found it too embarrassing to the great general; it is not recorded, probably not even indirectly, in the big volumes that were the result of the recordings.
Nevertheless it appears from these recordings that Napoleon - although he was a great strategist, a cool analyst, a brilliant mathematician, etc, - eliminated all this and other logical considerations, when he was appointing new generals, whereas he always examined and asked as the only important thing, “Is he in luck?”
When Napoleon started from Elba it was obvious to everybody that this last desperate attempt to return - the famous “100 days” - was simultaneous with the appearance of a new comet in the sky. The culmination of the comet took place at the same time as the successful reappearance of Napoleon. And the comet turns and is gradually disappearing, while he was defeated at Waterloo in 1815. The last time it could be seen in the sky was exactly on the day when he was detained as a life prisoner at the island of St. Helena.
Which star was Napoleon’s “destiny star”? Was it that he was born on 15th August, 1769? This means that Napoleon was born on a certain day, when Basiliscus/Regulus, the main star of Leo, was passed by the sun only 3 degrees away (an open conjunction). And again, by the star mythological tradition of the past such would - under the right circumstances - be considered as attached to a very famous carrier.
Napoleon talked frequently about the influence of his “destiny star”.