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The Natal Chart of Leonardo da Vinci



Leonardo da Vinci is one of the greatest minds and artists of the renaissance. He was interested in many diverse things: architecture; science; the human body; the laws of nature; and the artistic presentation of colours and structures. He explored, investigated, and experimented throughout his entire lifetime; he never cared for obstacles or taboos. In his wonderful paintings, ancient symbols are often in plain view. The layman has of course no clue what they are; all he knows is the fact that the paintings enchant him.

What kinds of secrets are encoded in Leonardo’s natal chart? We are in a difficult position if we want to use the full armour of transcendental karmic astrology because only the first four asteroids can be determined for sure going back more than five and a half centuries; the orbit of the minor ones are so sensitive to change that it is almost impossible to reconstruct their positions. Therefore, a full karmic reading is out of the question. We have to rely on the centaurs, the fixed stars, and the major asteroids.

Leonardo’ Sagittarius ascendant is conjunct Pallas Athena, the asteroid of wisdom. This placement alone explains us where his relentless passion for research came from. The MC, which symbolizes goals, aspirations, and the future, is conjunct Neptune and Transpluto. The conjunction of the two is of course generational since both are very slow, but in Leonardo’s case it is a kazimi, an exact merging of energies. The two celestial bodies work in perfect harmony together: Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, represents clairvoyance, unconditional love, artistic abilities, and transcendence, while Transpluto, the ruler of Libra, is the centaur of mediation, bridging, and dimension jump. The merging of the two creates a tremendously strong energy pattern that enables any type of hidden information, occult knowledge, or higher teaching to “flow down” to 3D reality. At the MC, it can be utilized in life goals and professional choices. This is exactly how Leonardo utilized it – the proof is in his art and in his inventions.

Jupiter, which is his chart ruler, is in Pisces in the 3rd house and casts a bi-directional quincunx to the Neptune–Transpluto conjunction. If one of the participating planets is retrograde, the other direct, we get a bi-directional aspect. In transcendental karmic astrology, the delineation of bi-directional quincunxes is similar to trines: they denote blessings earned in previous incarnations, but at the same time they keep their karmic flavour. Jupiter–Neptune denotes long time success and the realization of dreams, while Jupiter–Transpluto signifies the recognition of the infinite and gaining knowledge without limits. Leonardo’s life and art accurately reflect these astrological aspects.

The Aries IC is conjunct Astraea1, the asteroid of karma breaking, symbolizing the need to transform karmic roots and ancestry. Leonardo was born as an illegitimate child, which must have been a huge disadvantage in Catholic Italy in his time, but despite that he managed to rise to unprecedented heights with the help of his art. His Sun, placed in the 5th house of artistic endeavours, and Taurus, the sign of physical creation, is aligned with two fixed stars. It is parallel Ras Alhague, the alpha star of Ophiuchus, which is linked to profound healing; and in the longitude, it is on Sheratan, the beta star of Aries, denoting foolhardiness and the ability to strive. Sun ruler Venus is in its own sign in the 6th house of karma in the making. According to transcendental delineation, a planet in its own sign works best when the native utilizes it for himself (while a planet in exile can be used for the benefit of others). In declination, Venus is aligned with Alhena, gamma Gemini. Alhena is on the Milky Way, the Path of the Gods, and denotes a sense of mission or unique calling. Besides Alhena, the harmony– and wealth–creating powers of Venus in Taurus are strengthened by an earth trine to Vesta in Capricorn. Vesta is the focusing principle, and it is exactly conjunct the Anti-vortex, the point of free will and self-contained deeds in transcendental delineations. Leonardo often clashed with the Church, which was still extremely powerful in his lifetime, and he didn’t seem to care too much about the consequences. He dissected dead bodies to learn about the secrets of life and death; he used “pagan” symbols in his paintings; and he openly flaunted his religious beliefs about the Goddess and the sacred feminine. The Venus–Vesta earth trine and the Vesta–Anti-vortex conjunction with Alhena provide a good explanation for both his boldness and his great art.


1. Astraea does not appear on the horoscope wheel created by Solar Fire because in the time span of almost six centuries the software only calculates the first four asteroids. However, the position of Astraea can be found at www.serennu.com.