Gaspard Bauhin– the flower’s best friend


First is Dr. Bauhin’s chart as would have been made for him at his birth, unless Campanus or Regiomontanus was in favour, a Hellenistic whole house affair.  We have rectified him to 05.18 Gemini, that Dr. Gordon says gives a “studious and sane mind.  Sober judgement.”  I decided to do a chart on him because of all the planting I did over the weekend and was reading some things about daffodils, those lovely heralds of spring and got naturally curious.

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This setup gives him a definite Grand Trine and makes him a locomotive — a person who follows their interests to the exclusion of all else.  The Moon, the anchor to this chart, on the fifth house cusp, shows how he getting a systematic understanding of all of life was his great joy and squared the Venus on the eighth house cusp, also his legacy.  That he was still in the midst of his at the time of his is no surprise, this chart always found something else to stir his passion, and his mind, wondering how they were linked and forever self-correcting his work.

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Dr. Bauhin does have an opposition, from the Moon to Mars, making him more introverted than that Moon would let on, and rather austere in his makeup, assisted by Saturn on the first house cusp at 29.43 Taurus.  That opposition is what departs from the Splay type, that cannot have any and the Splash is possible but there is too much Southern congregation for that type to work either.  Finally, a bucket with a moon handle could be possible, but rather improbable for a scientist.

The opposition also shows his effect on encouraging his son to take up his scientific interests and the trine to Saturn shows how much his elder brother encouraged his.  He seems to have had a fortunate family life.

The preponderance of planets in the ninth house makes sense on many accounts:  he travelled & a lifelong student.  According to Marc Jones’ calculation of mental chemistry (Elbert Benjamine and Doris Doane have another),  his Sun is a full 18 degrees ahead of his Mercury making his mental awareness, still and circumspect.  Unlike someone whose Mercury was that far ahead of the Sun, and capturing information, Dr. Bauhin’s method was deliberative.

For those interested in a modern chart, here’s one to review.modern bauhin.png



Biograph:

BAUHIN, GASPARD (1560-1624),was Swiss botanist and anatomist.  He was the son of  Jean Bauhin (1511-1582), a French physician who was forced to leave France upon his conversion to Protestantism. Gaspard was born at Basel on the 17th of January 1560 Julian.  This rectifies to 27th January 1570 Gregorian that we are using.  He devoted  himself to medicine, &  pursued his studies at Padua Italy, Montpellier, France and some of the celebrated schools in Germany.

Upon returning to Basel in 1580, Bauhin was admitted to medical college, and gave private lectures in botany and anatomy. In 1582 he was appointed to the Greek professorship in that university, and in 1588 to the chair of anatomy and botany. He was afterwards made city physician, professor of the practice of medicine, rector of the university, and dean of his faculty.

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progressed chart on the outside to the transit chart at time of death.

He published several works relative to botany, of which the most valuable was his Pinax Theatri Botanici, seu Index in Theophrasti, Dioscoridis, Plinii, et botanicorum qui a seculo scripserunt opera (1596).  He planned Theatrum Botanicum,(the Theatre of Botany) in in twelve parts folio, but he got off only three;  one, however, was published in 1658 by his son, Jean.

He  made copious catalogue of the plants growing in and around  the environs of Basel, &  edited the works of P.A. Mattioli,another botanist who was the first to expound on the many uses of the tomato,  with considerable additions. He wrote on anatomy, his principal work on this subject being Theatrum Anatomicum infinitis locis auctum (1592).

He died at Basel on the 5th of December 1624.


His son, Jean Gaspard Bauhin (1606-1685), was professor of botany at Basel for thirty years.

His elder brother, Jean Bauhin (1541-1613), after studying botany at Tübingen under Leonard Fuchs (1501-1566), and travelling with Conrad Gesner, began to practise medicine at Basel, where he was elected professor of rhetoric in 1766. Four years later he was invited to become physician to the duke of Württemberg at Montbéliard, where he remained till his death in 1613 but his chief interest was botany.

————–Britannica Encyclopedia, 1911.

 

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