The Art of Firdar and Profection

 

 

 

Frida Kahlo


«The Broken Column», 1944

 

“Surrealism is the magic surprise of finding a lion in a wardrobe, where we
were sure that we would find shirts”


Frida Kahlo


 

1907-1954

 

Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo Calderón was born on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacán, third of the four daughters of Matilde and Guillermo Kahlo.

 

 

Frida Kahlo’s Nativity – Alchabitius Houses

 

 

1913: 6 years old

 

Firdar: Sun - Saturn

   

Profected House: 7th

 

Kahlo contracted poliomyelitis at six years of age. During the nine months that she was in convalescence her father cared for her and supported her making sure she received the best possible treatment. As a consequence of the poliomyelitis her leg and her foot were deformed forever.

Kahlo was in the Firdar period ruled by the Sun and sub-period ruled by Saturn. The Sun is the Ruler and Almuten of the 1st house, (this house is associated with the life and the physical body of the native ‘Anatole’) and it makes an opposition to Mars, Almuten of the 6th house (this house is associated with diseases and defects of the body ‘Cace Tyche’). Saturn, the great malefic, is the Ruler and Almuten of the 7th house, active by Profection, and Ruler of the sub-period of Firdar, it is posited in the 8th house (this house is associated with death, fears and losses ‘Epicataphora’).

The interaction between the Rulers of the 1st, 6th and 7th houses and the planets Sun, Mars and Saturn indicates physical problems related with infectious diseases and of long-term consequences.

 

1925: 18 and 19 years old

 

Firdar: Mercury - Mercury

   

Profected Houses: 7th and 8th

 

Kahlo was seriously wounded on September 17, 1925, in a collision between a streetcar and a bus in which she was travelling from school to her home in Coyoacán. The multiple traumatisms that Kahlo suffered were so serious that even her own doctors doubted that she would survive. Due to this accident she was one month hospitalized and more three months immobilized at home. Approximately one year later, due to the strong pains in the column and in the right foot, it was discovered that she had several displaced vertebrae. During the following nine months she had to use several plaster casts, staying immobilized. It was in this time that she began to paint and with the help of a mirror she began a self-portraits series, a constant in her work. Due to this accident Kahlo's health became seriously compromised.

Firdar period and sub-period is ruled by Mercury. Considering Mercury as the Ruler and Almuten of the 2nd house and 11th house in her nativity, it would not point out this tragic episode in Kahlo's life. However, for being posited in the 12th house (this house is associated with serious diseases, hospitalizations, imprisonments and adversities ‘Cacos Daemon’) it shows the events very clearly. The Profected House by the time of the accident is the 7th house. The Ruler of the 7th house is Saturn, a planet that indicates limitations, which is posited in the 8th house (this house is associated with death, fears and losses) and it also is co-Almuten of the 6th house (this house is associated with diseases and defects of the body). When she was sick and using several plaster casts, the Profected House was the 8th house. The Ruler of the 8th house is Jupiter, conjunct to the cusp of the 12th house, mentioned above. Jupiter is a benefic planet by nature, but in the case of Kahlo's nativity in spite of being in Exaltation and Term, it is Cadent, Combust, and afflicted by an opposition from Mars and it is the Ruler of a bad house ‘Epicataphora’. Saturn, the co-Almuten of the 6th house, is posited in the 8th house.

Again we found indicators of the events above described in the relationships between the planets Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter and the 6th, 12th and 8th houses.

 

1930: 22 years old

 

Firdar: Mercury - Saturn

   

Profected House: 11th

 

In the beginning of the year, Kahlo interrupted her pregnancy due to the incorrect position of the fetus.

Firdar period ruled by Mercury and sub-period ruled by Saturn, both planets and their positions are mentioned above. The Profected House is the 11th, whose Ruler and Almuten is Mercury, posited in the 12th house, also as mentioned above.

 

1932: 24 years old

 

Firdar: Mercury - Jupiter

   

Profected House: 1st

 

On July 4, 1932 Kahlo’s second pregnancy was interrupted with an abortion in the Henry Ford Hospital. This event affected Kahlo immensely, which one can see in her works, especially in the "Henry Ford Hospital" or "The Flying Bed".

The Firdar period is ruled by Mercury and the sub-period by Jupiter. Mercury as indicated previously is posited in the 12th house (this house is associated with serious diseases, hospitalizations, imprisonments and adversities). Jupiter, the Ruler of the 8th house (this house is associated with death, fears and losses), is posited in the cusp of the 12th house and it is also Ruler and Almuten of the 5th house (this house is associated with the pregnancy and with children ‘Agathe Tyche’). The opposition from Mars, posited in the 5th house, to Jupiter, is a strong indication of Kahlo's difficulties in having children and confers to this issue a very violent character, pertaining to the nature of Mars. The Profected House is the 1st, the Sun is the Ruler and the Almuten of the 1st house, (this house is associated with life and with the physical body of the native) and it receives an opposition from Mars, Almuten of the 6th house (this house is associated with diseases and defects of the body) and as mentioned above, posited in the 5th house. If the opposition from Mars to Jupiter already indicates Kahlo's difficulties in having children and the violence that Mars confers to the circumstances, the opposition to the Ruler and Almuten of the 1st, increases the difficulty of Kahlo to accomplish her desire of having children, since the 1st house is by nature the house associated with life.

 

 

 

«Henry Ford Hospital» or «The Flying Bed», 1932


 

1938: 31 years old

 

Firdar: Moon - Moon

   

Profected House: 8th

 

In October/November Kahlo made her first individual exhibition in the Julien Levy Gallery in New York, with which reached a great success and received several orders for her works.

Firdar period and sub-period is ruled by the Moon. In Kahlo's nativity the Moon is the ruler of the Midheaven by Exaltation and it is practically conjunct to it, in Exaltation and Triplicity. The Moon is disposed by Venus, in the cusp of the 11th house (this house is associated with hopes, groups, organizations and friends ‘Agathos Daemon’). This configuration points out the success of the exhibition and also Kahlo's prestige among the social circle of the time, Venus in the 11th house dispositor of the Moon.

In January of 1939, during the same Firdar period, Kahlo embarked to Paris to carry out an exhibition, which did not go so well as the previous, due to several factors.

Kahlo was in the Profected 8th house (31 years old), ruled by Jupiter (delineated above), but with the malefic Saturn posited in the same house. Furthermore, Venus, the dispositor of the Moon, receives a square from Saturn, justifying in this manner the limitations and delays of the exhibition in Paris.

 

1950: 42-43 years old

 

Firdar: Saturn - Jupiter and Saturn - Mars

   

Profected Houses: 7th and 8th

 

Kahlo spent nine months in the ABC Hospital, in Mexico City, where she was submitted to a total of 7 operations to the column. “I was sick during a year … I still am in a wheel chair and I don't know when I will be able to walk again. I have a plaster cast that, instead of being horribly boring, it helps me to better support my column. I don't feel pain, only a great weariness …, and, as it is natural, sometimes despair. An indescribable despair. However I want to live …”.

When Kahlo was submitted to the operations, she was in the Firdar of Saturn - Jupiter which had begun in 30-01-1949, entering the Firdar of Saturn - Mars in 26-08-1950. Saturn is the Ruler and co-Almuten of the 6th house (this house is associated with diseases and defects of the body), posited in the 8th house (this house is associated with death, fears and losses) and Jupiter, Ruler of the 8th house, posited in the cusp of the 12th house (this house is associated with serious diseases, hospitalizations, imprisonments and adversities). Mars, Ruler of the Firdar sub-period (26-08-1950), Almuten of the 6th house, makes an opposition with the Sun, Ruler and Almuten of the 1st house (this house is associated with life and with the physical body of the native). The Profected Houses during this disturbed period of Kahlo's life are the 7th and 8th houses. The 7th house is ruled by Saturn posited in the 8th house. The 8th house is ruled by Jupiter posited in the cusp of the 12th house, all these configurations were already delineated above.

 

1954: 47 years old

 

Firdar: Saturn - Venus

   

Profected House: 12th

 

Seriously sick with pneumonia, Kahlo died during the night of 12 to 13 of July, 1954, seven days after her 47th birthday.

Kahlo was in the Firdar period of Saturn and sub-period of Venus. Venus is the Almuten of the 8th house, house associated with death, and it makes a square to Saturn, Ruler and co-Almuten of the 6th house (this house is associated with diseases and defects of the body), posited in the 8th house, which reiterates the meaning of the 8th house, death.  In spite of a Mutual Reception by Triplicity that exists between Venus and Saturn, both are Peregrines, not mitigating this configuration. Besides the afflictions mentioned above and in spite of Venus being a benefic planet by nature, it is also afflicted for being Succedent, in Triplicity and in the Terms of the great malefic, Saturn. Jupiter, Ruler of the 8th house, the house associated with death, is conjunct to the Profected House, the 12th house (this house is associated with serious diseases, hospitalizations, imprisonments and adversities). As it was said previously, Jupiter is a benefic planet by nature, but in the case of Kahlo's nativity, in spite of finding it in Exaltation and Term, it is Cadent, Combust and afflicted by an opposition from Mars and it is the Ruler of a bad house ‘Epicataphora’. Notice that the Ruler of the Profected House, the Moon, is Void of Course.

 


Last page of Kahlo's diary, "I hope the exit is joyful and hope never to return."


 

In 1958 the Frida Kahlo Museum was opened, in the "Blue House" where Kahlo was born and died, the Museum was presented to the Mexican nation, in agreement with Diego Rivera's whishes, who died in 1957.

 

Conclusion

 

The purpose of this study is not to be a deepened delineation but an approach of some important events in Frida Kahlo's life, using Medieval predictive techniques like Firdar and Profection. It is necessary to have in consideration that these techniques are not enough for an exhaustive delineation of a nativity, however, these two techniques are tools of an immense predictive value. For a complete study it would be necessary to apply other types of techniques, such as transits, solar returns and primary directions, which would complement the predictive techniques of Firdar and Profection.

As one could verify by the delineation above, the techniques used in this study provides a clear and objective analysis of some key-points in the artist's life.

 

Bibliography:

 

Christian Astrology, Book Three, William Lilly - Astrology Center of America

   

Classical Astrology for Modern Living, J. Lee Lehman - Whitford Press

   

Kahlo, Andrea Kettenmann - Taschen

   

Matheseos Libri VIII, Julius Firmicus Maternus, Jean Rhys Bram - Ascella

   

The Book of Instruction in the Elements of the Art of Astrology, Al-Biruni - Kessinger

   

Three Books on Nativities, Omar of Tiberias, R. Hand, R. Schmidt - Project Hindsight


 


«Self-Portrait with Monkey», 1938


 

 

Translated from the Portuguese version by Paulo Alexandre Silva, DMA

 

 

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