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Gauricus and the Warning of Death given to Henry II of France, by Deborah Houlding

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Deborah Houlding explores the historical circumstances and astrological details of a chart which has become a legendary example of traditional astrological prediction. Offering a warning five years in advance, exactly how was the Italian scholar Lucas Gauricus able to forewarn the time and manner of the French king's death?

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Deb HouldingDeb Houlding is a practitioner and teacher of traditional Western Astrology, specialising in horary, with a particular interest in the history, philosophy and early development of astrological symbolism. She is best known for being the editor of the Traditional Astrologer Magazine (Ascella, 1993-2000), author of The Houses: Temples of the Sky (Wessex 1996), and host of the astrology site Her personal website is at

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