Hey everybody & Welcome to Astronomicon.co!

My name is Roberto, I am an Italian Anthroposophist and Astrologer based in Friuli—a region in the north-east part of the country. My spiritual journey began at eighteen when I was going through a very bad mourning. Due to my loss I started opening myself to the big questions of life. It happens to many people, right? Perhaps you too had a similar experience.

Confused and with a thousand questions in my mind, I decided to continue my studies at the university. I studied at the University of Trieste, graduating in Computer Engineering. My formation is therefore technical-scientific, but alongside my academic training I was deepening another path.

Thanks to a group of friends of my age I came into contact with Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy. With them, I started attending the Anthroposophical Society in Trieste. It’s been a very stimulating chapter of my life, not only because it was the beginning of a new path, but above all because it focused on a philosophy study group. With my friends I deepened texts such as “The Philosophy of Freedom” and “Goethe’s Conception of the World”, as well as Goethe’s scientific writings (in particular the theory of colors).

As my interest in Anthroposophy grew and deepened, my life went on: I had graduated, and I had started working in Trieste. However, I felt the need for something else. Something that was able to grasp more precisely the inner dynamics that we bear inside, and that so often are able to take us over. So apparently it was by chance that one day I approached Astrology. For me it was like taking a leap forward. I was eventually learning to use a symbolic language capable of livingly describe not only our inner world, but also our external life.

In my spiritual journey I learned how Astrology can be an incredible path for self-knowledge, and a valuable tool to help people. It is also a poetic way to tune in with the rhythms of nature and the cosmos, because it is a living language in constant movement

So after being self-taught for several years, I started a three-year training course at the CIDA delegation of Trieste (Italian Center for Astrological Disciplines) that I completed in 2014. My approach to astrology thus became a good mix between the modern psychological approach and the ancient traditional techniques.

The Astronomicon

The name of the blog is a play on words which ironically refers to the Necronomicon—a fictional textbook of dark magic invented by H. P. Lovecraft that appears in his novels. I always liked how it sounds, not to mention that it has also a real meaning. The title comes from the greek words nekrosnomos and eikon which can be translated as “an image of the law of the dead”. So I thought it would be cool to have a blog called “an image of the law of the stars”: asteres, nomos, eikon. The Astronomicon was born.

With great pleasure—and surprise—I only later discovered that Astronomicon was also the title of an ancient book written by the roman astrologer Marco Manilio, lived in the first century B.C. Apparently, it is the oldest known Latin treatise on astrology.