The KURIOS Research Project

Research Scope

The scope of this research project focuses on the following:

  • The identification methodology of the ancient Lord of the Nativity, also called Kurios in Ancient Hellenistic Astrology
  • Comparison between Kurios, Oikodespotes and Almuten Figuris (Medieval/ Renaissance Astrology)
  • The problem of the Daimon and the Guardian Angel and a working model of the Soul
  • Verify the algorithm efficiency by comparing with data obtained from two psychometric tests.

What is the Kurios?

The Kurios (greek for Lord of the House) is one of the Rulers of the Nativity and was considered in ancient times to be one of the most important planets in the chart, alongside the Epikratetor/Hyleg (Life Force) and Oikodespotes/Alcocoden/Kadhukhudah (Master or Owner of the Life). This is the original doctrine behind the modern idea of considering the Ascendant Ruler as the “Ruler of the Chart”.

While the Epikratetor/Hyleg and Oikodespotes/Alcocoden pertain more to a general assessment of the viability of the birth and the life force of the native, the Kurios/Lord of the Nativity was delineated for character, profession, actions and general fortune in life, but it is also thought to give insights into what we might call Life Purpose.

By the Renaissance The Lord of Nativity (then identified as Almuten Figuris) was considered to represent the Holy Guardian Angel of an individual. This doctrine has its roots in the more ancient doctrine of the Personal Daimon that is assigned at birth, to govern the unfolding of the Life that is chosen by the Soul prior to birth (see Plato’s Myth of Er).

Nautical Paradigm

Although it is only a conjecture at this point, there are scattered references in the ancient literature to what appears to be a Nautical Paradigm through which specific functions and ranks are assigned to each of the Rulers of the Nativity. Current efforts in reconstructing this potential paradigm (see Schmidt et al.) have lead to the following hierarchy of ranks:

  1. Epikratetor (Hyleg)
    • Light of the Sect, Life force, Divine Spark, Viability of the Life
  2. Oikodespotes (Master of the Nativity, later called Alcocoden)
    • Owner of the Ship, sets the political agenda, or Destiny
    • Is appointed by the Epikratetor
    • A variant of this is the Giver of Years which is used in Length of Life techniques.
  3. Kurios (Lord of the Nativity, later transformed to Almuten Figuris)
    • Acting Captain of the Ship,
    • in charge with taking the ship to its destination (as established by the Owner of the Ship
    • also manner of life, character, actions, profession

While this only a hypothetical reconstruction, the concept itself seems to have some potential. For this particular research we will be focusing on the Kurios/Captain position.

Algorithm for Calculating the Lord of the Nativity

The Identification of the Lord of the Nativity is one of the most difficult determinations in the realm of Ancient Astrology, and it one of the most important indicators in a chart. There is no definitive account on how to calculate it, and there are also numerous variations that appeared over the centuries, not to mention several problems that need to be addressed.

The first mention of this doctrine is in the work of Antiochus of Athens, which Porphyry of Tyr (Introduction to the Tetrabiblos, ch.30, James Holden translation) expands and gives a somewhat more detailed account. He actually gives two methods, which leads to more confusion on the matter…

The 1st method relies basically on the MC, while the 2nd is more detailed and looks to several hylegical positions for the determination of the Kurios. For the 2nd method, we are basically instructed to perform a two stage assessment of potential candidates:

  1. 1st Stage
    • Selection the candidates from the ones that rule over a number of hylegical places
      • Planet in Bounds of Asc
      • Lord of ASC
      • Lord of Moon
      • Lord of Fortune,
      • Bound Lord of Syzygy (prenatal Lunation)
  2. 2nd Stage
    • Assessment of the candidates over a variety of fitness and strength conditions
      • Visibility
      • Orientality (to the Sun)
      • Planets making Phasis +/- 7 days relative to the birth
      • Essential dignities
      • Placement in effective places/topoi/zoidia
      • configurations with other Stars and ASC

I am currently basing my research on an expanded variation of the model sketched by Antiochus/Porphyry, designed by me after considering the extant literature on the topic.

The Almuten Figuris (Al Mubtazz in arabic or the Victor of the Chart)

The Almuten Figuris is quite simply the Strongest Planet in a chart, accounting for Essential and Accidental Dignities that a planet might have over the 5 classical hylegical points

  • ASC
  • Sun
  • Moon
  • Fortune
  • Syzygy

The differences in the Kurios and the Almuten Figuris algorithms, however related they may be, lead to different results, and thus present a challenge in understanding the Lord’s role in a nativity.

Given the Kurios/Almuten Figuris role in determining a possible path to the Daimon/Holy Guardian Angel, I am inclined to give preference to the Kurios for this role, and to re-assign the Almuten Figuris to a different, but perhaps related function.

The algorithm for calculating the Almuten Figuris is somewhat similar to and derived from the Kurios algorithm. It also consists in several stages, but it is essentially a weighted score of various types of essential and accidental dignities:

  1. Find the essential dignities of the 7 planets in the degree of the Sun, the Moon, the Ascendant, the Part of Fortune, the previous syzygy (i.e. New or Full Moon closest to the nativity).
  2. Add the point values for each planet.
    • Sign rulership (traditional) = 5 ,
    • Exaltation=4,
    • Dorothean triplicity rulers (day ruler by day or night ruler by night only) =3,
    • Term/Bound (egyptian terms) =2
    • Face/decan (chaldean) =1.
  3. Then add 7 points for the day ruler, and 6 points for the hour ruler
  4. Then add the following accidental dignity points to each planets’ score
    • 1st house =12, 2nd= 6, 3rd=3, 4th=9, 5th=7, 6th=1, 7th=10, 8th=4, 9th=5, 10th=11, 11th=8, 12th=2
  5. The highest scoring planet is the Almutem Figuris. End.

Citing Zoller, who further cites from the Picatrix:

If the Almuten figuris is the Sun, the native will want to lead, express his creative power and be recognized.

If the Moon, s/he will want to care for, be cared for, eat and make love, dream, etc.

If it is Mercury, s/he will be diligent in the sciences, business and communications.

Id it is Venus s/he will be a lover of beauty, of music, of men and women etc.

If it is Mars, s/he will fight in order to dominate.

If it is Jupiter, s/he will philosophize and teach.

If it is Saturn he will retire from society, investigate hidden things and suffer adversity.”

Robert Zoller, Course in Medieval Astrology

Research methodology

In order to conduct this research, I have designed a model that compares Kurios/Almuten Figuris concepts with modern concepts of Personality and Career interests, through the Meyers-Briggs Personality Types and the Holland Career Interests model.

The working hypothesis is that Kurios/Almuten Figuris should correlate with MBTI and/or Holland Career Interests, basing this hypothesis on the ancient delineations of both Kurios and Almuten Figuris who seem to overlap with these two.

I need your help

In order for me to be able to conduct this research I need a large sample of data that I can then analyze and look for significant correlations between the above factors.

How you can you help? There is a form at the end of the page that allows participants to enter their data in a database that can then be subjected to all kinds of statistical analysis. Here is what you need to do to contribute:

  1. Take a personality assessment – MBTI questionnaire (16 personality types) – which you can take for free HERE (10 min to complete)
  2. Take a career preference assessment, which you can take for free HERE ( (5-10 min to complete)
  3. Fill in the form with the results, along with your birth data, a short bio and main achievements and ideal career.

Why sign-up?

  • It’s an opportunity to get to know yourself better
  • You get the chance to be part of a unique project that is aimed at improving our understanding of the implications and usage of ancient astrological models in the 21st century
  • You will be part of a lottery* to win a free Hellenistic Astrology natal reading with me, which includes the Rulers of your chart
    • *I will launch the lottery when I have received at least 100 entries.

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