On the occasion of the current Jupiter-Saturn conjunction and COVID-19, it is worth remembering a very significant episode. There he is:
The famous novel ‘I Promessi Sposi’ by the famous Italian writer Alessandro Manzoni, is set in 1628-1629, the era of Galileo Galilei. The plague is described. The plague was brought to Italy by the Lanzichenecchi, spread and over a million people died.
In the novel appears a character (non-protagonist) but significant of a dying age, of an ancient and outdated philosophy, of a science that was not science. It is Don Ferrante, a Milanese gentleman who denied the contagion.
Don Ferrante claimed that the plague was caused by the close conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn. He was the denier of 1600.
His fretus, vale a dire su questi bei fondamenti, non prese nessuna precauzione contro la peste; gli s’attaccò; andò a letto, a morire, come un eroe di Metastasio, prendendosela con le stelle.
Yesterday as today the world is full of subjects like Don Ferrante.