Two Argentinians, Nelson Page & Walter Polich, created the Topocentric around 2000 AD based on the idea that a celestial object should be measured like the GPS system on earth. What that means is the altitude of an object, the angle between the horizon and its distance from it, and the azimuth, the horizontal plane the object is located on, become the celestial equivalent of latitude and the longitude. An excellent diagram of this is on Marcus Antoniu’s site, here.

As the key to the Topocentric is being born at the poles, like Sweden Norway and Argentina, to highlight its capability, i am going use director Ingmar Bergman, who is not related to actress Ingrid Bergman, though late in her life, she did star in one of his films. Of course Misses Bergman and Garbo are also eligible for this layout, be I already did them, and I do not like to retread my work and Liv Ullman, who he had a long affair with, and a daughter, Linn Ullman, was born in Japan and not Norway so I doubt her chart would be very enlightening.

The private life of Bergman

Bergman was born on July 14, 1918, in Uppsala, Sweden, home of historic Uppsala Cathedral, the son of a Lutheran minister. He attended the University of Stockholm, where he was an active member of the student theatrical group and in 1942, after debuting as a Shakespearean director, he was appointed to the Swedish Royal Opera.

Despite his many romantic entangelements, he was married five times, all but the last ending in divorce; she died. He had had nine children from his mistresses and wives, the eldest being Lena born in 1943 to his first wife, Else Fisher, a Swede born in Australia. Then there was Ellen Lundstrom who lasted 5 years. They had Eva, Jan and pair of twins, Mats and Anna. The third marriage in 1951 to Gun Grut for eight years, and they Ingmar jr in 1951.

Faro lighthouse
Faro Lighthouse By Axelode – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Number four was Kabi Laetei, an Estonian concert pianist, who left her husband for him and they had Daniel in 1962 during their ten year span. They must have been a modern couple for during their union, Japanese born Norwegian Liv Ullman had their daughter Linn in 1966 in Oslo. They split in 1969 and in 1971 he married Ingrid von Rosen, which was his last and longest marriage, after she and Jan-Carl Count von Rosen, nephew of Goring, parted ways. Bergman and von Rosen had Maria, but she was actually born in 1959 (shades of Wild Strawberries for this one ) when Miss von Rosen was married to the Count and her to Grut, who obviously divorced him though he did not Interesting isn’t it? Speculation is he never acknowledged Maria as his own but let her grow up with the Count’s other three children as his own.

Miss von Rosen was died in 1995 from stomach cancer, and perhaps that intercepted Cancer in his Campanus chart was portending not only a problem with motherhood and children but also her deep loss. Whatever, Mr. Bergman outlived her, and did not marry again, dying on on July 30 2007, at eighty-nine in his sleep (Uranus in the eighth house a long and eventful life) in Faro Sweden where they are buried together. Faro, an island in the Baltic Sea, of less than 500 people, incidentally has an asteroid named after it.

Bergman in Morinus

Morinus gives the fifth and eleventh houses with Scorpio and Taurus are interceptions but really affects no major planets. Mars in the fourth, in its fall, reminiscent of Bergman’s movie, Fanny and Alexander, while Uranus in the eighth house is shades of the Seventh Seal — chess with Death anyone? Well actually Bill and Ted’s Great Adventure did a spoof on that with Twister vs Death, but the original was classic.

Bergman in Placidus

Brother Placidus is similar to the Morinus at Uppsala. Here Venus in Gemini is intercepted. This shows up in several layouts but notice how the Placidus cusp layout changes Bergman’s Jupiter in Cancer, where it is exalted, from the twelfth, where it was in domicile, to the eleventh though on the cusp of the twelfth so by angle it sorta gets there.

Bergman in Campanus

Campanus for the director makes the sixth and twelfth houses intercepted i.e. Capricorn and Cancer and also the the eleventh and fifth house. This layout makes the Sun, Neptune and Jupiter all intercepted, and interesting aspect of such a strong willful man. Perhaps Scenes of a Marriage is represented in this chart, though his last wife Ingrid was a Capricorn and so two should be noted here, thus Wild Strawberries appears fleetingly as well, see above for rationale.

Bergman in Equal

The Equal of course has no interceptions and does resemble the Placidean in many ways, at least planetary. Cuspally, it is close to the Placidean as well, and this could account for some favoritism towards the monk’s method. This layout seems to sing Autumn Sonata.

Finally, Bergman in Topocentric

Finally, the Topo. It follows the Morinus and Placidus layout but the house cusps are very different with the twelfth house being very small with just his Moon in Cancer there. And while the fifth and sixth are intercepted. Now Venus in Gemini is intercepted, and interesting take on his sexual liaisons. Cuspally, it is similar to the equal but with interceptions — that seems to be a popular motif. Let us finish our tour with the superlative Winter Light.


At one point, early on after abandoning the Koch, I went to the Topocentric and some charts on the old site are still in that format; they and their essays are being converted over to the Morinus when they get moved here. All the Charts referenced are here in one pdf.

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