Ptolemy's Tetrabiblos, Or Quadripartite: Being Four Books of the Influence of the Stars

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Davis and Dickson, 1893 - 240 ページ

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i ページ - tis to be forgiven, That in our aspirations to be great, Our destinies o'erleap their mortal state, And claim a kindred with you; for ye are A beauty and a mystery, and create In us such love and reverence from afar, That fortune, fame, power, life, have named themselves a star.
ix ページ - Yet, with these striking facts before their eyes, the present generation seem never, until now, to have inquired on what basis this belief of their forefathers was established nor by what authority the delusion (if it was one) could have been for so many ages supported. Among a thousand persons who now treat the mention of Astrology with supercilious ridicule, there is scarcely one who knows distinctly what it is he laughs at, or on what plea his ancestors should stand excused for having, in their...
66 ページ - Jupiter, however, governs with him in reference to the north. The fourth triplicity is constituted of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces, and is south-west; it owns Mars as its principal ruler, in consideration of its western proportion; and, on behalf of the south, it is also governed by Venus. The four triplicities being thus established, the whole inhabited earth is accordingly divided into four parts, agreeing with the number of the triplicities. It is divided latitudinally by the line of the Mediterranean...
v ページ - Sir Isaac Newton has the following remarks in regard to the origin of Astrology : — " After the study of Astronomy was set on " foot for the use of navigation, and the .-Egyptians, by the heliacal " risings and settings of the stars, had determined the length of the " solar year of 365 days, and by other observations had fixed the " solstices, and formed the fixed stars into asterisms, all which was " done in the reigns of Ammon, Sesac, Orus, and Memnon...
5 ページ - ... upon the mode of their visibility, their occultation and their declination. From these premises it follows not only that all bodies, which may be already compounded, are subjected to the motion of the stars, but also that the impregnation and growth of the seeds from which all bodies proceed, are framed and moulded by the quality existing in the Ambient at the time of such impregnation and growth. And it is upon this principle that the more observant husbandmen and shepherds are accustomed, by...
xiv ページ - ... aura, and those who are farthest from the animating energy are nevertheless vivified by the influence, though they cannot discern the radiant orb from whence it flows. Certainly, if man may ever found his glory on the achievements of his wisdom, he may reasonably exult in the discoveries of astronomy; but the knowledge which avails us has been created solely by the absurdities which it has extirpated. Delusion became the basis of truth. Horoscopes and nativities have taught us to trace the planet...
185 ページ - ... in short, all who live by the exercise of literature, and by furnishing explanation or interpretation; as well as by stipend and salary, or allowance. If Saturn bear testimony jointly with Mercury, persons then born will become managers of the affairs of others, or interpreters of dreams, or will be engaged in temples for the purpose of divination, and for the sake of their fanaticism.
19 ページ - But, by means of the science called by them Medical Mathematics, they combined with the power of prognostication the concurrent secondary influence arising out of the institutions and courses of nature, as well as the contrary influence which might be procured out of nature's variety; and by means of these they rendered the indicated agency useful and advantageous: since their astronomy pointed out to them the kind of temperament liable to be acted upon, as well as the events about to proceed from...
191 ページ - In the case of women the sun must be observed instead of the moon; and should he be posited in the oriental quadrants, women will be married either in their own youth or to men younger than themselves ; but if he be in the occidental quadrants they will either be married late in life or to men who have passed their prime and are advanced in years. And should the sun be in a sign of single form, or configurated with only one oriental planet, he will cause them to enter into matrimony only once; but...
214 ページ - Hence Prince Henry's witticism. Coniunction] NED (Conjunction 3): An apparent proximity of two planets or other heavenly bodies; the position of these when they are in the same, or nearly the same, direction as viewed from the earth. 268. looke whether] See note on 1. 261...

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