John Partridge (1679): The Qualities of the Planets

Text Copyright 2007 J. Lee Lehman

This material is excerpted from pages 10-18 of Partridge’s work:

Partridge, John. 1679. Mikropanastron, or an Astrological Vade Mecum, briefly Teaching the whole Art of Astrology – viz., Questions, Nativities, with all its parts, and the whole Doctrine of Elections never so comprised nor compiled before, &c. William Bromwich: London.


Chap. III

Of the Names, Natures, Characters, and Significations of the Seven Planets, and Dragons Head and Tail.

Under the Ecliptick and Zodiack before-mentioned, do the Planets perform, and finish their Revolutions in their respective Orbs; of which you may read more in Astronomical Authors, which is not my business at present to discourse.-

Saturn Poetically Phaenon, is cold and dry, and appears to us of a Leaden pale colour: He is slow of Motion, near Thirty years in finishing his Revolution; he is melancholy, Masculine, Diurnal, the Author of Solitariness, and the greater Infortune.

Saturn generally signifies one of a middle stature, a Swarthy pale muddy Complexion, his Eyes little, downward and unpleasant look, broad Forehead, harsh dark or black Hair, great Ears, lowring Eye-brows, flat Nose, thick Lips, splay-footed, and in brief, he or she is a very unpleasant and uncomely Creature.-

Note, That the Orientality, Occidentality, Latitude, Stations, &c. of the Planets, do
somewhat alter their Descriptions, and this is worthy of observing as well in Questions as Nativities, that when Saturn is Occidental, he gives a shorter stature, and a little more fleshy; but when Oriental, more black and lean with less Hair, and that more curling.

If he hath South Latitude, he makes the Native more fat and fleshy; but if North inclining to leanness, and less active.

Quality of Men, he signifies all old and aged Men of all kinds of Professions- also, Fathers, Grandfathers, Day-Labourers, Clowns, Husbandmen, Beggars; and I had almost forgot, Monks and Jesuits too.

Places he delights in, are all Departs, Woods, Caves, Sepulchres, Church-yards, Ruinous Buildings, Coal Pits, Sinks, and all stinking places.

Parts of the Body he governs are, the Spleen, his great Residence, the right Ear, the Bones, the Teeth, the retentive Faculty through the whole Body.

Diseases of Saturn are, Dropsies, Consumptions, Deafness, Leprosie, Stone, Scurvey, Canker, Quartan Agues, weakness in Generation, Tooth-ach; and all Melancholy Distempers.-

The Effects and Properties of Jupiter followeth.

Jupiter, Poetically Phaeton, is of a cleer bright Azure Colour, finishing his Revolution in the space of Twelve years, or thereabouts: he is hot and moist, Masculine, Diurnal, Temperate, the greater Fortune, and gives an upright tall stature, ruddy Complexion, oval Visage, the Forehead high and large, a large grey Eye, brown hair, of a Chestnut-colour, the Body every way well compos’d, and the Person, whether Man or Woman, is sober, grave, discreet, and of a noble disposition. Quality of Men when well dignified, are Judges, Lawyers, Councellors, Civilians, Senators, Clergy-men, Scholars, Students in general – But if ill dignified, Mountebanks, Hypocrites, Cheats, Atheists, and broken Persons.-

Places he delights in are, Courts of Justice, Churches, Garden, Palaces and places of Oratory.

Parts of the Body he governs are, the Liver, Lungs, Ribs, Sides, Veins, Blood, the Digestive Faculty.

Diseases,- Cough, Asthma, Inflammation of the Liver, Plurisies, Diseases of the Lung, Apoplexy, &c.

The Properties and Effects of Mars.

Mars Poetically Mavors, is hot and dry, passing through the Zodiack in almost two years; he is Masculine, Nocturnal, Cholerick, and the lesser Infortune – Representing a person of a strong able Body, big Boned, but a middle stature, round Visage, brown Complexion, Hair Red or Sandy, and much curling, a sharp Eye, a bold Countenance, undaunted, fearing nothing; and when Mars is well dignified, the Native is Prudent, a great Warrior, of good Behavior, and Victorious in all his attempts; but if ill dignified, a Pratler, having neither Modesty nor Honesty, a Quareller, a Thief, Perjur’d Treacherous, an Incendiary, who will neither fear God, nor reverence Man.

Quality of Men,- well dignified, he signifies Conquerors, Generals of Armies, and other Officers; Physicians, Chymists, Gunners, Barbers, Smiths, Curriers, Tanners, Dyers, Taylors, Carpenters, Cooks, Bakers, Butchers – ill dignified, Hangmen, Bailiffs, Thieves, Serjeants, Murtherers, Jaylors, and all Cut-throat persons.

Places,- Smiths-Shops, Labratories, Furnaces, Slaughter-houses, where Bricks and Charcoal are burned, and Chimneys.

Parts of the Body, the Gall, the left Ear, the Meseraicks, the Smell, the Apprehension, and the Chollerick Passion in Man, the Attractive faculty.

Diseases,- Plague, Impostume, Yellow-Jaundice, Small Pox, and a great sharer in the great Pox too, Madness, Fistula’s, Wounds, and Scars, all kinds of sharp Fevers, all Distempers of the Gall, Calenture, St. Anthonies Fire, &c.

Nature and Quality of the Sun.

The Sun, Poetically Titan, he is insensu naturali, oculies & Lux mundi, & Rex Planetarum; and the Hebrews from their Zeal and high opinion of this Creature calls it … Shameth, ministravita, because it did dispense its Rays equally to the whole World; and sometimes they called it … the Day Star, and the Greeks call it Helios, signifying his Power and Regency, as having none to controul him; and like a just Magistrate he keeps his Royal path, i.e. the Ecliptick, and doth never deviate as the other Stars do.

He is Masculine, Diurnal, Cholerick, hot and dry, and yet he is more temperate than Mars, and is twelve months in finishing his Course through the twelve Signs; and signifies one of a large full fleshy Body, a large Face, and broad Forehead, his Hair flaxen and curling, sometimes black, his Complexion tawny, a full Eye and a sharp sight, a very honest courteous well-meaning Soul, yet something lofty, and aiming at high things.

Sun well dignified,- signifies Emperors, Kings, Princes and all Gentlemen of Quality in general, down to the inferior honest Courtier, Goldsmiths, Minters of Money, Pewterers; but ill dignified, he shews Tyrants, Usurpers, troublesom Constables, and all such troublesom petty Images of Authority.

Places,- Palaces, Courts of Princes, Theaters, all Stately Buildings for Ornament, and Honour.

Parts of the Body he sways, are – The vital Spirits in general; the Heart and Arteries, the right Eye in Men, the left in Women.

Diseases,- all sudden Swoonings, Palpitations of the Heart, all Inflammations in the Eyes, Gripings at the Stomach, and other peracute Diseases.

The Nature and Quality of Venus

Venus Poetically Phosphorus, Hesperus the Evening Star, Lucifer the Morning Star, she finisheth her Course through the Twelve Signs in the space of about twelve Months; she is Nocturnal, Feminine, Flegmatick, the lesser Fortune, and the Author of Mirth and Jollity,- she represents one of a fair Complexion, something black, black Eyes, a round Face, a dimple in the Chin, a cherry Lip, a very well-shap’d Body, of a middle stature, of an excellent shape, and proportion, and very inticing in all their Actions, Gestures, Speeches; and indeed a very comely Creature.

Qualities of Men, when well placed, she signifies Musicians, Embroyderers, Jewellers, Linnen-Drapers, Perfumers, Picture-Drawers, Silkmen, and all other imployments which serve to the setting forth Women, &c. Women, Widows, Wives, Virgins,- but ill-placed, she personates Fidlers, Pipers, Painters, Woman-Taylors, and all the Inferior sort of those before-mentioned.

Places,- fine Gardens, Bed and Bride-Chambers, fair Lodgings, Beds, Hangings, Dancing-Schools, &c.

Parts of the Body,– the Womb, the Seed both in Man and Woman, the Reins [small of the back], Loins, Neck and Throat.

Diseases, the Strangury, French Pox, Gonorrhea, defect and Diseases of the Sperm, all diseases of the Womb, of the Neck, Throat and Loins.

The Nature and Quality of Mercury

Mercury, Poetically Stilbon, by his swift Motion is a Messenger among the Stars, and partakes something of their Nature, with whom he is joyned, he is of a dark Silver-colour, and finisheth his Course through the Twelve Sings, in less than Twelve Months, he is naturally cold and dry, and the author of Thefts, Perjuries, and subtil navish Tricks- Mercury denotes one of a higher stature, strait Body, Visage long, Forehead high, long Nose, fair Eyes, thin Lips, sad brown Hair, long Arms, the Complexion dark, or of an Olive Chesnut colour; and if he be with Saturn he is heavy, with Jupiter temperate, with Mars rash, with Sun Courteous, with Venus Jesting, with the Moon a shifter and a meer shirk, chiefly when he is peregrine; but if he be well placed with a Fortune, he gives a penetrating Brain, a Man sharp and witty, learning any thing without a Teacher,— but when ill placed, a troublesome Wit, a Lyar, Boaster, Busy-body, and a spoiler of Ink and Paper, and this is chiefly when he is in Sagittary or Pisces in square or opposition to Mars and Moon.

Qualities of Men he governs, are – if well dignified, Astrologers, Philosophers, Mathematicians, Secretaries, Sculptors, Poets, all kind of witty Advocates, Lawyers, School-Masters, Ambassadors, Attorneys, Orators, and all ingenious Artificers,- but if ill placed, troublesome Clerks, Thieves, Carriers, Messengers, Footmen, and petty-fogging Lawyers.

Places he governs are – Schools, Halls, Tennis-Courts, Markets – in a Tradesman’s House his Shop, in a Gentleman’s House his Hall, Study, Library, &c.-

Parts of the Body – the Memory, Imagination, the rational part in Man, the Tongue, Hands and Feet, and indeed all the Intellectual parts.

Diseases,- all Diseases of the Brain, as Vertigoes, Madness, &c. Diseases of the Lungs, as Asthma’s, Phthisicks, and all stammering, Hoarseness, Lisping, Coughs, and all defects of the Intellectual faculty.

Nature and Quality of the Moon

Luna the Moon, Poetically Cynthia, is Flegmatick, Feminine, Nocturnal, and finisheth her Revolutional Period in about twenty eight days.— She gives a stature somewhat above the middle size, a round Face but pale, grey Eyes, much Hair, and of a bright colour, the Body plump, the Hands short and fleshy, the colour of the Hair doth vary according to the Sign where she is; if she is strong and well placed, – she signifies a delighter in Study, a lover of Novelties, yet something unconstant and wavering; and if she is in Pisces, in good Aspect to the Fortunes, she makes a Man a good Husband; but yet a notable good Fellow – if she be ill dignified, she denotes an idle careless Sot, a Drunkard, a Begger, a fickle, mutable unconstant person, content in no condition.

Quality of Men – She signifies the common People in general.

Places she delights in are – Fountains, Fields, Pools, High-ways, Rivers, Desarts, Fish-Ponds, Common-shores and Wharfs.-

Parts of the Body she governs are – the Brain, Bowels, Guts, Bladder, Stomach, the right Eye of a Woman, and the left of a Man.

Diseases,- Green-sickness, all Obstructions and the Menstrua in Women, Epilepsie, Diseases of the Eyes.
The Dragons-head and Tail are no Stars, but Nodes, or imaginary points in the Heavens, and is no more but the Intersection of the Ecliptick and Orbite of the Moon, to which points when she comes, she changes the denomination of her Latitudes; and the use of them in Astrology is this,

the Dragons-head is accounted a Fortune, and doth increase the good of the fortunate Stars, and abateth the force of evil ones.

the Dragons-tail is esteemed an Infortune, and doth increase the Evil of the Infortunes, and abateth the good of the fortunate Stars.

Ebinezor Sibly: QUESTION VII. On a CHANGE of SITUATION (1790)

The Horary Examples of Ebinezor Sibly (1790, 1817)

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Here Sibly uses the concept of removal with a twist to examine a job situation: by taking the present job from the 4th, and the proposed job from the 7th. Of course, because this proposed job would involve moving, it’s not so much the job Sibly examines as the question of moving.

Reference: Sibly, Ebinezer. 1817. A New and Complete Illustration of the Celestial Science of Astrology; or the Art of fortelling future Events and Contingencies by the Aspects, Positions and Influences of the Heavenly Bodies. The Proprietor, at #17, Ave-Maria Lane, St. Pauls: London. (12th, or Posthumous Edition).


QUESTION VII. On a CHANGE of SITUATION.
Ebinezor Sibly, pp 337-339

A person had some time been settled in business, without meeting with so much encouragement as he expected; and, an opportunity offering of settling in the same line of business in another place, he came and requested my advice upon the matter, whether it would be most to his advantage to embrace the present offer, or to continue in his former frustration. To satisfy him in this particular, I erected the following figure.

Leo being upon the cusp of the ascendant, gives the Sun for the querent’s significator; the fourth house and its lord represent his present situation; and the seventh house and its lord the place to which he has thoughts of removing. Now the Sun, the querent’s significator, being on the point of leaving a fixed sign, and entering upon a common sign, clearly implies a strong inclination in the querent to travel, or to remove from one place to another; or rather, that he had almost determined in his own mind to change his present abode for the one under contemplation; and, on putting the question to him, he frankly confessed it.

The seventh house having no benevolent aspect, and Saturn, its lord, being posited in the sixth, indicates affliction and prejudice by open enemies; if he removed to the place intended; and that he would suffer great loss and injury thereby, if he removed. But finding Mars, lord of the fourth, in trine aspect to the fourth, which represents his present place of abode; and Venus, lady of the tenth, the house of trade and profession, strongly dignified therein, and applying to a sextile aspect of Mars, denotes an increasing and prosperous trade to the querent, provided he remained in his present situation; which for these reasons I greatly pressed him to do. He took my advice, and has lately thanked me for it, having already found an increase of business. I told him he need not doubt of still greater success; for, when the effects of the sextile aspect of Venus and Mars shall begin to operate, which will be about the end of October, as is demonstrated by the degrees between the two significators, at which time they will also be in a mutual reception, his increase of trade will become more visible; particularly as Venus, the principal significatrix of business, will then have separated from a conjunction with Mercury, and will apply to a conjunction of the Sun, the lord of the ascendant, and the significator of the querent.

Ebinezor Sibly: QUESTION VI. On PATERNAL INHERITANCE (1790)

The Horary Examples of Ebinezor Sibly (1790, 1817)

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Here, one of the significant points about this horary is the way that Sibly used the 2nd from both the querent and the quesited to examine the outcome. He also uses the 8th as the fourth from the father: but without discussing whether this is just a literal rendering of the use of the eighth house for inheritance, or whether this in effect is an extension that the father’s patrimony in turn came from his own father, or whether this was a reference to his father’s “end” (4th from the 4th). Sibly also uses a mutual reception in this delineation.

Reference: Sibly, Ebinezer. 1817. A New and Complete Illustration of the Celestial Science of Astrology; or the Art of fortelling future Events and Contingencies by the Aspects, Positions and Influences of the Heavenly Bodies. The Proprietor, at #17, Ave-Maria Lane, St. Pauls: London. (12th, or Posthumous Edition).


QUESTION VI. On PATERNAL INHERITANCE
Ebinezor Sibly, pp 337-339

A young gentleman in the navy, who had been rather wild, and was in consequence under the displeasure of his parents, having been threatened to be disinherited, came the instant he heard this unfavourable news, and enquired of me whether he should, or should not, enjoy his father’s estate. To resolve his doubts, I projected the figure following.

The ascendant and his lord represent the querent; and, as Aquarius occupies the cusp thereof, Saturn is his significator. The father is represented by the fourth house, and Mercury, the lord thereof, is his significator. The second house and his lord signifies the querent’s substance; and the fifth house and its lord signifies the substance of his father. Here we find Mercury in conjunction with Jupiter in the eighth house, which is the father’s fourth, and implies a substantial fortune, particularly as the Sun is posited in the same house, with mutual reception between the two significators of substance; whereby it is evident that the son will inherit the father’s estate and fortune.

The conjunction of Jupiter with Mercury, that father’s significator, is also a strong argument of paternal regard on the side of the father; and therefore I informed him that there appeared to me to be no doubt but he would succeed to the estate of his ancestors, provided he acted at all consistently with the duty and obedience of a son, and would use proper endeavours to regain his father’s good-will and forgiveness, and aim to be more prudent and careful in spending his income; for the position of Jupiter declares him to be regardless of money among his companions and acquaintances, and extravagantly generous and good-natured. The conjunction of Mars with Venus likewise shows his desire after women, and denotes that they will be a continual source of misfortune and expense to him, and will help off pretty fast with his money; but the position of the fortunate node of the Moon in his second house sufficiently indicates that he will have a competent provision during life.

Ebinezor Sibly: QUESTION V. On the Success of a JOURNEY (1790)

The Horary Examples of Ebinezor Sibly (1790, 1817)

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In this horary, we are reminded of how different societies have different functional definitions. The older definition of a 3rd house trip was an overland journey, contrasted with the 9th house version, which was journey by sea

Reference: Sibly, Ebinezer. 1817. A New and Complete Illustration of the Celestial Science of Astrology; or the Art of fortelling future Events and Contingencies by the Aspects, Positions and Influences of the Heavenly Bodies. The Proprietor, at #17, Ave-Maria Lane, St. Pauls: London. (12th, or Posthumous Edition).


QUESTION V. On the Success of a JOURNEY
Ebinezor Sibly, pp 335-337

Being applied to by a tradesman, who was going a journey on some particular business, to inform him whether it would be prosperous and successful; I took the time of day, and projected the following scheme to correspond with it.

Here I find four degrees fourteen minutes of Gemini upon the cusp of the horoscope, and consequently Mercury is the querent’s significator, which being posited in the twelfth house, the house of anxiety and disappointment, combust of the Sun, and disposed of by Mars, the implicator of private enemies, in the querent’s house of substance; these positions plainly showed the object of the journey to be concerning the adjustment of some accounts, or other money-matters. The Moon, lady of the third, signified the journey; and the seventh house and its lord, i.e., Jupiter, represents the place and person the querent is going to.

Now the Moon having lately separated from a partile conjunction of her fortunate node and Jupiter, and applying to a quartile of Mars, and then to a conjunction of Venus, tends to prove that his journey should be safe and unimpeded; but at the same time denotes that the object of it should not be accomplished, which is further confirmed by the position of Mars in the second house. I informed him that he would most probably meet with unpleasant treatment from some lady, respecting money-concerns, and that they should part in anger, which would terminate to his prejudice; and this I conceived from the application of the Moon to a quartile aspect with Mars, followed by a conjunction with Venus. It further appeared to me that his journey would be far from pleasant of agreeable; but that, on the contrary, he would meet with great vexation, trouble and disappointment. This is indicated by the Moon’s unfortunate node, or Dragon’s Tail, being posited in the fifth, or house of pleasure and delight, at the same time that the querent’s significator occupies the house of disappointment and trouble. Hence, I persuaded him to postpone his journey to a future day; because if he did go, I was perfectly satisfied he would lose more than he would gain, exclusive of being disappointed in the principal object of it. He then left me, and went home with an undetermined mind; but has since told me that his necessity got the better of his reason, and therefore he went the journey contrary to my advice, and found the event, with all its contingencies, exactly as I predicted.

Some months later, he came to me again, saying he wished to take another journey on the same business; but, as me former prediction had so exactly corresponded with the event, he was now determined to act implicitly by my advice, and therefore requested me to erect a figure to know whether there were better hopes of success in his present undertaking than in the former. To oblige him I drew out the figure to the exact time of proposing the question, and finding the benevolent aspects all in the querent’s favour, I told him he had no time to ose; for that if he hastened away, success would crown his labours. He went, met the parties at home, settled his accounts, and returned with his pockets full of money, and his heart full of content; and a few days afterwards he thanked me for my services.

Ebinezor Sibly: QUESTION IV. On the PROSPECT of RICHES. (1790)

The Horary Examples of Ebinezor Sibly (1790, 1817)

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There are two matters of particular interest in this horary. First, Sibly again uses the latitude of the Moon to adjust the timing; in this case, by subtracting degrees with the Moon in North latitude. Secondly, here is an example of adjusting the unit of time given that the two significators used are in different quadruplicities.

Reference: Sibly, Ebinezer. 1817. A New and Complete Illustration of the Celestial Science of Astrology; or the Art of fortelling future Events and Contingencies by the Aspects, Positions and Influences of the Heavenly Bodies. The Proprietor, at #17, Ave-Maria Lane, St. Pauls: London. (12th, or Posthumous Edition).


QUESTION IV. On the PROSPECT of RICHES.
Ebinezor Sibly, pp 333-335

A gentleman called upon me to enquire, whether any remarkable change of circumstances would ever happen to him in respect of riches, and the time when. Conceiving his desire to arise from a strong impulse of the mind, I took the exact time of the day, and erected the following figure to resolve this question.

The lord of the ascendant, and lord of the hour, being of one nature and triplicity, shows the figure to be radical. And, as Gemini occupies the cusp of the ascendant, Mercury is its lord, and the querent’s significator; and being posited in the eleventh house, in a watery sign, and in trine to Jupiter, lord of the seventh, who is here posited in the sixth, is a strong argument of riches by means of servants, or of persons of a subordinate capacity. The Moon, who is lady of the second, being in her exaltation, in trine aspect to the Sun, and applying to a trine with Jupiter, and a dexter trine aspect with Mercury, declares a great and sudden flow of riches to the querent, and that unexpectedly.

Being much pressed to speak to the particular point of time when this good fortune should come up, I considered what might be the gentleman’s occupation; and observing Mercury to be his significator, and posited in a watery sign, I told him I judged he belonged to the sea, and had some employment on ship-board, in a capacity where writing or accounts were principally concerned. This he acknowledged, by saying he was captain’s secretary. I then observed that his principal significators of wealth and riches were also posited in watery signs, as the Moon in Cancer in the second house, and Jupiter in Scorpio in the sixth, and the Sun and Mercury in Pisces in the eighth, all in trine aspects of each other, which plainly indicated these riches were to come by the sea; and as they were to be sudden, and as it were instantaneous, I concluded they would arise by the capture of some rich prize, and a south-east direction from London, which is denoted by the Part of Fortune being in the twelfth house, and Venus, its dispositor, in Aquarius, a southern sign, in quartile aspect to the Part of Fortune; and the Part of Fortune being opposite to Jupiter, the lord of the seventh, the house of public enemies, also declares the querent’s fortune should come that way; which is rendered still more apparent, by the Part of Fortune being in sextile to the Moon and Mercury. When I had mentioned these particulars, he frankly told me his ship was under sailing orders, and he expected to be called on-board every hour.

To ascertain the time when these riches should be acquired, I particularly noticed the application of the Moon to the lord of the ascendant, and found them nineteen degrees distant from a particular aspect. But the Moon, being swift in motion, with three degrees north latitude, and Mercury having no latitude, I deducted three degrees from the Moon’s place, which I set down at twelve degrees; and then by subtracting twelve degrees from twenty-eight degrees three minutes, which is Mercury’s place, there remains sixteen degrees three minutes; which, as the Moon is in a moveable sign, and Mercury in a common sign, is equal to sixteen weeks, or thereabout; and therefore I concluded this good fortune would happen to him in nearly that distance of time. And I have since had the satisfaction of hearing, from the gentleman’s own mouth, that this prediction was literally verified by the capture of a rich prize within the time specified.

Ebinezor Sibly: QUESTION III. Of an ABSENT SON, whether DEAD or ALIVE (1790)

The Horary Examples of Ebinezor Sibly (1790, 1817)

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Note here that this delineation in part turns on the use of the fourth house as the end-of-the-matter, a somewhat vexed subject in horary astrology. Having said this, given the literalness of the usage, I do find the application here to follow the classical style closely. One thing that does strike me about Sibly’s delineations is that he often pushes the chain of dispositors further than one would expect Lilly to do.

Reference: Sibly, Ebinezer. 1817. A New and Complete Illustration of the Celestial Science of Astrology; or the Art of fortelling future Events and Contingencies by the Aspects, Positions and Influences of the Heavenly Bodies. The Proprietor, at #17, Ave-Maria Lane, St. Pauls: London. (12th, or Posthumous Edition).


QUESTION III. Of an ABSENT SON, whether DEAD or ALIVE.
Ebinezor Sibly, pp 331-333

A poor woman applied to me in the greatest distress of mind, on account of her son, who had turned out wild, and gone to sea without the consent of his friends. He had been absent a considerable time, without ever once so far reflecting on the disconsolate situation of his parent, as to be induced to address a line to her, to remove her anxiety, or to state his own prospects and pursuits. It was the woman’s constant practice to make inquiry after him among the sea-faring people, till at length she heard an imperfect story of some engagement abroad, in which her son was reported to be killed. Upon this unpleasant news she requested me to inform her, by the rules of Astrology, whether her son was dead or alive; or whether the account she heard was true or false. Her uneasiness of mind was too apparent for me to doubt her sincerity, or to suppose the question not fit to be adjudged; and therefore I erected this figure, and gave my opinion thereon as follows:

In this figure Virgo rises upon the ascendant, and Mercury, lord thereof, and significator of the querent, is posited in the twelfth house of affliction and sorrow. The fifth house of the figure is here considered as her son’s first or ascendant; and Saturn, lord thereof, is his significator, and is posited in the fourth angle, or imum coeli, which represents the grave and the termination of all things. Saturn is also in conjunction with the Part of Fortune in the fourth, both of which are disposed of by Jupiter, and Jupiter by Mars; which malefic planet possesses the son’s first house or ascendant in his exaltation, and in opposition to the Sun and Venus in the seventh, which is the house of open enemies and war.

From these configurations I drew the inferences following: That Mercury, the querent’s significator, by being posited in the twelfth house, plainly showed her fears were too well grounded. That Saturn, significator of the quesited, and the Part of Fortune, being both disposed of by Jupiter, and this planet disposed of by Mars, indicates all their benevolent effects to be destroyed by the malignant influence of this infortune. Mars being in the Sun’s ascendant, in his exaltation, and in opposition to Sol, is a strong argument of a violent death: the kind and manner of which are thus described. Saturn, his significator, is posited in the fiery sign Sagittarius; and Leo, which occupies the cusp of his eighth, and Aires, the cusp of his fourth, are also in the fiery triplicity; the Sun, the giver of life, and light of time, is posited in the watery sign Cancer, disposed of by the Moon in the watery sign Pisces, and the Moon by Jupiter in the watery sign Scorpio; and the whole of their influences are transferred to the fiery planet Mars, in his ascendant. From these circumstances it became obvious to me that the youth was no longer in existence; and that his death happened upon the water, by means of some fatal warlike instrument, and in some desperate engagement with an open enemy.

The querent then asked me if I could give her any satisfactory account how long ago this happened. I took down the degree and minutes of the two principal significators, viz, the Sun and Mars, and subtracted the one from the other, which gave four degrees five minutes for the remainder; and this being converted into times by the rules laid down for moveable signs, in which the above significators were posited, I informed her the accident had befallen her son somewhat more than a month before she heard the news of it. Some time afterwards a ship arrived with an account of the engagement, which happened on the coast of France, and confirmed the whole of this judgment.

Ebinezor Sibly: QUESTION II. On the FATE of a SHIP at SEA (1790)

The Horary Examples of Ebinezor Sibly (1790, 1817)

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This category of horary, a ship at sea, is an extensive one historically, and I believe, it has great modern utility as well. When we understand that the issue of voyage is not limited to over water, then its possibilities expand. Also, I use this as the basis for questions concerning the quality of a used car, or the purchase of any vehicle, because so much of such horaries depends upon either the safety of the vehicle, or its reliability – both of which are addressed in this style of delineation.

Reference: Sibly, Ebinezer. 1817. A New and Complete Illustration of the Celestial Science of Astrology; or the Art of fortelling future Events and Contingencies by the Aspects, Positions and Influences of the Heavenly Bodies. The Proprietor, at #17, Ave-Maria Lane, St. Pauls: London. (12th, or Posthumous Edition).


QUESTION II. On the FATE of a SHIP at SEA
Ebinezor Sibly, pp 329-331

In the year 1781 a gentleman called upon me who had a considerable share in a privateer, which had been completely fitted out and sent to sea a long time before, and the proprietors could not obtain the least information of her. He therefore requested me, if in my power, to give him some probably account of what had befallen her. After convincing myself that the question was radical, and no trick or imposition intended, which is always necessary to be carefully enquired into by the rules already laid down for that purpose, I proceeded to give my judgment on the following figure, rectified to the precise time the question was propounded.

Here the ascendant and the Moon are significators of the ship; and Venus, because the sign Taurus, the house of Venus, is on the ascendant, is significatrix of the crew; and Mercury, with the Part of Fortune, denote her stores and all the other materials on-board her. The ship itself appears well found and substantial, but not a swift sailer, as is demonstrated by an earthy sign possessing the cusp of the ascendant, and the situation of the Dragon’s Head in five degrees of the same sign. The planet Mars is significator of the enemy.

Now the Moon, which represents the ship, being situated in the eighth house, the house of death and disappointment, and at the same time besieged by the two malefic planets Saturn and Mars, denotes her to be overpowered by the enemy. Mars, lord of the seventh, the house of open enemies, being posited with all his dignities therein; and in reception of Jupiter, lord of the enemy’s house of substance; and being also dispositor of the Moon, Mercury and Venus, which represent the ship and crew, obviously declares them to be in the hands of the enemy. The significators being posited in fiery signs, indicates an engagement to have taken place; but the superior strength of the malefic rays of the infortunes declares it to have been of short duration, and of very unequal force. The crew being represented by Venus, who is disposed of by Mars in the twelfth house, the house of imprisonment and affliction, plainly shows them to be imprisoned in the enemy’s country. And as Mercury is retrograde, and situated also in the twelfth house, with the Moon’s fortunate node, it is apparent that the ship and stores will never be restored to the owners, but will be appropriated to the use of the captors, or disposed of for their advantage. The Moon’s position in the eighth house declares the ship to have been taken at considerable distance from home; and Sagittarius possessing the cusp of the eighth, which is a south-west sign, and situated in the south-west part of the heavens, denotes the capture to have been made in a south-west part of the world.

The querent left me with strong hopes of finding this judgment erroneous; and appeared extremely adverse to believe there could be any truth to it, (perhaps because it operated so much against his own interest,) that I would not suffer him to leave the room until he promised upon his honour to let me know the result. Accordingly, in about six months afterwards, I received a short note from him, informing me that the owners had received advice from the captain of the privateer, that he had fallen in with a French frigate of twenty-two guns, which being vastly superior to him, he was obliged, after a short resistance, to strike his colours, and was carried prisoner, with the rest of the crew into France.

Richard Ball: [On the Application of Aspects – Coming to Perfection] (1697)

Text Copyright 2007 J. Lee Lehman

Here, we quote from: Ball, Richard. 1697. An Astrological Compendium, or a Brief Introduction to Astrology. Leg & Star: Cornell. Astute readers will observe that this a after William Lilly: I am quoting it here for the interesting way that he classifies the different components of application. Notice, being a bit late in the Classical period, that some of the typical classical concepts are breaking down. The measure of separation is not whether the aspect is partile, but an arbitrary 6 minutes. Also note the assumption that the moiety is a measure of the “Rays” of the planet.


pp 48-50
Richard Ball

There are three ways in which Planets apply each unto other.

The first is, when a more swifter Planet overtakes a more ponderous one, as Mercury in 12 degrees of Leo, and Saturn in 6 of Scorpio; here Mercury being swifter in motion than Saturn is said to apply unto him by square.

The second is, When 2 Planets be Retrograde, as Venus at 8 degrees of Cancer, and Jupiter in 7 degrees of Virgo; here Venus applies to a sextile of Jupiter, by Retrogradation.

The Third sort of application is, when one Planet is Direct, and another Retrograde, as Venus retrograde in 8 degrees of Leo, and Saturn in 6 degrees of the same sign Direct; here Venus being retrograde applies to the conjunction of Saturn, who is direct: the first of these ways is good, the 2nd is a most malignant application; the 3rd is not good, nor is it so bad a signification. Note also, That the Superiour Planets Saturn, Jupiter and Mars are never said to apply unto any (unless they are retrograde) but the lessor or inferiour (as it is among Men) makes their application unto them.

Separation is when Two Planets are departed from each other 6 Minutes; as the Sun in 10 degrees 10 minutes of Aquarius, and the Moon in 10 degrees 10 minutes of the same sign, this now is a perfect Synod or Conjunction, but when the Moon shall come to be 10 degrees and 16 minutes of Aquarius (which is 6 minutes distant) then she may be said to be separated from the Sun, yet they cannot be said to be totally separated, until they be clear from each others Rays the half of their orbs.

Prohibition; of which there are two sorts, The First is when Two Planets are applying one to the other, but before they can come to a partial Aspect [note: did he mean “partile?”], another Planet swifter in motion, interposeth his Rays, and prohibites or hinders the application; as for Example, Saturn being in 10 degrees of Aries, and Mars in 6 degrees of Gemini, and the Sun in 5 degrees of Gemini, here Mars applies unto Saturn by a sextile, but the Sun being in 5 degrees of Gemini, and swifter in motion than Mars, prohibites Mars, and comes to the sextile of Saturn before him. The second sort of Prohibition is, when one significator is applying unto another by body or aspect, but before he comes to a perfect aspect, becomes retrograde, and so makes no application until one of those Planets are separated out of those Signs they were in, or apply to other Planets: Example, Suppose Mars in 6 degrees of Gemini, and Jupiter in 11 degrees of Aries, here Mars applies to a sextile of Jupiter, but before he comes to his true sextile, falls Retrograde, and so is prohibited, and this sort of Prohibition is termed Refrenation.

Translation of Light and Nature, is when a lighter Planet separates from a more weighty one, and presently joins to another more heavy or ponderous, as Mars in 26 degrees of Leo, Venus in 27 degrees and Jupiter in 29 degrees of the same Sign; here Venus separates from a conjunction of Mars, and applies immediately to a conjunction of Jupiter, and so translates the Light and Vertue of Mars unto him, it is perform’d as well by aspect as Body; after the same manner.

Collection of Light is, when Two Planets are not in aspect one with another, but both cast their Aspects to a more ponderous or weighty Planet than themselves, and they both received him in some of their Essential Dignities.

Ebinezor Sibly: QUESTION 1. On the LENGTH OF LIFE (1790)

The Horary Examples of Ebinezor Sibly (1790, 1817)

Text Copyright 2007 J. Lee Lehman

I have hade several clients who have premised their horaries on similar questions: deciding upon a financial instrument based on either one’s life expectancy, or one’s immediate prospect of getting sick. Notice here with the question of length of life, Sibly proceeded because he didn’t have the nativity: otherwise, we would have preferred natal methods. I have to admit to a bit of ambivalence about the appropriate method in this case. Because the Querent was a military man, there was a significant chance that what could actually end his life would be as a result of warfare. Since my general opinion of the calculation of the length of life is that what is actually being calculated is vitality, it is perfectly likely that those who die in battle are quite vital: they are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Accordingly, I wouldn’t quickly dismiss the horary option even if I had the nativity.

Also, notice in this example how Sibly arrives that the time interval by adding both the ecliptic longitude and the ecliptic latitude difference between the two significators.

Reference: Sibly, Ebinezer. 1817. A New and Complete Illustration of the Celestial Science of Astrology; or the Art of fortelling future Events and Contingencies by the Aspects, Positions and Influences of the Heavenly Bodies. The Proprietor, at #17, Ave-Maria Lane, St. Pauls: London. (12th, or Posthumous Edition).


QUESTION 1. On the LENGTH OF LIFE
Ebinezor Sibly, pp 327-329

A gentleman of eminence and fortune in his majesty’s navy, having an inclination to lay out a sum of money on life-annuities, applied to me with a very pressing solicitation to inform him whether his life would be long or short, that he might thereby determine whether such a purpose would be to his advantage. Not being able to procure his nativity, I took down the time of day when the question was proposed, and having rectified it by a correct regulator, I immediately projected the following scheme.

My first business was to examine the figure, to find whether it were radical, and fit to be ajudged; which I found to be the case, because the lord of the ascendant and the lord of the hour are of one nature and triplicity; and the significator of the querent exactly described this person, which is of a middle stature, sanguine complexion, and of an astute understanding, denoted by Mercury’s position in the sign Aries, the house of Mars. The Moon being in opposition to the Sun, shows him to have a mark or scar near the left eye; which was also true. And therefore, as I found all circumstances to concur in proving the question to be well and seriously grounded, and free from all imposition, I gave him my judgment upon the figure as follows.

The princely sign Leo, the querent’s significator, occupies the ascendant; and the Sun, the lord thereof, and giver of life, is posited near his meridian altitude in the medium coeli, and in the sign Aries, his house of exaltation, strong, powerful, and in full dignity, free from the evil rays of the lord of the sixth, eighth, fourth or second, houses which neither impedite the Sun nor the ascendant with any evil aspect. But the Moon, lady of the twelfth, is in opposition to the Sun, making at the same time a quartile mundane aspect with the ascendant, and a sextile aspect with Saturn in the zodiac; from which positions I inferred the following particulars.

The affliction of the lord of the ascendant, by opposition of the Moon in Libra, the house of Venus, and Venus dispositor of the Moon in her own house, and in the feminine sign of Taurus, going to a semisextile with the Sun, denotes he will receive some considerable injury from a female connection, now existing under the specious pretence of friendship and fond attachment; and this is declared by the Moon being lady of the twelfth, the house of private enemies, which disposes of the part of fortune, and thereby indicates that he will lose some part of his fortune by her means.

The Moon’s mundane quartile aspect to the ascendant, in an airy sign, declares he will be attacked with a severe fit of the wind-cholic, or some dangerous complaint in the bowels and reins; but it will not prove fatal to him, because the Sun, the lord of his ascendant, is more strong and powerful, and in greater dignities, than the afflicting planets; and therefore, according to natural efficient causes, they will prevail over subordinate effects.

From a consideration of those parts of the figure which relate to the circumstances of his past life, I informed him that he had improved his fortune, been successful in some important voyage, because the Dragon’s Head is situated in his ninth house; but that he has lately suffered greatly by a violent hurricane, that threatened destruction or shipwreck; which is denoted by the opposition of Saturn to the Part of Fortune, and the Moon having lately separated from an opposition with Mercury, lord of the third house, where the Dragon’s Tail is posited. This circumstance I had the pleasure of hearing him acknowledge to be true; and that the storm arose only eight days before the ship came into port.

He requested me to ascertain the time when the above illness would happen. I accordingly took the number of degrees between the Sun and Moon, by subtracting the less sum from the greater; and found the distance to be eleven degrees fifty-nine minutes. I then sought the Moon’s latitude, and found it one degree thirty-three minutes south; which, added to the above, make thirteen degrees thirty-two minutes; and, as the significators are in moveable signs, I computed the time by weeks and days, and predicted that this illness would befall him about the 20th of July following; and that, after he should be restored to health again, he would go on, without sustaining any other serious indisposition, until the sixty-ninth year of his age; about which time I conceive the functions of life will be naturally extinguished by a complication of infirmities.

I have lately had the pleasure of conversing with the gentleman on the subject of this question. He informed me, that toward the middle of July 1783, he was attacked by a kind of bilious complaint in his stomach, which brought on violent fits of cholic. That, towards the latter end of the same month, he found an obstruction in his bowels, and his physician declared it next to a miracle that his life was saved. He now appears to be in perfect health, and has sunk a considerable sum of money on life-annuities, which he declares was done in consequence of the verity he found in these predictions.

The Aphorisms of William Lilly , provided by Clive Kavan

1) He who is naturally well affected unto Astrology shall verily pronounce more certain Judgments.

2) Divers Effects of the Stars are drawn forth from the stars, according to the various dispositions of the matter; whereof the Astrologer ought very well to examine the several natures and qualities of the subjects receiving.

3) Sol and Mars are fiery; the heat of Mars is destructive, that of the Sun answers the vivifying heavenly fire.


4) The Superior Planets are most efficacious; the inferiour are weak, and easily do suffer by the Superiours, and receive good or ill from them.

5) Superiour Planets because they most resist, they do not easily receive a detriment or assistance from the Inferiour Planets.

6) The misfortunes proceeding from Saturn or Mars are mitigated, if their places are protected by Jupiter, being well disposed and in good aspect.

7) When a Planet who is a Fortune is in Conjunction with an Infortune, he allays his malice, so that the Infortune shall do no hurt.

8) The Fixed Stars are the most efficacious of all in their operations, for what actions they manifest or occasion are very great.

9) The Fixed Stars do imitate the nature and action of the Erraticals or Planets, whereof they transfer their actions unto them.

10) The Moon hath a certain natural mutability, therefore she easily communicates to us the Influence of the other Stars.

11) The Moon doth then most especially transfer actions unto the inferiour world, and the influence of other Stars, from whom she is separated when she is swift in motion.

12) Three manner of wayes the Planets are varied or changed, by reason of their first qualities, of their Houses, and significations.

13) Saturn governs Contemplation and Memory, Mars boldness and fortitude, if they want not strength, or are ill disposed.

14) Retrograde Planets degenerate from their proper nature, by that means Fortunes are made Infortunes, and the evil Planets far worse.

15) Planets do manifest greater and worser evils when they are stationary, than when they are retrograde.

16) The reception of Planets when they behold one another, if it be strong, doth diminish the malice of an evil aspect, and increase the goodness of a good aspect.

17) A Planet in an Angle doth more effectually produce his effects, but remiss in Cadent Houses.

18) Be not too confident either of a Sextile or Trine Aspect in violent Signs, nor out of those Signs in which the Planets behold one another, yet essentially suffer.

19) Consider what things the Planets perform not by their Aspects, and observe if they do them not by their Antisions, for the Antisions have power, and are not to be enumerated amongst Aspects.

20) It’s rare if any Planet prove a fortune in the eigth or twelth, by reason of the malignancy of those Houses.

21) The qualities of Saturn and Mars are not made better by their Conjunction; being mixed so together, they are confounded, and hurt very much.

22) Planets are notably made unfortunate by these accidents, viz. Combustion, Retrogradation, Peregrination, Detriment and Fall.

23) The swift and various motions of the Planets are to be considered, as also their slowness, because when they vary, the accidents of the Aspects do alter.

24) Saturn seldom applies to any Planet, by reason whereof he signifies great Princes and Monarchs.

25) A Partile Aspect comes to pass within the difference of three degrees; a Platick Aspect happens by a semidiameter of the Orbes of the Planets.

26) The vertue of a Planet is in that House, whose beginning or cusp a Planet precedes by no greater space than five degrees.

27) Understand the simple qualities of the Planets, for from thence thou shalt know all their mixt significations.

28) Those houses which behold not the Ascendant signifie occult or obscure places, and these houses are the 12th. 8th. and 6th.

29) The Application of Planets shews what is to come, the Separation what is past.

The preceding were taken from Merlini Anglici Ephemeris, 1677.

Do not determine or elect any thing, the sign Scorpio being in the ascendant, or when the angles of the figure are oblique, or Mars in any of them, there will happen a false event or success of thy judgment, and especially because Scorpio is a sign of falsity. (Hermes Aph 9)

News or rumours related or reported, the Moon being in the first face of Scorpio, are lies, and purposely framed. (Hermes Aph 11)

The preceding were taken from Merlini Anglici Ephemeris, 1675.

Choice Astrological Aphorisms not hitherto published by any person, wherin is briefly comprehended the whole Mystery of Annual Judgments of Mundane Affairs, now freely communicated to all grateful and industrious Sons of Art, by the Author William Lilly

1) He that would judiciously consider the annual and monthly contingencies or great concernments of the world, it is necessary in the first place, that he understands the natural and accidental signification of every planet both in the Macrocosm and Microcosm.

2) He must also have a certain Epoch or Radix from whence to derive, first his greater judgment, secondly his lesser judgment, when he intends a serious discourse.

3) The Artist must know how to vary the planets significations according to the year wherein he writes, having still a regard to the grand Epoch of superior Conjunctions or Comets preceding.

4) He should (if possible) attain the true time or positive Ascendant of the King or Prince, in whose dominions he shall write, and the Ascendant of that Kingdom or Principality, as also the Ascendants (if they may be so obtained) of most of the great Cities or Towns Corporate therein, and the Nativities of those Officers who are in most Authority, or regulate the present Affairs under their Prince, as also the Nativities of most Christian Kings, or of all Europe, with the Directions each King hath operating every year, etc.

5) Of Epoche’s or Radices the Astrologer ought seriously to consider the first great Conjunction of the superior Planets, Saturn and Jupiter, when they leave one Trigon, and enter another, and curiously observe the main design of that conjunction, and how it agreeth with that present time, or what material change is in any Nation, or what new Dominion, etc.

6) Every succeeding Conjunction, from the first to the last, or unto that time the Astrologer writes, and more especially that Conjunction which last preceded the time of his writing, ought to be warily considered, and also how it differs essentially from the first Conjunction either in unity or discordancy.

7) The several Conjunctions of Saturn and Mars, and Jupiter and Mars succeeding the last Conjunction of the Superiors, and either lately preceding, or presently succeeding the time of the Artists writing, must be carefully observed in judgements; for the great Conjunctions may aptly be compared to a tree, and the lesser Conjunctions to the Branches.

8) The true place, viz. sign and degree in the Zodiack of any New Star, Comet, Stella Crinita, or Miraculous Apparition, ought to be had (if possibly it may be obtained.) If the degree cannot be procured, yet the sign wherein any such Phaenomena appears, must assuredly be known, and as near the degree thereof as may be. For though Philosophy and Philosophers teach us, that Comets have a matter or Ethereal substance, of which they are created, yet those Learned men wanting Angelical conversation are deceived. For how should it come to pass, that a rude Matter from which they say Comets are derived or created, should put the Comet into such and such a form, and cause it to be either Direct or Retrograde, or the Tail thereof to be of one colour in some Comets, and different in others, of such a magnitude, form, or length, and to vary in motion to the several quarters of the heavens, where the effects do ever most certainly succeed either for good or for ill? Therefore the secret Learning of which few of the Ancients had any knowledge is most to be adhered unto, but rarely to be communicated to Mankind; but this is obiter.

9) The Ancients do enjoyn us seriously to consider of present Solar and Lunar Eclipses, and there is something therein to be considered; but in reality I declare, that nothing of that powerful efficacy ever appeared unto me as they have delivered and given caution of, I mean Eclipses operate not with that violence, or so terribly as the Ancients have recorded and left in their writings to posterity, however they are with moderation to be handled; and the truth is, they do rather work generally than particularly.

10) Consideration ought to be had, (in judging of general Accidents of the World) what fixed Stars of the first or second Magnitude are near the place of any greater or lesser Conjunction or Comet, Stella Crinita, or unusual Apparition, and whether their Destination or Latitude be North or South, as also the colour is to be observed, and what little fixed Stars are near them, with the Constellation, or Constellations these Apparitions possess: In these things great circumspection and care ought to be taken.

11) Nor are the Secundian Intelligences, viz. what Angel then governs, to be omitted in consideration, for the judging of future events, as to search when he began his Dominion, and how many years since his Government; for there is very great Mystery in this; Tritemius his mensuration of time in those matters, doth excel all that I have seen, and it doth concur with the Opinion of the most Learned Rabbins; but they were too much superstitious in their application. His Measure or Limitation of time was deduced from certain or assured Revelations, other mens conceits are only conjectural, and have no true affinity with verity or experience. Herein the true understanding of the Assignation of the Planets and Signs to particular Kingdoms and Countries, or Communities of Mankind, will much avail in giving judgment.

12) Now in order it follows, that the Astrologians do also consider the Essential Fortitudes of the Planets, the Superiors aspecially; for all those Planets that are below the Sun, viz. Venus, Mercury, and the Moon, do not occasion any great Mutation of the World, they do sometimes for a while put great Actions forward, and at other times retard them, but always without violence.

13) In consideration of Essential Fortitudes in some matters, the House of a Planet ought to be preferred before the Exaltation. For this is certain, that Matters, Things, Governments erected when the principle Significator is in his House or Mansion, do endure longer, and more firmly, than when the Significator at the time shall be posited in his Exaltation; for then those matters, viz. new erecting a Government, City, Family, etc. do continue but for a short time with much pride and conceited astimation and Fame etc. rather than sober reality.

14) As in taking the Fortitudes of the Planets, great care ought to be had, so their Debilities must be observed with no less care and prudence; wherein I advise you to beware of the Effects or Influence of a Planet when he is in his Detriment, rather than when he is in his Fall. For a Planet in his Detriment is like a person cast out of all his Estate without hopes of Recovery, whereas the Fall shews but a present subjection unto a misfortune with hopes of Recovery; but these things are only introductory.

15) Above all things, let the Artist rather judge by the strength of his reason, guided by Art, upon the Configurations of the Planets, than by ill digested Aphorisms laid down by some Authors, which if not judiciously applied in Judgments, rarely hit the white, or speak truth; and therefore ’twas judiciously written by Ptolomy, A te & Scientia.

16) Be conversant in precedent Histories, and therein observe either the great happinesses or calamities that have befallen any Kingdom, Country, or People, and in what year they manifested themselves; then also observe what Planet in those times was most potent or essentially dignified, or the contrary, what Comet or Blazing-star preceded, and the Sign it appeared in, what greater or minor Conjunction was then in force, also what Eclipses etc. and accordingly frame a judgment, etc.

17) It is observable, that Calamity or Misery never afflicts any people, but Saturn hath a strong hand in it; peace and plenty proceed in a natural way from the influence of Jupiter, Commotions from Saturn, the Moon, and Mars, Wars from Mars and the Sun.

18) The Lunations preceding the Change and Full Moon concurring with the Figure of the Change and Full Moon near the time of any great and notable Transit, or eminent Conjunction or Opposition of the superior Planets, put Designs then on foot into present Action, and with much secrecy, if it have any signification in the Change; but publickly and openly, if those Configurations happen at or near the Full Moon, and the figure thereof correspond as afordsaid.

19) The Signs of the Zodiack are seriously to be observed; for Aries is violent, Libra moderate, Cancer is sudden, Capricorn is slow, Taurus is heavy, Gemini is nimble, Leo is valient, Virgo is barbarous, Scorpio is false, Sagitary manly, Aquarius sober, Pisces cowardly. Of all the Signs in the Zodiack, Cancer is the most impetuous as to Commotions and shedding of Blood without mercy, for in that Sign Hercules and the two Dog-stars are located.

20) Great Actions are usually presignified by the superior Planets Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and the Sun, and petty matters by the three Inferiors Venus, Mercury, and the Moon. Saturn in Aries denotes high matters transacted with fear and care; in Taurus with great labour to no effect; in Gemini with much speech to little purpose, etc. an ingenious Artist will find out the rest.

21) There is in the Art of Astrology (which some ignorant persons are pleased to vilifie) Arcanum quoddam equivalent to Prophesy; but so distributed to man by the Almighty, that he cannot easily communicate his knowledge or conceptions therein to another, and yet it is attainable by prayer and the assistance of the Divine Genius.

22) When and at what time the Divine Genius invites or secretly prompts the Understanding to curious Notions, observe that time (viz. the Ascendant of the Figure of Heaven for that moment) and how the Moon applies; for whatever concerns those Notions must be farther agitated, written, or studied when the Moon is in a Sextile, or rather a Trine Aspect to that sign she was in at that time, and if possible, with that Planet who was then Patron or proper Significator of those conceptions, and this is something near attaining Prophesy, if rightly understood. Above all things serve God: Astrology is attainable by prayer and industry, especially by such a person that hath a natural propensity to the study thereof. These Notions were write without any assistance or inspection of a Book, and will bear or require a Commentary thereupon.

The preceding were taken from Merlini Anglici Ephemeris, 1676.