The Tetrabiblos; or, Quadripartite of Ptolemy, tr., with notes, by J. Wilson

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For everyone who wants to achieve a deeper knowledge and understanding of ancient and medieval philosophy Ptolomaeus' book is very important. The many footnotes give very useful comments. NOTE: Page 181 should be scanned once more, because the library sheet had covered the text.

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Page xxiii - That the different Phases of the Moon have SOME connection with changes in the atmosphere is an opinion so UNIVERSAL and POPULAR, as to be on THAT ACCOUNT ALONE entitled to attention. No observation is more general, and on no occasion perhaps is the almanac so frequently consulted as in forming conjectures upon the state of the weather, the common...
Page 122 - If one of the lights be angular, and either joined to a malefic, or if the latter be at an equal longitudinal distance from each luminary, so as to form an equilateral triangle with them, and no benefic aspecting them at the time, and the rulers of the lights be in malefic places, the child then born will not be reared, but will shortly die.
Page 134 - ... happens to be the prorogator. There is but one rule to be observed by such as would calculate agreeable to nature — viz., to ascertain in what number the equatorial degrees, the succeeding place (whether it be the body or aspect of a planet), will arrive at the preceding place in a geniture ; and, as those equatorial degrees pass the horizon, as well as the meridian, all distances must be calculated according to the various positions of the places in question with respect to those angles, and...
Page 212 - ... and rational part of the soul begins to display its character, and imbibe the seeds of knowledge ; manifesting, as it were, the elements and rudiments of its genius and natural abilities, and their future tendency, and the mind is excited by discipline and instruction, to imbibe the first principles of knowledge. The next age, which is the third, belongs to ? , and lasts eight years, which is her proper period, during which the motion in the seminal vessels commences, and with it all that eagerness,...
Page 219 - ... cause the events, and likewise by the planetary ingresses The luminaries also operate according as they behold the annual or monthly signs ; for if they are agreeably configurated with the operative places in the nativity, and also at the ingresses, they are beneficial ; but if otherwise, they are productive of evil. For when they are in evil configuration to the said places, and contrary in condition, and are found in Q or...
Page 219 - Q or at the time of transit, they will cause evil ; but if they do not Q or , but are otherwise configurated, they will not be so injurious. If the lord of the time, and of the ingress, be the same planet, if it be good, the benefit will be extreme ; if evil, the evil will be excessive. If such planet have dominion also at the birth — and, indeed, wherever all the prorogators, or most of them, operate on one particular place, and to one and the same end ; or even if they be not so constituted,...
Page 216 - But those who govern the angular periods are selected as follows : — Number the years from the period of birth, and take the same number of succeeding signs from the prorogatory place, at the rate of a sign for a year, and the lord of the last sign will be the chronocrator for the last year. In months the same rule is to be observed, viz,, to reckon the number of months from the month of the birth, and take a corresponding number of signs from that which belongs to the chronocrator of the present...
Page 137 - ... following to the preceding place, whether it be oriental, meridional, occidental, or in any other position, which is as follows : — Take the degree on the MC, together with the precedent and following degrees. Consider the position of the preceding degree, and find its horary distance from the MC by dividing its distance from that angle in right ascension by its horary time, diurnal or nocturnal, according as it may be, above or below the earth, diurnal if above, nocturnal if below, for each...
Page 214 - The time of events in each prorogation will be governed by that planet which occupies the prorogatory place itself, or is configurated to it. Or if none be so constituted, the planet which is next in precedence will govern the place in like manner, until the next arrives, which has configuration with the next degrees in succession, and who will govern in the same way until the arrival of the next. Thus every ruling planet governs in succession, and also those to whom the terms belong. Again, in the...
Page 215 - ... same way until the arrival of the next. Thus every ruling planet governs in succession, and also those to whom the terms belong. Again, in the prorogation of the horoscope, the degrees of the distance will be measured by the ascensional times belonging to the climate ; but in prorogation of the MC they are measured by the culminating times, and in all other prorogations by proportional times, depending upon their distance from their respective angles, ascensions, descensions, or culminations,...

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