In consideration of the property of the earth, have respect to the 4th house and Signe of the 4th, for if Aries, Leo or Sagittarius be on the cusp of the house, it's hilly, mountainous, dry and hard piece of ground, or a great part of it is so; if either Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn be on the cusp of the 4th, the ground is plaine, champion, and excellent Pastorage, or good for Grazing or Tillage. If Gemini, Libra or Aquarius, it's neither very hilly or very plaine (flat), but there is grounds of both types, and in nature part of it is good, and part not so: if Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces, then there is no doubt but there is some pretty River, Rivolet, or good store of Water.
You must for the perfect knowledge of the quality and nature of the soyle, observe this generall rule, That if an Infortune be in the Signe of the 4th, Retrograde, or in his Fall or Detriment, the land shall partake highly in the infelicity that Planet signifies; as if Scorpio be the cusp of the 4th, and Saturn is place therein, and is either Retrograde or afflicted by some other Misfortune, you may confidently averre, the ground is troubled with too much Water, or it's Boggy and unwholesome, full of long rushy Grasse, &c.
And if the Land lye neer the Sea, you may feare the excursion of the Sea, or a decay in the Sea-banks, or it is subject to be overflowne with the River or Water, &c. if Saturn afflict a fiery
Signe in the 4th, the Land is barren, stony nungry, mountainous, yeelds no profit without infinite labour, wants water, for it's naturally barren, produces little Grasse: If Saturn afflict the sign of Gemini, by his presence there, or any of the humane Signes, viz. Libra or Aquarius, by his retrogradation, that Signe being the cusp of the 4th, there's yet defect in the goodnesse of the Land, and ill Husbands have formerly managed it unthriftily:
If he be unfortunate in an earthly Signe, upon the Signe of the 4th, the Land is good, but the present Occupiers give it not its due Tillage, or are not in the right way in their managing it, they are idle, lazy, slothfull, penurious, and unwilling to bestow cost upon it; besides, it's an heavy clay ground, and the Farmers understand not the nature of the Soyl, &c.
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