Essential Fortitudes And Debilities

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As to Nature, Sign, and Aspect.

" Anothir doeneae is of the Sunne, anothir dereneoe of the Moone, and ano-thfar dercnesae of the Stems, and a Sterre dijkrith from a Sterre in derenew."

IN order to understand the following table, it must be observed, that the ancients attributed certain signs of the zodiac, as houses, to each of the seven planets, which is shown in the second column of the table, where $ is placed, denoting his house to be in the sign r • The next column contains the degree of their exaltation, which for the © is found to be in 1Q T. Next to this are shown the Triplidties, over which is marked "D. N." denoting that r is the Triplicity of q by day, and 1/ by night. Adjoining this are the signs wherein the planets were said to have their terms, and next to that their celestial phases. These constituted the whole of the essential dignities or fortitudes, according to the ancient system; in which the Orientals and Europeans agree together, except that the Persian Astrologers term the Houses of the Planets " Towers;"-a reference to which seems to have been also made in the sacred scriptures, where we read (in that beautiful poetic imagery for which those writings are so unparalleled) of " a strong tower," a " tower of might/' &c. Thus also Shakspeare, the poet of nature," the king's name is a tower of strength," and frequent allusions are made thereto by the oriental writers in all ages; which the attentive reader will readily observe. But as the recent discovery of Herschel, the stupendous planet has thrown new lights upon the science of the stars, it could never have been expected that the ancients should have been perfect in every part of their system; and therefore a blind obedience a h co ar 3. *

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