EXPLANATION of the TWELVE HOUSES of HEAVEN, with DIRECTIONS for ensiling the HOROSCOPE.
TJAVING fliewn what the eflential qualities are, which the planets and heavenly matter derive from an inherent principle of nature; it follows that I fhould explain the accidental qualities they receive by their different pofitkms in the twelve houfes of heaven; for as the heavens are perpetually in motion, either afcending or descending j and fincc it is beyond the reach of human penetration to define what rtar or planet ihall afccnd at the nativity of children yet unborn, fo, in reference to human ideas, it is purely accidental what digniries the planets ihall acquire, or what houfes they Ihall be pofited in, at the time of birth.
That the reader may form a competent idea of what is meant by the twelve houfes of heaven, Jet us iappofe the whole celeftial globe, or fpherc of heaven, divided into four equal parts, by the horizon and meridional line, and each of thefe mto four quadrants, and each quadrant into three equal parts, by lines drawn from points of fedlions in different parts of the horizon and meridian, equi-dillant from each other. By this operation, the whole globe or l'pherc will be apportioned into twelve equal parts, which conftitutc what we call, the twelve houfes of heaven. And thefe houfes, as obfervation and experience abundantly fhew, make up that great wheel of nature, whereon depends the various fortunes contingent to all fublunary matters and things.
In this divifion of the heavens, the ririt quadrant is defcribcd by a parallel line, drawn from the point of the eail angle, to the fouth, or mid-heaven ; and contains the twelfth, elevenfh, and, tenth, houfes, called the oriental, vernal, rn.tfcuhne, fanguine, infant, quarter. • The fecond quadrant is defcribcd by a fmilar line running from the exterior point of the mil-heaven to the point of the weflern angle, and contains the ninth, eighth, and leventh, houfes, called the meridian, eitival, feminine, youthful, choleric, quarter. The third quadrant is formed by a parallel line, running from the extreme point of the eighth hoiifc to the north angle; and contains the flxth, fifth, and fourth, houfes, called the occidental, autumnal, mafculine, melancholic, manly, cold and dry, quarter. The fourth quadrant is deferibed by a line drawn from the extreme point of the north angle, to the extremity of the line which defcribcs the firft quadrant, both meeting in the eail angle of the heavens, and certains the third, fecond, and firit, houfes, called the northern, winterly, fenlinine, phlegmatic, quarter, the feat of old nge, decrepidnefs, and decay. The lines thus drawn uefcribe the following figure, or horo-fcope, into which the figns and planets are leverally introduced, and reNo. 8. M m prcfentcd prefented as in their true places ;n the heavens, before any queihon can be folved or nativity calculated. The fpace in the centrev were the figure drawn circular, m -j[ht reprefent the vacuum in which the earth moves; but it is generally u'ed to write down the day, year, and hour of tho day, when the figure was erected, with the purnole of it, whether for a nativity, cr queition re folved,
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