By Julius Firmicus Maternus
The translator, Jean Rhys Bram, writes, "Magic, philosophy, technological know-how and theology mix in unusual methods within the deliberating the final centuries of the Roman empire..... Firmicus appeared worthwhile of notice for lots of purposes. he's virtually by myself as writer of works produced either ahead of and after an obvious conversion to Christianity.... He left a long instruction manual detailing the astrological practices of his day, the single paintings which has come all the way down to us in its entirety [90% entire: Holden] out of various astrological treatises written within the Hellenistic and Roman periods..... This handbook used to be very important since it used to be the channel for astrological lore to the center a while and Renaissance." (from the Preface) one of many most interesting of all old astrological texts, this is often additionally one of many best-translated.
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The feminine: Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces. II 'rHE SIGNS OF THE PLANETS23 1. Of these twelve signs the Sun and Moon have been assigned one sign each; but the others, the five planets-that is, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, and Mercury-have two each, in which they alone have their power and their appointed home. 2. The Egyptians do not name these planets as the Greeks or as we do, for the one we call Saturn the Egyptians call Faeno;24 the one ~e call Jupiter they call Faetho; Mars to us is Pyrois to them; the one called Venus by us if Fosforos to them; the one we call Mercury they call Stilbo.
The dangerous and malevo lent powers of the unfavorable planets must persist with increased hostility, so that the compound of the body can be dissolved. XIV THE EIGHT HOUSES36 1. Now we must give our attention to the cardinal points and houses; for when we have carefully searched them out we discover how each facet of a man's life is determined. But, meanwhile, a general view. A little later, when we come to the books about forecasting by the stars, we shall show in detail the way in which the individual houses may be exactly located.
VIII [THE BELIEF THAT FATE CONTROLS DEATH ONLY] 1. All these events are caused by the movements of the planets and by these various patterns Fortune destroys us. Therefore, with these exam ples, let us prove the law of Fatal Necessity, not with the flow of words but with provable facts and correct judgment. 2. But there are some who agree with us to a certain extent and admit that Fate and Fortune have a certain power, which they callhimarmene. 14 But they attribute to it a different character which contradicts the law of the necessity of Fate.