By Julius Firmicus Maternus

The translator, Jean Rhys Bram, writes, "Magic, philosophy, technology and theology mix in unusual methods within the considering the final centuries of the Roman empire..... Firmicus appeared useful of notice for lots of purposes. he's virtually on my own as writer of works produced either ahead of and after an obvious conversion to Christianity.... He left a long guide detailing the astrological practices of his day, the one 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 was once very important since it used to be the channel for astrological lore to the center a long time and Renaissance." (from the Preface) one of many best of all old astrological texts, this is often additionally one of many best-translated.

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Therefore it is called the Gate of Hell, because it is not in any way aspected to the ascendant. 4. The third house, which is the third sign from the ascendant, begins at the 60th degree from the ascendant and stops at the 90th. From this house we will predict everything that concerns brothers and friends. Dea is the name of this house; but it is also the house of travelers. This is the first of the houses to be joined to the ascendant by a weak aspect. It can be seen to look back at the ascendant in sextile aspect.

Jupiter has as his signs Sagittarius and Pisces, and of these one is masculine, namely Sagittarius, but Pisces is feminine. Mars has as his signs Aries and Scorpio, of which Aries is masculine and Scorpio feminine. The signs of Venus are Taurus and Libra, of which Libra is masculine and Taurus is feminine. Mercury has as his signs Gemini and Virgo, of which Gemini is masculine but Virgo is feminine. = III EXALTATIONS AND FALLS OF THE PLANETS25 1. We must know about exaltation and debility-that is, what is meant by the exaltation of each individual planet, in which it is raised up to a J; ~ ~: : :!

The square aspect is the fourth sign from the sign in which we begin, as is shown by this example: the sign of Cancer is the square of Aries, and Libra of Cancer, and Capricorn of Libra, and Aries of Capricorn. 6. But which is the right and which the left square you will find in a similar way to that which we described for the trine. For whatever is in back, that is a right square; the left square of Aries is Cancer, the right is Capricorn, just as in all other squares; what is in back is right and what is ahead is left.

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