Old English books about palmistry

Just added a couple of English texts on palmistry: Richard Saunders, Palmistry, the secrets thereof disclosed (1663) introduced by a some William Lilly 🙂 and Rothman Keiromantia [sic]: or, The art of divining by the lines and signatures engraven in the hand of man, by the hand of nature, theorically, practically. (1652).

Richard Saunders

George Wharton


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Cardano on fixed stars in De iudiciis geniturarum (1547)

Stars at the border of Sagittarius, the three ones of third magnitude near or over the arrow, have a great influence in producing murderers. If they are well disposed they make heroes, men of war, tribunes, judges, responsible for other people’s death; if ill disposed, they make wardens, subordinates to magistrates,  executioners, thieves. If they are in conjunction with the Sun, in genitures of great men they promise kingdoms, but in humbler genitures, they give lesser dignity.

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Andrea Argoli:On the good and bad health according the solar Return of the year

Andrea Argoli, born in Tagliacozzo in 1570 is very famous for his book about primary directions, the Tables of the primum mobile,  (from which I took the picture )  (( Tabulae primi mobilis. Patavii, typis P. Frambotti, 1644) )).

The following is my translation from Latin from another of Argoli’s main works, Two books about critical days and  decumbiture of  diseases (( De diebus criticis et aegrorum decubitu libri duo: ab auctore denuo recogniti ac altera parte auctiores paeneq[ue] noui.  Patauii : apud Paulum Frambottum , 1651-1652. ))   revised and revisited by Lucia Bellizia of Apotelesma– traditional astrologer and University degree in  Classical languages and Literature (on the contrary the gentle author of this blog seems very allergic to Latin, she should study more, the lazy girl !!)

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Stade on Fixed stars

Fixed stars have a prominent part in traditional astrology: Ptolemy in the first book of  Tetrabiblos lists them without giving any meaning, but we have several alternative sources for them, Manilius and Firmicus in the Latin world,  Anonymous of 379 and two chapters from Liber Hermetis  in the late Antiquity, and in the Middle Age and Renaissance was well known Albumasar’s chapter about paranatellonta .

The following translation – the first the gentle authors have knowledge  –  comes from Jean Stade’s Fixis Stellis Commentarius (1560),  chapters 8, 9 and 10  about fixed stars’ meaning about wealth, dignity, health, qualities of soul and violent death in a birth chart.

Lucia Bellizia, University Classics degree, of Apotelesma largely revised my Latin translation of chapters 9 and 10,   translated Greek words which Stade spread in the whole text, and added the translation of the chapter 8. Her Italian version could be found in her site here.

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Marsilio ficino and the star of the magi: “De Stella magorum”

This is one of the most famous sermons and astrological texts written by Marsilio Ficino for Christmas  1482.

Marsilio explains the birthchart of Jesus and the role of Magi: he dismisses the theory of Great Conjunction but he can’t renounce to one of the most known texts of Middle Ages, few lines from Albumasar’s Great Introduction.

Albumasar writes ( from John of Seville)

In its first facie arises a Girl called Darostal by Teucer,[1] and she is a pure  and beautiful virgin, long haired and beautiful in her face, she has two Spikes  in her hand. She is seated upon some  cushions, and  she is feeding a child giving him some soup in a place called Atrium. And people call this child IHESUM,  that in Arab is EICE. Also rising with her a man sitting upon a throne.[2] And arises  with her the Virgo star [3] which is  at the back of the second snake,[4] and  the head of Corvus and the head of the Lion.[5]

But a new world was coming and soon Pico della Mirandola would start his fight against Arab silly astrological theories.





On the Magi’s star, which lead them to the Christ, King of Israel, when he was born

Marsilio Ficino, De Stella Magorum, Praedicationes (1482)

Grant us your favour, My Lord,  show us  this day your star, the one once you showed to the Magi. The star that led the Magi to Christ, may lead us to Christ’s mysteries.

A star shall come out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel. With these words Balaam, in the book of Numbers,[6] foretells the coming of the Messiah. One day a star will rise  in an extraordinary way  in Judea.  Balaam lived in the Eastern area, where Magi lived too, and among them there were some priests very skilled in astronomy, ruling people. Thus, they, attentive students of sky signs, had noticed the event that, according Balaam, would be showed by the prodigy of the star.

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