Many new Aspects there are which we shall here omit,
and here treat only of those Aspects of the Planets and signs which are most usual
and necessary .And they are thus called and thus charactered, Sextile, Quartile, Trine,
and Oppositions: We omit here to speak of Keplers new Aspects, since these are the
most necessary in the practise of this study.
There is also a Conjunction thus
Charactered which is not properly termed an Aspect, since a Planet is then said to
be in Conjunction with another when he is in the self same degree and minute of one
and the same sign the other is in, and therefore cannot properly be said to behold
or Aspect him, but is in conjunction with him: this conjunction is of nature neither
good nor bad, but according to the significators
and their dispositions and places is both, viz. sometimes good, and some times bad.
A Sextile is so called,
for that it is the sixth part of the Zodiack, and is
therefore charactered in this manner with six strokes; it consisteth of 60. deg.
in length; as a Planet in the first degree of Aries, beholdeth another in the first
degree of Gemini with a sextile Aspect.
Also if a Planet be in the first degree of
Aries, he beholdeth another in the fifth degree of Gemini, with a sextile and
this is called a Platick Aspect, admitting of the Orbs of the Planets in Aspect;
as Saturn in the 15. degree of Aries, and Jupiter in the 23. deg. of Gemini;
Jupiter is in a sextile of Saturn by reason he is not fully elongated 9. deg.
which the half orb of Saturn and Jupiter maketh, as Saturns half orb being 4.deg.
and a half, and Jupiters 4.d. and a half, added together make just nine deg. and
here you see them but 8.deg. separated from a Partile aspect, which is when they
are both in one and .the same number of degrees and minutes as abovesaid.
The use thereof is only thus; if
in any scheme or judgement whatsoever you
finde the Significators in a Sextile Platick, you may be confident (if your
light or Planet be applying) your business signified by those Significators
shall be accomplished when they come to the Partil aspect, especially if the
more weighty Planet be retrograde or in reception by house or exaltation with
the more light; if they are separating and without reception, the contrary;
For by how much they are separated
from the Partil aspect, by so much the
more unlikely is the business signified by the significators so separating
to come to a conclusion; but look when they are fully separated by the
mediety of their Orbs, and about that time shall the business by fully
broken of, except one of the Significators be just then Stationary,
and then immediately apply again for then it hangeth in some suspence, and
after awhile beginneth afresh, &c.
But you must note that application by
sextile or trine is good, for they are
Aspects, of love, amity and Friendship; yet the trine is more forcible and better,
for that a Planet in trine with another is out of houses of the one and the same
nature, as fire with fire, earth with earth, water with water, and ayr with ayr.
A sextile is by a fiery with an aery, or earthy
with watry, and therefore
is not altogether so good as a trine, for that these agree not in every point;
for fire is hot and dry, ayr hot and moist, agreeing partly, viz. in heat: so
likewise earth and water; the earth is cold and dry, the water cold and moist,
agreeing in coldness; for which reason a sextile is accounted indifferent good,
and so likewise note that a square and opposition are naught, and of enmity and discord,
quite contrary to the other, yet the opposition is the worse, &c.
A Quartile is so called, for
that it is the fourth part of the Zodiack, and
is charactered four square ; it consisteth of 90 deg. in length, and four
times 90.deg. is 360.deg. you must know a Partil and Platick square by
the same rule you know a sextile,
and so of all the rest, viz. trine and opposition.
But note that a business brought to
pass by the square or opposition of
the significators, causeth much discontent and sadness, so that the business
had better never been done, &c.
A Trine is the third part of the Zodiack;
and is therefore charactered three
square and triangled; consisting of 120.deg. and three times 120.deg. maketh
An Opposition, is that aspect
which divideth the Zodiack in two equal parts,
and is therefore charactered with a line between two round o's intimating
the direct opposition of the Orbs of two Planets; and it consisteth of 180.deg. &c.
There is also an aspect
which the Ancients called Dexter and Sinister; a
Dexter aspect is contrary to the succession of the signs; a Sinister is
according to the succession of the signs; as a Planet in Aries beholding
another in Leo, is a trine aspect Sinister; a Planet in Aries beholding
another in Sagittary is a trine Dexter; the Dexter is not so good as the Sinister.
Here I may also give you some other
reasons why one aspect is better then another
(which I had almost forgot) which is in respect of the Luminaries; for as the Sun
is Fons vitae, the fountain of life; so is the Moon of main power and efficacy
by her forcible influence on inferiour bodies, bringing the light and influence
of all the other Planets to us. I say in respect of them are the aspects termed
good or evil: for Saturns houses behold the houses of the Luminaries with an
opposition, which is the worst of Aspects by reason he is the worst of Planets:
In like manner a trine aspect is the
most fortunate and best, for that
the houses of the best and most temperate Planet Jupiter, beholdeth the
houses of the Luminaries with a Trine aspect, even as Capricorn is opposite
to Cancer, and Aquaries to Leo; so is Pisces in Trine to Cancer, and Sagittary
to Leo: and so is a Quartile the lesser malevolent aspect, for that the houses of
the lesser fortune, viz. Mars, behold the houses of the Luminaries with a Quartile,
viz., Aries is in Quartile to Cancer, and Scorpio to Leo; neither is this aspect so
bad as is an Opposition, for that Scorpio one of his houses is in Trine to Cancer
the house of Luna: Likewise a Sextile being from the houses of the lesser Fortune
Venus, is of less force then a Trine, &c. and so much for the aspects of the
Planets and Signs.