|Christopher Warnock, Esq.|
|Of the 12 Houses of Heaven|
|Al-Biruni on the 12 Houses|
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TOPAnd indeed all others, who have endeavoured to give the Reasons of these Houses, have produced nothing orderly, nothing of Truth, but mere figments onely: So that if any-where they brought a reason which seemed but to defend one House, the very same really destroyed all the rest. And therefore Alexander ab Angelis, lib 4. cap. 19. after his Muster of all the Arguments brought by Julius Firmicus, concerning these Houses, he justly resells them, in these words: Ridiculus sit quicunque ridiculas bas rationes nostra refutatione egere existimaret.
TOPSeeing therefore the Fixed Stars and Planets do (by reason of their various Motions) oftentimes behold one another with different Aspects into the Coelestial Circles, viz. a Sextile, Square, Trine, and Opposition: The first and wise Astrologers (as well for reasons taken a priori, from the infinite and most universal perfection of the first Trine, as a posteriori, from most evident Effects} do generally affirm, that of all Aspects the Trine is the most perfect, and that therein the perfection of the first Trine, viz. Love, is so strong and lively, it is called by them an Aspect of perfect Friendship. Now forasmuch as this could not be without a similitude of natures, or at least a generical Identity: They rightly concluded the parts of the Aequator, which beheld one another by a partile Trine, to be at least of the same generical nature, and to make up a Triplicity of the same nature.
TOPThe First Triplicity is of the Angle of the East, (which they name the First House, and belongeth to Child-hood) called the Triplicity of Being and Life: the other houses of this Triplicity are the Ninth and Fifth, both which do behold the first house by a Partile Trine Aspect in the Aequator, where is made this rational Division of the Houses.
TOPBut Gain, or the Physicall good arising to man from his Actions, I is threefold.
TOPIn like manner, conjecture is made from the 7. house, whether he shall lead a married or a single life: From the 5. whether he be fruitful, and to have issue, or the contrary: and so of the rest of the other houses. Moreover, this light of the Triplicities doth very clearly distinguish the things which belong to every House per se; and manifests their Errors who judge from the purpose by inconvenient or Repugnant Houses. For example;
TOPBut forasmuch as the first of the Motions of a man, hath a greater Analogy with the Motion of the first moveable; and the second with the Motion of the Planets: Therefore it was thought fit that heaven should be divided according to the Succession of the Signs, or the direct Motion of the Planets (for these also are sometimes Retrograde, and Stationary, even as is the Rational appetite, in its course, whilst it suffers it self to be rapt or perverted by the Sensitive Appetite.)