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ASTROLOGY FULLY VINDICATED AND
DEFENDED FROM ALL
CHAP I: Proving Astrology to be one of the Liberal Sciences.
CHAP II: That Astrology and Astronomy are one and the same Science, and that they were
ever so received by the Ancients.
CHAP III: Containing the Excellency and Nobility of the Science of Astrology, as also its
Antiquity, and the admirable power and virtue of the Heavens.
CHAP IV: That the Heavens and Stars have influence on inferior and Elementary things,
Proved by Scripture or the word of God; And acknowledged by Philosophers, and the
learned in former ages.
CHAP V: Showing that observation may be made of the Stars motions, in answer to those
that hold it impossible for any man in his days to observe the particular configurations of
every Planet, with the fixed Stars, and with one another; as also that thereby we may
discern their influence if we have any capacity.
CHAP VI: That the variation of the Heavens from their places wherein they wherein
Ptolemy’s time, or at the first Creation, causes no erring in Astrological Judgements.
CHAP VII: Showing the powerful influence of the Stars and Planets, and how far we are to
have regard to the fixed Stars.
CHAP VIII: Showing the Influence of the Heavens on Inferior and Elementary Bodies. 79
CHAP IX: Showing that the Influences of the Heavens and redominancy of the stars in
every Climate, is the cause of the several Laws and Customs of the People therein.
CHAP X: Containing the resolution of the main Objections against this divine Science. 85
CHAP XI: Containing an Introduction to the Vindication of my Lux Veritatis, from the
aspersions of Doctor Homes and his second, with the first Reason why I account neither of
them worth our of my notice.
CHAP XIII: Containing the fourth Reason, and Vindication from some of their abuses, and
CHAP XV: Showing that the Text in Psal. 19.v.3. alleged by the Author to prove the stars
have influence, is no wise refelled.
CHAP XVI: Proving their Reply to Job 38.31. showing the stars to have influence, to be
frivolous and of no effect.
CHAP XVII: Proving their Reply to Judges 5.20. weak, and nowise available to their intent
CHAP XVIII: That the stars are proved both signs and causes by the word of God; and the
Art lawful, notwithstanding all their malice.
CHAP XIX: Proving Astrology to be warranted by Councils, in spite of their Rabble.
CHAP XX: Containing the power and subject of Astrology, and how far the Author
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE JUDGEMENT OF
THE STARS WHEREIN THE WHOLE ART OF
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE AND Truly Noble both for Learning and Parts, William
To the Reader.
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE JUDGEMENT OF THE STARS.
CHAP I: Of the Names, and Number of the Planets, with their several Characters, and of
the significations and nature of Saturn
CHAP II: Of the Significations and Nature of Jupiter
CHAP III: Of the Nature and Significations of MARS.
CHAP IV: Of the Nature and Significations of the SUN.
CHAP V: Of the Nature and Significations of VENUS.
CHAP VI: Of the Nature and Significations of MERCURY.
CHAP VII: Of the Nature and Significations of the Moon.
CHAP VIII: Of the Essential Dignities of the Planets.
CHAP IX : Showing the Use of these former dignities, & c.
CHAP X: Of the Houses of the Planets, and wherefore they were so distributed.
CHAP XI: Of the Exaltations and Fall of the Planets, and wherefore they were so
CHAP XII: Of the Triplicities of the Planets, and the Reasons why they were so appointed.
CHAP. XIII: Of the Terms of the Planets, wherefore so called, and so assigned to every of
the five Planets.
CHAP XIV: Showing the use which is to be made of the Terms.
CHAP XV: Demonstrating the Use, Nature and Reasons of the Faces of the Planets.
CHAP XVI: Of the Joys of the Planets.
CHAP XVII : Of the Head and Tail of the Dragon.
CHAP XVIII: Of the Antiscions and Contrantiscions of the Planets.
CHAP XIX: Showing the Reasons of the names of the seven Planets and their Characters.
CHAP XX: Of the number of the Heavens and Spheres, their places, order and motions. 175
CHAP XXI: Of the Circles of Heaven, the Zodiac, and the divisions thereof.
CHAP XXII: Of the twelve Celestial Signs, and their manifold divisions.
CHAP XXIII: Showing the use which is to be made of the former Chapter.
CHAP XXIV: Demonstrating the Reasons of the names of the twelve signs; and why there
are just twelve, and neither more nor less.
CHAP XXV: Showing the Reasons why the signs are reckoned from Aries, and not from
any other sign; as also why they are not placed according to the order of the four Elements.
CHAP XXVI: Of the Nature, Signification and Equality of the Signs; and first of Aries.186
CHAP XXVII: Of the Aspects of the Planets and Signs, their Names, Characters and
Natures, and wherefore they were so named and charactered
CHAP XXVIII: Of the fixed Stars in the Zodiac; wherefore they are called fixed, their
number, particular names, natures, magnitudes, latitudes and longitudes; and first of those
in Aries, as they are delivered by the most learned in this Art.
The Names of the Stars
CHAP XXIX: Of the Fixed-stars in Taurus, their number, names, nature, magnitude,
latitude, and longitude.
CHAP XXX: Of the Fixed-Stars in Gemini, their Number, Names, Nature, Magnitude,
Latitude and Longitude.
CHAP XXXI: Of the fixed Stars in Cancer, their Number, Names, Nature, Magnitude,
Latitude and Longitude
CHAP XXXII: Of the fixed Stars in Leo, their Number, Names, Nature, Magnitude,
Latitude and Longitude.
CHAP XXXIII: Of the fixed Stars in Virgo, their Number, Names, Nature, Magnitude,
Latitude and Longitude.
CHAP XXXIV: Of the fixed Stars in Libra, their Names, Number, Nature, Magnitude,
Longitude and Latitude.
CHAP XXXV: Of the fixed Stars in Scorpio, their Number, Names, Natures, Magnitude,
Latitude and Longitude.
CHAP XXXVI: Of the fixed Stars in Sagittarius, their Number, Names, Nature,
Magnitude, Latitude and Longitude.
CHAP XXVII: Of the fixed Stars in Capricorn, their Number, Names, Nature, Magnitude,
Latitude and Longitude.
CHAP XXXVII: Of the fixed Stars in Aquarius, their Number, Names, Nature, Magnitude,
Latitude and Longitude.
CHAP XXXIX: Of the Fixed stars in Pisces, their nature, number, names, magnitude,
latitude and longitude.
CHAP XL: Showing the use of all the former Tables
CHAP XII: Of the significations of the 12 Houses of Heaven, and wherefore they have such
CHAP XLII : Of the division of the Houses into twelve equal parts.
CHAP XMII: Containing some Terms of Art very necessary to be known: as also
Instructions how to erect a Figure of Heaven.
AN INTRODUCTION TO ELECTIONS
SECTION. I. Comprehending an Introduction to Elections, or necessary Instructions for
electing any manner of work, by the secret operations of the Heavens, by the nature of the
Signs, Planets, and Aspects of the Moon, &c.
CHAP I: Containing some necessary Instructions to the judging of Elections.
CHAP II: Of the signs, and their significations in Elections, and of the hindrances of the
Moon, being a farther instruction to the judging of Elections.
CHAP Ill: Showing Elections by the Aspects of the Moon to the other six Planets, and by
SECTION. II. Containing Rules for Electing such matters as appertain to the signification
of the first House of Heaven.
CHAP I: Containing necessary Rules for putting Children to Nurse, to School; or to a
Trade, and of Weaning of Children.
CHAP II: Containing the Rules of Elections in the cutting of Hair.
CHAP III: Of cutting the Nails of the hands or feet, as also Corns.
SECTION III. Of Rules for Electing matters appertaining to the second House.
CHAP I: Of receiving and borrowing Money.
CHAP II: Containing other Rules concerning borrowing and lending of money.
CHAP III: Of buying to profit again by the sale thereof.
CHAP IV: Of selling to advantage.
CHAP V: Further concerning Buying and Selling in the ordinary course of the World 262
CHAP VI: Of buying clothing, or putting on of Apparel.
CHAP VII: Of flitting, or removing from one place to another.
CHAP VIII: Containing Rules of Electing any Work in the Art of Distillation, or
SECTION IV. Comprehending Rules, in Electing such matters as appertain to the
signification of the third House.
CHAP I: Of short Journeys, and their Elections.
CHAP II: Of making of Friendship between Brethren, or any two at variance.
CHAP III: Of applying the mind or study to Divine matters or contemplations.
SECTION V. Containing Rules of Elections, appertaining to the fourth House.
CHAP I: Of building Houses.
CHAP II: Of Building of Castles and Cities.
CHAP III: Of Building of Churches.
CHAP IV: Of Building or Erecting of Mills.
CHAP V: Of pulling down or destroying of Houses, or any Fabric whatsoever.
CHAP VI: Containing rules of Elections in buying of Land, Houses or Heritages.
CHAP VII: Of Buying of Land, or ground for Husbandry, and not to build on.
CHAP. VIII: Of bringing of Water to a house, either by Conduit, Pipe or Pump; and of
digging of Wells.
CHAP IX: Of Tillage, or Manuring of the Ground
CHAP X: Of Renting or Hiring, and Letting of Houses, Land or Fruit, or any other thing
to be Let or Hired
CHAP XI: of Planting of Trees or Grassing.
CHAP XII : Of Sowing of Seeds in the ground
CHAP XIII : Of riding Houses or places from evil Spirits.
SECTION VI : Containing Rules for Electing a time for any Work, or thing appertaining to
the fifth House.
CHAP I : Showing a fit time for getting of Boys or Girls.
CHAP II : Of Delivering a dead Child.
CHAP III : Of Christening or Circumcising of Children.
CHAP IV : Of giving and receiving of Gifts or Presents.
CHAP V : Containing Rules for electing a time for putting on of Apparel.
CHAP VI : Of Feasting or eating of meat.
CHAP VII : Of Drinking of Wine and other Drinks.
CHAP VIII : Of writing of Letters, or anything else of Ingenuity.
CHAP IX : Of making Odoriferous smells and unguents.
CHAP X : Of sending Ambassadors or Messengers.
SECTION VII : Of Elections appertaining to the sixth House.
CHAP I : Of the true Knowledge of the Crisis or Critical and Judicial Days, very useful
for those that study Physic.
CHAP II : Of Applying Medicines generally to all the parts of the body of Man.
CHAP III : Of the Administration of Remedies to the Diseases of the Head
CHAP IV : Of Applying remedies to the eyes, and preparatives in general.
CHAP V : Of Applying remedies to the Nose.
CHAP VI : Of injecting of Clisters, &c. and Stopping of Rheums or Fluxes.
CHAP VII : Of the administration of gargarisms, or sneezings, and such like.
CHAP VIII : Of giving of Vomits.
CHAP IX : Of administering Purges and Physic laxative.
CHAP X : Of Bathing, and Electing a time therefore.
CHAP XI : Of Electing a time for using Surgery.
CHAP XII : Of Electing a time for Phlebotomy or Blood-letting, of applying also
CHAP. XIII: Of the Physicians going to the Patient.
CHAP XIV : Of Hiring of Servants.
CHAP XV : Of buying of Birds, and letting them fly to return again.
CHAP XVI : Of buying four footed beasts.
CHAP XVII : Of bringing up Dogs, or Taming of small Cattle
SECTION VIII : Containing Elections appertaining to the seventh House.
CHAP I : Of Elections appertaining to the signification of the seventh house, and
CHAP II : Of Venereal sports.
CHAP III : Of Partnership, or Agreements, or things between two.
CHAP IV : Of going to War, or beginning of Differences and Duels, Quarrels,
Law-Suits, Controversies, and the like.
CHAP V : Of making of Peace, suppressing or encountering of Rebels, and storming of
Castles and Town.
CHAP VI : Of buying of Arms, and preparing of Instruments of War, and Ships or
CHAP. VII: Of seeking of Fugitives, and examining of Thieves and Malefactors.
CHAP VIII : To know the Subject and scope of the Whisperings or Clandestine Practices
of any two, and of playing at Chess (or any other sitting Game) to win.
CHAP IX : Of Hunting, Fowling and Fishing.
SECTION IX : Containing Elections appertaining to the signification of the eighth House.
CHAP I : Of making of Wills.
CHAP II : Of the Heritages of the Dead.
SECTION X : Containing the Elections of the ninth House of Heaven.
CHAP I : Of the returning of such as are absent, and of going of journeys, and entering
CHAP II : Of building of Ships and tallies, and of launching them, and of voyaging by
CHAP III : Of learning of Sciences, and of Singing and Music.
SECTION XI : Containing Elections appertaining to the signification of the tenth House.
CHAP I : Of electing of Kings and Nobles, and of their installing and beginning their
Rule or Government.
CHAP II : Of obtaining favour of Kings and great men, Justice on Enemies, and Pardons;
also of going of Progress with the King, or any other Grandee.
CHAP III : Of learning any Art or Occupation.
SECTION XII : Containing such Elections as are under the signification of the eleventh
House of Heaven.
CHAP I : Of accomplishing anything hoped for, and of gaining a good repute, and the
love of friends
CHAP II : Of obtaining of Promises and Requests.
SECTION XIII : Comprehending the Elections of the Twelfth House.
CHAP I : Of Freeing of Prisoners and Captives.
CHAP II : Of Buying and Riding of Horses.
To the Studious Reader.
SECTION I : Containing the Ground-work of Revolutions, considerations before
Judgement, and the true Significators of such things as are necessary to be judged of in this
manner of Work
CHAP I: Showing the Ground work on which Astrological Judgements for the judging
of Revolutions are to be built, and how many Schemes or Figures of Heaven ought to be
erected for this Work.
CHAP II : Containing some necessary considerations before Judgement.
CHAP III : Showing which are the Significators of the King, People, their Enemies and
Assistants, in any Revolution of the years of the World.
CHAP IV : Of the Significators of Rich and Noblemen, the Kings Standard or
Armour-Bearer; also Clergy-men, and of Students, Merchants, Lawyers, and Women in
general: also Fryers and Monks; and these according to the significations of the Planets.
SECTION II : Showing the state and condition of the King or Rulers, and their continuation
and durability in any Revolution; as also the condition of the People from the position and
fortitudes of their significators. Also how to know the Lord of the year in any Revolution of
the years of the World, and the significations thereof in the twelve Houses, Signs and
Aspects of the Planets; also of the significations of the Head and Tail of the Dragon in any
of the twelve Houses.
CHAP I : Of the state or condition of the King or chief Rulers and People in any Annual
CHAP II : Teaching how to judge of the permanency or durability of Kings, or such as
are in Authority by any Revolution.
CHAP III : Showing the state and condition of the Common People in any Region, by
CHAP IV : How to know that Planet which is Lord of the Year in any Annual
Revolution of the Years of the World.
CHAP V : Of the Significations of the seven Celestial Planets, when any of them is Lord
of the Year, whether Fortunated or Impedited, and of the Aspects o f the other Planets
CHAP VI : Containing the true Significations of the Planet Saturn as he is in any Annual
Revolution accidentally placed in any of the Twelve Houses of Heaven, whether he be
Lord of the Year or no.
CHAP VII : Of the Signification of Jupiter as he is accidentally placed in any of the
Twelve Houses of Heaven in any Annual Revolution, whether he be Lord of the Year or
CHAP VIII : Containing the Significations of Mars in the Twelve Houses of Heaven in
any annual Revolution, whether he be Lord of the Year or no.
CHAP IX : Showing the Significations of the Sun in the Twelve Houses of Heaven in
any Annual Revolution, whether he be Lord of the Year or no.
CHAP X : Showing the Signification of Venus in the Twelve Houses of Heaven in any
Annual Revolution, whether she be Lady of the Year or no.
CHAP XI : Of the Significations of Mercury in the Twelve Houses of Heaven in any
Annual Revolution, whether he be Lord of the Year or no.
CHAP XII : Of the significations of the Moon in the Twelve Houses of Heaven in any
Annual Revolution, whether She be Lady of the Year or no.
CHAP XIII : Containing the significations of the Head and Tail of the Dragon in the
Twelve Houses of Heaven in any Annual Revolution of the Years of the World.
CHAP XIV : Showing the Significations of the Planets in any of the Triplicities, when
any of them is Lord of the Year in any Annual Revolution of the years of the World. 394
CHAP XV : Demonstrating the Significations of Saturn when he is Lord of the Year in
any of the twelve Signs.
CHAP. XVI. Showing the Significations of Jupiter, when he is Lord of the year in any of
the Twelve Signs.
CHAP XVII : Showing the Significations of Mars, when he is Lord of the year in any of
the twelve Signs.
CHAP XVIII : Containing the Accidents signified by the Sun when he is Lord of the year
in any of the twelve Signs.
CHAP XIX : Of the things signified by Venus when she is Lady of the year in any of the
CHAP XX : Of the Significations of Mercury when he is Lord of the Year in any of the
CHAP XXI : Containing the Significations of the Moon, when she is Lady of the Year in
any of the twelve Signs.
CHAP XXII : Showing what is signified by the Head and Tail of the Dragon, as they are
placed in any of the Twelve Signs in any Revolution.
SECTION III : Containing some other necessary Instructions for the judging of Events
portended by any Revolution of the Years of the World; Also showing how to judge of
such Years as signify fertility, sterility, wars, peace, health or sickness, alteration of and
in the air, and of all other things foreknown by the position of the Heavens at the Ingress
of the Sun into the first point of Aries
CHAP I : Showing the Significations of the Planets in their Exaltations, and also in
Conjunction, Square or Opposition of Saturn or Mars at that time in any Revolution. 423
CHAP II : Of the Significations of the Planets, and Dragons Head and Tail, as also
Blazing-Stars, when they are (in any Revolution) exalted one above another.
CHAP III : Containing Considerations from the Sun and Moon when the Revolution is
either Diurnal or Nocturnal, also when the Revolution happens at Sun-setting and break
of day; from the Lord of the hour, Part of Fortune, the indisposition of Saturn and Mars,
from their Conjunction with the Dragons Head and Tail in any Annual Revolution. 430
CHAP IV : Teaching how to judge of the evil of any year, the nature thereof, and when
the year is most likely to be both turbulent, obnoxious, and unfortunate, also what is
portended in any Revolution when one Planet transfers his light and nature to another.
CHAP V : Showing how to judge of health or sickness in any year.
CHAP VI : Of Wars or Peace.
CHAP VII : Of Fertility and Sterility.
CHAP. VIII. Teaching how to know the price of any thing in any Year.
CHAP IX : Containing some Instructions touching the alteration of the Air and change of
weather in any Year.
CHAP. X. Showing how to judge of the weather by the Aspects of the Moon to the other
Planets, and by the several Aspects of the Planets amongst themselves.
CHAP XI : Demonstrating the alteration of the Air by the Combustion, Orientality and
Occidentality of the Planets in every of the 12 Signs.
CHAP XII : Containing further Instructions touching the alteration of the Air, from the
application of the Moon to the other Planets, having separated from the Conjunction or
Opposition of the Sun.
CHAP XIII : Teaching by other Rules how to judge of the alteration of the Air, and to
know when Rain is to be expected.
CHAP XIV : Showing Haly his judgement on Weather and the alteration of the Air. 463
CHAP. XV. Showing how to judge of Weather from common Observation of the rising
and setting of the Sun, colour of the Moon, appearance of the Rain-bow, Comets,
Clouds, Brightness of the fixed Stars, also by the prime day, and from the time of the day
wherein Thunder happens.
CHAP XVI : Demonstrating the Natural cause of many Suns, of the Rainbow, Rain,
Hail, Frost, Snow, Dew, Wind, Earthquakes, Comets, Thunders, Lightnings and the
cause of the Sun and the Moons Eclipse.
CHAP XVII : Of the Signification of the most notable fixed Stars both fortunate and
unfortunate in any of the twelve Houses in Revolutions of the Years of the World
SECTION IV : Teaching how to judge of the Natural Mutations and Accidents of this
Elementary World by the appearance of Eclipses, Comets, great Conjunctions and Blazing
CHAP I : Containing Ptolemy’s method in judging Eclipses, and how to know the
Regions to which the Effects belong.
CHAP II : Showing the time when the Effects of any Eclipse shall' begin and how long
CHAP III : Of the kinds of the Events of any Eclipse.
CHAP IV : Of the quality of the Events of any Eclipse, whether Good or Evil.
CHAP V : Of the Sun and Moon Eclipsed in any Decanate or Face of the twelve
CHAP VI : Of Comets and Blazing-Stars, what they are, the many sorts thereof, their
Portences, and how long they appear at any time.
CHAP VII : Showing the Physical reasons of the horrid and terrible portences of Comets
CHAP VIII : Showing some other names of Comets or Blazing-Stars, and their
CHAP IX : Of the signification of Comets and Blazing-Stars appropriated to the seven
CHAP X : Showing the Significations of Comets, when they appear in any of the twelve
Signs of Heaven.
CHAP XI : Of great Conjunctions, their Number, and how to judge of their Effects. 504
CHAP XII : Of the Conjunctions of the Superiors.
CHAP XIII : Of the mean and lesser Conjunctions, and their Effects.
CHAP XIV : Of the Conjunction of the Planets in the twelve Signs according to Hermes.
CHAP XV: Showing how to judge of the General Accidents of the World by the Falling
of New-Years Day.
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