Tetrabiblos or the Quadripartite Mathematical Treatise - Four Books of the Infuence of the Stars by Claudius Ptolemy tr from the Greek Paraphrase of Proclus by JM Ashmand.pdf

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London, Davis and Dickson
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It is fair to say that Claudius Ptolemy made the single greatest
contribution to the transmission and preservation of astrological and
astronomical knowledge of the Classical and Ancient world. No study of
Traditional Astrology can ignore the importance and influence of this
encyclopaedic work. It speaks not only of the stars, but also of a distinct
cosmology that prevailed until the 18 th century. Ironically, it is easy to jeer
at someone who thinks the earth is the cosmic centre and refers to it as
the sublunary sphere. However, our current knowledge tells us that the
Universe is infinite, as far as we know. It seems to me that in an infinite
universe, any given point must be the centre. Sometimes scientists are not
so scientific. The fact is, it still applies to us for our purposes.
It practical terms, the Moon does have the most immediate effect on the
Earth which is, after all, our point of reference. She turns the tides,
influences the vegetative growth and menstrual cycles. In fact, she
influences the weather itself.
What has become known as the Ptolemaic Universe, consisted of
concentric circles emanating from Earth to the eighth sphere of the Fixed
Stars, also known as the Empyrean. This cosmology is as spiritual as it is
physical. It is a decideley moral cosmology. No apologies are made for
political incorrectness.
Ptolemy was first and foremost an anthologist. This knowledge came to
him from Egypt, Greece, Chaldea, Babylonia and beyond. More to the
point, he was in the enviable position of being in Alexandria during the
peak of its eminence. Alexandria was in intellectual and spiritual foment.
Ptolemy is clearly drawing from a wide range of sources in Tetrabiblos .
His articulated cosmology has become known by his name. Whatever
your thoughts on the status of Ptolemy, he remains required reading for
anyone interested in the history of the celestial arts. His influence on
Renaissance astrologers was profound in and of itself.
Editorial Policy:
As with any text, there are always arguments regarding which translation
is definitive. This 1822 edition has previously been difficult to find in a
practical, readable, digital format. The style is at times eccentric; but for
anyone interested in the subject, this will be quickly forgiven.
Typographical errors were legion in the original, numbering in the
hundreds. These errors have been corrected where there been no doubt as
to the intended word. Archaisms have been left intact. Some grammatical
errors, such as placing a period, rather a comma, when the next word is
not capitalized have been edited for sense, but not content. Missing
words have been added in brackets to indicate they are not in the
original. I have made no attempt to maintain the original pagination in
this format.
Whenever the intended meaning was unclear I have left the sentence as is.
One example of this is the use of the word “lang” which may mean either
‘long’ or lung’ in reference to Saturn and illness. This is left to the
discretion of the reader. In every other respect the text is unchanged.
This edition and format was primarily intended for my on-line students of
the Traditional Astrology Course To that end, it serves well. You are
invited to distribute this e-book freely, with the understanding that the
text, including credits, remain intact. Check for updated versions on my
website from time to time.
Victoria, British Columbia, February 2006
Prof. Peter J. Clark,
THE use recently made of Astrology in the poetical machinery of certain
works of genius (which are of the highest popularity, and above all
praise), seems to have excited in the world at large a desire to learn
something of the mysteries of that science which has, in all former ages, if
not in these days, more or less engaged reverence and usurped belief. The
apparent existence of such a general desire has caused the completion of
the following Translation, and its presentation to the public; although it
was originally undertaken only in part, and merely to satisfy two or three
individuals of the grounds on which the now neglected doctrines of
Astrology had so long and so fully maintained credit.
Book I
BOOK I - Introduction
Knowledge by Astronomical Means
That it is also Beneficial
Power of the Planets
Beneficent and Maleficent Planets
Masculine and Feminine Planets
Diurnal and Nocturnal Planets
Power of the Aspects to the Sun
Power of the Fixed Stars
Effect of the Seasons and of the Four Angles
Solstitial, Equinoctial, Solid, and Bicorporeal Signs
Masculine and Feminine Signs
Aspects of the Signs
Commanding and Obeying Signs
Signs which Behold each other and Signs of Equal Power
Disjunct Signs
Houses of the Several Planets
Disposition of Terms
According to the Chaldaeans
Places and Degrees
Faces, Chariots, and the Like
Applications and Separations and the Other Powers
Book II
BOOK II - Introduction
Characteristics of the Inhabitants of the General Climes
Familiarities between Countries and the Triplicities and Stars
Method of Making Particular Predictions
Examination of the Countries Affected
Time of the Predicted Events
Class of those Affected
Quality of the Predicted Event
Colours of Eclipses, Comets, and the Like
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