Astrology and Numerology in Medieval and Early Modern by John Scott Lucas

By John Scott Lucas

The Tractat de prenostication de l. a. vida typical dels h?mens, a past due fifteenth-century Catalan incunable, attracts on a wealthy culture of astrological magic, geomancy, Pythagorean numerology, and Hebrew gematria. This sensible guide bargains a mode of selecting the start signal according to calculations played at the subject’s identify and his or her mother’s identify. The serious version contains a literary, old, and linguistic examine; an English translation; and a Catalan-English word list. The Tractat finds Catalan assets for prognostication, a special expression of medieval syncretism, the mingling of traditions, and the advance of recent principles. it's a infrequent locate for Hispanists and others attracted to astrology, magic, the background of technology, and early print tradition.

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Est enim palam aemulatrix divinae et cultum illius imitatur; sed revera, in naturali, suas operationes fundant daemones. At saepe iubent constellationes observare et caeremonias: quae ad rem non conferunt, sed ut sibi cultum arroget, aut quia eo tempore novit rem perfici iuvante coelo, quod ipse per se non potest; aut qui divinissimas Dei creaturas operibus suis sordidis in nostra opinione labefactare studet, et impietatem suggerere passim et scientiarum abominationem, ut ignorantia crescente sapientiam ab hominibus eradicet, et suas falsitates persuadeat .

4 2 Isidore’s encyclopedic Etymologiae draws extensively on Classical sources and provides an important reference for the state of learning in the Latin Middle Ages. In conclusion to an lengthy passage on magi, Isidore observes the work of demons and angels of darkness: “In quibus omnibus ars daemonum est ex quadam pestifera societate hominum et angelorum malorum exorta. 31). 3 The source is the Italian version of Campanella’s De Magia: “Tutto quello che si fa dalli scienziati imitando la natura o aiutandola con l’arte ignota, no solo alla plebe bassa, ma alla communità degli uomini, si dice opera magica .

Tresbéns worked as court physician to Pere III (1361–74). Although his work predates the Renaissance, his acceptance of astrology as long as it does not impede free will makes him a precursor to later works on the topic. His Tractat d’astrologia follows the Alfonsine El libro conplido de los iudizios de las estrellas, itself a translation of the original by Alì ibn abì Ri#àl (Ali Abenragel) (Vernet 1989: 80). 18 The sixteenth century is traditionally known as the decadència in Catalan; however the antecedents are present at the opening of the fifteenth century.

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