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The Planets in Renaissance Astrology
Christopher Warnock, Esq.
The Planets in Renaissance Astrology

Feast of the Gods

Al-Biruni on the General
Characteristics of the Planets
Al-Biruni on the Planets Ruling
People's Actions & Professions
Al-Biruni on the Planets Ruling
the Body & Diseases
Al-Biruni on the Planets Ruling
Animals, Vegetables & Minerals
Cornelius Agrippa
Cornelius Agrippa on Saturn
Cornelius Agrippa on Jupiter
Cornelius Agrippa on Mars
Cornelius Agrippa on the Sun
Cornelius Agrippa on Venus
Cornelius Agrippa on Mercury
Cornelius Agrippa on the Moon
William Lilly
Lilly on Saturn
Lilly on Jupiter
Lilly on Mars
Lilly on the Sun
Lilly on Venus
Lilly on Mercury
Lilly on the Moon

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What is Venus but the artemesia that grows in your garden? And what is iron but the planet Mars? Venus and the artemesia are both of the same essence, while Mars and iron are manifestations of the same cause.


The word planet comes from the Greek, planetos, or wanderer. This name comes from the fact that the planets move independently of each other and their movement is from West to East, opposite to the rotation of the fixed stars. The seven traditional planets are Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, the Sun, Venus, Mercury and the Moon.
For Renaissance philosophers and astrologers the planets were a key part of the Celestial World, itself the essential link between the Divine World of Angels and Intelligences and the Material World. The pages provided for each of the planets come from William Lilly's Christian Astrology published in 1642. Each of the planets rules a myriad of things here in the Material World. Lilly states, for example, that Saturn rules old men, brick makers, the spleen, hemp, crows and lead.
What this means is that each of the things ruled by a particular planet share certain qualities, powers and virtues embodied in a celestial form exemplified by their planetary ruler. The planet, in turn, is the instantiation of one or more Divine Forms or Ideas. Thus everything in the Material World has its origin in the Divine World through the mediation of the celestials.

It is the characteristic of matter that it resists the imposition of Forms and Ideas. This quality of matter means that all material things will lose their forms through decay and death. In addition, the Heavens are constantly pursuing their ordered orbits, endlessly imposing change on material things. Thus birth, corruption, death and rebirth endlessly cycle in the Material World in unceasing obedience to the Celestial and ultimately to the Divine Worlds.
Astrologers find knowledge of the natures of the planets to be of considerable practical use. This knowledge is key for the interpretation of all types of horoscopes, particularly in the choice of significators. In horary astrology, for example, we can obtain physical descriptions of suspected witches or thieves. In electional astrology we can use planetary rulerships to determine whether a particular time is appropriate for a marriage that will result in children or a harmonious relationship.
These are passive uses of the planetary rulerships, where the astrologer merely observes the effects of the chains of correspondence and harmony. In astrological magic the mage or astrological magician makes use of the planetary rulerships to accomplish material effects. By gathering many disparate examples of items under the rule of a particular planet we can intensify and focus the quality exemplified by the planet, especially if we elect a time when the planet is in strong Zodiacal state and well placed in the horoscope.


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