Elections for Sex from William Ramesey's Astrologia Restaurata
Astrologia Restaurata or Astrologie Restored by William Ramesey was published in London in 1653. It is a comprehesive guide to electional astrology, i.e., the choice of astrologically auspicious times to take action or begin an activity.
Electional astrology is based on the Neoplatonic/Hermetic Worldview which sees the Cosmos as one great Being, filled with spiritual and material interconnections and sympathies. By aligning ourselves with the cycles of the Heavens, we can assist in the success of events and actions here on Earth.
Of Venereal sports
Wouldst thou be versed in things of this nature, thou must warily then follow thy rules: As Si pro dilectione muliere jacere vis, [Please excuse my Latin: "for bodily strength when for love you lie with a woman".] let the Moon be in Aries, Leo, Libra or Capricorn, for that they are of strength and power; and let her be in benevolent configuration with Mars or Venus, or both;
But to apply to the Sun is good for that signifieth magnum dilectionem amborum in illo negotia ["great love among both parties that have commerce", i.e. have sex] Let not the Moon be in Pisces for that oftentimes Infirmities come thereby, but Gemini, Libra or Aquarius are not to be rejected , quia significant delectationem & gaudium ["they signify delight and joy"]
If the Moon be in configuration of Jupiter the woman will refrain & etc.
Nota quod si volueris muliere jacere et non concipiat ["Observe if you wish to lie with a woman without conception"] Let the Moon be in Gemini, Leo Virgo applying to Venus and in no configuration to Jupiter and be sure thou not place here in Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces. Some of the Ancients say, that si aspexerit Luna Martem prohibetur generatio ["If the Moon aspects Mars that conception does not take place"] But know that Venus in the Ascendant in Libra or Pisces, delectationem & gaudium dat. ["gives joy and delight"].
Know that the Moon in prolificall signs, as the Ascendant or 5th house denotes the contrary: Still remember to vary your rules and order them according to discretion, and you cannot err.
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