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Three Books on Life, Bk. III, Chapter 1.
TOPThe name Spiritus Mundi was chosen for the e-group because of the importance of this force in medieval and Renaissance astrology, alchemy and magic. The Italian Renaissance philosopher Marsilio Ficino uses the correspondence of the Macrocosm (the Universe or Great Man) and the Microcosm (the little man or individual human) to explain the Spiritus Mundi,
"Always remember, though, that just as the power of our soul is brought to bear on our members through the spirit, so the force of the World-Soul [Anima Mundi] is spread under the World-Soul through all things through the quintessence [the fifth element-the Spiritus Mundi], which is active everywhere, as the spirit inside the World's Body [the material world composed of the four elements of fire, air, water and earth]..."Marsilio Ficino, Three Books on Life, Bk. III, Chapter 1, (Kaske & Clarke) page 247.
TOPFirst of all, for an e-group on astrology Mercury seems like a key planet. The famous English astrologer William Lilly says Mercury rules, "...Astrologians". Christian Astrology page 78. This is a very ancient attribution as the 9th century Arabic astrologer Al-Biruni also says Mercury represents astrologers. Section 435, Book of Instructions in the Elements of the Art of Astrology, (Wright trans.) page 254. Lilly also says that Mercury signifies messengers, which is what Spiritus Mundi will be.
TOPThere are two somewhat negative indications, but this is inevitable in an election since you can never find an absolutely perfect time. The most serious is that Mercury has just emerged from combustion and is only 10 degrees away from the Sun. Lilly does say that a planet needs to be in the same sign as the Sun to be combust, but the proximity is still worrisome. Christian Astrology page 113.