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The Planets in Renaissance Astrology
Christopher Warnock, Esq.
The Nature of Venus
in Renaissance Astrology

The Planets in Renaissance Astrology
Of Saturn and his signification
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Of Mars and his signification
Of the Sun and his signification
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Orphic Hymn to Venus
William Lilly
Lilly Biography

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Of Venus, her signification, nature and property

from William Lilly's Christian Astrology
(1st ed. 1647, reprinted 1985 Regulus).

Of VENUS, and her Signification.
Triplicity, Terms & Face
Manners & Actions
When ill dignified.
Quality of Men
Colours & Savours
Hearbs & Plants
Fishes, Birds
Friends & Day

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Of VENUS, her generall and particular Significations.

NAME After the Sun succeedeth Venus; who is sometimes called Cytherea, Aphrodite, Phosphoros, Vesperugo, Ericina.

Venus Clouds

Colour She is a bright shining colour, and is well known amongst the vulgar by the name of the evening Starre or Hesperus; and that is when she appeares after the Sun is set: common people call he the morning Starre, and the learned Lucifer, when she is seen long before the rising of the Sun.

Motion Her mean motion is 59 min. and 8 seconds: her diurnall motion is sometimes 62 min. a day 64.65.66.or 70.74.76.

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minutes; but 82 min. she never exceedeth.


Latitude Her greatest North or South latitude is 9 degr. and two February 1643. she had eight degr. and 36 min. for her North latitude.

HousesShe hath Taurus and Libra for her houses, she is exalted in 27 Pisces, she receiveth detriment in Aries and Scorpio, and hath her fall in 27 Virgo.

Triplicity, Terms and Face [Note Lilly uses a different set of triplicity rulerships than I do] She governeth the Earthly Triplicity by day viz. Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn; she is two dayes stationary before retrogradation, and so many before direction, and doth usually continue retrograde 42 dayes.

TERMS. She hath these degrees in every Sign for her Terms.

In ARIES, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.
In TAURUS, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
In GEMINI, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20.
In CANCER, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26,27.
In LEO, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19.
In VIRGO, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.
In LIBRA, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.
In SCORPIO, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20,21.
In SAGITTARIUS, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.
In CAPRICORN, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
In AQUARIUS, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18,19,20.
In PISCES, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

These degrees are allowed for her Face.

In ARIES, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30.
In CANCER, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
In VIRGO, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20.
In SCORPIO, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30.
In PISCES, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

Nature She is a Feminine Planet, temperately Cold and Moyst, Nocturnal, the lesser Fortune, author of Mirth and Jolity; the elements, the Ayre and Water are Venerial; in the Humours, Flegme with Blood, with Spirit, and Genital seed.

Manners & Actions, when well dignified. She signifies a quiet man, not given to Law, Quarrel or Wrangling, not Vitious, Pleasant, Neat and Spruce, Loving Mirth in his words

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and actions, cleanly in Apparel, rather Drinking much then Gluttonous, prone to Venery, oft entangles in Love-matters, Zealous in their affections, Musical, delighting in Baths, and all honest merry meetings, or Maskes and Stage-playes, easie of Belief, and not given to Labour, or take any Pains, a Company-keeper, Cheerful, nothing Mistrustful, a right vertuous man or Woman, oft had in some Jealousie, yet no cause for it.

When ill dignified. Then he is Riotous, Expensive, wholly given to Loosenesse and Lewd companies of Women, nothing regarding his Reputation, coveting unlawful Beds, Incestuous, an Adulterer; Fennatical, a meer Skip-jack, of no Faith, no Repute, no Credit; spending his Means in Ale-houses, Taverns, and amongst Scandalous, Loose people; a meen Lazy companion, nothing careful of the the things of this Life, or any thing Religious; a meer Atheist and natural man.


Corporature A man of fair, but not tall Stature, his Complexion, being white, tending to a little darknesse, which makes him more Lovely; very fair Lovely Eyes, and a little black; a round Face, and not large, fair Hair, smooth, and plenty of it, and it usually of a light brown colour, a lovely Mouth and cherry Lips, the Face pretty fleshy, a rolling wandering Eye, a Body very delightful, Lovely and exceeding wel shaped, one desirous of Trimming and making himself neat and compleat both in Cloaths and Body, a love dimple in his Cheeks, a stedfast Eye, and ful amarous enticements.

Oriental When Orientall the Body inclines to talnesse; or a kind of upright straightnesse in Person, not corpulent or very tal, but neatly composed. A right Venerian person, is such as we say, is a pretty, compleat, handsome Man or Woman.

Occidental When she is Occidental, the Man is of more short stature, yet very decent and comely in Shape and Form, well liked of all.

Quality of Men and Profession. Musitions, Gamesters, Silk-men, Mercers, Linnen-Drapers, Painters, Jewellers, Players, Lapidaries, Embroiderers, Women-tailors, Wives, Mothers, Virgins, Choristers, Fidlers, Pipers, when joyned with Moon, Singers, Perfumers, Semilers, Picture-drawers, Gravers, Upholdsters, Limners, Glovers, all such as fell those

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Commodities which adorn Women either, in Body (as Cloaths) or in Face, (as complexion-waters.)

SICKNESSES. Diseases by her signified, are principally in the Matrix and members of Generation; in the reines, belly, back, navil and those parts; the Genorrex or running of the Reines, French or Spanish Pox; any disease arising by inordinate lust. Priapisme, impotency in generation, Hernias & the Diabetes or pissing disease.

COLOUR & SAVOURS. In colours she signifieth White, or milky Skie-colour mixed with brown, or a little Green. In Savours she delightes in that which is pleasant and toothsome; usually in moyst and sweet, or what is very delectable; in smels what is unctious and Aromatical, and incites to wantonnesse.


HEARBS & PLANTS Myrtle always green; all hearbs which she governeth have a sweet flavour, a pleasant smel; a white flower; of a gentle humour, whose leaves are smooth and not jagged. She governeth the Lilly white and yellow, and the Lilly of the Valley, and of the Water. The Satyrion or Cuckoe-pintle, Maiden-hair, Violet; the white and yellow Daffadil.

TREES. Sweet Apples, the white Rose, the Fig, the white Sycamore; wilde Ash, Turpentine-tree, Olive, Sweet Oranges, Mugwort, Ladies-mantle, Sanicle-Balm, Veryin, Walnuts, Almonds, Millet, Valerian, Thyme, Ambre, Ladanum, Civet or Musk, Corriander, French Wheat, Peaches, Apricocks, Plums, Raisons.

BEASTS. The Hart, the Panther, smal cattle, Coney, the Calf, the Goat.

BIRDS Stockdove, Wagtayle, the Sparrow, Hen, the Nightingale, the Thrush, Pellican, Partridge, Ficedula, a little Bird Feeding on Grapes; the Wren, Eagles, the Swan, the Swallow, the Owse or Black Bird, the Pye.

FISHES The Dolphin.

PLACES. Gardens, Fountains, Bride-chambers, fair lodgings, Beds, Hangings, Dancing-Schooles, Wardrobes.

MINERALS, METALS & STONES Copper, especially the Corinthian and White; Brasse, all Lattenware. Cornelian, the sky-coloured Saphyre, white and red Coral, Margalite, Alabaster, Lapis Luzuli because it expels Melancholy, the Beril, Chrisolite.

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WIND & WEATHER. She governeth the South-winde being hot and moyst; in the temperament of the Ayre, she ruleth the Etesia; she foretelleth in Summer, Serenity or cleer weather; in Winter, rain or snow.

ORBE. Her Orbe is 7. before and after any aspect of hers.


YEERS. Her greatest yeers are 151. her greater 82. her mean 45. her least 8. In man she governeth Youth from 14 to 28.

COUNTRIES. Arabia, Austria, Campania, Vienna, Polonia the greater, Turing, Parthia, Media, Cypress, and the six climate.

ANGEL. Her Angel is Anael.

DAY OF THE WEEK & FRIENDS. Her day of the week Friday, of which she rules the first and eighth houre; and in conception the first Month. Her Friends are all the Planets except Saturn.


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