III III A GUIDO A. • BONATTI • Liber A. Astronomiae X • Parti • ‘ p* Translated i ; by /foftert Zoller I by Robert Hand -v^- Project Hindsight I Latin Track -A. Latin. Guido Bonatti was a 13th century Italian astrologer who wrote one of the most important books of traditional astrology, the “Liber Astronomiae” literally the Book . Liber Astronomiae Part 1: Project Hindsight Latin Track Volume VII [Guido Bonatti , Robert Hand, Robert Zoller] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying.

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Alfraganus — Alfraganus, or Al-Farghani, 9th cent. Therefore it is an art or astronomuae which St. Rightly do the Holy Fathers counsel us to read these sciences, since in great measure by them our desire is drawn away from carnal things, and they cause us to desire those things, which, the Lord alone granting, we can view with affection.

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Arestali or Arastellus — Possibly a corruption of Aristoteles. The reader should be aware of this before encountering Bonatti’s reasons why the planets rule such-and-such a sign or signs, which might sound like circular reasoning otherwise.

The Necessary and the Impossible, but not the Possible. Indeed the First Cause is greater with respect to the heaven than the heaven is to a mustard seed.

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Augustine proves manifestly enough, saying, “Art is the precept which gives reason and a certain way to acting and speaking. It seems as though that this condemnation comprehends the others and is superior to all the aforesaid things; neither does it seem, nor do they think that it is possible for it to be contradicted nor resisted. And those bodies are moved by a natural motion, as has been seen by certain men, and it has [also] been seen by certain men that they are moved by a voluntary motion 3 because they are mobile and not mutable by changeable, alternating motion, and they are lucid and round, indeed spherical, and this form is the most noble before all others.

It should also be mentioned that, although Tractatus Sextus assumes that the Astrologer is a military advisor to a Count Bonatti served Count Guido Montefeltro as suchthe same rules can be used for modern urban life, which, due to its increasing barbarity is more and more like the rough-and-tumble life of the Medieval city.

The cause, being perfect, induces perfect effects. Whence Alpharabius 2 says concerning this science, “astronomy, that is, the science concerning the significations of the stars, namely what the stars signify regarding things present, past, and future. Similarly, they know by the aforesaid experiences what time to plant so that they may reap in the future, whereby they can lead their lives according to diverse species of diverse affairs. There is a pun here because this word means both ‘lamp’ and 2 Complete and perfect guidance from the stars and planets is not permitted to mankind.

If the zodiac N tropica! Book I, chapter 57, has a number of ancient Latin authors, notably Numa Pamphilius, Varro and Lucan, whom Bonatti may have known as well as a certain Almadel the Arabian. Therefore it seems that the science of the stars may not be known in full. Ether in turn surrounds and encompasses the sublunary sphere in which the lower four elements are arranged in concentric spheres with fire as the uppermost, then air, water and earth.


By way of introduction I shall proceed thus: Whereas the Hermetic Tradition considered the celestial bodies to be divine, most medieval Aristotelians did not. Translator’s Preface by Robert Zoller As the Hindsight Project is publishing the Liber Astronomiae in a number of installments, it seems unwise to attempt to present an introduction to the entire work at the very beginning. Whereby we see that [while] certain men swim, others do not.

Just as the light or splendor of the Moon when it should shine through some narrow opening, if it should find a horse having a cramp 3 in its back, and should strike the cramp totally, atsronomiae this the horse dies thereby. And according to diverse regions, and diverse situations of place, the experts foresee all these things so that they are very rarely wrong.

Those events, concerning which swift chance does not permit one to have deliberation, are not left for the industry or caution of the wise; for those things which happen by accident are not considered by art, atsronomiae by nature, as they believe. Those who say that wealth of money ought to be preferred to the science of Judicial Astronomy seem to show that among themselves nothing is considered so noble as the accumulation of money, which can be easily lost.

The End of the Introduction.

It has been said philosophically that the terrestrial motion is joined to the celestial world; however, it ought to be understood metaphorically, not absolutely, and therefore there occur in this atsronomiae world mutations and alterations and corruptions.

The Liber Astmnomiae is appropriate as a text for persons all the way from the relatively inexperienced to the most advanced astrological student. Even while he summarized all of the methods with which he was familiar, he also reviewed them critically based on his own, extensive experience. Therefore [rain] is a possible’ [kind of event] and so are the judgments of the stars, because by the motions and dispositions of the supercelestial bodies, and by the bonatfi of the air, you are able to know from what cloud there ought to be rain accordingly, as it is said in astronoiae tractate concerning the mutation of the Likewise when someone has an edible thing in his bonxtti, it is possible that he may eat it and swallow it; and it is possible that he may not eat it or swallow it; and the possible has regard to both, namely to the necessary and to the impossible, because, if it is possible to eat it, and if he should eat it, the possible has been made necessary, from which it comes to pass into action, and possibility is born away from it; and it has been effected, and accepts the definition of necessity.


Smith, Book II, section 4. This is because if any grave thing which will occur to someone is foreseen in advance, it sends fear and sorrow before the time of grief up until the evil thing happens to him. It will suffice to say here that it is perhaps the only example of a Medieval astrological hagiography. Third I shall say librr happens to the seven planets among themselves, gido what befalls each of them from another, and concerning those matters which pertain to the eighth sphere.

He comes dangerously close to revering the supercelcstials and Ms classical nuance in magisterii astrorum or magistery of the stars astronomie also be read as superintendents i. It is perhaps noteworthy that he makes no claims to month, day, or hour of death.

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Lemay, in the article cited, suggests that Frederick II’s 13th century educational reforms, which encouraged the study of the natural sciences, including astrology, also created a climate favorable to the preservation of the 12th century translations.

As these works were not known to the Europeans in the early Middle Ages, we should rather look to Porphyry’s 3rd cent. In the medieval sense the term has alchemical overtones, i. And the astrologer knows more concerning heaven than a mustard seed. And thus science is valued before all other possessions 3 and, if he is praised by no other cause, a man is praised on account of science because he is able to be deprived of all other possessions before science.

Not only does it enjoin the practitioner to pray to the planetary demons or angels, it views them as the real workers of natural and supernatural effects.

According to the Talmud, Abraham and his descendants are said to have been elevated above the influences of the stars, but on the other hand, the blessing bestowed upon Abraham in Genesis Ahomar — Wrote a Liber Haomar de natlvitatibus in astronomia. However, concerning that astrohomiae heaven or the unmanifest’ heaven, [there is] nothing [of signification] for the astrologer and nothing for judgment, nor for the motion of the stars, nor for those things which come to pass from them.

The reader might get the impression from the breadth of ilber book that the material is treated in brief or superficially. In either case, as his definition clearly shows, there was not in his mind any absolute separation boatti philosophy cum religion and science in his astrology. If so, a good illustration of it is in Early Physu. Encyclopedic in scope, it collected all known Latin translations of Arabic astrology, and, as such, is one of several comprehensive treatments of the art to have survived.