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Astr 1 P 1 Lyte Lowys my sone, I aperceyve wel by certeyne
Astr 1 P 2 evydences thyn abilite to lerne sciences
Astr 1 P 3 touching nombres and proporciouns; and as wel
Astr 1 P 4 considre I thy besy praier in special to lerne the
Astr 1 P 5 tretys of the Astrelabie. Than for as moche as a
Astr 1 P 6 philosofre saith, " he wrappith him in his frend,
Astr 1 P 7 that condescendith to the rightfulle praiers of his
Astr 1 P 8 frend, " therfore have I yeven the a suffisant Astrolabie
Astr 1 P 9 as for oure orizonte, compowned
Astr 1 P 10 after the latitude of Oxenforde; upon
Astr 1 P 11 which, by mediacioun of this litel tretys, I
Astr 1 P 12 purpose to teche the a certein nombre of conclusions
Astr 1 P 13 aperteynyng to the same instrument. I
Astr 1 P 14 seie a certein of conclusions, for thre causes. The
Astr 1 P 15 first cause is this: truste wel that alle the conclusions
Astr 1 P 16 that han be founde, or ellys possibly
Astr 1 P 17 might be founde in so noble an instrument as is
Astr 1 P 18 an Astrelabie ben unknowe parfitly to eny mortal
Astr 1 P 19 man in this regioun, as I suppose. Another
Astr 1 P 20 cause is this, that sothly in any tretis of the
Astr 1 P 21 Astrelabie that I have seyn, there be somme
Astr 1 P 22 conclusions that wol not in alle thinges parformen
Astr 1 P 23 her bihestes; and somme of hem ben to
Astr 1 P 24 harde to thy tendir age of ten yeer to conceyve.
Astr 1 P 25 This tretis, divided in 5 parties, wol I shewe
Astr 1 P 26 the under full light reules and naked wordes in
Astr 1 P 27 Englissh, for Latyn canst thou yit but small,
Astr 1 P 28 my litel sone. But natheles suffise to the these
Astr 1 P 29 trewe conclusions in Englissh as wel as sufficith
Astr 1 P 30 to these noble clerkes Grekes these
Astr 1 P 31 same conclusions in Grek; and to Arabiens
Astr 1 P 32 in Arabik, and to Jewes in Ebrew, and to
Astr 1 P 33 Latyn folk in Latyn; whiche Latyn folk had
Astr 1 P 34 hem first out of othere dyverse langages, and
Astr 1 P 35 writen hem in her owne tunge, that is to seyn,
Astr 1 P 36 in Latyn. And God woot that in alle these
Astr 1 P 37 langages and in many moo han these conclusions
Astr 1 P 38 ben suffisantly lerned and taught, and yit
Astr 1 P 39 by diverse reules; right as diverse pathes
Astr 1 P 40 leden diverse folk the righte way to Rome.
Astr 1 P 41 Now wol I preie mekely every discret persone
Astr 1 P 42 that redith or herith this litel tretys to have
Astr 1 P 43 my rude endityng for excusid, and my superfluite
Astr 1 P 44 of wordes, for two causes. The firste cause
Astr 1 P 45 is for that curious endityng and hard sentence
Astr 1 P 46 is ful hevy at onys for such a child to lerne.
Astr 1 P 47 And the secunde cause is this, that sothly me
Astr 1 P 48 semith better to writen unto a child twyes a
Astr 1 P 49 god sentence, than he forgete it onys.
Astr 1 P 50 And Lowys, yf so be that I shewe the in
Astr 1 P 51 my lighte Englissh as trewe conclusions
Astr 1 P 52 touching this mater, and not oonly as trewe
Astr 1 P 53 but as many and as subtile conclusiouns, as
Astr 1 P 54 ben shewid in Latyn in eny commune tretys
Astr 1 P 55 of the Astrelabie, konne me the more thank.
Astr 1 P 56 And preie God save the king, that is lord of
Astr 1 P 57 this langage, and alle that him feith berith and
Astr 1 P 58 obeieth, everich in his degre, the more and
Astr 1 P 59 the lasse. But considre wel that I ne usurpe
Astr 1 P 60 not to have founden this werk of my labour
Astr 1 P 61 or of myn engyn. I n' am but a lewd compilator
Astr 1 P 62 of the labour of olde astrologiens, and have it
Astr 1 P 63 translatid in myn Englissh oonly for thy doctrine.
Astr 1 P 64 And with this swerd shal I sleen envie.
Astr 1 P 65 Prima pars. -- The firste partie of this tretys
Astr 1 P 66 shal reherse the figures and the membres of
Astr 1 P 67 thyn Astrelabie by cause that thou shalt have
Astr 1 P 68 the gretter knowing of thyn oune instrument.
Astr 1 P 69 Secunda pars. -- The secunde partie
Astr 1 P 70 shal techen the worken the verrey practik
Astr 1 P 71 of the forseide conclusiouns, as ferforth and
Astr 1 P 72 as narwe as may be shewed in so small an
Astr 1 P 73 instrument portatif aboute. For wel woot
Astr 1 P 74 every astrologien that smallist fraccions ne
Astr 1 P 75 wol not be shewid in so small an instrument as
Astr 1 P 76 in subtile tables calculed for a cause.
Astr 1 P 77 Tertia pars. -- The thirde partie shal contene
Astr 1 P 78 diverse tables of longitudes and latitudes
Astr 1 P 79 of sterres fixe for the Astrelabie, and tables
Astr 1 P 80 of the declinacions of the sonne, and tables
Astr 1 P 81 of longitudes of citees and townes; and
Astr 1 P 82 tables as well for the governaunce of a clokke, as
Astr 1 P 83 for to fynde the altitude meridian; and many anothir
Astr 1 P 84 notable conclusioun after the kalenders
Astr 1 P 85 of the reverent clerkes, Frere J. Somer and
Astr 1 P 86 Frere N. Lenne.
Astr 1 P 87 Quarta pars. -- The fourthe partie shal ben
Astr 1 P 88 a theorike to declare the moevyng of the celestiall
Astr 1 P 89 bodies with the causes. The whiche
Astr 1 P 90 fourthe partie in speciall shal shewen a
Astr 1 P 91 table of the verrey moeving of the mone
Astr 1 P 92 from houre to houre every day and in every
Astr 1 P 93 signe after thyn almenak. Upon which table
Astr 1 P 94 there folewith a canoun suffisant to teche as
Astr 1 P 95 wel the manere of the worchynge of the same
Astr 1 P 96 conclusioun as to knowe in oure orizonte with
Astr 1 P 97 which degre of the zodiak that the mone arisith
Astr 1 P 98 in any latitude, and the arisyng of any planete
Astr 1 P 99 after his latitude fro the ecliptik lyne.
Astr 1 P 100 Quinta pars. -- The fifthe partie shal
Astr 1 P 101 be an introductorie, after the statutes of
Astr 1 P 102 oure doctours, in which thou maist lerne a gret
Astr 1 P 103 part of the generall rewles of theorik in astrologie.
Astr 1 P 104 In which fifthe partie shalt thou fynden
Astr 1 P 105 tables of equaciouns of houses after the latitude of
Astr 1 P 106 Oxenforde; and tables of dignitees of planetes,
Astr 1 P 107 and othere notefull thinges, yf God wol vouche
Astr 1 P 108 saaf and his Moder the Maide, moo then I behete.
Astr 1 1 1 Thyn Astrolabie hath a ring to putten on
Astr 1 1 2 the thombe of thi right hond in taking the
Astr 1 1 3 height of thinges. And tak kep, for from henes
Astr 1 1 4 forthward I wol clepen the heighte of any thing
Astr 1 1 5 that is taken by the rewle " the altitude, " withoute
Astr 1 1 6 moo wordes.
Astr 1 2 1 This ryng renneth in a maner toret fast
Astr 1 2 2 to the moder of thyn Astrelabie in so rowme a
Astr 1 2 3 space that it distourbith not the instrument to
Astr 1 2 4 hangen after his right centre.
Astr 1 3 1 The moder of thin Astrelabye is thikkest
Astr 1 3 2 plate, perced with a large hool, that resceiveth
Astr 1 3 in hir wombe the thynne plates compowned
Astr 1 3 4 for diverse clymates, and thy reet shapen in
Astr 1 3 5 manere of a nett or of a web of a loppe.
Astr 1 4 1 This moder is dividid on the bakhalf with
Astr 1 4 2 a lyne that cometh descending fro the ring
Astr 1 4 3 doun to the netherist bordure. The whiche
Astr 1 4 4 lyne, fro the forseide ring unto the centre of
Astr 1 4 5 the large hool amidde, is clepid the south lyne,
Astr 1 4 6 or ellis the lyne meridional. And the remenaunt
Astr 1 4 7 of this lyne doun to the bordure is
Astr 1 4 8 clepid the north lyne, or ellis the lyne of midnyght.
Astr 1 5 1 Overthwart this forseide longe lyne ther
Astr 1 5 2 crossith him another lyne of the same lengthe
Astr 1 5 3 from eest to west. Of the whiche lyne, from
Astr 1 5 4 a litel cros (+) in the bordure unto the centre
Astr 1 5 5 of the large hool, is clepid the est lyne, or
Astr 1 5 6 ellis the lyne orientale. And the remenaunt of
Astr 1 5 7 this lyne, fro the forseide centre unto the bordure,
Astr 1 5 8 is clepid the west lyne, or ellis the lyne
Astr 1 5 9 occidentale. Now hast thou here the foure
Astr 1 5 10 quarters of thin Astrolabie divided after the
Astr 1 5 11 foure principales plages or quarters of the firmament.
Astr 1 6 1 The est syde of thyn Astrolabie is clepid
Astr 1 6 2 the right syde, and the west syde is clepid the
Astr 1 6 3 left syde. Forget not thys, litel Lowys. Put
Astr 1 6 4 the ryng of thyn Astrolabie upon the thombe
Astr 1 6 5 of thi right hond, and than wol his right side
Astr 1 6 6 be toward thi lift side, and his left side wol be
Astr 1 6 7 toward thy right side. Tak this rewle generall,
Astr 1 6 8 as wel on the bak as on the wombe syde. Upon
Astr 1 6 9 the ende of this est lyne, as I first seide, is
Astr 1 6 10 marked a litel cros (+), where as evere
Astr 1 6 11 moo generaly is considerid the entring of
Astr 1 6 12 the first degre in which the sonne arisith.
Astr 1 7 1 Fro this litel cros (+) up to the ende
Astr 1 7 2 of the lyne meridionall, under the ryng, shalt
Astr 1 7 3 thou fynden the bordure divided with 90 degrees;
Astr 1 7 4 and by that same proporcioun is every
Astr 1 7 5 quarter of thin Astrolabie divided. Over the
Astr 1 7 6 whiche degrees there ben noumbres of augrym
Astr 1 7 7 that dividen thilke same degres fro 5 to 5, as
Astr 1 7 8 shewith by longe strikes bitwene. Of whiche
Astr 1 7 9 longe strikes the space bitwene contenith
Astr 1 7 10 a myle wey, and every degre of the bordure
Astr 1 7 11 conteneth 4 minutes; this is to seien,
Astr 1 7 12 mynutes of an houre.
Astr 1 8 1 Under the compas of thilke degrees ben
Astr 1 8 2 writen the names of the 12 Signes: as
Astr 1 8 3 Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo,
Astr 1 8 4 Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricornus, Aquarius,
Astr 1 8 5 Piscis. And the nombres of the degrees of
Astr 1 8 6 thoo signes be writen in augrym above, and
Astr 1 8 7 with longe divisiouns fro 5 to 5, dyvidid fro
Astr 1 8 8 the tyme that the signe entrith unto the last
Astr 1 8 9 ende. But understond wel that these degres
Astr 1 8 10 of signes ben everich of hem considred
Astr 1 8 11 of 60 mynutes, and every mynute of
Astr 1 8 12 60 secundes, and so furth into smale fraccions
Astr 1 8 13 infinite, as saith Alkabucius. And therfore
Astr 1 8 14 knowe wel that a degre of the bordure contenith
Astr 1 8 15 4 minutes, and a degre of a signe conteneth
Astr 1 8 16 60 minutes, and have this in mynde.
Astr 1 9 1 Next this folewith the cercle of the daies,
Astr 1 9 2 that ben figured in manere of degres, that contenen
Astr 1 9 3 in nombre 365, dividid also with longe
Astr 1 9 4 strikes fro 5 to 5, and the nombre in augrym
Astr 1 9 5 writen under that cercle.
Astr 1 10 1 Next the cercle of the daies folewith the
Astr 1 10 2 cercle of the names of the monthes, that is to
Astr 1 10 3 say, Januarius, Februarius, Marcius, Aprilis,
Astr 1 10 4 Maius, Junius, Julius, Augustus, September,
Astr 1 10 5 October, November, December. The names
Astr 1 10 6 of these monthes were clepid somme for
Astr 1 10 7 her propirtees and somme by statutes of
Astr 1 10 8 Arabiens, somme by othre lordes of Rome.
Astr 1 10 9 Eke of these monthes, as liked to Julius
Astr 1 10 10 Cesar and to Cesar Augustus, somme were
Astr 1 10 11 compouned of diverse nombres of daies, as
Astr 1 10 12 Julie and August. Than hath Januarie 31 daies,
Astr 1 10 13 Februarie 28, March 31, Aprill 30, May 31,
Astr 1 10 14 Junius 30, Julius 31, Augustus 31, Septembre
Astr 1 10 15 30, Octobre 31, Novembre 30, Decembre 31.
Astr 1 10 16 Natheles, all though that Julius Cesar toke 2
Astr 1 10 17 daies out of Feverer and putte hem in his
Astr 1 10 18 month of Juyll, and Augustus Cesar clepid the
Astr 1 10 19 month of August after his name and ordeined
Astr 1 10 20 it of 31 daies, yit truste wel that the
Astr 1 10 21 sonne dwellith therfore nevere the more
Astr 1 10 22 ne lasse in oon signe than in another.
Astr 1 11 1 Than folewen the names of the holy
Astr 1 11 2 daies in the Kalender, and next hem the lettres
Astr 1 11 3 of the A B C on whiche thei fallen.
Astr 1 12 1 Next the forseide cercle of the A B C,
Astr 1 12 2 under the cross lyne, is marked the skale in
Astr 1 12 3 manere of 2 squyres, or ellis in manere of laddres,
Astr 1 12 4 that serveth by his 12 pointes and his
Astr 1 12 5 dyvisiouns of ful many a subtil conclusioun.
Astr 1 12 6 Of this forseide skale fro the cross lyne unto
Astr 1 12 7 the verrey angle is clepid Umbra Versa, and
Astr 1 12 8 the nethir partie is clepid Umbra Recta, or
Astr 1 12 9 ellis Umbra Extensa.
Astr 1 13 1 Than hast thou a brod reule, that hath
Astr 1 13 2 on either ende a square plate perced with certein
Astr 1 13 3 holes, somme more and somme lasse, to
Astr 1 13 4 resceyve the stremes of the sonne by day, and
Astr 1 13 5 eke by mediacioun of thin eye to knowe the
Astr 1 13 6 altitude of sterres by night.
Astr 1 14 1 Than is there a large pyn in manere of
Astr 1 14 2 an extre, that goth thorugh the hole that halt
Astr 1 14 3 the tables of the clymates and the riet in the
Astr 1 14 4 wombe of the moder; thorugh which pyn ther
Astr 1 14 5 goth a litel wegge, which that is clepid the
Astr 1 14 6 hors, that streynith all these parties to-hepe.
Astr 1 14 7 Thys forseide grete pyn in manere of an extre
Astr 1 14 8 is ymagyned to be the Pool Artik in thyn
Astr 1 14 9 Astralabie.
Astr 1 15 1 The wombe syde of thyn Astrelabie is
Astr 1 15 2 also divided with a longe cros in 4 quarters
Astr 1 15 3 from est to west, fro southe to northe, fro
Astr 1 15 4 right syde to left side, as is the bakside.
Astr 1 16 1 The bordure of which wombe side is
Astr 1 16 2 divided fro the point of the est lyne unto the
Astr 1 16 3 point of the south lyne under the ring, in 90
Astr 1 16 4 degrees; and by that same proporcioun is every
Astr 1 16 5 quarter divided, as is the bakside. That
Astr 1 16 6 amountith 360 degrees. And understond wel
Astr 1 16 7 that degres of this bordure ben aunswering and
Astr 1 16 8 consentrike to the degrees of the equinoxiall,
Astr 1 16 9 that is dividid in the same nombre as every
Astr 1 16 10 othir cercle is in the highe hevene. This
Astr 1 16 11 same bordure is divided also with 23
Astr 1 16 12 lettres capitals and a small cross (+) above
Astr 1 16 13 the south lyne, that shewith the 24 houres
Astr 1 16 14 equals of the clokke. And, as I have seid, 5
Astr 1 16 15 of these degres maken a myle wey, and 3 mile-wei
Astr 1 16 16 maken an houre. And every degre of thys
Astr 1 16 17 bordure contenith 4 minutes, and every minute
Astr 1 16 18 60 secundes. Now have I told the twyes.
Astr 1 17 1 The plate under the riet is discrived
Astr 1 17 2 with 3 cercles, of whiche the leest is
Astr 1 17 3 clepid the cercle of Cancre by cause that the
Astr 1 17 4 heved of Cancre turnith evermo consentrik
Astr 1 17 5 upon the same cercle. In this heved
Astr 1 17 6 of Cancer is the grettist declinacioun northward
Astr 1 17 7 of the sonne, and therfore is he clepid
Astr 1 17 8 solsticium of somer; which declinacioun, after
Astr 1 17 9 Ptholome, is 23 degrees and 50 minutes as
Astr 1 17 10 wel in Cancer as in Capricorn. This signe
Astr 1 17 11 of Cancer is clepid the tropik of somer, of
Astr 1 17 12 tropos, that is to seien " ageynward. " For than
Astr 1 17 13 beginneth the sonne to passen from us-ward.
Astr 1 17 14 The myddel cercle in wydnesse, of these 3,
Astr 1 17 15 is clepid the cercle equinoxiall, upon which
Astr 1 17 16 turnith evermo the hevedes of Aries and Libra.
Astr 1 17 17 And understond wel that evermo thys cercle
Astr 1 17 18 equinoxiall turnith justly from verrey est to verrey
Astr 1 17 19 west as I have shewed the in the speer
Astr 1 17 20 solide. This same cercle is clepid also
Astr 1 17 21 Equator, that is the weyer of the day; for
Astr 1 17 22 whan the sonne is in the hevedes of Aries and
Astr 1 17 23 Libra, than ben the dayes and the nightes ylike
Astr 1 17 24 of lengthe in all the world. And therfore ben
Astr 1 17 25 these 2 signes called the equinoxiis. And all
Astr 1 17 26 that moeveth withinne the hevedes of these
Astr 1 17 27 Aries and Libra, his moevyng is clepid northward;
Astr 1 17 28 and all that moevith withoute these
Astr 1 17 29 hevedes, his moevyng is clepid southward,
Astr 1 17 30 as fro the equinoxiall. Tak kep of these
Astr 1 17 31 latitudes north and south, and forget it nat.
Astr 1 17 32 By this cercle equinoxiall ben considred the
Astr 1 17 33 24 houres of the clokke; for evermo the arisyng
Astr 1 17 34 of 15 degrees of the equinoxiall makith an
Astr 1 17 35 houre equal of the clokke. This equinoxiall is
Astr 1 17 36 clepid the gurdel of the first moeving, or ellis
Astr 1 17 37 of the firste moevable. And note that the firste
Astr 1 17 38 moevyng is clepid moevyng of the firste moevable
Astr 1 17 39 of the 8 speer, which moeving is from
Astr 1 17 40 est to west, and eft ageyn into est. Also
Astr 1 17 41 it is clepid girdel of the firste moeving for it
Astr 1 17 42 departith the firste moevable, that is to seyn
Astr 1 17 43 the spere, in two like partyes evene distantz
Astr 1 17 44 fro the poles of this world.
Astr 1 17 45 The widest of these 3 principale cercles is
Astr 1 17 46 clepid the cercle of Capricorne, by cause that
Astr 1 17 47 the heved of Capricorne turneth evermo consentrik
Astr 1 17 48 upon the same cercle. In the heved of
Astr 1 17 49 this forseide Capricorne is the grettist declinacioun
Astr 1 17 50 southward of the sonne, and therfore
Astr 1 17 51 it is clepid the solsticium of wynter.
Astr 1 17 52 This signe of Capricorne is also clepid the
Astr 1 17 53 tropic of wynter, for than begynneth the sonne
Astr 1 17 54 to come ageyn to us-ward.
Astr 1 18 1 Upon this forseide plate ben compassed
Astr 1 18 2 certeyn cercles that highten almycanteras, of
Astr 1 18 3 whiche somme of hem semen parfit cercles and
Astr 1 18 4 somme semen inparfit. The centre that stondith
Astr 1 18 5 amyddes the narwest cercle is clepid the
Astr 1 18 6 cenyth. And the netherist cercle, or the firste
Astr 1 18 7 cercle, is clepid the orizonte, that is to seyn,
Astr 1 18 8 the cercle that divideth the two emysperies,
Astr 1 18 9 that is, the partie of the hevene above the
Astr 1 18 10 erthe and the partie bynethe. These almykanteras
Astr 1 18 11 ben compowned by 2 and 2, all
Astr 1 18 12 be it so that on diverse Astrelabies somme
Astr 1 18 13 almykanteras ben divided by oon, and somme
Astr 1 18 14 by two, and somme by thre, after the quantite
Astr 1 18 15 of the Astrelabie. This forseide cenyth is
Astr 1 18 16 ymagined to ben the verrey point over the
Astr 1 18 17 crowne of thin heved. And also this cenyth
Astr 1 18 18 is the verray pool of the orizonte in every regioun.
Astr 1 19 1 From this cenyth, as it semeth, there
Astr 1 19 2 comen a maner croked strikes like to the clawes
Astr 1 19 3 of a loppe, or elles like the werk of a wommans
Astr 1 19 4 calle, in kervyng overthwart the almykanteras.
Astr 1 19 5 And these same strikes or divisiouns
Astr 1 19 6 ben clepid azimutz, and thei dividen the orisounte
Astr 1 19 7 of thin Astrelabie in 24 divisiouns. And
Astr 1 19 8 these azymutz serven to knowe the costes of
Astr 1 19 9 the firmament, and to othre conclusions, as
Astr 1 19 10 for to knowe the cenyth of the sonne and
Astr 1 19 11 of every sterre.
Astr 1 20 1 Next these azymutz, under the cercle
Astr 1 20 2 of Cancer, ben there 12 divisiouns embelif,
Astr 1 20 3 muche like to the shap of the azemutz, that
Astr 1 20 4 shewen the spaces of the houres of planetes.
Astr 1 21 1 The riet of thin Astrelabie with thy zodiak,
Astr 1 21 2 shapen in manere of a net or of a lopweb
Astr 1 21 3 after the olde descripcioun, which thou maist
Astr 1 21 4 turnen up and doun as thiself liketh, contenith
Astr 1 21 5 certein nombre of sterres fixes, with her longitudes
Astr 1 21 6 and latitudes determinat, yf so be that the
Astr 1 21 7 maker have not errid. The names of the sterres
Astr 1 21 8 ben writen in the margyn of the riet there as thei
Astr 1 21 9 sitte, of whiche sterres the smale point is
Astr 1 21 10 clepid the centre. And understond also that
Astr 1 21 11 alle the sterres sitting within the zodiak of
Astr 1 21 12 thin Astrelabie ben clepid sterres of the north,
Astr 1 21 13 for thei arise by northe the est lyne. And all the
Astr 1 21 14 remenaunt fixed oute of the zodiak ben clepid
Astr 1 21 15 sterres of the south. But I seie not that thei arisen
Astr 1 21 16 alle by southe the est lyne; witnesse on Aldeberan
Astr 1 21 17 and Algomeysa. Generaly understond this
Astr 1 21 18 rewle, that thilke sterres that ben clepid sterres
Astr 1 21 19 of the north arisen rather than the degre of
Astr 1 21 20 her longitude, and alle the sterres of the
Astr 1 21 21 south arisen after the degre of her longitude --
Astr 1 21 22 this is to seyn, sterres fixed in thyn
Astr 1 21 23 Astrelabie. The mesure of this longitude of
Astr 1 21 24 sterres is taken in the lyne ecliptik of hevene,
Astr 1 21 25 under which lyne, whan that the sonne and the
Astr 1 21 26 mone be lyne-right, or ellis in the superficie of
Astr 1 21 27 this lyne, than is the eclipse of the sonne or of
Astr 1 21 28 the mone, as I shal declare, and eke the cause
Astr 1 21 29 why. But sothly the ecliptik lyne of thy
Astr 1 21 30 zodiak is the utterist bordure of thy zodiak
Astr 1 21 31 there the degrees be marked.
Astr 1 21 32 Thy zodiak of thin Astrelabie is shapen as
Astr 1 21 33 a compas which that contenith a large brede
Astr 1 21 34 as after the quantite of thyn Astrelabie, in ensample
Astr 1 21 35 that the zodiak in hevene is ymagyned
Astr 1 21 36 to ben a superfice contenyng a latitude of 12
Astr 1 21 37 degrees, whereas alle the remenaunt of cercles
Astr 1 21 38 in the hevene ben ymagyned verrey lynes withoute
Astr 1 21 39 eny latitude. Amiddes this celestial
Astr 1 21 40 zodiak is ymagined a lyne which that is
Astr 1 21 41 clepid the ecliptik lyne, under which lyne
Astr 1 21 42 is evermo the wey of the sonne. Thus ben
Astr 1 21 43 there 6 degres of the zodiak on that oo syde
Astr 1 21 44 of the lyne and 6 degrees on that othir. This
Astr 1 21 45 zodiak is dividid in 12 principale divisiouns that
Astr 1 21 46 departen the 12 signes, and, for the streitnesse
Astr 1 21 47 of thin Astrolabie, than is every smal divisioun
Astr 1 21 48 in a signe departed by two degrees and two, I
Astr 1 21 49 mene degrees contenyng 60 mynutes. And
Astr 1 21 50 this forseide hevenysshe zodiak is clepid
Astr 1 21 51 the cercle of the signes, or the cercle of the
Astr 1 21 52 bestes, for " zodia " in langage of Grek sowneth
Astr 1 21 53 " bestes " in Latyn tunge. And in the zodiak
Astr 1 21 54 ben the 12 signes that han names of bestes,
Astr 1 21 55 or ellis for whan the sonne entrith in eny
Astr 1 21 56 of tho signes he takith the propirte of suche
Astr 1 21 57 bestes, or ellis for that the sterres that ben
Astr 1 21 58 ther fixed ben disposid in signes of bestes or
Astr 1 21 59 shape like bestes, or elles whan the planetes
Astr 1 21 60 ben under thilke signes thei causen us by
Astr 1 21 61 her influence operaciouns and effectes like
Astr 1 21 62 to the operaciouns of bestes.
Astr 1 21 63 And understond also that whan an hot planete
Astr 1 21 64 cometh into an hot signe, than encrescith
Astr 1 21 65 his hete; and yf a planete be cold, than amenusith
Astr 1 21 66 his coldnesse by cause of the hoote sygne.
Astr 1 21 67 And by thys conclusioun maist thou take ensample
Astr 1 21 68 in alle the signes, be thei moist or drie,
Astr 1 21 69 or moeble or fixe, reknyng the qualite of the
Astr 1 21 70 planete as I first seide. And everich of
Astr 1 21 71 these 12 signes hath respect to a certeyn
Astr 1 21 72 parcel of the body of a man, and hath it in
Astr 1 21 73 governaunce; as Aries hath thin heved, and
Astr 1 21 74 Taurus thy nekke and thy throte, Gemini thin
Astr 1 21 75 armholes and thin armes, and so furth, as shall
Astr 1 21 76 be shewid more pleyn in the 5 partie of this
Astr 1 21 77 tretis.
Astr 1 21 78 This zodiak, which that is part of the 8 speer,
Astr 1 21 79 over-kervith the equinoxial, and he over-kervith
Astr 1 21 80 him ageyn in evene parties; and
Astr 1 21 81 that oo half declineth southward; and that
Astr 1 21 82 othir northward, as pleinly declarith the Tretys
Astr 1 21 83 of the Speer.
Astr 1 21 84 Than hast thou a label that is shapen like
Astr 1 21 85 a reule, save that it is streit and hath no plates
Astr 1 21 86 on either ende with holes. But with the smale
Astr 1 21 87 point of the forseide label shalt thou calcule
Astr 1 21 88 thin equaciouns in the bordure of thin Astralabie,
Astr 1 21 89 as by thin almury.
Astr 1 21 90 Thin almury is clepid the denticle of
Astr 1 21 91 Capricorne, or ellis the calculer. This same
Astr 1 21 92 almury sitt fix in the heved of Capricorne, and
Astr 1 21 93 it serveth of many a necessarie conclusioun in
Astr 1 21 94 equacions of thinges as shal be shewid.


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