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THE ASTROLOGICAL PHYSITIAN by William Andrews, 1656

Of the Nature and quality of the disease or sicknesse.

When we have found that the party is sick, we ought to discover the nature of the humour offending, or quality of the disease, which that we may doe, observe first what sign is in the sixth house, and what sign Ascends in the first house, in what sign the Lords of those houses are in; which being well understood, will acquaint us with the nature of the disease, for if the Lord of the sixth house shall be in fiery signs, they intimate the disease or sicknesse proceeds from Chollerick humours, and that Choller abounds, so likewise if they shall be in watery signs, they declare that the cause of the disease proceeds from moist causes, and that the present distemper ariseth from the abundance of moist and watery humors; and so moreover, if that the Lord of the Ascendant, and the Lord of the sixth house, and the Moon shall be in earthly signes, it intimateth that the disease or sicknesse hath its originall from Melancholly, and that black and addust choller abound, and so likewise when they shall be posited in aiery signs, they shew that the sicknesse or infirmity proceedeth from corruption of bloud, and that the bloud is putrified, for the Lord of the Ascendant, and Lord of the sixth house, and Moon declareth the nature and quality of the disease to be according to the nature of the sign, or triplicity they are in, for as they are the principall significators in a disease, so the sign wherein they are posited doth in part shew the nature of the disease of sicknesse; for as there are 12 signs in the Zodiacke, so are the 4 elements governed or signified by the 12 signs, viz. Aries, Leo, Sagittarius rule the fiery triplicity, Gemini, Libra, Aquarius governe the Aiery triplicity. Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn governe the earthly triplicity; Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces rule the watery triplicity; and as in the body of Man there are 4 humours, viz. Choller; Bloud; Flegm, and Melancholly, so are they represented and governed by the 12 signs according to their severall triplicities, for Aries, Leo, Sagittarius are sound to be of nature hot and dry, representing choller, Gemini, Libra, Aquarius, hot and moist resembling the bloud, Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn cold and dry resembling Melancholly, Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces cold and moist representing Flegm, now when the principall significators of a disease, or the Lord of the sixth house, or the Moon shall be in either of the earthly, aiery, fiery or watery signs, judge the quality of the humor offending to be according to their nature, and your judgement will be the more sure, if that the sign of the sixth and Lord of the sixth be both of one nature, and posited in a sign of the nature of the sign descending in the sixth house, otherwise we must make an equall commixture, and judge so many humours, offends as are represented by the sign of the sixth house, Lord thereof, and sign, wherein the Lord of the sixth house, and Moon are posited, as if Aries were in the cuspes of the sixth house, and Saturn therein, or the Lord of the sixth house, and the Moon in Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn especially the Lord of the sixth, then we may assuredly resolve, that the disease proceedeth from Choller and Melancholly. Choller, because Aries and Mars Lord thereof, are by nature hot and dry representing the Chollerick humour: Melancholly, because Saturn who is by nature cold and dry, representing Melancholly is in the sixth house, and that the Lord of the sixth house is in a sign representing the same humour, the like may be observed by any other of the signs and Planets, alwayes remembring the former rules, viz. what humour is signified by the sign in the sixth house, and by the Lord thereof, and by the Planet or Planets therein posited, and the sign wherein the Lord thereof is placed, and according to their nature judge, making a right commixture as before is shewed.