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THE ASTROLOGICAL PHYSITIAN by William Andrews, 1656

Testimonies of Death.

The most assured argument of the death of the sick party, is when the Lord of the eighth house is in the ascendant, or with the Lord thereof, for if the Lord of the eighth house,[1] shall be in the ascendant, we may justly feare the death of the sick, so likewise if any Planet in the eighth house afflict the ascendant, or Lord thereof, death may be feared; also if any Planet translate the light or influence of the Lord of the eighth, or Planet in the eighth, to the Lord of the ascendant, then it is an ill Omen, and of dangerous consequence to the sick party.

The Lord of the sixth house in the eighth, and afflicting the Lord of the ascendant, or translating the vertue and influence of the Lord of the eighth, or principall significator of death, to the Lord of the ascendant, then we may mistrust and feare that the disease will kill the sick party, and that death is at hand; likewise if the Moon shall be afflicted by the Lord of the eight house, or significator of death, or translate the vertue of the Lord of the eight, to the Lord of the ascendant, then the disease is mortall.

When the Lord of the ascendant is in conjunction with the Lord of the eight, or in square or opposition of him or any Planet posited in that hosue, without the benevolent trine or sextile of Jupiter or Venus intervening declareth death.

The Lord of the ascendant combust in the 8, imports the death of the sick, and if also the Lord of the ascendant, shall be in the 4 house, in conjunction with the Lord of the 8, we may confidently affirm, that the sick party will dye, in regard the significator of life is then afflicted by the Lord of the 8 Subterranean.

When the Lord of the ascendant also shall be Cadent, and the Lord of the sixt angular, then we may judge a terrible strong sicknesse.

The most assured rules to be observed in pronouncing death of the sick, are these, viz. Lord of the ascendant in the 8, afflicted, or Lord of the 8 in the ascendant, or the Moon in the 8, applying to the Lord of the ascendant by square or opposition, or any other Planet in the 8, in the like configuration with the Lord of the ascendant, the ascendant also afflicted by the presence of any fixed Star, of a violent influence of the nature of the Lord of the 8 house, these positions & configurations, or any of them, are I say assured testimonies of the death of the sick party, for whom the question is demanded.

Now if we desire to be resolved, how long it will be ere the death of the sick party, if we finde testimony of death, as aforesaid, then we must observe how many degrees are between the Lord of the 8, and Lord of the ascendant, or between the Planet posited in the 8, applying to the Lord of the ascendant, or what number of degrees are before the Lord of the ascendant, or the Moon, are in perfect conjunction, square, or opposition of the principall significator of death, or Lord of the 8 house; if the Planet who is significator of death as aforesaid, be in the ascendant, observe then how many degrees he wants of the cusps of the house, & likewise further have regard to the Lord of the ascendant, if he be going to combustion, or under the Sun beames, and note how many degrees are between the Sun and him, before they come to their perfect conjunction, for if they be in movable signes, then so many degrees, as they are distant one from the other, denoteth so many dayes, it will be before the sick party dye; if the significator of death shall be in a common sign, and the lord of the ascendant also in a common sign, afflicted by the lord of the 8. by any aspect, then it denoteth so many weeks as are degrees between their conjunction or aspect; so likewise in fixed signes they denote months, as for example, admit the lord of the 8. house to be hastning to conjunction of the Lord of the ascendant, or the Lord of the ascendant applying to him by any aspect, and they in fixed signes, and at the time of the propounding of the question for the sick party, distant from each other, 1, 2, 3, or 4 degrees or more, then we may judge the death of the sick, ere so many months from the time of the question, but if the aspect be in movable signes, judge so many dayes as they are distant in degrees from their true aspects, in common signes so many weeks, making a right observation from every significator, for not upon one bare testimony doe we pronounce death, but when we finde those assured rules afore delivered, do manifest the same.

Having now plainly shewed how to judge upon any disease happening according to natural causes, we hold not amisse to discover the right way in finding out, whether the disease be naturall or not, viz. If the sick party be sick or distempered by such diseases as are incident to mankinde, or is bewitched: when the question shall be so demanded for the sick, observe that which followeth.