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(IX.) HISTORY - Success - And The Beginning Of Failure

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« on: August 17, 2007, 08:29:57 pm »








It was at this time, in the 1550s, that we first hear of Dee as a caster of horoscopes; he may have begun to use them as part of a general interest in medicine. At all events, his diaries begin to be full of charts and notes upon them, some amusing:


Mrs Brigit Cook, born about seven of the clock on St David's Day, which is the first day of March, being Wednesday, but I cannot yet learn whether it was before noon or after. But she thinketh herself to be but 27 years old ... but it cannot be so.


Dee's view of astrology was very much that of Kepler: it was
an art mathematical, which reasonably demonstrateth the operations and effects of the natural beams of light, and secret influences of the stars and planets, in every element and elemental body at all times in any horizon assigned ...


Man's body, and indeed all terrestrial bodies, he believed, were
altered, disposed, ordered, pleasured and displeasured by the influential working of the Sun, Moon and other stars and planets.


His interest in the subject was to be almost as much the cause of history's neglect of him as a scholar, as his interest in alchemy and the occult in general. It was also to lead him into considerable trouble at the beginning of his career.

True, Mary Tudor showed some sympathetic interest in him, and announcing that she would be his patron, invited him to draw up her horoscope and that of her prospective husband, Philip of Spain, and compare the two (a work of synastry, as astrologers call chart comparison of this sort).
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