AN ASTROLOGICALL JUDGEMENT Vpon His MAIESTIES present Martch: Begun from OXFORD May 7. 1645.

Ludit in humanis divina potentia rebus.

By GEO: WHARTON.

OXFORD, Printed by H. Hall for Will. Sheares. 1645.

TO THE FREINDLY and judicious Readers.

YOV have here (at the request of some Honourable Persona­ges) An Astrologicall Iudge­ment, upon the future successe of His Majesties present Martch begun the 7 of May Instant. It is delivered in Generall Tearmes, for I neither will nor dare descend to Particu­lars: That would require the knowledge of many things, besides His Majesties Nativity, which I may not presume to meddle with; It being in it selfe both unlawfull and very dangerous to publish any thing concerning the particular fortunes and Destinies of Prin­ces. For in this Thrasybulus, Ascletarion, and Gau­ricus, were much to blame; the first where­of foretold the Destruction of Tiberius the [Page] Emperour, the second, of Domitian, the third, of Bentivoli in Bononia: So likewise the Preist that caused the Rumour of the future Mur­thering of Galeacius Sfortia Duke of Millaine, who were all of them worthily rewarded for their folly. And so ought Master Lilly and Master Booker to be for their pernicious Pam­phlets, wherein their sole endeavour hath hi­therto been by most disloyall and ambiguous Phrases to animate and hasten on the Rebels and other Conspiratours to plot and attempt Mischiefe against His Majestie, whereas an honest and discreet Artist ought not to di­vulge any thing (especially of Princes) that may any way tend to endanger their Per­sons, but either not to meddle at all, or else to deale privately with the Prince himselfe; and then also to adhere to Cardanes Rule in his Book De Astrologicis Interrogationibus: ‘Principi ne magnum malum firmiter unquam praedixeris, sed Periculum.’ Howbeit Cardane himselfe dealt more plainly, and therefore more dangerously with Edward the Sixth, as appeareth in the Iudicials of his Nativity gi­ven out in the beginning of his Duodecim Il­lustres Geniturae.

[Page] But neither Cardane (notwithstanding he was a man of extraordinary credit) nor any other personall example can warrant any other private men to intermeddle with the Nativities of their Princes, otherwise then is before limited, or upon the Princes speciall command. And yet if in this respect or any o­ther the Art happen to be abused by some Spu­rij (non veri filij) Artis, it hath but the same for­tune that other Arts and Sciences have: And the Lawyers Rule is, That Abusus non tollit u­sum. The bounds of which limitation I pre­sume I have not any way exceeded in this Discourse, which be pleased to accept as fol­loweth.

A Coelestiall Scheme, or Figure, setting forth exactly the true position, and state of the Heavens at the time His MAJESTY began His Martch.

Anno. Mense.Die.Hor.Min.
1645.Maii.6.22.
  • 30. T. M.
  • 42. T. A.

Post Meridiem.

Positio Coeli ad Latitudinem 51. 46.

Dominus

  • Diei ☿
  • Hor. ♂

Suum cuique integrum esto judicium.

A Table of the severall Fortitudes and Debili­ties of the Planets according to their Sci­tuation in the Figure

Saturn's

  • Fortitudes by reason of his
    • Being in his Terme 2
    • Scituation in 9th House 2
    • Direct Motion 4
    • Swift Motion 2
    • Orientalitie 2
    • Freedome from Combust. 5
    • 17
  • Debilities by reason of his
    • Fall 4

Jupiter's

  • Fortitudes by reason of his
    • Being in in his terme 2
    • Decade 1
    • Scit in the tenth house 5
    • Direct Motion 4
    • Swift Motion 2
    • Freedome from combust. 5
    • 19
  • Debilities by reason of his
    • Detriment 5
    • Being under the Sunbeams 4
    • 9

Mars his

  • Fortitudes by reason of his
    • Direct Motion 4
    • Swift Motion 2
    • Fredome from combust. 2
    • 8
  • Debilities by reason of his
    • Peregrinitie 5
    • Being in the 12 house 5
    • Occidentalitie 2
    • 12

[Page] The Sun's

  • Fortitudes by reason of his
    • Being in the 10 house 5
    • 5
  • Debilities by reason of his
    • Peregrinitie 5
    • Slow motion 2
    • 7

Venus her

  • Fortitudes by reason of her
    • Triplicitie 8
    • Being in the 10 house 5
    • Direct Motion 4
    • Swift Motion 2
    • Freedome from combust. 5
    • Orientalitie 2
    • 2 [...]
  • Debilities by reason of his
    • Being in ☌ with Cap. Alg.
    • Being under the Sun beames
    • 9

Mercury his

  • Fortitudes by reason of his
    • Being in his owne house 5
    • Triplicitie 3
    • Being in the 10 house 5
    • Direct Motion 4
    • Swift Motion 2
    • Freedom from Combust. 5
    • 24
  • Debilities by reason of his
    • Occidentalitie 2
    • 2

The Moone's

  • Fortitudes by reason of her
    • Freedom from Combust. 5
    • 5
  • Debilities by reason of her
    • Perigrinity 5
    • Being in the 6 house 4
    • Slow Motion 2
    • Decreasing in Light 2
    • 13

AN ASTROLOGICALL JUDGEMENT UPON HIS MAJESTIES MARCH.

BY this distribution the Fortitudes and Debilities of every Planet in the prece­dent Coelestiall Scheme are easily ga­thered: It followeth then that we like­wise conferre them amongst them­selves according to the respective Numbers of their Fortitudes and Debilities; that it may yet more mani­festly appeare, which of them are most strong and fortunate; which most weake and infortunate, and accordingly how they succeed one another in strength and Power.

First then, the Planet Mercury of all the rest is sim­ply most strong and fortunate in the Scheme. For if the number of his Debilities be deducted from the summe of his Fortitudes there still remaineth 22 Te­stimonies of strength, which no other Planet obtain­eth in the Figure.

[Page 2] The next in dignity is Saturne who hath 12 Testi­monies; Then Venus, and Jupiter, who are both very powerfull; the first of them being endued with 17, the latter with 10 Dignities: Mars and the Sunne are both but weake in respect of their Essentiall Dignities: yet for some Circumstances very considerable in this case, the Sunne may be said to be the stronger, which being generally taken is a good and laudable token.

The Moone of all others is the most debilitated her Detriments exceeding her Fortitudes, by 8 which, will prove very advantagious to His Majesty, as here­after shallbe noted. And thus much generally touch­ing the constitution of the Planets in the Figure.

Now to descend more particularly to the present matter; We are (in this case) principally to consider 4 things.

1 First, the Ascendent of the Scheme, which is the Significator of the City from whence his Majesty be­gan his Martch: From which house we are to collect the condition and State of this City during his Ma­jesties absence.

2 Secondly; The 10 House, which (according to Ha­ly) is the Significatrix the journey: And from this we are to deduce our judgement of his Majesties suc­cesse during the time of his March.

3 The Third thing to be considered is the 7 House by which we are to judge how his Majestie is likely to be received in those Parts where his Army shall passe, and of his successe against the Enemy.

4 And Lastly the fourth House; whereby we are to in­forme our selves of his Majesties successe in the re­turne.

[Page 3] Vnde si quis istorum locorum melior, & fortunatior fuerit factus, significat bonitatem in illa sua significati­one: Et si quis fuerit malè afflatus & nocens, signifi­cat damnum in illa sua significatione.
Vid. Haly Pag. 328.

As concerning the first, we finde the 22 degree of the Regall signe Leo at that instant ascending our Hori­zon, Cor Leonis in the Ascendent. And the Dragons Head in the very Cuspe thereof: And the Sun (Lord of the First House) not unfortunately posited in the South Angle of the Heavens: Which is the house of Empire, Rule, Dignities, Offices, and Arts, &c. And he environ'd with the two Benigne Planets Jupiter and Venus, who likewise behold the Ascendent and are free from any configuration with the Malevolents. These are evident and undeniable Testimonies of the Honour and safety of this famous Vniversity and City of Oxford; And of the care and vigilancy of those that are intrusted by his Majesty with the go­vernment thereof: Of the Fidelity, Courage, Industry, and necessary Expence of her Inhabitants for the De­fence of it: And of their conformity to such whol­some Orders, as either are or shall hereafter be made by the Wisedome of the Councellors for the good and Benefit of the City.

In a word, All the good our hearts can wish for is promised us by the Scheme. I hope the seasonable care taken, and the Directions already given for pre­vention of the Sicknesse will adde much to our hap­pinesse: Some strange kinde of Mortality must be expected this yeare in most Cities and great Townes, [Page 4] throughout the South, South-East, and South-West parts of this Kingdome: But especially let London be forewarned of her misery: She is much (and that deservedly) threatned. You may heare more of her after the 23 of May instant, for from thence doth the Influence of Saturnes Transite out of Aries into Taurus begin to operate.

As touching the second thing here considerable, which is the Tenth House; we may observe the ninth Degree and 31 min. of Taurus Culminating, which is the House and Triplicity of Venus; wherein also she is most fortunately seated within 3 Degrees of the Cuspe thereof, beholding the Ascendent, free from Combusti­on, or any configuration with the Malevolent Planets; being Direct and Swift of Motion, and Orientall of the Sun: To her (therefore) may we justly attribute the signification of his Majesties Martch: Who being (by nature) Benevolent, by her Essentiall and Acci­dentall Position so fortunate: We cannot pronounce lesse to his Majestie, and his whole Army, then a wonderfull happy, prosperous, and successefull Martch, And contrarily exceeding much Feare and Terrour, dissipation, and utter Ruine to his Enemies:

The Dragons Head in the Cuspe of the Ascendent tells us, ‘Quod habebit bonum antequam se inde moveat, & in principio Itineris, ’ Haly Par. 3. Pag. 108. This was verified in part by that Gallant Encounter with the Enemy performed (with so good successe) by the Right Honourable the Lord Goring neare New­bridge the same seaventh day; occasioned upon his Majesties Motion hence.

[Page 5] The Generality of this good to his Majesty and his Army, is further confirmed by the Powerfull pre­sence of Jupiter, the Sun; and Mercury in the South-Angle; And the unfortunate Positure of the Moone in the Figure &c.

Artabari dixit: Si quando Rex, vel alius voluerit capere inimicum qui sit valoris minoris eo; statuat ☽ in ☌, aut ☍; vel in via combust. ant cum ☊, vel ☋, &c. Et sol sit salvus & purus ab infortuniis & in medio coeli sint fortunae; Etiam si quando magis infortunata fuerit ☽ erit pejus & majus damnum pro illo inimico, quia ☽ est significatrix Populi, &c. ac servorum. Haly Pag. 340.

We have here (as before we noted) the Sun, both the Fortunes, and Mercury safely seated in the Mid­heaven; And the Moone (who naturally, (and in this case especially) signifieth the many-headed-monster Multitude, (such persons as in January 1641. tumul­tuously assembled themselves (to the hazard of his Majesties Royall Person) to cry for Blood in the Termes of Iustice; those who through their pretended zeale to I know not what, have brought the curse of God upon themselves and the whole Kingdome, first by slaying the Innocent in cold Blood, and ever since by Engageing their Persons and estates in this most un­naturall and Bloody Warre against his Majestie) The Moone (I say) who is the naturall significatrix of such meane-Capacities is in the 6 House very sick (Master Lilly) and nigh to the Dragons Tayle. These Positions will puzle and stupifie the misguided-Commonalty, and make them know there's such a thing as Allegiance.

More particularly; the Sun thus posited, and al­so [Page 6] Mercury being free from Combustion and the Infor­tunes; And the Dragons head so neare the Cuspe As­cending; ‘Salvationem corporis, agilitatem, & gaudium in Itinere significant, bonam (que) fiduciam, & applicari ad id quod vult.’ Haly Pag. 324. Iupiters Position in the 10 house confirmes the same. Haly Pag. 328.

The Moone Lady of the 12, and moving betwixt the 8 degr. 34 min. and 21 degr. 26 min. of Aquarius, gives us to understand that His Maiesty shall receive much contentment by certaine Messages brought him from Foraigne Parts; And that he shall receive some sud­daine and unexpected supply of—by the meanes of some that assimulate the condition of his Enemies: And withall this comfort; That His Ma­iesty shall be exceeding successefull in beseiging of Townes, Castles, or Forts, and in pursuing the Enemy. See Haly Pag. 346.

Mars his Sextile to the Sunne Lord of the Ascendent, (which happeneth the 18 day of May) will encourage our Souldiers to advance with much Alacrity and chearefulnesse of spirit; and to shew themselves gal­lant in the most dangerous attempts.

The Ascendent and Tenth House being both Fixed Signes tell us, That the Martch shall not be so speedy as is expected; but with great deliberation and care of setling the Affaires of the distracted Counties through which His Majesty passeth. Yet the great dominion of Mercury doth intimate quicke Action a­bout the latter end of Iune, and the most part of Iuly. O! what snaffling there will be amongst the Zelots before the middle of November? How many daies of [Page 7] Humiliation? what Feares? what Jealousies? what Discontents and wranglings? what Murmurings? how many Lies and Forgeries raised and dispersed to quicken a Dull and Dying Faction?

The next thing (in Order) which we are to consi­der is the Signe and Degr. of the 7 house, which in this Scheme is the 22 degr. and 21 min. of Aquarius, the house of Saturne, but Terme of Jupiter: Saturne being in the 9 house of the Heavens in the end of Aries, and in a Sextile with the Cuspe of the 7 house, and in a Quartile with Mars.

Si gradus 7 domus fuerit dignitas ♃ timebitur & honorabitur & credetur eius verbu a gente illius Terrae ad quam vadit, & erit dilectus, & receptus a Gente Ter­rae ad quam vadit cum gaudio, et latitiâ.

Here by the word Gente we must understand the County or Counties principally aimed at by His Maie­sty. And this happy Reception is further attested by the propinquity of Venus to the Sunne as he is Lord of the Ascendent, and in the House of Kings, &c.

Aquarius being a fixed Signe tels us that he shall not quickely remove thence, but remaine there some convenient time for the setling of some important Affaires, and a full reducing of those Counties to their obedience.

If any man would be satisfied to what Quarter of the Heavens the designe is intended, although he may guesse something by the Motion which the Army hath already made, yet he may informe his Judgment best by considering the Signes of the 4 Angles, viz. Leo, Taurus, Aquarius, and Scorpio, (which he shall [Page 8] find to be the one halfe Northerne, the other Southerne; and also the Signes wherein the Planets are, viz. Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Leo, and Aquarius, which are all of them (except the last wherein the Moone is) Sententri­onall. Which will assuredly determine that the Pro­gresse and principall Actions of this Army or the greatest part thereof are like to be Northerly, inclining sometimes to the East, otherwhiles to the West, as the Occasions of Warre requires.

The 4 and last thing to be examined is the 4 house: The Cuspe whereof is the 9 degr. and 31 min. of Scor­pio, the most viperous signe of the Zodioque; where Mars hath the Dignities of Triplicity and Decade; But is unfortunately collocated in the 12 house of the Fi­gure. This position of his ought to forewarne our Commanders to take heed of some Disaster immedi­ately before His Maiesty betake him to his Winter Quarters: It seemes to be the beating up of an Out­quarter, and the surprisall of some few of our Men, who value their ease more then their safety: I'le say no more: But I hope the Diligence and vigilancy of our Commanders may prevent the danger.

And now to summe up all; It is most apparent to every impartiall and ingenuous Judgement; That (although His Maiesty cannot expect to be secured from every triviall disaster that may befall his Army, either by the too much presumption, ignorance, or negligence of some particular persons, which is fre­quently incident and unavoidable in the best of Ar­mies) yet the severall Positions of the Heavens duly considered and compared amongst themselves as well [Page 9] in the prefixed Scheme as the Quarterly Ingresses, doe generally render His Maiesty and his whole Army unexpectedly victorious and successefull in all his De­signes: Beleive it (London) thy miseries approach, they are like to be many, great and greivous, and not to be diverted, unlesse thou seasonably crave pardon of God for being Nurse to this present Rebellion, and speedily submit to thy Princes mercy: Which shall be the dai­ly prayer of,

Geo: Wharton.
FINIS.

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