III III A GUIDO A. • BONATTI • Liber A. Astronomiae X • Parti • ‘ p* Translated i ; by /foftert Zoller I by Robert Hand -v^- Project Hindsight I Latin Track -A. Latin. Guido Bonatti was a 13th century Italian astrologer who wrote one of the most important books of traditional astrology, the “Liber Astronomiae” literally the Book . Liber Astronomiae Part 1: Project Hindsight Latin Track Volume VII [Guido Bonatti , Robert Hand, Robert Zoller] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying.

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Nor can the unless by the mediating ser isible heaven, the impressions of which are manifest.

There is nothing except the First Philosophy 2 in which the soul gains so much as in Astronomy or 1 Bonatti’s Arabic sources relied heavily on Aristotle.

Not that truth may be laid hold of by rule, but that from truth, rule is born. According to the uncorroborated account of the Italian historian Ludovico Antonio MuratoriBonatti was murdered by robbers whilst returning from a study trip to Paris and other Italian cities, being set upon in or near Casena, with his body left upon the road.

While his argumentation may seem puerile to us, we should keep in mind that he was confronting a real contemporary opposition on its own terms. Astronomy is the science by which the cognition not only of present matters but even of past and future things is given. In fact one of the more curious criticisms that was leveled at the book in its own day was that Bonatti had made astrology so clear that even a housewife 1 could learn it. Why is it called by such a name?

In Bonatti’s work we are dealing with a Medieval scientific explanation for something older, something which might not have a astrono,iae which can be found simply because there never was a “reason” for it in the philosophical sense.

The Liber Astmnomiae is appropriate as a text for persons all the way from the relatively inexperienced to the most advanced astrological student. They did not require philosophical reasons to astronomjae them.

But the other stars act with the planets through the mode of motion and generation.

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Spuler unter Mitarbeit von H. Lemay, in the article cited, suggests that Frederick II’s 13th century educational reforms, which encouraged the study of the natural sciences, including astrology, also created a climate favorable to the preservation of the 12th century translations.


Aristotle’s text says, “There are six kinds of change: However, concerning that empyrean heaven or the unmanifest’ heaven, [there is] nothing [of signification] for the astrologer and nothing for judgment, nor for the motion of the stars, nor for those things which come to pass from them. Mead’s Thrice Greatest Hermes, Detroit: Another occasion is when those who have said that the planets or other stars do guidi have anything to signify concerning generation nor corruption, nor anything which occurs on account of these things below the bonatyi of the Moon.

It should also be mentioned that, although Tractatus Sextus assumes that the Astrologer is a military advisor to a Count Bonatti served Count Guido Montefeltro as suchthe same rules can be used for modern urban life, which, due to its increasing barbarity is more and more like the rough-and-tumble life of the Medieval city.

The reader might get the impression from the breadth of the book that the material is treated in brief or superficially. She rejoices in intellectual gain, and that depends upon the knowledge of philosophy, and in that the soul rejoices and is delighted.

To which it may be responded that although the astrologer does not mention all the stars, because it would be extremely prolix, nevertheless he uses them all because he uses the twelve signs, under which almost all bontti stars are comprehended.

Therefore the science of the stars is nobler than the other sciences excepting the First Fuido nor however is that able to be known nor to be had perfectly unless by the science of the stars. They who do not have houses strive to build them so that they may escape the rain, snow, and other adverse events which, if they should not have seen them in advance, they would not have secured the aforesaid necessities; and thus it could be the cause of their annihilation.

The parts of this part or species are four. Brill,gives “stitch in the side” or “cramp.

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The Memorabilia, which has come to be known among scholars as “Albumasar in Sadan” due to traditional corruptions of both men’s names, is analyzed by Lynn Thorndike in his pp.


The 13th century was the century during which these translations were disseminated and assimilated.

What are its instruments? Through this [study], indeed, we know and understand creatures beyond passion, 1 unalterable and immutable, in another essence since they are supercelestial 2 bodies. One area which remained rather safe for nominal Muslims who were syncretists and crypto-heathens was Ommayid Spain where at this time Yuido, Moslems, Christians, and, apparently, clandestine Sabians all enjoyed relative tolerance. Then they secure themselves with grain, wine, wood, garments, and other necessities by which they are able to fend off adversity in those times.

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Such Neoplatonic Doctrines received considerable attention from Averroes and were extant in Spain during the 12th century. The Hermetic writings were regarded by some Moslems as the work of the Antediluvian prophet Idris, and hence, regarded as worthy of reverence.

He was fluent in astronomy as well. Finally, his reference to the astrknomiae as “creatures beyond passion, unalterable, etc. The latter are as important for us as the former because the lber application of the Medieval techniques depends to some degree in the right conceptualization of the art.

It has four parts. Were the supercelestials agents of Christ, or were they in fact the pre-christian heathen astral deities of Sabianism? The following are names and corruptions of the guivo of Arabic and earlier astrologers, and other personages that appear in Bonatti and other medieval sources. Whence in the summer when they notice the heat, they say that in such-and-such a time it will be cold; it will snow; there will be rain, winds, and the like.

Therefore it stands that the astrologers know more concerning astronomy than the theologians do concerning theology, and are therefore much more able to judge than the theologians are to preach.

Moreover, Aristotle is listed by Bonatti as an astrologer.

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