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The nature of Jupiter is hot, moist, airy, temperate. And he signifies the nutritive soul and life and ensouled bodies. Also children and the children of children, and beauty. And he signifies the wise and doctors of the law and just judges, and firmness and wisdom and intellect and the interpretation of dreams, truth and divine reverence, faith and the teaching of the law, religion, and the veneration and fear of God, charity, piety, also the unity of faith and its foresight, and the fitness of morals and responsibility. And he will be praiseworthy. And he signifies the observation of patience, and perhaps inconstancy will befall him, and hastiness, and lack of foresight after being prudent. And he signifies blessedness and attainment and victory against one who seeks him. And respect and a kingdom, also the king and the rich, nobles and magnates, and good luck and hope and joy, and a passionate desire for assets (even the loftiness of fortune in the innovation of produce), and the collections of assets, and enrichment, also a good condition in [his] aptitude, and enrichment and security in every matter. And the goodness of the moral habits of the mind, and the largesse of charity and generosity, comprehension and goodness, bragging and the sharpness of mind, and boldness, true esteem, and the esteem of an authority over the citizens of cities, and the esteem of powerful men and magnates, and his bending down to them, and the assistance of men in matters. And he signifies a love of building and deluxe, flourishing residences, and compassion for people, and vision in matters, and bliss in knowledge, the fulfillment of promises, generosity, joking, banter, beauty, decoration, form. Also joy and laughter and a multitude of speaking and the keenness of the tongue. Whatever is joined to him, he is grateful for. And he signifies a multitude of sexual intercourse and the esteem of the good and hatred of evil, and making things right between people, and the commanding of what is known and the prohibiting of what is reprehensible.
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[From Gr. Intr. VII.9.1425-54]

Benjamin's Dykes' published work also contains introductions and footnoted annotations. For a pdf extract of material from various sections of his text see here.

About the author:
Benjamin N. Dykes PhD received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has eight years' experience as a college instructor, concentrating on the ancient and medieval philosophy that informs much ancient and medieval astrology, and many years' experience in ritual practice in the Western Mystery Tradition, including the Golden Dawn, Wicca, and Thelema.

Since earning his Diploma of Medieval Astrology studying with Robert Zoller, Ben has been active in translating and publishing works that focus upon medieval astrological techniques. His own text, Using Medieval Astrology is available through his website at In additional to Introductions to Astrology: Abu Ma'Shar & Al-Qabisi Ben has also recently translated three volumes on Persian Nativities, The Book of Astronomy by Guido Bonatti and The Works of Sahl and Masha'allah.

© The article made available on this page is copyrighted to Benjamin Dykes and is offered here for private, non-commercial use. Permission must be sought for reproduction. Published online February 2011.

Also by Ben Dykes:

Extracts from Persian Nativities Vols. I, II & III
MASHA’ALLAH: What is reception?
Translation of Guido Bonatti's treatise on 4th House Elections
Happiness in Medieval Astrology
An Interview with Benjamin Dykes