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The Moon is the luminary of the night, and her nature is cold, moist, phlegmatic, and there is accidental heat in her, because her light is from the Sun. And she is light, fit in every matter. She desires joy and beauty and being praised. And she signifies the beginning of every work, and the knowledge of riches and nobles, and fortune in the means of livelihood and the attaining of those things which she wanted. And poverty in religion and the higher sciences, also miracles and sorcery and a multitude of thoughts in matters. Also the inexperience of the mind, and engineering and the science of lands and waters, and appraising them, and accounting and surveying, and weakness of one's sense. And she signifies women who have nobility, and marriage-unions and every pregnant woman, and nourishment and its condition, also mothers and maternal aunts, midwives and older sisters. And messengers and the postal service and reports, fugitives and lying and accusations. Also, she is a master with masters and a slave with slaves, and with every man she is just like his nature. A multitude of forgetting, timid, a flawless heart, cheerful to people, revered by them, flattered by them. She does not hide her secrets. And she signifies a multitude of infirmities and caring for the fitness of bodies, and the cutting of hair, also a bounty of foods and a scarcity of sexual intercourse.
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[From Gr. Intr. VII.9.1582-1602]

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 June 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