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By William R. Newman, Anthony Grafton

Lately students have all started to recognize that the occult sciences weren't marginal organizations yet an essential component of the worldview of a lot of our ancestors. Astrology used to be one of many many highbrow tools--along with what we deliberate to be some of the best instruments of social and political analysis--that Renaissance thinkers used to assault functional and highbrow difficulties. It used to be a coherent physique of practices, strongly supported by way of social associations. And alchemy used to be no longer seen essentially as a religious pursuit, an concept popularized by means of nineteenth-century occultists, yet as part of ordinary philosophy. It was once usually in comparison to medication. Many Renaissance writers advised hyperlinks among astrology and alchemy that went past using astrological charts to figure out the simplest time to aim alchemical operations. This publication indicates the numerous ways that astrology (a kind of divination) and alchemy (an artisanal pursuit focused on the applied sciences of minerals and metals) diverge in addition to intersect. total, it indicates how an appreciation of the position of the occult opens up new methods of figuring out the earlier. themes contain the occupation of Renaissance astrologer Girolamo Cardano and his paintings on clinical astrology, the astrological taking into consideration Johannes Kepler and Galileo Galilei, the background of the Rosicrucians and the impression of John Dee, the paintings of clinical alchemist Simon Forman, and a longer critique of the present historiography of alchemy.

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Julius Ruska, “Al-Razi’s Buch Geheimnis der Geheimnisse,” Quellen und Studien zur Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften und der Medizin, 6 (1937): 1–246, cf. 15–16. See also G. Carbonelli, Sulle fonti storiche della chimica e dell’alchimia in Italia (Rome: 1925), 192–200, where a number of glosarii are reproduced. 61. For the expressions astronomia inferior and astronomia terrestris, see Julius Ruska, Turba philosophorum: Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Alchemie, in Quellen und Studien zur Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften und der Medizin, 1 (1931): 80.

Ashmole, Theatrum, 100. The critical text supplied by Reidy in his excellent edition of Norton is substantially the same, although it employs a more archaic spelling. See Reidy, “Ordinal,” 91. 69. John North, Chaucer’s Universe (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988), 79–85, where North shows how to arrive at the Alchabitius houses by using the unequal hour lines of an astrolabe. North gives another exposition of the Alchabitius or “standard” system in his Horoscopes and History (London: Warburg Institute, 1986), 3–6.

Clark and C. : Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1989). D. P. -D. Müller-Jahncke, Astrologisch-magische Theorie und Praxis in der Heilkunde der frühen Neuzeit, Sudhoffs Archiv, Supplement (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 1985). 45. See Barnes, Prophecy and Gnosis; S. Kusukawa, The Transformation of Natural Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995); and the forthcoming Habilitationsschrift by B. Bauer, 46. William R. Newman and Lawrence Principe, “Alchemy versus Chemistry: The Etymological Origins of a Historiographic Mistake,” Early Science and Medicine, 3 (1998): 32–65, cf.

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