Comment: Richard Saunders (1613 - 1692) was an astrologer/physician in 17th century England. This book, first published in 1677, was the result of thirty years practice. It is also one of the earliest astro-medical treatises in the English language. Using the terminology of his day, Saunders speaks of humors and winds, of conditions hot, cold or dry, of the cholerick and melancholy, etc. This is a comprehensive and demanding text on medical astrology. Included are rules for decumbiture charts, illnesses produced by the traditional planets in the various signs of the zodiac, when to administer medicines based on planetary hours, and much more.
Astrology Classics, 397 pages. Continued below.
Medieval doctors were full-service: Astrologer, doctor, pharmacist, nurse, all in one. This one book includes astrological diagnosis & prognosis, as well as symptoms, predictable times of crisis, when to administer medicines & more. Includes numerous herbal remedies, describes medieval medical techniques. If you ever wondered how to fully incorporate astrology & medicine (presuming that's legal where you are), this book tells how. Introductions by his contemporaries William Lilly, John Gadbury, Henry Coley and others.
In resetting the charts in this book (June, 2004), I accidentally discovered that Richard Saunders did not write it. The charts were for dates in 1616, 1617 and 1618, when Mr. Saunders would have been a small boy. (After I finished typing the table of contents, I wondered if this was more than one book.) Regardless of who wrote it, this remains one of the great astrology books. Click for a
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