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Re: The Moon

I checked Ripa's Iconologia and found out that the white girdle is, since the times of ancient Rome, a symbol of Virginity (a moral attribute of Diana). Several years after this post, I stumbled upon the attached drawing of the Virgo constellation. Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Typ 43, T...

Re: Michael Hurst has died

Thank you, Ross. I will greatly miss Michael's culture and wit. The last time I heard from him, he told me he had found an early photograph of Gertrude Moakley and uploaded it to wikipedia. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gertrude-moakley-yearbook-photo-1925-age-20-retouched.jpg He was such ...

Re: Poem with ...-occh (1779 - Domenico Balestrieri)

I think the reference is only to the Wheel of Fortune (X). “Biccocch” possibly means “stumbling people”, Here it could refer to drunkards. Thanks Marco -- I think biccoch is most likely the Lombardian 'bicocca', spinning wheel (guindolo or arcolaio in Italian). I was reading asp as aspo (like a ree...

Re: The Sun

Hello Huck, thank you very much for trying to understand more of Wüst's notes! I think, that the idea, when all planets are all together at one point, that this would mean the end of the world, is old in the astrological ideas Yes the idea is ancient and it is thought to be of Babylonian origin. See...

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