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By John Scott Lucas

The Tractat de prenostication de l. a. vida usual dels h?mens, a past due fifteenth-century Catalan incunable, attracts on a wealthy culture of astrological magic, geomancy, Pythagorean numerology, and Hebrew gematria. This useful handbook deals a style of deciding on the delivery signal according to calculations played at the subject’s identify and his or her mother’s identify. The severe version encompasses a literary, ancient, and linguistic examine; an English translation; and a Catalan-English thesaurus. The Tractat finds Catalan resources for prognostication, a distinct expression of medieval syncretism, the mingling of traditions, and the improvement of recent principles. it's a infrequent locate for Hispanists and others drawn to astrology, magic, the heritage of technology, and early print tradition.

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Isidore notes that astronomy deals only with the movement of the heavenly bodies. e. scientific) and partly superstitious. 10 Isidore is not the first to make such a distinction; his use of the term mathesis to refer to astrology comes from much older astrological sources. Julius Firmicus Maternus composed his Mathesis (c. 354) on the subject, and the treatise remains one of the few complete ancient texts on astrology. Although the work is not cited until the twelfth century, Isidore obliquely refers to it.

The revalorization of magic, so much a part of the Italian        23 Renaissance, is largely missing in the Catalan literary tradition. There are no autochthonous treatises on natural magic or prognostication to rival Ficino, Pico della Mirandola, or Campanella. Culturally, there is evidence for growing interest in and acceptance of the magic arts, particularly alchemy, at a popular level. The proliferation of literature on astrological magic is one example of this influence.

So far, we have considered the most recent scholarship on the transmission of the occult sciences through the Middle Ages and the reception they find in the Roman Catholic Church. Most of the research centers specifically on astrology and, by extension, on magic. e. mathèsis) was acceptable to the medieval Christian Church in limited doses and whenever it did not conflict with theological doctrine. e. máth^sis), astro-numerology, geomancy, lot casting, etc.? When and if the medieval Church adopted the other occult sciences—as Flint seems to suggest—is a question that requires much more philological spadework.

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