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Elizabethan Astrology

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Hazal Parmaksiz

on 10 December 2013

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Transcript of Elizabethan Astrology

Elizabethan Astrology
Definition of Astrology
--> in the Elizabethan Age
The role of Astrology in the Elizabethan Society
Contrast: Shakespeare's concept <-> Elizabethan
Intention of William Shakespeare
The Relation between Zodiac sign and Planets and how they affect the humans
Astrological references in ''Much ado about nothing''
Definition of Astrology
The Elizabethan Age
Definition of Astrology in that time:
study of the positions and aspects of celestial bodies
believe in an influence on the course of natural earthly occurrences + human affairs + events

Intention of
believed that there were seven planets-->the moon,
Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn and that
they rotated around the earth
They believed that the earth was the center of
the universe
The "planets" affected the affairs of the earth,
and astrologers felt that they could predict
future events by knowing the conjunction
of the stars.
Astrology in the works of WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
contrary to
Elizabethan Astrology
Astrology and astronomy had been thought as the science of ''science of the stars''
Astronomy and astrology :
art and science
before magic, religion and
science had long been intertwined
--> began to separate
--> Shakespeare’s works often
frame the debate that was
central to the study of the
stars at the time

-by referring to astrological terms and ideas
--> convey themes and symbols
which could be understood by a wide audience
focuses principally on the
negative or shadow side of
the archetypes
The Relation between Planets and Zodiac
signs and how they
affect the humans
Astrology is the study of patterns and relationships-
of planets in motion
our birthday chart
synastry with others
the make-up of elements
and using that knowledge as a tool to find meaning

The role of Astrology in Elizabethan Society
used as a tool for offering answers in medicine, biology, physics & philosophy
useful for important decisions--> courts
astrology were relied upon to determined -->causative elements+treatment of diseases
--> Examples: Saturn= longevity
Mars & Saturn=caused the plague
that hit England
Mars=caused tertian
Sun--> hot and dry--> Leo
Moon--> cold and moist-->Cancer
Saturn-->cold and dry
Capricorn--> melancholy,
earthly, feminine, cardinal, moveable,
Aquarius-->Sanguine, fixed,
rational, humane, masculine

Jupiter--> hot and moist
Sagittarius-->masculine, choleric, diurnal,
Pisces-->phlegmatic, feminine, nocturnal
Mars--> hot and dry
Scorpio-->watry, nocturnal, phlegmatic, feminine
Aries-->choleric, bestial, luxurious, intemperate and violent
Virgo--> melancholy, barren,
feminine, nocturnal
Venus--> cold and dry
Libra-->sanguine, masculine,
moveable, cardinal, humane, diurnal
Taurus-->melancholy, feminine,
nocturnal, fixed, domestic, bestial
Astrological references in ''Much ado about nothing''
''I was not born under a rhyming planet, nor I cannot woo in festival terms.'' Benedick

''I wonder that thou( being as thou sayest thou art, born under Saturn..'' Don John
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