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Book I.
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and end: ſo Aries poſſeſſeth the beginning of Fire, Leo the progreſs, and increaſe, and Sagittarius the end. Taurus the beginning of the Earth, Virgo the progreſs, Capricorn the end. Gemini the beginning of the Aire, Libra the progreſs, Aquarius the end. Cancer the beginning of Water, Scorpius the middle, and Piſces the end. Of the mixtions therefore of theſe Planets, and Signes, together with the Elements are all bodies made. Moreover Divels alſo are upon this account diſtinguiſhed the one from the other, ſo that ſome are called fiery, ſome earthy, ſome airy, and ſome watery. Hence alſo thoſe four Infernall Rivers, fiery Phlegethon, airy Cocytus, watery Styx, earthy Acheron. Alſo in the Goſpel we read of Hell Fire, and eternall Fire, into which the Curſed ſhall be commanded to go : and in the Revelation we read of a Lake of Fire, and Iſaiah ſpeaks of the damned, that the Lord will ſmite them with corrupt Aire. And in Job, They ſhall ſkip from the Waters of the Snow to extremity of heat, and in the ſame we read, That the Earth is dark, and covered with the darkneſs of death, and miſerable darkneſs. Moreover alſo theſe Elements are placed in the Angels in Heaven, and the bleſſed intelligencies ; there is in them a ſtability of their eſſence, which is an earthly vertue, in which is the ſtedfaſt ſeat of God; alſo their mercy, and piety is a watery cleanſing vertue. Hence by the Pſalmiſt they are called Waters, where he ſpeaking of the Heavens, ſaith, Who ruleſt the Waters that are higher then the Heavens; also in them their subtill breath is Aire, and their love is shining Fire : Hence they are called in Scripture the Wings of the Wind; and in another place the Psalmist speaks of them, Who makest Angels thy Spirits, and thy Ministers a flaming fire. Also according to orders of Angels, some are fiery, as Seraphin, and authorities, and powers; earthy as Cherubin: watery as Thrones, and Archangels : airy as Dominions, and Principalities. Do we not also read of the original maker of all things, that the earth shall he opened and bring forth a Saviour? Is it not spoken of the same, that he shall be a fountain of living Water, cleansing, and regenerating? Is not the same Spirit breathing the breath of life; and

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