Batman vppon Bartholome his booke De proprietatibus rerum, newly corrected, enlarged and amended: with such additions as are requisite, vnto euery seuerall booke: taken foorth of the most approued authors, the like heretofore not translated in English. Profitable for all estates, as well for the benefite of the mind as the bodie. 1582.
Bartholomaeus, Anglicus, 13th cent., Trevisa, John, d. 1402., Batman, Stephen, d. 1584.

Of the signe Pisces. chap. 21.

MIsael sayth, That the signe that is called Pisces, is watrie, colde, meane, and a night signe: the house of Iupiter, but exaltation of Venus in the 27. de∣grée. Thereof Venus is Lorde by daye, Mars by night: and the Moone is part∣ner with them, of the Triplicitie in the fourth. His first face is giuen to Satur∣nus, the second is Iupiter, the thirde to Mars. Of mans bodye he ruleth the féete, and giueth large breast, little head,* a flowrishing beard and faire. And ma∣keth a man white, of great heart, with rounde eyen: And that signe is called the house of enmitie, of Asse, of horse, and of euery wast that is ridde vppon. And betokeneth trauaile, wo, & sorrowe, backbiting, deceipt, and guile, euill will, and prison: Héereof speaketh AlbumasarPage  128 In the tenth degrée of the signe yt is cal∣led Pisces, Virgo ariseth in the 12. degree, Thele, yt is the signe yt is called Libra, ariseth: in the .19. degrée, the signe that is called Cancer ariseth: in the .24. degrée, Orision, & the signe that is called Aqua∣rius arise. And this signe is called Pisces, the fish, for that time is generation and froting of fish. For when the heate of the Sunne ariseth, humoures be dissol∣ued and parted, and then fish vse to shed their séede, as Isidore sayth. And so A∣stronomers meane that these be the pri∣uie properties & vertues of the .12. signes of heauen. And I haue put these proper∣ties of these .12. signes to this worke, suppossing that it is profitable to them that read ye names of them in holy writ, to finde and knowe shortlye, what olde men meaned and vnderstoode of them in olde time. And why & wherfore Astrono∣mers, that take héede of the course of the Starres, set such names to these twelue signes. For by rising and downe going, and conspect and sight these 12. signes, that be called also Domus, houses: di∣uerse and wonderfull chaunges fall in these neather partes of the worlde, as it is sayd. For the ouer bodies of heauen alter and chaunge these neather things, and make in them diuers impressions and printes. And by these twelue signes, moue the Planets that be called Sidera errancia, not for they erre, for they haue most certeine moouing and discreet: But they be called Errancia, for it is know∣en that they holde theyr course against the course of the firmament. And there∣fore of the moouing of Planets, and of their place and effect, somewhat shall bée shortly sayd, both in generall and in spe∣ciall.