¶Of the head and taile of the Dragon. Ca. 31.
TWo starres there be, that be no pla∣nets, but it séemeth, that they haue kinde and effect of Planets: and they be called Caput Draconis, and Cauda, the head of the Dragon and the tayle. And they moue with the firmament, & followe his course: and so they passe from the signe that is called Leo, into the signe that is called Cancer: and from that signe that is called Cancer, into the signe that is called Gemini, and so forth. And the Dragons head abideth in euery signe, 18 monethes, that is a yeare and an halfe, and the taile also: and full en∣deth his course in. 18. yeares, and if the head he in any signe, alway the tayle is in the signe that is euen afore him, and the wombe in the fourth signe, and if the head be in Cancer, the wombe is in A∣ries, and the taile is in Capricornus. And if the head be in Leone, the wombe is in Cancer, and the taile in Aquario: and so of other signes. And therefore because of contrarie aspect, the taile is alwaye be∣nimous. And the head hath his exaltati∣on in thrée degrées of Gemini, and his a∣bating in thrée degrées of Sagittarius. And againward: the taile hath his exalta∣tion in the third degrées of Sagittarij, and falleth in the thirde degrée of Gemini. And héere we must take héed, that when the Moone is coniunct to the head of the Sun, or to the taile, being nigh the degrées of coniunction, by. 12. degrées thence or within, alway the Eclipse shall be more or lesse, as the head or taile commeth nére of father to the degrée of coniuncti∣on. And this hath a speciall place in the Eclipse of the Sun. In the same wise it shall be helde in the Eclipse of the Moone.
For if the Moone commeth in anye signe with the taile, and the Sun is with the head in the signe that is euen afore: then shall be the Eclipse of the Moone. And againewerd: if the Sun be with the taile in any signe, & the Moone with the head in the signe that is euen afore him: then again shall be ye Eclipse of ye Moone. And if he commeth in the same degrée: then the Eclipse shall be gneral: and so he must come in ye head or in the taile in yt same degrée, or nigh .12. degrees thence. or within, if the Eclipse shall fall. And so in the coniunction, the Sunne & the Moone must be in the same signe, or in the same degrée, and in the same minute, & in the same degrée.
Héereof it followeth, that though the Moone be ioyned with the Sunne, and chaungeth euery moneth, he maketh not Eclispe alway: for they come not alwaie togethers vnder the line of Eclipse. For yt Moone chaungeth not, neither hath con∣iunction alway in yt same degrée, neither the head and taile méet alway in yt con∣iunction, nor oppsition of the Sunne and the Moone.