Of Orion, Chap. 36.
ORion is a signe which ariseth in Winter;* and exciteth Waters and tempestes. And Orion is dimme, and bréedeth and bringeth foorth windes and tempestes, and Orion hath the name of rising and hugenesse of waters, as Isidore sayth. In his rising hée gende∣reth and dréedeth tempestes, and chan∣geth the ayre, and is disposed and sha∣pen as an armed man, stretching out his feete and armes. And his length and longitude stretcheth nigh to the breadth and latitude of thrée signes, as Marcia∣nus sayth. And hée shineth most in the signe that is called Taurus as hee sayth: And Orion is a constellation most nota∣ble, because of hugnesse, and also of faire∣nesse: and also because of dispesition and vertue. For it stretcheth out of the signe, that is called Aries, to the signe yt is cal∣led Gemini, as Marcianus saith. And al∣so he maketh with his brightnesse, those thrée signes the more faire and cléere, as he saith: and he is shapen in the order of starres, as it were a knight giroe with a Swoorde. Of him speaketh Marcianus, and saith in this manner: Am•tus etjam fragrans splendebat in armes, that is to meane, hée armed also burning brighte shone in weapon and armes. But as he sayth, brightnesse of Orion betokeneth faire weather and cléere: and again ward: His darknesse strong weather and tem∣pest. When the Sunne is in the signes of Orion, which bée Taurus and Ge∣mini, then bourgene and spring al things that receiue féeding and nourishment of water, of aire, and of earth, as he sayth. After this constellation Orion commeth and followeth a starre that is called Co∣nicul•, and is euill willed and noyfull, as Astronomers tell: and fables meane, that that star was Iupiters hound, as hee telleth. But this Cannicula is not that noi∣full star, that is called Canis, and ariseth in the signe yt is called Leo. Of the which starre certeine dayes haue their names, and bée called Dies caniculare amonge Philosophers, as Gregory sayth. Then Orion in his first rising betokeneth tem∣pest and weather, and afterwarde fayre weather: and worketh with the Sunne, to make the earth plenteous: and when the Sunne is in the signe, that is called Taurus, Orion withdraweth him as Page [unnumbered] though he hide himself vnder the Sunne beames, nor then hée sheweth not his cléerenesse to the neather things. And hée ariseth againe in Iuly, when the Sun ascendeth in Gemini, to the higher circles when the earth hath most distemperance of aire in hot qualitie.