Art. 7. Of the Suns Influence on the Inferiour World.
IT was easie to observe, how powerfully this Eye of the World would work upon Inferiour bodies by his lighter and publique motion. There is nothing in the parts of the year, or dayes, or nights, or variety of shadowes, but must be ascribed to it. When the Sun ariseth, all things are enlightened; when it sets, all are in the dark. Things flourish, when he approacheth; fade, when he departeth: These are generals, and if we respect particulars, are not much lesse. It is certain, that tempests, and seasonable weather are from the Sun. About the middle of Sagittarius, and the constellation of Pisces by the help of Stars that are in them, and rise, it blowes warm to those that are under it; and, the humours that were frozen being mel∣ted, and the earth being watered with them, it produceth the fruitful Western blasts, and stirs up the force of the Pleiades and Hyades in Taurus, and of the Kids from the North, from the South or Orient that is near unto it; and of Arcturus that lyes opposite to it, which raise up Southern winds, and for some dayes do water the seed sown with continual rain. Peucer in Astrol. When the Herbs are grown and want moisture again for their just magnitude, it affords it and drawes it forth by it, coming up toward the Stars of Cancer. Pliny takes the signs of Tempests from it, l. 18. c. 35. It belongs to motion; for Sca∣liger saith, That men sail faster with the Sun. Exerc. 86. And Pliny l. 2. Histor. c. 71, writes, That the Currior Philonides ran from Sicyon to Elis, 1200 furlongs in 9. hours of the day, and came back again, oft-times, though it were down hill, at 3. a clock at night: The rea∣son was, because he ran out with the Sun, but returned against the course of the Sun.