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Each was linked to an elaborate astrological system to cover every facet of life.

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On the fifth day after the birth of a boy, the Mayan astrologer-priests would cast his horoscope to see what his profession was to be: soldier, priest, civil servant or sacrificial victim. Venus was seen as a generally inauspicious and baleful influence, and Mayan rulers often planned the beginning of warfare to coincide with when Venus rose. There is evidence that the Maya also tracked the movements of Mercury, Mars and Jupiter, and possessed a zodiac of some kind.

The Mayan name for the constellation Scorpio was also 'scorpion', while the name of the constellation Gemini was 'peccary'. There is some evidence for other constellations being named after various beasts.


The Aztec calendar shares the same basic structure as the Mayan calendar, with two main cycles of days and days. The day calendar was called Tonalpohualli and was used primarily for divinatory purposes. Like the Mayan calendar, these two cycles formed a year 'century', sometimes called the Calendar Round.

Cambridge University Press. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Main article: Hellenistic astrology. Balkh , Khurasan. Further information: Astrology in medieval Islam. Further information: Renaissance magic. Main articles: Indian astronomy and Hindu astrology. Main article: Chinese astrology. Main articles: Maya calendar and Aztec calendar.

The cosmic perspective 4th ed. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union. Bruno Meissner, Leipzig, , v. Also quoted in A. Paris, Journal of the American Oriental Society. See also, Neugebauer pp. Tablet source given as: State Archives of Assyria 8 Mundane astrology.

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The limits of influence: Pico, Louvain, and the crisis of Renaissance astrology. Retrieved 5 April Retrieved See also Campion pp. Ramsay, , retrieved 5 July Smithsonian , July World Digital Library.

Mathematics and Physical Sciences'. The Astrology Book. Divine Comedy. Ticknor and Fields. Kitson Contemporary Review, Oct Allen, J. University of Texas, San Antonio. Mattar; et al. University of Singapore. Brown Published by The Warburg Institute. Arcade Publishing, Brahe is described as "an acknowledged master of astrology", Galileo as "a dabbler, though by no means an adept" and it is said of Kepler that "astrology informed his entire career".

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Satire on the Scotch 37 c. Satire on political spies 40 3. Social satire 41 a. Satire on types 43 b. Affectation of dress 49 c. Affectation of manner 51 d. Affectation of speech 55 e. Affectation of learning 57 f. Satire on tobacco 60 g. Petrarchan love-making 62 h. Satire on foreign travel 63 i. Satire on law 65 4.

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  • Literary satire 68 a. Plagiarism 68 b. Satire on literary fads 71 c. Satire on sonneteering 74 d. Romantic formlessness 75 e. Why should this great satirist of classical times have said, "It is difficult not to write satire"? Before this can he answered satisfactorily it is essential that we examine the mental attitude of the satirist and discover his outlook and purpose. Incidentally, this consideration will help us to arrive at a better understanding of the meaning of satire itself.

    The satirist in a sense is an idealist who has become soured. In comparing the ideal that exists in his own mind with the everyday world he finds little that embodies thiii ideal. This reflects itself in the contemptuous attitude of the satirist toward the follies of mankind. Consequently, in showing human nature its own weaknesses, the satirist ranges all the way from playful sarcasm to the most bitter invective.

    Satire, accordingly, may be pleasantly tart with an agreeable pungency, or more acid with a smack of the caustic, or so bitter that it becomes virulent.

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    The satirist is also a critic. Now the first prerequisite for a critic is a natural capacity for keen observation, for if he does not fully comprehend and accurately conceive the object of his criticism, his censure would tend to be less effective or would miss the point altogether. The satirist as critic must be able to see beneath the surface of pretense and sham and must be able to detect insincerity and affectation. Let us suppose that the satirist has a neighbor who has bought an expensive car and has hired a chauffeur in spite of the fact that he is not able to give his family the necessities of life.

    The writer of tragedy would arouse our pity for the man's family. The satirist, on the other hand, criticizes his nel-hbor, not for owning an expensive car, but for the folly of starving his family at the expense of keeping the car, and for pretending to greater wealth than he actually has. Keen observation, then, is an essential and inherent characteristic of the critic, for the satirist "perceives underneath the specious disguise of social conventions and nominal morality the native brutality and ignorance of mankind.

    The satirist looks about him and sees those who blindly imitate the follies and vices of mankind; he does not pity them but criticizes them and laughs at them for their sheer stupidity and lack of common sense. Some situations are ridiculous in themselves and provoke laughter at once, such as the policeman who slips on a banana peel and descends from a position representing the dignity of the law to a position that is ridiculous and wholly wanting in dignity.

    More often, however, the blind and stupid world does not recognize the ridiculousness of its own follies, although "life everywhere furnishes an accurate observer with the ridiculous, " l It takes the satirist to discover and expose the ludicrous by placing the object of his ridicule in such a light that there is no doubt left as to its ridiculousness.

    We have seen that affectation is a fit subject for satire; we might go even further and say that affectation is the only source of the ridiculous. Let us take the same example of the man who has foolishly bought an expensive car. Suppose the satirist who has heard his neighbor boast that he knows how to drive after one lesson, sees that individual drive around his house barely missing trees and other objects.

    Then, in a burst of over-confidence, he dashes into his garage at top speed, only to emerge a moment later through the rear wall much to his own chagrin and to the dismay of his family. Naturally the driver and his family do not regard the situation l Preface to "Joseph Andrews" by Henry Fielding - p.

    The satirist ob- serves hia neighbor's predicament and thinks it is quite ludicrous and gives way to unfeigned laughter. Without further examples we may conclude that af- fectation proceeds from either vanity or hyoocrisy: vanity, because the man affects a knowledge of driving and is osten- tatious in trying to execute something he is not capable of perfectly accomplishing; hypocrisy, because by purchasing the car in the first place he is trying to disguise his poverty by affecting wealth. This brings us to the question of the nature of laughter in relation to the ridiculous.

    In analyzing the above situation we discover that the comic is accidental, yet it is not the sudden change from the normal that raises a laugh but rather the involuntary element in this change. Tragedy may be likened to the method of deduction that reasons from the goneral to the particular. Tragedy is concerned with the general laws of society in as far as they affect a particular individual or individuals, and deals with the internal motives of the character that will arouse our sympathy.

    Comedy, on the other hand, is like the inductive method of science that rea-ons from the particular to the general. Comedy is concerned with classes of people and is handled from a purely external point of view.