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The sphere of the zodiac

From Bartholomeus Anglicus, De proprietatibus rerum (Lyons, 1485).
By permission of the Huntington Library.

In this illustration of the signs of the zodiac, the various activities of the month are illustrated.

In the centre are the two great principles, male and female; the female of summer, love and passion, the male of winter, thought and reason.

The dominant sign was thought to influence the body.