Mercury Is In Libra

The Apocalypse says: "I looked, and there before me was a black horse. Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, A quart of wheat for a days wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!'" (AP 6:5-6).

Apparently this is Mercury, the faintest of all of the primary planets. Only Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn were considered primary in antiquity.

Fig. 3.31. Constellations of Perseus, Gemini and Taurus on a star chart from Ptolemy's Almagest. A close-up of a fragment of a map. We have removed all other constellations so as not to make the illustration look too cumbersome. Taken from the Pelu-siensis Alexandrini omnia quae extant opera by Claudius Ptolemy. Published in 1551 ([1073]). Book archive of the Pulkovo Observatory. Also see [543], the inset between pages 216-217.

Fig. 3.31. Constellations of Perseus, Gemini and Taurus on a star chart from Ptolemy's Almagest. A close-up of a fragment of a map. We have removed all other constellations so as not to make the illustration look too cumbersome. Taken from the Pelu-siensis Alexandrini omnia quae extant opera by Claudius Ptolemy. Published in 1551 ([1073]). Book archive of the Pulkovo Observatory. Also see [543], the inset between pages 216-217.

Fig. 3.32. Planet disposition for 1 October 1486. It is distinctly visible that all the planets are located in exactly the same constellations as indicated by the Apocalypse.

Mercury is truly the "invisible" planet. Furthermore, due to its location close to the sun, Mercury is only rarely visible due to the intensity of sunshine. Therefore, errors were frequently made determining the position of Mercury in the Middle Ages.

The synodal translation says "a quart on the scale in thy hand". According to the Greek translation, the rider holds a scale in his hand ([542]). The entire verse 6 distinctly speaks about trade. Even the prices of wheat and the barley are given. Mercury was considered the patron of trade.

Thus, Mercury is indicated in Libra.

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