Transcription of 3 latin lines in Dutch medieval manuscript

Latin Language Asked by LooselySubtle on November 26, 2020

Hi Latin Stackexchange

for my masters thesis I am transcribing a 16th century Dutch manuscript about alchemy.
On folio 172r there are some Latin words and a Latin sentence.

Can someone help me transcribe that Latin? I struggle a lot with the abbreviations used, and not knowing a single letter Latin does not help either 😀

I included a high res picture in this post.
The lines in bold are medieval Dutch and seem to read: waent die men oentsijet men geft hen tsijenne [because those those who are spared are given their own], but probably have nothing to do with the Latin.

So far, I found:

  • .T. = haec or her?

  • Habere bona ???

sculpta hac in plumbo ??? in

libra pisces aquarius di**?[r]**et et fortunatem

et ??? eum aspic. amico aspect [u] s

Latin sentence

One Answer

As stated in the comment by @Draconis, the "h"- and "C"-like glyphs appear to be the planetary symbols ♄ and ☾. Since plumbo is spelled out in the text, it appears that these are used to denote the planets Saturnus and Luna rather than the corresponding metals plumbum and argentum. With this, I read

Habere bona [Satur]ni

sculpa haec in plumbo, [Satur]no in
[libra], [piscibus], [aquario], Direct[o] et fortunat[o]
et [Lun]a eum aspic[iente] amico aspectu.

which I'd tentatively translate as

To have the goods of Saturn

engrave this [magic square] in lead, with Saturn in Libra, Pisces or Aquarius, direct [i.e. not retrograde] and fortunate, and the Moon in a friendly aspect with him

So this seems to be a set of instructions for the creation of an amulet intended to obtain "the goods of Saturn" (likely wealth), which is to be fashioned from lead (the metal associated with Saturn) under a specific set of astrological conditions (Saturn in certain signs, not retrograde, and the angle between the Moon and Saturn being one of those deemed auspicious in astrology).

Correct answer by gmvh on November 26, 2020

Add your own answers!

Ask a Question

Get help from others!

© 2024 All rights reserved. Sites we Love: PCI Database, UKBizDB, Menu Kuliner, Sharing RPP