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February 2018

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The melancholic temperament

Their colour is duskish, and swartish pale, their skin is rough and cold in feeling; they have very little or no hair on their bodies, and are long without beards, yea, sometimes beardless: the colour of their hair is duskish; as touching their conditions, they are naturally covetous, self-lovers, fearful with out cause; pusillanimous, solitary, careful, lumpish, seldom merry or laughing, stout, stubborn, ambitious, envious, fretful, obstinate in opinions, of deep cogitation, mistrustful, suspicious, vexed with dolours of the mind, and dreadful imaginations (as though they were infested with evil spirits) and are very spiteful, curious, majestical in behaviour, and retain their anger long; the vertue of concoction in them is very feeble, yet they have good appetite to their meat. Their Urine is palish and mean in substance, and they dream of fearful things, terrible visions and darkness.

- From Nicholas Culpeper, The Astrological Judgement of Diseases

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