Ethics

Firmicus Maternus (circa 330 B.C.) devised a strict formula of ethics for all who wished to learn and practice the art of astrology. Some of his precepts:

Be modest, upright, sober, and content with few goods, so that the shameful love of money may not defile the glory of this divine science.  …

See that you give your responses publicly in a clear voice, so that nothing illegal may be asked of you.  …

Keep out of quarrels; do not undertake any harmful business; do not be tempted by the offer of money; keep away from all passion of cruelty; never take pleasure in others’ quarrels or capital sentences or fatal enmities …

Be generous, honest and truthful … Be reticent about people’s vices …

Not for only astrologers, yes?    MZ

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