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[38d] The Moon He placed in the first circle around the Earth, the Sun in the second above the Earth; and the Morning Star1 and the Star called Sacred to Hermes He placed in those circles which move in an orbit equal to the Sun in velocity, but endowed with a power2 contrary thereto; whence it is that the Sun and the Star of Hermes and the Morning Star regularly overtake and are overtaken by one another. As to the rest of the stars, were one to describe in detail the positions in which He set them, and all the reasons therefor,


1 i.e.a tendency as to direction.

2 i.e., a tendency as to direction.

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