1. Tzadde
    September 14, 2015 @ 4:01 am

    I would like to debate a little the second point. So he considers that someone from a hot climate cannot be a scholar, even though Mercury might be Almuten Figuris in the native’s chart. The Sun burning the brain is a rather hair-brained argument, but I do see his point. I would argue that countries from hot climate, in Ibn Ezra’s time, didn’t have paper at all, and without paper you cannot read or write. They may use clay for writing, but I don’t know much about Ethiopia from a millennium ago. Let’s try to not judge from our modern perspective, but rather from an old point of view. The Sun’s heat being bad for brain is rather interesting to me. So he may refer to Sun’s combustion to the Moon, the natural significator of brain?

    • Nina Gryphon
      September 18, 2015 @ 8:52 am


      Interesting point you raise, but not historically supported. One doesn’t need paper to read and write, as you say; see clay tablets dating back 6000 years. Ibn Ezra probably never made it to Lalibela in Ethiopia, which houses Bibles dating back at least to Ibn Ezra’s lifetime…

      Nina Gryphon