he Sects of the Stars
In diurnal nativities, the Sun, Saturn, and Jupiter are rulers of the sect; but in nocturnal ones, the Moon, Venus, and Mars are the rulers of the sect. For Mercury was appointed to be common to the sects. And the Sun, Jupiter, the Moon, and Venus are considered as benefics, but Saturn and Mars as malefics. For Mercury was appointed to be common, being good with the good, an malefic with the malefics. Of the benefics and malefics he said that they are considered [so] because many times in certain nativities the maletics well placed by phase and sect and house magnify the good fortunes, but the benefics badly placed damage them.