The yeare hath 33 evil dayes

Today’s post comprises some rather entertaining snippets on predicting the weather, and a list of the 33 evil days to avoid each and every year, taken from a book on Rules to Judge The Weather (1605),

How to Judge of weather by the Sunne rising or going downe:

The Sunne in the Horizon or rising, cleare and bright, sheweth a pleasant day: but thinly overcast with a clowd, betokeneth foule weather. Also at the going downe, the body diversly coloured or red, and about dispersed with like clowdes, the beames red, and of length, pronounce great windes the next day from that part. Blacknesse in the Sunne or Moone, betokeneth water: Red signifieth winde.

How by the Clowdes, change of weather is perceived:

If thicke clowdes resembling flockes, or rather great heapes of wooll gathered in many places, they shew raine. Also when grosse darke clowdes, right over the North part, or somewhat declining to the West are close with the Earth, immediately followeth raine. If they appeare like illes, some deale from the earth, a good token of weather overpassed. Black clowdes signifie raine. White clowdes appearing in winter at the Horizon, two or three dayes together, prognosticate cold and snow.

Of thunders what they signifie:

Thunders in the morning, signifie wind: about noone, raine: In the evening great tempest. Some write (their ground I see not) that Sundayes thunder should bring the death of learned men, judges and others.
Mondayes thunder, the death of women.
Tuesdayes thunder, plentie of graine.
Wednesdays thunder, the death of harlots, & other bloodshed.
Thursdayes thunder, plentie of sheepe and corne.
Fridayes thunder, the slaughter of a great man, and other horrible murthers.
Saturdayes thunder, a generall pestilent plague & great death

A rule to prognosticate the weather by the falling of New yeares day:

It is affirmed of some, when New yeares day falleth on the Sunday then a pleasant Winter doth ensue: a naturall Summer: fruite sufficient: Harvest indifferent, yet some winde and raine: many marriages: plentie of wine and honey: death of young men, and cattell: robberies in most places: newes of Prelates, of Kings: and cruell warres in the end.

On Munday, a Winter some what uncomfortable: Summer temperate: no plentie of fruite: many fancies and fables opened: ages shall raigne: Kings and many others shall dye: Marriages shall be in most places: and a common fall of Gentlemen.

On Tuesday, a stormy Winter: a wet Summer: a divers Harvest: corne and fruite indifferent, yet hearbes in gardens shall not flourish: great sicknesse of men, women, and young children. Beasts shall hunger starve, and dye of the botch: many Shippes, Gallies and Hulkes shall be lost: And the bloodie Flixes shall kill many men: All things deare, save corne.

On Wednesday, Lo a warme winter: In the end Snow and frost: a clowdie Summer, plentie of fruite, of Corne, Hay, Wine and Honey: great paine to women with childe, and death to infants: good for sheepe: newes of Kings: great warres, battell and slaughter toward the middest.

On Thursday, Winter and Summer windie: A rainie Harvest: Therefore we shall have overflowings. Much fruite: plentie of honey: yet flesh shall be deare: cattell in generall shall dye: great trouble, warres, &tc with a licencious life of the feminine sexe.

On Friday, Winter stormie: Summer scant pleasant: Harvest indifferent: little store of fruite, of wine and honey: corne deare: many bleare eyes: youth shall dye: Earthquakes are perceived in many places: plentie of thunders, lightnings, and tempests: with a sudden death of cattell.

On Saturday, a meane Winter: Summer very hot: a late Harvest: good cheape garden hearbs: much burning: plenty of Hempe, Flaxe, and honey. Olde folke shall dye in most places: Fevers and Tercians shall grieve many people: great muttering of warres: murthers shall be suddenly committed in many places for light matters.

And finally, a note on the 33 evil days to avoid each year. I love the monthly advice.

The yeare hath 33 evill dayes generall for ever:

January hath eight such dayes: the first, the second, the fourth, the fifth, the tenth, the fifteenth, the seventeenth, the nineteenth. Drinke white wine in this moneth.

February hath three daies· the 8th the 10th  the 17th. These not so evil: the 26th, the 27th, the 28th. Eate no pottage of Oakes, or Mallowes: they are venomous.

March three daies: the 15th, the 26th, the 19th.  This not so evill: 28th. This moneth all sweete meates are good.

Aprill two daies: the 16th, the 21st.. These not so evill: the 7th, the 8th, the 10th, the 20th. Use hot meates, of light digestion.

May three daies: the 7th. 15th, the 20th. These not so evill: the 3rd, the 6th. Rise early, and use breakfast.

June two: the 4th and the 7th. These not so evill, the 10th, the 15th, the 22nd. Sage and Lettise are good to eate. Colde water fasting hurteth not.

July two dayes: the 15th and the 20th. Abstaine from carnalitie.

August two dayes: the 19th and the 20th. These not so evill: the 1st, the 29th, the 30th. It hurteth not to abstaine from pottage, and all hote meates, and drinkes of spicerie.

September two dayes: the 6th and 7th. These not so evill: the 3rd, 4th, 21st, 22nd. Eate good fruite.

October one day: the 6th. These not so evill: the 3rd, 16th, 24th. Good wine is wholesome this moneth.

November two dayes: the 15th, the 19th. These not so evill: the 5th, 6th, 28th, 29th. Bleede not.

December three dayes: the 6th, 7th, 9th. These dayes not so evill: the 15th, 17th, 22nd. Bleede not over much. Warme not thy legges at the fire.

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