The Four Humors

I plump and prune

I primp and preen

Coming from the heart

But with brain and spleen

Ye three humors of olde

Blood, Phlegm & Black Bile!

Illustration from the book, Minerva Britanna. At the top of the page is the word Sanguis and an illustration of a man shown playing a stringed instrument while standing next to a goat with grapes in its mouth.

Sanguine

  • Humor: Blood
  • Element: Air
  • Season: Spring
  • Age: Adolescence
  • Qualities: Hot & Moist
  • Organ: Heart
  • Planet: Jupiter
Illustration from the book, Minerva Britanna. At the top of the page is the word phlegma, and an illustration of a man sitting next to the fire of a hearth, with a turtle near his feet.

Phlegmatic

  • Humor: Phlegm
  • Element: Water
  • Season: Autumn
  • Age: Maturity
  • Qualities: Cold & Moist
  • Organ: Brain
  • Planet: Moon
Scanned illustration from the book, Minerva Britanna. At the top of the page is the word Melancholia and illustration shows a man with a bearded sitting with a book on his lap and a bag in his right hand, with an owl and a cat sit on either side.

Melancholic

  • Humor: Black Bile
  • Element: Earth
  • Season: Winter
  • Age: Old Age
  • Qualities: Cold & Dry
  • Organ: Spleen
  • Planet: Saturn

But where is the fourth, the summer, you ask?

Haven’t I the gall to complete the cycle?

Do I lack the Choleric?

Nay, I’ll spray my fiery yellow bile upon the new POTUS!

Illustration from the book, Minerva Britanna. At the top of the page is the word Cholera, and an illustration shows a man without a shirt holding a sword in his right hand while standing next to a lion that is lying on the ground.

Choleric

  • Humor: Yellow Bile
  • Element: Fire
  • Season: Summer
  • Age: Childhood
  • Qualities: Hot & Dry
  • Organ: Gall Bladder
  • Planet: Mars

 

 

 

 

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