Marsillio Ficino (October 19, 1433-October 1, 1499) was one of the most influential humanist philosophers of the early Italian Renaissance, an astrologer, a reviver of Neoplatonism who was in touch with every major academic thinker and writer of his day, and the first translator of Plato's complete extant works into Latin. His Florentine Academy, an attempt to revive Plato's school, had enormous influence on the direction and tenor of the Italian Renaissance and the development of European philosophy.
Ficino writing in 1492, proclaimed, (This century, like a golden age, has restored to light the liberal arts, which were almost extinct: grammar, poetry, rhetoric, painting, sculpture, architecture, music and this century appears to have perfected astrology.)
Ficino's main original work was his Treatise on the Immortality of the Soul, (Theologia Platonica de immortalitate animae). In the rush of enthusiam for every rediscovery from antiquity, Marsilio exhibited a great interest in the arts of astrology, which landed him in trouble with the Roman Catholic Church. In 1489 he was accused of magic before Pope Innocent VIII and needed a strong defense to preserve him from the condemnation of heresy.
You can find it online but I cannot post the link, there are a number of links containing the text and analysis, but meet-up STRONGLY suggests not posting links and if you would rather it is in the local book stores, usually in a collection of his works, and of course amazon and the like can get it to you in days or moments if you have one of the e-book readers.
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