According to Tommaseo, one of the meanings of "pianeta" is:

  1. [Val.] Per Augurio, Acquisto, Influsso. Pucc. Centil. 77. 40. Il Conte Ettore non diè nella rete, Perocchè alla Montagna sanza motti Per gente er'ito con miglior pianete.

The quote is from Antonio Pucci, the XIV century. I fail to comprehend this meaning. It seems similar to 'presentiment' to me. However, this is only true for the meaning "augurio", and both "influsso" and "acquisto" do not seem to match here.

Any hints would be highly appreciated.

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    – Charo
    Mar 14 '18 at 10:49
  • Also keep in mind that in past times pianeta (or pianeto) also referred to the Sun and the Moon (Dante in Inf, I, 17, for instance use it for the Sun), and their alleged influences.
    – DaG
    Mar 14 '18 at 11:26
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    As to the Tommaseo dictionary article, augurio, acquisto and influsso are not indeed synonyms of each other, but rather possible meanings of pianeta (and of course acquisto doesn't mean here “something that has been bought”, but a benefit, something good to be gained from some enterprise).
    – DaG
    Mar 14 '18 at 11:30

I think it refers to the following meaning by Treccani in which pianeta is used metaphorically to refer to the supposed influences that planets can have over human beings according to some astrological doctrines:

  • 3 - Con riferimento alle dottrine astrologiche intorno all’influsso dei pianeti (per cui si parla spesso di p. benigno, favorevole, o avverso, maligno, e sono frequenti le espressioni nascere o essere nato sotto un buon p., un cattivo p., e sim.), sorte, destino: è il mio pianeta che tutti m’abbiano a dare addosso (Manzoni).
  • In the quote of Manzoni pianeta would be intended with the meaning of destiny, fate
    – abarisone
    Mar 14 '18 at 10:57

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