A manual of astrology, or, The book of the stars: which contains every requisite illustration of the celestial science, or the art of foretelling future events, by the influences of the heavenly bodies, the whole illustrated and exemplified by various important and appropriate diagrams, and three elegant engravings.
Author: Raphael, 1795-1832
The Year of publishing: 1828
Publisher: London: Published by C.S. Arnold; Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd; Dublin: Westley and Tyrrell
Rights: No Copyright page found
Digitizing Sponsor: Brigham Young University
Contributor: Harold B. Lee Library
The number of pages: 276 pages
About the author
Robert Cross Smith (1795-1832) was an English astrologer, writing under the pseudonym of “Raphael“.
Smith was born in Bristol on March 19, 1795. He married in 1820 and moved to London, where he became interested in astrology. Together with G. W. Graham, he published a book on geomancy in 1822.
Smith began to edit a periodical entitled The Struggling Astrologer in 1824, but failed to receive enough subscribers and the periodical had to be discontinued after a few issues. He collected the issues of the failed periodical in a volume entitled The Astrologer Of The Nineteenth Century in the same year. The volume claimed to be the “sixth edition”, but it is believed that editions one to five never existed. A substantially enlarged edition appeared in 1825 as the “seventh edition”, with additional material attributed to “Merlinus Anglicus Junior” (Merlinus Anglicus Junior: The English Merlin Revived was the title of a 1644 book by William Lilly). It was printed by Knight & Lacey of London.
From 1827 until his death in 1832, he edited an astrological almanac, entitled The Prophetic Messenger. Also published by Smith was The Familiar Astrologer and A Manual of Astrology, both in 1828.
Smith died on 26 February 1832 in London. His almanac continued to be edited as Raphael’s Ephemeris and would become a standard work in British and US American astrology. Raphael’s Ephemeris popularized the system of Placidian system of astrological houses in the English-speaking world and in modern western astrology in general.
1. An historical narration of the antiquity and verity of Astrology.
2. Elementary Principles or the Science ; comprising a complete system of the Universe according to modern Astronomers.
3. The Natures of the Twelve Signs, the Houses of Heaven, the Planetary Orbs, the Fixed Stars, etc. etc.
4. The art of casting a Figure or Theme of Heaven, or Scheme of Nativity, for any time whatever, by Perpetual Tables.
5. Requisite descriptions of the Zodiacal and Mundane Aspects.
6. The Doctrine of Nativities ; with select experimental Rules, for foreseeing each particular event, from the cradle of infancy to the tomb of age.
7. The method of working Celestial Directions, both in the zodiac and in mundo.
8. The art of foreknowing the chief events of life by Celestial Periods ; a new and important discovery. Also the theory of Progressive Directions.
9. A number of remarkable Horoscopes, evincing the power of the Stars in Life and Death.
10. The art of resolving every important question in the affairs of human life, by the science of Horary Astrology; with the Horoscope of London Bridge, etc. etc.
11. The theory of State Astrology; or the method used by Astrologers in foretelling the fates of Kingdoms, Thrones, and Empires, exemplified by a prophetic glance at the late Lunar Eclipse.
12. An highly curious extract from an Original Manuscript; communicated by a valuable correspondent, relative to the mystic signatures of the Seven Planets.
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