WHAT IS ASTROLOGY?
Among all the sciences and arts which claim, justly or not, to reveal man or woman’s nature and to open the mysterious book of the future, there is none more justified in its pretensions than the oldest of all the sciences, the science of astrology.
Its antiquity and the high standing of the men who have believed implicitly in its revelations, force even the most skeptical to grant it a certain amount of the respect which they begrudge to Palmistry, Cartomancy (the reading of the future in cards), or Phrenology. Although it might seem to the unbeliever as if the great progress of modern Astronomy had removed from their proud position the astronomers of ancient Assyria, Egypt and Greece, it so happens that the more recent discoveries among the ruined tombs of the early Egyptian kings built some 4,800 years before Christ — have furnished us with the most positive proofs that the great astrologers of those days were almost as deeply conversant with the principles of our solar system as the astronomers of the present century, allowance being made, of course, for the fact that they had no telescopes to assist them in their researches in the firmament.
Now, the Chaldean, Egyptian and Greek ASTRONOMERS were, also, astrologers, that is to say, while understanding, in the main, the positions of the stars and planets as correctly as we do since the rediscoveries of Kepler, Copernicus and Newton — they also believed that these heavenly bodies exert over every human being a powerful influence for good or evil, from the day of birth to the hour of death, an influence, which, of course, personal conduct will strengthen or decrease.
In our time of skepticism and agnosticism it is not strange that the claims of astrology are laughed at, but it is certainly a study that has lost none of the powerful fascination which it has exerted over the greatest men throughout the 7,000 or 8,000 years of which we know anything, and the vast number of well-authenticated fulfillments of prophecies by astrologers will surely go far to prove that Astrology Is entitled to the name of a science.
From among the thousands of cases of successful predictions by astrologers we mention here two which are as remarkable as they are true.
The first Instance we cite from Bacon’s Essay of Prophecies: — “When I was In France, I heard from one Dr. Pena, that the queen-mother, who was given to curious arts, caused the king, her husband’s, nativity to be calculated, under a false name; and the astrologer gave a judgment, that he should be killed in a duel; at which the queen laughed, thinking her husband to be above challenges and duels; but he was slain upon a course at tilt, the splinters of the lance of Montgomery piercing his neck.”
The second is a most singular prophecy by one of the most brilliant astronomers of the sixteenth century, Tycho Brahe.
In 1577 there was a comet visible, from the observation of which Brahe deduced a clear proof that the sky was not a solid vault, and from the appearance and course of which he predicted, that in the North, in Finland, there should be born a prince who should lay waste Germany and vanish In 1632.
Gustavus Adolphus, king of Sweden, was born in Finland, overran Germany and when he was killed, in 1632, in the battle of Luetzen, his dead body was never found.
Whoever has read Milton’s Paradise Lost, will remember his innumerable references to planetary influences; Wallenstein, the great captain and adversary of Gustavus Adolphus, undertook no important work without first consulting Seni, his astrologer, and it is well known that Napoleon I. firmly believed in his star.
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From Practical Astrology by Comte C. de Saint-Germain