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Many attempts have been made to bring the study of Astrology
within the reach of all persons endowed with an active mind ; but,
owing to the magnitude of the subject, and the great amount of time
and labour required to reduce a metaphysical science into terms of
natural philosophy, the object has hitherto been only partly achieved.
In the present work a final attempt is made by the author to reach
the multitude of earnest and thinking searchers after truth ; whose
numbers are steadily increasing, and especially those who wish to
have some practical demonstration of the widespread belief that a
wise Ruler is behind all manifestation of life, guiding and influencing
humanity towards a perfect ending — the Millennium — in which perfec-
tion is the goal.

The day is past for writing a defence of Astrology, and no
amount of argument will ever convince the sceptic, who is either too
perverse or too indolent to investigate so grand a science as Astrology,
a science which explains the law that governs all things. The best
test that can be applied to this, as to all other subjects where first
hand knowledge is required, is that of experience.

Reason, thought, and experience are the basis upon which the
system adopted in this work is built. The ripened fruit of many
years* toil and practice are offered to those who are sufficiently thirsty
for the knowledge that Astrology brings to mankind, and the main
abject of the present publication is that of ^satisfying a demand made
by the growing students of Astrology for more light.

Astrology is the oldest of all sciences. Its history can be traced
so far into the past that it becomes a hopeless task to actually dis-
cover when and where it had its origin. From Babylonia and the
Chaldeans we find a belief in Astrology spreading throughout the
whole world. Once the religion of a great and mighty race, it taught
its people wisely, lifting their aspirations by fiaith, hope and rever-
ence through the media of the planetary spirits to the supreme One
and Universal Spirit, the Logos of the solar system.

Since the days of happy Chaldea, whose wise priests by the ex-
pansion of their consciousness could reach the shining ones, the star
of Astrology appears to have waned, and for the multitude to have
entirely disappeared. Its rediscovery is due to the spiritual activity
that is again reviving the wisdom religion taught by Pythagoras and
his earnest followers, and now once again we hope to see the star of
stars slowly rising to again shine in all the splendour of its beneficfent

B6r6sus, the Chaldean priest, to whom a statue with a gilt
tongue was erected at Athens, translated the Illumination of Bel, an
early Babylonian work, and introduced Astrology into Greece. The
Greeks held the old traditions for a time, but it became more an art
than a science with them, and had so far waned that little trace of
the original Astrology can be found, and it was left to the Romans
to finally destroy the little life that was left in it as an exoteric study.

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In spite of strong governnaental opposition it flourished in the
early days of the Roman Empire, but through the pandering
of its exponents to political exigencies it became corrupted, and
sank into what was known as judicial Astrology, finally becoming
nothing more than a form of divination by which horoscopes were
cast for the hour. By this time the knowledge of Uranus,
the astrologer's star, had entirely disappeared, and substitutes
were used in horary Astrology to supply the place of the mystic
planet ; the old traditions were also lost, or became so corrupted and
distorted, that Astrology could no longer be called a science, but a
miserable form of fortune-telling divination.

To restore the Astrology of the Chaldeans is the only hope that
is left for all who would make Astrology a practical and beneficial
study. With all due respect to the modern exponents of the science,
we are bound to admit that their study has been mixed with too
many terms and definitions belonging to horary Astrology, a system
from which no comparisons can be drawn when considering the
methods of astrological practice taught by the wise men of the east.

The discoveries of Egyptologists prove that the Egyptians had no
claim to the invention of Astrology, they were taught by the Chal-
dean priests, who believed that " An affinity existed between the stars
and the souls of men ; that the ethereal essence is Divine ; that the
souls of men are taken from this reservoir, and return to it at death ;
and that the souls of the more eminent of mankind are converted into
stars." With them, " the soul was a spark taken from the stellar
essence," a belief held also by the great Pythagoras.

When we come to consider that Astrology was the beginning
of most that we hold valuable in art, literature, religion and science,
and know that the constellations were our first pictures, also that
astronomy, and to a certain extent mathematics, sprang from Chaldean
Astrology, we may judge of its value to humanity, and wonder not at
its survival amidst the fall of nations and decline of mighty races.

The truth can never be destroyed, and when we recognise in
Astrology the law of the Supreme Ruler of our solar system, we need
some courage (to say nothing of mental ability,) before we commence
the task of learning the harmony of that law ; and yet, the same
energy that is expended in seeking to refute it, if turned in the direc-
tion of learning its first principles, would unbar the gate that leads to
its understanding. For the first time since the glorious days of wise
Chaldea, an attempt is made in the following pages to place before
the world the true Chaldean system of Astrology, freed from the limi-
tations of bigotry, prejudice and selfish motives. That truth has
been preserved in its symbology, and so plain are its symbols that he
who runs can read. The time has come to again reveal the hidden
meaning concealed so long in circle, cross, and star. We have com-
menced the task in these pages, by removing some of the debris that
has fallen around the title during the past ages, and one desire alone
prompts our writing, the desire to serve humanity, and give to those
who possess an eager intellect and a pure love of truth, some of the
crumbs that have fallen from the table of those wise occultists whom
the author is truly grateful to know as teachers.

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First Steps. — Astronomy.

Before entering upon a study of Astrology it is advisable to have
some clear ideas concerning the Solar System, and these may be
obtained without going into all the elaborate details connected with
Astronomy. A general understanding of its broad outlines is there-
fore all that is necessary, and without becoming proficient in mathe-
matics anyone of ordinary education may follow quite easily all we
shall have to say upon the subject.

Astronomy gives a knowledge of the celestial bodies, their
magnitudes, motions, distances, periods, eclipses, size, weight, order,
etc., and generally takes us beyond the solar system far away in
space, amid the fixed stars, which are now, by nearly all astronomers,
believed to be central suns of other solar systems.

The Universe contains an infinite number of these solar
systems, each more or less great than our own. When we realise
this the vision niust widen, our minds expand, and our hearts be-
come filled with wonder and reverence for that Great Supreme and
unknowable Power, that is the primary cause of all the glory that
fills space, and supports the grand whole. But no amount of specu-
lation concerning other solar systems can reveal the true state of
things in the broad expanse of the heavens. It, therefore, becomes
more profitable to us, at our present stage, to confine our attention to
the solar system of which we form a part, leaving the fixed stars, with
their immense distances and magnitude, out of our consideration.

If we draw a circle and consider it the boundary of all the space
within, and place in the centre a single dot, we shall have focussed
our attention upon a miniature copy of ourselves in space. If we
could now expand our imagination and think of our Sun as being in the
centre of an enormous ring, the boundary circle extending millions of
miles into space, embracing the whole solar system, we might begin
to realise what the circumference of a solar system means. It will be
well to ponder over this wonderful system. In the days of Chaldea

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the Sun was recognised as the home and source of the primal energy,
from which came all life and light, being the prime moving spirit, in
fact the centre, or as we would term it for practical purposes," the body
of the Logos of the solar system. From this glorious body radiates
the light which illuminates the whole system, and there can be no
grander conception of God than this idea of the Logos who sustains
the whole of His universe through His manifestation. ** In Him we
live, and move, and have our being," truly.

All narrow and bigoted conceptions of religion must fade into in-
significance when we realise that the Sun is the light, and the life, of
the whole system.

Can we wonder at the Chaldeans' worship of the Sun when they
knew that the Father pours forth His spirit over the whole world ;
they worshipped that Spirit, seeking to become filled with it by
such love and devotion as we now seem to be incapable of; their civi-
lisation was at its height thousands of years ago, for time is past
our reckoning when dealing with the stars and evolution.

It is now astronomically accepted that the whole solar system
was a vast heated nebulous mass which, cooling down, threw off huge
portions, finally becoming planets or worlds, forming a complete
system of worlds revolving round the Sun.

We cannot fully estimate what we owe to Pythagoras, who
upheld the belief that the Sun was at rest at the centre of the uni-
verse, and that the heavenly bodies all moved round that centre.
This knowledge he had gained from the Chaldeans, but it was not
generally accepted, and that which is known as the Ptolemaic system
later on became firmly established, and so strong a hold had this idea
upon the people about the year 1500, that it was first folly, then mad-
ness, and finally impious heresy, to assert that the earth was not

About the year 1507 Copernicus began to restore the Pytha-
gorean system, completing his work about thirty years later. But
Europe was now under the bondage of prejudice and ignorance, and
the same fate awaited this genius as that aflforded to other great philo-
sophers, and the revived system met with nothing but opposition, and
later, Galileo, the champion of the Copernican doctrine, through religi-
ous bigotry, was made to renounce his belief before the Inquisition. Yet
Galileo persevered and wrote his celebrated Dialogtus, which had their

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after effect, but at the time, reawakened the anger of the Inquisitors,
and . at seventy years of age Galileo was brought before that dread
tribunal and escaped the fatal penalty only to be imprisoned in one of
their loathsome dungeons, where, to save his life, at Rome in the Con-
vent of Minerva, on June 22nd, 1633, he signed a document, in which he
professes ** with sincere heart and faith unfeigned to abjure, execrate
and detest the error and heresy of believing and teaching that the
Sun is the centre of the world and immovable, and that the earth is
not the centre, and moves, a doctrine repugnant to Holy Scripture."

But the good work had begun, and the reformation finished it,
and in our time we are returning to the truths taught thousands of
years ago. Astrology has always been based upon the fact that the-
Sun is the centre of the solar system. It could not be a solar sys-
tem otherwise. Revolving round the Sun, then, we have several
planets. The first is yet to be discovered by astronomers, called
Vulcan. Then Mercury, who performs a revolution round the Sun
in 88 days, 23J hours, which makes the length of his year. The
distance of this planet from the Sun is about thirty-six million miles;
he is a small planet shining with a pale bluish light, but he is never
more than about 30 degrees from the Sun, and is, therefore, rarely
visible to the naked eye. This planet was typically known as Hermes,
also as the winged Messenger of the Gods, by the mythologists. The
Chaldeans called him Nebo, and he has always been the planet of
warning. It is interesting to note that this planet is destined to be-
come the future physical home for the majority of our humanity,
and he belongs to our chain of worlds. His symbol is made'thus ;

Venus, next in order from the Sun, is nearly sixty-seven million
miles distant from the centre, and makes one annual revolution in 224
days, 17 hours; the length of this planet's day is almost similar to our
own. She is the bright evening star, often seen about sunset, and
when she rises before the Sun she .is the morning star. We learn
from those more advanced that she is inhabited, and her humanity has
advanced to a very high stage toward perfection : for each planet is a
physical world for the purpose of evolution, as we shall learn later.

Venus was known as Aphrodite — when the morning star as
Lucifer, and at r~^ evening Vesper. Her symbol is a circle surmount-
ing the cross, -f-

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about ninety-two million miles from the Sun. The earth moves once
round the Sun in what we know in time as one year, and also rotates
upon hei own axis once in 24 hours ; this is important to remember.

There is also another motion which arises from the precession of
the equinoxes, which is equal to about 50 seconds in a year. There
is also the decrease in the obliquity of the ecliptic of about 52 seconds
in a century.

The earth is surrounded by a substance of mixed gases called
the atmosphere, by which ligbt is reflected and dispersed. This
atmosphere, from being dense at the surface, becomes more rarefied
as distance increases. In this atmosphere, or air, we breathe, and
in it arise the phenomena of lightning, thunder, wind and rain.
The clouds are the vapours which rise from the earth and these
condense, to fall in showers, as their specific gravity is then greater
than that of the atmosphere. The earth was known as Rhea,
and the symbol is a cross within a circle ®. The Moon is a
satellite of the earth, making a revolution around us in an elliptical
orbit in 29^ days, she also appears to revolve from one point in the
heavens to the same point again in 27 days, 7 hours, 43 minutes ; she
is 240,000 miles from the earth. The Moon is an important body in
Astrology, and should be very carefully studied astronomically.

The Moon may be called the mother of the earth, for all life that
once existed there, together with its water and atmosphere, has been
drawn off by the earth, the Moon being the physical globe in a past chain
of worlds connected with our evolution ; she has been best known ^a\
as Luna or Isis. Her symbol is the half-circle or the crescent. JJ

Next to our earth is the planet Mars, who is about 139 million
miles from the Sun, has a year of 687 of our days, and his day is
about 45 minutes longer than our own. He has been known as the
god of war and hunting, and by the names of Ares and Nimrod ; his
mission appears to have been 1 to dispel terror and fear. His symbol


is the circle under the cross r\. This planet belongs to our chain

of worlds

The circles of the Asteroids come next, the principal planets,
which are small, being Vesta, Juno, Ceres, and Pallas. The swarm
of Asteroids are said to be raw material for another planetary system.

Next we come 10 the largest orb next to the Sun in our solar
system, Jupiter, who is about 475 million miles from the centre, and

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takes twelve years in going round the Sun ; his day consists of
about ten hours. Jupiter is the next brightest planet to Venus, and
is accompanied by four satellites. It is in course of preparation for
its humanity, being at present uninhabited. This planet has
been known as Zeus, his symbol is the half circle over the

Saturn, the next planet in order, is 877 million miles from the
centre, and he takes nearly thirty years to revolve round the Sun ; the
length of his day is over twelve hours, he is surrounded by rings,
and nine Moons. Saturn was the son of Uranus, and was known
as Chronos. His symbol is the half circle under the cross.

Beyond Saturn is Ui:anus, commonly called Herschel after its
re-discoverer. His distance from the Sun is about 1,754 niillion miles',
he revolves round the solar orb once in 84 of our years, being accom-
panied by six satellites. He was known as Ouranus.

Next to Uranus comes Neptune, the most distant planet as yet
discovered, who revolves round the Sun at a distance of about 2,747
millions of miles, and his year is equal to 165 of our years.

Beyond Neptune there are two other planets, as yet unknown to
physical science.



Astronomical Table

j-^ Distance from the
Name of Planet, g. Sun.

Mercury -
The Earth
Jupiter -
Uranus -
Neptune -




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24 5 105,000




2i 21 1 77,050



24 1 ^5.533

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24 i7 ' 53.090




9 55 i 28,744

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10 29 ! 21,221

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9 30 1 14.963

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The Earth's mean distance from the Moon ^ 238,000 miles.
The variation of distance of the Moon from the Earth is 26,000 miles,
whilst that of the Earth from the Sun is 3,500,000 miles.

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The Earth and the Zodiac

The Earth revolves around the Sun, making one complete circuit
around that centre m a period of 365J days, which we term one year.
In this revolution round the Sun, the solar orb is seen from the
earth through one of the twelve signs of the zodiac. The astronomi-
cal and astrological year commences about the 21st of March in each
year, at this time the Sun is said to enter the sign Aries, the first sign
of the zodiac, and then passes through the whole twelve signs con-
tained in the 360 degrees of the circle ; this journey of the earth
around the Sun which causes that luminary to appear in these signs
each month takes a period of a little over 365 days. This marks off
one distinct division so far as the zodiac is concerned, and gives us
the primary considerations of the signs through which the Sun's ray
passes, and by this we judge the internal or individual characteristics
of the person born in that particular month ; this gives us twelve
kinds of people, twelve types that stand out very clearly and definite,
the definiteness being the more marked as the Sun's rays pass through
the middle degrees of each sign, a sign consisting of exactly 30

The earth also revolves once upon her own axis every 24 hours,
and this causes each portion of the earth to pass through the whole
twelve signs of the zodiac once in each day of 24 hours, a fresh
sign rising upon the ascendant at the place of birth every two
hours, and one separate degree of the zodiac every four minutes ; by
this we have an entirely different individual born every four minutes
in time. It should be remembered that time and space are described
in terms of minutes and degrees respectively. Every four minutes
of time equals i degree in space, thus every 15 degrees in space are
equal to one hour in time, and 30 degrees, or one whole sign of the
zodiac, equals two hours in time, and from this it will be seen that a
given point on the earth will be two hours in passing through one sign
of the zodiac, but the Sun takes one month to pass through the sign.
It can now be seen that the earth is one day of 24 hours passing
through the zodiac containing twelve signs, and the Sun takes
one year to pass through the circle. These two separate apparent
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