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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. SAN DIEGfc
LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA
GUIDE TO ASTROLOGY
A COMPLETE SYSTEM
In One Volume.
The Astrologer of the Nineteenth Century,
Author of the " Prophetic Messenger," &c., &c
W. FOULSHAM & CO.,
4 PILGRIM STREET, LUDGATE HILL, E.G.
Price Two Shillings and Sixpence.
volume originally appeared in two volumes,
as " The Guide to Astrology, Vols. I. and II.,"
and were sold separately. They have now been
rewritten, revised, and made into one volume, com-
plete in itself, so far as the Astrological part of a
Nativity is concerned. Information, not previously
published by myself, on "Birthday Figures" and
"Transits" is given, which the reader will find useful
and reliable to a very large extent.
The most unsatisfactory part of Astrology is that
dealing with "Directions," or the "Calculation of
Future Events." At present there is no system
known that will give reliable results, but the method
taught in this volume will be found to be more
accurate than any other known system, yet even here
there appears to be something lacking, some "missing
link" which would explain why some directions fall
out exactly and like a thunderclap, and others pass
without any appreciable event. Why this is, no one
can tell. Perhaps it is a wise provision of Providence
that it is so, on account of the fear and dread of mis-
fortune which seem inherent in the human heart. To
know that certain death or misfortune awaited one
at a certain time, would drive to madness or suicide
a very large majority of the inhabitants of this earth;
and in this way "True Astrology" would be a terrible
scourge, compared with which, the bloodiest wars, or
the greatest natural catastrophes would be as nought.
All through the book I have done my best to make
everything as simple and plain as possible, so that
the youngest student, or most illiterate person can
London, Xmas, 1905.
IVcfacc ........ 3
The Symbols Explained ..... 5
The Nature of the Aspects . . . . .6
The Nature and Quality of the Signs of the Xoiln- . . 6
The Measurement of the Planetary Aspects . . .7
The Orbs of the Planet* . . . . 9
The Mundane Houses of the Heavens . . . .10
Persons Produeed by the Signs of the Zodiac 1 . . . 13
The Form of Body Given by the Planets in the Signs . .15
The Essential and" Accidental Dignities ... 26
The Use of An Ephemeris . . . . . .28
How to Erect a Map of the Heavens .... 30
How to Place the Planets in the Map . . . .34
The Nature of Uranus and its Aspect* . . 40
Saturn ,, . . . . 4
,, Jupiter ,, . 51
,, ,. Mnrs ,, . . . .66
.. Sun .... ... f>8
Venus ........ 01
,. Mercury ,. .. ... 64
Moon . . .
The Planet N'cptuno . . . . . 07
The Term Elevation ...... 6!)
Advice ........ 70
How to Judge a Nativity .72
Whether a Child will Live or Die .... 73
The Health .74
The Mental Qualities ...... 77
The Money Prospect* ... . . 7!)
The Employment ...... 82
Of Marriage ....... 84
Of Children S7
Traveling . . . . . 90
On the Selection of a House . . 92
Friends and Enemies . . . . . . !I5
The Kind of Death . . 97
Directions; or, Calculating Future Events . . .99
An Example of Working the Directions . 102
The Effects of the Directions of the (^ and . . .106
The Directions of the Planets . . . .114
Solar Returns or Birthday Figures . . . .117
Transits and Eclipses . . . . . . 121
A Short Astrological Dictionary ..... 127
THE GUIDE TO ASTROLOGY.
THE SYMBOLS EXPLAINED.
LEARN, practice, and understand the following : That the
planets are nine in number, and are thus named and sym-
bolised : v? Neptune ; y Herschel ; F? Saturn ; T/ Jupiter ;
C<" Mars ; The Sun ; 9 Venus ; $ Mercury ; ]) the Moon.
The Zodiacal signs are as follow :
Northern T Aries Southern : Libra
y Taurus TT\ Scorpio
n Gemini f Sagittarius
25 Cancer Vf Capricorn
& Leo zz Aquarius
TO? Virgo X Pisces
Each sign contains 30, which, multiplied by the twelve
signs, gives 360, being the total number of degrees contained
in the Zodiac. The reason the ancients divided the Zodiac
into 360 appears thus : that the solar year measures 365
days, and the lunar year 355, the mean of which is 360, the
number of the degrees in the Zodiac.
B TOT QUID* TO ASTROLOGY.
T The Planetary Aspects.
V Semisextile A Trine
/_ Semisquare Q Sesquiquadrato"
% Sextile i'Biquintile
Q Quintile \y Quincunx
f] Square ^"Opposition
P Parallel of Declination
There is also the position, <$ Conjunction.
Of the Nature of the Aspects.
The following conjunctions of the planets are good in power
and effect: TZ rf *. fcU b- 9 $. or the D ; 9 <j $,
or the D : 9 tf D- The remaining cf s are all evil more or
less, and which will be fully explained . chapters on
" The Effects of the Aspects."
The v. Semisextile is always good.
The /_ Semisquare is always evil. . J 5
The 5J<: Sextile is always good. o
The Q Quintile is slightly good. '
The n Square is always evil.
The A Trine is always good.
The Q Sesquiquadrate is always eviL \ ^ *
The Biquintile, the same jn effect as the Quintile. i ,
The v Quincunx is evil. \ ~
The Opposition is always eviL ( %
The P Parallel, this ie like the <^ in nature.
The relative power or potency of the aspects is approxi-
mately as follows : The most powerful is the ft, next to this
the tf, then the A, Q *, Q, P, Z, V, Q, , and ^.
Of the Nature and Quality of the Signs of the Zodiac.
The signs are classified and divided as follow :
Masculine Signs Y% n, t, ^ f t *~.
Feminine Signs 8, gs, TIT, n\, Vf, K.
Fiery Signs T, SI. ? ; earthy b, nt. VP;'airy n,
:, ~ ; watery 25,*n\, K-
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Signs of Short Ascension Vy, 2Z, X, T,*y, II.
'Signs of Long Ascension 25, ^, 1%, i, H|, $.
Moveable and Cardinal Signs IT, 2B, fi, T^p.
.Ftzerf Signs 8, Si, TT\, 2.
Common Signs n, Tip, /, X.
Fruitful Signs 05, TT1, X-
Barren Signs n, $\,, and fl}?.
Double-bodied Signs n, K> and the first half of .
Equinoctial Signs y% and i.
Tropical Signs 25, and Vf.
Aspects formed in the cardinal signs are the strongest ;
next to these, in the fixed signs ; and lastly, and least in power,
are those formed in the common signs.
NOTE. The young student should study well the foregoing
divisions, as a perfect knowledge thereof is necessary in judging
CONCERNING THE MEASUREMENT OP THE PLANETARY
THE whole Zodiac contains 360 degrees, or twelve signs of
30 degrees each. The signs run in order thus, and remain
so always :
T 8 n 25 Si tip ^ TT\ * j v? s:S>
Now from T to 8 is 30 ; from T to n is 60,
or from T 15 to IT 15 is 60 ; from 8 to Tip is 120;
or from V? to 8 is 120, being four signs apart, and so
on with the other signs in like way.
The first aspect (this, properly speaking, is a " position ")
we take will be the tf conjunction, which is when two 01
more planets are in the same sign (the nearer they are to each
other, the more powerful becomes the aspect note this with
all the other aspects) say, for instance, T/, Jupiter, is in 8 6,
and the in T 28, now fromlT 28 to" 8 6 is"8, and thus
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the would be approaching the tf of I/. Observe that
a tf is more powerful separating, than applying ; for instance
if If. be in 8 6. and the Q in 8 14. the <J of and I/ will
have more power and effect on the native than if the were
in TT 28 and applying to I/. The planets apply thus :
The J) applies to all the planets, being the swiftest in motion ;
$ applies to 9, -D, rf, If., b, tf, and ?. 9 to , tf, If..
I?, H and <?. to d", T/, f? M> and *?. o" to 1, b. #
and t?. T/ to b, y and <?. T? to U and <y. 1,1 to ~.
^ to no planet it being the slowest in its motion. Exception :
a planet retrograde, i.e., moving backward in the sign?, as
from 8 to ")T can apply to another, as 1 1 retrograde can
apply and meet the tf, or aspect of any other planet, even
" To apply " means " to approach."
The second aspect is the v (semisextile), or 1 sign, or
30 distant. Thus : o" in 8 5, and V> in n 5 will be
30, or 1 sign apart.
The third aspect is the (semisquare), or 45, or \\ signs
apart. Thus : 9 in 8 15, and TJ. in <? 0, will be 45, or
1 J signs apart ; for, from 8 15 to the end of 8 will be 15,
and n contains 30, then 15 + 30 = 45, as 25 is at
the end of n . Observe this example teith all the other asperts.
The fourth aspect is the s|c (sextile), or 2 signs, or 60 apart.
Thus : rf in ^ 4 : and T/ in / , 4 will be 2 signs or 60
The fifth aspect is the Q (quintile), which is 72 apart, or
one-fifth part of the whole Zodiac. Thus: tf in ^, 18,
and in 8, will be 72, and forming the aspect of
The sixth is the n or 3 signs, or 90 apart.
The seventh is the or 4 signs, or 120 apart.
The eighth is the Q or 4$ signs, or 135 apart.
The ninth is the or 144 apart.
The tenth is the <y or 150 apart.
The eleventh is the $ or 6 signs, or 180 apart.
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The twelfth is the P, or an equal distance in declination,
either north or south from the equator.
The planets cannot be more than 180 apart, and they are
then in opposition, after which the distance between them
NOTE. The fiery signs are in trine aspect to each other.
Thus f is in A to ^ and f, and SI ' s in A to T and /,
and ' is in A to "f and $],. The same is the case with the
earthy, airy, and watery signs. The common, cardinal, or
moveable and fixed signs are in ] and to each other,
thus 8 is'in Q'to $\,, and in <P to fl\, and so on with the
THE ORBS OP THE PLANETS.
THESE are the number of degrees apart in which one planet
acts on another, and this requires very careful handling and
consideration, for the orbs are less when the planets are
applying to an aspect than when separating.
The orbs of IJ, T?, T/, cf", 9 and $, when applying, are
about 6, and when separating from an aspect, they may be
reckoned as 8. They must be reckoned thus : Suppose
$ is applying to a <$ of y or V>, then when gets within
6 of either of these planets, the aspect will begin to have
effect, and will last until $ is 8 past it. It is the same with
the other planets. The and J) have larger orbs. You
may reckon the when applying as 12, and when separating
as 17 ; and the J , 8 when applying, and 12 when separating
from an aspect. These orbs apply only to the following
aspects, viz., the <$> >k> Di a d cf The minor aspects,
viz., the V, Q, and , I consider only when the planets
are within 2 applying, and 3 separating. The /.
and g are to be reckoned 3 when applying, and 4 when
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separating, that IB, with the flanets ; the ^) and 1> may be
allowed an extra 1. This is a most difficult subject, and
fie above is as near as T can pivo it . judped by experience-
With respect to the P, T do not allow more than 2 either
way. thus: supposed Q's Dec. 18 N., and T/'s Dec. 10 8.,
T should consider it as P ")L The mnndane houses (1st,
2nd. 3rd, &c.) have orbs. The way in which T consider these,
is this find the number of decrees between the two cusps,
and divide by 3, and reckon one-third as the orb of the house
thus in the map, pape 37. the number of degrees between
the cusps of the 10th and llth houses is 39, which divided
by 3 eives 13, so that T should not consider any planet in
the 10th house which was not more than 13 past the cusp
of the 1 1 th. If we take the ascendant we shall find the number
of desrrees contained in this house to be approximately^ 1,
a third of which is 7 e , consequently a planet would not be
clear of the 2nd house unless it were more than 7 above
: ts cusp.*
CONCERNING THE MUNDANE HOUSES OF THE HEAVENS,
AND THETR POWER AND SIGNIFICATION.
ancient philosophers divided the canopv of heaven
into twelve equal parts, which they called " houses." or
" mansions." of the heavens.
The position of the " houses " are shown in the following
diacrram. page 12.
The First House. This rules the personal apix>arance of
the native, and influences the mind to a certain extent,
especially if anv planet be therein. It is also called the
" ascendant." If an evil planet be therein, ther*> will be a
scar or mole on the head or face, as this house rules these
parts "of *the*body.^
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The Second House. This rules the native's weafth and
worldly goods chiefly, also his liberty. Tt also rules the neck
The. -Third House. This denotes the brothers and sisters of
the native ; short iournevs, chieflv by rail or road, letters,
writings, neighbours, and anv planet therein has some in-
fluence on the mind. The parts of the body it rules are, the
hands, arms, and shoulders.
The Fourth House. This signifies the father of the native,
inheritance or property, also the condition and position of
the native at the close of life. Tt is a very important house,
and should be closely studied. Tt rules the stomach and the
The "Fifth House. This denotes the offspring of the native,
also his success in betting, speculation and hazardous games
the pleasures he enjoys and the wealth of his father. Tt rules
the heart and back.
The. Sixth JJousf. This concerns the native's sickness, and
the diseases to which he is most liable, also his servants and
inferiors, and signifies uncles and aunts. It rules the intestines
The Seventh House. This denotes Icve and matrimonv.
wife or husband, public enemies, law suits and contentions,
partnership, and all dealings with persons (not relatives)"in
general. It rules the reins and loins.
The Einhth House. This is the house of death, also of wills
and legacies, and the estate or dowry of the wife, or husband.
Tt "iiles the priw parts.
The Ninth House. This house rules lonq journevs, or sen
vovages, religion, dreams, and visions, also the brethren of
the husband or wife. Tt governs the hips and thighs.
The Tenth House. This denotes the native's mother, also
his honour, trade and profession. Tt rules the knees and hams.
The Eleventh* House. This ru1es~the~native's~"friends,"hopes
and wishes, also "the wealth "of tb.e mother. Tt'governs'the
legs 'and lankles. "' P*5 ~
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The, Twelfth House, This denotes the secret and private
enemies of the native, imprisonment, assaults on the person
by robbers or highwaymen. It rules the feet and toes.
NOTE. The strongest houses are the 1st and 10th, next
the llth, 7th, and 4th, then the 2nd, 3rd, 9th, and 12th,
and lastly, the 5th, 6th, and 8th. The 1st, 3rd, and 9th, may
be called the " intellectual houses," as planets therein always
influence the mind. The 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th, are called
angles, and represent the four cardinal points of the compass ;
thus, the 1st is East, 7th, West, 4th is North, and 10th, South.
The 2nd, 5th, 8th, and llth, are termed succeedent houses,
as they succeed the angles ; the 3rd, Cth, 9th, and 12th, are
called eadc.nl houses, that is, falling from the angles.
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DESCRIPTION OF PERSONS PRODUCED BY THE SIGNS OF
THE ZODIAC ASCENDING AT BIRTH.
TT ARIES. Middle stature ; rather lean ; long face and
neck ; strong limbs ; hazel eyes ; coarse hair ; dark, swarthy,
or ruddy complexion ; sandy whiskers ; quick sight. Dis-
position : Angry, violent, and quarrelsome ; ambitious,
aspiring ; quick, intrepid, and determined.
8 TAURUS. Short, thick-set person ; full face and eyes ;
short, thick neck ; large nose and mouth ; swarthy, ill-com-
plexioned ; broad, strong shoulders ; dark hair and eyes,
the hair sometimes curling. In a female's nativity, it produces
a more comely person ; plump, fleshy, dark, curling hair, and
black eyes. Disposition : Conceited, bigoted, angry and
violent ; ill-natured and unfeeling, gluttonous, great eaters,
and lovers of their own ease and comfort ; fond of drink ;
a bad husband or wife.
U GEMINI. Tall, straight body ; long arms and hands ;
dark, sanguine complexion ; dark brown hair ; hazel eyes ;
quick sight ; active look ; walk, smart and quick. Dis-
position : Scientific, judicious, fond of reading, ambitious of
fame, moderate and temperate in eating and drinking, gener-
ally respected, and good members of society.
25 CANCER. Moderate stature ; face, round ; pale, whitish
complexion ; small features ; sad-brown hair ; constitution
not strong ; eyes grey, or very light blue. Disposition :
Timid, inactive, dull, void of energy ; careless, harmless,
inoffensive, and feeling.
1 LEO. A large, full stature ; big bones ; full, broad
shoulders, well set ; grey eyes, quick sight ; light hair and
eyebrows ; head, large and round ; complexion, sanguine or
ruddy. Disposition : Bold, firm, and generous ; ambitious
and aspiring ; free and courteous ; quick in anger, but soon
over ; fond of sports and recreations and bodily exercise ;
active, intrepid, and very determined.
14 THE QUICK TO ASXBOLOOT.
x VIBOO. A slender bouy, somewhat above the middle
height ; a ruddy, dark complexion ; face round ; dark hair
aud eyes ; well formed but not, handsome. Dis'poaition :
ingenious ; foiid of learning and curiosities ; ambitious ;
Huick and active ; given to the study of languages ; of a good
utterance, and graceful elocution.
ii LIBRA. A tall, straight body ; rather slender, hair
brown aud smooth, sometimes jet black ; face, round ; features
well made ; line, clear complexion ; dark eye ; if a female,
good looking. Deposition : Ambitious, talkative ; fond of
the other sex ; aud the temper tolerably even.
n\ iJcuiu-io. Middle stature ; thick well-set body, strong
and robust ; face, large and broad ; dark, palish complexion ;
hair, dark brown, curling and plentiful ; short, thick neck ;
ill made feet ; sometimes bow-legged. Disposition : .Reserved,
ambitious, and violent ; furious and bloodthirsty when pro-
voked ; deceitful and conceited ; active, intrepid, and daunt-
less ; void of feeling, and brutish.
f SAQITXAKIUS. Well-formed, handsome person, rather
tall ; high forehead ; long nose ; clear, hazel eyes ; ruddy
complexion, free and open countenance ; hair, chestnut or
light brown ; face rather long. Disposition : Bold, active,
and generous ; free and good-hearted ; fond of sports and
recreations ; ambitious of honour and doing good ; laudable
in actions, and generally to be depended upon.
Vf CAWUCOBN. A short slender person, not well formed ;
long, thin face ; thin beard ; chin, long ; black, or dark coarse
hair ; narrow chest ; long, small neck ; weak knees, and of
a bad gait generally. Disposition : Sharp, subtle, and capri-
cious ; covetous, envious, jealous, crafty, selfish, and unstable.
rx AQUARIUS. Middle stature ; stout, well set and strong ;
long visage ; sanguine complexion ; fair flaxen hair ; dark
eyes, aud generally very handsome, especially if a female.
Disposition : Stable, good, kind-hearted ; scientific ; fond of
learning aud recreation ; gentle, and temper even.
X Piscss. Short, thick stature ; fleshy, pale face ; eyes
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sleepy and dull ; hair, light brown ; arms and legs short ;
ill-made large feet ; constitution sickly and weak. Disposition :
Dull, indolent, and lazy : caring for nothing^; loving their own
ease, and slothful.
NOTE. The foregoing descriptions are only to be taken when
there are no planets in or near the ascendant.
THE FORM OF BODY GIVEN BY THE PIANISTS IN THE
y in Aries. Bather tall stature -, lean, and well made ;
light hair ; blue or grey eyes ; ruddy complexion ; strong
constitution ; ambitious, and quick in anger.
(7 in f- Middle stature ; ruddy complexion ; large bones ;
thin and spare ; dark hair, and small eyes ; inclined to quar-
relling and contentious.
11 in Y\ Middle stature ; rather lean ; ruddy complexion ;
oval visage ; flaxen hair, quick eye, high nose ; the disposition
obliging and courteous.
(f in y. Middle stature ; well set ; big bones ; swarthy
complexion ; the hair light and curling ; grey eyes ; sharp
sight, and austere countenance ; very quick in anger ; fond
of combat, in which he is usually successful.
O in T Rather short stature ; well made ; complexion
good ; very light hair ; generous to excess, even to an enemy ;
valorous, and to be trusted.
^ in ")T, Middle stature ; rather slender ; good complexion ;
fair hair, and blue eyes ; of a quick, restless, changeable dis-
position ; fond of the opposite sex, and liable to acts of indis-
in Y\ Rather tall, spare, and slim ; long neck ; oval
face ; light brown curling hair ; swarthy complexion ; of a
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restless, amoitious uiupouition ; addicted to falsehood and
theft ; a most pregnant wit and fancy, good orator and
dramatist. I am of opinion that our great poet Shakes[>carc
was born with Mercury rising in Aries.
}) in T- Indifferent stature ; round face ; light brown
hair ; well made ; grey eyes, and a good complexion. In
disposition changeable and uncertain ; fond of travelling, and
I f l hi Taurus. Short, thick-set person ; dark hair and eyes,
rather fleshy ; pale or swarthy complexion ; short neck ;
deep-set eyes ; passionate, boasting, and revengeful ; a person
to be avoided, conceited and luxurious.
V) in y . Dark complexion ; rough skin ; middle stature ;
dark hair ; feet and hands ill made ; a dull, sottish person ;
very revengeful, and of a secret and murderous disposition.
11. in y . Well set, middle stature, and compact ; dark
complexion ; brown eyes ; dark hair ; short thick neck ; dis-
position, good, generous, and firm.
(f in y . Middle stature ; inclining to shortness and corpu-
lency ; grey eyes ; round face ; ruddy complexion ; dark hah* ;
wide mouth ; vicious, gluttonous, and violent ; conceited ;
void of feeling ; and very ill-natured.
in y . Short, well-set person ; light brown hair ; grey
eyes ; great nose ; large mouth ; opinionative ; conceited,
proud, improvident, and bold.
9 in y. A comely person; moderately fleshy ; good-
looking ; fair ; sanguine complexion ; light brown hair ; temper
good ; captivating ; fond of females, by whom he is highly
in y . Middle stature ; full face ; brown hair ; swarthy
complexion ; grey or hazel eyes. In disposition, talkative ;
loving his own ease ; improvident ; indulging hi drink to excess.
]) in y. Well-made body; rather short, corpulent, and
strong ; pale complexion ; brown hair, and grey eyes ; of a
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mim and obliging disposition, and generally respected ; fond
of the opposite sex.
y in Gemini. Produces a tall, thin stature ; light brown
hair, and grey eyes ; well made ; quick step ; active and
nimble ; fond of science ; of a good disposition ; eccentric in
behaviour ; generous and inventive.
\~) in ].] . Rather tall in stature ; oval visage ; dark brown
hair ; dull, swarthy complexion ; ingenious ; fond of the goods
of this world.
T/ in n . Well-composed body ; tall ; sanguine complexion ;
open and frank ; fond of science and society.
0" in IT . Rather tall stature ; brown hair ; grey eyes ;
ruddy or sanguine complexion ; strong body ; big bones and
long arms ; rash, free, and generous ; ambitious and aspiring.
O in n . Well-made body ; sanguine complexion ; light
brown hair ; large grey eyes ; good disposition, courteous and
affable to all : fond of science, and a philanthropist.
$ in El . Middle stature ; thin and handsome ; clear,
sanguine complexion ; light brown hair ; and generally blue
eyes; disposition: mild and good; free and kind to all ;
generally beloved and respected.
$ in II. Tall, slender, well-composed person ; dark brown
hair ; hazel eyes ; high nose ; long arms, hands, and fingers ;
very quick and active ; possessing a rare mind for science ;
a good orator ; delighting in art, science, and literature ; of
a moderately good disposition.
j) in n . Well-composed person ; rather tall ; brown hair ;
good complexion ; rather pate ; agreeable and talkative ; very
ingenious ; somewhat subtle and crafty, especially if V) alone
aspects the moon.
y in Cancer. Produces a short, thick-set, corpulent body ;
pale complexion ; dark brown hair ; and grey eyes ; conceited ;