Ancient Astrology

     Astrology was normally the one portion of occultism that survived, having its respectability intact, straight into the modern day. Indeed, up until, the 18th century there had been people who insisted that astrology really should be included on the list of natural sciences. Then, with the Enlightenment and the birth of recent astronomy, astrology took a dive in prestige where by it never really recovered. However, let's forget about the ladies in tents with crystals in addition to depressing astrology columns in newspapers and return to that golden age when elite astrologers believed themselves to be Newtons and Galileos, pioneers of knowledge. Superb combination of science, pseudo-science and star calculations was typically a heady one. Beach's favorite illustration of this is the English astrologer's Francis Bernard's attempt to utilize the readings not of individuals but of cities.

Francis was certainly a high-flyer in London society. He was personal physician to James II and was clearly a smart man. It turned out that intelligence that led him to overreach himself. In 1664 FB outlined a theory of cities and star signs. Bernard believed, he stated, inside of a letter, that horoscopes may very well be cast for cities as for people. Thus far, so strange, but allow it to needlessly pass, for things are just about to get wilder. Bernard noted that the biggest difficulty with casting a horoscope for a city was that it was important to be aware city's moment of birth. Now with cities this has been normally impossible for the foundation stone had been laid in the distant, distant past. Here Bernard's bizarre genius emerges. If the nativity hadn't been available, then, it was necessary to work backwards, reconstructing the nativity by way of a city's fire, that had been, he believed, the fevers of cities. Bernard had listed every major fire in London's medieval and modern history (from 1212) and had used this to reconstruct a nativity with the city and from there a horoscope: Beach has not the slightest idea how fevers and birth could be tied together, but anyway… Bernard was positive that he could not only announce what London's star sign was, but also that he could predict the moment the next fire would come. ‘Time only', he wrote modestly, ‘will show us whether we may direct the fate of cities as of men.' Now anyone who has ever spent any time with early modern astrological charts will know that Bernard is something that is unduly sanguine about his along with his colleagues' success with humans. But never mind such details. Bernard announced that he has been considering writing up Amsterdam's chart… A Virgo if ever I've seen one.

Up until the late 1600s astrology and astronomy were exactly the same thing. It was in 1670 which the French royal astronomer was officially prohibited from casting horoscopes. Newton himself spent much more time on the occult compared to what we would now call science. Astrology could be the poor relation in which the millionaire astronomy doesn't wish to admit any connection to. Actually, it's not so silly to cast horoscopes for cities. Way back in its infancy, when astrology must have been a fresh new thing invented by a fraction of the early Middle Eastern civilizations, it was taken for granted that one set of stars from acan't possibly rearrange themselves to reflect the lives of every single person all at once. And why would they bother to accomplish this just to shed light on the possible marriage prospects of some random guy who weaves baskets in Baghdad? Individual horoscopes were cast exclusively for kings, because it was clearly absurd to visualize that the Heavens would mirror the destiny of any person who wasn't in a position to influence the course of history. You may recall which the BIble includes a story almost definitely a late and extremely generic addition, but hey, it's in the Bible therefore it has to be true! about three Middle Eastern astrologers who, observing an extremely impressive comet (or whatever), automatically imagine that it heralds the birth of a great king who is going to possess a good influence on the planet. And when the comet mysteriously leads them to a complete nobody born in a shed, they take it as read that the Heavens cannot lie and bow down to him anyway. However true this tale may or may not be, it reflects their early view of astrology. Horoscopes were cast for a couple of VIPs, entire civilizations, and, yes, cities. But never for Joe Soap the Baghdad basket-weaver! The concept that astrology applies to absolutely everybody that was invented by the Greeks, for reasons which have been lost in the mists of time, but I always suspect may have been not unconnected with marketing. But the idea that astrology was more valid for royalty lasted a surprisingly long time. There's an insignificant star which briefly became very prominent, due to a supernova before they understood the theory, which was (and still is) named Cor Caroli in honor of Charles II, because its sudden appearance clearly indicated that God approved of the restoration of the English monarchy.

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Edgar Williams

Astrology and Numerology

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