Lessons in Astrology

Jan 11, 2013 by

Lessons in Astrology by “Vale” was originally published in 1898 and is a must have if you are a student of astrology.

Here are a few paragraphs to give you a feel:

“In the Bible we find frequent references to astrology. Deborah, the prophetess, sings: “They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera.” — Jud. v. 20. It is evident that if the stars had no “influence” they could not fight; and Deborah, being inspired would not have used the language indicated if there was not some occult meaning conveyed. To an astrologer the meaning is plain. By “courses” is meant the various aspects and positions of the stars in the horoscope of Sisera denied success and threatened harm which was verified by the sudden rising of the river Kishon, which swept away his mighty army. Therefore the prophetess predicted his downfall through the fighting or evil influence of the stars.

In the first chapter of Genesis, 14th verse, “God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days, and years. 11 I propose to give my readers an astrological explanation of this verse which they will find hard to upset. “Let them be for signs’  What signs? Why, the 12 signs of the Zodiac formed by the “lights” in the firmament, viz.: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Saggitarius, Capricornus, Aquarius and Pisces. “And for seasons.” The four seasons are ushered in when the sun in his yearly circuit of the heavens touches the first point of each of the four cardinal “signs” of the Zodiac, viz.: Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricornus.

Hence the “seasons” begin usually about the 20th of March (spring), June (summer), September (autumn), December (winter), and these four entries bid us prepare for the various “season’s” physical phenomena to follow, therefore these are the “signs for the seasons.” These four signs are also the significators of the evils sure to follow any violation of nature’s laws. Thus Aries, the Ram, is in opposition to Libra, the Balance, ruler of autumn. Spring is opposed to autumn. When Aries rises with the sun in spring it heralds the planting time, and when Libra rises in the autumn with the sun it heralds the time for plucking that which was planted, i. e., one would not think of planting corn in the fall and reaping the harvest in spring. If they did punishment would surely follow in the failure of fruition. So, too, Cancer, symbol of summer, is opposed to Capricorn, symbol of winter; if winter should suddenly overcome summer we can all realize the disaster sure to follow; therefore these signs are for seasons, to guide us aright. “And for years.” In the eternal, ceaseless, myriad years, unnumbered in the past or hid in the limitless expanse of dim futurity, the symbols or “signs” of the Zodiac, which, in the form of a circle, can have neither beginning nor end.

The first point of Aries, the Ram, symbolizes the elevation of solar power; this is the “beginning” of the year and from this point to the last point of Pisces, the Fishes, is one 3 7 ear, and as the sun passes (or appears to pass) through the 12 signs of the Zodiac, transferring the influence of one season to another, he completes the year and forms a new one as he passes the last degree of Pisces, enters once again the “sign” or house of his returning strength — Aries — transferring the influence of the Fishes or the Fishes or Pisces to Aries, or the last faint breathing of winter, dying on the bosom of balmy spring; thus metaphorically welding the “years” together in the forge of eternity’s time.

You, my readers, can now see the beautiful occult meaning of the passage quoted. There are numerous other references which I will enlarge upon in the future; the forgoing will suffice for the present. At the very threshold of astral science we are confronted with the broad statement that astrology is totally irrational, a wholly erroneous and fallacious vagary. And why? Principally because its opponents have never investigated it, and also because they can not explain the operations of its laws through any material or self-evident process of superficial reasoning. They declare there is nothing in astrology which appeals to their sense of logical, reasoning analogy and deduction. And yet, upon these very principles of absolute knowledge is astrology founded. Classics teem with its beauties, history’s pages are filled with its startling verifications. ( Only recently Judge Tourgee, in a contribution to McClure’s Magazine, gives an extra- ordinary account of President Garfield’s experience with an astrologer who predicted he would become general in the army, later he would leave the ranks, then become president, finally to meet a malign influence which threatened his life! As previously observed, the ancients studied the heavens; noted the various aspects, configurations and positions of the stars or planets and the effects produced upon the atmosphere by their changes, and through the atmosphere upon humanity, carefully tracing from the great first cause the inevitable and final effect.”

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