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society, and that whatever was beyond the sphere of tangibility and analysis was only treated with derision. And it was with a view (among other things) of dissipating these most destructive and equally unstable notions, that THE ASTROLOGER was first undertaken. We were indignant at the arrogance of that paltry philosophy which scorned all credence in the mystic truths that baffle our capacity for investigation, and, from their very immensity, defy association with the more common-place data of science; we were disgusted with the insolence with which this tris-wisdom spurned the mysteries of a nobler world, while at the same time it stood confounded before the ineapisallı germination of an apple-pippin. We assented with enthusiasm to that observation of a profound Dither, that the
force which sets a clock in motion is the hand of God;" we resolved to raise our voice al; -1.** this isy clamour of the rationalists, and to display, as much as such a task lay within the power of an individu... the frivolity and shallow assumption of such icy dogmas. Thus we have gained, as it were, enlargement of mental speculations from the very confinement and compression of the views entertained by these sceptics ; we have culled pleasures from this lowliness of spirit in many of our fellow.creatures, in the same manner as Pindar is reported to have received nourishment from a swarm of bees when he was a mere child, and abandoned to starvation
upon the mountains of Bæotia. Yo inculcate these creeds of intellectual freedom, of divine beauty, and of exalted truth, among our readers, and to disseminate them by extension among mankind at large, have formed the plan upon which we have proceeded ; to withdraw their minds from such cramped schools of cultivation, and to evolve before their enraptured gaze the spiendours of an unseen realm, were the rewards which we pictured to ourself as the consequences of our undertaking. That such endeavours and such anticipations of success have been far from futile or visionary, is testified in numerous letters now in our possession, acknowledging, in the most fervent manner, the efficacy of our theories. We would have our previous accomplishments, however, regarded merely as a preliminary, and would wish the first volume of The ASTROLOGER to be considered simply in the light of a precursor, and as the earnest of more strenuous exertions to scatter a love for the beautiful and good among our fellow-men. Far from these endeavours proving injurious to the cause of substantial erudition-far from their entering a pernicious rivalry with the absolute realities of science—they actually tend to an enlargement of these very sciences themselves, while they elucidate subjects not within the scope of the materialist and the utilitarian. As to any direct exposition of the truth of Astrology, we conceive that the contents of the present volume constitute an ample evidence of its accuracy, as well as of its magnificence; and on that ground any advocacy of its principle would, in this place, be more than superfluous. It is, moreover, needless to remark that a publication which affords gratuitous assistance, in the solution of horary questions, to all who are embarrassed as to the course they should adopt in any complication of their affairs, must be a boon of inestimable value to all classes of the community. Animated with cordial sentiments of obligation for the past and good-will for the future, the Astrologer submits the first portion of his work to the perusal of the public, with a hope that its spirit may fructify in the minds of his readers—to each of whom, individually, he begs leave to utter a grateful farewell, until, by the completion of another volume, he be again summoned from his seclusion.
London, August 6, 1845.
In sacrificing private considerations of ease and retirement for the anxiety and labours of a periodical conductor, Tue ASTROLOGER feels that more is demanded from him, in explanation of his objects and motives, than the mere ordinary preface usually accorded to the public by the Editor could possibly show. The chief distinguishing feature of the present age is utilitarianism -- a reduction of all the finest feelings of humanity into a cold, mechanical combination of recognised laws, which are presumed to be the natural result of our organization. To every new--and to many an old doctrine—is the gauge, “ cui bono?" unceasingly applied, until the more sublime etherial is lost in the contemplation of things corporeal—a doctrine which is fast leading to the heartless creed of materialism. It is to combat this selfish and most dangerous philosophy that the present publication has been instituted; and, to those cavillers who would remonstrate against the restoration of what, in the vanity of their hearts, they may presume to style "obsolete superstition,” we would oppose the high authorities who have advocated and supported with such success the belief in planetary influence through a period of no less than six thousand years. In the emphatic words of the Athenian we would say, “Strike – but hear!” Let us have impartial judges, divested of all animosity, and we ask no more; our own merits we hope will achieve the rest. We well know that an unwarrantable prejudice exists in the minds of many against astrology, though why, perhaps, it would be difficult for them to allege. The bias of early education, the fear of thoughtless ridicule, and, above all, the absence of inclination or motive to give the study that calm and dispassionate investigation it requires, are all causes that tend to produce this feeling of indifference to a science which has more truth for its basis than many of the pseudo " sciences” of the present day. It is to these, amongst others, that we now appeal, soliciting an examination into our principles; and, conscious that works of this kind have been hitherto issued at so high a price as to place them beyond the reach of all excepting the more wealthy, we have come to the determination of affixing to this a charge, in itself so small as to make the weekly outlay a mere trifle in comparison with the stores of real knowledge that we shall from week to week present unto the reader.
It is no argument against astrological influence to say that, victims. To show that he is at least disinterested in his love and because we are ignorant of how that influence operates, or in veneration for the science, The Astrologer here announces that he what it consists, there is no influence at all. It suffices for us to will give the benefit of his art, free of all charge and cost whatever, know that we can trace it in its effects--and the links between to those amongst his correspondents who may feel really anxious cause and effect are here so well established that even the most and desirous to know the result of some particular event, and in sceptical, on examination, cannot find room for doubt. If we so doing only looks for his reward in the conviction of truth disregarded everything that we did not understand, all pursuits which must be forced on the mind of the interrogator. The rest tending to the elucidation of natural causes would be necessarily we leave our work itself to speak for us, having already somewhat suspended. We see, daily, changes occurring in the vast labo- exceeded the limits we had prescribed for this address. To one ratory of nature, which are deducible from no known laws, yet thing, however, we here stand pledged, that so long as we appear are the effects apparent; and to deny that the laws exist, would before the public, so long shall a fund of valuable information be to dispute our own existence. The experimentalist will reveal and innocent amusement be found in the pages of the marvellous powers of that extraordinary agent-doubtlass:
“THE ASTROLOGER.” the vital principle-which we have agreed to call Electricity yet when questioned as to the agent itself, he must confess there his: knowledge ceases. Its effects are known, and that is all. Nem ton has taught, and reason has led us to believe in the exist- THE ART OF MESMERISING, ence of a power called gravitation, but what it is none have yet been able to decide. We believe the tides to arise from
WITH A FEW WORDS ON MESMERISM. the attraction of the sun and moon, but of the nature of that attraction we know nothing. The atmosphere is found to be
“ All these were when no mortal man did know, principally composed of a gaseous fluid we have styled “Oxygen,”
And have from wisest ages hidden been,
Yet later times things more unknown shall show; but there analyzation is baffled. Light travels at the rate of
Why then should witless man so much misween, 192,000 miles in a second, but we can only detect its properties That nothing is but that which he hath seen? in their effect. We are conscious of possessing a power called
What, if within the moon's fair shining sphere, memory-by what combination of matter is that faculty pro
What, if in every other star unseene,
Of other worlds he happily would heare, duced? Why can we recollect names and circumstances at one He wonder would much more- yet such to some appeare! time and not at another? How often are we actuated by
SPENSER. impulses which are not referable to any known causes? We retire to rest and dream, but what are dreams, and why do we THESE lines, as penned some three hundred and odd years dream at all? Nay, when we wake, may not that be really before the wonderful mesmeric revelations of Elizabeth Andreaming, and the shadowy existence we pass in sleep become drews, seem almost prophetic, for most truly do they shadow
forth the marvellous visions with which that young lady has our real life? These are problems which, in the present imper- been favoured, and of which we shall have somewhat to say anon: fect state of human knowledge, cannot be satisfactorily solved. The opponents of mesmerism have been gradually decreasing The fact is, we are surrounded by a world of wonders, which, of late years, despite the senseless taunts and jeers by which its when we attempt to penetrate, dazzle and contound us. We may advocates have been met. Dr. Elliotson has contributed greatly
to bring its incomprehensible principle to a science; and attain the threshold of knowledge, but there our footsteps are
Spencer Hall, and other eminent lecturers, have well seconded irrevocably barred; beyond all is doubt and conjecture. Why, his creditable intentions. The almost miraculous recovery of then, should there be anything so incredible in planetary Miss Martineau, whose masculine mind and strong mental influence—the oldest and best supported doctrine in the world? endowments preclude even the supposition of collusion, must
have been a “heavy blow and great discouragement” to the set “Oh,” say some of our opponents, “ it leads to fatalism.” With of Utilitarians, who would reduce the human intellect to the all due humility, we beg to reply. it does nothing of the kind, level of a steam-engine, with the workings of which they preand the reasons why will be found fully detailed in our suc sume to be so intimately acquainted. The convalescence of this ceeding papers on that sublime study-astrology, “But,” allege lady-who, so far from having a fervid imagination, has chiefly
limited her authorship to works on political economy-has others, “ had there been any certainty in the doctrine we should
even induced the respectable conductor of the first weekly have had some proof of it before this.” To which we answer, literary periodical in the kingdom to devote whole pages of his that proofs-incontrovertible evidence of the broad foundation publication to a recital of the mesmeric operations by which of truth on which the science is based--are continually occur
the beneficial result was produced. The most bigoted scorner
of mesmerism must here feel staggered by this unsought mass ring, and any one who has compared the fulfilments with the of evidence, which goes far to establish the truth of the doctrine predictions in those annual works devoted to the pursuit, will that a sympathetic fluid exists between us all, so subtle and be conscious of this. The only enemies astrology has really to etherial, that our senses can only take cognizance of it in its fear will be found in the unprincipled and unqualified adven- effects. As we shall have occasion hereafter to detail the most
recent examples of mesmeric influence, it will suffice here to turers, who, ignorant of the very rudiments of the art they merely allude to the above remarkable illustration, it now pretend to profess, make it a mere cloak to serve their own mer- being merely our aim and purpose to show the nature of the cenary ends. Of course a man who has devoted his life to a operation itself, which can be easily tested by all who feel profession requiring severe and constant application, has a right before elucidating the practice, it is our wish to be firmly
disposed to make the experiment. But in one remonstrance, to be remunerated for his labour when exercised for the benefit energeticmesmerism is of too serious a nature to be trifled of others—with these we war not-but our remarks apply with, and should never be performed or submitted to by way 'solely to the countless horde of soi-disant « fortune-tellers” who of frolic, nor unless the operator has a competent knowledge gain a dishonest subsistence by preying on the credulity of their of the physiology of the human system. With this precaution,
the following mode may be adopted with safety. The operator
should be in good health, and capable of concentrating his mind upon the subject for a considerable period, and his nervous power should be greater than that of the patient; facility of operation of course increasing with practice. All persons are more or less susceptible, some in the highest, others in the least degree, and there is every shade of susceptibility between the two extremes. When prepared to commence, the room should be perfectly quiet, and the patient seated in an easy chair, undisturbed by any surrounding influences. The mesmeriser may now stand before the patient, with his arms extended, so that the points of his fingers almost touch the forehead, then a regular succession of downward movements.. must be made, passing over the eyes, chest, and stomach; elosing the hand LIFE AMONGST THE PLANETS; each time the downward movement is completed, and bringing them up again closed, which may be continued as long as the operator's strength will permit, or as it appears advisable. There are other approved methods, which, in some cases, may be more effectual—such as Dr. Elliotson's method, which is merely moving one hand briskly, with the fingers extended, We are indebted to the able astrologer and eminent meteorolodown the face of the patient, coming nearly in contact, and gist, “ Zadkiel,” for the following most remarkable elucidation terminating by pointing the fingers to the eyes; or, the operator of the occult science, through the mesmeric trances of a young may seat himself before the patient, and place his hands on his, lady, whose real name we believe to be Elizabeth Andrews. the balls of their thumbs being in close contact, and their eyes The questions and replies here given, have such internal evidence being fixed on each other, the operator's eyes being, of course of their truth, that we feel it would be only insulting our readers actively, and the other's passively fixed. It should never be to detain them longer from a perusal by uncalled for prefatory forgotten that the fixed gaze and accompanying manifestations remarks. The interrogation commenced as follows:are merely the instruments by which the mind operates to "• Will you look at the Nebula Præsepe, in Cancer?' “O, produce the effect, and not the power or force itself; in all cases, it is very large; and there are many worlds and suns; and however, the will must be the chief care, as the operator should the people look in some as if they were newly created. They endeavour to transfuse his own mind into that of his patient are not many; and have never sinned, and are pure and happy, The mesmeric sleep is invariably produced, if all the above like angels. In others they have sinned, and are preliminaries have been duly attended to, at the third or fourth rous; and they have a kind of railroads; but they have things sitting; but the person mesmerised should be suffered to enjoy better than our steam engines on them. It is a very large system his earlier slumbers without interruption. For waking, or de- of suns and worlds. Will you look at the star called Dubhee, mesmerising, the operator must place his two thumbs on the in the Great Bear?' 'Yes; I see it: it is a sun; but not so inner side of the eye-ball
, and, drawing them slowly outwards, large as Sirius. There are two, one smaller than the other. It press slightly on the eye as he passes over it, and then breathe has worlds and moons moving about it. Will you look at or blow strongly on the eyes and forehead. This will arouse the nebula which surrounds the star Theta, in Orion ?' 'You the dormant faculties, and cause the magnetic fluid to resume see that is a kind of imperfect system of worlds, being created by its original functions. The application of mesmeric influence natural causes. There are mountains and animals, but not men to the cure of disease we hail as the greatest discovery of yet. There are animals like goats, but without horns; and modern times, and in that capacity none should lose sight of its elephants also, but not exactly like ours. They have an imperimportance. The process of placing the operator and the fect, dull light, caused by electricity, like the aurora, but little patient " en rapport so that the mesmerised can be made to light from their sun; it is a red light, brighter in some parts discourse of objects and persons that are far distant, will than others. There is water, too; but not so much as on our furnish the subject of an interesting article in an early number. earth; and some fish, but not many.' * Will you look at the
Pleiades, and tell me about them?' 'Yes; there are a great many; above 100 I have looked at. 0, how happy they are
that Christ died for them! They are not so sinful as in this “Reasons" Against THE CELESTIAL SCIENCE. -“ Astro-world: at least some of the worlds are not. What we see are the logy," say most of the objectors, " is false - because -because- suns. I was particularly attracted by one man reading a book it cannot be true: because everybody disbelieves it-everybody out of doors: he is an astrologer.' How do you know that?' laughs at it because, it is seldom heard of—because, nobody I saw the book was about that. They are in a state of brostudies it now: because – no person of sense thinks it worth his therhood there. They live out of doors now, for it is their attention : because-in short, there are a thousand other more summer; I saw the trees in blossom. Their houses are like the reasons (only I can't think of them) - because it's out of fashion!!" best of the
Chinese rather. They can see our Sun, but not this Prodigious! profoundly philosophical! and logically unanswer earth. Will you look at the Sun, and tell me whether it able! On whose cheek, candid reader, then, should the mant- moves? Yes, it moves in an ellipse; and is now moving ling blush of shame de found on the hardy asserter and glorifier towards the constellation Hercules. All the stars we see are of his own ignorance, or on his who humbly, patiently, sedulously, suns, and they each move round a central body; and then these and inquiringly sets himself to learn " so to number his days, also partake of a universal motion around a centre, which is the that he may apply his heart unto wisdom?”
more immediate dwelling place of the Divinity.' 'Does the BELIEF AND UNBELIEF.—Your believer on principle will not Moon move round the Earth? “No, it does not; for it moves believe even his own senses. Let a ghost appear unto him, he along with the Earth around the Sun; and the Earth in the will relate the occurrence to his friends as a singular case of same way moves with the Sun around the central body; so that spectral illusion, and quote a passage from Abercrombie to show, the Earth cannot be said to move round the Sun, strictly forsooth, the analogy between dreams and spectral appearances. speaking.' Will you tell me who built the round towers of We may well echo the cry of a recent writer, though in a more Ireland?' 'Yes; they were not Irishmen; but they came from sober spirit of seriousness –“What is a ghost to do now-a-days near Rome, and originally from Egypt; they were astrologers, that he may be believed?". And now comes the more startling who foresaw by their art that they should be well received in and conclusive question, which we find thus ably put by the same that island; and they built those towers for celestial observaauthority:- Is it not a more frightful thought that our own soul tions, before the existence of Rome.' N.B. To farther quescan people its environment with goblins and demons, than that tions she explained that these astrologers were some of the such come near it from a sphere of their own? If we will not Israelites who left Egypt before the Exodus of Moses.'” be afraid of ghosts have we not greater reason to be afraid of We shall continue these extracts as occasion occurs, merely ourselves? To this has the march of “intellect” brought us. adding here, that the most startling evidence of the truths of
mesmerism will shortly appear in the publication of a work EXPERIENCES OF SUPERNATURAL wherein the authorised cases of clairvoyance will be collected, and given to our readers. A mass of irrefragable testimony
VISITATION. will be thus brought to bear on the subject, which no doubts or incredulous cavillings can affect in the slightest degree.
The following remarkable circumstance being of such recent occurrence, we select, from a host of others, to establish a position we shall afterwards endeavour to maintain. At the late sittings of the Grand Jury, in New Hampshire, North America, a person came before Judge Gore to enter a complaint for murder. As he had heard of no murder committed in that county, he looked at the complainant carefully, suspecting him to be insane. He was a young man of about five-and-twenty years of age, good-looking, intelligent, and well dressed. Perceiving the surprise of the attorney-general, he said to him,"I do not wonder at your astonishment; examine these papers. They were certificates of good character and perfect sanity, from a large number of the mos: respectable people in the town where he resided. He then proceeded to state his complaint, as follows:In the winter previous he had been hired to work by a farmer.
Soon after he went to live with him, he heard strange noises in ANCIENT AND MODERN MAGICAL the cellar and rooms. At first he took little notice of them, but
one night he distinctly heard a spinning wheel move in the ILLUSIONS.
cellar, and loud sounds in the entries, whilst the doors flew open as often as they were latched. The farmer merely laughed, and remarked, “ They keep up quite a rumpus to-night.” The next
night he heard groans as he went out to feed the cattle, and The art of magic amongst the ancients would appear to be the bright lights gleamed in his bedroom, passing towards an old result of a science laboriously acquired, and with difficulty pre- well that, having been disused, was now filled up. He at first served. We are informed by one of the early writers that the fled; but, returning, promised to reveal nothing, and continued first part of the magic amongst the Chaldeans was the knowledge his labour. Soon after, however, the farmer attempted to kill of metals, plants, and minerals ; and the second pointed out the him with a hedge. stake. On his return one night late, the times when the works of magic could be performed-that is to windows in the lower part of the house seemed brilliantly illumisay, the precise moments when the stars were propitious for these nated. He made some remark about having company, when the necromantic exploits. That the ancient Magi were deeply skilled lower windows suddenly became dark and the upper ones illuin natural philosophy and experimental science, the wonders they minated, and the whole house was a blaze of fire. Upon this the performed by ordinary means alone would fully prove. The farmer swore, “ This is that cursed Irishman's work.” He now Thaumaturgists, or wonder-workers, in the ancient temples, were left the house, and told the story to his neighbours, who informed conversant with all our modern modes of optical illusion, and him that, some years before, an Irish labourer, employed by the many even of which we are yet ignorant. They had mirrors farmer, had suddenly disappeared, and was by many supposed to which represented multiplied images
, objects reversed, and, what have been murdered. The attorney-general being thus comappears to us still more surprising, objects could be placed before pelled to take some notice of the affair, issued a warrant for the mirrors, and be reflected or not at the will of the magician. They farmer's apprehension; and, strange to say, thc facts as detailed regulated with wonderful adroitness the effects of light ; the deli were fully proved against him, and he afterwards, on his own cious gardens, the splendid palaces, and alluring prospects, which confession, suffered the extreme penalty of the law. On removwould suddenly start out of the darkness before the dazzled and ing the rubbish of the well, a human skeleton was discovered in bewildered spectator, are only explicable by supposing their an advanced state of decay; and the account, which is given at knowledge of dioramic effects to be at least equal to that exhibited great length in the last volume of the American Criminal in the present day. The magician had the power of deluding the Annals, adds, that from that period no further disturbances sight so as to render persons not only invisible, but also capable took place. of re-appearing under another form. This fact, to which the Greek and Roman writers bear such unequivocal testimony, has been observed more recently in Mexico and Peru. The Naquals, THE EARLY ASTROLOGERS. Let us look back for a moment national priests, have been known to take upon themselves upon the past-the past as regards human opinions, and the frightful aspects, and have been seen to transform themselves into wisdom which the Omnipotent First Cause has permitted his creaeagles, tigers, and monstrous serpents, before the very eyes of the
ture man to exercise in scanning the ever present, ever living obastounded spectators ; but the mode by which these strange jects of wonder and admiration which are always open, lighted up, transmogrifications were performed has never been satisfactorily and, as it were, offering themselves to our study and contemplaexplained. The power possessed by the Psylli to prevent the bites tion. Seth named the stars; the Chaldeans observed and regisof serpents has been singularly shown by experiments made in tered their mutations; Job watched the scintillations of Orion, Egypt within the last few years, and seems to have been gained by and the influences of the Pleiades; Esdras and Zerubabel rethe employment of a perfume which influenced the reptiles, but did garded the starry host as active causes in the fulfilment of the not affect the senses of man. The Scythian sorcerers possessed an
supreme behests; Zoroaster was bewildered by their glories, and herb, which was so exceedingly nutritious, that its effects operated worshipred; the calm dignity of Pythagoras was excited to on the system for a fortnight, and thus enabled them to exhibit inexpressible awe by the investigations he pursued; Orpheus and the most marvellous abstinence. But without going so far back Homer dedicated song and verse to a record of the beauties and for examples, we may adduce the extraordinary and inexplicable effects of the planetary creation. If we need other testimonies achievements of the Brahmin and Chinese jugglers of our own of the oldest time, we have those of Xenophon, Plato, Thucyday, who can, without any previous preparation, cause a stick, dides, Herodotus, Pliny, Favorinus, and Horace. These are planted in the ground, to bear instantly blossoms which become names which a prevailing impression, continuing through the fruit
, and when taken by spectators are frequently transformed stream of time, from the family of our first parents to the philoto fragrant flowers in their hand. So well authenticated are these sophers and poets of the Roman empire, only could have assomysterious conjurations, that we do not think a more acceptable ciated. Such an union of sacred and pagan authority would be article could be presented to the reader than one enumerating a rainly sought in confirmation of any other theory that ever few of the best confirmed instances of their singular dexterity, cxisted; yet this is but a first enumeration of the great men who which we shall duly prepare for an early number.
adhered to and practised Astrology.