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Many practitioners make mistakes; not only do they deceive themselves, but they deceive also, with their false solutions, those who consult them. This is why Astrology is considered often not like a science, even though it grounds itself on specific and truthful demonstrations, but more like a frivolous and cheating art.
I will answer shortly to the denigrators that the fault is not accountable to the science itself, but to the one that practices it, as it seen commonly, without understanding anything or very little; and with that background sets to practice it on a professional basis.
In our time, there are very few wise astrologers, or to say, there are the little minority standing out of a very large flock of charlatans, totally ignorant of the science and its secrets, that promises a lot, but deliver little or none. The reason is that astrology is born out of Kabbala. It was discovered by the ancient Hebrews and Egyptians; it gave them the mean to achieve their remarkable overseeing of the future and evocation of the past. Joseph affirms it all along his ‘Antiquities of the Jews’ and he is even pretending that it was invented originally by Adam and perfected thereafter. If it was known perfectly and completely, one could see that its principles are certain as the movements of the heavens, the aspects of the planets and the subtle calculation of their times. However, the ancient wise astrologers veiled their intimate secrets so to blind the fools and the unworthy*. (* note: Not everyone is able to be initiated into Transcendental Astrology, one need to have a few native signs). What the lower Astrology philosophers did is similar to the alchemists in regard of the Philosopher Stone. Hermes and the other Chymical Philosophers speak in allegories, parabolas and puns when they seem to contradict each other and when one declares that x means this, when another make his point vehemently with the opposite and declares that x means that. By this mean, they deceive the students and make most of the practitioners go wrong. Nothing is more true this reason for the deception in Astrology; It makes one doubt of its science, but only those who conceive and practice it badly, confusedly and in a reverse way.
Although, it is also true that the stars act upon this inferior world, that it is certain that God has ordered everything in this inferior world not only between the simple Elements, but also among the animated and non-animated Elements. The devil himself could not know the past or the future by another mean – the Scriptures stipulates that he does not partake of the operations of the Mens – So he had to deduce all the events from the movements of the stars or read them in golden letters in the etheric fields. Moreover, this one (the devil) may take himself for the greatest Astrologer of the Universe because he has been practicing for a long time, he has been observing the Stars from the beginning of the world, and through them he has achieved to understand the Will of God in Nature.
He did not act otherwise than a servant who, by the intonation of the voice of his Master, understands his will and intention. Nevertheless, he did neither penetrate the mysteries of God, nor his metaphysical work, alike the servant who is ignorant of the thoughts of his Master until they were spoken out to him.
Astrology is the highest from all the sciences and comes closer to the Creator himself; it stands firm in its certitude, but its practitioners rarely extract the truth from it, because it is hidden under fallacious veils and drowned in the darkness of contradictory expressions.
(To be followed soon by :
‘Of Those Who Condemn the Practice of Astrology’)
From Robert Fludd’s ‘De Astrologia’
in his famous ‘ Utriusque Cosmi Tractatus’, 1617
Translated into English
from Pierre Piobb’s 1907
Robert Fludd here
Fludd’s magnum opus in Latin,
‘Utriusque Cosmi maioris salicet et minoris metaphysica..’
(1617–1619) is available here