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There are some people who ignore totally the science of the stars, so deeply entangled in the darkness of error that they only conceive what comes to their senses; they would like that this science, which is the science of the ministers of God, would not be practiced, arguing that it is not legitimate to speculate in so high places and search scrupulously and with great attention to detail within the secrets of the Creator. Others, as it was said, pretend that Astrology is not a science, but a frivolous art and completely misleading.
We have in the preceding chapter answered to them. As for the others, who are their neighbors, we send them, so to dissipate their doubts, to the foreword of the ‘General Treatise of the Macrocosmos’; may they peruse it and examine it if it is not better fitting more an animal than a man, superior being doted with a Mens, to have such feelings, and formulate assertions so vile and making judgments so despicable. The Mens, by the way, wouldn’t have any of that because the Creator granted it to Man so that he would communicate with him and reach supreme bliss following the very same ladder to reach Heaven that the Mens used to descend from it into a human body.
Hermes Trismegistus agrees with this. In his first ‘Pimander’ discourse, he talks about human knowledge in Astrology: ‘Man possess in himself a sovereign might, but seven principles rule his deeds; all together they participate to the functioning of his Mens, and make him, each one in particular, participate to the general movement. Man acquires first the notion of time, then studies Nature in itself, then seeks to penetrate and analyze the circular movement and finally arrives to understand the essence of the one who rules and administrates fire.’ These words of Hermes Trismegistus are divine; they exalt the soul towards the superior heights; they teach that Man, by his excellence, can know the true nature of the Stars and their influx, they open him the door of the astrological science and of metaphysical speculation, with God’s permission. Further, he adds: ‘God created Man to his image and he loves him greatly because of this resemblance, hence granting him the usage (experience) of all his creations.’ Therefore, it is certain that the Mens, superior and divine, sparkle and ray of the light of God, tends naturally and by all means to elevate itself towards the supreme regions and even towards God, because in this inferior world where it is fixed against its own will, where it is driven by the Spiritus, it finds itself like in a dark dungeon, limited and restricted in the exercise of its will. It cannot get out of a region that is though its domain. Mens and Body are, indeed, two extremes. Their respective nature are even more contrary than of Heat and Cold, or Humid and Dry.
So, we will rightly conclude, that it is not beyond human capacities to encompass the natures and dispositions of the Stars and the ruling forces of their movements, that it is not contrary to the Divine will and it is legitimate to reach, with the help of the Mens, the supreme regions and to communicate with God in a divine contemplation. But the thickness and darkness of the body blinds the soul and deprive it of its means like a blind, which being put on the eyes, prevents to acquire a notion of the visible objects. It is through Revelation that Man got to know the Stars and it is by Kabbalah that they have kept this knowledge.
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