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REVIEW-GEM OF THE ASTRAL SCIENCES.
hands, leads us to deny the correctness of this statement. We contend that two months, or three months, is the outside term of the influence of any one primary direction ; except only parallels of declination, which are very rare.
We suspect that neglect of the effects of transits has led our author into this loose and erroneous system. We do not think the cases Mr. Oxley gives are at all conclusive. And as regards the directions of Mars and Mercury, we are satisfied that they are never found to operate much above one month from the period to which they
The author gives an ingenious mode of erecting a figure for the southern hemisphere, which consists in computing one for the opposite latitude and longitude of that to the place for which the figure is required, and then reversing the cusps of the houses, and making those above the horizon to be below, &c. briefest and speediest mode will always be (until tables of houses be calculated for the southern hemisphere) to make use of a globe. Thus, to find the longitude on the cusps of the six ascending houses in lat. 41° south, and long. 147° east, at 125 20m P.M., mean time, on the 6th of September, 1844, first find the right asc. of the meridian, as usual, by reference to the sidereal time given in Zadkiel's Ephemeris, and then, the south pole for the 11th house, 161, being elevated, we add to the R. A. on the midheaven at Launceston (the place situated in the lat. and long. above), which is found to be 350° 47', the sum of 30°, and we bring the amount, 20° 47', to the horizon ; which then cuts op 20°, the longitude, on the 11th house. Next elevate the pole to 30 for the 12th, add 30° to the R. A., and bring the amount, 50° 47', to the horizon; which will then cut 8 137, the long., on the 12th house. Proceed to add 30° to the R. A., making it 80° 47', which, after you have elevated the south pole to 41°, bring to the horizon, and you will have a 3° for the ascending point. For the 2d house depress the pole again to 30%", and bring 110° 47' to the horizon, and it will cut . 5° for the 2d cusp. Lastly, sink the pole to 163°, and bring 140° 47' to the horizon, and it will cut the longitude of the 3d, viz. 12, 13°. The whole of which process will take less than five minutes; whereas Mr. Oxley would require calculations by trigonometry occupying about half an hour, or more, and very troublesome to persons not used thereto.
Mr. 0. gives the results : 11th, m 19° 53'; 12th, 8 13° 42'; the Asc. I 3° 26'; 2d, o 5° 49'; and 3d, s 12° 56'; shewing an exact agreement between the globe and his calculations.
One word in parting with Nr. Oxley. He complains, p. 168, that we took his rule for rectifying nativities by applying the
principles of false position to such calculations. Well; we did insert his rule in the Grammar of Astrology, and thought we were benefitting the science thereby, never dreaming that we could possibly injure any mortal in so doing. Let Mr. Oxley take our rule for equating planets' places, and call it his own, if he will; for assuredly we shall not go to law about it, as he threatens to do ; and without which threat we should have waded through a large book, rather abstruse and heavy in some parts, without enjoying, as we have done, one hearty guffaw.
The number for November 1848 of Chambers' Edinburgh Journal, states that, “under the persevering and systematic investigations of scientific inquirers, meteorology is gradually yielding up its secrets; its invisible agencies are found to act in obedience to certain laws. From feeling our way, as it were, in the dark, we are beginning to catch glimpses of the true state of things with regard to this most important branch of natural knowledge. The writer then professes to bring together the accumulated results of the observations of these same “scientific inquirers ;” and, lo! the mountain brings forth something more contemptible than even the well known
ridiculous mouse. results are a few comments on some extracts from Mr. Hunt's recent work on Light, which our readers will see noticed elsewhere in this Magazine. As for “ meteorology,” the scientific inquirers know nothing of its secrets, nor can they possibly do so until they examine the doctrines of astral influence on the atmosphere. We write this on the 8th December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-eight, while we hear the furious howling of the pitiless storm; but we are quite sure that none of these “scientific inquirers” through England, or even “the land o' cakes," can give us the slightest inkling of the causes of this violent storm. The sun's light is much about what it usually is when he has 22% degrees of south declination; but his “ actinism” is considerably less than the average, for the clouds hang low and heavy,
“ And, dripping from his dreary watery bed,
Aquarius lifts his cloud-environed head.” But the diminished "actinism" is a consequence of the stormy clouds, and cannot be the cause. Is there no cause for this
great atmospheric derangement therefore? Yea, that there is ; and if we look to the heavens, we find the mighty Jove is this day stationary, pouring forth, therefore, a continuous flood of reflected solar light, not destitute, we presume, of the electric ray, and so conveying some electric or magnetic action to the earth. Then, again, we find also a conjunction this morning of the two planets Mars and Mercury, nearly in the last punctum of the sign Scorpio. Now this conjunction led us to predict that the weather would be “stormy and dull;" which it is. And we made this prediction sixteen months ago, on the faith of a long catalogue of similar results attending such conjunctions. We find that these effects have ever been noticed to be the same; for not only does Ramesey, in 1655, say that it produces “sudden great windes,” but Dr. Goad, in 1699, says, “ g and we shall find to be a tearing aspect.” And at page 260 of his “ Aphorisms” he gives a long list of instances, from 1652 to 1682, during thirty years of uninterrupted observations. He says, after giving a diary of the weather for 853 days, on which these conjunctions were operating, “ Let us have leave to ask our dissenter what is the reason of these sudden storms? Alas! Messrs. Chambers can give no answer, if the question be now repeated. The same phenomena attend the same aspects after 200 years. And, as Goad says, “They who please may see more to their satisfaction in Kepler or Kyriander ; and so much for the Unruhigten* pair of planets, and 8 in aspect."
Now, the writer in Chambers, like a sleek Quaker, would quietly deny the influence of these planets on our atmosphere, although every time they come together in the heavens they give the lie to the silly chatterers, who attempt to establish meteorology on any other basis than that which it has pleased the Almighty to ordain ; viz. the mutual influence of the several bodies of the solar system on each other. He who runs may read this influence; but our modern philosophers, our Airys and Herschels, will not read; and although they do run, it is only their hapless heads against the post they have themselves erected: on which, if not wilfully blind, they might read, in letters of light, the great truth that IGNORANCE and PREJUDICE
On these subjects only may these men be justly termed ignorant, being so through prejudice.
Unruhig, unquiet, turbulent-German Dictionary. given these planets, when in aspect, by the Germans; the great Kepler, especially.
GO HAND IN HAND.
THE PLANET NEPTUNE.
This body is ascertained to be about 30 times the distance from the Sun that the latter is from the Earth. But as this distance is 95 millions of miles, and as light, which travels 200,000 miles in a second of time, takes therefore eight minutes to reach the earth from the sun, we have only to multiply this by 29 to find the time a ray of light striking on the planet Neptune takes to be reflected back to this earth. This is 3h 52m. And as it is now proved, beyond all doubt, that light and electricity are ONE SUBSTANCE, we find that this distant body must affect the electricity of our atmosphere; and hence the temperature, elasticity, &c., thus affecting the bodies of all those beings who breathe that atmosphere. Here, therefore, we perceive the simplicity of the
Theory of Astro-Meteorology. The light of the sun being always accompanied with electricity, it follows that, when it penetrates the atmosphere of a planet and is reflected thence to this earth, it will either gain or sose electricity, and so bring more or less of that substance to us. But as the various coloured rays are more or less refrangible and enter the atmosphere, therefore, at different angles, we see that a red
ray will be brought more direct, and hence produce more electricity than a blue ray. And we know, therefore, that the red rays of the planet Mars must excite electricity in our atmosphere more powerfully than do the blue rays of Saturn. And this is consistent with facts observed; which prove that, when the Earth passes in a right line with the Sun and Mars, the air is more electrified and drier than when the Earth is similarly situated with Saturn.
The evidence of this fact exists at page 254 of the Journal published by the Meteorological Society; where it is shewn that, during 242 months' observations at Aberdeen, Carlisle, Edmonton, and Hereford, there fell 590 inches of rain, Saturn being in conjunction with the Sun; while, at the same places and during the same period, there fell in 114 months only 232 inches of rain, Mars being so situated. The mean fall monthly being, under Saturn's action. 2.438
do. do. under Mars do.....
Excess by Saturn's action = .438
WEATHER, METEORS, &c.
That this period was not unfairly chosen, is proved by the fact that both periods occurred during a Series of 66 months at Carlisle, fall of rain .... 178. 108 do. at Aberdeen do.
209.7 288 do. at Hereford do.
737-5 279 do. at Edmonton do.
Total months 741
Total of rain.. 1678.8
This gives a mean fall per month of 2.266 inches, which is 266 of an inch more than what fell during Mars' action, and •172 of an inch less than what fell during Saturn's action; yet the mean of the above 356 months differs only .045 of an inch from the mean of the whole 741 months.
The importance of this matter will be obvious to the farmer, when he considers that the monthly excess of rain, when Saturn's aspects are in operation, being .438 of an inch, amounts to 92 butts per acre of additional water, or about 3 butts daily. For the imperial gallon contains 277.274 cubic inches of water; and if we multiply the number of inches on an acre, viz. 6,272,640, by •438, and divide the product by the contents of a gallon, we get 9909 gallons, which are equal to 92 butts.
APHORISMS TOUCHING WEATHER, METEORS, &c.
By J. CARDAN.
1. When Saturn passes out of one sign into another, you may expect for several days together strange meteors and splendid sights and apparitions in the heavens.
2. When Saturn is combust in the houses of Mars, and Mars beholds him, he often begets conical figures which are seen in the air, composed of vapours that ascend, and are signs of earthquakes
. [This circumstance will take place about the 25th of March, 1850; when it will be well to observe whether such phenomena do not occur.--Z.]
3. Saturn and Mars, and Mars and the Sun, and Mars and Mercury, cause hail; Saturn most in summer, Sol and Mercury most in autumn; and those that cause hail in these two quarters cause snow in the winter and spring.
4. Saturn with the luminaries, Jupiter with Mercury, and Mars with Venus, make an apertio portarum, or opening of the