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the world, as the atheistical astrologers attracted attention. Perhaps it was believe, deserves some attention. Pro- next remarked, that, when certain placeeding upon the supposition that there nets were in particular constellations, does exist such a concordance in the and the sun in certain signs of the universe as they maintain, it is ob- Zodiac, special effects took place, and vious, from the motions of the earth, were naturally ascribed to the influand of the system to which she belongs, ences of those particular aspects. that no two astrological observations A transition from the tides to the can be found in the course of many variations of the atmosphere was an ages precisely similar : a general re- obvious process of astrological contemsemblance of effect is the utmost that plation, and as valetudinarians are may be obtained, until, in the pro- particularly affected by the weather, gress of all the various movements of the progress towards that branch of the universe, the earth, in all respects, the science which relates to diseases come again to the situation which she necessarily took place. held, in relation to every other part, at
If the diseases of man be regulated the time the first observation was made. by the stars, why not his passions When she has done this, it must be also ? And as his passions govern his allowed, from the premises, that the actions, making one class of motives series of effects will then be recom- more influential than another, why menced in every thing resembling the not by means of his passions regulate past. History and chronology having his fortune ? Fortune is but another finished their tales, will begin then to name for situation, and men are evirepeat them, and persons under the dently allured into their various situasame names, and in the same forms as ations by their passions. Hence the those whom we know, and of whom theory of judicial astrology-a theory we have heard, will come again. What at variance with the fundamental doca delightful anticipation ! Another trines of the science. For the profes1821 will return, when another Dr sors of it—that is, the fortune-tellersScott, and another Blackwood's Ma- allege that man possesses his will free
: gazine, will be found cheering and de- and
thereby has the power of election, corating the world! at once the de- and consequently also the power light of the jovial and the loyal, and a changing his destiny. terror to the Whigs and Radicals, and But admitting, for the sake of arall such evil doers, --so revolving in gument, that the principles of the
, concentric circles throughout the mazes fortune-telling astrology are deduced of eternity!
from those of the astrological science, Such are the general doctrines of it may be asked on what grounds are astrology; and which La Place, in his we to credit the predictions? It is maMechanique Celeste, has adopted. (By nifest, from the infinite grasp which the
way, how has it happened that the astrology assumes, that the concerns Edinburgh Review did not observe of the earth itself can scarcely be palthat La Place was an astrologer?) pable to its arithmetic; how then are How the doctrines of astrology should we to believe the verity of those calever have been applied to the fortunes culations which pretend to describe the of individuals, or even to the planets, actions of such an infinitely small por; which, in an estimate of the universe, tion of the system as an individual are as little tangible by calculation as man? Much stress, however, is laid the atoms themselves, can only be ac- by the fortune-tellers on the truth of counted for by the presumption of particular prognostications; and the quacks and impostors. At the same quacks concerned in “ The New Protime, when the application had been phetic Almanack” lay great claims once made, it was not difficult to form upon public credulity
for some of their plausible theory to explain the prin- hap-hazard bodements of political ciples. Accordingly, say the judicial mischiefs. But they forget that if the astrologers, our science, like that of results of their calculations are verified every other, is the result of experience. in one instance, purely from the truths
The first observations were those of upon which they assume they are which the results had some concord- founded, they should be verified in ance with the planets at different pe- every instance, otherwise something riods of the year. The tides, parying mụst be allowed to have an influence with the phases of the moon, early on the results, over which their arith
etic has no control. Science does not day of each month, on which the Sun erin Imit of any casualties in its problems: ters that particular sign of the Zodiac, less, therefore, every astrological
pre- of the exterior circles. And lastly, The
which appears in the corresponding division ction can be demonstrated to be true; small space at the centre contains the date e whole of them must be consigned of the year, for which the Almanack is contempt; for the verification of one
calculated. re and there cannot be admitted as
“ In each corner of the square described, Sroof of the truth of the science, but about the outermost circle of the Compass ould be assigned to the calculators Card, certain celestial and terrestrial phechances-merely as a curious acci- nomena are represented ; namely, First, nt. This the radical knaves con- The Sun darkened—Secondly, the Lunar rned in “ The New Prophetic Alma- Crescent, with an Halo, and Shooting Star ck” know perfectly well, and they - Thirdly, A Comet--and Fourthly, A te care to wrap. up their soothsay- Burning Mountain. is in such mystical generalities that
“ The part of the design already described ey may be as well applied to the is surmounted by a rectangular figure,
within which is faintly traced an Ellipse, tunes of the King of Cockaigne, to represent the Orbit of the Earth ; and to any of the Kings of the King- four small projections of a sphere are inms of the Earth. We can scarcely serted, in order to shew the position of the 'e a better speciinen of their jargon, Earth's Axis with respect to the Sun, or in their account of the hieroglypbi- the Plane of the Ecliptic, at each Equinox * absurdities on the cover of their and Solstice ; and thus, to represent the
manner in which the radiation from the • In the East, West, and South points centre is received by different parts of thë the Mariner's Compass Card, a minia- surface of the Earth, at the four different e representation of some Mathematical Astronomical Instrument is introduced, To what class of readers such balNorth Cardinal being filled up with derdash as this is addressed, we are incommon Index of that point, namely, capable even of imagining. But it is Fleur de Lis.-The four intermediate nothing to the blasphemous insinuaant points contain each an emblem of tions of one of the most ludicrous t season which accords with the appa- productions we ever read, entitled, t place of the Sun in his progress from stice to Solstice, at the times of his pass- to his Godson-from which we shall
** The first epistle of Fatidicoramus, those points.-The other eight intering points contain each a planetary sym- quote a passage or two, not so much ; and the remaining sixteen subdivi
on account of the raving, as to shew 18 are uniformly filled up in a plain the cloven foot of radicalism, which nner.-Thus it will be observed, that protrudes itself from under the proh class of points, according to their con- phetic robe uence, is designated and diversified, so “ The daily occupations and cares of this to be readily recognized.
life so burthen the minds of those not born The central part of the Compass Card, to affluence, that they cannot, even if duly hin the points, contains, (besides the educated, sift for themselves the truths of all space at the centre,) four concentric revelation; and it would be a dereliction rular spaces, each divided into twelve of duty not to guide them to a knowledge tal parts. The outermost of these spa- of things future as far as we can. But I includes, in its twelve divisions, minia- am moreover deeply concerned to notice e sketches of the twelve signs of the that the temporary pastimes and fascinadiac; and the next interior twelve spa- tions of this world do so dizzy the heads
contain the twelve common symbols of the wealthy, as to almost extinguish in d to denote the Zodiacal constellations, their hearts those spiritual flames which the comparison of the figures of which the prospect of a permanent heritage ought h those of the originals in the spaces to kindle and keep alive. Prophecy, that we them, a certain resemblance may be best fuel of pure devotion, has, I think, of ced, that will serve to explain the figure late, been insidiously suppressed and douzach of the common symbols.- Proceed- bly smothered. The sphere of my obser. ; towards the centre, the next twelve vation is sufficiently wide for me to discoices exhibit twelve numbers, that under ver that the buz of the overweening Rabbi h symbol being the number of the sign is, Better let prophecy alone;' whilst ** represents, according to the order in the indevout caviller, on the other hand, is ich the twelve signs are put down in the blasphemously crying, “ I don't believe." manack Tables, and in all other Astro. Thus, betwixt the timidity of the one, and » nical Computations. The twelve divie the presumption of the other, I am fearing ins of the fourth central space shew the that the multitude has lulled itself into a
disregard of certain terrible visitations which xxxvii. xl. to the end, Psah cxlvii 2, and the ancient oracles of religion assure us numerous other places. must be inflicted ; and (taking it for grant- “ Tenthly, The Millenium ; 07, a long ed that those oracles bear the signet of di- reign of peace, by means of the universali. vine truth) so surely as they stand record- ty of Gospel discipline. Dan. v. 27. ed, so surely will all the judgments pre- Acts iii. 18. Rev. XX. ; &c. ordained, sooner or later, my good cousin, “ Eleventhly, The second coming of be executed.
Christ in his own immortal magnificence “ Proofs enough of the near approach of and power, to call the dead from their graves that day which shall change the present to judgment with the living.—Dan
. vi. economy of the moral world, are, to those 13. Matt. xxiv. 29. John, v. Mark, xii. who look up,' conspicuous. Seems it 26. Luke, xxi. 25. Acts, x. 1 Cor. xv. Rev. not then an unfathomable problem, (but xiv. 14, &c. I wish my fear may be ungrounded, and “ Twelfthly, The release of Satan, after the reality be otherwise than as I appre- the Milleniums, with power to deceive ard hend,) that all the nations of Christendom excite many nations to wage war with the should, unanimously, as it were, have for. Christian hosts.--Rev. xx. gotten that the whole universe is sentenced “ Thirteenthly, The total dissolution to undergo a certain doom, which, sudden of the whole system of nature, and confa. “ as the lightning that lighteneth out of gration of the whole earth.—Isaiah, l. 6. one part under heaven, shineth unto the 2 Pet. iii. 10. Rev. x. 6. ; xx. 11, &c other part under heaven,” shall come and “Though I may have enumerated there overspread it ?”—Luke xvii, 24.
as the events to which we are now looking After continuing in this strain for forward, yet is the catalogue, no doute several pages, the learned Theban pro- posed that the events and scene are to suc.
very imperfect; and it is not to be supceeds to state what are the visitations ceed one another in the order in which still impending, which it is the object they are here numbered
. Some of them of “ the New Prophetic Journal" to seem now to be in progress; and
, from al expound.
the means afforded us of judging, the time “ First, The total annihilation of Eccle- coming. It is fallacious to suppuse
is near when most of them are to be fortj. siastical Despotism, Spiritual hypocrisy, and heretical doctrine throughout all na
one is to terminate before another comtions.- Dan. xi. 2 Thes. ii. Rev. xiii. &c.
mences, in all cases, and many may be in of the
Gentiles, or that maturing of the con- them; and we are constantly admotisten
to the latter days as the period of all de version of all Ethnic nations which is foreordained. —Isaiah, xi. ; lx.; lxv. Luke, xxi. and tokens which are to appear
; and to be
TO WATCH !_to watch for certain sigue 24. Rom. xi. 25. Rev. vii. 9. &c. " Thirdly, The entire overthrow which
received, as signals of the LATTER the Ottoman Empire, and all Mohammedan
The command to Daniel was, nations, are destined to experience.Dan.
• Shut up the words and seal the books vii. Obadiah, &c.
even to the TIME OF THE END! many Fourthly, The effectual extermination
shall run to and fro, and KNOWLEDGE of the vast
armies of Gog and Magog, pro- ed shall understand, but TRE wisz elad bably of Russia, Prussia, and some other understand.' _Dan. xii. northern nations.—Exek. xxxviii. xxxix. “Fifihly, The universal extinction of all ledge, some, as the times of fulfilmente
“By the increase then of religious kroF. those several powers which will combine to
of Israel.-Joel, iïi. Isaiah, xxxiv. Ezek. full application of these profound enigunas xxxix. 17. Rev. xix. &c.
“ Sixthly, THE FATE OF GREAT BRI already been effected by the pious labours TAIN PROBABLY TYPIFIED BY THE PROPIETIC THREATENINGS WHICH FORETOLD THE DOWNFALL OF ANCIENT TYRE. Ezek. xxvii, xxviii. whole world by the diffusion of the Gospel. off, and the momentous secret tremblingly -Rev. x.
discovered.” Eighthly, The perpetual subjugation of the Infidel king and his host.—Daniel the astrological oracles, was the down xi. 36.
Ninthly, The gathering of the Jews ; their peaceful occupation of the Holy Land, interest excited by the revolt of the and the rebuilding of Jerusalem.-Deut. Greeks, has been dexterously seized by XXX. 3. Isaiah, xi. 11. Ezek. xx. ; xxxiv. ;
« Fatidicoramus," and the doorn a
mysterious veilings and to decypher the Solutions of many obscure allusions have of Lord Napier, Dr More, Dr Johnson
Dr Hales, Sir Isaac Newton, Bishop New. 66 Seventhly, The illumination of the and as every day draws nearer to realit,
ton, Faber, Clarke, Bicheno, and others; som so is the allegorical raiment gradually taken
In former times the great topic of fall of the papal authority; but the
E:3 the Ottoman empire is now discovered out assigning it, as the other reading seems
to have been one of the grand objects to do, a period of completion. Thus then, for which Daniel ate the book, sealed if my view of this important prophecy be with the seven seals.
well taken, the “ cleansing of the sanctu" Then I heard, (says the prophet) one
ary has just begun in THE REVOLT saint speaking, and another saint said unto OF THE GREEKS.” Weigh this conthat certain saint which spake, “How long clusion well, my honest Coz. and keep in shall be the vision concerning the daily sa
mind those dismal times of which it is, crifice, and the transgression of desolation, peradventure, the near precursor.” to give both the sanctuary and the host to We shall now proced to notice some
be trodden under foot ?' And he said un- of the predictions. “I am sorry,” says mes to me, « Unto two thousand and three the seer, “ to see Venus on the 1st day
hundred days, THEN shall the sanctuary of the new year, in the head of the be cleansed." Upon this passage we must quote tion of Mars, of course, posited in the
Dragon, and hastening to an opposithe comment.
Dragon's tail. Strife must, I appre“ It has been already said that the great hend, ensue, and although it is possiintegral body of an empire was, in holy pro- ble this country may have hitherto phecy, commonly symbolised by a beast ; and the members of such empire each by escaped carnage, it cannot long, unless a horn ; so that, on a diminished scale, the
some extraordinary interposition shall, - mind might obtain a comprehensive view through a merciful providence, avert
L of the vast subjects alluded to. In order, the impending catastrophe. The voice **131 therefore, to have one feature of the pro- of warning cannot be too strenuously *** phecy comport with another, it has been excited-(observe the sedition)—and
usual to signify periods of time by some if the stewards of the public persist in 3 minuter portion of duration ; and thus days their obduracy, a day will come when
have been made the symbol of years; the they will repent it." *2300 days here mentioned are, therefore,
The aspects for March, it seems, ***.2300 years. But no era is stated distinctly
foretel" a most universal ferment --: from which these 2300 years are to be it reckoned. Taking the literal expressions throughout Europe”-indicative of a of our English Bible for our guide, it seems
new era, either political or religiousEL 236 that the vision is purposely to shew the rise perhaps both—(another French revoluk and effect of those powers in the Grecian tion, we suppose.) There is also a spe
dominions which should produce conspicu- cial prediction—" The death of one of ous vicissitudes in the religion of the coun- high rank and fame, a field marshal, try; and more particularly of the conse- as I
suppose, may be held in expectaquences resulting from the rise and pow. tion during this month—malice the er of the little horn. Now it will be recole cause.”—The death of any field marlected, that the first scene of the vision pre- shal, or eminent warrior, will serve to sents the ram staNDING STILL before fulfil the prophecy-we should not be the river Ulai
. We are next told of his surprised to hear of that pleasant manpushing westward, &c. and it seems to me reasonable that this movement should be nered gentleman, old Ali Pacha kicktaken for the era at which the 2300 years ing about that time. are to commence, for it brings us directly
The timely warnings for May, deto the particular spot pre-ordained to be serve a place. come the seat of the little horn. This move- “ The application of the forebodings dement, or pushing, is that celebrated march scribed in the preceding page for March, of Xerxes at the
head of his cohort of three is rather of a general than a particular namillions against Greece, which took place in ture, though I am inclined to say that they the year 480 before Christ. There would allude to the German Empire more than then have expired 479 years before the to any other part of Europe. I cannot say Christian era, to which, if we add 1821, whether it is intestine or foreign hostility the years since the birth of Christ, we have that threatens a terrible shock to that go. 4794-1821=2300
vernment—whether a revolt of some of its and, consequently, if our chronology be vassal states, or of some important portion correct, and our epoch true, we are to look of its army—but evident enough it is, that for the cleansing of the sanctuary in 1822. a great change is about to take place in But, upon concluding my comment, Iought that Empire. Still the ferment which has to remark to you, that though the clause been already excited in other states seems “THEN shall the sanctuary BE CLEAN- greatly augmented, and in some the sword SED,” seems to imply the entire cleansing, is very active. It is almost impossible to yet I am of opinion that it ought to be fix the allusions, but the general tenor of read, THEN shall the cleansing of the them indicates dreadful wars and blood. Blinctuary BE; that is, shall begin, with, shed. I could also point out certain omens
of a fatal character, which bespeak personal ed, that he was born in August
, 1969; jealousy, and individual mischief; indeed, and, for several months immediately pre
: I am apprehensive that at least two memo- ceding his birth, the Northern regions of rable assassinations will be heard of about the heavens were visited by one of those this time. Something, too, of a most atro. signal messengers to which the attention of cious nature seems, by the signs of last the reader is now expressly solicited. Se month, to have been detected ; and the au- condly, Without following his steps to the thor will, it appears, be, in some manner, summit of his fame, let us pause a moment publicly degraded. I wish all political to behold him upon it, surrounded by ma. craftsmen would be persuaded to think that jesty of his own creating--himself seated honesty is really the best policy, and be on the throne of the world ! Spain, on his induced to act up to the maxim. It is sur. West, the allotted portion of one brotherprising that statesmen have, in general, so Westphalia of another, on his Eastern very little regard to the warnings of Pro- Quarter-Holland, on his North, receives vidence and the experience of all past ages.” the third for her King—and with the
“ It does appear,” says Sir Willon, Crown of Naples, on his South, he decks “ that some are about to enjoy better the husband of his sister ! At every paint times. I wish I could inform my read- that seemed to afford security to his Em. ers that this refers to Englund, but it pire were his military Dukes and minor is a more western nation, (we hope relatives posted on high pedestals of boIreland,) and I should think Spain, or
nour ; and thus may we say that he seem. rather the Spanish people of South A
ed to have stamped the validity of solid merica, which is now probably settling the illustrious Archduchess of Austria
greatness by his marriage at this time with a new and liberal system of indepen- Indeed, nothing human could appear more dence. The position of the moon, I stable than the Monarchy of France in regret to remark, bodes something ra- 1811.--I have now reason to call again ther unfavourable to the popular cause for calm and candid attention.-At the of Great Britain.”
meridian of his glory, which I have just But these extracts are sufficient to been describing, a Comet of prodigious shew the spirit in which the New Procharacter came to witness his eminent sta
. More phetic Almanack is got up; and per- tion. Returning from his perihelion
, that haps our strictures may have the ef- magnificent luminary became faintly per. fect of increasing thesale, for“ a time,
ceptible at the beginning of September, or“ half a time,” among a class of read- 1811, at which time it had acquired 26° of ers whom it is not likely the work has vertical in the Latitude of Corsica, and
Celestial North Latitude, and was then yet reached. In case, however, they the Southern Extremity of Natural France should fail of this effect, we cannot Its splendour continued to increase unti i resist the temptation of introducing a had reached 48° of Celestial Latitude, at very philosophical disquisition concern- which time blazing with unspeakable splen
, ing comets, and so conclude.
dour it stood upon the Zenith of Paris and * On Comets, as lessons of destiny, the its Latitude. Having traversed the hearens remarks I have to make, although confined in such a track as to reign vertically over to an individual case, must, I anticipate, every point of Latitude from South educe as well the acquiescence as the sur. North of France, let it be, of all things, prise of every sensible
mind, though it will most strictly noticed, that its highest de not be possible to do justice to my subject gree of lustre was at that particular time in the narrow limits that remain open. If when it was on the Meridian and Zenith or we turn to look at those mighty heroes of Paris at Noon-day! After it had attained former ages, suffixed to whose names we these limits northward in the heavens it behold these imposing words,“ THE retreated again towards the South
, retracing GREAT,” let us at the same time recol- back again the latitudes of France from lect that an individual of our own time, North to South, until it vanished at that by an extraordinary course of adventures, point of declination where it had first ber without the stubborn force of prejudice, come visible, namely, and the secret and powerful engine-work Corsica !-Can any reflecting mind fail to of state-craft to ply with, lifted himself associate the appearance of this illustrious from a station the most obscure and low to messenger
of the skies with the fate of the a pinnacle of glory the most gorgeous and prodigy of men, who then reigned over the exalted. Need it be said that the now harm- world with a lustre, perhaps, unparalleled? less Napoleon is the object of these remarks? -But the victory of Death over this once Without entering upon speculations con- controller of kings, and terror of nations
, cerning the application of such an instru- has been recently achieved ; and during ment by the hand of Providence, and
with his few latter weeks, whilst the spirit out tracing his career of fame, to his for. his mortal existence was lorn end, be it, first of all, here remember rating, did not the blazing star od Taxe
over the latitude of