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In our time of superficial and vain knowledge and of greedy and insatiable longing for novelty and thrill for the unknown, there are still some beings of exception seeking in seclusion and meditation the solution of the deep problems that the amazing thinkers of the past talked about in their old books.
As a proof of this, there is this ‘Treatise of Judiciary Astrology’, penned by Abel Haatan, and published yesterday in the year 1895, at the end of a century where all of the efforts were directed in the unique aim and direction of annihilating the work of the preceding centuries, and ‘out of nowhere’ developed an analytic system of natural sciences whose results only gave but disappointment to those who gave birth to them. To take only one example: In the natural sciences based upon observation and the careful and patient study of material phenomenon, that everybody could control. Not one vote presented at the Academy of Science was approved unanimously!
These gaps and difference of point of views that characterizes the modern sciences seemed to not have occurred before, when a vast synthesis brought the vastness of the phenomena towards a series of unknown and poorly known or even totally ignored today laws by those who have an interest to keep them forgotten; these laws all connected to each others like the rings of a unique chain.
A thinker with a deep knowledge and of an uncommon generosity of views, too early departed this life to fully achieve his work in its integrity-i named Albert Poisson, unknown to the greater number of people-who tried to awake alchemy, and to drag it out of the dark marble tomb those who where not able anymore to understand its sublime teachings buried it. We thought it was dead, when it was sleeping, ready to awake shining of youth and beauty in front of who would come and with a brave hand open the cover of the tomb.
Likewise was the fate of Astrology. Banished by astronomy that studies only the material movements of the stars, after two centuries of darkening, a book-the first published in French- came to restore among the sacred science the place it once had and from which it was treacherously chased away.
Already, the English and the Americans, practical to the core as they are, did during the last twenty years translate and publish in modern language the old treatise written in Latin and Arabic, and also produced a certain number of original books that spread far away upon the surface of the inhabited globe, going though the randomness of meetings, enlightening men from all classes about the existence of a science until then unsuspected.
If there is a science that touches us close, it is indeed astrology, that brings up the deep question of free-will to which is also connected another terrible problem, that is the origin of evil. Every philosophical or scientific system, every rational doctrines are at loss to give us a satisfying answer to the ‘Great Matter’, as would Saint-Martin say, and the transcendental Astrology only can express the triple mystery of human freedom, of fate and of divine foresight. This is why it is important to keep in mind that it is not the material planet that influence our actions, but the force that it is the apparent symbol of. This is why in this very modern treatise of Astrology, the planets, Uranus and Neptune, are not with the others, to the great dismay of the astronomers that decorate our official academies, but are acknowledged as the two first of a new series starting after Saturn.
The past, the future, are only the reflection of an always active present, and the stars don’t determine the events but indicate their succession in what we call time. Their position at a specific moment does not impact on human freedom, it stays always intact; it marks the time of accomplishment of a fact with which the stars are harmonizing with.
Because the stars exist in man as much as in the universe, their actions are felt in both, because, man is only-as Paracelsus explains-a sum up of the universe, a microcosm where all the parts and all the faculties correspond to those of the macrocosm, one and the other being the extreme poles of the Absolute and Unfathomable Unity.
Translated from the French
‘Le Mercure de France’, August 1895 issue.