Book 26 — Symbolism and Astrology

An Introduction to Esoteric Astrology

by Alan Leo

Contents List:

About the Author
Author's Preface
Branches of Astrology
I — The Simplicity of Astrology
II — The Cross and the Earth
III — The Semi-Circle and the Soul
IV — Zodiacal Symbology
V — The Planetary Symbols
VI — The Symbol of the Horoscope
VII — The Zodiac and the Horoscope
VIII — Symbolical House Divisions
IX — House Divisions Explained
X — The Nature of the Zodiacal Signs
XI — The Nature of the Planets
XII — A Symbolic Aspectarian
XIII — The Individual and the Personality
XIV — Fate and Free Will

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See also:

Introduction to Astrology
The Birth Chart
Cycles in Time

About the Author

I learn from Wikipedia that Alan Leo was born in Westminster on 7 August 1860 and named William Frederick Allan. He died in Bude on 30 August 1917.

William became a prominent British astrologer, author, publisher, and theosophist, and is considered by many to be the father of modern astrology. He took the name of his sun-sign as a pseudonym and founded the Astrological Lodge of the Theosophical Society in 1915.

Leo is credited as being one of the most important astrologers in the 20th century. It appears that his work had the effect of stimulating a revival of astrology in the West after its general downfall in the 17th century.

Leo was a devout Theosophist and he worked many religious concepts such as karma and reincarnation into his astrology. He used the Theosophical Society’s vast international connections to publish, translate and disseminate his work across Europe and America and it was in these countries that astrology began to be revived.

Author's Preface

Interest in Astrology is now spreading so rapidly that it is attracting the attention of many who find themselves at a loss to know where to begin this study and who require an easy introduction to a science which embraces so much.

It is for those who have made no previous study of the subject that this Manual, the first of a new series, has been written. The aim of the author has been to make the whole subject elementary and, through an explanation of three pure symbols, he has introduced elaboration embracing the major portion of the symbolism of Astrology.


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Branches of Astrology

The word literally means a knowledge of the stars, a discourse concerning the stars, or the science of the stars [aster, star; logos, reason].

Astrology is not only a science; it is a philosophy and, to some, a religion. It has many branches and may to advantage be studied under seven of these.

  1. Astro-Meteorology, the study of the influence of the heavenly bodies upon weather changes, storms, and earthquakes.
  2. Mundane Astrology, also called National, State, or Civic Astrology, which studies the influence of New Moon, Eclipses, Ingresses, Planetary Conjunctions, and Comets upon the fate of nations, countries, and peoples.
  3. Horary Astrology, the answering of questions and the resolving of doubts arising in the mind upon any subject from a study of a map of the heavens for the moment when the question is asked.
  4. Genethliacal or Natal Astrology, the science of the influence of the heavenly bodies upon the individual man based upon his horoscope at birth.
  5. Medical Astrology, the relation of planetary influence to bodily health and disease.
  6. Esoteric Astrology, the more religious and philosophical side of the subject, generally studied nowadays in the light of the law of Karma and the evolution of the soul through reincarnation.
  7. Occult Astrology deals with the higher mysteries and with the bearing of Astrology upon practical occultism.
Originally, Astrology and Astronomy were synonymous terms, but they are today separated in the minds of many. There is, however, a tendency at the beginning of the twentieth century to regard as probable the belief that Astrology is the soul of Astronomy.

Astrology is the science that investigates the action and reaction constantly going on between the celestial bodies and the rest of manifested nature — including man — and reveals the laws under which this takes place. Its antiquity is such as to place it among the very earliest records of human learning. It was for long ages a secret science in the East and, in its final expression, remains so to this day.