by Alan Leo
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 Societys 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.
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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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.
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.