A Manual of Astrology by Raphael (Robert Cross Smith)
The Book of the Stars: Which Contains every requisite illustration of the Celestial Science Or the Art of Foretelling Future Events by the Influences of the Heavenly Bodies
Robert Cross Smith (1795-1832) was an English astrologer, writing under the pseudonym of "Raphael". Smith was born in Bristol on March 19, 1795. He married in 1820 and moved to London, where he became interested in astrology.
Robert C. Smith, known as Raphael, wrote A Manual of Astrology, in a manner unattempted by any former author and divested of the superstitions of the dark age. From 1827 until his death in 1832, he edited an astrological almanac, entitled The Prophetic Messenger. Also published by Smith was The Familiar Astrologer and A Manual of Astrology, both in 1828.
Smith died on 26 February 1832 in London. His almanac continued to be edited as Raphael’s Ephemeris and would become a standard work in British and US American astrology. Raphael's Ephemeris popularized the system of Placidian system of astrological houses in the English-speaking world and in modern western astrology in general.
Published in 1828, the Contents of A Manual of Astrology Comprise:
1. An historical narration of the antiquity and verity of Astrology.
2. Elementary Principles or the Sci-ence ; comprising a complete system of the Universe according to modern Astronomers.
3. The Natures of the Twelve Signs, the Houses of Heaven, the Planetary Orbs, the Fixed Stars, etc. etc.
4. The art of casting a Figure or Theme of Heaven, or Scheme of Nativity, for any time whatever, by Perpetual Tables.
5. Requisite descriptions of the Zodiacal and Mundane Aspects.
6. The Doctrine of Nativities ; with select experimental Rules, for foreseeing each particular event, from the cradle of infancy to the tomb of age.
7. The method of working Celestial Directions, both in the zodiac and in mundo.
8. The art of foreknowing the chief events of life by Celestial Periods ; a new and important discovery. Also the theory of Progressive Directions.
9. A number of remarkable Horoscopes, evincing the power of the Stars in Life and Death.
10. The art of resolving every important question in the affairs of human life, by the science of Horary Astrology; with the Horoscope of London Bridge, etc. etc.
11. The theory of State Astrology ; or the method used by Astrologers in foretelling the fates of Kingdoms, Thrones, and Empires, exemplified by a prophetic glance at the late Lunar Eclipse.
12. An highly curious extract from an Original Manuscript; communicated by a valuable correspondent, relative to the mystic signatures of the Seven Planets.
The whole book illustrated and exemplified by various important and appropriate, Diagrams, and THREE ELEGANT ENGRAVINGS.
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