Of Astrologyr5

obvious and familiar to our fenfes. If vvc recoiled that the tnoil trivial incident in nature cannot come to pafs without a cauie; and that theft? cauics art- incciTintly giving bir^h to a new fate, which at one lime brings us comfort, and at another overwhelms us with misfortunes, that to-day gives us the full enjoyment of our vvilhes, and to-morrow confounds evtry imagination of our hearts; it is itrange we fhould deny that iuch caufes txiit, when every hour's experience confirms the fa£t, by the good or ill fueccfs that conftantly attends all human puriuits. To illuiiratc tl is oblervation more fully, let us attentively coniider th^ ftupendous frame or model of Nature, as bid down in the holy Scriptures, and endeavour to deduce therefrom the fubordinate dependence of one part upon another, from the interior heavens to the mir.uteft fubftancc upon earth. Hence we rmy poflibly difcovcr the origin of thefo caufes, and prove chat Aicrology does notexiil in imagination only.

The fuhftance of this great and glorious framff, which the Almighty created, we call the world, and the world confifts of the hejven and the earth*. The model of it is, as the prophet Ezt-k.tl defcribes it, the form of a wheel with m«ny wheels within the fame, involved one within another. And thus we rind it by mathematical demonllraticn; for the earth is a wheel or globe of fra and land, circumfcribea by the at-niofphert, as wi:biu a greater wheel, which is globous too; and furrounded by the heavens, as by many wheel s involved one within another, encircling the fun, moon, ¿nd ilars, and all th; hoil of them. The power, which firil aduated and put thefe wheeh in perpetual motion, was the fame which called them into exiilenco ; the executioners of whofe wul are represented by the proph n under the limilitude of four living creatures, immealurabl} endued wiih wifiom, courage, agility, and lVength- And. henct were life, and ipirit, and power, and virtue, communicated to the heavens, and from the heavens to the eatth, and from the eanh to man and beaft, and to every plant, and hero, and earthly fubftance. Hence alfo are derived the magnetic powers, and wonderir.l properties of nature; the virtues of fjmpathy and antipathy, the invidble effects of attraction and repuifion, and ali the various influences of the liars and planets.

The proper agents of this noble ftrufture are angels and men ; the. onecompoied of a pure ethereal Ipirit, and incorruptible; the ether, in his primary ftate lefs pure, but incorruptible alio until his fall, which» brought upon hitnfelf and offspring mortality and death. The angels are either good or bad, and ultimately know their reward or doom ; but the

* Sec Gen. i. «. + Eztk. !. 15, 16, i works works of fallen men are yet upon the anvil,and time with us is fcill going on. But man .srow endued, as in hh primary flats, wif.h the agency of a free will, and hath rood and evil, for ateftofhio obedience, cont;nu?lly itt before h'm, with fieedomto choofe either. And thus, uncohftrained either by the immediate hand of God, or by the operation cf the planets as íecond caufes, lome embrace lite, and ethers ieek condemnation ¡ and liencsfoISow "írtue and vice, prosperity and adveriity, ficktiefs and health, ]ifear.d death, and all the vicisitudes of Fortune. And though the rife and fall of empires proceed from the virtues and vices of thofe men who govern and inhabit them; and theíb \'.rtues and v :es proceed from the iree will or agency of rhole men ; and though the i ru idents good and bad of one man's life are nnumerable, and the men who are the fubjecls of thofe .ncidents in ore fingle age are nnumerable alio; and though the ages of men, fiiice the creation of the world, are innumerable tooj yet have all theíé multiplied .-ncidents, whether trivial or .mpcrtant, come to pafs by a regular courfe or concatenation of caufes, orginally implanted ia the wheels or frame of nature. And with fuch minute perfection was this fiupendous frame conftrufted, that neither the fail of man, nor the tremendous Ihock which agitated the world upon that afflicting occaiion ; net all the wickednefs of mankind ii af ter -ages, cor the defoht'ons which have reñí the earth in confequence ttiereof; have yet impaired tne wheels of this ailoniChiOg machine, or for a moment -m-peded ;.s confiant and unceaiing motion. And fuch was the amarwng iorefight and providence of God, tint perceiving, at one view, all the events of futurity, the turnings and wiioings cf every man's will, and the total fum and upihot of all \ rtue and Vice, he at cnce contrived the fates of profperty and adveriity, of rewards and punifhments, fo to come up, as precifely to anfwer the virtues and prayers of the righteous, and the v.'íes and profanenefs of the wicked, in all ages of the world, at the r fit and appointed feafons.

Now all mankind have each of them, more or lei's, a certain fhare of wifdom, power, or wealth, wherewith they occupy in this life, and carry forward all their undertakings. Thus we lee fame men, by means of riches, courage, or contrivance, grow nrghty, and purpefe as if nothing could impede the full accomplilhment of their dedgns; and yet we find there are two things which confound thewiftft, and grcateil, and projdeft, of them all, in the very fummii of the'r glory;—thefe are, lime and Chance—two rrighty iords upon earth, which biing tcpafs many llrangt-and marvellous events. Time is that motion of fpace which proceeded cut of eternity when the world began, and ho'ideth on unto eternity, which is to fucceed at the world's end. Oat of this one long time are engendered dcrcd infinite fp-ices of time, of a great variety of forts; and thefe arc cither general or iptcial, ^r.d each of them either fortunate or unfortunate. There is a rime ior every purpofc under heaven*; a time of plea-lure, and another time of pain and grief; a tjme to life, and a time to tall; a time to be born, and a time to d i r * - '1 lie re .s a certain lucky time in man's life, wherein ir he go out to battle, though w th but few men, yet he carricth 'the victory, and there is another umc wherein, though he go out with ever fo complete an army, yet lhali he gain nothing but digrace-f. So alfo there is a time when overtures of marriage ihall be fuccefsfui, but a man's defires anlvver it not, and again (here is a time when defires of rnar-liagellriil itrongly ur -e, and all overtures nrovc itiefFecliua], but there is a time alfo when defires and overtures ihali exactly ccrrefpor.d, and fuit together. In like manner there is a t:me when profperity and riches. lhJl otter themlelves and be attai-ied, whether a man fleep or wake; and by and by, though he-purfue them with wings, yet fo unlucky a time occurs, as renders all his endeavours fruitless. oomc men come .nto the wor'd in a lucky hour, lb that, let them be wife or foo'nih, tney ihall be buoyed up on the w.ngs of fate in ail rmtters of wealth or honour, and fuccetd in ail that they uke to; while wilcr and better men, fmittcn with an unlucky time of birth, fball be as undefervedly dnparaged, and all their undertakings fhull piove unfucetf&ful and unhappy. Some inali be lucky in the van of their enterprizes, r.nd as unfortunate in the rear; and others again contrarivvile. And thus lime feems to mock and l'port with the men of this life, and to advance, or counieraCi, all their ikdl and contrivances, even to a degree infinitely beyond whatever we could realonably conceive or exped. And yet time cf tfelf s but a dead thing, and a mere inftrument ; but the wheels of the heavens turning upon it, imprint riddles in its face, and carve and cut out the va-ious flnpes of profperity and adveriry upon the minuted: portion thereof. And wonderful :t is to obferve, that a child, the moment it draw* breath, becomes time-fmitten by the face of heaven, and receives an imprcllion Irom the ilars therein, which, taking rile from the afcendant, fun, moon, and otht.r principal fignificators, operate as the impreilors rtand, and point out, as with the finger of God, the caules whence the fate and fortune of the newborn infant proceed ; and, whether it comes before or at Jis fuil time, or.n what part ot the wotld loever it is bom, it matters not; for, as the nature cf the figniheators are that aicend upon the horzen at the birth, iuch ihall ccrtainly be the fortune of the* native. This is a truth that

I This aitonifhir.g property ot nature will be illufuated more at large, ;n its p;op-*r place, and the reader enabled, by plain and obvious rules, to make the experiment upon hunfclt, upon his own family, or upon any other febjeet he may think proper. The event of h s o»vn obierva-tions vv..: coiinnn the fadf, and aS'orJ him an ir.cxhauitible fund ot moral and rel.^ious contem-pl ition !

Mo. 1. C will will bear the moil minute enquiry, and will be found the ordination of an all-wife and indulgent Providence, for thefpecuk' :on and improvement of h:s creature man. And thele fignificators reprefent, as it were, a feries of cunous knots, which untie by ccurfej and, as every knot unties, different times feem to fly out, and perform their errand«; and of thefe, fometimes we may obierve two, or three, or more, lucky knots opcni.ig together, and at inker iimes as many that areinaufp :ious. Yet all times are beoutr'ui in (heir JeaJons, it men could h t them , but through the ma-ligniLV of fin, and an intemperate purfu.* of worldly pleaiures, we often lofe the favourable tune afforded us, of embracing the moll iubilantial hip} Inefs.

The feccnd great lcrd over human inventions, is chance. And thtfc chances procf* :d from a great variety 01 rare and fecret operations of heaven, which throw in the way of men thofe ftrangs and fortuitous tuTis of fortune that furpafs all human forefight or conception. And yet there is really no fuch thing as chance in nature ; but all thofe cunous hits that llritce n between the c^ufe and ts effect, we cj.11 chances,as belt fu.it-i ig human 'leas, becaufe of the undefendable properties of them. For _n fhiiffling a pack of cards, or rt carting the dice, it fetms to us a mere chance what cart Ihould lappen uppermort, or what card will go to the. bottom of the pack; and y^t it is evident by experience, that there is a certs. n luck n nature, which prefides over all thele adventures, fo that a man ihull e-ther win or lofe in a methodical courfe. It alfo happens in th< Tlmeol battle, and m every puriuii after wealth and honour, that chances tall in upon us, and turn ihe Icale by a fecret kind of fste, beyond ail that could reasonably have been expected; and thus heaven breathes into a!i human actions an nfinily of thefe chances, that overturn the wildom,. and power, and all the grcatnels, of man. 1 hel'e chances sre uniformly managed by a certain kind of luck, either good or bad, which drives the nail; and tins, ly fome heavenly .nfiuence, that nfufes a fecret virtue or poifen into oar aitions, as courage :nto-their hearts on one iide, or dilmay on the other; and ikitl ,nto fome men's heads tc purfue the right courfe to be rich, or folly into others, vhsreby they run headlong to mifery and want; or tlfe fortunateth or infortunaieth by miilake of words, iignals, or ads, that turn to the befl: or worft advantage, by ftrange hits or raif-carriages; and thus . t happens that £. iiight m'.ftake _n battle begets an utter rout,after a vi£lory made almoft: complete, by vhemsre utterance of a wrong word, or fleering an improper coarfe. Buts wl ch way foever it happens, the whole matter is wrought by a good or ill luck, and the hand of God is at the bottom of it; not bv any new cont.ivtd adt, but by the fame regular courfe of nature ordained from the beginning of the world.


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