Sepharial - Hebrew Astrology Key to the Study of Prophecy (742.0 Kb)
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In these days of advanced thinking it is a matter of common observation that we have left many of the old landmarks behind and that we are now pressing forward to greater heights and to a wider horizon than that which represented the mind-content of our progenitors. It has been suggested that human progress moves in cycles, and that we are continually reverting to the state of affairs and the theoretical outlook upon life that held the minds of former generations. The further suggestion is that we do not trace the same circl... More >>>
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In these days of advanced thinking it is a matter of common observation that we have left many of the old landmarks behind and that we are now pressing forward to greater heights and to a wider horizon than that which represented the mind-content of our progenitors. It has been suggested that human progress moves in cycles, and that we are continually reverting to the state of affairs and the theoretical outlook upon life that held the minds of former generations. The further suggestion is that we do not trace the same circle on the same plane, but that each successive return to our former condition finds us somewhat higher in the scale of civilisation and mental development. In fine, we are traveling by gradual ascent around a helix or spiral, so that our progress is always upwards but not always onwards. On the contrary it would appear to be backwards. This theory brings to mind the lines of Elizabeth Barrett Browning:
"And does the path wind up the hill all the way? Yes, to the very end"
At the same time it suggests that we might profitably acquaint ourselves with the inwardness of that intriguing work: "Civilisation, its Cause and Cure," by one of our modern fresh-air thinkers, Edward Carpenter. Reduced to its real value, modern civilisation offers us small compensation for the amount of living capital we put into it. Its rateable value is wholly fictitious. The constituents of good living are few and simple, which, when satisfied, leave us with immeasurable powers for mental and spiritual progress and adequate time in which to employ those powers. But the present high and artificial standard of living leaves little enough of either power, time or inclination for self-development. Consequently we have to learn as we go, and all our information has to be so presented that "he who runs may read" We have become a race of paragraph readers and precis writers. The bulk of the population of the world has also become parasitic and opportunist always following closely upon the food line, with eyes lowered to the search, they seek ever to reap where they have not sown, to prey upon the faculty of others, to take profit from another man's labour. It is quite suitable in this place to ask whether after all the game is worth the candle? It does not appear that we are nearer to either God or Nature than our progenitors, or that we get more out of life that is of permanent value to us than they, if indeed as much.
Dr Walter Gorn Old (born 20 March 1864, at 2:06 a.m. LMT in Handsworth, England; died 23 December 1929 in Hove, England) was a notable 19th century mystic and astrologer, better known as Sepharial.
An eminent English Theosophist, Sepharial was a well-known and respected astrologer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and wrote numerous books, some of which (particularly those on numerology) are still highly regarded today. He was editor of "Old Moore's Almanac", which is still published in the 21st century.
As a young man Sepharial initially studied medicine and followed this up with studies in psychology, oriental languages, astrology and numerology. In 1886 he started to write an astrology problem page in the Society Times, where he answered the public's questions, and in 1887 at the age of just 23 was admitted to the "inner sanctum" of the Theosophical Society. He was in fact one of the founder members of the Theosophical movement in England. Madame Blavatsky (whom he lived with until her death) called him "The Astral Tramp" because of his nightly explorations into the astral plane (Ref: Kim Farnell's book).
He became a very influential author in the fields of the occult, astrology and numerology, and his writings had a considerable impact on E. H. Bailey and Alan Leo, who he introduced to Theosophy. He can be credited as the first astrologer to use Earth's "dark moon" Lilith in his calculations. Genuinely erudite, Sepharial had for example a greater knowledge of mathematics, astronomy, and historical methodology than most of his astrological contemporaries and this showed in his writings. Sepharial's "Degrees of the Zodiac Symbolised" (co-written with Charubel) foreshadowed Marc Edmund Jones's subsequent (and nowadays better known) work on Sabian Symbols. However, many of his books and other works were put together in a rather slapdash way, which made his reputation less enduring than it might have been. A colourful character, Sepharial started a number of astrological magazines, all of which failed to establish themselves.
Sepharial wrote many books, most of which are rare and out of print. Here are a few:
* Sepharial: "New Dictionary of Astrology", republished by Arco, New York in 1964.
* Sepharial: "The New Manual of Astrology" (in four books).
* Sepharial: "Astrology Explained".
* Sepharial: "The Book Of The Simple Way" Pub 1904. (Translation of Lao Tzu's Chinese classic, the "Tao Te Ching").
* Sepharial: "The Kabala of Numbers" Pub 1913. Modern edition: ISBN 1-59605-404-2. (on numerology).
* Sepharial: "The Silver Key".
* Sepharial: "Cosmic Symbolism".
* Sepharial: "Science of Foreknowledge".
* Sepharial and Charubel: "Degrees of the Zodiac Symbolised" (on astrology).
* Kim Farnell: "Astral Tramp". Ascella Publications, 1998, ISBN 1-898503-88-5. (biography of Sepharial).