Vol 1 No 2 (September 1791) pp 46-48.
FULFILMENT OF EVENTS,
NOTIFIED BY THE SOLAR ECLIPSE JUNE 4, 1788
THE principal lord of this eclipse is Mercury, he being lord of the place of the eclipse, or dispositor of the luminaries. This is his charter of constitution, and the Sun has also dominion from being lord of the next angle, viz. the ascendant; and Mars claims a share, as posited on the cusp of that angle; and his influence is rendered determinate by his being the sole planet in partile aspect with the indifferent Mercury. But Mercury has not only the accidental situation of regent, but he has, exclusively of his title to government, abundance of dignities. He is in his own house in conjunction with Cingula Orionis, and exalted by north latitude above every planet in the figure. And last, though not least, is his harmonious configurations with the two subordinate lords of the eclipse and the moon, besides the parallel declination, or antiscion of Jupiter.
Having now ascertained according to rule, the governors of this eclipse, we will read the effects, not from any ex post facto law, but from aphorisms, the latest of which I shall quote from a book printed in 1665.
RULE. An eclipse or comet in the 11th House causes death and destruction of grandees.
OBS. The numerous deaths of peers in Great Britain, during the operation of this eclipse, has been remarked by persons without any reference to Astrology; and in France, where it fell in the same House, the effects on Aristocracy have been still more notorious.
RULE. Eclipses in Airy signs signify violent winds, shipwrecks, seditions.
OBS. The number of colliers lost in one gale in the winter of 1788, will fully verify one part of this aphorism, without any other instance; but the whole winter was one of the most windy ever known. On Seditions, I may without apology be silent.
RULE. Eclipse in Gemini signify great destruction, and scarcity of birds and game.
OBS. This was verified in the seasons of 1788 and 1789. There was scarcely a young partridge to be shot in 1789 in many counties, and scarcely any grouse on the Welch mountains.
I shall now quote faithfully a passage from Lilly’s Almanack for 1666.
“The 13th Gemini is
So far the GREAT Lilly. The riots at the
I shall only add, that as Mercury happily tinctured with Mars principally designs the events of this Eclipse, they are debates carried on with warmth and zeal, and well directed; and as Sun rules the ascendant, regard government and kingdoms. Jupiter in Cancer, as appears from Guido Bonatus, and copied in Sir George Wharton’s volume [E2], always signifies revolutions for good .
As Sun, Moon, Mercury have passed
the Square Saturn, there is no stop; though their not having cleared their orbs
from his Square shews rubbish to be swept away; but Jupiter’s application to
his Trine with disposition of him, in which Venus (herself conjoined with
[E3]or new star) participates, much facilitates this operation. Saturn’s
Square to the luminaries and Mercury shews, that no heavy, cold plots against
government will succeed, and his position shews sullenness and fears. Hence,
however, he sends unequivocal aid to Jupiter.—Note, Saturn is in the ascendant
If it be objected, how come nobles to suffer so much when their significator is in his own dignities, actually ruler of the Eclipse, joined too with the regal Sun and so little afflicted? I answer, Nobles have suffered very little. They have been advanced, Grandees have suffered. Is this intelligible?
I will just add two other Aphorisms on Eclipses, in order to leave my ground clear.
Effects are proportioned by their causes: therefore total eclipses and small ones differ in their scale of effects.
The effects (i.e. the immediate effects) of a Solar Eclipse, continue as many years as the eclipse does hours; those of a lunar as many months.
NOTE. But the SEEDS SOWN may, some, not produce fruit, others may not blossom, others may not put out leaves, others may not beak ground for LONG AFTER.
This eclipse was also on the sun’s
place at birth of a very distinguished Personage in
“When, at the time of an eclipse, the significator of life in any person's radix, shall be within the beams of anareta, or killing planet, or of an infortune not friendly disposed, such native will run great hazard for his life.”
I could also throw a little light on the scheme of the vernal ingress in 1788, but this shall suffice for the present. Partridge’s Almanack did itself incomparable credit that year, but its author treacherously, and cowardly, abandoned his predictions the two succeeding years.
The present transit of by conjunction of the horoscope of the eclipse is the principal and only decisive cause operating to produce the elucidation now handed to the public.
Venus [i.e. Fri-]day Jupiter hour 6 PM.
Sept. 2. B.
FARTHER ASTROLOGICAL REMARKS ON THE SOLAR ECLIPSE, JUNE 4th, 1788.
In turning over Mr. Ramsays “Astrologia Munda”, I have met with two other circumstances to confirm the verity of public Astrology—
“Venus in the Twelth—Tribulation is threatened, and enmity with women; for men shall hate them, and in no wise be assistant unto them; so that they shall be, while such configuration operates, most unfortunate!”
The Monsters are not yet forgotten.
“Dragon’s Tail in Gemini—The Commons shall be exalted and elevated, and they shall spurn at and despise, the superiors and rulers, and endeavour to get all power and authority into their own hands.”
“Dragon’s Head in Sagittarius” in two words, does his utmost to counteract this.
From CORRESPONDENTS, &c.
As various applications have been made by persons, enquiring for the author of Remarks on the Solar Eclipse in June 1788, several of whom have expressed some earnestness to see the author, the Editor is now authorised by that gentleman to say, that, if any individual supposes that he or she can derive any benefit and information from a communication with him, they will receive an answer to any letter left for these purposes with the Editor, without any view to pecuniary remuneration. Under proper circumstances (which will appear by the previous correspondence) a personal interview will not be refused. Benefit must be the object, not curiosity.
[E1] As Gilbert writes later in this article that the effects of an eclipse "continue as many years as the eclipse does hours" and contemporary ephemerides give its duration as 7:24-9:00 =1:36mins= 1Yr 7mths, this means he was out of London between June 1788 and February 1790.
See profile of Sir George
Wharton printed in CM, December 1791.
[E3] G writes the symbol for the planet we now call Uranus, a name not used by him. On Uranus see my note in 'Astrological Notices for February' (CM 6, Jan 1792, p.173).
[E4] Horoscope is another term for ascendant, or rising sign. I have argued in birthdate that Gilbert's own ascendant is Leo, and his reference here to a person 'scarcely distinguished at all, and that little, by POVERTY' is most readily explained as a wry reference to himself.