The Conjuror’s Magazine
Vol No 8 (March 1792) p.342.
The astrological comparison with Spring 1788 as a time of crisis, may have personal as well as political meaning. Gilbert describes in his footnote writing letters to the Prime Minister William Pitt in 1788, which was also the year of his confinement in Henderson's asylum. Writing letters to political leaders is just above writing to newspapers on the scale of rising mania. Now he sees the same crisis point returning, only this time around it's much more severe.
SPRING QUARTER NOTIFICATIONS.
ARE THE MAGICAL NAMES OF THIS QUARTER. [E1]
THE Spring Ascendant of 1788, was
Scorpio 13°, now it is Scorpio 8° [E2]. Mercury, then, lord of the sign intercepted
in the 10th, was retiring retrograde from nearly
This return with decision (for the square Mercury and Mars was refrained from in 1788, and afterwards prevented by the sextile Jupiter, as was also the square of Sun and Mars) this return with decision I say, to the positions of 1788, naturally produces reflexion: Before I write MY reflexion, I shall premise, that the mischief is, by a small difference in the position of the signs, transferred from the king, whom in 1788  it threatened, to the aristocracy  , while I see nothing to prevent the blow! Sun has given his opposition to Mars already and Mercury succeeds: Venus and Moon follow rapidly and take a quincunx, called a bad aspect by Kepler, in their way and an opposite zodiacal parallel, which Mercury has already touched.
Having premised all that is necessary to point the direction of events, my reflexion is, Luke xiii, 7,8,9. “These THREE years I come seeking fruit on this fig-tree and find none; cut it down, why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about and dung it—and if it bear FRUIT well! And IF NOT—after that (the FOURTH year) THOU SHALT CUT IT DOWN!” B.
 And if Mr. PITT will refer to my letters in that year, he will find that Mercury did refrain from the last vehemence of attack on the King. W. G..
 By aristocracy, I mean, not only great men; for if I did, my view would either be limited indeed, or I should slide into a horrible catachresis; but I also mean those great principles, things, NOTHINGS, that enslave a people; whether personified, incorporated, or titled, or not.
[E1] Unlike the planetary names and numbers listed by Gilbert on page 80, I can find no trace of these in Henry Cornelius Agrippa, nor Arbatel.
[E2] Although the data from astro.com matches Gilbert's 13° Scorpio ascendant for Spring 1788 (when Sun enters Aries 10:18 p.m. 19 Mar 1788), the chart for 9:32 p.m. Mon 19 March 1792 when Sun enters Aries, has ascendant 5° Scorpio where Gilbert writes 8°. Given that he goes on to say "the first six degrees of Scorpio have more ARBITRARY power than any part of the zodiac" it is possible that he meant to write 5.
[E3] The original has “cusp or the 5th.” As Mercury is on the cusp of the 5th house, this seems a safe amendment.
[E4] See the note in his previous 'Astrological Notice'. War between France and her European neighbours is becoming increasingly probable, and Gilbert has understood Friedrich Wilhelm II's 7 February pact with Emperor Leopold II as a decision to oppose the progress of the French Revolution. "Catherine the m.....r ": alluding to Catherine II of Russia's supposed murders of the child Tsar Ivan VI and her husband Peter III.