In 1900 Alan Leo’s modern astrology was primarily Piscean age astrology packaged in a way that introduced people to their Sun-signs.
He did introduce character into the astrology equation but in most instances it was event based.
The astrologers were fortune-tellers.
The standard of astrological knowledge was poor, there were few astrology text books and very few people who could calculate and construct an accurate birth chart.
Aquarius was demanding that knowledge be verified using the scientific method but the so-called astrologers were happy to believe.
In 1900 Elbert Benjamine commenced his astrological journey.
Having been enlightened by Thomas Burgoyne’s The Light of Egypt he was propelled to learn more about the occult astrological environment.
But he did not observe astrology in simple mechanical terms.
Rather he glimpsed a far deeper meaning to its existence.
God – or nature – animates all living things via souls – the building blocks of the universe.
And because life on Earth is influenced by the unseen astral energies being radiated by the zodiac signs and planets they were, in some way, the means by which the creative mind of God is demonstrated.
Upgrading Hermetic astrology
From 1910 to 1922 Elbert Benjamine conceived and developed an entirely new understanding of you and your birth chart.
He explained that your not-conscious mind or soul is an organized system of thoughts, feelings and character traits and that your birth chart is a map of your soul’s thought-structure.
Each planet in the chart represents a dynamic urge or driver within your not-conscious psychological landscape.
The zodiac signs represent attitudes and motivations that give these dynamic psychological urges distinct modes of expression.
The angular relationships formed by the planets identify unconscious thought-compounds that have constructive or destructive modes of functionality.
And the houses in your birth chart represent your local environment – the life-matters and people that influence what happens and what you do.
And there has never been astrological information like this.
In 1922 he provided a systematic procedure for assessing the birth chart and then for the first time ever Elbert introduced keywords into the science of astrology.
The keywords for the planets and zodiac signs are precise descriptions of their expression as human nature.
And the keywords for the angular relationships formed by the planets are precise descriptions of their influence in life.
Today many so-called astrologers use these keywords quite unaware that Elbert coined them.
Elbert’s capacity to observe human nature and match each feature with its astrological marker was simply extraordinary.
In 1922 for the first time ever Elbert described the best and worst qualities of each planet and zodiac sign.
He dispensed with static universal interpretations.
He classified people as astrological types and explained how to judge stature, temperament, mental ability, health, finances, vocational prospects, marriage prospects and the relations with siblings, children, work mates, partners, bosses, superiors, friends and enemies.
There were no generic interpretations.
Here for the first time was scientific data that made self-discovery and self-understanding possible.
It was a revolution in the evolution of astrological knowledge.
In 1929, after 10 years of striving, Elbert presented what he considered to be an accurate rendering of the spiritual teaching associated by the ancients with each of the 48 constellations.
He presented, for the first time, what he believed was an accurate translation of the ancient stellar texts giving their spiritual ideals, moral concepts and practical religious teachings.
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