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First ascertain the day of the month the person was born; then from the following table ascertain to which of the twelve departments or functions of the body they belong. For instance, if born on the 21st of March or on any day prior to the 19th of April, their function is that of Aries; and for the general particulars or foundation qualities of that nature read the article descriptive of that sign or function, the page of which is given opposite; and so on with all the other signs.







If born

March 21, or prior to

April 19,

♈ (Aries)



April 19,

May 20,

♉ (Taurus)



May 20,

June 21,

♊ (Gemini)



June 21,

July 22,

♋ (Cancer)



July 22,

August 22,

♌ (Leo)



August 22,

September 23,

♍ (Virgo)



September 23,

October 23,

♎ (Libra)



October 23,

November 22,

♏ (Scorpio)



November 22,

December 21,

♐ (Sagittarius)



December 21,

January 20,

♑ (Capricorn)



January 20,

February 19,

♒ (Aquarius)



February 19,

March 21,

♓ (Pisces)



Turn to the table of Ephemerides giving the positions of the moon for the year in which the person was born.

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[paragraph continues] It will be observed that one column is devoted to each month of the year. Take the month in which the person was born, and follow down the column until opposite the required date, the days, of the month being given in the left-hand column. In this way one can ascertain the position of the moon for any day throughout the year. To illustrate: If a person was born March 21, 1820, by following down the column for March until opposite the 21st day, we find the moon was in ♊ (Gemini). The innate quality or function being ♈ (Aries), we thus learn that the person is polarized in ♊ (Gemini). Turn to the table of contents and find the page where "♈ (Aries) with the Moon in ♊ (Gemini)" is described. Having read that, turn to the Ephemerides of the planets for the same year. But ere explaining the method of finding the position of the planets, we will add a few words to guard against any misunderstanding of the moon's positions. The position of the signs in the upright columns indicates the day the moon entered a given function or sign. The mark (“) indicates that the moon continued in the sign given above until the next following sign occurs: thus we find that the moon entered the sign ♊ (Gemini) March 19, and remained in that sign until March 22, against which date we find the sign ♋ (Cancer); therefore March 21, 1820 the moon was still in ♊, as indicated by the ditto mark (“).


Turning to the Ephemerides of the planets for the year 1820, we find the three left-hand columns devoted

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to ♅ (Uranus), with the character (♅), which stands for this planet, at the head of the three columns. Against the date Jan. 1 we find the sign ♊ (Gemini), and the ditto mark (“) indicates that Uranus remained in this sign throughout the entire year, as it takes this planet nearly seven years to pass through one sign of the zodiac. Therefore March 21 ♅ (Uranus) was in ♊ (Gemini). The three adjoining columns to the right are devoted to ♄ (Saturn), whose designating character (♄) is found at the top of the column. Jan. 1 we find this planet was in ♎ (Libra); and as the table shows that it remained in this sign throughout the year, it was consequently in ♎ (Libra) March 21. Moving again to the right, we find at the top of the next threefold column (♄), the character representing Jupiter. Against Jan. 1 we find the sign ♌, (Leo), but following down the column we find that Jupiter entered ♍, (Virgo) Feb. 22, and remained in that sign for the balance of the year; consequently March 21 it was in ♍ (Virgo). Moving again to the right, we find the character ♂ (Mars). By following down the column, we find that Jan. 26 Mars entered ♒ (Aquarius) and remained in that sign until April 2, when it entered ♓ (Pisces); consequently March 21 it was still in ♒ (Aquarius). Following down the column devoted to ♀ (Venus), we find this planet entered ♑ (Capricorn) March 18 and remained in that sign until April 5, when it entered ♒ (Aquarius). Consequently March 21 it was in ♑ (Capricorn).

It will be observed that, as we approach the sun, the planets having shorter orbits make their changes from sign to sign much more frequently; so much so, that

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when we come to Mercury, we require double space to give the numerous changes it makes within a year's time. Commencing with January and following down the column, we find March 20 that Mercury entered ♑ (Capricorn). The next change indicated was March 25, when it entered ♒ (Aquarius). Consequently we know that it was in ♑ March 21, which completes the positions of the planets for a person of the date in question; and the same method is pursued in finding their position at any other date of this or other years, a three-line column or division being devoted to each planet, with the appropriate planetary sign over the same, save in the case of Mercury, whose changes are so frequent that one column barely gives its positions for six months: so for the balance of the year, follow down the last right-hand column, which is the second or extra column that it has been necessary to devote to this extremely lively planet, to enable us to tabulate all its changes.

In each of the three-line columns the first space is devoted to the month, the second to the day of the month, and the third to the sign or position of the planet at the specified time.

With a few experiments, the positions of the moon and planets can be readily found, and in far less time than this detailed description occupies. We give below, in tabulated form, the positions as found in the above nativity, which will also serve as a suggestion of a condensed method of expressing the facts of a nativity.

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Position of Earth, Moon, and Planets, March 21, 1820.

⊕ (Earth)


♈ (Aries).

☽ (Moon)

♊ (Gemini).

♅ (Uranus)

♊ (Gemini).

♄ (Saturn)

♎ (Libra).

♃ (Jupiter)

♍ (Virgo).

♂ (Mars)

♒ (Aquarius).

♀ (Venus)

♑ (Capricorn).

☿ (Mercury)

♑ (Capricorn) .

By consulting the Table of Contents, the significance of the above or any other positions can be readily ascertained.

As the twelve tribes of Israel were each an expression of a distinct sign of the zodiac, or twelve departments of the heavens, and as each person in a general sense belongs to one of these tribes, we give below, in tabulated form, the sign of each, and therefrom persons may determine by the sign of their own nativity to which of the twelve tribes they belong.

Relation of the Twelve Tribes to the Signs of the Zodiac.

Reuben ♎ (Libra).

Gad ♈ (Aries).

Simeon ♏ (Scorpio).

Asher ♉ (Taurus).

Levi ♐ (Sagittarius).

Issachar ♊ (Gemini).

Judah ♑ (Capricorn).

Zebulon ♋ (Cancer).

Dan ♒ (Aquarius).

Joseph ♌ (Leo).

Naphtali ♓ (Pisces).

Benjamin ♍ (Virgo).

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