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THREE authors have therefore combined to produce this work; and to accept a brief, either on behalf of, or in opposition to, a work exhibiting so much erudition, is to undertake a heavy responsibility. The peculiarity of your astrologer is that he is so heartily in earnest. He, with a faith that no disaster can overturn or contradiction disturb, believes his results are as certain and as unquestionable as the astronomy on which he relies for his calculations and configurations. He, worthy man, asks to be taken seriously, and society as a rule declines to accept his deductions and explanations otherwise than as literary curiosities. But his day of triumph and reward may be approaching, for in the preface it is distinctly asserted that the production (and presumably the sale) of this kind of literature is on the increase. This is curious, if it be true. What have the promoters of primary education and the machinery of the School Board to say to the assertion that “the literature of astrology is to-day more perused than that of any other natural science”? The authors cannot be angry with anyone for saying that such an assertion is as true as that the positions of the planets and luminaries decide the health of a person (p. 86).

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