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A far less remarkable, but still very noteworthy horoscope, is that of the Austrian Emperor, Franz Josef. In spite of the black indications in this horoscope where it will be noted the Sun and Moon

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are both afflicted by a conjunction of Saturn, and where Mars is in close opposition to the ascendant, the planet Venus, lady of the ascending sign, dominates the horoscope from the mid-heaven, and has enabled this monarch to weather many a storm and survive many a tragedy. Venus is the Emperor's lucky planet and Mars his planet of

disaster, and it is curious to note how throughout his reign he has always gained by peace and lost in war. No great war could be successfully waged by a monarch with such a horoscope.

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I am giving in illustration of these remarks the natal figures of both the German Kaiser and the Austrian Emperor, and, in addition to this, I am offering for the consideration of the reader the "revolutionary figure" for the Kaiser's birthday (Jan. 27, 1914), ruling the year in which war was declared. These birthday figures are in the

nature of horoscopes for the succeeding year of life, and are drawn for the exact moment when the Sun returns to its original place at birth. The planetary positions are most significant. Three malefic planets, Neptune, Mars, and Saturn, are elevated above all the others, Nepture being within three degrees of the mid-heaven. All three planets are retrograde, and Mars is in its "detriment" or "fall." The two dominant planets, Mars and Neptune, are the same that held rule at birth.

The evil indications are accentuated by a close conjunction of the Sun, Mercury, and Uranus, a position signifying dramatic and sensational disaster. The eventful nature of the year is shown by the fact that no less than six planets are in a single sign-Aquarius-and in a single house-the Fourth.

Zadkiel's Almanac for June 1914, gives some noteworthy observations of the Editor on the quarterly figure for the entry of the Sun into Cancer (June to September) (covering the period of the outbreak of war):

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VOICE OF THE STARS-June 1914. Jupiter stationary in Aquarius 22° 18' on the eleventh day and in opposition with Mars in Leo 22° 17' on the twelfth, are the chief phenomena occurring in June this year, and as those Zodiacal signs are fixed " and rule Prussia, France, and Italy respectively, there is a risk of a serious crisis near at hand in those countries which, if not skilfully and patiently handled by the respective Governments, might develop alarmingly. At the summer solstice Mars is in the ascendant at Berlin, Rome, Constantinople, and Cairo, and has only just risen at St. Petersburg! The Eastern question is only too likely to destroy the harmony of

the "Concert of Europe" and may incarnadine the Middle East. The twelfth and twenty-eighth days will be very critical for Europe and Asia. Increase of armaments and a busy time for armourers and ironworkers will be experienced in England.

It will be remembered that June 28 was the date of the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand and his wife, which was the immediate cause of the war between Austria and Serbia.

As a matter of fact, it was not merely Mars that was ascending at the summer solstice, but Mars in conjunction with a martial star of the first magnitude, Regulus (or a Leonis), and this no doubt greatly emphasized the martial influence. It is an astrological theory, to which perhaps some credence should be given, that fixed star effects are of a sudden and dramatic character. It is curious that the eclipse of the Sun on August 21 of this year fell on the identical place occupied by Mars and Regulus at the summer solstice. According to the celebrated astrologer, Junctinus, a great eclipse of the Sun in Leo " presignifies the motion of armies, death of a king, danger of war, and scarcity of rain." It is noteworthy that the eclipse in question afflicted the horoscopes of the German and Austrian Emperors as well as those of the Tsar of Russia and the King of Italy, and also fell exactly on the place of the Sun, and close to that of Saturn, at the birth of the President of the French Republic.* Mars occupied the mid-heaven at this eclipse in Central Europe.

*The eclipse alluded to falls in square with the German Emperor's Moon and Uranus, in opposition to the King of Italy's Moon and in trine aspect to the Tsar of Russia's Mars and in square with his Sun.

It is generally held by astrologers that great wars are heralded by eclipses. The central eclipse of the Sun on April 17, 1912, which occurred in twenty-seven degrees of Aries, was thus alluded to by the Editor of Zadkiel's Almanac .

As the central line of the solar eclipse of this year passes across Europe and is more or less visible as a partial one over the whole of Europe and the greater part of Northern Africa, and as Mars is in extreme north declination and in the oriental quarter of the heavens over Europe at the time of the eclipse, the danger of war in Europe is imminent. At St. Petersburg and Constantinople Saturn at the time of the eclipse will be very close to the upper meridian at the conjunction of the Sun and Moon.

This eclipse was followed in the middle of October by the outbreak of the Balkan War, exactly at the time when Mars transited the opposition of the place of the eclipse. At the autumn equinox of that year Mars was culminating at Vienna and in the Balkans. An eclipse is traditionally held to rule as many years as it lasts hours; the duration of the rule of this eclipse would thus be fully three years. It must not then be assumed that its effect was exhausted by the Balkan War, which as a matter of fact was in its nature merely the forerunner of the present conflagration, the cause of the conflict between Austria and Serbia, from which it resulted, being due to the aggrandisement of Serbia as the result of her success and the determined opposition which Austria offered to her access to the sea.

After quoting Zadkiel's Almanac, it is only fair

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