About the Book :
Astronomy has shattered the fallacies of Astrology; and people have found out that the stars are minding their own business instead of meddling with theirs. Now, while it is true that modern Astronomy has superseded the ancient system, and people have ceased to believe that the stars are intervening in mundane affairs, nothing could be further from the truth than the assertion that Astronomy has shattered the fallacies of Astrology; and our readers who will accord to this work an unprejudiced perusal can hardly fail to be convinced that a large majority of the people are dominated as much by these fallacies as were our Pagan ancestrythe only difference being a change of name. The dogmatic element of religion, which was anciently designated as Astrology, is now known as Theology. Such was the system of Astrolatry, which, originating in the Orient, and becoming, after being remodelled in Egypt, the prototype of all Occidental forms of worship, was recognized, successively, as the state religion of the Grecian and Roman Empires; and we propose to describe the erroneous system of nature upon which it was based, and to develop the origins of its cycles, dogmas, ordinances, anniversaries, personifications and symbols, with the view to proving that it was the very same system which was ultimately perpetuated.