"Writings" by Ben Franklin (ISBN 0-940450-29-1)
"Writings" a collection of Ben Franklin writings, had many pages written on the subject of Astrology. Pgs 112, 114-14, 1195, 1210-11, 1260-61 I will post more when I have more time (I work 60 hours per week) but here is some of it (pgs 1260-61).
Poor Richard Improved, 1751 (by Ben Franklin) Courteous Reader,
Astrology is one of the most ancient Sciences, had in high Esteem of old, by the Wise and Great. Formerly, no Prince would make War or Peace, nor any General fight a Battle, in short, no important Affair was undertaken without first consulting an Astrologer, who examined the Aspects and Configurations of the heavenly Bodies, and mark'd the lucky Hour. Now the noble Art (more Shame to the Age we live in!) is dwindled into Contempt; the Great neglect us, Empires make Leagues, and Parliaments Laws, without advising us; and scarce any other Use is made of our learned Labours, than to find the best Time of cutting Corns, or gelding Pigs.. --- This Mischief we owe in a great Measure to ourselves: The Ignorant Herd of Mankind, had they not been encourag'd to it by some of us, would never have dared to depreciate our sacred Dictates; but Urania has been betray'd by here own Sons; those whom she had favour'd with the greatest Skill in her divine art, the most eminent Astronomers armoung the Moderns, the Newtons, Halleys, and Whistons, have wantonly contemn'd and abus'd her, contrary to the Light of their own Consciences. Of these, only the last nam'd Whiston, has liv'd to repent, and speak his Mind honestly. In his former Works he had treated Judiciary Astrology as a Chimerea, and asserted, That not only the fixed Stars, but the Planets (Sun and Moon excepted) were at so immense a Distance, as to be incapable of any Influence on this Earth, and consequently nothing could be foretold from their Positions: but now in the Memoirs of his Life, publish'd 1749, in the 82nd Year of his Age, he foretels, Page 607, the sudden Destruction of the Trukish Empire, and the House of Austria, German Emperors, Etc. and Popes of Rome, the Restoration of the Jews, and Commencement of the Millennium,; all by the Year 1766; and this not only from Scripture Prophecies; but (take his won Words) -- "From the remarkable astronomical Signals that are to alarm Mankind of what is coming, vix. The Northern Lights since 1715; the six Comets at the Protestant Reformation in four Years, 1530, 1531, 1533, 1534, compar'd with the seven Comets already seen in these last eleven Years 1737, 1739, 1742, 1743, 1744, 1746, and 1748, whose Center pass'd through all the four Monarchies, from Scotland to the East Indies. -- From the Occultation of the Pleiades by the Moon each periodical Month, after the Eclipse las July, for above three Years, visible to the whole Roman Empire; as there was a like Occultation of the Hyades from A. 590, to A. 595, for six Years foretold by Isaiah. --From the Transit of Venuis over the Sun, May 26, 1761, which will be visible over the same Empire: And lastly, from the annular Eclipse of the Sun, March 11, 1764, which will be visible over the same Empire." --From these Astronmical Signs, he foretels those great Events, That within 16 Years from this Time, "the Millennium or 1000 Years Reign of Christ shall begin, there shall be a new Heavens, and a new Earth, there shall be no more Infidel in Christendom, Page 398, nor a Gambing Table at Tunbridge" -- When these Predictions are accomplished, what glorious Proofs they will be of the Truth of our Art? -- And if they happen to fail, there is no doubt but so profound an Astronomer as Mr. Whiston, will be able to see other Signs in the Heavens, foreshowing that the Conversion of Infidels was to be postponed, and the Millennium adjourn'd. --After these great things can any Man doubt our being capable of predicting a little Rain or Sun-shine?-- your Almanacks, for you see, that according to Whiston, you may have at most, but sixteen more of them. R. Saunders (Ben Franklin pg 1260-1261 "Writings" by Ben Franklin (ISBN 0-940450-29-1))