“This mysterious process of a nine-months formation the kabalists call the completion of the “individual cycle of evolution.” As the foetus develops from the liquor amnii in the womb, so the earths germinate from the universal ether, or astral fluid, in the womb of the universe. These cosmic children, like their pigmy inhabitants, are first nuclei; the ovules; then gradually mature; and becoming mothers in their turn, develop mineral, vegetable, animal, and human forms.
From centre to circumference, from the imperceptible vesicle to the uttermost conceivable bounds of the cosmos, these glorious thinkers, the kabalists, trace cycle merging into cycle, containing and contained in an endless series.
The embryo evolving in its pre-natal sphere, the individual and his family, the family in the state, the state in mankind, the earth in our system, that system in its central universe, the universe in the cosmos, and the cosmos in the First Cause – the Boundless and Endless.
So runs their philosophy of evolution: “All are but parts of one stupendous whole, whose body Nature is; and God the Soul.” “Worlds without number lie in this bosom like children.”
While unanimously agreeing that physical causes, such as blows, accidents, and bad quality of food for the mother, affect the foetus in a way which endangers its life; and while admitting again that moral causes, such as fear, sudden terror, violent grief, or even extreme joy, may retard the growth of the foetus or even kill it, many physiologists agree with Magendie in saying, “there is no reason for believing that the imagination of the mother can have any influence in the formation of monsters”; and only because “productions of this kind are daily observed in the production of other animals and even in plants.”
In this opinion he is supported by the leading teratologists of our day. Although Geoffroi St. Hilaire gave us its name to the new science, its facts are based upon the exhaustive experiments of Bichat, who, in 1802, was recognized as the founder of analytical and philosophical anatomy.
One of the most important contributions to teratological literature is the monograph of G. J. Fisher, M.D., of Sing Sing, New York, entitled Diploteratology; an Essay on Compound Human Monsters. This writer classifies monstrous foetal growths into their genera and species, accompanying the cases with reflections suggested by their peculiarities.”
H. P. Blavatsky