“A writer in one of our scientific journals observes “that every science in its growth passes through three stages: First, we have the stage of observation, when facts are collected and registered by many minds in many places. Next, we have the stage of generalization, when these carefully verified facts are arranged methodically, generalized systemically, and classified logically, so as to deduce and elucidate from them, the laws that regulate their rule and order. Lastly, we have the stage of prophecy, when these laws are so applied that events can be predicted to occur with unerring accuracy.”
If several thousand years B.C., Chinese and Chaldean astronomers predicted eclipses, the latter, whether by the cycle of Saros, or other means, matters not, the fact remains the same. They had reached the last and highest stage of astronomical science, they prophesied. If they could, in the year 1722 B.C., delineate the zodiac with the exact positions of the planets at the time of the autumnal equinox, and so unerringly as Professor Mitchell, the astronomer proved, then they knew the laws that regulate “carefully-verified fact” to perfection, and applied them with as much certainty as our modern astronomers.
Moreover, astronomy is said to be in our century “the only science which has thoroughly reached the last stage…other sciences are yet in various stages of growth; electricity, in some branches, has reached the third stage, but in many branches is still in its infantine period.”
This we know, on the exasperating confessions of men of science themselves, and we can entertain no doubt as to this sad reality in the nineteenth century, as we belong ourselves to it. Not so in relation to the men who lived in the days of the glory of Chaldea, Assyria, and Babylon. Of the stages they reached in other sciences we know nothing, except that in astronomy they stood equal with us, for they had also reached the third and last stage.”
H. P. Blavatsky