To the uninitiated, the science or art of Astrology appears complicated and its study too intricate to be followed or understood easily; this notion, however, is erroneous and is mainly caused by confusion of thought and the misconceptions which bias or prejudice has introduced into the subject. -from "Chapter 1: The Simplicity of Astrology" Some consider him the father of modern astrology, for in the early 20th century, prominent British astrology Alan Leo opened up the secrets of divination by the stars to the general public with his line of "Modern Astrology" manuals, a popular series of books that set off a craze for horoscopes that continues to this day. In this 1914 guide, Leo explains, in easy-to-understand language, the basic symbology that underlies the reading of the zodiac: the many aspects of the circle that can represent the solar system, the sun, and the moon; the cross, expressing the creative power of life and the physical body; the basic signs that signify each of the houses of the zodiac and each of the planets and what they metaphorically denote, and more. This is an invaluable resource for modern astrology buffs and those interested in the history of the paranormal. British astrologer WILLIAM FREDERICK ALLAN (1860-1917), a.k.a. Alan Leo, published Astrologer's Magazine as well as a line of astrological materials; he founded the Astrological Lodge of the Theosophical Society in 1915.