Early astrologers claimed that the dislike one feels for another
person or thing is caused by the stars. Thus, two persons
born under the same aspect will be mutually attracted and will
love without knowing why. Others born under opposite conjunctions
will feel an unreasoning hate for each other.
But what is the explanation for the antipathy people sometimes
have for the commonest things Lamothe-Levayer could
not bear to hear the sound of any musical instrument. Caesar
could not hear the crowing of a cock without shuddering; Lord
Bacon fell into despondency during the eclipse of the moon;
Marie de Medicis could not bear to look on a rose, even in a
painting, although she loved all other flowers. Cardinal Henry
of Cardonne had the same antipathy toward the odor of roses;
Marshal d’Albret became ill at dinner when a young wild boar
or a suckling pig was served; Henry III of France could not remain
in the same room with a cat; Marshal de Schomberg had
the same weakness; Ladislas, king of Poland, was much disturbed
at the sight of apples; Scaliger trembled at the sight of
cress; Erasmus could not taste fish without having the fever;
Tycho-Brahe felt his knees give way when he met a hare or a
fox; the duke of Epernon fainted at the sight of a leveret; Cardan
could not stomach eggs; Ariosto, baths; the son of Croesus,
bread; Caesar of Lescalle, the sound of the vielle or violin.
The causes of these antipathies might be found in childhood
impressions. A lady who was very fond of pictures and engravings
fainted when she found them in a book. She explained her
terror thus When she was a child her father had one day seen
her turning over the leaves of the books in his library, in search
of pictures. He had roughly taken the book from her hand, telling
her in terrible tones that there were devils in these books
who would strangle her if she dared touch them. Such threats
may have lingering effects that cannot be overcome.
Karl von Reichenbach (1788–1869) investigated human
antipathies and their opposite, sympathies, as they relate to
colors, metals, magnetic poles, right and left hand polarities,
and heat and cold. He distinguished specific antipathies and
sympathies that were characteristic of sensitives (mediumistic
individuals) and related his findings to animal magnetism and

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