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At certain points in their orbits they will appear to remain stationary in the same part of the Zodiac.
Astronomers employ an imaginary circular orbit for the planets, in which they move at an uniform rate of velocity, which is called the mean motion.
This is subject to an equation depending on the position of the planet in its orbit, and it determines the difference between the imaginary planet and the true planet.
The equation itself depends on the eccentricity of the orbit, that is to say, its relation to a circle drawn around the same focal centre.
The subsequent discovery of the planets Uranus and Neptune by Herschel and Adams, widened the field of research and gave to later astrologers the clue to much that hitherto had been imperfectly understood.
Not that these discoveries overturned the whole system of astrology, as some have imagined and foolishly stated, or that they negatived the conclusions drawn from the observed effects of the seven anciently known bodies of the solar system, but it became possible after a lapse of time to fill in the blank spaces and to account for certain events which had not been traced to the action of any of the already known planets.