187 frc And what he said: I arrived at the heaven of u the universe; the gates yielded and I entered. 4c There I saw Ismail seated upon a throne, and a " crowd before him, with their eyes fixed upon his '* face. I made my salute, looked at him, and went 44 on." By'** heaven," is understood the moon; by " Ismail," the body of the moon; and by " the 6* crowd," those whose conditions are under the influence of the moon. " What Muhammed said: I entered the second 44 heaven;' there I saw an Angel excelling all others; " by his perfect beauty, he captivated the admira- 44 tion of the whole creation; one half of his body 4 * was of ice and the other half of fire; and yet there •"' was no counteraction nor enmity between them. 44 He saluted me, and said: 4 Be welcome! All 44 * things and riches are thine/ " This means : it was the heaven of Mercury; and the import of this is, that every star has a determined influence, either auspicious or inauspicious; but Mercury acts in both ways; with an inauspicious connection inauspici- ously, with an auspicious one auspiciously; so that one half is good and the other half bad/' The 44 welcome, "and the gift of "prosperity and riches," mean: the power of the mind, and the multiplicity of sciences which the star bestows/' 1 In the second heaven, Muhammed saw Jesus and St, John at his side. They returned his salute.