An introduction to Astrology; by William Lilly, 1835, 367 pages, PDF file
Author: Lilly, William, 1602-1681, Zadkiel, 1795-1874
The Year of publishing: 1835
Topics: Astrology, Horary Astrology
Publisher: Sherwood, Gilbert, and Piper, Paternoster Row., London
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The number of pages: 367 pages
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About the author
William Lilly was born in 1602 in Diseworth, Leicestershire. He received a basic classical education at the school of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, but makes a point of saying that his master never taught logic. He began to dabble in astrology, reading all the books on the subject he could fall in with, and occasionally trying his hand at unravelling mysteries by means of his art. The years 1642 and 1643 were devoted to a careful revision of all his previous reading, and in particular, having lighted on Valentine Naibod’s Commentary on Alcabitius, he “seriously studied him and found him to be the profoundest author he ever met with.” Lilly’s most comprehensive book, entitled Christian Astrology, was published in 1647. It is so large that it came in three separate volumes in modern times, and it remains popular even today and has never gone totally out-of-print. It is considered one of the classic texts for the study of traditional astrology from the Middle Ages, in particular horary astrology, which is mainly concerned with predicting future events or investigating unknown elements of current affairs, based on an astrological chart cast for the time a particular question is asked of the astrologer. Lilly studied thousands of horary charts, most of the time successfully giving correct answers for a wide range of questions from the location of missing fishes to the outcome of battles. He then began to issue his prophetical almanacs and other works, which met with serious attention from some of the most prominent members of the Long Parliament. Lilly wrote a preface to Sir Christopher Heydon’s An Astrological Discourse with Mathematical Demonstrations, a defence of astrology written about 1608 which was first published posthumously, at the expense of Elias Ashmole. After the Restoration he very quickly fell into disrepute. He died in 1681. In 2003 a commemorative plaque was placed next to the disused Aldwych tube station on the Strand. Lilly lived close to this spot. Richard James Morrison (15 June 1795 –- 5 April 1874) was an English astrologer, commonly known by his pseudonym Zadkiel. Morrison served in the Royal Navy, but resigned with the rank of lieutenant in 1829. He then devoted himself to the study of astrology, and in 1831 issued The Herald of Astrology, subse-quently known as Zadkiel’s Almanac. In this annual pamphlet Morrison, over the signature Zadkiel Tao-Sze, published predictions of the chief events of the coming year. Morrison died on 5 April 1874.
First published in 1647, as Christian Astrology, this is one of the best known post-classical works on Astrology. the present edition, heavily edited by ‘Zadkiel, ‘ was released under the current title in 1852. As the planet Uranus (‘Hershel’), discovered in 1781, is mentioned throughout, and Neptune, discovered in 1846, is not, we can bracket the date of composition of the revised edition to the mid-19th century. Horary Astrology, the subject of this book, interprets planetary positions to answer a wide range of questions, from lost dogs and stolen fish, to the death of kings. While there is a basic repertoire of interpretations, (e.g., Saturn bad, Venus good), the horoscope is used as a jumping off point for the astrologer’s intuition.
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