William Lilly (11 May [O.S. 1 May] 1602 – 9 June 1681) has been described as "the most abused as well as the most celebrated astrologer of the seventeenth century". Born the son of a yeoman farmer in Leicestershire, Lilly travelled to London as a youth to take up a servant's position. Seven years later he secured his fortune by marrying his former master's widow, allowing him the leisure to study astrology. In 1644, during the English Civil War, he published the first of many popular astrological texts, and in 1647 he published Christian Astrology, a huge compendium of astrological technique. This was the first of its kind to be printed in the English language rather than Latin, and is said to have tutored "a nation in crisis in the language of the stars". By 1659, Lilly's fame was widely

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  • William Lilly (11 May [O.S. 1 May] 1602 – 9 June 1681) has been described as "the most abused as well as the most celebrated astrologer of the seventeenth century". Born the son of a yeoman farmer in Leicestershire, Lilly travelled to London as a youth to take up a servant's position. Seven years later he secured his fortune by marrying his former master's widow, allowing him the leisure to study astrology. In 1644, during the English Civil War, he published the first of many popular astrological texts, and in 1647 he published Christian Astrology, a huge compendium of astrological technique. This was the first of its kind to be printed in the English language rather than Latin, and is said to have tutored "a nation in crisis in the language of the stars". By 1659, Lilly's fame was widely acknowledged and his annual almanac was achieving sales of around 30,000 copies a year. Lilly's autobiography, published towards the end of his life in 1681, at the request of his patron Elias Ashmole, gives candid accounts of the political events of his era, and biographical details of contemporaries that are unavailable elsewhere. It was described, in the late 18th century, as "one of the most entertaining narratives in our language", in particular for the historical portrayal it leaves of men like John Dee, Simon Forman, John Booker, Edward Kelley, including a whimsical first meeting of John Napier and Henry Briggs, respective co-inventors of the logarithm and Briggsian logarithms, and for its curious tales about the effects of crystals and the appearance of Queen Mab. In it, Lilly describes the friendly support of Oliver Cromwell during a period in which he faced prosecution for issuing political astrological predictions. He also writes about the 1666 Great Fire of London, and how he was brought before the committee investigating the cause of the fire, being suspected of involvement because of his publication of images, 15 years earlier, which depicted a city in flames surrounded by coffins. Lilly was a controversial character who was both aided and abetted by powerful friends and enemies. He attracted the attention of many members of Parliament, through the support of Sir Bulstrode Whitelocke, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England, (to whom he dedicated his Christian Astrology), but also accuses Members of Parliament of engineering charges against him in 1651. To his supporters he was an "English Merlin"; to his detractors he was a "juggling wizard and imposter". He is described as having been a genius at something "that modern mainstream opinion has since decided cannot be done at all", and having developed his stature as the most important astrologer in England through his social and political involvement, as well as his impact on the astrological tradition. (en)
  • William Lilly (* 11. Mai 1602 in Diseworth, Leicestershire; † 9. Juni 1681) war ein englischer Astrologe. (de)
  • William Lilly est un célèbre astrologue anglais (1602-1681) qui écrivit en 1647 Christian Astrology, un ouvrage toujours côté par les tenants de l'astrologie traditionnelle. Il est dit « le vrai père de l'astrologie britannique ». Contrairement à la légende, il n'aurait pas prédit de façon précise l'incendie de Londres de 1666. (fr)
  • William Lilly (Diseworth, 1 mei 1602 - Hersham (Surrey), 9 juni 1681) was in zijn tijd een beroemd Engels astroloog en occultist. Hij was vooral bekend om zijn voorspellingen met uurhoekhoroscopen die hij voor zijn cliënten trok. William Lilly veroorzaakte heel wat opschudding toen hij naar verluidt de Grote Brand van Londen van 1666 voorspelde, veertien jaar vóór die plaatsgreep. Kwatongen beweerden dat hij zelf die brand zou hebben aangestoken, maar dat is nooit bewezen. Hij werd wel voor het parlement opgeroepen om zich te verdedigen, maar werd onschuldig bevonden. (nl)
  • Este artigo é sobre um famoso astrólogo e ocultista inglês. Acerca do político estadunidense, ver William Lilly (político). Acerca da gramática escolar inglesa, ver William Lilye. William Lilly (Diseworth (Leicestershire), 1 de maio de 1602 — Hersham (Surrey), 9 de junho de 1681) foi um dos mais importantes astrólogos do seu tempo e o seu conhecimento é ainda amplamente estudado e aplicado pelos astrólogos actuais em todo o mundo. Lilly não só interpretava os horóscopos relativos ao nascimento das pessoas como foi o maior especialista na Astrologia Horária, interpretando os mapas astrais traçados para questões que eram formuladas. Em 1666, Lilly causou grande polémica por alegadamente predizer o Grande Incêndio de Londres, cerca de 14 anos antes de ter acontecido. Por esta razão, muitas pessoas acreditavam que ele pode ter iniciado o fogo, mas não há nenhuma evidência para apoiar tais alegações. Chegou a ser acusado por este crime, tendo ido testemunhar ao Parlamento, mas foi declarado inocente. (pt)
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  • 1602-5-11
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  • Portrait of Lilly, aged 45, now housed in the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford
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  • William Lilly (* 11. Mai 1602 in Diseworth, Leicestershire; † 9. Juni 1681) war ein englischer Astrologe. (de)
  • William Lilly est un célèbre astrologue anglais (1602-1681) qui écrivit en 1647 Christian Astrology, un ouvrage toujours côté par les tenants de l'astrologie traditionnelle. Il est dit « le vrai père de l'astrologie britannique ». Contrairement à la légende, il n'aurait pas prédit de façon précise l'incendie de Londres de 1666. (fr)
  • William Lilly (Diseworth, 1 mei 1602 - Hersham (Surrey), 9 juni 1681) was in zijn tijd een beroemd Engels astroloog en occultist. Hij was vooral bekend om zijn voorspellingen met uurhoekhoroscopen die hij voor zijn cliënten trok. William Lilly veroorzaakte heel wat opschudding toen hij naar verluidt de Grote Brand van Londen van 1666 voorspelde, veertien jaar vóór die plaatsgreep. Kwatongen beweerden dat hij zelf die brand zou hebben aangestoken, maar dat is nooit bewezen. Hij werd wel voor het parlement opgeroepen om zich te verdedigen, maar werd onschuldig bevonden. (nl)
  • William Lilly (11 May [O.S. 1 May] 1602 – 9 June 1681) has been described as "the most abused as well as the most celebrated astrologer of the seventeenth century". Born the son of a yeoman farmer in Leicestershire, Lilly travelled to London as a youth to take up a servant's position. Seven years later he secured his fortune by marrying his former master's widow, allowing him the leisure to study astrology. In 1644, during the English Civil War, he published the first of many popular astrological texts, and in 1647 he published Christian Astrology, a huge compendium of astrological technique. This was the first of its kind to be printed in the English language rather than Latin, and is said to have tutored "a nation in crisis in the language of the stars". By 1659, Lilly's fame was widely (en)
  • Este artigo é sobre um famoso astrólogo e ocultista inglês. Acerca do político estadunidense, ver William Lilly (político). Acerca da gramática escolar inglesa, ver William Lilye. William Lilly (Diseworth (Leicestershire), 1 de maio de 1602 — Hersham (Surrey), 9 de junho de 1681) foi um dos mais importantes astrólogos do seu tempo e o seu conhecimento é ainda amplamente estudado e aplicado pelos astrólogos actuais em todo o mundo. Lilly não só interpretava os horóscopos relativos ao nascimento das pessoas como foi o maior especialista na Astrologia Horária, interpretando os mapas astrais traçados para questões que eram formuladas. (pt)
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