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Buy Gemstones. Buy Now. Marriage Report. Lilly describes a contented marriage with Ellen, which continued for six years. The comfortable lifestyle and fortune that Lilly inherited from Ellen, gave him leisure time to frequent sermons and lectures in London society.
The years and 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 was published in and was entitled Christian Astrology. 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.
Worked examples of horary charts are found in Volume 2 of Christian Astrology.
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. Even John Selden seems to have acknowledged him, and probably the chief difference between him and the mass of the community at the time was that, while others believed in the general truth of astrology, he ventured to specify the future events to which he referred.
In , Lilly wrote a preface to Sir Christopher Heydon 's An Astrological Discourse with Mathematical Demonstrations , a defence of astrology written about which was first published posthumously, largely at the expense of Elias Ashmole. After the Restoration he very quickly fell into disrepute. His sympathy with the parliament, which his predictions had generally shown, was not calculated to bring him into royal favour.
He came under the lash of Samuel Butler , who, making allowance for some satiric exaggeration, has given in the character of Hudibras ' Sidrophel a probably not very incorrect picture of the man; and, having by this time amassed a tolerable fortune, he bought a small estate at Hersham in Surrey , to which he retired, and where he diverted the exercise of his peculiar talents to the practice of medicine.
He died in In a commemorative plaque was placed next to the disused Aldwych tube station on the Strand.
Lilly lived in a house on the site from to Olivia Barclay and other British astrologers began to unearth Lilly's astrological work, and were influential in the eventual re-publication of Christian Astrology. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other people named William Lilly, see William Lilly disambiguation.
Diseworth , Leicestershire , England.
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Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The report explains that during restoration of the cottage in the s, "a wealth of hieroglyphics and astrological signs were revealed". Westminster City Council. Archived from the original on 3 December Retrieved 4 September Retrieved 19 September