6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 6 April 2011
Christian Astrology was until the 80s pretty much rotting within the confining archives of the academic establishment who, being too ignorant to test out Lilly's practices, simply filed the books under 'things we don't believe any more' and it took a private reprint by the late Olivia Barclay to put the information back where it belongs - within the grasp of anyone who can then make up their own minds on the subject. For my own use, I prefer Deborah Houlding's Ascellus edition but this is a great addition to any serious astrological library. For those not familiar with the topics, William Lilly (a well renowned 17th century astrologer) shares his approaches to horary and natal work; and includes some fascinating real life examples which are both top notch astrology and give great insights into 17th century English life. They can also be quite funny, check out the tale of the stolen fish supper! Lilly is not the originator of these techniques and he cites his sources from the classical, Muslim and Christian worlds; the unique point is that you catch an astrologer in action rather than simply discussing points of technique.
Incidentally,the publisher's note is rather offensive on the matter of the title: yes, the book is so titled in part to avoid unpleasant interference from the religious authorities of the day but it is also clear throughout the book from Lilly's own comments that he was himself a Christian; although clearly able to think for himself which is exactly what people with stereotypical views of Christianity (or Hermeticism)
seem unable to do. If you feel either that the term 'Christian' is somehow off putting or that Christians shouldn't be dealing with this subject matter then a plague on both your houses. Truth belongs to no one creed or group of people.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2013
I have recently purchased all three books of William Lilly which were written in 1647. The books have been updated by David R. Roell who has made the books understandable to people living in this century. These books are a "must have" addition to anyone who is learning Astrology and who want to take the subject further. Well done David for the hours you must have spent updating the book so that people can have the knowledge of a wonderful Astrologer called William Lilly. Daphne M. Shutler A.I.P.T.I.