NEW Publication: William Lilly: The Last Magician

Born less than a year before the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603, William Lilly lived during one of the most turbulent times in English history. Like so many of his generation, he had to deal with the plague, was drawn into the madness of the English Civil War and was forced to take sides, and witnessed the regicide of King Charles I. Lilly lived in a time of enormous religious and social upheaval, but his astrology remained the outer expression of a magical world-view, based on hermetic and neo-Platonic principles and rooted in the 16th century.

This book provides the reader with a thorough introduction to the world of William Lilly, the famous 17th century astrologer and magician. It includes his autobiography, transcribed from the autograph, with annotations, commentaries and biographical notes, including Elias Ashmole’s addenda. Nativities of some notable persons are appended.

Also included is the Nativity of Sir William Wittypoole, the transcript of a nativity, rectified and directed by William Lilly. This previously unpublished manuscript provides the reader with an exciting insight into the working methods of the master astrologer.

The book also includes Peter Stockinger and Sue Ward’s Monster of Ingratitude, an investigative journey offering new insights into the notorious contention between Lilly and the astrologer John Gadbury. Included are brief biographies of Lilly and Gadbury, and the results of in-depth research, showing how their enmity began, developed and ended, including details of the rather one-sided pamphlet war. An thorough study of published material, timelines and bibliographic entries of all primary sources used are also included and provide the grounds for a different explanation from that commonly proposed.

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Fixed Stars, Gemstones & Plant Correspondences in Ficino’s De Vita

The following is a tabulation of the information given in Marsilio Ficino’s Three Books on Life*, book three, chapter 8, Concerning the Powers and Use of the Fixed Stars:

Zodiacal  Position*  Fixed Star  Planetary Correspondence  Crystal/Gemstone  Plant/Herb  Desired Effect


22nd degree of Aries

Navel of Andromeda

Mercurial and Veneral


18th degree of Taurus


Saturn and Jupiter



Boldness and victory


22nd degree of Taurus


Lunar and Martial


diacedon, fennel-seed

Sharpens the sense of vision


1st or 3rd degree of Gemini


Martial and Venereal


spurge, woodruff

Increases riches and glory


13th  degree of Gemini

The Goat

Jovial and Saturnine


horehound, mint, mugwort, mandrake

Helps towards honour and the help of princes


6th or 7th degree of Cancer

Canis Major



savine, mugwort, dracontea

It proffers favour


17th degree of Cancer

Canis Minor

Mercurial and Martial


heliotrope, pennyroyal

bestows favour


21st degree of Leo

Heart of the Lion

A royal Jovial and Martial star


swallowwort, mastic

Represses melancholy and makes am an temperate and agreable


19th degree of Virgo

Tail of Ursa Major

Venereal and Lunar


chicory, mugwort

Provides protection from robbers and poison


7th degree of Libra

Right Wing of the Raven


12th or 13th degree of Libra

Left Wing of the Raven

Saturnine and Martial

sorrel, henbane, frog’s tongue

Increases boldness and will be noxious


15th or 16th degree of Libra


Venereal and Mercurial


sage, trefoil, promarulla, mugwort, mandrake

Increases riches, and victory and releases from poverty

17th or 18th degree of Libra




Strengthens the blood and expels fevers


4th degree of Scorpio


Venereal and Martial

According to another computation in the 5th degree of Scorpio

Cornea (maybe the same as above)


rosemary, trefoil and ivy

Increases grace, chastity and glory


3rd degree of Sagittarius

Heart of the Scorpion

Martial and Jovial

sardonyx, amethyst

long birthwort, saffron

Makes the colour good, the mind happy and wise and drives out daemons


7th degree of Capricorn

Falling Vulture

Mercurial and Venerial


savory, fumitory

Temperate; beneficial when in ASC or MC


16th degree of Aquarius

Tail of Capricorn

Saturnine and Mercurial


marjoram, catnip, mugwort and mandrake

Furnishes favour in lawsuits, increases wealth and makes men and their homes safe


3rd degree of Pisces

Shoulder of the Horse

Jovial and Martial

*Positions of fixed stars are correct for the time Ficino published De Vita in 1489.

Compare also to my previous blog entry:

Fixed Stars, Gemstones and Plant Correspondences – a Potted History

*Kaske and Clark: Marsilio Ficino, Three Books on Life, A Critical Edition and Translation wit Introduction and Notes, Arizona 2002