The First Book: An Introduction to Astrology: The number of planets; Use of the ephemeris; How to erect a figure of heaven; Of the daily motion of the planets; Of the 12 houses; Of the planets: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, Moon, Nodes; Of the 12 signs of the zodiac; The nature, place, countries, general descriptions & diseases signified by the 12 signs; Essential dignities of the planets; Aspects of the signs to each other; Fortitudes & debilities of the planets; A table showing what members in man's body every planet signifies in any of the 12 signs; Considerations before judgment; etc.
The Second Book: The Resolution of All Manner of Questions:
Of the First House: Long life or no; Time when any accident may happen; What part of life will be best; Part of Fortune & how to calculate; Of things suddenly happening; Marks, moles or scars on the querent; An absent one dead or alive; A ship at sea, safe or not
Of the Second House: If the querent shall be rich; If he will be repaid; If he will get his salary; If he will remain rich
Of the Third House: If the querent, his brother, sister or neighbor will agree; Of an absent brother; Of reports, intelligence, rumors or fears, if true or not; If advice may be trusted; If good to go on a short journey; If Cambridge was taken, yea or no
Of the Fourth House: To find a thing hid or mislaid; Of buying or selling lands, houses, farms; Of the goodness or badness of land or house; Tenants good or ill; If wood on the ground; If good to rent the farm or house; If the querent shall enjoy the estate of his father; If good to move from one house to another; Of turning the course of rivers; Of treasure hid in the ground
Of the Fifth House: If one shall have children; If a woman will conceive; If a man will have children by the woman (or women) in question; If a woman is pregnant or not; If the pregnancy is plural; If the child be male or female; How long the woman has been pregnant; When the birth will be; If the parents will love the child; Of ambassadors & messengers
Of the Sixth House: Judgment of sickness by astrology; What part of the body afflicted; The cause of the disease; Diseases signified by houses; Diseases signified by signs; Diseases of the planets; Long or short illness; Arguments of death; Dariot abridged; If the person be sick; Quality & nature of the disease; Disease in right or left side; Disease in mind, body or both; Of the days critical; How long ere the sick recover; Hermes Trimegistus upon the decumbiture of the sick; Of disease, life & death by the disposition of the moon; Astrological aphorisms judging of sickness
Of the Seventh House: Of marriage; Aphorisms of marriage by Alkindus; If marriage shall take effect or not; The occasion hindering marriage; Which desire it most; Whether a man shall marry; Time of marriage; How many husbands a woman shall have; From what part one shall marry; Who shall be master (husband or wife); Whether she be rich; Whether the marriage be legitimate; How they shall agree/disagree after marriage; Who shall be cause of strife; Whether man or woman shall die first; Whether she be a maid or chaste; Whether a woman be honest to her husband; Whether a child conceived is the son of the father; Of servants fled, beasts strayed, things lost; How the goods were lost; Whether the cattle be stolen; Of beasts strayed; Beasts dead or alive; Whether the fugitive shall be taken; The moon in questions of fugitives; A woman flying from her husband; Of thief & theft; The significator of the thief; The significator of the thing stolen; The goods are stolen/not stolen; Age of the thief; Whether the thief be man or woman; If one thief or more; Of the clothes of the thief; Names of the thieves according to astrology; Whether the thief be of the house or not; Rules by the lord of the 7th house; Whether the thief be in town or not; Where the thief is; Towards what part the thief is gone; Of the house of the thief; Whether the goods be in the custody of the thief; Place where the stolen goods are; Lost or stolen, in what part of the house; What is stolen by the lord of the second or tenth house; Quality of the goods stolen; Sign of recovery; If it will be recovered & when; Whether the thief shall be known or not; Lilly's experimental rules of theft; If one shall return safe from a war or dangerous voyage; Who shall do best in a law-suit; Of partnership & who shall do best; Of friendship between neighbor & neighbor; Of moving from place to place; Of moving from town to town; Of hunting; Of buying & selling; Whether a city, town or castle besieged shall be taken; Of commanders in armies; If two armies shall fight
Of the Eighth House: If the absent party be alive or dead; If the absent will return or not; The time he will return; Of the death of the querent; When or about what time he will die; The manner of death he will die; If the wife's portion will be great or easily obtained; If one should be afraid or not; If one should be in danger or not
Of the Ninth House: Of a voyage by sea & success thereof; What wind he will have; Of him that takes the journey; Of a short or slow return; When he shall return; The cause of a journey; Success & length of a journey; If one shall profit by his knowledge; Of one's science or wisdom, if true or not; Of the conditions of persons traveling; In what direction a traveler should best go; If a person will obtain a good benefice; Of dreams if they signify anything or not
Of the Tenth House: If the querent shall obtain the office or not; If one shall continue in command; Whether a deposed king or former office holder shall return to power; Of the profession or trade any person is capable of
Of the Eleventh House: Of good or ill in questions concerning this house; If a man shall have the thing hoped for; Of agreement between friends; Of love between friends
Of the Twelfth House: Of secret enemies not named; To know who a secret enemy is; Whether any man in prison will be released; Of the imprisoned; If a question be asked for a prisoner or captive; If one be bewitched or not; Remedies against witchcraft; A table of planetary hours.
Appendices: Old charts in new guises; Glossary with references; Bibliography; Index.
Comment: Named "Christian" to avoid hassles (some things never change), this is the most famous, the most celebrated astrology book in the English language. It has been prized by students ever since its first publication in 1647. The Horary Astrology in these pages is demanding and precise, combining science and art. Properly used, it will give answer to any well-defined question. William Lilly, famous throughout England for his almanacs & forecasts (he predicted Londonís Great Fire of 1666), lived during the English Civil War & was a minor historical figure in it. Into his studio came the rich and poor, the noble and ignoble, with problems great and small.
This new edition restores Lilly's original page layouts, with marginalia. Modern spelling throughout, this edition includes Lilly's bibliography, his original index & a new glossary. Also includes his original woodblock charts, and their modern versions. This is Lilly's great work as he himself knew it.
Astrology Classics, 552 pages, paper.