Famous Astrologers – Part 3
The third part of our blog on the most famous astrologers the world has ever known looks into the ideas of Geoffrey Chaucer, Johannes Kepler and William Lilly. Up to now we have seen some serious contenders for the title of the most prominent astrologer of all time, and we have also exposed the likes of Aleister Crowley who was little more than an impostor. We start this blog with Englishman William Lilly.
In the 17th century William Lilly was, perhaps, the most celebrated astrologer of his age, but he was also one of the most criticized and abused. Through marriage, Lilly was more or less a figure of leisure, and this allowed him the time to explore his love for astrology. The 17th century was a time of civil war in England, and it was during this period in 1644 that he published his first writings about astrology. Three years later, he wrote his controversial book “Christian Astrology”, and it was unusual because it was one of the first texts about astrology that was written in English.
This book was proclaimed to have tutored a nation in the language of the stars. By now, Lilly was famous as an astrologer and annually produced an almanac that was most popular.
Kepler was a German astrologer, astronomer and mathematician. Together with other notable astrologers of the 17th century he brought astrology into the mainstream as a subject to be respected and taken seriously. Perhaps he has most renowned for his work on laws of planetary motion and Astronomy. These great works were the foundation for Isaac Newton and the theory of universal gravitation.
In the 17th century there was no clear distinction between astrology and astronomy, but there was a clear divide between mathematics and physics. In his work Kepler discussed this division and made it understandable to the masses.
The great father of all English literature was Geoffrey Chaucer, he was the greatest poet and writer of the Middle Ages. During his lifetime he was a renowned writer, alchemist and astronomer, and he composed a theory on the astrolbe for his young son to digest. His greatest literary work was “The Canterbury Tales” which is an earthy tale of pilgrims traveling to Canterbury. By today’s standards, the verse would make sailors blush as it is graphic, and no holds are barred.
Nicolaus Copernicus is probably the most important Renaissance astronomer of his generation. He was responsible for putting forward the idea that Sun, and not the Earth, was at the center of the universe. At the time this theory was most controversial even though it was proposed almost eighteen hundred years earlier by Aristarchus of Samos.
Copernicus, as well as being a most important astrologer, was a physician, mathematician, astronomer, scholar, diplomat and economist.
Our list of the most famous astronomers of all time can retrace across the centuries the man’s continual struggle to understand the cosmos. How man has also tried to interpret the planets to specific events in history and time. There is no doubt that these men helped us understand the earth more by being able to place its importance against other planets.