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William Lilly's War Charts
  Reproduced from Christian Astrology, 1647.

p.452 CHAP. LXXXV.

If Prince RUPERT should gain honour by our wars, or worst the Earl of ESSEX? What should become of him?

Resolution of this Figure.
This question falls not under the notion of vulgar[1] rules, [n]or must the Astrologian expect particular rules to govern his fancy[2] in every Question; it was well said, A te & a Scientia,[3] for I do daily resolve such Questions as come not into the vulgar rules of Guido or Haly; and yet I was never to seek a sufficient reason in Art, whereby to give a good and satisfactory answer to the Proponent, &c. as many hundreds in this Kingdom well know, &c.

He that propounded the Question was a very great ...
p.453 ... well-willer to the Parliament, and involved himself and Fortune amongst us, therefore the ascendant and Lord thereof shall signify the Querent; but in regard Prince RUPERT is a noble Man, or person of eminency, he is signified by the 10th house and Lord thereof: the Sign is Scorpio, the Lord thereof Mars.

I must confess, at first finding the Moon in Cancer, to cast her Trine Sinister to the cusp of the 10th; I judged the person of the man would be in no great danger, and that many vulgar people, and some of better quality, would much honour him, and he find great respect amongst them, and have a special care of his own person: and verily Jupiter doth also cast his Trine Dexter to the cusp of the 10th house, whereby I judged that we should not destroy his person, for the heavens by this Figure intimated the contrary.

The very truth is, I was twenty four hours studying the resolution of this Question, for much may be said in behalf of the Prince, and the hopes might be expected from him; at last I came to this resolution: that he should gain no honour by this War, because neither of the Luminaries were in the 10th house, or in perfect aspect with his Significator, but [he] at last [will] fall into the hatred and malice of all or many, by his own perversness and folly, and in the end should depart without either honour, love or friendship, but should not be killed.

The Lord of the 10th in his Detriment, argue his depraved Fancy; and being in a fixed Signe, shows his obstinateness, self-opposition, conceitedness and continuance in his erroneous judgment, for let all the Planets assist in a Question concerning War or Soldiery, if Mars himself, who is Significator thereof, be unfortunate, or not strongly supported by the Luminaries, it's as good as nothing, the party shall be preserved, but do no glorious work or action in War, though he be never so valiant.

If he should worst the Earl of ESSEX?
ESSEX is here signified by Venus, because she is Lady of Taurus, the opposite house to the Prince's. We find Venus in Aquarius, in the Terms of Saturn, and he the Lord of the Ascendant; in Reception with Saturn, for as she receives him in her Exaltation, so doth he her in ...
p.454 his Joy[4] and Term; the Moon transfers the influence of Jupiter to Saturn, by a forcible and strong aspect, viz. a Trine; Venus is in Square of Mars, but separated; as if not long before there had been some fight or war betwixt them, (for you must understand we are now upon point of war;) [and so there had:] For Edge-hill fight was above a month before, wherein Essex had the better; and this I prove because he kept the ground where the Battle was fought, when both the King and Prince Rupert left the Field. I know Posterity will believe me, sith I write now as an Artist, and upon a subject which must be left to Posterity: This I know by the testimony of many of the King's own Officers who have confessed as much unto me &c. But let it suffice, I positively affirmed, Rupert should never prevail against the valiant Essex, &c. nor did he.
What should become of him?
His Significator, viz. Mars, being peregrine, and in the 3rd, I said, it should come to pass, he should be at our disposing, and that we should at last have him in our own custody, and do what we list with him: this I judged, because the gentle Planet Venus, Essex's Significator, did dispose of Rupert: an error in part I confess it was, yet not much to be blamed, for (in totidem verbis)[5] it was very near truth, for in 1646, he was besieged in Oxford, and after surrender thereof, having unadvisedly repaired to Oatlands, contrary to Agreement and Covenant, he was then at the mercy of the Parliament, and in their mercy. But they of that house, looking on him rather as an improvident young man than any worthy of their displeasure or taking notice of, let him depart with his own proper fate, heavy enough for him to bear; and so he escaped. So that the general fate of this Kingdom overcame my private opinion upon Prince Rupert. However, I am glad he escaped so, being questionless a man of able parts, but unfortunate, not in himself, but in the fate of his Family.
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1] Vulgar is used to mean 'commonly known', rather than crude or distasteful.
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2] Fancy is used to mean 'imagination', 'mental conception', or in a loose sense, 'mind'.
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3] 'From yourself as well as from the rules'. A reminder that a slavish reliance upon rules is pointless without the context of reliable personal judgement and common sense.
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4] A planet's 'sign of joy' is the one it rules in which it also finds agreement by sect; therefore Saturn (a diurnal planet) rejoices in Aquarius (a diurnal sign) rather than Capricorn (a nocturnal sign).
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5] 'In so many words'.
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