One way in which the traditional art of judging nativities differs from its modern counterpart is that it frequently lacks psychological concern. Rather than trying to synthesize chart factors into a general character profile from which all life issues can be explored, the traditional astrologer asks blunt, direct questions of the horoscope: How long will this person live? Will he marry? Will he be rich or poor? This approach is not for the faint hearted or the inexperienced. Many people today will find it distasteful. A modern astrologer investigating these methods should take William Lilly's injunction to 'afflict not the miserable with terror of a harsh judgement' very much to heart.
However, practical concerns often do call for a pragmatic approach. So in the quest for knowledge this collection of articles by Deborah Houlding and David Plant explores the traditional aphorisms concerning indications of wealth (or lack of it) in the birth chart.
The articles are best read in the order they are presented below:
© Deborah Houlding & David Plant. Adapted from a feature first published in the Traditional Astrologer
magazine, Issue 3, Winter 1993, pp.19-23
More of David Plant's work is available on his English Merlin
website, devoted to all aspects of the life and times of
William Lilly and his contemporaries