About William Lilly:
William Lilly is said to have tutored "a nation in crisis in the language of the stars". By 1659, Lilly's fame was widely acknowledged and his annual almanac was achieving sales of around 30,000 copies a year.
After that his Majesty was beheaded, the Parliament for some years effected nothing either for the publick peace or tranquillity of the nation, or settling religion as they had formerly promised.
Of my infancy I can speak little, only I do remember that in the fourth year of my age I had the measles.
In the seventeenth year of my age my mother died.
I believe God rules all by his divine providence and that the stars by his permission are instruments.
If people suspect their Cattle Bewitched, if they be great Cattle, make the twelfth house their ascendant, and the eleventh their twelfth house, and vary your Rules with Judgment.
After my mistress was dead, I lived most comfortably, my master having a great affection for me.
In this year 1634, I purchased the moiety of thirteen houses in the Strand for five hundred and thirty pounds.