Anima Astrologiae (A Guide for Astrologers) by William Lilly is one of several copyright-free astrology books now available to download, free, online. Written in 1676 it covers most 17th century concerns from revolutions to diseases.
The late Maurice McCann was an expert on William Lilly. Writing for Deborah Houlding’s excellent website Skyscript, McCann noted -
On Friday, October 25, 1666, the famous English astrologer William Lilly was ordered to appear in the Speaker’s Chamber of the House of Commons to give testimony before the special Committee set up to examine the cause of the great fire which had devastated the city of London in September. Lilly, it was claimed, had successfully predicted the outbreak of the fire fourteen years before when he had publishedMonarchy or No Monarchy in England a book containing nineteen hieroglyphic drawings giving carefully disguised predictions. As a consequence of one of these, featuring a large fire, Lilly was seriously suspected of causing the fire. It was also thought that he wished to obtain credit for forecasting the event. Being fearful of what might happen to him, Lilly persuaded the committee that his prediction had not been precise and he was allowed to go. Read more by Maurice McCann on Lilly here.
MORE FREE ASTROLOGY BOOKS
Nicholas Culpeper, Aleister Crowley and the Tetrabiblos by Ptolemy are also available along with more works by William Lilly in free, downloadable PDF format to your desktop here.