The London Astrology Walk is a work in progress, but why not start now? Taking this walk, from The Strand to Fleet Street and onto St. Paul’s Cathedral can be a great way to look up and see the astrology (or feel the ghosts of the past) and enjoy a good lunch too.
Together with William Lilly expert and novelist Tobsha Learner (The Magick of Master Lilly), Gill Dorren (The Astrological Lodge of London) and Julian Venables (The Astrologer’s Apprentice/The Prediction) I’m happy to pass on the first few stops in our walk, which will launch in London in Summer 2019.
The walk was road-tested by horary expert Wade Caves among other fans of William Lilly, London’s best-known stargazer, in 2018. From this will come a self-guided audio podcast for you. For now, this is a preview of what is to come. If you’re in London and have a spare hour or two, try this astrologically influenced walk, starting at Lilly’s home.
The Site of William Lilly’s House, Temple Station, The Strand
Postcode WC2R 2LS
A well-known green plaque, celebrating London’s most important astrologer – William Lilly, is on the brick walls of the old Temple (disused) London Underground station with the postcode WC2R 2LS. We’ll find out more about Lilly in a moment.
Your next stop after this will be on Fleet Street, home to a famous sculpture of Mercury the Messenger of the Gods – which is also in the same area where the poet and astrologer W.B. Yeats used to drink at a pub called The Old Cheshire Cheese with other writers. You can stop for a drink too – or a good lunch). Yeats’ astrology books are in the archives of Ireland today, along with his Tarot cards. In London, the best place to ‘find’ this side of Yeats is at this old, rather spooky, pub.
From there, The Old Cheshire Cheese, you’ll walk to St. Paul’s Cathedral opposite a horoscope-styled memorial to Sir Winston Churchill and a secret Sun and Moon symbol hidden in the crypt.
Find out more about Lilly
Skyscript, Deborah Houlding’s renowned website for fans of horary astrology (the kind William Lilly used) is a great resource for discovering more about Lilly himself.
POPULARITY WITH THE PEOPLE – THE PENNY THORNTON OR DEBBIE FRANK OF HIS DAY!
William Lilly (pictured) was very much like the Debbie Frank or Penny Thornton of the 17th century then, as Penny and Diana not only read for Diana, Princess of Wales, but are hugely popular with magazine and website audiences around the world – those websites today being our almanacs. He had the common touch but also consulted with the powerful. Lilly was very close to the threatened circle of the Monarchy, back in the 1660’s.
Lilly answered common questions from common people, which very few astrologers today – apart from horary astrologers, who follow Lilly’s rules – still bother with.
*Should a maid marry or not?
*Where is the stolen tankard?
Most famously, Lilly found a missing fish. Welcome to the 1600’s! One of the constants of the series is theft as Lilly lived in a time without a police force. Another constant is illness – there were no chemists. Another is God. Religion ruled.
GOD’S DESIGN AND WILLIAM’S CONFIDENCE
Even the most trivial beer-related questions were thought, by Lilly, to be God’s will. He believed a horoscope showed God’s design. This gave him jaw-dropping confidence to name dates, the better to inform the people about the raging Civil War and its risks. Printing and distribution lead times were long in 1644. Lilly had to peer into the future rather a long way, but still managed to put – on the public record – a prediction that around June 4th 1644 there would be ‘much mischief, fighting and action’ and that ‘the first week of July may prove bloody.’
King Charles had to withdraw from Oxford on 3rd June, as predicted and then on 2nd July, fighting began on Marston Moor. It was the greatest battle of the war. There can be no knocking Lilly’s horary technique here. The Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn severely limited his world view, but within the confines of that world view – he got it right. Lilly refused to ‘deliver ambiguous stuff’ as he put it. He called a spade a spade, not a shovel. We could contrast this with the bumbling vagueness of his rivals. Lilly got it right. But why? How?
ASTROLOGY AS DIVINATION – THE MOMENT OF ASTROLOGY
William Lilly proved astrology worked as divination. No time or place of birth required, which is just as well, as the 17th century was not exactly the time for AA Rodden-rated data. In fact, Lilly also read urine. Revolting but true. He was what was known as a piss-prophet.
Beyond this unforgettable detail about William Lilly there is a bigger thought. Peering into the future then, as now, was never about tapping into some powerful truth ‘out there’ to be discovered by those in the know. Then, as now, astrology is alchemy. Divination.
This idea, that there is nothing scientific about astrology – it’s really just chatting to God, or communicating with the Divine, or divining the future – is at the heart of work done by organisations like The Company of Astrologers, co-led by Maggie Hyde. The reasoning goes, there is no objective truth ‘out there’ to be discovered. Testing statistics is not the way, any more than The Scientific Method.
This is in line with quantum mechanics. There is no reality, until you measure it. Then ‘reality’ appears, although it will be a faithful reflection of you, and your state of mind.
Bear all this in mind as you start The London Astrology Walk at a curious point in space and time – the site of William Lilly’s London home and workplace (or near to it) – on the Strand.
There is no way Lilly, or anyone in his world could even have a conversation about subatomic particles, of course, or the Copenhagen interpretation, or the Multiverse or anything else. Yet history tells us that he clearly made verified predictions, to the day, in great detail. Was it Lilly’s branch of the Multiverse, because he believed so fervently, and was everybody else just living in it? Maybe we still are today. This is Lilly’s London! You’re standing at the very start of it.
William’s view of reality (Lilly World) was also very much limited by the times he inhabited, when life was short and often cheap. He did something not many astrologers would do today. He cast charts to see if people would live or die. One such, for John Pym, was cast on 30th November 1643 and is held in the Bodleian Libraries at The University of Oxford.
It’s a beautiful example of divination, in that the chart itself can be used to answer any question at all. So if one asks today, ‘What the hell was going on when Pym saw Lilly?’ it’s clear that Saturn at 0 Aries is trine Mars at 1 Sagittarius, and here we have a picture of fear (Saturn) and impatience (Aries) which is obviously Pym, meeting action (Mars) and philosophy (Sagittarius) which is obviously Lilly.
Lilly believed in what he called Christian Astrology. This is something that could be in the script. Sagittarius is belief. Pisces is mystery. Virgo is the body. Pym was presenting (or rather, his friend was presenting his case – though we might have to fictionalise this as an actual visit) in a ‘moment’ that was about all three.
DARK TIMES, GRIM TIMES ON THE STRAND
Lilly, of course, had his own rules and he was concerned with bleak questions for bleak times. He also thought he had the authority to give anxious clients a thumbs-up or thumbs-down. He was concerned with the ‘malefic’ (or bad) fixed star Cor Scorpii, for example, which we know as Antares today. Antares was a symbol of sickness and possibly death. This is also a thread in the series. Lilly saw dark.
John Pym (pictured left) was not a maid from Kent worrying about his love life. He was second to the King in power and led parliament, but Lilly in a supreme mix of arrogance and confidence, told him that he would indeed die – and even gave him a date. (Though in truth, Lilly gave this to a middle person, or go-between).
If you go back to the unfortunate John Pym and his session with William Lilly in 1643, that South Node in Pisces leaps out. Pisces is, after all, associated with the subconscious mind. The power of suggestion upon the vulnerable. So, what happened next?
Given that Lilly was also a medium, as well as an astrologer, a urine-reader (and a rod diviner) we might expect an accurate, fatal result. Pym was buried in Westminster Abbey, as predicted, after dying eight days after his appointment.
Was Lilly also influencing military morale? Or was he really channeling God? This is something else to ponder as you wander around the Strand, this first part of the London Astrology Walk.
SELF FULFILLING PROPHECY AND GOD
Lilly predicted that King Charles I (pictured left) would lose Leicester. He lost Leicester. He predicted the New Model Army would win the Battle of Naseby. They did. He also dared to essentially predict the death of King Charles I, albeit in a coded manner. In The Starry Messenger, for those in the know – regarding Lilly’s use of astrological symbols – Charles was risking ‘some monstrous death.’
The Starry Messenger, printed for John Partridge and Humphry Blunden, sold at The Sign of the Cock in Ludgate Street, did something only the trashiest of magazines would do today. It predicted Charles would die.
It’s not as if Lilly was not subjecting himself to the same gloomy handle on horoscopes. He had analysed his own chart and seen death in 1647. It’s not surprising to hear that Lilly suffered from depression and anxiety.
The ‘out’ was that although Lilly believed a horoscope was a display of God’s will, it was still possible for people to act to change their fate. John Pym was obviously not so blessed, but his idea of ‘non count’ (astrology does not compel) helped get his clients off the hook. You could ask God to intervene. You could change your plans. Either would help you avoid – for example – imminent death.
POWER AND POPULARITY, MEN AND WOMEN
Lilly was also paid to choose the right moment/the best moment for major decisions and action plans. It was inevitable that at some point King Charles I or his friends would seek help, and they did. Jane Whorewood, the King’s confidante, came knocking for advice on dates and times. Lilly was not a fan. He supported Parliament, not the King, in the Civil War – but he did his job.
It’s interesting that Lilly’s most powerful client was a woman. He was typical of his sex in the 17th century in that the female of the species was a second-rate citizen. In Christian Astrology, his life’s work, he makes it very clear that no astrologer could possibly be a woman. He even advised ‘Marry a wife of thy own’ as if nobody reading his book could possibly be anything but a man like himself, looking for a bride.
Again, this was Lilly’s universe. The Sun (father), The Moon (mother), Mercury (male messenger), Venus (wife), Mars (soldier) Jupiter (male benefactor), Saturn (male ill-wisher) and…that was where it stopped for him and all his clients and readers. This was Lilly World. It minimised women and negated their importance.
Well-known female horary astrologers like Barbara Dunn, Sharon Knight, Deborah Holding and the Grande dame of Horary, Olivia Barclay, have not let this influence their careers in the 20th and 21st centuries, but – in Lilly World male symbols still outnumbered female symbols five to two. Women were filtered through male archetypes. Something else to think about as you explore the Strand on the first stop of the walk!
In 17th century London, women held up half the sky, but Britain was not tapping their brilliance, skill or potential. Perhaps that violent, pox-riddled, plague and fire-affected country was the inevitable result of failure to use 50% of natural resources.
It’s fascinating to note that it was only when a woman became an astronomer (Caroline Herschel, who shared a house in Bath with her brother William) that the telescopes opened up onto a different horoscope. In 1781 Caroline would help to grind the lens that let William see the new planet Uranus, and with it, a new age of equality for the female of the species. On the other side of London, on Piccadilly, men of science would discuss that very planet and its meaning.
For William, grappling with the technology of the mid 1600’s, that must have been beyond comprehension. He was still working with an astrological world where the naked eye saw the horoscope action: no telescope required.
LILLY THE MAN – A TAURUS-SCORPIO OPPOSITION MADE FLESH
The King was beheaded on 30th January 1649 at Whitehall, within walking distance of Lilly’s home, not far from where you are now, at the first stop of the London Astrology Walk. The astrologer had told a client as much and named the date. Acting for God – again armed with that crucial information about the Sun, Moon, Part of Fortune, Ascendant and Midheaven – Lilly had called it. Or was acting for something else altogether?
William Lilly was born on 1st May 1602 with the Sun at 19 Taurus, Venus at 19 Taurus and Saturn at 18 Scorpio. He was all about the money. His first wife Ellen Whitehaire had left him her entire estate. We are seeing his horoscope as he would have seen it, within that limited 17th century world view. No Uranus. No Neptune. No Pluto. No Diana. No Minerva. No Psyche.
Lilly liked to call a spade a spade – well, this is the chart of someone who is seriously hung up on money – and it’s Lilly’s values which are the concern here. Taurus is about what you will and will not, sell your soul for. Scorpio is about death and property, sex and finance. As you wander around the Strand try to see it was it was then – prime real estate. It still is today, of course, but in Lilly’s time, a man could own a home here, and ply his trade as an astrologer.
From a modern astrologer’s point of view, Lilly was working within the four-square walls of a boxed horoscope. Tight and limited. The horoscopes he cast looked like architectural plans of little jail cells or the smallest of rooms. Was he also fencing himself in with his view of what constituted reality? He is notable among astrologers for risking prison, rounded up as a fanatic – which astrologers, increasingly, were labelled as the politics in Britain changed. Did Lilly World make it so? For all his belief that the individual had room to move in God’s horary universe, the fact that he was persecuted raises pertinent questions about the man’s philosophy. Lilly’s churchgoing matters in this context. So does prayer. So does the devil!
LILLY, SEX, DEATH AND MONEY
The twelve zodiac signs today are interpreted pretty broadly. Scorpio, for example (if the astrologer is doing her job) is really about the rulership of Pluto and the Eighth House. So, it’s about power. It’s about finance. It’s about sex and death. Yet – there are many ways of playing it. Bill Gates is a Sun Scorpio who uses his wealth to partner with his wife Melinda in a charity designed to preserve life. Lilly could never have done that in the 1600’s.
Lilly cast Scorpio as deceitful, malevolent, treacherous and violent. This was pretty childish stuff – he was essentially trying to attack his enemy John Gadbury, who had (wait for it) Scorpio Rising. A Scorpio ascendant. (And that’s if his birth time was even correctly recorded). Today we might talk about projection. Lilly had Saturn in Scorpio, after all. Perhaps it was too much for him to live with, after the grim affair of his loveless wife Ellen Whitehaire and the undoubted cashing-in on the execution of King Charles I. Maybe Gadbury with his rather flimsy Scorpio ascendant became the screen for all that Lilly could not live with, within himself. Here, in this part of London, Lilly saw off his rivals…
To give Lilly his due, the Taurus-Scorpio combination in his horoscope also helped him wrestle with those time-honoured issues of astrology and salary. With his Sun and Venus in practical, down-to-earth Taurus, he put a firm price on his work and made sure that stargazing was developed as an accessible profession for working people. Women were banned, if they were ever even thought of, but he trained millers, grocers, rope makers, bakers and tailors along with academics. This remains one of his greatest achievements, that he took an oddball career path like horoscope-casting and gave it a niche.
It may have been women’s fault that so few females took up the profession. One of the very few was Sarah Jinner whose almanac appeared in 1658. She thought that the transit of Venus in Scorpio might bring the pox. She also thought cinnamon would be good for fertility and red bull’s sizzle (penis) for women who were over-sexed. This is all a very long way from Caroline Herschel in 1781 turning herself into an astronomer, who would ultimately be hired by King George III. Close your eyes and just imagine, in this historic part of London – the Strand.
THE GREAT FIRE – THE GROWING IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY
The prediction that made William Lilly world-famous, and rightly so, was expressed as an engraving. It was a hieroglyphic predicting the Great Fire of London in 1666 and he had published it in 1651. One of his boxed-in, square horoscopes is seen next to Gemini the Twins, upside-down in the heavens, burning in a great fire, which people are failing to put out.
If you take the image apart today you can also see Aquarius hidden in the coded engraving. The men are water-bearers. They are also in a group; a community. This is about people power in the face of something greater in the heavens – a terrible transit of Gemini, perhaps, or a transit affecting the sign of Gemini.
It is typical of astrology that Uranus, only found in 1781, and Chiron, only found in 1977, were both conjunct in Aquarius on the day of the Great Fire. For all the attention paid to Gemini the twins dangling over the fire, it is Aquarius (literally) the water-bearer who makes an appearance down below.
Pluto, only found in 1930, was in Gemini at 28 degrees. There was a very wide trine, then, between Uranus and Chiron in Aquarius and Pluto in Gemini. They were six or seven degrees apart. Even without dragging in the horoscopes for London or the United Kingdom, this is a statement made in the horoscope of ‘the times’ in 1666 which is remarkable and rare.
In fact, the Great Fire was to transform London and its lines of communication, as well as the value it placed on the group – the community. Fires could only be put out by groups working as a team. Those groups had to trust each other. They were friends. Brotherhoods of men willing to risk their lives to help their neighbour, but in turn their neighbours would help them. That fire burned not far from where you are walking now, along the Strand, in the direction of Fleet Street, the next stop on the walk.
This Aquarian imagery in the famous etching of the dangling twins, with the water-bearers below, is an interesting angle on the life of Lilly. Beyond God, you had your friends.
ELIAS ASHMOLE AND THE ART OF FRIENDSHIP
The Great Fire of London began on 2nd September 1666. As with all Lilly’s predictions, it involved him. His own house on the Strand narrowly escaped and his great friend Elias Ashmole made hurried plans to save an oil painting of William, with other possessions. I am sure you can also see the Aquarius-Gemini statement there. Lilly had published his prediction (Gemini) but in the end it was his friendship with Elias (Aquarius) that went on the line.
King Charles II asked for an investigation once the fire was over. Some remembered that not only was London a Gemini city, founded or born with the Sun in the sign of the twins – Lilly had also clearly alluded to it in his engraving, 15 years before. Worse, there were (wrong) allegations he had published a horoscope article suggesting that the Full Moon of 3rd September might be a good day for plotting and planning.
LILLY AND HIS OWN FATE AND FORTUNE
On 25th October 1666, Lilly was called in to face a special parliamentary committee not far from where you are today, near his home site on the Strand. The Sun was in Scorpio, natch. Had Lilly once again boxed himself into a prison of his own projections? The sign of deceit, malevolence, treachery and violence (in Lilly’s view) was now the horoscope home of the Autumn Sun, over London. It was also crossing that Taurus-Scorpio axis in his own birth chart. The two signs most associated with values. Deciding what you will, or will not, sell your soul for. What will you do for money, honey? – in modern parlance. Did Lilly get what he saw? He saw it when he believed it. He believed it, so he saw it.
Lilly claimed the Great Fire had been the finger of God. His great friend Elias Ashmole saved him. Had he been found responsible for starting the fire, he would have hung. “It was only the finger of God, but what instruments he used thereunto, I am ignorant.” He got off.
THE NEW CENSORSHIP – PEOPLE HAVE ENOUGH OF ASTROLOGY
Censorship came in. How could it be otherwise when astrology was a) powerful and b) also attracting charlatans causing havoc with bad predictions? The jaw-dropping truth and accuracy, no matter how grim, of William Lilly’s astrological predictions, suffered as a result of the new censorship. He found his words watered down. Sales plunged. No more predicting the deaths of kings – he had once sold 30,000 almanacs a year, now he was selling 8000. All in all, a classic example of a Scorpio-Taurus opposition being hit by transits of the difficult kind.
Again we come back to the theme of Lilly’s life. He had to make money. He could and did make money. But on what grounds? No wonder the new King was moving in on astrology.
There was more Scorpio business to come when Lilly’s enemy, the astrologer John Gadbury (shown at left) was hauled up for his predictions by the Privy Council. King Charles II himself watched proceedings – incredible proof of how powerful 17th century astrologers were – and asked if Gadbury could predict which prison he would end up in. Lilly had envisioned Scorpio as ‘treacherous’ and the King was now sharing the vision.
Given that the Taurus-Scorpio axis of Lilly’s horoscope was so potent, it is interesting to see where he has ended up in history. He still inhabits the Second House of Taurus and the Eight House of Scorpio, with all their concern with the material and financial world.
THE PLAQUE TODAY – PUTTING LILLY INTO THE MODERN WORLD
I thought it was very funny that Lilly should still have a prime piece of real estate in London when some years ago I was asked, among many other astrologers, to donate money to fund a green plaque bearing his name, to sit on the site of his old Strand corner house. We all gave, of course, and an excellent launch party was had by all. These days, Lilly literally has a corner of one of the world’s most expensive cities, to himself, centuries later. He stands out on The Strand, as he should.
Something Blackledge does not mention in her excellent biography of Lilly, but it really is important – is that the campaign for the plaque was led by a tax-driver, who made sure that William Lilly’s residence was remembered. The push for a plaque was led not by astrologers, but by a London cabbie. It seems 20% of Lilly’s customers were of noble birth, but another 35% were working class. Lilly’s pamphlets, or almanacs, were the magazines of their day and Merlinus Anglicus Junior (‘England’s Little Merlin’) was a penny or tuppence. One in three households read them. Thus, Lilly lived out his Taurus-Scorpio chart in a classically Taurus-Scorpio way.
Elias Ashmole paid for ‘a fair black marble stone’ for William in a church that The Company of Astrologers still visit today, every year, on the anniversary of his death. It has become known as Lilly Day. The church is The Church of St. Mary in Walton-on-Thames. His papers are priceless (Taurus) and in the Ashmolean Museum, which Elias lends his name to, in Oxford.
Lilly’s Taurus-Scorpio stamp on horary astrology remains. One of its leading revivalists, John Frawley, is best-known for his televised betting on football. For many astrologers I know, Lilly’s view of the world – the little square chart – has become a football pitch, writ large. If Manchester United, not to mention Paddy Power, had been part of London life in the 1600’s, that would have been Lilly’s stock in trade – but it’s also true that he went deeper than that. Into the very core of questions about quantum mechanics and the Multiverse. It was Lilly’s world and other people lived in it, in the 1600’s, but why and how?
GOOGLE WALK MAP: LILLY’S HOUSE TO FLEET STREET
Finding Mercury on Fleet Street
135 Fleet Street and Surrounds – EC4Y 1JU
Walking on from William Lilly’s house site on The Strand you will make your way to Fleet Street, the traditional home of the London media and naturally – the home of Mercury the messenger of the Gods. It’s about 11 minutes from Lilly’s green plaque to The Daily Telegraph Building, also known as Peterborough House. Look up to see Mercury!
This sculpture of the Roman archetype which symbolises one of astrology’s best-known planets, is an Art Deco classic at the building to be found at 135 to 141 Fleet Street, designed by Charles Elcock and opened in 1928. This was where The Daily Telegraph used to be published. Read more about it here at The Londonist.
The idea of Mercury the messenger being ‘fleet-footed’ with wings on his sands is at home here. In fact, if one planet can be said to rule this part of London it is Mercury. You will find The Beano and The Dandy here (published by D.C. Thomson). There are eight courts dotted around Fleet Street with plaques laid into the pavement celebrating the printing industry which once flourished in this part of London. The Express Building and Stationers’ Hall Court are also here. East of Fleet Street you will find the courtyard of Stationer’s Hall, between Ludgate Circus and St. Paul’s Cathedral. This is where The Astrological Lodge of London held its Astrologers’ Feast with (appropriately enough) two former Elle magazine astrologers making the speeches – Jessica Adams and Bernard Fitzwalter – and author (and Lodge President) Kim Farnell at the helm. Another familiar face from the Lodge, Julian Venables (one of the astrologers helping to co-create The London Astrology Walk) actually has ancestry at The Stationers’ Guild – he is descended from Mayor Venables, lately of the British printing trade!
Also in the area – you can find Punch Tavern, in celebration of the old Punch magazine. St. Bride’s, the ‘journalists’ church.’ Reuters was at 85 Fleet Street. The Sunday Times has a history at 4 Salisbury Court. The Daily Mail came out of Northcliffe House. The Sun came out of Bouverie Street.
From Mercury to W.B. Yeats at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, 145 Fleet Street
Everyone knows Yeats is the most famous poet, playwright, journalist and author Ireland ever produced. This Nobel prizewinner was also fascinated by astrology and Tarot – the mystical life – and mediumship too. There is a very good download about this side of Yeats here in the journal Culture and Cosmos, in an article by Elizabeth Heine. The Tarot cards so many people love and use today, created by Pamela Colman Smith and Arthur Waite, from The Golden Dawn, are with us partly because of Yeats. He inducted Pamela, the artist, into this famous secret society. Now, you will be walking to the gathering place for another one of Yeats’s societies: The Rhymers Club.
YEATS THE ASTROLOGER AND POET
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese was rebuilt after The Great Fire of London of 1666, predicted by William Lilly, who lived a short walk away – as you’ve just seen. In fact, there has been a pub on this site at 145 Fleet Street since 1538. The Rhymers’ Club was a group of London poets, dating from 1890, involving Ernest Rhys as well as astrologer Yeats. They produced an anthology of poetry in 1892 and again in 1894.
William Butler Yeats was married to an expert horoscope hobbyist and his uncle, George Pollexfen, loved astrology too. Yeats did not rate himself as an astrologer, but today we would disagree. He was a Sun Gemini born on 13th June 1865. This pub is a lovely place for a quiet drink or a really outstanding lunch. Don’t miss the basement – it is full of shadows and memories. A proper watering hole for an old Irish astrologer. Now, walk on to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Perhaps after lunch!
GOOGLE WALK MAP: Ye Old Cheshire Cheese to St. Paul’s Cathedral
St. Paul’s Cathedral and Bracken House
This is an approximate seven-minute walk via Fleet Street and Ludgate Hill. You will be visiting a mysterious part of London – inside the Christian tour de force that is St. Paul’s Cathedral you will also find the Moon of the Freemasons, whose symbolism involves a great deal of astrology.
St. Paul’s needs no introduction, but visit the Crypt to see the tomb of Horatio Nelson with a mosaic made by women prisoners at Woking Gaol in the 19th century. A Moon surrounded by stars. But what does it mean? Clues here,
After leaving St. Paul’s Cathedral with all its mysteries, you will find a little more astrology on the opposite side of the road. It is time to look at Bracken House.
It was built between 1955 and 1958 on a cleared Second World War bomb site. It is best known as the headquarters of The Financial Times. In fact, the stone was pink, to match the pink hues of the paper it was printed on. You can find more about this restored building here.
“Perhaps the most characteristic and enigmatic feature of all is the astronomical clock adorning the facade. Famously featuring the face of Winston Churchill as a kind of Thomas the Tank Engine sun-god amid the symbols of the zodiac, it looks as strange and eccentric as ever. Brendan Bracken, founder of the modern FT, had helped Churchill along in his political career and was in turn made the wartime minister of information in 1941. It has been suggested that his sharing of the initials of Orwell’s Big Brother was no coincidence (the novel’s protagonist was, of course, called Winston). The clock was designed by artist Frank Dobson and clockmakers Thwaites & Reed, who are still around and claim to be the oldest clock manufacturers in the world. They made the clock for Horse Guards Parade (1756) and for luxury food retailer Fortnum & Mason (1964).”
Look up and interpret the horoscope, if you dare!
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