The Conjuror’s Magazine
Vol 2 No 22 (May 1793) pp.404-6.
The B. of these muted scraps is
a shadow of the former would-be magus. The second is the
only one to sound like him, and his interest in the Royal Family shows up in
other CM articles.
BY OUR CORRESPONDENT B.
FROM the Duchess of York’s being represented in one of her portraits,
looking steadily on her hands, the painter seems to insinuate in her Highness,
what is well known to be very prevalent among the Prussians, a passion for
chiromancy, or divination by the hand. Her royal father has been celebrated as
an illuminé, and there is great affinity between the characters.
The Princess Royal is said to be a deep student in
astrology; in which she perseveres, notwithstanding the advice of Mr. Best to
It will be difficult to disprove a moral connection between
the different parts of any system, if one that is physical be allowed: every wheel
in a clock has its meaning, as well as its motion and action.
What were the first astronomers? Astrologers.
What were the first physicians? Astrologers.
What were the first law givers? Astrologers.
What were the first Christians, the worshippers of an infant
Such a character as Guido Bonatus Forliviensis must be
useful. Being in Forly, in Italy,
at a time when it was closely besieged, he erected a proper day for Guido, Earl
of Montserrat, to make a sally, rout his enemies, and obtain a compleat victory;
but not without receiving a slight wound on the knee. And that the Earl might
be more assured, Bonatus marched out with him, carrying tow, eggs, and other
necessaries to dress the wound. The event corresponded accurately and fully
with the prediction, for the enemy was vanquished totally, and the Earl wounded
punctually, as foretold—Fulgosii, lib. 8, chap. 11. The English Lilly was not
less happy on the popular side in Cromwell’s time.
Remarkable is the story of Bassianus Caracalla, who, during
his war in Mesopotamia, ordered one of his counsellors at Rome, called Maternianus, to procure a
meeting of all the prophets, astrologers and conjurors, to discover if any
plots or designs were in hand against his person or authority? And Maternianus
finding, by their universal verdict, that one Macrinus, a colonel or tribune,
who had a charge in the field at that very instant, under the Emperor, should
bereave him of his life, sent an account of it by the next dispatch. The messenger
happening to arrive at a time, when the Emperor was exceedingly earnest and
intent at some sport, he commanded this very Macrinus, who stood next at hand,
to open the packet, and inform him of the contents at the time of council. By this means Macrinus, advertised of the contents, and his own danger, though
before the thought had never entered his head, and finding there was no medium
between killing and being killed, made choice of a desperate fellow, who
commanded a company under him, to stab the Emperor as he withdrew from company
to ease nature; and thus established the credit of the Roman Magi.
Anaximander foretold to the Lacedemonians a dangerous and
great earthquake at hand, advising them at the same time, to quit their houses
and the city, and seek for safety in the fields. The earthquake came shortly—ruined
the city of Sparta, and overwhelmed a great part
of Mount Faygetus. However, if Anaximander wished
to gratify any revenge, and obtain the reputation of a prophet at the same
time, we know that this was the exact way to do it with little risque of his
predictions failing; that is, supposing there were any caverns about the
mountain or town; as wetted nitre and sulphur, or much stronger detonating materials, buried in the earth, were fully
adequate to the effect; and, being the author, he could point out the extent
and directions of the havock.
Hippocrates foresaw a dreadful plague among the Greeks long
before it broke out; this also he might have done from physical perspicacity.
And therefore, Lilly, as attested by the notes and journals of
the house of Commons, is a much more illustrious and unequivocal instance of verified
prediction in this line. Among a series of hieroglyphics relative to the English
nation, and to last for many hundreds of years yet to come, published by him in
1651, were two immediately succeeding one the other; the first of which
represented several dead bodies in winding sheets, a church yard with sextons
employed, and cart loads of dead emptying into the graves. The second was a
view of London bridge on both side of the water,
and the city of London
in flames. After the fire, and when Lilly had for some time retired from
business, and lived at Richmond, the house of Commons sent him an order to
attend at their bar; where appearing, the Speaker informed him, that, as he
had, fifteen years before, predicted the plague and fire, the house of commons
wished to ask him, if he could give them any intelligence concerning the cause
or authors of that fire? He answered, that the house might readily believe, that
having predicted it, he had spared no pains to investigate the cause; but that
all his endeavours had been [in]effectual; from whence he was led to attribute
the conflagration to the immediate finger of God.
N. B. What Lilly was unable or unwilling to discover, every
one else has failed in.
I must add, that he has another threatening hieroglyphic
against this city, and this is, the twins, London’s ascendant, falling hand in hand into
flames, which are fed by two men, each pouring on them, out of a jar, a
combustible liquor. On a small turf from the ground is place a regal crown, and
a mole running towards it. The republisher of these hieroglyphics in 1682,
seems judiciously to refer the signification of this last to party disputes and
animosities, as productive of this flaming effect.