Booker, John

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Booker, John Gender: M
born on 24 March 1601 Jul.Cal. (3 Apr 1601 greg.) at 08:13:20 (= 08:13:20 AM )
Place Manchester, England, 53n30, 2w15
Timezone LMT m2w15 (is local mean time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Harvey
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 13°33' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 15°52 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 21°08'


British astrologer, the author of "Bellum Hibernicale," a sober and judicious book and some few other writings.

Born of good parentage, Booker was learned in Latin from youth. He went to London at age 15 to become a haberdasher's apprentice, then a schoolmaster at Hadley's. He was a clerk to one City Alderman then to another through whom he became "well respected of the most eminent citizensons of London, even to his dying day."

Booker studied astrology from childhood, becoming proficient, and famed in 1632 and 1633 for a prediction based on a solar eclipse in 18 Aries that "the king of Bohemia, and Gustave King of Sweden, would die during the effects of the eclipse." He was honest and serious about astrology, in which predictions were his specialty.

In 1643, Parliament appointed him licenser of books on "Mathematicks, Almanacks, and prognostications," which led to his first meeting with Lilly the following year. After an initial competitiveness, they became lifelong friends. In 1646, he met Ashmole, whose wife thereafter asked him horary questions.

In 1667, he was afflicted with dysentery which consumed him to nothing before he died on 4/08 OS. Ashmole bought Hooker's library, giving his widow more than it was worth (140 pounds) as an act of generosity. He left two sons and two daughters.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Gain social status 1632 (Predicted death of two kings)
  • Work : New Career 1643 (Appointed Licensor of Books)
  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 1644 (Lilly)
  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 1646 (Ashmole)

Source Notes

Martin Harvey in Nativitas I quotes Booker's contemporaries and friends Ashmole and Lilly. March 24, 1600/1601 OS, 8:00 AM LAT.

(Ashmole MS. No.243 in the Bodlein Library gives March 23, 1601)

As Patrice Guinard of CURA pointed out, John Gadbury Nativities p.181 shows the chart for 23 March 1601, 20:10 PM, LAT. This translates to 8:10 AM LAT, or 8:13:20 AM LMT on 24 March.

Chart by Gadbury


  • Traits : Personality : Principled strongly (Known as an honest man)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Four, two girls and two boys)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Friends (Ashmole and Lily)
  • Vocation : Business : Clerk/ Typist (City clerk)
  • Vocation : Education : Administrator (Schoolmaster)
  • Vocation : Occult Fields : Astrologer (Pro., respected)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (Renown in his day)