Forman, Simon

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Forman, Simon Gender: M
born on 31 December 1552 Jul.Cal. (10 Jan 1553 greg.) at 21:54 (= 9:54 PM )
Place Quidhampton, England, 51n05, 1w50
Timezone LMT m1w50 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Harvey
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 20°30' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 00°33 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 21°51'

Simon Forman (circa 1611)


British celebrated conjurer and self-taught physician who was known for brewing exotic potions. Lilly wrote that he was a chandler's son in the city of Westminster and an accomplished amateur astrologer. With a notable sexual appetite, he left a reputation equal to that of other historic lovers and was said to have pressed himself upon near every women he met. Forman himself wrote of his conquests in his diaries, showing as little regard for the background of his inamoratas as for the location of consummation. Many of his clients provided brief affairs. He wrote of having his first sex with his beloved on 12/15/1593, 5:00 PM, London. She died 6/13/1597, and he married Anne 7/22/1599. (OS dates)

Forman did develop a respectable medical practice over the years as well as that of a caster or horoscopes. His diaries give a first-hand record of visits to the London theatres including details of the performances, and picture the London of his day as well as his salacious personal life.

The day before his death, in 1611* he predicted the event the next afternoon and rowed out upon the river to await it. Grabbing his chest he shouted "infarction" to his wife and died of a heart attack.

  • The original AstroDatabank entry gave 1602 as year of death; source unknown.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Relationship : First Sex 15 December 1593 Jul.Cal. (25 Dec 1593 greg.) at 5:00 PM in London (First lover)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Death of Significant person 13 June 1597 Jul.Cal. (23 June 1597 greg.) (First lover died)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Relationship : Marriage 22 July 1599 Jul.Cal. (1 Aug 1599 greg.) (Anne)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Death by Heart Attack 1611 (Age 58)

Source Notes

Martin Harvey in Nativitas I quotes Forman's autobiography and diary, (December 31, 1552 OS, 9:45PM sundial time.) He states that Forman gave his own nativity, "Simon Foreman the Sonn of Maria and Wilim. borne 1552 Saturn post merid at 45 mite post 9. sub latitud 51.30.31, 31 decebr."

Biography: A.L. Rowse, "Simon Forman, Sex and Society in Shakespeare's Age," 1974.

Biography: Judith Cook, "Dr Simon Forman: A Most Notorious Physician."

Biography: Barbara Howard Traister, "The Notorious Astrological Physician of London: Works and Days of Simon Forman," 250 pp, University of Chicago Press


  • Passions : Sexuality : Extremes in quantity (Great appetite)
  • Vocation : Medical : Physician
  • Vocation : Occult Fields : Astrologer
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer (Diaries)