Shelley, Percy Bysshe

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Shelley, Percy Bysshe Gender: M
born on 4 August 1792 at 22:00 (= 10:00 PM )
Place Horsham, England, 51n04, 0w21
Timezone LMT m0w21 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 13°04' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 15°05 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 01°38'

Percy Bysshe Shelley


British writer known as one of the greatest lyric poets of the English Romantic age, a writer of delicate beauty.

The son of a country gentleman, Shelley entered Eton College in 1804. He was a good student but socially a nonconformist, he rebelled against a system which made the younger boys do the menial work. Throughout his life, he despised tyranny. By the time he entered Oxford, 1811, he had already published two bad horror novels. After five months in Oxford, he was expelled for writing a pamphlet, "The Necessity of Atheism." His dad had not recovered from this shock when Shelley eloped with Harriet Westbrook, the daughter of a former coffeehouse-keeper.

For the next two years, Shelley and his wife lived a wandering life, living on a small family allowance. Harriet was not Shelley's intellectual equal and affection waned. Shelley believed that the law against divorce of a loveless couple was "intolerable tyranny" and on 28 July 1814, left his wife and eloped with Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin. He had met the 16-year-old girl several years prior when attending discussions at the home of her parents, who were both social reformers and well ahead of their time. In the company of his friend Lord Byron and Mary's stepsister, Claire, they traveled across Europe, settling in Italy.

He and Mary had three children, none of whom survived.

In 1816, his first wife committed suicide; he was denied custody of their children because he was an atheist; however, he and Mary were married immediately.

Shelley regarded social reform as his life's work, believing that man could aim for perfection and that love had the power to transform society. An idealist, he felt that earthly beauty was only the shadow of spiritual beauty. During the last five years of his life he produced his finest work.

On 8 July 1822, he and a friend, Edward Williams were out boating when a sudden squall came up. They were run down by a larger vessel which overturned their yacht during the violent storm and Shelley died at circa 1:00 PM in Viareggio, Italy.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • friend relationship with Byron, Lord (born 22 January 1788)
  • spouse relationship with Shelley, Mary (born 30 August 1797). Notes: Happy very
  • has other family relationship with Imlay, Fanny (born 14 May 1794). Notes: sister-in-law
  • (has as) student relationship with Perk, Jacques (born 10 June 1859). Notes: The "puer" Perk was inspired by Shelley's individualistic and tragic romantic poetry.


  • Social : Begin a program of study 1804 (Eton College)
  • Social : Begin a program of study 1811 (Oxford)
  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 28 July 1814 (Eloped with Mary Godwin)
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  • Death of Mate 1816 (First wife committed suicide)
  • Death by Accident 8 July 1822 (Traumatic boating accident, age 29)
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Source Notes

The birth time of 10 pm was discovered by Jean Overton Fuller, the author of a biography on Shelley (Jonathan Cape. 1968, 336 pages). Starkman quotes an article by her that was published in Astrology (Editor Ronald Davison) vol 40 Nr.3 October 1966.

"… I came suddenly upon data as authentic as could be wished: a letter from Shelly's father to the family solicitor, Whitton, saying that his son Percy Bysshe had been born at 10.00 in the evening (of August 4th 1792) and that, in case he should die before he could be got to church for baptism, he had had the Rector come and baptize him at the house, which was done at 11.00 the same evening."

Fuller used the time 9.55 pm LMT with 29 Aries rising.

Starkman rectified it to 22.16.56 LMT

(Formerly, Alan Leo in Modern Astrology 1/1897 gave 4:59 PM.)

Sy Scholfield cites mother's bible quoted in "Art and Auctions, Volume 1" (Van Kouteren, 1957), p. 402: "SHELLEY FAMILY BIBLE, engraved title, plates, The Bible of Lady Shelley, mother of Shelley the poet, with her name 'Elizabeth Shelley, Field Place, 1792', on first fly-leaf, on the following two pages are inscribed particulars of the birth and baptism of her seven children starting with Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1792 and ending with John Shelley in 1806... The first manuscript entry reads 'Percy Bysshe Shelley was born August 4th 1792 at 10 o'clock p.m., privately baptised at 11 o'clock the same night by J. Woodward, Rector of West Grinstead.'"


  • Traits : Personality : Idealist (Nonconformist)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Accident/Injury (Drowned, squall)
  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (four younger sisters, younger brother)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Mary Shelley)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Traumatic event (First wife insane, a suicide)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (five)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids -Traumatic event (Three kids died)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Friends (Lord Byron)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Many moves (Wandered for two years)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Atheist
  • Personal : Death : Short Life less than 29 Yrs (Age 29)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Religion/ Philosophy
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet (Lyric)
  • Vocation : Writers : Sci-Fi/ Fantasy/ Horror (Horror, initially)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book