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Booker, John

( Outstanding English astrologer.)

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Biography Booker, John
(24.03.1601, 8:10 (according to Booker himself, in others. sources of 23.03.1603), Manchester - 8.04.1667)
Initially, he was sent to training to the merchant haberdasher in London, then worked as a teacher of penmanship in Hadley and clerk for two members of the city magistrate. Soon, however, B. become a professional astrologer, fascinated from an early age. The first issue of its annual astrological almanac, which B. gave a sonorous name "Telescopium uranium", came in in 1631, Mr.. B. quickly gained fame for its prediction of solar eclipse deaths Palatine and King Gustav Adolf (Wed. prediction of Tycho Brahe). Shortly thereafter, he was appointed censor of "mathematical" (ie, apparently, astrological) books. In 1640, Mr.. William Lilly called B. "the greatest and most perfect astrologer in the world", but changed his mind when BA in performing their duties censors, made a number of "inappropriate reductions in Lilly's almanac" Merlin "as a result of editing it, according to a whim". But soon their relationship once again improved, and Lilly admitted that B. always had an amazing ability to astrological analysis of theft. Around the same time, B. waged a bitter dispute with Sir Dzh.Uortonom, which caused the publication of several brochures. One of the most important works of B. in this period was "Bloody Irish Almanack" ( "Bloody Irish Almanac"), containing not only the astrological judgments, but also a number of important historical details of the Irish povstannya.

In "Bloody anthology (London, 1643) B. undertook the development of global chronology, based at the numerological and astrological calculations. The basis of its historical periodization was laid number 7. B. pointed out that Christ had been baptized at 29 years (the return of Saturn), and crucified seven years later, at age 36. He also used a 245-year period, based on the text of Revelation, which speaks about the 7 Angels, who blew their 7 pipe 7 times - on the assumption B, it is a symbolic event occurred 5 times (7h7h5 = 245). Using this system, B. calculated that the Day of Resurrection will happen in 1786, Mr.. (three years before the French Revolution). B. combined a specified cycles with 6000-year period, related to six days a week, and held a number of other calculations based on the Book of Daniel.

After the Restoration B. hodaystvoval to continue the publication of his anthology (apparently, by this time he was no longer censor). In 1664, Mr.. He published "Tractatus Paschalis, or a Discourse cocerning the Holy Feast of Easter" ( "Easter treatise or argument on the feasts of Easter"). B. died in 1667, Mr.. from dysentery, after three years of disease. As said Lilly, B. leave a memory, "a very honest man, who abhorred any deceit in science, which he was engaged in". This characteristic of the individual B. confirmed by his extensive correspondence, preserved in a museum in Oxford Eshmoula. After the death of B. Eshmoul bought from the heirs of his books and papers for 140 pounds and found his grave slab with an epitaph.

Books "The Dutch Fortune Teller" and "The History of Dreams", published under the name B. after his death, apparently, are not written them.

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