11th July 1603. A Polymath of his Time.

A Date with History

Astrology has continued to hold its influence throughout the centuries, despite Augustine of Hippo’s warning to avoid astrologers and mathematici (divination).

One of its followers, born Today in 1603, was the eccentric natural philosopher, Sir Kenelm Digby whose many interests encompassed what were later known as the ‘six follies of science’. (1)

These included, the squaring of the circle, perpetual motion, the philosopher’s stone, magic, astrology, and the elixir of life. These earned him intermittent derision among his peers with Diarist, John Evelyn describing Digby as a ‘teller of strange tales’.

Picture by Anthony Van Dyck c 1640 of Digby.

Digby lived at a time when scientific enquiry had not settled down in a disciplined way; one of his notions was his ‘Powder of Symptoms’, a ‘Sympathetic Magic’ potion usually applied in accord with the appropriate astrological signs, but daubed not on the injury, but the cause.

However from the mid-17thc time…

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