Zadkiel
Pseudonym of Richard James Morrison (1795–1874), one
of the pioneer British astrologers of the nineteenth century. He
was born in London, England, on June 15, 1795. He joined the
navy when only eleven and eventually rose to the rank of lieutenant
by the time of his retirement in 1817. He developed an
interest in astrology in the 1820s and became a friend of Robert
Cross Smith (‘‘Raphael’’) who published Raphael’s Astronomical
Ephemeris. Morrison modeled his own successful Zadkiel’s Almanac,
begun in 1836, on Smith’s work. Morrison calculated
horoscopes for the Prince Consort and the Princess Royal that
were gratefully accepted, but Queen Victoria later expressed
concern about predictions for the Prince Consort, possibly because
they were so accurate as to cause some disquiet.
Morrison’s name made reference to one of the angels in the
Jewish rabbinical legend of the celestial hierarchies. He was the
ruler of Jupiter. Through him pass grace, goodness, mercy,
piety, and munificence, and he bestows clemency, benevolence,
and justice on all.
Sources
Lewis, James R. Astrology Encyclopedia. Detroit Visible Ink
Press, 1994.
Morrison, R. J. An Introduction to Astrology by William Lilly.
1835. Reprint, Hollywood, Calif. Newcastle, 1972.

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