And A Happy New Year….

As the New Year starts we all wonder what is in store for us in the coming months. However, if this was the year 1642 we wouldn’t have to speculate, we would know, if we had ‘a new Almanacke and Prognostication, for the yeare of our Lord God, 1642’ as produced by Nathanael Nye, Practitioner of Astronomy (ref 241942 ).

Nathanael Nye

Nathanael Nye

Nathanael Nye was a Birmingham lad, baptised at St Martin’s Birmingham on 18th April 1624. His ‘Almanacke’ was ‘Calculated exactly for the faire and populous Towne of Birmicham in Warwickshire, where the Pole is elevated above the Horizon 52 degrees, and 38 minutes, and may serve for any part of this Kingdome.’

Well, that would be good to know, along with the prospect of ‘Very cold and some wind’ around the 15th January, a bit of ‘Frost’ around the 18th and so on.

These little books were annual publications which advised upon the weather, astronomical details such as the times of the rising and setting of the sun, phases of the moon and the places of the planets throughout the year, the various Saints’ days you wouldn’t want to miss and much more. There is even an informative little guide to parts of the body as governed by the signs of the zodiac ….handy!

'A new Almanacke and Prognostication, for the yeare of our Lord God, 1642’ as produced by Nathanael Nye, Practitioner of Astronomy (ref 241942 ).

‘A new Almanacke and Prognostication, for the yeare of our Lord God, 1642’ as produced by Nathanael Nye, Practitioner of Astronomy (ref 241942 ).

Pages from Nye's Almanacke

Pages from Nye’s Almanacke

Not only did Nye’s talents lie in astronomy, he also dabbled in arithmetic, theoretical mathematics and cartography. He was very handy with a canon (well, there was a Civil War going on) and was a master gunner for the Parliamentarian garrison at Evesham in 1645 and orchestrated the artillery at the siege of Worcester in 1646 where his mathematical prowess no doubt came to the fore.

Pages from Nye's Almanacke

Pages from Nye’s Almanacke

 

His ‘Almanacke’ finishes with this:

‘O what a pleasure was it to survay,

Natures chiefe work, the Heavens, there we may

View the alternate courses of the Sunne,

The sacred Chariots, how the World doth runne,

The Moones bright orb, when she’s attended by

Those scattered Stars, whose light adornes the Sky.’

 

So, whatever the New Year brings, I think we should adopt a little of Nathanael Nye’s philosophy. Look to the sky, fingers crossed and hope for the best!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Judy Dennison                  January 2015

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2 responses to “And A Happy New Year….

  1. thank you for that. I am looking up to the sky, we are lucky, the sun is shining the white clouds are fluffy the blue is bright, the grass is white with frost,

  2. Wouldn’t the Puritan Parliament have ‘issues’ with these publications? Pagan not Biblical prophecy ?

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