Friday, 16 May 2014

A tribute to Harold Wigglesworth

Today, the 16th of May 2014, would have been the 100th birthday of Harold Wigglesworth, whose book, the author of The Astrology of Towns & Cities, I recently had the privilege of updating for publication in 2013 - the 40th anniversary year of the original publication. I thought it would therefore be a fitting tribute to provide some background about the man for those who may not be familiar with him.


Harold was born on the 16th of May 1914 (birth time unknown, although we do know that Harold has Scorpio rising) in Waddington, West Yorkshire. The middle son of a village schoolmaster, he trained as a musician at the Royal Manchester College of Music (now the Northern School of Music) after leaving school, where his chosen instrument was the trumpet. Unfortunately, Harold’s musical career was cut short by the outbreak of war. According to his daughter, Sue Findlay:

Unfortunately, thanks to World War 2, he never had the opportunity to make music his profession and after being demobbed he retrained as an accountant, though he never lost his love of music and for several years played in the local brass band. He met his wife, Margaret, when she was evacuated from Coventry and billeted on my grandfather's house. My mother worked for Rover on the jet engine project. They married in 1947 and settled in Clitheroe. They had two children, Susan and Robert.

His interest in astrology was sparked during the late 1950s after borrowing a book about it from the local library. It was to become a subject that he would take very seriously, viewing it, as many did during this period, as a science. He subsequently joined the Astrological Association, contributing several articles to the AA Journal and was a regular correspondent of Martin Harvey, a British astrologer based in Brazil. 

Sue recalls:

Dad always claimed that astrology wasn't fortune telling and that he couldn't tell people with any degree of certainty what would happen in their future but that the natal position of planets gave a fair indication of what might occur in a person's life and how they would react to a situation. I have to say, speaking from a personal point of view, he was always spot on.

His enthusiasm for the subject led to the initial publication of the Astrology of Towns & Cities in 1973 after winning the newly created AA Astrological Prize in 1970.

Sue told me that:

He was delighted when his Astrology of Towns and Cities was published as he'd put a great deal of effort into the research necessary, all of which was done in the pre-computer age.
Sadly, Harold passed away of a heart attack in 1983, his wife, Margaret, following ten years later, in 2013. He is survived by his two children, Sue and Robert.

The timing of these publications, is therefore rather fitting: the print version coming out in September 2013; and the Kindle/eBook versions in March 2014.

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