Frank Clifford is an accomplished astrologer, palmist, writer and lecturer who has been immersed in both subjects for over 35 years. He lives just outside London and has run the popular London School of Astrology since 2004. The LSA now has branches online, in China (New Moon) and Japan (ARI). Over 25 years ago, Frank founded a publishing company, Flare, to publish books in the Mind, Body and Spirit field.
Frank lectures internationally (from China, Turkey and Japan, from the USA to Australia and Mexico, and all over Europe), appears at corporate events and parties, and runs a consultation practice. He has been honoured with The Charles Harvey Award (a lifetime honour for "exceptional service to astrology", given to him in 2012) and a writing award (2016) and various nominations (2022) from ISAR and a Regulus nomination for enhancing astrology's Professional Image (2018).
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An independent, creative force in the astrological community, Frank has built an eclectic career in astrology, palmistry and publishing:
• as the writer of a dozen books, including a modern classic on hand analysis
• as a columnist and biographer
• as a Sun sign astrologer for numerous magazines
• as a consultant for clients and businesses
• as a publisher of over 35 books and booklets
• as a researcher and compiler of birth data (including a compendium for Solar Fire)
• as a media astrologer/palmist profiled and interviewed on radio, tv and in print
• as an international lecturer and the Principal of the London School of Astrology where, for the past 20 years, he has been instrumental in bringing a younger generation to astrology.
In September 2012, at the annual Astrological Association Conference, Frank became the thirteenth (and youngest) winner of The Charles Harvey Award for Exceptional Service to Astrology. Previous winners include Liz Greene, Robert Hand, Dennis Elwell, Melanie Reinhart and Deborah Houlding. In 2018, the UAC conference honoured Frank with a Regulus Award nomination for enhancing astrology’s Professional Image.
Frank continues to write features and columns for various magazines, including The Astrological Journal (now edited by Victor OIliver) and he has guest edited over half a dozen issues of The Mountain Astrologer, the world’s leading astrological publication. He has written over one hundred pieces for the Journal and one hundred for TMA. In 2016, ISAR honoured him with a writing award at their conference in Los Angeles, and Frank received two further nominations in 2022 for his work.
An astrologer and palmist since his late teens, Frank began his data collecting work with Lois Rodden, contributing to and editing her Profiles of Women (1995) book and magazine Data News. When Rodden was approached to develop software to house the data collection, Frank suggested she call it ‘Astrodatabank’. His own Clifford Data Compendium first appeared as part of the Solar Fire package in 1997 and was updated in 2000. Frank's first book, British Entertainers: the Astrological Profiles was published in 1997. A paperback version of the third edition (2003), with hundreds of chart wheels (Placidus), quotes from celebrities and the astrological signs of entertainers, is still available from www.flareuk.com. Later, in 2009, his Astrologer’s Book of Charts was published (and revised in 2019).
MARS CONJUNCT JUPITER IN AQUARIUS
In 1996 he founded Flare Publications, and since then Frank has edited and published over two dozen astrology books, including Astrology in the Year Zero (Phillipson, 2000), The Contemporary Astrologer’s Handbook (Tompkins, 2006), and a revised edition of The Twelve Houses by Howard Sasportas (2007), with tribute essays to Sasportas by Liz Greene, Darby Costello, Melanie Reinhart, Laura Boomer-Trent and Erin Sullivan.
Recent titles include Vocational Astrology by Faye Blake (formerly Faye Cossar, 2012, 2017), Kim Farley's Astro Mind Maps (2010, revised edition 2024), and From Symbol to Substance (2012) and The Horary Process (due in 2024), both by Richard Swatton.
Frank has also published his own work: the textbook Getting to the Heart of Your Chart: Playing Astrological Detective (2012, updated 2017 and 2023), and his book of essays Horoscope Snapshots (2014), plus the modern classic Palmistry 4 Today (originally Rider, 2002, Flare 2010), which has sold over 450,000 copies.
Through Flare and the LSA, Frank has also published smaller volumes that have proved popular. These include: Solar Arc Directions (2011), The Astrology of Love, Sex and Attraction (2015), Humour in the Horoscope (2015), The Midheaven: Spotlight on Success (2016) and Dialogues: Tools for the Working Astrologer (with Mark Jones, 2016).
The year 2018 saw the publication of Frank’s forecasting book, The Solar Arc Handbook, and The Book of Music Horoscopes, a collection of over 500 charts and essays from new and leading astrologers that was published to fundraise for astrology students to attend various conferences worldwide. Flare/LSA will launch a new series of teaching volumes from Frank in 2024.
Frank has combined his work as a consultant astrologer with that of Sun sign columnist for magazines such as Marie Claire (UK), Quick and Simple (US), Reveal (UK), and Candis (UK). He has also been profiled in various broadsheets and tabloids, and has contributed to a number of TV and radio shows (from interviews to commenting on the daily newspapers). In April 2019, Hello magazine published a five-page interview with Frank, following a successful trip to Turkey, and in December followed it up with a ten-page spread, which included a Year Ahead forecast for 2020. Both Hello (Turkey) and Elle (China) ran Frank's 2021 forecasts in their December 2020 issues.
His media work has ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous: from being interviewed for documentaries on the BBC comedy Little Britain, the BBC Radio series The Inconstant Moon and the Danny Boyle feature film Sunshine, and working with Oxford University Press and Universal Studios, to being asked by the tabloid The Sun to locate a then-missing Saddam Hussein! In his collection, Frank has a cheque slip from The Sun with the note: ‘For reading Saddam Hussein's parm.’ (Spot the typo!)
Frank is also a well-known palmist (The Guardian newspaper dubbed him the ‘palm reader to the stars’), and his book Palmistry 4 Today (Rider/Random House, 2002) is considered one of the leading modern textbooks on the subject, and has been published in five languages (including Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Japanese). A fully revised and expanded edition was published in 2010, and Frank plans to publish a workbook based on the volume soon. Frank's other book on palmistry, Palm Reading (Hamlyn, 2004) is a unique guide with profiles on love, work and personality for each palm marking and hand shape. It was published in Chinese, Taiwanese and Russian, with over 300,000 copies sold. In 2007, cards of these profiles were published. In 2019, In 2019, Ilex/Octopus republished this best-selling palmistry book (Palm Reading, Hamlyn, 2004) now called The Palm Reading Guide and is also available in Spanish and Dutch. A new US version was released in spring 2024. Every now and then, Frank organises a Hand Analysis Conference in London or online, which brings together some of the top palmists in the country. The most recent was in October 2021.
In 2004, Frank took over the running of The London School of Astrology and offers certificate and diploma classes and seminars in astrology, palmistry and tarot. In 2019, the LSA celebrated 15 years of Frank’s work as Principal of the LSA with its annual Thames boat trip with students and tutors. In 2019, Frank launched the online version of The London School of Astrology, which has since become the leading and largest online astrological school.
The LSA prides itself on inviting an eclectic range of some of the most accomplished astrologers from around the world to give seminars and classes. Frank set up the popular annual Astrology Student Conference (ASC, from 2008 to 2021), an occasional Astrology and Music Conference (from 2009) and the Embracing the Community conference in 2021 with Nadiya Shah.
Frank lectures all over the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and the US, and was, for a few years, a regular guest tutor (introducing hand analysis) on a psychology course at the London Metropolitan University. Frank is an Aries Sun, with Gemini Rising and the Moon in Virgo. His Sun ruler Mars is conjunct Jupiter on the Midheaven in Aquarius. He has been happily married since 2017 and divides his time between homes in London and Monterrey.