Flare Publications was formed in 1996 by Frank Clifford to publish astrology and palmistry books, as well as bring these subjects to businesses and media events. Its authors and staff are professional consultants and teachers, most of whom are available for corporate events, seminars, lectures and parties. Please contact us by post, telephone or email: Flare Publications, c/o BCM Planets, London WC1N 3XX. Tel: +44 (0) 20 8402 7772. Email: Click here to email.
Astrologer • Palmist • Lecturer • Consultant • Author • Columnist • Publisher • Editor
An independent, creative force in the astrological community for a quarter of a century, 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 30 books and booklets • as a reseacher 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 ten 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 (see picture below, left). Previous winners include Liz Greene, Robert Hand, Dennis Elwell, Melanie Reinhart and Deborah Houlding.
An astrologer and palmist since age 16, 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 that same year. A paperback version of the most recent edition (2003), with hundreds of chart wheels (Placidus), quotes from celebrities and the astrological signs of entertainers, is available from various bookshops or online from Amazon and www.flareuk.com. Later, in 2009, his Astrologer's Book of Charts was published.
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 by Garry Phillipson, The Contemporary Astrologer's Handbook by Sue Tompkins (2007), 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 Using Astrology to Create a Vocational Profile by Faye Cossar and From Symbol to Substance: Training the Astrological Intuition by Richard Swatton.
In 2009, Frank compiled The Astrologer's Book of Charts (available in hardback and paperback formats), and wrote Solar Arc Directions (2011), Getting to the Heart of Your Chart: Playing Astrological Detective (2012) and Horoscope Snapshots (2014). Two booklets on Venus and Mars were reprinted in a single volume, The Astrology of Love, Sex and Seduction, in early 2015, and a handful of other booklets will follow on T-squares, locational astrology, palmistry, and sign combinations. Frank is also working on finishing The Midheaven: Spotlight on Success.
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 did a number of TV and radio shows (from interviews to commenting on the daily newspapers). 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, 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 the modern textbook on the subject, and has been published in five languages (including Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Serbian). A fully revised and expanded edition was published in the USA in 2010. Frank's other book on palmistry, Palm Reading (Hamlyn, 2003) is a unique guide with profiles on love, work and personality for each palm marking and hand shape. It was published in Chinese and Russian. In 2007, cards of these profiles were published. The book has been updated and will be republished as The Frank Guide to Palm Reading. Most years Frank organises the Hand Analysis Conference in London, which brings together some of the top palmists in the country.
In 2004, Frank took over the running of The London School of Astrology (www.londonschoolofastrology.co.uk) from Sue Tompkins, and runs certificate and diploma classes, seminars and residential courses in astrology and palmistry. 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 has also set up an annual Astrology Student Conference (ASC, 2008-) and an occasional Astrology and Music Conference (2009-). Frank lectures all over the UK and was, for a few years, a regular guest tutor on the 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.
edits Lois Rodden's Profiles of Women book; founds Flare Publications; begins writing the astrology column for Candis magazine (March 1997 issue to 2009)
begins Data Plus UK magazine with Sally Davis; publishes British Entertainers: the Astrological Profiles; writes The Clifford Data Compendium for Solar Fire; writes columns and phone lines for Marie Claire; starts writing articles for Astrolore, AA Journal, Transit and Lois Rodden's Data News; appears on various TV shows for live phone-ins; interviewed by The Daily Mirror
continues writing astrology columns and phonelines
publishes The Essentials of Hand Analysis booklet; publishes Shorthand of the Soul by David Hayward
publishes The Sun Sign Reader by Joan Revill, The Draconic Chart by Rev. Pamela Crane, Astrology in the Year Zero by Garry Phillipson; plus two astrology booklets Mars and Venus; revises The Clifford Data Compendium
signs a book deal with Rider (Random House) and begins writing Palmistry 4 Today; begins lecturing in astrology with an evening talk to the Royal Overseas League
Palmistry 4 Today is published by Rider; lectures at the LSE, Olympia and astrology groups; profiled in The Guardian; interviewed on various BBC radio stations; works with Universal Studios
foreign versions of Palmistry 4 Today are published in Dutch and Spanish; signs a book deal with Hamlyn; lectures at the Inner Potential Centre and begins co-running the Bromley Astrological Association (until 2007); interviewed on various radio shows and by The Sun newspaper wanting to know the whereabouts of then-missing Saddam Hussein!
takes over The London School of Astrology and lectures at various astrology groups, Sussex Downs College and the AA Conference; teaches his first annual palmistry course; starts writing for Reveal magazine, plus various online sites including Astrodatabank; Italian version of Palmistry 4 Today is published; Hamlyn publishes Palm Reading; interviewed for the Serbian astrology magazine Astrologos; appears twice on Sky One's Russell Grant Show; begins working with singer-songwriter Sarah Jane Morris on media projects and promotional work
continues as astrologer to Reveal magazine (until 2007); writes for the US magazine Quick & Simple (until December 2006); begins to work with the SSPP/Life Patterns Society (until 2007); begins a regular teaching slot on the Psychology Course for London Metropolitan University; profiled in The Daily Mirror; contributes a foreword to one of his favourite books, Lunar Shadows II, by Dietrech Pessin (republished in 2010 as Lunar Shadows III)
edits and publishes The Contemporary Astrologer's Handbook by Sue Tompkins, and Jupiter and Mercury: An A to Z by Paul Wright; lectures at the AA Conference; begins the first annual Hand Analysis Conference; asked to appear on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here UK show; writes for Vision magazine; is interviewed for a TV documentary on the comedy show Little Britain; fundraises with Make Some Noise for Great Ormond Street Hospital; profiled in The Daily Express
publishes The Twelve Houses by Howard Sasportas; Palm Reading cards are published; lectures at the AA Conference; organizes the Life Patterns Society Conference and edits/writes their newsletter; interviewed by the Oxford University Press as a subject for their EFL courses on DVD; interviewed for the TV documentary on Danny Boyle's feature film Sunshine
writes two articles for The Mountain Astrologer (including a cover story on President Obama), a new column for The Astrological Journal, Soul and Spirit magazine and the Forturi website; writes course material for the Mayo School; is interviewed for and featured in The High-Heeled Guide to Enlightenment by Alice Grist (pub. date Autumn 2009); interviewed on Norwegian radio; lectures at UAC (Denver) and the AA Conference; co-founds The Astrology Student Conference; launches a Facebook site for the LSA
publishes The Astrologer's Book of Charts; begins writing for the ISAR Journal; revises and publishes Palmistry 4 Today; organizes the first Astrology and Music Conference with Wendy Stacey of the Mayo School of Astrology; lectures in Amsterdam for Faye Cossar's school and at Hakan Kirkoglu's school in Turkey with Melanie Reinhart; lectures at various other conferences and returns to Sue Dibnah's school in Hull; begins a post-Diploma study group at the LSA
begins a regular column for The Mountain Astrologer (Horoscope Detective); lectures in Turkey and celebrates the Uranus ingress into Aries in a hot air balloon!; publishes two booklets: Astro Mind Maps (Kim Farley) and 101 Questions for the Student Astrologer (Jane Struthers); co-publishes Flare ebooks with a leading publisher (Feber & Faber) and Flare books are published in various languages; lectures at various conferences and groups including ones in the Midlands, Devon, Edinburgh and Glasgow; lectures at the College of Psychic Studies with Robin Lown and gives a double-session talk at the Astrological Lodge; writes an article on the history of data collection for the NCGR Journal; creates The Astrologers' Booklist with Alice Ekrek and project manages an article on Derek Bird both for The Astrological Journal; records a podcast on The Astrology of Humour for The Astrology Show
publishes a small volume Solar Arc Directions in spring and writes a textbook for students and astrologers, Getting to the Heart of Your Chart, in the autumn/winter; is invited to give consultations at the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath and lectures at Ston Easton Park Hotel; organizes the 6th Annual Palmistry Conference and 4th Astrology Student Conference; returns to lecture in Edinburgh and Glasgow and, with Wendy Stacey, is the guest speaker at the Bolton Conference; to promote two new books, he lectures across the UK; attends Deborah Houlding's Horary Course in Scotland; continues to write for The Mountain Astrologer (including a feature article on Republican presidential candidates), The ISAR Journal and The Astrological Journal, and contributes a piece on Shadow Transits for www.noeltyl.com; starts a new Palmistry beginners' course at the LSA in the autumn; continues to see clients and teach students at the LSA
begins the year teaching Solar Arc, the Midheaven, and chart synthesis at the FAA Conference in Melbourne; his piece on the history of data collecting (already published in The Astrological Journal, The ISAR Journal and The NCGR Journal) is posted on Deborah Houlding's Skyscript website; his textbook Getting to the Heart of Your Chart is published in April and follows his first 'webinar' on the same subject (with the Mayo School of Astrology); April also sees the publication of From Symbol to Substance by Richard Swatton and a first book from Faye Cossar, Using Astrology to Create a Vocational Profile, and a collection of essays on astrology by 14 'new generation' authors (Astrology: The New Generation), which is launched at UAC in May, where Frank talks on Pluto: A History and Biography of America; in August, Frank lectures again in Istanbul; in September, Frank opens the Astrological Association Conference with a plenary on Speaking Your Chart. That night he is given The Charles Harvey Award for Exceptional Service to Astrology. He also gives a webinar on Solar Arcs for the Mayo School, and an online class to a palmistry group in Amsterdam. In December Frank gives various newspaper and TV interviews while teaching in China, where the Press dub him 'the Dean of the Harry Potter School'!
in February, Frank launches a blog in Chinese on Weibo, and the long-awaited revision of The Draconic Chart by Pamela Crane is published; Skyscript publishes Frank's article on T-squares; in April, Frank gives sixteen lectures, tutorials and seminars in the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, and interviews a group of Australian actors for a forthcoming book; in May he gives his first ever seminar for the renowned Centre for Psychological Astrology; Frank is the first Guest Editor of The Mountain Astrologer for their June/July issue; in August Frank travels to Philadelphia to lecture at the NCGR Conference, and will spend part of December in Bali teaching palmistry
in January, Frank travels to China, Japan and Australia (the FAA Conference in Hobart, Tasmania) to teach at various schools and conferences; in February (and again in May), he gives an online webinar for Tony Howard's Astrology University, and later that month teaches again for the CPA (both talks are on Awkward Planetary Combinations, the topic of his new series of articles for The Mountain Astrologer); in March, The Mountain Astrologer's special Music Issue (April–May) is published, with Frank once again acting as Guest Editor; Frank gives an online webinar for the Mayo School and a two-part Palmistry course in March; Frank celebrates 25 years in astrology and 10 years running the LSA by arranging a special boat trip on the Thames with 100 friends and current/former students; from May to September he teaches in Amsterdam, in London the Summer Skies/Astrology Student Conference, in Warsaw for the first time, in Birmingham, online for Breaking Down the Borders, at the AA Conference and Astrological Lodge (giving the prestigious Carter Memorial Lecture), and Phoenix, Arizona, for the ISAR Conference. In September he publishes Horoscope Snapshots: Essays in Modern Astrology, a collection of 18 essays (some are new and others are from various publications). Towards the end of the year, Frank lectures on Palmistry at the LSA, on consultations at the Lodge, again for the CPA, and online for Breaking Down the Borders, and returns to his friends in Preston to give a talk for the annual Norther Lights Christmas Lunch.
in January, Frank's Carter Memorial Lecture is published by new editor Victor Olliver in The Astrological Journal and his article with Samuel Reynolds on the astrology of Alex Haley and Roots is published in The Mountain Astrologer; in January Frank will present the very first lecture (a tribute to Dennis Elwell and his Carter Memorial Lecture) of the Astrological Lodge's Centenary year celebrations, and give an online talk for the Mayo School on the social and outer planets in the modern world.
Upcoming publications: Love, Sex and Attraction (booklet with Fiona Graham), Astrology Compendium (4 new booklets in one volume), Planetary Types & Signs in Combination.
Selected upcoming lectures (see full list on Events page): Online Webinar for Astrology University (February), West Coast USA Lecture Tour (early 2015), London, England (15 March) for the CPA, online for the Cosmic Intelligence Agency (April 2015), Oslo, Norway (May 2015), Seattle, Washington (for NORWAC, May 2015), Australia (January 2016), and Bolton, England (April 2016). Email the office for exact dates and details.