CLASSIC BRITISH ASTROLOGY AUTHORS

In the first half of the Twentieth Century, British astrologers were often at the forefront of our field. Coming from a very scholarly tradition, they explored and added to classical astrological knowledge and greatly influenced astrologers from America and other countries. Here are a few who should not be forgotten.

Though their books are rare by now, AstroAmerica is a good resource for older and out of print books. If you own any of them, hold onto them for dear life, or donate them to the Seattle Metaphysical Library or Kepler College.





E.H. BAILEY: AstroDataBank says that he was a British physician, astrologer, publisher, writer and editor. He edited the British Journal of Astrology. Influenced by Sepharial, he was the author of The Prenatal Epoch, for which he researched hundreds of charts in order to determine the date of conception. He also wrote Astrology: A Recent History, Including the Untold Story of its role in WWII. He was born on November 29, 1876, in Kent, England. ADB rates his rectification of his birth time as 6:20 PM GMT as C. His parents said it was in the morning. He died on June 4, 1959.

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RONALD C. DAVISON: Author of Astrology: The Classic Guide to Understanding Your Horoscope. Long one of the most accessible and popular books on astrology, this classic explains the author’s famous keyword system for interpreting the birth chart. Keywords for each planet in every sign & house give tremendous insights into personal (often unconscious) motivation. Recently rereleased by CRCS in paper. His books also include A Classic Guide to Synastry and Techniques of Prediction, all available at AstroAmerica.

AstroDataBank says he was the British President of the Astrological Lodge of the Theosophical Society in London and edited The Astrology Magazine. As a matter of policy, he rectified every chart by the prenatal epoch. He won the Marc Edmund Jones Award. He was born January 10, 1914 in Bromley, England. His birth information is rated C, his rectification from an approximate time to 8:45 AM GMT. He died on January 21, 1985.

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ISABELLE PAGAN: She was a Scottish astrologer, writer, and interntional lecturer in the early yeats of the Twentieth Century. Like many on this page, she was a Theosophist. She is best remembered for her text, From Pioneer to Poet, published in 1911. AstroDataBank lists the following data, rated A, from her memory. She was born December 12, 1867, at 5:43 PM LMT in Pupar, Scotland, 56N19; 2W58. She died at the age of 93 on July 2, 1960.
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VIVIAN ROBSON: AstroDataBank says, "He was an accomplished and precise mathematician and a professional astrologer, very eclectic and studied. He edited Modern Astrology with Bessie Leo for eleven years." AstroAmerica carries nine of his books total, including Fixed Stars and Astrology and Human Sex Life. His AstroDataBank record says he was born May 26, 1890, at 12:04 PM GMT in Birmingham, England. He died on December 31, 1942.
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SEPHARIAL: (Dr. Walter Gorn-Old) AstroDatabank says he was, "a British journalist and writer of occult and astrological works, a leader in astrological thought for 30 years. He studied the occult from the time he was 16 and later joined the Theosophical movement in 1889. He worked with the society and lived with Madame Blavatsky until her death.

 

 




He introduced the radix system of directions and was the editor of ‘Old Moore’s Monthly Almanac." He was a prolific writer–at least ten of his books are available through AstroAmerica, which also supplied this photograph. He was born on March 30, 1864, at 2:00 AM LMT in Handsworth, England. ADB rates the data A, from his notebook. He died December 23, 1929, in Hove, England.

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