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Jim Lewis was one of the most brilliant astrological
innovators of our time and a champion of The Right Thing
in our field. He was deeply loved by his
colleagues around the world and has been sorely missed.
Before Jim developed and popularized his computerized
Astro*Carto*Graphy maps, relocational astrology was a rather hit and miss
proposition. It entailed laboriously hand calculating
a chart for each possible location. For an overview and
sample of his maps, visit
AstroNumerics or AstroCartoGraphy.co.uk, two companies
that distribute Astro*Carto*Graphy maps. The AstroNumerics site also has some rare magazine articles by Jim.
What distinguished Jim Lewis so much was not just his technical brilliance but his
commitment to making a difference in his various causes. He was one of the spearheads
of the movement to form the Association for Astrological Networking. He worked tirelessly
for their various concerns, such as the efforts to improve the public image of astrology,
to defend astrologers who run into legal problems for practicing our art, and to create
a world-wide network of astrologers. To see a history of AFAN in Jim’s own words,
visit the AFAN site.
ELSEWHERE ON THE WEB: Since many tributes to Jim
already exist on the internet, we will link to them in
the appropriate places rather than try to duplicate
what they have already done so lovingly. If you find
yourself on a page that does not have this background,
you are on one of those sites and would need to hit the
back button to continue here.
Visit the website for Continuum,
the organization formed to preserve and extend Jim’s
work, for a collection of articles and to
inquire about their Astro*Carto*Graphy
BIRTH AND DEATH DATA: AstroDatabank gives the
following information, rated A, which Jim gave to Lois Rodden. He was born June 5, 1941,
at 9:30 AM EDT in New York, NY. He died of congenital cancer on February 21, 1995, at 3:30 PM in San
Francisco, where he had lived for many years. In his last months, he was lovingly
attended by friends and his long-time companion, Ron Mahka.
To See His Chart
AWARDS WON: Jim was accorded many honors. For his development of Astro*Carto*Graphy,
he received the first Marc Edmund Jones award in 1978,
and a Regulus Award for Research and Innovation at UAC 1992. He was also
given the Matrix Pioneer Award for outstanding contributions in the area of
marketing astrology to the general public. Prior to his death in 1995, Jim’s colleagues voted to present him the
AFAN Service Award, which has since been renamed the
Jim Lewis Community Service Award.
KEPLER COLLEGE MEMORIAL FUND: Continuum would like your support in honoring and remembering Jim’s work
by endowing a Chair in his name at Kepler
College of Astrological Arts and Sciences. For information on how to make a donation,
visit their website.
BOOKS AND TAPES BY JIM LEWIS:
Jim Lewis’ fascinating first book, The Astro*Carto*Graphy Book of Maps,
which he co-wrote with Ariel Guttman, is sadly out of print for many years and
appears unlikely to be reprinted. The book took the maps of 136 citizens
of the world and analysed why they became known in certain locations or why
certain events in their lives were catalysed by locations they lived in or
traveled to. If you have a copy or find one in a used book store, hang on for
dear life. Even AstroAmerica doesn’t carry this gem.
It is our great
good fortune that Jim’s years of experience
in interpreting Astro*Carto*Graphy maps has been preserved in
the posthumously published book, The Psychology of Astro*Carto*Graphy.
This came about because of the coordinated efforts of a number of people,
including his co-author Kenneth Irving and his editor Erin Sullivan.
The story of how this book was written can be seen on Ken’s
Through the efforts of Continuum, the Jim Lewis Library, including his voluminous Astro*Carto*Graphy files,
has been preserved and is available to researchers
by appointment. Almost as peripatetic as Jim himself,
the library now rests with Greg Howe of AstroNumeric. Jim spoke at a great many conferences, so check our Source Page for possible
places to find tapes.
Tributes to Jim
Ken Irving’s tribute
Jim’s Obituary by Robert Currey
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CREDITS: Sound file by Tom Savarese. Biographical information for this memorial came from AstroDatabank, various memorials, and the
Continuum website. Jim’s photo and bookcover come from the Continuum website.
The Astro*Carto*Graphy map comes from AstroNumeric.
The galaxy tile is from the Mars Hotel, which is currently
off-line. The animation was found at the Gif Gallery, formerly at
http://www.online.ee/~svene/gallery.htm, and the cartoon in a clipart collection on cd-rom.