One of the greatest astrologers of all time, Grant Lewi, was a Gemini. Author of “Heaven Knows What,” “Astrology for the Millions,” and many other works, he pioneered an entirely new approach to analyzing birth charts, signs, planets, and transits. A Professor at Dartmouth, he left academia to pursue a brilliant (if too short) career as an author, publisher, and one of the greatest lights of 20th Century astrology. He died a legend, having predicted his exact time of death before it happened as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage.
Perhaps Grant Lewi’s greatest contribution to modern astrology was his pioneering explanation of transits in general, and specifically the Saturn return. He was the first astrologer to take it out of the realm of superstition into a view where we could use this time, as well as any difficult transit period, more productively. Before Grant Lewi, the Saturn Return was seen to be a time of fated doom, gloom, and difficulties. Grant pointed out that during the Saturn return it is imperative for us to use our free will and self-discipline to reject obsolete duties and limitations while embracing a new way to live on our own terms.
He may well have been the first “psychological astrologer,” since he believed in free will to the utmost, and offered radically different ways to understand the birth chart than the mechanistic, deterministic models in vogue up to that point in time. His pioneering work, “Astrology for the Millions,” first published in 1940, was the first time in print we were told that during the Saturn Return we are revising deeply what we can live with and what we cannot, and learn to clear our inner nature of the deadwood of obsolete complexes and sentimentalities. He emphasized that the Saturn return is one of those times in life when free will works to liberate us of a lot of subconscious refuse, and that nothing that happens to us is as important as our response to it. He admonished us not to “lay the blame at the door of circumstances.” Sounds like free will in dynamic action to me.
Grant was one of the first authors I studied when trying to get a handle on the craft. For those of you inclined to know more about astrology, or even just ways of looking at your chart and figuring out some of what's up, "Astrology for the Millions" is one of the best books to start with. It is simple, to the point, entertaining reading, and will give you a very solid foundation for anything else you may choose to study. There are usually hardbound and paperback copies in used bookstores, so it won't cost you a small fortune to get a good take on the planets in the signs and some ways to regard significant transits. I'll post a review of this masterwork tomorrow.