by Robert Wilkinson
Today we give a major league Happy Birthday to the pioneer of "free will" astrology, the venerable Grant Lewi. College professor, author and publisher, this legendary astrologer gave the world more than a few masterpieces of astrological knowledge, and is still my first suggestion for those who want to begin learning, or advance their knowledge of astrology.
He was a contemporary of Dane Rudhyar, and maintained a counseling practice right up to his death from a cerebral hemmorhage, which he predicted with eerie accuracy. If you want a far more comprehensive "sketch" of his life, please go to my article The Gemini Pioneer of Free Will Astrology, Grant Lewi which explains more of this legend and the pioneering approaches he took to catapult astrology out of superstition and mental enslavement of the ignorant.
He wrote many articles as Editor of Horoscope and The Astrologer magazines, and was a truly literate man with a sense of humor and perspective. After you go to the bio above, please check out my book reviews of his two masterworks, Heaven Knows What and Astrology For the Millions if you want to know more. The former was written in 1935, and is still one of the most respected benchmarks for Sun-Moon combinations and aspects. The latter was written in 1940, and is still one of the best works for interpreting transits, as well as planets in signs. There are also other very special elements in this work. As I wrote in the review:
The unexpected gems of this volume, though, are the chapters preceding the part on the planets in the signs. They are almost like a series of essays that are remarkable in the perspectives they offer. Chapter 1, “Why I Believe In Astrology,” is a brilliant argument for the validity of the sacred art-science of astrology, and offers all a grounded and reasonable approach to take when challenged by those who are antagonistic toward astrology. In “The Everlasting Quest,” “The Pattern Of Life,” “The Truth About Prophesy,” and “Fate Or Free Will?” he offers us ways of happiness, ways of power, and ways of reasoning. He then shows us how the planetary patterns work in the charts of the powerful, as well as the charts of “ordinary” mortals.
So here's a huge Happy 105th Birthday to you, Grant. Without you I wouldn't know what I know today. Thanks for everything. You are one of the greatest of all time, and every astrologer everywhere owes you all the gratitude they can offer for what you gave the world. I'm sure you and Carl are having a big time in whatever frequency zone you're on. Today I'm there with you.
© Copyright 2007 Robert Wilkinson