My interest in depth-psychology began in the Spring, 1932, when I was given a copy of The Secret of the Golden Flower, a treatise on Chinese esoteric doctrines with a commentary by Richard Wilhelm and Carl Jung. I was deeply impressed and soon after, I wrote a circular entitled Harmonic Psychology(1) marking the beginning of my work in astro-psychology, or as I called it much later, Humanistic Astrology. I had been studying astrology since 1920 and had begun to take a more philosophical and creative approach to it after reading some of Mark Edmund Jones' early mimeographed courses. At about the same time, I became enthused by the work of Jan Smuts, Holism and Evolution, which provided me with a central concept which at the time was entirely new — the concept of holism.
In 1933, I had the opportunity to read three of the four books of Jung that had been translated into English, and I became further convinced of the possibility of integrating astrology and depth-psychology.
In that year, the first magazine promoting a popular solar type of astrology, American Astrology, was launched by Paul Clancy who, on hearing of my idea, offered to publish anything I would write in a monthly section that would be devoted to Psychological Astrology.
When Grant Lewi became editor of Horoscope magazine, he asked me to write articles as well. After Clancy declined to renew the exclusive clause in our agreement, I began to write two articles monthly for Horoscope, one of a shorter and more inspirational character; and this went on for many years.
In 1942 in New York, I met the associate editor of a now long discontinued magazine, World Astrology. She was eager to have articles from me and for several years I also wrote two articles monthly for that magazine. One series, printed under the pen name Daniel Morison, dealt with personalities and events of the day. In the other series, under my own name, I sought to popularize the ideas of some of the leaders in depth-psychology with whose works I was well acquainted, and to show how the basic psychological doctrines these men were promoting could be related to the character of their birth-charts.
1. Much of this original circular has been reprinted in the Epilogue of my book, The Astrology of Personality.
It is this second series on depth-psychology and astrology which forms the larger part of this present volume. In the last section, several articles published in Horoscope after World War II have been added, as they refer to significant and related psychological issues. All these articles have been carefully edited and revised under my supervision by my friend and assistant, Leyla Rael, whose mind warmly resonates to the ideas and the world-view I have tried to promote during so many years. I am extremely grateful to her for her efficient collaboration. My thanks go also to Stephen Arroyo of CRCS Publications, whose idea it was initially to gather this material in an up-dated form. I might add here that the charts in this book have been recalculated with Campanus houses, as this is the house system which I have used during the last years, for reasons explained in the
first part of my book, The Astrological Houses: The Spectrum of Individual Experience (Doubleday, N. Y., 1973).
As it now stands, the material contained in this volume presents, I believe, many valuable and perhaps novel vistas to both the open-minded person interested in psychology and the astrological student eager to gain a more complete understanding of the various aspects of a complex subject which has come to dominate so much of our contemporary lives. I hope and trust that it will help to bring deeper psychological insights to many people now attracted to the fascinating field of astrology, and as well, to suggest in a more precise and formalized manner to students of psychology the importance of studying the basic aspects of the personality of a psychologist if one is to fully understand the essential character and quality of his or her teachings.
Astrology and the Modern Psyche