Barbault, André (1921– )
Contemporary French astrologer, born at Champignelled
Yonne, France, on October 1, 1921. Barbault began his study
of astrology in the mid-1930s and a short time later discovered
Sigmund Freud. He saw Freudian psychology as an excellent
tool for assisting in astrological interpretation. Barbault
emerged from the disruptions of World War II as a professional
astrologer and a charter member of the Centre International
d’Astrologie, founded in 1946. He was vice president of the
center for 14 years, during which time he published his first
books, De la Psychanalyses de l’Astrologie (1961) and Traité pratique
d’Astrologie (1961), an exposition of his Freudian theories and
a basic astrological textbook.
In 1967 Barbault attained a level of international fame by
opening Ordinastral-Astroflash, a computerized astrology service
capable of turning out hundreds of charts daily for Parisians.
It was the first such service in the world and in spite of
the criticisms of more traditional colleagues quickly spread internationally.
Countering critics of the popularizing effects of
the computer, Barbault also founded l’Astrologie, an academic
journal of astrological studies.
Barbault’s psychological approach to astrology has come to
characterize French astrology. However, he has spent much of
his mature years in the equally fascinating realm of mundane
astrology, attempting to correlate astrological facts with historical
events. His first such study was published in 1967 as Les Astres
et l’historie. This led to a system of predicting political events
from astrological studies. Barbault has written more than thirty
books, but they have yet to be translated into English.
Sources
Barbault, André. Les Astres et l’historie. Paris, J. J. Pauvert,
1967.
———. De la Psychanalyses de l’Astrologie. Paris Editions du
Seuil, 1961.
———. Traité pratique d’Astrologie. Paris, 1961.
Brau, Jean-Louis, Helen Weaver, and Allan Edmands, eds.
Larousse Encyclopedia of Astrology. New York New American Library,
1982.