Carter, Charles Ernest Owen (1887–1968)
Theosophist and astrologer, born in Poole, Dorset, England,
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came a lawyer (1913), and served in the British army during
World War I. As a young man he saw an ad for horoscopes by
Alan Leo and at age 23 began his study of the subject. In 1917
Leo died, and the Theosophical Society’s fledgling Astrological
Lodge, of which Leo was the driving force, dwindled. In
1920 Carter picked up Leo’s work and turned it once again into
a vital force. He was elected president of the lodge and served
in that post until his retirement in 1952.
Carter’s influence came primarily through his writing. He
launched Uranus, a periodical of the Astrological Lodge, in
1923, and the quarterly journal Astrology in 1926. He edited the
magazine Astrology for 33 years. His breadth of knowledge of
the field was demonstrated in his first book, The Encyclopedia of
Astrology (1924), and in his textbook, The Principles of Astrology
(1925), the basic introduction used by a generation of astrologers.
It was followed by a host of additional books, including his
most popular title, Astrological Aspects (1930), which went into
ten editions during Carter’s lifetime. His last and possibly most
original book, An Introduction to Political Astrology (1951),
stemmed from reflection on events surrounding World War II.
His texts were well received on both sides of the Atlantic.
In his mature years Carter led in the founding of the Faculty
of Astrological Studies, a facility to train the next generation of
astrologers. Among his well-known students was John Addey,
one of the first to receive the school’s diploma in 1951. Carter
joined with Addey in forming the Astrological Association, a
professional organization for British astrologers.
Carter died in London on October 4, 1968.
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———. The Encyclopedia of Astrology. London Theosophical
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———. An Introduction to Political Astrology. London L. N.
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———. The Principles of Astrology. London Theosophical
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———. The Zodiac and the Soul. London Theosophical Publishing
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