Choisnard, Paul (1867–1930)
Paul Choisnard, a pioneer of the modern astrological revival
in France, was born February 13, 1867, at Tours. Following his
graduation from L’École Polytechnique in Paris, he joined the
army and rose to the rank of major in the artillery. While pursuing
his military career, he also became interested in astrology
and launched statistical research as a means of establishing the
reality of planetary influence upon human affairs. In order to
have his controversial sideline separate from his career, he
wrote and published under the pseudonym Paul Flambert and
only after his retirement went public with his astrological identity.
Choisnard’s books were never translated and had little influence
in the English-speaking astrological community. However,
they were read by German astrologer Karl Ernst Krafft and
underlie his research, which in turn led to the contemporary
well-known work of Michel Gauquelin and Francoise Gauquelin.
Choisnard died February 9, 1930.
Flambert, Paul [Paul Choisnard]. Etude nouvelle sur l’hérédité.
Paris, 1903.
———. Influence astrale. Paris, 1901.
———. Langage astral. Paris, 1903.
Holden, James H., and Robert A. Hughes. Astrological Pioneers
of America. Tempe, Ariz. American Federation of Astrologers,

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