Grant, Ernest A. (1893–1968)
Astrologer and cofounder of the American Federation of
Astrologers (AFA). Grant was born in Detroit, Michigan, on
June 4, 1893. As a teenager he moved to Washington, D.C., and
held a variety of jobs as stenographer, court reporter, and eventually
secretary to a U.S. senator. He married and through the
1920s both he and his wife, Catherine, studied astrology. She
became a prominent astrologer and had a number of prominent
Washingtonians among her clients. Through the 1930s
they increasingly saw the need for a professional organization
for astrologers, whose work was still held in disdain by many.
Numerous laws against fortune-telling hampered the development
of the profession in many parts of the country.
Together with Anna May Cowan and Swen Erickson, Grant
led in the founding of the AFA, now the largest and most prestigous
of the several professional associations for astrologers. He
was its first president (1938–41) and then became its first executive
secretary (1941–59). The association was headquartered
in the Grant home. In 1949 he quit his other jobs and devoted
full time to the AFA. Two years later he led in the purchase of
a small parcel of land adjacent to the Library of Congress
where a new headquarters was erected.
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With his wife, Grant began work on a set of basic textbooks
in astrology, and he published a set of ephemeris volumes for
the important years associated with the founding of the nation
(1776, 1777, and 1781). Together they also founded the National
Astrological Library, a publishing house and retail book
outlet. While Catherine Grant continued to see clients, Ernest
Grant specialized in teaching astrology and research. He also
developed a special interest in political astrology.
Grant died on March 6, 1968. His wife continued as an astrologer
and eventually sold the library to the AFA. In the early
1970s, along with the AFA, she moved to Tempe, Arizona, and
worked there into her early 90s. She died in 1988.
Sources
Grant, Ernest. Astrological America. Washington, D.C. National
Astrological Library, 1949.
———. Ephemeris for the Year 1776. Washington, D.C. National
Astrological Library, 1944.
———. Tables of Diurnal Planetary Motion. Washington, D.C.
National Astrological Library, 1948.
Grant, Ernest, and Catherine T. Grant. Grant Textbook Series.
4 vols. Washington, D.C. National Astrological Library, n.d.
Holden, James H., and Robert A. Hughes. Astrological Pioneers
of America. Tempe, Ariz. American Federation of Astrologers,
1988.