Lewi, William Grant II (1902–1951)
Writer and astrologer who authored two of the most popular
books in twentieth-century astrology. Grant Lewi was born in
Albany, New York, on March 24, 1902. He graduated from
Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, and did graduate work
at Columbia University. He then became an instructor of English
at the University of North Dakota, the University of Delaware,
and Dartmouth College (successively).
In 1926 he married Carolyn Wallace. Wallace’s mother was
an astrologer and gave Lewi his first lessons in the field. Although
he had written several fairly successful novels, Lewi
turned to astrology in the early 1930s to supplement his income.
He wrote the eminently successful Heaven Knows What in
1935. In the late 1930s he became editor of Horoscope Magazine,
for which he also wrote articles through the 1940s. In 1940 he
issued his first astrological text, Astrology for the Millions (1940),
an early attempt to make astrology available to the average person
who had never studied the details of horoscope construction.
Like Heaven Knows What, it has gone into many editions
and remains in print today.
Lewi eventually developed his own system of chart interpretation
based on an integration of sign and house influences
with some psychological insights.
In 1950 he moved to Arizona, where he began his own magazine,
The Astrologer. He died the following year, on July 14,
1951, in Tucson.
Sources
Holden, James H., and Robert A. Hughes. Astrological Pioneers
of America. Tempe, Ariz. American Federation of Astrologers,
1988.
Lewi, Grant. Astrology for the Millions. Garden City, N.Y.
N.p., 1940.
———. Heaven Knows What. New York Doubleday, 1935.
———. Your Greatest Strength. New York N.p., 1946.