Sullivan, Erin (1947– )
Erin Sullivan, a notable contemporary Canadian astrologer,
was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, on November 9,
1947. She took up the study of astrology in her late teens and
soon developed a thriving practice. She married and became
the mother of two daughters. She also became a popular author,
contributing articles to a variety of astrological periodicals.
She was among the founders of the Association for AstroSufism
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logical Networking and the Cross Canada Council for the
Fraternity of Canadian Astrologers. During the 1980s she had
a radio show that originated in Victoria, British Columbia.
In 1989, Sullivan moved from Canada to the United Kingdom.
She established a private practice and associated with the
Centre for Psychological Astrology, for whom she taught
classes in London and Zürich, Switzerland. She also travels to
Australia annually to teach. Shortly after moving to London,
she succeeded Howard Sasportas as editor of the Arkana Astrology
series published by Viking-Penguin, and she contributed
two of her own works to the series, Saturn in Transet Boundaries
of the Mind, Body and Soul (1990) and a second volume
offering a psychological reevaluation of the phenomenon of
retrograde planets, Retrograde Planets Traversing the Inner
Landscape (1992). Retrograde planets were a major problem for
pre-modern astrologers, who assumed an earth-centered astronomy.
While they moved steadily through the sky on their
course, at times they appeared to come to a complete stop and
begin to move backward. This unusual action came to be seen
as an ill omen. Moving to a post-Copernican astronomy explained
retrograde planets as an illusion created by the relative
movements of the earth and other planets around the sun. Psychologically
considered, retrograde became symbolic of challenges
presented to the inner self.
Sullivan, Erin. Retrograde Planets Traversing the Inner Landscape.
New York Arkana, 1992.
———. Saturn in Transet Boundaries of the Mind, Body and
Soul. New York Arkana, 1990.