Astrosophie, L'.Revue d'astrologie esoterique et exoterique et des sciences physiques et occultes
Revue d'astrologie esoterique et exoterique et des sciences physiques et occultes / La Plus Grand Revue en Langue FranΓ§aise de la Psychologie personnelle, de Astrologie, de la Religion Esoterique, des Sciences Occultes et du Calcul des Probabilites.
Other titles: Nos Pouvoirs-Astrosophie (1949-1950)
1929-1960 Monthly, then bimonthly (irregular)
Carthage, Tunisia, then Nice, France. Language: French. Publisher: Institute Astrologique de Carthage. Editor: Francis Rolt-Wheeler, founder and director.
Corporate author: Institut Astrologique de Carthage (1929-1950)1/1, March 21, 1929-1960. 35-45 francs a year, 40 beyond France. 48-62 pp. Suspended after 23/5, May-June 1940-1949.
Called Nos PouvoirsβAstrosophie from September 1949-July 1950. The publisher of the journal, the Insitut Astrologique de Carthage, was the creation of Rolt-Wheeler (1876-1960) and Orea E. Windust ("F.A.A. Schot") and offered a "cours par correspondance" on astrology at 1,000 francs for the series, on "cabalisme esoterique" for 875 francs, and one on "Le Tarot Esoterique," at 1,000 francs. It claimed to be affiliated with Alan Leo's Astrological Institute of London, and carried articles by Bessie Leo. The Seer (q.v.) was the shorter-lived English-language companion to this journal. Rolt-Wheeler was born as the more pedestrian Francis William Wheeler in London but was raised in the United States, where he obtained a doctorate in divinity from the University of Chicago and became an Anglican priest. Besides his interest in astrology, he was a well-known author of boys' stories (The Boy with the U.S. Foresters, The Boy with the U.S. Census, The Book of Cowboys, The Tamer of Herds, etc., etc.) and a historian of science. The journal carried articles by and excerpts and reprints from Wheeler, his sister, Ethel (on her past incarnations), F. Jollivet Castellot, S.H. Probst-Biraben, F. Homer Curtiss, "Enel" (Michel Skariatine), Robert Hugh Benson, Ernesto Bozzano, Alexandra David-Neel, Dion Fortune, Harry Price, Princess Karadja, Hereward Carrington, James Morgan Pryse, Israel Regardie, Owen Lattimore (!), Marc Semenoff ("Mysticisme Russe et Mysticisme Europeen"), Alexandre Volguine, Robert Amadou, Franz Hartmann, Christmas Humphreys, Raymond Abiello, Col. C.R.F. Seymour, and many others. Except for its primary emphasis on astrology, the journal is comparable to the Occult Digest and the Occult Review and had pretensions at least initially to an academic respectability it did not merit. After the journal's initial enthusiastic attempt to interest notable authors in writing for its pages, it seems to have been reduced to reprinting material that must have appeared in other journals. Regular horoscopes of political figures (Hitler, Huey Long, the Emperor of Abyssinia, et al.) and articles on the success of previous astrological predictions. The pages of "Notre Horoscope Mensuel" in the issue for December 1939 were left blank and carefully marked "censure"βan admission perhaps of the editorβs inability to predict the course of the war or of his unwillingness to reveal itβbut his concerns at the time are apparent in the last issue in 1940 which carried the horoscope of Gibraltar. Semenoff was a Russian historian and mystic who translated H.P. Blavatskyβs Au Pays des Montagnes Bleues and had earlier been involved in Max Theonβs Mouvement Cosmique (in March 1931 he published in the journal the "Pensees de Max Theon") and also wrote for The Occult Review. Volguine later edited Les Cahiers Astrologiques. NYPL; BNF; ZDB: Freiburg Inst Grenzgeb Psychol.
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