Charles E. O. Carter
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Generally regarded as one of the masters of astrology during his lifetime, Carter's work, especially his insistence on first principles, remains a powerful influence on astrology and astrologers to this day. He is chiefly known as the co-founder and first principal of the London Faculty of Astrological Studies (indeed it was his idea).
He was born on 31 January 1887, at 11:01 p.m. GMT, in Parkstone, Poole, England. Carter began his career by graduating from the University of London in 1913 and practicing as a barrister. He served in the army during the First World War and it was at this time he became interested in astrology after requesting one of Alan Leo's famous "one-shilling reports".
Besides co-founding the Faculty of Astrological Studies, Carter was the second President of the Astrological Lodge of the Theosophical Society from 1922 for many years. He also founded the Astrological Quarterly magazine in 1926 and was its Editor until 1959. As a final flourish, in 1955 Carter correctly predicted his own death would be in 1968. He died at age 81, on 4 October 1968 at 4:30 p.m. in London.
Carter was the author of many books and articles; these are only a selection:
- Carter, Charles: The Astrology of Accidents
- Carter, Charles: Symbolic Directions in Modern Astrology
- Carter, Charles: The Zodiac and the Soul
- Carter, Charles: An Encyclopedia of Psychological Astrology
- Carter, Charles: The Astrological Aspects ISBN 0-86690-420-4
- Carter, Charles: An Introduction to Political Astrology ISBN 0-85243-004-3
- Carter, Charles: The Principles of Astrology