James Lewis Slayden
June 5, 1941
|Died||February 21, 1995(aged 53)|
|Awards||Marc Edmund Jones Award (1978)|
Regulus Award (1992)
Jim Lewis (born James Lewis Slayden; June 5, 1941 in Yonkers, New York) was an American astrologer, writer and entrepreneur. He is best known for pioneering the technique of astrocartography, a form of locational astrology.
Locational astrology is an old concept, but Lewis expanded a little-known field, using detailed maps and modern software. In 1979, Lewis published his first edition of his annual Sourcebook of Mundane Maps. His theories were subsequently developed by other authors.
Lewis eventually patented his system and trademarked the term 'Astro*Carto*Graphy® (A*C*G)'. This registration is still maintained by the Astro*Carto*Graphy Living Trust. A non-profit division of the Astro*Carto*Graphy Trust—Continuum: the Jim Slayden Lewis Foundation—lists over 20 book titles including those by Lewis that are either devoted to Astro*Carto*Graphy or where the technique features extensively.
For his original work in developing and promoting the technique of Astrocartography, Lewis received the Marc Edmund Jones award in 1978 and the "Regulus Award for Discovery, Innovation, and Research" at the United Astrology Congress in Washington, DC 1992.
Lecturer and teacher
Lewis regularly conducted seminars in which he trained students in Astro*Carto*Graphy techniques. He later went on to administer a certification exam. Candidates who passed his stringent qualifications were given a certificate as a professional Astro*Carto*Grapher. As of February 2008, Continuum listed 88 certified practitioners around the world.
Lewis lectured throughout the world. However, in his travels he was not immune to the negative potential of A*C*G's ‘planetary power lines’. In the mid 1980s he was struck by a vehicle while crossing Military Road in Sydney, Australia, which is on his Mars Ascending line.
Lewis lived in San Francisco for most of his life. At age 53, he died from an aggressive brain cancer; his ashes were spread at Big Sur.
- Lewis, Jim; Guttman, Gail (1981). The Astro*Carto*Graphy Book of Maps: The Astrology of Relocation (1st ed.). Llewellyn Publications. ISBN 978-0875424347.
- Lewis, Jim (2004) . "And the future will be nothing less than the flowering of our inwardness". In Mann, A. T. (ed.). The Future of Astrology (Revised ed.). Paraview Press. pp. 115–130. ISBN 978-1616406448.
- Lewis, Jim; Irving, Kenneth (2012) . The Psychology of Astro*Carto*Graphy (Revised ed.). Words and Things. ISBN 978-0984428007.
- Davis, Martin, From Here to There, An Astrologer’s Guide to Astromapping, (Wessex Astrologer, England, 2008) Ch1. History, p.2 ISBN 978-1-902405-27-8
- Michael Baigent, Nicholas Campion & Charles Harvey (1984). Mundane Astrology. The Aquarian Press. ISBN 0-85030-302-8.
...the advent of the computer and the ingenuity of Jim Lewis's AstroCartography has now made it a relatively simple matter to plot out on a map of the world exactly where each planet is on an angle for any moment.
- Damian Ruth; Graham Ibell (February 11–12, 2010). A Sense of Place: a contribution from astro-cartography (PDF). Organisation, Identity and Locality (OIL) Conference 1. Aotearoa/New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington.
Astro-Cartography is a relatively technical branch of astrology that is described in detail by Lewis & Irving (1997), Cozzi (1988) and Davis (1999)
- US 4304554
- "US Serial No: 75667982 USPTO Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS)". August 5, 2010.
- Thompson, Angel Continuum Astro*Carto*Graphy® Literature and Distributors. Retrieved November 2012
- "Marc Edmund Jones". Archived from the original on November 14, 2012.
List of Winners
- "United Astrology Conference Marion D. March Regulus Award Categories and Nominees". Archived from the original on January 12, 2011.
- Thompson, Angel Continuum - the Jim Slayden Lewis Foundation List of Certified Practitioners. Retrieved November 2012
Currey, Robert (May–June 1995). "Jim Lewis 1941 - 1995 (Obituary)". The Astrological Journal. London: Astrological Association of Great Britain. ISSN 0144-6754.
Also published in Astrolocality Astrology by Martin Davis (2000) Wessex Astrologer, Dorset, UK. Appendix 7. Jim Lewis pp.225-226 ISBN 978-1902405056
- Biography of Jim Lewis by Robert Currey Part 1: Reprinted from the Astrological Journal May/June 1995: