me speak first, as a friend. Charles was so dear to me, his friendship
was one of the most important in my life, though we were separated
by an ocean and a continent. It was an honor to be his friend.
He had such a profoundly warm heart, loving and generous; his
being in its very essence was magnanimous, great-souled. For one
person to have at once such a large mind and a large heart is
so rare and precious. For all of us his death is a blow, tangible
and sharp, hitting our hearts hard. I share with Suzi, and with
his children and family and friends, a deep sorrow at his passing.
His death is a great loss; and yet, in the mysterious way these
things work, we know that he has entered into the interior of
our lives, perhaps to bring his irreplaceable gifts to and through
us in ways we cannot foresee.
Charles was not only a friend and husband and father. He was,
in his quiet but highly effective way, an important and even essential
figure in our culture and in the spiritual awakening of our time.
Certainly he was one of the most brilliant, technically masterful,
encyclopedically knowledgeable astrologers of our age, and his
great synthesis of the British and the German astrological traditions
at their best is one of his most important contributions. And
he accomplished that synthesis within a profound Platonic and
Neoplatonic philosophical framework that greatly expanded and
deepened the meaning of the astrological perspective and discipline.
that is only a part of his legacy. If I can speak as an American
looking from afar at the world of British astrology, it seemed
to me that Charles was the most recent representative of a certain
great lineage within the British astrological tradition, which
began with Alan Leo, was passed on to Charles E. O. Carter, thence
to John Addey, and finally to Charles, who oversaw the Astrological
Association for most of his adult life. And from that position,
in his extraordinary care for the whole, Charles served more than
perhaps any other single person to unify the international astrological
community. For all his intellectual brilliance and technical competence
he was a visionary: he deeply recognized not only astrology's
potential influence but its rightful place in our civilization's
future world view. He believed that astrology would someday move
into the very center of the life of our culture—and I believe
he was right. And like all great visionaries, he not only saw,
he gave himself to the task of incarnating that vision.
if I can speak very personally for a moment, I always felt as
if Charles and I were united across the Atlantic by our common
goal to help open up our civilization's eyes to the sacred intelligence
of the cosmos and to the human being's special role within that
cosmos. Our friendship was rooted in this shared aspiration: I
hope to spend the rest of my life—and Charles's death poignantly
brings home to us all how unknown and mysterious is the allotted
span of our years—I hope to spend the rest of whatever years are
given to me working to fulfill what Charles saw and felt so fully.
More than anything I will remember how much Charles cared—for
astrology, for the divine cosmos, for the human community—and
his caring had the tenderness of the Mother for a precious newborn,
or, perhaps I should say, reborn.
noble Charles, we have been beautifully blessed by your living
to Roy Gillet's memoriam to Charles Harvey