we were partly prepared by Charles Harvey's illness, since he
started treatment for a form of lymphatic cancer in May 1999,
the passing of Charles at 2:50 am on February 22, 2000 in Bath,
England has been a profound experience for astrologers in Britain
and the many people who benefited from knowing him all over the
at 8:16 am on June 22, 1940 in Fetcham, England, Charles became
deeply involved in the organization and development of astrology
at a young stage in his life. He was a Council Member of the Astrological
Association of Great Britain for more than 27 years.
He spent 21 of these as its President, and then became its Patron.
As President, he played a crucial part in developing our Annual
Conferences, Astrological Journal, Correlation and our many other
spearheaded the development of the Urania
Trust and the establishment of the Astrology Centre
at 396, Caledonian Road, London. He taught at the Faculty of Astrological
Studies, then played a crucial role in the Centre
for Psychological Studies. His last major contribution,
as his illness was approaching, was his foundation work that led
to the creation of the Sophia Trust, dedicated to the establishment
of Astrology in the mainstream of British University Life.
such involvements describes only a small part of what he did.
Charles gave himself tirelessly as a networker in the service
of astrology. He seemed to know everyone, and what they knew and
could contribute. His good-humored, engaging personality rarely
left him, whoever he was communicating with. He was truly a gentleman
central regret held by all who heard him lecture was that the
time he spent on the development and organization of astrology
was at the expense of his own astrological writing. Everyone who
knew and spoke to Charles sensed immediately that they were in
the presence of a man who had many a book in him. He taught brilliantly
on basic interpretation, midpoints, harmonics and especially their
application in human personality and mundane and business astrology.
Mundane Astrology with Michael Baigent and Nicholas
Campion and the classic Working with Astrology with
Mike Harding offer a brilliant taste of what we might have had
from him. Instead, Charles' work to promote astrology and other
astrologers has left us with a rich heritage and many opportunities
for the twenty-first century. It has also left us with the responsibility
to grasp these opportunities. If we do, then Charles' life and
work will be truly honored and everyone will benefit.
President Astrological Association of Great Britain
Tarnas' memoriam to Charles Harvey