1925 - SEPHARIAL - THE SOLAR EPOCH: A New Astrological Thesis, 1st/1st Astrology
THE SOLAR EPOCH OR THE HOROSCOPE OF DESTINY: A NEW ASTROLOGICAL THESIS — By Sepharial (Dr. Walter Gorn) — 1st Edition / 1st Printing, HC/DJ 1925 — Scarce Dust Jacket, Astrology, Zodiac Nativity Occult
Publisher: W. Foulsham and Co., London (1925, No Date Provided)
Scarce first edition, first printing with dust jacket. In well preserved condition. 90 pp, illustrated, with publisher advertisements at rear. The boards and binding are solid and tight save for light shelfwear and one bumped corner. The pages are crisp and clean. The scarce dust jacket is in fair condition, missing its inside front flap and with chipping to the spine ends. Also a circular cut-out to the back flap. An expansionary thesis on the lunar, solar and birth horoscopes as well as directional influences. Please see below for more information on Sepharial and his works.
Dr. Walter Gorn Old (born 20 March 1864, in Handsworth, England; died 23 December 1929 in Hove, England) was a notable 19th century astrologer, better known as Sepharial. An eminent English Theosophist, Sepharial was a well-known and respected astrologer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and wrote numerous books, some of which are still highly regarded today. He was editor of Old Moore's Almanac, which is still published in the 21st century.
As a young man Sepharial initially studied medicine and followed this up with studies in psychology, oriental languages, astrology and numerology. In 1886, he started to write an astrology problem page in the Society Times where he answered public questions, and in 1887 was admitted to the "inner sanctum" of the Theosophical Society. He was one of the founding members of the Theosophical movement in England. Madame Blavatsky (whom he lived with until her death) called him "The Astral Tramp." Sepharial became an influential author in the fields of the occult, astrology and numerology, and his writings had a considerable impact on Alfred H. Barley and Alan Leo, who he introduced to Theosophy. He can be credited as the first astrologer to use Earth's hypothetical "dark moon" Lilith in his calculations.