PHRENOSCOPY: SYSTEM OF ASTRO PHRENOLOGY - Sepharial, 1914 - ASTROLOGY DIVINATION
PHRENOSCOPY: BEING A SYSTEM OF ASTRO-PHRENOLOGY — THE KEY TO HUMAN CHARACTER. By Sepharial (Dr. Walter Gorn Old), 1914
First edition from 1914 of Sepharial's PHRENOSCOPY: BEING A SYSTEM OF ASTRO-PHRENOLOGY — THE KEY TO HUMAN CHARACTER. Published by W. Foulsham & Co (London). In very good condition: boards and binding are solid and tight; light shelfwear and discoloration to boards; rubbed corners and edges; pages are clean and unmarked save some age-toning. 156 pages, with occult advertisements at the rear; illustrated. Book measures 7.5" x 5.25". Please see Table of Contents for more detail, and below for more information on Sepharial and his extensive work and influence.
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.