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Am Introduction to Dane Rudhyar - compiled by Mari Garcia and Joy Usher
Brief Summary :
Dane Rudhyar (1895 - 1985), pseudonym of Daniel Chenneviere, a native of France, was trained as a musician and composer. He emigrated first to Canada and then to the U.S.A. Rudhyar was an occultist as well as an astrologer, and used his artistic skills as a painter, poet and novelist to promote his insights into cosmology.

Major Contribution :
He was active as a lecturer and was a prolific author who promoted what he called 'humanistic' astrology. He is also one of the prolific writers of Sun-Sign astrology columns in popular magazines and newspapers, beginning in the mid 1930s.

Short Biography :
Daniel left Paris at the age of 21 to pursue a career in music, but became interested in Oriental philosophy and occultism, and became a Theosophist in 1926. He was tutored in astrology by Marc Edmund Jones, and studied the writings of psychologist Carl G. Jung. The result of bringing the two disciplines gave birth to his model of 'humanistic astrology'.

In 1969 Rudhyar founded the International Committee for Humanistic Astrology, a small society who held up Rudhyar as a personal guru for the New Age movement. Thus began one of the most fruitful periods of his life, where he explored altered and exalted states of perception. By the mid-1970s he had moved beyond humanistic astrology to what he termed 'transpersonal astrology'.

Quote :
Events do not happen to us, we happen to them.

If a brick falls upon the man's head as he walks along the street, it is the man's responsibility. He walked into the field of the brick's fall. He happened to the brick, because he is a conscious individual and the brick only a piece of universal nature.


Most Significant Contribution :
Rudhyar wrote more than forty books and hundreds of articles concerning astrology and religion, but it was his first book on the subject, The Astrology of Personality (1936) which established his reputation in the astrological field. Following the writings of Alan Leo, Rudhyar rejected astrology as a predictive tool, and instead focused on the psychological models suggested by Jung.

Rudhyar is one of the most influential advocates of 'free-will' astrology -The essential purpose of astrology …is not so much to tell us what we will meet on our road, as it is to suggest how to meet it - and the basic reason for the meeting. Which quality in us, which type of strength, is needed to go through any specific phase of our total unfoldment as an individual person.

Interesting Fact :
The name Rudhyar is derived from the Sanskrit god Rudra, the Destroyer and Regenerator.

Recommended Further Reading :
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The Dane Rudhyar Archival Project.
Dane Rudhyar - An Illustrated Biographical Sketch.
The Astrology Recordings of Dane Rudhyar (audio recordings)
Dane Rudhyar's birth chart on Astro*Databank
Wikipedia entry on Dane Rudhyar


© Mari Garcia, Joy Usher, March 2012.

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