Alan Leo

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Alan Leo

Alan Leo, born William Frederick Allan, was a British astrologer, author, and publisher, and a member of the Theosophical Society.

Personal life

Theosophical Society involvement

Alan Leo was admitted as a member of the Theosophical Society in Hampstead on April 14, 1891, less than a month before the death of its founder, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.[1] His address at that time was given as 9 Lyncroft Gardens, London, N.W. Walter Gorn Old, one of Blavatsky's Inner Group and General Secretary of the Theosophical Society in England, introduced him to Theosophy.[2]

Henry Steel Olcott wrote of Miss Brich, another English member who married Alan Leo:

Among my notable visitors of that time was Miss Brich, F.T.S., of Southampton, now so widely known as the wife of my good friend, Alan Leo, editor of Modern Astrology, and one of the most interested members of our Society in London. The lady has a decided gift for palmistry and, I believe, for psychometry as well. I know quite a number of persons who have been astonished at her power to trace out the varying incidents of their lives in the lines of their hands....

For my part, I hold to the idea which I have expressed before, that, seeing that the Eastern and Western systems of palm-readings are quite different, and yet that equally successful tracings of the subject’s life events have been made by proficients in both of the schools, it is not so much the hard-and-fast system of interpretation of the palm-lines as the possession of a psychical insight which enables the palm reader to trace out the vicissitudes of the subject’s life. This Mrs. Leo seems to have.[3]

Astrological work

Boxed set of Alan Leo books on CD

Writings

The Union Index of Theosophical Periodicals list 46 articles by or about Alan Leo. He also wrote for many other periodicals. In January, 1909, for example The Co-Mason printed his article on "Astrology and Co-Masonry."[4]

Additional resources

Notes

  1. Theosophical Society General Membership Register, 1875-1942 at http://tsmembers.org/. See book 1, entry 7800 (website file: 1C/46).
  2. Leslie Price, "Theosophy's Influence in the British Isles" The American Theosophist 75.10, (Nov 1987): 369.
  3. Henry Steel Olcott, Old Diary Leaves, Fifth Series (1893-96) page 363364. This visit took place in 1895. See this link.
  4. "Studento," "A New Era in Masonry" " The Theosophic Messenger 11.1 (Oct 1909), 40.