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to the life, work
and memory of
Charles E O Carter.

CHARLES E. O. CARTER
(31st January 1887 – 4th October 1968)

The Greatest British Astrologer of the Twentieth Century


Charles Ernest Owen Carter was born in Parkstone, Dorset on 31st January 1887, into a wealthy and well-respected family; (several 'Carters' were Mayors of Poole). His grandfather, Jesse Carter, had established Carter's Tiles, a thriving brick and tile empire which survives today as Poole Pottery. But it was whispered that Jesse's wife came from Romany blood and something not quite as down to earth as bricks and clay was reborn in her grandson Charles, the Aquarian black sheep of this upstanding family.

Charles Carter's Birth Chart.

31st January 1887, 10.55pm. Parkstone, Dorsetshire, England. 50N43 02W00.

Note on this chart   Enlarged View

As a young man Charles Carter trained as a barrister and served in the Army, during which time, at the age of 23, he wrote away for one of Alan Leo's 'shilling delineations' and his interest in Astrology was born.
(1910: Fortunate directions on his chart involving Uranus, Jupiter and the Sun. See Carter's explanation in The Zodiac and the Soul, page 59).

In 1922, aged 35, Carter became President of the Astrological Lodge of London (founded by Alan Leo in 1915) and introduced and edited its quarterly magazine for over thirty years from 1926 to 1959. Some of his classic observations appeared in these pages including those pertinent to the course of the 2nd World War during the 1940s.

Other published books by Charles Carter include:

'The Encyclopaedia of Psychological Astrology' (1924)
'The Principles of Astrology' (1925)
'The Seven Great Problems of Astrology' (1927)
'The Zodiac and the Soul' (1928)
'Symbolic Directions in Modern Astrology' (1929)
'The Astrological Aspects' (1930)
'The Astrology of Accidents' (1932)
'Some Principles of Horoscopic Delineation' (1934)
'Essays on the Foundations of Astrology' (1947)
'An Introduction to Political Astrology' (1951)

Charles E O Carter was the first Principal of the Faculty of Astrological Studies in 1948 (a successful venture that he called "the second child of the Lodge" — the first child being the Quarterly magazine), and a Patron of the Astrological Association of Great Britain from its foundation in 1958.
He correctly predicted his own death.


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Charles E. O. Carter
c. 1948.

Unlike a Sun Leo, Carter rarely wrote autobiographically, (his Aquarian Sun being opposite to Leo of course), and glimpses into his personal life are therefore few and far between for the researcher.

Carter, like many Aquarians, went to some lengths to avoid over-using the personal pronoun 'I', preferring phrases like "the writer believes that..." or "we can see that..." or "this author is of the view...".

We hope on this website to gather as much information as we can on Charles Carter, but there are inevitably many missing pieces. If you have any corrections or additional information, personal anecdotes or recollections, we would be delighted to hear from you.


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