In episode 206, Christopher Renstrom takes part in the show to talk about the work of astrologer Evangeline Adams from the early 20th century and the development and popularization of astrology in America.
For the first hour of this discussion we talk about the practice of astrology in America in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and the factors that led to its rise, including spiritualism and the Theosophical Society.
Finally, we come to our main topic, the life and work of the early 20th century astrologer Evangeline Adams, who, according to historian James Holden, was the most famous astrologer in America in the first third of the 20th century.
As the episode progresses, we talk about the famous divination trial that Adams was involved in in 1914, her ghostwriting with Aleister Crowley on some of her books, and how she eventually peaked in popularity with a syndicated radio show in the early 1930s.
Most of the research behind this episode is based on a book by Karen Christino entitled Foreseeing the Future: Evangeline Adams and Astrology in America, which was originally published in 2003 and published in a revised edition earlier this year.
Karen wasn’t available to do an interview, but she suggested I speak to Christopher, who has done a lot of research on the development of astrology in America.
Christopher recently gave a great talk called Trash Astrology: A History of Pop Astrology in America, which chronicles the popularization of astrology in the United States.
This episode is a nice continuation of some earlier episodes like The Modern Revival of Astrology with Nick Campion and Elsbeth Ebertin and The Rise of Women in Astrology. Check out these episodes if you want to explore some of the topics in this one further.
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