Jayne, Charles (1911-1985)

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Jayne, Charles (1911-1985)

Leading American astrologer, born in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, on October 9, 1911. Jayne became interested in astrology as a young man and studied the subject throughout the 1930s. He published his first article in 1940 but did not become a professional astrologer until after World War II, in 1949.

Jayne is remembered as an innovative theoretician of astrology, much of his focus on a technical nature concerning the fine points of astrological interpretation. One of his more impressive studies concerned the long-term zodiacal cycles of the outermost planets, which take many years to pass around the zodiac. He found interesting correlations to cycles of history noted by historians such as Arnold Toynbee and Oswald Spengler (their theoretical work was never accepted by most historians). In recognition of his work he was given the Johndro Award in 1979 for contributions to the technical aspects of astrology.

Jayne also made contributions to astrological organizations. He was president of the Astrologers' Guild of America (1958-60), a professional organization. In 1958 he founded Astrological Research Associates and with his wife, Vivia Jayne, edited In Search (1958-62), an international astrological journal. In 1970 he founded the Association for Research in Cosmicology, an organization specializing in the reintegration of astrology into mainline science. He was also one of the founders of the National Council for Geocosmic Research.

Jayne died December 31, 1985, at Goshen, New York.


Brau, Jean-Louis, Helen Weaver, and Allan Edwards, eds. Larousse Encyclopedia of Astrology. New York: New American Library, 1982.

Holden, James H., and Robert A. Hughes. Astrological Pioneers of America. Tempe, Ariz.: American Federation of Astrologers, 1988.

Jayne, Charles. A New Dimension in Astrology. New York: Astrological Bureau, 1975.

. The Technique of Rectification. New York: Astrological Bureau, 1972.

. The Unknown Planets. New York: Astrological Bureau, 1974.