Laurence L. Cassidy, Ph.D., S.J.
Laurence L. Cassidy, Ph.D., S.J., passed away on June 29,
2006 at the age of 77. A practicing
astrologer, he was a Jesuit for 57 years as well as a Catholic priest for 45.
Fr. Cassidy taught philosophy at St. Peter's College in New
Jersey since 1969 and served as chairman of the department for a time. He wrote two books on the transcendental
philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas and was the author of The Thinking Self
(1992), a text of Socratic dialogues that he used in the classroom. He was also a contributor to CEO TIMES,
Kosmos, Realta and other astrological publications.
Cassidy's popular article, "The Believing Christian as
a Dedicated Astrologer" (1978) was reprinted many times. In it, he maintains that astrology and
Christianity are compatible as long as we believe in free will, and says,
"I have taught some astrology here at St. Peter's College and no one has
ventured to suggest that I am putting any soul in peril for so doing. Of course, most think my mind has become
enfeebled, but that that is another story... We really are a free community of
scholars."His article, "Old
Astrology & the New Catechism" is available at
writing is lucid, fresh and uplifting.
Cassidy spoke for the Irish Astrological Association
and conferences in the U.S. He was a
longtime friend and student of Al H. Morrison.
Colleagues and friends fondly recalled his sermons at the St. Peter's
Chapel on Sundays, his dedication to "the good and the true," his
love of teaching and his keen interest in his students and their families.
BIRTH AND DEATH DATA:
Source: Karen Christino
He said in a taped lecture that he had the Moon
in Cancer, an Aries ascendant and Saturn in Sagittarius in the 9th house, along
with Uranus in the 12th. Then he says that the Sun, Mercury and ____ are
opposite Saturn (I couldn't understand the blank!) This looks to me like 6/9/29
and that he considers the Moon in Cancer also opposed to Saturn. But it's
definitely 6/9 or 6/10/29. He was from Kew Gardens in Queens, so I assume he was
born nearby. If you want to include a date, you might say he was a 1929 Gemini
with Aries rising, or was "probably born on 6/9/29 with Aries rising," etc.
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