Robert Cole was a professional
astrologer from San Francisco. His Book of
Houses delved deeply into that topic and gave us a
great deal to ponder on the multi-faceted nature of
these important areas of our charts. Robert was one of a number lost to our field in an
untimely manner due to the AIDS epidemic.
According to the biography that appeared with his contribution to the Llewellyn
anthology, Financial Astrology for the 1990s, his interest in astrology
began in 1972 when he studied with Cretus Locke and George Hurde in Santa Cruz, CA.
Previously, he had recieved a degree
in traditional metaphysics from the University of Nevada. In 1978, he began publishing
a weekly column on astrology in Good Times that ultimately was
syndicated in 20 weekly newspapers. In 1984, he was named one of the "Outstanding Young
Men in America" by a national panel of professional business people. He belonged to AFAN, NCGR,
ISAR and the National Writers' Union.
The following memorial to Robert by Jim Lewis
appeared in the Fall, 1992, issue of Aspects Magazine:
"In San Francisco, at 1:24 PM on August 13, 1992,
Robert Cole peacefully stopped breathing, his body's
equilibrium and capacity to function having been
ravaged by ten years of living with the AIDS virus.
His lover of the past nine years was at his side when
his consciousness left the physical world behind.
"Shortly after his death, two unknown individuals from
a Tibetan religious group in Hawaii entered the hospital
room and performed rituals to guide his essence on its
journey through the bardos.
"Robert was an eminent Sun sign astrologer and
wordsmith; the Santa Cruz Good Times carried his,
"You're Stars" column for more than 15 years, a column
later nationally syndicated to other weeklies. His
client list ran into the thousands, and The Book of
Houses sold more than 15,000 copies.
"But Robert loved most of all to puncture the
balloons of overly-smug astrological professionalism
with his famous letters, which, while often confrontative
or outright provocative, always got published because they
elicited unprecedented reader response.
He made a lot of us think and question the accepted,
and I know he would appreciate a living memorial of
astrological activism, disseminating to others the truth
that guided so much of his short life." Jim Lewis
BIRTH INFORMATION: AstroDatabank quotes the data,
rated A, given in his Book of Houses as May 7, 1948,
5:18 AM PDT in Henderson, NV, 114W59; 36N02. (Obituaries in Welcome to
Planet Earth and Aspects Magazine both cite 5:12 PM.) However, his student,
Eric Linter of Spirit of Change
Magazine--Starlight Astrology, who contributed the photo above recalls that Robert Cole told his class in 1982
that he was a triple Taurus. He mentioned eating oatmeal for breakfast everyday for
One of a number of Balsamic Moon types you will find on these pages,
Robert was born a day before a total eclipse of the Sun. The Sun also squared the Pluto/Saturn conjunction of that
era, made important here by that contact with the Sun and because of
its placement in his tenth house.
BOOKS AND TAPES BY ROBERT COLE
A second edition of Robert's
excellent Book of Houses was issued in 1999
by Entwhistle Books and is available at major book chains.
Check our Source Page for places
to find books and tapes by this and other memorialized authors.
NOTE: Robert has a block on the real AIDS quilt, number 3226. To see it, visit
An Astrology AIDS Quilt
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CREDITS: The background is by
Ursula Adler. The photograph of Robert Cole is an official press photo sent in
by Eric Linter of Spirit of Change
Magazine--Starlight Astrology. Most book covers on this site are courtesy of AstroAmerica
or the publishers. The golden Taurus glyph is part of a set at
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