Doris Chase Doane
set the foundations of astrological accuracy with her Times Changes
for the USA (1966), and Time Changes for Canada and Mexico
(1968). She left behind over 30 books
ranging from Horoscopes of the US Presidents (1952) to Life’s
Astrological Assistance (2004), and
many, many articles related to astrology and the Brotherhood of Light
Born in Mansfield, MA, she had a bright childhood, shaped by her family,
fondness for the written word, and natural surroundings. She graduated from Mansfield High School in
1931, and graduated from the Wilfred Beauty Academy in 1932. She entered nurse’s training, married a
“Mr.” Andrews (first name not known),
and divorced him in 1938. She
headed west to LA to pursue opportunities for personal growth, and in 1939 she
began working in the astrological and
metaphysical library of the Philosophical Research Society under the guidance
of Manly Palmer Hall.
After a year of involvement with the Church of Light in
1941, she began working there.She
became a Hermetician through this organization, after 4 years of study. In 1943, she attended UCLA and majored in
psychology and sociology, discovering her facility with writing. She also met
the love of her life, Edward Doane, whom she married in 1944. She and her husband, 20 years her senior,
worked at the Church of Light Headquarters, providing service through teaching,
research, grading papers, processing
orders, and overseeing printing production.
Their support at the Headquarters allowed Elbert Benjamine (CCZain) the
freedom to tour the country in the post-war II promotion of Brotherhood of
While touring, Benjamine received a message from the
Inner Plane Brotherhood, that said: “It
is the life work of Doris Chase Doane to present to the general public, in
popular and entertaining style, the outstanding teachings set forth in
Brotherhood of Light lessons through many periodicals, and thus get publicity for the Church of
Light, and see to it that a wide public understands it principal
teachings.” When Elbert shared this
message with her, she took her life’s mission on with clarity and focus. When Elbert passed away 3 months later, he
was confident that he was leaving his beloved Church in good hands.
Doris’s husband, Ed Doane, had been chosen to be Elbert’s
successor. They moved into the
Benjamine home and took over the administration of the Church, with Ed as
president and Doris as secretary until 1969.
Doris returned to serve on the Board of Directors of the Church of Light
again in August, 1998.
After Ed Doane’s death in 1970, Doris focused her attention on the American Federation of
Astrologers (AFA). A life member of this organization in 1966, in 1969 she was
elected to the Board of Directors. She
became president of the AFA in 1979 and served in this capacity until
She met her third husband through her involvement with AFA. She married John Lawson Ahern in 1972. They moved to San Francisco and founded the
Astrological Faculty which trained numerous astrological students in the
Hermetic system. Provided with economic stability and emotional support by John
Ahern, she was able to focus her
efforts on her mission of popularizing Hermetic Astrology. Over the 25 years of this marriage, she
completed 20 books, accomplishing her mission of bringing Hermetic teachings
and training to a wide audience.
She continued to write articles until 2004 when her
failing health required that she move
to a nursing home. John died on
Christmas Eve, 2004. At the age of 92,
a few months later, in the early morning hours of June 5, 2005, while receiving emergency care at Methodist
Hospital in Sacramento, CA, Doris Chase Doane passed from this world after a
two-year battle with heart disease. As
she requested, in the Hermetic tradition, no service was held and announcement
of her passing was delayed. The
following week, her remains were committed to rest off the coast of Marin
BIRTH AND DEATH
Born: April 4,
1913 1:57 AM Mansfield, MA (AA Rating;
Lois Rodden's Profiles of Women, page 27, quotes data from her in an
interview with LMR. Also listed in
Church of Light course book #17, Cosmic Alchemy, pg. 80.)
Passed: Christopher Gibson, who was for
many years Doris’ Power of Attorney and her executor, clarified that the death
certificate states “06/05/2005 1:10
AM in Sacramento, CA”.
Details for this memorial come from Christopher
Gibson’s article on Doris Chase
Doane, Winter 2005-06 Vol, 81, No. 1
Church of Light Quarterly, with permission.
An annotated bibliography (from Arlene DeAngelus) of some of
Doris Chase Doane’s work includes:
Astrology: 30 Years Research (1956)
Results of extensive research on astrological indicators, natal and progresses.
Accurate World Horoscopes (1984)
Charts for the UN, 173 countries and territories with cosmodynes and aspects.
Astrology as a Business (1986)
Complete information on what to do and avoid in establishing an astrological
Blending Astrology, Numerology, and Tarot (1997)
Tarot card reading, including keywords for each card.
Astrology’s Wide Influence (2001)
A variety of topics, including love, and marriage, planetary cycles, ESP,
planets in signs and more.
Contest Charts (1986)
Methods to determine the winner in prize fights, tennis, races, sports,
How Astrology Can Help You (2000)
Shows how astrology can be used to attract usefulness, happiness and
How to Read Cosmodynes (1974)
A primer to determine the harmony or discord of planets, signs, houses in any
Profit by Electional Astrology
Choose the best time for all those important, life-changing events. Chart
Vocational Selection and Counseling Vol. 1 & 2 (1982)
Helps determine career direction (even astrological counseling) using the natal
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BOOKS: Doris Chase Doane's books can be purchased from American Federation of Astrologers, Inc.
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