Writing in the 1930s-1940s, Grant Lewi was the author of two hugely popular books that introduced the general
public to astrology. Still in print by Llewellyn, these gems of information and insight are Astrology for the Millions
and Heaven Knows What. He received a Master's degree from Columbia University
and taught English before becoming interested in astrology. For many years, he was editor of Horoscope
Today, he is still remembered for a feat that few of us would have the nerve to try. He predicted
his own death at age 49 by a cerebral hemorrhage. He died exactly on the day predicted--July 15, 1951. It
is said--and it may be true--that he had never been insured, but that when he saw his death coming, he took
out a life insurance policy which helped to sustain his wife and three children.
Excerpt from Heaven Knows What by Carl Payne
Grant Lewi has become a legend. He was the lad who quit
teaching English at Dartmouth and became an astrologer. He was not
surprised when his Heaven Knows What became the best selling
astrological book of the twentieth century. He expected it
to be. . . He was a good story teller. His sense of humor
was always working. There was a gleam of laughter in his eyes,
and his personality was full of charm. . . Grant Lewi did not use
progressions. He did not use fixed stars. He found everything
he wanted in the solar system. He was a practical rather than
theoreical astrologer. . .
From Astrology for the Millions:
"Astrology is valid for the same reason the multiplication
table is valid - because it works."
Gemini - the twins. Most days an ordinary fellow with a
delicious sense of humor. On other days somewhat of a mystic.
An individualist belonging to no cults or organizations. An
opponent of the first atomic bomb. Concentrated on his work
in a Greenwich Village apartment on one day, but was out exploring
the mountains and desert of Arizona a few days later. Taught
English at Dartmouth. Edited HOROSCOPE Magazine. Resigned
because he was restless. Never carried life insurance until
shortly before his death in 1951. Then, even his bank loans
were covered by life insurance. Refused to make appointments
for the month that was to follow his death. Joked about this,
and told people, "I'll see you then if I am still here."
BIRTH AND DEATH INFORMATION: AstroDatabank gives
the following information rated A, from him in a letter in 1945. He was born June 8, 1902, at 8:30 AM EST,
in Albany, NY, 73W45; 42N39. He died July 15, 1951, in Tucson, AZ.
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