Evangeline Adams


Herb Kugel says in his article, "The Stars on Trial: The Story of Evangeline Adams," in The Mountain Astrologer, Feb/Mar, 2000, p. 53:

"Evangeline Adams was one of the most important influences on the development of American astrology as we currently know it. She became famous because of a tragic hotel fire in which many people perished. Her career climaxed with a precedent-setting court case in which she demanded that astrology itself be placed on trial.

Evangeline Adams

"Adams came from the same illustrious family as two American presidents, John Adams and John Quincy Adams; however, she dismayed her conservative New England relations by, "dabbling in heathenism," that is, by wanting to become an astrologer. She became a very successful astrologer and gave advice and comfort to about 100,000 people during her 40-year career.

"Her clients ranged from the poor and unknown to the powerful and famous. She taught astrology to financier John Pierpont Morgan, who once stated, 'Millionaires don't use astrology, billionaires do." Tenor Enrico Caruso never crossed the ocean during World War I without first consulting Adams to obtain the safest dates for sailing."

NOTE: To read this fascinating five-page article, with details about Adam's colorful life and her landmark trial, contact The Mountain Astrologer for this and other back issues.

To read a long summary of the Adams case with some verbatim documents, visit Carlo Ravin's tribute to Walter Coleman a pioneer in astrology and the law.

EVANGELINE ADAMS' WRITINGS: In addition to her huge clientele, daily radio show, newspaper columns, and publishing Monthly Forecast, Adams wrote four astrology books for the layperson. Published between 1926 and 1931, they are all out of print, though you may find some at AstroAmerica. They were:

Bowl of Heaven
Astrology: Your Place in the Sun
Astrology: Your Place Among the Stars
Astrology for Everyone


BIRTH AND DEATH DATA: Evangeline Adams lied about her age. She lied consistently, yet in an inconsistent way. Her lengthy AstroDatabank record, rated as DD for Dirty Data is quoted here in its entirety:

"Time given in her autobiography "Bowl of Heaven" (p.27, quotes of dad's diary.) Date given in astrological literature; Karen Christino quotes same date (1868) in "A Geneological History of Henry Adams of Braintree, MA"': same date on her death certificate: same date in the 1900 Boston census.

"Other sources suggest different years of birth. In the 1910 Boston census, she claimed to be 47; in the l920 census, 49. On her marriage certificate in 4/23, she gives age 50 (her husband also gave a wrong birth year). Her obituary in the NY Times gives age 59 at her death in l932. The NY Library catalog lists"1872?"

"Catherine V. Thompson wrote to M.A. 7/8-1933, "I notice that the Director of the Evangeline Adams Studios states that she was born in 1868. That is officially contradicted by the record in our Public Library which says that Evangeline Smith Adams was born in 1859..... I met Miss Adams in Boston in 1898 and have friends who knew her there and we cannot understand why ten years have been taken off her age. Records in our State House say that her husband, Mr. George Edwin Jordan, Jr., was born June 20, 1890 at Foxboro, MA, and his mother who lives here stated that his wife was 30 years older than himself."

Joan Lenert reported that she had a chart for Adams for 1868 but for 9:30 AM EST. Lina Accurso reported that her mom, born in 1871, was a contemporary of Adams. Adams died 11/10/1933, 4:00 AM, New York, NY.

The biography of Adams, Foreseeing the Future:  Evangeline Adams and Astrology in America is available from www.OneReed.com and Amazon.com.

Click here to Listen to Karen Christino radio interview about Evangeline Adams from http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wtaradio

About What Evangeline Adams Knew

Once the world's most famous astrologer, Evangeline Adams single-handedly popularized astrology in the United States.  Now, for the first time, Adams' biographer, astrologer Karen Christino, uncovers all of her astrological secrets. In an easy-to-understand format, you'll discover:

. How Adams predicted World War II and the stock market crash of 1929
. How Evangeline foresaw death for Enrico Caruso and Rudolph Valentino
. How she chose presidential winners
. Evangeline's work with the magician Aleister Crowley, and for clients like Edgar Cayce, Joseph Campbell, Eugene O'Neill and Tallulah Bankhead
. Evangeline on trial, with actual court transcripts
. How Evangeline chose travel and wedding dates, and analyzed the potential for marriage in the horoscope.

Karen Christino is a consulting astrologer based in New York City. Her books include Foreseeing the Future: Evangeline Adams and Astrology in America and Star Success: An Astrological Guide to your Career.  Karen has written for Glamour, Marie Claire, Modern Bride, Seventeen, and numerous astrology journals. She is professionally certified by the National Council for Geocosmic Research, and has a B.A. from Colgate University.

What Evangeline Adams Knew is available for $19.95 plus shipping - add $1.60 for media mail (total of $21.55) or $4.05 for priority mail (total of $24.00) in the U.S.  You may order the book directly from Stella Mira Books at P.O. Box 02-3095, Brooklyn Heights, NY, 11202.  Please be sure to include your name and address as well as a check or money order for the full amount.  Or you may charge it to a credit card via Paypal.com.  (Go to www.paypal.com, click on "Send Money" then scroll down to "Sign Up Today" and fill out your personal information, along with our e-mail address, StellaMiraBooks@cs.com.)



For many years, we did a summer vacation in Rockport and Gloucester,MA with our daughter and granddaughters. In Gloucester, there was a used bookstore with an area just for occult books. BTW: We collect signed and first edition books, so naturally I also do with the Astrology, etc.

Well, there on the shelf was a beautiful copy of Adams Astrology - Your Plan in the Sun for $5. Immediately, I protected it as mine. Then, looking inside, it had the bookplate of Lothrop Stoddard, then I saw writing on the next page and thought - oh shxx somebody wrote all over this.

Then, I looked closer:

Mr. Lothrop Stoddard
with great admiration
for your conservative
and radical mind.
Evangeline Adams
Apr 1929

What a find!!!

Stoddard was a Harvard- educated lawyer who wrote The Revolt Against Civilization in 1923 and Racial Realities in Europe.

~Arlene DeAngelus



I thought you may be interested to learn and possibly post that I own the Evangeline Adams library.

I also own her personal memorabila such as family scrap books and correspondence.

Feel free to contact me.

Thank You,

Norm Winski


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