&copy2002 by Patrice Guinard
Translation by James Elliot

The following are some French Astrologers who should be remembered on this website. (For a more extensive history of French astrology of this era, visit my website.)

FOMALHAUT (pseudonym of Abbot Charles Nicoullaud)
- born May 3, 1854 at 9 am (09:00) in Paris. Died in 1925 (source : De Herbais de Thun, 1944) (born March 3, 1854 and died in 1923 according to other sources)
- Freemason and author of a classic, the Manuel d'astrologie sphérique et judiciaire (Paris, Vigot, 1897), in which the trans-neptunian Pluto is mentioned.

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F. Charles BARLET (pseudonym of Albert Faucheux)
- born October 12, 1838 at 1.35 pm (13:35), in Paris. Died in 1921 (source : De Herbais de Thun, 1944)
- occultist, scholar, bibliophile, founder of the magazine La Science Astrale (1904-1907). Wrote few documents on astrology. - his main work, Les génies planétaires (Paris, Le Voile d'Isis, 1921), was first published in "L'Initiation" and "La Science Astrale" magazines.
- his pupil Abel Haatan (pseudonym of Abel Thomas) is the author of the Traité d'astrologie judiciaire (Paris, Chamuel, 1895).

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Henri SELVA (pseudonym of A. Vlès)
- born June 8, 1861 at 11 pm (23:00), latitude 48N45 (Antony ?). Died in 1952? (source : De Herbais de Thun, 1944)
- Jewish born author, a pioneer in rational and statistical research, founder of the short-lived magazine Le Déterminisme Astral (1904-1905).
- published an adaptation of Morin de Villefranche, La théorie des déterminations astrologiques (Paris, Bodin [1902]; éd. Traditionnelles, 1976; 1981), and La domification ou construction du thème céleste en astrologie (Paris, Vigot, 1917), which studies several house systems.
- his main work remains the Traité théorique et pratique d'astrologie généthliaque (Paris, Chamuel, 1900). "Astral influences" are caused by the integration of suprasensitive forces by the nervous system, in the form of rhythms indicated by light.
- a major influence on Nicola.

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Paul CHOISNARD (pseudonym of Paul Flambart)
- born Febuary 13, 1867 at 11 pm (23:00) in Tours. Died on Febuary 9, 1930 in his famous 63rd climateric year. (source : Jacques de Lescaut, 1994, from Luc de Marré)
- graduate of the École Polytechnique, author of 30 books, founder of the short-lived magazine L'influence Astrale (1913-1914); undoubtedly the main influence of French astrology in the XXth century. His works deal with the main branches of astrological research (technical and statistical, historical, epistemological).
- author of Influence astrale (or Essai d'astrologie expérimentale, Paris, Chacornac, 1901; 1913; 1926) : "For the anti-scientific astrologers, astrology only consists of applying - with more or less skill - the incoherent aphorisms found in ancient texts, which they claim to be tradition, without any care for verification" (preface to the 1913 edition, p.31).
- author of La loi d'hérédité astrale (Paris, Chacornac, 1919), which proposes the hypothesis of hereditary laws of an astral nature and stipulates the transmission by the parents of a certain planetary sensitivity, indicated by the angles of the natal chart, and by a tendency of the child to be born under heavens similar to his genitors. He influenced
Michel Gauquelin, who worked on his hypotheses and gave them a new justification.

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CREDITS: Graphics for this memorial created by Donna Cunningham. Biographical material by Patrice Guinard.