A Tribute to Charles Harvey from Rick Tarnas:
"Let me speak first, as a friend. Charles was so dear to me, his
friendship was one of the most important in my life, though we were
separated by an ocean and a continent. It was an honor to be his friend.
He had such a profoundly warm heart, loving and generous; his being in
its very essence was magnanimous, great-souled. For one person to
have at once such a large mind and a large heart is so rare and precious.
For all of us his death is a blow, tangible and sharp, hitting our hearts
"I share with Suzi, and with his children and family and friends,
a deep sorrow at his passing. His death is a great loss; and yet,
in the mysterious way these things work, we know that he has entered
into the interior of our lives, perhaps to bring his irreplaceable
gifts to and through us in ways we cannot foresee.
"But Charles was not only a friend and husband and father.
He was, in his quiet but highly effective way, an important and even
essential figure in our culture and in the spiritual awakening of our
time. Certainly he was one of the most brilliant, technically masterful,
encyclopedically knowledgeable astrologers of our age, and his great
synthesis of the British and the German astrological traditions at
their best is one of his most important contributions. And he
accomplished that synthesis within a profound Platonic and
Neoplatonic philosophical framework that greatly expanded
and deepened the meaning of the astrological perspective and discipline.
"But that is only a part of his legacy. If I can speak as an American
looking from afar at the world of British astrology, it seemed to me
that Charles was the most recent representative of a certain
great lineage within the British astrological tradition, which began
with Alan Leo, was passed on to Charles E. O. Carter,
thence to John Addey, and finally to Charles,
who oversaw The Astrological Association of Great Britain
for most of his adult life.
"And from that position, in his extraordinary care for the whole, Charles
served more than perhaps any other single person to unify the
international astrological community. For all his intellectual
brilliance and technical competence he was a visionary: he deeply
recognized not only astrology's potential influence but its rightful
place in our civilization's future world view. He believed that
astrology would someday move into the very center of the life of our
culture--and I believe he was right. And like all great visionaries,
he not only saw, he gave himself to the task of incarnating that vision./
"Finally, if I can speak very personally for a moment, I always
felt as if Charles and I were united across the Atlantic by our common
goal to help open up our civilization's eyes to the sacred intelligence
of the cosmos and to the human being's special role within that cosmos.
Our friendship was rooted in this shared aspiration: I hope to spend the
rest of my life--and Charles's death poignantly brings home to us all
how unknown and mysterious is the allotted span of our years--I hope to
spend the rest of whatever years are given to me working to fulfill
what Charles saw and felt so fully. More than anything I will remember
how much Charles cared--for astrology, for the divine cosmos, for the
human community--and his caring had the tenderness of the Mother for
a precious newborn, or, perhaps I should say, reborn.
"Goodbye noble Charles, we have been beautifully blessed by
your living amongst us."
Rick Tarnas, February 27, 2000
BIRTH AND DEATH DATA: AstroDatabank gives the
following data, ranked A, given to Lois Rodden by him in 1979. He was born on
June 22, 1940, at 8:16 AM GMT, in Little Bookham, England, 51N16; 00W23.
According to a memorial at StarIQ, no longer on line, he died of lympathic cancer on February 22, 2000
2:50 AM in Bath, England.
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