The following is by Gavin Kent McClung, from his article, "A SALUTE TO OUR HERITAGE: What
Makes A True Astrologer?" Dell Horoscope, June, 2000, pp. 66-77. (Portions reprinted with permission of
"ALEXANDRE VOLGUINE was perhaps the
leading figure in twentieth-century French astrology,
though he was born in Alexandria, Russia, and only came
to France in his youth. In 1938, he founded an
excellent astrological journal, Les Cahiers
Astrologiques, which he edited until his death.
occult and foreign traditions in astrology--Hebrew,
Arabic, Hindu, Chinese, even pre-Columbian--all
received Volguine's attention. He promoted the use
of the Hindu navamsa (chart-view in the ninth harmonic),
the theory of Parts of the Arabs, and the interpretive
subtleties available through the decanates of signs.
"He held that all planets in a horoscope are to be
seen as being in aspect to one another when placed in
the correct framework, which is perhaps a variant
application of the concept of harmonic astrology.
Volguine's view of rulership involved assessing the
strongest (or ruling) planets in a chart, and he
developed a complex method for determining this
factor, which was presented in his book, The Ruler
Of The Nativity.
"Volguine's approach to the horoscope was holistic,
as with his theory of encadrement or "planetary
containment," wherein he placed special emphasis upon
the sequence into which natal planets fall when
proceeding through the zodiacal wheel in a horoscope.
In this context, he placed extra emphasis on planets
that appear on either side of certain significant
points, such as the Sun, Moon, Midheaven, and Ascendant.
"Volguine continued editing his astrological journal
despite severe twelfth-house problems during his
lifetime, including imprisonment in a concentration
camp during WWII, and various periods of illness and
BIRTH AND DEATH DATA: AstroDatabank gives the
following information, rated A. In Volguine's book, Ruler of the Nativities,
he cites a rectified time of 5:45:13 AM LMT,
deviating only slightly from a recorded time of 5:45. He was born on March 3, 1903,
in Novaya Pragan, Ukraine, 48N33; 32E54.
However, another source, APA, gives March 3, 1893 NS, at 5:45 AM, Kherson, Russia.
He died on June 23, 1976, in Nice, France.
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BOOKS BY VOLGUINE:
McClung says, "In the '30s, '40s, and '50s, he wrote highly
regarded books: Lunar Astrology, The Technique of
Solar Returns--which is outstanding in the area of
prediction, and Astrological Interpretation of Dreams."
(We find no sources for any of these books.)
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