George, Llewellyn

George, Llewellyn

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Llewellyn George, born August 17, 1876, in Swansea, Wales, was a prominent astrologer, author, and founder of Llewellyn Publications. His father died when he was young, and his mother remarried and moved to the United States. George’s younger half-brother, Griff Abrams, was his partner in the astrological publishing field for many years.

George began studying astrology in Portland, Oregon, under L. H. Weston. Later George moved to Los Angeles, where his publishing business was highly successful. He began publishing the Astrological Bulletin in 1905 and The Moon Sign Book in 1906.

Throughout a busy lifetime, George supported astrologers, astrology, and astrological organizations. He seldom accepted office in these organizations, but did serve on committees. The American Federation of Astrologers (AFA) honored him by awarding him honorary life membership in 1939, and the Astrological Bulletin of August 22, 1941, called him the “dean of American astrologers.” In 1948, he contributed to the AFA building fund, and when the AFA library was being expanded, he contributed money for a bookcase dedicated to his brother, Griff Abrams, and filled it with copies of all available Llewellyn Publications.

During a period of legal problems in California in the mid-1940s, he cofounded and served as president of Educational Astrology, Inc., in Los Angeles. This organization was established to fight antiastrology legislation and ordinances. Toward the end of the decade, he established the Llewellyn Foundation for Astrological Research, with Donald A. Bradley as research director. George died on July 11, 1954, in Los Angeles.

Sources:

George, Llewellyn. The New A to Z Horoscope Maker and Delineator. 13th ed. Edited by Marylee Bytheriver. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1986.
George, Llewellyn. Astrologer’s Searchlight. 2d ed. rev. Los Angeles: Llewellyn Publications, 1933.
George, Llewellyn. (The New Improved) Planetary Hour Book. Portland, OR: Portland School of Astrology, 1907.
George, Llewellyn. Practical Astrology for Everybody. Portland, OR: Bulletina Publishing, 1911.
Holden, James H., and Robert A. Hughes. Astrological Pioneers of America. Tempe, AZ: American Federation of Astrologers, 1988.