Jones, Marc Edmund

Jones, Marc Edmund

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Marc Edmund Jones, born October 1, 1888, in St. Louis, Missouri, was a well-known occultist and astrologer. He was educated at the Theological Seminary of the United Presbyterian Church and Columbia University, where he received a Ph.D. in education in 1948. A long-lived individual, he pursued such diverse careers as astrologer, editorial consultant, Protestant minister, and motion-picture scenarist.

Jones became interest in astrology in 1913 and founded the Sabian Assembly in 1923. He served as president of the American Foundation for Metaphysical Arts and Sciences in New York City some 20 years later. He was an early member of the American Federation of Astrology (AFA) and a member of the Astrologers’ Guild of America, serving as the latter’s vice president (1941–1942). Late in life he was one of the best-known astrologers in America. He died March 5, 1980, in Stanwood, Washington.

Jones’s approach to delineation utilizing horoscope patterns, in Guide to Horoscope Interpretation, has proved to be highly popular with astrologers, as has his approach to degree interpretations in The Sabian Symbols. These methods were especially popularized by Dane Rudhyar, who built upon Jones’s work.

Sources:

Holden, James H., and Robert A. Hughes. Astrological Pioneers of America. Tempe, AZ: American Federation of Astrologers, 1988.
Jones, Marc Edmund. Astrology, How and Why It Works. Philadelphia: David McKay Co., 1945.
Jones. Guide to Horoscope Interpretation. Philadelphia: David McKay Co., 1941.
Jones. How to Learn Astrology. Philadelphia: David McKay Co., 1941.
Jones. How to Live with the Stars. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1975.
Jones. The Sabian Symbols. New York: Sabian Publishing Society, 1953.