Robert Powell is a mathematician and historian of astronomy who has
published works on the history of the zodiac and the planets. He was
born in Reading, England and founded the Mercury Star Journal back in
the 70's, if I recall. He was closely associated with Willi Sucher
and was instrumental in having the Goetheanum reasess the work of
Willi Sucher during Easter 1978 (it had been neglected uby Dornach up
until that point in time). If you study the works of Lili Vreede and
WIlli Sucher, you can see that Robert Powell continues many of the
tasks that they set forth for a rebirth of star wisdom in this
century (by Vreede).
By the time that I first met him in 1978, Robert was studying
eurythmy in Dornach and he had come across the work of Valentin
Tomberg, whose Anthroposophical Studies on the Old and New
Testaments, as well as the Book of Revelation were translated into
English by that time. Robert made contact with many of those who had
known VT (he died in the 70's, if I recall correctly) and became
aware of a number of unpublished works of
his. Robert translated the book, known in English as "Meditations on
the Tarot." He is deeply connected to the spirit of this work and I
might say, close to the inspirational source behind the book.
Aside from work as a curative eurthymist, Robert is also co-founder
of the Sophia Foundation of North America. I believe this is path is
a resurrection of the mysteries of Isis, in a modern, esoteric
Christian form. Robert has published a number of books in this vein,
from his Hermetic Astrology series to his works on Sophia. He has
developed his own form of Sacred Dance, which combines his work in
the fields of sophiology, movement, and the stars. Robert Powell is
a genuine spiritual force with a great creative output. One may not
always agree with him, but his work is original yet traditional, but
never derivative. I hope he doesn't mind me saying.
RP lives in Kinsau, south of Munich. He is currently touring the West
Coast, lecturing and teaching sacred movement.
I would be remiss if I didn't include this:
One of, if not THE central element in Robert Powell's work is the
return of Christ in the etheric.
--- In steiner@y..., DRStarman2001@a... wrote:
> macannadh@y... writes:
> > Dear Starman: Am I being impertinent by asking for your
> > judgment regarding the work of another teacher? If not, will you
> > give forth on the work of Robert Powell?
> *******Well, all I know of him is some articles on Astrosophy he
> the Mercury Star Journal years ago and his book "Hermetic
Astrology, Vol. 1".
> I found it, like all the astrosophy I've yet read, to be all right
> beginning of restoring the science of astrology, but too much
> from lots of reading of Steiner rather than having any sign of the
> insight into the levels of the cosmos that a real astrologer must
> I've recently heard he's apparently made himself quite unpopular
> things he's written, but I don't know what they are or why. I hear
> supposedly a follower of this fellow named Tomberg, who seems to me
> uninspired copycat of Dr. Steiner like Max Heindel (he rejected the
> Anthroposophical Society to rejoin what he regarded as superior,
> Catholic Church---which I'd say speaks volumes about someone's
> development, or rather lack of it). Perhaps someone here could tell
> about Mr. Powell.
> Dr. Starman