Dr Walter Gorn Old (born 20 March 1864, at 2:06 a.m. LMT in Handsworth, England died 23 December 1929 in Hove, England) a notable 19th century astrologer, better known as Sepharial.
An eminent English Theosophist, Sepharial a well-known and respected astrologer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and wrote numerous books, some of which are still highly regarded today. He was editor of “Old Moore’s Almanac”, which still published in the 21st century.
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As a young man Sepharial initially studied medicine and followed this up with studies in psychology,astrology and numerology. The “inner sanctum”. He was in fact one of the founder members of the Theosophical movement in England. Madame Blavatsky (whom he lived with until her death) called him “The Astral Tramp” because of his nightly explorations into the astral plane.
He became a very influential author in the fields of the occult, astrology and numerology, and his writings had a considerable impact on E. H. Bailey and Alan Leo, who he introduced to Theosophy. He can be credited as the first astrologer to use Earth’s “dark moon” Lilith in his calculations. Genuinely erudite, Sepharial had for example a greater knowledge of mathematics, astronomy, and historical methodology than most of his astrological contemporaries and this showed in his writings. A colourful character, Sepharial started a number of astrological magazines, all of which failed to establish themselves