Holden, James

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Holden, James Gender: M
James Herschel Holden
born on 22 October 1926 at 16:00 (= 4:00 PM )
Place Texon, Texas, 31n13, 101w41
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 28°45' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 21°51 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 13°42'

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American astrologer, scholar and writer. Research Director of the American Federation of Astrologers since 1982. Trained as a linguist - he has a degree in English Literature with a minor in Foreign Languages (Latin, German, French, and Russian) and as a scientist (he holds a second B.A. in Pure Mathematics with a minor in Physics), Holden has translated numerous astrological books and articles from Latin, Greek, French, German, Spanish, and Italian. Some of the translations are: Albumasar's 'Book of Flowers', Abu 'Ali's 'The Judgments of Nativities', Masha'allah's short 'Book of Nativities', Sahl ibn Bishr's 'Five Books on Horary and Electional Astrology, Porphyry's 'Introduction to the Tetrabiblos', Paul of Alexandria's 'Introduction', Rhetorius the Egyptian's 'Compendium of Astrology', and Brahy's Autobiography.

Through his prodigious translation efforts, he has made available to the English speaking community 9 of the twenty-six books from Jean-Baptiste Morin's magnum opus, Astrologia Gallica. Holden’s choice of translations - Books 13, 14, 15, 17,19, 22, 23, 24, and 25 - gives the student and the professional access to a traditional form of astrology as formulated and practiced by a reformer and apologist of this timeless tradition.

Aside of the numerous translations and scientific articles, his main works include

  • The Classical Zodiac (1995)
  • A History of Horoscopic Astrology (1996)
  • An Astrological Theory of Personality (2000)
  • Biographical Dictionary of Western Astrologers (2013).

Holden died on 13 August 2013, aged 86.

(Partly quoted from Robert Corre, http://www.forumonastrology.com/foa/holdenJh.html)


  • other kind of relationship with Morinus, Johannes (born 23 February 1583 (greg.)). Notes: Holden translated Morinus' work from Latin


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate.

Also, he reports his own birth data in his book Biographical Dictionary of Western Astrologers, p. 340. Quoted by 'Skyscript' on Facebook, 16 August 2013.


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 86)
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Linguist
  • Vocation : Occult Fields : Astrologer
  • Vocation : Writers : Astrology
  • Vocation : Writers : Translator (from Latin and Greek)