Holst, Gustav

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Holst, Gustav Gender: M
Gustavus Theodore von Holst
born on 21 September 1874 at 16:24 (= 4:24 PM )
Place Cheltenham, England, 51n54, 2w04
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 28°29' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 01°14 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 06°21'

Gustav Holst


English composer, pianist and trombonist who is remembered for his orchestral suite "The Planets," written between 1914-18, and his operas, including "The Perfect Fool." From the age of 31, he served as the musical director of an all girl's school up until his death.

He was born into a musical family and studied piano, trombone and composition. His mom died when he was seven and his dad was remarried four years later to a woman who was a Theosophist. Meeting were held regularly in his home, exposing him to a broad range of philosophical concepts. Deeply influenced, he saw music as his dharma (path).

As a young man he worked as a freelance trombonist on sea-side piers and in traveling orchestras as well as copying scores for other musicians. At 29, he began to teach, and for the rest of his life, composition was relegated to his spare time.

Holst died of heart failure following an operation on his ulcer on 25 May 1934 in London, England. He was 59.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Death of Mother 1881 (Age seven when mom died)

Source Notes

Anthea Head in The Astrological Journal, May-June 1998, relates Holst's history, including his interest in astrology and his meeting with Clifford Bax in 1913. Biographical details are based on original research by Head's husband Raymond, a musician, composer and Holst scholar.

Fowler's gives the same "presumably from him as he studied astrology with Clifford Bax."

(David Fisher writes, "From AQ Vol 4No.2, 'It may have come from him but no way to trace it'" Sabian Symbols No.473 gives 00:30 AM.)


  • Vocation : Education : Administrator (Musical director of girl's school)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Piano, trombone)
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book