Dane Rudhyar – Bio

Dane Rudyard - PictureA biography of Dane Rudhyar - a contemporary visionary and prolific author in the field of Astrology.

Books by Dane Rudhyar:


DANE RUDHYAR was born in Paris, France, on March 23, 1895. Quite early in his life, Rudhyar intuitively realized two things which have deeply influenced his entire life and work: (1) Time is cyclic, and the Law of cycles describes all civilizations as well as all existence; (2) Western Civilization is now in what could be symbolically called the autumn phase of its period of existence. As these realizations developed into a personal commitment to the future which he envisioned, Rudhyar felt the urge to divorce himself from Europe and to seek a “New World” —a land into which he could sow himself as a seed, carrying within his being the legacy of whatever was viable and constructive in the European past. In the late fall of 1916, he came to America, leaving behind his native land arid ancestral French culture as well as his family name, Chenneviere.

The change of name was symbolic of a total dedication to his ideal: the transformation of our civilization, a revaluation of all values: He became known as Rudhyar; a name derived from the Sanskrit root Rudra implying dynamic action and the electrical power released during storms. The god Rudra in the Vedas is the Destroyer and Regenerator, the transforming energy, breaker of old molds and the power of will or vital force.

This sense of destiny released through Rudhyar tremendous energy which he channeled into the development of his philosophical ideas; through Music and the use of tone; through Painting as the Art of Gestures; through Astrology as a symbolic language with the potential to bring individuals in tune with cosmic cycles. Throughout his life and his use of many different forms of expression, his purpose became clearly focused and dynamic. He calls forth the need for individuals with holistic vision and a “transpersonal” approach to life to serve as the foundation of a global society.

We are privileged to publish the books of Rudhyar, beloved mentor and friend, internationally acclaimed Astrologer, composer, poet, artist and philosopher, who initiated the concept of a cyclic and transpersonal approach to life. Rudhyar’s pioneering work, seeded generations of astrologers globally, inspiring a wholistic approach to contemporary personal and global crisis.

—Barbara Somerfield, Publisher

Click here to read An Interview with Rudhyar Conducted by Barbara Somerfield on his 89th Birthday