ROBERT POWELL was born in Reading, England, in 1947. He graduated in mathematics at the university of Sussex in 1968, and was awarded a Master's degree in statistics there in 1969. From 1969 to 1976 he was a lecturer in mathematics and statistics in the Department of Computing and Cybernetics at Brighton Polytechnic. In 1971 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. From its inception in 1971 he was a tutor in mathematics for the Open University, until 1974. He left Brighton Polytechnic in 1976 in order to complete his research on the history of the zodiac, and during 1976-77 he was visiting lecturer in astronomy and the history of astronomy at Emerson College, England. He has also done research work in astronomical chronology at the Mathematisch- Physikalisches Institut, Dornach, near Basel, Switzerland. He was registered as a Ph. D. student for the submission of his thesis "History of the Zodiac" at Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland, until he decided not to go ahead with the submission of his thesis in Poland, owing to the imposition of martial law there. He then studied eurythmy at Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland, an art of movement developed by Rudolf Steiner. Here he was also involved in the pioneering of a new star wisdom on a Christian basis. The "body, soul and spirit" of this new star wisdom is presented in his trilogy Hermetic Astrology. After completing the four-year training course in eurythmy, he left Switzerland and returned to England to study the therapeutic application of eurythmy. From 1984 to 1988 he worked as a curative eurythmist (movement therapist) in Stuttgart, West Germany, and made use of hermetic astrology as an aid to his therapeutic work. Now he is continuing his work at Kinsau, south-west of Munich, as part of a therapeutic community dedicated to Christian esoteric wisdom (Sophia).