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The Life and Work of Astrologer Alan Oken

Alan Oken, astrologer

Episode 223 is a biographical interview with astrologer Alan Oken, who is the author of a number of highly influential books on modern astrology, such as Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology (1980), and Rulers of the Horoscope (2000).

During the course of the show we talk about how Alan got into astrology in the late 1960s, the influence of Theosophy on his personal philosophy, and what it was like being a gay man in the astrological community in the late 20th century.

This was partially a biographical episode about Alan’s life and work, but we also ended up discussing a range of other topics such as astrology and consciousness, the symbolism of the astrological glyphs, and the role of publishing books in establishing your reputation in the astrological community.

For more information about Alan see his website:


This episode is available in both audio and video versions below.

Watch the Video Version of This Episode

Here is the video version of my interview with Alan Oken:


A full transcript of this episode is available: Episode 223 transcript

Listen to the Audio Version of This Episode

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  • i absolutely love your podcasts Chris!
    Especially this one. Alan was one of my first astrologers I read back in 1992.
    Thank you for all the work you do.

  • This was inspiring—- he’s such a treasure of a person. I’m so glad I was able to hear this conversation, it was like a breath of fresh air – thank you!

  • A beautiful and rich dialogue. Alan Oken’s books were among those most highly recommended by my astrology teacher in the 1970s, and I continue to hold them in the highest regard for their broad scope, reasoned presentation and even-handedness. It’s wonderful to witness two of the best minds in astrology, from intersecting generations and paths, meet in this graceful interview.

  • Wow, such a great podcast! So inspiring and interesting. Thank you Chris, listening to your podcasts are the highlight of my week!

  • I can only echo the other comments, a wonderful interview with a truly lovely man. Like others here, Alan’s books were amongst the first ones I bought, when I made my third, and final attempt to get into Astrology, twenty years ago.

    They eased my passage and helped me exercise my own need for structure, order, process and form in Astrology, by encouragement.