Through his lifelong work as a writer, editor, clergyman, and psychologist, Marc Edmund Jones, Ph.D. has pursued an ever-increasing interest in occult philosophy. It is his belief that no knowledge of life is adequate if it does not comprise every possible ramification of conscious experience, whether conventional or offbeat.
His first encounter with unorthodox doctrines was shortly after the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago, when Christian Scientists moved next door to his ancestral home. This stimulated an unusually speculative temperament, already quickened by divided church allegiances in his own family circle. There still exists his first fictional effort in which a Christian Science hero discovered how to go back into history, or forward into the future, by a mere act of thought. In these early years he spent his summers with an aunt who was interested in Theosophy, although the explanation of what this meant came later, and on the whole his occult inquiries had very roots.
His special studies in this field have occupied a considerable part of his time for more than half a century, with his contribution to astrology gradually coming to dominate his public image. The Sabian Assembly, an experimental group, remains active since he founded it in 1923.
Marc Edmund Jones, the Dean of American Astrologers, is better known for his contributions to American astrology than for his philosophical writings. But, at core he was a philosopher as his book Occult Philosophy clearly demonstrates. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1888. His early education was in was in Chicago public schools and at John Dewey's experimental high school at the University of Chicago. He received his B.A. degree from Occidental College at Los Angeles, and a B.D. from the San Francisco Theological Seminary. His Ph.D. was conferred in the Faculty of Philosophy, Columbia University. He died in 1980.