Joseph Crane

Background and Offerings

Joseph’s applications of astrology have a broad range: traditional and modern, situational, psychological, and spiritual, including horary and electional astrology as the need arises.  They also reflect his background and interests outside the field of astrology.

From Western Massachusetts, raised Catholic and half-Irish. Before working as an astrologer, Joseph’s academic background was in philosophy, psychology, and literature.  Joseph’s prior vocational background has been in human services, as a teacher and faculty advisor, neurofeedback clinician, and in the kitchen of a meditation center.

Joseph is author of A Practical Guide to Traditional Astrology (1997), Astrological Roots: The Hellenistic Legacy (2007), Between Fortune and Providence: Astrology and the Universe in Dante’s Divine Comedy (2012) and Astrology and the Lives of People (currently in completion). He has also written articles on astrological technique, ancient understanding and practice of astrology, and astrology in literature. Over the last decade Joseph has written astrological profiles of extraordinary people and has reviewed many recent books on astrology.

Joseph has taught astrology in many settings, including certificate and consulting skills programs, classes and courses on astrology’s history and interpretative techniques, and more recently with Kepler College. He has also worked with people striving to improve their astrological knowledge and application to establish or further their astrology practice.

Joseph has been a Buddhist practitioner in the Tibetan tradition since 1980. Reflecting his personal background, he has worked extensively as counselor and astrologer for those in addiction recovery.


Ana Isabel and Joseph discuss how the traditional planets shed light on personality


Astrological Roots: The Hellenistic Legacy


Astrological Roots: The Hellenistic Tradition is the first systematic presentation of Hellenistic astrology to the modern astrological world. How did ancient astrologers assess a chart for fame, career, and parents, love, and happiness? This book surveys ancient depictions of planets, affiliations between the planets and the zodiac, lots, houses or places, aspects, orientality, and fixed stars. Students and professional astrologers will find this book a treasure of astrological insight, technique, and new interpretative possibilities. Not only will you gain knowledge of how ancient astrologers practiced their trade, but you will also have new tools that apply to modern life.

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