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Robert Sterling Hand is an American astrologer, historian, and writer. Robert Hand is one of the world’s most famous and renowned astrologers. He takes a special interest in the philosophical dimensions of astrology and is quite dedicated to computer programming. Currently he is fully engaged for Arhat Media as an editor, translator and publisher of ancient astrological writings. Rob Hand lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Robert Hand began his work in astrology at the age of 17. The Hand family was locally known for its work in astrology, science and history, and Rob learned the basics of casting charts for these applications from his father, Wilfred Hand, who successfully applied the astrological techniques of his day to forecasting the stock market.

Rob is an honor graduate from Brandeis University, with honors in history, and went on for graduate work in the History of Science at Princeton. Rob began an astrology practice in 1972 and as success came, he began traveling world wide as a full time professional astrologer.

Robert Hand was known in his early career as the first practicing astrologer to write astrology programs for microcomputers so that the benefits of computers would be available to astrologers. From this effort, he founded Astro-Graphics Services in 1979, which later became Astrolabe, Inc.

In his professional practice Rob uses tropical, heliocentric, sidereal, uranian, cosmobiological and in mundo techniques with ancient and mediaeval methods now being uncovered and translated. In 1997 Rob established a formal archive, library and publishing company for continuing his lifelong work in the history and science of astrology … ARHAT.

Robert Hand’s Library now houses the original texts and translations of over two dozen ancient and medieval astrologers. His books to date include: Planets in Transit: Life Cycles for Living, Planets in Composite: Analyzing Human Relationships, Planets in Youth: Patterns of Early Development, Essays on Astrology and Night and Day: Planetary Sect in Astrology.

Robert Hand is a former chairman of the National Council for Geocosmic Research. He is a member of AFAN, ISAR, and is a patron of the Faculty of Astrological Studies. In 2008, Rob Hand won the Marion D. March Regulus award for his life work. Rob lectures in conferences, seminars and workshops worldwide. Robert Hand offers professional astrological services to astrologers and the general public. In 2013, he was designated as a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) by The Catholic University of America.


  • Planets in Composite: Analyzing Human Relationships
  • Planets in Transit: Life Cycles for Living
  • Planets in Youth: Patterns of Early Development
  • Horoscope Symbols
  • Essays on Astrology
  • Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil