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The earliest astrological society that could be regarded as being an ancestor of the Lodge is the informal group that Frederick Lacey brought together in 1888. He’d written a letter to an astrological magazine saying that as a student living in south London, he’d like to correspond with or meet other astrological students for “mutual improvement”.
Alan Leo is commonly thought of as being the first modern astrologer and is revered the world over amongst astrologers. Born William Frederick Allan in Westminster in 1860, Leo was cared for by his mother, a member of the Plymouth Brethren after his father, a Scottish ex-soldier, left when Leo was nine.