First Leo Decanate: Silas H. Randall

From The First Eighteen Decanates Analyzed:

LEO—1st Decanate. The first decanate of Leo is pictured among the constellations by CRATER—a furnace, or cup of fire. In this manner did the ancient masters of starry lore portray the fiery love nature of those born under this section of the sky.

Their most notable trait is the desire and ability to rule others. And unless this tendency is restrained there is an inclination to dominate. Yet always there is a powerful love nature. And as love is at the foundation of all achievement, if this love energy can be directed into proper channels, it leads on to success. But due to its strength there is danger of turning to one extreme or the other—either permitting pleasure to dominate the life, or in rebellion at the tendency toward excess to become the avowed ascetic. As neither extreme permits of proper expression of the fine qualities of this decanate the watchword should be moderation.

Hiram Butler, author of Solar Biology, who founded and ruled a colony of esoteric students whose efforts largely revolve around sex repression, was born with the Sun here. Anna B. Kingsford, who wrote The Perfect WayClothed with the Sun, and other works of an occult character, and whose relationship with a prominent organization was severed because of her own dominant views and teachings, was born with the Moon in this decanate. And Adelina Patti, the prima donna, who dominated the multitude through the beauty and power of her voice, was born with this part of Leo as her Ascendant. It is the decanate of RULERSHIP.

From Letters to the Sage, Volume One:

Born in 1852 in Mystic River, Connecticut, Silas Herbert Randall was the only child of Silas Burrows and Emily Frances, who relocated to southwestern Ohio in the 1860s. Silas married Edith R. DeGolyer on April 6, 1876; they had two children, a boy and a girl. Silas died in 1901 in Charlevoix, Michigan, at age 49, and was buried in Cincinnati, Ohio. Randall was an inventor, working in his father’s Cincinnati machine business, Randall & Co. Patents in his name are on file for various industrial machinery inventions.


Silas first contacted Johnson as an admirer of The Platonist in 1882. His letters reflect the fact that he was one of the most active and successful promoters of Johnson’s Platonist and of the H.B. of L. They also give a great deal of insight into the development of both the American H.B. of L. and Cincinnati’s esotericist community, which was concentrated around Silas, Buck, J. Ralston Skinner, and Elmira Y. Howard. Finally, more than any other set of letters in this volume, his reveal the wide range of literature TS- and H.B. of L.-connected esotericists were reading in the 1880s.

Silas ended the correspondence in 1886 due to his wife’s objections to his H.B. of L. activity. Unlike the examples of Olcott and Judge, whose involvement in Theosophy was ruinous to their marriages, Randall ended his occult adventures when it became clear to him that his family life was at risk.