Noel Jan Tyl

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Noel Jan Tyl (born December 31, 1936) is an American humanistic astrologer and writer of many books on the subject. In the 1960s and 70s he was a bass-baritone opera singer who was particularly noted for his Wagnerian roles.

Life and career

Tyl was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania and graduated from Harvard University in Social Relations (Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology) in 1958.[1] He had studied singing and piano at school and as a freshman at Harvard joined the Harvard Glee Club. Two years later, he was elected its manager.[2] While at Harvard he also sang in the Harvard Opera Guild's first production, The Barber of Seville.[3] After graduation he moved to Texas where he worked as the business manager of Houston Grand Opera and continued his voice studies.[4] He then moved to New York City for further voice studies while simultaneously working as a public relations executive. In 1964 Tyl won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and shortly thereafter commenced a full-time opera career.

Over the next twenty years he appeared in many American opera houses, including, New York City Opera, Cincinnati Opera,[5] Lyric Opera of Chicago,[6] Seattle Opera, and Washington Opera as well as appearing regularly with the Vienna State Opera and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf.[7] He initially sang bass roles but in 1970 expanded into the bass-baritone repertoire and found a particular affinity with Wagnerian roles such as Hans Sachs (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Wotan (Der Ring des Nibelungen), and The Dutchman (The Flying Dutchman).[7] Tyl had retired from the opera stage by the late 1970s and returned to public relations after founding the Washington, D.C. based firm Tyl Associates.[8] However, he came out of retirement in 1981 to appear in two productions (Madama Butterfly and Semele) with Washington Opera and in 1987 sang in a live German radio broadcast of Kurt Weill's cantata, Ballad of the Magna Carta.[9] Earlier in 1987, he had given a benefit solo recital for the McLean Choral Society. Amongst the pieces on the programme were two of his own compositions, a setting of Longfellow's poem "The Children's Hour" and A Rudhyar Suite: Sunset, Truth, Rebirth, Awareness which was set to texts by the astrologer, composer, and poet Dane Rudhyar.[8]

By the late 1960s, Tyl had developed an interest in astrology and its relationship to human psychology, particularly need theory. Astrology became his parallel profession for many years, and since his retirement from Tyl Assdociates has been his sole profession. His first book, The Horoscope as Identity, was published in 1973 by Llewellyn Publications and began his long association with that publisher. A twelve volume series The Principles and Practice of Astrology soon followed and over the years he became the company's most published author.[10] His Synthesis and Counseling In Astrology, a 1000 page professional manual on the use of astrology in counseling, was published in 1994. That same year, he moved to Fountain Hills, Arizona where he continues to work as a consulting astrologer as well as teaching, lecturing and writing on the subject. At the 1998 United Astrology Congress, the world convention for astrology, he received the Regulus Award for "establishing and maintaining a professional image in the field."[11] His 2001 Solar Arcs: Astrology's Most Successful Predictive System contains autobiographical material in relation to his own horoscope.[12]

Partial bibliography

Noel Tyl has written over 30 books on astrology, including:[13]

  • Initimacy, Sexuality and Relationship St. Paul, Minnesota: Llewellyn, 2002 ISBN 0-7387-0113-0
  • Solar Arcs: Astrology's Most Successful Predictive System Llewellyn, 2001 ISBN 0-7387-0054-1
  • The Creative Astrologer. St. Paul, Minnesota: Llewellyn, 2000. ISBN 1-56718-740-4
  • Astrological Timing of Critical Illness. St. Paul, Minnesota: Llewellyn, 1998. ISBN 1-56718-738-2
  • Predictions for a New Millennium. St. Paul, Minnesota: Llewellyn, 1996. ISBN 1-56718-737-4 (4 editions published between 1996 and 2000)
  • Synthesis and Counseling in Astrology. St. Paul, Minnesota: Llewellyn, 1994. ISBN 978-1-56718-734-2


  1. Melton, J. Gordon (2001). "Tyl, Noel (1936-)". Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, 5th edition. Gale Research. ISBN 0-8103-9489-8 (accessed via (subscription required))
  2. Harvard Crimson (February 16, 1957). "Elections"
  3. Addiss, Stephen (November 16, 1956). "The Barber of Seville". Harvard Crimson
  4. Houston Grand Opera. HGO Guild History
  5. Parsons, Charles H. (2010). "Wagner in Cincinnati". Cincinnati Opera
  6. Lyric Opera of Chicago Archives, 1980 Season. Cast of Boris Godunov.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Stehle, Vince (June 2, 1988). "Singer Finds His Career History Repeating Itself". Washington Post (subscription required)
  8. 8.0 8.1 McLellan, Joseph (August 29, 1987). "Tyl's Return, With Skill". Washington Post (subscription required)
  9. The performance of Ballad of the Magna Carta (and Weill's Der Lindberghflug from the same broadcast) were later released on cd (Capriccio Records 60012)
  10. Weschcke, Carl Llewellyn (September 1, 2005). "Noel Tyl: A Good Friend of Mine", The Llewellyn Journal, Llewellyn Worldwide
  11. Tyl, Noel J. (2000). The Creative Astrologer. Llewellyn, p. ii. ISBN 1-56718-740-4
  12. Tyl, Noel J. (2001) Solar Arcs: Astrology's Most Successful Predictive System. Llewellyn Worldwide, pp. 52-70
  13. WorldCat. Tyl, Noel 1936-

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