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Project Hindsight

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Please help the team at Project Hindsight ( and ) to protect and distribute the teachings of Robert H. Schmidt and Ellen Black!!! If you are familiar with Robert Schmidt's work, then you know just how important it was in creating the field of Hellenistic Astrology and bringing forward doctrine that had laid hidden for millennia! We all owe a huge debt of gratitude for his groundbreaking work that is unparalleled in scope.

Project Hindsight will continue under the leadership of Kathryn Higson and Ted Higson. We need YOUR HELP to cover bills directly associated with Ellen’s passing and allow us to continue operating and continue to get the teachings TO YOU! We've got a lot in store, but we need your help during this critical time!

Who are Kathryn and Ted? Dear friends of Ellen and Robert for 24 years! Kathryn shares the alma mater, St. John's College, and enjoyed the front row seat for all of their amazing discoveries over the decades. Beyond just being inspiring teachers, Ellen and Robert were close family friends to the Higson's. Ellen and Robert chose the Higson's to pass their legacy on to because of the mutual trust and appreciation developed over many years.

Please see Ellen's obituary below:

May 30, 2023
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ellen Loer Black on May 10, 2023. Ellen was Robert H. Schmidt’s wife and lifelong research partner. Many Project Hindsight subscribers and lecture attendees in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia or Cumberland, Maryland will remember Ellen fondly. Ellen planned the events, cooked for the crowds, hosted with grace, and participated in the lectures and lively discussions. Ellen fulfilled two roles well; both the quintessential strong woman behind a great man, and an equal partner in a life’s work.

Born in Cumberland, Maryland in 1944, Ellen met Robert at St. John’s College in Annapolis where they were both the class of 1972. Both Ellen and Robert were heavily influenced by a teacher they became close with at St. John’s, Mr. Thomas MacDonald. Ellen often described the palpable relief she felt upon meeting Mr. MacDonald. She had been looking for a teacher like him all of her life. From St. John’s, Robert continued to study Greek mathematics, linguistics, and Ancient and German philosophy. Ellen recognized and appreciated Robert's bright light and expansive intellect, and orchestrated their life in order to support his unique path.

Ellen and Robert began investigating Greek astrology in the early 1990’s. Robert famously translated previously untranslated texts from the Hellenistic period, and the rest, as they say, is history. This initiated what became their life’s work. Through their organization Project Hindsight, Robert translated Ancient astrological work, reconstructed the lost art, and ultimately discovered the underlying cosmology informing the system.

After Robert’s death in 2018, Ellen continued her own research into the origins of Greek astrology. Though Ellen’s passing marks the end of an era, and the loss of a great friend, the team at Project Hindsight will continue to distribute Robert’s teachings and protect their joint legacy.

We ask that you consider contributing to our GoFundMe so that we can distribute this work for students into the future, preserve as yet unpublished work, and cover the expenses that come with death. Thank you for your continued support!


  • David Stricker
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  • Dale Nelson
    • $100 
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    • 11 mos
  • Jon Baklund
    • $150 
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  • Ziad Khoder
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Katie Higson
Raised $170 from 2 donations
Cumberland, MD
Ted Higson
Team member
This team raised $520 from 5 other donations.

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