De Lucia was born in Bethesda, Maryland. He studied Business Administration at the University of Baltimore, and later on completed a two-year course in translating at the Catholic University in São Paulo. He has maintained a life-long interest in Indian Hindu philosophy and spiritual practices, which ultimately led him to take up Vedic astrology. He began his studies in 1981 under Nalini Kanta Das or “Tom Hopke”, and has been a student and practitioner of the art ever since. His articles were published in two Bangalore magazines, “The Astrological Magazine” and “Modern Astrology.” Dean has also written a book called “Astrologia Vedica” and participated in the Red Ice Radio Show in Sweden.