Dorothy Santangelo

(1937 - 2012)

DOROTHY SANTANGELO was a well-known lecturer at conventions and conferences, writer and teacher of astrology in Long Island, New York. She researched twins, sexuality and natal horoscopes with Sun and Moon in the same zodiac sign.

Dorothy was born in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn and attended New York University. After her marriage, she lived in Merrick, Long Island for 30 years where she was the Founder and Director of the Institute of Astrology: Metaphysics (IAM). Dorothy wrote three course books for beginner, intermediate and advanced astrological students that were used at IAM and in several other astrology schools. She was also the author of Learning Disabilities: An Astrological Approach to Successful Living.

From 1987 to 1991, Robert 'Buz' Myers, Eric Bloom and Dottie and Bob Santangelo founded a corporation, The Bridge, that held its first seven-day intensive in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Then in 1991, Dorothy and her husband, Robert, moved to Rock Hall, Maryland where they opened and operated a Bed and Breakfast, Moonlight Bay Marina & Inn, on the shores of Chesapeake Bay. Dorothy also lived in Hollywood, Florida during the winter.

Dorothy was a member of AFAN for twenty-seven years. She served on the Steering Committee and was the architect of AFAN's Gatherings program. She was also a member of NCGR and AFA and lectured at several of their conferences.


Dorothy wrote three course books which were designed to be used in conjunction with her Awareness Program that was taught at the Institute of Astrology:Metaphysics.

Dorothy "Dottie" Santangelo

Dottie Santangelo with her husband.

July 9, 1937 - August 8, 2012

Dottie made her home in Brooklyn and later Merrick, NY, for 30 years, where she raised her family and taught astrology. Later she and her husband moved to Rock Hall, MD, where they opened and operated Moonlight Bay Inn and Marina.

Dottie loved teaching astrology and mentored many, authoring several books including Learning Disabilities: An Astrological Approach to Successful Living. She was active in the astrological community, served on AFAN's Steering Committee and was dedicated to astrology and astrologers everywhere. When AFAN needed help with the hospitality suite at UAC 2008, she stepped right up despite being legally blind, and helped run that suite that became the stuff of legend. Astrologers networking was what she was all about.

Her Cancer nurturance and sense of vision came shining through when she proposed the idea that AFAN should have a Gatherings program. As she stated so beautifully: "Being an astrologer is a solitary job and it can get pretty lonely. Wouldn't it be wonderful to spend a few hours in an informal setting, with people who speak your language? Our goal is to network astrologers. Take baby steps, we'll start with small neighborhood gatherings, than expand to larger gatherings: regional, national, international, interplanetary, interstellar, galactic.... the only limit is your imagination. If you're an astrologer, a friend of astrology, or you just like looking at the stars, we welcome you to the Network. Don't be lonely anymore."

Her nurturance also found good expression in her love for cooking and decorating which she lavished on her guests at Moonlight Bay Inn, and her children Mark, Rob and Jeff and their families.

We thank you for your caring, Dottie. You will be missed.

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"Dottie was one of the kindest people I have ever known. She was a woman totally free of prejudice who was a loyal friend to all the many, many people she loved. I will always carry her infectious laughter in my heart." Alan Oken

"Dorothy was my mentor, my friend and a guiding light for the astrological community on Long Island, and the world, afterwards. She helped bring astrology into its now, prominence. She will continue to share through her new dimension of beingness. Thank you, Dorothy." Arlene Merschat

I have been studying astrology since I was 5 years old. Through the years I had many teachers but none had the impact on my life and career like Dorothy Santangelo. I became certified through her Institute of Astrology and Metaphysics and had the unique blessing to be one of the few that were certified in her Evolutionary Astrology program based on Ray A. Merriman’s work. Today I am a very busy professional astrologer and I have Dorothy to thank for it. Her nurturing support, great wisdom, and amazing sense of humor has stayed with me through the years. Thank You Dorothy! I hope you´re enjoying your beloved ´stars´, I´ll be looking up to see you twinkle!
Jo´Ann Ruhl Arlene Merschat

BIRTH DATA: Source: Birth Data is from her to writer (Arlene DeAngelus).

BIRTH: July 9, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York at 11:51 AM/EDT

DEATH: August 8, 2012 at Memorial Hospital in Easton, Maryland due to an infection as a result of dialysis and a compromised immune system..

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