New York based astrologer, Eleanor Bach has been called
"Mother of the Asteroids." She was among the first to devote
serious research to this subject. She received the Matrix Pioneer
Award for, "high standards of professionalism in educating the astrological community in the
application and value of the asteroids (Goddesses) through chart interpretations."
Lorraine Welsh wrote in the NCGR Journal for Fall, 1997:
"With her magnificent work on the Big Four asteroids--Ceres,
Pallas, Vesta, and Juno--Ellie Bach showed us how these
feminine goddesses had relevance in every chart, male and
female, as well as in the mundane events she tracked.
"She had almost everyone pegged, including herself, and her
insights were remarkable. She was noted, for example, for her
interest in cooking, and her salons in the '70s attracted students as much for the table food she served as for the mental food
she dispensed. It was no wonder, then, that for this and other
facets of her character, she considered herself a Ceres Woman.
"It was in the 1970s that Eleanor commissioned the first
ephemeris of the Big Four asteroids and immediately began
recording her observations of them. Those observations were to
become her life's passion and marked the bulk of her work from
then on. For almost a quarter-century, she had been writing
numerous articles on the significance of asteroids and on their
relevance to Jung's concepts of psychological types.
"Many remember with affection the long-running monthly
newsletter, Planet Watch, in which Eleanor continued to expound
on the asteroids and on her other important discovery, which
she called "hidden aspects" (the continuing importance of the
degrees at which planets made their stations).
were never anonymous: You always felt as though Ellie were
talking directly to you. Indeed, on numerous occasions, she
would hand-write a note in the margins calling attention to
something you and she had discussed at another time. Even her
books included personal handwritten notes. No printed errata
sheet for Eleanor; She personally went through every page and
hand wrote any corrections she deemed necessary.
"Writing and lecturing took up most of her time, but her
reasons were not self-aggrandizement but rather a need to
disseminate her information. For that reason, she was always
generous in allowing others to quote from her many works
"Fortunately, her peers recognized her contributions
and named her a winner of the Marc Edmund Jones Award for
Research. It is said that Jones, himself, personally picked
her for this well deserved honor. Ellie was also active on the
local scene and served as vice president of the New York
Chapter of the National Council for Geocosmic Research.
"In 1990, she authored the astrological dictionary,
Astrology From A to Z. She was collecting material for another
book eagerly awaited by her many students. Alas, this great
work and her own failing health forced her to discontinue her
popular newsletter. Many of us felt bereft long before she
left us physically, Her strong spirit, however, remains behind
in the great legacy of the "little stars" she left us."
BIRTH AND DEATH DATA: AstroDatabank quotes her birth
certificate for the following information, ranked AA: she was
born January 11, 1922, at 00:17 AM EST, Kulpmont, PA, 76W28; 40N47. She died
of emphysema at the age of 73 on April 30, 1995, at about 5:00
AM in New York City.
Eleanor had Sun, Mercury, and Venus in
Capricorn, with Jupiter rising in Libra trine her ninth house
Gemini Moon. (If any of our present-day asteroid mavens would
care to comment on the significance of Eleanor's asteroids,
please be in touch!)
To See the Chart
BOOKS: Once virtually the sole resource for information
on asteroids and sensitive degrees, her three books are now out
of print and unavailable through our usual sources. They were:
Ephemerides of the Asteroids: Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta,
A Graphic Emphemeris of Sensitive Degrees (Planet Stations and
Eclipses) with an Explanation of their Significance and Use
Astrology from A to Z: An Illustrated Source Book
To see an excerpt from Eleanor's introduction to her asteroid ephemeris
online click here
Eleanor Bach was my personal astrologer and friend from 1972
can't tell you how many times I visited her home and shared
her wealth of
knowledge. I truly miss her spirit....
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CREDITS: Biographical information for this memorial came from AstroDatabank and the NCGR Journal.
These wonderful photos were supplied by Ellie's friend, J. Boxer. The Capricorn symbol is part of a
set at RAD Graphics.
This memorial was created by Donna Cunningham.