NAMES YOU MAY NOT RECOGNIZE

The following were astrologers of the past whose names were suggested for this memorial, and though little information was available, we still wanted to remember them. If you would like to propose a name, please send us the name and a bit of information by e-mail.

WANT TO RESCUE SOMEONE FROM OBSCURITY? If you knew any of these folks well and feel they deserve their own page and nifty background, you are simply going to have to help us out! Send us details about their work, birth data, and any personal tributes.



NEIL Z. MARBELL: Suggested by Michael Lutin, Neil was a professional astrologer from Wisconsin. He was active in NCGR and served as the editor of Geocosmic News. He had an astrological TV show on an educational channel. His AstroDatabank record, rated A from him to Lois Rodden, states that he was born on February 1, 1941, at 12:24 AM CST in Chicago, IL. He died in the late 1990s of lung cancer. To see an astrological research study which Neil was instrumental in, see this web site.

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CONSTANCE MAYER: Suggested by Karen McCauley, Connie Mayer was an American astrologer and lecturer from Corona, CA, a member of the AFA, who spoke at national conferences. AstroDatabank also notes that she did some highly capable research studies. She gave Lois Rodden the following birth data, rated A, from her memory: born November 23, 1925, at 9:46 PM, in Forrest City, AR, 90W47; 35N01. She died of throat cancer on May 5, 1985.

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ELLEN McCAFFERY: AstroDatabank notes that she was an American astrologer, lecturer, writer, and teacher who started an astrological home study course and wrote three books: Graphic Astrology; Astrology: Its History and Influence, and Key to Biblical Symbolism. From her memory, she was born March 26, 1886, at 10:39 PM GMT in Hereford, England. She died February 21, 1953.

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ADZE MIXXE: AstroDatabank notes that he was born March 3, 1953, at 8:10 AM in Philadelphia, PA, rated A, from his memory. He died on JUly 2, 1997, at 8:00 AM, in West Chester, PA.

According to the biography on his web site, AdZe MiXXe was the founder and for several years in the 1990s president of the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Council for Geocosmic Research. He often lectured to astrology groups like NCGR and the Philadelphia Astrological Society as well as to civic groups and associations.

His self-syndicated astrology column appeared regularly in 21 newspapers in PA, NJ, & DE. He was a featured writer for Welcome to Planet Earth and also published articles in The Mountain Astrologer, Mercury Hour, Heliogram and the NCGR Memberletter. He published the Astro-Linguistic Newsletter from 1985-1988. He hosted several different radio programs and was a frequent guest on several television and cable shows. He was also a strong presence on the internet, hosting forums and maintaining an informative web site. (His students and friends continue to maintain his site with updated forecasts, products, and services. See his more detailed bio there.)

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BENNETT S. PETERSON: Marguerite dar Boggia wrote in Aspects, Fall, 1992:
"Bennett S. Peterson passed away on June 23, 1992, in Santa Paula, California. He was born October 28, 1905, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at 9:49 PM CST (time speculative). In the early '50s, he studied Astrology with Lota Kempster of Santa Barbara. Lota had studied psychology in Europe with Carl Jung, who told his students that he used Astrology in his most difficult cases.

"From about 1970 to 1977, Bennett taught Astrology at the Womens' Workshop in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. From 1981 until his death, he was Treasurer of ISAR, the International Society for Astrological Research. In 1991 he became Treasurer for United Astrology Congress 1992. After his beloved wife Inez died in 1985, he married Marguerite dar Boggia, ISAR's Secretary. Bennett believed that there is no death; only change. He believed that excessive grief was a form of self-pity and selfishness."

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OLIVE ADELE PRYOR: The AFA Bulletin of August, 1982, notes:
"Word has been received from AFA member, Marwayne Leipzig, of the passing of AFA Luminary, Olive Adele Pryor, on Wednesday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. per a phone call from Olive's daughter. While she had been physically ill for a long time and was legally blind, her mind remained clear right up to the end. Many of AFA's older members will remember her for work she did at the conventions and for the Bulletin, writing and speaking on Mundane and Horary Astrology, Everyone remembered her as possessing an excellent speaking voice and commanding manner. Because of her wonderful stage presence, vast astrological knowledge, and quick wit, Olive was always in great demand. In addition to her AFA honors of FAFA, Olive was a stalwart with the New York Astrologer's Guild in their heyday. She will be missed by all good students of astrology, past, present and future." Astrological Pioneers of America notes that she was born June 23, 1899, at 12:20 PM, in Brooklyn, NY.

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PAULINE SIEVE:  Long time dedicated member from the Astrological Assn. of St. Louis, Pauline Sieve. She served in multiple positions, as President, and Exec. Board member. She wrote a review of monthly programs for the bulletin, entitled "Pauline's Pages". She was a frequent guest on weekly local TV Show "Pathways Thru Astrology" from 1983 until 2000. Pauline was well traveled; attending many conferences, UAC, ISAR, NCGR, and twice participated in the Prof. Astrologers Certification mtgs. Pauline was a gifted Intuitive who combined this skill with a vast astrological knowledge in consultations.
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JESS STEARN: Nominated by Marc Penfield, Jess Stern was a journalist rather than an astrologer. He nonetheless played a role in widening public interest in astrology during the 1970s. Writing his best-selling book, Edgar Cayce: The Sleeping Prophet spurred his interest in spirituality, and he wrote a number of best-sellers on metaphysical topics. A Time for Astrology was devoted to our field, and he also featured astrologer Marcia Moore in Yoga, Youth, and Reincarnation. In all, he wrote around 30 books on the occult.

His AstroDatabank record shows the following birth information, rated A, which he gave to Lois Rodden in 1973 from his memory: he was born April 26, 1914, at 12:00 PM EST, in Syracuse, NY, 43N03; 76W09. According to the Malibu Times, He died of congestive heart failure at age 87 on March 27, 2002, at his home in Malibu, CA. Several obituaries quoted a speech he gave to Cayce's A.R.E. in 1990: "Death is just a comma in the book of life."

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BASIL VAERLEN: A San Francisco area astrologer suggested by Andrew Homer, who says, "Basil Vaerlen had Sun in Aquarius, Moon in Leo. He held an astrologers salon every other Friday and had a thorough knowledge of the British Astrologers, besides Grant Lewi, Alan Leo, Johndro, and Dane Rudyhar. We'd discuss the articles in the Aquarian Agent tabloid." BIRTH (from Soc.Sec.Death Index):  22 Jan 1905 / DEATH: Aug 1977  Camp Meeker, Sonoma, CA

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DOROTHY WILLIS, 1920-1999: In the Fall, 1999 issue of NCGR Memberletter, Edie Custer writes, "Astrology and Mercury Hour lost a wonderful astrometeorologist and friend on May 23,1999, at 4:30 AM. Dorothy Willis would have been 79 years old on November 30, 1999. Dottie used to do the weather reports for Mercury Hour and also for the NCGR conferences. Her accuracy was often amazing. Dottie was also a member of the NCGR Advisory Board and served us well many times."

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SILAS YOUNG: Suggested by a long-time friend, who writes,
"I would like to suggest this individual for the "Astrologer's Memorial". He was not 'famous' but, one astrologer on an MSN forum described him accurately as 'expressing his being subtly' as an effect of his 12th house sun. He was my friend, spiritual mentor and teacher.

"Silas Reeves Young Jr. was born in Coeburn, VA, on 5/11/1948, at 6:30 AM EST and passed from earth life on 10/5/2001 around 4:00 a.m. in Greensboro, NC. He was survived by a daughter (Laurie) with whom he shared a synastry of (her)Moon conjunct Sun. He began a career as an investigative journalist, and won the "John Pitman Prize" for excellence in journalism, Later, he traveled throughout the U.S. and settled in North Carolina. He practiced as a skilled astrologer and consultant--bringing comfort to those seeking alternative counseling. His preferred style was to work very intensively and 'in-depth' with a few clients and their charts. His mythology, especially during the last part of life was perhaps best expressed by the Tarot card: "The Hermit". He loved and practiced the hermetic arts and was a staunch defender of animals. He was a gentle man with high ideals and loving values."

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DONALD H. YOTT: The AFA Bulletin, December, 1981, says,
"Donald H. Yott, well known author, who touched the hearts and minds of many astrology minded people through his workshops and texts, passed away November 9, 1981, in Wayne, NJ at 2:30 a.m. after four heart attacks in five days. Donald was a small man in stature but strong and determined in spirit to serve others, in spite of muscular dystrophy. He lived simply . . . while contributing generously to the Foundation of Crippled Children." His book Conjunctions was soon to be released. No birth information is given in AstroDataBank or Astrological Pioneers of America, and so we would appreciate it if anyone with that informtion would send it to us.
BIRTH:  30 Jul 1918  DEATH: Nov 9, 1981 07470 (Wayne, Passaic, NJ)

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CREDITS: The background was designed by Margie. The photos of Marbell and MiXXe are from Lois Rodden's collection, and the photo of Silas Young came from the friend who nominated him. Jess Stearn's photo by Ed Roberts came from the cover of A Time for Astrology. The rainy day animation was from Maroon.com.