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Thursday Thirteen Vol. 6

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Thirteen Astrologers to Know About:
A capricious and arbitrary list
Notice I did not call this “A comprehensive list,” and it certainly is not. These are merely a handful of colleagues I’ve chosen based on the fact that (1) if, let’s say, the latest issue of TMA shows up tomorrow and includes something written by ANY of these people, it’s the first thing I’ll read. Unless, um, more than one of them have something in there. And, (2) perhaps you haven’t come across them yet in your webly travels. Anyway, here then – in no particular order (oh wait – actually, in the order their pictures appear at the top of this post, left to right) – are some astrologers well worth adding to your browser’s bookmarks:Dana Gerhardt has been my writing teacher-by-example ever since her first articles appeared in TMA (sometime in the Jurassic era – I believe she’s their longest running columnist). Somehow we ended up in an astrology class together in L.A. a lifetime ago, and we’ve been friends and occasional collaborators now for probably 15 years. And I’m still a huge fan.

Natori Moore is good people. She’s smart as a whip, a great writer (check out her monthly horoscope feature “New Moon Morsels”), and a stalwart chum. People love her, pinatas fear her.

Moses Siregar, who I believe launched his website around the same time I hatched Big Sky, seems to have a greater love of humanity than do most astrologers; he’s incredibly friendly, and has a talent for bringing people together in a common endeavor. Everyone seems to know Moses, so his inclusion in this list is probably technically unnecessary. But still. And speaking of not-exactly-obscure…

Is there anyone left who hasn’t heard the good word about Steven Forrest? I’ve been boosting this fellow for so many years that I’m sure people are convinced I’m on his payroll. It’s just that he’s the total package: great writer, inspiring lecturer, awesome counselor; giving back to the astrological community with his apprenticeship program and work with Kepler College. All this, and he’s a very, very kind human being as well.

Simone Butler is another great San Diego astrologer and friend. She’s a really fine writer – her monthly essays are heartfelt and beautifully crafted. Heart of gold. Cat person. All-around classy dame.

Diane Ronngren, a Reno astrologer, is sort of my astrological mother. She gave me my first professional astrology reading, was my teacher for two or three formative years, and was the single most influential person in my decision to became a professional astrologer. So yeah, blame Diane.

Are you reading Astrobarry? Because it really cannot be said enough times: Astrobarry is huggable.

If you’re not hip to Bill Herbst, by all means, get yourself over to his website and devour back issues of his amazing monthly newsletter. And if you don’t own his book “Houses of the Horoscope,” shame on you! I’ve occasionally disagreed with some things Bill has written over the years, and in the end it always ends up that he’s right and I’m wrong. Normally, I’d hate that. But somehow, it just makes me love him more.

My friend Pete Watson hangs out over in England somewhere. He’s brilliantly funny, always coming out of left field with some wry quip, and is also a fine writer and one hell of an astrologer. You may have seen his article about Paul McCartney in a recent issue of TMA, and he’s currently working on a book with a couple of other guys; let’s keep an eye on Pete.

Bernadette Brady scares me – I love that! First of all: huge brain. NO ONE could best Brady in a battle of astrological titans. Plus, she is formidable, possessed of the ass-kicking moxie I’ve admired in many Australian women. I saw her lecture at UAC a zillion years ago and fell immediately in love with her because she gave the squirrelier members of the audience an earful, just really smacked ’em down for their rude behavior as they so richly deserved. Moved, I dabbed a small tear from the corner of my eye and thought: “Here is my spiritual mother.”

Caroline Casey should be president of the United States. She is, as my friend Maria would say, “the astro-peaches.” If you ever have the chance to see her lecture, for God’s sake don’t miss it. Unbelievably smart and funny and cool.

Brad Kochunas
. I’ve only read a couple of Brad’s articles, but they absolutely blew me away. I told a young friend about him and they met up at a conference; the friend reports that Brad is also the coolest, nicest astrologer around. (“Other than you, of course, April.” I’m lying. Of course he didn’t say that, as I’m patently uncool and congenitally cranky.)

Alert readers will note that there are only 12 astrologers on my list. Leave your nomination for number 13 in comments!

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3 comments to " Thursday Thirteen Vol. 6 "

  • Nancy

    More astrologers for me to connect with. I am so new to the scene I can’t give you a vote. I did love listening to Greg Bogart on the cosmic weather podcast this week. He was awesome and of course I love Kelly and Benjamin.

    Have a great weekend!

  • Oh c’mon – you, of course!

  • Aw, go on Leslee. (No, I mean it: go on! :)) You’re going straight to the head of my list of 13 inspiring photogs, young lady. Seriously, folks – follow Leslee’s link or catch “3rdhouseparty” on the blogroll.

    Nancy – Kelly and Benjamin were *this close* to being put on my list, but it was a numbers thing. (I’m sure they won’t sleep tonight, knowing they were so close to such heady victory. “April… who?” “And we care… because?”) Everyone should certainly head over and take a listen to Cosmic Weather – it is an experience. They make podcasting sound easy, and it ain’t. I haven’t listened to the Greg Bogart interview yet, Nancy, but I’m looking forward to it.

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