My Favorite Sites for Astrology, etc., on the Web
For those seriously interested in astrology, here is an excellent international astrological organization (of which I am a member): Association For Astrological Networking (AFAN).
Here’s an index of wonderful astronomical photos with their explanations, containing lots of links to other great pics. This is really magnificent! Plan to stay a while when you visit. (If you visit again, hit your refresh button to get the most recent photos.)
Website of Sky & Telescope magazine with helpful reports on how to find what’s up there, along with fantastic photos of the planets and stars, stars, stars. Register to use their Interactive Sky Chart.
A delightful blog about astronomy with beautiful photos and recommendations for what to see in the current night sky.
MORE Astronomy sites
My go-to expert astronomer is Guy Ottewell, who created a fantastic, complex, thorough astronomical calendar annually for years, through 2016. Nowadays, he offers a lot of great information and explanations, incuding a great blog to which you can subscribe, at his UniversalWorkshop website.
There are also a couple user-friendly introductions to astronomy on, of all places, website of home site sales: HomeAdvisor (for backyard enthusiasts) and Great Britain’s HouseholdQuotes – see their Guide to Back Yard Astronomy. I guess they want people to buy a house in order to have a back yard from which to sky watch.
This site was recommended to me by the mother of a student doing a project on sky-watching. Although it tries to sell you mattresses, this guide has a lot of links to FAQs and other places to learn about astronomy and planetary science: Sleeping Under Stars & Planets.
LOOK UP YOUR ASTEROIDS!
Here’s a list of lots of asteroids and their numbers. Look up a name that interests you and note its number. Then go to this site, where you can find out the zodiacal position of that asteroid at a given date and time. It’s cool to see how names and places plug into your chart! Input birth data, converting the time to Universal Time (GMT). Sort by Name, select Tropical zodiac and Geocentric coordinates (probably the defaults). List your chosen asteroid numbers, separated by a comma. The longitude and latitude are required and you can look that up with another click. (These should be on a printout of your chart or you can get them when you calculate your chart (for free) at alabe.com.) You’ll get a long list that you’ll have to scroll through to find the ones you asked for. Happy hunting!
THE source for the best ephemerides – that’s the plural for ephemeris, a reference book with tables of where all the planets are in the zodiac day by day as well as timing and positioning of major astrological phenomena. They also provide sophisticated chart calculation services, interesting free articles and they sell a variety of products and books (astrology and otherwise), including Thomas Canfield’s Yankee Doodle Discord about Eris and US History. Fascinating for students of astrology or history buffs! Tom also wrote a booklet about Eris in the signs, houses and aspects.
Lois Rodden’s renowned database of world famous people from all walks of life, documented sources of birth data, charts and biographies, directly connected to biographical information on Wikipedia.
This is the wide-ranging website of Don Cerow, a top-notch astrologer (NCGR IV certification) who after earning a degree in Classics, immersed his immense Geminian mind in astronomy, mythology, history, herstory and symbology. His research on cultural trends across multiple millennia led to brilliant, cutting-edge theories. These are a bridge I expect to unobtrusively re-introduce astrology back into mainstream classroom discussions. Don’s long-awaited book was published in June 2013. I highly recommend When the Dragon Wore the Crown (click on Book in the top menu). He graciously contributed an excellent article, “The Age of Aquarius,” which he wrote specifically for the 2013 Janet’s Plan-its.
Medical Astrologer Diane L. Cramer impressed me when she spoke to the Astrological Society of Connecticut a few years ago, so I asked her to write an article on health matters for the signs for Janet’s Plan-its calendars. This is her site with information on her lectures, books and consultation services.
You’ll find a Jungian psychological perspective intersecting with astrology, in-depth examination of the Nodes (including special North Node readings), and fascinating blogs on a wealth of topics at elizabethspring.com, the website of astrologer and therapist (and potter) Elizabeth Spring. Like me, she was named Janet Elizabeth at birth, attended my alma mater Drew University for a time, and has a connection to West Hartford, my “home town” of the past 25 years, coincidences we discovered when we met at conference in 2002.
The National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR) – Another excellent international astrological organization (of which I am a member). There are chapters across America. Check the Chapters tab for your state.
This site offers fabulous CDs with sound attunement therapy using gongs and Tibetan bells. Produced by “Sotantar Simrat Singh,” a Reiki Master and Kundalini Yoga Teacher from Newport Beach, CA, this music can be very beneficial from a number of standpoints. There are different CDs related to the planets, such as “Three Moon Gongs,” “8 Gongs, 7 Spheres” and “Sun Gong.” There is a CD with special gong tracks for New Moons and Full Moons, which you might want to add to your lunation ceremonies or meditations. There is another with an attunement for each of the planets, to which this gongmaster recommends you listen as the planets begin or end retrograde periods.
A great site with lots of interesting articles by Dietrech J. Pessin. You can order her excellent book Lunar Shadows or listen to her weekly radio shows.
Venus Star Rising
There’s a whole new way of viewing Venus and working with its influences. Check out Venus Star Rising: A New Cosmology for the 21st Century by Arielle Guttman (sophiavenus.com), Sophia Venus Productions, Santa Fe, NM. In her tables, you’ll find zodiac degrees that resonate with your natal Venus. There will be people you know whose charts have those degrees, and Arielle’s technique shows whether they provide benefits to you or you do to them. Fascinating!
Obviously a marketing vehicle for their (excellent) magazine, their index of articles from back issues is very helpful for locating information on the topic(s) of your choice; some of their articles are posted online; you’ll still need the printed version of the magazine for the full month’s daily forecasts but they post about a week’s worth at a time.
The Astrological Society of Connecticut’s web site with listings of events, a minute-by-minute chart of the transits (from the viewpoint of Hartford, CT, our capital), articles, links, our tape library index and online directory. This is my “home” astrology group and you don’t have to live in Connecticut to be a member and enjoy rental privileges in our outstanding tape library ($1/month/tape or CD plus postage) for lectures and workshops from the nation’s top astrologers.
Mayan Astrology with Gevera Bert Piedmont
An excellent resource to learn about the Mayan calendar and daycount is Jaguar Nights by Gevera Bert Piedmont. This is the name of her website, her annual Mayan calendar and a companion book covering the existing base of knowledge thoroughly and adding significantly to it with her own insights and the unique techniques she’s developed. She offers an individualized report (based on the date and year of birth) that outlines personal power days for setting intentions, receiving manifestations of these intentions, and letting off steam. I get it every year and consult it frequently.
Tarot can be a great adjunct to astrology (I studied the two in tandem right from the start), especially in the hands of a gifted intuitive. I highly recommend Karen Hollis, who works with you either in person or by phone.
They bill themselves as the astrology of the future and they very well may be – excellent articles appealing to all levels of interest with “printer-friendly” versions AND an on-line directory of professional astrologers, too (maybe you found me there!)
Lots of fun designs for the zodiac signs on mugs, t-shirts, mouse pads, magnets, and more! I met the artist, Donna McGarry, at the NCGR Conference in Feb. 2010 and loved her work. You will, too – great gifts!