ASTROLOGY COLUMNISTS

We professional astrologers live in a peculiar, symbiotic relationship to the newspaper and magazine columnists who write daily and monthly horoscopes. Many of us decry their superficiality while steadily accepting clients and students who are drawn to us by the exposure astrology gains from their work.

Astrology would not have the wide-spread acceptance it does today were it not for the ground-breaking PR work of people like Evangeline Adams, Carroll Righter, and Sydney Omarr. While recogizing the limitations of Sun Sign astrology, let us embrace and be grateful for what they have given us, for most of us would not be earning a living as astrologers had they not paved the way.



NEATHE AAHMES:

The long-term columnist for Dell Horoscope's "Dear Abbey" type column, Astrology at Work, Neathe Aahmes had a dedicated following. She did not wish her birth information to be known, and she died in 1994. No doubt she would be tickled to be the very first name on this memorial website--ahead, even, of Evangeline Adams!

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black.linda1.gifLINDA CHAMLEE BLACK, 1943-2009, a Libra, wrote the Daily Horoscope syndicated by Tribune Media Service in Chicago. Her column had over 4,000,000 readers, plus millions more on the Net. Besides the column, Linda wrote Globe Mini Mags for years and contributed articles to magazines, including Fate and Midnight Horoscope. Linda was certified by the American Federation of Astrologers, and held a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Linda was a Libra with the Moon and Ascendant in Aries. With her husband, dogs, cats and bountiful flock of chickens, lovebirds and peacocks, she lived in the hills overlooking the beautiful Central Coast of California. At 65 she died of ovarian cancer Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, at a hospital near her home.   Linda Black was both a devout Catholic and a devoted follower of astrology.   At the Tribune, she replaced Joyce Jillson. She wrote horoscopes for newspapers nationwide and overseas.  Click here to see her memorial.

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EVANGELINE ADAMS:

The Mother of All Twentieth Century astrologers has her own, more fitting
memorial elsewhere on this web site, but let us not forget that her years of daily newspaper columns are part of what brought her to the public eye and kept her there. Like several of the columnists profiled here, she was an Aquarian.


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MARGUERITE CARTER:

Marguerite Carter was an American astrologer and columnist. Her full-page ads, prominently featuring her photograph, appeared in all the newsstand astrology magazines for decades. Many clients proudly mention that in the family archives is a hand-drawn, typewritten chart and interpretation by Marguerite.

AstroDatabank gives the following birth information, rated A, from her grandson to Frances McEvoy. She was born on January 31, 1899, at 1:30 PM PST, in Seattle, WA, 122W20; 47N36. Evelyn Herbertz of Indianapolis, where Marguerite lived, researched her death and sent the following information, "The Indianapolis Star Newspaper sent me a copy of Marguerite Carter McConnell's obituary which states she died Tues. Nov. 22, 1988, at the age of 89."

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FREDERICK DAVIES:

Fred Davies began as an actor, director, and producer. A charming and witty fellow, he became famous as an astrologer, psychic, and medium after starting a newspaper column and radio show in London. He had a noted clientele for 20 years of show business and public personalities. He specialized in astronumerology and was often featured in the National Enquirer with his predictions. In 1987, Prentice Hall published his book, Signs of the Stars. AstroDatabank gives the following birth information, rated A, from his memory. He was born September 1, 1936, at 3:35 AM GMT in East Croydon, England, 51N32; 00W06. He died of lung cancer in London, on October 26, 1988.

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JEANNE DIXON:

Jeanne Dixon was also well-known as a psychic and seer. According to
AstroDatabank, though she concealed her real age for years, Steinbrecher has her birth record in hand, so the data is now ranked AA. She was born on January 5, 1904, at 2:00 PM CST, in Medford, WI, 90W20; 45N09. She died of a heart attack on January 26, 1997, at 2:30 PM, in Washington, DC.

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ROGER ELLIOT:

AstroDatabank notes that Elliot was a British astrologer for 27 years whose weekly column in News of the World was read by 20% of the British population. His annual zodiac books sold nearly a half million copies world wide, and he was also popular as a lecturer internationally. D.David Fisher quotes him on his birth information, rated A, as June 25, 1937, at 3:15 AM GDT, in Torquay, England, 3W30; 50N28. He died during heart surgery at 56 on September, 29, 1993, at 6:36 PM, in Bristol, England. He founded Starlife, which continues his work and which supplied this photo.

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ROCKIE GARDINER:

Rockieís column, THE ROCKIE HOROSCOPE, first appeared in the L.A. Weekly in 1983.  Although she found her astrological calling years before, it was in the pages of the Weekly that she found her voice.  Her columnís pop-culture references to celebrity, rock & roll, politics and professional sports resonated with readers and brought her a cult status.  Visit her memorial  on this website.

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 CAROLE GOLDER

Carole Golder was the astrology columnist for Woman's World magazine and had been featured in Cosmopolitan, Us and The Star.   She lived in London where she wrote a weekly column for The Sunday Express.  For her birth data and more about her, go to the more detailed memorial on this site.

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 SYDNEY OMARR:

The following is an excerpt from Lois Rodden's obituary for this celebrated astrologer to hollywood stars and other notables, published in DataNews #99:

The old master of his field is gone. Sydney Omarr was one of the two outstanding astrological columnists in the Twentieth Century, along with Carroll Righter. A nationally syndicated astrologer and newspaper columnist, Omarr was the author of My World of Astrology and twelve annual Sun-sign paperbackbooks with indications for the year.

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CARROLL RIGHTER:

Still another Aquarian, Carroll Righter brought more glamour to astrology than anyone in recent history. This celebrated Hollywood figure was President Reagan's long-time astrologer and friend, as well as consultant to a vast number of film stars and other notables. For his birth data and more about him, go to the more detailed
memorial on this site.

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PATRIC WALKER:

From Lois Rodden's Astrodatabank: "Patric Walker's urbane and intelligent horoscopes graced the pages of The Post since the mid-80s, died of complications arising from salmonella poisoning on October 8, 1995, 11:45 AM at his home in South Kensington, west London. He was born on September 25, 1931, 12:18 PM EDT, Hackensack, NJ, 74 W.03, 40 N.53.

SourceNotes: B.C. in hand, LMR (In June 2005, PT changed the time from 12:15 to 12:18 PM on closer look at birth certificate.  The time is hand-written and while the last digit could be a 5 it really looks more like an 8).
(Formerly, Shelley von Strunckel quoted him, via Robert Curry, for 9:30 AM.
However, he told different people different data or said he did not know the
time.  Frank Clifford wrote 10/1998 that he rarely cast horoscopes with
times at all.)

"Walker loathed the idea of "destiny", emphasizing that people are capable of taking action to direct their own lives. He entered the field of astrology in the '60s with rigorous training, and at the end of the decade began a column in Nova magazine. He took over the column of "Celeste" in 1974 and was syndicated in the '80s, beloved by his fans around the world. An early riser, he wrote in the mornings by longhand, living a reclusive life style.


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Other astrologers on this site who did columns for substantial periods of time include Hollywood Astrologer, Joyce Jillson, Charles Jayne, who with his wife Vivia, had a column in the New York Daily News for nine years, and Don "Moby Dick" Jacobs, whose column "Future News" circulated in 38 newspapers, Lloyd Cope, who wrote for Dell Horoscope, Robert Cole, Sidney Bennett (a.ka. Wynn) and Carl Payne Tobey. Ed Wagner's columns, which began in 1936, were so outstanding that Walter Winchell listed him among the ten top columnists of the United States. And, finally, according to Anthony Pena, Dane Rhudyar himself was American Astrology's first Sun sign columnist.


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CREDITS: This memorial and the background were created by Donna Cunningham. Biographical information for this memorial came from AstroDatabank. Lois Rodden also loaned us the photos of Righter and Walker. The photo of Adams came from Norman Winski, who was bequeathed Evangeline Adam's archives by a member of her family. The Carter photo came from one of her ads and was reproduced by Janet Ballone of Morris County Duplicating in Morristown, New Jersey. The cartoon is from a clip art collection by Micrographx.