Cancerian Al H. Morrison was an important figure in the New York and international astrology community for decades. He taught, wrote, and was very involved in groups. He founded the Congress of Astrological Organizations. He had a large following in Ireland, where he was much loved, and in other European countries.
Most of all, he was a brilliant innovator and steadfast researcher. Once he was convinced of the importance of some technique or chart factor, he latched onto it with typical Cancerian tenacity and advocated for it with anyone who would lend an ear. As Lorraine Welsh said in her NCGR tribute to him, if Eleanor Bach was the "Mother of Asteroids," Al was surely the father, for he supported her work and freely distributed ephemerides of some asteroids he considered worthy of investigation.
Al also compiled and published an annual void of course Moon ephemeris, which he sent to hundreds of people without charge, along with notes urging them to look into it.Today the astrological principles that Al fought so hard to get us to accept are no longer controversial but taken for granted.
The void of course Moon is featured in every astrological ephemeris, calendar, or appointment book worth its salt, and a great many of us follow it religiously in making plans. Those same daily reference books routinely chart anywhere from one to five asteroids, so their positions are continually at our fingertips and in our awareness. He was deservedly given the Matrix Pioneer Award for his contributions to our community.
For more information about Al H. Morrison, along with an explanation of his work on eclipse paths visit: http://www.astronor.com/eclipse_paths.htm
BIRTH AND DEATH DATA: AstroDatabank cites the following information, rated A, which he gave to Lois Rodden. He was born July 8, 1916, at 12:15 AM CST in North Little Rock, AR, 92W16; 34N45. His ADB record says that he died of cancer at the age of 78 at 4:20 AM on May 29, 1995 in New York City. However, his daughter Gemma, who was present at his death, wrote to correct this inaccurancy. She states that he died at 3:10 PM.
Blake Finley notes that while a widely-distributed computer printout prepared by Michelsen in earlier years indicated a birth time of 12:15 AM in North Little Rock, that Al later distributed a handwritten chart indicating nearby Bellevue, Arkansas, as the birth place, and a birth time of 00:17:29 AM CST. The Bellevue chart, handwritten by Al himself, and dated April 1982, includes Al's handwritten comment, "vindicated by 25 years of observation after rectification". Bellevue is a very small town near North Little Rock not shown on most available maps.
Al had not just the Sun but three other planets in Cancer. There was a Sun/Saturn conjunction in the Gauquelin sector conjunct the IC--Saturn in the fourth and Sun in the third--plus a Venus/Pluto conjunction in the third, all in Cancer. The complexities and strength of his inquiring mind are shown a stellium in the third with the Sun, Venus, and Pluto in Cancer and Mercury in Gemini.
About The Best of Al H. Morrison
Al H. Morrison was one of the
most brilliant and innovative astrologers of the 20th century. Publisher of the
Void of Course Moon and minor planet ephemerides, editor of CAO TIMES and
President of the Astrologers Guild, he stayed on the cutting edge of
astrological research while remaining rooted in tradition. Morrison studied with
Marc Edmund Jones, Barbara Watters and Charles Jayne, whose influences are
apparent in his work. His research continued over 50 years of
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