©5-25-15 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
Have you ever visited the Astrologers’ Memorial Webpage? Today would be a great time to remember our teachers and writers and to appreciate what they taught us.
Early in this millennium, I started the page. I was housebound, waiting for much needed hip replacements and needed a way to still feel connected to our field. I don’t recall how I got started on it, but it was a joy to create the pages and to remember and to honor the people who taught us so much.
The pages included as much information as I could gather—their contributions, photos, books they’d written, and memories and testimonials from astrology folks who loved them and respected their work.
Lois Rodden’s amazing collection of astrologer’s charts made it possible to include the birth information and natal charts for a great many of them. (Here’s a picture of Lois.)
So many people sent materials, digging through old journal stacks and boxes in the basement, but I’d particularly like to commend Kathy Kreshock. She was a partner in the mission, as she contributed so much from her awesome store of decades of materials and photos.
Fittingly enough, the Memorial Page opened on Memorial Day. The official opening was for mid-morning on May 28, 2000, to coincide with an exact Jupiter/Saturn conjunction. That was a combination fitting for a site to commemorate the most respected teachers and experts of our field.
I know it sounds awfully Plutonian, but I truly loved doing it and loved remembering and honoring my heroes. Here’s a photo of my main astrology teacher, Richard Idemon.
However, when two of my most-loved colleagues, Lois Rodden and Betty Lundsted, died, it was hard to continue.
It took a year to find someone with the skills and commitment to take it over, but Liz Houle volunteered and has done a great job ever since. Because her work load is very heavy at her job, her time to work on the page is quite limited, and she could use volunteers. If this is something you’d like to contribute, write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And, if you write to her to suggest a new memorial, please have all the needed information about the person and their work including birth data if possible. And be patient–there’s quite a backload.
Readers, if you’d like to revisit an astrologer who’s passed on but is still alive in your hearts, go see the page. Not only are there photos and birth charts for most of them, but for some of them, there are short recordings of their voices. Here’s the link:
4:00 PM: I’m getting lots of emails from people who can’t get in to the site due exceeding the band width. I think the site is getting heavy traffic due to my post and to it being Memorial day. People tend to stay on the site for a long time when they go, browsing. I didn’t have any trouble getting in this morning.
Astrology lovers, who do you want to remember today? Who was the first to share the awesome light that astrology sheds on our lives? What writers did you love for their insights into the planets, houses, and signs? Share your memories with us in the comment section.