The Astrological Society of Princeton, N.J., Inc.

2016-2017 Meeting Schedule:

Our monthly meetings start at 2:00 PM.  


Plainsboro Public Library, 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro, NJ. An interactive map and more details can be found on

Sunday, October 9th, 2016 (2:00 PM)

John Marchesella, "Secondary Progressions: The Acorn and the Oak Tree"  

Even beyond the power of transits and eclipse, this age-old predictive technique lets us know what we are really ready for in life, and how and when we change.  And we change, not by becoming other than who we are, but more of who we are!

Bio: John Marchesella is a past Chair of NCGR as well as a President of its New York City Chapter.  John also serves as its Educational Director and he is fully certified by NCGR-PAA.  He has been practicing astrology since 1976, and he is a frequent contributor to various astrological publications and a popular speaker for other organizations and astrological conferences.  He can reached through his website,   

Sunday, November 13th, 2016 (2:00 PM) 

Faith McInerney, "The Power of Midpoints and the 90-Degree Dial"  

This introduction will ease you into their application or improve on your skills so you get more descriptive details from natal horoscopes and predictive techniques.  The focus will be on relationships and finance.

Faith McInerney's research articles have appeared in every NCGR publication; she wrote "Midpoint Corner" for the Uranian Society website and her blog "Midpoint Observatory" has 2000 views per month.

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

The annual ASP Holiday Party.  

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Members's Day:

Debe De Stefano - "Before the Dawn - Winter Solstice 2016 to Vernal Equinox 2017"
Dagmar Thorvald - "Planetary Sequence" 

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Ellen Zucker, "The Stormy Skies of 2017: Navigating through Uncharted Waters"  

With an endless stream of precedent breaking headlines, it is clear that 2017 brings us into uncharted waters. This is disorienting and upsetting to many; especially to those whose charts are touched directly by current transits.

The astrological patterns unfolding in 2017 are pivotal in themselves, but they also play a significant role in the unfolding of larger cycles shaping our world for many years to come. Hold on to your hats. These are exciting times with lots of opportunity if you’re willing to seize it.

Come, let us explore.

NOTE: This lecture will be held in the Plainsboro Library Tower Room (3rd floor) instead of the Community Room, our usual spot.

Bio: Ellen Zucker is an ISAR C.A.P. Her journey with Astrology began as a teenager in Philadelphia, where, while perusing the stacks of her local library, she discovered a copy of Linda Goodman’s SUN SIGNS. She is the horoscope columnist for, authored the astrological chapters of the Pet Fashion Almanack from 2014 to the present, maintains an astrological practice, and currently serves as the President of the National Council for Geocosmic Research Philadelphia chapter. 


Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Barry Orr, "Astrology in 3D"  

(A micro crash course in astronomy for astrologers.)  The world is not flat, and neither is your chart.  This lecture will focus on understanding the astronomical reality underlying the horoscope.  We will cover, as painlessly as possible, some basic astronomy for astrologers.  Slides and planetarium software will be used to help you visualize what a chart looks like in the actual sky.   The practical applications of this information in everyday chart work will be described.

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Madalyn Hillis-Dineen, "Astro*Carto*Graphy and the U.S. Presidency"  

Location, Location, Location! Not just a mantra for real estate agents but an important factor in examining charts. Using planet lines, paran lines and midpoint angularity, we will take a look at the astro*carto*graphy maps of contemporary U.S. Presidents (from Kennedy - Trump) and see how they relate to the events of their public and private lives.


Madalyn Hillis-Dineen began her study of astrology with the Uranian system in 1979 and has taught, lectured and practiced Uranian (Symmetrical Astrology) techniques for nearly 40 years; she is also a certified Astro*Carto*Graphy interpreter and is a CA NCGR-PAA.  She is also the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Astrolabe, Inc  An active leader in the astrological community, Madalyn is the winner of the 1995 UAC Regulus Award for Community Service, the winner of the NCGR Sisyphus Award in 2012 and was the national Chair of  NCGR from 2005-2011 and one of the coordinators of UAC 2008 and 2012. Her website is

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Robert Hand, "Manzils or Arabic Lunar Mansions"  

Most astrologers with any knowledge of Hindu astrology (Jyotish) are aware that it uses a division of the zodiac into 27 nakshatras, often referred to as Lunar Manions. Fewer astrologers are aware that Arabic and Medieval Latin astrology also have such a system except that it is based on the division of the zodiac into 28 divisions. These are called Manzils. They were extensively used in weather forecasting and also in electional astrology. This lecture will explore their use and will also present evidence that for the most part these were used in a sidereal zodiac and that the ayanamsha used in this system was not the Hindu system of Lahiri but was the Babylonian zodiac postulated by Cyril Fagan and Garth Allen.

Robert Hand, PhD has been a student of astrology since 1960 and a full-time professional astrologer since 1972. His books include Planets in Composite, Planets in Transit, Planets in Youth, Horoscope Symbols and Essays on Astrology, and a number of shorter works on traditional astrology.  He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Early Modern and Medieval Studies from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  Rob is a Patron of the Faculty of Astrological Studies and a former Chairman of the National Council for Geocosmic Research.  He has been has been a translator of traditional astrological texts from Latin in connection with his company ARHAT and also has an active astrological consulting practice. His website is

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Bruce Scofield, "Astrology and Self-Organizing Systems"

Astrology continues to be a mystery to both its detractors and supporters. Critics of astrology say it has no basis in science and no theoretical backbone. Supporters most often don't respond to this directly. Typically New Age jargon is invoked to explain astrology in terms of Jungian non-causal connections, quantum non-locality, or "energy" working according to cosmic laws. There may be another way to look at astrology and that is in terms of the science of self-organizing systems. All of the subject matter of astrology, traditional and modern, fall into this category of phenomena, one that is just beginning to develop a scientific methodology.
In this talk, which is concerned with theory and not practice, a background to system science and a model of how astrology may work in this context will be presented. The talk is descriptive and non-technical with many illustrations and diagrams.

Bruce Scofield began studying astrology in 1967 and has earned a living as an astrological consultant since 1980. In the early 1980's he passed astrological certification tests from both the American Federation of Astrologers (AFA) and the National Council for Geocosmic Research (CA-NCGR) and during the 1990's was the national education director for the latter organization for five years. He is on the faculty of Kepler College ( and maintains a private practice based in Amherst, Massachusetts, working with clients by telephone and email. Bruce often speaks at astrology conferences and meetings and is the author of numerous articles and eight books on astrology. He is a frequent writer for the Mountain Astrologer magazine and the Llewellyn Moon and Sun Sign books, and has had articles published in the NCGR Journal, Dell Horoscope, American Astrology and many other astrological magazines and journals. Bruce has several other interests including science, hiking, photography, music (, and archaeology and has had articles, books and creative works published in those areas as well. He holds a BA in history from Rutgers University, an MA in social sciences from Montclair University and a PhD in geosciences from the University of Massachusetts where he has taught cosmic evolution and Gaia Theory.   His website is


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