Past Meeting Thursday December 16

Speaker : Barbara Ferrara
Topic :   The Mirror Zodiac

Barbara will be presenting an illustrated talk for NCGR entitled "The Mirror Zodiac". Her research, which draws on ideas first suggested by Dane Rudhyar, concentrates on the Tropical Zodiac, and the problems of, and possible solutions to interpreting Southern Hemisphere horoscopes using an art originally developed in the Northern Hemisphere.

Barbara Ferrara was born in London and attended Bristol University where she earned a BSc in Psychology. She toured Europe's U.S. military bases as a musician in the 1970s, and moved to Los Angeles in the 1980s. Barbara studied Kabala, and pursued her love of psychological astrology from books by our modern authors such as Liz Greene, March and McEvers, Joan Negus and Robert Hand. She has written articles for The Mountain Astrologer (Joni Mitchell and Bert Jansch), American Astrology (Beanie Babies to Genetic Engineering) and Dell Horoscope ( The Tarot and Astrology).

Chapter member dues of $15.00 a year are due.  This does not apply to NCGR members, who pay $55 a year. The advantage of NCGR membership is receipt of NCGR publications. Dues are used to pay our speakers and maintain our mailing list, and pay our chapter expenses.

If anyone has suggestions for speakers or activities, feel free to call any of our officers.

Coco's Restaurant: 18355 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana
6:00-7:30 pm - Eat, Visit, and Talk Astrology
7:30 pm - Speaker
Members: $2 Visitors: $5

Past Meeting Thursday November 18

Speaker : Charlene Whitaker
Topic :   Astrology and Tarot - Stars & Cards

Charlene Whitaker is a well-known Los Angeles astrologer and metaphysician. She uses this background as counselor, teacher, lecturer, and writer.  Author of "Gems of Wisdom", and "Candles, Meditation and Healing", she has participated in many television and radio talk shows, and has been featured in newspapers.  In addition to teaching advanced astrology at the Carroll Righter Foundation in Hollywood, California,  Charlene taught spiritual development for 35 years. Charlene is the founder of Cosmic Academy of Metaphysical Arts in Canoga Park, CA, and devotes herself full-time to counseling and teaching. Her teaching techniques have proven effective in years of classes with hundreds of students.

Have you had enough of the Recession, Financial Crisis and Gloom & Doom? Well lighten up and have some FUN!  Join Charlene as she explains how the tarot cards and astrology work together. Learn to use the horoscope wheel with the tarot cards. The symbology of the cards can be used to remember or add new meaning's to the signs and planets. Discover which card you are under the influence of for 2010 and 2011.  We'll examine a "Tarot Horoscope Wheel".

Everyone should bring a tarot deck and their charts.
Coco's Restaurant has requested that we finish earlier than we have been, so please arrive as close to 6:00 pm as possible so we can get to our speaker by 7:30 pm.

We are always looking for interesting speakers or topics to be discussed, and are open to suggestions. In the past, we have had some great parties, and we have gone to the racetrack (to test our astrological theories, of course).

Coco's Restaurant: 18355 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana
6:00-7:30 pm - Eat, Visit, and Talk Astrology
7:30 pm - Speaker
Members: $2 Visitors: $5

Best Free Astrology Software

This is a follow-up to a discussion about astrology software we had in class at Carroll Righter's this week.

Best free astrology programs:


... by Walter Pullen. Some of this program is actually used by Astrodienst in their free astrology zone.

Runs on Windows and Mac. The Mac version is for non-intel chips only (G4, G5, etc) and is only run as a command line tool. It's not the most user friendly program and takes a little time to get used to, but is very accurate and has lots and lots of features.

TimePassages 5 for the Mac has a beginner's version which is $49.95 and is the best software for the Mac in that price range:

For web-based free astrology calculations on any computer system with internet access, go to :

This is actually the website. Click on Extended Chart Selection, near the bottom of the page, 2nd column.

To get the midpoints, click on

Then choose from the pop-up menu:
Aspect/midpoint grid chart

See also:

For reviews of many other astrology programs see: