History of the Astrological Association


The AA was formed at 7.22 pm GMT on 21 June 1958 in London by a group of astrologers from the Astrological Lodge, which itself had been founded by Alan Leo in 1915. The two most prominent members were John Addey, who originated the theory of harmonics, and Roy Firebrace, the sidereal astrologer and founder of the magazine, Spica. They were backed by Charles Carter and many other prominent Lodge members, including Joan Rodgers, Margaret Hone and Ingrid Lind.

Chart for the founding of the AA

AA Chart

John Addey contributed both his profound understanding of Platonic philosophy and his flare for statistical and mathematical research. At the same time, the full implications of modern work in depth psychology had transformed the average astrologer's understanding of astrology, which was now seen very much as a means to character analysis and as an aid to counselling and therapy: the future was no longer to be predicted, but changed

Throughout the sixties and seventies the AA pursued this triple track programme, encouraging philosophical depth, psychological understanding and scientific research. Charles Harvey took over from John Addey as President in 1972 and did much to carry the AA's message around the world. In particular, Charles presided over the first 'Kepler Day' conference on astrological research, which was held at London University's Institute for Psychiatry in 1979.

The AA Today

The aims and objectives of the AA are: the advancement of education of the public by the critical study of astrology in all its branches; to encourage and draw together all students of astrology; to enlarge and integrate the knowledge of astrology; to co-ordinate and publish results as desirable and generally work for the more widespread understanding of astrology as an art and science (astrology is the practice of relating heavenly bodies to lives and events on earth, and the traditions that have thus been generated).

The principle publication is the Astrological Association Journal, published six times a year, and respected around the world as a forum for high quality debate and discussion. The current editor is Victor Olliver. Past editors include Gerasime Patilas, Robin Heath, Suzi Harvey, Zach Matthews, Joan Rodgers, Adrian Ross Duncan and John Addey himself. Occasional guest editors take responsible for special issues, and in the recent past Nick Campion and Charles Harvey have prepared mundane issues (Nick also edited a history issue) and Jane Ridder-Patrick edited a medical issue.

In addition, the AA publishes Correlation an academic bi-annual journal on astrological research edited by Pat Harris; Astrology and Medicine Newsletter the only journal in the world devoted to medical astrology; and the e-newsletter In The Loop You can sign up for In The Loop here.

The highlight of the astrological year is the annual conference, which is held in the summer. Bringing together experts from astrology's many branches, it is a special opportunity for all astrologers, from beginners to professionals, to share notes and extend their expertise; 2018 saw the Association's celebration of both its 60th anniversary and 50th conference. Over the years, the annual conference has been graced by the most brilliant and creative astrological minds and has provided an opportunity for members to attend, make new friends and develop new ideas.

In addition, the AA organises occasional seminars and Event Days on all aspects of astrology and keeps in close contact with organisations and conferences throughout the world. The AA website has recently undergone new development and now includes an online archive of Astrological Association publications from 1958 to the present, as well as a database of astrological data on thousands of notable people and events. (Both of these are available to members only.) The AA provides scholarships, advice and information and maintains links with local astrology groups around the UK.

The Association currently has members in the UK and around the world. It works to promote astrology in all its branches, and relies on its membership to support this work. Whether a student or professional, we encourage you to join the AA and support the organisation that has supports astrology.