Alexander Marr for his tireless research and work with Topocentric Primary Directions and the many non-mainstream techniques that he shared with us in his articles and books.
Isaac Starkman for his friendship, his prolific rectifications, and for writing the wonderful Polaris program.
Noel Tyl for his many insights, person-centered astrological precepts, and his wonderful forum. More than anyone else, it was Noel who gave the feeling that doing astrology work was something noble, that it was something of which we should be proud.
I have been doing Astrology over 33 years now, with much of that time split between doing personal readings and doing research into various techniques. [I have a 1st Place State Math Award (Illinois), so my approach has always been along the more mathematical/technical.] My initial foray into Astrology was actually to learn enough astrology so that I could argue astrologers into submission that their “art” was junk and not remotely scientific. I could not have been further from the Truth. From several early experiences of reading specific things from charts that were impossible to be coincidental, it started me off on this course with gusto. I used to be a manager at the U.S. Postal Service and each two weeks, when we would get paid, I would go to the Rainbow Moods bookstore and buy two more astrology books, which I would devour and work through the examples; until the next fix in two weeks. This went on for years. I have done consultation weekend clinics with counselors, where they would do their “clinical magic” in a group session format and then they would come to me to explain where the problems were and what was developmentally necessary. It was at one of these seminar weekends that a participant paid me a compliment that touched me so much in the moment, I was speechless. While here in Munich, I used to do weekend slam readings (15 minute readings, led by me, with no pre-work of charts), where 18 to 23 loving souls would jump into the chair across from me and get a quick but often overwhelming experience with Astrology. Currently, I am still doing astrological research and reading for people when I can. When I have spare time, I have often jumped on Reddit AskAstrologers and race through to answer questions…some basic, some extremely in-depth. The PDF file in the Comments section are the responses over a three month period or so to things that I have said to people with various questions/circumstances. To describe my approach to Astrology, it would quickly be seen to fit my horoscope. On the one side, there is the extreme technicality of Mars square Uranus, Pluto in the 3rd in Virgo, Mercury in Gemini informational side; but that is contrasted by my Cancer Sun, Moon, and Ascendant and Sun-Jupiter-Neptune Grand Trine, which is more emotional/intuitive/intangible in approach.