Stretching beyond astrology into the realm of spiritual studies, in late 1985, we began running New Age Fairs. The fairs have a large following for the wide variety of vendors, wellness practitioners, readers and free lectures, providing a sampling of the metaphysical world to the public and acting as a key fundraiser. Our fairs usually include a Basics of Astrology class and/or a free lecture on a celestial subject. Other outreach efforts have included Astrology Awareness Days and Countdown 2000, an examination of future trends and predictions for the new millennium. Our Speaker Bureau, begun in the 2000s, offers lectures to local libraries, senior centers and organizations.
Since 1980, speakers have signed the large tablecloth used at our meeting check-in table. It’s a significant piece of our Society’s history, a tradition spearheaded by former president, Alberta Benson. Now it’s covered with embroidered signatures of astrologers from far and wide, several from our own ranks, many no longer of this world. This memento may be unique to ASC and it’s the inspiration for the cookbook, The Astrologer’s Table, prepared for our fiftieth anniversary year. In our organization’s birth chart, the Moon (related to food, cooking and eating) is on the rise (a prominent position, indicating outwardly expressed traits). ASC events inevitably feature food, so sharing our recipes is natural. In fact, this is our second foray into the culinary arena, following Stewing and Brewing With the Stars in 1978.
With the current resurgence of astrology’s popularity, ASC’s mission is still relevant. At 50, we’re as strong as ever, growing coast to coast, with some international members. Utilizing the newest technologies, we’re adapting to the post-pandemic world and looking forward to staying connected and learning together, whether in person or in cyberspace.