American Federation of Astrologers

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The American Federation of Scientific Astrologers was founded on March 4, 1938 at 11:38 a. m. in Washington, D.C.[1]

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General Information and Activities

The organization changed its name in 1945 and is currently located in Tempe, Arizona.
It is now managed by a ten-member board of directors and three staff members.

The AFA was the first U.S. astrological organization to administer certification examinations for astrologers, a program which it continues to sponsor. It promotes astrological education, and maintains a mail order book sales service. It offers on-line courses plus an annual conference with lectures, panel discussions, and workshops. It publishes a monthly journal, Today's Astrologer, which is distributed to the general membership. There are various categories of membership available and open to anyone: Associate and Research. Research members additionally receive a separate journal called the AFA Journal of Research, which specializes in articles of relevance to astrological research. It is published periodically. Neither Today's Astrologer nor the Journal of Research is available for sale to non-members. The AFA's most prominent activity as a publisher however has been in the publication of astrological books. Especially from the 1970s to the present day, it has been one of the leading publishers of astrological literature in the world.

History: Presidents and Secretaries

  • Ernest A. Grant (1938 - 1959) Ernest and Catharine Grant were the founders.
    • Paul R. Grell (1959 - 1970)[2]
  • F. Sims Pounds (1969 - 1979)
    • Robert W. Cooper (1970 - 1979)
  • Doris Chase Doane (1979 - 2004)
  • Stephanie Jean Clement (2004 -)[3]
  • Arlene A. Kramer (2015)


The AFA has an extensive collection of astrology books and periodicals, all of which have been donated by members and friends of the organization. There are more than 7,500 books in the library, and more than 10,000 periodicals

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Notes and References

  1. The American Federation of Astrologers (Website). Rodden Rating A
  2. Born April 20, 1906, 2:15 Uhr LMT, St Louis (Missouri); cf. Merry Christmas for the Grell's 1956 (Wayne Turner, 2008)
  3. James R. Lewis: The astrology book: the encyclopedia of heavenly influences online: google books