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Chart of ISAR

"ISAR" is the abbreviation of International Society for Astrological Research, one of the larger American astrological associations, besides NCGR, AFA and AFAN. ISAR was originally founded in 1968, but has been a California-based non-profit organization since December 5, 1979. That is the ISAR official incorporation date, and the basis for its own "natal" chart.

ISAR has played an important role in the support of astrological research and in data collection. The predecessor of Lois Rodden's AstroDatabank was the RID (Rodden-ISar-Databank).


ISAR's purpose is to assist, encourage, and educate those who wish to achieve and maintain a high professional standard of competence in the field of astrology. It has a code of ethics and aims to support the highest quality standards in astrology. There is an elaborate code of ethics[1] and a certification program.

The Isar Journal 44-2 from 2015


  • 1968 - 1979 ??
  • 1979 - 1982 ??
  • 1982 - 1995 Carol Tebbs
  • 1994 - 2000 and 2002 - 2008: the financial astrologer Raymond Merriman from Chicago was a very active president
  • 2008 - today Gisele Terry

Independent of the number of members in a particular country ISAR nominates a vice president for each country. Therefore there is quite a number of vice presidents, 26 of them in early 2009.

Some European Representatives

  • Alan Oken: Portugal
  • Antonia Langsdorf: Germany
  • Verena Bachmann: Switzerland


Merriman and Langsdorf (2011)


  • The Journal of Astrological Studies. No. 1 Fall 1970
  • Kosmos - the Publication of International Society for Astrological Research Inc. Since 1968, until 1999, first monthly, later four times a year. After 2000 (2002?) renamed into The International Astrologer. Since 2010 online.
  • The Journal of Astrology in England. Number 1: Astrology in England, Degree Areas, Astrology and Psychology. Montclair, NJ, 1970
  • Astrological Research Methods: Volume 1: An ISAR Anthology. 1995 ISBN 0964636603

Notes and References

  1. See the ethics DVD at ISAR's E-Store)