Sept  29   7:30 pm

Christopher Renstrom

Trash Astrology

Popular Astrology (the most famous example being “sun sign” astrology) is often regarded as a flagrant pandering to the masses. Yet its appearance in Almanacs and dream interpretation manuals are responsible for the introduction of Astrology into America and its overall acceptance. This lecture traces the rise of popular Astrology from The Book of Knowledge (a pre-Revolutionary war occult periodical) to civil war publications to Evangeline Adams’s astrology booklets to Sydney Omarr, Carroll Righter, and concludes with the spectacular success of Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs (still in print today). The point of this lecture is to show that “trash” astrology is more than a necessary evil; it’s the reason why Astrology is still around.

Christopher Renstrom  is the creator of, a subscription-based interactive Astrology website adapted from his bestselling book Ruling Planets published by HarperCollins in 2002.  Christopher also writes the daily horoscopes for The San Francisco Chronicle and He created and wrote the horoscope column for ALLURE magazine from 1991 through 2009.  Now the exclusive astrologer for Patti Stanger (the Millionaire Matchmaker) his weekly forecasts appear on  Christopher was voted Best Astrologer by Utah’s City Weekly in 2012 and 2013. He also lectures around the country on the history of Astrology in America.

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