Revolutions and Revelations

An Interview with Jessica Murray

by Tony Howard
This Interview was first published in the December 2010 issue of The Mountain Astrologer magazine

Jessica Murray astrologer Born in 1968, I’ve been endlessly fascinated with that iconic time period that left its imprint on my birth chart. I made its study a main focus in college, and have continued to be inspired by the many revolutions – both individual and collective – that were exploding with energy then, and now. We are experiencing a cultural revisiting of that energy in the current times that feels palpable, and viewed through the lens of astrological analysis we can verify the connection.

Richard Tarnas’ groundbreaking Cosmos & Psyche is a monumental contribution to current astrological discourse. And one of its most exciting lines of thought is that of diachronic cycles. Tarnas identifies these as any two time periods linked by a similarly referential astrological cycle, which can be analyzed sequentially throughout history. When we look back, we see a dialogue that arises, linking the birth of a woman in one cycle, to the birth of her great work in the next cycle; linking the spark of a new idea in one cycle, to a full social movement in the next.

Right now we are in the midst of such a dialogue between the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction cycle of 1968-69 and that of 2010-2011. Among other things we could say, these are cycles of revolution – in thought, body and spirit.

The generation born during the late 60s burns with the mark of that energy and we have been charged with furthering the goals laid out by the revolutionaries of those times. And since we now have the insight to use astrology as a roadmap to decipher the way forward, one clear place we can look for answers is to those who truly lived the revolution in the previous cycles. Those feisty few who have maintained that spirit can now be mentors to those of us now carrying the same torch, furthering the goals of freedom and individuation expressed through the Uranian archetype.

Jessica Murray is one such mentor in the astrological community. Murray was born in 1951 in Nyack, New York. She became involved with Students for a Democratic Society while an undergraduate at Brown University. Frustrated by the sexism within the anti-Vietnam War movement as well as the need for more female faculty members at Brown, Murray joined the emerging Women's Movement. In 1973 she helped found the Rhode Island Feminist Theater, where she acted and wrote plays collaboratively. In 1975 Murray moved to San Francisco. Since then she has practiced and taught astrology.

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A Lifetime of Astrology

An Interview with Judith Hill

by Tony Howard
This Interview was first published in the December 2011 issue of The Mountain Astrologer magazine

Judith Hill astrologerJudith Hill is a lifelong, second-generation astrologer and award-winning author. She has given more than 6,000 in-depth personal astrology readings and excels in most branches of Classical Western astrology, but she is perhaps best known for her medical and vocational work, to which she has devoted much of her energy.

Judith is a gem and a great asset to the Oregon area, where she has a long and successful local astrology practice and teaching presence. She is truly one of Oregon’s best-kept secrets. Her books are practical and detailed; through them, she shares a wealth of knowledge, the kind that can only be gained over a lifetime of research and direct experience.

Her books include The Astrological Body Types; Medical Astrology: A Guide to Planetary Pathology; The Lunar Nodes: Your Key to Excellent Chart Interpretation; Vocational Astrology; The Part of Fortune in Astrology; Astro-Seismology; and The Mars-Redhead Files. Judith has recently written and lavishly illustrated a delightful book of twelve profound and amusing children's stories, entitled Mrs. Winkler's Cure (under the pseudonym Julia Holly).

Judith administers an online course in Medical Astrology through her website.

She can be reached at

This interview with Judith was recorded in February 2010.

Tony Howard: Who was your first astrology teacher? How did you meet, and what was his or her most profound influence on you?

Judith Hill: My father was a fine amateur astrologer. When I was three, he would sit me on his knee, and we would peruse his fine collection of hand-drawn charts, which he kept in a blue binder. Being a strange child, I was fascinated and took to astrology quickly. Between ages 10 and 14, he tutored me in the fine art of reading natal and transit charts. I spent almost the entire ninth grade studying astrology.

Fritzi Armstrong’s Metaphysical Town Hall bookstore in San Francisco was one of the first stores offering a full shelf of astrological books. This was a major pilgrimage site of mine between the ages of 10 and 25. I’d bus downtown as a twelve-year-old and get lost in the book stacks.

I gave my first professional paid reading at 14 years old, following an intensive four-year study period and what one might call a semi-apprenticeship. In my later teens, books were my main teachers, augmented by lecturers. Breadth being important, I made deep studies of palmistry, phrenology, anthropology, numerology, prophecy, world theology, music, art, herbology, and gemstones.

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