The New American Ephemeris for the 21st Century, 2000-2100 at Midnight
In 1976, Neil F. Michelsen compiled, programmed and published the first edition of the ephemeris series that set new standards of accuracy for contemporary astrology. In 2006, celebrating the 30th anniversary of that first publication, Rique Pottenger continues the work that Michelsen began with this new full 21st century ephemeris, updated with the very latest data. New features include Ceres added to daily longitude listings of Sun through Pluto. Monthly listings for Eris, Pallas, Juno and Vesta, along with Chiron and a new and improved position for the Galactic center. Improvements enable finding double ingresses on a single day, astro data phenomena sorted by time as well as date, and more. "Remembering Neil" text section capsulizes the beginning years of the development of computer technology for astrologers and Neil's contribution. Read excerpts from Neil's own writings and commentary from colleagues. Study Neil's chart.
Every Astrologer Should Have a Copy!
By Helen Weaver - December 6, 2006
When I began studying astrology with Zoltan Mason in 1969, we calculated birth charts with the
aid of an ancient green book called Dalton's Table of Houses, a German ephemeris published in
1968, and a slide rule. You had to interpolate to find the MidHeaven and Ascendant and once
you had the house cusps, the position of every planet had to be calculated separately. The whole
process took, as I recall, about twenty minutes, and the result was not always accurate, as became
clear after computers entered the picture a couple of decades later.
Nowadays, astrologers enter birth data into their favorite computer program and seconds later,
print out a chart that is accurate within micro-seconds of arc. Many brilliant technical minds have
contributed to the creation of the astrological programs we all take for granted, but of this
peaceful army of geeks and nerds the acknowledged leader... read more
By krebsman - May 26, 2007
I did not realize how much I missed having an ephemeris in book form until I got this one. Yes, I have the software and ephemeredes are available online, but it's great to just have the book to quickly thumb through to check the timing of upcoming aspects and transits. THE NEW AMERICAN EPHEMERIS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY is even better than the 20th Century version. The new feature that I like best is that the retrograde periods for all planets are all shaded gray, so you can tell at a glance when the retrogradation begins and ends. The other immediately noticeable difference is that the asteroid Ceres is given its own column between Mars and Jupiter. I've never worked with the asteroids, so I don't know of how much value this is for me personally, but for those who find them useful, this could be a valuable addition.
This ephemeris is the work of Rique Pottenger based on the earlier work of Neil F. Michelson, who died at age 59 on May 15, 1990. At the beginning of the... read more
By Dorothy Oja "professional, career astrologer" - December 8, 2006
We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us!
Kudos to Rique Pottenger for continuing the pioneering work of Neil Michelsen.
Neil was born with Mars in Leo, which I like to call the superman position! This placement along with his Sun in Taurus gave him the tenacity and will to make his dreams come true. And he dreamt BIG! In the early half of my astrological career, I asked Neil for some research help with an article. He was generous enough to get me the information in a timely manner, and refused to accept payment for it. His energy and warm smile was a welcome sight at conferences. Once his Astro-Computing services were up and running, I used his service for well over 10 years before I finally got my own computer and astrology program.
The Michelsen Memorial Edition belongs on the desk of every serious astrologer.Its many new and convenient features, and the first ephemeris I know of to include positions for Eris, makes it... read more
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