I started studying astrology in 1968 with Zoltan Mason, a Hungarian gentleman with five planets in Capricorn and an office on Lexington Avenue right next to Bloomingdale’s.

By 1980 I knew enough about the subject to take on the job of translator, general editor and co-author of The Larousse Encyclopedia of Astrology–with a lot of help from some first-rate astrologers in America and England.

How I got interested in astrology in the first place–why a seemingly sane, intelligent, well-educated person, the daughter of a scientist, who graduated from Oberlin magna cum laude and phi beta kappa, would give credence to what is generally regarded as outmoded superstition–is a long and winding tale. I tell it in a book I’m working on now: Translation of Light is dedicated to my father, the late Warren Weaver, and focuses on the extraordinary dialogue we had about astrology toward the end of his distinguished career.

More about that after I finish it and find a publisher.

Meanwhile, I did sneak a little about the science of the stars into my recently published book, The Awakener: A Memoir of Kerouac and the Fifties, in the form of an Astrological Appendix. To read that essay, click on Full Moon Rising.

And for an interesting take on Kerouac’s chart from the perspective of the recently discovered dwarf planet Eris, check out Tom Canfield’s article Eris and The Awakener.

And for a review of The Awakener by astrologer Ken Irving, go to Horoscope Guide.