International Society for Astrological Research

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International Society for Astrological Research

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) was incorporated in Sacramento, California, on December 5, 1979, at 10:30 am. ISAR is a professional organization that serves the world astrological community with an elected board of directors and a network of vice presidents from many countries.

Since 1980, ISAR has produced annual conferences focusing on professionalism, research, technology, and international outreach, offering scholarships for conference attendance. ISAR was a pioneer among international astrology organizations in initiating professional standards of paying conference speakers, and paying authors for accepted articles published in its quarterly journals.

ISAR’s support and backing provided the important gestation phase for Lois Rodden’s AstroDataBank, providing accurate birth data to the astrology community. It has given financial grants for research that has helped astrologers earn advanced academic degrees. ISAR keeps a vast library of seminar tapes, including many classic astrologers presenting their specialties. Its Weekly Online Newsletter, initiated in 2000, keeps members involved in current events and the latest in research information.

ISAR was the cofounder of the prestigious United Astrology Conference in 1984 and was a cosponsor in 1986, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1998, and 2002. The organization has a code of ethics and is developing a voluntary program that astrological organizations and astrology schools can join in order to share a common standard for the professional practice of astrology. Graduates of these programs can receive a C.A.P. (Certified Astrological Professional) certification from ISAR.

The following ISAR publications have helped support the astrology research community: Tables for Aspect Research 1986; Astrological Research Methods (volume I, 1995); ISAR’s Financial and Mundane Book (1996); its quarterly journal, Kosmos (1978–99); and International Astrologer (1999 to present).

Memberships and selected publications are available from: ISAR, P.O. Box 38613, Los Angeles, CA 90038–0613; phone: 805–525–0461; fax: 805–933–0301; web site:

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