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The Mountain Astrologer is widely acknowledged as the best English-language astrology magazine in the world today. We can be found at your favorite bookstore or newsstand ~ we're carried in more than 1000 stores worldwide or by subscription.

We are known for:
• Lively, well-written articles on a wide variety of astrological topics
• A user-friendly Student Section
• Astrological coverage of world events
• Astro-humor
• A comprehensive forecast section
• A forecast calendar outlining each day's aspects and the global astrological climate

If you are hungry for top-rate astrological information, enjoy our online offerings, then contact us for a sample issue or subscription. See details here.

Publishing Schedule/General Information
The Mountain Astrologer Magazine publishes 6 times per year, bi-monthly. Each issue has approximately 8 feature articles, plus columns, forecasts, and Article Particles - a forum for new ideas or brief responses to published articles. Our article mix is designed to please professional astrologers as well as students at many levels of expertise.

Each issue is approximately 8.5" x 11", 112 pages in length, with a glossy full color cover. The content ratio is 80% content to 20% advertising. Subscriber issues are mailed 4 weeks before the issue date, directly from our printer in Wisconsin. They are timed to arrive before the first of the issue month.

Our distribution as of July 2015: 14,200 copies printed; 7,700 sent to subscribers (including 900 digital-only subscribers), with the remainder distributed to stores, including major chains such as Barnes & Noble and Whole Foods. Several libraries also order TMA.

Staff Members

Tem Tarriktar is the founder and Publisher of The Mountain Astrologer (since 1987), and he has written extensively for the magazine. Tem is also co-creator of The Glyphoids (cartoons). He’s working hard on growing into his infamous triple-Leo birth chart — give him time! His Mercury in Virgo likes to remind people that all 182 issues of TMA have been mailed on time. Tem lives with his wife, Kate Sholly, and a plump, lovable cat named Toby, in the beautiful hills above Nevada City, California.

Senior Editor Nan Geary has studied astrology since 1970; she is married to an astronomer/telescope-maker, so theirs is a union of inner sky and outer sky. Nan also writes and performs music and is a member of a three-woman a cappella vocal group, Harmonious Combustion. As an editor for TMA, she competes with Tem for the position of punster-in-chief.

Janette deProsse, our Managing Editor, has learned almost everything she knows about astrology from editor Nan Geary and from reading and re-reading every single word that has been published in The Mountain Astrologer since the Leo/Aquarius issue (Feb/March 2000). Her extracurricular passions include reading, Latin jazz, baseball, European travel, and playing Scrabble. She lives on two wooded acres on Rattlesnake Road with her wife and two marvelous cats.

Mary Plumb, Web & Book Editor, is a long-time contributor to TMA, going back to the days when Tem and Kate had a folding-and-mailing party in Boulder, Colorado, to get the newsletter to the post office in time. She lives in Ashland, Oregon where she is president of the Southern Oregon NCGR, sees clients, tutors astrology, edits TMA’s blog, and is aiming to move with the times in good cheer and grace. Email: website:

Kate Sholly, the Special Projects Editor at TMA, assists writers to develop articles on unusual topics and approaches to astrology. She is also a practicing astrologer in the Sierra Foothills, with a burning interest in history, mythology, dreams, and all kinds of symbolic representations. In her spare time, she plays with collage, color, and song.

Frank Clifford, Theme Issue Editor, has contributed to TMA since 2008, written its Horoscope Detective column since 2010, and has also acted as Guest Editor. He lives in London, England, where he sees clients and writes/publishes on astrology and palmistry. Although teaching takes Frank all over the world, he runs The London School of Astrology in a building behind where he was born … so much for going far in life.

Associate Editor Ray Grasse is author of The Waking Dream: Unlocking the Symbolic Language of Our Lives and Signs of the Times: Unlocking the Symbolic Language of World Events. Throughout the 1990s, he worked on the editorial staffs of Quest Books and The Quest Magazine and has written extensively for TMA. He is a working astrologer and can be reached at or through his website:

Deborah Houlding, our Horary Editor, has been teaching and practicing horary astrology since 1988. She has previously acted as Horary Editor for the Astrological Association of Great Britain's Journal, and as Editor of The
Traditional Astrologer magazine (1993 to 2000). Deborah is the Principal of the STA School of Traditional Horary Astrology and hosts the astrology website Skyscript. She is the author of The Houses: Temples of the Sky (Wessex, 1996).

Associate Editor Chris Brennan is a professional astrologer from Denver, Colorado. He was educated at Kepler College, where he focused on cross-cultural comparisons between the astrological traditions. He is the former President of the Association for Young Astrologers and the former Research Director of the National Council for Geocosmic Research. He can be reached by e-mail at or through his website

Joni Patry, our Vedic Consultant, is one of the most recognized Vedic astrologers in America. She was a faculty member for ACVA, CVA, and Instructor for online certification programs, has published many books and journals and appeared on national and international television shows. As the keynote speaker for international conferences, she has a Japanese website, writes for Saptarishi in India, Faces in Turkey, and the Galactic Center. She specializes in prediction, with books and websites for world, sports, and financial prediction. Visit Galactic Center.

Ann Meigs is our Assistant Publisher. She is also a mandolin and accordion player and a member of a group called “Buffalo Gals” that plays Old Time and Americana music. Her spare time, and there’s not much, is spent with family, gardening, and — with the Moon and Venus in Virgo and a healthy stellium in Cancer — on endless home improvement projects.

Shannon Garcia, our Design and Development Director, is a communications designer in Seattle, Washington. She studied neurophenomenology and History & Philosophy of Science at the University of Washington and was a five-term board member and past president of the Washington State Astrological Association. In her “spare time,” she plays classical chamber music and performs with the UW Gamelan Ensemble. Twitter: @clover; Website:

Linda Byrd, Advertising Sales, has her North Node in Gemini and loves learning. She is currently the president of NCGR, Sacramento, and that’s where she met Tem and Kate. Among the many hats she has worn was as a business and marketing consultant, so advertising seemed like a natural fit. She is a certified dream coach, a practicing astrologer, and is drawn to anything metaphysical. She lives with her partner, Marcus, who she suspects is from Andromeda.

Sara Fisk, Layout & Illustration, has the goal of helping to bring the invaluable tool of astrology closer to the mainstream, and more than 20 years in visual design. Sara is honored to be a part of The Mountain Astrologer. A native California girl, she now resides in the foothills with her husband and two really cute dogs. She loves camping, hiking, and just generally taking in the peacefulness and beauty of nature.

Linda Ferencik, our Circulation Manager, comes to TMA bringing experience from both the high-tech and book publishing industries. In her spare time, she spends as much time as possible outdoors — meditating, hiking, and especially bird-watching.



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