Pottenger, Maritha (1952– )
Maritha Pottenger, a contemporary astrologer, was born on
May 21, 1952, in Tucson, Arizona, the daughter of famed astrologer
Zipporah Dobyns. Dobyns began the study of astrology
in 1956, the year she separated from Maritha’s father. She
moved the family to Los Angeles, California, in 1969 and became
active in the Church of Religious Science (a New
Thought church in which she was eventually ordained).
Maritha assumed her mother’s maiden name. She attended the
University of California–Berkeley, where she earned her degree
in psychology (1974) and did graduate work in clinical
psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology
(M.A., 1976).
Pottenger learned her astrology from her mother and in the
1980s began to work with Astro Communications Services
(ACS), the original astrological computer company founded in
1973 by Neil Franklin Michelsen. Through ACS she began to
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write computerized interpretive reports profiling various aspects
of astrology interpretation, and she offers on-line interpretations
of individual charts based on her profiles, the most
recent being a comparison of horoscopes with the chart of the
new millennium.
Pottenger is a member of the National Council for Geocosmic
Research (chaired by Michelsen) and the International
Society for Astrological Research. She has integrated her psychological
training into her approach and encourages her clients
to see their horoscope as a map of the psyche that assists
them in making optimum choices. Her insights have been
gathered in her encyclopedic work, Complete Horoscope Interpretation
(1986). She has also authored a number of other books
including Encounter Astrology (1978), Healing with the Horoscope
(1982), What Are Astrological Maps All About Astrology (1996),
Your Love Life, Venus in Your Chart (1996), and Astro-Essentials
Pottenger is an editorial director at Astro Communications
Services, where her brother Rique Pottenger also is employed.
Pottenger, Maritha. Astro-Essentials. San Diego ASC Publications,
———. Complete Horoscope Interpretation. San Diego ASC
Publications, 1986.
———. Healing with the Horoscope. San Diego ASC Publications,
———. What Are Astrological Maps All About Astrology. San
Diego ASC Publications, 1996.
———. Your Love Life, Venus in Your Chart. San Diego ASC
Publications, 1996.