Pottenger, Maritha (1952-)

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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 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 Geo-cosmic 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 (1991).

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, 1991.

. Complete Horoscope Interpretation. San Diego: ASC Publications, 1986.

. Healing with the Horoscope. San Diego: ASC Publications, 1982.

. What Are Astrological Maps: All About Astrology. San Diego: ASC Publications, 1996.

. Your Love Life, Venus in Your Chart. San Diego: ASC Publications, 1996.