Rodden, Lois M.

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Rodden, Lois M. Gender: F
Lois Mae Fast
born on 22 May 1928 at 00:27 (= 12:27 AM )
Place Lang, Saskatchewan (CAN), 49n56, 104w23
Timezone MST h7w (is standard time)
Data source
Rectified from approx. time
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 00°57' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 09°26 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 13°37'

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Lois M. Rodden
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Canadian-American pro astrologer, author, data collector and winner of the 1992 Regulus Award for Enhancing Astrology's Image.

Lois was raised in a small Canadian prairie town in Saskatchewan by two Scorpio parents; two older brothers. Her dad was a land-owner and businessman, prosperous for his time and place, and her mom a restless homemaker. On 17 October 1940, her dad was found on the street with two skull fractures. The case was never closed.

The 12-year-old girl moved with her mom to California where her mom met and married a young handsome second husband. They began a nomadic life style, trying different jobs and business ventures and making some 17 moves back and forth across the U.S. and Canada for the following eight years.

On 13 February 1949, Lois married George Rodden, an aircraft engineer and part-time musician; they had six kids, one deceased. They lived in the San Francisco Bay area for ten years before settling in the Los Angeles area where George Rodden worked for Ford Marketing Corporation and conducted youth symphonies as an avocation. In 1968, they separated, divorcing the following year.

In 1960, a dinner guest gave Rodden a book on Tarot published by the Church of Light. When she moved into Los Angeles in 1961, she found that the Church of Light was three blocks away and classes were available. Within a few months, Tarot fell by the wayside as she discovered the remarkable world of astrology.

The lowest year of her life was in 1968. She had closeted herself for six months to write a book on chart comparison and with its completion, found herself with no money, friends, lover, hope or future, but five kids to support and an old shabby six-bedroom rented Victorian house. Her income consisted of rent from the two university foreign students that she took each year and a few astrology clients. She had sold her first astrology article in February, but the turning point was in September 1968. She was invited to become a charter member of Professional Astrologers Inc, and at the same time invited to give a series of astrology lectures in San Jose and to teach at the Hollywood Astrological Society. She is convinced that her career as an astrologer began at that time.

Rodden published five books of astrological data, the Astro-Data series, and three textbooks, "The Mercury Method of Chart Comparison," "Modern Transits," and "Money, How to Find it With Astrology." Moving to Hollywood in 1973, she built up a clientele of people in the entertainment industry as well as other general fields, always more comfortable with pragmatic counseling than with emotional or psychological dilemmas in the client's charts. In 1976 she wrote a list of transit definitions for one of the first computer companies to sell monthly forecasts. She wrote Sun-signs for the astrology scrolls that sell from vending machines, she wrote annual sun-sign books for the market check stands and she wrote astrologically based ad copy.

In 1985 she sold her Hollywood home at 500% profit and moved to a small California town for a slower pace and less pressured lifestyle in order to focus on more research than clients. Her aged mom came to live with her from 1988 to 1990. When her mom went into a retirement home, Rodden made her first trip to Europe, March 1990.

Data collection and research were always her foremost interests. In 1985, Rodden made an agreement with ISAR to put her extensive data collection on computer in order to provide data to astrologers at a reasonable price. The project moved ahead slowly until reaching a full stop somewhere after 1991.

On 3 July 1996, Rodden met Mark McDonough when he expressed an interest in helping with the databank. Out of this meeting, the AstroDatabank was born, with McDonough designing and creating the AstroDatabank program to store and deliver the Rodden data, which had by then reaching the amount of some 30,000 data.

Rodden's health was always excellent except for a genetic susceptibility to cancer. In 1973 she had surgery for cervical and uterine cancer; in 1980, a melanoma removed from her left arm; in 1986, a mastectomy; in 1997, part of a lung removed, plus a half dozen skin cancers over the years.

She has maintained warm relationships with her three daughters and two sons, with four grandsons and one granddaughter. Her annual trips to conferences and/ or family are enjoyable breaks from her concentration on data collecting. The astrological community is a valuable part of her life with rewarding friendships and continual intellectual challenge.

On 29 July 1999, Rodden was given the news that her cancer had metastasized into the chest, a mass resting on the aorta and left lung. Exploratory surgery on 7 September 1999 confirmed that the mass was inoperable: she began six-weeks of daily radiation treatment and three months of weekly chemotherapy on 28 September 1999. On 22 December 1999, she was declared to be in remission. There were other health annoyances by then, osteoporosis and osteo-arthritis. The chest cancer grew over her left vocal cord, leaving her with a voice of not much more than a whisper. She moved into a much slower life-style in the late '90s without trips and lectures but continued to work with daily enthusiasm on the AstroDatabank.

On 15 March 2002, her cancer once more moved into active status, requiring a series of chemo treatments and slowing down her work to half-speed. She was scheduled to speak at UAC (with a good mike!) on 21 July 2002.

A role model for her integrity, adherence to strict astrological standards, and generosity, our much-loved astrologer, data collector, writer and friend died on 5 June 2003 at about 8:30 AM at her home in Yucaipa, California surrounded by family and friends.

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  • business associate/partner relationship with Bordoni, Grazia (born 9 May 1945)
  • business associate/partner relationship with McDonough, Mark (born 9 March 1956)
  • business associate/partner relationship with Steinbrecher, Ed (born 4 April 1930)
  • business associate/partner relationship with Wright, Paul (born 28 August 1951). Notes: Contributed to her collection from his Scottish collection
  • friend relationship with Scholfield, Sy (born 5 May 1964). Notes: Scholfield has contributed 18,000 data to her collection
  • friend relationship with Stark, Batya (born 16 October 1939)
  • other associate with Brones, Michel (born 16 August 1951). Notes: Doctor-Patient
  • parent->child relationship with Rodden, Amy (born 23 November 1949)
  • parent->child relationship with Rodden, Baby (born 20 July 1956)
  • parent->child relationship with Rodden, Dana (born 3 July 1957)
  • parent->child relationship with Rodden, Jon (born 26 October 1960)
  • parent->child relationship with Rodden, Lynn (born 14 March 1951)
  • (has as) teacher relationship with Pierce, Gayle (born 20 August 1903)
  • (has as) other hierarchical relationship with Taglilatelo, Pat (born 14 September 1946)


  • Death of Father 17 October 1940 (Dad hit, died a week later)
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  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 31 March 1948 (Met George Rodden)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 13 February 1949 (George F. Rodden)
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  • Financial : Inherited money 22 May 1949 (Equivilent to half the price of an mid-range house)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 23 November 1949 (Amy Kae born)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 14 March 1951 (Lynn born)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 7 May 1952 (Betsy born)
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  • Family : Abortion/ Miscarriage July 1955 (Early miscarriage)
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  • Death of Child 20 July 1956 (Baby bled to death during delivery)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 3 July 1957 (Dana born)
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  • Family : Change residence 15 July 1957 (Moved into newly built house)
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  • Family : Change residence 15 December 1959 (Move to West Covina, CA, miserable house)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 26 November 1960 (Jonathan born)
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  • Family : Change residence 1 September 1961 (Move to great six-bedroom house in Los Angeles)
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  • Social : Begin a program of study October 1961 (Began study of astrology)
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  • Relationship : End significant relationship 8 May 1964 (Marriage exploded)
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  • Social : Begin Travel 22 July 1966 (Began two-week trip to Japan)
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  • Relationship : End significant relationship 4 August 1966 (Husband moved out)
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  • Financial : Worst Period 1968 (Lowest year, no hope or future)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 9 February 1968 (Signed final divorce papers)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 23 February 1968 (Sold first astrology article for $35)
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  • Work : New Career 21 September 1968 (Began career as pro astrologer)
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  • Relationship : Peak Sex 10 February 1970 (Began tempestuous seven-year affair)
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  • Health : Medical diagnosis 27 April 1972 (First skin cancer diagnosed, traumatic)
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  • Health : Medical procedure 9 May 1972 (First skin cancer removed from back)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 20 March 1973 (Mercury Method, first book off press)
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  • Family : Change residence 1 July 1973 (Move into Hollywood, bought house)
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  • Health : Medical procedure 8 October 1973 (Cancer surgery, remove cervix)
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  • Health : Medical procedure 10 October 1973 (Cancer surgery, remove uterus)
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  • Social : Change of Lifestyle 1974 (Peak several years in social and work life)
  • Work : Contracts, agreements 30 May 1974 (Contract to write transits for Computer Co.)
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  • Social : Joined group 7 July 1975 (Received notice of Mensa acceptance)
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  • Financial : Buy/Sell Property 24 December 1976 (Bought a new Buick car)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 9 June 1978 (Modern Transits published)
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  • Health : Medical procedure 25 December 1979 (Mole on left arm removed)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 8 January 1980 (First copy of Profiles of Women arrived)
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  • Health : Medical procedure 9 January 1980 (Melanoma surgery, excise 8 cm from left arm)
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  • Misc. : Great Insight 29 January 1980 (Decided to not die, took three months to straighten arm)
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  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 17 March 1980 (Dinner with Victoria Shaw, began friendship)
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  • Financial : Buy/Sell Property 25 October 1985 (Accepted offer on Hollywood house, 450% profit)
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  • Family : Change residence 1 January 1986 (Moved happily to Yucaipa, CA)
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  • Health : Medical procedure 26 November 1986 (Cancer surgery, mastectomy of left breast)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 25 March 1988 (Aged mom moved in for two years)
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  • Health : Medical procedure 16 November 1988 (Post-mastectomy breast construction)
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  • Social : Begin Travel 9 March 1990 (Began trip to Spain, U.K. Ireland)
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  • Social : Return Home 11 April 1990 (Home, immediately to Guadalajara Mexico)
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  • Work : Prize 1992 (Regulus Award for Enhancing Astrology's Image)
  • Death of Sibling 8 February 1992 (Brother Al died of lung cancer)
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  • Work : Gain social status 4 November 1994 (Lectured in Netherlands)
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  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 3 July 1996 (Met Mark McDonough)
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  • Health : Medical diagnosis 1997 (Osteoporosis onset; multiple fractures of spine in 1998)
  • Work : Contracts, agreements 2 July 1997 (Contract with Mark McDonough for AstroDatabank)
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  • Health : Medical procedure 26 September 1997 (Cancer surgery, removal of lower lobe of right lung)
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  • Work : Start Business 21 May 1998 at 09:00 AM in Atlanta, GA (UAC presentation of AstroDatabank)
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  • Health : Medical procedure 16 December 1998 (Vocal cord surgery, unsuccessful)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 18 December 1998 (Release of AstroDatabank)
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  • Health : Medical diagnosis 29 July 1999 at 05:17 AM in Highland, CA (News of metastasis)
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  • Health : Medical procedure 7 September 1999 at 01:57 AM in Redlands, CA (Anaesthetist first injection for exploratory surgery)
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  • Health : Medical procedure 29 September 1999 (Began radiation and chemo treatment)
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  • Health : Begin remission 22 December 1999 (Declared in remission)
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  • Death of Significant person 27 July 2001 (Former husband died after a fall)
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  • Work : Prize 2002 (Lifetime Achievement Award presented at UAC)
  • Health : End remission 15 March 2002 (News of more tumors in lung and stomach)
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  • Death by Disease 5 June 2003 at 08:30 AM in Yucaipa (Cancer, age 75)
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Source Notes

LMR rectified from mom's statement "after midnight."


  • Traits : Body : Hair (Brown, thin, fine)
  • Traits : Body : Handedness (Right)
  • Traits : Body : Voice/Speech (Left vocal cord paralyzed)
  • Traits : Mind : Education limited (High school dropout)
  • Traits : Mind : I.Q. high/ Mensa level (Mensa member)
  • Traits : Personality : Hard worker
  • Traits : Personality : Night Owl (Early bird, up with the sun)
  • Traits : Personality : Principled strongly (Moral imperitive.)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Multiple history from 1972)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Osteoporosis (Onset 1997, compression fractures)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Cosmetic surgery (Post-mastectomy breast reconstruction, lower face-lift)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Stutter, Tics (Word retrieval flawed)
  • Family : Childhood : Family large (Over 40 cousins)
  • Family : Childhood : Family supportive (Childhood memories good: adolescence pure misery)
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Dad murdered)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Third child, only girl)
  • Family : Childhood : Parent, Single or Step (Step-dad at 12, a good man)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (One after 16 years marriage)
  • Family : Parenting : Birthing - Miscarriages (One early miscarriage)
  • Family : Parenting : Hardship - Little money (Raised kids mostly alone, money limited)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Six, one deceased)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted (Kids on stage, TV, films)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids -Traumatic event (One baby died)
  • Family : Parenting : Primary care of elderly (Cared for mom two years)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Self-employed (Home office)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Inheritance (21st birthday)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Hobbies, games (Bridge)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Many moves (Age 12-20, 17 moves)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Philosopher/ Humanist (Agni Yoga Group for 12 years)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner (Small publishing company)
  • Vocation : Occult Fields : Astrologer (Pro)
  • Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ private (Age 17 to 20)
  • Vocation : Writers : Astrology (Books, articles, biographies)
  • Vocation : Writers : How To .... (One book)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Astrology awards)