The National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR) is a non-profit member organization that supports education and research exploring the relationship between cosmic patterns, earthly events and human affairs. The Boston Chapter frequently hosts speakers. The lectures are dedicated to increasing astrological knowledge and to providing a sense of community for those interested in astrology.
The Chapter’s first meeting was called to order on September 23, 1979, at 12:37 p.m. in Belmont, MA.
Frances McEvoy was the Chapter’s first President and served from 1979 until her death in December, 2007. Joyce Levine was President from 2008 to 2019. David Perloff became President in June 2019. (See the section on Board members for bios on all Board members.)
The National Council for Geocosmic Research, Inc., (NCGR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the standards of astrological education and research. Though it began as “national,” NCGR’s current membership includes a growing number of international members and chapters. The organization’s activities include sponsoring local chapters, in the United States and internationally. Additionally, several Special Interest Groups (SIGs) cross wide geographical areas to foster dialogue among people of similar astrological specialties.
NCGR produces a wide variety of publications.
From its 1979 launch in a seminar at Princeton University attended by delegates from chapters, NCGR developed and implemented a 4-level education and testing program leading toward certification for astrologers. With the formation of the NCGR Professional Astrologers’ Alliance (PAA) in 2008, this prior NCGR certification program is now transferred to the new organization in its entirety, based on the same educational curriculum as before. The newly-formed NCGR-PAA will now administer this highly respected certification program, which is both an outgrowth and a continuation of NCGR’s historical Curriculum and Certification Program begun more than a quarter of a century ago.
Although NCGR does not require that its members be practicing astrologers, a Code of Ethics, to which members are accountable, provides guidelines for the practice of astrology, and every member is expected to abide by it.
To briefly summarize the history of NCGR, seven men and women met in Wareham, MA, on March 6, 1971, at the home of Harry F. Darling, M.D., who became the first Chairman. The official signing of the Articles of Incorporation took place at 9:02 pm. The founders included astrologers, medical professionals, scientists and scholars, all interested in exploring astrology as it related to other disciplines. The name they chose, Geocosmic, sought to avoid the popular misunderstanding of astrology and set the tone for their purpose with a serious and scholarly approach to the study of correspondences between life on earth (geo) and the cycles of the cosmos, in particular, that of our solar system.