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(updated October 2020)

File Format

We accept electronic files only. We prefer that you submit your query via email in one of the following formats, ordered by preference:
(1) Microsoft Word 2011 or newer
(2) Shared Google Doc
(3) Shared Dropbox file
(4) RTF (rich text file)

Article Formatting

Please ensure your article adheres to the following, or includes:
A title
Page numbers
A bio not exceeding 100 words maximum with contact information; a black and white headshot may also be provided.
Please do not use glyphs in your article, as we may not be using the same font. You may spell out astrological language or use the standard three-letter abbreviations. Glyphs are acceptable in a table or diagram, as long as it is in JPEG or PDF format.

Diagrams, Illustrations, and Charts

You will need to supply your own diagrams if any are required to understand the text

We welcome suggestions for artwork or illustrations to enhance your article

Charts referenced in your article should be embedded in your article or submitted as a separate file(s)

You must properly cite sources for all data. We advise you to review the below section, "Data Sourcing and Citation", before submitting your article.

Query Process

Once we request and receive your article, we will notify you within approximately 60-90 days of receipt whether it has been accepted, accepted pending revision, or declined.

Note: we recommend that you begin the query process for time sensitive articles at least eight months before your preferred publication date, although we can sometimes accommodate unexpected current events submissions.

Acceptance/declining is based entirely upon our perception. We take into consideration factors like content, quality, how the article compliments TMA's vision, and its appeal to our readers.

If an article is accepted, we reserve the right to edit, condense, cut, or otherwise alter the text of all material sent for publication without the advance approval of the writer; however, we do consult authors about substantive changes.

Upon acceptance of your article, we will send you a contract outlining our terms, conditions, compensation, etc. This includes permission for us to publish your article in the print and digital versions of that edition of the magazine. Before the contract is finalized by TMA, you will be asked to satisfy all requests for information specific to your article.

Important Note: Once you've submitted your finished article, do not make any further revisions or additions unless we request them. If you feel that changes are necessary, please contact our editing team to discuss the matter.

Formatting References and Notes

Please do not use embedded footnotes or hyperlinks in the text. List all references, sources, and footnotes at the end of the article under the title "References and Notes". Include footnote numbers in the text to correspond to this list.

Examples for Formatting Your References

Robert Pelletier, Planets in Houses: Experiencing Your Environment, Whitford Press, 1978, p. 5 (or pp. 5-10).

Kelley Hunter, "The Dark Goddess Lilith," in The Mountain Astrologer, April/May 1999, p. 19.

Online Resources
See, "Johannes Kepler" (accessed March 14, 2009).

Gavin White, "The Exaltation System in Babylonian Astrology," (accessed July 22, 2009).

Data Sourcing and Citation

The Mountain Astrologer is dedicated to maintaining strict standards of astrological publishing based on careful data citations and through professional delineation and interpretation of published charts. As such, we encourage you to review this information in detail before submitting your article and supporting materials.

We comply with benchmarks established by the Association of Professional Data Collectors who convened their first international meeting on May 30, 1997, in Brussels, Belgium. One of their goals is to advance data standards, and we agree with their position that data presented without a source is unprofessional and unacceptable. If you’re submitting birth charts, event charts, or other astrological charts with your article, you must provide the original source of your data (e.g., birth certificate, birth record, mother’s memory, rectification [mention by whom and what source was used for the rectification], etc.).

Don’t make the mistake of proposing an article only to discover, too late, that your chart data is inaccurate. Speculative data sources result in speculative interpretations and premises, which then contribute to the image of astrology as meaningless speculation. Save yourself time and trouble; check your data before you begin.

The Rodden Rating System

Please refer to the below Rodden Rating System before you submit charts, and clearly state the status of your data.

AA: Accurate data as recorded by the family or state
A: Accurate data as quoted by the person, kin, friend, or associate
B: Biography or autobiography (give complete publication information)
C: Caution: no source of origin
DD: Dirty Data: two or more conflicting quotes that are unqualified
X: Data with no time of birth
XX: Data without a known or confirmed date

Important Note: If your data is from a computer program such as an astrological software or AstroDatabank (currently accessible at ), it is not sufficient to cite the program or the website as the source. You need to determine the original source (as above). Examples: Marilyn Monroe, AA: B.C. (birth certificate); Johnny Depp, A: data from father.

If your data is from a data collection, either on computer or in catalogue, please cite the name of the collection, the source of the data that the collection gives, and the corresponding Rodden Rating. Example: Blackwell Collection, AA: B.C.)

If you’re using a biography or autobiography as a source, please send an attachment of the citation for publication. You must provide the complete publication reference in the format defined in the "Formatting References and Notes" section above (author, title, publisher, year).

Rectified charts may be acceptable as long as they are clearly referenced as such.

We appreciate your assistance maintaining professional rigor.

Thank you so much for you interest in publishing with The Mountain Astrologer. We look forward to reading your article. If you have further questions, feel free to contact us by email at


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