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About Gilbert Navarro

Gilbert Navarro

Gilbert Navarro

I was born at 3:33:48 p.m., February 4, 1947 in San Francisco, California. I grew up knowing more about astrology than the average person. My mother was very much into astrology, but the way I saw her using astrology made it seem to be something used by weak people. She used astrology as an excuse to permit herself from not doing things she didn’t want to do and astrological permission to do the things she wanted to do.

When I was 23 I was separated from my wife, feeling very insecure, and also I had custody of my baby daughter. I bought an astrology paperback book, WRITE YOUR OWN HOROSCOPE by Joseph Goodavage. In the back of his book he had a number of pages listing the names and addresses of astrologers around the country. Ivy M. Goldstein-Jacobson’s address was the closest to where I lived; she lived approximately 5 miles. Information, 411 was able to give me her phone number so I gave her a call. That began my relationship with her and the beginning of my career in astrology.

Back then I found natal astrology easier to learn than horary astrology. With natal astrology it was easier to be wrong and not know it. Horary astrology was much more difficult for me but much more interesting and satisfying. I was seldom right, so seldom that many times I was on the verge of giving up on astrology. I had to have been fated to be a horary astrologer because every time I’d get to the point of giving up, I’d have a tremendous success, the kind of success that gave me the satisfaction to keep on going for months and months more. Mrs. Jacobson spoke of me to other astrologers, indicating that she was mentoring me; and those astrologers came to think I was an expert in astrology when I wasn’t. I was asked by the Southern California Society of Astrologers to lecture for them and I did; but I felt completely unqualified. A woman contacted me to do a Johndro Birth Locality Chart for her father, because she had no birthtime for him. The then president of the Southern California Society of Astrologers referred her to me, assuming I was an expert, who knew all about Johndro’s work. I told the woman I was too busy at the time and told her she could get back to me in a week. Since I knew nothing about Johndro birth locality charts I took the whole week to learn all I could. My relationship with Mrs. Jacobson had its disadvantage. I feared that it was just a matter of time before I’d be found out. All these astrologers would discover that the good reputation I so easily received through Mrs. Jacobson was completely undeserved.

An opportunity presented itself for me to leave the Los Angeles area. I moved to a suburb of Sacramento and dropped out of sight from all astrologers except Mrs. Jacobson. I guess I was kind of lucky that she didn’t know any astrologers in that area; if she had she would have probably put them in contact with me. I decided that I would not return to the astrological community until I felt I deserved the reputation that came so easy to me through my relationship with Mrs. Jacobson. I was 29 when I finally emerged from my self-imposed exile. I emerged by attending my first AFA Convention, the 1976 AFA Convention in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel.

I’m not sure if I should be ashamed to say this, but as an astrologer and teacher of astrology, I would never put up with the kind of student I was with Mrs. Jacobson. She gave me all the textbooks I needed to learn astrology and horary astrology. I bought MESSAGE OF THE STARS by Max Heindel and A TO Z HORISCOPE MAKER AND DELINEATOR by Llewellyn George. There are some rules that differed from Mrs. Jacobson’s rules and I’d argue with her about the differences. I remember one of my comments to her was, “They say this and you say that and they’re real astrologers.” Her course in natal astrology has 32 lessons. I’d do whatever lesson that dealt with whatever I was interested in at the time. I might have done lesson 12 then lesson 27 then another, but never in proper sequence. I had no idea of Mrs. Jacobson’s notoriety in astrology until I attended my first AFA Convention. I was fortunate to meet many luminaries in astrology along with Joseph Goodavage and Marc Edmond Jones. At that time Joseph Goodavage was the only astrologer I was interested in. He posed and allowed me to take his picture. I knew my astrology by that convention but my knowledge didn’t compare to most of the people I met; I was a cocky little bastard, and I’m sure I showed it.

Back then the AFA Starlight Receptions were incredible; they were glamorous. They were attended by all these much older astrologers that I only heard about or read about and they dressed as formally as they could. The AFA would give out 11×17 folded cardstock autograph folders to get autographs from the luminaries. I bought this tan MGM tee shirt with the MGM Lion printed all over the front. I wore that tee shirt with a pair of black Levis at my first starlight reception and jumped from astrologer to astrologer collecting autographs, and the whole time I thought I looked just as good as they did with their tuxedoes, dark suits, and gowns. I can still see Diana Bills Stone in her very sheer aqua blue gown that flowed to the floor, looking tall, beautiful, and sophisticated.

I’ve never put up with anyone attending my lectures that behaved like I did when I first met Diana Stone. She was lecturing on horary astrology so I attended her lecture. Earlier that first day I attended Adventures in Horary Astrology by Angela Louise Gallo, then Expanded Horary Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones. As I listened to Diana’s lecture I disagreed with a lot of what she said and I didn’t hesitate to express my feelings. I think I raised my hand and was recognized first. I interrupted so many times that I think I greatly damaged her lecture. Her lecture was in the last session of the day and, since there was no rush to get to a next lecture, people gathered around Diana after she finished speaking to meet her. I was one of them. She was speaking to a lady and I stood next to Diana, waiting for my turn. Too impatient to wait, I would make some smart aleck comment that I was sure she didn’t pay attention to. Then I made another smart aleck comment, “The only good horary astrologers are born February 4th,” my birthday. Diana glanced my way and nodded her head yes. I was trying to get a rise out of her and her nod left me perplexed. As I was trying to figure out what just happened, still listening to the lady speaking to her, she reached into her purse for her wallet, opened it, and handed it to me with her driver’s license showing her birthdate as February 4th. She got me! We’ve been the best of friends for more than three decades.

Gilbert Navarro at AFA Convention

Gilbert Navarro, 1976 AFA Convention, MGM Grand, Las Vegas

Diana Bills Stone

Diana Bills Stone, 1976 AFA Convention, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV


Diana Bills Stone

Diana Bills Stone, 1976 AFA Convention, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV

Gilbert Navarro at AFA Convention

Two Great Astrologers and Gilbert Navarro, 1976 AFA Convention, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV