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  • Профессиональный астролог Борис Израитель

The Miracle of Astrology


I divide my life into two unequal periods. The first one – before meeting Astrology – lasted until I was about 23 years old. Occasionally, remembering that period of my life, I tremble internally. Imagine that you walked blindfolded for several hours. And when you opened your eyes, it turned out that all this time you were moving along a narrow bridge over a deep abyss.

Objectively speaking, one cannot say that my childhood and adolescence were some kind of unhappy life. I was born into a fairly wealthy family, studied easily, and had many friends. But compared to the second half, it looks dangerous, helpless, and most importantly meaningless.

My second life began almost immediately, once I began my first lessons of real Astrology. To say that entering the world of Astrology was the most important milestone of my life is to say nothing. It was a shock, a transmutation, and an ecstatic state incomparable to anything else.

It is quite difficult to convey my experiences during the period of immersion into Astrology in a comprehensible form. I remember the incredible joy that filled all the cells of my being while acquiring astrological knowledge. Imagine how a thirsty man quenches his thirst with pure spring water. That was me. I remember the influx of energy that allowed me to read esoteric texts all night long and to feel cheerful and energetic the next day.

It will probably be right to compare this moment with a second birth. It turned out that my whole life prior to this was only a preparation for this new beautiful real LIFE. All dissatisfaction, all mental and even physical problems that had overcome me before meeting Astrology seemed to serve a single function – to push me toward Astrology.

The metaphor of rebirth basically involves a transition to a new quality. However, at the moment of my acquaintance with Astrology, it was not so much my own transformation, rather it was the world around me that has changed drastically. More precisely, my perception of the world underwent a radical change.

The world has become more colorful, voluminous, multi-dimensional. At first, I compared this experience with the sensations of a person who had watched black and white television all his life, and, finally, bought a color television. Then I realized that the analogy is very pale and decided that much closer in depth and gravity of the experience would be a comparison with the sensations of a blind person who had his vision restored.

But even in this case, the analogy is far from complete. Since the transformation of my perception affected not only the senses themselves, but also something more profound, something rooted much deeper.

EVERYTHING filled with special meaning. Even random details suddenly gained importance. The daily chaotic piling up of objects, thoughts, impressions gradually gave way to a rather strictly ordered and much clearer picture. Behind this, at times, a grandiose design was visible. Things that previously seemed absolutely unrelated to each other suddenly turned out to be a continuation of one another. The world appeared to be a huge network of meaningful relationships.

But the most important thing: it turned out that the World is literally crammed with miracles. The world became magical and fabulous. And human beings became the focus of everything wonderful. Seen from an astrological viewpoint every person represented a piece of Cosmic Art. Thus every person is worthy of admiration. And loving people is the greatest happiness in this World.

Начало пути



From left to right: Boris Izraitel, Mikhail Levin (Rector of the Moscow Academy of Astrology) at the first convention of Soviet astrologers. Moscow suburbs, March 28, 1990



Natal chart template. A copy from the American original. 1984

How I spent my entire salary on an American Ephemeris (Astrology in the USSR)

In 1982, when the author of these lines began to study astrology, acquiring an astrological ephemeris in the Soviet Union was no easy task. We didn’t even dream about personal computers then, never mind  the Internet.  There was not a single normal book on astrology in Russian! What we then called astrological books was a stitched pile of photocopies, usually of not a very high quality. Finding any material on astrology, and especially the opportunity to hear a lecture by a living astrologer, was considered incredible luck. Astrology was literally esoteric, i.e. unavailable to the vast majority of the country’s citizens.

The famous expression “Per aspera ad astra" (Through the thorns to the stars) describes the astrological educational process in those years pretty accurately. I will illustrate all this with an example from my own life. As I already mentioned, getting an ephemeris in the early 80s in Moscow was a great success. After a year of astrological  training, possessing certain theoretical knowledge and skills, I could not apply them  and erect a horoscope, since I did not have an ephemeris (Tables showing the positions of heavenly bodies on a number of dates in a regular sequence).

In the spring of 1983 quite suddenly someone brought the genuine Michelesen’s Ephemeris to Moscow directly from America.  Personally, I received this ephemeris for only three days. But nevertheless it was a great chance! The question was how to use it.

Before bedtime I realized that I simply had no right to sleep. I had to rewrite the ephemeris all night long; or if  possible to memorize them. This is not to say that I had some kind of phenomenal memory, but at school I could remember several pages of text by reading them only twice. Therefore, the idea of ​​memorizing the ephemeris did not seem crazy to me. Hence, the next morning I went to work with a severe headache. Fortunately, the headache did not stop me from continuing to frantically come up with ways to take advantage of my luck. Just before lunch, I figured out that there is only way: Xerox. It may seem strange now that the idea of ​​making a xerox-copy did not come to me right away. To appreciate the point you need to understand the status of xerox-copying in the USSR. Any reproduction of materials on the personal initiative of citizens was prohibited and punishable to the fullest extent of the law. At the time of the events described, Yuri Andropov, former  KGB chief, had just become the contry’s top leader. Under his leadership opportunities for xerox-copying became even less available. 

Using a copier for personal, and even esoteric, purposes was tantamount to storming a naval base with an axe. So I thought from the very beginning. But somewhere high in the heavens, apparently, a positive scenario was already being prepared. 

In our research institute, one had to pass the copy department's office in order to reach the dining room. Walking along this path past the revered door, I saw that at the very moment when I caught up with it, the door swung open and a nice girl, who looked a little like Brigitte Bardot, emerged. It even seemed to me that the girl smiled slightly at me. This was enough for me to feel the support of the Cosmos in my endeavor. And such support, as I understood much later, means oh how much.

I had never been very entrepreneurial, but at this moment I showed a miraculous amount of acumen and determination.

For starters, I convinced the head of my department of the need to photocopy some foreign magazine. Then, having secured his signature (and without this signature, to go photocopying was a risky venture), I went to the Xerox room. “My” girl was no longer there, but in her place was  an equally pleasant young man. After copying the magazine, I confessed to this young man that for my dissertation I urgently needed to copy a large amount of material without a  permission  from the authorities. When the young man looked at me sternly, I, trembling with fear, but at the same time feeling that the Cosmos was still on my side, promised to generously reward him for the risk. The young man looked around and quietly said: “Where is the stuff?”

It was important here to show the material so that the first thing the copyist saw were the numbers, not the heading “THE AMERICAN EPHEMERIS.”

I have succeeded. “Ahhh, there are only numbers here,” the Xerox operator said almost happily, then thought for two minutes and said so quietly that at first I didn’t hear: “20 kopecks per page.” Perhaps it was not my hearing which was to blame, rather it was my brain, which refused to accept the reality of such a high price. In the 80s in the USSR  a movie ticket cost 20 kopecks, and the book of ephemeris consisted of 600 pages. I was immediately deprived of 600 trips to the cinema. Since I went to the cinema no more than 10 times a year, this, in a sense, was tantamount to a lifelong film embargo.

On the other hand, 600 pages multiplied by 20 kopecks constituted just my junior research assistant’s nominal salary of   120 rubles (approx. forty dollars). And in this accuracy I immediately noticed a certain sign of Providence. Up in “the Sky” they were not obliged to know that after various state deductions, including one for childlessness, I received only 103 rubles per month. Therefore, I decided that bargaining was inappropriate.

And the next evening, skipping joyfully, I  carried my first Ephemeris home. They served me faithfully for about 10 years; until my first purchase of a personal computer. But that's another story.

Из учеников в учителя


The natal chart of the first client. 1986

This interview was given in 2002 to the British philosopher, historian and sociologist Garry Phillipson ( University of Wales) who tried to get some kind of idea of what life had been like for astrologers in the USSR, with a government which imposed a total prohibition on the practice of astrology.

Q: Astrology was banned in Russia for many years – I wonder if you could say a little about how and why it was banned, and then how the ban was eventually lifted?

A: To begin with, one should be reminded that the corner-stone of Communist Statehood was the ideology of Marxism-Leninism. Interestingly enough, this was itself a peculiar blend of vulgar materialism and elements of the most bizarre idealism. Anyway, the main concern of Communist propaganda was maintaining the ideological virginity of the Soviet people, along with the debunking of other ideologies and philosophies.

Religion was considered the number one enemy. Occultism, magical practices, and all sorts of divination - including astrology – were, on the one hand, viewed as evidence of Capitalism’s decay. On the other hand, the Kremlin’s ideologists told people that by introducing “ most odd prejudices”, capitalists tried to distract working people from the class struggle”

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Слева направо преподаватели Московской академии астрологии: Борис Израитель, Татьяна Митяева, Михаил Левин (ректор), Галина Левина. Москва, 1994 год.

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Медиа и публицистика


Конгрессы и конференции


В 1992 году я принял участие в международной конференции в Лондоне, в 1995 году - в Париже. В 1996 г. я представлял Россию на Всемирном Астрологическом Конгрессе в Люцерне (Швейцария). С тех пор я участвовал, в том числе как докладчик и соорганизатор, в 25 конференциях, включая международные в Швянтойи (Литва), Чикаго, Бостоне, Нью-Йорке, Денвере (США). Некоторые из видеозаписей моих выступлений сохранились.

Михаил Левин и Борис Израитель на VII конференции Академии астрологии 11 июня 2017 года.

Михаил Левин и Борис Израитель на IV конференции Академии астрологии 12 июня 2014 года

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Борис Израитель на VI конференции Академии астрологии 12 июня 2016 года

Конференция Центра астрологических исследований, 1997 год. Третий слева - Эльфи Лявуа, основатель Astrological Institute of Research, член правления National Council for Geocosmic Research, The Astrological Society of Connecticut,  Association for Astrological Networking  в гостях у Бориса Израителя.

Борис Израитель на V конференции Академии астрологии 13 июня 2015 года

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Борис Израитель, Павел Глоба, Михаил Левин на II конференции Академии астрологии 12 июня 2012 года

About me

Boris Izraitel has been involved with astrology for over 37 years. He is a full time astrological counselor with an international clientele. Borishas NCGR Level III certification. Articles by Boris Izraitel have appeared in all leading astrological publications. His books ‘The Complete Guide to Rectification’ and “The Astrology of Human Being” became bestsellers in 1999 and 2017 respectively.
Boris is specialized in astropsychology, medical astrology, astrology of compatibility, experiential astrology, children astrology.