A Lifetime Under The Stars

AJ Masters is the pen name for the author of Haunting Olivia Starr and all the books in the Hidden City Mysteries series of international cozy mysteries.

My pen name is AJ Masters. I live with my tiny toy poodle, Ashton, and write in a small historic town on San Francisco Bay that’s not unlike the fictitious Hidden City of my novels. I’m working hard to complete the next books in my Hidden City Mysteries series.

I plan at least six international cozy mysteries in the series but will definitely publish more depending on reader demand. So, if you want more Hidden City Mysteries, be sure to let me know and to join my newsletter list below.

As you may know or might have guessed, I’ve been involved with astrology for most of my adult life. Since 1972, actually, when I was a young mother, avid bookworm, and seeker for meaning in a life that, aside from my babies, was not providing much in the way of soul sustenance. I devoured everything the great philosopher sage Dane Rudhyar wrote, then ventured into more textbook style learning from more contemporary astrologers.

An old-time astrologer in Stockton, California whose name I lost years ago was the first—and last—to give me a full reading. The most memorable thing she had to say was that, according to  my chart, I would not find my path to success until very late in my life. So, needless to say, as the headstrong Aries Rising/Taurus Sun I am, I struggled against that idea for years and now, here I am, much later in life and realizing how right she was!

My chart is below, using the Porphyry house calculation. Rudhyar always preferred Campanus, but cast my chart using Placidus because that was what I was used to. Just lately, though, I’ve found more meaning using this chart, with Pluto in my fourth instead of my fifth. It seems to be a better fit with my experience.