Part II: This Astrologer’s Answer to “Mommy, Where Do Astrologers Come from?” By Deborah Smith Parker

November 18, 20101 Comment

One of my father’s talents—and he had many—was that he was an amateur astronomer. He taught my brother and me along with many of our friends the constellations of the night sky and how to use each one as a pointer to the next. Since most of my growing up years were in Wisconsin, I became better versed on the constellations of summer than those of winter. When it’s 25 below—we didn’t really count wind chill then—about the only time anyone spent much time at night lying on their backs looking up at the heavens was after slipping on the ice. But winter never stopped Dad from his star gazing. He packed huge snow mound platforms in the back yard for his telescope to get him a few feet closer to the stars.

Dad thought the secrets to understanding today’s world were held in the dusty halls and brittle scrolls of ancient civilizations. He was quite a student of old histories and epics, many of which he recited from memory, some in their original Latin. He wasn’t just an orator, he was a mesmerizing story teller who commanded the attention of any group he talked to. He not only knew where the constellations were but the myths behind each one, which I found particularly enthralling. I have incorporated many of those stories in my book, Humanus Astrologicus. Writing about them as an adult I see how much he cleaned them up for appropriate story telling for children—at least the sexual escapades which I kept in my writing.

Dad said many of the myths he told us were the same stories parents thousands of years ago told their children as they looked at the same star pictures we see today. I just loved that. It connected me with the past in a way nothing else has done. What stuck most in my mind was his saying that the stars were “the ceiling of our world and the floor of the gods.” He used to tell me, “Remember, the gods can’t do it without us. They have to drag some poor mortal into the action.”

Through him I came to understand at an early age that we live in the same conscious universe as the gods. Later, with a big push from my mother’s side of the family, I learned how astrology provides the language for better understanding that connection in our lives.

Dad was startled to learn that he tilled the field my grandmother seeded with her explanations of astrology. And I was surprised that he was surprised. That’s what happens when something is disowned.

In my next post I’ll talk about other families astrologers come from.

(Deborah Smith Parker is the author of “Humanus Astrologicus” available on this site. To follow her on Twitter and Facebook click to the right of this post)

About author:

Deborah Smith Parker is re-writing the often impenetrable language of astrology into a much friendlier form. She has spent her 30 plus years as an astrological consultant, writer, teacher and lecturer freeing the rich astrological images and their descriptions increasingly buried under modern clinical and technological descriptions. Her additional work in public policy has provided many outlets for demonstrating her ability to break down highly complex systems into information that’s easily understood.

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One Response to “Part II: This Astrologer’s Answer to “Mommy, Where Do Astrologers Come from?” By Deborah Smith Parker”

  1. Sharon says:

    What a wonderful legacy you received from your father!

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