Survey Results: Where Astrologers Come from

December 4, 20101 Comment

By Deborah Smith Parker

Survey says! As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be . . .astrologers respond to something in their family lineages that either leads them to astrology – or drives them to it.

I surveyed about 15 astrologers about their families of origins to find what influence they had on their becoming astrologers and practitioners of other medial arts. I’ll start with a few sample responses from colleagues whose families (most passing for normal) guided them to their vocations in some capacity.

• “My grandmother first introduced me to Tarot. As a young elementary school student the librarian knew my interest in mythology and would save books for my next library visit. I became an astrologer at age 15.”

• “My father got me Tarot cards, a book on Tarot, and also a book on palmistry. His Ex Libras book sticker he designed for his private library had an etching by Durer entitled The Astrologer. My grandmother pretty much took for granted her ‘fey’ which we all referred to as her ‘creepy ESP.’ ”

• “That’s easy. I’m a third generation astrologer.”

• “My dad was psychic. He and my maternal grandfather were both Masons who were more interested in the arcane mysteries than the social factors. Dad used a book on writing your own horoscope and my grandfather gardened using astrology.”

• “My mother read Tarot cards and the I Ching. Her father’s brother was psychic. My great grandmother read tea leaves and Tarot in England. So did her sister. I became surrounded by astrologers. I couldn’t escape them. Since my first Saturn return (age 28) astrology has been with me consistently ever since.”

A small percentage reported they felt short changed (to put it mildly) by their families and they needed to understand why this happened. Many people come from families that provide little nourishment which spawns a goodly amount of drug abuse and anti-social behavior. But my little sample sidestepped those tank traps in the road of life and instead sought understanding through astrology, mysticism and other arts that link the seen and unseen worlds.

Why? Is there an astrology genome our families carry? On some level I’ve come to believe so.

(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 “Survey Results: Where Astrologers Come from”

  1. Beth Newcomer says:

    This is so interesting, Deborah. I have a story to add to this line of thought. My paternal grandfather, Nathan Ellsworth Escott, was a well-respected and very conservative United Church of Christ minister for more than 50 years. As a child, I was always strongly attracted to him, even though he was actually quite distant, always saying “We love you.” never saying “I love you.” He was always in his books and studies; he read the Bible in English and in Greek. The family and colleagues outwardly held him in high respect, but secretly thought of him as something of a kook. Later, when I was a teenager, I learned that he had been a scribe in a psychic society, keeping notes at seances all through the 30s and 40s, and then even more intensely in the 50s after his wife was killed in a flash flood, attempting to make contact with her after her death. All this was on the QT because his interest in such things was so contrary to his work and his very conservative brand of Christianity. When I was about 16, He self-published a book, “The Third Testament,” gathering together much of his writings and channeled information from his years as scribe. I found it profoundly fascinating and wanted to talk about it with members of my family, offered to typeset it and publish it in a more slick version, but they were embarrassed by the book. Unfortunately, my old school grandfather didn’t think a young girl could understand his work and did not choose to elaborate much when I would ask him questions. At my wedding, years after his death, some family members who found Don a little strange said “Some people marry their fathers. Some their mothers. You’ve married your grandfather,” which I found to be a high compliment. Nathan Ellsworth Escott taught me that a person can work on many levels and he was also the person who said, in one of our last conversations, told me the veil between the here and now and the hereafter was as thin as gossamer.

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