March 17, 201511 Comments

“Connecting the seen with the unseen,” by Deborah Smith Parker

Cat Rocking chairsI hang out with many people who are not astrologers. They ask questions, some of which make me and others of my profession feel like “a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.” (Thanks to cartoonist Greg Williams for permission to use his cartoon–BE SURE TO CLICK ON THE CAT!)

However, I actually like fielding these questions for a couple of reasons:

1. They make me think.
2. They remind me that not everything in life can be explained by astrology, that there are greater mysteries.

One of those queries is about twins,  Specifically, if the essential elements of an accurate astrological chart for an individual are birth date, birth time and birth place, then why are twins often so different from each other? I admit we bobble that ball a bit, but before I address this—because it needs addressing—let me start with what astrology is really great at:

  • Identifying and describing an impressive array of life circumstances in a person—from personality, to family of origin patterns all the way through talents, education, finances, love affairs, partnerships, and career affinities.
  • Each person’s natal chart provides a living SWOT analysis template, not only showing Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats, but cycles of timing for the different elements of that template.
  • Identifying “hot spots” in a person’s life and how they’re tied to other cycles and situations in his/her life.

Now, onto what astrology cannot do, chief among them:

  • It cannot identify a person’s gender.
  • It cannot identify a person’s quality of soul or level of consciousness.

When asked why so many twins are different from each other, astrologers can (and do) say things like, “Well, the birth time difference is enough to move the ascendant so that the chart is completely different. . . “

A difference of one or two degrees and no house cusp changes? Oh, come on. I’ve never really signed onto that. I wish we’d just say they’re different because they’re two different people, which is also true of identical twins, created by one zygote splitting in half in the womb. Even though they have the same genetic origins and the same DNA they are not clones. They are separate people—in fact, often quite different from each other. Each twin has his or her separate consciousness, and, as much as this can be verified—a separate soul.

Yes, many twins—not just identical twins but all who are “womb mates”—report a special bond with the other, and often eerie connections and timing of events impacting both. It is my personal opinion based on my own observations that twins may be brought together for their unique “creation stories” to carry out a type of mirroring to each other, and their families of origin, not readily identifiable or explainable. These are worthy of further discoveries which probably will eventually bear fruit in fields we are just now starting to explore.

What we do know for sure is that regardless of what may connect twins in ways different from non-twins, each twin enters the earth plane inhaling his or first breath separately from the other, and leaves the earth the same way—just like everyone else.

Comments? Love to hear them.

Deborah Smith Parker is a professional astrologer and writer on many subjects. She is author of the newly released (2014) “The Horse that Haunts My Heart” and (2010) “Humanus Astrologicus,” both available in paperback and Kindle. To sign up to receive her blog or follow her on Twitter (@astro_logicus) 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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  1. Jim Hennum says:

    I have to admit, I haven’t found any technique yet that seemed to definitively show the difference between 2 twins – especially if they were born only a few minutes apart, where even the ascendant degree doesn’t change. We lost so much of the ancient literature in astrology, I wonder if there was ever anything written on it.

    That said, if there is at least one degree difference in the ascendant/MC or other cusps, the Sabian Symbols may be enough to give a different reading for each twin.

    The basic tenet, though – that there are some things Astrology isn’t built to address – is one I think I can agree with, grudgingly! 🙂

  2. Teri says:

    Good points to ponder, I agree, but also there are often so many things that ARE similar about twins to support the astrology of their charts. But I have to agree that they are simply individual souls here in the same space/time reality with their individual life purposes. Interesting topic, Deborah. So how does that relate to litters of puppies? Looking forward to more on that topic, too!

  3. LUZAZUL says:

    I enjoyed this blog, as I enjoy all that you write, and want to share something I said to someone who was “almost” my astrological twin (born in the same place 24 hours earlier, not quite so much as real twins).

    He once asked me why we had had such different lifes (although, I could see some similarities). At the time (coincidence?) we had the same model and make of car, I do not remember if one was a year newer, his blue, mine red. Well, the answer that came to my mind was: “Look we have the same car, but we go different places, according to our wishes, intentions and circumstances.”

    I wanted to share this with you as it is quite related to your subject.

  4. Darin says:

    I love the way you challenge convention (“Oh, come on”). It seems to me that a living being will always be more complex than any diagram, angle, correspondence of time and geographic place, or even the specific spatial relationships of a handful of heavenly bodies in our universal backyard. This kind of questioning is just what we need to get us closer to real understanding. Thanks!

  5. Deborah: Very, very well said. I think a lot about my consultations (so much, no wonder I’ve always preferred teaching and lecturing for the most part), and it’s clear that I can point out timing and locations that offer opportunities in a person’s life. I can let them know the timing of up-coming challenges. I can’t create anyone actually seizing an opportunity any more than I can force myself to grab every moment and live it to the fullest when it’s “fired at me point blank.”

    So any pair of twins will also handle life as best they can. Astrology offers us so much “inside info” about our lives, and in the end, we’re all doing the best we can. So we keep looking at the wonders that life offers, and we forgive ourselves for what we miss and delight in what we manage to push through to experience something greater. Astrology is still a great tool for the bigger picture, whatever we do.

  6. Thanks for your insightful, astrological thinking about twins! Your statement “twins may be brought together for their unique “creation stories” to carry out a type of mirroring to each other, and their families of origin, not readily identifiable or explainable” is ponderous and accurate in our case. We are known as ‘mirror image” twins.

  7. Candi Sary says:

    Great post! I think we need to talk more about this at writers group. 🙂

  8. Hi Deborah! This is a fabulous topic, and I happen to agree with your standing. I believe that twins often arrive for the same purpose as single births but with two of them expressing the energies of the chart. Then, it may energetically be handled in the womb or perhaps even before incarnation together that they will choose WHICH things to express. Most of us need to express these things ourselves but they have options to SPLIT these things. So you will see things like one twin being quiet and demure, and the other being a loud-mouthed show-person! Both of those qualities can be found in the chart in some fashion – and the rest of us get to have that conflict internally until we figure out a way to express it. It also explains the absolute devastation the surviving twin feels when their quite-literal other half passes the veil (especially if they are identical). Let’s consider Elvis and how his entire life he had been known to be depressed that his twin Aaron passed when Elvis was born. Yes, I am sure his family had told him (which was good as at least he knew the reason as I feel the depression would have been there anyway and not knowing the reason would have been much more stressful than it already was). Astrology works, but we need to know the nature of twins before we apply the tool that is astrology to the situation. Just like a chart could be for a baby, a question or a building – it needs to be read for what it is intended. The energies are present but the expressions need to realistically be reflected by what the chart is for!

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