March 23, 20163 Comments

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

POET at workPoetry, muses, and the brain. My poetry muses ganged up on me a few years ago. And as any writer knows you have to go where they direct you because you’ll be miserable if you don’t. Muses know where the gold is, whereas you can’t count on the fact that you do. If/when  you work with them (and that’s a battle royal!) they lead you to it.

However, it’s been my experience that where they direct you is either where you don’t want to go or where no one else wants you to go. If you stick it out you discover the muses are correct and if you survive, it’s more than worth the madness.

Thus it was when my muses made their entrance I knew it was time to stop splashing around in the wading pool and dive into deeper waters. So when I told astrological colleagues I was writing an astrology book mostly in rhymed verse I didn’t get much encouragement—strike that—any encouragement. Just a lot of blank stares and a couple of, “You’re kidding, right?”

Eventually my muses and I partnered to clear a path, such as it was. Thankfully, we Aries don’t require much of one, just a kind of vague “that-away.” Also, by that time I had a lot of skin in the game, already a many times published poet, even winning some prizes in contests. I’d grown up in a family in which poetry—the clever kind with rhymed pithy, witty verse–was almost a second language which I was taught since childhood to speak and write with fluency.

As an adult I’d learned that astrological prose, while accurate, could be dry and dull as dirt—and not that memorable. Poetry, on the other hand science verifies, has a direct route to the brain which welcomes language richly packed with images, rhythms and rhyming sounds. This is why we remember the words to songs more easily than other forms of word presentation.

 Power of poetry: Some of my earliest memories of the magical impact poetry can have were of nights I sneaked out of bed to hide on the upstairs landing, peeking Poet's Quillthrough the balustrades of the banister to watch and listen to the party downstairs where Dad had been requested again to recite one of the many enthralling story poems he was known for. Men and women in fine evening wear, some seated on the floor, the women with the skirts of their gowns spread out around them, were as focused on my dad as a group of first graders listening to their favorite story.

 Lyndon Johnson, in some reflections after he left office, expressed the truth of the power of images and rhythms to take a direct route to the brain. While he was an elected official no one could move him off positions he took. His resistance to pressure and his power to advance were Herculean. However, there was one experience he said really got to him that he couldn’t shut out no matter what he did. It was two lines of rhymed and metered verse he heard daily outside the White House during the Viet Nam War, a war he not only staunchly defended, but escalated:

Hey! Hey! LBJ,
How many kids did you kill today?

He was haunted by those sounds.

So on a less dramatic note, let’s move into astrological examples. Which of the following brief descriptions of Sun in Taurus better sticks with you?

Prose:  These people can be quite stubborn, not easily moved from their fixed positions.

 Verse: Once they have determined course
They won’t be moved by ox or horse
Or any means used to distract
Like reason, argument or fact.

Winning over astrological colleagues: Just before I published Humanus Astrologicus I was the featured speaker to read many excerpts from it at one of the San Diego Astrological Society’s monthly lectures. It was the most poorly attended lecture of any we’d had in a long time. I knew this because I’d been a board member for many years. The good news is that those who came raved about it to others, and when my book was published it proved to be one of the best sellers among our members.

Those who’ve read my book have their favorite verses. Here are some of mine excerpted from much longer verses describing planets in the signs. For purposes of examples I’ve selected some verses for placements of Sun through Mars. [Note: Jupiter through Saturn verses are also included in my book. Furthermore, If any reader doesn’t know what signs their planets are in you can go to the Internet and search for programs that calculate astrological charts for free. Or you may contact me.]

SUN (core consciousness)

Gemini: A part of them must always be
In flight with wingéd Mercury
Who is magician to the gods
And, thus, increases well the odds
That his prized magical caduceus
Of the mind can then seduce us
Into thinking that what is is not
And what is not is best forgot.
You missed that, did you, flew right by?
You must keep up with Gemini!

Pisces: They’re born to be the people who
Will part the veils so they see through
Both worlds, the unseen through the seen,
Which they feel they’re caught between.
How to bridge them is their choice,
A process hard for them to voice.

MOON (emotions, memory)

Leo: They must separate their feelings
From their egos in their dealings
For their warmth and generosity
Can come mixed with some pomposity.

Aquarius: They’re a paradox for sure—
Freedom makes them feel secure.
Being loners deep at heart,
They often set themselves apart
Not quite sure if they fit in,
More on the outside looking in.

Cancer: In sharing feelings they’re not shy,
But like the Moon up in the sky
Their feeling states will wax and wane.
That’s who they are, they don’t explain.

MERCURY (mind, communications)

Capricorn: They consider idle chatter
Dumb; to them it doesn’t matter.

Aries: You’ll quickly learn these people think
Faster than the eyes can blink.
They seem so insurmountable
That few hold them accountable
So they do largely what they please.
Most things come to them with ease.

Pisces:  Watching them plot out a course
May make you feel they use the Force
Because they use their intuition
Bringing plans into fruition.

VENUS (attraction, values)

Leo: As soon as these folks leave the womb
They know how to fill a room.
It doesn’t matter where they are,
At work, the gym—they are a star.
They hope their entrances are grand:
“What? No flowers? Where’s the band?”

Scorpio: Flowers do not chase the bees.
These are people more at ease
With being those who stand and wait
To let their magic captivate.
Be careful here—make no mistake!
They’ll charm the skin right off a snake.

Sagittarius: They strongly value the ideal
For its as tangible, as real
As any money in the bank
Or station, office held or rank.
For cares of life they seek relief
By searching out a new belief

MARS (Action, Aggression)

Libra: They need relationships as anchor
Though they may be filled with rancor
Because they’re drawn to fires made
By those who throw the hand grenade.
When conflicts start they don’t deny it,
But say they start it? They don’t buy it.

Virgo: Mars in Virgo shows reserve,
It keeps them focused, helps them serve.
Even though they like to serve us
Way down deep they can get nervous
That no matter what their stuff
Somehow it’s never good enough.

Gemini: Lack of movement tires them.
Lots of choice inspires them.
Their quick movements seem erratic;
It’s just that they don’t like things static.
They can’t be still for very long
And wander where they don’t belong.

Hope you enjoyed the show! I’d love to hear/read/know what you think if you’d care to leave a comment or two.

Deborah Smith Parker is a professional astrologer and writer on many subjects. She is author of “The Horse that Haunts My Heart” (2014) and “Humanus Astrologicus,” (2010) 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. Candi Sary says:

    Excellent post! Would love to talk more about it at writers group.

  2. Christine says:

    Loved this! I want more 🙂

  3. Sarah Laurent says:

    Your ability to sum up a sign or planet in a single pithy verse is most impressive.

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