December 17, 20115 Comments

“Astrology for the Astrologically Challenged” by Deborah Smith Parker

The Moon grabbed headlines lately with her recent eclipse, getting the attention of both astrologers and the public at large. As an astrological public service I’d like to keep her in the spotlight a little longer.

Actually, I want to do more than that. I want to rescue her from her current role of hand maiden and even periodic psychiatric patient resulting from evolving patriarchal Judeo-Christian symbols and practices, and to restore her dignified position as the powerful feminine deity and queen of the night sky that was hers until about 2500 years ago. To do this I’m including the following excerpt from my book, Humanus Astrologicus.

The Moon is sister to the Sun and ruler of the night sky. Together they constitute the two “lights” in the sky. As with the Sun, the Moon was bigger than any one god but was represented in mythology by the goddess Diana. The sibling relationship of shared power over the earth by the Sun and Moon is symbolized in myth by the fact that Diana and the Sun god Apollo are sister and brother, twins in fact. A symbol in nature of their relationship is that while we know the Sun is much larger than the Moon, from earth they appear to be the same size in the sky.

 Albert Camus observed that there were two worlds, the world of day and the world of night, posing, “Which is the real world?” During the light of day we feel secure in our surroundings, but at night, especially when moonlight unifies everything with its wash of white and silver, nothing has its daytime familiarity. Howling is done at the Moon, not the Sun. Ghost stories are only scary at night around the campfire but seem silly during the day. It is at night that our emotions are exaggerated. It is at night that our fears come out. It is at night that we feel more pulled to the mystical, to the magical energies and possibilities. And it is at night that we dream, sowing the seeds for what we hope to bring to light during the day.

 In astrology the Sun represents our conscious behaviors and actions while the Moon indicates our subconscious responses. This is reflected in nature by the fact that the Sun, king of the day sky, is never visible in the realm of the Moon, queen of the night sky, but she is regularly seen in his. Several days out of every month she is clearly visible in the day sky, symbolizing that our subconscious content can and does intrude upon our conscious lives in ways we may not be aware of and that can spring out in surprising ways when triggered. Only during the full Moon do the two briefly face each other and shine with equal light from opposite horizons at a time that is neither day nor night.

 It is the nature of the Moon to be changeable. She is the only heavenly body to regularly show us her different faces, from brilliant full moon glory to total darkness and all phases in between. She rules the ebb and flow of earth’s tides and indicates the many cycles of change and growth, from fertility to barrenness. Few aspects of ourselves are more changeable than how we may feel about something at any given moment. The sign the Moon is in is the chief indicator of our feeling nature and emotional responses. Just as the Moon reflects the Sun’s light so do our emotional responses reflect what we need to see and feel coming back to us from our environments. . . .

 I hope you enjoyed this excerpt from the introduction to the chapter on the Moon. In my next post I’ll start my rescue operation of Venus from the astrological arm candy she’s often relegated to.

   (Deborah Smith Parker is the author of “Humanus Astrologicus” available in soft cover on this site and now in ebook formats—for a ridiculously low price. 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. I love your mind and what comes out of it.

    Thanks for taking on a blog and staying with it. You have much to share.

  2. Jill Estensen says:

    I love this article and am looking forward to hearing all about the “arm candy” Venus!!!

  3. Teri says:

    Thanks for reminding me of the wonderful content in your book! I often use it to look up a friend or new business prospect, and forget that there is so much valuable content in the form of myth and historical data.

  4. Deborah–what a great article… Clear, insightful, and needed. I think we tend to forget the underpinnings of each planetary symbol. I’m looking forward to seeing the rescue of Venus from “arm-candy” status!

  5. Tyrone says:

    hi Deborah

    I loved this one particularly (well, you know I’ve got my moon housed in Cancer at 28° of my 9th house, so I’m big on anything to do with her!). Thanks for giving me again so much to consider and think about.

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