“Mommy, Where Do Astrologers Come from?” By Deborah Smith Parker

November 10, 20104 Comments

I’m a member of the world’s “second oldest profession.” I’m an astrologer. My colleagues and I often get asked the same question people ask those in the world’s “first oldest profession:” So how did a nice girl like you get into a line of work like this?

In ancient times of kings and kingdoms everyone knew the answer. Astrologers lived as highly honored people in palaces with the royalty they advised. High priests, who were often astrologers, scoured the kingdom searching for children with astrological leanings. When found they were put in special schools so their talents could be nurtured. Their families were held in high esteem.

I can assure you I received no such response from my community when I first “came out” to add astrologer to my already eclectic resume. My friends and family were stunned. My father in particular considered it just another predictable descent down the already slippery slope I set myself on when I first declared I was a Democrat. I was surprised they were surprised. In the next couple of posts you’ll see why.

Today astrologers have no outwardly visible career path like their ancient predecessors, no widely accessible formal institutional course of study, no honored chair on the dais of culture. On career days in school no children shoot their hands in the air to declare their passion to be an astrologer. No guidance counselors steer children with curious minds and an interest in humanity to the study of the stars.

Yet here we are—thousands of us, advising the millions of people world-wide who seek us out for what we can tell them about themselves.

So where we come from seems a fair question. That in mind I did some research among some colleagues to find out what provided their internal GPS that navigated them to this profession. The answers I got are surprising. I’ll tell you about them in my next posts.

(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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4 Responses to ““Mommy, Where Do Astrologers Come from?” By Deborah Smith Parker”

  1. Teri says:

    Intriguing post, Deborah. I’m looking forward to the next one, and think I’m ready to declare that I want to be an Astrologer, too!

  2. Jeff parker says:

    Nice blog launch, Deb.


  3. Loda says:

    This pretty much sums up my experience in becoming an astrologer. Still after
    being an astrologer for over twenty years, it has been the best “career” move I’ve made.
    Thanks Deborah for your insight, a superbly written post.

  4. kaye shinker says:

    And you know what if we don’t teach then in a generation our knowledge will be lost.
    Definately a job that does not require a retirement plan, It is great to be an old astrologer and able to just keep on working.

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