April 10, 20155 Comments

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

Ever consider how living on another planet would change the practice of astrology? Me either, until my first year astrology teacher posed the question.

It was the end of the course. I had been feeling kind of inflated – I know, hard to believe about a young Aries—because my teacher had just told me that I ran out in front of the class because I was more remembering astrology than learning it.

My inflation was short-lived, punctured when she hurled her final challenge to us: “So what would be the framework for astrology if we set upMars w Polar caps housekeeping on Mars?”

My mind spun—and continued to do so for years–only producing  questions I couldn’t answer. Stuff like, since Mars would no longer be a planet in the sky and we’d be standing on it, what planet would replace the meanings associated with Mars that we know on Earth? Things like battle, anger, fertilization, sex, force, energy, and (lest we take it for granted) the very blood that flows in our veins—all, by the way, associated with the color red, the color of Mars. At least that’s how we see it from earth.

Or would our Terran (as they say on Star Trek) perceptions be so foundational to Martians, integrated so utterly into their being and environment that they would be as unconscious of them as we are to the many elements of Earth life that support and provide sustenance of our being?

Sort of like pointing out water to fish.

Earth from spaceAnd the bigger question–would we even have those same energies and forces manifesting on Mars—at least in forms we would recognize? Or would we be as clueless to its astrological influence on us as we are to the astrological influence of our planet Earth we now stand on? And for that matter, what would be the influences of Earth, the blue jewel of a planet, on Mars? And how can we address that question on Mars when we can’t answer what Earth means here on Earth?

Maybe we have trouble answering because we need to ask different questions, or maybe not ask them at all. Take a different tack. I’ve found more and more that whenever I run into new territory with which I have no familiarity I’ve learned to start scoping it out applying the following:

• Take small bites
• Remind myself there are no differences of kind, only of degree. Such framing has a way of opening the mind for new considerations.

Consideration. Now there’s a word. Its origin of meaning is “with the stars.” And I have found after several decades on this planet that consideration—meditative consideration—leads to discovery. Forget the questions—go look at the stars. Answers will follow. I promise.

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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.

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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. Astrology on Mars is an interesting thought, isn’t it? Actually I do think about astrology from places other than being planted on our gorgeous planet. I enjoy doing aviation charts and just that distance off the ground can leave a person pondering the effect.

    Flying my little Cessna around several decades ago reminded me that the minute I leave the ground, I have a whole new perspective on my life. On the other hand, I’m still in my Mother Planet’s atmosphere as I fly, so I’m still, in essence in her womb for my entire life. How does a person even begin to measure THAT planetary effect?

    I think the ancients had it right with the Mother Earth Goddess and Father Sky God having something akin to equal power, or at least the need to interact to flourish. And we do have the occasional Earth God and Sky Goddess in various cultures. Then again, what do I know? It’s all personal experience at any given time…but it’s so fun to ponder.

    Thanks for another provocative and enjoyable piece of writing.

  2. Hi Deborah,

    I confess that I’m woefully ignorant about the stars, from their locations and their meaning. I suppose I have to go look at them, really look at them, and engage in meditative consideration.

  3. Jim Hennum says:

    Interesting question – and I like the framework you suggest for answering it. My immediate thought – On Mars life isn’t possible for humans without significant support systems. We cannot just live on the surface as we do on Earth. I believe, in that instance, Earth would come to represent in a Martian chart issues of complete support and nurturance – “Mother Earth,” if you will. Especially because the Earth’s moon may not play much if any role in a Martian chart, so the Earth might supplant its role. Interestingly, I wonder if Mars’ 2 moons in a Martian chart would take over the role Mars plays in an Earth chart – dividing his representations between the 2 of them. They already have names that translate to some of the more negative aspects of Mars – Fear and Terror.

  4. MoonAquarius says:

    I’ve been interested in how astrology will be different after we’ve colonized Mars this since i was 15. i was so hopeing there would be more information on this. i’ve hardly read anyone’s theories on this an what would Earth be considered? an Earth sign or would it still our sun sign just not dominate of the chart? an would this make people born on Mars more dominate? ( i remember watching a Spirit Science video an it it they talked about when there was life on Mars before they destroyed the top layer planet how they were extremely Male brain orientated thinking ) if you believe in those things
    But anyways how i think it would be the people born on Mars would have their Raw energy first in the chart, but then we move on to the Moon sign which i don’t think would be Earth’s Moon but Mars’ Moon’s Phobos and Deimos , which Phobos means fear, panic, phobia an Deimos represents wars so i think these would be strong with the person combined close with their raw energy think Mars/Pluto energy, although their Pluto sign would be like earth’s people at that time.
    I think the Sun sign would be changed to Earth sign, an like how our Moon is our mother emotions the Earth might be their grounded mother instincts or it be a combination of the 5 elements an represent all of them depending where the earth is. an i wonder if the rotation of Mars an Earth would have effect on some of their signs like how the Moon is with the earth when the moon is full an how the water effects us only Mars it would be how it only gets close to Earth ever 2 years.
    Another thing to wonder is would people on Mars also use the 13th astrology sign Ophiuchus , that we do not use in our astrology
    if you know anything i would really like to know so would you please not email me but message me on facebook

    • You bring up many of the questions I have and wanted to put them in writing for others to consider. It seems you’ve been musing for some time about these issues and have gone further down the path than I have. So I will be watching for what you come up with. Sorry I can’t come up with more on that right now.

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