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Humanus Astrologicus - Astrological reasons in rhyme why we do what we do Kindle Edition
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Deborah gives us an invaluable tool for this. The many smiles and 'aha' moments that come with reading this book are a nice bonus.
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Deborah Parker has done two things that send this book to the top of my A list:
1. The poetry is rhythmic and the rhymes work. I have a huge personal pet peeve about traditional "poems" that cram too many or too few syllables into lines and cheat on the rhymes. This is good. (This pet peeve is related to my Mercury in Virgo, of which Ms. Parker says:
So we shouldn't be surprised
At ways they have life analyzed.
You will clench both teeth and fists
When they begin compiling lists.
When they approach some brand new topic
They can get real microscopic.
Once she passed this test I could enjoy the next point:
2. These insightful poems on say, Mercury in Virgo, or Venus in Scorpio, or Moon in Gemini, have pointedly clever insights into what makes someone who they are.
From Moon in Gemini:
"Because they keep themselves in motion
They don't get tied up in emotion
When someone's in a moody phase
They tend to go their separate ways,
But when someone's deep in pain
They'll sit with them and will remain
Until the crisis has moved on.
Then like the wind, they, too are gone."
or Moon in Cancer:
"If you need them, they are there;
It doesn't matter when or where
They need to be alone a lot
At home, and on the phone a lot."
These are wonderful. Don't forget to read the brief introductions to each of the planets if you're really looking for understanding. For non-astrologers, the tables at the end of the book allow you to zero in on anyone whose birthday you know.
Ms Parker's work is a brilliant and user-friendly introduction to astrology and the inner workings of these strange creatures we call human beings.
As a practicing astrologer, I enjoy the pearls of wisdom that spring up every time I open the book. As a reader, I love the flow of the verse and the way it tickles my mind with clever turns and pithy takes.
Deborah Smith Parker has taken the art of astrology and restored the "art" to it. Her witty verse delivers a sparkle of fun which catches you off-guard and delights you with rhyme like you remember from childhood, and then you realize the depth of insight that is tucked away inside each line.
This isn't the ponderous verse of Shakespeare that so many dreaded reading in high school (although, perhaps perversely, I loved it), and it isn't the rhymeless meandering run-on sentences of modern beat poets. This is accessible, memorable, and just plain fun.
I gave it as a gift to a co-worker and she takes it with her to read on her lunch-break, reading about herself, her husband, anyone she can think of.
Sue Hannibal, (writing on my husband Brian's account for some reason I can't figure out!)