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Humanus Astrologicus - Astrological reasons in rhyme why we do what we do by [Parker, Deborah Smith]
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About the Author Deborah Smith Parker is a writer, poet, essayist, blogger, astrologer and author of two books. Her first book, Humanus Astrologicus (2010), goes where no astrologer has gone before, and easily takes the reader along. Parker blends ancient knowledge with modern wit and rhyme. And unlike many astrology books, it has richness both for the person clueless about astrology as well as the seasoned astrologer. The Horse that Haunts My Heart (2014) is Parker’s recent release. Anyone who ever loved a horse – or wished they had—will be quickly captivated by this coming of age memoir that chronicles the extraordinary relationship Parker developed with her horse, shaped by the poignancy, hilarity and drama that tested relationships undergo –all set against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. Her other works have appeared in more than 25 different published outlets ranging from "Journal of the American Medical Association" to "The Mountain Astrologer" to "North County Times" to "Nuthouse" to "New Press Literary Quarterly." Parker grew up bi-lingual, fluent in both prose and poetry, learning from her father at an early age to write clever verse. Later she learned how to use writing to dig deep into the pain and revelations of life. However, whatever topic she writes on or form she writes in, Parker is genetically programmed to incorporate her well-honed wit. Parker is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she majored in English. She lives in North County San Diego with her husband, Jeff, a homeopath.

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  • Print Length: 224 pages
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  • Publisher: Astrologicus Press (24 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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Poetry can take us deeper than prose. It should go without saying that when studying Astrology, you will want to go as deep as humanly possible in order to pierce the veil and better understand the human psyche.

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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I know my chart well. I can't believe how accurate theorems are they are really well written. I enjoyed reading this a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and Fun 3 July 2013
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This is a whole different take on Astrology. You do not need to know Astrology to understand the concepts. It is a great way to learn about yourself, and your friends, and have fun in the process. I highly recommend Humanus Astrologicus!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Both fun and insightful--truly unique! 1 Aug. 2011
By Amy Herring - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have never had much patience for poetry--while it can be lovely, so much of it can seem stilted and inaccessible. So I was amazed upon reading this book to find that I really enjoyed reading it right from the start! I love the unusual approach in presenting astrology through poetry, especially since a book like this could easily be silly and trite, with 5 line limericks and sign stereotypes. These poems are meaty and insightful; this book belongs on the shelf with the best astrological volumes, not in the humor section. It's fun but it's also soulful, and really conveys the truth and 'poetry' of each sign in a way that other authors can miss. This book is truly unique--you won't regret this purchase!
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave and clever personal insights 4 Mar. 2010
By Anne Beversdorf - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a "must" for anyone with even a passing interest in astrology. In my case, as a professional astrologer, it is fast becoming a great tool for getting points across to clients.

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Easy AND intelligent 4 Mar. 2010
By James M. Hennum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There are books you carefully store away in cherished bookshelves, and there are books that become well-worn from constant reading, re-reading, and sharing with everyone you know because they are so warm, fun, informative and... well, worth sharing!

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious insights, true wisdom 23 Jun. 2011
By Brian Stoll - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I LOVED this book! When my friend presented it to me over breakfast, she made me read my Aquarius profile prose out loud. So of course when it was right on the money, all I could say was, "That's me" and she would say, "That's you!" Deborah's ability to rhyme and reason reminds me of that improvisation show with Drew Carey, "Whose Line Is It." Somehow, those rare actors can instantly make up songs, rhymes and story lines for skits and not only make them very funny, but make sense too, most of the time! Deborah's book gives us insights into ourselves and others, and that is always a gift. Speaking of gifts, this book is a great one. PS I thought about trying to make my review rhyme, but gave up after attempting a few lines... I'll leave that to Deb.

Sue Hannibal, (writing on my husband Brian's account for some reason I can't figure out!)
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