James Holden wrote in his 1996 paper “A History of Horoscopic Astrology, ”That astrology took the form of the Babylonians in the second millennium BC and was predominantly practiced by“ wise men ”. That last part has certainly changed. And in honor of Women’s History Month – which Congress declared in 1987 would be recognized every year – it is important to note why this change is so crucial.
In 2018, Vice reported that “astrology has ceased to be a niche of interest to become a major point of enthusiasm for many queer women and people. “Generally speaking, Vice’s channel for women and the LGBTQ + community receives a lot of traffic from astrological resources and horoscopes. Other media platforms for women have visibly increased the filler astrology content for the front line.”
Observing a similar pattern of interest in astrology among people who identify themselves as women – specifically Generation Y women – a 2019 article in FutureWomen he questioned whether the structure of astrology could be facilitating fourth-wave feminism. “I think we saw an increase in the popularity of metaphysics, astrology and tarot because, historically speaking, this was a space where female ‘wizard types’ could have access to their own autonomy that was never defined by, or connected to, a guy”, said an interviewee named Cass. ” With the state of the world today, I feel that we are in the ‘rise of women’, where many more women are taking back their power – whether at work, in relationships or fostering and pursuing their own goals. “
While these recent reports (albeit pre-pandemic, which means arguably from another era) are correct in reporting the resonance between astrology and women and the queer community, it is also important to note that astrology has provided a safe and powerful space for service to women for more than a century.
Astrology has offered a safe and empowering space at the service of women for more than a century.
In his 2018 lecture, “Trash Astrology: The History of Pop Astrology in America,“astrologer Christopher Renstrom, author of The Cosmic Calendar, spoke about the author Joseph R. Gaycollection of essays from 1913 entitled Success lifelines. According to Renstrom, the fact that Gay includes a section on astrology, outlining traces of each sign of the zodiac, in his work aimed at an audience of black women – and which sold well – points to the notion that the astrological structure is that that women, and not just white women, have long valued.
But still, more work must be done. In a recent piece published in Cosmopolitanastrologer Mecca Woods shows how terribly few astrology books are published by black astrologers. And she is right: we it must continue to conquer the space by expanding the work of black, indigenous and colored astrologers (BIPOC) and promoting women to leadership positions in the astrological community. His genius and experiences in the field is what provides amply the insights that so many find the cure about astrology as a structure.
In his talk, Renstrom shared the details of astrologer Evangeline Adams, who started broadcasting her astrology radio show in 1930 – just a year after Black Tuesday and in the midst of the Great Depression. The moment highlights that, in times of global uncertainty, astrology has long relied on greater clarity – and often through astrologers who identify themselves as women.
Now, 91 years later, the astrologer MizChartreuse, a relationship consultant who offers weekly readings, does her work in line with the strengthening legacy of astrology, providing a space for discourse on women’s issues. She is on the speaker selection committee for the Awakening Astrology II: Renewal of Hope online summit, scheduled for April. Now in its second year, MizChartreuse says the conference is conducted and taught exclusively by women, with the intention of raising several voices for exposure in the astrological community. “We want to give a new life to a space where women’s voices can share their astrological perspectives in innovative, creative, interactive and artistic ways,” she says.
With all this in mind, let’s remember during Women’s History Month that the current passion for astrology is perennial, not zeitgeisty. It is a moment in time constructed on the basis of the immeasurable contribution of women in astrology who have transformed into anything a practice once dominated by “wise men”. These years National Women’s History Alliance theme for Women’s History Month is “Valiant Women of Vow: Refusing to Be Silenced” and, it is my hope that the voices of all women in astrology, in all directions of time, will be preserved, valued and honored by its brilliance forever.
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