What does postcolonial astrology look like? How can we understand the power of magic and astrology as political languages? In this article, Alice Sparkly demonstrates how postcolonial astrology can be a powerful tool for political action. She uses astrology as a political language to explore how we can imagine a world free from capitalism. Ultimately, postcolonial astrology is an important tool for critical reflection.
Exploring astrology through a postcolonial lens
Exploring astrology through a post-colonial lens is a book by queer Chinese astrologer Alice Sparkly Kat. Previously, astrology books were mostly white or European and very few were written by people of color. Alice started by teaching astrology to elders in China, where she learned about the Western interpretation of certain planets. After receiving questions from her students about the Western world, she started writing her first book, Postcolonial Astrology, which explores the planets through the lens of power and capital.
In this book, Sparkly Kat, a professional astrologer and the author of Zodiac Signs: A Sign-by-Sign Guide, seeks to cut through the illusion that Western cosmology is universal and unbiased. She dissects the seven traditional planets of Western astrology through their etymology to discuss racism and anti-Blackness, as well as climate change and social injustice. Ultimately, she shows how the sun, moon, and other astrological symbols are misused by capitalist and power interests.
In addition to the postcolonial lens, astrology can help people imagine a world without capitalism, and thereby creates meaningful relationships. Capitalism creates an environment of alienation and unease that makes it difficult for people to develop trusting relationships with others. Taking the time to understand what astrology is and how it works for people of different backgrounds, gender, and sexuality can be fruitful.
In this book, key voices in the art and academia will consider contemporary issues in an age of globalization and postcoloniality. These scholars will explore the challenges of postcolonial art and the world around us. They will explore issues related to colonialism, intersectionality, gender, and identity. The March Meeting will address these issues and more. It will also discuss the role of postcolonial art and astrology in today’s society.
Interpretations of Mars and Venus
This book aims to provide a new perspective on the history and philosophy of astrology and explores the politicization of the stars through postcolonial theory, history, and queer thought. While some people are wary of political astrology, postcolonial astrology encourages readers to rethink their own values and to read the stars as a way to understand themselves.
In the book Interpretations of Mars and Venus in postcolonialism, we find that both planets have been interpreted through a different lens, and this book explores this more thoroughly. Many people believe that Mars is a masculine planet while Venus is a feminine one, and this idea is reflected in how the planets are perceived in postcolonial astrology. Many astrologers in the West still see Venus as a creation of men.
Another interesting point raised in the book is the role of the Moon. The Moon promotes ‘unclear visions’ and fits of lunacy. This relationship between the West and the foreign is the root of this dreamlike quality. Moon’s sensual properties are also an artifact of power. As a result, seeing the Moon on a hot summer night may be a sign of racism.
Unlike traditional horoscope columns, postcolonial astrology is still popular. While traditional horoscope columns are declining in popularity, more people are turning to their ephemeris and charts to relate directly to their planets and to conjure something new. In short, the astrology community is making new versions of traditional astrology. Despite the fact that traditional horoscope columns are fading, more people are looking to postcolonial astrology in order to find new ways to relate to the planets.
Jeffersonian vision of a land-grant state
Postcolonial astrology has a rich history, but few texts have captured this era’s historical moment quite as powerfully as Jefferson’s vision of the land-grant state. The agrarian ‘golden age’ mythologied by Jefferson and other white landowners perpetuated violence against marginalized bodies. Postcolonial astrology has a rich history, but few texts have attempted to decipher the hidden and political significance of Saturn in the lives of black, white, and indigenous people.
Imagining a world without capitalism
In Imagining a world without capitalism, we must examine the ways in which we experience the global economy and the social relations within it. In the case of astrology, this is an especially important endeavor because capitalism is essentially a system of alienation. A meaningful relationship, however, relies on trust. Through postcolonial astrology, we can consider the ways in which astrology can facilitate such a relationship.
The author, a queer Chinese astrologer based in Brooklyn, understands the political implications of the stars. She interrogates the seven traditional planets in Western astrology by examining their etymology, and she explores issues of racism, anti-Blackness, and gender violence. Her analysis of the role of the moon and sun in astrology offers a new perspective on these topics.
The Western intellectual tradition has devoted itself to demeaning the humanity of non-Europeans. Montaigne’s Montchrestien, for example, is a case in point. While the Latin alphabet is associated with prosperity and abundance, the symbols and myths used to represent the world are rooted in a European-centric culture. Likewise, astrology is linked to the manufactured memory of Roman idealism. It was colonization that formalized the zodiac, and the Western world and capitalism were supposedly inextricable.