Research on the origins of astrology mostly focus on “modern-day” iterations beginning in antiquity with classical mythology and the Roman empire. But who can name the Egyptian Zodiac Signs? From where did Balthazar of the three biblical Magi travel, following the North Star to find the prophet Jesus Christ?
The contributions of Black astrologers have been extensive. From Benjamin Banneker’s political predictions and publishing of 18th century ephemerides, to Thelma Balfour’s “Black Sun Signs: An African American Guide to the Zodiac,” we have been charting the planets for centuries and yet rarely are we recognized or celebrated.
So, let’s celebrate Black astrologers! For every Susan Miller, there is an Amani Michael. For every Steven Forrest, there is an Ashleigh D. Johnson. For every Oxford Astrologer, there is a Tracey L. Rogers.
Astrology is diverse, not white. So why not diversify our knowledge of the Universe instead of white-washing it? No matter your race/ethnicity – Arab, Asian, Black, Hispanic, Indigenous, Latinx, Caucasian, etc., we are all stardust.
Check your horoscopes to see what’s in store this week ahead, and don’t forget to read for your Ascendant sign too.