02 Jul What is Queer Astrology #3 (Barry Perlman)
Astrology is the craft of identifying meaningful connections between the apparent movement of celestial bodies through our sky and human behavior here on earth. Like with any meaning-system, astrology reflects the mainstream biases of the society in which it’s practiced—for instance, that among one’s primary life-goals should be the establishment of a long-term monogamous relationship with a member of the opposite sex.
Queer astrology adopts a perspective that actively challenges such biases, deconstructing the assumption that our relational desires, our gender and sexual expressions, will always neatly line up with each other according to societal expectations. Rather than seeking to fit ourselves into certain confining identity-boxes, proud queers (as opposed to, say, ‘homosexuals’) happily wear our incongruities on our sleeves. Queer astrology breaks the silence that astrological tradition has typically held on these matters, while working to defuse the pathologizing tone in which the rare mentions of alternative gender or sexual expression are offered, to present alternative models for attaining personal satisfaction that actually speak to our lived experience.
We need to queer astrology (using ‘queer’ as a verb) because individuals are actually more different from each other than we commonly admit… and the more we can evolve our astrological practices to address an ever-widening diversity of human experiences and desires, the better we can help our clients gain comfort with genuinely expressing the unique quirks of their true selves. Whether or not clients identify as queer, they will still benefit from an astrological approach that doesn’t assume they ought to look, dress or act a certain way, date or sleep with those of a certain gender, or structure their interpersonal relationships in a certain fashion, based upon what sort of body they were born into. In queering astrology, we give individuals the permission to freely be themselves.