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Yasmin Boland is read by millions of people each week via her astrology and New Age columns in publications including the Sunday Telegraph, Closer, Red, Cleo and Yahoo! Australia and New Zealand. She’s the author of several books, published in Australia, Canada, India, Portugal and the UK. Her next book Angel Astrology 101, co-authored with Doreen Virtue, will be published in February 2014.

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Zodiac Love Poetry

Poems of Love and Life by Derek and Julia Parker.

This post was written by astro-publishing legends Derek and Julia Parker. Their latest offering is Poems of Love and Life, a series of sign by sign poetry books, containing poems chosen for each Star sign. Click here to buy it online.


Derek and Julia write: Choosing poems which would appeal to members of one Sun-sign or another was a fascinating task.   These aren’t poems written, say, by Gemini poets for Geminis – they are poems about things or places associated with particular signs, expressing emotions which appeal to them, characteristics they share.   So, for instance, a poem by Alexander Pope draws a perfect portrait of a fastidious, discriminating Virgoan:

I know a thing that’s most uncommon;
(Envy be silent and attend!)
I know a reasonable woman,
Handsome and witty, yet a friend.

Not warped by passion, awed by rumour;
Not grave through pride, nor gay through folly;
An equal mixture of good-humour
And sensible soft melancholy . . .

While the Sagittarian connection with dogs and hunting is reflected in several poems for them – the swagman in ‘Waltzing Matilda’ was surely a Sagittarian?

There are a lot of love poems, and some really strike right to the heart of particular astrological types in love.   Thomas Campion expresses all the passion of Aries:

Fire, fire, fire fire!
Lo here I burn in such desire
That all the tears that I can strain
Cannot allay my scorching pain.

An anonymous – surely Taurean? – Ethiopian poet longs to be a bull: when he is slaughtered, his hide will make a wonderful rug which will be rolled up around a beautiful woman;

Her husband would say: “It’s a dead skin.”
But I would have her love.

There are some splendid characterisations: a scurrying Gemini, for instance, Thomas Moore’s friend Jack, who seems to be everywhere at once – ‘Go when and where you will, he’s there’, so that

A friend of his once evening said,
As home he took his pensive way,
‘Upon my soul, I fear Jack’s dead –
I’ve seen him but three times to-day!’

A few rather winsome babies make their appearance in the Cancer book, and several poems celebrate the Cancerian love of the sea and association with water – and indeed the rose, with Christina Rossetti’s lovely ‘Where shall I find a white rose blowing?’   And Leo? – well, the heart, of course, the true seat of leonine love, as Sir Philip Sydney knew:

My true-love hath my heart, and I have his,
By just exchange one for another given . . .

Several poets compare Aquarian love with winter weather – and was Herrick’s Julia an Aquarian? – in whose cold breast icicles dwell?   Well, Grace Conkling…

Will not give thee all my heart
For that I need a place apart
To dream my dreams in . . .

A Scorpio, as you might expect, takes a different view – an anonymous poet points out that

The night, say all, was made for rest;
And so say I, but not for all . . .

He prefers bright moonlight, so he can find his way to his mistress’s bed.

Boots and shoes make several poetic appearances in the Pisces collection – there’s actually a poem ‘To my mistress’s boots’!   On the other hand a Libran lover has his guitar, to serenade her – rather more poetic, perhaps.

We had the greatest possible fun choosing over a thousand separate poems for these twelve books – all different except for one which ends each selection: Kipling’s ‘Astrologer’s Song’:

What chariots, what horses,
Against us shall bide
While the Stars in their courses
Do fight on our side?

Derek and Julia Parker

Derek and Julia Parker

This post was written by astro-publishing legends Derek and Julia Parker. Their latest offering is Poems of Love and Life, a series of sign by sign poetry books, containing poems chosen for each Star sign. Click here to buy it online.

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