Book club: Postcolonial Astrology

Are you interested in joining a book club? I’m having one in Dutch around September, so read on if you’re interested. We’ll be reading Postcolonial Astrology by astrologer & writer Alice Sparkly Kat.

The author

You can read Alice Sparkly Kat’s own About page here.

I’ve been following Alice Sparkly Kat through Instagram, where they post very beautiful and thoughtful little texts that fit with astrological events as well as postcolonialism. I’m quite new to all this, but every time I am inspired and in awe really. Alice also writes longer articles on their website.

The book

Here’s their description of the book Postcolonial Astrology:

Astrology is a language that millennials, Gen Zers and many others continue to build fluency in, and look to to inform their everyday lives, decisions and relationships. But so much more than a fad, astrology is an intersectional, political and magickal language with a cross-cultural history that informs our relationships to the planets. According to Brooklyn-based astrologer Alice Sparkly Kat, astrology is the ideal magical lens through which we can parse the harsh neolliberal and colonial systems of power that harm marginalized people. It’s these very systems that misappropriate the language, symbols and wisdom of the planets to prioritize self over the collective.

Impeccably researched and informed by the author’s deep knowledge, Postcolonial Astrology offers an advanced course in politicized astrological history and application, and an explicitly Queer, POC and instersectional resource. This is not a “learn your sun sign” introductory guide. Rather, the book serves as a history and toolkit, decoding the planets from a Magick-forward, postcolonial perspective. In one chapter Sparkly Kat traces the disparate cultural applications of the planet Saturn. Once symbolically linked to fortune and a mythic agrarian “golden age” of abundance, Saturn’s qualities have been co-opted by political agendas and misused by power and capital interests. We see this misappropriation of Saturn’s wisdom embodied by the Jeffersonian vision of a white, land-owning state that mythologizes an imaginary agrarian golden age that perpetuated violence against marginalized bodies.

Other topics discussed throughout the book include the Moon and money, Venus’s gender evolution, and Mars and masculinity, in addition to many other potent conversations.

This description & image are taken from this page on their website.

Postcolonial Astrology is released on May 18, 2021. If you decide to read it, with or without a book club, please remember to support your local bookstore!

The book club

My plan for this book club is simply to dive into it with a group of interested people and have one or several discussions about it. I am really new to astrology and postcolonialism and I am eager to learn about it. So if you are new to these themes too, you’re in good company! Alice Sparkly Kat has said that the book is understandable for astrology beginners.

Joining is for free, and I’d like it to be a co-creation in which your input is very welcome. So I don’t have a strict plan on how to do it! However, sharing costs for a Zoom-subscription might be nice – or we could use a free platform.

The book club will be in Dutch, and it’ll probably be on an evening in September. If there’s enough interest, we may make it into a series of meetings.

Would you like to join? Let me know in a comment or through the contact form so we can be in touch.

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