Deborah Smith Parker, author, poet and astrologer, is re-writing the often impenetrable language of astrology into a much friendlier form. She has spent her 30 plus years as an astrological consultant, writer, teacher and lecturer freeing the rich astrological images and their descriptions increasingly buried under modern clinical and technological descriptions. Her additional work in public policy has demonstrated her ability to break highly complex systems down into information that’s easily understood.
Deborah grew up bilingual, fluent in both prose and poetry, learning from her father at an early age to write witty verse. Later she learned how to dig deep into the pain and revelations of life, and to effectively use many forms of writing. Whatever the topic, Deborah is genetically programmed to incorporate her well-honed wit.
In her first book, Humanus Astrologicus, Deborah’s unique use of language fashions clever verse and insightful prose to go where no astrologer has gone before and easily takes the reader along. Unlike many astrology books, it has richness both for the person clueless about astrology as well as the seasoned astrologer.
The Horse that Haunts My Heart is Deborah’s second release. Anyone who ever loved a horse, or wished they had, will be quickly captivated by this coming of age memoir that chronicles the extraordinary relationship Deborah developed with her horse, shaped by the poignancy, hilarity and drama that tested relationships undergo, all set against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.
Her other works have appeared in more than 25 different published outlets ranging from “Journal of the American Medical Association” to “The Mountain Astrologer” to “North County Times” to “Nuthouse” to “New Press Literary Quarterly.”
Deborah says she’s never had a career path, just a career wake. She has always worked in traditional and non-traditional worlds concurrently. She hasn’t had a job she was qualified for at the time she was hired, yet always did well. Why work in known territories when one’s best destiny begins at the edges of one’s known world, she believes... a concept she carries into all areas of life. A recent example of that is her decision four years ago to successfully treat her breast cancer principally with homeopathy, shunning traditional therapies including both chemo and radiation.
Deborah is V.P. of the San Diego Astrological Society. Her works have been published in more than 25 different outlets, ranging from “Journal of the American Medical Association” to “The Mountain Astrologer” to “Nuthouse.” An English major and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Parker lives in San Diego with her husband Jeff, a homeopath.