Astrology has Black roots! It’s based in ancient African astronomical science. But after the Greeks invaded Ancient Kemet – and renamed it Egypt – after spending decades studying at the feet of African scholars, they claimed countless innovations as their own. Astrology included.
But modern Black astrologers are reclaiming their roots and specializing their practices toward our people.
Intuitive astrologer Kesaine Walker told Vice that her clients come to her because they’re looking for someone to relate to them. “I provide comfort for Black women to breathe and just be, even if it’s just for an hour,” Walker explained.
Astrology feels like a sacred connection to the ancestors for many Black practitioners.
Dayna Lynn Nuckolls believes that her Blackness led her to reject mainstream astrology. “What I [saw] in those astrologies was an implicit and explicit embodiment of white supremacy, anti-Blackness, queer-phobia, [and] ableism,” she told StyleCaster.
Modern Black astrologers are tapping into the Black roots of the practice and creating spaces that honor Blackness – and there’s power in taking back what’s always been ours.
We’ve always been innovators, and white people frequently co-opt Black things, often with little knowledge, and white-wash them.
But there’s power in honoring our ancestors and reclaiming our roots!