Astrology for Writers
I’ve always wanted to know: does my birth chart reflect my writing? Can my horoscope accurately predict how much success I will have in this career? Are there actions I can take to help me get published?
I’m an Aries, and we are creative, so I’ve always been hopeful that I’m on the right path. Still, I craved more information. In all the writing I’ve been doing on my birth chart, I found hopeful signs that writing is indeed a major part of my life’s purpose, but nowhere was I able to read the stars as clearly as in my nodes.
(I used Joanna Martine Woolfolk‘s The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need for all my information on the nodes. The fabulous text also comes with a software program for casting birth charts. You need your birth chart to figure out what houses your nodes fall into.)
Birth charts give the north node–the glyph reminds me of a set of headphones. Your south node is the opposite house. The nodes affect our lives in two ways, positive qualities to develop and negative qualities to let go. Legend has it that we are born “head first” into the world with our north node qualities as potentials. Our south node qualities are what we trail behind us, and so we must work to leave them behind in this life.
My north node falls into my third house. Qualities of the third house are cheerfulness (in my writing this quality helps me stay upbeat when the rejections pour in), curiosity (I want to know what happens next in my plot), imagination (I concoct scenarios), commuication (I want to write things down and share them), intelligence (I have the necessary brainpower to do so), quick wit (I add a hint of the comic to my stories, I’m good at the unexpected twist), good people skills (I empathize with my characters), and verbal agility (I write believable dialogue).
I was astonished at how easily all my positive node qualities translated to writing. Of course it could all be wishful thinking on my part, because my south node in my 9th house indicates I have a tendency to be arrogant, conceited, insincere, and morally superior. Also, I can’t admit weakness.
Aries are not just creative, but we also tend to be self-involved. (!) This has worked out okay for me, because I tend to do a lot of work on myself. Years of therapy, hundreds of self-help books, every type of self-improvement course you can imagine: I’ve done it. So, I recognize those negative south node qualities as things I’ve confronted in myself in the past, and most of the time believe I have gotten over and through.
Again, that could just be a conceit. However, I firmly believe that a positive attitude toward life and self is more helpful than a negative one, so I choose to believe I’ve got what it takes to be a novelist. The stars say so!