America’s most celebrated female poet, Emily Dickinson, was reportedly born December 10, 1830, at 4:40 A.M. in Amherst, Massachusetts. A glimpse into her natal horoscope depicts a heavenly alignment at work in her stars that, no doubt, masterfully guided her to manifest her self-expression through writing and poetry.
We find prolific Jupiter, the planet associated with teaching and writing, exactly conjoined with Neptune in her chart, the mystical, other-worldly, visionary planet of the imagination. Both of these planets were situated on the cusp, or doorway, of Emily’s third house of the mind and communication, in the serious and reflective sign of Capricorn. The Capricorn placement here indicates that she may have had a more subdued, introverted communication style with others. Emily was supposedly shy and retiring in her private life, as is the case with so many writers.
Her Sun, Mercury, and Venus, were also closely conjunct in Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius, giving further opportunity for her to shine through writing. These three celestial bodies were all situated in her second house of money, values and self-worth, showing how she would be inclined to support herself , along with what she likely valued most in her life, her writing.
Uranus, the planet that governs both genius and madness, was also positioned in her third house of the mind, endowing her with an aptitiude for original and one-of-a-kind thinking, along with a measure of quirkiness and eccentricity. She reportedly only wore white clothing and was pretty much a recluse, particularly later in life. She also never married.
Adding to her need for privacy and seclusion was her enigmatic, Pluto-ruled, Scorpio Ascendant, which generally correlates with someone who is usually not altogether comfortable revealing themselves to others in an outwardly manner. There is normally an air of mystery and palpable power to those who have Scorpio rising. The rising sign shows how the person directly projects themselves in the world and in Scorpio often the energy omitted is “keep away.”
Further reiterating her tendency to withdraw from the world was the placement of her artistic, beauty-loving Libra Moon, on her twelth house cusp, which is the house associated with seclusion and retreat. The Moon governs one’s emotional nature and feelings, and with it tucked away in this house, she would automatically feel most at ease reveling in the comfort and sanctuary of her own private world. The Moon’s placement here also greatly sensitized her and allowed her to feel things much more deeply than the average person. The Moon was also well-aspected by sextile to her three Sagittarian planets, showing again her abundant gift for expressing herself through her writing.
Emily’s Moon was also exactly square to her natal Jupiter and Neptune conjunction in her third house. It could be that her overly active imagination may have also spawned irrational fears, vulnerability, and or paranoia, and maybe that is why she preferred to keep her door closed to the outside world, although she allegedly affirmed to others that, in order to be creative, it was necessary for her to isolate herself from the world.
Emily had the very powerful configuration of Mars conjunct Pluto, the ruler of her ascendant, in the self-initiating sign of Aries, which is also ruled by Mars. Both of these planets were situated in her fifth house of children, self-expression, and creativity. Mars is the energy and momentum planet, and Pluto is the planet of death and rebirth. Often when these two planets are together, not only is the individual a potent source to be reckoned with, they often also serve as a transforming agent or catalyst, in some way, for the world at large. Oprah Winfrey and Paul McCartney are two other examples of individuals with strong Mars-Pluto influences in their horoscopes.
While Emily Dickinson never had any children, in the traditional sense, you could certainly categorize her unrivaled and voluminous output of poetry as her creative offspring. The intense Mars-Pluto conjunction in this house shows the deep momentum and passion that must have been consuming and relentlessly driving her to create her poetry.
Emily reportedly, and remarkably, only had seven poems published anonymously in her life time. It was apparently only after her death that her sister uncovered a manuscript of more than 900 poems that Emily had written, further testament to the complex genuis and secretiveness operating inside the woman, with her Mars and Pluto in the fifth house, and, of course, other astrological influences. It is also somewhat cosmically understandable that only after death, ruled by Pluto here, would she finally be able to have the hugely transforming impact on others that her horoscope originally suggested.
Written by Patricia Thompson, Cosmic Life Coach
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LMR quotes biographer Richard B. Sewall, “Life of Emily Dickinson,” (Vol 2 p.321, “Her father entered his new daughter’s name and the time, five o’clock in the morning.” Valerie Vaughan, an astrologer-librarian-resident of Amherst, MA, confirms the time from Dorothy Waugh, “Emily Dickinson Briefly,” a respectable piece of scholarship based on original documents such as letters written by Emily. The book states that “the family had sent for the doctor at midnight.” The doctor emerged from the birthing room and announced that it was a girl “just as the clock in the hall struck five a.m.” We may consider that the birth was some minutes prior to 5:00 AM, allowing the doctor time to clean up.
(AFA 3/1962 had given 11:46 PM, “time recorded as near midnight.”)
Judith Farr, “Wild Nights, The Passion of Emily Dickinson,” Harvard Press, 1992.