Currently there’s a thread on the boards asking which do you prefer, Pride and Prejudice or Jane Eyre? I like them both very much but have a definite preference for Jane Eyre. Charlotte Bronte wrote Jane Eyre and Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice. I’ve read more than one book by each and my impression is that Bronte expresses Venus Pluto with a side of Saturn while Austen is more Venus Saturn with a side of Pluto. So I got to thinking, does the actual astrology support this?
Charts for both authors are available on astrotheme.com, complete with birth times, which strikes me first as surprising and then suspicious. How are birth times from 1816 and 1775 known? I take them with a huge shaker of salt. Charlotte Bronte’s chart is , and Jane Austen’s is . In any case I was surprised at a distinct similarity: both have Moon Saturn. Bronte has the conjunction in airy Aquarius while Austen has it in airy Libra. Austen’s Moon sign is more known for closeness and Bronte’s for space.
I had expected to see more Pluto influence in Bronte’s chart. Still Pluto squares both Mars and Neptune, and if the birth time is to be believed, she had Sun and Mercury in the 8th house. Austen, on the other hand has more Pluto than I thought to find, with Mars conjunct Pluto and Venus in Scorpio. With my own Venus in Aries in the 8th and an Aquarian 7th house cusp, I may have a prejudice for seeing depth in detachment and a sort of arrogant manner. Bronte had Venus and Mercury in Aries and writes from that perspective.
One similarity of note between them is a Pluto, Mars, Chiron similarity. Bronte had Pluto conjunct Chiron square Mars. Austen had Pluto conjunct Mars square Chiron. Clearly both explored deep woundedness (on individual and societal levels) in a personal way. With their Saturn Moons both understood emotional restriction. I call it a draw.
Do you know the astrology of your favorite writers?