When we look at the natal horoscope of author Jane Austen (rated A from her father's memory) we find a lady born into a rector's large family in Steveston, England on December 16, 1775 at 11:45 pm UT with Sun in fiery Sagittarius and Moon in airy Libra. The book writing sign of Virgo rises with the other sign of writers, Gemini, at Midheaven, the Goal Point and Career indicator of any chart. In line with her family's habit of putting on plays and reading aloud for entertainment, thespian Neptune rises and writing-speaking Mercury is in early Sagittarius, ruled by theatrical Jupiter, planet of enthusiasm with its sign describing how a person relates to others. She, as a chatty conversationalist--or we might say, a gossiping Gemini!
Although suitors and proposals were not unknown to Jane she came to be a spinster who eventually managed to have her novels published--a total of six, listed below--and, health failing, she passed away on June 18, 1817 at 4:30 am in Winchester and is buried at Winchester Cathedral. Addison's disease is usually listed as the probable cause of her death.
Now let's have a peek at the Sun Sag-Moon Libra blend of conscious-unconscious energies of this generous spirit who enjoyed 'people watching' with a mind inspired by all the intricacies of human relationships. A warm-hearted romantic with a philosophical mind and a social conscience, Miss Austen was outspoken yet considerate, charismatic and fun-loving.
As you know, Fire-Air personalities are the 'live wires' of the world and this she shares with another famous writer, Noel Coward (Sun Sag-Moon Gemini) - both were visionaries with unique talents. Perhaps Jane's spinsterhood might be partially attributed to the fact that Fire-Air males tend to find approval for their enthusiastic argumentativeness while females are often seen as intimidating and too 'masculine'. Or perhaps as she aged and saw book publishing (and financial freedom) in her future she preferred to steer her own course once young love had disappointed.
Well, all Jane Austen novels are massively popular and one supposes we might not have had all six of them had she married and had children. Needing intellectual rapport in relationships in order not to be bored out of her mind, maybe there were no gentlemen who fit the intellectual bill who would marry a penurious lady in reduced circumstances even though her father was of the gentleman class.
Now hopefully you have an hour to spare for an excellent BBC documentary on Jane Austen, the places she lived and how they affected her novels. My thanks to Norma Jean who posted the video on Tumblr--a great find!
The Austen novels are Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, and Mansfield Park.