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Literature and the Zodiac

Disclaimer: with astrology, it is possible to decipher our behaviour or to get a glimpse of the future. This is a theory which cannot be systematically tested. On the other hand, one may wish to follow an easier path, which puts into practice the principles listed in astrology textbooks. In a way, this is precisely the type of practical exercises that we suggest in this Lifestyle column.

We recommend that you follow our advice with both a light and observing mind. Beyond entertainment, the aim is to understand how each of us behaves in various fields; thus, we can better define and fathom, by deduction, how we have developed our natal predispositions. In addition, why wouldn't we be able to guess the talent(s) which we could harness in the future, according to our astrological profile.

The following information is given for signs in their purest form. Depending on the case, it is advisable that you check your planetary dominant or the sign of your Ascendant, the position, quality and aspects of the significators of the area involved, and if applicable, the position of the planets associated with it. For instance, for family affairs, examine the 4th House and its ruler, as well the Moon; for romance, examine the 5th House and its ruler, as well as Venus, etc.

The large number of books we have read, and more particularly, the experience we have drawn from the study of thousands of charts, urge us to be cautious. However, we thought that it may be interesting to provide a few concrete indications, which will turn out to be accurate, quite often.

Aries, Aries rising, Mars dominant, or strong 1st House

As cliché as it may sound, yes, you are definitely able to let yourself be grabbed by a book, provided that you find its history or its theme attractive. Indeed, you agree to remain quiet so long as you experience thrilling adventures by proxy. Thus, you will undoubtedly be enthused by the epic "The Three Musketeers" by Alexandre Dumas, since you have somehow the soul of d'Artagnan, his self-confidence and poise, and you are willing to take up new challenges... Even the character of Milady de Winter, a strong-minded woman, appeals to you.

The Zodiac and the books for Aries, Aries rising, Mars dominant, or strong 1st House

Let's not forget your vital and creative force, which can be felt through the pages of Arthur Rimbaud or Henri Miller, for instance in "Tropic of Cancer".

In a different style, you are interested in all authors who study the ego, because you tend to be centred on... yourself. Therefore, yes to Marguerite Duras – an Aries Sun – and her famous "The Lover", or to the works of Sigmund Freud, who enables you to probe the depths of your personality, for the good cause. You will also appreciate Jack Kerouac's "On the Road", which became the Beat Generation's emblem: since you enjoy exploring uncharted territories, you will have your share.

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Aries, Aries rising, or Mars dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 1st House.

Taurus, Taurus rising, Venus dominant, or strong 2nd House

It is out of the question for you to take a book without having prepared the ideal place. You either make yourself comfortable in a lounger, with a fresh drink close at hand, or you nestle in a plaid by the fireside with a piece of chocolate. Then, you are ready to bury yourself in substantial novels.

The Zodiac and the books for Taurus, Taurus rising, Venus dominant, or strong 2nd House

19th century French classics seem tailored for you. This is actually the century of realistic novels, a genre you like a lot. Get a few masterpieces, particularly "The Human Comedy" by Honoré de Balzac. He often stages social and money issues, which are the themes that you understand easily. As far as American literature is concerned, try either William Faulkner, who describes the difficult conditions faced by his heroes of the Southern States. Other interesting options could be Jean Giono and Marcel Pagnol, who write novels rooted in their native lands.

Among contemporary authors, let us mention Tom Wolfe's "Bloody Miami" or "The Bonfire of the Vanities", as well as all authors who broach the role of money and material possessions in human relations. And also Douglas Kennedy, for instance with his best-seller "In pursuit of Money".

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Taurus, Taurus rising, or Venus dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 2nd House.

Gemini, Gemini rising, Mercury dominant, or strong 3rd House

Although you tremendously enjoy reading, you are not too fond of huge volumes. You are too eclectic to focus only on one novel, even a masterpiece. Aside from the numerous magazines you buy, you appreciate short stories written for the general audience in an incisive style.

The Zodiac and the books for Gemini, Gemini rising, Mercury dominant, or strong 3rd House

You like Arthur Conan Doyle's deadpan humour, or Truman Capote's lightness. Characters such as Holly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" seem to share your Sun sign. And you will not fail to read a major book such as "The Catcher in the Rye" by Jerome. D. Salinger, written at the first person, in which the narrator displays a caustic sense of observation. Indeed, as an accomplished Gemini, you are also a born sociologist.

You may also opt for novels which stood the test of time: from "The Dangerous Liaisons" by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos to "The adventures of Fonelle", by Sophie Fontanel, the choice is yours! You may want to try "Inseparabili" by Alessandro Piperno, an original novel based on the history of two brothers, a theme you understand well.

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Gemini, Gemini rising, or Mercury dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 3rd House.

Cancer, Cancer rising, the Moon dominant, or strong 4th House

The link between books and you resembles a love story. You relish those moments of introspection or escape which enable you to feel other people's emotions. Those of your favourite authors, to begin with.

The Zodiac and the books for Cancer, Cancer rising, the Moon dominant, or strong 4th House

You are also fond of poetry. "The Flowers of Evil" by Charles Baudelaire is among your bedside books. "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is a tale for children, but since you still have the soul of a child, its metaphors will enchant you. Besides, Saint-Exupéry was born with the Sun in your sign. Like a certain Marcel Proust, who is not to be overlooked. The little madeleine, it's you, definitely. With "In Search of Lost Time", you will never waste yours. You will savour the author's lengthy digressions about his childhood terrors and his amorous ecstasies.

Owing to your great sensitivity, you like to immerse yourself in the past: historical biographies are inevitably an interesting option. Among contemporary authors also, you will find specialists in emotions: Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita" or "Ada" is a perfect choice.

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Cancer, Cancer rising, or the Moon dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 4th House.

Leo, Leo rising, the Sun dominant, or strong 5th House

Style and theme must both be flamboyant if they are to catch your attention. The works of Ernest Hemingway, whose life is as outstanding as his novels, may suit your taste, for example "A Farewell to Arms", "A Moveable Feast", etc., because regardless of the plot, the author describes a glamorous and superb world.

The Zodiac and the books for Leo, Leo rising, the Sun dominant, or strong 5th House

In the field of romance, Francis Scott Fitzgerald's "Gatsby the Great" or "Tender is the night" are made for you. Straight away, these novels thrust you into a world where rich people kill time as they can, living in sumptuous villas, or cruising off the coast of the French Riviera. Detailed descriptions of luxury arouse your curiosity, which is your absolute right after all.

Baroness Karen Blixen transports you to a perfect colonial setting, where people elegantly dressed in linen sit at tables covered with immaculate tablecloths while lions are roaring in the night. You will also enjoy authors who write about places of power such as Don DeLillo in "Cosmopolis".

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Leo, Leo rising, or the Sun dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 5th House.

Virgo, Virgo rising, Mercury dominant, or strong 6th House

You are by yourself an entire library! You enjoy reading, and above all, looking for documentation with relentless curiosity. You never miss outstanding books, whatever their genre may be. It is not surprising that a typical representative of yours sign, Frédéric Beigbeder, published two works listing the 20th century best choices, based on a poll, and another one presenting his personal choices.

The Zodiac and the books for Virgo, Virgo rising, Mercury dominant, or strong 6th House

You can be relied upon when it comes to the most erudite publications. You are not afraid to re-read classics by Homer or Michel de Montaigne, or to go through all playwrights written in old French or in Middle English.

Your preferences go to authors who dissect emotions or sociological motivations. For instance, Henry James' "The Portrait of a Lady", or Amélie Nothomb, and of course, Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose" and "Foucault's Pendulum", are meant for you.

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Virgo, Virgo rising, or Mercury dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 6th House.

Libra, Libra rising, Venus dominant, or strong 7th House

The works which appeal to you are refined and packed with delicate feelings. Books about art or illuminations delight your senses' needs and search for perfection. Classical, did you say classical? A little bit, yes, or quite a lot, and even passionately.

The Zodiac and the books for Libra, Libra rising, Venus dominant, or strong 7th House

You do not hesitate to re-read famous plays, in which well-known lines by heroes, destined for some romantic death, make you discreetly shed a tear. Corneille, Jean Racine, or William Shakespeare offer you inexhaustible sources of pleasure. As for 19th century great novels, you sympathise with the fate of "The Lady of the Camellias" by Alexandre Dumas Jr. You also enjoy the love and society torments narrated by such authors as Stendhal of course, or Benjamin Constant in his novel "Adolphe".

You are not too fond of contemporary authors. However, Philippe Sollers is refined enough to be of interest to you, thanks to his light-hearted banter in "Portrait of the Gambler", or his sociological approach in "Women". But why wouldn't you indulge in dark though delicate thrills with "American Psycho" by Bret Easton Ellis?

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Libra, Libra rising, or Venus dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 7th House.

Scorpio, Scorpio rising, Pluto dominant, or strong 8th House

Black is black. There is hope for a reader like you! The more tortuous, tortured, even bloody the plot promises to be, the happier you are. Indeed, nothing is more exciting than diving in worlds in which your most unbridled fantasies may at last be expressed freely.

The Zodiac and the books for Scorpio, Scorpio rising, Pluto dominant, or strong 8th House

Using books as outlet. Why not? Therefore, you have the choice among undisputed masters of horror such as prolific Stephen King, or pessimistic James Ellroy, the author of "The Black Dahlia". Actually, Ellroy went quite far in his personal experimentations by flirting with all taboos.

Among younger authors, the selection is wide. Michael Connelly's "The Fifth Witness", may be part of it. In a different register, you may be captivated by erotic literature. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James, who brings back into fashion sadomasochism, does not leave you indifferent, unless you find the story a bit... soft, because when it comes to strong emotions, you have no limits.

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Scorpio, Scorpio rising, or Pluto dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 8th House.

Sagittarius, Sagittarius rising, Jupiter dominant, or strong 9th House

Could it be that adventure stories are made for you? Definitely. When you open a book, you expect twists and turns, exoticism, big feelings, and some sort of quest, if possible.

The Zodiac and the books for Sagittarius, Sagittarius rising, Jupiter dominant, or strong 9th House

You may have started quite young with Rudyard Kipling and his "The Jungle Book". Then you were carried away by the entire work of Jules Verne, especially by "Journey to the Centre of the Earth". You devoured all Joseph Kessel and Robert Louis Stevenson, including his "Treasure Island". Pirates, buccaneers, as well as far-off civilisations, have always have the power to make you dream and to give you itchy feet.

Since you are an expert in foreign literature, someday you stumbled on Salman Rushdie's "Midnight Children", his best book perhaps, or on Gabriel García Márquez's best-seller "One Hundred Years of Solitude". Besides, you are an avid reader of big sagas, provided they are fun. You may want to try Ken Follet's historical novel "Winter of the World", or also Steve Toltz's "A fraction of the Whole", which will take you into the Australian bush then to the Thai jungle. And don't forget your typical hero: Tintin, of course.

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Sagittarius, Sagittarius rising, or Jupiter dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 9th House.

Capricorn, Capricorn rising, Saturn dominant, or strong 10th House

You are a silence-lover, an assiduous, serious, and persevering reader. Huge volumes do not deter you, on condition that they are instructive, and above all, that they do not make you waste your precious time.

The Zodiac and the books for Capricorn, Capricorn rising, Saturn dominant, or strong 10th House

When you set aside your professional books – political and sociological essays, atlas – you enjoy diving in the works of authors who resemble you, and who get to the bottom of things. Stories about struggles against poverty, cold weather or other elements, are highly interesting. Therefore, all Charles Dickens' works seem to be meant for you, starting with "Oliver Twist". Hans Christian Andersen's tales, especially "The Little Match Girl", or less sad, "The Snow Queen", depict a very Capricornian world.

Fortunately, you do not have to limit yourself to realism or pathos. Did you like the mountain exploits of Roger Frison-Roche ? In that case, you will also love Sylvain Tesson, an unusual adventurer with a sophisticated style. You will probably delight in the sober nostalgia of "The New York Trilogy" by Paul Auster, or in the literary prowess of his lady, Siri Hustvedt, if you read "What I loved".

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Capricorn, Capricorn rising, or Saturn dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 10th House.

Aquarius, Aquarius rising, Uranus dominant, or strong 11th House

Rather than getting back to the classics, you prefer to seek new perspectives. Therefore, you are naturally tempted by fantasy, the Harry Potter series to begin with, or J.R.R. Tolkien, if you are younger.

The Zodiac and the books for Aquarius, Aquarius rising, Uranus dominant, or strong 11th House

However, you are also fond of more complex texts if they are peculiar. Anticipation novels such as "1984" by George Orwell, even a long time after they were first published, still arouse your curiosity. You may also like the works of Haruki Murakami, and his deliberately distorted vision in the novel oddly titled "1Q84". In a quite similar style, social satires staging revolutionary concepts provide you with food for thought. For example, Michel Houellebecq and Amélie Nothomb – who is also very appreciated by Virgos – have such a special universe of their own that you may enjoy them.

In a more classical but still contemporary genre, you may be interested in Jonathan Coe and his references to England during the Rock and Roll years with for instance "Welcome to College". Let us add Zadie Smith, considered as a leading figure in English literature, as well as Jonathan Franzen, the new American genius.

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Aquarius, Aquarius rising, or Uranus dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 11th House.

Pisces, Pisces rising, Neptune dominant, or strong 12th House

Poetry or nothing! Your imagination flares up very easily, and you enjoy spending hours on a park bench, looking from time to time at passers-by before getting back to your dear lines.

The Zodiac and the books for Pisces, Pisces rising, Neptune dominant, or strong 12th House

You are always entranced by surrealists such as Guillaume Apollinaire or André Breton, who do not hesitate to digress to forecast events. In "The Princess of Clèves », Madame de La Fayette describes emotions that you easily grasp. You will also be enthused by the romanticism of Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina", or by Albert Cohen's "Her Lover", of course.

In the area of contemporary publications, you will agree with ideas rebelling against consumerism, such as those delineated by Jonathan Safran Foer in "Eating Animals". However, to conclude with a lighter touch, comics and art books, the visual impact of which stimulates your emotions, are very enjoyable.

You will find on Astrotheme thousands of natal charts of celebrities who have the Sun in Pisces, Pisces rising, or Neptune dominant. The former are sorted in popularity order, whereas the latter are sorted according to the strongest dominant. Since each planet also rules a House – sometimes two houses – you may want to also look at charts having a strong 12th House.

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