The Horoscope of Stephen King

More than a decade ago a colleague and I were in a  “Stephen King” phase. Looking back we actually had a complex relationship – which perhaps explains it. Whatever the reasons we read a lot of King’s books including a couple King published under  the pseudonym Richard Bachman. Bachman was King ’s own “dark half” – created to get around the restrictions his publisher placed upon him. Stephen King was prevented from writing more than one book a year. More than that the public could not take. The horoscope of Stephen King

Stephen King was born under the conjunction of the planets Saturn and Pluto. The planet of dharma (Saturn) and kharma  (Pluto) joined in the first house, the house of personality. One well known writer -whose name I should remember but I have forgotten – called this the magician’s aspect. It gives, depth and intensity – and here in the first house – enormous magnetism. It enables a person to excercise control over the material world. Pluto manipulates matter often in a destructive way – while Saturn rules matter itself. At it’s best though this conjunction gives insight into character and in Stephen King’s horoscope it is closely trine the Moon so that which is hidden, that which cannot see the light of day, can be easily accessed and identified. The conjunction is ruled by the Sun – in Virgo.

Virgo has great eye for detail – Virgoans are very observant people. Through the characters he creates Stephen King is actually playing with himself – exploring his own character. His fantasy is linked to Saturn/Pluto so it is no surprise that cemetries, dark lonely or abandoned places often play a large role in his work. 

But the Moon is in playful Sagittarius and Stephen King’s ability to play – is clearly evident in his relationship with his pseudonym Richard Bachman. King goes to great lengths to lend the writer credibility. Photo on the back of the book. A wife. However King also deliberately “set the dice” against Bachman – in an attempt to discover whether luck or creativity determined success.

Mercury rules the Sun in Virgo and here it is placed in Libra exactly halfway between the Moon in Sagittarius on one side and Saturn conjunct Pluto on the other. What we have here is a powerful midpunt combination. Stephen King’s books are very finely balanced… they left me very often on the edge of my seat. And yet there is usually a serious play with morals, with right and wrong.

In Stephen King’s horoscope the sun is in Virgo and Moon is in Sagittarius. These are both in double bodied signs. So there is an inherent duality in the character that Mercury in Libra must seek to resolve. This Stephen King’s own answer to where his ideas come from: “

“I get my ideas from everywhere. But what all of my ideas boil down to is seeing maybe one thing, but in a lot of cases it’s seeing two things and having them come together in some new and interesting way, and then adding the question ‘What if?’ ‘What if’ is always the key question.”

Taking “what if” to the extreme is what makes Stephen King a master of the horror genre. This must surely reflect the Sun Uranus square in the horoscope. This is at its best eccentric at its worst a delinquent but it is never, ever, ever simply middle of the road.

Over Liz Hathway

Liz Hathway is a British born astrologer currently based in Amsterdam. Liz studied astrology at the Kosmos in Amsterdam, at the Faculty of Astrological Studies in London and with well known horary astrology John Frawley. Liz also holds an MA (with distinction) in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, from the University of Wales, in Lampeter, and was short-listed for the 2016 Alumni Association MA CAA Dissertation Prize.
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