If You Want to Be a Writer, What Sign Should You Be?

This is a tricky question because there are so many famous writers and so few natal horoscopes available for them.

Why is that?

Writers are artists just like actors, musicians, dancers, painters and sculptors. Why can I find charts for these other artists and not writers?

Writers seem to be the stepchildren of the artistic world. While the other artists are off making loads of money, receiving the warmth of popularity and having wanton sex, writers sit at home over typewriters, computers and pads of paper ignored and lonely, dirty laundry piling up, bills unpaid.

Poor, poor writers.

The Third and Fifth Houses

February 7 was Dickens’ 200th birthday. I found a chart for him and also looked up one for Stephen King. I hit the jackpot. I found horoscopes for both and also found the traditional indicator of writing talent. (A true horoscope needs a time of birth and that is why they are difficult to come by).

Dickens had sun in Aquarius in the 5th house and moon in Sagittarius in the 3rd house.

King has sun in Virgo in the 3rd house and moon in Sagittarius in the 5th house.

Both men have Neptune in the 3rd house.

The third house rules communication, short-distance travels, siblings and neighbors. The 5th house is the house of creativity, self-expression, children and romance.

Writing ability is traditionally seen as stemming from 3rd house placements. Creative expression in general is seen as stemming from 5th house placements.

Planets in the Signs in the Houses

Planets in houses mean that the area of life indicated by the house is emphasized. We all communicate in some way but a planet in the 3rd means that communication is a “theme” in life. Planets in the 3rd at the least indicate some nosiness in the personality.

Planets in the 5th suggest that creative self-expression is a must in one’s life. Others might go through life just working and sleeping, but 5th house folks must shine in the spotlight.

A planet in a sign in a house is a sentence that goes like this:

What + How + Where

Dickens had sun (conscious self) in Aquarius (humanitarian focus) in the 5th house (creative expression). Dickens needed to consciously express his humanitarian focus through his creative expression.

King has sun (conscious self) in Virgo (discriminating mind) in the 3rd house (communications). Looking at King’s chart, I would have suspected a journalist or cookbook writer more than a horror writer.

Both Dickens and King have moon in Sagittarius which I call the “Charlie Sheen” moon and suggests a generous, fun but irresponsible and indulgent nature. Dickens had Neptune conjunct moon which is even more indulgent and out of control.

King had drug problems. I’m guessing Dickens did as well. Sagittarius is the “quest for the sublime” as one astrologer calls it. Drugs can make reality more interesting until crack in the psyche creates unbalance.

Both King and Dickens have Neptune in the 3rd house so both are daydreamers. Dickens’ placement was in Sagittarius so he must have longed for travel and adventure. King’s Neptune is in Libra so there is a romantic nature. I’m guessing King has some lovely poetry somewhere that is very different than his work produced with Virgo critical discrimination. King probably has some erotica out there too.

Different Types of Writers

There are different types of writers – journalists, novel writers, poets, political commentators, sports writers, etc. The planet(s) in the 3rd house can indicate the type of writing developed:

Sun – the Writer (capital W) who is known for writing
Mercury – the journalist
Venus – the poet
Mars – the political or sports writer
Jupiter – the philosopher
Saturn – the law or rule book writer
Uranus – the technical writer
Pluto – the erotic or taboo subject writer

Moon and Neptune in the 3rd

You’ve noticed that I left out two planets – moon and Neptune. These two planets in the 3rd seem to be the Writer as stereotype – the imaginative novel writer who sits in dirty clothes pumping out writing but too shy to appear in public.

King has Neptune in the 3rd, Dickens both moon and Neptune in the 3rd.

Why do these two planets drive one to writing?

The moon is the reactive principle. It’s where we go in reaction to life’s events. When trying to explain astrology, I always ask people what they do when they’ve had a bad day. Do you go out with friends? Watch a movie? Or do you hide under a blanket?

Moon in the 3rd retreats into communication. Your friend with the nose a book all the time probably has moon in the 3rd (especially in an earth or water sign).

Neptune is similar to the moon in some ways. While moon is reaction, Neptune is escape from the hum-drum world. Neptune seeks the divine.

Seeking the divine through communication may also send someone to the calligraphy pen to write some poetry. William Blake comes to mind as someone who would have Neptune in the 3rd.

Consulting Astrotheme, the chart for William Blake shows Neptune in the 1st with sun in the 5th. I don’t know if that time of birth is accurate or rectified (estimating time of birth based on observed personality and life events). If the chart is rectified, someone else agrees that Blake is under the influence of Neptune.

If you want to be a writer . . .

Writers appear to have planets in the 3rd house. The stereotypical novel writer has moon or Neptune in the 3rd.

Planets in the 3rd indicate writing ability and the 5th house is where we show it to others. There are lots and lots of writers out there who show their work to no one or just a few loved ones. Placements in the 5th house alone might not make one a writer.

If you want to start a writing career, transits to the 3rd house are a good time to do this.

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I'm just another soul trying to make sense of the world. As I've grown, so has my understanding of astrology. I'd like to communicate that astrology is not occult and not fortune-telling but that it is a fluid, creative description of the life we choose to live.
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11 Responses to If You Want to Be a Writer, What Sign Should You Be?

  1. DH says:

    What would you say about the ruler(s) of the 3rd and/or 5th houses and how aspects and placements of those planets can affect writing style or ability?

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  3. I have both moon and neptune in 3rd house, and have always somehow been writing, and when i write it always feels rich, milky andflowing. I feel the “pressure” inside of me to move towards such a profession, but somehow i still havent gotten it together.. i have Mars in Pisces in 5th house, is this pro-active or counter-active for my 3rd house moon and neptune…?

    • Those are great placements for writing. Mars in Pisces would have trouble focusing, but your moon/Neptune are in Capricorn (from the info you gave) so that might be able to focus better. I’d also guess your writing has a serious nature. Neptune is currently transiting Pisces & your 5th so you are inspired but need grounding. Neptune/moon in Cap can’t fully trust right brain. It might be a left/right brain battle.

  4. Mark says:

    I have Mercury conjunct my Ascendant in Sagittarius in the 1st House and Mercury conjunct Uranus in Sagittarius in the 1st House.

    I’m also Pisces Moon in the 3rd House, Moon conjunct Mars in Pisces in the 3rd House, and Venus in Aquarius in the 3rd House.

    I’m currently pursuing my MFA in Creative Writing. I finally had my first piece of writing published (a poem) but I’m so self-critical (perhaps my Capricorn Sun) so I’ve never submitted any other writing besides that.

    I appreciate any advice you can give me.

    • Where is your Saturn? I understand the Capricorn sun self-criticism but with Mercury and Uranus conjunct in Sag in the 1st and Mars conjunct moon, the drive to express your thoughts and feelings would override the Cap caution. The Sag and Pisces are square, of course, but create a lot of tension that would want to be released. Possibly you hold back then erupt with insightful but overwhelming perceptions? The Sag/Pisces combo is highly intuitive, poetic, philosophical. Sag/Pisces would be passionate about ideas or causes or groups of people. Pisces can feel and Sag likes to experience so they exploration of others’ realities would be strong.

      Right now Saturn is transiting Sag and Neptune is transiting Pisces activating that square. Saturn promotes the discipline that Pisces doesn’t have (although Capricorn sun does). The energy is there to accomplish what you want with your writing. But keep in mind that Saturn doesn’t make it easy but Saturn isn’t trying to prevent success; Saturn makes you work for it. Neptune provides the inspiration, whether you want it or not. You’ll sleep better if you let it flow.

      I can relate to your chart having many similar placements. My friend suggested blogging years ago and I can’t thank him enough for the advice. The short, quick blogs helped me find my voice, get over the need to have “perfect” writing and to accept all kinds of feedback. Some feedback is quite negative but I absorb it then move on. What’s interesting is that the more feedback you get the more diluted it is because one piece of writing can be too PC for one, highly offensive to another and probably boring to many who would never bother to write. Others may love it. Is one piece of writing (or one object) really all of these things? It’s a Sag/Pisces lesson of its own 🙂

      Keep writing. Good luck.

  5. Sandy says:

    I have Jupiter and south node (Ketu) in 3rd house in Scorpio, mercury, saturn and Sun in 2nd house in Libra then Moon, mars and venus in 12th house in leo. I have vivid imagination and fiction ideas but have not started writing. By profession I am journalist .Could I become a fiction writer?

  6. Sandy says:

    Hello There, I have jupiter in 3rd house in scorpio, sun, saturn and mercury in 2nd house in Libra and finally Mars, Venus and Moon in 12th house in Leo sign. I get vivid imagination ideas of fiction but have not started any project. By profession I am a journalist. Can I become a fiction writer? Thanks in Advance.

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