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Lessons in Taurus, Libra and Gemini from Ursula K. Le Guin


Zodiac constellation from Uranographia Britannica

When I get excited by an author, I like to look at her chart and connect her life and writing with the placement of her planets. Seeing how someone articulates her chart gives me a deeper understanding of the planets, signs and houses.


So, reading Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Wave in the Mind, I got some insights into Taurus, Libra and Gemini.


Le Guin begins one essay, “Sometimes I am taken for granite,” which made me chuckle and reminded me of her Taurus Ascendant. For her to self-actualize she must present herself in such a way that people have the impression of fixed earth. No wonder she’s taken for granite. I have a friend with a Taurus AC and when I suggest something that she doesn’t want to do, I can feel her consolidating into an immovable wall of “no.” Granite.


But Le Guin is not granite. She is mud, she tells us.


“Being mud is really different from being granite… People make footprints in mud. As mud I accept feet. I accept weight. I try to be supportive, I like to be obliging.”

Here we can imagine her earthy Taurus mask mixing with Le Guin’s very prominent Libra energies. Her Sun, Venus and Mercury are all in obliging, harmony-seeking, artistic Libra in the 6th house. She’s learning the skills of the artist, friend and lover.


We hear Le Guin's information-loving Gemini Moon in her confession of a “compulsive reading disorder.” Her heart’s happiness is in gathering the resources that support her intelligence and curiosity.


Thus her love of libraries. “Knowledge sets us free, art sets us free. A great library is freedom.”



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