Emily Dickinson: An Astrological Look

Emily Dickinson- Poetess.  Born December 10, 1830.  Amherst, Massachusetts

1. Rising Sign: Scorpio

One’s Rising Sign (or ascendant) is the sign that was rising when a  person was born and reflects their persona, or how they present themselves to the world.

“I’m nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there’s a pair of us — don’t tell!
They’d banish us, you know.How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!”- Emily Dickinson

Rising Scorpios exist in a world of black and white.  An intensity seethes under the surface and their will is indomitable.  Often quiet, they prefer to work behind the scenes where nothing goes unnoticed by them.  Very perceptive, they always see through pretense.  A cool facade hides a deeply passionate nature.  When they love, they love fully; and when angered they can be surprisingly cruel for they easily see their victim’s soft spot.  Strongly loyal, they never forget a kindness or an insult.  Intuitive, sensitive, and suspicious- they have a deep-rooted need for privacy, and are loners at heart.  Possessing remarkable recuperative powers, and being very patient, they continue going after most have faltered.  Creative and clever, they often embrace the dark side of life and explore it in artistic ways.

2. Sun Sign: Sagittarius:

One’s sun sign denotes their outer, general personality

“Much madness is divinest sense
To a discerning eye;
Much sense the starkest madness.
’T is the majority
In this, as all, prevails.
Assent, and you are sane;
Demur,—you ’re straightway dangerous,
And handled with a chain.” – Emily Dickinson

Sun Sagittariuns are restless and independent.  They cannot be held down to routine or to the will of another.  They have a thirst for knowledge and their life is spent in the pursuit of mental exploration.  Straight forward and seekers of truth, they are frank and honest in their dealings with people.  At times their bluntness may accidently offend which is not their intention.  They are open-minded and endlessly fascinated about the world around them.  Optimistic and cheerful, there is a sense of childlike play about them.

3. Moon in Libra

The Moon sign denotes one’s inner, hidden personality

“I died for beauty but was scarce
Adjusted in the tomb,
When one who died for truth was lain
In an adjoining room.

He questioned softly why I failed?
“For beauty,” I replied.
“And I for truth, the two are one;
We brethren are,” he said.

And so, as kinsmen met a night,
We talked between the rooms,
Until the moss had reached our lips,
And covered up our names.” – Emily Dickinson

Those with Moon in Libra possess a charming quality.  Graceful and elegant, they have high aesthetic standards.  Fair-minded, they have an inherent need to be in peaceful surroundings and will use their strong diplomatic abilities to accomplish such an ideal.  Artistic, they have a natural eye and ear for harmony.  Caring and affectionate, they often form life-long friendships. Deeply romantic, they see themselves reflected in the person they love.  An inherent need to be in a relationship may cause clinginess and jealousy at times. 

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  1. These readings are always so intriguing when you do them.

  2. Thank you so much, Dominique! 🙂

    I enjoy doing them; so now I just have to choose my next victim. 😉

  3. Emily Dickinson is one of my favorite poets! This was great. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. I could have sworn I left a comment here yesterday. Must have dreamed it in my viral-induced haze. Anyway…

    I did not know the Belle of Amherst was another rising Scorpio 🙂

  5. Thanks so much, Jenna! 🙂

    And Emily D’s poems are fascinating.

  6. DD,

    I know! That stuck out to me, too. We’re in good company with the Rising Scorpios (she and Emily Bronte, both. 🙂

    Also, interestingly, Dickinson’s sun was in Sagittarius, while our moon is. So close there, too.

  7. How’ve you picked two poems I’ve never read???? Clearly I have to leap into her stuff again.

    Funny to read the whole truth-is-beauty-and-beauty-is-truth-and-that’s-all-there-is-to-know line from someone I’d never associated as one of the Romantics. 🙂

    Man, those poor folk who don’t realize how much excitement and thrill there is in continuing to delve and learn… 🙂

    Love this glimpse into Emily. And I love your poetic and artistic streak. Or maybe it’s a flair. Much greater than a streak, interwoven into your writing, and I suspect into the fabric of your life. 🙂

  8. Fascinating stuff, Tasha! I always love these posts. 🙂

  9. Hey Sput,

    Thanks! I like that regarding the flair- I hope that’s the case, anyhow. 🙂

    Regarding Dickinson’s poem- she was a fan of Keats so it wasn’t a coincidence that she wrote a poem about his famous line on truth and beauty.

  10. Hey Amy,

    Thanks so much. I think I’ll do Charlotte Bronte’s next.

  11. I love Emily Dickinson’s poems about nature and death. She had the talent of making familiar things seem strange and exotic – and vice versa.

  12. That is all so fascinating. My sun sign is Scorpio and my Moon sign Cancer but I have no idea of my rising sign. xx

  13. Hi Josephine,

    Sun Scorpio and Moon Cancer is a very intriguing mix! Lots of emotional intensity going on there. 🙂

    This site can calculate your rising sign: http://alabe.com/freechart/

  14. Oh, this is gorgeous! The first poem has delighted myself and my children, she is wonderful. Thanks for the reminder. You have such a lovely blog. The first article was so funny but so sad that women were so manipulated… to coin a phrase. Wonderful stuff to read and your snowflakes are beautiful, we were outside sweltering today in Oz.x

  15. Hi Kateri,

    Always wonderful to hear from you. I’m so glad your children also liked Emily’s poetry. 🙂

    Hmm…regarding the other article…I think most women knew exactly what it was really about. 😉

    I hope all is well with you. And anytime you want to trade your heat for the cold here, I am more than willing. Just let me know and maybe we can work out some magickal spell! 🙂

  16. When I read the part about “clinginess” I instantly thought about how Emily was with Susan. This is great! I think it describes her very well. Emily was a charming, sweet, and brilliant person. Her emotion and passion were her core traits.

  17. Hi Nibbles,

    That’s an excellent point in regards to her attitude and relationship with Susan.

    Thanks so very much for stopping by my blog. 😉

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