Mansfield Park (1999)
It’s common knowledge that Jane Austen lived her life vicariously through the heroines of her stories. That’s to be expected, of course: they gave her a voice on the world stage.
But there’s something about Fanny Price‘s life that lends extra credence to this idea.
This post is the product of a restless night after watching Mansfield Park last night:
(That look that the actress gave the camera after Edmund kisses Fanny was what did it.)
It got me to thinking about Jane Austen’s life, and especially her birth chart.
Every single astrological site online lists Jane’s birth time as 11:45 pm. I wonder why? By rectifying the chart to show her death (Mars) to have occurred at 41 years of age, I get 3:30 pm, with her Ascendant in Gemini, conjunct Jupiter (in the 12th House). As she was always in two minds about the men in her heroines’ lives, this seems quite fitting.
The only inconjunct is therefore highlighting the Ascendant and Mars (in Capricorn):
Mars Inconjunct Ascendant
The difficulty with this aspect is to find a balance between getting what you want in life and getting along with others. More than most people, you will have to learn the necessity of compromising to get along with people, especially because you often seem more aggressive than you are. While you are young, the need to compromise may be frustrating, because youth is a time when your own needs seem especially urgent and demanding. At times you may feel that nothing is going your way, that you continually have to give in to others and put your wishes aside. However, it is not really this bad. You do not have to compromise any more than anyone else, but you are more reluctant to do so.
It may be telling but Jane’s niece used to ask her for advice. The niece’s name? Fanny.