Was “Jane Eyre” the Precursor of “Rebecca”?

Charlotte Brontë (April 21, 1816 – March 31, 1855)

Image by George Richmond

I’m finally reading “Manderley Forever” the story of Daphne du Maurier’s life. In it, I’m beginning to get an inkling that the Brontë sisters had more of an influence on Daphne than she’d like to admit. I compared her birth chart with both Emily’s and Charlotte‘s. Guess which one is most like her? (I suppose the subtitle gives it away…)

As this chart was already on my Kepler 7.0 program, I have not changed a thing. And yet, there are two inconjuncts, so we have something to dig into about Charlotte’s life.

Mercury Inconjunct Ascendant

You are likely to have some problems, but not serious ones, in communicating with others. The problem is that people’s first impression of you may not fit in with what you say or your manner of thinking and speaking. People tend to hear what they expect to hear, and they may not listen to you as carefully as they should. So you will have to be as clear as possible and insist that others listen to what you are really saying. If others do not understand you, it is up to you to set them straight.

Venus Inconjunct Jupiter

This can be a positive aspect if you learn to control some of its negative possibilities. You are likely to lack energy and to be rather passive. You may wit for opportunities to come to you, rather than go after them. You may not have enough energy to pursue your ambitions, or you may not have much ambition. Or you may love your comfort so much that you are unwilling to make any effort or put up with any pain that could help you grow and develop. However, if there are any indications of energy in your chart, they should overcome the passivity.

One the plus side, you need love and affection, and you can usually be very warm and affectionate as well. However, it is very important that you choose your close friends carefully, because you may attract people who are difficult to get along with, who order you around or act as if they are better than you. Avoid such people, for they will do you no good.

Jane Eyre (October 18, 1847)

The novel is a first-person narrative from the perspective of the title character. The novel’s setting is somewhere in the north of England, late in the reign of George III (1760–1820). It goes through five distinct stages: Jane’s childhood at Gateshead Hall, where she is emotionally and physically abused by her aunt and cousins; her education at Lowood School, where she gains friends and role models but suffers privations and oppression; her time as governess at Thornfield Hall, where she falls in love with her mysterious employer, Edward Fairfax Rochester; her time in the Moor House, during which her earnest but cold clergyman cousin, St. John Rivers, proposes to her; and ultimately her reunion with, and marriage to, her beloved Rochester. Throughout these sections, the novel provides perspectives on a number of important social issues and ideas, many of which are critical of the status quo.

The Plot (from Wikipedia)

Now, it is obvious, at least to me, that these two novels are not alike, but over the years fans and critics of Daphne’s novel have made comparisons between Jane Eyre and Rebecca, mostly, about the men that are at the heart of the stories. With two books about 90 years apart, this can be a tricky endeavour. However, if the one author is the reincarnation of the other, the underlying theme is resolved. It is just an updating of one literary form with another.

To me, the obvious link between these two birth charts is the North Node/South Node axis from Charlotte’s chart is on the Descendant/Ascendant line in Daphne’s chart. And by reciprocal arrangement, Daphne’s North Node is conjunct her 9th House cusp, a sure and certain ‘proof’ of reincarnation. Other links are very direct: Daphne’s Saturn is conjunct Charlotte’s Pluto; Charlotte’s Midheaven is conjunct Daphne’s Moon; and Charlotte’s Pluto is conjunct Daphne’s Ascendant.

I could go on and on, but I’ve made my point, don’t you think?

About cdsmiller17

I am an Astrologer who also writes about world events. My first eBook "At This Point in Time" is available through most on-line book stores. I have now serialized my second book "The Star of Bethlehem" here. And I am experimenting with birth and death charts. If you wish to contact me, or request a birth chart, send an email to cdsmiller17@gmail.com
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