Speaking of the stars: the passing of Ray Bradbury deserves a moment of silence. If you haven’t read Bradbury, it’s difficult to comprehend the extraordinary abundance and influence of Bradbury’s stories and ideas. As the New York Times wrote: “He’s often one of the first writers who awaken students to the enthralling possibilities of storytelling and the use of fantastical metaphors to describe everyday human life. His finest tales have become classics not only because of their accessibility but also because of their exuberant “Twilight Zone” inventiveness, their social resonance, their prescient vision of a dystopian future, which he dreamed up with astonishing ingenuity and flair.”

Fortunately, we have reliable birth info on Bradbury, so let’s take a quick scan of his chart and see if anything jumps out.

In the charts of writers, I typically look at the Moon and Mercury, as they symbolize aspects of the mind. In Bradbury’s chart we see Mercury (thought, communication) in bold Leo (drama) and in conjunction with Neptune (idealism, receptivity). Both planets are supported by the soaring Moon in Sagittarius (high-goals, freedom). The powerful idealism between those three planets is picked up by the conjunction of the Sun and Jupiter (expansiveness, seeking) also in dramatic Leo. It is, to put it briefly, the path of heart. So it’s not surprising that among Bradbury’s many beautiful quotes can be found this one:

“Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.”