over a quarter of a century, best-selling horror novelist and screenwriter
Stephen King has kept his fans delightfully terrified by the monsters,
demons and aliens that populate his fiction. But his deepest fears
are decidedly more powerful and down to earth, as is the man himself.
Hardworking Guy Next Door
King is a Virgo. You might expect the author of such books as
Carrie, The Shining and Cujo to be a dark and brooding Scorpio, or
maybe an otherworldly Pisces suffering from recurring nightmares.
But success in writing is as much about consistently getting down
to the details of arranging words as it is about great ideas, and
Mr. King's Virgo Sun very clearly shows someone who puts his nose
to the grindstone. He sits down every day except Christmas, the
Fourth of July and his birthday, and puts words on paper without
any self-respecting Virgo, Mr. King is a natural when it comes to
hard work, consistency and following up on the details. In fact,
it is his acute consciousness of life's details that make his
fictional characters seem so alive that his fans have been known
to write and ask after them, as if they were real people. It has
been said that his work has chronicled the experience of middle
America for the past 50 years and, as with any good story, the
real truth is in the details.
to this steady approach to his work is the fact that Saturn (hard
work) and Pluto (power) are found together, or conjunct, in his
natal chart. His earthy, practical Virgo Sun, combined with Saturn
and Pluto together in fixed and determined Leo, show the
tremendous work ethic that has resulted in an incredible volume of
work, including novels, novellas, screenplays and short stories.
What's Hiding in His Closet?
King's stories are the stuff of nightmares, but it isn't things that
go bump in the night, supernatural bogeymen or even the more garden-variety
human monsters that terrorize him. What really haunts the King of
Fright is the specter of being unable to write.
of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction is a lack of self-confidence (Saturn)
in one's creative (Leo) power (Pluto), and King himself has admitted
that he has always worried that he didn't have what it took to be
a successful author. It is well known that he tossed the manuscript
for his first successful novel, Carrie, into the trash.
It was his wife, novelist Tabitha King, who pulled it out, dusted
it off, and told King it was good. Fortunately, this position also
suggests that with maturity, fears and lack of confidence can be
mastered and transformed into positive energy.
to King, Pet Sematary, a story about a man who brings his son back
to life after he is killed by a speeding truck, was written after
the same thing nearly happened to his own son. Likewise, King felt
tremendous financial stress during the years prior to publishing Carrie, and
The Shining was written as much about how financial
and other stresses can tear apart a marriage as it was about a
is a recurring theme in his fiction and in his personal life. True
to the potential of Pluto/Saturn in Leo, King has transformed
(Pluto) his fears (Saturn) into creativity (Leo) in spite of his
innate lack of confidence in his own creative abilities; and he is
now considered one of the most powerful men in publishing.
From the (Nearly) Dead
of 1999, as he was taking his daily four mile walk near his home,
King was struck by an oncoming van and severely injured. One of
the emergency crew who responded to the 911 call later told King
that he was surprised King was still alive. It took months before
he could walk, and it is still not certain if he will ever regain
full use of one of his legs. What worried him most at the time, however, was
not his brush with oblivion. In an interview following the
accident with Dateline NBC, King spoke of writing:
first it was as if Iíd never done this in my life. It was like
starting over again from square one. I mean from like being
twelve, thirteen years old. There was this one awful minute when I
sat there and I thought, ĎI canít do this, I donít know how
to do this anymore.íĒ
King is still writing, albeit at a somewhat slower pace, and his
injuries are healing. True to form, he has once again used the
energy of Saturn and Pluto to transform and regenerate himself and
is channeling that energy into creativity. When asked if he would
write about the accident, King said: "Sooner or later,
everything goes in."