This post is part of “Humanities in American Life,” an initiative to increase awareness of the importance and use of the humanities in everyday American life.
This fall brings a mix of historical gravity and the spooky supernatural. Whether you side with the 1597 admonishment of astrology as “thou damned mock-art and thou brainsick tale” or the earlier 1523 celebration of it as “many noble thyngis Of wandryng of the mone, the course of the sun” (as per the Oxford English Dictionary), you can count on Humanities Horoscopes to reveal some of America’s historic highlights. You never know what unlikely figure your planetary forecast might uncover.
Discover your Humanities Horoscope below!
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21)
Friends will come help you, but your fierce bravery will be the foundation of your success. Travel is on your side, especially as you advocate for others, and because of your courage, you will make huge gains in the fight for equality and freedom across America.
You are Sojourner Truth, women’s rights activist and abolitionist (born c. November 18, 1797).
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)
You may be notorious and lack serious sympathy for others as you seek personal gain, but you will go down in history as a person of great fascination and an iconic figure of the American West, capturing the artistic imagination of great authors like N. Scott Momady.
You are Billy the Kid, infamous gunfighter (born November 23, 1859/60).
CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)
Education will be essential in your life’s work, you will set records as you respectfully disregard unequitable gender expectations set by society, and your affinity for seeking out opportunities to help others will earn you a lasting nickname.
You are Alice Mary Robertson, the first woman elected to Congress from Oklahoma (born January 2, 1854).
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)
The world’s mysteries are yours to uncover – light, sound, and communication across the globe. You will turn challenges into opportunities, from hearing difficulties to limited schooling, and though managing your finances will always be a struggle, you will be rich in many other ways.
You are Thomas Edison, American inventor, businessman, and innovator (born February 11, 1847).
PISCES (February 19 – March 20)
By embracing the bitterness of difficult times, you will help America process and develop sympathy for others’ widespread hardship. A fan of both the sciences and the arts, you view the injustices of the world with an expansive perspective. With pen in hand, you will create lasting images of the everyday American experience.
You are John Steinbeck, American novelist and Nobel Prize winner (born February 27, 1902).
ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
When you see that something is unjust, you step in and take action. Though some may say you’re just a housewife, you know better than to believe them or bow to those stereotypes. You choose the right, following the call of Martin Luther King Jr. on Bloody Sunday, even if it costs you everything.
You are Viola Liuzzo, American civil rights activist (born April 11, 1925).
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)
A project you have been working toward for many moons gains public approval. While your aim for free and universal education in a democratic society remains in development, the goals you set now will have lasting effects.
You are Horace Mann, American educator and education advocate (born May 4, 1796).
GEMINI (May 21 – June 20)
Nature is an everyday part of your life, and you aren’t afraid to challenge traditional ways of thinking. You follow your gut – or your direct experience of the world and your own judgement – and this instinct will bring you a realm of new friends and lively conversations.
You are Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet, essayist, lecturer and leader of the Transcendentalist movement (born May 25, 1803).
CANCER (June 21 – July 22)
You know how to be direct, and you don’t shy away from danger. Your intense, headstrong energy will bring you certain criticism, but it will also carry you through wild adventures and even wars across the world. Though some may peg you as stereotypically callous, you will also learn to celebrate sensitivity in the midst of certain trauma on your path.
You are Ernest Hemingway, American author and Nobel Prize winner (born July 21, 1899).
LEO (July 23 – August 22)
Beware the lure of the skies this month. While you are undoubtedly brave, creative and pioneering – traits that will bring you everlasting accolades (you will even develop an activewear line for women!) – you might soon reach the limits of your record-setting adventures and be shrouded in mystery forevermore.
You are Amelia Earhart, first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean (born July 24, 1897).
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)
You’ll make history, but it won’t be without its complications. Different political parties will each have an impact on you and what you believe in, and you will fight as hard as you can. However it shakes out, sometimes a song is all you need to bring people together.
You are Hawaiian Queen Lili’uokalani, first and only reigning Hawaiian queen (born September 2, 1838).
LIBRA (September 23 – October 22)
You’re no stranger to hardship or conspiracy, and you worked hard to get to where you are today. By illuminating the darker yet common sides of being human alongside the bright, you will have a lasting impact on more people than you know.
You are Arthur Miller, American playwright and author of Death of a Salesman (born October 17, 1915).