Graham Greene was born in Berkhamsted, England, on October 2, 1904. He died eighteen years ago today -- on April 2, 1991. The day before he died I went into the Blue Fox book store on Aurora Street in Ithaca and bought "The End of the Affair." I had written a poem with that title and was curious to know what use Greene had made of it. I was reading the book on the day he died. Two thirds of the way through, the score was God 5, Adultery 2.
Greene's chart is that of an author who loves language as a fickle lover with money to burn loves the French Riviera.
The astrological configuration at the time of Greene's birth indicates an abundance of narrative talent. Melodramatic sentences came easily. "With an almost superhuman effort he battled back." A Libra with a difference, Greene balanced himself between rival impulses that led to the same bedroom. Scorpio was his rising sign. "The knife fell from his assailant's hand." Such a man has a respect for the occult and a gambling problem. Greene played Russian roulette as a boy and as an older man developed a system for winning at roulette in the casinos of Monte Carlo.
With an almost superhuman effort, he fought off the stranger. Dawn crept up on them. He turned around. When the stranger bolted into the woods, he could have cried with relief. "Don't stop." He looked behind him. "You can stand up," he told himself. Had someone followed them? There were three other candles. "But --" he cried.
The fact that Greene's Jupiter is in Aries in the fifth house may account for Greene's zest for life, travel, and sex with women of various nationalities. The fact that Pluto was messing with his moon (and Neptune) in the eighth house suggests the morbidity of the confirmed Catholic, who faithfully sins and repents, sincerely, and then repeats the cycle, like the hero of a spy novel.
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