Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet and story writer and radio show producer captivated the public’s mind in the 1930’s through his death in 1953 and continuing onward. Thomas was born on Oct. 27, 1914 in Swansea, Wales at 8:56 PM. He took to writing at an early age, left school at the age of 16 to become a journalist. He had a way with words that other writers envied and which the public loved. Some of those early writings were published. His initial claim to fame came with the publication of “Life breaks where no Sun shines” in 1934.
While living in London he met the woman who would become his wife, Caitlin McNamara. They married in 1937. Life was hard for a writer in those days and the pair lived in a hand-to-mouth fashion much of the time. Excessive drinking marked their time together along with much brawling. While his writing did not provide the income needed to support them, Thomas found that reading tours and doing radio shows and voices for the BBC brought in much more income as well as recognition. While these income sources were welcome, they were not steady. We can view his natal chart for his birth in Wales.
We find his Sun early in Scorpio, the focus of a T-square with Uranus (8th) opposite Neptune (1st-2nd cusp). This is a key pattern in his chart, linked to individuation-thru-fantasy, excitable and delusional forms of expression, outbursts during bouts of drinking among other forms of expression. Chiron (not shown) graces the MC angle, giving him an insight into pain and turmoil seen in society as well as reflecting his own devils. His self-expression (Sun) was always prone to unexpected and sudden revelations and actions.
Mercury and Mars in the 8th, gave his words great power as the expressed the raw side of personal life and dilemmas.
If we take the time to examine some midpoints of both Mercury and Mars, we find the following almost exact midpoints among many: Mercury = Moon/Mars 0d02m; quick to criticize, irritable, nervousness and restless, always thinking. Mars = Moon/Jupiter 0d01m; strong romantic expression, lusty outlook, expressive, seeking recognition. These attributes were easily seen in his writings.
A more regular employment situation came to Dylan Thomas in 1945 with the BBC, not only for readings and voice work but on various discussion shows where his views and expressions were popular. Thomas was often referred to as being a Welsh poet, something he rejected. “I can’t even read Welsh,” he once replied. Many feel that his exposure to his native country area did give him a sense of Welsh tradition and colorful expression.
He made four trips to New York in the early 1950s. He was busy writing and performing in this period. It was on his third tour that he fell on a flight of stairs and broke his arm. He was quite drunk at the time. He returned home to finish a story, “Under Milk Wood.” He was to read it in a broadcast in New York, but upon his return he became ill, that illness being connected with his life of heavy drinking.
Dylan Thomas’ natal chart, when relocated to New York City, brought his Saturn/Pluto pairing to the IC of his chart. New York brought him a lot of exposure and support, as well as a lot of challenges. One critic noted that Thomas was a drunk on words as he was on whiskey. He was one of those larger-than-life individuals who charged through life, banging his body and his body-of-work through the doors and walls of his daily moods. One might think that his writings were taken from a daily diary of inspiration and missteps.
Dylan Thomas may or may not be known to a good portion of my readers. After all, he was born in 1914 and died in 1953. Although his fame lived on in literary circles up until this present time, our world is so full of words and information and entertainment that much that was, as is, of great value is simply lost in the deluge of written and spoken words. I assure you, that Dylan Thomas’ Solar Return and death some 12 days later will provide some of the most powerful charts that astrologers are ever likely to come across. Stick with this story. It is well worth it.