was more than a decade ago when the first and, unfortunately ( for the
readers) the only novel of Indian author Arundhati Roy,
The God of
Small Things was published. The story made a great impact on
the literary circle and the novel was launched to the very top of best
selling books, winning the prestigious Booker Prize in 1997. Namely, the novel is
permeated with the political and religious themes and full of play of
words and the finest threads of human (un)consciousness.
Roy was born on 24.11.1961. in Shillong, India.
However, the time of her birth is unknown.
When searching for
her accurate time of birth, the most rewarding thing to do is to start
from the position of Ascendant which speaks about our personality,
looks, first choice (that is, response) and, at the same time, about how
we pose when being photographed. In the case of Arhundati Roy, it is
important to note the position of Mercury and Venus i.e. the sign of
Gemini and Libra, on the one hand, and the 3rd and 7th house, on the
other. Namely, in addition to being a writer (Mercury, Gemini), Ms. Roy
is also active in politics (Venus, Libra).
The most published
photograph in the media and the one which can be seen on the book cover
is black and white, from which we can conclude that Roy Ascendant
(photograph) is in Scorpio (black and white constellation). On 24
November 1961, the planetary stellium was in Scorpio, which included
Mercury (to write) and Venus (politics).
A New York magazine
named Roy one of the most beautiful women in the world, which is
indicated by the placement of Venus (beauty) at the Ascendant (looks).
Despite the fact that Venus is placed in Scorpio (in the sign of its
fall), it makes conjunction with Neptune, thus emphasizing its influence
even more so. Namely, Neptune enormously empowers the influence of
Venus (beauty)! Venus symbolises the circle as well as any other
curved line and thus, it can produce curly hair (Venus). Roy also has
pouting lips which look as if they were drawn by pencil, which again
indicates to the position of Venus (lips) at the Ascendant (looks) on
the 15th degree (degree of Gemini – pencil) of Scorpio. Venus (lips)
conjunction Mercury (pencil) at the Ascendant (looks) certainly confirms
The said position
will even help us describe the way in which Roy posed for a particular
photograph. Namely, she is holding her book (Mercury) in her hands
(Mercury), to be more accurate, she is embracing (Venus) her book
(degree of Gemini).
After defining the
sign in which Ascendant is placed, the degree of Ascendant itself needs
to be determined. Ascendant is at the 16th degree (degree of Cancer) of
Scorpio. Why? Roy was initially focused on architecture, which is shown
by the position of Ascendant (our first choice) at the degree of Cancer
(architecture). Every planet found in the 1st house speaks of our
further choice, but if there is more than one planet in the 1st house,
the planetary order is important. The first planet in Roy’s 1st house
is Mercury, which subsequently directed her (1st house) to writing
(Mercury). Mercury is at the 19th degree (degree of Libra) of Scorpio
and therefore, Roy writes (Mercury) political (degree of Libra) essays
If we take some time
to look at her photographs, we can notice that Roy has a beauty spot on
the right side of her face, which also speaks of the position of
Ascendant (looks) at the 16th degree (degree of Cancer) of Scorpio
(moles). Namely, the Moon, lord of the Cancer, represents the right side
of the body in a women’s horoscope while the Sun represents the left
side. In a man’s horoscope, it is the other way round...
Thus, Suzanna Arundhati Roy was born on 24.11.1961 at 04:40
(91E53, 25N34) INT
architecture, which is confirmed by the position of her 9th house
(studies) at the 16th degree (degree of Cancer) of Cancer
(architecture). In addition, as mentioned, the position of Ascendant at
the 16th degree (degree of Cancer) of Scorpio also directed her
(Ascendant) to architecture (degree of Cancer).
Her parents are
divorced, which is shown by the position of the 4th house (family,
parents in general) in Aquarius (divorce). According to the traditional
astrology, the 4th house should represent the mother, while the 10th
house represents the father. However, since the age of Aquarius is
characterised by elimination of division between sexes, the 4th house
should be considered as the parent who is more attached to home and
plays the role of a less dominant parent, while the 10th house is a
parent who is the head of household. Since after the divorce she lived
with her mother, her mother is represented by the 10th house as the more
dominant and influential parent.
Roy’s 10th house is
in Leo while the Sun, the ruler of the 10th house (mother), is at the
1st degree (degree of Aries) of Sagittarius. The combination of fire
signs describes Roy’s mother as very brave (Leo), a fighter (degree of
Aries) and a moral (Sagittarius) woman. The Sun is in conjunction with
Mars at the 7th degree (degree of Libra) of Sagittarius, and both
planets assume the square from Pluto. Namely, Mary Roy ( the Sun) is a
well-known activist (Mars) for women’s rights (degree of Libra). She
(the Sun) fought (Mars) against the Christian law (Sagittarius) on
inheritance (Pluto) of women (degree of Libra). Having in mind that Mars
symbolises the victory, Roy’s mother won the case!
Leo is also one of
the signs connected with education and thus, Roy’s mother (the Sun)
founded (degree of Aries) the independent school (the Sun). In addition,
she taught her daughter informally, which is supported by the position
of the Sun (to be a teacher, to teach), the ruler of the 10th house
(mother), in the 1st house (Roy herself).
Roy’s father is
symbolised by her 4th house in Aquarius. Uranus, the lord of her 4th
house (father) is at the zero degree (overemphasized symbolic) of Virgo,
which represents her father as the planter of herbal teas (Virgo).
Top of the sky
The 10th house
speaks of the career in the natal chart of every person. The position of
the Sun, the ruler of Roy’s 10th house (career) in her 1st house
indicates that she (the 1st house) can have the career ( the 10th house)
“for the asking”. The Sun, symbolising acting, is in the sign of
Sagittarius (film) and thus, Roy (the 1st house) was offered a role (the
Sun) in the movie (Sagittarius). In the beginning she had reservations
only to subsequently accept the offer, which perfectly reflects the
planetary stellium in her 1st house. Since the first planet in her 1st
house is Mercury, Roy (1st house) initially had reservations (Mercury).
However, Mercury is followed by the Sun and she eventually accepted the
role in the movie (the Sun in Sagittarius).
Pluto, the ruler of
Roy’s Ascendant (Roy herself) in the 10th house, indicates that she
herself is focused (Ascendant) on career (10th house). In addition, in
her 10th house (career) on the very MC, there is a North Node (gains,
success), which brings her successful career. Jupiter, dispositor of her
Sun and ruler of the 10th house (career) is at the 2nd degree (degree of
power) of Aquarius in the 3rd house, confirming that the writing (3rd
house) will be the area of her success (2nd degree)!
Roy has a very
unusual and special style of writing, which is also depicted by the
position of Jupiter in Aquarius (unusual, special, different) in the 3rd
house (writing style). Namely, the story line of God of Small Things is
placed in the moment which can be perceived as present while, almost in
every chapter, the writer returns from present to the past. The
aforementioned fully corresponds to the position of the 3rd house (book,
writing style, narration) at the 16th degree (degree of Cancer –
present) of Capricorn (past, returning). In addition, every past action
in the novel is followed by one more past action – further retrospect.
Thus, a “double” past occurs, which perfectly describes the position of
Saturn (past) in Capricorn (past) in the 3rd house (narration)! The
mentioned position indicates that Roy likes to repeat (Saturn)
particular phrases (3rd house) and words (3rd house) because, as she
says herself, it gives her the sense of safety (Capricorn).
In the beginning of
the novel (cusp of the 3rd house), there is an inscription dedicated to
her mother (degree of Cancer) while the plot (3rd house) is placed in
her hometown (degree of Cancer). The novel (3rd house) deals with the
life in a patriarchal (Capricorn) community (degree of Cancer) and
speaks about the human nature (degree of Cancer), the biggest mystery of
The writing style
and theme of the novel is also described by Mercury, as the natural
ruler of the 3rd house (writing, narration, novel). Mercury is placed at
the 19th degree (degree of Libra) of Scorpio and the novel (Mercury) is
permeated with subtle (degree of Libra) irony (Scorpio) which shows
tendency to turn into sarcasm (Scorpio). Scorpio symbolises sexual
drive, which is why sexuality (Scorpio) is considerably explored in the
Neptune speaks of two segments comprising human nature which are
explored as one of the burning issues in the novel (Mercury) –
humaneness and goodness (Neptune), on the one hand, and hatred and
brutality (Scorpio), on the other. Mercury is also in conjunction
with Venus, which is why one of the main characters in the novel
(Mercury) is a woman (Venus) called Ammu.
Pluto, dispositor of
Venus, is in conjunction with Uranus, describing
Ammu (Venus) as
a women free of any prejudices (Uranus), aware of herself (Uranus) and
her needs, fighting for her piece of Universe in a patriarchal society
and ready to violate The Law of Love, even though she
knows that it will cost her life (Scorpio)...
books. We read them.
Author : Nenad