Sylvia Plath took her own life on February 11, 1963. She had been battling depression and physical illness during a brutally cold winter, living alone with her two small children. What are the signs in her unfolding charts that her life was in danger?
Sylvia Plath became famous only after her death by suicide in 1963. Her seminal work, Ariel, was published in 1965. Then in 1982 she won a Pulitzer Prize for her Collected Poems. Can we look at these events in her unfolding charts even though they occurred after her physical death?
In this post I will briefly discuss the testimonies in Sylvia Plath’s directed charts for her father’s death on November 5, 1940. Plath was just eight years old when he died. By all accounts his death was a watershed event for her, triggering the depressive tendencies that plagued her throughout her life.
Sylvia Plath wrote some of her best poems in the months just before she killed herself. She was under enormous stress that winter, living alone with her two small children while her husband pursued another relationship. She had been clinically depressed for years and had attempted suicide before. In reading about her there seems to be a consensus that suicide was somehow an essential component of her being. Does her birth chart support this notion?