Because i was looking at this fab Dostoevsky site - complete with the most inspirational and beautifully edited selection of quotes/references – i got interested in his astro all over again.
I’d always know he Scorp and SUCH an intense life, depth perception etc. We know all that.
But what i noticed this time around is that Dostoevsky – official literary genius, one of the most respected novelist/thinkers of all time – has Mercury not only Retrograde but officially “in detriment” (that is, opposite from Gemini, one of the signs ruled by Mercury) AND in the 12th House.
Vintage astrologers could and would add all this up to deem the guy a semi-literate lunatic. It was seriously fashionable in the olden days to have these sorts of categories such as “in detriment” or “in fall”. But that is such a non-nuanced approach, not at all in the now.
Some people fret that their Mercury is Retrograde or whatever but fret not! It’s amazing how many of the most incredible writers, poets, musos and other creatives have just such a Mercury.