Shakespeare knew Astrology. He used it in countless plays and sonnets, often having his villains or weaker characters talking ill of it.
Monsieur Parolles, you were born under a charitable star.
Under Mars, I.
I especially think, under Mars.
Why under Mars?
The wars have so kept you under that you must needs
be born under Mars.
When he was predominant.
When he was retrograde, I think, rather.
Why think you so?
You go so much backward when you fight.
That’s for advantage.
Lol. Shakespeare knew his astrology. He was SUCH a Taurus he left his “2nd best bed” to his wife in his will. Shakespeare had Mercury in Aries at 16 degrees, conjunct mine! Pluto was on his Pisces Midheaven – that’ll do it for the enduring “brand.”
Also, f.y.i. as i have a tonne of emails re this: Dreaming of men (Mars = Men) from your past when Mars is Retro totally goes with the turf. It’s a neural churn process. Ultimately, you will wind up better balanced & mentally aligned re these dudes + relationships in general.
‘For, by the sacred radiance of the sun,
The mysteries of Hecate and the night,
By all the operations of the orbs
From whom we do exist and cease to be.’
There are hundreds of references to astrology, magic and the old gods in the works of Shakespeare and he often has his villains or weak characters denouncing it lol. He was friends with the Court Astrologer, Dr. John Dee, one of the most fascinating men of history.
Like the playwright Aphra Behn, he also spied. His code name: 007.