“…I have always lived violently, drunk hugely, eaten too much or not at all, slept around the clock or missed two nights of sleeping, worked too hard and too long in glory, or slobbed for a time in utter laziness. I’ve lifted, pulled, chopped, climbed, made love with joy and taken my hangovers as a consequence, not as a punishment….”
This would be a great online dating profile lead-in lol. The Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Grapes of Wrath is, of course, a genius and rightly acclaimed. But reading the above quote, I thought ‘aha! This is a man with an interesting Mars!’ And he is. Steinbeck had Mars in Pisces square Pluto + Neptune in Gemini and Uranus in Saggo.
Driven, dissolute and highly original. There can, of course, be awesome manifestations of Mars squares to Outer Planets, by the way. But it’s interesting that you see these sorts of Mars “afflictions” so often in the great tradition of male literary genius pissheads. Women artists with hardcore party-animal-creator aspects would not nearly so far – if anywhere – regardless of talent.
Men also had muses whereas the male muse is a relatively rare species. Dorothy Parker is the only acclaimed and hard-living author who was celebrated in the way that the male writers were and yes, she was born with Mars in Virgo square Pluto + Neptune in Gemini.