Reading challenges have been popping up on Facebook and other social media sites throughout January. Goodreads, owned by Amazon, is a “social cataloging” website that allows readers to search for books, read reviews by other readers, and create lists of books to read. It also sponsors an annual challenge to motivate people to read more. I’m a member, so I poked around a little and discovered that some people read a lot of books. One woman read over 400 books in 2018. All I can say to that is: Wow! But the average reader pledges to read around 50 books, and not everyone who pledges actually reads any books.
Reading has always been one of my favorite hobbies. I love a good mystery especially if it’s part of a series. I also enjoy books about gardening and decorating, and even some of the self-help books are good. Over the years I’ve read thousands of books and bought many of them, because I just enjoy looking at them on the bookshelf.
I know people who haven’t read a book cover to cover in decades. And despite what people say about people who don’t read, that’s really OK, because not everyone likes to read!
I thought about this today as I worked on the chart of a man who I know reads at least 100 books a year. It was easy to see in the chart why he enjoys reading. His chart has Mercury in Gemini conjunct Jupiter. Mercury conjunct Jupiter in Gemini increases emphasis on an already strong need to communicate, write, read, etc. He’s a professional journalist and earns his income from writing. Mercury also rules the 2nd house in his birth chart. The 2nd house is where we see information about earning potential as well as resources that have personal value. But not every chart has Mercury in Gemini conjunct Jupiter, the planet that expands everything it comes into contact with.
So, if you’re not a reader, or you are a reader but you think you should be reading more, don’t beat yourself up. The Mercury in your birth chart may not be not be in a position that encourages reading. And if you’re the parent of a child who doesn’t enjoy reading, it’s better to accept that than to scold your child because he or she doesn’t read more. We’re not created from the same mold. There are other ways to learn and be aware of what’s happening in our world.
If you’re curious about what the chart for your birth reveals about you, look at my Schedule a Reading page. Feel free to leave comments.