Dickens, Charles

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Dickens, Charles Gender: M
Charles John Huffam Dickens
born on 7 February 1812 at 19:50 (= 7:50 PM )
Place Portsmouth, England, 50n48, 1w05
Timezone LMT m1w05 (is local mean time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 17°58' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 12°36 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 18°50'

Alternative birthtime
Near midnight 7-8 February
Date 7 February 1812 at 23:55 (= 11:55 PM )
Place Portsmouth, ENG (UK), 50n48, 1w05
Timezone LMT m1w05 (is local mean time)
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 18°08' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 14°50 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 02°23'

Charles Dickens


British writer and editor, perhaps the greatest of the English novelists and one of the most celebrated writers of his time describing life in Victorian England. His works included "Pickwick Papers," 1837, "A Christmas Carol," 1843 and "A Tale of Two Cities," 1859. The literary circles of the time considered Dickens' works populist, charming fiction, but his thousands of readers in England and abroad in America considered him a master of literature. Even today, critics consider him a literary genius of his time.

Born into a large Victorian middle-class family that was slowly sinking into poverty, the Dickens household moved from Kent to Camden Town to London then his dad went to Marshalsea debtor's prison in 1824. At 13, Charles worked in a shoe-blacking factory and roamed the streets of London alone at night. The meanness and poverty of the London streets left Dickens feeling abandoned and helpless as a boy.

He established himself as a hard-working journalist in his early career. In 1839 at the age of 27 he became the celebrated author of "Oliver Twist" and moved his growing family to a middle-class home. He married 19-year-old Catherine Hogarth on 2 April 1836 and she immediately became pregnant with the first of ten children (one of whom died). Catherine became fat and sad, suffering from post-partum depression after each confinement.

At 47, at the height of his popularity, Dickens was the stern, disciplinarian father of nine children. He described himself as "a misplaced and mismarried man." He dismissed his devoted wife, Katherine and persuaded his sister-in-law Georgina to take over housekeeping chores and become surrogate mother to his family.

Dickens had an appreciation for attractive young women. Victorian society was shocked by his cavalier treatment of his wife and his adulterous relationship to a young theatrical actress, Nelly Ternan. Despite his growing wealth and fame, he worried continually about money. Dickens was a moody man. He never forgot his unhappy, poverty-stricken childhood and used the memories to write on the immense wrongs of the Victorian period.

Dickens enjoyed a vigorous walk at a 20-to-30 mile clip. His health began to decline during his public reading tours in the U.S. and Britain in his later years. He suffered from constant neuralgia, severe rheumatism and heart trouble. Collapsing several times in 1869, his foot went lame and he suffered paralysis on his left side. He died on 9 June 1870 at 6:10 PM, aged 58, in Gadshill, England after suffering a massive stroke the prior night during dinner. Dickens left a legacy of more than 2,000 characters to brighten our days.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Collins, Wilkie (born 8 January 1824)
  • parent->child relationship with Dickens, Kate (born 29 October 1839)
  • parent->child relationship with Dickens, Mary (born 6 March 1838)
  • other kin relationship with Lloyd, Harry (born 17 November 1983). Notes: Great-great-great-grandkin
  • role played of/by Hopkins, Anthony (born 31 December 1937). Notes: 1970 TV film "The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens"
  • role played of/by Jacobi, Derek (born 22 October 1938). Notes: 2007 film "The Riddle"
  • role played of/by Rintoul, David (born 29 November 1948). Notes: Rintoul played Dickens in 2010 play, "Andersen's English"


  • Other Family 1824 (Dad was sent to debtors prison)
  • Work : New Job 1826 (Shoe-blacking factory, age 13)
  • Relationship : Marriage 2 April 1836 (Catherine Hogarth)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Gain social status 1839 ("Oliver Twist" improved their life style)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1843 (Release of "A Christmas Carol")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1859 (Release of "A Tale of Two Cities")
  • Health : Change in Appearance 1869 (Became lame, paralysis)
  • Death by Disease 9 June 1870 (Apoplexy, age 58)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Other Death 9 June 1870 at 08:10 AM in Gadshill, England (Massive stroke, age 58)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Dr. Broughton in "Elements of Astrology" quotes him to Professor Wilson, an astrologer in London."

(Lyndoe quotes him for 11:59 PM in AA 2/70. Same by Langton "Childhood and Youth of Charles Dickens" 1883, "about midnight.")

(LMR prefers the Virgo rising chart due to the amount of detail and the quantity of characters in his novels, as well as his emphasis on social ills.)

On 5 August 2017, Sy Scholfield added a midnight chart to the entry, noting other references to a midnight birth between 7 and 8 February. For example, Dickens has stated both dates as his birthday; see his letter addressed to Thomas Beard, dated Saturday 4 Feb. 1832, which states, "I intend keeping the Anniversary of my Birth Day, which occurs on Wednesday next the Eighth Instant, by asking a chosen few to join in a friendly quadrille," and his letter, dated July 1838, which states, "I was born at Portsmouth, an English Seaport town principally remarkable for mud, Jews, and Sailors, on the 7th. of February 1812." (reprinted in The Selected Letters of Charles Dickens, OUP Oxford, 2012, pp. 3+45). Furthermore, the book, Life, letters, and speeches of Charles Dickens; with biographical sketches of the principal illustrators of Dicken's works by Gilbert Ashville Pierce (Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1838), states "Charles John Huffam Dickens was born at No. 387 Commercial Road, Mile-End, Landport, Portsea by Portsmouth, England, a few minutes before midnight on Friday, the seventh of February, 1812."

Also, while L. D. Broughton in "Elements of Astrology" quotes an astrologer for a time of 7:50pm from Dickens personally, the wrong date is given, see page 340: "Mr. Dickens called on prof. Wilson, an astrologer in London, to have his horoscope calculated, and he afterwards made use of it in one of his novels. Mr. Dickens gave the time of his birth as Feb. 15, 1812, at 7.50 p.m., Lamport, Hampshire, England." Broughton's chart for Dickens on the same page is therefore also incorrect (showing Moon in Aries, etc).

Scholfield does not know where, if anywhere, Dickens "made use of [his horoscope] in one of his novels" but in his most autobiographical novel David Copperfield ("often considered as his veiled autobiography" [1]) the eponymous narrator states, "To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o'clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously." The character does not state whether midnight was between Thursday and Friday or between Friday and Saturday, however Dickens himself, in the personal letters quoted above gives his date of birth as both 7 and 8 February, and 7 February 1812 was indeed a Friday.

Starkman rectified to 7 February 1812 00.13.08 LMT Asc 4Sco53' Moon 2Sag06'

In November 2017 Scholfield provided birth notice (no time given) printed in The Morning Post (London, England), Monday, 10 February 1812: "On Friday last, at Portsmouth, Mrs. Dickens, of a son." Scholfield also notes that in a letter dated "Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 1850" Dickens writes: "Am I born (for the eight-and-thirtieth time) next Thursday, at half-past five, and do you mean to say you are not coming to dinner?" [2].


  • Traits : Mind : Exceptional mind (Creative genius)
  • Traits : Personality : Hard worker
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Autoimmune other (Rheumatism)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Stroke (Terminal)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Other Major diseases (Neuralgia)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Heart trouble)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Paralysis (Prior to death)
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Dad sent to debtors prison)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Chronic misery (Set his wife aside, asked sister-in-law to move in)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Extramarital affairs (Preferred young ladies)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Ten)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Start young less than 16 (Factory at 13)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Rags to riches
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Outdoors (Walked to stay in shape)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Many moves
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist (Initially a journalist)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Noted writer)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Creativity (Created more than 2,000 characters)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book