Uranus Triggers a New Chapter for Kamila Shamsie, Winner of The Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 for 'Home Fire'

 Kamila Shamsie.  Image courtesy of the BBC.

Kamila Shamsie.  Image courtesy of the BBC.

Big congratulations to Kamila Shamsie on winning this year's Women's Prize for Fiction, announced just a few hours ago.  

This British-Pakistani Leo author has transiting Uranus conjunct natal Mars at 0 Taurus and square her natal Mercury at 2 Leo: her writing is literally 'on fire'.  Indeed, her prize-winning book is titled 'Home Fire'.  Transiting 'hot' Mars is conjunct her natal Jupiter at 5 Aquarius, a cool Air sign.  

She's got a fixed T-square.  A Mercury-Jupiter opposition with Mars at the apex.  This suggests Kamila's voice is expressive, bold (Mercury in Leo) and inspired - yet challenged - by her ideals (Jupiter in Aquarius).  Mars in Taurus steadies the tension between the heartfelt emotion of her pen (Mercury in Leo) and a more detached, analytical and philosophical side (Jupiter in Aquarius). 

 Chart by Astro Gold

Chart by Astro Gold

In the BBC report announcing the prize winner, Sarah Sands, chair of judges, said the panel had chosen "the book which we felt spoke for our times (transiting Uranus square Mercury)".  She said: "Home Fire is about identity (Leo), conflicting loyalties (Leo-Aquarius opposition), love (Leo) and politics (Aquarius). And it sustains mastery of its themes and its form (transiting Uranus also sextiles masterful Saturn at 1 Cancer)". 

Uranus' entry into Taurus, and the square to it from transiting Mars, are shaking up Kamila's writing as they impact the early fixed degrees of her T-square.  Transiting Pluto at 20 Capricorn also squares Kamila's natal Chiron at 20 Aries.  She has no choice but to be more daring and assertive, especially as Chiron's dispositor, natal Mars, is getting made over by 'do something completely different' Uranus.    

Wishing Kamila continuing success in the coming months and years as her creative output is set to evolve in trailblazing directions.