Roald Dahl was born on September 13th, 1916 and his astrological sign is Virgo. People born under the sign of Virgo tend to be reliable, analytical, and practical, often with a perfectionist streak that drives them to success. They are also thought to be humble and careful with their choice of words, traits that likely contributed to the success of Roald Dahl.
Born in Llandaff, Wales, to Norwegian parents, Roald Dahl was someone who certainly used his analytical and perfectionist attitude to achieve great things. As a child, Roald was an avid reader with an active imagination, and his family’s tales of their own Norwegian background likely contributed to his creativity. As a young adult, Roald’s restlessness saw him travelly to even further parts of the world, including Africa and the United States. However, by the time he was 22, he had already returned to England to join the Royal Air Force.
Although this was an admired profession at the time, for Virgos it is especially appealing because of their naturally inquisitive and analytical minds. During his years in the Air Force, Roald wrote some of his early short stories while stationed in the Middle East. This was a pivotal time in Roald’s life; he was given an opportunity to unleash some of his imagination and create, almost to avenge what he had seen during the war. Here we can also see how his Virgo qualities of being practical, pragmatic, and even secretive, come into play.
After Roald finished his time with the Air Force, he returned to England and started writing for an even wider audience, including adults. His books for adults were often related to the war, such as ‘The Gremlins’ and ‘Someone Like You’. Now we can see some of the signs more introspective and reflective quality, as he used his writing as a form of catharsis for his war experience.
It was Roald’s later works of writing, often written for children, that would bring true success. Some of Roald’s most well-known and important works include ‘Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’ and the ‘Matilda’. It is perhaps here, with his writing for both children and adults, that Virgo’s tendancy to critique and examine the world around him comes to the fore. He pays careful attention to the nuances of his characters and their interactions, ensuring that his readers feel a connection to them. In ‘Matilda’, he famously created a heroine for young girls that ‘teaches us all, grown-ups included, to not be afraid of authority and demand what is rightfully ours.’
Throughout Roald Dahl’s life and work, his Virgo qualities of practicality, analysis, humility and perfectionism can be seen. It is these qualities as well as his ambitiousness and insight which allowed him to become a renowned and much-loved author, both in the adult and children’s literary world.