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HP: What sign is Rita Skeeter?

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The character of Rita Skeeter in the Harry Potter series has always fascinated me. She's wickedly interesting, if not entirely loathesome. According to the HP Lexicon, there's no canon-noted birthday for Rita. But I've always had a theory.

This is my theory for Rita's Sun, Moon and Rising sign. Please feel free to offer different opinions.

Sun: Aquarius
Ascendant: Scorpio
Moon: Gemini

What's most important (to me) in this theory is Rita's Moon in Gemini. One of the archetypes of her character is The Trickster, which coincides with Gemini. Also, she has a natural penchant for keeping up with current events and the lives of people, though it's in a petty way - the typical Gossip Queen. The secret of her animagus form is yet another Gemini trait (living two lives), and this brings me to the next element: Scorpio Ascendant. Her Scorpio rising gives her that manipulative edge - almost as if she sees the world as an arena of mysteries that she has to be sneaky to unearth. The Aquarius Sun part comes in and gives her a natural detachment from the feelings of those about whom she writes about, a Uranian tendency to shake things up, and a conscious desire to get to the truth of the situation. Unfortunately, Aquarius is a fixed air sign, so once she's made up a fallacious 'truth' about someone - in a way that will be juicy to her community of readers - not even the real story will influence that Quick Quotes Quill.

Now, everything I just wrote about is what I'd call "unskillful" applications of Gemini, Scorpio and Aquarius. I believe we do see one redeeming side of Rita Skeeter in Order of the Phoenix - when she reports Harry's side of the "Voldemort is back" story. Even though she's clearly being blackmailed by Hermione (we'll get into Hermione's chart later - and her Scorpio rising might respect Hermione that much more anyway), Rita does the right thing. She uses the power inherent in her Sun, Moon and Rising for good: and it stirs up public opinion in a healing, transformative way. If Rita had been born the quintessential Gryffindor - and always did the brave, saving-people thing - she might be capable of such ground-breaking expose stories on corrupt politicians or corporations (or the equivalent in the wizarding world). If we see any more of Rita in future books, I will keep an eye out. But I won't be keeping my fingers crossed.

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