Dante’s Horoscope: A Long, Prose-Filled Journey

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This year marks Dante’s 750th birthday. But on what date should The Rumpus host our purgatorio-themed party? More importantly, what was Dante’s zodiac sign?

If you’re a fastidious reader of The Divine Comedy and your horoscope, you should know the answer without a date: Dante’s journey to the Underworld is a classic Gemini move. More from astrological sleuth Damion Searls over at the Paris Review, who narrows Dante’s DOB to a six-day window—and hazards a guess that is suspiciously identical to Searls’s own birthday.


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