John Quidor [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Another character analysis! This time I'll dive into Mr. Ichabod Crane, the hapless bloke from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I always loved this story, and the show Sleepy Hollow debuts its second season tonight (*heart*), so I thought this would make a good post. This story was written by Washington Irving, and published back in 1820. Still popular after almost 200 years - not too shabby! I'm basing this analysis on the book version of Ichabod, not the TV one.
Wanna read it for yourself? http://www.gradesaver.com/the-legend-of-sleepy-hollow/e-text/section1/
SUN & MERCURY
Ichabod Crane comes to Sleepy Hollow to teach, and teachers fall under the signs of Taurus, Gemini, and Sagittarius. Given the descriptions of Ichabod, how he's quite sociable (though I always pictured him as a popular nerd), gets along very well with the kids, loves stories and interested in the supernatural, I gravitate toward Gemini. Gemini rules lower education of the younger children (instead of higher education with Sagittarius), and loves stories too. He seems to get along with everyone, which is very air sign, and has an active mind, so I put his Sun and Mercury conjunct in Gemini. He's also described as "carrying the whole budget of local gossip from house to house, so that his appearance was always greeted with satisfaction." Very Gemini! Plus, he has this child-like curiosity about the world, as Gemini does. Also, his physical description of being kind of lanky would go more toward Gemini than the other two signs.
Saturn - When Saturn is linked with Mercury (often in harsh aspect, oddly), that usually shows someone who loves reading and books, which Ichabod does, so perhaps his Saturn is conjunct, semisquare, square, sesquiquadrate, or opposite his Mercury. He's also a disciplinarian, but careful in how he carries it out, which speaks to Saturn.
MOON & VENUS
Ichabod has a crazy appetite, adoring food, and has a desire for luxury, which seems to be the driving force behind his going after Katrina (who doesn't want to marry rich? lol). This brings me to Taurus, which loves luxury, material things, and hello, who loves food more than Taurus? No one. I like his Moon and Venus conjunct in Taurus because it amplifies his appetite for food and wealth, and it also keeps him in a pretty agreeable mood. He doesn't seem to get all that high or low, is pleasant company, and is charming in his own way. Taurus would give him that stick-to-it-iveness that he shows when he's pursuing Katrina, and how he's not deterred by his rival Brom Bones (even though he should've been). Plus, the combo of Taurus and Gemini for his personal planets shows someone who always has to fill the air with words. Oh, and Taurus rules singing, which Ichabod is known for.
Ichabod, as much as I love him, does not come across as much of a manly man, so I'm staying away from any of those kinds of Mars positions (Aries, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn). Pisces would make a lot of sense because of his active imagination - when he's out at night in Sleepy Hollow, he swears he sees all sorts of crazy things. Delusions, illusions, so Pisces. Ichabod is also said to believe in the supernatural, which is governed by Pisces. This would give him lots of mutable energy (Gemini and Pisces are mutable signs), and keeps him from being in-your-face (cardinal signs) or practical (fixed signs).
Ichabod is said to be tall and lanky, and I thought of the lunar nodes with this. The closer your north node is to the Ascendent (1st house cusp), the taller you are (or appear to be). I'd put his north node in the 1st house near his Ascendent. I haven't chosen a rising sign for him though, but I'd guess an air sign, Virgo, or Pisces.
ASTEROIDS: HERMES & THE MUSES
I feel like these asteroids would be prominent for Ichabod. Throughout the story, it's mentioned many times how much Ichabod sings. Hermes is an asteroid ruling music, and the asteroid Muses could show a lot of different things with him: Calliope, the muse of epic poetry and Erato, the muse of love poetry and mimicry, because in his belongings they find poetry he's tried to write for Katrina; Terpsichore, the muse of dancing, and he likes to dance; Euterpe, the muse of music; and Melpomene, the muse of tragic storytelling.
In the end, no one knows what happened to Ichabod, though some say he lived on and did other things, and that Brom Bones had something to do with scaring him away. As for the Headless Horseman, he was said to be a fighter who lost his head in the war, and sticks around to find his head. I'd guess a combo of Aries (rules the head and war), Scorpio (the other sign that rules war but is more ruthless), and Cancer (rules the home, and clinginess), and probably a harsh Sun/Mars/Saturn/Uranus combo (losing his head!).