Pamela Moran's Blog
Creating Characters Using Astrology - Upcoming Class
Astrology is full of archetypes. The prideful Leo, the fast talking and/or flighty Gemini, the brash and bold Aries.
If I tell you my best friend is a Taurean do you have an immediate picture of her in your mind? Sturdy and steady, loyal. Security loving. Patient. Maybe a tad bit lazy (although she claims she's only pacing herself), definitely stubborn.
How about Capricorn? Disciplined, ambitious, grounded, cool under fire. Self-contained.
While these traits probably do apply to the Taurean and Capricorns you know, we are all so much more than our Sun Signs.
What if I told you my Taurean friend has a Leo Moon, and that self-contained Capricorn has a Sagittarius Moon? Does that change your perspective of them in any way?
In an astrological chart the Moon sign represents our emotional nature. How we instinctively react. How our emotions color our perceptions. How we protect ourselves. That Taurean with the Leo Moon has a bit of regalness about her and her ego can flare when her Moon perceives an emotional threat. Our steady Taurus isn't so steady at that point, not with her ego-flamed temper on display. Not an introvert by any stretch of the imagination, she does enjoy being the center of attention but is happiest bestowing her affections on those she cares about.
And that Capricorn Sun with the Sagittarius Moon? He has a great inner need for adventure. To get out in the world. But that strong and instinctive internal need is at odds with his ambitious Capricorn Sun. Sagittarius Moon pushes to leave the paperwork behind, to set off for the next adventure right now, but he's a workaholic and has an issue leaving anything undone. Balancing those two aspects of his personality can sometimes be a daily struggle.
If you're a writer, that inner turmoil, that internal push of the Moon's reactive needs against the Sun's desire to act can be a goldmine in terms of character development.
And that's only part of the story.
Come join me February 1st over at Writer Univ as we use astrology to dig into the heart and soul of your hero, your heroine, and/or your villain.
And, just maybe, find out a little about yourself.
***(That Taurean did give me permission to talk about her - probably her Leo Moon in action!)
Pamela, this is interesting material! I enjoyed picturing the people you described, and never knew about how the moon can provide internal conflict in ANY character -- what a cool way of going about it.
By the way, your graphic up top showing the links is VERY cool...does your sun/moon sign make you a photographic artist?