Friday, August 12, 2011

the power of the zodiac

a couple of days ago i was chatting with another author friend of mine and i mentioned that i read my character's astrological profiles to get a better understanding of them.

it's possible that some people may think that a bit strange; however, let's think about it. maybe these zodiac things don't work for YOU, but why can't they be precisely accurate for a character in a book? they ARE just figments of imagination, after all. so i can tailor my hero, Matt, to fit into how Aquarius acts.

it's also a perfect tool to discover how he'd react in certain situations--like falling in love.

here's Matt's profile, to put it into perspective:

Born: January 31st, 1977

Sun Sign: Aquarius
Tends to hide depth of personality under frivolity. Strong willed. Truth seeker. Opinionated but will change in the face of truth. Always willing to learn. Dry humor, quick wit. Independent—refusing to follow the crowd. Dislikes interference. Possibly condescending.

Could run into these problems:
- Being left alone. Fix? Don’t be anti-social/loner.
- Always missing the boat when it comes to love. Fix? Let down mental guard on emotions and be yourself.
- Headaches. Fix? Express feelings instead!

Druid Tree sign: Cypress Tree
Adaptable, low maintenance, survivalists. They find happiness in almost any situation. Prefer to be surrounded by people. Can be a bit rude, but they like to talk and keep up with conversation. Tendency to a quiet, easy-going lifestyle, avoiding conflict by using flexibility.

Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Fiery temper, intrigues partners, commits for life, tendency towards tension headaches & migraines, people are attracted to them. Prefers to work alone—can be perceived as arrogant. Dominating, ambitious, self-motivated/successful, passionate which can be exhausting to others around them. Good with Rat/Monkey, bad with Ox/Goat.

interesting, eh?

so now i know that Matt is single-minded, changeable, sociable, independent, snarky, and passionate. in other words, a cheerful alpha. (can't get away from them! lol) i can push him into doing things i may not have been sure fit his personality before, because now i know that it would be natural for him to pursue Liz with a single-minded focus that might be a bit obsessive on other men.

as for Liz? well, you'll have to read the story to find out ;)


  1. I love this idea! I know next to nothing about horoscopes and readings and signs, but what a great way to explore your characters' personalities.

  2. it's really fascinating, ellie! like the headache thing... i would never have considered adding that bit to Matt's character in the book; however, now that i've thought about it, it'll just make him more 'real'.

    hope it works for you, too!