Astrology presents a well laid-out and generally understood road map for how people are likely to
work, love, interact with others, what their attitudes and interests are, etc. A considerable
amount of material exists that can serve as the basis for dramatic characters.
Taken to extremes . .
As with most everything in dramatic storytelling, use of astrological characteristics is best
done in extremes. Start with very recognizable signs. For the men: Aries, Leo, Scorpio. For the
women: Aries, Gemini, Leo, Scorpio. Identify their three or four most common
traits, exaggerating them when fleshing out the characters. Determine who they get along with
best and worst in love and work and align them or conflict them as appropriate.
As an example . .
Take an Aries veteran cop, characterized by extremes in . .
- winning at all costs, without regard to fairness
- aggressive energy
- quick action without thinking
- excessive anger
- extremely selfish
Toss him in with a Libran rookie partner, who is . .
- thinking endlessly before acting
- emotionally balanced
- overly generous
. . and you have a strong set-up for a story, with much ready-made material on how these
characters will behave throughout the movie. How will they work together? How will they complement
each other? How will they learn from each other? How will they change?
Such contemporary 'personology' classics as . .
. . are invaluable references for character creation and development.
Of all the ways astrology can be used to develop your dramatic characters, and drive your story, the
most useful to you will be the roadmap such a set-up creates for character change. Characters who
are so vastly different--like those from opposite sun signs--that they aggravate, irritate and
exasperate one another, are also those who can effect the greatest change in personality and
character in the aggrieved parties. Out of this mortification can arise respect for skills,
talents, and approaches to life not yet tried or adopted. The extremes grow toward the center as
your characters learn and change.