Character conflict from astrology

The twelve signs of the zodiac, representing the single letters of the Hebrew alphabet, are the basis in the Western tradition for the great conflicts of both Biblical and warrior epic stories.  

Once upon a time, you had to live well for 40 years (and be male) to study these mysteries.   Some said women didn’t need to bother their pretty little heads, some said women were born knowing what men had to study.   Buried in some of the ancient wisdom about Jupiter is the fact that it’s the mother who passed this wisdom along to the children.

So it’s no wonder that today these basic conlficts are not just the basis for explosive stories of war and violence and other worlds in movies, but also the foundation for women’s fiction and other genres.

The twelve zodiac signs break neatly into two groups for plotting:  Aries to Virgo, personal development; Libra to Pisces, interpersonal or societal growth.

As conflict pairs, they look like this:

  • Aries (loner) vs. Libra (harmonizser, law and culture) or explorer vs. civilizer
  • Taurus (sensual, money, personal possessions, art objects) vs. Scorpio (hidden passions and also the phoenix, the risen hero)  or the theme of beauty vs. the beast
  • Gemini (learner, curiosity, superficial kowledge) vs. Sagittarius (imparting wisdom and seeking specialized knowledge) or the myth of Cinderella and rapidly acquired but useful magical powers
  • Cancer (home, family, foundations) vs. Capricorn (big business, materialism), or the peasant vs. the bigt developers, David and Goliath
  • Leo (strength, creativity) vs. Aquarius (modern technology, humanitarian issues, common good) or the passionate individual vs. the wave of technology and the Borg
  • Virgo (editing, preparing, presenting the fruits of the natural world, assimilated knowledge) vs. Pisces (duality, mystical, looking to both past and future) or the particular vs. the spiritual mission, the mundale vs. the spiritual good.  In The Robe, the soldier who gambles for and wins Christ’s robe after His crucifixion is himself changed by the robe–a classic movie on the Virgo-Pisces axis.

The Rulership Book by Rex Bills is a dictionary of correspondences between the planets, signs and houses of astrology and the mundale world.   The book’s not new, so it won’t include smart phones, but will include electronics, for example. 

You can, of course, develop your own list.   Keep a notebook and jot down correspondences when you see them or read about them.   You’ll find them on every tarot or astrology site, in every basic tarot or astrology book.   Choice-Centered Tarot and Choice-Centered Astrology, both by Gail Fairfield, are outstanding references to get you started.