Janet Lane Walters has been a published author for fifty years. She writes romance. fantasy, paranormal and mysteries. Today she joins us to explain how she uses astrology to create the characters in her books. Learn more about her and her books at her blog.
Using Astrology to Develop Characters
Many years ago, a friend and I studied astrology and made enough money casting charts for friends to travel to Ireland. Then life changed and became different for both of us. She became an attorney and I became a writer. But I continued to study and read about the various signs and adding many books on my shelves about the subject.
One day a way to use what I was still learning occurred. I would use astrology to develop my characters. When my computer crashed and I lost my program for setting up the charts, I sort of put my interest away. Then I had some trouble developing a character from one of my early books. I decided the main elements for developing my characters was to use the Sun Sign, the Rising Sign and the Moon Sign. This worked wonders and is now part of the way I learn about those who people my stories.
Let me tell you how this works. The Sun sign gives their inner nature and this is usually where their secret arises. The character may or may not show this nature to the world. This is where their reasons for wanting to achieve their goal are either hidden or not shown in full.
The Ascendant shows the face they present to the world. The way others see them may not be what they truly are unless I give them the same Sun sign as the Ascendant. Many times the two sides of their personality can be in conflict, thus giving them a great internal conflict.
The Moon shows their emotional nature. Think of the hero with a soft spot in his heart or the heroine who hides her emotions from others. The emotional nature can be in conflict with the character’s goals and usually points to the reason for this.
While this may not work for every author when developing characters, this method certainly works for me. In Forgotten Dreams Emma, the heroine, is a Cancer and Chad, the hero, is a Leo.
The Moonchild Series, Book 5
Chad Morgan is tired of his Hollywood life and his role as action hero Storm. He's ignoring the contracts for two more movies in the franchise. He wants to take a different direction and make a movie of his friend's book. He has bought the rights. But his agent and the studio want more Storm. His personal life is also bouncing from one woman to another. His thoughts have turned to Emma Grassi, the woman he left behind in his quest for fame. He decides to return to Fern Lake and speak to his friend and renew his friendship with Emma.
Emma is now a nurse practitioner sharing an office with her doctor friend. She has waited for Chad to return and has decided this isn't going to happen. She's decided to confront him and put an end to the dream she has remembered and he has forgotten. Life takes a twist when Chad 's auto accident on the outskirts of Fern Lake bring them together. She wants out. He wants in.