Using Astrology to Create 3-Dimensional Characters

Using astrology to create characters, inner and outer conflict, core internal and external motivations, plus finding personality traits that are not like you.

Juneta Key
The Art of Fiction
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7 min readJun 22, 2019



Finding traits, conflict, personality through the elements & aspects of the Zodiac

Characters need to feel real to the reader. The reader has to be able to relate if we want them to keep reading.

The character has to touch us on a human level.

People have both good and bad qualities. A villain is not always a bad guy or evil in reality. He has his own story that powers his psyche and motivates his choices and actions.

Sometimes the villain thinks he is fighting for the right reasons. He is just as passionate about his cause and desires as the protagonist.

Maybe it is the law of duality that comes into play, they are both wrong and right. Sometimes the bad guy is not really a bad guy at all. The bad guy might just be someone in opposition to the hero’s agenda, both right with opposing desires.


What if the villain is someone the hero calls a friend. There are so many shades of gray in the human equation.

The scariest villain is the one that feels like the guy next door. Or the guy with the uncanny understanding of the human psyche, which is why he gets away with it. My favorite example of this is Thrawn from the Star Wars Universe.

This type of deep deception can be terrifying. That is why I look to the Zodiac and personality typing to help provide ideas for creating characters that are not like me.


Signs of the Zodiac:

Aries March 21st-April 19th, Taurus April 20th-May 20th, Gemini May 21st-June 20th, Cancer June 21st-July 22nd,