Sunday, April 30, 2017

Zodiac Signs and Writers

Long ago during a summer break from school, I came across a small book which predicted that according to my birth star I would become someone who will make a career using words. 

When I told this to my family, they chorused I would become a lawyer. Wasn’t I an expert at winning arguments at home?

But God had different ideas for me. I became a blogger and a writer.

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I believe in all things esoteric. Zodiac signs declare that the movement of the celestial bodies is closely related to human characteristics and behavior. ‘As above, so below’. 

I am fascinated by them. I find they are almost accurate representations of persons as far as my experiences go.

I found this interesting list on the internet where writers are classified according to their Zodiac signs. 

According to this list, I belong to the category of ‘The Haunted Mythologist’. 

I have many eminent authors like Sylvia Plath, Neil Gaiman, Fyodor Dostoevsky, John Keats, Chinua Achebe and Margarette Atwood for the company. What a blessed list!

Apart from such fun classifications, writers can use the Zodiac list to create character sketches.

While I was writing my debut novel, in my first draft, I had written the male lead as a September born. 

But as the story required his birthday to fall in the month of July when the female lead visits his place, I changed his birthday to July 3 in the second draft. 

Then while researching for adding details to my characters, I came across a Zodiac description of Cancer men (men born between June 21-July22).

 I was completely shocked as the characteristics I had described in my hero was typical of a Cancer man. That too considering that I had completed writing the first draft of the story assuming he was born on a different date.

 I used my research in my book also which was loved by many readers who wrote to me about it.

After this discovery, I check the compatibility of the star signs of my protagonists after I assign them their fictional date of births. 

If they are not compatible, they need to change their birthdays without delay. (*Wink) 

I believe the characters we write about in our stories do exist somewhere. The infinite source from where we writers get our ideas is, in fact, the supreme consciousness.

 Hence, we are tapping into something divine, which becomes solid and 3-dimensional through the words that we use to narrate our stories. 

Do you believe in Zodiac Signs?


 During this A-Z April Challenge, I am exploring the A-Z journey of writing a Novel with examples from Literature.

The Letter of the day is Z

Linking this post  to Blogging from A-Z

Have you read the Letters A, B, C, D, EFGH  I  J K  L M N  O P Q R  S T U V W X and Y?




18 comments:

  1. I believe the sun travels through the "Zodiac" but not in that it holds any keys to our human destinies. I did Zodiac, too.

    http://sagecoveredhills.blogspot.com/2017/04/z-is-for-zodiac.html

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Sage. I do believe in the Zodiac signs though. :)

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  2. Very interesting idea about your fictional characters... I need to see which signs mine are!

    Affirmations for a Good Life

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    1. Do check. It is a fun way to write characters.

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  3. I don't know enough to believe or not. I believe it's possible. I'm Virgo and some of the characteristics of that sign are mine, but some are not, at least so it seems to me. An outside observer might see in me the perfect Virgo!
    Finding Eliza

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    1. Yeah, there are so many things to learn. Not all will show 100% their signs characteristics if they are cusps.

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  4. I don't believe in the character sketches, at least not in my case as I think the characteristics of an aquarius is wrong for me but if I were to write fictional characters, I guess these zodiac signs would be very helpful.

    have a lovely day.

    ~ my Z post - Zodiac ~

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    1. I love analysing people using Zodiac signs. Till now I have found that the most important characteristics always stay true. Of course, characteristics change when they are cusps.

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  5. I do believe in the zodiac...as long as it suits me! So I am an on and off zodiac lover! And then no marks for guessing my sign either...I am a Sagi!
    Interesting post.
    Congratulations on successful completion of the challenge!
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    Anagha From Team MocktailMommies
    Collage Of Life

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    1. Haha, that is the best way to believe. Who wants to believe all the nonsense some psychics make?

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  6. In astrology, how does precession affect one's Zodiac sign?

    Her Grace, Heidi from Romance Spinners

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    1. I have no idea how. But I have found some very good character sketches based on Zodiac which fits like a T to people I know.

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  7. I'm not totally sure if the Zodiac has meaning for our lives, but I like to be open-minded about these things. I do need to assign character birthdays, that's something I tend to miss! Congrats on getting to the end of the Challenge.

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    1. Thank you, Nick! Using Zodiac signs to design characters is my favorite way.

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  8. I am the Mighty word worrier Preethi .I too believe in the zodiac.Not entirely but a lot.
    Enjoyed reading your AtoZ

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    1. Aha! Not all predictions are correct. But some are good at it. Thank you for being such a support.

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  9. Oh this is an awesome thought Preethi!! I do believe in the Zodiac characteristics that we exhibit are often very bang on true!!
    I love the idea of researching and enlisting your protagnists zodiac into his character sketch - brilliant!
    Congrats on crossing the finishing line Preethi!! :-)
    Theme: Peregrination Chronicles (travel)
    Z is for Zen in the Glen #atozchallenge

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    1. Glad you found this interesting. Thank you for reading :)

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