Yesterday's one year anniversary blog post got me to thinking about birthdays and anniversaries, all those signposts that we celebrate annually. And it reminded me that when I wrote my character descriptions for Lady Anne Addison and Lord Anthony Darkefell, I very deliberately chose birthdates for them. I don't know if I believe in astrology or not; I'm on the fence simply because though I am deeply skeptical of all things 'paranormal' (now you see why Lady Anne is the way she is) the traits seem so darn true to form. I am a Gemini (my birthday is coming soon!!), and the description for Gemini includes these traits: "Using their communicative skills, Geminis adapt to any situation they encounter... Geminis have clever tongues and develop an amazing ability to obscure the facts with stimulating and imaginative chatter." In other words, I 'fictionalize' a whole lot! That's me. Gemini's tend toward the writing and publishing world.
So here are my characters' zodiac signs and descriptive traits as found here: http://www.paranormality.com/zodiac.shtml
Lady Anne Addison - Born November 8th, 1761. Scorpio. From Paranormality.com: "Scorpios... rarely forget or forgive emotional rejection. Rechanneling negative feelings and experiences into constructive activity benefits others, as well as themselves. No other sign has the emotional strength of Scorpio." Anne is extremely strong and does channel past negative experiences into positive action and has learned compassion from it all. Also, from Essortment.com I learned that Scorpios... "have a great deal of courage and are very clear on what (you) want and how to get it. (You) are protective and will seek revenge on those who do wrong to (you). (You) are also very clever and expect (your) lover to be attuned to (your) needs and wants." So true! Anne is extremely smart, and most men fall short of her dynamism... but not Tony! In fact, one of a Scorpios' ideal matches is a Capricorn, which, surprise surprise, Darkefell is!
Lord Anthony Darkefell - born January 1st, 1757. Capricorn. From Paranormality.com: "Capricorns... are natural goal setters. They willingly handle many tasks when it helps them get what they want. Many things are accomplished, because Capricorns always strive to reach higher goals. They need definitive guidelines. Rules and regulations provide the structure they need to establish their own behavioral patterns. They must learn, however, that the end never justifies the means." Wow. I hadn't read that when I gave Tony his January First birthdate. If you've read Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark, then you know that Tony does tend to think the ends justifies the means, which is why he needs a strong and straighforward woman like Lady Anne to counter him. Other Capricorn traits, from Essortment.com are... "...are extremely protective of (your) loved ones and belongings, but (you) have a tendency to overthink things and worry too much. (You) are very stubborn, especially when (you) think (you) know best, but with this come a great passion for all things. " And Tony is passionate about many things and people... his family, his family's history, his land. But he is especially passionate about a clever, stubborn woman named Lady Anne Addison.
When you put these two people together, two strong characters, you get a very interesting tug-of-war. But that combativeness and strength that is a part of both of their characters also leads to a lot of friction, and you know what friction produces... heat! I can promise readers that the friction between Tony and Anne does heat things up considerably as we go through Lady Anne and the Ghost's Revenge (August 2009) to Lady Anne and the Gypsy Curse (November 2009)
What about you... what is your sign, and how are you like or unlike its supposed traits? How does it work with your Significant Other's sign? And for writers... have you ever used zodiac signs to create your characters? If so, what are your characters' signs and how are they like/unlike their typical sign description?