February 2010 © by Fabienne Lopez
Beth Barany, from Writer’s Fun Zone, was asking her students and fellow writers what constitutes a hero. What are his qualities? How does he express his courage, daring and audacity?
The questions got me excited. The wheels in my head started spinning and the creative juices started flowing!
I love romance novels, specially the ones set in Victorian times (middle 1800 to late 19th century) and the ones about the impossible love story between humans and vampires. I am a romance junkie, an addict, or for a more fancy, upscale less prejudiced word, an aficionado.
I consume a fair amount of these books especially in times of crisis, with a need for procrastination, distraction, or brain relaxation. I always have one stashed away for emergency cases, next to my more “serious” reading — you know, astrology books, sociology, history and political stuff.
I blame it on my Libra moon, so interested in romantic relationships and always pinning for the perfect one. You know the whole, virgin heroine, white horse prince enchilada. Besides, the covers are nothing to sneeze at. They only add a layer of eye candy-ness to the whole experience. And the really cheesy covers can make you laugh until your stomach aches.
As things were slow at the office this past week, Beth’s questions kept me thinking about what the chart of the ideal hero of a romance would look like. I daydreamed the hero’s chart, and placed his Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, and Venus. As this an imagined chart, not all the placements would be astrologically feasible in terms of signs. For example a sun in Aries cannot have a Mercury in Capricorn as Mercury is never far away from the sun sign.
Would he have a sun in Aries, since this sign carries the archetype signature for the hero? Fearless, impetuous, adventurous, bold, courageous. Also many of the heroes are ex-soldiers, spies, special forces, explorers or archeologists – typical occupations of an Aries. If not Aries, then what? Sagittarius? For the love of adventure and exploration of uncharted territories?
What about his moon? Where would it be? I would shoot for Moon in Libra mainly for one reason: The hero has been deeply hurt by a past relationship and has vowed never to trust women again. In order to do that he builds a reputation for being a ladies man without ever falling in love. He keeps his emotions under control – that is, until he meets our heroine. Secretly he longs for a meaningful relationship but is afraid to trust again. The heroine will heal his wounds and allow him to show his more feminine sensitive side.
No doubts our hero would have Mars in Scorpio. After all, they carry a reputation for being rogues, having affairs and disreputable past until they meet the heroine. As the heroine is usually a virgin (in the novels I read), our hero needs to be knowledgeable and skilled at all things about sex in order for him to introduce his soul mate to the joys of sex. And a Mars in Scorpio is the archetype for steamy sex. In addition, the Mars in Scorpio fits the physical profile of heroes: dark languorous eyes (bedroom eyes), jet black hair, sensuous lips, a brooding appeal, and a mysterious air that speaks of untold secrets and wounds. Of course, he is tall, brawny, muscular, and tanned from outdoors activities such a hunting. In other words, he is an overbearing alpha male. He is a moody rebel, who can be very arrogant. However, he is very attractive to women who are drawn to his complicated personality, hidden conflicts, and secret past.
I am not sure where I would place our hero’s Mercury. Maybe in Capricorn as his word is good as gold and generally he abides by his own code of morality and justice. He is also sensitive to the feelings of others, responsible, even-handed in his dealings with his social inferiors. Any suggestions?
What would make our hero romantic and hot? What romantic gestures and sexy ideas would create the perfect setting to build the necessary emotional and sexual tension between our two heroes and allow them to reach their passion potential? Sensuous Taurus, maybe. Even tough it is ruled by Venus, a Taurus Venus does not seem right. Too slow, stubborn, too vanilla like.
Maybe Venus in Leo. After all, our hero is a gallant, chivalrous character, who, once has his heart settled, only wants to make our heroine happy. A Venus in Leo would fit the need for more than vanilla love scenes without too much erotica involved (unless you like that sort of thing, then his Venus might be in Scorpio!) Besides, Leo rules the heart in astrology and one of the tenets of romance novels is the need for a happy ending, where the love story is the most important facet of the book.
I created this chart from an avid reader’s perspective, and what fun it was! Almost as good as reading a romance novel, but not quite. Thanks Beth for the inspiration! Now I’m going back to some reading!