© February 2010 by Fabienne Lopez
As I am going through a inspiration dry spell — nothing much I want to talk about, Beth suggested the 15 minutes post. It is 8:45 PM. At 09:00 PM I will have a post ready to be published. Will I be able to write something coherent and interesting in 15 minutes? Let’s see!
Before I started writing this post, I was on Facebook having a lively, lovely discussion with other astrologers on the reasons there are no TV shows featuring an astrologer as the main character or using astrology as the main theme. The discussion started thanks to N. R. who posted –- I was almost going to say RT (re-tweeted) a post from Learning Curve of the Ecliptic. She asked the question.
Among the Science Fiction/ Supernatural shows, there is a Vampire show (True Blood), a show based on mediumship (Medium) where the lead character has dreams predicting crimes about to happen, or dreams giving clues which help solve crimes. There is also a ghost series (Ghost Whisperer) where Jennifer Love Hewitt plays a character who helps dead people go to the other side after dealing with some unfinished business. So why not astrology?
The argument that sparked the discussion was that astrology was too abstract to be turned into a show. Is this true?
Dictionary.com gives the following definition of the word abstract:
Thought of apart from concrete realities, specific objects, or actual instances: an abstract idea. Astrology is not apart from concrete realities. On the contrary, every day we live our natal chart — who we are — but we also manifest our transits in concrete ways. Just think about how the moon influences our daily mood and extend that to all the other planets
Theoretical; not applied or practical: abstract science. Astrology has many practical applications: medical applications, weather-related predictions, in the financial world, counseling, psychology, relationships. Although it has a theoretical model, we can use it for everyday life purposes.
Difficult to understand; abstruse: abstract speculations. Like any system, astrology possesses it’s own language, belief system and concepts. Like any subject, to understand it you need to study it.
I believe the problem is not so much astrology being abstract but rather the complexity of a chart. An individual’s chart has so many layers, so many possibilities on manifesting itself that to reduce it to one single concept is almost impossible. Ghosts, vampires, werewolves and mediums seem easier concepts to give form to. Ghosts are dead people who are lost in this world, vampires are living dead, mediums can see the future. On the other hand, astrology has many more meanings and possibilities, hence the difficulty of reducing to a single concept.
But if it could, what are the possibilities? Some suggestions from the group discussion happening on my wall on Facebook:
- A show featuring a PI who is also an astrologer. The main character uses horary astrology to solve his clues
- A show in the same style as HBO’s “In Treatment.” A client comes for a consultation where his/hers natal aspects and transits are depicted through flashbacks.
What do you think? What you would suggest or like to see?
PS: And yes the post was written under 15 minutes!