Title: Astrology for Writers
Author: Corrine Kenner
Published: May 8th 2013 by Llewellyn Publications
Genre: Non Fiction – Writing Craft
Enhance your storytelling with the cosmic drama of the stars
The nighttime sky has inspired writers and astrologers alike to spin stories on the strands of starlight. Discover that inspiration for your own creative writing in Astrology for Writers, the essential guide to understanding the core concepts of astrology–the planets, signs, and houses–and discovering how they correspond to the elements of fiction.
Unleash your creativity with a wide range of ideas that help you add astrology to your writing practice. Learn how to use the planets for characters, the signs of the zodiac for plot and themes, and the houses of the horoscope for settings. Develop unique characters based on mythic archetypes, use astrological imagery and symbolism for your descriptions and dialogue, and put theory into practice with writing prompts and examples. Invite the gods and goddesses of astrology to enter your writing and share their stories through you.
Astrology and writing, two things I enjoy immensely. Astrology for Writers is a great guide for someone looking to create a new character, or wanting to flesh out an existing one. It offers excellent insight into planetary archetypes, zodiac signs and elements.
I was half way through the first entry (The Sun) when I stopped and went “Hey now, I have this character!” and grabbed a notebook and started matching the cast of my WIP to the archetypes, and I must say, I found most of them. That was pretty cool, and gave me some ideas I hadn’t considered before.
Astrology for Writers also stimulates creativity with the “creative guidance” sections which offers questions and writing prompts. Each archetype also has a nifty guide on examples of where a character based on that archetype would fit into a story.
Another useful feature is the compatibility charts between the signs / archetypes, for writers who might need relationship or conflict assistance.
In part 3: The Houses of the Horoscope, Corrine Kenner even gives advice on settings.
Overall, I found this book enjoyable and informative. Though it did remind me that I am a sad excuse for a Capricorn.
Corrine Kenner is a certified tarot master and the author of several books, including Simple Fortunetelling with Tarot Cards, Tarot Journaling, Tall Dark Stranger: Tarot for Love and Romance, The Epicurean Tarot, and the forthcoming Wizards Tarot and Tarot for Writers.
Corrine has lived in Brazil and Los Angeles, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from California State University. She now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and their daughters.
Corrine organizes tarot classes and workshops on a regular basis.