Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Your Prevailing Planet: The Medium Has a Message

An Astro-Games or Exercises Post

© 2012 by Joyce Mason
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This new category of posts is designed to highlight fun ways to explore astrology. Since the arts as healing are a big component of Chiron in Pisces, it might be fun with value added!

A friend recently turned me onto Pinterest, which has become my newest social networking adventure. Pinterest’s own definition: Think of Pinterest as a virtual pinboard — a place where you can create collections of things you love and “follow” collections created by people with great taste. Some of the boards I have created have been very revealing to me from an astrological perspective: TV Shows I Still Miss, Movies I Can’t Forget, and TV Shows I Watch.

I used IMDB, the Internet Movie Data Base, to pin images to each of my boards. As I looked up each fave, I noticed the descriptions of the TV show or movie. In the process, I discovered planetary themes—and I believe which planet most colors my worldview. If you have a chart with multiple influences by several different planets, it might be a revealing exercise to list your 5-10 favorite movies and TV shows of all time. Visit IMDB and look at the adjectives that describe the shows.  I’d love to hear if you find your dominant planet, as I think I did mine, by taking a closer look at your taste in TV shows or movies. The TV medium had a message for me!

Here are some examples from my board, TV Shows I Still Miss:

  • Nash Bridges (probably my favorite show of all time) – Nash is described as a “smart alecky San Francisco cop,” definitely a rebel and a rule breaker.
  • Northern Exposure -  All about the characters in an “eccentric Alaskan town.”
  • Twin Peaks – no doubt, there’s Pluto involved in this one, but first, there’s another planet you might recognize in this description: “An idiosyncratic FBI Agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.”

I’m sure I don’t need to go on for you to recognize Uranus as a key character in the TV shows that have been most memorable to me. There’s plenty of Pluto in many of them, too, but it’s the unique, rebellious, eccentric and idiosyncratic characteristics of these shows that draw me in.

As I’ve written many times, I’m an outerplanetary person and PUNC prominent (Plutonian, Uranian, Neptunian and Chironic). My media of choice are film and TV (Neptune) and my faves have a lot of Pluto along with Uranus, suggesting no one of my PUNCs works solo. (PUNC Solo. Wasn’t he a character in Star Wars?) However, if I were to grade prominence strictly by closest relationship of these planets to a personal planet or angle, the order for me would be: (1) Pluto, (2) Chiron, (3) Neptune, and (4) Uranus. In my historical TV choices, Uranus is at the front of the line, not third runner up. Along with the fact that most people who don’t know my chart think I’m an Aquarius after spending time with me, I have to question whether the outer planets, in actual practice, don’t ignore our assumption that the tightest orb equals the most influence.

You can do this exercise with movies, music, art on your walls, books on your shelves, or any other entertainment or aesthetic medium you enjoy. Just a little astrological game to play when you have a few spare minutes. Would love to hear about your discoveries in the Comments!


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Mads Elung-Jensen said...

My absolute all-time favourite TV-series is Six Feet Under. I've cried and laughed and been terrified everytime I've watched it. Contains all sort of PUNC-issues...

Joyce Mason said...

One of my faves, too, Mads. You are right. PUNC to the max! Definitely Uranian and Plutonian in the extreme. I guess a person is kind off offbeat who's life is death. I remember meeting another little girl while walking with our moms in downtown Chicago. She told me she wanted to be an undertaker when she grew up, because that was her family's business. Do you think she grew up to be Claire? LOL! I thought that was the weirdest thing I ever heard at the time ... but then, Michael C. Hall "grew up to become" the character, Dexter. Even weirder.