A lot of people will tell you astrology is a pseudo science, or completely made up, and that ones star sign has no bearing on a persons personality or the way they will live their lives. I for one stopped taking my horoscope seriously once I was out of my teens and now only indulge for a laugh.
I'm a Leo. The personality of a Leo is described as
Affectionate, warm and cheerful people, Leos can be counted on to bring sunshine into other people's lives. Dignified, playful, ambitious and loyal, they're known for being exceptionally generous. On the negative side, they can be quite egotistical, demanding, intolerant, domineering, lazy and stubborn.Very little of this describes me. I can pick out a few that maybe fit - affection, dignified, loyal, stubborn but most of it not so much. I'm more on the shy side, tend to be moody with high chances of sarcasm and I work hard because anything worth doing is worth doing well.
However, when it comes to creating a fictional character, how much of their personality is dependent on their star sign. I have to admit that I do look at star signs when designing characters, because I give each of my characters a birth date. Not necessarily a year, but they always have a day and month.
Let me share with you a couple of examples.
Cassandra (from the Cassandra Farbanks Series) is born on 23rd of March. This makes her an Aries. Aries are described as
Aries personalities are independent. Being the first of the zodiac signs, they venture out and are go-getters, often leading the way. Their upbeat and magnetic personality often entices others to follow their lead because their personalities bring excitement into others lives.I tried to put a lot of this into Cassandra. I certainly made her a leader not a follower and tried to make her magnetic. Lots of different supernatural groups gravitate towards her, especially in times of crisis when they need a strong leader.
Cera (from the Cera Raine Series) is born November 7th. This makes her a Scorpio. Scorpio's are described as
Scorpio-born are passionate and assertive people. ... Scorpios are known by their calm and cool behavior, and by their mysterious appearance. People often say that Scorpio-born are fierce, probably because they understand very well the rules of the universe.Again I tried to put this into Cera's personality. She is very cool, calm and assertive. She knows what she wants, works out how to get it, and goes after it. She is also a very passionate person and because one of my parents is a Scorpio, I was privy to a book growing up that claims Scorpios are fantastic lovers.
If you consider star signs in personality development for characters - what else could influence them? There is so much information out there that links personality to things - such as the day we are born, the date we are born, the month we are born in, our Chinese zodiac year. All of these can be great building blocks in character development.