• Basha

the basics of storytelling

Updated: Mar 3, 2020

Correct me on this if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure all Astrologers would describe Astrology as a storytelling language. Practiced astrologers can use a birth-chart as a tool to tell us about our own personal stories through symbolism and mythology. But how? How the fuck can someone be able to accurately describe to me my own childhood from no more preamble than my time and place of birth? How can two basic pieces of personal information begin to unlock the story of my life?

Before I start going too far into the Astrological terms, I'd like to first start exploring this concept which Aliza Kelley explains in either one of her early webinars, in one of her podcast episodes - Stars Like Us, or in her book Starring You: A Guided Journey Through Astrology.

She has an insightful analogy that clearly deconstructs the 3 main players of the birthchart: the astrological sings, the planets, and the houses. I like to refer to it as "The Basics of Storytelling."

In our own literary language, what basic information would we need to start telling a story?

Think back to elementary school English class, when we first began to unpack the first stories we heard as kids; fairy tales.

"Once upon a time, in a faraway land..."

The magical phrase that transported us all was the first step to establishing a sense of setting a.k.a. time and place{1}*. How interesting.

Well, let's keep going with the fairy-tale structure. What next?

"Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there once lived a..."

It seems we can't go too far into a story without introducing at least one character{2} * either. And once you start those introductions, you must then start to describe those characters and assign them roles{3}*. Like, Thor; God of Thunder.

[calligraphy art by Denny Deneva]

With these {3} elements interacting with each other, we start to get by-product reactions: events, which eventually lead us through the plot-line of the tale.

But all the while, we are shuffling the same 3 categorical decks and drawing at least one card from each; we are always talking about at least one character, the role they are playing, and the setting in which everything is happening (time and place).

Again, interestingly enough that just happens to be the exact way our astrological birth-charts are set up. We have our characters: the planets{1}, the roles they play: the zodiac signs{2}, and the settings where the events take place: the 12 houses{3}.

So it seems (at least, to me) that we can after-all confidently describe Astrology as a storytelling language...

I am so excited to continue studying this language, and to explore storytelling through it's fascinating archaic symbolism.

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