Last night we went to the movie shop and picked out a movie to watch together. We picked out “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief,” made from the first book of the series my older daughter is currently reading. Early on in the movie Percy’s crippled teacher reveals himself to be Chiron the centaur. I got all excited and said, “OH, OH, that’s Chiron! He’s a teacher and the wounded healer and…” My daughter opened her mouth, closed it, and gave me that knowing smile of “oh mom, you’re such a dork.”
I smiled back sheepishly and said, “love you,” which in my family is code for, “sorry I’m such a dork.” I get so excited when I see the archetypes of astrology out in the real world. And there I was thinking I was going to educate my daughter when she already knew exactly who that was and what the archetype symbolized.
Percy went on to avert war between his father, Poseidon (Neptune), and his uncles Zeus (Jupiter) and Hades (Pluto) and I was just happy to sit back and enjoy the story and how bright my daughter has become, reading and thinking and absorbing the archetypal wisdom through the stories of her culture, all on her own.
Do you notice the archetypal characters in popular culture and recognize their place in astrology? If so, do you find it deepens your understanding of astrology?