The Astrology of Game of Thrones

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Turns out that war isn’t actually like this?

Whenever a show or fad catches fire the way that Games of Thrones has, it is invariably a reflection of the astrological period. For Game of Thrones, it is both a Uranus in Aries and a Pluto in Capricorn phenomenon.

Uranus rules groups and sociological forces, and Aries is Mars-ruled and associated with war and aggression. What is truly unique about Game of Thrones is that, instead of focusing on the psychology of certain characters in the way that post shows do, it focuses on the larger social environment and how it shapes characters’ behavior. Game of Thrones isn’t about Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen. It’s about the war among the 7 kingdoms and the wild north. This is why we see characters change and behave in ways that seem incongruent – Dany’s destruction of King’s landing, Sansa’s transformation from an empty-headed little girl into a hardened, wise ruler, or Tyrion’s journey from self-loathing hedonist to sage advisor. Daenerys was driven not only by her own genetics but by the horrors she encountered in the East and her inability to truly create the change she believed in. Sansa was swept up and made a pawn in a mind-boggling soup of political intrigue and sickening trauma. And Tyrion was thrust into a world he never dreamed of due to his family’s bigotry and their claim to the throne. They didn’t change the world. The world changed them.

This is also why it’s possible for the narrative to kill off so many characters that had seemed to be essential to the plot (Ned, Robb, Joffrey, etc) without ever losing the narrative thread. Just like in real life, the story moves on, with or without us. Game of Thrones is a story about how war (Aries) changes the world (Uranus). The characters are only vehicles.

Game of Thrones is also a very Pluto in Capricorn creation. George R. R. Martin is both a student of history and a known pacifist, and his work makes the most convincing case possible for pacifism not by heavy-handed moralizing, but by depicting in excruciating detail the horrors of war. He illustrates the reality (Capricorn) of the destruction (Pluto) that war wreaks. He strips away the valor and glory and mythology we ascribe to war and instead brings it down to earth. We see torture, decay, and trauma. We see children struck down in their innocence, families torn apart, lives thrown completely off track. We see true, gritty reality. This is something that would never have caught on when Pluto was in Sagittarius and everyone thought that all you had to do was think positively to have everything you ever wanted. But now that Pluto is in Capricorn and we have all crashed down, Game of Thrones is a perfect fit.

There is, of course, a ton more to say about Game of Thrones. With 4 books and 8 seasons of TV, how could there not be? I’ll be back soon to discuss some of the characters in detail.  In the meantime, tell us some of the astrological themes that stuck out to you. I’d love to know what you noticed!

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The Astrology of Game of Thrones — 15 Comments

  1. I haven’t watched Game of Thrones either (as a whole), but I have watched scenes from it.
    If you look at The Walking Dead, Outlander (both of which have the Uranus/Pluto square in common), I think there’s a common thread. There does seems to be a dark war undercurrent to them. They show the harsh realities of the world or society they are set in, and the lengths people will go to survive them. The Uranus/Pluto square, to me, felt like collectively, we were all going to hell in some way, shape or form—each of us going through some sort of crucible and being forged like steel, for better or for worse. Meanwhile, the world is changing forever. There is no going back to the way things were—the past is DEAD. I think that’s why shows like GOT and TWD became so popular. We’re living it. Like you said, we have all crashed down.

  2. Wow. This has shined a light on something I ignore: game of thrones. But the parallels you have shown make sense in regards to planetay location.
    My son was born during the 2915 Aries stelliums: Mars, Venus, Moon, and Uranus. All trine Jupiter in Leo, which opposes Mercury in Aqua.

    He’s good at big picture stuff, but I hadn’t thought he would in a way represent modern day mindset.
    Fuck, reality is two-fold. It’s in our face yet hard to see.

  3. I see a lot of Ceres themes in this show. Cycles, loss and the balance of power. Sansa starts out as weak and naive, is captured by a controlling Pluto type, but through it all comes out the other side with a renewed sense of personal power and control over her own life. There’s also cersei and her issues revolving around her obsession with power and control and the resulting loss of her children, like it’s the price she had to pay. I’m not articulating this well but I always see Ceres as life and death, the loss you suffer for every gain, the life cycle of one in one out.

    • Welcome, Ellie! That is a great insight. Sansa is sort of a Persephone figure, so that makes perfect sense. 🙂

  4. OMG… are you going to put an astrological sign to each character??? That would be so fun!! I have seen internet memes about some of the GOT characters and would love your take on them.

    • I’ll definitely keep it going! There are so many characters that I could probably write my whole life without getting to them all! There are some, though, where I think that astrology can not only shine light on the characters, but that the characters can give us insight into the signs as well.

  5. I think the most important thing about GOT, Breaking Bad, and other intricately plotted long form stories is that it finally revealed the general public capacity to follow and appreciate such content. I think we got an upgrade in our viewing choices as a result.

  6. “They didn’t change the world. The world changed them.”
    I see a very uranus in aries theme with Arya as well. Even pluto cap in her story with Clegane. She strives for vengeance and in the process she becomes what she knew was meant to be all along. 🙂 A girl is no one. Finds balance. Finds herself.

  7. GoT is all about that Pluto, baby.
    Death, loss, destruction, cruelty, torture, power, war, decay of souls, destruction of humananity – and rising from the ashes as a Phoenix, transformed…only to be brought down again, by outside forces that you’re powerless to defend against. You have to find your own power, your own inner strenght to do either good or bad. That’s what it’s all about in my POV: When you have that power… what do you want to use it for, and how? Good, bad or both?
    What is good or bad compared to what the world is?
    Can you even talk about good or bad, or are we just products of forces outside our own power?

    The violence is basically just a reaction to a bigger powerlessness – what we feel in a war I suppose.

    Yup, it’s all there. All Plutonian.
    Uranus is just an action figure in carrying it out, just like the Pluto-Uranus squares.

  8. Omg i have to read who the author is to thise artiles beforehand because I at first automatically thought Elsa was the witer and I squeled inside “Aww Elsa is a Game of thrones fan!”

    I love game of thrones! Being very plutonic and martian. Although I can’t with all the horrors in this show while watching it, it sickens me and I really really dislike traumatizing scenes engraved in my mind for ever, maybe thats a virgo thing (virgo rising), that I wanna keep my mind free and “clean” from horrible or distasteful scenes.

    I have to turn away my head or fast forward etc when its too much gore,(or nihilistic porn scenes, may be my neptunian side.. . In anyway, this show is spectacular when it comes to storytelling and how one holds ones breath in some scenes, anxious to see if ones fav charecters will survive or not. I will get anxious even when its calm scenes, or when the charecter is eating or drinking something seemingly harmless. The death can come just like that, just as in real life…

  9. The whole fallout of the final season is intriguing as well.. is it Neptune in Pisces squaring Jupiter in Sag (disillusionment with the big story?) Or Uranus moving to Taurus and our tastes are changing?

    • I think the only part that uranus in taurus played (and i could be totally wrong here since i havent actually seen the last season yet, although some friends already spoiled it a bit for me) is that they made it so unpredictable. I was told they solve the mystery of who the White Walker is in 3 seconds ahaahha and that he wasn’t any one character the GOT fanatics on the web had been discussing/suspecting to be. But you got that nept/jup square right I guess. Everyone seems disappointed. (Pls. Don’t tell me who the WW is! I still want to watch! :p)

  10. Love the books! I read an interesting post somewhere that assigned a zodiac sign to each of the main Houses or institutions present in the story. Not based on the characters belonging to them, but on the characteristics of each institution. For example, the most obvious ones are Leo, Taurus and Scorpio representing the Lannister, Baratheon and Targaryen Houses. Also the Dothraki and the Free Folk (not actual Houses) are Sagittarius and Aquarius. But what I really liked was how they assigned Virgo to the Night’s Watch. I never would habe thought of it but it’s so fitting.

    Also, GRR Martin is a Virgo Sun, Taurus Rising and Aries Moon just like me! I think we share a Cancer Mars as well.

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