Our destiny is tied hand in hand with the stars. When we look up at night at that vast darkness that we define as the night sky, we oddly see our destiny in motion. We each are tied to a group of stars that provide us the power to unlock both our inner cosmos of power and our challenges we must endure because of those powers. As above, so below. As within, so without. Yet in reality we are more than just one constellation archetype, we embody a complicated mesh of twelve. But in the realm of Saint Seiya, we take the simpler approach and assign one asterism per character. This series is going to focus on the astrological makeup of each of the original Gold Saints from Saint Seiya and how the symbolism of the sky either consciously or unconsciously effects that character.
Saint Seiya is hands down my all time favorite Shonen Jump fighting anime… and according to some perhaps my all time favorite anime… um, have they heard me talk about my love for original Macross and GoShogun: The Time Etranger? … back to business… there are two big reasons, which if you read my original entry I spell out it easily, but I will reiterate here. One, it’s a great dramatic series that defies the sublime in terms of action and is fed through a lot of ancient Western mythologies, most notably Ancient Greek. The second is the apparent influence of astrology, whether original creator Masami Kurumada intended this or not. Astrology is another strong interest I have had for a long time, since childhood, and its appearance in Saint Seiya as a factor for the plot became a no brainer for receptivity for me.
When I first watched the original 1986 TV series of Saint Seiya, in particular the Sanctuary Arc, I began to play the game of trying to tie the astrological influences towards the twelve Gold Saints that are representative of the twelve zodiacal constellations, or signs as I will continue with from here. The overall plot of harnessing one’s cosmo under the influence of a particular constellation, or sign, looked to a particular mythology and that should theoretically translate over into each character. Yet the obvious does not always match up. Of course creative liberties have been made for sure, but beyond the basic sign traits, planetary, or other esoteric principles can be used as well which may, or may not, have been intended.
Presented now are my interpretations of the Gold Saints and their respective astrological signs. Feel free to comment, or add anything that you may have noticed. As a note, I study and prefer traditional forms of the astrological craft like the Hellenistic and Medieval branches as these versions are closest to the initial roots of this art and science. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! I use traditional rulerships as an example, so don’t expect any influence from the modern outer planets, asteroids, centaurs, or dwarf planets that are used in the more modern and contemporary branches of this art and science. In any case, let’s watch some Saint Seiya!