Archetypes in Movies

In this Section movies are listed by their most prominent archetypal or initiatory expression. Some are listed with commentary some are not. If you have any insights about Movies you feel depict particular archetypes or initiation cycles please send that to

Recent Oscar Nominations – Archetypes

Robyn Wells wrote an article on the 2017 Best Picture Academy Award nominations prior to the award ceremonies.  See her shamanic astrology perspective on such films as Moonlight, La La Land, Arrival and Manchester by the Sea.  Full Article here!

Aries Movies

Cutthroat Island (1995)
with Geena Davis as a Venus in Aries take charge Lady Pirate also stars Matthew Modine, Frank Langella.

Batman Begins (2005)
Directed by Christopher Nolan. With Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson. The story of how Bruce Wayne became what he was destined to be: Batman.

The Dark Knight
Laurence of Arabia
The Man that Shot Liberty Valence
Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2011 and 2014)
Arrow (TV Series)

Libra Movies

The Notebook
Hearts in Atlantis
Dr Zhivago
Only You
The Yes Man
War of the Roses
Star Man

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When Harry Met Sally
 – film that explores the question can men and women be friends or will sex get in the way

High Fidelity – book by British writer Nick Hornby; film stars John Cusack.  After his live-in girlfriend dumps him for a former neighbor, vintage record store owner takes a brutal look at his past relationships.

Taurus Movies 

Dangerous Beauty (1998) with a Libra Interface
This is a must see movie depicting the difference between the life of the Courtesan and the Wife.Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell, Oliver Platt, Fred Ward, Naomi Watts, Moira Kelly, Jacqueline Bisset, Jeroen Krabbé, Joanna Cassidy.

Gemini Movies

Hook (1991)
Explores the journey of a contemporary, grown-up Peter Pan who is lured back to Never Never Land to rescue his children and rediscover his magic. Directed by Steven Spielberg. With Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts.

The Usual Suspects
Crippled con man Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey, Oscar-winning performance) tells an intricate trickster tale of a deadly heist masterminded by elusive bogeyman Keiser Soze.  With Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, and Benicio del Torro.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Monty Python’s The Life of Brian (Gemini take on Sagittarian themes)

Sagittarius Movies

The Man who would be King
The Star Trek Franchise
Indiana Jones Movies including The Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Temple of Doom and the Last Crusade are films that quest for mythic spiritual objects

Virgo Movies

The Mists of Avalon (2001) based on Marion Zimmer Bradley’s book by the same name.
This movie depicts the archetype of the Priestess as she was losing her place in the culture. Directed by Uli Edel. With Anjelica Huston, Julianna Margulies, Joan Allen.

Neptune Initiation Movies

Greenburg (2010)
Directed by Noah Baumbach.  Starring Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig, Ryhs Ifans and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Ben Stiller plays a 40-year old man, Roger Greenberg, a carpenter, (and former aspiring musician) in the beginning stages of his mid-life crises (in the modern-day sense). He hasn’t committed to anything and his plans are only to do ‘nothing’ for a while. Roger Greenberg has heavy Virgo energies with a bit of an Aquarian glaze experiencing the full-force of Neptune square Neptune. This Neptune cycle is about letting go of attachment, being ok with confusion and not knowing what direction you are heading in life and emptying your mind to bring in new visions.  Full Review Here.

Saturn Initiation Movies

TRON: Legacy (2010)
Directed by Joseph Kosinski and starring Jeff Bridges and Garrett Headlund. A wonderful display of a disjointed but repairable father-son relationship where the father is experiencing his 2nd Saturn Return and the son is in his age 27 Nodal Reversal. This film is the sequel to the original Tron film from 1982.  Read Full Review Here.

Scorpio Movies

L.A. Confidential (1997)
directed by Curtis Hanson. With Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe , Danny DiVito, Kim Bassinger and Guy Pearce. Read Gael Chilson’s review

The Fountain (2006)
directed by Darren Aronofsky and staring Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn, Mark Margolis

The Illusionist (2006)
directed by Neil Burger. With Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel

Unforgiven (1992)
directed by Clint Eastwood and the screenplay was by David Webb Peoples and starring Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman

The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)
Directed by Anthony Minghella. With Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Directed by Steven Spielberg. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken

Venus Return Movies

Black Swan (2010)
Directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel. This is about a young woman at the age 24 Venus Return cycle while also experiencing influence from a Saturn transit or Complex with Virgo & Scorpio archetypes. Natalie Portman’s charactor is bent on perfection to ascending to the lead role in the Black Swan production.  Read the Full Review Here

The Kid (2000)
directed by Jon Turteltaub. With Bruce Willis, Spencer Breslin, Emily Mortimer, Lily Tomlin and Jean Smart. This is about a man nearing his 40th birthday, encountering his nearly 8 year old self (orchestrated by his by his future self). The events that take place wind up redirecting him to remember and then live the dream for his life he had when he was turning 8. This movie is based on a 1959 Twilight Zone episode called “Walking Distance”.

Capricorn Movies

Seeds of Time (2015)  Cary Fowler spearheaded the building of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which opened in 2008. “Seeds of Time” is a documentary that details Cary’s endeavors in creating seed vault.

Battlestar Galactica (TV Series) remake in 2005 has lots of Scorpio, Aries too.

Pisces Movies

Deadman Walking (1995)
The genuine compassion and empathy are beautifully expressed as a nun comforts a convicted killer on death row, while also empathizing with the family of the victim. Directed by Tim Robbins. With Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Robert Prosky.

Resurrection (1980)
A woman who becomes an extraordinary healer. With Ellen Burstyn, Sam Shepard, Richard Farnsworth

Pluto Initiation Movies

The Game (1997)
A wealthy man receives a birthday gift that takes him on a Pluto Journey. Directed by Uli Edel. With Anjelica Huston, Julianna Margulies, Joan Allen.

Earthsea (2004) based on Ursela K. LeGuin’s novels
This describes what happens when the shadow is unwittingly called forth. The main character runs from this shadow, wrecking havoc in his wake. He finally chooses to face the shadow with a stunning visual finale of what can happen when the shadow is finally integrated. Directed by Robert Lieberman. With Shawn Ashmore, Kristin Kreuk, Isabella Rossellini.

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