Let’s talk : Encanto (and astrology!)
I wanna see more from each character individually and their struggles with their powers- like :
• Camilo having an identity crisis over the fact that people value him more for who he transforms into rather than valuing him above all else
• What’s behind Luisa’s door?? Camilo’s??? Pepa’s??? Does it reflect their power directly or does it provide them a safe haven for them to feel like themselves in?
• Pepa’s struggle with keeping her emotions in check. Why wasn’t she chastised the way Bruno was? Her gift controls her more than she controls it and most of the time (during the movie especially), it’s counterproductive to the society they live in.
• Dolores upon receiving her gift- it must’ve been overwhelming for her to receive all of her power at once. Did the room just provide her with soundproofness just so she can hear peace and quiet for one fricking moment
• Do people in the village take bets on the type of gift a child gets
• Dolores knew that Bruno was living in the walls since like, age 7. She must’ve had this understanding with him to not tell the family until they either figured it out on their own or wanted to see him again desperately. Was she just shocked at Mirabel saying that she has a prophecy of Bruno just because it’s finally happening? At least 10 years later?
• Can we get a first person POV of Antonio’s world with the animals telling him the effects of colonialism and deforestation on a larger scale
• Do you think Abuela has this rule on her kids that when they find a partner, they have to bear offspring? Is this why they also chastised Bruno more than Pepa? Because he wanted a different life for himself?
Finally, my take on the characters for each zodiac sign :
Aries : Camilo. Pure middle child with comedic relief to be accepted in the family energy. Only an Aries is capable to have approx 2 mins of screen time and steal the whole mf show. Also carries the familial burdens without sharing much of his own, but remains loyal in the comfort of the family. A bit stubborn and pessimistic though, especially with the “what is this? Not a house” that Aries also portray.
Taurus : Mirabel. A great listener, emotionally sturdy (doesn’t let her emotions rule her the way others do), (SPOILERS) and, in my opinion, the best option for becoming the matriarch of the house. Ready to let bygones be bygones (as long as the other party apologizes then yeah everything’s fine lmao).
Gemini : Dolores. Isn’t necessarily agreeable to everything the family does, and we see that when it comes to. Just like geminis, Dolores picks her loyalties with great care. Imo, due to their natural dual faceted social personalities, Dolores can still function in the family and know all the gossip (literally) while only choosing to spill things that feels are necessary for the progress of the family.
Cancer : Luisa. Cardinal water sign. Luisa, although having a tough outer shell (literally), she’s still in touch with her emotions. In my experience, cancers always pretend like they’re fine to everyone, but have that sense of vulnerability. Cancers have that motherly nature, and, like we see in Surface Pressure when she weighs everything to the weight of Mirabel and the family burden, it shows that she cares very deeply for everyone in the household, even when it’s not reciprocated.
Leo : Augustin. You might think that you have the most boring character but uhm- NO. The way I see it, Augustin is socially perfect in a sense. Although he is clumsy (fire signs I’m looking at you), he knows he can rely on his wife to be there at the end of the day. He has that air of importance, but not to the point where it gets suffocating for his kids. Very loyal and supportive to his family, he wears a token to symbolize each of his kids. Leos are always first to treat others like the best thing that’s happened to em, and Augustin is the best example of that.
Virgo : Alma Madrigal (Abuela). Alma possesses the caring and social (see: giving back to the community) qualities of a mutable sign, while having the rigidity that earth signs provide. She is very nitpicky about her family portraying perfection for the sake of society, and makes that very clear when she ostracizes some kids for not wielding their power well enough, or not having one at all. But overall possesses the organizational skills to be the first matriarch of the family Madrigal, and that gets reflected in her Virgo nature.
Libra : Isabella. Listen ik you would’ve put her as a leo, it’s just that Libras act perfect for other reasons than self interest and she’s still social and open to growth either way. I feel like leos act perfect and treat other people like they’re perfect in self-interest. Which is not a bad thing. But purr. Everyone sees Libras as these perfect social creatures at the center of beauty, which is due to their ruler planet being Venus. Is there a more “venus” person in the movie than Isabella?
Scorpio : Is there a more acceptable answer than Bruno for this (i don’t think so). Look, he was just trying to do his thing and everyone comes and ruins his mojo without trying to get his side of the story. Scorpios are contrarians in nature, and although the gift he has is useful to the family, he is ostracized nonetheless (can we talk about the plate he drew for himself like he just wants to be a part of the family ffs)
Sagittarius : Félix Madrigal (Mirabel’s uncle). I feel like Félix has all the traits of being a mutable fire sign : Life of the party, great sense of humour, can put up with a lot of Pepa’s emotional baggage, and is very loyal to Pepa, even when Abuela constantly reminds her to keep her emotions in check.
Capricorn : Pepa. Listen. Everyone says that fire signs have the biggest mood swings, but Capricorns have it so that the entire society feels it 😭 absolutely no hate to capricorns whatsoever, because a lot of people rely on your skills in order to grow, cultivate and keep the society going. And I feel like the Capricorn-Sagittarius dynamic is perfect for Pepa and Félix
Aquarius : Antonio. I feel like it’s obvious, but having the gift to communicate with animals is a quirk that can only be attributed to aquarians. They don’t try to act perfect (we see this with his emotional vulnerability to Mirabel), and he communicates everything in a pragmatic manner without outright offending anyone.
Pisces : Julieta Madrigal (Mirabel’s mother). It might seem very typical for pisces to be attributed Julieta, but listen. She’s a healer. She doesn’t judge Mirabel for not having a gift (and is ready to back her up against her own mother, but misses the social cue when it comes to telling abuela to mind her business in the staircase). Like, no matter what her kids do, she’ll feel like they’re perfect in every sense and nothing can change that. She doesn’t expect perfection out of Mirabel, and I’m sure she actually reminds Luisa and Isabella to take a break when they need to.
𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐮𝐦 𝐚 𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐮𝐦 𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐨
This is the first time I’ve ever had a woman in my dreams. Romantically.
She was a friend, us being alumni from the same high school. She was in my Spanish class in grade 11. She was friends with the incredibly smart and beautiful girl, whom the whole school loved and praised. And she was content with that, keeping her books close to her and her chin held high. Only speaking when needed, the lucky ones getting to hear the occasional joke. She’s really funny.
As all dreams go, I don’t remember the majority of it. But it was the way she appeared, the way a wildflower blooms in the spring following a harsh winter. I wasn’t expecting her, but she was most certainly welcomed to stay. I was eating lunch by myself, in a poorly lit, dusty cafeteria. I was alone in the room, until she decided to slide her tray onto the table, sitting right beside me. She gave me one of those discreet smiles that few people get to ever see.
A next scene comes, and we’re in a movie theatre. We’re watching a movie. School lunch and a movie? Call this a date. But I remember how fond I was to have her presence at my side, like a lighthouse guiding tenuous sailors home. When the movie was over, we spent some more time together. At the end of the night, we kissed each other on the cheek before bidding farewell to each other.
I woke up, still feeling the kiss linger on my skin. Alas, it was but a dream.