I really love this show and the characters are like extreme version of the signs.
The Good Place: Michael
Astrological Character Analysis
Michael was a bit difficult, mainly because he’s an immortal being and he seems to encompass many angles of human nature, even though in the show he is not a human. I swear I wanted to go Capricorn with him, so don’t think I didn’t consider it, especially because in real life he is a Capricorn and Capricorn is synonymous with demon and punishment (yes he’s a demon). But I opted to try something different and went with Virgo Rising Leo Sun…hear me out lol.
Michael’s first characteristic is of course being born to punish people in the bad place. After working hard in the Bad Place he gets promoted to Architect, a prestigious title and position for demons to aspire to, as it gives them powers to create afterlife neighborhoods to punish bad place people in. Architects alone, are the sole authority over what they create. As a Virgo Rising this is all Capricorn in the 5th house. He loves to build (Capricorn in the 5th). He was born to punish and inflict harm (Capricorn in the 5th AND Aries in the 8th). He is the Authority (Capricorn) over what he creates (5th house) and he worked thousands of years to be promoted and recognized.
Michael started off the bad guy, torturing his soon to become friends, for about 300 years. He eventually and quite suddenly quits his job when he becomes aware of the type of work he’s doing and it’s impact on himself and the humans. (Suddenly quits job after awareness Aquarius in the 6th house.) He even switches sides in a sense and goes from abusing humans to abusing other demons: his coworkers if you will…(Aquarius in the 6th).
What makes Michael turn over a new leaf is when he became aware that he was failing at the work he was doing. The Humans kept figuring out they were in the Bad Place, counter to his original goal to have the humans live miserable afterlives for eternity, torturing each other. He recreated the neighborhood 800 times and 800 times what he created failed (Capricorn in the 5th AND Leo in the 12th House.)
He eventually seeks the help of the ethics professor Chidi to teach him morals. (Taurus in the 9th house). At first it doesn’t go over so well, because in the midst helping the humans so that his failures aren’t found out by his boss leading to retirement (the end of his existence) he has an existential crises and falls into depression.(Sun in Leo in the 12th house and Capricorn in the 5th house).
Remember I said he is a demon? Well we never get to see his true form, ever. Even when his human friends demanded he reveal himself to prove his trustworthiness, he refuses claiming he’s a 6,000 foot fire squid. His fear is losing his newfound friends if they ever saw what he really looked like. (Hiding his true self Sun in Leo in the 12th house, fear of losing his friends if he was honest about his appearance: Pisces in the 7th opposing Virgo at the Ascendant).
His trustworthiness is always in question. We never really know what direction he’ll take as he is very cunning and an ultimate trickster. (Gemini in the 10th house). Having Gemini at the top of the chart, we can assume Shawn, his superior, is a Gemini lacking any kind of morality (Shawn:Taurus in the 12th house). He is also a messenger to the humans when they are reincarnated, dropping hints and information to help them transform on their journey to be good. (Gemini in the 10th trine Scorpio in the 3rd as well as Gemini in the Solar 11th:messenger to friends).
Having switched sides and developing feeling and empathy for his human friends (Cancer in the 11th house) and taking on the task of helping humanity (As a Leo Sun it puts Aquarius in the Solar 7th house: he becomes a lawyer for humanity fighting for them in court) he attempts to convince his now enemies that humans aren’t as bad as the point system suggests.(Pisces in the natal 7th house.)
As a Leo Sun, you would assume he’s an attention whore, but because it’s placed in the 12th house in this analysis it takes on a different nature. He has on more than one occasion questioned whether people really care about him, often feeling unworthy of love and recognition. He even said to Shawn during an attempt to free Janet ,his AI partner ( also Aquarius in the solar 7th) that he never really cared about him. Shawn hints that this may not be true. There is also four other notes about having his Sun in Leo in the 12th house. where he wants to shine he is unable to. He loves Earth magic, for example, but when he tries to perform as a magician he is rejected. (Only the Pisces Jason likes it) He works behind the scenes and When he feels all hope is lost he loses motivation and becomes very emotionally dramatic and his name Michael means “like God” a very Leo Sun in 12th name.
As a Leo sun he partners with humans and AI’s (Aquarius in the 7th) and as a Virgo Rising he works with humans and AI’s (Aquarius in the 6th).