Astrology Character Analysis: Ron Swanson from Parks and Rec

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Who is Ron Swanson?

Throughout most of the series run of Parks and Recreation, Ron Swanson (played by Nick Offerman) is the Director of Parks and Recreation of the city of Pawnee, Indiana. A true-believing libertarian who hates the government but loves his people, Ron exhibits a lot of the Earthy energy of Taurus and Capricorn. He has a wild side, though, often triggered by pretty brunette women bearing breakfast food, which is why we went with watery Scorpio moon to round him out. Where do you notice the most Ron Swanson energy?

SUN SIGN: Taurus

Taurus is the primal Earthy energy, and in my opinion, a very obvious choice for Ron Swanson's Sun sign. The sensuality and appreciation of the here and now that Taurus embodies is evident in nearly every Ron scene. He even ruts his foot like a bull when seduced by the wily Tammy 2. His love of eating and fundamental laziness/efficiency give us big Taurus moo-vibes, too. Finally, Ron's instincts toward personal loyalty combined with his artistic leanings (both his woodworking AND being a local Jazz sax legend) are core Bull behaviors. Ron constantly exhibits the stubborn, concrete will and determination to achieve his goals that make Taurus so successful at general life management. And finally, you can't look at this character devour a bacon-wrapped turkey leg without feeling Ron's profound Taurean love of rich food.

Key Quotes

ANN: Do you exercise?
RON: Yes, lovemaking and woodworking.

RON: Strippers do nothing for me, but I will take a free breakfast buffet any day of the week.

RON: Do you know if one can pay court ordered settlements in gold? All of my money is in gold. I also have some money in palladium.


NO ONE can deny that Ron fuckin' Swanson has a wild and secretive side. When Ron is at his most emotionally vulnerable, we see distinct Scorpio energy emerge. The stubborn runs strong with these two Fixed luminaries in his chart (remember we previously pegged his Sun as Fixed Taurus), but Scorpio adds an element of mystery and dark magnetism that undulates beneath his stodgy surface. His distinctly sexual energy is noted in so many scenes, from the horny old Duke Silver fangirls to his EXTREMELY warm reception at the gay bar. His Scorpio moon also impels him to hide things simply for the sake of hiding them... though we see this energy evolve from dark to cute as Parks and Rec reveals Ron's Scorpion delight in puzzles in later seasons.

Key Quotes

RON: There are only three ways to motivate people: money, fear, and hunger.

RON: Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.

RON: On my deathbed, my final wish is to have my ex-wives rush to my side so I can use my dying breath to tell them both to go to hell one last time.


The rising sign (aka the Ascendant) is all about the vibe you give off to other people, and if Ron gives off a vibe, it is one of authority. Ron is An Adult. In the Pawnee Parks department, he is often THE Adult. Adult is the role that Saturnine Capricorn assumes at birth. Though Ron is not truly as responsible and as keen on integrity as he professes (he refuses to draw up a will at first and he often bends his seemingly strict moral code it runs up against his immediate goals), all of the characters on the show treat him as though these Capricorn traits were immutable to him. While his Taurus Sun fuels his simple, sensual core motivations of family and nature, he relies on his Capricorn aura to project authority onto others. It is worth noting that Ron seems to have placed himself in a position where others will treat him as an utmost authority so that his life is easier, clearly using a Capricorn ascendant in a resourceful way. He is not, at his core, driven to a position of high authority he way a Capricorn Sun usually is.

Key Quotes

RON: I like to say "no." It lowers their enthusiasm.

RON: If any of you need anything at all, too bad. Deal with it yourselves, like adults.

RON: Give 100%. 110% is impossible. Only idiots say that.



Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation epitomizes Earth energy in many ways. Motivated by authentic experiences, relied upon by everyone, and unflappable in the face of stress, Ron imbues Taurus and Capricorn energy into every scene. However, we see a greater complexity and depth when the plot pierces through all that Earth energy to get to Ron's emotional life, which contains a watery Scorpio center.