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“Pallas (Minerva) watches over the Woolbearer (Aries);
Cytherea (Venus) over Taurus;
Phoebus (Apollo) the shapely Gemini;
You, Cyllenius (Mercury), over Cancer;
and Jupiter, you yourself rule Leo with the Mother of the Gods;
Virgo who bears ears of grain belongs to Ceres;
and the forged scales (Libra) to Vulcan;
quarrelsome Scorpio clings to Mars;
Diana cherishes the hunting man part horse (Sagittarius);
and Vesta the contracted stars of Capricorn;
opposite Jupiter is Aquarius, the star of Juno;
and Neptune acknowledges his own Pisces in the upper air.”
Manilius
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"What's your sign?" is among the most notorious (and least effective) pick-up lines. "Sign" in this case means "star sign," a way of guessing a person's personality by their date of birth.

Astrology is actually a bit more complex than that. The term "star sign" is technically inaccurate for a start - that horoscope that appears in the paper every day is actually the sun sign. Furthermore, every planet has a sign - you might say that you're a Virgo, but your Mercury, Mars and Venus might all be in Libra while Jupiter is meandering around in Capricorn. A birth chart will also take into account where the planets were in the sky and the angles at which they connect to each other. Astrology is a sophisticated and actually very math-heavy diversion, that many people get college degrees for, and still don't understand completely.

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The signs themselves belong to one of the four elements. According to astrology, water signs are emotional, air signs are intellectual, earth signs are practical and fire signs are passionate. They also fall in to one of three qualities: Cardinal (pioneering), Fixed (constant) and Mutable (adaptable). Each sign has a ruling "planet" (Pluto still counts), or "Luminary" (the Sun or Moon), although the planet/luminary itself may be placed in a totally different sign in the birth chart. Which makes things even more confusing.

Obviously, this is all a bit too complicated to be effective as a motif, so a Zodiac motif will just use the sun sign, with a character claiming "I'm a Gemini," or "my boyfriend's a Scorpio."

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The sun signs are:

Sun Sign Dates Quality and Element Attributes Ruling Planet Tarot Card Classical god traditionally associated with
Aries, the Ram March 21-April 19 Cardinal Fire Playful, impulsive, tactless, dynamic Mars The Emperor Pallas (Athena). note 
Taurus, the Bull April 20-May 20 Fixed Earth Practical, artistic, stubborn, luxury-loving. Venus The Hierophant Aphrodite note 
Gemini, the Twins May 21-June 20 Mutable Air Intelligent, versatile, "silver tongued devil," communicative Mercury The Lovers Phoebos (Apollon). note 
Cancer, the Crab June 21-July 23 Cardinal Water Family-oriented, sensitive, cranky, tenacious. The Moon The Chariot Hermes note 
Leo, the Lion July 24-August 23 Fixed Fire Dramatic, courageous, arrogant, charismatic The Sun Strength Zeus. note 
Virgo, the Virgin August 24-September 23 Mutable Earth Level-headed, service-oriented, obsessive over detail, intelligent Mercury (until further notice) The Hermit Demeter. note 
Libra, the Scales September 24-October 23 Cardinal Air Charming, diplomatic, vacillating, appreciates beauty, often obsessed with justice and fairness Venus Justice Hephaestus note 
Scorpio, the Scorpion October 24-November 22 Fixed Water Loyal, passionate, grudge-bearing, good detective skills Pluto, classically Mars Death Ares note 
Sagittarius, the Archer/Centaur November 23-December 21 Mutable fire Freedom loving, wise, reckless, adventurous Jupiter Temperance Artemis. note 
Capricorn, the Goat December 22 - January 19 Cardinal Earth Ambitious, hard-working, cold, reliable. Saturn The Devil Hestia. note 
Aquarius, the Water Carrier January 20-February 18 Fixed Air Progressive, friendly, aloof, idealistic Uranus, classically Saturn The Star Hera note 
Pisces, the Fish February 19-March 20 Mutable Water Poetic, dreamy, irresponsible, mysterious Neptune, classically Jupiter The Moon Poseidon note 

Zodiacal signs were never based solely on constellations, as anyone can tell who has seen the size of Virgo (huge) and Libra (tiny) in skies. The signs are 12 equal divisions of 30 degrees (360/12), starting from Equinox, the so-called "point Aries", when the Ecliptic crosses the Equator lines in heaven. The commonly used dates for the signs don't actually line up with the constellations they were originally based on any more, and haven't for about 2000 years. Also, though the course of the sun passes through 13 and not 12 constellations, Ophiuchus/Serpentarius, the Serpent Holder, which the sun passes through between Scorpio and Sagittarius, has been traditionally omitted from the sun signs.

If a character refers to themselves as "cuspal," it means they were born within the last few days of one sign or the first few days of the next. Someone born on the 18th of February for example, is a cuspal Aquarius/Pisces. This is popular for characters with some kind of duality in their nature (although the importance and even existence cusp placements are highly disputed among astrologers). Each sign is further divided into "decans", consisting of approximately 10 degrees, with the second and third decanites being the next sign in that element (Virgo-Virgo, Virgo-Capricorn, and Virgo-Taurus, for example). Lastly, is the "Ascendant", the sign that was on the horizon at birth, representing superficial personality, for which the whole birth chart is oriented from. Though most zodiac references aren't written with the last two factors in mind, instead treating it more like Personality Blood Types, than actual astrological practice.

Characters almost invariably match the star sign they're born under. There's also a trend regarding which type of character falls under which sign. The gallant hero is nearly always a Leo. The Lancer is usually an Aries. Female love interests are often Pisces. Cloudcuckoolanders tend to be poster children for Aquarius. Of all the signs, Scorpio gets the roughest deal. Its connections to the "dark side" of life make it de facto sign for villains and highly unsuitable love interests. Some signs are almost unheard of in TV and books - few characters claim to be Libras or Capricorns, for example. This trend holds true even when the Zodiac reference is just the character's profile information.

The prevalence of belief in astrology in earlier centuries generated many common expressions: Star-crossed, jovial, saturnine, mercurial, and so on.

Due to the fact that there are a set of twelve signs, the Zodiac sometimes finds itself involved in a Gotta Catch Them All type of plot (sometimes involving the "secret" 13th sign). Including in the real world.

See Also: Eastern Zodiac, Fictional Zodiac, Animal Motifs, Constellations and Astrologer.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • One can't avoid this in Asteroid in Love, since the main characters are a pair of astronomy enthusiasts. The fifth chapter (animated in the second episode) has the Earth Sciences Club explore the different zodiac constellations; in addition the zodiac is also featured in each episode's eyecatches.
  • Attack on Titan gives subtle nods to this, with the guidebook providing birthdates for the major characters.
    • Hot-Blooded rivals Eren and Jean are both Aries, as is Action Girl Annie.
    • Charismatic big brother figure Reiner and Plucky Girl huntress Sasha are both Leos.
    • Brilliant scientist Hange is a Virgo, while the charismatic Commander of the Survey Corps, Erwin, is a Libra.
    • Armin is a Scorpio, as fits his transformation from an idealistic youth into a Manipulative Bastard.
    • Several Capricorns feature prominently in the series: Levi, Bertolt, and Krista.
    • Mikasa and Ymir both fit the "Aloof" characteristic of the Aquarius sign. Loyal Connie is a Taurus, while idealistic Marco is a Gemini.
  • In Bleach fights, Tite Kubo seems fond of pairing up people of the same sign. For example; Kenpachi vs Nnoitra (both Scorpio), Kenpachi vs Tousen (who is a Scorpio as well), Soifon vs Barragan (both Aquarius), Byakuya vs Tsukishima (another fight between two Aquarius people). Seeing people of the same element fighting one against the other happens often, too: Toshiro (Sagittarius) vs Harribel (Leo) (both Fire signs), Zommari (Libra) vs Byakuya (both Air signs), Ichigo (Cancer) vs Ikkaku (Scorpio) (both Water signs), Ichigo vs Kenpachi, Ichigo vs Ginjou (Scorpio).
    • Protagonist Ichigo and female lead Rukia are Cancer and Capricorn, respectively — opposite signs of the Zodiac and playing on how their personalities contrast and complement each other.
  • Celestial wizards in Fairy Tail can summon the spirits of each of the constellations through the use of magical Gatekeys. Main character Lucy is the prime example of one of these wizards, who currently owns ten out of twelve spirits. Curiously, Aquarius and Leo are her two strongest, and none of the personalities or elements really match with the above. For example, Aries is a shy, non-combative woobie and Taurus is a Lovable Sex Maniac.
  • Iron Man had Zodiac themes for each Monster of the Week.
  • The sequel of Juni Taisen: Zodiac War, Juni Taisen vs Juni Taisen, has twelve criminals, representing the western zodiac signs, as antagonists.
  • Juvenile Orion takes its title from the Age of Aquarius. Aquarius is the sign of oddities and advances, connected to the theme of the anime. See the Real Life section.
  • The main characters of Magic Knight Rayearth tells they zodiac signs and blood types during their introduction in the manga and in the SNES game: Hikaru is a Leo (The Hero, The Leader, associated with Fire), Umi is a Pisces (Dreamy, feminine, associated with Water) and Fuu is a Sagittarius (wise, adventurous, also her starting weapon is a bow).
  • The names and spirits of dozens of beys in Metal Fight Beyblade.
  • The OZ-made mobile suits in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing and its spinoffs use the Western Zodiac as part of their Theme Naming, though the name is usually only significant in rare cases (Cancer and Pisces are amphibious models; Virgo is automated, hence "virgin"; Scorpio has a scorpion-shaped flight mode; Geminass is a pair of twin Gundams).
  • In Naruto, Kakashi Hatake's September 15th birthday makes him is a typical Virgo (August 23 - September 22). Virgo's Strengths: Perfectionist, Practical, Loyalty, Modesty, and Introspective. Virgo's Weaknesses: Hyper-critical, Seemingly cold on the outside, and Moody on the inside (Virgos are described as "still waters that run deep").
    • During the events of "Kakashi Gaiden," it is shown that he was an introverted, cold, taciturn, and perfectionist student.
      • "Kakashi became more stern and serious following his father's suicide (who had killed himself after being vilified for saving the lives of his team instead of the prioritizing the success of an important mission), following all the shinobi rules and scorning any who disobeyed them, like his team-mate Obito. This caused Obito to resent Kakashi, as Kakashi showed little kindness to his team-mates."
    • Virgo's personalities are mutable (adaptable/flexible).
      • " Obito's eventual death and sacrifice for his team had a huge impact on Kakashi's personality. He is now more cheerful and shows great concern for his team-mates and students, placing their safety over the successful completion of a mission, as well as believing that teamwork is essential to overall success as a team. He is also regularly late for appointments, making obvious excuses just like Obito before him. This is because of his frequent visits to the memorial where Obito's name is engraved, where he loses track of time."
      • "However, Kakashi can still be just as seemingly emotionless as he was during his youth, often speaking bluntly about sensitive topics."
    • Virgos while private and introverted, are nevertheless very loyal to their loved-ones:
      • "Kakashi claims to have lost everyone who was close to him, causing some reluctance to allow others to get close to him."
      • "Of the people who are still alive, Kakashi is on the best terms with his students, although he is on good terms with almost everyone in Konoha. After the formation of Team 7, he begins taking a special interest in their development, as shown from his regular checking up on Naruto and his eating habits. Kakashi is so devoted to his friends and the rest of Konoha, such that his signature jutsu, the Lightning Cutter, had been made on the principle of duty, and perfected on the principle of protecting loved ones."
      • "Kakashi has a rather solitary and matter-of-fact attitude. His calm and detached demeanor has been called “cool, hip, and trendy” many times by Might Guy."
    • Virgos are modest:
      • "Despite his increasingly growing reputation and prowess as a ninja, Kakashi has shown no signs of arrogance, and is rather modest about his abilities, as shown when he readily praises others for leaps in their combat abilities and stating on more than one occasion that Naruto has surpassed him in power. And when suggested by many others for him to become Hokage, Kakashi admitted that such a position was unfit for him. (A Virgo trait...Virgos prefer to serve rather than lead.)
    • Virgos are highly adaptable, patient, methodical, and analytical:
      • "His naturally calm attitude is used to his advantage in battle, as it becomes easier for him to maintain his composure to stay focused on the situation at hand, and ultimately notice everything around him. As a result, he can quickly adjust to any situation to make keen and thought-out decisions, allowing him to stay steps ahead of his opponents."
    • In Naruto Nagato's/Pain's September 19th birthday makes him a typical Virgo (August 23 - September 22). There's also Shikamaru, a calm, introverted, analytical and slightly grumpy genius.
    • Other typical characters include Cancerian Shikaku (shrewd and a good right-hand man); Libran Naruto (smiling, friendly, can talk to anyone) and Ino (loves beauty and is a bit boy-crazy); Sagittarian Lee (tactless but good-hearted and full of energy); Arian Sakura (temperamental, impulsive and brave) and Hidan (a Psychopathic Manchild); Capricorn Hinata (quiet and shy but determined), Madara and Danzo (ruthless and ambitious); Taurean Choji and Choza (loyal, like their food, determined); Aquarian Hiruzen (an eccentric old man with a deep humanitarian streak); Scorpio Orochimaru (fascinated with the dark side, ruthless, cruel) and Jiraiya (a tough old bastard who died fighting, and a sex maniac); Leo Tsunade (likes gambling and drinking but will defend Konoha to the death); Piscean Kabuto (the enigmatic and sarcastic Orochimaru assistant); and so on.
    • To extend it further, Naruto's main chakra nature is wind and Sasuke's is fire, the same element association their respective signs.
  • Each Scout/Senshi in Sailor Moon had a sun sign that matched up with their planet as well as their personality (e.g. Rei Hino/Sailor Mars is a stubborn, independent Aries, while Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter is an honest, optimistic Sagittarius). The Eastern Zodiac is used as well; the Western symbol corresponds to their personality, and the Eastern with their abilities, generally (e.g. Minako Aino/Sailor Venus is associated with metal and is one of the biggest Determinators in the series regarding her duty as a Senshi, and Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury's water element hints at her non-confrontational personality).
  • Saint Seiya. A wonderfully camp shounen anime, which had constellation-themed warriors who loved to call their attacks, including the 12 Gold Saints for each of the Zodiac constellations, who the main characters had to fight. See its Character Sheet for more information.
  • The girls of Sentimental Graffiti are each born under one of the signs.
  • The girls of Sister Princess are each born under one of the signs.
  • Sket Dance has a bit of fun with Astrology, as well. Sometimes it happens that a character is shown reading their horoscope, and the three protagonists represent (coincidence?) the three Water signs (Bossun is a Scorpio, Himeko is a Cancer and Switch is Pisces).
  • Star★Twinkle Pretty Cure has the Star Princesses, who all take traits from each of the 12 symbols of the zodiac. Near the end of the series, the main villain, Darknest, is revealed to be a 13th princess based off the Ophiuchus constellation.
  • The second episode of Urusei Yatsura after Mendo's introduction had Lum comparing Ataru and Mendo with a zodiac. Being a bit of a Literal Genie, she actually had them riding on miniature models of the zodiac signs in a globe.
  • And of course, Zodiac PI revolves around a detective using spirits of the zodiac signs of murder victims to help solve her cases

    Comedy 
  • Todd Barry was asked by a woman in a bar his sign (he's an Aries) and immediately started picking apart her analysis of his personality.
    "'Oh, I know all about you man, I know all about the Aries, you're stubborn!' Actually I'm not that stubborn. 'You're crazy competitive, into sports!' I hate sports. 'You are a workaholic.' Wow, you're not even close on that one. Then she says, 'Well, you're probably not even an Aries then.' Yeah, I was thinking astrology is a load of shit, but it's more likely that I don't know my own birthday."
  • Dara O’Brien did a bit where he compared astrology to racism, arguing that when it comes to dividing people into groups and making presumptions about their personalities based purely on the circumstances of their birth, racism is actually ‘’better’’, because there are far more options.

    Comic Books 
  • Astrology is often a subject in the Disney Ducks Comic Universe. Mostly in the Italian comics, though, so it might simply be a reflection of how popular astrology in Italy.
  • DC's Final Crisis storyline involved a character named Libra who unified the bad guys under Darkseid; they actually managed to conquer the world for a few weeks(?) before the good guys inevitably made a comeback. Libra's MO was, of course, to "balance the scales" in favor of the villains.
  • The Marvel Universe has a recurring supervillain gang named the Zodiac, composed in its original form of members born under the sign corresponding to their villainous identities. In a 1976 coloring book, "Spider-Man Zaps Mr. Zodiac", one Mr. Zodiac has the power to turn into all the of the Zodiac Signs, including Libra, a giant set of scales, and Virgo, who dates Peter Parker.
  • In Strangers in Paradise, David admits that he hoped that Katchoo would forget about him posing for a nude painting. Katchoo responds, "I'm a Scorpio, I never forget." (Her birthday is November 19.)
  • This is the theme of the Swordquest: Earthworld realm.

    Comic Strips 
  • A story arc in Calvin and Hobbes sees Calvin start reading horoscopes. He’s excited when it promises “big dividends” so long as he “asserts his views in a confident manner”, only to be disappointed when his mother still makes him do his homework.
  • In Dilbert, the Pointy-Haired Boss has been known to make business decisions based on astrology.
  • In FoxTrot, Jason once tried to get into the business of writing newspaper horoscopes. The series starts here.
  • Parodied in one Hägar the Horrible story. Helga rants how she made a mistake when she married the Leo Hägar and claims she would have done better if she had married a Virgo instead. Lucky Eddie applauds her — because he's a Virgo. She gives up on astrology.

    Fan Works 
  • The Mineral MacGuffin of Olympus Pretty Cure, the Horoscorbs, have twelve each which corresponds to a zodiac sign.
  • In Paragon (Kim Possible), the writer made Kim an Aries because she's a leader who loves challenges.
  • The Sailor Moon fanfic Sailormoon Millennia Trilogy features the Zodiac Senshi, who are a set of 12 Sailor Senshi with a Western Zodiac theme.
  • Tealove's Steamy Adventure: Initially, Libra Ace's name is just an oblique reference to her being an expy of Curly Brace. However, a later author plays up the zodiac reference by having Libra obsess over "maintaining balance". And she drops references to Capricorn and Virgo in her conversations.
  • A Q&A with the characters in the doujin novel Zelda and the Manacle of Cahla included their star signs: Zelda, the logical and free thinker, is an Aquarius, Prince Link, optimistic and full of wanderlust, is a Sagittarius, and Ganondorf, protective of his loved ones but holds biblical grudges, is a Cancer.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian features a rare identification of a Capricorn: the title character note .
  • Thir13en Ghosts used the (invented) notion of a "Black Zodiac" with its own twisted signs to account for why 12 of its 13 spirits had been gathered in one place.

    Literature 
  • Jonathan Swift's Bickerstaff Papers began with a set of satirical astrological predictions. It was basically a giant Take That! against a quack almanac writer named Partridge, particularly the very first prediction of Partridge's death.
  • Parodied in Discworld. Astrologers have to work a lot harder there because the constellations are constantly changing as the world turtle swims through the stars. At one point a wizard tries to find Rincewind by casting his exact horoscope—Rincewind's birth sign is "The Small Boring Group of Faint Stars", which is traditionally associated with "chessboard makers, sellers of onions, manufacturers of plaster images of small religious significance, and people allergic to pewter".
  • In Gods of Riverworld, last and "tributary" novel from the Philip José Farmer's Riverworld series, Author Avatar Peter Jairus Frigate uses zodiacal attributes to assign certain special rooms to himself and his other seven companions in the journey to the Dark Tower. It's done semi-humorously, though.
  • In the beginning of Good Omens, there's a (very accurate) horoscope prediction for the Earth, which is a Libra
    • Except for the part about the salads.
  • Harry Potter (The Hero) and his feisty, red-headed love interest Ginny Weasley, and Neville Longbottom are all Leos. Hermione is a Virgo and Ron is a Pisces, making them opposite signs. Somewhat lampshaded by the fact that they are all in Gryffindor House (which selects the bravest students), whose emblem is a lion.
    • Severus Snape (The head of Slytherin) is a Capricorn. Which is interesting, since the character himself is ambitious, hard-working, cold, reliable and stubborn.
    • Also, Fred and George Weasley not only match the profile of Aries, but were born on April Fools' Day.
  • James Bond, Agent 007, is a Scorpio (November 11). This is an appropriate sign for him, since good detective skills are one of its key characteristics.
  • Kinsey Millhone justifies her fear of heights because she is a Taurus (May 5), an Earth sign, where she prefers to stay on.
  • Land of Oz: Princess Ozma is a Leo who was born on August 21st. She's a confident leader. The Lion is also one of the royal animals of Oz.
  • Sherlock Holmes, according to Fanon, is a Capricorn — he was born on Twelfth Night (January 6). Capricorn is not particularly known for detective skills, but he’s got the tireless work ethic and perseverance that this sign encompasses.
  • Six Chances | Web Novel features a mystical land with countries named after the zodiac. Unsurprisingly, several characters have personality traits that fall in line with the country they hail from. The web novel can be read here [1].
  • The Ted Reynolds novella "Through All Your Houses Wandering" plays with the conceit that Earth is approximately equidistant from twelve powerfully telepathic alien races each of which has the primary personality characteristics of the star sign their home planet is in. The subconscious signals from these races influence humans born under when their "sign" is at the zenith (which is, of course, not necessarily the same as the person's astrological sign). The protagonist invents a telepathy amplifier, which makes this subconscious connection conscious, and makes the aliens for the first time aware of Earth.
  • In Romina Russell's Zodiac, the original twelve Guardians shared their names with the Zodiac—the thirteenth, Ophiuchus, serves as the series' Big Bad.]]

    Live-Action TV 
  • A three-part episode of Batman (1966) dealt with the Joker committing crimes based on the zodiac signs. Example: for Libra (the scales), he stole a statue of Justice from in front of the Gotham police station.
  • The tribes and home planets of Battlestar Galactica are all based on the zodiac.
    • The Reboot Series kept the names and eventually used the constellations they were derived from as a plot point.
  • Chou Sei Shin Gransazer uses this as a central motif, with each one of the twelve protagonists being covered by a certain sign. The elements also matter, by determining which Tribe and Elemental Powers each is associated with.
  • In the pilot of The Big Bang Theory, Penny introduces herself by saying that she's a Sagittarius, "which probably tells you way more than you need to know." Sheldon replies, "Yes, it tells us that you participate in the mass cultural delusion that the sun's apparent position relative to arbitrarily defined constellations at the time of your birth somehow affects your personality." Penny's unshakable belief in astrology occasionally comes up in later episodes, much to the annoyance of Sheldon especially.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in 'Doomed' Buffy refers to herself as being a 'Capricorn, on the cusp of Aquarius' which definitely fits her personality. As a bonus, episodes featuring Buffy's birthday usually aired in mid to late January in alignment with those signs.
  • Game of Thrones has Jon Snow, whose entire character journey fits the description of a stubborn Capricorn climbing from the bottom of the mountain to the top of the mountain. Jon starts off as a bastard and an outsider who proves himself to be a capable leader and a skilled swordsman in combat. He's then voted the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. But is killed by his own men for trusting and saving the Wildlings. He's brought back from the dead, deserts the Night's Watch, fights one of the North's biggest enemies and becomes the King in the North. After all of this, he is discovered to not actually be the bastard he thought he was, and now has a legitimate claim to the Iron Throne. Unfortunately, Jon faces even more darkness and adversity, and his story finally ends with the Wildlings as he becomes the King beyond the Wall.
  • The Golden Girls: Dorothy Zbornak upon being asked how she could be so sure of something answers with "I'm a Leo, we're all very self-confident".
  • There's an In Search of... episode that examines the claims of astrology, interviewing Sydney Omarr, who was a very popular astrologist in The '70s. For the record, Leonard Nimoy mentions that he is an Aries with Scorpio rising.
  • The Zodiarts of Kamen Rider Fourze are themed around constellations, with the Big Bad Ensemble being based upon the Zodiac.
  • Peaky Blinders strongly implies that Tommy was born in January, making him a Capricorn, and he fits the traits to a T - especially ambition.
  • Penn & Teller: Bullshit! had, of course, an episode dedicated to debunking astrology. It ends with An Aesop that it's one thing when astrology is a fun party game, but that it becomes irresponsible and immoral when people are making major life decisions based on astrological advice.
  • Power Rangers S.P.D. features an episode in which one character is reading everyone's horoscopes. One character, Jack, who didn't know his own birthday and previously shared with Syd, asks for Gemini, which fits Syd perfectly, but also fits the fact that two people have that birthday. The resident cloudcuckoolander, Bridge, doesn't know his sign because he was born on a cusp... and his mother was on a plane crossing the International Date Line when he was born anyway. A quip about a forecast for confusion ensues.
  • One villain from The Sarah Jane Adventures used zodiac signs to control people.
  • Discussed in Six Feet Under: An Astrologer wonders the impacts space travel will have on her job, as the monthly order, the position of stars and etc... will work differently. For instance, an Aries living on Mars will not have it as his/her ruling planet and Earth will be a stellar object for those outside Earth. A while later, she realises nobody is listening to her.
  • In Sliders when in the Hippie Worldnote  Wade Wells introduces the concept of the Zodiac to the residents, as ironically in that world the concepto of Astrology never took off.
  • Uchu Sentai Kyuranger uses the Constellations as a general motif, with about half of the team representing signs of the Western Zodiacnote  while the rest are power-ups. Of particular note, the Silver Ranger represents the oft-neglected Ophiuchus.

    Music 
  • The Deep Purple song "Maybe I'm A Leo" from Machine Head addresses the zodiac sign Leo.
  • Astrology fell within Jimmy Page's interest in the occult. Most notably, Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones' sigils were pulled out of commonly available books and had straight forward meanings (writing, skill and family respectively) while Page's came from a 16th-century book known as "The Grand Grimoire" and is a symbol for Saturn. Page is a Capricorn and Capricorn is ruled by Saturn. Furthermore, his famous dragon-emblazoned black suit had three symbols embroidered on his leg: Capricorn (his sun sign), Scorpio (his ascendant sign) and Cancer (his moon sign).
  • Many zodiac signs are spoofed on the back cover of Frank Zappa's One Size Fits All.
  • Rush seems to have an implacable antipathy on astrology. Their song Freewill manifests extremely harsh critique on horoscopes.
  • The K-pop girl group Cosmic Girls has this as their concept, each member stands for a different zodiac sign. For example, Eun Seo is Gemini and the 13th member Yeonjung is the "secret sign" Ophicuhus
  • The "Weird Al" Yankovic song Your Horoscope For Today makes fun of bad horoscopes.
    ''Sagittarius: All your friends are laughing behind your back...
    (...kill them...)
    Take down all those naked pictures of Ernest Borgnine
    you've got hanging in your den
    Capricorn: The stars say that you're an exciting and wonderful person
    but you know they're lying
    If I were you, I'd lock my doors and windows
    and never, never, never, never, never leave my house again.''

    Pinballs 

    Puppet Shows 
  • Sylvia Anderson, wife of Gerry Anderson and co-creator of Thunderbirds, assigned birthdays to the various characters on the show based on their personality characteristics, to bring them in line with the appropriate signs.

    Tabletop Games 
  • A Zodiac villain team similar to that in Marvel Comics appeared in a supplement for Champions.
  • The time-travel RPG Continuum marks off deep time in astrological ages, with the Age of Aquarius as the upcoming rise of the Inheritors.
  • Nephilim had a whole splat of characters classified by the 13 Zodiac signs (with The Serpent added to the more typical 12, something Final Fantasy Tactics also did). Because the game's setting works with 7 elements (the usual four, plus Moon, Sun and Orichalcum), the elements' association of the signs went under a bit of rework.
  • According to the Horus Heresy novel 'Horus Rising' all of the Primarchs corresponding to one of the _twenty_ signs of the Zodiac. Guess there are a couple more months in the year in Warhammer 40,000. Unfortunately, it doesn't say what the other signs are, but Horus himself is a Sagittarius. That must have been one heck of an interesting horoscope.
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse sourcebook, "Rage Across the Heavens" deals with astrology according to Garou spirituality. Each of the 13 remaining "good" tribes has a sign that corresponds to an astral body in the solar system, which also corresponds to the Zodiac. As such, a Garou's chart would include the sign she's born under as well as the sign of her tribe. A sidebar in the book mentions how the Eastern Zodiac fits in with this, for Asian Garou who would rather use that than the western system. Oh, in case you're wondering, the 13th sign, Zorg the Many-Taloned Hunter (represented by the Asteroid Belt) doesn't correspond to any Zodiac; his followers besides the feral Red Talons (his tribe) join him by choice rather than the accident of birth.
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game, most of the monsters in the Sacred archetype (called Constellars in the TCG) are based on the constellations of the Zodiac.

    Theatre 
  • In A Chorus Line, the character Sheila uses being a Leo as an excuse for her flirtiness and sass.
  • The "Age of Aquarius" is also referred to in a song of the same name, in the musical Hair.
  • Discussed in the Wise Men sketch from The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged):
    Austin: No, we're following me. Come on, I'll get us there.
    Reed: Oh, that's so like an Aries. Always gotta be in charge!
    Austin: Typical Sagittarius! Judgmental and angry!
    Reed: I am not judgmental and I am not angry!
    Austin: Ya-huh!
    Matt: Wise men! Wise men! Come on Balthazar, come on Louie! We don't believe all that 'what's-your-sign?' hooey, do we, Louie?
    Austin: Of course we do. We're astrologers.
    Reed: Astrological signs dictate every facet of a person's life.
    Matt: They do not!
    Reed: They do too!
    Matt: They do not!
    Reed: Okay, what sign are you?
    Matt: Virgo the Virgin.
    Reed: I rest my case.

    Video Games 
  • The 12 signs appear as powerups in The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, giving the player certain upgrades.
    • Aries increases speed and lets you deal damage to enemies by running at them.
    • Taurus slows the player down, but when in a room full of enemies you build up speed over time, eventually getting the My Little Unicorn effect.
    • Gemini gives Isaac a little buddy attached to him that attacks enemies when they get close (appropiately, the same buddy that the Gemini boss has).
    • Cancer gives 3 soul hearts and makes all damage reduced to 1/2 a heart when he takes damage in a room.
    • Leo allows the player to break rocks, mushrooms, skulls, etc. by stepping on them.
    • Virgo has a chance to make the player invincible after taking damage and makes all negative pills positive.
    • Libra balances the player's stats and gives 6 coins, bombs, and keys.
    • Scorpio gives the player's tears poison effects.
    • Sagittarius makes the player's tears penetrate enemies and increases speed.
    • Capricorn increases all stats.
    • Aquarius leaves a trail of tears behind the player, damaging enemies that step in it.
    • Pisces increases tear fire rate and the amount of knockback enemies take from tears.
  • Each one of the twelve Star Maidens from Conception: Please Give Birth To My Child is associated with a zodiac sign.
  • Mobile Phone Game Cutie Riot has Zodiac symbols on the Chronos Circle center ring, further surrounded by miscellaneous symbols.
  • The Oracle in the online CCG Elements: the Game relates each of its twelve elements to a star sign. The wheel goes Aries/Life, Tauros/Earth, Gemini/Aether, Cancer/Darkness, Leo/Fire, Virgo/Light, Libra/Gravity, Scorpio/Death, Sagittarius/Time, Capricorn/Entropy, Aquarius/Air, and Pisces/Water.
  • The various Final Fantasy games typically provide birthdates for the main cast in the supplementary material. These dates are at least occasionally chosen with the associated sun sign in mind.
    • A notable example is Final Fantasy VIII's Squall Leonhart, whose August 23rd birthday makes him a Virgo - but the Sun on his birthday is joined with the star Regulus, the alpha star of Leo and the Heart of the Lion befitting his prominent lion motif. Squall is depicted as introverted, introspective, outwardly cold and inwardly moody, perfectionistic and hyper-critical of both himself and others, but also practical and consummately loyal and dutiful - all traits commonly ascribed to Virgos. We see the Regulus characteristics shine forth in his destiny to be placed into leadership of a military organization as well as the great courage, charisma, and pride he displays throughout the story.
      • Squall's love interest is Rinoa Heartilly, a Pisces. The Virgo and Pisces signs stand opposite one another on the Zodiacal wheel, and are said to attract and complement one another: Virgo's practicality and industriousness helps to anchor the dreamy Pisces and provide them with discipline, while Pisces softens Virgo emotionally. This is precisely the dynamic which develops between Squall and Rinoa over the course of the game.
    • Final Fantasy Tactics gave every character, generic and specific alike, a Zodiac sign. The relationships between the signs, usually ignored in most usages of the Western Zodiac in pop culture, were actually integrated into the strategy in this case. "Trines" (one-third away — same element, different modality), known for causing positive relationships, caused the two units to be more effective against each other, for good or for ill. "Squares" (one-quarter away — different element, same modality), known for being obstructive, resulted in the units being less effective against each other in both positive and negative ways. "Oppositions" (which should be obvious) had effects dependent on the characters' genders — if they were of the opposite gender, they would be most effective against each other because Opposites Attract, while if they were the same gender they would be least effective instead. The 13th sign, Serpentarius, is neutral to the other twelve signs, but only one character in the entire game has it. FFT also took this a step further, and used Gotta Catch Them All MacGuffins called the Zodiac Stones as a central part of the plot.
    • Final Fantasy IX featured a Zodiac-themed sidequest, which required collecting Stellazzio coins for the amusement of Queen Stella. Collect all twelve and the engravings on them form a love story about who captured the heart of Virgo; suggest the existence of a 13th coin (Ophiuchus) and you'll be tasked with following the clues on each coin (a series of directions) to conclude the story. They point to the location of one of the previous coins, where the Ophiuchus is found with the final engraving. (The whole quest is probably a reference to FFT.)
    "Their future was uncertain, but Scorpio and Virgo kissed in the light of dusk. That moment meant everything."
    • Final Fantasy XII has 13 espers in accordance with the thirteen signs of the western zodiac. They are: Belias, the Gigas (Aries), Mateus, the Corrupt (Pisces), Adrammelech, the Wroth (Capricorn), Hashmal, Bringer of Order (Leo), Cu Chulainn, the Impure (Scorpio), Zalera, the Death Seraph (Gemini), Shemhazai, the Whisperer (Sagittarius), Chaos, Walker of the Wheel (Taurus), Zeromus, the Condemner (Cancer), Exodus, the Judge-Sal (Libra), Famfrit, the Darkening Cloud (Aquarius), Ultima, the High Seraph (Virgo) and Zodiark, Keeper of Precepts (Ophiuchus).
      • It should also be mentioned that the player can collect gems (loot, steal, etc.) that are also stones fashioned after the thirteen zodiac.
      • In addition, Final Fantasy XII: International Zodiac Job System has a class system where each class represents a zodiac sign.
    • Final Fantasy XIV has twelve Atma named for the Zodiac as rare item drops which are used to further upgrade the Relic Weapons. In addition, the Ascians are named after the counterparts of the Espers in XII and have the goal of reviving Zodiark.
  • Although certainly not pivotal to the plot, in the original Gabriel Knight game, Gabe reads his horoscope almost every day of the 10 day period, and it's always eerily accurate to what he's going through. At the end of the game, on day 10, when he reads his incredibly doomy-sounding horoscope, he remarks, "There's a schoolteacher somewhere who's really confused."
  • In Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, the Craggy Peak Ruins house what amounts to a Zodiac temple, with each sign having its own related puzzle chamber that must be completed to move forward (though they give generic names rather than the proper Zodiac ones; the lion, the twins, the maiden, etc).
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising has 9 weapons and 3 powers based on them.
  • The playable characters in Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis and its sequel were given zodiac signs, which are visible on the status screen.
  • Mario Party 5 features the zodiacs in the mini-game "Astro-Logical", where the players have to reach the matching zodiac to beat the others.
  • Mega Man Star Force uses the following western signs in the series, Aries/Capricorn=Kung Foo Kid, Taurus=Taurus Fire, Gemini=Gemini Spark, Cancer=Cancer Bubble, Leo=Fire Leo (not that Fire Leo - this one is one of three a powerup that Mega Man Geo-Omega can receive in the first game, Virgo=Queen Virgo, Libra=Libra Scales, Ophiuchus/Serpentarius=Queen Ophiuca. In addition, the Chinese-only game Rockman Strategy features zodiac-themed bosses.
  • In Mother 3, characters can equip zodiac-themed rings as defensive accessories.
  • The Western Zodiac plays a vital role in Persona 2 Innocent Sin.
    • Every party member has their Zodiac included in their character description. Four out of five members are purposefully given Fixed Signs (Leo, Taurus, Scorpio and Aquarius). Their respective Elemental Powers also match their signs.
    • The four executives of the Masked Circle are called King Leo, Queen Aquarius, Prince Taurus and Lady Scorpio. Those are also their actual signs. Their headquarters are in a place called Club Zodiac.
    • It is stated that only those born under "the stars of the Grand Cross" can wield the crystal skulls. The game takes place in 1999. The Grand Cross of that year crossed over guess what? Leo, Scorpio, Taurus and Aquarius. And yes, that's taken from Real Life.
    • Then there's the Leo, Scorpio, Taurus and Aquarius Temples, and the matching enemy types called "[insert zodiac here] Mask".
    • Even for party members who do not belong in those four signs, their characterization matches the traits of their zodiac. Bonus points for Lisa - a Taurus - whose Ultimate Persona is Venus, which is Latin for Aphrodite.
  • In the Purple Moon computer games, just about every named character gives their sign in their personal information, and many of them are very interested in it (then again, they are thirteen-year-old girls, who do obsess over these things). Ginger has a whole monologue about being born on a cusp, and the CSG group only accepts Sagittarius girls as members.
  • In most Raising Sims, your child's birthdate will affect his or her initial stats and personality (unless Personality Blood Types are in play).
  • RefleX has 12 apocalyptic warships representing each zodiac sign The protagonist's ship turns out to represent the "13th" sign, Ophiuchus.
  • Shadow Hearts: From The New World has the twelve Stellar Charts patterned after them.
  • In The Sims 2, zodiac signs are representations of specific combinations of personality points, and are unrelated to when a character is "born", since there are no dates, as such. When the chemistry feature was introduced, compatible signs contributed to higher chemistry, which makes it easier to unlock new social interactions. (Whether the personality-point combinations actually matched the zodiac sign they were supposed to is something you should argue about elsewhere.)
    • In The Sims 3, zodiac signs are only used in a romantic option to ask someone's sign. If the signs are compatible, the Sims get a decent relationship boost.
  • In Solomon's Key, hidden in every fourth room (out of 48) is a constellation symbol from the Zodiac that unlocks a bonus room.
  • The love interests in Star-Crossed Myth are presented as gods who rule over six of the twelve signs of the zodiac: Leo, Aquarius, Taurus, Pisces, Gemini, and Scorpio.
  • The Atari 2600 game Swordquest: Earthworld used the zodiac as the theme for its puzzles.
  • Tales of Phantasia has a tower where each floor corresponds to two of twelve zodiac signs.

    Web Comics 
  • Calamities of Nature provides the perfect response to the notorious pick-up line, "What's your sign?"
  • Clockwork's characters all have zodiac signs, listed on the cast page. In addition to matching their personalities (sensitive, reluctant to leave home Cog is a Cancer, altruistic, intellectual Christian is an Aquarius, outgoing, egotistical lion-man Leonardo is a Leo), some signs go together thematically—main characters Cog and Alexander, born on the summer and winter solstices respectively, have opposing signs Cancer and Capricorn, as do Prince Boris and his father the Emperor in Aries and Libra.
  • Homestuck:
    • Each of the twelve internet Trolls who hassle the characters take their handles from a symbol of the Western Zodiac. For example, "carcinoGeneticist" for Cancer. Their actual names are also based on their sign (for example, Tavros is derived from Taurus), and use the symbol of their zodiac sign as their associated symbol. A lot of the trolls' various quirks and interests (although not necessarily their personalities) are also related in some fashion to their representative sign. For example, Sollux (Gemini) is obsessed with bifurcation and duality, Equius (Sagittarius) has a thing for horses and archery. Even their guardians fit the motif. Later, it even turns out they created the constellations of the Zodiac, and thus the astrology itself. They're not patterned after the Zodiac, the Zodiac is patterned after them.
    • In Act 6, a troll based on the Ophiuchus sign appears, and then that character's brother turns up with an alternate version of that sign. It's initially unclear what these characters' relations are to the first twelve, though this is established in The Reveal. Turns out the two characters are aliens called "Cherubs" who read about the trolls' exploits as children and created their troll personas as an expression of Fandom. Also, they can turn into giant interlocking snakes, as depicted in Ophiuchus.
    • For the tie-in videogame, Hiveswap, a test was released using the "Extended Zodiac", the 288 symbols that trolls use in general.
  • Being as he lives on Earth (specifically, in Canada), Thrust of Insecticomics follows the Western zodiac in his astrology rather than some Cybertronian variant. His reasons for using the one in the newspaper, however, are unknown.
  • Zodiac features a team of twelve superpowered individuals (okay...nine superpowered individuals plus three normal people) codenamed by a Zodiac motif (i.e., there's one person called Aries, one called Gemini, etc). It seems that none of them were given their aliases by accident - all of their birthdays coincide with the sign they are named after. The reason for this isn't clear yet, but definitely set up in-universe.

    Web Animation 
  • AstroLOLogy is a series of shorts where the signs are personified as figures that exhibit behavior typical of people born under them (Leo is prideful, Pisces is creative, Virgo is a perfectionist, Sagittarius is adventurous, etc).
  • Gorefield Horrorscopes is a series by LumpyTouch that portrays each zodiac sign as an Eldritch Abomination version of Garfield, each following a "Jon" of the same sign.

    Western Animation 
  • The title character of BoJack Horseman was born on January 2, making him a Capricorn. As befitting his sign, he certainly was ambitious and climbed to the top of his profession in short order, but it didn't last. The series in large part revolves around his attempts to be famous again.
  • Gravity Falls: In "Dipper and Mabel vs The Future", the younger Pine Twins birthday is revealed to be August 31 (aka the last day of summer), therefore making them both Virgos. While the Virgo description (Level-headed, service-oriented, obsessive over detail, intelligent) fits Dipper like a glove, it doesn't go very well with his twin sister Mabel.
  • Word of God says that the titular character of Hey Arnold! is a Libra, and Helga's birthday is revealed to be the week before April Fools' Day, making her an Aries. Fans have noted that Libra and Aries are compatible and use this as more evidence of their future relationship.
  • Jerrica from Jem was born on the 1st of June, making her a Gemini. She has an alter ego as the titular Jem.
  • Minor Kim Possible villain Gemini is, as the name suggests, the fraternal twin brother of Global Justice's Dr. Director. Leading to this exchange at one point:
    Gemini: I am Gemini!
    Ron: Dude, I am Virgo, but what's your name?
  • Phineas and Ferb: Cancer: sensitive, cranky, tenacious, looks out for his/her family? Yeah, that pretty much sums up Candace Flynn (July 11).
  • Recess: Gretchen is the only character whose full birthday is revealed, March 23, making her an Aries. Of the other characters, Ashley A. is a Gemini, Ashley Q. is a Leo, and Spinelli and Miss Grotke are Libras.
  • The Simpsons: Bart Simpson is confirmed to be born in April Fools day. The four traits mentioned in Aries above describe his personality in a nutshell. In addition, Skinner mentions at one point that he is a Libra, as befitting a rule obsessed school principal, and Chalmers mentions in the same conversation that he's a Sagittarius, which belies his whimsical but counter-productive policies for the school and his blasé approach to any weird stuff.
  • Star Street: The Adventures of the Star Kids is a Dutch cartoon about anthropomorphic Zodiac signs.
  • The title character of Steven Universe was born on August 15th, making him a Leo. As befitting his sign, he's brave, quite charismatic, has Lion for a pet. It also fits the series' Animal Motif of cats.

    Real Life 
  • The "Age of Aquarius" refers to a time period starting roughly in the mid-to-late 20th century that will last for the next two millennia. This is popular in works influenced by the hippie culture of the '60s.
    • Well, sort of, anyway — dates given for the start of the Aquarian Age (each age lasting 2150 years) range from AD 1447 to 3597. (See the other wiki's article.)
  • Sayers and Viney's The Bad News Horoscope was a deliberate attempt to subvert the generally happy, positive, upbeat, Linda Goodman school of astrology which placed undue emphasis on all the nice things people like to read about their own star sign (and by extension themselves). In the S&V world - using exactly the same logic, reasoning, source material and astrological tradition as Goodman - the world takes on a different perspective.
    • Aries - Big kid. Throws tantrums. Easily managed in a three year old - but not in a thirty-three year old. Aries people never grow up and have no sense of responsibility.
    • Taurus - Stubborn. Leaves a lot of bullshit wherever they go. (Notably, other people have to clean it up). Is never, ever, in the wrong. (Famous Taurean: Adolf Hitler).
    • Gemini - Schizophrenic criminal, confidence trickster, sociopath, not to be trusted with money.
    • Cancer - Moody. Even Cancer men have PMT. Opera diva. screams a lot. If male, will be fascinated with war and weaponry. (Famous Cancerian: Heinz Guderian, Nazi panzer general).
    • Leo - Egotist. Narcissist. Exaggerated opinion of own talent, ability, worth. Loves gold. No dress sense.
    • Virgo. OCD. Cranky. Health-obsessed. Appalled by all the nasty smells and bodily emissions involved in sex - this explains the association with virginity. Grammar-nazi. If really badly aspected, a pervert. Pick your perversion.
    • Libra - Terminally indecisive. No personality. Says "Um..." and "Errr..." a lot.
    • Scorpio - Ruthless sadist. Psychopath. Evil personified. Avoid.
    • Sagittarius - Clumsy, stupid, hearty. The sign of rugby players and, cruelly, people who are incapable of spelling their own star-sign.
    • Capricorn - Snobbish social climbers. Materialist gold-diggers obsessed with place and status. Ambitious and will want to get to the top of the career tree - and stay there.
    • Aquarius - Vegetarian tree-loving hippies who seek to be difficult just for the sake of it.
    • Pisces - Everybody's doormat. Weak, spineless and ineffectual and therefore easily exploited by all eleven others - even by Sagittarius.

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