Meet Your Astrological Archetype

Birthdays aside, we can use the zodiac to learn how to work with our own nature, rather than let it work against us.

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The archetypes of the zodiac are some of the deepest, most familiar personality categories we have in Western culture. Whether or not you believe in the power of the stars to tell your destiny, you can still improve your understanding of yourself, your path, and how to walk it, by studying the astrological archetypes.

It can be useful to look at the signs like any other personality type, independent of your birthday, to see which fits you best so you can deepen your relationship with yourself through it.

Each archetype brings with it a kind of energy signature, a style of relating, that fits in with other energies to form patterns. When we understand our own predominant styles, and the styles of others, we can work with the world more harmoniously, consciously and purposefully.

The Twelve Archetypes of the Zodiac

You are welcome to read about the sign you were born under, though I also encourage using this list to find the archetype or archetypes that really fit you, even if they don’t match up with your sign. It’s likely you’ll find more than one archetype that fits you, or that all of them might fit in different ways. I invite you to use each of their descriptions and guidance in whatever ways serve you best.

You can also take this quiz and see the top 3 archetypes for you!

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The Archetype of Aries

You learn by challenging.

If you keep encountering challenges, or finding yourself challenging others, you are on the right track. You find expansion in opposition. Your energy is fierce and bold. Others might want you to be slower or softer than you are, and this may cause you to doubt or dislike yourself (or them).

Take heart: you are not meant to stop locking horns with life; you are simply meant to work with your need to challenge, rather than let it work against you.

Finding areas of life where you can soften up without getting complacent will serve you, but the thoughts or people that want you to be something you aren’t will push you to be more placid or slow than is healthy for you.

Instead of trying to make yourself stop fighting — get clear about why you’re challenging what you’re challenging, and what you stand to gain from challenging it.

Your affirmation: “I am allowed to challenge in service of change.”
To balance yourself: Focus on making more allies and fewer enemies.
Your innate gift: To fight for good, and win.
To hone your gift: Spend less energy on what you’re fighting against, and pay more attention to what you’re fighting for.
Your guiding question: “What am I fighting for here?”

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The Archetype of Taurus

You learn by digging in.

If you keep trying to hold onto what’s yours, or find yourself standing your ground, you are on the right track. You find expansion in depth. Others might want you to be more flexible or moveable than you are, and this may cause you to doubt or dislike yourself (or them).

Take heart: you are not meant to give up your ground; you are simply meant to work with your need to stand firm, rather than let it work against you.

Finding areas of life where you can bend without breaking will serve you, but the thoughts or people that want you to be something you aren’t will push you to be more flexible or adaptable than is healthy for you.

Instead of trying to make yourself give up ground — get clear about what ground you are standing on, and what the ground you stand on is giving you.

Your affirmation: “I am allowed to root where I love being.”
To balance yourself:
Find beauty beyond your comfort zone.
Your innate gift:
To nourish your surroundings into paradise.
To hone your gift: Spend less energy on defending what’s yours from upset or influence, and pay more attention to understanding what you take as yours and why.
Your guiding question: “Is my comfort zone truly making me comfortable?”

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The Archetype of Gemini

You learn by trying things on.

If you keep changing your mind, or find yourself always moving in a variety of directions, you are on the right track. You find expansion in breadth. Your energy is quick and adaptable. Others might want you to be more focused or committed than you are, and this may cause you to doubt or dislike yourself (or them).

Take heart: you are not meant to commit yourself entirely or eternally; you are simply meant to work with your need to change course frequently, rather than let it work against you.

Finding areas of life where you can sink in without growing restless will serve you, but the thoughts or people that want you to be something you aren’t will push you to be more committed or fixed than is healthy for you.

Instead of trying to make yourself stick to something — get clear about what you hope to gain from changing, and describe each new experience to yourself.

Your affirmation: “I am allowed to change my mind like an outfit.”
To balance yourself:
Try on the wisdoms of commitment and repetition.
Your innate gift: To learn and describe the world without judgment.
To hone your gift: Spend less energy on deciding whether an identity fits you enough to keep, and pay more attention to understanding how each new experience fits on you.
Your guiding question: “What does it feel like to try on this identity?”

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The Archetype of Cancer

You learn by giving your emotions.

If you keep caring a lot, or find yourself giving your heart away easily, you are on the right track. You find expansion in supporting. Your energy is nurturing and deep. Others might want you to be more stoic or lighthearted than you are, and this may cause you to doubt or dislike yourself (or them).

Take heart: you are not meant to wall yourself off or be emotionless; you are simply meant to work with your need to feel deeply, rather than let it work against you.

Finding areas of life where you can let things bounce off of you without growing rigid will serve you, but the thoughts or people that want you to be something you aren’t will push you to be less sensitive or emotional than is healthy for you.

Instead of trying to make yourself care less — get clear about what you’re giving your emotions to, and what emotions you’re giving.

Your affirmation: “I am allowed to feel deeply and feel safe.”
To balance yourself: Give your heart to yourself.
Your innate gift:
Being a true home to all you take in.
To hone your gift:
Spend less energy on protection, and pay more attention to where and when you can give your heart without feeling depleted.
Your guiding question:
“What am I giving my heart to that gives back?”

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The Archetype of Leo

You learn by having an audience.

If you find yourself the seeking attention, or the star of the show, you are on the right track. You find expansion in rising above. Your energy is radiant and proud. Others might want you to be quieter or more submissive than you are, and this may cause you to doubt or dislike yourself (or them).

Take heart: you are not meant to hide yourself away or give up the megaphone; you are simply meant to work with your need to command attention, rather than let it work against you.

Finding areas of your life where you can let others shine without dulling yourself will serve you, but the thoughts or people that want you to be something you aren’t will push you to be less commanding or expressive than is healthy for you.

Instead of trying to make yourself passive — get clear about what you’re expressing, and how your audience is responding.

Your affirmation: “I am allowed to command attention.”
To balance yourself: Let yourself be advised by others’ ideas and perspectives.
Your innate gift: To inspire your followers to greatness.
To hone your gift: Spend less energy on seeking attention, and pay more attention to what you’re expressing and how your audience is reacting.
Your guiding question: “How am I inspiring my audience?”

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The Archetype of Virgo

You learn by seeing how things fit together.

If you find yourself nitpicking through details, or feeling compelled to put everything in its proper place, you are on the right track. You find expansion in wonder. Your energy is attentive and thoughtful. Others might want you to be faster or more carefree than you are, and this might cause you to doubt or dislike yourself (or them).

Take heart: are not meant to get too loose or stop analyzing; you are simply meant to work with your need to put things in place, rather than let it work against you.

Finding areas of your life where you can unwind without feeling sloppy will serve you, but the thoughts or people that want you to be something you aren’t will push you to be sloppier and less observant than is healthy for you.

Instead of trying to make yourself looser — get clear about what you’re giving your attention to, and what it is you keep noticing about it.

Your affirmation: “I am allowed to put it all in place.”
To balance yourself: Allow life to be an art, not only the science.
Your innate gift: To see the forest and the trees.
To hone your gift: Spend less energy arranging every detail of the pattern, and pay more attention to which parts help the whole flourish, and which inhibit it from perfect health.
Your guiding question: “How can I help this be in right relationship?”

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The Archetype of Libra

You learn by harmonizing.

If you find yourself always seeing opposing sides, or working to make both peace and justice, you are on the right track. You find expansion in opposition. Your energy is gracious and curious. Others might want you to be more single-minded or serious than you are, and this may cause you to doubt or dislike yourself (or them).

Take heart: you are not meant to get too decisive or steadfast; you are simply meant to work with your need to create balance, rather than let it work against you.

Finding areas of your life where you can make bold decisions without upsetting your internal balance will serve you, but the thoughts or people that want you to be something you aren’t will push you to be more serious or stubborn than is healthy for you.

Instead of trying to make yourself more decisive — get clear about what perspectives you’re balancing, and what you want to gain from seeing the situation from another side.

Your affirmation: “I am allowed to see the beauty in both sides.”
To balance yourself: Don’t. See if there’s beauty in that.
Your innate gift: To harmonize peace and justice.
To hone your gift: Spend less energy on pleasing others, and pay more attention to understanding them.
Your guiding question: “Am I seeing what’s right or what’s easy?”

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The Archetype of Scorpio

You learn by becoming.

If you find yourself guarding yourself against energies you don’t trust, or experiencing at a dizzying depth, you are on the right track. You find expansion in depth. Your energy is profound and immersive. Others might want you to be more light-hearted or open than you are, and this might cause you to doubt our dislike yourself (or them).

Take heart: you are not meant to give yourself to something easily; you are simply meant to work with your need to sink in deeply, rather than let it work against you.

Finding areas of your life when you can let your guard down without giving too much of yourself up will serve you, but the thoughts or people that want you to be something you aren’t will push you to be shallower or more accessible than is healthy for you.

Instead of trying to make yourself more open — get clear about what it feels like when you do trust something or someone, and why it is you’re pursuing your desires.

Your affirmation: “I am allowed to be selective and relentless.”
To balance yourself: Open up and lighten up.
Your innate gift: To put everything you are into your goals.
To hone your gift: Spend less energy on protecting yourself from harm, and pay more attention to why you want what you want.
Your guiding question: “What does it feel truest to become, and why?”

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The Archetype of Sagittarius

You learn by seeking.

If you keep running to the next horizon, or always look for the deepest truth, you are on the right track. You find expansion in breadth. Your energy is adventurous and honest. Others might want you to be more placating or easily satisfied than you are, and this may cause you to doubt or dislike yourself (or them).

Take heart: you are not meant to give up the search; you are simply meant to work with your need to seek, rather than let it work against you.

Finding some areas of life where you can feel content without feeling complacent will serve you, but the thoughts or people that want you to be something you aren’t will push you to be more dependent or stagnant than is healthy for you.

Instead of trying to give up the search — get clear about what you’re looking for, and why you’re not finding it where you are.

Your affirmation: “I am allowed to look beyond this.”
To balance yourself: Learn the truth of your interdependence with others.
Your innate gift: Your inspiration knows no expiration.
To hone your gift: Spend less energy running at the next horizon, and pay more attention to what you’re seeking to free yourself from.
Your guiding question: “Why do I find this untrue or inadequate?”

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The Archetype of Capricorn

You learn by honing your craft.

If you find yourself always shouldering responsibility, or focused on getting the job done, you are on the right track. You find expansion in supporting. Your energy is diligent and thorough. Others might want you to be faster or more lighthearted than you are, and this may cause you to doubt or dislike yourself (or them).

Take heart: you are not meant to get careless or too lighthearted; you are simply meant to work with your need to shoulder responsibility, rather than let it work against you.

Finding areas of your life where you can let go without giving up will serve you, but the thoughts or people that want you to be something you aren’t will push you to be more flippant or grandiose than is healthy for you.

Instead of trying to make yourself more playful — get clear about what burdens you’re shouldering, and if and how the added weight is honing your approach.

Your affirmation: “I am allowed to focus on quality over quantity.”
To balance yourself: Take time to enjoy what you’ve built.
Your innate gift: An unshakeable dedication to improvement.
To hone your gift: Spend less energy trying to carry everything, and pay more attention to what burdens add to your skill, and which detract from it.
Your question: “Is this really helping me improve?”

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The Archetype of Aquarius

You learn by innovating.

If you find yourself always doing something totally new, or trying to help everyone, you are on the right track. You find expansion in rising above. Your energy is original and idealistic. Others might want you to be more by-the-book or practical than you are, and this may cause you to doubt or dislike yourself (or them).

Take heart: you are not meant to be easily understandable to others; you are simply meant to work with your need to push boundaries, rather than let it work against you.

Finding areas of your life where you can make put others at ease without conforming will serve you, but the thoughts or people that want you to be something you aren’t will push you to be more conformist or traditional than is healthy for you.

Instead of trying to fit yourself inside the box — get clear about what’s really in the box, and why what’s in the box isn’t helping everyone as best it could.

Your affirmation: “I am allowed to move beyond what’s normal.”
To balance yourself: Make your ideas feel safe to others.
Your innate gift: To see the whole picture, as though from beyond it.
To hone your gift: Spend less energy trying to determine what is good for the whole of humanity, and pay more attention to understanding why and how people are set in their ways.
Your question: “What do the people really need?”

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The Archetype of Pisces

You learn by sensing what’s possible.

If you find yourself always taking on the emotions of others, or dreaming up more beautiful possibilities, you are on the right track. You find expansion in wonder. Your energy is receptive and imaginative. Others might want you to be more grounded or demonstrative than you are, and this may cause you to doubt or dislike yourself (or them).

Take heart: you are not meant to live fully grounded in the material; you are simply meant to work with your need to sense the many layers, rather than let it work against you.

Finding areas of your life where you can be rational without numbing your sensitivity will serve you, but the thoughts or people that want you to be something you aren’t will push you to be more practical or sharper than is healthy for you.

Instead of trying to make yourself less impressionable — get clear about what you’re feeling, and what it’s calling you towards.

Your affirmation: “I am allowed to trust my sense of wonder.”
To balance yourself: Focus your imagination on what’s needed.
Your innate gift: To feel the perfection in everything you encounter.
To hone your gift: Spend less energy on making things feel better, and pay more attention to why and how it feels less than its best.
Your guiding question: “How is this blocked from feeling its perfection?”

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