What’s your sign?
The signs of the zodiac have held our fascination for a LONG time – after all, when life gets confusing, it’s nice getting a little helping hand from the planets and stars above.
You know what else is sometimes confusing and needs a helping hand? Selecting a tattoo design. So we figured if you’re having a little difficulty in this area, why not let the heavens help you decide?
Why get a Zodiac Tattoo?
Your date of birth determines your sun sign, which in turn can tell you a whole lot about your personality – including your strengths and weaknesses, and even things like what colours you might like!
A tattoo of your sun sign is a tribute to yourself. And what’s even better is that there are also SO many options to choose from when designing a zodiac tattoo!
You could try getting something that is a more subtle reference to your sign, such as the element corresponding to your sun sign.
For the fire signs, a fiery phoenix!
For the earth signs, a beautiful landscape design.
For the air signs, a stunning abstract tattoo of a storm brewing.
And for the water signs, the majestic image of waves crashing.
Or you could go for something more specific and personal.
Need some inspiration? Read on and find your zodiac tattoo!
Tattoos and Sun Signs: A heavenly match!
20 March – 20 April
The first of the fire signs, Aries is known for being full of passion. Arians tend to be highly creative and have fiery personalities, much like their ruling planet Mars. They are natural-born leaders who are relentless in their determination and very direct in their approach.
When an Aries has a goal, nothing can stop them from accomplishing it – except, perhaps, themselves!
Much like their symbol, the ram, Arians tend to be hot-headed and self-centred, a rather unfortunate side-effect of being so determined and direct in their approach. It’s not surprising that they share their title with Ares, the god of war!
The biggest weakness for Arians is that they either find themselves in trouble because they act and speak before they think, or they find themselves being overly critical of themselves and overthinking until they can no longer get a job done.
20 April – May 20
Taureans, like their symbol the bull, are hard workers who take great joy in harvesting the fruits of their labour. This is why people born under this sign tend to love activities like gardening and cooking!
They tend to be ruled by the sense of touch and are very connected with the physical and sensual aspects of life.
Which makes perfect sense considering this earthy sign’s ruling planet is Venus and the deity associated with Taureans is Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty.
Though known for their commitment to getting things done, Taureans also tend to be quite stubborn – once again, just like a bull!
21 May – 21 June
Gemini, the sign of duality and symmetry! And with its symbol being ‘the twins‘, it’s easy to understand why – Geminis are complex individuals with diverse characteristics and the ability to see the world from multiple perspectives.
As an air sign ruled by Mercury, Geminis represent the calm, flowing nature of being curious and adaptable, making them fast learners and eager students.
Unfortunately, these qualities also tend to make Geminis indecisive and inconsistent, which has earned them the title of being ‘two-faced’.
But that rarely is the whole truth! Much like their representative deity Athena, the goddess of wisdom and victory, Geminis are multifaceted and highly talented in various areas, and often possess great strength and courage.
21 June – 23 July
The sign of the crab and the first of the water signs, Cancerians are extremely loyal and emotional. Ruled by the moon, they get sentimental easily and are quite intuitive and sympathetic.
Much like the deity Artemis, the goddess of the moon and wilderness, Cancerians are nurturers and protectors, particularly towards women and children, which makes it a healing experience to be around them.
The flip-side to such a personality is that they can be moody and pessimistic, and at the extreme, they can even turn manipulative when they get insecure, indulging in an excessive amount of self-pity.
Cancerians will go out of their way to fight for the causes of all but themselves, and while this makes them amazing friends and companions, they tend to neglect their own wellbeing in doing so. Just like the push and pull of the tides under the moonlight, Cancerians fight an eternal battle trying to balance protecting others with protecting themselves.
23 July – 23 August
If you’ve ever met a Leo, you would have no doubts about why their symbol is the lion and their element fire! Nor would it come as much of a surprise to know that they are ruled by the sun.
The deity associated with this sign is Apollo, the god of sun and light. But Apollo is more than just that – he is also the god of music, poetry, and knowledge. Leos are the entertainers of the zodiac! They don’t just love a good party, they love throwing a good party, and when they’re not being social butterflies Leos spend their time immersed in the creative arts.
Leos are known to be charismatic and extremely loving. But on the other side, they can be arrogant and inflexible, which makes many people think of Leos as being quite judgemental.
In truth, Leos are extremely generous and loyal and love meeting new people and making new friends. They have an amazing sense of humour and are usually the life of a party.
23 August – 23 September
Represented by the maiden, a symbol of youthful innocence and purity, Virgos are kind-hearted and tender, and often seem like they are experiencing life for the first time.
Virgos are known to be quite practical and analytical and prefer to make well thought out decisions, but this can sometimes cause them to worry excessively and be quite critical of themselves and often of others as well.
An earth sign that is ruled by Mercury, Virgos tend to be brilliant writers and speakers. They also tend to like order and keep their belongings and space well-organized.
The deity of Virgos is Demeter, the goddess of grain and agriculture who governs the harvest and brings fertility. Much like Demeter, Virgos bring with them a certain street-smartness that teaches all who encounter them the art of sowing the right seeds to reap their desired bounty.
23 September – 23 October
Librans are represented by the scales, that is, balance. They are the diplomats of the zodiac; Librans tend to be cooperative and social all while being fair-minded and balanced in their judgements.
They try very hard to maintain the balance in relationships and spaces they find themselves in. But as we all know, balancing acts are hard and Librans often find themselves avoiding confrontation due to having difficulty picking a side. When forced into unpleasant situations, Librans are more likely to pity themselves and are the type to hold grudges for a long time.
As an air sign ruled by Venus, Librans are highly intellectual and need creative enrichment and intellectual stimulation in their lives.
Associated with Hera, Queen of the Olympians and goddess of women and marriage, Librans are heavily influenced by their own sense of justice, especially when it comes to all the relationships in their lives.
23 October – 22 November
Resourceful, brave, passionate, assertive – everything about Scorpios tells us they are extremely strong and adventurous personalities.
They are also known to make extremely good friends since they value truth and loyalty and will take your secrets to their grave!
But Scorpios have their weaknesses just like any other sign – they are prone to jealousy and easily distrust people. They become secretive when they feel like they are being lied to or betrayed.
As a water sign ruled by both Pluto and Mars, Scorpios tend to be calm and mysterious. Even their associated deity, Kali, the goddess of life and death, tends to be a mysterious figure. Kali is often thought of as a symbol of feminine power and by extension sexual and creative energy in the West, while her original roots link her to being a creative and destructive force who brings change to the world.
22 November – 22 December
Sagittarians are the idealistic philosophers of the zodiac. They love freedom, travelling, and the outdoors.
Which is why it is perfectly fitting that their symbol is that of the archer – arrow tattoos are an extremely popular symbol for wanderlust!
Unfortunately, their free and idealistic nature has its downsides – Sagittarians bite off more than they can chew, usually making promises they cannot keep. They also have no filter and will speak out whatever comes to their mind, and they are generally impatient.
The deity associated with Sagittarius is Zeus, the king of the gods and the god of the sky and thunder. Just like Zeus, Sagittarians are impulsive and quick to react – which represents their element of fire quite well! Ruled by Jupiter, Sagittarians are also known for their boundless enthusiasm and intense curiosity.
22 December – 20 January
Just like their symbol, the sea-goat, Capricorns are responsible, disciplined, and have immense amounts of self-control. That’s probably why they’re thought to make good managers!
An earth sign ruled by Saturn, Capricorns have the quality of being extremely grounded and practical. This also makes them quite rigid, as they refuse to see other perspectives and can be quite cold and unforgiving. Capricorns also have the habit of imposing their way of life on those who live very differently to them.
While Capricorns are thought of as being brave enough to face anything that comes their way, they also often deal with fears around the inner battles they fight.
The deity of Capricorns is Persephone, the daughter of Demeter, goddess of the harvest, and queen of the underworld. Persephone is the perfect representation of the light and dark within us. Just like her, Capricorns battle with the light and dark aspects of their personality, trying to find a balance.
20 January – 18 February
Aquarians are the progressives of the zodiac. They are the rebels that have an eccentric side to them and are usually on the frontlines when it comes to fighting for social causes.
Their symbol is the water-bearer, even though their element is air. This causes Aquarians to have a personality that is adaptable and easy-going but also shy and introverted, often needing breaks of alone-time to recuperate before they jump back out into the world again. Aquarians are also easily bored and take time to build trust before they let someone in. Because of this, they often seem aloof and tend to run away from situations requiring emotional expression and connection.
Aquarians are ruled by Saturn and Uranus, and the deity associated with them is Prometheus, the god of forethought and mankind who was known to give good counsel and moulded humanity out of clay. Just like the rebellious Prometheus, Aquarians are ones that bring forth new thought and fresh ideas. They are the transformational ones who breathe life into a fading situation.
Aquarians are also frequently associated with mermaids, most likely due to their need to feel free. Aquarians keep others at a distance and tend to dislike feeling constrained by rules or bonds.
19 February – 20 March
The symbol of Pisces is the fish and its element water. Pisceans are known for being compassionate, gentle, wise and intuitive.
Because of how deeply Pisceans feel, they tend to be prone to bouts of sadness and an intense need to escape reality. As one of the most tolerant of the signs, Pisceans trust to easily and get hurt often, but they also have a tendency to play the victim and seek attention.
Pisceans are ruled by Neptune and are highly intuitive and artistically gifted. They gravitate towards music, usually from a very young age.