Do the stars govern your fate? Does your birth month hold deep and poignant secrets about your inner being? Is astrology just a pseudo-scientific excuse to talk about people behind their backs? Probably, but astrology is also a ton of (mostly) harmless fun. You can predict your future, or figure out why your relationships always fail (hint: stop dating Scorpios). And if you've ever wondered which hero or
heroine of classic literature shares your unique outlook on the world, wonder no longer. Here is the literary figure for you, based on your zodiac sign.
After all, we read books, in part, so we can identify with the heroes. We want to understand Harry's struggle, as he faces off against Voldemort. We want to roll our eyes with Lizzie Bennet as she pretends that she's
totally not into Mr. Darcy. We want to bumble around space with Arthur Dent in search of a cup of tea. And yes, we can identify with characters even if they don't share our magical, astrological destinies. But it's all the more fun when we come across a character lines up perfectly with our own hidden strengths and embarrassing weaknesses. So here's a literary hero just for you and your fellow zodiac brethren:
As an Aries, you aren't afraid to fight for what you believe in. You're a little impulsive, sure. But if the Trojans kill your boyfriend, you'd better
believe that you're going to take down their best fighter and then drag his body around the city just to be extra about it. Much like Achilles from The Iliad, you're a bad ass, stubborn warrior who secretly cares a lot.
A Taurus enjoys creature comforts. You like your hobbit hole to be cozy and well stocked with snacks. You can also be a bit stubborn: much like Bilbo Baggins from
The Hobbit, you're not wild about being dragged off on a camping trip with strangers, but once you have your quest in place, you'll always see it through to the end.
Emma is, as Jane Austen puts it, "handsome, clever, and rich." She's also got that Gemini sparkle. Like any true Gemini, she's a quick thinker and a brilliant conversationalist, and there's more to her than meets the eye. She might come off like a vain and meddling rich girl, but she feels deeply and knows her own heart.
Like all Cancers, Janie Crawford from
Their Eyes Were Watching God is just out there looking for love. And like most Cancers, she has to deal with a lot of heartbreak before figuring out that (spoiler alert) she doesn't need a husband to be a fully realized human woman. As a sensitive Cancer, Janie is romantic and starry-eyed, but she also grows her own tough, Cancer shell over the course the novel.
Leos are the fun, easygoing life of the party. Much like the Great Gatsby himself, you like to celebrate and make a scene. You also like to hide your true feelings under piles of money and hordes of adoring fans. Gatsby just wants to talk to his old flame, Daisy, but his strategy for reaching her is to become fantastically wealthy and throw a bunch of extravagant galas instead of just calling her up... a total Leo move.
Yes, before there was "Ask Jeeves" there was the character Reginald Jeeves from P.G. Wodehouse's series of
Jeeves novels. Jeeves is the brilliant, understated valet who takes care of the immature Bertie, and usually ends up solving a devilishly difficult mystery to boot. Like a true Virgo, Jeeves is always neat and orderly and attentive to details. Also like a Virgo, he always uses his problem-solving abilities to discreetly save the day from behind the scenes.
Othello is charismatic, level-headed, and fair. As a Libra, he's a captivating storyteller and a devoted husband. It takes a lot to tip his scales. It's only when his frenemy Iago convinces him that his wife, Desdemona, is having an affair that Othello finally loses his calm, collected Libra demeanor, and becomes completely unbalanced.
Scorpio: Catherine Earnshaw
As a Scorpio, you can get just a little... intense about your passions. And Cathy from
Wuthering Heights is passionate, to put it mildly. She loves running wild and free across the moors. She's fierce and independent and secretive, and yet when she falls in love, she falls hard. Heck, she loves Heathcliff so much she comes back as a ghost to ruin his life. Typical Scorpio.
Sagittarius: Anne Shirley
Sagittarians love life. They can dance all night or debate you about philosophy until the wee hours of the morning. They're creative and clever, and share Anne Shirley's bright, enthusiastic outlook on the world. Dying your hair green, changing the spelling of your name, and getting your friend messed up on cordial in the woods are all very Sag things to do.
Capricorn: Sherlock Holmes
It's not that Capricorns are cold and calculating—it's that you take things
seriously. You know you're smart, and you have no patience for fools. Much like Sherlock Holmes, you excel at putting clues together on the job. It's only when you don't have a case to crack that you start to get stressed out.
Aquarius: The Little Prince
They say that Aquarians seem to "live on their own planet." That's especially true in the case of the Little Prince. He has a slightly different outlook on life than everyone else around him. He's managed to hold onto his inner child, but he's still clever and caring and he wants to make the world (or at least, his world) a better place.
Don Quixote from
Don Quixote is a knight... kind of. He doesn't have the strongest grasp on reality, though. He tilts at windmills, mistaking them for giants. But he treats everyone he meets with respect and kindness, and even in his "madness" he's the noblest man around. Like a Pisces, he lets his imagination rule his life, but also like a Pisces, he's creative, gentle, and truly kind.