Ever wondered which literary character you’d be based on your birth month? Many people believe that your birth month can tell you a lot about your personality, and even predict how certain events will impact your life.
Each sign has representative symbol, color, stone, and even an element (like Earth, AIr, Fire, and Water) assigned to it.
Astrology skeptics may not give much thought to these stats, but whether or not you’re a believer in the signs, discovering your literary match made in the heavens can be a lot of fun.
The Zodiac Signs as Characters from Literature
Below are the 12 zodiac signs and their most distinctive traits, along with some of our favorite literary characters who best represent that sign.
Aries (March 21–April 19)
Aries are passionate, confident leaders who exhibit relentless determination when it comes to reaching their goals. However, on the flip side of their fiery demeanor, they also tend to be moody, impatient, short-tempered, and impulsive.
Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With the Wind
Scarlett O’Hara, the feisty protagonist of Gone With the Wind, exhibits many Aries traits. (Even her name brings to mind the Aries signature color of red.) She’s fiercely independent, has her mind set on what she wants, and will do whatever it takes to get it—including a few impulsive actions that lead her through three marriages and several reinventions.
Victor Frankenstein from Frankenstein
Victor Frankenstein is an innovative, independent scientist who works alone on his own projects (like trying to create new forms of life). In true Aries fashion, he reaches his goal of successfully reanimating a corpse—but fails to think through the potential consequences, which involve death and destruction for some of the people he loves most.
Taurus (April 20–May 20)
The Taurus is known for their consistency and hardworking nature, which is marked by ambition and mental tenacity. They can also be quite stubborn, but they’ll always see their goals through to the end. As much as they love to work hard, they also love to play hard.
Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing
Beatrice from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is very set in her ways, illustrating the Taurus Bull’s stubbornness. She holds grudges (especially against Benedick) and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. However, she’s also fiercely loyal and protective of the people she loves.
Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games
We said Tauruses are loyal, and what’s more loyal than volunteering to participate in a game that they’ll most likely die playing. Unlike many characters, we know for a fact that Katniss is a Taurus, as her brith date is revealed to be May 8. She would do anything for the people she loves, and as a Taurus, she doesn’t like confrontation, but rises to the challenge when necessary.
Gemini (May 21–June 20)
Geminis are adaptable, outgoing, and intelligent creatures who love to socialize and often have a knack for nosiness. They can be indecisive and a bit whimsical, but they’re generally easygoing and always up for an adventure or deep conversation.
Lady Macbeth from Macbeth
Lady Macbeth embodies the unpredictable nature of a Gemini, which keeps those around her on their toes. She’s able to adapt to almost any circumstance, which also makes her unpredictable. She may be calm one moment, then pushing her husband to commit regicide the next. (Like many Geminis, she’s able to easily influence those around her.)
Cancer (June 21–July 22)
Much like their symbol, the Crab, Cancers are known for sometimes being moody (or “crabby”), and for retreating into their shells when they feel insecure. However, they’re also highly nurturing, emotional, and intuitive. This makes them loyal friends and partners who are also sensitive to the feelings of others.
Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of Oz
Dorothy is a loyal friend, daughter, and fur parent, and she’s great at nurturing and making others feel better (see Scarecrow, Lion, and Tin Man). However, as Caners also tend to be insecure and self-pitying, she also needs some of that love herself to feel better (especially when she feels guilty for accidentally killing the Wicked Witch).
Nick Carraway from The Great Gatsby
Nick Carraway is the sensitive friend and cousin who finds himself whisked into Jay Gatsby’s ambitious plan to win back Daisy. Nick wants to help his neighbor and empathizes with him, and he also serves as a loyal listener for his cousin—no matter how dysfunctional she and her glamorous life turn out to be.
Leo (July 23–August 22)
As a Fire sign, Leos share many traits in common with Aries. They’re fierce, confident, highly determined, and natural leaders—but like other Fire signs, they also tend to be stubborn, arrogant, and naive. As friends, they’re extremely generous and warm-hearted, and in relationships they’re very passionate partners.
Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby
While not the best example of a loyal Leo, Daisy Buchanan embodies some of the Lion’s less admirable qualities. She’s definitely self-absorbed, and loves to be the center of attention (upon seeing her cousin Nick, the first thing she asks is if anyone back home misses her). Her comfort and grace in the limelight is another telltale Leo sign.
Harry Potter from The Harry Potter Series
Born July 31, Harry Potter is a Leo on paper, but this is also clear in a number of his traits. He’s warm-hearted and always puts the wellbeing of others before his own. Leos sometimes tend to see themselves as the protagonist in everyone else’s lives, but luckily Harry has Ron and Hermione to keep him in check.
Virgo (August 23–September 22)
Individuals born under this Earth sign are famous for their practicality, sensibility, and loyalty. Virgos tend to be creative, hardworking, reliable, and kind. They’re also said to be more patient than most people. However, they can also be overly critical, picky, and uptight.
Hermione Granger from The Harry Potter Series
Born September 19, Hermione exhibits many of the classic Virgo traits. She’s highly analytical, and she always does what she can to stop Harry from acting irrationally. She’s also a reliable friend and a hardworking student.
Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice
It’s no secret that Mr. Darcy is overly critical of those around him, especially when it comes to class (of course, he’s also very proud). In addition to being critical, he’s also shy, but doesn’t pay much attention to how his words affect those around him.
Libra (September 23–October 22)
Libras are known for their diplomatic fairness, idealistic values, and interpersonal skills. They’re charming, clever, and great at reaching compromises, but sometimes unreliable. Because they prefer to be peacemakers, they often have difficulty facing problems head-on and will delay uncomfortable conversations as long as possible. A Libra loves beautiful things, and that can include themselves—they tend to be vain and put a lot thought into their appearances.
Juliet from Romeo and Juliet
Juliet Capulet is the soft and sweet co-protagonist of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. She embodies the Libra spirit by trying to avoid conflict—even if she and Romeo ultimately never escape the conflict between their families. She’s also easily swayed by others, including Romeo.
Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch represents the best of Libras with his idealistic eye toward justice and ability to consider all sides of a situation. He’s intelligent, well-spoken, and fair. As a lawyer, however, he doesn’t appear to fear confrontation, as many Libras are known to do.
Scorpio (October 23–November 21)
Scorpios are intense in all that they do, but especially in their emotions. They’re determined, brave, and loyal, but all that passion and intensity can also carry over into their flaws: they’re famous for being jealous, stubborn, and resentful. Their powerful presence makes them hard to forget.
Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby
Jay Gatsby’s over-the-top efforts to win the love of Daisy Buchanan could only be the mark of none other than a Scorpio. He was willing to do whatever it took—including reinventing himself in just a few years—to impress Daisy, because he simply couldn’t accept losing her to another man.
Catherine Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights
No one can deny Catherine Earnshaw’s passionate spirit in Wuthering Heights. She’s incredibly independent and secretive, but she also falls hard in love (even going so far as to haunt her love, Heathcliff, as a ghost). Hey, we said Scorpios were stubborn.
Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)
Sagittariuses aren’t afraid to take risks, which makes them great innovators. They’re fiercely independent and very generous, but they also have a tendency to get bored easily, which is why many of them work as entrepreneurs, marketers, or other jobs that allow them the freedom to do things their own way. All that independence, however, can lead them to rebel against authority figures or ignore the ideas of others.
Robin Hood from The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Robin Hood is a great representation of the Sagittarius (and not just because he carries a bow and arrow). He’s generous, caring, and rises up to help the poor and oppressed. Plus, he’s always up for an adventure, typical of the restless Sagittarius.
Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables
As a clever and creative Sagittarius, Anne Shirley has a bright and enthusiastic outlook on the world. Also like a Sagittarius, she’s up for just about anything, from dyeing her hair green to changing the spelling of her name.
Capricorn (December 22–January 19)
Capricorns are extremely hardworking—many might even say workaholics. So while their strengths include being ambitious and highly responsible, their weaknesses include being stubborn, pessimistic, and work-obsessed. They love being around family and cherish traditions.
Sherlock Holmes from Sherlock Holmes
Capricorns take their work seriously, and who does that better than Sherlock Holmes? He loves putting clues together and has no patience for foolishness. His work is his passion, and he finds it hard to thrive when there are no cases to crack.
Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice
Lizzie Bennet is quiet, tentative, and very responsible, just like a typical Capricorn. But none of that could stop her from calling out Mr. Darcy’s flaws and arrogance, and of course judging him harshly for it (after all, Capricorns do tend to be pessimistic, so it’s not really a surprise she sees the worst in him).
Aquarius (January 20–February 18)
Aquarians can be hard to categorize: you’ll find some who are quiet and gentle, while others are highly energetic. However, in general, it can be said that Aquarians love to spend time in thought, and often have a high interest in humanitarian efforts. They embrace their creativity and uniqueness, and are often drawn to new and interesting trends—however “out there” they may seem.
Edmond Dantés from The Count of Monte Cristo
When Edmond Dantés is wrongly convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, he’s sentenced to prison on a small island, where he spends a lot of time thinking—as Aquarian do—which means he has adequate time to plot his revenge. He seeks justice, but not just for those who have done him wrong; he also makes sure to pay back the ones who have helped him.
Alice in Wonderland from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Alice is a free-spirited, curious girl, who spends a lot of time in her own little world (literally). But despite the strange things and characters she encounters in Wonderland, she still manages to carry on while standing up for those oppressed by the Queen of Hearts.
Pisces (February 19–March 20)
Pisces are known for being one of the most empathetic signs, and they prioritize the happiness of those around them. They’re also very creative and generous, but can sometimes be too emotional and impressionable, which leads them to be easily swayed. Despite being deeply caring, they can have a hard time accepting help from others.
Romeo from Romeo and Juliet
Perhaps the ultimate hopeless romantic, Romeo is the perfect example of how a Pisces can be so impressionable. He falls in love at first sight (literally) and makes some hasty decisions that lead to rather dire consequences for both him and Juliet—but hey, it’s all in the name of love.
Don Quixote from Don Quixote
Don Quixote may not have a very strong grip on reality, but that doesn’t make him any less empathetic or caring. He treats everyone with respect, and possesses a truly creative mind—even if that imagination sometimes gets the best of him.
What Zodiac Sign Should You Choose for Your Character?
Choosing your characters’ birth dates isn’t really a necessary step in story writing. (If you think about it, very few books actually disclose a character’s birthday).
But creating a character profile before you start writing can help to ensure that your main players are well developed, even if much of the information in that profile is never explicitly mentioned in the book. Thus, having at least a general idea of when your character was born might help you to better visualize the character as a real, dynamic person.
Most likely, you’ll already have an idea of what the character’s personality will be like before you choose a specific birth date, so you might use the qualities outlined above to help you choose the best zodiac sign for your characters.
Which character matches your Zodiac sign? Share your match in the comments below!