Wild Animals That Best Align With Your Horoscope
Wild animals are often associated with horoscopes to symbolize specific characteristics that pertain to each zodiac sign. It's fun to explore these representations to learn about and appreciate the deeper personality traits in each of us.
These pairings are by no means an exact science and can be interpreted in many ways, but you can still have fun finding the wild animal that best suits your personality and zodiac sign.
ARIES: The Ram (March 21-April 19)
Ruling Planet: Mars
Personality Traits: Determined, Quick, Assertive, Independent, Competitive, Impulsive
The cheetah is the fastest animal in the world and is associated with the quick-thinking nature of Aries.
The cat also has an uncanny determination and is primarily successful in getting what it wants, just like people born under this competitive zodiac sign.
The wolf is an active creature that exhibits strong leadership qualities, much like Aries in the work environment.
But like the sign, the wolf can also be aggressive when it doesn't get its way.
This spirited animal is determined and knows how to get what it wants but has fun doing it — similar to the quick-thinking skills of an Aries.
Female lemurs are known to dominate males, making them a perfect personality match for the female Aries.
TAURUS: The Bull (April 20-May 20)
Ruling Planet: Venus
Personality Traits: Ambitious, Trustworthy, Reliable, Strong, Sensual, Creative
Grizzlies prefer a routine life, much like Taurus. The hibernation pattern of the animal is an excellent example of their love for sticking to a schedule. They are also patient creatures that are not afraid to wait for what they want, as seen in their salmon hunt.
Their level of patience matches Taurus' temperament, who’s willing to wait for the right moment to achieve a goal.
This bird of prey exhibits progressive thinking in its creative abilities to capture its next meal.
Their intelligence, ambition and surprising strength mirror the traits of a Taurus.
Despite its reputation for being lazy, the sloth is actually a hard-working animal with incredible patience while accomplishing a task, even though it works at a slow pace.
Similar to Taurus, the sloth is also reliable, practical and loyal in its relationships.
GEMINI: The Twins (May 21-June 20)
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Personality Traits: Curious, Passionate, Expressive, Versatile, Kind, Optimistic
These animals are fun-loving and sociable, just like Gemini. They prefer living in close-knit communities but tend to move around frequently due to their versatile nature.
And like Gemini, they are gentle and caring but nervous when conflict arises and will do whatever is necessary to avoid problematic situations.
The gorilla is an affectionate, caring animal that is always curious about what's going on.
Gorillas are great communicators that learn new skills quickly and enjoy sharing their knowledge with others — all common traits of Gemini.
This versatile critter adapts to almost any type of environment and is known for its ability to change — much like Gemini's capacity to evolve in their quest for self-improvement.
The chameleon also shares this zodiac sign's inquisitive nature and nervousness.
CANCER: The Crab (June 21-July 22)
Ruling Planet: Moon
Personality Traits: Protective, Creative, Sentimental, Loyal, Generous, Psychic
The otter is very protective of its family and quick to defend itself when it feels threatened, similar to Cancer.
As the zodiac sign, Otters are considered compassionate and sensitive, but they also get easily irritated.
The stealthy blue whale moves slightly slower than other creatures but is incredibly powerful and intelligentlike people born under this sign, especially those with psychic abilities.
The whale is also a water animal, which matches the element trait of Cancer.
Although this big cat is usually associated with Leo, it also correlates strongly with Cancer in its loyalty to family and the home it rules.
Lions are nurturing and generous but fiercely protective and will put their life on the line for their family, just like a devoted Cancer.
LEO: The Lion (July 23-Aug. 22)
Ruling Planet: Sun
Personality Traits: Proud, Outgoing, Confident, Energetic, Dramatic, A Born Leader
These sleek, exotic cats stand out in a crowd, just like the attention-craving Leo. The panther represents strength, energy and confidence — similar temperaments that characterize this sign.
However, panthers have a dark side that appears when they are knocked off balance, causing them to become aggressive and unpredictable, much like Leo.
The zebra is another flashy animal that loves being in the spotlight like Leo.
They are proud, bold and self-sufficient creatures that share this zodiac's stubborn streak.
Horses in the wild are confident, born leaders with strong personalities that resemble Leo's outgoing side.
They are stubborn like the zebra but have incredible instincts and strong social bonds with those they interact with, characteristics that align with Leo's nature.
VIRGO: The Virgin (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Personality Traits: A Perfectionist, Organized, Hard Working, Gentle, Sophisticated, Optimistic
Beavers are notoriously hard workers that are not afraid of challenges, which suits the Virgo personality. They tackle obstacles head-on to get the results they want.
If a beaver is disrupted from its task, it may become irritable and aggressive. The same can be said about this super-organized zodiac sign that is also a perfectionist at heart.
One of the quieter animals in the wild, the rabbit is a sensitive, analytical creature that prefers not to draw attention to itself, just like Virgo.
They are gentle creatures and can even be affectionate, but they also have a darker side that is willful and demanding, not unlike the Virgo personality.
For the most part, the Mandrill monkey is an optimistic, charming animal, but they tend to be more introverted than expected. This fits the quiet, shy nature of many Virgos.
However, the monkey can be greedy and will lash out if it feels threatened — a behavior pattern duplicated by some people born under this sign.
LIBRA: The Scales (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Ruling Planet: Venus
Personality Traits: Balanced, Social, Pragmatic, Creative, Diplomatic, A Dreamer
The capybara is considered the largest rodent in the wild. They are amiable animals, and like Libra, they are happiest when socializing in groups.
They're also quite adorable, and what Libra doesn't like to be told how cute they are?
Ravens are also sociable creatures, which makes them the perfect fit for this zodiac sign. The lighter side of the raven is its intelligence and desire for harmony, something Libras strive for.
On the darker side, the bird will hold a grudge if slighted, a tendency found in many people born under this sign.
The dreamy peacock likes to strut its gorgeous plumage for all the world to see.
Libra also enjoys the attention that beauty brings, but like the bird, this sign has a mean streak and will attack when it feels threatened.
SCORPIO: The Scorpian (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Ruling Planet: Pluto, Mars
Personality Traits: Brave, Honest, Outspoken, Cerebral, Stubborn, Passionate
The fox is both cunning and secretive like Scorpio.
Its clever nature matches this zodiac sign's cerebral side, and its habit of keeping a wary distance from others fits the tendency of Scorpios, who go out of their way to avoid getting hurt.
Snakes represent the dark, mysterious side of Scorpio.
The shedding of their skin is a perfect metaphor for this astrological sign's ability to reinvent itself continuously to become a better person.
Penguins are energetic creatures that are passionate and have a clear sense of purpose, just like Scorpio.
They tend to be jealous and a bit stubborn, which also suits this sign, but like Scorpio, they are loyal to their partners and prefer to remain close.
SAGITTARIUS: The Archer (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Ruling Planet: Jupiter
Personality Traits: Extroverted, Energetic, Funny, Adventurous, Honest, Strong-Willed
This animal is known for its playfulness and eagerness to explore — the same traits associated with the Sagittarian's love for adventure and fun.
At times, the panda can be impulsive and impatient, but they like their solitary time, which matches this zodiac sign's needs.
Like Sagittarius, mice are a bundle of energy and usually quite extroverted if they're comfortable in their environment. The rodent loves new experiences but prefers planning over spontaneity and is very self-reliant, similar to Sagittarius' personality.
Mice are also sympathetic creatures that are happy to help others, which fits this astrological sign's traits.
These tiny birds are restless yet adaptable and optimistic like Sagittarius.
They love their freedom and are impossible to cage, much like the nomad spirit of this sign.
CAPRICORN: The Goat (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Ruling Planet: Saturn
Personality Traits: Hard-Working, Disciplined, Focused, Confident, Independent, Somewhat Stoic
Sharks are bold, confident creatures, much like Capricorns, with a reputation for power and authority. They have great perception and understanding of situations and a laser focus that equates to people born under this astrological sign.
Sharks are also predatory and will stop at nothing to get what they want.
Although the bee is not a "wild animal," it best symbolizes Capricorn's strong leaning toward a hard work ethic and determination.
A highly disciplined insect, the honeybee is inflexible when it comes to getting the desired results it wants, much like Capricorns.
Fearless and formidable, the alligator has been associated with power and wisdom, matching many aspects of the Capricorn personality. Wary of strangers, the alligator, like the zodiac sign, prefers to observe others before revealing their intentions.
They are patient but assertive, and once they sink their teeth into something, they refuse to let go. The males are particularly territorial, solitary creatures that work best independently to achieve their goals.
AQUARIUS: The Water-Bearer (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Ruling Planet: Uranus
Personality Traits: Imaginative, Idealistic, Smart, Independent, Quirky, Honest
The elephant is an intelligent, independent animal that is caring and kind to others, just like Aquarius. Shy at first, they become more sociable once they get to know someone.
Despite their tough exterior and aloofness (a tactic they use to ward off conflict), a soft heart beats beneath that thick skin. They are very protective animals and will put themselves in harm's way to protect their family. Elephants also have excellent memory skills, and like Aquarius, they never forget.
The eagle represents many aspects of the Aquarian personality (bravery, power, honor, beauty, freedom), making it the perfect symbol for this astrological sign. Eagles are intelligent, task-oriented birds that work independently and are filled with both passion and idealism.
Like the zodiac sign, they enjoy chasing their dreams and feel entitled to success. At times they are considered rigid and egocentric, but for the most part, eagles are nurturing creatures that love to explore and learn new skills, much like Aquarius.
Rats are thrifty, hard-working rodents with a positive nature and creative-thinking skills similar to Aquarians' traits. Although cautious and calm, the rat has acute instincts, excellent problem-solving skills and a quick response to change.
Aquarius also shares the rat's stubbornness when it comes to listening to others' advice, but for the most part, both the rodent and zodiac sign are industrious and considerate creatures.
PISCES: The Fish (Feb. 19-March 20)
Ruling Planet: Neptune
Personality Traits: Sensitive, Artistic, Psychic, Quiet, Affectionate, Non-Judgmental
Since this astrological sign's element is water, it only fits for the peaceful, fun-loving dolphin to be paired with the empathetic, intuitive Pisces.
Dolphins are intelligent fish known to put the needs of others first, and they have their own brand of musical talent, which suits the artistic side of this horoscope sign.
Quick and fastidious, the squirrel's nervous energy matches the behavior of many born under this sign.
The rodent represents Pisces' ability to find the perfect work-life balance and not take things too seriously.
The deer is a sensitive, shy animal with a gentle and quiet nature similar to the character's zodiac. Deers are easily frightened off in the wild, as are Pisces when confronted with aggressive, offensive people.
Both deer and Pisces do well in small groups and prefer being with like-minded members.