What are Zodiac Archetypes?

What are Zodiac Archetypes?

Have you heard about zodiac archetypes and wonder what they are and how this fits into astrology?  Astrology, psychology and astronomy were all very intertwined at their origins.  In this article, I want to delve into zodiac archetypes.

An image or a story pattern that keeps on coming back in different cultures and religions. Repeating themes in the form of images. Representing symbols of things that we can’t tangibly find in daily life.

The English word zodiac derives from zōdiacus, the Latinized form of the Ancient Greek zōidiakòs kýklos (ζῳδιακός κύκλος), meaning “cycle or circle of little animals”. Zōidion (ζῴδιον) is the diminutive of zōion (ζῷον, “animal”) and reflects the permanence of animals among the twelve signs. ref: Wikipedia.org

Zodiac Archetypes are ancient roles hidden in our collective unconscious that are used in everyday life that we can relate to through the lens of astrology. There are 12 main Zodiac archetypes also called the constellations. From Aries to Pisces. This is what we know as the mainstream Sun signs. 

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What Exactly is the Zodiac?

The zodiac is created by the apparent motion of the sun around the earth. It is the segment of the sky where the sun, moon, and the planets move.

It is divided symbolically into the four seasons as we know them in the Western Hemisphere. Which is where the system originated from. Although it is based on the 4 seasons this is only symbolically the case so the system can be used anywhere in the world.

This division in the Zodiac is based upon the equinoxes and solstices. Expressed in divisions of 30 degrees. From 0-29 degrees.

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Each of the 12 signs represents a particular group of qualities as defined by the season of the year.

We are not one Zodiac sign. You are not only your Sun Sign. Let us look at an example. You were born with the sun in Leo, but you inherit all the 12 energies. The Sun in Leo in your personality will only be more obvious to yourself and others around you. You feel more familiar with this.

Although all 12 archetypes can be recognized within ourselves. Some are more conscious than others. We can relate to all 12 of them. Later we will go deeper into this so you can discover this for yourself.

Here is a short teaser to get you started.

What is an Archetype?

Carl Jung, one of the founders of modern psychology, and researcher of the collective archetypes wrote extensively about archetypes. He also believed in astrology and calls these Zodiac Archetypes the integration of our shadow selves. That is what we project onto others.

Astrology is a useful representation of what Jung meant by accepting and integrating the unconscious parts of ourselves. Especially related to houses 7,8 and 12 in your astrology chart which are in our unconscious.

One of Carl Jung’s famous quotes:

‘Unless you make the unconscious conscious you will call it fate’

Carl Jung

Why is this Carl Jung’s Quote of Making the Unconscious Conscious Relevant?

Archetypes are symbolic representations in our collective unconscious present in us all. But before we look at the astrological Western zodiac signs let us look at where these archetypes come from and how they are relevant to us. How can we see them in our daily lives?

One of the purposes of the use of this astrological system is to gain more clarity on your own personality. Which stories are conscious, and which are more unconscious?

To help you decondition from your past and to integrate all 12 signs to become a more conscious human being. To live a more authentic version of yourself. To embrace the evolution of consciousness.

The 12 Zodiac Archetypes explained in short stories

So, let us now get acquainted and visit the archetypes or storylines that we see in the collective from the perspective of Western Astrology. The 12 Zodiac Signs. 


The archetypes of Manhood. Throughout history, many symbols of Manhood can be seen throughout art forms. Especially statues. Masculine energy has often been placed in a particular way in the media. The easiest way to look at them is through characters played in movies.

Movies that bring out the Mars or Aries archetype symbolism are for example 300 / Braveheart and Angelina Jolie’s movies. It is not gender-related though but generally portrayed as so.


The typical gardener, and cook. People are generally stubborn but can be solid as a rock for others. They elude stability. These folks are focused on their senses. Everything that they can feel, hear touch smell is what they value.

Accumulation of things, land, property. It is up to them to be an example when it comes to being self-reliant. How to accumulate your resources and be financially independent. They can often work well alone. Can be collectors of all sorts.

Their deep connection with nature makes them good farmers and shamans. They are often landowners. They love traditions. Have high morals and values. If there is a Zodiac Archetype with high self-love then it is Taurus.

They will show you how to live from the hearth. Most unlikely for them is to change anything in their lives. They just like the status quo. It can be their strength and their weakness.

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Imagine a Friday afternoon after-work drink. People are socializing and you hear people talking all around you. Gemini loves to interact with others. To negotiate business or to intellectually exchange ideas about random subjects.

What about collecting data for a particular subject online? Reading book after book to obtain knowledge about a subject. To learn a new language. The love of learning and collecting and reorganizing information of all sorts.

They are the communicators of the bunch. Often referred to as the Greek God Hermes. The Messenger of the Gods.

Be careful about what you tell them, they also have an (unconscious) need to gossip and be the smooth sales talkers of the crowd. Don’t fall for all of their words because they will have plenty to share.


To care for others and to nurture yourself at home. Cancer values family and home life. They are the ones who like to keep the family together.

They value emotional security more than anything. Those are the people you go to when you would like to talk about your emotions or when you need some emotional reassurance and empathy.

Lovers of food and cozy home materials. Example caretakers. People often work in the health field or as social workers where a certain maturity and emotional intelligence are required.  


The leader-by-example archetype. These shiny people are amongst us. They take good care of their health and appearance. Vanity is a Leo quality.

The attention seeker as well. People who are not afraid of being seen in front of the public. They should. It is part of their calling.

Leo’s archetype can in their appearance when on the Ascendant for example or on the angles, show their apparent clothing style. Bling, Bling.


With a love for routine and organization, the Virgo Archetype is focused on details. Organization and healthy foods. Virgo archetype is concerned with improving the self in body and mind.

They can be neat and healthy freaks. In the positive sense of the word. Also, good physiotherapists or any other body-related health professions. People with a strong Virgo archetype will value being of service.

They feel good by doing mundane everyday tasks like cleaning, grocery shopping, or washing. A solid work structure fits them well. Due to the improvement in the nature of their personality, they tend to criticize easily.

They need to become mindful of that.  They can be sharp-minded and separate the important stuff from the unnecessary details. Administration jobs will suit them well. The archetype of modesty.

When in positions of fame they are the ones that can stay grounded and work diligently on their career.


Do you have these people around you that don’t seek conflict? Do they want to see the beauty in everything and everyone? Do they like to be around people and do things together?

The Libra archetype is all about finding and creating fairness and justice in people, situations, and things. They love to make your home beautiful and therefore make excellent interior designers.

A Libra partner will take flowers home for the table. Yes, and love fine dining with candlelight they will appreciate it highly. A Libra foremost values harmony in relationships. Will go miles sometimes to create harmony in a relationship, while some discord and anger are needed to make the relationship healthier.

A Libra dislikes confrontation and discord. Libra needs to find a good balance between pleasing the self and pleasing others for the sake of the relationship.

These folks make excellent lawyers, counselors, and mediators. That’s because they have an eye for the others around them. There are usually at their best working in one on one situations.

They can be the glue that keeps a group of friends together. Initiators of social events.  


Do you need any investment advice? A deep conversation about the occult, sex, or any other taboo subject in your culture? Talk to a Scorpio. They will be good advisors. They won’t be afraid or ashamed to talk about those subjects.

Beware, although they are not the talkers by the hearth, once they do, they go deep. Superficiality you won’t find here. Scorpio tends to approach the world from a feeling of nature instead of a logical rational mindset.

They can be excellent in the kitchen because of their fine taste for food. Make the best cocktails to ignite pleasures within you, that you didn’t know you had! Human desires are their specialty.

The scorpion is the animal referred to in this archetype. This is because of their gift to feel what’s bothering another human being. Be careful. They can sting you by pushing your vulnerable spots.

Also, the loyal folks with a strong authenticity and often a strong introverted presence. Their introverted nature and doom scenarios tend to keep them a bit in black-and-white thinking.

A Scorpio can be very skilled in managing other people’s assets therefore you find them at banks or investment companies. Not necessarily good at managing their own money though and assets. 

They can make the best psychologists and leaders in healing arts as well. They value deep intimacy with life instead of acquiring material possessions. Scorpios can be great healers of intimacy, sex, and money.

The Scorpio like Libra is other focused and driven by their desires.


Those who value traveling and learning from experience can be seen in the Sagittarius archetype. 

Truth-seeking Sagittarius. Often say what they mean and mean what they say. An open enthusiastic personality with an exploratory spirit. The world is their home. Cultures of all kinds are fascinating. 

You find these folks as teachers, guides, and philosophers. Anything related to what will expand your mind and experience of life.

Those folks are ever optimistic and positive about life. Even at moments when that does not reflect their reality. It is how they cope with life.


The people that manage and organize. They put laws, structures, and regulations in place. The organizational types. The Capricorn archetype is typically about climbing the corporate ladder. Or the mother or father that organizes everything from A to Z at home.

These folks want to build something lasting. They need to be mindful of disconnecting from emotions and be overly focused on results instead of the process. You cannot control everything in life but these folks can show that with hard work and perseverance, you can achieve a lot.

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Taking matters into your own hands. Master delegators. Those with a lot of Capricorn tend to be consumed in their work-life because of the career that they are building and the status that comes with that in society.

They often need to find a balance to be more at home and spend time with the family. People that don’t walk away from responsibilities in life or hard times. You can rely on them in hard times.


The Aquarius archetype would say: It’s all about the group cause, not about me. I like to be in a group that stimulates my unique talents. The Aquarius Archetype is focused on innovation and challenging the status quo. I

t is those folks that are always part of a union or any other group cause. A political party or non-governmental organization. They value authenticity and guarding and showing their uniqueness. Their philosophy is not to follow the crowd but to shine your light in the crowd.

These future-oriented folks can be out-of-the-box thinkers and have profound visionary insights about life and subjects.

Carl Jung, the famous psychologist about Archetypes and group consciousness can be taken as an example. Read this quote from one of his books. The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious.

“A group experience takes place on a lower level of consciousness than the experience of an individual. This is because, when many people gather together to share one common emotion, the total psyche emerging from the group is below the level of the individual psyche.

If it is a very large group, the collective psyche will be more like the psyche of an animal, which is the reason why the ethical attitude of large organizations is always doubtful. The psychology of a large crowd inevitably sinks to the level of mob psychology.

If therefore, I have a so-called collective experience as a member of a group, it takes place on a lower level of consciousness than if I had the experience by myself alone.”

C.G. Jung, The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious


The imaginary folks. They are often artists and creators. Lovers of animals. Deep feeling in nature. Lovers of the sea. They tend to see the world in images.

They are the dreamers, the movie makers. They are usually sweet and kind and to be found in the background. They are known for their soft compassionate character.

Dear Pisces needs to learn when to consciously put himself first and be seen when necessary. Learning how to discern your own emotions from that of others.


After reading all of these short stories you should now be able to identify every story a bit within yourself. Depending on where all your planets were at the moment of your birth you can see that one or another exists more within yourself.

Which one is unfamiliar/unconscious to you? These can be seen as your shadow self.

Take a look at your family and friends around you. Which archetypes do they play out mostly? What is their dominant story?

Value each other’s differences. Play with it, and have fun!

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