Which Bloodthirsty Conquerer Were You In Your Past Life Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Due to the records available, there are some historical conquerors' zodiacs that will simply remain unknown. Ancient men like Attila the Hun (born sometime during the early fifth century) and Hannibal Barca (247 BCE), for example, could fall anywhere on the zodiac chart (smart money's on Hannibal being a Capricorn, by the way).

For many other kings, queens, and leaders from throughout history, their zodiac signs are clear. As a result, the attributes, likes, dislikes, and strengths of any given sign can be connected to a variety of historic reputations. When it comes to conquerors though, you're in for a treat: zodiac signs for historical figures associated with bloodshed and brutality make for some eye-opening parallels.


  • Aries (March 21 - April 19): Tamerlane

    Some of the best-known conquerors and leaders in history are Aries, including Charlemagne (believed to have been born sometime between April 1 and April 15) and Ashoka (his birthday is simply celebrated on April 14th by government decree), but the bloodiest is Tamerlane, also known as Timur the Lame.

    Tamerlane was born on April 9th, 1336 CE in Uzbekistan. His given name, Timur, means "iron," but his qualifier of "lame" is derived from those who hated him and wanted to diminish him based on the deformity or affliction affecting his right foot that may have hindered the use of his right arm as well.

    His physical health didn't stop him, however, and his Aries-like confidence, determination, and overall lust for a challenge may have been a factor in his drive to conquer. Tamerlane claimed to be a descendent of Genghis Khan and similarly transitioned from a nomadic ruler to one that dominated large swaths of Asia. Tamerlane conquered lands from Damascus to Delhi during the fourteenth century, fighting against Turks, Indians, and Persians along the way. He was extremely brutal, killing as many as 90,000 people in Baghdad on one occasion so he could build towers from their skulls. He once buried 3,000 Turks alive after promising not to shed their blood if they surrendered to him.

    It was said that Tamerlane and his army were always on the go, pioneering, so to speak, and he is credited with turning Samarkand into a culturally rich and beautiful city. Timur was restless (Aries don't like inactivity or waiting around) and, despite warnings to wait until spring to make an expedition into China in 1404, he went ahead and fell ill and died along the way. 

  • Stubborn and uncompromising. Two words that you can use to describe Adolf Hitler, the world's most famous Taurus. Being a Taurus also means an individual is practical and devoted—other characteristics that can be applied to the leader of the Third Reich.

    Hitler, born in Austria on April 20, 1889, started off as an aspiring painter, although he failed to get into art school on two different occasions. He joined the German military and fought during World War I, after which he became increasingly involved in German politics. He, like many others, resented how Germany had been treated at the end of the war. Holding on to and thriving on that resentment—a very Taurus thing to do—helped him rise to a position of power in the Nazi Party.

    Hitler's personality was characterized by dualities that have puzzled historians and psychologists, but make sense when you look at him through the astrological lens. Hitler felt strongly about artistic beauty and was absolutely devoted to individuals (or races) he trusted, but he was equally afraid of being emasculated and feeling inferior. So much the Taurus. 

  • Gemini (May 21 - June 20):    Muammar al-Gaddafi
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    Geminis are gentle and loving, which may be why there aren't many bloodthirsty conquerors who share this sign. There are still some leaders that have committed war crimes and other atrocities, however, like Muammar al-Gaddafi. After successfully staging a bloodless coup (pretty much the gentlest type of coup) in Libya in 1969, Gaddafi ruled the country for 40 years while supporting both Pan-Arab and Pan-African movements against western imperialism.

    Born on June 7, 1942, Muammar al-Gaddafi spent his youth training for the military, first in Libya and then in the United Kingdom. Once he took power, Gaddafi exiled non-Libyans, mostly Jews and Italians, and exercised repressive authority over the country. He was eccentric and lively, both characteristics of a Gemini, but also brutal and maniacal. Unlike most Geminis who aren't too concerned with earning money, he amassed a huge amount of wealth through the Libyan oil industry.

    Gaddafi attempted to improve his reputation in the west during the 1990s and vocally opposed Islamic terrorists like Osama Bin Laden as early as 1988. His policy flip may have been an inevitability given that Geminis can be fairly inconsistent. He remained in power until 2011 when he was ousted and killed by Libyan revolutionaries. 

  • Cancer (June 21 - July 22):   Alexander the Great
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    Cancers are persistent and persuasive, which, for the most part, describes Alexander the Great. Born on July 20, 356 BCE, Alexander grew up in the royal court of Macedonia where he was trained by Lysimachus and tutored by Aristotle before channeling his energy into the military campaigns carried out by his father, Philip II.

    Generally, Cancers don't like conflict, but Alexander certainly didn't demonstrate that particular trait. After his father died in in 336 BCE, Alexander continued along his father's path to world domination using a tenacious and imaginative military intellect that potentially stems from his zodiac sign. At the same time, Alexander hesitated on the battlefield when he fought Darius III of Persia at Issus in 333 BCE and was saddened after the Persian leader died at the Battle of Gaugamela in 331 BCE, demonstrating his Cancer-like emotional nature.

    After his friend and bodyguard Haphaestion died in 324 BCE, Alexander became increasingly reckless and started lashing out at those around him, losing the loyalty of his officers. A negative quality of the Cancer sign is moodiness, and Alexander's deep-seated affection for his loved ones made him an easy target for depressive emotions. After Alexander died the following year, the man that once saw himself as a god was left without an heir and his empire fell apart. 

  • Leo (July 23 - August 22):  Napoleon Bonaparte
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    Leo's like to be treated like royalty and Napoleon Bonaparte (born August 15, 1769) definitely made that happen. As a skilled military commander, Napoleon demonstrated his ability to lead—a Leo-like characteristic—and rose to prominence in France during the 1780s and 1790s. By 1799, Napoleon was part of a coup that overthrew the French Directory, and in 1800, he established himself as the first consul of France.

    As first consul, Napoleon was more or less a dictator who sought to consolidate his power in France as well as conquer his European neighbors, a sure sign of the arrogance and self-centeredness typical among Leos. In a sign of his Leo-esque generosity, he often gave titles to his friends and family as he extended his influence throughout Europe, placing loyal subjects into positions of power in Sweden, Spain, Holland, and Italy. 

    He was forced to abdicate in 1814 and was sent into exile on the isle of Elba in the Mediterranean Sea. He spent about a year there before staging a defiant return before his ultimate defeat at Waterloo in 1815. Napoleon died in 1821, and the defiance and self-confidence essential to his reputation reflect his Leo characteristics. His desire to be remembered is indicative of his sign, too. Whether or not these are strengths or weaknesses remains open for debate. 

  • Ivan IV, better known as Ivan the Terrible, ruled Russia from 1533 to 1584, during which time he was prone to fits of rage and paranoia. While not typically how a Virgo behaves—they're usually more kind and practical—his actions may be more defined by his difficult childhood.

    Born on August 25, 1530, Ivan's upbringing was full of strife after his father died when he was three and his mother died five years later. After becoming the leader of Russia at such a young age, Ivan was surrounded by constant political intrigue and tension before and after he became tsar in 1547. As tsar, Ivan introduced economic and social reforms and set his sights on extending Russian land to the Baltic sea and driving out Mongol threats in the Golden Horde.

    Virgos are often worriers and critical, both qualities that Ivan seems to have had in abundance after later policies and foreign endeavors led to widespread unpopularity. After his first wife, Anastasia Romanovna, died in 1560, he sank into a depression and that, combined with his distrust of the old aristocracy, helped start a Reign of Terror that lasted for 24 years. Virgos can focus too much on their work, and for Ivan, his work was rooting out perceived enemies. In 1582, Ivan killed his own son, also named Ivan, in a fit of rage. These are the actions that earned him his moniker and may demonstrate the harsh side of a Virgo's ways.