Which Historical Time Period Are You, Based On Your Zodiac?

If you dozed off during history class, you probably didn't realize that different eras in human history each have their own unique personality. From the prevailing fashion of the day to the preferred method of thinking, the eras in human history have their own character that dominated that specific time period. 

While you're likely glad to have avoided certain historical ages, such as the tragedy of the Great Plague or the deplorable conditions of early American settlements, other significant periods marked the creation of some of the most incredible artistic, political, and social advancements the world has ever seen. 

But which historical time period would you be most comfortable in? Not all eras in history speak to us in the same way. Thankfully, your zodiac sign might provide some insight into the historical time period that most aligns with your personality.

  • Aries-born are aggressive and competitive. Unwilling to settle for anything less than first place, Aries is always looking to expand their influence and show off their many skills. They're all about action and will often move forward before they even consider their final destination. 

    If Aries could be explained through a historical time period, they would definitely be Ancient Rome. Beginning in the eighth century BCE and ending in the fifth century CE, the Ancient Roman period encompassed the rise of the Roman Empire, which grew from a small town on the Tiber into a power that spread across most of Europe, Britain, northern Africa, the Mediterranean islands, and western Asia. It was a time focused on expansion and the spread of Roman power, by any means necessary. 

    The aggressive and vicious nature of this era mimics Aries’s own desire to conquer their enemies. If they had the power, Aries would happily extend their influence everywhere and make it known that they're the best, despite what anyone else might think.

  • Taurus (April 20 - May 20): The Middle Ages 
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    Taurus is a stable and reliable sign. While some would consider Taureans to be stubborn, others realize they're simply devoted to the task in front of them. They refuse to get distracted and will follow through on every task to its full conclusion. However, their dedicated nature also makes them inflexible and closed off to any kind of change. What better historical era to describe them than the steadfast Middle Ages?

    Also known as the Medieval Period, the Middle Ages represent the time between the fall of the Roman Empire and the start of the Renaissance, stretching from about 476 CE to the 14th century. Sad as it sounds, it was an era that brought no significant advancements whatsoever, not in science, art, or leadership. In other words, it was a stable period of time, one in which the world remained fairly static. It certainly had its areas of complexity, such as the Crusades and the Great Plague, but in terms of actual progression and improvement, well, let's just say this wasn't the era for moving forward. 

    Much like the Middle Ages, Taureans' uncompromising nature makes it difficult for people born under this zodiac sign to grow. They want to enjoy the world around them and reap the benefits of their hard work, but they're often too stuck in their own ways to see the best way to move forward. While they're not as static as the Middle Ages, they certainly have some of this era inside of them.

  • Although Geminis are most often known for their two-sided personality, there's so much more to them. They definitely deal with a bit of moodiness, but they're generally sociable, excitable, and full of energy. They're desperate to explore the world around them. They often feel they don't have enough time to experience everything they want to see in their short life, so they're apt to have as much fun as possible, whenever they possibly can. What historical time period captures Geminis' fun and flirty nature? The Roaring '20s, of course.

    An age of massive change in the United States, the 1920s saw people breaking out of their old molds and embracing a culture of celebration. Young women could finally vote, work, and participate in the economy, and the total wealth in the nation nearly doubled. With more money to spend, people brought new technology into their lives, particularly the radio and the automobile. They went out more, both to movie theaters and to clubs, where they danced the night away to the hottest jazz music. They ignored the prohibition of alcohol and drank in secret speakeasies, using their extra money to entertain themselves and engage with the people in their community.

    The Roaring '20s was a time of curiosity and exploration. People were tired of doing the same old thing and finally felt that they had the freedom to explore the world around them to the best of their ability. Adaptable and fun-loving, Geminis would certainly fit right in to this time period.

  • Cancer (June 21 - July 22): The Romantic Era 
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    Cancer is certainly one of the most emotional zodiac signs. Always looking inward to find the answers, Cancer thinks that a person's innermost thoughts and feelings are of the utmost importance. Although they're often too willing to give in to every emotion as they feel it, leading to some moodiness and selfish behavior, Cancer's focus on their inner emotional patterns gives them an ability to empathize with the suffering of those around them. Everything is about emotion for Cancer, though they'll often hide their soft inside under their hard outer shell. 

    Cancer is definitely the Romantic era. Also known as Romanticism, this time period stretched from the late 18th century to the middle of the 19th century. Moving away from the prior focus on rational, provable behavior, Romanticism reignited a passion for the individual. In literature, painting, music, architecture, art, and many other forms, people began to emphasize a person's innermost thoughts and feelings - the things that can't always be discussed through logic. Emotion took the place of intellect, and the inner struggle was examined once again, in all its forms. 

    Cancer is practically the embodiment of the Romantic era. A sign that values feeling over fact, Cancer embraces the ability to focus on their feelings and ignore all sense of logic and reason. While letting your feelings run wild isn't the smartest option all the time, Cancers would certainly thrive in the Romantic era.

  • Leo (July 23 - August 22): Ancient Egypt 
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    Leo is creative, bold, passionate, and just a little self-absorbed. Although they have the ability to encourage anyone to pursue their dreams, they also love sitting just a tiny bit above everyone else. A natural-born leader, Leo is often quick to recognize their flaws. While they internally realize what they do wrong, they still want to maintain a picture-perfect appearance to those around them, in order to preserve their reputation. That sounds a lot like the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt

    Stretching from 3100 to 332 BCE, the Ancient Egyptian empire was at one time the most superior power in the Mediterranean. It was a period of significant advancement in the arts, technology, politics, and religion. In large part, however, the era is remembered by the huge monuments constructed during that time, which were often created as monuments to the Pharaohs. In typical Leo fashion, the pharaohs, who had absolute power over their kingdom, ordered the construction of large pyramids and ornamental statues to commemorate both their rule and themselves. 

    If anyone was going to build large monuments solely to celebrate how amazing they think they are, it would be Leo. Self-assured and confident, Leo belongs in this historical time period. No other sign would appreciate the erection of a pyramid in their name quite like a Leo.

  • Virgo (August 23 - September 22): The Enlightenment  
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    There's no zodiac sign quite as analytical and practical as Virgo. Methodical in every detail of their life, Virgos will examine and reexamine everything they touch about a million times simply to ensure they didn't mess up a tiny detail. While they have a soft heart, they much prefer to ignore their innermost feelings in favor of a sensible, realistic approach to the world. 

    Virgo is definitely the Age of Enlightenment. Starting in the late 17th century and ending in the early 19th century, Enlightenment, also known as the Age of Reason, focused on rational thought above all else. Enlightenment thinkers questioned the systems that had been in place for years, and argued that progress could be made most successfully through the application of reason and logic. While Enlightenment took different forms in different areas of the world, each Enlightenment movement focused on questioning the world and its established traditions, analyzing the efficacy of accepted systems, and applying reason to find improved solutions. 

    Enlightenment and Virgo are practically one and the same. Both appreciate a methodical, well-structured approach to the world. Both believe that everything can be solved through intellect and reason. Both have a tendency to get too caught up in the details, often missing the larger picture in favor of trivial facts. There's no other historical time period that captures the essence of a Virgo quite so well.