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What Medieval Armament You Should Wield, Based On Your Zodiac

Updated December 18, 2019 39.5k views12 items

While modern-day weaponry is shocking in its efficacy, medieval armaments were a whole different kind of animal. Requiring more craftsmanship and skill both to create and to use, medieval weapons were adapted to the necessities of the times. While many were bulky and difficult to maneuver, resulting in clumsy fights, they were also capable of doing a fair amount of damage. 

In addition, many weapons functioned not just as necessary instruments, but also as a symbol of status and power. From knights to peasants, most medieval subjects had some form of armament. Those with more money boasted ornate weapons that were as beautiful as they were vicious, while the poorer among the population picked up their agricultural tools and repurposed them for conflict. From elaborate siege weapons to simple clubs, the front lines of a medieval conflict were filled with a range of deadly weapons. Regardless of your zodiac sign, there would have been a medieval armament fit for you.

  • Aries (March 21 - April 19): Lance 
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    Although Aries are courageous, determined, and confident, they're also prone to impulsiveness. They want to be first in everything and will often act before they truly have a chance to think things through. Much like the medieval lance, Aries are all about action, but not so much about follow-through. 

    A favorite tool of the medieval knight, the lance was a long wooden spear with a sharp metal point at the end. Although it was originally created to be thrown, knights on horses altered its ability and used it to charge. However, the lance had a limited ability to be successful. Using the speed and weight of the charging horse combined with the position of the lance in the knight's arm, it was nearly unstoppable, especially against unmounted opponents. However, the lance could also cause serious problems for the knight wielding it. It had the potential to stick in its target and pull the knight from his saddle, throw the knight backwards off his horse from the strength of the impact, or simply shatter on impact

    While the lance was popular, it took a lot of trial and error to get it right. It was an armament that relied on in-the-moment aggression and physicality, but it could easily backfire if the knight didn't think through his situation. Aries totally understand that struggle. While this zodiac sign is often successful due to the sheer force of their will, they have a tendency to rush into things too quickly and create an even worse situation for themselves.

  • Taurus (April 20 - May 20): Flanged Mace
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    Taurus is a responsible, devoted, and stable zodiac sign. Although they're often considered stubborn, they're simply committed to the tasks in front of them and unwilling to veer off course. When a Taurus sets their mind to something, they want to get it done as quickly and painlessly as possible. When it comes to medieval weaponry, Taurus is most like the flanged mace.

    This powerful tool featured a strong wooden or metal club topped by a heavy head of stone, iron, copper, bronze, or steel. The ribbed design of the head allowed deeper penetration into the armor for a truly devastating hit to an opponent. Maces were often quite small and easy to wield, unlike bulkier weapons of the time. As such, they were the perfect instrument to simply get the conflict over with.

    Much like a Taurus, the flanged mace is all about getting things done. It allowed the wielder to cut through their opponents and move on. While Taurus likely doesn't want to participate in a medieval engagement, they can relate to the need for something stable, reliable, and effective.

  • Gemini (May 21 - June 20): Battle Axe 
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    Just like Gemini's two-sided personality, the medieval axe served two purposes. It could be used in close conflict to hack an enemy to pieces, or it could be thrown from further away to offer some protection to the wielder of the axe. 

    Now, Gemini's two personalities aren't a choice between chopping someone to bits in close quarters or tossing your arms at them from afar, but there are some similarities. One side of Gemini is fun, communicative, and excitable, while the other is restless, nervous, and moody. 

    With Gemini, you never know exactly what you're going to get, which is much the same feeling you get when facing an opponent with an axe on the medieval battlefield. Will they charge in for a close fight that gives you a chance to take them down, or should you be prepared to dodge an unexpected and potentially hazardous throw? Truly, you'll never know. Much like Gemini's dual personalities, axes force you to just wait and see what happens.

  • Cancer (June 21 - July 22): Shield 
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    Cancers are by far the most emotional zodiac sign. Although they can be sweet and kind, they're also prone to mood swings and other selfish behavior. Their symbol is the Crab because they tend to hide all their soft and mushy insides under a hard outer shell. What better armament for Cancer than the all-important shield?

    This portable protective device was made of all sorts of materials, from animal hides to wood to metal. It was carried on the left arm when fighting or the back when marching. The shield was a defensive armament that helped to protect soldiers from their opponent's onslaughts. If made with the right materials, it could easily block a fatal blow or fend off a disastrous maneuver.

    The shield centers on guarding a fighter from outside danger. While Cancer's hard outer shell is more metaphorical than physical, they would relish the opportunity to literally block themselves off from the rest of the world.