Do the stars control our destiny? In at least some cases, zodiac signs line up perfectly with the achievements of famous historical people. This is unsurprising, considering astrology may also be able to predict criminality - bad news, Geminis and Virgos, it looks like a lot of serial killers share your sign.
Historical astrological signs can help explain why Napoleon tried to conquer Europe, or why Elizabeth I portrayed herself as a duty-bound Virgin Queen. And did Galileo gaze at the stars because of his sign? Did Marie Curie's sign drive her to her death? These historical figures' zodiac signs can provide a different angle from which to examine their historical accomplishments.
Check out this list of the zodiacs of famous figures to see how the astrological signs of historical figures match their achievements.
Henry VIII has a lot of claims to fame: He led England's break from the Catholic Church. He married six times. He sent two of his wives to the chopping block. There's a lot to unpack there. Henry was born on June 28, 1491, making him a Cancer. Perhaps most notably, after famously pursuing Anne Boleyn for years, finally convincing an entire country to let him divorce his first wife so that he could marry Anne, he eventually turned on her, accusing her of treason and incest.
Was Henry's astrological sign to blame? Cancer is a sign known for love of home and family. Maybe Henry loved family a little too much, since he was relentless in his drive for a male heir. And he certainly didn't avoid conflict, like other Cancers. In Henry's case, his moon (which rules a person's emotional nature) was in Aries, giving him a quick temper that was prone to making rash decisions based on perceived emotional slights. Henry's erratic yet mopey nature makes a bit more sense when viewed through that lens.
Age: Dec. at 56 (1491-1547)
Birthplace: Palace of Placentia, London, United Kingdomsee more on Henry VIII of England
America's most famous civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., was born on January 15, 1929, making him a Capricorn. MLK played a central role in ending legal segregation in the United States and pressuring the government to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He also received a Nobel Peace Prize before he was assassinated in April of 1968.
Like other Capricorns, Martin Luther King Jr. was disciplined, patient, and cautious. In contrast to Malcolm X, who advocated for more radical means to achieve racial justice, MLK counseled in favor of a more cautious road to equality. His stubborn commitment helped white Americans recognize the injustices of Jim Crow and helped the nation take a step toward equality.
Age: Dec. at 39 (1929-1968)
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of Americasee more on Martin Luther King, Jr.
The general who won the American Revolution and became the first president of the United States, George Washington, was born on February 22, 1732, making him a Pisces. He combined military prowess with restrained leadership, beginning the tradition of stepping down as president after two terms.
Like other Pisces, Washington was certainly selfless and idealistic - he needed those qualities to win a revolution and then lead a country. And it's unlikely that a man born under a different sign (Leo, perhaps) would walk away from power as George Washington did when he retired in 1797. He easily could have been a king, but chose a different path - perhaps because of the zodiac; after all, Pisces is associated with the archetype of Jesus Christ and the desire to do good for others without seeking benefits for oneself.
Age: Dec. at 67 (1732-1799)
Birthplace: Virginia, USAsee more on George Washington
Queen Elizabeth I of England was born on September 7, 1533, and maybe it's no surprise that the Virgin Queen was a Virgo. Elizabeth was Europe's most powerful ruler at a time when women rarely held power at all, and she had to fight for every inch of her throne.
Perhaps it was just a coincidence, but the symbol of Virgo is the virgin, an image forever tied to Elizabeth, and like other Virgos, Elizabeth played up her feminine grace and her sense of duty. Virgos are also known for having high standards for just about anything, and it is certainly not a coincidence that English culture thrived and the country itself entered a Golden Age under the guidance of a Virgo - it need the discreet yet knowing touch of a Virgo to make it happen.
Age: Dec. at 70 (1533-1603)
Birthplace: Palace of Placentia, London, United Kingdomsee more on Elizabeth I of England