The Alternative Animal for Your Zodiac Sign, Using Tarot Cards

Posted on July 02, 2017

Every zodiac sign has its own energy and characteristics. You might have noticed that each sign is also represented by a symbol of this energy. Most zodiac signs are represented by an animal. You might wonder: How did that animal or object come to represent my sign? There are many other animals we could associate with each sign of the zodiac.

We thought that today, it would be fun to explore this idea, using the cards of the tarot as an influence to explore an alternative animal for the Sun sign you know so well! Find out which animal could also represent your sign just as well as its current symbol.

Aries - Dog

The sign of the ram is represented in the tarot as The Emperor, a card that stands for determination and authority. A perfect alternate animal for this sign would be the dog, a loyal creature if ever there was one. Also, it’s an animal that will fearlessly dive into any situation without concern for themselves.

The term ‘dogged pursuit’ absolutely describes an Aries, who sets their mind on something and doesn’t stop until they get it! If you have ever seen a dog trying to get a toy or bone from under your couch or dig a hole, you know it won’t stop until the job is done. It is also a fierce protector and will not hesitate to rush in and defend people they love.

Taurus - Tortoise

The sign of the bull is as stubborn as they come, and grounded in pragmatism. This sign is represented in the tarot as The Hierophant, a card about learning from history and leading a traditional life. There are many connections between these traits and that of a tortoise, a creature that is slow, but tough, with excellent problem-solving skills.

Their methodical approach definitely aligns to that of Taurus. A Taurus may not be quick to change its ways, but it will slowly and steadily make its way through life, trying to make the best choices possible. A tortoise’s hard shell can also represent the hard-headedness that can describe a Taurus.

Gemini - Dolphin

The sign of the twins is represented in the tarot as The Lovers, showing that you can’t live without a deep connection, whether a lover, soul mate or life mate. You don’t like to be alone. A dolphin is a great alternative animal for this sign. It is a playful creature always looking for mental stimulation and are very intelligent.

Geminis and dolphins are also immensely entertaining to have around and are very social. While dolphins are not known to mate for life, they highly social animals that travel in pods and are rarely found on their own. That’s because dolphins are vulnerable on their own, reflecting the feelings of a Gemini.

Cancer - Penguin

The sign of the crab is represented in the tarot as The Chariot, a card that speaks to using intuition to guide you in the right direction, as well as the pursuit of security. Penguins are known to take care of their own offspring very well. Much like a nurturing Cancer, they have a deep, strong tie to their mate and their pack.

They somehow manage great, long pilgrimages to find food and a new, safe home every year, using their internal compass to find the way against all odds. The ability to nurture and create a home in the most difficult of circumstances is the epitome of the energy of a Cancer.

Leo - Wolf

The sign of the lion is represented in the tarot by the Strength card, speaking to physical strength and courage; as well as emotional, mental, and spiritual prowess. A wolf would be an appropriate alternate animal, as this creature is both strong and mighty, just like the king of the jungle, Leo.

Wolves are very social creatures, with a strong respect for their leader, or alpha, who tends to control the group. Wolves are in constant motion and always have a strong sense of what’s going on around them, just as Leo does. We think this alternative animal is perfect to represent a Leo.

Virgo - Raccoon

The sign of the virgin is represented in the tarot as The Hermit. This card shows a need to slow down, focus on life’s purpose, as well as develop curiosity about the world with a healthy caution towards new information. A raccoon would be a great alternate animal – very curious and intelligent.

This little rascal is busy and focused on what it wants. Even though it has some questionable habits when it comes to finding and eating food, it can certainly be fastidious. Have you ever seen a raccoon wash its hands?! This focus on cleanliness surely describes a Virgo to a tee.

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Libra - Otter

The sign of the scales is represented in the tarot as Justice, speaking to weighing desires against needs and putting your own feelings and emotions aside to find the balance or fairness of a situation. An interesting alternate animal would be the otter. This is a creature that sacrifices itself for the survival of their offspring.

A fun fact, and another point of alignment to a Libra, is that the otter plays a key role in maintaining the balance of some marine ecosystems, the food they eat actually helps keep the harmony of the life cycle for parts of a river or ocean! very appropriate for the harmonious Libra.

Scorpio - Cat

Scorpio can be represented as a scorpion, phoenix, serpent or eagle depending on which astrologer you ask. It is represented in the tarot by the Death card, which is sometimes translated as the card of transformation and the ability to change identity when needed. An alternate animal for Scorpio could easily be a cat.

Our feline friends can be mysterious, intense, and never seem to forget a kindness or a slight! Cats play it cool until they’ve figured you out and they generally won’t approach until they’ve decided you’re worth their time, just like a Scorpio. It seems like their energies match up perfectly.

Sagittarius- Parrot

The sign of the archer is represented in the tarot as Temperance, speaking to balancing judgments. Suggestions are also very adaptable and seem to find the way around or through any difficulties in life. The parrot would be a great alternative animal for your zodiac sign.

A parrot is a charming animal and well-known for its cleverness. Parrots also have the ability to adapt to many different environments and situations. This speaks to a Sagittarian’s need for freedom and movement, as birds can fly and soar above it all.

Capricorn - Owl

The sign of the goat is represented in the tarot as The Devil, a card that speaks to letting go of attachments and finding confidence in yourself to achieve your goals. Owls are seen in mythology as wise creatures, just like Capricorn. They seem to be able to offer advice due to their deep collection of knowledge and ability to remain calm amidst chaos.

An owl will find a quiet way to get what it needs and requires no help from others, trusting to its own skills and nature. The owl is also a nocturnal creature, keeping its activities under the shadow of night. Capricorns seem to keep their emotions under wraps and it can be hard to figure out how they feel.

Aquarius - Unicorn

The sign of the water-bearer is represented in the tarot as The Star, speaking to a generosity of spirit and a mystical hope for mankind. Unicorns are one of the most original creatures known to us, and their rebellious spirit, tranquil demeanor, and independent nature align perfectly with the qualities of Aquarius.

These rare animals are often depicted in the fantasy world and sometimes an Aquarius seems to live there. Unicorns also have an amazing capacity for altruism. It is often told about out in stories that unicorns will make great sacrifices to help humans or provide some magic to save us all.

Pisces - Chameleon

The sign of the fish is represented in the tarot as The Moon, a card that speaks to being emotive, intuitive, living by your feelings more than by logic. A chameleon would be an appropriate alternate animal for a Pisces. With their ability to camouflage at will, quickly adapting to fit into their environment.

As a mutable sign, a Pisces has a similar nature. They often switch gears and become whoever they feel others would like them to be at a particular time or situation. Just like a chameleon, a Pisces can use this as a defense mechanism, to avoid showing their true self to anyone.


While the current symbols of each sign may accurately represent each facet of the zodiac, there are many other animals that could also be an alternative representation of its energy. Each zodiac sign has special traits that can be taken into the animal kingdom and be a complimentary match.

From the loyal dog to the fantastical unicorn, the energy of these creatures continues to astound and delight us as humans. Did you find alignment with any of the alternate animals we chose for you? What animal do you think could also represent your zodiac sign?

Remember to check out your daily horoscope, written for you every day by Astrology Answers.

Related Article: Mind-blowing Insights the Tarot Can Reveal About Your Personality

* Editor’s note: This article was previously published July 2nd, 2017 and has been updated for astrological accuracy.

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