The Zodiac

What are the origins of astrological signs?

The Zodiac is a region of the Earth’s sky, which humans have used as a celestial coordinate system since before the Roman Era. Twelve constellations are associated with the twelve astrological signs that make up the earth’s yearly orbit around the sun. Cultures across the globe have developed remarkably similar systems. The Hindu Zodiac references the same fixed stars as the Greek Zodiac, using slightly different names that share a common meaning. 


Mortals have an ancient history of perceptive pattern-recognition skills. We are remarkably keen on pointing out patterns in an otherwise chaotic array of objects. This patternicity is the idea behind our ability to see shapes in clouds or identify constellations in the night sky. 

“Finding meaningful patterns in meaningless noise”

Michael Shermer

As Above, So Below

Humanity has placed significant meaning in the starry sky that a person is born under. Does the position of the sun and stars on the day of your birth imprint predetermined personality traits? Astrology has persisted across different cultures globally for thousands of years. Our ancestors spent their lives observing the heavens and tracking the movement of the stars, relating them to monumental events in their lives. Many people believe that the way the stars and planets were aligned has lasting effects on their personality traits and inner selves. 

Aries ♈︎

March 21 - April 19

The Fearless Ram


Represented as a ram across cultures, Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac. Ariens are traditionally masculine. Typically coinciding with the spring equinox, the Aries season leads the way to springtime. Ares, God of War represents this sign well, as Ariens are often passionate, aggressive, bold, and brave. Shower your Aries with love and adoration with the horned ram zodiac collection


Infamous Aries:

Lisa Gerrard, April 12, 1961, musician

Vincent van Gogh, March 30, 1853, Painter

Mary Pickford, April 8, 1892, actress

Butch Cassidy, April 13, 1866, Train and bank robber

Lita Grey, April 15, 1908, actress

Rod Ferrell, March 28, 1980, Cult leader/vampire/murderer

Anthony Perkins, April 4, 1932, actor

John Astin, March 30, 1930, actor

Taurus ♉︎

April 20 – May 20

The Wandering Bull


The strong-headed and uncompromising Taurus is based on a wandering bull named Cerus. Persephone, the Goddess of the underworld and daughter of Demeter, soothed the giant beast. A bond formed between the beast and the goddess, and Persephone taught the bull patience and love. Each autumn Persephone must spend the winter in Hades, so Cerus joins the night sky as a constellation until spring returns and he and Persephone can romp amongst the wildflowers. Soothe your beast with one of the Taurus gifts from the Horrorscope Zodiac collection.


Infamous Taurus:

Andrew Eldritch, May 15, 1959, musician

H. H. Holmes, May 16, 1861, serial killer

Robert Smith, April 21, 1959, musician, goth icon

Bettie Page, April 22, Pinup model

William Shakespeare, April 23, playwright

Carolyn Jones, April 28, 1930, actress/Morticia Addams

Gemini ♊︎

May 21 - June 20

The Celestial Twins


Represented by the Celestial Twins, Gemini was one of the first recorded constellations, dating back to around the Bronze Age (3300-1200 BCE) in the cradle of civilization. In Greek Mythology, Castor and Pollux were twin brothers - one mortal and one half-god (heteropaternal superfecundation, look it up). Castor was mortally wounded in battle, and Pollux gave up half of his immortality to save his dying brother - forever entwining their fates. 


Constantly adapting to new situations, Gemini channels its positive nature and resourcefulness to solve problems. Alternating between black and white, dark and light, the Gemini twins are destined to oscillate between heaven and hell. The season of Gemini begins 21st of May and concludes the day before the Summer Solstice (20th of June). Check out our Gemini zodiac collection to find a gift to soothe the tortured Gemini soul. 


Infamous Geminis:

Jeffrey Dahmer, May 21, 1960, Serial Killer

Siouxsie Sioux, May 27, 1957, Musician

David Berkowitz (Son of Sam), June 1, 1953, Serial Killer

Vincent Leonard Price Jr, May 27, 1911, horror actor

Christopher Lee, May 27, 1922, horror actor

Samuel Little, June 7, 1940, Serial Killer

Robert Englund, June 6, 1947, horror actor/Freddy Krueger

Peter Cushing, May 26, 1913, actor

Cancer ♋︎

The Spirited Crab

Summer solstice - June 21 through July 22


The Cancer zodiac myth stems from a tragic ending for the noble crab. While in the battle against the Hydra, Hercules was bothered by a crab sent by Hera, Queen of Olympus. Hercules was her husband’s illegitimate son and Hera obsessed over ways to make Hercules’ life a living hell. 


The crab was crushed under Hercules’ heel, and Hera rewarded the crab by giving it an eternal place amongst the stars. Visions of the Cancer constellation in the sky welcome the beginning of summer. Facing impossible odds is a well-known struggle for Cancerians. Tenacious and often pessimistic, Cancers are children of summer. Struggling against their moodiness, this water sign will be cheered up near oceans, lakes, and streams. Use caution when potentially angering Cancer, as one of the most prolific and deadly serial killers was born under this sign. Make an offering to the spirited crab with these spooky Cancer-themed gifts. 


Infamous Cancers:

Robert Maudsley aka Hannibal the Cannibal, June 26, 1953, Serial Killer

Anna Marie Hahn aka Arsenic Anna, July 7, 1906, Serial Killer/Poisoner/Nurse

Peter Murphy, July 11, 2957, Musician 

Screamin' Jay Hawkins, July 18, 1929, Musician

Glenn Danzig, June 23, 1955, Musician

Anjelica Huston, July 8, 1951, actress

"Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor Hell a fury like a woman scorned"

-Congreve, W. (1697). “The Mourning Bride.”

Leo ♌︎

July 23 - August 22

The Great Lion


In Greek Mythology, defeating the golden-fur lion was one of Hercules’ redemption tasks. After strangling the beast, Hercules wore the lion’s coat as a sign of triumph. Leos are typically extroverted and masculine, protected by a strong impenetrable exterior. The symbol of the lion perfectly represents these natural leaders. Fierce, arrogant, and inflexible, Leos can achieve anything they put their minds to…Even if that means bathing in the blood of young women to keep a youthful appearance. Keep your favorite Leo feeling happy and appreciated by gifting them a self-promoting coffee mug (or phone case, or shirt). 


Infamous Leos:

Elizabeth Báthory, aka The Blood Countess or Countess Dracula, August 7, 1560, Serial Killer

Bill the Butcher, July 24, 1821, Gang Leader

Stanley Kubrick, July 26, 1928, Film Director

Alfred Hitchcock, August 13, 1899, Film Director

Theda Bara, July 29, 1885, silent film actress

Elizabeth Short aka Black Dahlia, July 29, 1924, murder victim

Wes Craven, August 2, 1939, horror director

Mario Bava, July 31, 1914, filmmaker


Virgo ♍︎

The Disenchanted Goddess

August 23 - September 22


The Greeks considered Virgo to be a personification of Persephone, a maiden daughter of the Harvest Goddess Demeter. Hades, the God of the Underworld, kidnaps Persephone from her mother. Demeter abandoned her duties on Earth as retribution for losing her daughter. The Earth suffered an endless winter, leaving the land fruitless and barren. Eventually, Zeus intervened and petitioned Hades to return Persephone to Earth. A deal was struck between the gods, allowing Persephone to return to the Earth temporarily. Splitting the year between hell and earth, Persephone became the Queen of the Underworld for four months out of the year. During this time Demeter grieves, causing the northern hemisphere to plunge into winter. 


Perfectionist Virgos will accept praise in the form of gifts, like this gorgeous shirt from the HorrorScope Zodiac Collection. 


Infamous Virgo:

Cassandra Peterson aka Elvira, September 17, 1951, Mistress of the Dark

Tim Burton, August 25, 1958, Film Director

Stephen King, September 21, 1947, Horror Author

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, August 30, 1797, Author/Gothic Icon

Dario Argento, September 7, 1940, film director

Libra ♎︎

The Weighing Scales

September 23 - October 22


Most commonly associated with harmony and balance, the Libra scales are the only constellation in the Zodiac that was not named after a character or an animal. According to Roman mythology, the scales are wielded by the Goddess of Justice, who is sometimes associated with Virgo. The scales also represent the perfect balance of the seasons on Earth, the time of year when the days and nights are equal. In Egyptian mythology, Anubis and Ammit worked together to judge the souls of the dead. If the scales swayed against goodness, Ammit devoured the heart and the soul was thrown into a lake of fire. 


Those born under the sign of Libra are sociable and have a strong sense of right and wrong. Libras are diplomatic people, often focusing on the underprivileged to correct an imbalance in their community. Libras will appreciate the beauty in the Ghost White ink Libra Symbol printed on gorgeous black cardstock. 


Infamous Libras:

Rei Kawakubo, October 11, 1942, Japanese Fashion Designer

Bonnie Parker aka Bonnie from Bonnie and Clyde, October 1, 1910, Bank Robber

Anne Rice, October 4, 1941, Gothic Author

Bela Lugosi, October 20, 1882, Actor

Guillermo del Toro, October 9, 1964, film director

Scorpio ♏︎

The Wrath of Apollo

October 23 - November 21


This myth is forged from Apollo’s jealousy and possessiveness over his twin sister, Artemis. Artemis, the goddess of the hunt and wilderness, fell in love with Orion. Apollo, jealous of Orion’s time with Artemis, sent a scorpion to attack Orion. The scorpion triumphed against him, earning its place amongst the stars. In her grief, Artemis placed Orion in the sky. Scorpius is one of the brightest constellations. 


People born under Scorpio are just as fiery as the stars that burn in the night sky. Brooding and complex, Scorpios emotionally armor themselves, gleaning information from others that they can use against them if needed. Sometimes Scorpios get a bad reputation, and that is usually based on their bold and mysterious nature. 


Show them your unyielding devotion by showering your Scorpio with gifts from the Horrorscope Collection


Infamous Scorpios:

Bram Stoker, November 8, 1847, gothic author

Albert Camus, November 7, 1913, French Absurdism Philosopher 

Charles Manson, November 12, 1934, Cult leader

Winona Ryder, October 29, 1971, Actor

Elsa Lanchester, October 28, 1902, actress/Bride of Frankenstein

Sagittarius ♐︎

The Divine Philosopher

November 22 - December 21


The Sagittarius constellation is represented by a centaur or an archer aiming its bow toward Scorpius - the killer of a fellow archer, Orion. Sagittarius folks are typically obsessed with bettering themselves. Sometimes known as warrior-poets, Sagittarius is a self-righteous individual. Sagittarius are creative and curious, focusing on philosophy and music in their free time. The Sag in your life would love to show off their dark side with a daily reminder of their strength with this sleek phone case.


Infamous Sagittarius:

Maila Nurmi aka Vampira, December 11, 1922, actress

Ted Bundy, November 24, 1946, Serial Killer

Jamie Lee Curtis, November 22, Actress

Ed Kemper, December 18, 1948, Serial Killer. 

Boris Karloff, November 23, 1887, actor

Tony Todd, December 4, 1954, actor

Capricorn ♑︎

The Wild Spirit

December 22 - January 19


The Capricornus constellation's origin story is one of determination and perseverance. According to Greek myth, Pan, the goat God of Nature, battled and lost against the Typhon, the personification of volcanic forces. He leaped into the Nile river and was transformed into a goat fish. Represented by the Horned Goat, Capricorns are ambitious and practical people. They ensure that emotions will not get in the way of their ambitions, but will not take criticism well. Get on their good side with a bribe, er, gift. 


Infamous Capricorns:

Edgar Allan Poe, January 19, 1809, Writer

Hayao Miyazaki, January 5, 1941, co-founder of Studio Ghibli

Al Capone, January 17, 1899, gangster/crime boss

David Bowie, January 8, 1947, musician/god amongst men

John Carpenter, January 16, 1948, horror filmmaker

Rob Zombie, January 12, 1965, musician/filmmaker

Mary Harron, January 12, 1953, filmmaker

Aquarius ♒︎

January 20- February 18

The Water Bearer


Named after the Great One, there is no question why Aquarius think so highly of themselves. The Great One nourishes the Earth with rain and water, setting forth a chain reaction of growth and greenery. Associated with the Great Flood myth across cultures, the Great One can also bring destruction in the form of flooding and storms. 


Another myth is focused on the beautiful Ganymede, the son of a king. Zeus came upon Ganymede, and love, at first sight, overcame the king of the gods. Abducting the gorgeous youth, Zeus brought him to Olympus to be his companion, tasked with pouring wine for the gods. 


Charming and devoted, Aquarius are often optimistic folks. Their esoteric nature causes them to appear rebellious, seeking out those who understand them and their need for freedom and independence. The gorgeous cards from the Horrorscope Zodiac collection are a perfectly suited gift for your favorite Aquarius. 


Infamous Aquarius:

Federico Fellini, January 20, 1920, film director

Anton Chekhov, January 29, 1860, playwright

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, January 27, 1756, composer

Lon Chaney Jr, February 10, 1906, Actor

George A. Romero, February 4, 1940, horror filmmaker

Tobe Hooper, January 25, 1943, horror director

Pisces ♓︎

February 19 - March 20

The Devoted Dreamer


In another daring escape from Typhon, Aphrodite, Goddess of love, beauty, and sexuality, and her son Eros, god of love and sex are carried to safety by two fishes. Watery Pisces is the dreamy martyrs of the Zodiac. They will give everything they have to those who deserve it, to their detriment. A Pisces will never forget your birthday or anniversary, so be sure to return the favor with a marvelous gift from the Horrorscope Zodiac collection


Infamous Pisces:

Jack Kerouac, March 12, 1922, Writer

Richard Ramirez, February 29, 1960, serial killer

Jordan Peele, February 21, 1979, filmmaker

Terence Fisher, February 23, 1904, director

Raul Julia, March 9, 1940, actor

Frightening Fact: 28% of murders are water signs (Cancer, Pisces, and Scorpio)

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