The South likes to keep it simple and real y’all. These warm-hearted and kind folk like practical symbols they can relate to. They resonate better with what is tangible and relevant in their day to day life. This is one reason the Southern version of the Zodiac Signs was created. It was also created to show that like different religions, all paths lead to the same source and universal meaning- So can the zodiac signs, as the southern version does just that. Finally, it was created for some kicks and giggles! Have you ever wondered what your southern version of the Zodiac Signs is?
What are the Southern version of Zodiac Signs all about?
Cicada (Aries Mar 21-Apr 19)
When the Sun enters Aries, it brings the Spring Equinox and beginning of the new astrological year. Every thirteen years in the South, the cicada insects come like clockwork. It has been told that it is very difficult to do research on the cicada because they, “come and go so quickly,” per Dr. Hinkle, an entomologist at the University of Georgia (Brown, 2011). Read more about the Cicada Year here. Like the fast going Aries, these insects make a big presence and then get going! Also, like Aries, they have a fighting and surviving spirit.
Bullfrog (Taurus Apr 20-May 20)
The amphibian with the bull-like shape is a southern native. Just like music loving Taurus who is ruled by Venus, he sings in a choir or group. His deep call is like the roar of a bull. The bullfrog will eat just about anything. Taurus loves the senses and taste is a big one! Like Taurus, bullfrogs are stubborn. No matter what you do, you can’t get them to move for you! Read more about bullfrogs here.
Coyote (Gemini May 21-June 20)
Is it a coyote or a jackal? What’s the deal with this southern version of the zodiac sign Gemini? Much duality is present within this order of the carnivora. Its fur color varies somewhat with geography. They sometimes breed with different types of wolves and produce “coywolf” hybrids. Like mutable Gemini, they are highly adaptable in social situations. This southern version of the zodiac signs is flexible and can live in a family unit or with other unrelated coyotes.
Possum (Cancer June 21-Jul 22)
Possums are nocturnal. They favor dark and secure areas under the moonlight. Like Cancer who is ruled by the Moon, possums love family and security. They group together in families but can also be solitary. These highly sensitive animals will play dead if they feel threatened. Despite what some people may think, they are non-aggressive and misunderstood.
Black Bear (Leo July 23-Aug 22)
The black bear has achieved notoriety as any Leo wishes to achieve. Did you know Winnie-the-Pooh was named after an American black bear cub? Black bears had also inspired the maker of the toy teddy bear. These bears have a history of being praised in some Native American cultures. Like Leos, the bears are fierce leaders and natural protectors.
Armadillo (Virgo Aug 23-Sep 22)
Perhaps the Virgo maiden is a pink fairy! The pink fairy armadillo is the smallest armadillo found in South America. Armadillos symbolize protection and boundaries. Like Virgos who are all about health and self-care, they remind us to look after ourselves. They dig deep into the earth and provide a message of practical service to humans.
Lightening Bug (Libra Sep 23-Oct 22)
Lightning bugs have long been symbols of creativity, illumination and attraction. These are all characteristics of Venus, Libra’s ruler. These bugs use their light in precise ways during mating ceremonies. They provide us with a message: if we want to attract all that is important to us in life, we should be forthright in our ideals and values.
Cottonmouth (Scorpio Oct 23-Nov 21)
Like transformative Scorpio, the cottonmouth sheds its old skin and transforms into something new. Contrary to popular belief, these snakes are not as aggressive as they have been portrayed. However, they will strike if they feel they have been wronged in any way. They bite is extremely powerful and the repercussions can cause permanent damage. They are found near water sources.
Gator (Sagittarius Nov 22-Dec 21)
“You have an opportunity to develop new wisdom but should be careful that this wisdom does not consume you. Study each bit of knowledge carefully before going onto the next. You may have forgotten to integrate something.”-The Alligator message is very Sagittarian in nature. Sagittarius is always on a quest for further knowledge. This southern version of the zodiac signs also speaks to man’s survival instincts and tells him to take care of his spirit first and foremost. Sagittarians would agree.
Crawfish (Capricorn Dec 22-Jan 19)
Crawfish are the first invertebrates to ever demonstrate anxiety. This southern version of the zodiac signs pretends to be tough but really likes to avoid feelings. Sometimes Capricorns have trouble expressing their feelings. The crawfish represents perseverance. Like Capricorn, it has a keen ability to carry on through hardships and tough times.
White-Tailed Deer (Aquarius Jan 20-Feb 18)
Like humanitarian Aquarius, the white-tailed deer symbolizes a peace- loving spirit. This animal is loyal and independent. It also tells us to help those around us who may be less fortunate. “Only when we move through life in the spirit of love for all beings can we melt the barriers that separate us from others, from other life forms, and from the beautiful mystery which is our own magical and spiritual gift.”-Deer This deer message is very Aquarian in nature.
Catfish (Pisces Feb 19-Mar 20)
Like Pisces who is a natural empath, catfish has a gift for sensing and understanding emotional energies. Its cat-like whiskers help it to develop clairsentient skills, like the intuitive Pisces. The fish dwells in water like the element of Pisces. It gives us a message to strive to be more in tune with our emotions and to seek balance.