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Which Studio Ghibli Character You Are Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Founded in 1985 by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and producers Toshio Suzuki and Yasuyoshi Tokuma, famed Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli has delighted audiences around the world for decades. Many of these films – especially those directed by famed animator Hayao Miyazaki – are tales of young heroes trying to save people or places from destruction, often fighting against forces that seem much more powerful than they actually are. Studio Ghibli films are full of pathos and grounded in empathy for their characters, leaving audiences both young and old with lessons about preserving the natural world and staying true to oneself in the face of pressures to change.

Though these films are often filled with forces that appear destructive on the surface, Miyazaki's films in particular rarely depict outright villains or characters that are unimpeachably evil. Characters are treated with empathy in these fantastical universes, and things are often not what they seem.

It's no surprise that viewers often look to find versions of themselves in these richly constructed worlds filled with complicated and unique characters, just as they look to the signs of the zodiac for similar self-understanding. Like characters in a Studio Ghibli film, no one sign is better than another, and it is up to the individual to define their fate. Good characters may turn villainous and villainous characters may turn good — the signs do not define these dynamics, they only reflect them. If you've ever wondered where you might fit within a Studio Ghibli film, read on to find out which character you are based on your zodiac sign. But remember: Your destiny is your own.

Aries: San

San — also known as Princess Mononoke in the 1997 film of the same name — is a girl who was raised by wolves in the forest near an industrial village called Iron Town. San was raised to hate humans because of their desire to destroy the forest and the spirits within it. San's primary nemesis is Lady Eboshi, the industrialist ruler of Iron Town who leads the charge to clear the forest and kill the Great Forest Spirit. In the English-language dub of "Princess Mononoke" — the script for which was written by Neil Gaiman – San is voiced by British actress Claire Danes.

San is filled with anger, passion, and courage, and is most certainly an Aries. Those born between March 21 and April 19 are often action-oriented, and for this reason can be rather impatient, but they also make great warriors and fighters. Unlike her mother, the wise and determined wolf, Moro, San acts on instinct alone and is ready to fight her enemies (in her mind, all humans) at any time. Though her nature is quite animal-like given her upbringing in the forest, San eventually comes to trust the film's hero, a cursed prince named Ashitaka, once she learns he also has cause to protect the forest and those that reside within. In the end, it is her warrior spirit that helps her fend off the greedy humans and defend her beloved forest, facing her enemies head-on as only a fire sign can do.

Taurus: Totoro

There are actually three titular characters in Miyazaki's beloved 1993 film "My Neighbor Totoro," because a "Totoro" is actually a friendly species of tree spirit, not an individual. But when people think of the film, they often think of the largest Totoro of the trio: Oh-Totoro, or Big Totoro. (Big) Totoro is a round, grey, fluffy creature who loves to relax and play in the forest. Though his size is initially quite imposing to those who come upon him, he is actually very kind and befriends 4-year-old Mei when she finds him in the forest.

Totoro is a devoted homebody, and this is why he is absolutely a Taurus. Taureans — those born between April 20 and May 20 – are known for being reliable, patient, and down-to-earth. Totoro is a tree spirit (in fact, it is theorized that he used to be one of the tiny tree spirits in "Princess Mononoke") and he loves his home and has no desire to leave it. One of the earth signs, Taureans are also known as "sensualists" and delight in earthly comforts. Totoro loves simple pleasures — napping in the forest, splashing in puddles, riding The Catbus — which makes him a Taurus through-and-through.

Gemini: No-Face

We know, we know, Geminis being depicted as two-faced or inherently villainous is an overused trope at this point, but associating Geminis with No-Face isn't actually as insulting as it might seem. Remember how we said Miyazaki almost never creates fully villainous characters or individuals without redeeming qualities? Well, No-Face is no different. Like many Geminis, No-Face is complicated and misunderstood, rather than simply evil.

Geminis — those born between May 21 and June 20 – are known as the sign most capable of dynamic change, and this is certainly true for the iconic "Spirited Away" character. No-Face is hugely adaptable and changes markedly depending on those around him. Though he takes a liking to the film's heroine, Chihiro, and treats her kindly, he soon thereafter starts eating staff and residents at the spirit bathhouse, taking on the voices and personalities of those he ingests.

Though No-Face certainly turns villainous at a certain point in the film, Chihiro sees his true nature — that he is simply lonely and looking for connection — and is able to return him to his docile, harmless state. Rather than being representative of the inherently duplicitous nature of Geminis, No-Face instead illustrates the dangers of being too adaptable and attuned to those around you.

Cancer: Sho

Though most of Studio Ghibli's most famous films were directed by the illustrious Hayao Miyazaki, there are a few gems that were not. "The Secret World of Arrietty," for example, which was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, follows a family of Borrowers: tiny humans who live under the floorboards of a house. A boy who lives in the house, Sho, discovers the Borrowers, including the youngest of the family, Arrietty, and vows to protect them.

Sho (voiced by Tom Holland in the British dub) is kind, empathetic, and loyal, like those born between June 21 and July 22, making him a Cancer. Sho has a heart condition and, because of this, he knows he may not be long for this world. But rather than making him cold or cynical, his condition instead makes him compassionate and curious. Like most Cancers, Sho is intuitive and nurturing: When he finds the Borrowers, he does everything he can to help them. After the Borrowers are discovered by the housekeeper, they realize they must leave their home and try to find others like them. Sho helps them, of course, and in turn, gains the courage to face the operation he is having in a few days' time. Sho uses his intuition to help others with their problems, making his heart — weak as it is — most definitely that of a Cancer.

Leo: Howl

The titular character of "Howl's Moving Castle" has numerous Leo-like qualities. He is dramatic, passionate, creative, and pretty vain. Howl is a powerful wizard who was once the apprentice of the King's sorcerer but now refuses to work for the crown because he doesn't believe in war. In fact, he has been sabotaging the war on both sides, but this sabotage has caused him to slowly lose his soul in the process.

Though Howl is actually quite wise and serious, he comes off as rather flamboyant and theatrical. When the film's protagonist, Sophie, accidentally dyes his hair orange, he has a tantrum befitting a toddler. Howl is quite beautiful and dresses very smartly, and his house, the titular "Moving Castle," is filled with hundreds of jewels and trinkets. Fiery Leos — those born between July 23 and August 23 – are often known for similar traits and have a desire to stand out and bask in luxury. This is certainly true of Howl, though as the film goes on he exhibits some of Leo's more magnanimous traits, such as generosity and creativity. Howl even momentarily loses his heart as a result of his dedication to stopping the war, illustrating that Leos are more than just pretty faces and can have truly unselfish souls.

Virgo: Satsuki

Satsuki is one of the main characters in Studio Ghibli's beloved film "My Neighbor Totoro." When Satsuki and her little sister Mei move into a house in the country to be closer to their mother, who is in the hospital, they encounter various magical creatures in the neighborhood, such as soot sprites, tree spirits called Totoros, and a magical Catbus. Satsuki's little sister Mei is curious, stubborn, and fearless, but Satsuki herself, being the elder sister, is much more responsible and serious than her younger counterpart. Because of her hard-working and loyal nature, Satsuki is most definitely a Virgo, which you are, too if you were born between August 23 and September 22.

Virgos are known for being careful and considerate and for appreciating organization in life. Because Mei is so curious and strong-willed, she and Satsuki sometimes quarrel because Mei doesn't want to listen to Satsuki's very reasonable advice. Nonetheless, Satsuki loves Mei unconditionally and would do anything to protect her. Virgos are earth signs, which means they are practical and grounded, but they are also mutable signs, which means they are open to change. For Satsuki, this adaptability is evident in the fact that she accepts the presence of spirits like Totoro wholeheartedly — though you might expect her not to, being the elder and more serious of the two girls — and she eventually uses her friendship with Totoro to help find the too-curious Mei when she gets lost.

Libra: Nausicaä

Though technically made before Studio Ghibli was founded, "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" is nonetheless considered Ghibli canon by most and was included in the comprehensive Studio Ghibli DVD collection. The titular character in the film, Nausicaä, is the princess of the Valley of the Wind and lives a thousand years after an apocalyptic war that annihilated civilization and created a nearby toxic jungle. Nausicaä's great mission in life is to find a way for the jungle — now filled with huge, mutated insects — to coexist with the humans that live nearby, as well as to prevent further war.

Nausicaä's righteous mission to create balance in the world means that she is definitely a Libra, the sign represented by the scales. Libras — those born between September 23 and October 22 – are known as diplomats. They dislike conflict and are interested in equality and keeping the peace. Nausicaä believes deeply in these values, and they are what drive her to complete her mission. Her psychic abilities, which allow her to communicate with the plants and animals in the toxic jungle, provide her with the ability to truly see all sides and find a way to restore balance to her homeland. Wise, loyal, and compassionate, Nausicaä is a true hero and represents the very best qualities of Libras.

Scorpio: Yubaba

Yes, Yubaba is technically a villain in "Spirited Away," but like most Ghibli antagonists, she is simply a very flawed character whose shortcomings are more visible than most. Yubaba is a Scorpio, the sign associated with the venomous creature of the same name as well as the symbol of the alchemist. Yubaba is a powerful witch who runs the bathhouse in the film, and her manipulative ways are very evident in the way she does business. As our protagonist Chihiro quickly learns, Yubaba quite literally takes the names of her employees so that they do not remember who they are and can never leave. She is shown to be driven by greed and control above all else.

Clearly, Yubaba represents the worst qualities of Scorpios — those born between October 23 and November 21 – as her manipulative, controlling behavior results in most of Chihiro's problems in the film. (It is Yubaba who turns her parents into pigs, after all). But on occasion, Yubaba does show her softer side: She is clearly very devoted to her oversized son, Boh, and will not tolerate anyone else getting close to him. This too, is a Scorpio quality, as Scorpios are very protective of their loved ones and do not take betrayal lightly. Yubaba would certainly be a good person to have in your corner in a fight, but cross her and you may never recover.

Sagittarius: Kiki

The title character in Studio Ghibli's 1989 film "Kiki's Delivery Service" is a 13-year-old witch who leaves home as part of a journey to improve her magic skills. Kiki is a traveler and adventurer, which puts her squarely in the realm of the Sagittarius. Sagittarians are symbolized by the archer and are known for their thirst for knowledge and adventure. This describes Kiki's journey in the film to a T: We learn in the film that it is a tradition for witches at age 13 to leave home for a year on the night of a full moon, in order to complete their training and improve their proficiency in magic.

So Kiki dons her purple witch uniform and heads to the town of Koriko, where she gets a job delivering baked goods — on her broomstick, of course — for a local bakery. Sagittarians, born between November 22 and December 21, are often known for being obsessive about self-improvement. This certainly holds true for Kiki, who is dedicated to building up her skills and tends to get frustrated when she fails. Impatience in this regard is another quality often present in Sagittarians, who are known for being full of energy and having seemingly boundless curiosity.

After Kiki falls ill, she loses her flying skills and the ability to communicate with her black cat, Jiji. But Kiki regains her confidence — and her ability to fly — after she saves her friend from a near-death experience, once again placing herself on track to complete her quest for self-improvement. A Sagittarian move through-and-through.

Capricorn: Moro

If you were born between December 22 and January 19, then you are a Capricorn, which means you are also the powerful wolf Moro from "Princess Mononoke." Unlike her strong-willed and impetuous human daughter, Moro is very serious and thoughtful, which are Capricorn qualities all the way. Capricorns are known for being responsible and disciplined, which, despite her innate animal instincts, certainly describes the wise and mighty Moro.

Moro, voiced by Gillian Anderson in the English-language version, is a three-hundred-year-old god of the wolves, and the mother of San — the titular Princess Mononoke — whom she has raised since infancy. Moro is extremely intelligent and sage, and she has a deep hatred for humans, who she knows want to destroy her sacred forest. Capricorns are known for being particularly unforgiving signs, as Moro certainly is, but nonetheless are dutiful, capable leaders. Both earth signs and cardinal signs, they are associated with practicality and leadership. Though Moro is a leader to all wolves and sees herself as a protector of the forest, she also takes her unique duty as San's mother very seriously and will do anything to protect her. The all-powerful Moro — who does indeed sacrifice herself to save the forest — represents the most admirable qualities of Capricorn leaders.

Aquarius: Haku

Haku — also known as Nigihayami Kohakunushi, or "God of the Swift Amber River" — is a mysterious protagonist who becomes Chihiro's ally in "Spirited Away." Though we initially see Haku in human form, it is revealed he can also transform into a huge white dragon and is actually a river spirit. Haku's liminal position in the world of the film indicates that he is most certainly an Aquarius, the sign that applies to people born between January 20 and February 18. Aquarians are associated with the archetype of the humanitarian and are known for being stubbornly independent and original. Though several characters in the film profess that they do not trust Haku — perhaps because his intentions are unclear to them — the film's heroine, Chihiro, trusts him implicitly as he seems to be deeply invested in her well-being.

Aquarians are both air signs (known for being quite literally "up in the air," or cerebral) and fixed signs (known for being stubborn and holding steady) which fits our austere dragon-boy very well. Though Haku often comes off as a kind, calm person, he also occasionally reveals himself to be a very strict, serious individual. Though Aquarians are interested in bettering the world and humanity, they can also tend to be aloof from humans themselves, existing on the fringes of society. Because Haku is not really a human, he does quite literally exist outside of humanity, interfering in the world of men — or spirits, as it were — when he sees fit, such as to save Chihiro. Though his intentions may not always be clear, Haku is certainly a high-flying dragon you want on your side.

Pisces: Ponyo

It might seem a little obvious to cast a literal fish as the zodiac sign symbolized by fish, but hey, if the shoe fits, why not wear it? The titular character in the 2008 film "Ponyo" is a five-year-old goldfish with a sea goddess mother and a wizard father. Ponyo has two forms: an adorable goldfish, and a human girl with magical powers. Much like the story of "The Little Mermaid," Ponyo longs to become fully human after meeting a little boy named Sōsuke. Being only five years old, Ponyo is very curious and childlike, and frequently gets into shenanigans when she's in her human form.

Ponyo is not just a Pisces because she's a fish, but also because she exhibits many of the fantastical qualities that characterize Pisceans (those born between February 19 and March 20). Pisceans are mutable, intuitive water signs known for walking the line between fantasy and reality, a boundary that characterizes Ponyo's journey in the film. Ponyo must decide if she wants to live as a human or a magical creature, and she learns that if she wants to live with Sōsuke, she must give up the magical powers she possesses in her human form.

Because Pisces are the last of the zodiac signs, they are said to encompass all that came before them and are often associated with the gestational period. Though Ponyo is only five years old, she learns a lot during her time on land with Sōsuke, growing from fish to magical human and back to human once again. Ponyo's great capacity for adventure and change makes this little fish a Pisces all the way.