Your International Women's Day Horoscope Special
Your International Women's Day Horoscope Special
Young or old, historic or contemporary, there are so many great women who have done amazing things to change the world. We've rounded up 12 that inspire us as each astrological sign's Totem Powerhouse Woman. Read on to find out everything you have in common with yours. You might be surprised at what you share with these leaders.
Powerhouse Totem Aries Woman:
Vivienne Westwood, Fashion Designer and Godmother of Punk
Is it any wonder that it was an Aries who single-handedly created the in-your-face, do-it-yourself style that defined the punk era? Aries are filled with power, creativity, and determination, and have no problem standing up to authority. Rather than breaking the rules, their focus is on inventing new ones. Never followers, they doggedly forge their own paths without caring what others think. Westwood’s clothes are more about art and self-expression than following fads. Throughout her entire career, she has tenaciously stuck to her own vision, pushing boundaries and encouraging women and men to communicate their individuality and change the world the easiest way possible—through the way they dress.
“You have to go faster than the system.”—Vivienne Westwood
Powerhouse Totem Taurus Woman:
Dolley Madison, First “First Lady” of the United States
Even while out building their own careers, Taureans are most content amidst the safety, conventions and warm-hearted informality of the domestic realm, so it’s no shocker to learn that Taurean Dolley Madison almost single-handedly created the role and responsibilities of the First Lady of the United States. Before Dolley Madison, wives of U.S. Presidents were normally relegated to the role of hostess, holding court for the President and visiting government officials. It was Dolley who extended those functions to include decorating the White House to her taste, and being the overall “Mother of the Nation.” She believed that her role included an obligation to the general public and undertook many charitable endeavors that assisted children and women. Her down-to-earth, yet highly charming, nature endeared her to rich and poor alike. Taureans are staunch traditionalists, who deeply believe in the preservation of the past. When the British were advancing on Washington, and she was in deep danger of being caught by enemy troops and put into prison, she risked her life to run back into the burning White House in order to save the famous portrait of George Washington and the Declaration of Independence.
“Habit and Hope are the crutches which support us through the vicissitudes of life."—Dolley Madison
Powerhouse Totem Gemini Woman:
Angelina Jolie, Multi-Faceted Humanitarian
Geminis have bodies and minds that require constant movement. They are highly intellectual but get bored easily and have a tendency to scoot from one project to the next with lightening speed. Angelina Jolie has proved to the world many times over she is much more than a pretty face. She has accomplished a startling number of humanitarian achievements, all while being a mother of six and one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses. From being a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador visiting refugee camps in over thirty countries to creating wildlife preserves in Cambodia, Namibia and Kenya to lobbying to protect child immigrants in the USA and developing nations to campaigning to raise funds for education programs for children in conflict zones to establishing a center at the London School of Economics to fight against sexual violence against women in war-afflicted regions…the sheer number of ground-breaking causes that Angie is concurrently involved in—and the many which she single-handedly spear-headed—could make your head spin.
“People say that you're going the wrong way when it's simply a way of your own.”—Angelina Jolie
Powerhouse Totem Cancer Woman:
Malala Yousafzai, Advocate for Female Education
Cancer is a sign that is happiest when it is nurturing others and caring for the basic needs of the vulnerable, especially children. A fundamental part of rearing the next generation is through providing education. Malala Yousafzai is a 17-year old Pakistani (and the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner) who grew up in a Taliban-controlled region that often barred girls from attending school. Born to a family of educators, she started blogging for the BBC at the age of eleven about developments in the region and promoting education for girls. A documentary was even made about her efforts. In 2012, she was shot in the face as she boarded her school bus in retaliation for her beliefs. Instead of being cowed into submission, she only became a greater voice for women’s and children’s rights. She now resides in the UK and is the sixth person ever to be granted honorary Canadian citizenship (half of whom, including Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama, are Cancer).
"When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful." Malala Yousafzai
Powerhouse Totem Leo Woman:
Chantelle Brown-Young, aka Winnie Harlow, Canadian Model
Leo rules fashion, so it’s not surprising to learn that some of history’s most iconic fashion designers were born under this sign, including Coco Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent. Leos express their individuality through how they look, and their confidence allows their physical beauty to shine even if they are not considered “classically” pretty — they just have a certain flair to be fabulous no matter what cards they were dealt. Mississauga, Ontario native Chantelle Brown-Young, who also goes by the name Winnie Harlow, is a young model who has graced the catwalks of New York and Paris. What makes her truly remarkable, however, is that she has the medical condition vitiligo, which causes the skin to lose its pigmentation in random blotches over the face and body. While other celebrities have been affected by this disease, most notably Michael Jackson, they often use make-up to cover up the condition. Bullied as a child, and even while she was a contestant on America’s Next Top Model, Chantelle has always embraced her natural looks and is considered one of the most remarkably beautiful woman in the world.
“Self-image or self-confidence, it has to do with yourself. Those are things you should focus on yourself instead of looking towards the opinions and validation from other people that yes, you are beautiful. You should know that you are beautiful, you should know that you are creative, you should know that you are beautifully and wonderfully made. That’s just something you have to believe within yourself.”—Chantelle Brown-Young
Powerhouse Totem Virgo Woman:
Maria Montessori, Italian physician and Educational Philosopher
Natural-born caregivers and lovers of intellect, Virgos are at their best when they are sacrificing themselves for the betterment of others; that is why so many end up in fields such as medicine and teaching. Maria Montessori was born back in 1870 but her views on education are so strikingly contemporary that an international network of schools bearing her name and using her method still spans the globe today. Maria felt the formal constricts of Victorian education harmed, rather than nurtured, the child and thusly created a program that emphasized freedom and discovery rather than rote memorization. Maria’s dedication to her profession also affected her personal life. When she became pregnant, the culture at the time would have required her to become a full-time stay-at-home housewife if she wed, so she opted not to marry — a major stigma in that era— in order to continue to work.
“Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.” — Maria Montessori
Powerhouse Totem Libra Woman:
Barbara Walters, Interviewer Extraordinaire
Libras love to talk, and they have the uncanny ability to get others to talk as well, even those who are normally taciturn and guarded. Their natural graciousness puts everyone at ease, and they are often put into the role of moderator or peacemaker in a world filled with ever-clashing egos. Barbara Walters is the quintessential Libra: chatty, diplomatic and able to talk to world leaders or reality stars with equal courtesy and ease. Librans make change without rocking the boat. Barbara Walters was the first woman to co-anchor any network evening news show in the USA, but her brand of feminism was always soft and ladylike, which endeared her to all audiences. Librans also live for love; Walters was married four times and had countless other major affairs, yet always kept a public image of ultimate decorum.
"Work harder than everybody. You're not going to get it by whining, and you're not going to get it by shouting, and you're not going to get it by quitting. You're going to get it by being there." — Barbara Walters
Powerhouse Totem Scorpio Woman:
Hilary Clinton, Former US Secretary of State
The perennial scrappy underdog, Scorpios never give up without a fight. They will keep clawing tenaciously to achieve their goals, even after everyone else has left the playing field. For pure inner-strength and conviction, no sign comes close to Scorpio, and there is nothing superficial or easy-going about them. Even by hardcore Scorpio standards, Hilary has proven herself to be one HBIC not to be messed with. She has been being kicked around ever since she burst onto the scene as one-half of the ultimate power-couple back in the early '90s, but nothing—and I mean nothing—can keep her down for long. Never content to be just a politician’s wife, she continues to build her own illustrious career, including a stint in the US Senate and as head of the US State Department. Her real goal, however, has been said to be the first female President of the United States, and with 2016 just around the corner, Clinton is preparing to throw her hat into the ring once more.
“Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.” — Hilary Clinton
Powerhouse Totem Sagittarius Woman:
Marjane Satrapi, Grapic Novelist and Artist
Sagittarians are the adventurers and explorers of the zodiac. They cross boundaries of geography, culture and thought so that we can see past our differences and grow together as the human race. Marjane Satrapi gained worldwide fame for her autobiographical graphic novel Persepolis and Academy Award-nominated film of the same name. Marjane was a strong-willed child of educated, middle-class parents in Tehran. Her parents grew worried for her safety after the Iranian Revolution took place, as the burgeoning tweener had a decided affinity for banned Western music and clothing, with an outspoken personality to match. They decided to send her to high school in Vienna, where life was often difficult as an exiled girl with no family to guide her, and her situation devolved to include bouts of homelessness. She eventually decided to return to Iran for university, but she no longer fitted in there and, when confronted with the brutality of the regime, she eventually made a permanent move to France, where she has thrived artistically and is happily married. Satrapi uses humor and art to humanize a very complex time in political history. Her works tear down Western assumptions about Iran. Instead of seeing a massive cultural gap with a society so far from our own, we realize her story is ultimately that of us all: one in which we grow up, have our heart broken once or twice and search for a place to call home.
“The regime had understood that one person leaving her house while asking herself:
Are my trousers long enough?
Is my veil in place?
Can my make-up be seen?
No longer asks herself:
Where is my freedom of thought?
Where is my freedom of speech?
My life, is it livable?”
— Marjane Satrapi
Powerhouse Totem Capricorn Woman:
Dolly Parton, Singer and One of the World’s Richest Self-Made Women
Sure she has reached National Treasure status as one of the world’s most beloved entertainers, but did you know she has a personal treasury that makes her one of the top ten richest entertainers alive, and in the female top three? With a net worth of $450 million, Dolly is a typical Capricorn, a sign that is shrewd enough to never separate talent from money — everything is business. Dolly had enough business savvy to never give up her royalties, not even when Elvis Presley wanted to buy one of her songs way back in the beginning of her career. She wouldn’t give up her residuals, so Elvis’ manager, Colonel Parker, refused to record a then little-known ditty called she ha penned, "I Will Always Love You," which eventually made Dolly millions when it was the love anthem of the 1990s. Capricorns are incessantly hard workers, but you will never see them break a sweat. Dolly has a theme park, restaurants, and an academy-award winning film production company that helps ad to her coffers, but she still manages to give back through philanthropic efforts and, at 69, can still rock it by performing live at major music festivals like the UK’s Glastonbury festival.
“It’s hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.” — Dolly Parton
Powerhouse Totem Aquarius Woman:
Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Daughter of Teddy Roosevelt and the First Celebrity of the Modern Era
Photogenic Alice Roosevelt Longworth was known as the “First Daughter” of the USA during the presidency of her father, Theodore Roosevelt. She took on a major public role during his administration, including a diplomatic mission to Japan. But more than anything else, Alice is remembered for her eccentricity and unconventional behavior, making her the perfect Aquarian mix of politically-minded but iconoclastic and downright quirky. Alice’s mother, who was the true love of Teddy Roosevelt, died two days after Alice’s birth, on the same day that Teddy’s own mother died. Crippled with grief, Teddy went off to seek adventure in the Wild West, leaving Alice with an aunt. She went to live with Teddy after he remarried, but felt tension with her new stepmother and emotional distance from her father, and became increasingly willful and rebellious. In an era when women were prim and proper, Alice smoked, drank bathtub gin and danced in fountains, and the media couldn’t get enough of it; she really was the first celebrity of the modern era. Like all Aquarians, Alice loved to be a part of her group, and her home was the hub of Washington’s social scene until her death. She was as equally free-thinking in her love life, and enjoyed what was more-or-less an open marriage; it was no secret her daughter was fathered by her senator lover. Aquarians live a life of progressive freedom, of which Alice is the perfect symbol.
“I have a simple philosophy. Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. And scratch where it itches.” — Alice Roosevelt Longworth
Powerhouse Totem Pisces Woman:
Lizzie Velásquez, Motivational Speaker and Author
When Lizzie Velásquez was still in high school, someone anonymously posted an eight-second video to YouTube of her titled the “World’s Ugliest Woman.” The clip quickly garnered over four million hits and thousands of cyber-bullying comments. Lizzie was born with a rare condition that makes it impossible for her to gain weight, so rare that only two other people in the entire world share the disorder. The most she has ever weighed is 64 pounds. When she first saw the video, she became depressed, but then her despair grew into determination. She decided that instead of allowing other people’s hate to tear her down, she would turn it around to help build other people up. She made a list of four goals: become a motivational speaker; write a book; graduate college and have a career and family of her own. Now 26, she has accomplished the first three. Lizzie has refused to allow her illness define her and gives empowering talks explaining how to set your own narrative and disarm bullies. Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac, and as such, it is the most spiritually advanced. The role of the consciously-aware Pisces is to help up us all see past the material confines of the world around us to that higher frequency which is more poetic, emotional and uplifting. Lizzie Velásquez does just that.
“Am I going to let the people who called me a monster define me? No. I’m going to let my goals and my success and my accomplishments be the things that define me.” — Lizzie Velásquez