For as long as people have looked up to the stars with wonder, they've told stories inspired by the heroes and creatures written into the constellations.
If you believe that your zodiac sign can reveal surprising truths about your personality, you'll be interested to learn which mythological creature represents you.
These legendary beasts and monsters aren't always pretty, but they reveal a side of your sign that you may have never seen before.
Capricorn - Angel
Capricorns are said to be practical, thoughtful, and wise beyond their years. They can show discipline and patience that is almost inhuman.
But they're also pessimistic and solitary by nature. Capricorns float above friendship and romance for the most part, and choose who they reveal themselves to very carefully.
Aquarius - Phoenix
These legendary birds burned brightly in life, then turned to ash, only to rise again and fly away. Any Aquarius can relate to that cycle.
Your creativity burns white hot, but you crumble while you're waiting for it to strike. You refuse to change your style, and expect others to learn their way around your fiery temperament.
Still, when you actually come through, you make a big impression.
Pisces - Mermaid
Mermaids have a dual nature in legends. They're just as likely to help wayward sailors as they are to lure them into rough seas.
While you're naturally compassionate and understanding, you can get pessimistic and spiteful when things don't go your way.
If you care about someone, you will always put them first. But you're just as likely to sabotage your own happiness for the sake of revenge.
Aries - Pegasus
Like the winged horse who flew to the heavens and back, you have an adventurous spirit and a positive outlook.
Your ability to adapt and change is one of your best qualities, while your headstrong nature is definitely the worst.
It's understandable, you don't like to be tied down to one person or idea. But you can't forge a new path without leaving another behind. Remember to look before you leap.
Taurus - Dragon
While we usually think of them burning down villages, dragons were also said to be wise and thoughtful creatures.
Your friends know you as dependable, patient, and independent. But a whole other side of you comes out when someone gets on your bad side.
Your natural determination can make you stubborn and selfish. You tend to cling to both material possessions and people, and your attachments can sometimes be unhealthy.
Gemini - Cerberus
This three-headed guardian of the underworld had the best qualities of any watchdog. He was clever, friendly (to his owner), and versatile - just like you are.
But it can sometimes feel like you're being pulled in two (or three) directions at once. Even your close friends will admit you're indecisive, anxious, and known for jumping from one passion to the next.
Cancer - Titan
Ruling the earth when it was new, the titans were known for both their creativity and destructive power. You can impress people with your spontaneity, and you benefit from being in touch with your deepest emotions.
But if you let yourself get carried away by your strong feelings, you can do serious damage to your relationships.
Cancers have a reputation for being suspicious and pessimistic partners - even when they have no reason to be.
Leo - Griffin
With the head of a bird and the body of a lion, the griffin is a majestic and noble creature. Like you, it embodies boldness, loyalty, and honesty.
But a tendency to charge ahead without thinking can make trouble for you and the people in your life. Don't let your critical thinking skills take a backseat to your egotism and domineering personality.
Practice patience and discipline in your daily life. You'll need it.
Virgo - Sphinx
Virgos are known for being bright and analytical, both practical and thoughtful.
That sounds a lot like the sphinx, the winged creature with a lion's body and a woman's head who would test heroes with mind-boggling riddles.
But remember that when someone outsmarted the sphinx, she hurled herself off a cliff. Don't let your fussy, perfectionist side get the better of you that way.
Libra - Satyr
You're a born diplomat, who can charm, impress, or romance almost anyone. Thankfully, you're also known for being even-handed and fair.
But playing both sides of an argument can make you seem superficial. Satyrs - half goat, half human - were said to be friendly, but also lazy and unreliable.
Embrace your human side, and learn to commit once in a while.
Scorpio - Vampire
When a Scorpio sets their mind on something, don't even try to get in their way. They're bold and ruthless enough to accomplish jut about anything.
And a Scorpio isn't afraid to use someone else for their own benefit. Like the blood-sucking, mind-controlling creatures of the night, this sign can be manipulative.
They might tell themselves they don't need friends to rely on, but just watch them get jealous and resentful when someone has had enough.
Sagittarius - Centaur
Maybe you guessed this one, because of course the star sign for Sagittarius is a centaur.
These creatures with horse bodies but human torsos were known for being blunt and independent, but they were also deep thinkers who tutored many legendary heroes.
The trouble is, this sign is careless and self-centered by nature. Remind yourself to take other people into consideration, and resist to urge to take more "me time."
Your Chinese zodiac animal reveals another side of your personality.