September 9th, 2011
05:04 PM ET
We all have guilty pleasures – some of us prefer curling up on the couch with tabloid magazines, while the rest of us are content with kicking back and catching the latest episode of our favorite reality show. There is one shameful indulgence that unites us all, however, and it goes by the name of astrology.
And though some followers of the “science” are more, shall we say, invested in its words than those that simply read it in jest, there’s no denying that every person has heard of astrology, even if they don’t know their sign (but we’re betting you know yours!) What’s more, each of the 12 – or 13 if you’ve been reading recent news – zodiac signs carry weights and meanings to their names, and more often than not, the personality traits of the signs match up with their respective owners.
This is all fine and dandy if you’re an average joe. But what if you’re the president of the United States? How close does your astrology sign meet your personality? Are more presidents likely to be Leos, which makes sense as the lion sign is born to lead? Or does the commander-in-chief tend to be more like a Taurus, known for their financial security? Let’s find out.
When following a commander into battle, soldiers want a leader with a strong, dependable attitude, and according to horoscope.com, that’s exactly the qualities found in Taurus president Ulysses S. Grant, the U.S. general credited with ending the American Civil War.
John F. Kennedy, affectionately known as JFK to the American people, was rumored to have some less-than-likeable qualities too, including his womanizing ways – which makes sense, seeing as most Geminis are known for being fickle in love, according to horoscope.com.
Cancers are known for their emotion and compassion, according to horoscope.com. (Finally, an explanation as to why Gerald R. Ford – born under the crab – pardoned Nixon after his resignation!)
Natural born leaders, Leos have a tendency to be creative, passionate and outgoing, according to horoscope.com. Barack Obama certainly fit this profile during his 2008 election campaign, didn’t he?
William Howard Taft spent the years following his presidency serving others, a trait reserved for the Virgo. One such example includes the League to Enforce Peace, an organization founded by Taft in 1915.
Libras are well respected for their fairness and balance, according to horoscope.com. Rutherford B. Hayes exemplified this during his term as president, as he believed in a “government which guards the interests of both races carefully and equally,” according to rbhayes.org.
John Adams, born under the Scorpio, once said that, “May none but honest and wise Men ever rule under this roof,” referring to the White House. (Fitting, as a true scorpion believes in truth, facts and being right, according to horoscope.com.)
According to horoscope.com, Sagittarius people are notorious for their sense of humor…and with that hair, Martin Van Buren certainly had a grand sense!
A prime example of the fast-fading American dream, Millard Fillmore’s rags-to-riches (or log cabin-to-white house) story couldn’t have been possible without his Capricorn qualities, including discipline, responsibility and professionalism.
The Aquarius is known for being progressive, independent and humanitarian, according to horoscope.com. Born under this zodiac sign, Franklin D. Roosevelt showed these qualities and more when he “helped the American people regain faith in themselves,” by proclaiming “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” according to whitehouse.gov.
George Washington was the leader of many different men with many different beliefs, including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin… not unlike the Pisces, which is “often found in the company of a variety of different personalities,” according to horoscope.com.