Aries individuals love to be 'number one', so it makes sense that they are the most well-known of Santa's reindeer. As an Aries person, you are bold and ambitious, as is Rudolph, in his aspiration to lead Santa's sleigh. With a passionate disposition you feel very strongly about what you believe in and will work tirelessly to achieve the results you want.
Taureans are known to enjoy the expanse of nature and the countryside. As such, being paired with the wintery figure of Jack Frost makes perfect sense. Jack Frost makes his appearance known throughout much of the rural countryside in winter, with beautiful frost patterns over plants. This is both mesmerising and enchanting to Taureans, who enjoy being in the open air, surrounded by the natural world.
A Gemini individual is characterised by a playful and curious nature, this lends itself to the trickster gnomes of Iceland, known as the Nisse, or the Yule Lads. These eclectic brothers are known for their trickery and their love for pulling pranks on others during the Christmas period. Geminis are known to enjoy light-hearted pranks at others expense, so it makes sense that the cosmic Twins are aligned with these playful pranksters.
Cancrians are known to be the most empathetic of the zodiac, and it makes to synchronise them with the Star of Bethlehem that lead the Wise Men to baby Jesus. The star, whilst not personified, is seen to be emotionally intuitive, and helpful, in leading the Wise Men to the goal that they seek. Many Cancrians are self-sacrificing to the point of self-destruction, in order to help their friends, and those they care about. This innocent self-sacrifice makes Cancrians the most deserving of this important role.
Leos are the rulers of the zodiac, and Leonine people are quick to become the life-and-soul of the party in any group they find themselves in. These theatrical people make the prime people to become jolly saint Nick himself. These lovers of drama would relish the spotlight the is shone upon Santa Claus each year over the Christmas period. My advice for Leos would be to start working on that Santa bod!
The meticulous perfectionists that are Virgoans make the most sense to be Archangel Gabriel. Their diligence and hard-work is echoed in God's messenger to humanity. His steadfast loyalty to God and helpful nature, are also seen in those born under Virgo. Virgo deals with information like a computer, in the same no nonsense way in which Gabriel speaks to Mary.
Librans strive for balance, and out of every Christmas figure, baby Jesus is most associated with balance and harmony. Relationships with others are the most important thing for Librans, and baby Jesus' first moments are characterised by the relationship between God and humanity, and that his life is spent forming relationships with the twelve apostles and those that would become the first Christians.
This passionate, volatile water sign is perfectly suited for the Christmas Demon known as Krampus. This calculating and exacting sign strikes only after analysing their opponents and their weaknesses. The Krampus also waits for Santa to arrive, before he stalks the naughty children to teach them a lesson. Scorpios have an innate desire for control, be it of a situation or of others' behaviour, so are suited to Krampus' desire to right the wrongs of naughty children.
Ever on a quest for knowledge, Sagittarians make the perfect Three Wise Men. Fuelled by wanderlust, these daring, inquisitive souls would be the first to embark on a journey, simply following a star. These individuals place so much emphasis on their knowledge that they have a tendency to come across to others as arrogant. My advice for Sagittarians would be, if you're buying presents for someone, for the love of God, don't give them Myrrh!
This sign is dominated by an unwavering focus that comes off to others as cold and unempathetic. This makes them the perfect sign to be associated with the exacting nature of the Snow Queen. Capricorns' inner fortitude is a blessing and a curse, it allows them to focus on their goals without distraction, but in the process it can isolate them from their loved ones, if they are not immediately relevant to achieving their goals. It is this inner fortitude that can make the Capricorn individual like the Ice Queen, an ephemeral person, closed off to others, who keeps those they care about at a distance.
On the surface this seems like a major cop-out for Aquarians. But their innate rebellious nature makes them perfectly suited for this role; they despise authority, and want to live life by their own rules. Aquarians are seen as stubborn and obstinate, which stems from their strong convictions, in a similar sense to how a mis-behaving child won't stop because they are told to; Aquarians will not stop believing in their convictions, even if they are told that they are wrong. The best way to keep an Aquarian calm, is to just let them get their ideas out, and reflect upon their actions.
Pisceans are symbolised by their nature of absorbing the joys and pains of those around them and tending to their emotional wounds. This is why I have placed them as the Virgin Mary, they are selfless and want to help all those around them, and whilst they are not as empathetic as their fellow water sign, Cancer, they are deeply spiritually intuitive, and sympathetic towards those they see are hurting. The Virgin Mary, is the person who applies to this zodiac sign because of her tender portrayal in the Bible, as well as her acceptance of carrying the son of God, who would heal the spiritual wounds of the world, through his sacrifice.
Feature Image illustrations: Kate McLaughlin, Phoebe Young