Primal Zodiac Sign of Alligator

Those born under the sign of the Alligator are significantly different from their fellow Capricorns in their approach to achieving success (a Capricorn hallmark). Rather than climb, climb, climb to the top at a slow and steady pace, Alligators believe in working smarter, not harder.

Like their animal namesake, members of this sign prefer to wait patiently for opportunity to come to them. Just as the deadly swamp beast sits in motionless silence waiting for prey to mistake the calm waters around them for safety, those born under this sign exemplify a patience, cunning, and tenacity that few others can match. Their success comes not from trudging forward, but from staying perfectly, even unnaturally still, using their instincts to know exactly when to strike. While others may interpret this approach as lazy or lucky (since Alligators usually end up getting what they want), it works for members of this sign who embrace this aspect of their personality.

Alligators have very specific tastes and like to get exactly what they want. This often leads to some of this sign’s least attractive behaviors. Members of this sign can be downright snobbish and conceited when they don’t approve of other people’s tastes. They are not trying to be rude, Alligators simply don’t realize that they don’t hide their true feelings as well as they think they do. They can also come across as overly aloof, indifferent, and elusive in social situations.

The most important life lesson for an Alligator is to find a balance between all the different sides of life. Having a tendency to get overly focused on one thought or belief, members of this sign need to learn to combine their intelligence and drive with their instincts and passions in order to get the most out of life. There is also a tendency among Alligators to overly value shows of wealth and success by others. Trying to impress others with success and wealth of their own is likely to lead to imbalance.


Though friendly and sympathetic, most Alligators are a bit wary of others when they first meet them. They prefer to either observe or ask open-ended questions to get to know someone before they feel comfortable enough to share much about themselves. They’re not concerned about being manipulated by others, they just don’t want to invest any time, effort, or emotion into someone who is not a potential friend for the long haul. Instead, Alligators will give their typical charming social performance and forget about the person altogether. Those who they consider true friends are the only ones who get their true attention.

Romantic relationships can be complicated for Alligators for the same reason that careers will be difficult to choose - Alligators don’t want to make mistakes. To this sign, investing in a relationship, career, or even hobby should only occur when the venture has been fully thought through. Internally their instincts might tell them what they need to know, but the analytical, grounded side will want to justify any decision with cold, hard facts. As they get older and learn to achieve balance in their lives better, Alligators will learn to trust their feelings and be much more likely to take a risk on a long-term relationship. This is another essential hallmark of their spiritual and emotional growth. Alligators make dedicated partners, though they will likely need someone who can understand and accept the complexity that goes on in their heads.


Career is very important to any sign connected to Capricorn, and Alligators are no exception. However, unlike most of their Capricorn brethren, those born under this sign are likely to have trouble finding the perfect career fit. That’s because there are two distinct sides to Alligators - that which wants others to be proud and impressed by their achievements and that which wants to explore the deeper mysteries of the world. In storybooks, such characters would have careers such as knight, magician, alchemist, and the like, but in real life these careers are hard to come by.

Nonetheless, Alligators need to have career paths to follow, so it should be expected that certain members of this sign will either follow an unusual path. Those who choose the standard beat will likely find little joy in it. Alligators are specialists. They can do anything as long as they are genuinely interested in it. Careers for them include unusual niche positions, and may or may not be as glamorous or lucrative as the careers of their fellow Capricorns.

Examples of such careers are as magicians, astronomers, astrologers, quantum physicists, boxers, entertainers, investigators, psychologists, and professors of esoteric topics.


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  • January Jones (1/5/1978)
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  • Patrick Dempsey (1/13/1966)
  • Rob Zombie (1/12/1966)
  • Howard Stern (1/12/1954)
  • Meredith Vieira (12/30/1953)
  • Michael Crawford (1/19/1942)
  • Muhammad Ali (1/17/1942)
  • Stephen Hawking (1/8/1942)
  • Dennis Hastert (1/2/1942)
  • Sarah Miles (12/31/1941)
  • Glenn Yarborough (1/12/1930)
  • Rod Taylor (1/11/1930)
  • Don Shula (1/4/1930)
  • Mary Higgins Clark (12/24/1929)
  • John H. Johnson (1/19/1918)
  • Gene Rayburn (12/22/1917)
  • Aristotle Onassis (1/15/1906)
  • William Bendix (1/14/1906)
  • Cliff Arquette (12/28/1905)
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  • Howard Hughes (12/24/1905)
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  • A.A. Milne (1/18/1882)
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  • Clara Barton (12/25/1821)
  • Kit Carson (12/24/1809)


Alligators have the Tropical Sun sign of Capricorn, and are born during the Chinese Zodiac’s Year of the Snake.

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