Do you often check the morning horoscope? Some of us wait eagerly to spot those age-old symbols of the crab or the two fishes and read the predictions about us. But those symbols – we have grown habituated to it. Don’t you sometimes wish they were represented more artistically?
This artist creates zodiac signs as mythical beings
Emily Petersmark is the person you’re looking for. She has illustrated the Zodiac signs as mythical goddesses and it is fascinating. The project was for the band The Accidentals, who wanted illustrations of the 12 zodiac signs. Once Emily activated her creativity, her masterpiece was there. They are a tour-de-force into our spiritual side.
With the ram skull on her face, this goddess is a mature version of Virgo having a witch-like wildness and the soft loving glow of Virgo.
The stable element has been depicted after activist Emma Gonzales – depicting strength in front of wrongs.
As the band was going to perform in the west, Emily wanted a desert-based theme. And she found it in the twin symbol – two sisters looking at each other with their antique crowns on. Not sexualized in a very overt fashion, they show the right amount of vulnerability.
The water sign gets her place in the middle of the dark woods, a vast goddess filling up the sky above the wilderness. It matches with the band’s Electric Forest which inspired the artist.
The lioness was tricky to make, but Emily took cues from the band’s album The Odyssey. She’s depicted as the strong woman out on an adventure, looking at her compass, combined with both elements of the earth and of outer space.
Virgos are depicted as virgins or maidens but they don’t need to be timid. She’s smiling but has a bit of the right attitude needed for a goddess.
The just Libra is depicted by the Lady Justice. And who’s the best person to be depicted as justice other than someone who’s faced injustice for long. Though she tried to not make it too political, Emily used a black woman as Lady Justice. That’s an amazing symbolism there, Emily.
The passionate Scorpio is in her element – heavily tattooed and with a glass of red wine, Emily has juxtaposed her with modernity and a bit of Polynesian-inspired tattoo work.
Staying close to the traditional representation, Sagittarius is depicted as an archer with a headdress. This time, Emily experiments with body shapes and shows a more different body shape of the woman in the hunter-garb going out there to catch her own food and fight evil.
Emily learned that Capricorn is a Sea Goat. So, she created this amazing goddess with a harpoon going through her, showing the softness and conflict among living creatures.
In an attempt to make a creation myth, Emily has depicted an oasis within a desert, created by the tears of the Goddess. It’s amazing and gives an insight into Egyptian mythology and monuments.
Unlike the others, here the goddess is not as powerful but dwarfed by the giant fishes circling her. They remind us of the giant sea monsters, but the goddess – she’s extra-human, fitting in the element perfectly with the giant fishes.
Emily is a true artist. She doesn’t know much about Zodiacs but she was shocked at how the audience could relate to her work. Her attempt to show femininity and power in different ways was a success. And we all loved the beauty of it. It’s truly a work of genius.