You don’t need to believe in the stars to really appreciate these zodiac illustrations by Emilee Petersmark. A band called The Accidentals approached her with this project in 2017, asking Emilee to create 12 posters based on the zodiac over the course of a year. She reimagined all of the signs as mythical goddesses, and the images are so good, people think she should create a tarot deck.

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Aries



“This design was intended to be a grown-up version of Virgo — I wanted to portray a more mature version of the attitude in that poster. I also tried to give her a more wild, witch-like feel, taking the soft fall glow of Virgo and leveling it up with neon.”



Taurus



“This poster was super inspired by activist Emma González. I wanted Taurus to have a prominent sense of strength in the face of something ominous.”

Gemini



“The band was touring out west this month, so I went with a dusky desert theme. This one took some time to nail down, because I wanted the twins to seem subtly powerful, almost regal with their rustic crowns. It was important to me that none of the women in this series were overtly sexualized, but I wanted to keep some vulnerability and naturalness to this sign.”

Cancer



“This month, The Accidentals were playing Electric Forest. I’ve only been to EF once, but I remember loving all the glowing neon in the middle of the dark woods. I wanted to capture that feeling of finding something otherworldly in the vast wilderness in the middle of the night.”



Leo



“This design was extra tricky, because it would also serve as part of The Accidentals’ album artwork. Their album is called Odyssey, and so I wanted this one to feel kind of like the beginning of a journey, with Leo being the heroine about to set off in search of something important. The band and I also collaborated heavily to create something that combined both natural, earthly elements and outer space.”

Virgo



“Virgo is depicted as a virgin/maiden, so I tried to make the sign more youthful. My first attempt at this poster made the maiden look too timid, so I scrapped it in order to give her a little more attitude.”

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