I think we’re all at least vaguely familiar with the zodiac and its traditional symbols at this point: Pisces (the fish), Capricorn (the goat), Cancer (the crab), Leo (the lion), and so on. What if the zodiac was something totally different, however? What if it consisted of 12 totally different symbols and meanings?
Today, make up your own zodiac. Come up with 12 symbols, give them each a basic association, and draw up a quick-and-dirty personality profile you’d associate with each symbol. Take into account the typical things astrologers tend to address–motivation, work habits, love life, and so on.
If you’re a fantasy or sci-fi writer who likes to write fiction set in an alternate reality, create your zodiac to fit one of your worlds.