chinese astrology job discriminationWhile I always love to see astrology getting some press in mainstream news, the first clue that someone doesn’t know a thing about astrology is when they call the zodiac “star signs.”  The twelve signs of the zodiac represent an image of the apparent path of the Sun as it travels around the Earth, from our perspective.  The signs are relevant to the Sun, not the stars.

::rant over::

A Chinese firm has decided Scorpios and Virgos are too moody and critical, telling job seekers with those star signs they need not apply. Capricorns, Pisces and Libras, on the other hand, are welcome.


The unusual requirements are part of a job ad posted at a university in the central city of Wuhuan by an English language training company, and have generated a storm of online controversy since they were uncovered this week.


“We don’t want Scorpios or Virgos, and Capricorns, Pisces and Libras will be prioritised,” the job spec reads, according to the Chutian Metropolis Daily, a local newspaper in Wuhan.


The report quoted a woman in charge at the unnamed firm as saying she had done research and found Scorpios had strong personalities and were moody, while Virgos were hugely critical and did not stay in one job for long.


“I hired people with those two star signs before, and they either liked quarrelling with colleagues or they could not do the job for long,” the woman, surnamed Xia, said.

As my brilliant readers know, the article is talking about Sun signs, the sign that the Sun was traveling through at the time the individuals involved were born.  Sun signs are just one piece of the birthchart, which contains an intricate collection of infinite personality possibilities.  Someone with a Scorpio Sun sign can have Pisces rising and a Libra Moon and behave less like a Scorpio than another individual with a Pisces Sun sign and Scorpio rising with the Moon conjunct Pluto, Scorpio’s ruler.

I won’t dispute the fact that Scorpio types do like to argue, or that Virgo types can be critical,although Virgo types typically don’t like change and would actually tend to make great employees because they are so detail oriented.  And Scorpio, being a fixed sign, can be extremely loyal and passionate about their jobs.  I do find it interesting that these Chinese are using western astrological signs rather than the Chinese ones.  Would a Dog make a better employee than a Dragon?

I shouldn’t complain though – if this catches on and companies begin hiring on the basis of astrology that will really open up the job market for us astrologers!

Read more about this trend here.

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