Horoscopes have become a morning ritual for many people in the UK, whether fervently catching up on the day’s predictions or chuckling away at the vague suggestions in the paper on the commute to work. Yet, thepopularity of astrology has been increasing rapidly, as younger generations foster a keen interest in star signs and the movements of celestial bodies to make sense of the every-changing and fraught global landscape.
The concept of the star sign has endured for millennia and found uses in all manner of academic pursuits, including the assessment of personality types in relation to birth sign. Printing specialist instantprintspoke to a professional astrologer as part of their survey into the most desirable traits in the workplace; their findings could be useful in understanding what kind of worker you are, according to your horoscope!
Taurus (20 April – 20 May)
If you are a Taurus, chances are you have a keen creative eye and exhibit patience in your work – which, according to 46% of respondents, is the single most desirable trait to display in the workplace. Conversely, Tauruses can be notoriously obstinate – it may be the case that you struggle to deal with change and try to steer a straight path through any project.
Gemini (21May – 20 June)
As a Gemini, you probably find communication comes very easily. Communication was the second most important virtue according to the polled workers, with 45% listing it as a desirable trait. You may also find yourself frequently taking on more than you can chew, however.
Cancer (21 June – 22 July)
Cancers have an instinct for empathy; your thoughtful streak could come in handy when leading a group, increasing morale by kindness. However, you may be less likely to take risks, and struggle with constructive criticism.
Leo (23 July – 22 August)
Leo, the lion – in name and in demeanour. You may find that you love to be the centre of attention – which has its benefits and its drawbacks. You’re a great public speaker and content to compete, but failure might sting a little more for you than others.
Virgo (23 August–22 September)
As a Virgo, your role in the office is probably that of the administrator – not in job title, but in action! You love to be organised and are excellent at time and task management. But you may find you have problems with finishing tasks on time as a result of your meticulousness.
Libra (23 September – 22 October)
If you’re a Libra, you were born to adjudicate. You are a sign of balance, fairness, and justice – your empathetic air will help smooth over any failures of communication, but you yourself may be prone to indecision or fear of rocking the boat.
Scorpio (23 October – 21 November)
Scorpios are naturally intuitive, and great team leaders as a result, knowing as they do how to manage individuals sympathetically. As a Scorpio, your work ethic more or less defines you – a blessing and a curse, as you may take on too much and get bogged down in the nitty-gritty.
Sagittarius (22 November – 21 December)
Sagittarius, the fire sign. Your fiery nature makes you a great leader by virtue of rousing and inspiring your department, as well as being a general go-getter. You may also find yourself with itchy feet and clashing with less enthusiastic signs, such as Cancer.
Capricorn (22 December – 19 January)
Capricorns embody ambition by nature, as an earth sign. You know what you want and how you wish to succeed, utilising good management and organisation. Your calculations may lead you to a tendency to overwork yourself, however.
Aquarius (20 January – 18 February)
As an Aquarius, you love networking. You probably work in a role that requires communication with people, and you’re a natural-born problem solver to boot. You also may struggle with the idea of staying put, choosing instead to engage with the new and exciting.
Pisces (19 February– 20 March)
You are a particularly calm sign, a creative soul with a penchant for understanding others. You may find yourself solving office disputes with ease but struggling with routines that interfere with your free-flowing, artistic mind.
Aries (21 March – 19 April)
Aries lead. You are an instinctually shrewd worker, willing to take the initiative and never too shy to propel an idea or project forward. However, you may rely a little too much on your team to finish what you’ve started at times and attempt to dominate other team members, with 32% of those surveyed suggesting this was the second-worst trait in a colleague.