Chinese Hire Capricorn, Pisces & Libra

November 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

12 Animals of the Chinese Zodiac

Here’s an interesting astrology article in The Telegraph about how Chinese job managers now use Western astrology to select good employees. In Chinese astrology, the best two signs to hire are an Ox and a Dog, in that order.

I agree with the Chinese managers that it is best to hire Capricorn, Pisces, and Libra — and I don’t agree just because I’m a Pisces! Libra & Pisces are lovely, ruled by Venus and Neptune respectively. Of course hire the cardinal Earth sign Capricorn, who correlates to hard-working diligent Ox. Dog correlates to fair-minded Libra. Pisces is diplomatic Hare (Rabbit, Cat).

China job ads discriminate against Scorpio and Virgo

Chinese managers have placed job advertisements that tell people born under   certain zodiac signs not to apply.

By Our Foreign Staff

10:55AM GMT 25 Nov 2011

 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.

A student called Qi Qin, whose star sign is Cancer, applied for a job with a wedding company two months ago, but was sacked because “Aquarius and Scorpios are more suited to the job,” the report said.

“Qi Qin pointed out that her star sign was not something she could decide,” it added.

The story has gone viral on the Internet, with commentators ridiculing what they say is blatant employment discrimination.

“So now they look at your star sign when you apply for a job. I’m a Scorpio, so I’m doomed to go beg on the streets with a bag,” one person said on Sina’s popular Twitter-like weibo service.

“I’m a gorgeous Leo, so do I stand more of a chance in applying for leadership positions?” another wrote.

This is not the first time that unusual job requirements have sparked controversy in China.



November 21, 2011 § Leave a comment


Thursday November 24 is a new Moon eclipse in the inspirational and truth-seeking Fire sign Sagittarius. Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and the Node of the Moon (sense of fate) are all in Sagittarius, making this an encouraging time for new beginnings, creative innovations, and getting right to the heart of the matter. This new Moon is an eclipse, an absence of light when the shadow is seen. So use this Sagittarius fact-finding energy to dig a bit deeper to uncover the truth. The Moon trines Uranus today, an influence for something different that breaks routine, opportunities to be social, and perhaps a few unexpected surprises on this day of Thanksgiving. 

On November 23, communication planet Mercury begins a three-week retrograde cycle until December 13. It is not recommended to take spirited bold initiatives during a Mercury retrograde cycle, so time to reassess and revise your plans for the future. Sagittarius is interested in the clear expression of the facts, making this Mercury retrograde cycle the time to speak directly and clarify your point of view. Sagittarius is ruled by the expansive planet Jupiter so you can widen your scope in all things. If you are indecisive about relationships, love planet Venus enters the Earth sign Capricorn on November 26 when commitments become more serious.

This new  Moon begins the month of the Metal Rat in Taoist Astrology. Rat is the clever, innovative leader of the Asian zodiac. Smart, sharp, analytical Rat has excellent organizational abilities and is good with money. So use this Rat month to organize your finances. In feng shui, the ideal Metal envirnment is clean, pristine, and organized. When taken to the extreme, too much Metal is like a hospital: startk, all white, anteseptic, and feels cold. You don’t have to be that meticulous, but cleanliness and tidiness bring luck in this Metal month during 2011 Metal Hare year. So take some time to clean up and add a sparkle to your home this holdiay season. Luck to live in balance while seeking the truth is for all, especially the Fire signs Sagittarius, Leo, and Aries and those born in Rat, Monkey, and Dragon years.

Please mark you calendar for my Year of the Dragon public lectures:

Friday afternoon JANUARY 27.  1:00 – 2:30 PM
Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street,
San Francisco CA.
Free of charge.

Friday evening FEBRUARY 3.  7:30 – 9:00 PM
ast West Books, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View CA.
$10 pre-paid or $12 at the door.  

Happy New Moon,


Tarot and Chakras

November 15, 2011 § 4 Comments


Heart Chakra


Tarot is an exciting tool for divination, a magical symbolic language that can show us direction in life. But sometimes it can feel overwhelming or intimidating to address your questions and concerns to the tarot. A way to be more at peace before you even start shuffling the cards is to think about your questions before you ask them. Say them out loud, write them down, or communicate about them on some level. Then elevate your questions by raising them to the highest form possible.

Too often tarot cards are used to answer questions that are based on fear, such as “Does my boyfriend still want me?” The heart is not present. But the same question asked as “What can I do to develop the best in our relationship?” can offer a creative vision. The statement, “I don’t like my boss” can be addressed to the tarot as “How can the problems I experience with my boss help me to grow and become aware?”

To help you elevate your questions to fully comprehend tarot as a tool for spiritual healing, become familiar with the ancient Hindu system of the seven chakras. (Chakra means wheel in Sanskrit.) Each chakra represents different energy patterns in our body. When all seven chakras are balanced, we can attain our highest level of energy and creative potential.

The first chakra, located at the base of the spine, correlates to basic survival issues. In times of war or extreme illness, this chakra is strongly activated. Once survival issues are resolved, procreation can occur through the second chakra, the genital area, which channels sexual and creative energy. The third chakra, located in the solar plexus, represents power and the pursuit of material gain. Most people in the world, consumed with the mundane challenges of everyday existence, live in these three lower chakras.

It is the fourth chakra, the heart center of love, caring, and compassion that introduces the realm of transcendence and spirituality. Fourth chakra was personified as the loving kindness of Buddha, the sacred heart of Jesus Christ, the merciful goodness of the Chinese goddess Quan Yin; and in religious and spiritual disciplines that emphasize living from the heart, such as “Love they neighbor as thyself”.

Moving upwards from the heart, the fifth chakra is located in the throat. This chakra is associated with the spoken work and the power of words to heal (and harm). The sixth chakra, also referred to as the “third eye”, is located between the eyebrows. It is associated with creative vision and clairvoyance. Inspiration comes down to use through the seventh chakra, the crown center. In our modern technological environment, many of us have closed the seventh chakra to avoid being overwhelmed by external stimuli. But in a peaceful, meditative environment, we can open the seventh chakra to receive spiritual guidance.

Working with the magic of tarot symbolism brings us to the heart center, above the mundane realities of the first three chakras. On a higher metaphysical level, working with tarot cards can open up the seventh chakra of divine inspiration and the sixth chakra of creative vision. Insight communicated through the fifth chakra, tempered with compassion of the fourth chakra, can create a tarot interpretation of the most effective healing alchemy.


November 8, 2011 § 1 Comment



Thursday November 10 is a full Moon in the sensuous Earth sign Taurus. Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planet of love, art, beauty, and creation. So time to enjoy, relax, and appreciate all that you have. It’s easy to share your abundance, or at least a good meal, under the influence of pleasure-loving Taurus. This November is also the month of the Earth Pig, making this full Moon cycle an ideal time to socialize and enjoy all things Venusian.


Also on November 10 the red planet Mars enters the analytical Earth sign Virgo. Mars is the planet of courage and action, so this can help you to gather your energy and get the job done, or at least moving in the right direction.  Mar will be in Virgo until July, but use this new Mars energy now before Mercury goes retrograde on November 23. Mercury will be retrograde for three weeks until December 13, but we will still feel the Mercury Retrograde influence until the new Moon on December 24. Luck for Venusian creativity and Martian power is for all, especially the Earth signs Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn and those born in Serpent, Phoenix (Rooster), and Ox years.

Happy Full Moon!

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