Hi, everyone.

When I announced that I was going to write about the intersection of astrology and business, my sister asked, “Is this another form of discrimination?” 

I know where she’s coming from.  As an attorney and judge, the last thing she wants is another way businesspeople can discriminate against one group or another.   As in, “Oh, I don’t hire Tauruses.  They’re always lazy.”

I agree that anytime you say one group of people is always a certain way, it is unfair.  But I started thinking about this word discrimination, and noticed it has two distinct meanings.  The first meaning given in the American Heritage Dictionary is “The ability or power to see or make fine distinctions; discernment.”  The next is “An act based on prejudice.”

I know business people who always review a potential hire through the lens of the candidate’s astrology chart.  I think this is wise only when the person has a true, in-depth knowledge of astrology, or consults an astute astrologer.  Astrology is a complex art and I do not recommend judging a candidate on the basis of their sun sign.

How can astrology help with the hiring process?  It depends on the situation.  Say you’re about to launch a business.  A good astrological reading can help you define your own strengths and weaknesses, your blind spots, where you tend to contract in fear and where you can tend to be too extravagant.  With this knowledge you can look for a partner or a key manager who will balance or round out your tendencies.  Your clarity about your own strengths and weaknesses can enable you to understand what you require in the right candidate.  Astrology doesn’t have to enter into the conversation; it has helped you identify exactly what qualities you are looking for.

This also applies to a consultant you may use, or a coach.  The self-knowledge you gain from an astrological reading of your natal chart allows you to ask pointed questions as you interview.  Consultants, employees, partners, directors:  these are long-term relationships, hopefully, and armed with this astrological knowledge you have a good chance of choosing the right person.

Another aspect of this is when you launch your business.  The business itself has a natal chart based on its time and date of incorporation, or the day you open your doors.  The chart of the business will reveal strengths and weaknesses.  If you compare your own chart to the chart of the business, you will gather additional information.  Perhaps there are weak spots that can be filled in by someone else.  We’re not asking what sign are they, but do they have the qualities that will round out and balance what is missing.

Let’s take an example.  Say you are an enthusiastic person with a lot of great ideas.  Consulting your astrologer you recognize that you love initiating projects but when the time comes to run them day to day you get bored and lose energy.  You see that this has been a pattern that has repeated itself in many different aspects of your life.  So you decide you need a partner who is practical, good at systems, who actually likes sitting at a desk and getting paperwork done.  This does not mean you will only interview Virgos, or people with a lot of earth in their chart.  It means you know what you need to balance your own talents and can structure the interview to cover those specific items.

So the discrimination we’re talking about when using astrology as a hiring tool is the discernment to understand yourself and your business very well.  No one has all of the traits it takes to run a business successfully.  Astrology can help you put together the right team so that you’ve got the best shot at success.