I’ve been told so many times that most straight men don’t (or won’t) believe in astrology. And yet, the more I yap about it to the guys around me, the more interested they seem to become. So this column is dedicated to those dudes: The suspicious and the curious, the skeptical and the inquisitive. I’ll be here every week, tackling the stuff your basic-ass horoscopes will never get into. Because you know what? You might think astrology is esoteric snake-oil, but everyone around you still judges you based on your star sign.
Any career advice for a Leo sun/Aquarius moon who just quit a nightmare job after one day? — Maddie, Leo
Honestly, congratulations! It’s a great thing that you’re in tune with what you want. Not that I’m surprised: The balance created by your sun and moon allows you to see things from both sides of the coin — the first side being the Leo side, which strives for leadership positions and creative accolade; the second side being the Aquarius side, which doesn’t want to be told what to do (or how to do it), and which needs a level of philanthropy involved in order for “work” to feel satisfying. So while I don’t know exactly what this job was, it probably didn’t give you an opportunity to be a leader, or do much in terms of feeling like you were contributing to the greater good.
Moving forward then, I’d look for positions that allow you room to grow, and ensure that their values are aligned with yours — not the other way around.
From an outsider’s perspective, it’s kinda hilarious that LeBron either gives everyone around him (or at least the players and coaches on his teams) an anxiety disorder or arranges for their banishment to another city via trade, release or firing (when talking about his coaches). Not to mention, he attempts to make the rest of the NBA bend to his will by trying to engineer trades for the superstars he wants on the court next to him — the most recent example being Anthony Davis.
It’s not-so-hilarious, though, for those of us with similar Capricorns in our lives. So, um, help?!?!?! — Jeff, Pisces
Capricorn is the sign of the boss. It rules the 10th house in the astrological chart — representing authority figures, public standing, and in a broader sense, the father figure. In other words, when dealing with a Capricorn, you’re dealing with someone who has an inherent need to control those they see as their subordinates, as well as a need to maintain a very specific public standing and reputation.
I’m hard-pressed to say, however, that your Capricorn (or LeBron) is the only problem here. Because if a Capricorn feels the need to boss you around, you probably aren’t meeting their standards. Now, admittedly, this situation becomes stickier if said Capricorn is your subordinate. Still, it has more to do with you than you think. That is, before you do anything else, take a good long look at yourself and decide whether you really are doing the best you can. Only once that self-reflection is complete should you pull them aside and remind them that if they have an issue, they can speak to you privately and professionally about it.
A high-functioning Capricorn is proactive, and will discuss this with their superiors in a way that’s honorable and disciplined. A low-functioning Capricorn, however, will “land grab” and step on the toes of everyone around them who they feel is undeserving of any kind of authority.
Guess which one LeBron is.
Write to me! Because dude, I’m more than happy to tell you what your sign means w/r/t whatever is happening in your bedroom, with your friends and family or your job/office. Hmu at firstname.lastname@example.org.