At the New Republic, Christopher Beam looked into horoscope-related hiring choices in China, where “astrology-based discrimination is real.” He reports that astrological signs often influence employment, based on assumptions about personality and perceived compatibility with other signs. Beam writes:
In this astrological version of natural selection, no one has it tougher than Virgos, born between Aug. 23 and Sept. 22. The persecution is mostly playful. This month, Virgos have been taking a ribbing online for the usual sins: They’re picky, they’re spoiled, they’re fussy to the point of being obsessive-compulsive … An online survey conducted by Sina this week asked, “Which astrological sign has the most trouble finding work?” Virgo won—well, lost—by a long shot.
The maligned Virgos, meanwhile, have begun a campaign to reclaim their reputation. Typical Virgo. They just want to put their exasperating diligence to work — for you, hopefully! Please reconsider their applications. Don’t forget to double-check their references. They just love the concept of double-checking, that’s all.