“What is your sign?” How many of you automatically thought, “Oh, my astrology sign! I am a Capricorn.” However, others may be utterly confused by this question even though knowing your astrology seems to be more common than knowing what blood type you are. Although astrology seems like a trend due to an abundance of social media accounts and posts being created, it has been here since the Babylonian era. The Babylonians divided their zodiac into 12 signs (although historians are unsure if they were the first); this was soon popularized by the famous astronomer, Ptolemy. His book, Terabiblos, became the definitive book for Western astrology.
We figured we would ask our Reservists what the common traits are for each sign and how those traits intertwine with their profession – healthcare.
Persistent, ambitious, and realistic are the three top traits of a Capricorn. Capricorns are known for being hard workers; they are very dedicated to their job and patients. If you give them a task it will be done in an efficient manner. They do not mind working long shifts compared to other zodiac signs. Capricorns are strict about following the standards, which is a great trait to have when working in healthcare given that standards are set to keep patients alive and healthy. Another quality that Capricorns possess is their ability to manage others. You will most likely see a Capricorn in a leadership role or taking on leadership opportunities. However, they can sometimes come off as bossy or a know-it-all. One-way Capricorns can combat these negative impressions is working on their communication skills.
Independent, progressive, and original, are the common characteristics of an Aquarius. Being an air sign, Aquarius’ are deep thinkers allowing them to be innovative, forward-thinking, and highly intelligent people. They consistently need mental stimulation to stay interested and involved. Aquarius’ love to help people; they are considered the humanitarians of the zodiacs. They need a workplace that will improve people’s lives and what better place than hospitals! Aquarius’ are fun to be around, whether it is a lively conversation or their enthusiasm. These characteristics make them perfect for working with patients and making the patients feel seen. They have a way of inspiring others in their professional and personal life. Although they love to help people, it is surprising that emoting is not their strong suit. It takes a special person in an Aquarius life to draw out their emotional side.
Compassionate, artistic, gentle, and wise is what is expected from a Pisces. Pisces are very friendly due to their easy-going attitude. They tend to find themselves in the presence of many different people because they are sincere and can make deep-rooted relationships with others. They are an emotion-based sign meaning their choices are more influenced by their heart than their mind. Sometimes this can put them in situations that could have been avoided with more thought behind it. Sometimes thinking with your heart is helpful when it comes to making connections with others as they can place others’ needs before their own. This is ideal for someone who works bed care at any facility. Empathizing with their patients and making sure their patients get everything they need, and more is what makes a Pisces essential in the medical field. Pisces are brilliant but sometimes come off as scatterbrained. They tend to forget or miss place things so be patient with them when that happens.
Courageous, determined and confident are the traits of any Aries. Aries are the sign who will do things their way no matter what and it somehow always works out for them. Aries are driven and charismatic, which aids them in getting what they want! You will likely find many Aries in a leadership role because they are extremely passionate about their career. You must likely see an Aries on the frontline thriving because they are typically the ones running the show on the floor telling others what they need to do since they are strong multi-taskers. Aries are also protective as a leader; they make sure to always have their employers back and support them in any way they can. Do not let this deeply rooted passion be confused with anger though. If an Aries is aware of this, they will have an easier time communicating with others.
Practical, reliable, and devoted makes a Taurus who they are. When you are looking for someone practical in an environment to handle codes and patients it is best to get a Taurus on your floor.
Taurus’ are very dependable and are considered the anchor of the zodiac signs. They are stable as a bull—hence their symbol and persistence. Routines are what make them happy, so they will always be on time and on top of their assignments for their shift. Therefore, you will find a Taurus who is extremely good at making rounds. However, this love for routines causes them to not be fond of changes compared to others, making them very stubborn at times. Regardless, they will always work hard because they have a love for luxury. They may even be wearing snazzy scrubs as you read this.
Adaptable, witty, and extroverted are just a few great traits of a Gemini. Geminis are highly intelligent, always having tidbits about everything. They are ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication and intellect, making them good with words. They tend to do well in high-energy atmospheres so you may find many Geminis’ working well on days where there are consecutive codes and a busy floor. They are also very witty and fun-natured people so you will find them constantly surrounded by others. Their symbol is the twins, representing their versatility which can come off as two-sided. Geminis are known for their “double personalities’ and can switch from one mood to the other. Allowing them to separate their work and personal life. You rarely see a Gemini bring work and the emotions attached to it to their homes and vice versa. This makes them someone you can always count on as someone who is at work ready to work.
Intuitive, sentimental, and nurturing are what make a Cancer unique. Cancers are known for their emotional and sensitive traits making them the “mothers” of any group. Cancers are natural-born caregivers who desire to make those they love comfortable. Intuition is their biggest trait because they have a hidden talent for reading others and know how to successfully navigate the emotions of others. This talent and intuition allow them to have fantastic bedside manners. Cancers will show “motherly” care for each of their patients as if their patient is their own family member. Cancers are also very loyal, but it takes time to gain their loyalty. Even though they are sensitive to other emotions and feelings, Cancers display a tough exterior. It takes a lot for a Cancer to open to others completely, but once they are comfortable with you, you will have their loyalty forever.
Cheerful, confident, and vivacious equates to a Leo. Leos love to be at the center of attention, in fact, they thrive in it. Some may find this to be annoying, but if you know anything about Leos, you will know they are extremely confident in themselves. They also strongly believe sharing accomplishments with others is their way to connect with others. When working with a Leo, they will have a natural desire to take up any assignment. They have a keen sense of responsibility, making them natural leaders. They want to be successful, so they will give 100% of themselves to become that. Leos have no issues correcting those who are wrong in their field, making them great teachers, but they must be careful not to come off too strongly.
Patient, independent, and detail-oriented is what makes a Virgo. Virgos are very particular about their items and space. They are perfectionists; you will find little to no mistakes in their work and it will always be meticulously organized. Virgos are perfect for the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and NICU where minor changes to their patients are easy for them to notice. Virgos like to feel useful, so they will always lend a helping hand. You will see patients confiding to Virgos because they love to help and give out honest feedback. Additionally, they love to fix others, such as patients; it drives them and gives them purpose. They are a highly knowledgeable sign so if you need help with anything, they should be your go-to person. Unfortunately, Virgos are not the best at self-expressions and sometimes can come off stoic, but that is their way of protecting their emotions.
Diplomatic, idealistic, and social makes one a Libra. Another intelligent sign: they are what we consider book smart. Libras can be hard to read at times because they are very empathic and receptive. Libras are creative in finding solutions that many may not see. They are peacemakers who prefer to avoid conflict or confrontation. They are the diplomats of the staff so if there is ever a conflict between the staff and patient(s) try to have a Libra there to meditate. Libras have strong values and morals and stand firm in these. Although they have this characteristic, decision-making is hard for them. So, if there is a decision to be made quickly during a shift, it may be best to not ask a Libra.
Brave, passionate, and resourceful are traits to lead a Scorpio to success! You cannot get a more direct sign than a Scorpio. They are very observant and know what makes someone upset or annoyed. They can use this skill for good when they check their patients; they are very aware if something is bothering them even if their patients are unaware. Scorpios are also noticeably confident (as confident as a Leo). They are aware of their strengths and weaknesses so when a Scorpio says they can do it, believe them. Scorpios are overly ambitious; once they have a goal, they will go for it no matter what. They know how to succeed and whom to follow to get to the top. Although we love their ambitious attitude sometimes, it can come off as opportunistic.
Adventurous, curious, and visionary are just a few qualities to be a Sagittarius. Sagittarius are outgoing people; socializing can come second nature to them if they want it. They flourish in a workplace where they can socialize. Therefore, you will see a Sagittarius talking to not only their patients but the patient’s family members as well. Sagittarius’ are known to have strong morals and values. Their work/career needs to align with their ideal, not the salary from the work. They enjoy learning and healing, so working in the healthcare workplace is fitting for them. As long they have the freedom to be themselves, they are easy to work with. Once they feel confined, they can become impatient and grumpy.
As one can see, each zodiac sign has some unique attributes they can contribute to in the medical field. Knowing these strengths and weaknesses of your zodiac sign, along with your co-workers, can make for better teamwork and a smoother shift. For those who had no clue what your zodiac sign is, you hopefully have a better understanding of it. Now you know how to respond to the question, “What is your sign?”.
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