The Astrology of Library Folk

Because I’m a big dork, I’m compiling various charts and lists of people I know and their astrological signs. First up–library folk. And so far the air signs have it, with 13 of the 30 peeps in my graduate cohort being either Geminis, Librans, or Aquarians. This makes astrological sense, since the air element rules the intellect and mind.

  • At least 6 so far are Geminian. This is the sign of information, books, reading, and writing. Geminis are also known to have WAY too many interests for their own good; librarianship is a profession where it’s good to know at least a little (if not more) about a whole lot of different areas.   *20% of the group*

The next largest groupings after Gemini are Libra, with four people, and Aquarius and Scorpio, each with three.

  • Libra’s the sign concerned with relationships of all kinds, as well as aesthetics, equality, and justice. They tend to be interested in the arts and humanities, although these are no technophobes, either. Overall, Librans crave balance and strive to be well-rounded and well-liked individuals. I could definitely see Libranarians reigning in the public services or children’s/school library sector, or maybe as subject specialists in one of the aforementioned areas.  *approximately 13% of the group*
  • Aquarians, we all know, are very focused on serving humanity and making a difference in their communities. This definitely fits in with the mission of libraries. Plus, it’d be interesting to see if the Aquarian Librarian–hey, great name for a new blog! Go ahead, steal it, if it’s not taken already–if the A.L. tended to be very much into the tech side of librarianship. Ruled by Uranus, Aquarius is the sign of the future, of innovation, and eccentric genius.   *10% of the group*
  • Scorpio, ruled by Pluto (and Mars, secondarily), is the sign of intensive–some would say obsessive–research and study. They also make good spies and detectives. Sound like any librarians you know?   *10% of the group*

I’m betting there would be even more air influences if I knew everyone’s rising and moon signs. Also, there are currently five people in my cohort whose birthdays are unknown. This could serve to strengthen the representation of air signs even further, or alternately, could fill in a few of the blanks.

Probably the sign on the cusp of the Midheaven would make a difference as well, what with the Midheaven, or 10th house, ruling career choices. (I myself am a Pisces but have Mercury ruling both my moon sign and Midheaven. And my seventh house of marriage and relationships. Hmm, does this mean I’m destined to marry another librarian?)

The signs with the least representation amongst my fellow library grad students:

  • Leo= zip. Nada. Negatory. What, are we not glamorous enough for you perfectly-coiffed Lions?
  • Aries, Cancer, Virgo, Sagittarius, Capricorn= only 1 per sign.

I’m actually surprised about Cancer, as I’d think there’d be a ton of school and children’s librarian, and possibly administrators, with this sign. Also surprised over Virgo–hello, cataloguers!–and a bit by the lack of Sag’s, since this is the sign that rules higher education in general. Fittingly, our one Archer looks to be on a path towards academic subject specialization in a non-Western cultural area study. Yeah, I guess you can’t really keep them behind a desk for too long, can you? Cappies also generally make good administrators, and Aries are leaders for sure, no matter what area they’re in.

So what about you? Have you noticed any distinct patterns in the sun signs of people in your profession? Do all Pisces (except me) really become dancers, counselors, druggies, artists, or musicians?

I will make sure to update this once I get more information on the remaining five signless ones in my cohort.


4 thoughts on “The Astrology of Library Folk

  1. Alright, so it’s time for an astrological update. I found out that I mistakenly pegged a Cancer for a Libra and that one other formerly unknown colleague/classmate is a Virgo. (Happy birthday, CF!) So this brings us to: Libras= 3, Virgo= 2, and Cancer= 2.

    Only four unknowns left!

  2. I love “Libranarians” and “Aquarian Librarians”! I wonder if Marian the Librarian was an Aquarian? ;)

    This makes me want to write an article on the astrology of fundraisers. In my cohort, I find that there are quite a few among us who are Leos and Earth Signs (who’s surprised?). Also, quite a few Air signs – we certainly need socialites in our profession!

  3. You absolutely should write that article. It’s so interesting to see how professions tend to be “ruled” by certain types…and surprising when it’s not the ones you’d guess!

    And I have another update: add one more to the Water-Bearers’ camp. Aquarius= 4. Air still rules the school, apparently, when it comes to librarianship. (Glad I have an airy moon, phew!)

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