Astrological discrimination prevalent in China

WHAT!? I am discriminated against? I am an excellent worker!

Virgos suffering ‘astrological discrimination’ in China.

Those born between August 23 and September 22 are mocked online for being picky, spoiled, and fussy to the point of being obsessive-compulsive.

“Virgos are perfectionists, so they’ll often criticise other people,” Felicia Jiang, founder of popular astrology website NoDoor.com, told New Republic. “It’s easy to notice, and easy to exaggerate.”

Some even have trouble in the job market. According to an online survey conducted by Sina, Virgos were named as the astrological sign which has the most trouble finding work.

That’s nonsense. Your personality has zero to do with what constellation was in the sky the day you were born.

Yet, the New Republic piece (Chinese Astrology: The Surprising Prominence of Horoscopes ) says over 90% of survey respondents paid attention to horoscopes with a third of those saying they absolutely believed in astrology. This type of discrimination against birth signs would not be legal in the U.S. and would certainly be challenged, and lost in court.

Following a pseudoscience as a guide to run your society may not be obviously harmful in the short-term. But relying on nonsense in the long-run will put you at a disadvantage in the real world. Good luck with that, China! They are seriously superstitious society.

  6 comments for “Astrological discrimination prevalent in China

  1. Chris Howard
    September 25, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    What if your western and Chinese horoscopes are at odds? Or if, like me, you were born on a cusp?

    Let’s see, I’m July 22, 1969, and according to the time that I was born on that puts me exactly on the cusp of Cancer and Leo, but I was born in the year of the cock.

    So what does that mean?!

  2. busterggi
    September 25, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    When did the Chinese scrap their version of the zodiac for the western version?

  3. September 25, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    I always love to point out the fact that astrologers are almost always wrong about where the Sun was in the sky when you were born. Here’s a link with some tables to compare: http://dionysia.org/astrology/sun-signs.html

    I worked it out a while ago, and there’s roughly a 1 in 6 chance that the position of the Sun in the sky when you were born matches your astrological Sun sign.

    So even if claims regarding the position of the Sun in the sky when you were born dictating your personality weren’t entirely baseless and wrong, they still wouldn’t be getting their predictions right.

  4. the14thlistener
    September 26, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    They didn’t scrap it. The Western zodiac is simply another one to play with. Perhaps one rolls dice to decide which horoscope to go with if they contradict?

  5. Chris Howard
    September 26, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Isn’t that because they haven’t updated their charts to account for global tilt, and the like?

  6. September 26, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    That’s a big part of it, yes. It’s also due to the fact that they divided up the zodiac into 12 roughly equal parts, whereas there are actually 13 constellations along the ecliptic and the sun spends a very unequal amount of time in each of them throughout the year.

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