Monday, March 23, 2009

Your Boss by the Stars- Part 2

I forgot to mention in Part 1, if by chance you happen to know your bosses' birthtime (I know, highly unlikely), also read the sign on his midheaven. Usuallythis is 10 signs around from his rising sign, but a quick look at will tell you for sure. It gives a whole new perspective- your dreamy Piscean boss with Aries rising and a Capricorn Midheaven may be hiding an ambitious and very structured core, whereas your private Scorpio boss with Leo Rising and Taurus Midheaven may be triply change resistant, be even more sure of his "rightness" and amazingly good with money.

This is why sometimes, your experience may be slightly different to the basics on this page. Hey, I call 'em as I see 'em.

Libra Boss
This Boss is all about justice and balance. She will work hard, but she will also need downtime to languish. Libra looks great, dresses for the situation and is charming. Libra can be ambitious, but understands that she is at her best with a team or at least some loyal supporters. Libra will fight only when fair-play is at stake. The rest of the time she has an uncanny knack to get others to do her dirty work- not that they mind... really.

The bossy side is often hidden behind a skilled communicator. Libra dislikes messy emotions and may be accused of being indecisive, but essentially, anything to promote harmony in the workplace.

Scorpio Boss
The most fixed and deeply emotional of the water signs, Scorpio exudes a veneer of absolute control and can usually maintain this in the face of absolute chaos. Scorpio Boss can be loyal and protective but when crossed will remember the grievance for as long as necessary.

This Manager has the potential to engage employees by tuning in emotionally and generally runs an office based on honesty and integrity. But he does expect high performance and does not come to work to win popularity contests. Scorpio makes decisions based on data & measures risks carefully, but does find it difficult to admit mistakes (not that he is ever wrong) or change course.

Sagittarius Boss
This guy is the ultimate risk taker, and not really a natural leader. More interested in having fun, exploring the “big picture” or teaching and motivating, Sagittarius really has little interest or tolerance in hands on management.

Honest to a fault, this Boss will talk before thinking, not realising that others may find his honesty a little tactless. But Sagittarius will encourage change, creativity, growth and optimism and will generally be there if you need him. Just don’t expect to find him at his desk in a partition doing a single set of tasks- he will need to have many fires to fight at once and preferably a reliable earthy person at his side dealing with the smaller details.

Capricorn Boss
This boss is result focused and competitive, but in a more practical way than fiery Aries. A naturally strong Manager, earthy Capricorn understands that hard work is the only way to achieve results, recognition, dollars and security. Capricorn is most at home in a structured corporate environment where everyone has a clear place in the pecking order.

From the “if it ain’t broke, don’t change it” school, suggested change is generally met with scepticism and suspicion. As Capricorn finds comfort in history and experience, she may try and “neutralise” any perceived threat to her leadership by more ambitious and change suggestive employees.

Aquarius Boss
Aquarius Boss thrives in a team, preferably working on something new, inventive or for the greater good. Technology will be enterprise level and outcomes will be for the “greater good”. Employees will generally enjoy a flexible, slightly alternative workplace, have buy-in to goals and experience fair and equal benefits.

Aquarius does expect hard work towards a common goal and uses structure to do so. At her best she is a revolutionary genius, at her worst, a loose cannon.

Like all air signs, there is no room for messy emotional stuff- personal problems are so much smaller than the big picture. Make sure your conversation is interesting, ideas well thought through and you won’t have any political issues with this boss.

Pisces Boss
Pisces is more suited to creative or directorial roles than leadership. This boss has ideals and dreams and corporate structures interfere with those. If she finds herself in a leadership or operational position, she will sit behind that desk depressed & trapped. But she will be sensitive to every mood in the office and may sacrifice herself for those of her employees- if she feels they need her.

Pisces can’t say “no”, dislikes making decisions and resents being taken advantage of. She will value earthy and practical employees who can turn her fantastical visions into something more workable.

Pisces Boss is a chameleon and can be everything to everybody... but she can also be a master manipulator.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Your Boss by the Stars Part 1

Bosses, we love them, we hate them... but for the vast majority of us, earning money generally means that we come into contact with a “superior” at some point- and I use the term loosely. There is a great deal of difference between a “Manager” and a “Leader”. Your attitude to management of staff can be indicated by your Sun sign. More importantly, getting to know the Sun sign of your Boss can be a great help in the workplace.

If you know your Rising sign (or that of your Boss), read that description as well, as you are often influenced by both your Sun & Rising Sign.
At risk of stressing the fine print- Boss men/women past, present & future- don’t look too hard for yourselves in here- you could be disappointed...

Aries Boss
Never happier than when he is fighting fires, if there are none to extinguish, this boss is likely to create some- just because he can.

A natural leader, Aries likes to run his own show, & isn’t afraid to make difficult decisions. He is goal orientated and has so much energy that he frustrates those around him from what can sometimes be movement for its own sake. Aries loves to start new projects, but simply doesn’t have the patience to deal with the details of the effort.

Aries is the original Warrior, so this is the guy you want on your side in a fight. He has the ability to blinker himself from the real feelings of those below him- particularly if they have the potential to stop him from achieving his objective.

Taurus Boss
Taurus Boss may be accused of being a little stubborn, even conservative, but, unlike Aries, once committed to a course of action, this Manager will see it through to the end. Trust this sign with your money & your real estate. Taurus likes routine, structure and will not act without examining all possible repercussions. Any decisions made by this sign will have been carefully considered before they are communicated.

A natural workaholic, Taurus Boss does not like to be interrupted, disturbed, or removed from the agreed schedule. Taurus will lead with integrity, determination and loyalty and will expect the same from her employees.

Gemini Boss
With a Gemini boss the office will be a hive of social activity, gossip and busyness- never again will there be stony silences at performance review sessions. This Manager personifies multi-tasking, but can be endlessly distracting and possibly destructive to output if confined to a cubicle and a single goal.

A great communicator with a brilliant brain, Gemini is also a master manipulator and thrives in company politics. Gemini Boss is best in situations requiring plenty of mental gymnastics and thrives on chaos & disarray. Gemini really doesn’t like micro management, so will generally detach sufficiently to let you get into problems, before coming in to get you out of it with some genius idea.

Cancer Boss
Cancer works to earn money for the family. Uninterested in frivolity or politics in the office, Cancer is no nonsense when it comes to work and expects those around them to work equally as hard. Like all water signs, Cancer is quite private. The office generally has a comfortable home-y feel and is a refuge when they are feeling particularly “crabby” or threatened.

Cancer believes that a company is built on the engagement of its people and builds her team with firm family foundations, protecting and nurturing her “work family” in the same way that she protects & nurtures her real family- always remembering their own family always comes first. Any company that makes the mistake of not realising this will lose a great people manager.

Leo Boss
This charismatic boss works hard, plays hard, loves to be noticed and dislikes being upstaged. Generally warm, generous and proud, this Manager can also be a control freak and can tend to micro-manage staff- mainly because he does not like to be seen to fail. A motivated Leo boss has an infectious focus.

Often having larger than life ambitions, they have the ability to complete a task through sheer willpower. But if not excited, they can tend to boredom, laziness and interference for the sake of it.

Leo loves the spotlight of a high profile role or project, is not afraid to take risks, and often will manage to be surrounded with loyal followers who treat him as a role model.

Virgo Boss
Virgo truly believes that she can achieve perfection- if she works hard enough. And she does take on an amazing amount of work. As a Manager, she is often way too hard on herself and those around her. Virgo has a tendency to obsess over details, and will dwell on the smallest imperfections. But Virgo doesn’t see it as criticism- just helpful advice because she knows you can do better. This nagging tendency can tend to demoralise valuable employees who need positive reinforcement and often hides her fears regarding perceived inadequacies.

The record keeper of the zodiac, the Virgo Boss is a font of knowledge and detail regarding company facts, data and process.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Losing it- Weight Loss by the Stars

Low carb, low fat, counting points, counting calories, detox diets. Cycle classes, Step classes, weights, pilates, yoga, Boot Camp, Thigh blaster, abdomino-blaster. So many diets, so many exercises... yet we are still getting fatter. Logically we know that in order to lose weight, we should eat and exercise smarter. But, in the immortal words of Edina Monsoon from Absolutely Fabulous: “Surely if it was that easy, sweetie, everyone would be doing it!”

But, weight loss is, except for in specific health related circumstances, about calories in versus calories out. So, if it really is that easy, what is it that helps one person stick to a regimented eating plan and exercise regime and achieve results?

The answer could literally be in the stars. Your Sun sign influences your health and fitness habits- even the types of foods that are great for you. If you know your Rising sign, read that description as well, as you are often influenced by both your Sun & Rising Sign. If you have lots of planets in another sign, these will influence as well… but you probably need an Astrologer to tell you that.

Biggest Loser Rating ****
You like to lead and you like to win. Public weigh-ins are good, so others can see just how much better you have done. You are first out of the blocks, but not the worlds’ greatest finisher… Aries is the original crash & burn dieter.
Exercise wise? Keep it goal orientated and competitive- 2nd place is not an option. Boxing, Combat, Attack classes are great. Aries is the warrior, so consider Boot Camp as well.

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Unfortunately Taurus is about storage. You loooooooove food & wine & really don’t enjoy exercise. So, the key is to do something that doesn’t feel like exercise. Try not to be seduced by meal replacement, shakes and other quick fix diets- slow, steady and sustained loss is best for you –it takes you a little while to make the change, but once in a structured routine you have the potential to finish the job.

Biggest Loser Rating ***
As you speak with your hands and fidget constantly, that is almost a workout in itself. You flit from social thing to social thing. Don’t even think about one-on-one training- unless you want your trainer to go deaf. Aerobics & group classes are great for you- socialising and exercising- the ultimate in multi tasking.
The grapefruit diet? Meal replacements? With your boredom threshold… forget it! The perfect diet would allow you to eat out, have lots of little meals and lots of substitutions.

Biggest Loser Rating **
Step away from the chocolate. Unfortunately, you are the sign most prone to emotional eating. Running around after kids is a natural exercise and as a water sign, you have an affinity with water sports of all types. Cancer rules the belly and the boobs, so why not give Bellydancing a try?
Instead of baking muffins, go for a walk. That time of the month? Rather than going straight for the chocolate and hot water bottle, try some pilates. Follow with a warm smelly bath & you haven’t been anywhere near the biscuit barrel.

Biggest Loser Rating ***
Lions don’t particularly like hard work. But, like all fire signs, you need activity and are more conscious of looking good than most other signs. This is usually motivation enough to get into lycra.
Personal trainers are good for the Lion- especially cute ones. Make sure the gym is well lit, has plenty of mirrors and cheerful, social surroundings. As a fixed sign, you can keep up the burn. So, deck yourself out in some designer gym gear & get going- your hair looks great.

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Virgos like lists and counting things. You can follow a diet to the letter and even report progress graphically. You do well on food combining and restrictive diets that other signs would not last a day on (looking at you, Pisces).
Virgo knows that sacrifices need to be made for health- and exercising is one of them. A house with lots of windows, mirrors & white tiles can be the best workout of all and no one else is going to keep this place clean or get that weeding done.

Biggest Loser Rating **
Face it, you don’t really want to go to Spin class… you would much prefer to recline ever so gracefully on a daybed, drinking champagne & being fed chocolates by some gorgeously well cut young footballer with a tribal tattoo around his guns (actually, the last bit is my fantasy).
You don’t like to sweat, you don’t like conflict and competition is really not your thing either. But you are social and very charming & love to look good. So, think about those activities where you can see friends, show good form and have a chat and a coffee afterwards!

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Like Aries, the other Mars ruled sign, Scorpio likes to win. Unlike Aries, you don’t need a quick victory - but you will always remember a loss, and exactly who is to blame for it.
Sex is, of course, the ultimate contact sport, but you are also great at endurance activities and anything you have a chance to win at.
As a fixed sign, so you will stick to a routine- but only if it your idea. Scorpio does not respond to nagging, suggestion or influence. Elimination diets and managed fasting are good for Scorpio and show just how controlled you really can be.

Biggest Loser Rating ***
Sagittarius plays hard and parties equally as hard. Skiing has to be the number 1 Sagittarius sport (next to motor racing, flying, stunt doubling, horse riding & jumping off things- you are, after all, indestructible). Rock climbing is good, cycling is brilliant and running is terrific too. Think legs & thighs. If you find yourself confined to a gym, get yourself to an Attack class... and fast!
Don’t try to eliminate an essential food group (like alcohol) from your diet and never ever try fasting- it just leads to bingeing.

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Capricorn plans towards a practical goal and will execute it prudently with a minimum of fuss or fanfare. You can follow a structured diet plan, often forgoing many temptations that lesser signs would cave at (looking at you Pisces & Sagittarius!).
Capricorn understands the concept of results coming from hard work. Anything easily won is not valued. Capricorn likes structure, discipline and routine to be applied to their training. You are an ideal candidate for personal training. Be careful if engaging in high impact activities as you may be prone to knee issues. Walking, swimming and cycling are great as the joints are supported.

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Aquarius rarely takes advice so does not do well on prescribed diets. You will walk for charity, climb trees to protest against woodchoppers, and fight for causes- all the while proclaiming that what you are doing can’t be classed as exercise.
Aquarius is naturally quite strong and vital. Often incidental exercise is sufficient to keep you looking great. As an air sign, you are not usually prone to emotional eating and can’t really understand anyone who is.
Forget the institutional nature of a gym-unless you can do things your own way, you just aren’t interested. Aquarius is prone to lower leg, calf & ankle problems, so be careful of high impact activities.

Biggest Loser Rating * (& that is on a good day!)
Pisces is the junk collector of the zodiac- in more ways than one. Pisces has difficulty with boundaries & can’t say “no”. As with all the water signs, emotional eating (and drinking) is an issue and Pisces frequently escapes reality through bingeing. Don’t open a bottle of wine thinking you will have 1 glass. Cook only what needs to be consumed at that meal and make a deal with yourself to only have wine with meals or after 6pm or on days ending in a “y”.
The world is universal, so forget team competition. Distance swimming, running and yoga allows you to escape and gives plenty of time to dream. Look after those feet and invest in good running shoes.