Aquarius – Eagle
STRONG AND UNTAMABLE
There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud“. Carl Sandburg
Universally admired for its soaring spirit, the eagle has a striking presence that exudes a powerful sexual energy. As is typical of bird personalities, their high metabolisms make them edgy and unable to remain in one place for long. These fascinating creatures are natural explorers and nothing gets their juices flowing more than an exotic locale and their effervescence makes them appealing lovers. However, their obsession for freedom makes them difficult creatures to tame.
AN EAGLE IS UNMISTAKABLE
Sleek and well groomed, the eagle’s looks are striking, even if they occasionally have minor aesthetic flaws (perhaps a bald spot or big nose), and they exude a strong sexual energy that turns heads. They enjoy most outdoor activities and have a particular affinity for extreme sports like sky diving, rock climbing, or bungee jumping.
THE EAGLE PERSONALITY ON THE JOB
Eagles do not adjust well to the confines of office work where they easily become unsettled and perform poorly, unless the work is creative and challenging.
Outdoor jobs are coveted, and eagles enjoy working in the hot sun as a construction worker, serving in a natural setting as a park ranger or piloting the friendly skies. The proverbial legal eagle, they also enjoy the creative freedom of litigation, police, and detective work. However, eagles do not adjust well to the confines of office work. When they find themselves in this kind of career they become unsettled and perform poorly, unless the work is creative and challenging.
THE EAGLE IS A BIRD AT HEART
Eagles are truly at their best when performing for others. Like the wild eagle whose aerial displays attract a large audience, they are in their element when singing, acting, or telling stories. But their enthusiasm for life comes at a price — because even when their spirits are low — they feel obliged to always seem upbeat.
EAGLES IN THE WILD
Perhaps from its use on the seal of the United States of America, the eagle has become the most familiar of birds. Most eagles are solitary and only come together in groups when prey is plentiful.
Eagles take a variety of small animals for food and are not averse to eating carrion, and a spectacular method of feeding is the eagle’s habit of robbing ospreys. By constantly harrying an osprey carrying a captured fish, the eagle forces the bird to drop the fish, and sometimes they will even grab the fish from the osprey’s talons while in mid-flight.
Pisces – Peacock
Though it is beautiful, sexy and nattily attired, the peacock persona is simple and uncomplicated. For reasons that date back to its youth, it has developed a taste for being at the center of attention and craves the balm of constant praise and reassurance. A great deal of the peacock’s time is spent in perfecting strategies that can enhance its personal status, and — whether it’s shopping for clothing or going to the gym to improve its already attractive body — its preening borders on the obsessive.
Perched on top of a peacock’s lovely neck is a rather small head, decorated by a shock of perfectly coiffed hair. Their designer wardrobe is obsessively maintained, and they spend a great deal of time primping before heading out to strut their stuff. At heart, a peacock is an exhibitionist who enjoys nothing more than showing off and parading on the beach in skimpy attire, and a great deal of money is spent in the pursuit of beauty. Plastic surgery and body piercings are often employed to enhance their appearance.
The male peacock typically reveals his true feathers by his choice of car – perhaps a flashy sport model with vanity plates – while the female of the species relies on the latest fashions and dance moves to keep her in the spotlight. Peacocks are often targeted for unkind remarks, but even they are dimly aware of their own narcissism and accept this criticism as an inevitable consequence of being a peacock.
Sporting events are fastidiously avoided, but peacocks do spend an inordinate amount of time in the gym perfecting every aspect of their well-developed bodies.
Natural primpers, peacocks flourish in all facets of the personal care business are well suited as models, dancers, actors or fitness instructors. Because of their love for beautiful objects they could excel as decorators or cosmetologists, and industrious peacocks even become architects and designers.
As their beauty dims later in life a peacock might reexamine their priorities, return to school and learn a new trade. Most peacocks evolve different animal personalities to better cope with the fading of their luster as middle age approaches.
Throughout history, peacocks have been venerated and admired. The Ancient Greeks made it sacred to Hera, queen of the heavens, and it became a proud symbol of the Greek empire until the Romans discovered the birds to be mighty tasty when roasted.
Peacocks roost in trees and feed from the ground, eating anything that seems remotely edible. They have been known to kill snakes and small rodents and have even been observed snapping flies and bees from the air. Their wonderfully distinct plumage serves as a sexual stimulant to potential mates, but it is merely a single component in a rich series of strutting courtship rituals.
Aries – Penguin
Now you see it, now you don’t. Aggressive yet gentle, outgoing but shy, stable yet flighty – everyone sees the penguin in a different way. It’s that black and white thing: the penguin only reveals the side that it wants to you to see. So whether you like this darling-devil or not, you have to concede that it’s a fascinating and enigmatic individual.
Penguins are birds condemned to live out their days on the ground. Unable to fly, their excess energy has no outlet save their creative talents and emotional outbursts. Penguins are poetic, artistic, and intellectually gifted, and as writers penguins have no equal. But, if unable to channel their impulses in a positive way, the resulting turmoil proves damaging to their relationships and careers.
Penguins are deceptively intelligent and are particularly animated when intellectually challenged. They excel at word games and puzzles but are modest about their abilities and are generally underestimated by others.
With their misunderstood personality, penguins find writing an ideal tool for expressing their true feelings. They have a natural aptitude for languages and penguin personalities dominate the world of publishing as writers, editors, and journalists.
A strong sense of drama draws penguins to the theater and cinema, although unlike typical bird personalities they avoid the spotlight unless they’re able to hide behind the characters they play. Once on stage however, they prove to be excellent performers with their multifaceted personalities conveying the full gamut of emotions.
However, in many cases a lack of confidence affects their work. Penguins tend to give up on tasks they were otherwise capable of and are frequently disappointed with their performance. Still, work never dominates their lives and they always put their family first.
Like all flightless birds, penguins reside only in the southern hemisphere, and having found a niche in the wild, frozen wasteland that is Antarctica, most penguin species move south in winter to breed in the extreme cold. Although conditions are harsh, penguins can form large breeding groups with minimal fear of predators, and they are supremely well adapted for this environment.
Surviving the Antarctic winter takes a great deal of cooperation from the penguins and they huddle together to conserve heat. As the penguins on the outside of the group begin to get cold, they are allowed by the others to move into the interior of the group to regain body heat.
Taurus – Rooster
Roosters are those talented, creative, but somewhat eccentric people who make life interesting for the rest of us. Their bird-like minds are always on the lookout for stimulation and roosters display the characteristically high-energy behavior of their species. They are artistic, creative and sophisticated, with a thorough knowledge of fine wines, cooking, writing, theater and painting.
Roosters exhibit a decided theatrical streak as they strut their stuff in the latest fashions. Craving attention, their show-off attitude sometimes generates criticism from those close to them and their need to be the center of attention permeates every aspect of their busy life. When it comes to clothes, furniture and cars they only purchase the highest quality items and their excessive spending can land them in financial disarray.
The rooster’s active mind is always working on a way to create more drama in its life. Offsetting a feisty and competitive nature is a secretive and aloof side that manifests itself when it feels insecure. And yet, a rooster is a solid friend. Their blunt approach — while sometimes hurtful and tactless — can always be counted on to be honest and frank.
Roosters are in big demand at parties. With a witty repartee and an ability to easily mix, they flirt shamelessly while reveling in the glow of the spot-light. Concerned about how they are perceived by others, they are only happy if people are talking to or about them.
Subscribing to the early bird maxim, roosters rise a little earlier than their competition and could even be accused of having their fingers in too many pies. The world is so fascinating to the rooster that settling down into any one career would be impossibly constricting. Unfortunately, their earning potential suffers in a competitive world that rewards specialization, but roosters succeed when they choose careers that present a variety of challenges, such as medicine, publishing, journalism or acting.
As a salesperson, a rooster is without equal and can sell anything from real estate to used cars. A hard worker with a keen eye for detail, its creativity and dedication make it a wonderful employee, but as a manager or business owner, the finicky rooster tends to alienate subordinates with its unrelenting enthusiasm. It is also not a particularly strong team player, and its perceived self-absorbed and sanctimonious attitude breeds resentment.
Although it is uncertain when the domestication of this jungle fowl took place, it is generally thought to have happened around 2500 B.C. in Asia. In the 1920s, observation of roosters and chickens led to the discovery of the pecking order, in which the most dominant bird will peck any other bird without being pecked back. The second most dominant bird also pecks others without reprisal, except for the most dominant. This hierarchy continues until the least dominant bird is pecked by all.
Although this kind of social structure exists in most mammalian societies, including our own, it is still referred to as the pecking order because of its initial discovery in chickens.
Gemini – Sparrow
Sparrows are not assertive creatures, but they are impossible to ignore. Their adaptability has led them to become the single most common species of bird in the world, creating a niche for themselves wherever others have found success.
Sparrow personalities thrive on the scraps of that other animals consider insignificant. They aren’t beggars though – taking advantage of others’ leftovers is hard work in itself. It requires creativity and an indomitable spirit to be as successful as a sparrow.
However, sparrows are incapable of paving their own way. They rarely follow advice from their more successful peers, instead preferring to find an unobtrusive way to benefit from others’ hard work. They aren’t selfish though, and a sparrow would be horrified to find that its lifestyle harms others.
Sparrows tend to form massive groups with other sparrows, but larger personalities like the Rhino or Lion often find that having a sparrow tag along can be entertaining. However, relying on a sparrow is a mistake, as their attention spans tend to be too low to accomplish anything truly significant.
While they share many similarities with terrestrial , sparrows differ in one key area – they are highly social creatures. A single sparrow on its own may escape notice, but with the support of like-minded friends they are a force to be reckoned with. With enough support sparrows are capable of accomplishing great things.
Cancer – Swan
Throughout the ages swans have been venerated for their elegant grace and gentle beauty so it’s little surprise that these personalities attract admiration as they sail serenely through life. The swan’s noble reputation is its greatest asset and it takes care to cultivate this image by always appearing calm in public.
Things are very different just below the surface… fueling the swan’s elegant glide is a high-energy paddling that consumes most of its emotional stamina. While it’s common for a bird personality to exhibit this kind of emotional volatility, it is particularly noticeable in the swan when contrasted with its tranquil exterior.
Supporting a high-profile swan persona requires substantial energy, and the need for such a high metabolism can leave them feeling exhausted and drained. So when life gets overwhelming they readily take off to find a tranquil, gentle place to meditate and recharge before returning to the real world. This unsettled aspect of their personality means that you’ve probably moved to a different city at least once your life, or are at least planning to do so.
Appearance is important to the swan who enjoys the finer things in life and it spares no expense in pampering itself. It would be a mistake to simply dismiss it as a fragile beauty though; for it is a well-traveled, worldly bird who has seen the best and worst of the human condition. Its experiences have made it a well-rounded and worldly individual who can adapt to almost any career. It has no problem with taking direction from a boss and is always prepared to accept input from others.
Its work is well integrated into its life and it strives to find balance in its career and family life. Because swan personalities are often gangly and awkward as children, they have substantial experience in dealing with difficult people and are well equipped to handle conflicts in the workplace. Their innate empathy makes them ideal therapists, doctors, nurses or personnel managers. With their natural beauty they are also well suited for careers in the arts, with a particular affinity for music, ballet and acting.
It is thought that the long, graceful neck of these magnificent birds evolved to facilitate feeding on the bottom of the shallow waters that they frequent. Unlike most water birds, swans rarely dive and prefer instead to float serenely on the surface.
Despite their weight, swans are excellent fliers. Takeoffs can be a bit of a problem, though, and they must build flying speed by running with their broad webbed feet on a long stretch of water. Like a small aircraft, swans maneuver poorly in flight and often lose their lives by flying into telephone and power lines.
Revered throughout history for their beauty, swans feature prominently in Greek lore, where Zeus disguised himself as a swan to seduce Leda, and in medieval England, where all swans were the property of the king, who issued licenses for their private possession.
Leo – Vulture
The vulture personality is no angel and those wings on its back have no connection to the divine. Physically and socially, the vulture is a clumsy creature and its unusual features border on homeliness. Its somewhat bloated body is unusual for a creature of the air, since most birds can’t afford excess ballast when they’re flying around. So vultures are forced to soar at the mercy of the currents and wait for opportunities to present themselves and — unlike smaller birds — are less able to control their own destinies.
Like most birds of prey, vultures love to travel. They particularly favor long trips and are always on the lookout for business opportunities. Even when vacationing with family, a vulture would interrupt the trip if they spied a chance to make money.
Vultures hate to work, preferring to shadow other aggressive characters until opportunities arise. They circle these situations with impressive patience and have an uncanny ability to determine when the moment is ripe. Only when assured of a reward will they swoop in and take control. They can be extremely possessive with their prize and will defend it against all intruders. However, vultures won’t risk injury, and will take flight if the situation becomes volatile.
Don’t make the mistake of underestimating the vulture though, for its awkward outward appearance masks an intensely sharp mind capable of long range vision. Most people only encounter the vulture’s devious mind when it’s feeding at the carcass of their dreams. Nope, the
When others observe vultures circling they can be confident that an opportunity is at hand. Always alert to the opportunity to buy or sell, they make excellent stockbrokers and trade their services for a percentage of the profits. The species also earns a living by buying up ailing businesses and selling off their assets to make a quick buck. With their excellent vision, vultures are also able to provide far-sighted leadership as business advisers, lawyers or company directors.
Vultures soar effortlessly for hours on their powerful wings and, using their keen eyesight, can detect carrion from vast distances by watching the behavior of other animals approaching the carcass.
The vulture’s neck is practically naked and comes in handy when thrusting its head deep into the steamy carcass of a freshly killed animal, but they are not entirely scavengers and will even hunt small rodents and flamingo chicks.
The Egyptian vulture is one of the few animals that has learned to use tools and is able to smash the tough shells of ostrich eggs by throwing stones at them. It will even make a special trip to find a suitable stone and then sling it repeatedly at the egg with its mouth until it breaks.
Virgo – Cassowary
The strange-looking cassowary may not be able to fly like most of its bird relatives, but it demands to be taken seriously nonetheless. Cassowary personalities are both aggressive and capable, and their solitary natures and strange appearance has the effect of inspiring more fear than respect.
Cassowaries spend most of their lives alone, actively avoiding others while doggedly pursuing their own goals. They are usually successful in the workplace when allowed a degree of independence, for cassowaries chafe under micromanagement and are likely flee before the job is done.
As flightless birds, cassowaries lack the perspective and sense of adventure that comes naturally to eagle and owl personalities, but unlike the penguin, this doesn’t really bother them. They prefer to hide in the underbrush anyway.
Cassowary personalities have little time for dating. They tend to believe the best way to find a mate is by working hard and building a nest, so when the right person comes along, they can fall hopelessly in love. Because they are so diligent and motivated, this strategy usually works out for all parties concerned. Still, it’s not uncommon to find older cassowaries with everything they ever wanted… except a partner.
On the rare occasions when cassowaries venture out in crowds, they stick out like sore thumbs. Simultaneously burly and lanky, homely yet colorful, cassowaries compensate for their lack of social graces by being overly assertive, which has the effect of highlighting how out of place they really are — especially when it entails inappropriate humor or not knowing when to end a story.
While cassowaries generally have good intentions, it’s wise to not get on their bad sides – for they won’t hesitate to use their powerful personalities and razor sharp tongues to defend themselves. This can result in serious public humiliation for anyone who underestimates them as just some goofy bird.
Libra – Humminhbird
Hummingbird personalities always seem to be busy… flitting from place to place to find root out their next opportunity. This is why the career prospects for hummingbirds are sunny… their earnest demeanors and boundless energy signals to an employer that they’re going to get things done with time to spare. Hummingbirds can multi-task better than any other animal personality, and are able to juggle a hundred balls without ever breaking a sweat.
Socially, hummingbirds are very appealing and usually are in the company of their wide circle of friends and extended families, and they take immense pride in their 100 page contact list. The downside to this is that a conversation with a hummingbird usually involves a great deal of name-dropping.
Hummingbirds don’t necessarily enjoy the way they live their frantic lives. The truth is that they need the constant activity to keep them energized, and are prone to depression when deprived of the gossip and attention that keeps them going.
Because of their frenetic lifestyles and desire to flit amongst their friends, partners and social circles, hummingbird personalities don’t really understand the concept of complex social structures. This is why most relationships with a hummingbird are doomed from the start… only select personalities can retrain the hummingbird’s attention, and otter and dolphin personalities are a good start. When a hummingbird truly connects with the right partner… sparks will fly.
Scorpio – Albatross
Albatross personalities represent the kinds of people we admire from afar. In the wild, they spend as many as ten years in the air without ever touching the ground, so it’s impossible for most animals to imagine what the life of an albatross is like. Other birds may have some idea, but none have so completely adapted to life in the sky.
Highly visible — but rarely accessible — albatrosses often accumulate vast wealth, and can be seen cruising around town in expensive cars. Despite these apparent cries for attention, it’s unlikely that albatrosses will exchange more than a few meaningful words with its colleagues before moving on to its next destination.
Having the resources to support this freewheeling lifestyle often makes other people a little jealous but, in reality, albatrosses are not fully in control of their own destinies. They are neither willing nor able to exert the massive effort required to change their trajectories, and passively rely on the winds of fate to take them where it will.
Those lucky enough to spend quality time with an albatross may wake up one day to find them gone, and realize that they never knew much about them in the first place. This is why, that when an albatross finally settles on a mate, it’s almost always with a partner that is as distant and inscrutable as it.
While they can come off as callous and aloof, the truth is that albatrosses are deeply insecure. Several times larger than any other seabird, their huge bills and unwieldy frames mean they are unable to integrate with terrestrial creatures the same way most birds do. They may look majestic from the ground, but on the rare occasion that albatrosses deign to mix with terrestrial animal personalities, it immediately becomes apparent that they simply don’t fit in
Albatrosses know how awkward they can be, and structure their lives accordingly. After all, an 11 foot wingspan is only impressive when you’re flying.
Sagittarius – Dove
Doves — along with their close relatives the pigeons — are one of the most successful species of birds for a reason… they know how to integrate themselves into even the most challenging environments. Because of their small stature, doves are a little more skittish than most, and avoid trouble at all costs while quietly going about their business.
Physically, doves aren’t much to write home about. They tend to dress conservatively and try to draw as little attention to themselves as possible. Although they don’t conform to traditional standards of beauty, no one would ever call a dove ugly, although no one will pay them any attention when a peacock is at the party.
If the affable and meek nature of the dove personality evokes some derision from more aggressive birds, it gets respect because of its association with peace. As the symbol of coming together in harmony, doves are released on many occasions to represent cooperation and non-aggression, which is perhaps why — when it comes to their personal lives – they tend to make friends easily, and if a dove’s personal relationships seem a bit shallow to outsides, the dove certainly doesn’t see it the same way.
The dove’s reputation for being a little of an air-head is well deserved, for they pay little attention to politics or current events, and never dream of questioning authority. It’s not so much that they respect the system; it’s just that they’re happy to accept things as they are. Doves assume the best of everyone, which can leave them vulnerable to scams, but their instincts for survival ensures their success.
Capricorn – Owl
The owl is the tranquil face of the bird personalities. A creature of great integrity, its quiet demeanor accords it an air of mystery and diffidence, and it is widely recognized as a serene, wise observer of human society. Always well-groomed, it is a noble individual with elegantly chiseled features that border on the fine edge of beauty and homeliness. Its large eyes are often framed by handsome eyeglasses.
Owls have developed quite a reputation for intelligence, but it’s really their calm, insightful natures that give this impression. Instead of an intellectual approach to life, they employ their deeper spiritual senses to guide them and — like their nocturnal cohorts the bats — have a deeply philosophical bent.
Spending much of their time in solitary pursuits, owls like to hole up in quiet working environments and venture out only when necessary. They are not playful creatures. Only engaging in exercise and activities in order to keep physically fit, they avoid more gregarious animal personalities like dogs, dolphins, and sea lions.
Owls are not without their assertive side, however, and won’t hesitate to use their razor-sharp tongues to settle arguments. Rarely the aggressor in a confrontation, owls only fight when their survival or honor is at stake, and show no desire for a prolonged or physical struggle. Owls espouse nonviolence, think logically, and argue persuasively.
As an astute observer of human nature, owls are eminently suited to be judges or diplomats. Their trustworthiness and dependability makes them perfect for positions of responsibility… perhaps as bank managers, heads of state, or religious leaders. A conscientious worker, an owl takes its responsibilities seriously and, when it accepts the burden of public office, it does so with the grace and skill typical of its species.
With an enormous capacity for hard work, owls achieve great things in almost any field they choose. This success doesn’t always translate into financial rewards, when they are drawn to jobs in the teaching profession, which invariably satisfies their need to impart wisdom to others.
In the wild, owls often live in churches and empty houses and are prone to swooping out of the dark with a ghostly appearance. Their eerie hoots create a mournful backdrop to their spooky behavior, and these sounds are probably responsible for the origin of a number of ghost stories.
Although owls can sometimes be seen by day, they function best at twilight and patrol their regular routes hunting for mice and squirrels.
Owls are able to hunt in complete darkness, having evolved a system of “outer ears” hidden under their feathers, and by detecting slight differences in the timing of their prey’s noises, owls are able to zero in on prey by sound alone; thanks to their asymmetrical ear flaps,