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What Medieval Job Would You Have Based On Your Zodiac?  

Setareh Janda
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Zodiac signs can unearth surprising insights about ourselves - they can even suggest medieval jobs that jive with our personality. Indeed, certain zodiac signs and their dominant traits fit well with specific medieval careers. From service-oriented occupations to high-intensity work, there was a medieval job that would satisfy the needs of every sign of the zodiac.

Medieval occupations were varied. Some people worked highly specialized jobs in the Middle Ages in castles and large manors, while others worked off the land. Requirements for jobs in the Middle Ages varied, too, since some career paths necessitated years of training. People in the Middle Ages thus relied on a diverse job market. Whatever your zodiac sign, there was a medieval job that would put your particular traits to good use.

Aries (March 21 - April 19) is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What Medieval Job Would You Have Based On Your Zodiac?
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Ariens are bold, fiery leaders who like being challenged. Their need for activity would make them well suited to be falconers on medieval manors.

Falconers managed the birds - falcons and hawks - that medieval nobles used for hunting. Folks who claim the Ram as their zodiac symbol would welcome the hands-on challenge of training falcons. Being a falconer would also encourage people who fall under this sign to check their fiery impulses, since the job requires them to be patient and measured.

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Taurus (April 20 - May 20) is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Medieval Job Would You Have Based On Your Zodiac?
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People who fall under the sign of Taurus are focused and grounded in equal measure. Like their zodiac symbol - the Bull - they are also hard-working and often single-minded. Strong, no-nonsense Taurus possesses the steady hand and intensity needed for blacksmithing.

Medieval blacksmiths were skilled metalworkers. They produced armor and weapons for knights, as well as tools - like spades - for everyday labor. Blacksmiths were thus critical workers who supported all levels of medieval society.

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Gemini (May 21 - June 20) is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Medieval Job Would You Have Based On Your Zodiac?
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Geminis are perceptive and intelligent communicators. But - like heavenly bodies - they can also be changeable. Their perception and mercurial personality would make them excellent astrologers. 

Medieval astrologers had a straightforward, if speculative, job: They charted celestial movements and cycles and used that information to discern what might happen in the future. As learned and respected professionals, astrologers claimed far-reaching influence. Physicians often relied on their work, and kings and nobles sometimes employed court astrologers.

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Cancer (June 21 - July 22) is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Medieval Job Would You Have Based On Your Zodiac?
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Folks who fall under the Cancer zodiac sign are often emotional and possess a strong impulse to care for others. Due to their nurturing nature, they would make fantastic apothecaries in the medieval world.

In the Middle Ages, apothecaries were "grocers," since their business was dealing in remedies. But they also had extensive medical knowledge. Becoming an apothecary required years of apprenticeship and training.

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